Updated: Jan 5, 2021
The discipline of fasting is one of my biggest challenges. I enjoy food, especially the unhealthy kind. I am a sweet-aholic. The enemy goes after our disciplines because he knows the damage they will do to his kingdom. The Word tells us that God is a good Father and He disciplines those He loves, even much better than a father does his son. It is important for us to discipline ourselves with fasting and prayer.
We’re not going to get connected to Heaven without first disconnecting from earth, our desires and pleasures. Paul told Timothy that “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come”. He said “train yourself to be godly” (1 Tim. 4: 7, 8). Not just for Heaven but for here, too! The Word is rich with these promises: Galatians 6:9 (NIV) says “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, is we faint not”. Hebrews 12:11 (NIV) says “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it”.
Is it possible that we have forfeited power and peace for pleasure and indulgence? Years ago, I heard Joyce Meyer ask this question, and it has always inspired me. It went something like this: How are we going to battle demons if we can't even fight a chocolate chip cookie? This caught my attention because it's so true. We are like the caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly: grow by the struggles and challenges we face, increasing in faith and anointing by the determination to never give up. God has given us an arsenal of weapons, both offensive and defensive (Eph. 6:11-18)! If we will daily armor up and use the disciplines of fasting and prayer, I believe we will be a mighty army that will do major damage to the enemy of our souls. Now is not a time to cower but to seek power, holiness and righteousness. We’re in a serious battle for souls. There is a gross darkness covering us. It is broken by the light of Jesus.
My prayer is that we’ll begin 2021 with our faces in Jesus’ face; that we will be transformed to be like our Jesus, not conformed to this world; the seen things are temporary and passing away. The unseen is eternal- forever, so let’s make wise investments. May we trust in faith for the Father to give us supernatural anointing to break the yoke of oppression, to rise us out of the ashes of complacency, and to bring us forth as a devil defeating, life changing army! Let’s wage this war together! Love and blessing in the battle!
January 5, 2021