Season of Drought
Lately I have been feeling like my relationship with God has become stagnant and has felt dry. So after much thought and preparation I decided to do the Esther Fast and did not eat or drink for 3 days and 3 nights (Esther 4:16). Boy was this a struggle for me but in the end it definitely took my relationship with Him to a new dimension. If you want to experience new heights with God, I definitely encourage you to fast.
I disconnected myself from the world rarely leaving my room, which gave me more time to focus on the word of God. I also used this time to examine myself and seek Him about the path to take. I needed confirmations regarding decisions to make concerning my future.
Examine Me O God
Over the course of the 3 days I can testify that I experienced God’s love on deeper level. God revealed so much to me regarding the things I need to work on. For example I need to become more obedient and take what He says more seriously. God also brought to light so much regarding my character and stumbling blocks in my life. He answered my prayers and gave me direction regarding my future and also humbled me concerning my relationship with others; He spoke to me about people I needed to go and apologize.
Lord Take Me Higher
By the end of the 3 days I definitely felt as though something had changed! I felt energized and equipped. Ready for battle. I still can’t believe I didn’t eat for 3 days and didn’t collapse either and it was all because of Him! He and He alone sustained me, so He alone deserves all the glory and praise. Jesus truly is the all-sufficient one; He gave me new strength like wow I’m in awe of Him. To think that I kept putting off doing the Esther Fast because of fear of collapsing…the devil truly is a liar! Jesus was spot on when He said man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). The Word of God was my food for those 3 days. I can testify that the word of God is living and is true; my heavenly Father guided me continually and satisfied my soul in drought and strengthened my bones (Isaiah 58:11). When we fast, it pushes us to depend on God and His strength rather than our own. Something supernatural happens when we fast.
This experience has taught me the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone and stretching myself. I have discovered that when I feel like I’m not growing, it’s a sign that I have matured and need to go to another level. God is waiting on us, He wants to take us to new levels and do new things in our lives (Isaiah 43:19).
The Purpose of Fasting
In Matthew 6:16, Jesus said, “when you fast” meaning He assumed that His disciples would fast. He Himself fasted for forty days to prepare for ministry and to fortify His soul for His confrontation with Satan (Matthew 4:1-2). He affirmed fasting as an accompaniment to times of intense prayer (Matthew 17:21). Remember the purpose of spiritual fasting is always the same: to draw the believer closer to God (Joel 2:12-15). From the most humble circumstances, one reaches out to God. Let us bear in mind that the Lord is not moved by fasting itself but rather the turning of the hearts of His people towards righteousness (Acts 10:30-33). The Bible repeatedly cautions that true fasting is not merely abstinence from food (Matthew 9:14-15). Fasting must be accompanied by sincere repentance and good works (Isaiah 58:3-7) and must never be done to impress others, as mere ritualism or as a source of pride (Luke 18:10-14), (Daniel 2:23). Also, when fasting it is not only food that we can refrain from, it could be our mobile phone, social media, music etc. So pray and ask God what He wants you to abstain from (I’ll make another post which speaks about tips on fasting).
Will You Stand In The Gap?
At church on Sunday, my pastor was speaking on the cost of discipleship. Luke 9:51-62 speaks in detail about this and I definitely recommend you read this passage when you have time. Being a disciple of Christ means we must count the costs. It will cost us our time, prayer life, wealth and resources. There is always a sacrifice that needs to be made in order for the Gospel to move forward but with sacrifice comes blessings. In Galatians 6:9, Paul encourages us to not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap a harvest if we do not lose heart. Let us store up our riches in heaven rather on earth. Remember everything we see shall soon pass away, but it’s that which we can’t see that will last forever. God is looking for someone to stand in the gap and intercede on behalf of the nations. He is looking for people to do the work of an evangelist and bring the lost into His kingdom. Proverbs 11:30 states that “he who wins souls is wise”. Today, let us step out of our comfort zone and share the Gospel with someone. Who has God put on your heart for you to minister to?
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