Living the Word of God

A Call To Fast

Can you live a week without facebook? How about television, can you live a week without tv? How long can you live without something that you consume on a daily basis? I know that when something is taken away, something has to replace it. When someone quits smoking, they replace that habit with something that keeps their mouth busy – like eating. Then to lose weight, they stop eating and exercise. If your television viewing were taking away, what would you replace those hours with, reading? Listening to music? God wants you to put aside those things that consume your attention on a regular basis and pay some attention to Him so that He can talk to you. It’s in those quiet times when the Lord God has your attention that He can show you the wonderful and marvelous works He wants to do through you.

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked (Psalms 84:10)

Porque mejor es un día en tus atrios que mil fuera de ellos. Escogería antes estar a la puerta de la casa de mi Dios, Que habitar en las moradas de maldad  (Salmo 84:10 RVR).

When you are not liking what you see here in this physical world, you can change it in the spiritual realm. If you are sick or have deformities, you can see a “new you” in the spirit. Now, since things in the spiritual are only shadows of things to come, in order to change things you have to learn how to navigate in the spirit – thus we fast.

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring (Isaiah 58:6-11).

¿No es más bien el ayuno que yo escogí, desatar las ligaduras de impiedad, soltar las cargas de opresión, y dejar ir libres a los quebrantados, y que rompáis todo yugo? ¿No es que partas tu pan con el hambriento, y a los pobres errantes albergues en casa; que cuando veas al desnudo, lo cubras, y no te escondas de tu hermano? Entonces nacerá tu luz como el alba, y tu salvación se dejará ver pronto; e irá tu justicia delante de ti, y la gloria de Jehová será tu retaguardia. Entonces invocarás, y te oirá Jehová; clamarás, y dirá él: Heme aquí. Si quitares de en medio de ti el yugo, el dedo amenazador, y el hablar vanidad; y si dieres tu pan al hambriento, y saciares al alma afligida, en las tinieblas nacerá tu luz, y tu oscuridad será como el mediodía. Jehová te pastoreará siempre, y en las sequías saciará tu alma, y dará vigor a tus huesos; y serás como huerto de riego, y como manantial de aguas, cuyas aguas nunca faltan (Isaías 58:6-11 RVR)

Did you notice? Every time you do something for someone else as you represent the Lord God, He does something for you. Because the Lord God is gentle and will never force you to call upon Him – in fact, He can only help if you ask Him into your situation. When you do, then supernatural things begin to happen. So when you pray for someone, God takes that as permission to help that person who is on your mind or prayer and He comes into their situation with His grace and mercy. For you being obedient in praying for that person for God to help, God rewards you by doing something for you.

Sometimes I have many things to ask God for in prayer but while I am praying for everyone else I forget to pray for those things that I need. But fear not! God knows the things that you have need of and when you spend your time praying for someone else, He answers every one of your needs right on time. Praise the Lord!

When you consecrate yourself unto the Lord by declaring a fast and when you pray in addition to your fast, first of all fasting doesn’t move the hand of God to your favor. Fasting allows you to minimize all distractions so that you can hear Him. While you are praying, the Holy Spirit will be able to guide your tongue so that you ask for what is needed. Sometimes we just don’t know what to say when we are in His presence. Fasting allows you to be able to see into the spiritual world the way things should be – if that person is physically in a wheelchair, in the spirit you would see them up and walking. Whatever you see in the spirit allows you to make a demand on God’s grace and mercy to bring what you’ve seen in the spirit manifest itself in this physical earthly realm. Then it’s just a matter of resisting the devil’s opposition to your demand before it comes to pass in actuality.

Don’t think that the devil for one moment will permit people to see everything the way God had planned it. Oh no. The devil will come with all kinds of people doubting your prayer, hating on you for trying to walk on God’s promises and throwing all kinds of negative insults towards you for standing up for your kingdom rights. The key to getting what you’ve seen in the spirit is to resist the devil no matter who he sends to knock you off of your faith stand. If they win, you lose and the person whom you prayed for will not get what you saw in the spirit. If you are successful in resisting the devil, you win, Amen. What was prayed for is received.

Just a word on resisting the devil:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Someteos, pues, a Dios; resistid al diablo, y huirá de vosotros. Santiago – Capítulo 4:7

Submitting yourself to the Lord God is simple. Do what Jesus did when He defeated the devil. (See Luke Chapter 4.) When the devil came to Jesus to get Him to doubt God and seek His own glory, Jesus resisted the devil’s surges by quoting scripture in obedience to the ordinances laid out by our LORD.  Follow this example and in every situation in life you will be victorious.

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