FASTING MESSAGE 3: FASTING THAT WILL BRING RESULTS
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:9 “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness”
Many commit themselves to a covenant of fasting not understanding God’s principles regarding it. There are set rules that God has stipulated regarding fasting. Therefore, when people seek God to meet their needs through fasting, they have to obey accordingly for God to keep His end of the bargain. The blessings of fasting can only be received when the people of God learn how to fast the proper way. God hates sin and the consequence of sin is complete separation from this Holy God. There is only one way to achieve a successful fast, and that is repentance!
True repentance makes the Lord to quickly react to the prayers of His people. When you demonstrate true repentance, He shall respond instantly and meet you at the point of your needs. Fasting is a very painful process where you afflict your body to humble yourself before God. It is pointless to go through so much pain when you still have sin in your life because your prayers shall not reach heaven. Do not allow yourself to afflict your body for no reason. You have to repent so that your prayers may be answered. When you fast with a pure heart, having repented from your sinful ways, you are assured that this faithful God shall answer you. He gives us a guarantee that He shall respond when we call upon Him in prayer and fasting.
One of the sinful things that God hates the most is selfishness. A person lacking consideration for others and only concerned with his own gain does not please God. Allow God to teach you how to love and care for others during this particular time. Jesus allowed Himself to be brutally crucified for our sins because of His love for us. Throughout His ministry here on earth, Jesus kept encouraging His followers to love one another. Is the church not supposed to display and spread such kind of love that they have received from their Master?
The world is in such a terrible state and in desperate need of the true children of God to spread the love of Christ. Who else if not you child of God? Selfishness and corruption have taken over and God is looking for people with a heart like His to heal this out of control world by spreading His love. Look at the terrible state of the world child of God! People refuse to extend a hand to help a neighbour who is in serious trouble, even when the neighbour is at risk of death. People have a nerve of lying to one another like the true children of the devil. How could you claim to love someone when you make them believe non-existent stories? The compulsive lying has become so fashionable that they even do it even in the presence of the Holy Spirit, in God’s house. There is no more self-sacrificial love in this world.
When you fast, you stay away from food. However, there are more important things than food that you must stay away from. Stay away from pride, selfishness, hatred, jealousy and envy during this time. You are a witch if you wish bad things for other people. You are also a murderer if you practice hatred and refuse to forgive other people. Now tell me, what is the point of starving yourself and making yourself feel so much pain if you continue with murder and practicing witchcraft? Not only do these things hurt the next person, but they have the ability to destroy you because they are very poisonous. When you are harbouring grudges and bitterness, you are just like a person taking poison and expecting someone else to die. It is very self-destructive. It shall squeeze the life out of you and also keep you in suffering and stagnancy.
When you see good things happening to someone else, be happy for them and God shall bless you too. If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted by God (Genesis 4:7).
Child of God, in this 40 days fasting make sure that your house is in order. Fasting is outside, but God is more interested on what is going in your heart. If you adhere to the rules of the fast, you are going to be a vessel of honour used for noble purposes. Do not allow selfishness to take over your life. Fast in a way that will make God to answer you when you call, that will make Him to say here I am when you cry to Him. May your light continue to shine brighter as you repent and spread the love of God in the name of Jesus Christ! May you move in glory and fly high!