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the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.” What Is Fasting? The Greek word for “fast” is “nesteuo” (pronounced nace‐tyoo‐o), meaning to abstain from food. The American Heritage Dictionary Of The English Language defines “fast” as to abstain from eating all or certain foods, especially as a religious discipline or as a means of protest. Fasting purchases spiritual things (it gets), by exchanging them for (giving up) natural or carnal things. Fasting primarily involves the abstinence from food. It can be pleasant foods (Daniel 10:3), some foods (such as fasting from meats, snacks, etc..), or all foods. I believe that you can also fast from any carnal or natural thing that holds your flesh captive, such as television ( I strongly recommend this), reading the newspaper, getting on the internet or telephone, etc… One of Daniel’s fast included not anointing himself with oil (Daniel 10:3). In this text the word “anoint” in the Hebrew is “mashach”, meaning to rub with oil. This had to do with Daniel lubricating his skin, similar to what we do with lotion. Daniel was denying his flesh even this luxury of being greased or lubricated through his fast. Fasting Subjugates The Flesh The American Heritage Dictionary Of the English Language defines the word “subjugate” as, to bring under dominion, conquer; subdue. It means to make subservient; enslave. The question that we must now ask ourselves is “Why do we need to conquer or subdue our flesh?” The carnal man or woman (including carnal Christians) does not want their flesh subdued, rather they want to let their flesh run wild, experiencing any, and everything that it wants. The Christian who wants to walk in the spirit must understand, that the greater the subjection of the flesh, the greater the dominion of the spirit. When the flesh is subdued, then the spirit is alive and dominant. Fasting causes the flesh to be subdued and the spirit man or woman to be empowered. We will examine this point later in the lesson based on Luke 4:1‐14. Many religions fast out of religious ceremony or to discipline their flesh alone, while the Christian fast by the Leading of the Holy Spirit, to both discipline the flesh and to birth greater levels of spiritual power, through the dominion of the spirit person. The Holy Spirit Can Lead You Into Periods Of Fasting. The Holy Spirit can lead you into periods of fasting to strengthen your Anointing, to birth a ministry in you, or release you into God’s service. Luke 4:1‐2 gives us this example, it reads; “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” Jesus was led into the wilderness to fast by the Holy Spirit. The fasting crucified the desires of His flesh, causing a greater level of spiritual power to flow from Him. When the Holy Spirit leads you into fasting, many will not understand, yet you must submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
What Fasting Accomplishes
Fasting Can Cause You To Sow (Plant) In The Spirit. when you are crucified with Christ. and gave himself for me. “And he said unto them. This can be evident when you pray for the sick and you see no results of healing. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live. Galatians 6:7‐9 says. Because the flesh is crucified there is no successful battle being waged against our spirit. Galatians 2:20 says. if we faint not. rather than the wants of the flesh. begins to make spiritual things a priority. because praying His will is always the perfect prayer. causes a Christian to have too little of the Spirit and power. but what is required to maintain it. Fasting and praying is a spirit strengthener. Get your spirit man off the cross and put your flesh there in its place. such as television). In Mark 9:29 Jesus gives the disciples additional insight regarding why they could not cast out a dumb spirit. causing the spirit man or woman to gain dominance. and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. When our flesh is dominant. He quickly responds. and operating in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. and I unto the world. the greater the spirit man or woman becomes. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit. Often the Church (Body Of Christ) is so alive to the flesh. yet not I. but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.” Fasting truly helps you crucify the world and its fleshy desires. not having its own way. Jesus pointed out that prayer and fasting was necessary. by whom the world is crucified unto me. causes us to sow (plant) in the spirit. who is now dominant. When we are submitted to the will of God we often see expedient answers to prayer. and they had learned to live and walk in the spirit. but from delightful foods. Galatians 6:14 says. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption. This is because in our submission to God.” The Book of Galatians says “that you cannot do the things that you would. but by prayer and fasting. The spirit of a person gains life and strength as the flesh is crucified. but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. we begin to pray the will of God. thus allowing us to sow or plant spiritual things . rather than God’s will.” Why? Because fasting strengthens our dominion over our flesh. causing it not to produce a harvest (be lead by the Holy Spirit and not what you think). Fasting. just to name a few. causing us to be weak in spiritual things. Beloved.” What are those things that you would do? All things associated with walking in the Spirit. Fasting is one of the best ways to crucify the flesh. Fasting Gives You Spiritual Strength. if you feed it faith food (the Word of God). and thus.” When our flesh is crucified we don’t sow or plant things in it. who loved me. “But God forbid that I should glory. which causes the answer to come. because the spirit man or woman.Fasting Gives Us (The Christian) The Strength To Submit To The Will Of God. The more you crucify the flesh (not just all food fast. then Christ can live in you. save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Be not deceived. due to the fact that the flesh is subdued.” The reason many in the early Church moved in mighty power. Galatians 5:16‐17 says. that we have unknowingly crucified the spirit man or woman. Whenever you pray God’s will. and carnal things as a whole. Too much of the flesh and the world. it reads. that shall he also reap. and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Fasting with prayer gets your mind off of earthly things causing you to become more heavenly minded. Walk in the Spirit. How does fasting and praying give you spiritual strength? Again. This kind can come forth by nothing. including walking in the power of God. Your spirit man or woman has been crucified. because it crucifies the flesh. by fasting and praying. it often causes our request to God to be those of our desires and fleshly wants. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap. and thus increases our spiritual strength. the answer is that it crucifies the flesh. which in turn produces spiritual fruit. “This I say then. God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth. When we fast and pray we gain the spiritual strength to submit to God’s will. was because the world was crucified unto them.
cast thyself from hence: For it is written. if thou be the Son of God. and said.” “20And whiles I was speaking. even the man Gabriel. he departed from Him for a season. which in turn will produce a bountiful spiritual harvest. whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet. giving Him the spiritual strength to reject the temptation of the enemy. And the devil. He shall give His angels charge over thee. And Jesus answered and said unto Him. it reads. to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up. keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him. And the devil said unto Him. And Jesus answered him saying. all this power will I give thee and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me. and God sent an answer. and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple. and then submit to His directions. with fasting. and talked with me. And when the devil had ended all the temptation. and to whomever I will I give it. 2In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years. and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel. being glorified of all. “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan. If you desire to walk in the power of God. being caused to fly swiftly. and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. And the devil said unto Him. He began to pray and fast regarding the matter. Being forty days tempted of the devil. and made my confession. “1In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus. O Lord. but by every word of God. and praying. it is said. I recommend that you seek the Holy Spirit regarding how He wants you to fast. which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans. If thou therefore will worship me. 3And I set my face unto the Lord God. 21Yea. Revelation ‐ Daniel was seeking understanding and revelation regarding the captivity of his people. and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God. He afterward hungered. And He taught in their synagogues. O Daniel. whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning. touched me about the time of the evening oblation. lest at anytime thou dash thy foot against a stone. 22And he informed me. . and Him only shalt thou serve. if thou be the Son of God. thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God. command this stone that it be made bread. all shall be thine.” The fasting crucified Jesus flesh. showed unto Him all the Kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. Daniel 9:1‐4 and 9:20‐23 says. whiles I was speaking in prayer. the great and dreadful God. of the seed of the Medes. get thee behind me. that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.unhindered. and to them that keep his commandments. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended. And Jesus answering said unto him. Fasting Can Bring Forth: Power ‐ Luke 4:1‐15 tells us of Jesus fast and the results. taking Him up into an high mountain. And he brought Him to Jerusalem. and said unto Him. and sackcloth. and said. and ashes: 4And I prayed unto the Lord my God. I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. it is written. and causing Him to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Satan: for it is written. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. that man shall not live by bread alone. to seek by prayer and supplications.
Don’t Just Fast Alone! During times of fasting you must strengthen your spirit for it to truly benefit you. confessing the Word. Breakthrough ‐ God often hears our prayers and sends and answer immediately.At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth. And when they had fasted and prayed. and had understanding of the vision. 12Then said he unto me.” Fasting gave them direction through the Holy Ghost regarding the call on the lives of two of the men that were with them. as Barnabas. and Saul. You do this by praying. “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers.. lo. etc.” “10And. and I am come for thy words. for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter. which I believe gave him breakthrough regarding the answer that God had sent to him. and the thing was true. to strengthen and bring to life your spirit. thy words were heard.” Breakthrough regarding answers to prayer is often accomplished by extended fasting. the Holy Ghost said. I stood trembling. but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing. and consider the vision. and Lucius of Cyrene. And when he had spoken this word unto me. neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth.. and I am come to show thee. Daniel 10:1‐3 and 10:10‐14 says. memorizing and quoting the Word. wisdom and direction). 3I ate no pleasant bread. Daniel fasted for 21 days. Acts 13:1‐3 says. This is why it is important to pray and fast until you get an answer. It is important that you realize that the people who were laying hands fasted. whose name was called Belteshazzar. “1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel. they fasted again. Fear not. When you fast you should be seeking God’s Face (His mind. and so if you are going to crucify your flesh. Ezra 8:21‐23. and fasted. understand the words that I speak unto thee. 14Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. After they were given revelation regarding Saul and Barnabas. a man greatly beloved. As they ministered to the Lord. O Daniel. 2In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. behold. Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. and Simeon that was called Niger. yet it would seem that demonic hindrances try to stop the answers from getting to us. Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand. which had been brought up with Herod the tetarch. and laid their hands on them imparting to them the charge or power necessary to fulfill the call of the Holy Ghost on these two men’s lives. which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. God sent Gabriel to reveal to Him what was about to happen. one of the chief princes. reading God’s Word. and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Both parties fasted and not just one. came to help me. thus giving him understanding. Impartation ‐ Fasting can build up a charge to impart to those being released and sent out into ministry service unto the Lord. till three weeks were fulfilled. an hand touched me. and laid their hands on them. you should seek God’s face for direction.” After Daniel prayed and fasted regarding his people. they sent them away. then you need to put the Word of God in you. Michael. and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. and the people (Saul and Barnabas) who were going to receive the charge also fasted. neither did I anoint myself at all. The Word of God is quick (alive) and powerful. 13But the prince of the kingdoms of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but. and to chasten thyself before thy God. Whatever you need or are seeking to accomplish during a fast. and Manaen. 11And he said unto me. 23 .
” Fasting should be a time in which we draw closer to the Lord. Nehemiah fasted for the city of Jerusalem and its walls to be restored. I beseech thee. Daniel fasted for understanding of the time of the end of the children of Israel’s captivity. even if its to just to keep your flesh in subjection. should have a purposed fast. the great and terrible God. You need to know why you are fasting. “Behold. especially from food. And said. I suggest that you begin to fast. that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant. and your sins have hid his face from you. to seek of him a right way for us. and confess the sins of the children of Israel. Fasting often causes a person to examine themselves. and mourned certain days. Your Fasting Should Have A purpose. day and night. True fasting causes God to become the priority in our life. which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us. Nehemiah 1:4‐7 says. If you have things that you are trying to overcome. the sins of a group of people. rather a time in which we increase our pursuit of the Lord. the sins of his fathers house. that need to be removed. so that your spirit man or woman would be dominant. The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him. when I heard these words. “And it came to pass. We have dealt very corruptly against thee. that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king saying. removing all fleshly obstacles that hinder our relationship with God. burdening your heart with a particular issue or goal. and His own sins. nor the judgments. Jesus fasted for forty days. prayed and acknowledged the sins of Israel. for the children of Israel thy servants. as well as from the habit of sin. that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God. that he will not hear. This in turn causes a person to repent of known and unknown sins (these sins can be a persons individual sins. “Then I proclaimed a fast there. Again. Nehemiah fasted. that it cannot save. Examination. but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. Fasting Can Help You Overcome Habits And Sin. the Lord’s hand is not shortened. or a nation. You too. which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Isaiah 59:1‐2 says. to see the things (sins and habits) that are not right in the sight of God. neither his ear heavy. as with Daniel and Nehemiah). and for all our substance. O Lord God of heaven. and prayed before the God of heaven. Fasting is not some religious act. nor the statutes. . that we might afflict ourselves before our God. which strengthened His Spirit man to overcome the temptations that the enemy was trying to seduce Him with. both naturally and spiritually during times of fasting. and thine eyes open.” Fasting causes repentance (being sorry and turning from sins) and repentance causes God’s ear to be open to our prayers. You should repent for your sins and the sins of those under your authority. and have not kept the commandments. that I sat down and wept. God will often lead you on a fast. It should not be a time in which we just stop eating or doing things to discipline our flesh.” Repentance causes God’s ears to be open toward a person. and for our little ones. and fasted. which I pray before thee now. including habits and sins. so that our spirit person can be dominant and submitted to the will of God. rather it is purposed to accomplish something. One of the best reasons we should fast is the subjugation of our flesh. at the river of Ahava.
Fast until you get a breakthrough. drugs. His Spirit Man was strengthened. fortune. is the crucifixion and death of many natural things. Fast and Pray! By The Holy Spirit through Bishop Tony Owens House Of David Ministries Inc. He (the devil) knows that victory comes through the fasting Christian. to disqualify you from the place of righteousness that fasting often brings you to. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights. because he knows what it accomplishes. and if you have been fasting. it reads. Many Christians who are called to operate in the power of God and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit don’t see them functioning in their lives.Matthew 4:1‐2 says. and full. God is calling the Church back to fasting and prayer. thoughts. This causes us to be able to hear God’s directions and plans for us clearly. he was afterward an hungered. stealing. The enemy always challenges fasting. Remember. If you have not been fasting. Fasting. Fasting helps us crucify our desires. to have the measure of the Holy Spirit that we need to be a demonstration of the Lord in the world. The devil will try and tempt the flesh during periods of fasting. usually comes forth operating in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:13‐14). We have too much of the world in us.” Fasting will help you hear the voice of the Living God. notoriety and reputation. breakthrough and power. and fasted. alcohol. 1(877) 35‐JESUS .) then you should seek God on how you should fast for breakthrough and deliverance. The Enemy Always Challenges Fasting. pornography. If you have asked God for power and breakthrough. Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. then you must understand that that power flows through the spirit person. etc. Although His flesh was hungry and probably weak. For it to flow unhindered your flesh must be crucified. will give you the long awaited breakthrough that you need. This often is because their flesh is yet dominant. Make your life one of fasting from those things that make you spiritually weak. and plans that often get in the way of us hearing God’s plans and thoughts for us. fame. that the price for spiritual things.. In Acts 13:2 we see how fasting made the people of God sensitive to hear God’s directions. shopping. giving Him the power and faith to cast down the devils offers and rebuke him.” In Matthew 4:3‐11 we see that Jesus overcame the enemies temptations. We must empty ourselves of carnal and worldly things to be available to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Fasting kills the fleshes dominant voice. the Holy Ghost said. “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Daniel is our example. Greater levels of Anointing and power happen as we fast and make room in our lives for the Holy Spirit. then begin. Fasting can kill these fleshly desires and cause a person to be quickly ushered into operating in the power and Anointing that God has called them to. “As they ministered to the Lord. habits or addictions (including television. then raise your level of fasting. A person who is victorious over the temptations during periods of fasting. along with prayer. ideas. Fasting Gets Our Ears Sensitive To The Voice Of God. causing the spirit of God to be heard. If you are going through struggles with sin. seeking glory. He fasted for 21 days (Daniel 10:2) until he got an answer.
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