2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Fasting is intentionally denying the flesh in order to gain a response in the spirit. Fasting or going without something that your body is used to can be difficult, but fasting breaks the strongholds that the enemy tries to use against us. It is not so much about trying to get what we want, but aligning ourselves with what God wants. Fasting is a way of totally surrendering our life to God.
Also, fasting is not about condemning ourselves or others, if we slip up or accidently eat something that we were avoiding, or even if we accidently give into hunger. Don’t fall into legalism, but pick up and start again, moving forward. Pray earnestly about what God would have you give up to deny your flesh during this season.
Fasting is not about an outward show. It is about showing God we are serious about building our relationship with Him. Being willing to give up something that our body craves, and then to fill that emptiness with God. You will notice your body and mind longing for a deeper relationship with God. Fasting should be accompanied by prayer. Make the effort to be in a time of deeper prayer during your fast.
Isaiah 58 says “Is not this the fast that I chose, to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke”. All of these things are about changing us for the better, loosening bonds, releasing oppression and breaking yokes.
During this season of fasting, as you are denying the flesh, you will have days when you feel weak, but fasting will strengthen your spirit, through Christ Jesus. Christ said His strength is made perfect in weakness. Stay committed to fast and pray during this season with our church body. Make your mind up and stay the course. Push through, don’t get discouraged. You and especially your spirit will be blessed and better off for it.
January 20, 2021