fasting

Fasting is a principle occurring in the Bible from Old to New Testament…. and always in conjuction with Prayer…. the purpose of the fasting is:

1. To show our “seriousness” before God by denying ourselves to seek fellowship with Him.

2. To use the time that we would spend eating, preparing and cleaning up after meals for prayer and meditation before God.

3. To move into the spiritual realm as the body declines in “energy”

Item 3 applies to extended fasting… like the forty day and forty nights  so often mentioned in Scripture

FROM THE DOCTORS VIEWPOINT

Doctors (who do not believe in GOD) will say that EVERYBODY “hallucinates” after extended fasting and therefore EVERYBODY (Christian or NOT) will have “strange visions and hear voices” and so there is nothing “spiritual” about that….. it is just the brain’s reaction to starvation.

They will also tell you that the longer the fast, the more potentially dangerous it is to your body.

FROM THE BIBLE’S VIEWPOINT

UNLIKE a fast that “anybody” might do….. it would seem that the prophets of the Bible had amazing energy in their body EVEN after having been “deprived” for so long (Exodus 24:18) …. Moses still had enough strength to climb around on a mountain

Daniel 9:3 – 27 tells us plainly… that with prayer, fasting, sackcloth and ashes…. the angel Gabriel was sent to him to explain the prophecy.

Jesus (after His forty days and forty nights of fasting)  was in no way harmed physically. (Luke 4:1 – 14)

The bottom line is that spiritual fasting for the express purpose of communion with GOD must be undertaken through FAITH and no doctor can explain or assist with any visions or physical manifestations that may occur as a result of it…..  you will be operating outside the realm of “natural” medicine….. and have to depend on GOD and Him alone.

I am neither encouraging you or discouraging you from fasting….. far less, suggesting the length of time you might do so…. it is a very personal issue…… if you feel so inclined, please research it further.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, the most important thing for us… your children… is to have a right attitude towards you….. to want YOU more than anything else in life…  and we trust you to guide our way each day… in Jesus name we ask these things. Amen

 

spirit

HUMAN has a body, soul and spirit (Genesis 2:7) and today I want to help you understand the nature of each of these.

On the lowest level is the body, people who are living a “body” existence (meaning that their body is very much in control of them) manifest no self-control or discipline….  whatever their body wants…. they do (usually) right away… and this is no different from all the other animals on the planet.

On the next level is the soul… people who have “developed” their soul (meaning brought their body under the control of their soul)…. do not automatically “give in” to whatever their body wishes (food, sleep)…. their body does what their soul wants (instead of the other way round)…. sometimes they give it what it wants , other times they do not and still other times they make it wait until it suits them to give it what it desires…. most people have achieved some level of “soul control” otherwise they could never be “successful” in this present world.

On the highest level is the spirit…. very few people (statistically speaking) are aware of the functioning of their spirit….. and their spirit remains “underdeveloped”…. spiritual people (people whose spirit rules soul and body) are either “very good” or “very evil”…. they are very “powerful” people and lead a life of “miraculous” happenings outside the experience of the “average human”.

WHY must they be EITHER “very good” OR “very evil”….. and not somewhere “in between” (like the rest of mankind ?) ?????

Because these “spiritual people” interact with the spiritual world where the INVISIBLE WAR is still going on….  they are either in communication with God Himself or one of the many “evil spirits” trying their best to “entice and seduce” any human spirits that dare to enter the realm of the “spirit world”.

Humans who seek to develop their own spirits are doing so to gain “an unfair competitive advantage” over the rest of “ordinary mortals” and are already being led by “EVIL entities”.

The CORRECT attitude towards “SPIRITUAL” development is  NOT SEEK IT APART FROM GOD…. you let GOD control the when, if and how… otherwise there are risks for you…. the PRIDE that caused Lucifer’s downfall is waiting to swallow you up and place you right where the “evil entities”  want you to be.

Let us examine the life of Elijah…. 2 Kings 1:9 – 10

“Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him, and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spoke unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, IF I BE A MAN OF GOD, THEN LET FIRE COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND CONSUME THEE AND THY FIFTY. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

And this happened a second time also.. verses 11 – 13… until the THIRD captain BEGGED for his life and the lives of his men (verses 13 – 14)…. then the LORD told Elijah, he could go with them. (verse 15)

CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THAT DISPLAY OF POWER would have done to an “average” person…. their head would have swelled with PRIDE immediately… I can consume ANYONE…. I am the GREATEST human on the planet…. I am INVINCIBLE…… I AM GOD on this planet…. it did not have that effect on Elijah BECAUSE… GOD Himself had SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN Elijah and equipped him to handle such POWER.

Let us see what Jesus had to say to His disciples (who were quite eager to do the same thing and THEY had PRIDE issues (Luke 9:46-48))……. “And when his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven , and consume them, even as Elijah did ? But he turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of; For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” (Luke 9:54 – 55)

JESUS had ALL POWER but consistently did NOT USE it “to show off” or “defend Himself”….. GOD is the SAME … FOREVER….  BOTH these episodes happened for OUR instruction…. it was GOD’s WILL to burn up the people in Elijah’s day and it was GOD’s WILL NOT to burn them up during Jesus time on Earth.

People today IMAGINE that GOD is no longer in the “burning business”…. they need to read REVELATION…. GOD will burn them up when HE is “ready”….  it does not mean that He does not “love them” or He is “cruel” (that is a HUMAN viewpoint) and GOD does not view things according to our standards (Isaiah 55:8 – 9)…. HE is GOD and we are not (although quite a few people would LIKE to be god…. just like Lucifer wanted to be god).

So what does God want for YOUR “human” SPIRIT ?? …. I will reveal this in the days to come…. enough for today.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, there is only one “safe” place for us, your little children…. the place of HUMBLE worship and adoration of YOU… help us to see that this is NOT a “pathetic inferior idea” as the heathen regard it…. but is actually the HIGHEST and MOST EXALTED “occupation” in the entire Universe (Revelation 4:8 – 11, Revelation 5:11 – 12)…. thank you for looking after us today and delivering us from evil… in Jesus Name. Amen.