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Fasting Period

Fasting Period

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GOSPELS FOR THE FASTING
PERIOD
:
Three days and three nights (72 hours)
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DRY FASTING
 
FIRST LESSON: MATTHEW 16:21
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem,end suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised again the third day.
SECOND LESSON: JOHN 2:17-19
And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.Then answered the Jews end said unto him. What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thoudoest these things?Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
GOLDEN TEXT: MATTHEW 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man bethree days and three nights in the heart of the earth. BE "BORN AGAIN:"The three texts above deal on the issue of the three days dry fasting observed in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. Now, how many people in the world have participated in
the three days dryfasting periods
done in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star? Very many people are asking whythe whole of seventy—two hours should be spent on fasting. A lot of people pray that the dryfasting should not be observed often.Others even wish it should be stopped forthwith. Some would fast for the first
twenty-fourhours
and complain that they are human beings and for that reason, they stop. Some would fastfor two days and nights while a few endure to the end.As recorded in
Matthew 12:40
(see Supra), Our Lord Jesus Christ promised to remain in theheart of the earth for three days and three nights.
 
This is why members of
Brotherhood of the Cross and Star
 observe the
three days dryfasting.
 For these
three days and nights
,
no water is drunk, no food is tasted, bathing andbrushing of teeth are not also allowed.
Is this not three days and nights' death? Whoever undergoes this fasting has died and resurrected with Christ. This is what is called,
 "born again,"
for he has become a new being after the fasting. This is what is keeping us alive and strong.You would recall that, God directed Abraham to take his son Isaac and sacrifice for Him.Abraham and Isaac were to make a journey of
seventy—two (72) hours
,
three days and nights
,which is this same thing that we are doing here in
Brotherhood of the Cross and Star
. Isaacwas an earthly example which was presented as an illustration of an impending heavenly event.The directive given to Abraham by God was a practical demonstration of the death of Christ and His subsequent stay in the grave for 3 days and three nights.This episode is linked with Abraham because of the promise which God made with him that, aroot shall spring from him. In this promise, God did not say, Abraham's children but one son.That very son who shall come from Abraham as promised by God was
Christ.
 Now, the problem of the entire world is patience. God is the Father of patience. He is patient and wants usto exercise patience. He can make a promise today which would take thousands of years toconsummate. And for this reason, whoever is devoid of this virtue would become hopeless after the first one thousand years. However, whether you believe or not, at the expected time, the promise must come to fulfillment.God does His things the way He likes. It is on this ground that our Lord Jesus the Christ said:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy butto fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall inno wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18)
.The Holy Bible is referred to as the covenant book of God, because all what God did, what He isdoing and what He shall are written therein. When you say that this or that thing had been takenaway; where do you think such a thing is taken to? God is the Father of truth and all His wordsare true. Once He makes a pronouncement, He stands by it.A great many of you become doubtful when things go the way you did not expect. Consider thecase or Isaac. He was the only son of Abraham but God directed that he should be used as asacrificial lamb. Abraham accepted, and though he had to trek for 
 three days and three nights
,
seventy-two hours,
 he did not change his mind. When he got to the destination, he still set a fireon the altar to burn Isaac. This was when Isaac asked his father Abraham saying "father, the fireis burning, where is the sacrificial lamb?" Abraham said,
"my son, God will provide himself alamb for a burnt offering."
God is the one who sends one on an errand and goes with the one to fulfill the purpose thereof.Since He is the sender and doer of the job, all glories and thanks belong to Him. This is why it issaid "cut down the bush and I would set fire into it with my power."
GOD CONTROLS DESTINY:
 
God has never deceived and will never deceive. What He did to the Israelites would be done tothe Gentiles.
He is the same yesterday, today end forever
. Why then do you doubt him and why do you murmur against Him? You have no choice than to do whatever He directs you to do.If God asks you to jump into burning flames, you have to comply without delay. If he directs youto dive into the grave, you have to do same. This is because in all events and situations, God had given answers already.What has placed a lot of you in suffering and adverse conditions is lack of faith. Many people,when they are sent on an errand by God, they faithlessly doubt their safety during such missions.Why do you doubt God? Have you ever seen a person whom God sent on an errand withoutescorting him to get the job accomplished?The will of the Most High God is Supreme. He had willed various purposes for all his creation. No one can change God's will not matter how he fasts, prays, preaches or weeps. He cannotchange the will which He had destined for someone, This explains why it is said:
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for thethings of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof 
. (Matthew 6:34)It is only God who can call one to Himself for, no one is capable of pleasing God. If He does notelect you, you cannot be His friend. Even the faith which Abraham had, was not his but it wasfreely given by God.I want you to know that God is a hydra-head Being. He is right, left, front, back and He iseverything. He is a child, adult, woman as well as men. If Moses had this knowledge, he would not have whipped God the way he did as recorded at
Numbers 20:11-12.
 You may recall that,when Moses was abused by the Israelites for taking them away from Egypt to suffer in thewilderness only because they were thirsty, God became a big rock.. Moses was directed to pointhis staff at the rock and speak for, water would come out enough for all the people and their  beasts. Since Moses was always easily exasperated, he took offence on the abuses and cursesheaped on him by the Israelites and smote the rock twice. For that reason, God was not pleased with him because, he did not glorify God in the presence of the people. He was therefore, notallowed to enter into the promised land.
 (Numbers 20:1-20).
Moses did not know that both the rock and the water that gushed out of it was God in disguise.So, you can see how incomprehensible the Almighty God is. No one knows Him.Unlike the case of Moses, when Abraham had set Isaac ready for the sacrifice, God ordered himnot to take the boy’s life.
HE WAS SHOWN A RAM BY THE SIDE WHICH WAS USEDFOR THE SACRIFICE. (Genesis 22:10-13).
 After the sacrifice, Abraham and Isaac wenthome in flying colors. That is the significance of the death of Christ.When He told the Jews to destroy the temple and He would rebuild it in three days, the peopledoubted the possibility of his action and thus, became annoyed. However, Christ knew theimplication of His statement. And so when His disciples advised Him not to go to Jerusalem, Heinsisted and went. If Jesus the Christ had ran away, what would have become of this world? And 

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