Hello Fasting community! Wow, here we are, the last day of the 21-day fast. What a journey this has been. It has been amazing to hear already the testimonies that have begun coming in testifying of the greatness and faithfulness of our God. Many have already begun to see and experience the promise of Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) 6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” God truly is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him!
If you have a testimony of how God has moved in your life during this time, we would love to hear about it. http://www.jentezenfranklin.org/contact/testimonial.php
I want to also address those who may say, “Javon I have not seen the breakthrough or received the answers yet of what I have been fasting and praying about.” I would like to encourage you because I can personally testify that throughout the years that I have participated in this 21-day fast, the majority of the answers, breakthroughs and miracles that I have experienced came after the fast. It never fails that over in the next few months of the year that God continues to show Himself faithful. Here is a list of Biblical examples of what I would like to call “The Power of Afterwards.”
The Power of Afterwards
Jehoshaphat: received God’s Divine intervention and overcame overwhelming odds
Esther: saw laws were reversed that intended to eradicate God’s people
Jonah: saw an entire nation receive the forgiveness and favor of God
Daniel: received divine revelation and vision of what was yet to come
Isaiah: saw bands of wickedness loosed, burdens lifted, yolks destroyed, health springing forth speedily
Joel 3: saw economic restoration and spiritual renewal
Paul and Barnabas – Acts 13: God opened doors, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Jesus Christ- Luke 4:14: “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit…”
These are all amazing displays and examples of what took place after a fast.
On that note, I would like to share this thought that I believe is vital as we conclude the 21-day fast and begin to move forward into the New Year.
In Joshua 3:5 it says, “And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Joshua made it clear that it was critical that they sanctify themselves. Sanctify means to set apart, to consecrate for special use or purpose. Then Joshua gave the reason: “for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” In other words, consecration before the miraculous and wonders would follow a period of sanctification.
Joshua was saying after you have sanctified yourselves, expect the miraculous! Expect wonders to take place. Once you have obeyed in sanctification expect there to be manifestation!
For 21 days we have sanctified ourselves through fasting and prayer. We have drawn back from the table. We have altered our lifestyles and now we should expect the miraculous and expect wonders. From this day forward we are to live in a state of expectation. Expectation does not limit God to a specific time or place, but expectation creates room for God to come where He chooses and when He chooses.
I pray that this 21-day journey has been a life-changing experience and that, above all, your relationship with God has gone to deeper depths and higher heights. I encourage you to be on the lookout, “for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you!”