I am honored to be able to share again with you, fasting movement, and I pray that you finish this 21-day race faithfully as you keep your eyes on Jesus Christ.
Pastor Franklin in his book The Fasting Edge states, “The first thing you need to do is make up your mind that you are going to regain your edge” (pg 6).
One of the things that can happen to believers over time is that they become desensitized to the character, ways and voice of God. And many times the main reason for this can be traced to participation with the spirit of the world. In 1 John 5:19 it says, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” I am blessed to have two children and I have learned that a productive method of putting them to sleep is by rocking (swaying) them to sleep. Thus, the same happens to believers when they begin to forget to “know” in their mind that they are of God and not of the world; the spirit of the world will sway you to sleep spiritually and you will lose your edge and so much more.
Pastor Franklin again says in The Fasting Edge, “What you feed your mind on matters…Fasting doesn’t just pertain to what you put in your stomach, but what you feed your soul and spirit as well” (pg 18).
What you feed your soul and spirit matters! If you will read again “the fasting chapter” in the Bible “Isaiah 58” I want to bring something to your attention. It speaks three times in a negative light against “pleasure” (V.3, 13). God has not called us to give ourselves over to pleasure, living for our own pleasure and desires but that we should “honor Him, not doing your own ways” (Isaiah 58:13).
And this is regarding more than just 21 days of fasting. Jesus said to follow Him you must take up your cross and die to your desires for pleasure and your own selfish will. (See Mark 8:34-35)
Consider the following:
James 4:3-4 – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
James 5:5 – “You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury (indulgence); you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.”
1 Timothy 5:6 – “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.”
Philippians 2:20-21 – “For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.”
When you work this teaching out with the Spirit of God then and only then can God’s Light and Will clearly shine forth for you and the promises found in Isaiah 58 begin to spring forth. AND IT IS ALWAYS WORTH DYING TO SELFISH DESIRES SO THAT WE THEN CAN LIVE IN GOD’S BEST!!!!
This might not be what you want to hear on this day; but it is what the Bible teaches and what we all need!
God challenges and corrects those who are His and those whom He loves! That means this is also true encouragement – Biblically