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How exceedingly great God is! If your able to read this letter today thank the Lord, for he has ordained you to live another day; there is a reason you are alive and there is a calling on your life! Don’t let satan ever trick you into thinking differently, God has put you here to do something and he wants you to be a part of His master plan! Are you willing to take a leap of faith today? Before we even get to the subject of this article I ask that you pray along with me and the other recipients of this letter for victory in our lives and the lives of others. Let’s believe and stand in faith together:

Father we come to you in the name of Jesus,

Lord today we pray for victory. We pray that the bondages of satan are loosed in our lives and demonic powers and influences are broken. We pray for healing in our bodies. We ask that our bodies be made completely whole and healed, for it is written: “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) We take hold of this scripture by faith and proclaim together that we are healed according to Your Word.

Lord we agree together today as one person with one voice. We agree that our finances are set free. We give over control of our finances to You today Lord, for You have the power of increase and we believe that we shall be blessed according to Your riches in glory. We believe for financial freedom and financial completion.

Father, in the name of Jesus we rebuke depression. We plead the blood of Jesus, and by the blood Satan you must flee. We rebuke you and refuse you; spirit of depression we command you to depart at once! We are free in Christ Jesus!

We pray for our nation Father, let the direction of this nation be changed in an instant. Let the hearts of the politicians be turned to You. We return our nation to You and declare this nation to be a nation of God not a stronghold of satan. We believe that all things are possible through You.

Finally Lord we pray for the lost, we ask that You continue to show mercy on this sinful world and that You would send more laborers into Your harvest, for the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few. Give us victory Lord; let Your righteousness, truth and peace reign and rule over all the earth.

We boldly believe in faith and stand in agreement with one another today, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Well I hope you’re in the mood to be blessed because God is always looking for opportunities to do just that; bless. Last week we began a two part series on fasting. Today we will conclude this series with the Do’s, Don’ts and power of fasting. So let’s get to it!

The Do’s of fasting:

When you decide to fast, always begin with prayer. Declare and communicate to the Lord your reason for fasting. Determine a fixed length of time for the fast but above all things listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit when making this decision. If you haven’t fasted before don’t try to fast for great lengths of time right away. Start slow and increase times gradually. Fasts can last hours, days or weeks depending on what God calls you to do. I am not a medical expert, therefore if you choose to fast for long periods of time and are on medications or have a history of health problems consult a qualified medical professional’s advice first.

I recommend that you even set certain times or days aside for God on a regular basis. For example, I give the seventh day of each month to God. It doesn’t matter what comes up that day, (unless something extreme happens) that day is already dedicated to Him; it’s His day. That is my monthly mandatory fast. I can choose other times to fast, but that day I have declared to be His.

It is best for us to fast regularly so that we’re prepared for problems before they come. Be ready for the storms before they arrive. Use your fasting time wisely. Whenever possible use your fasting time to pray, worship, read the Word etc; strengthen your relationship with God.

But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 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.” (Matthew 6:17, 18) Fast and give God glory. Maintain your regular physical appearance and interact with others as if it were any other day. You don’t have to hide the fact that your fasting if someone asks you why you aren’t eating, but you shouldn’t be parading it around either to gain the glory of others. If you fast to God in secret, He will reward you openly.

Finally, when you are able to eat again, start by eating slowly. Eating large amounts of food quickly right after fasting can send your body into overload. Introduce yourself to food again at a slow eating pace. This only needs to be done with the first meal.

The Don’ts of fasting:

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.” (Matthew 6:16) Fasting must never be done to gain the glory of men. It is crucial for us to declare our reason for fasting before the Lord so we’re both clear on our intentions. If we are clear on our intentions before we begin fasting we will stick to them. Again, don’t parade around the fact that you’re fasting. Don’t go and tell every single person you encounter. Remember, its God’s attention that you want.

When you’re fasting don’t put yourself in situations where you’ll be tempted by food. Don’t start preparing your post-fasting meal before your fast is over. Don’t sit by the fridge an hour before the end of your fast counting every second until its conclusion. Do things to deepen your relationship with God.

We cannot sleep and actively fast at the same time. I’ve heard someone once say “yesterday I fasted for eight hours.” When I asked them between what times they said “from 11pm until 7am.” “Aren’t you usually sleeping then?” I asked. The point here is this: it’s not called fasting when we’re sleeping. We never eat while we sleep (unless we’re dreaming about it). We can call it fasting while we sleep, but in reality is just sleeping. You must be awake to fast.

Don’t fast for absurd lengths of time. Don’t try to be Jesus or Moses and fast for forty days and nights (that is unless the Lord tells you to!). If you continually seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit (and obey) things will always go well. As for fasting, in my opinion the book of Isaiah has more insight then any other book in the Bible. Let’s start reading at Isaiah 58:4 and examine some important scriptures to further our understanding of fasting:

Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked to cloth him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord with be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious (hateful) talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:4-11 NIV)

There is a lot of information there so let’s break it down. As Christians we should always be on our best behavior, especially when fasting. We cannot be quarreling and fighting while fasting. We must flee from sin. We can’t start arguments, take advantage of others just because we are hungry and cause strife if we expect our voice to be heard by God.

This scripture passage also makes it clear that fasting is done to force Satan into loosing things he has been withholding that rightfully belong to us. Jesus has made many things available to us that satan can’t take away unless we allow him too. Satan can delay things, and he will whenever he can. If we become deceived by delay and accept it as truth we won’t see many promises of God fulfilled in our lives because of our lack of faith.

Fasting is done to loose the chains of injustice, untie the cords of bondage, and set the oppressed free. Fasting can break powerful addictions. Fasting does not release us from any of our Christian responsibilities however; it should be a time to truly focus on extending our love and compassion to others. While fasting, opportunities to feed the hungry and cloth the naked must not be ignored if presented.

It’s when these acts of love and compassion are done that our light will break forth like the dawn and our healing will quickly appear. It’s after these things that our righteousness will go before us, and the glory of the Lord will protects us. Then we will call, and the Lord will answer; we will cry for help, and He will answer us. When we fast before the Lord and do as He instructs through the prophet Isaiah, our light will rise in the darkness, and the darkness in us will fail to exist. The Lord will always guide us and He will satisfy our needs in what seems like impossible situations. He will strengthen us and we will prosper.

By fasting we are acknowledging there is a lack in our life that we cannot provide for ourselves. It like saying to God “I’ve done all I can Lord; now I need your help to complete a work in my life.” It creates an opportunity for God to step into our lives and turn lack into abundance. Put some time aside for the Lord; you will benefit extremely in the end. After all, Jesus died for us, it’s only right that we live for Him.

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