The Heart Of Fasting.

In 2013 The Lord told me to do a Daniel’s fast, forever. He said that the fasting would cause more of His power to flow through my life, and immediate power. He continued with, “It’s a small price to pay for more to come to know Me and love Me.”
For years I have fasted on and off, since then. At one point I fasted for three months straight, but found myself becoming anemic. Not only that, but I was not praying, and then my “fasting” became a diet.

I felt like a failure. But He quickly told me that He was poles with my heart’s motive, it least in the beginning.
No one has ever taught me how to fast. It’s almost like a “taboo” subject with Christians. Some say it’s not necessary. Some say it’s Old Testament law, and therefore outdated. 

But how could I possibly ignore what I know He told me to do? I can’t and I won’t.
For several months I have desperately tried to find information of fasting and the fasting lifestyle. See, when The Lord told me to do the Daniel’s fast “forever”, I misunderstood. I thought He meant every day of my life! But the truth is, a Daniel’s fast is a twenty one day fast, not thirty. So basically, three weeks on the fast, one week off. That makes a huge difference for me.

I have found books on fasting, good books and good authors. But I still was left feeling like I didn’t know WHY. What was the purpose of fasting?

Sure, I can go through the mechanical motions of fasting, but what is the reason for it, what is the heart’s motive behind it? Why is it so important? And if it is so important, why aren’t many others doing it?

These questions have been bothering me for months, even after reading on the subject.
Then, last night when I went to bed, and I was almost asleep, The Holy Spirit explained it to me! (Why when I was almost asleep? Because there are no distractions around me, and none going on in my thoughts. I am completely shut down to every distraction, and because of that, I can hear Him much clearer!)
The Holy Spirit asked me if I remembered how it felt to be away form someone I loved for a period of time. He reminded me of how alone I felt, how desperately I wanted to hear their voice, to be with them, to be held by them, to hear their heart beat. We could have been fighting when they had to leave, but after a while it didn’t matter anymore, I just wanted to be with them!
Another example He reminded me of was when my Grandmother was dying. She was hours away, and honestly we didn’t have the money to make the drive out to her. It was to the point that she was not in her right mind, and the only thing she would say was, “I want to die” over, and over, and over again. 

It broke my heart. I felt so helpless and wanted her suffering to stop. It got to the point that I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, and I just broke down crying in our kitchen. I loved my Grandma more than anyone in our Family, and my heart just ached for her. I was desperate to see her, to help her, but I couldn’t. Nothing else mattered, for the most part. She was on my mind and heart constantly.
Have you ever felt like that? Maybe it is for someone who died, and you miss them. You just want to hear their voice again, to see them again, to hold them again. 

Maybe when they passed, or left, you could not eat or sleep. Nothing else mattered, not friends, family, activities, movies,… someone could have given you a million dollars and it wouldn’t have mattered. 

The longing for that person is so much that it consumes you, day and night.
That is the heart of fasting. 
To long for the very presence of Jesus so much that you cannot think of anything else, but Him and His love. 

You can’t sleep, nothing else can satisfy or comfort you, you don’t even have a desire for food. You my even feel sad, and desperate for Him. All you want is to hear His voice, to see Him, to be in His presence. Only He can comfort you, and can satisfy you. He is what you long for, and Him alone, because you know His love for you and there is NOTHING on this earth that can compare to it.
Mark 2:18-20 AMP

“18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were observing a fast; and [dome people’ came and asked Jesus, Why are John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fasting, but Your disciples are not doing so?

19 Jesus answered them, Can the wedding guests fast (abstain from food and drink) while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.

20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and they will fast in that day.”
Jesus is the Bridegroom! (Please see Revelations 19:7-9) Jesus calls us away form all the distractions of the world to Himself, because He yearns over us with a jealous love!
Song Of Solomon (or Song Of Songs) 4:7-10 AMP

“7 [He exclaimed] O my love, how beautiful you are! There is no flaw in you!

8 Come away with me from Lebanon , my [promised] bride, come with me from Lebanon. Depart from the top of Amana, from the peak of Senir and Hremon, from the lions’ den, from the mountain of the leopards.

9 You have ravished my heart and given me courage, my sister, my [promised] bride’ you have ravished my heart and given me courage with one look from your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.

10 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my [promised] bride! How much better is your love than wine! And the fragrance of your ointments than all spices!”
James 4:4-5 AMP (please read verses 1-10 to get the full picture)

“4 You [are like] unfaithful wives, [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God.

5 Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?”
Jesus was here on earth. He died to pay our ransom for our sins with His blood (Song Of Solomon 4:7 “…there is no flaw in you!” because we are washed in His blood).

When He rose from the dead, He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of The Father. 

Even though He is in us, some days the distractions of life (the world), and all of it’s pleasures can pull us away from the presence of Jesus. 

His voice becomes faint, seeing Him is a thing of the past. Then condemnation comes in, (from the enemy not Jesus! See Romans 8:1) and tries to separate you from Jesus even more! 

The one thing that satan fears the most is if you KNKOW Jesus, through spending time with Him and communing (talking) with Him! The more you do, the more you can resist temptations, because you will know His love and know Him. That is a THREAT to satan!! If you know Jesus, satan can’t twist the truth about Jesus. He can’t tell you that a sickness is from God, or that God doesn’t love you, etc.

You really get to know someone when you live with them, or are in their presence constantly. No one, or any amount of gossip could ever get you to believe a lie about that person!

(See Philippians 3:3, 7-12. In fact verse 18-19 even talks about people who’s god is their belly! Don’t think our stomach’s can become a god to us? Try not eating ANY sugar, read the labels carefully, or caffein for three days straight! Your body will be screaming for sweets pretty quick!)
Psalm 91:1 AMP (please read all of Psalm 91)

1 “HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].”
“Dwells” is to stay or remain.

“The secret place” is the presence of God. (See Psalm 31:20)
Fasting is not a punishment. It’s not a condemnation. It’s a heart’s longing for more of Jesus, His love, His voice, His presence! It’s a time for humbling ourselves before Him, admitting we can’t do it, and admitting our dependence upon Him alone.

It’s a time of repentance for sins, either ours and for our Nation! (Please read Joel 2)
Sin will cause a separation between Jesus and us. Just repent quickly, and keep close to Him! Let nothing come between you and Jesus! Seek His face as your vital need! 
Psalm 27:4-5, 8 (please read all of Psalm 27)

“4 One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and ‘insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

5 For in the days of trouble He will hide me in His shelter’ in the secret place of His tent will He hide me’ He will set me high upon a rock.

8 You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require ‘of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].”
Sadly today’s Christians, especially here in America, are not desperate enough for Jesus, that is , until a crisis comes along.

In other parts of the world, people are being butchered because they love Jesus! If we had that here, I think more Christians would be truly desperate for Him. (Not that I want that to happen, by any means here in America or anywhere else in the world!)
The fact is that we have too many distractions. We have too many comforts. It’s ok to be uncomfortable, truly. Some UNDERGROUND Christians in China, worship God in caves for four to twelve hours, straight! Here in America, the Churches would almost be empty if worship went on for that long, because we have too many ‘other things to do’.
Fasting must be accompanied with prayer, praise and worship. 

What is the purpose of your fast? To get closer to God? To pray for your Country? Is there a crisis? What ever the reason, find some Scriptures about your need, and make them the focus of your fast.
We must be desperate for Jesus, for The Father, for The Holy Spirit! It’s better to do it willingly now, than during a crisis.
Some issues can ONLY be resolved by prayer and fasting! 

The scene is a little boy who was demon possessed. The father brought his son to Jesus’ disciples, but they could not drive it out. So the father brought him to Jesus.

(Please read Mark 9:17-29)

27 (AMP) “But Jesus took [a strong grip of] his hand and began lifting him up, and he stood.

28 And when He had gone indoors, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we drive it out?

29 And He replied to them, This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”
Fasting is a very important subject, with Jesus at the center of our focus of love!
Learn about His love for you! Please get a copy of “The Secret Of The Stairs” by Wade E. Taylor. It explains His love for you through The Song Of Solomon. It will change your life forever. 🙂 
A good book about prayer, and how to pray: “Secrets Of A Prayer Warrior” by Derek Prince.
I hope this long, and important subject helps you. More so, I hope and pray it makes sense to you.

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How far are you willing to go?

We call Him Lord, but do we treat Him as Lord?
For months now, I have been thinking about the Lordship of Jesus in my life.

I read the book, “Azusa Street” by Frank Bartleman, well, I have almost finished it. I could only read so much at a time. The information was so,.. rich, it took days to ‘digest’, and I’m still ‘digesting’ it. 

It’s that information that you never got in Church, or from that fellow Christian. It’s that information that made you realize how how much of a babe in Christ you truly are, after feeling that you were somewhat mature in Him.

It’s that, ‘reality check’,… that humbling we all desperately need, but few search out and accept.

In the book, “Azusa Street”, the author talked of people being so completely submitted, ‘swept away’ if you will, in Jesus, that it almost seems unreal,… almost.

It was revealing a level of love, dependence, and submission to Jesus that I had never heard of before.

Miracles, signs, wonders,… His Presence felt two blocks away, instant healing, LOVE like no other,…. I want that. 

No, I NEED HIM like that!
What it revealed to me is how little I honestly know, and how far I truly am from KNOWING Jesus. There’s knowing about Him,… and then there is KNOWING HIM like Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, etc. Huge difference!

I can’t stand the thought of just being a Christian who has accepted Jesus as Lord, but that’s it. 

I want to see His fruit in me! I want His Voice to speak through me! I want to feel with His heart! I want to see people as He does, with unreserved LOVE! I want to do as I see Him do! I want people to see Him, not me, in me.

Does that make sense?
When I accepted Jesus into my life, I was taught about how He loved me, but the emphasis was on what He would do for me. “Just pray according to this Scripture, and God will bless you with it!”…. “Just speak by faith for it, and God will provide it for you!”… “You have authority and power! Command it!”… “Give your Tithes and Offerings and God will bless you financially!”….
Is God an ATM, or GOD?

Is He here as a gene who puffs out of something to meet OUR requests every time we rub ‘the lamp’ as prayer?

Is He our ‘sugar daddy’?

Is He here just to meet our needs and wants?
Is God here to bless MY Ministry, MY bank account, MY business, MY life, MY lusts, MY pride, MY car, MY status, MY abilities, MY wisdom, MY body, MY….
Aren’t we supposed to be submitted to God, and not the other way around?

Don’t we call Him Lord? But we have been taught to act as if we are lord.

Do we even know what that word means, ‘Lord’?
According to Bible Study Tools the meaning of the word, ‘Lord’ is:
“Heb. ‘adon, means one possessed of absolute control. It denotes a master, as of slaves ( Genesis 24:14 Genesis 24:27 ), or a ruler of his subjects ( 45:8 ), or a husband, as lord of his wife ( 18:12 ). 

The old plural form of this Hebrew word is ‘adonai . From a superstitious reverence for the name “Jehovah,” the Jews, in reading their Scriptures, whenever that name occurred, always pronounced it ‘Adonai”
“Heb. ba’al, a master, as having domination. This word is applied to human relations, as that of husband, to persons skilled in some art or profession, and to heathen deities. “The men of Shechem,” literally “the baals of Shechem” ( Judges 9:2 Judges 9:3 ). These were the Israelite inhabitants who had reduced the Canaanites to a condition of vassalage ( Joshua 16:10 ; 17:13 ).”

(See link: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/lord/)
Do we treat Him as Master, or as our Ruler? Do we truly reverence Him?

‘Reverence’: 

noun 

1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. 

2. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.

3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy. 

4. the state of being revered. 

5. (initial capital letter) a title used in addressing or mentioning a member of the clergy (usually preceded by your or his ). 
—verb (used with object), rev·er·enced, rev·er·enc·ing.

1. to regard or treat with reverence; venerate: One should reverence God and His laws.
So do we honestly, treat Jesus as Lord with pleasing Him and His agenda, or do we treat Him as if He is here to meet OUR needs?
Do we TRULY love God with all of out heart, soul and mind? Or do we honestly love ourselves more than God? (God’s going to bless MY ministry,… MY business,… MY new Christian book,…)
Do we pray and ask Him what is on His heart and pray according to that, or do we pray that He meet OUR needs, wants, desires, lusts, etc.?
Do we pray for OTHERS to be healed, delivered, set free, and to be blessed? Do we SELFLESSLY bless others unconditionally, even if we are struggling ourselves, WHOLE HEARTEDLY with a glad heart?
These are some tough questions, but they are needed to be addressed. 

You can never grow without being challenged.
I asked The Lord one day, why I seem to be so scrutinized by Him. Why do I seem to have so much refining placed on my by Him?

He answered me, and told me to look at the Military. When I was in, I went through boot camp, where we learned the basics of the Military, how to stand, how to salute, how to march, how to wear our uniform properly, how to identify ranks, etc.From there we went to our “A School”, to learn our trade, or job for the Military. From there we went to our commands, and performed our jobs, while still learning of course.

But then, you have the Special Forces, such as Navy SEALS. They volunteer for the toughest job, and go through the most demanding, the most physically and mentally challenging,… the most refined and scrutinized training in BUDS out of all the rest.

The average drop out rate is 60%!

Their training is so hard, because they need to be the best. They need to prove that they won’t quit, that they won’t give up, no matter how hard it gets, physically or mentally. They need to be dedicated, honorable, trustworthy, and diligent in what they do.

The point Jesus was making, is that there are a lot of Christians. Some have signed on the ‘dotted line’, calling Him Lord, but that’s it. Some have done that, and moved forward to “boot camp”, but have never graduated because they don’t want to comply with the basics of Christianity. Some have graduated and have pursued their “A School” to become what The Lord has called them to do,… as best THEY can. Then you have those who want to go deeper with Him, at all costs. They want to KNOW HIM, live in His Presence, commune (talk with Him) all the time as their vital need, get His Orders, and carry them out EXACTLY as He says or shows them. This takes great refining, discipline, a letting go of self, total commitment to Him and absolute dependence upon Him.

Dedicated,

committed,

submitted to Him, The Trinity, The King of kings and Lord of lords alone.
These are the “Spiritual Snipers”, the ones that the enemy is aware of, and fears the most. Because they don’t come in blazing, with thousands,… but they are the hidden ones that call no attention to themselves, but cause the most devastation.

Why? Because they are completely committed and submitted to God and His Will, not their own. They only say what He tells them to say, and they only do what He tells them, or shows them to do. 

They fast and pray, they selflessly, they forgive quickly, and refuse to hate any person. They know who the real enemy is, which is satan and his demonic urchins only.

They war in the spirit, and not against flesh and blood.

They are willing to let their desires go, to fulfill His desires.
So the question to you is, how far are you willing to go for God? How much of your SELF are you willing to let go of, for more of Him?
The more you let go of your SELF the more of He can fill you with Himself!
Books to deepen your relationship with God:

The Bait Of Satan, by John Brevere,

Drawing Near, by John Brevere,

The Secret Of The Stairs, by Wade E Taylor,

Waterspouts Of Glory, by Wade E Taylor,

Celebration Of Discipline, by Richard J. Foster
These are just a few of my favorites to get you started.
Blessings.