Eight Reasons To Fast
In a society that is filled with various types of delectable cuisines – the fast food chains, international restaurants, local diners and street food, it is hard to abstain from food.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the USA Department of Labour, in 2016 the average consumer spent a little over US$7,000 on food.
When I roughly calculated my budget last year I spent approximately US$4000 on food for a family of two.
In view of the impending economic decline, it may become necessary to fast more often.
I have fasted on many occasions and the Lord has performed miracles in my life as a result.
Consequently, I sacrificed every Thursday to fast. I fast and pray for the health and strength of my family, relatives, friends and the church.
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ stated that it would become necessary for His Bride (the Church) to fast when He was no longer physically present with her.
And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. (Matthew 9:15)
The bridegroom is no longer with us physically so we need to fast frequently.
Thus, without further ado here are eight reasons why we need to turn down the pot, skip some favorite indulgences such as coffee and chocolate cake, and fast.
Eight Reasons to fast
(Don’t forget that fasting goes hand in hand with prayer).
1. Fasting will restore and keep you fresh.
After or during a fast, your heart will be renewed and refreshed to receive new revelation from God to preserve and mature you into the oil and wine.
This is similar to pouring new wine into new wineskin to preserve and mature the wine. You cannot pour new wine into old wineskin because it will burst (Matthew 9:16-16).
2. Fasting will help you to hold fast to your confession in Christ without wavering so that you will have boldness to enter the holy place or sanctuary of God through the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10: 19, 23).
3. Fasting will motivate you to study the Word of God so that you will stand fast in faith (1 Cor 15:2; 1 Cor 16:13).
4. Fasting will help you to stand fast in the liberty where Christ has set you free so that you will not become entangled again in the yoke of bondage ( Galatians 5:1).
5. Fasting will help you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).
6. Fasting will drive out stubborn demons, and root out and tear down strongholds (Esther 4; Daniel 9:3; Matthew 17:14-21).
You will not be terrified of the adversary when you pray and fast.
7. Fasting is the best way to kill the flesh and keep you humble. Repenting with humility and fasting will move the heart of God on your behalf (Ezra 8:23; 9:5; Nehemiah 9: 1-3; Joel 1:14; 2: 12-15; Jonah 3).
8. The Holy Spirit will speak to you and supernatural miracles will occur in your life when you fast (Acts 10; 13).
Fasting should not be done to prove how religious or righteous you are like the Pharisees. God does not honor insincerity (Luke 18:9-14 ).
Fasting that is done to appease traditions and customs will not move the heart of God (Isaiah 1).
Additional References: Philippians 1:27-30
Over to you!
How often do you fast?
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