In most cases, a spiritual fast involves abstaining from food while focusing on prayer. This can mean refraining from snacks between meals, skipping one or two meals a day, abstaining only from certain foods, or a total fast from all food for an entire day or longer
For medical reasons, some people may not be able to fast from food altogether. They may choose to abstain only from certain foods, like sugar or chocolate, or from something other than food. In truth, believers can fast from anything. Doing without something temporarily, such as television or soda, as a way of redirecting our focus from earthly things toward God, can also be considered a spiritual fast.
We are urged in Romans 12:1 to make our body a “living sacrifice,” what does a living sacrifice look like in the practical sense? The following verse helps us to understand. We are a living sacrifice for God by not being conformed to this world. The world is defined for us in 1 John 2: 15-16 as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. All that the world has to offer can be reduced to these three things.
The lust of the flesh includes everything that appeals to our appetites and involves excessive desires for food, drink, sex, and anything else that satisfies physical needs.
Dieting is not the purpose of a spiritual fast. Instead, fasting provides unique spiritual benefits in the life of the believer.
Fasting requires self-control and discipline as you deny the natural desires of the flesh. During spiritual fasting, the believer’s focus is removed from the physical things of this world and intensely concentrated on God. Put differently, fasting directs our hunger toward God.
It clears the mind and body of earthly attentions and draws us close to God.
So, as we gain spiritual clarity of thought while fasting, it allows us to hear God more clearly. Fasting also demonstrates a profound need for God’s help and guidance through complete dependence upon him.
You must be willing to learn to fast successfully. There are incredible benefits you can get from a successful fast! It is my prayer that these Fasting Keys will help you fulfill your covenant with God by completing what you start.
Pray – This is the #1 thing to help your fast. You can do much more with God than without Him. Jesus can give you POWER and Strength to help you have a successful fast. Phillipians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Read the Bible – The Bible is your “spiritual food” during fasting. As you read and “feed” on God’s word, revelation from the Holy Spirit will begin to flood your mind. Psalms 119:103 says, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Associate with positive, faith-filled people – who will encourage you during your fast. Do not associate with people or in places that will drag you down, take away your faith, or tempt you with eating. It is wise to stay away from things like church dinners or restaurants. If some friends or church members are fasting with you, support and encourage them. However, you must determine that you will succeed with your fast whether anyone else does or not. Jesus will strengthen you!
Yield your will to God’s will – God will be speaking to you throughout your fast. It is important to lay aside anything that God reveals to you that is separating you from His will. Give all to God – Your time, money, goals, dreams, vision, and purpose. Get in unity with
God! Be empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Expect Blessings – Keep a PEN AND PAPER both with you and by your bed. (I often awake from my sleep forced to jot down immediate inspiration and urgent messages from God.) Write down the revelations and dreams that God gives you. Remember, one good revelation from God can change your life forever. God wants to bless you. Have Faith & Belief for Miracles! Keep a great positive Attitude! When you crucify your flesh with fasting, spiritual blessings will overflow in your life!!
Receive Your Blessings – Open up and receive the many ways that God wants to bless you, and give you Favor! During Your Fast, God will begin pouring out many blessings in all areas of your life.
Speak Victory – Affirm and Confess God’s Words, over all other opinions or circumstances! Speak and Believe God’s many Bible Promises to bless your life!
PREPARATION – A few days before your fast, and at least a few days after your fast, eat and drink healthy.
DRINK – Water is the most cleansing of all drinks.
RELAX AND LISTEN TO GOD – Get plenty of rest and sleep – Do not overdue yourself physically. Get away from the hustle and rat race of life, and get alone with God. Go for walks, take a relaxing bath, relax in a swimming pool, etc. Get quiet so you can listen to God.
INCREASE POSITIVE OR SPIRITUAL INPUT – Avoid long conversations with others, suspend your usage of all social media and other distractions, (music is not suggested, as it carry with it memories that may a distraction). Your spirit becomes extremely open during your fast. Strengthening your Spirit will allow you to hear God’s voice clearer.
DECREASE NEGATIVE OR WORLDLY INPUT – (secular movies, video games, secular TV or radio, negative association, etc.). Worldly input especially weakens you when fasting. Feeding your flesh makes your flesh stronger. A strong flesh could cause you to quit your fast. Deny your fleshly desires and shut off worldly distractions. Your victories will come as your spirit is stronger than your flesh!
ELIMINATION – The food that we consume contain toxins that lead to heart disease, cancer, premature aging, and many other diseases and sicknesses.
This is why I have included “elimination” as a key”
During your fast, your body will begin to totally cleanse itself of these poisonous toxins and bad cells. Bad breath, headaches, and tiredness are all signs that your body is cleansing and healing itself. It is important to expedite this elimination with a daily shower or bath, a dry brush message, and regularly going to the bathroom. As the poison and other bad cells leave your body, you will feel better.
FAST IN SECRET – Jesus said in Matthew 6:18, “That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” Your fast is mostly between you and God, so you should tell very few or no people (unless you are doing a corporate fast with other faith filled Christians). You can encourage more people and give your testimony of what Jesus did for you AFTER you break your fast. It is especially important to not tell people who have low faith and high negativity that you are fasting. They will likely discourage you. If you hear too much negativity and discouragement, it will increase your chances of quitting your fast. Always keep a positive environment during your fast.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY! – Never become proud because you are fasting. Always give all of the Praise to your Heavenly Father; honor and glory to Jesus in all that you do!
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” Ephesians 5:18 (KJV).
There is a dark side, and it is a real enemy of one who is spiritually watchful. The dark has no fellowship with the light, ignorance none with intellect; and I must oppose any influence which cause me to act unwisely.
Witchcraft may sound a bit primitive and the belief in its existence may be argued. However, in the Christian community there are many who posses the magical ability of witchcraft but lack the skill in performing. This being the case, I am of the opinion that those with the magical ability are far more threatening than someone skilled in witchery.
Our faith-walk requires our innocence and humility, we are to be ministers of peace. When these lowly characteristics collide with opportunist and those looking to, “pull the wool over your eyes,” we are demoted from victor to victim. I have observed individuals who are sincere with Christ-centered goals fall prey to workers of witchcraft. Why do I call it witchcraft, I tell you why, because it is associated with torture and ill-treating just for the pleasure of it.
Control and manipulation are the culprits that damage good people who want healthy a relationship. There is the misdeed that ensnares someone who genuinely seeks to serve. They just don’t see the spirit of darkness slipping upon them and without warning they are placed under the spell.
God’s word says in the book of Proverbs 23:1, “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:” (KJV). Be cautious of the, sudden relief and the animation that greets you; wait on the Lord. Be anxious for nothing, pray and be patient. Allow the time that it takes for God to illuminate you with His light of day, be the time that you prepare yourself for bountiful living.
You are no man’s imp, you are a child of Yahweh Most High God. It is His Holy Spirit that is supreme, and super-ruler in and over your life
From the days of being a fashionable buzz-word, “Haters” has advanced to being more a classification of an individual more so than just an emotion. You never know, you could be the next, “hater.” That means that you have expressed extreme dislike and envy for someone or something about them. While haters are being called out on a daily basis; I’m just not sure that the person or persons being called hater has the slightest idea they’ve been tagged.
“to be or not to be” The question remains.
Everyone needs a little validation now and again, that moment when someone, anyone speaks of their awesomeness. The problem is if you’re within fifty feet and fail to applaud, approve, or praise someone for whatever they achieved, you are now their, “hater!” This wouldn’t be a problem if you were a hater only in their mind, but brace yourself because you are officially placed in a class.
From what I come to understand:
“Haters don’t always want to be you, but they are obsessed with pulling the ladder from beneath you.”
Having made my way through a few scriptures in the bible I’m convinced that there is a healthy envy and an unhealthy envy. Healthy envy should fuel your aspirations, motivation and goal setting. Let’s take Joshua, the successor of Moses; Joshua would have no idea of how empowering God would be in his life if he had never seen God’s supernatural performance in Moses life. Joshua was no ones hater.
The point that I’m getting at is that there is a flip side to this. It’s called, “vanity.” Being too much into yourself results in expecting too much form everyone else. I have reasons to believe that King Saul, Israel’s first king, was a tad bit narcissistic.
The real deal is there is just as much vanity as there is hating. Either or, it’s a miserable way to humanly exist. There’s much more comfort found in Paul’s advise to the church at Philippi, Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)
I put together a few points about haters. These may or may not be true but they make good for comments.
- Haters are not necessarily jealous.
- Haters are never happy about the success of anyone.
- A hater only exist in a third generation.
- Haters doesn’t want to be in your position.
- Haters only want attention.
- Haters are usually individuals who could never create an audience.
- Haters are grossly opinionated.
- A hater is the same as and synonymous to a stalker.
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner a designated purpose.
This is not only your season, this is the moment to maximize your inner divinity and manifest every dream, vision and purpose.
What was the gentle yet robust transfer granted Adam in the Garden of Eden? It is called, pneuma – an ancient Greek word for “spirit,” of life or breath. THis would eternally become, “God in Man.” Even when Adam severed his relationship with God due to disobedience, God would still return to visit what He had depostied into Adam, the being His spirit of life.
“where art thou?” God ask Adam in Genesis 3:9.
Why would God who is all knowing ask such a rhetorical question? May I suggest he ask because God had to finished what He started!
Adam had to be trained up in the way that he should grow. Though some adjustments will be necessary, I will not abandon you because of your sin. I will continue the process of revealing myself to you; not only as the creator but also, I Am the God of mercy.
This is where I want you to see yourself with God right now! Acknowledge the need for growth, expect a visit from God, because He will complete what He started in you. The difference between other times and this time is: “this time you will not rebel,” and even during the most discouraging times nothing will dispel your determination to let God finish what He started.”
Now! Not later. Make plans now, stage everything so that you will take off in 2015. Every month, every quarter, bi-annually, whatever measure of time your dreams will manifest, your visions will exceed reality.
It’s providential! And I won’t stop working with you until things are brought to past and “don’t you quit.”
Three years / 12 students = 24/7/365
We were left no syllabus, no curriculum, no how to manual. So just how did Jesus select and train his disciples?
Sunday school, video curriculum and conferences are at best keeping us afloat with men involvement. I’m not thoroughly convinced that Jesus plan was so methodical; His method focused more on relationship and action and less on information and knowledge. You hear his disciples coming to him with unfavorable results, Jesus would in turn give his undivided attention with some remedial training, Mark 4:13; Matthew 17:19.
Jesus showed us how to grow a healthy church: focus on men first.
Christ loved women and children, but he spent most of his time and energy developing a handful of men. He knew a truth we’ve forgotten: if you transform men, you transform the family, the community and the society. Draw a man to church, and you often get the family in the bargain.
At this point you’re probably thinking, “Our church needs a men’s ministry.” Not necessarily. More than likely we already have enough men to manage. Instead of launching yet another program, why not focus on “manning up” the programs you already offer?
This has become the number one priority under my leadership at Nations Harvest. We want to help make our existing ministries compelling to men and boys. We don’t have to create something new; just learn how to imbue our existing programs with a healthy masculine spirit.
So how do we keep a healthy, happy, growing church? We man ▲ UP!
Share this spirit abroad through our Caleb’s Cadre Ministry.
Don’t let the title throw you! This not a promotion for some new congregation targeting men. Absolutely not! This is an alternative way of approaching a real problem, that is, the absence of men in the place of worship. Active men!
It’s not just attendance where men trail women. Men are less likely to lead, volunteer and give in the church. They pray less, share their faith less and read the Bible less.
This apparently is not a problem for all religious groups but for Christianity, it’s an ongoing battle. I imagined myself on the outside of faith-centered life, and ask myself why would I not commit. The answer was simple, the lack of support. We appear to be an institution made up mostly women being led by a few men. I’m no expert on the psychology of this, but to the average man this would appear boring and unproductive.
Okay so here’s a call to Christian men to fix the broken component. If there is no support groups for men, create them. Simple enough! Pray, then plan; these were the first two steps that I have taken. The strategy then calls for: Reach-Teach-Release. The whole process is called, “Caleb’s Cadre” strengthened while building lives for others.
Who needs men in a church when you have a church FOR men? For me it has not been an easy journey but the worth is unimaginable.