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Fasting Day 20: Fresh Inspiration from the Archives

Fresh Inspiration from the Archives

From the Archives:

  1. The Calvary Road, Part 3
  2. 300+ Names, Titles & Attributes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  3. The I Am For Your Every Need (1): In Christ is…
  4. Fasting Day 20: Returning in Power, Part 4
  5. Fasting Day 20: Returning in Power, Part 5
  6. Fasting Day 20: Keeping It A Part of Your Lifestyle
  7. Fasting Day 20: Three Promised Results

 

Fasting Day 19: The Calvary Road, Part 3

Man carrying cross

What we need above all else is to see and savor the glory of God in Christ Jesus. More than financial provision, more than physical healing, more than mended relationships, more than success on our job, more than success in our ministries – we need to see and treasure God’s glory in Christ.

After all, it was as we beheld the glory of God in the gospel that we were saved (2 Cor. 4:4,6). Beholding the glory of God in His promises, we are being sanctified (2 Cor. 3:18). By “fixing our eyes on Jesus” and “looking not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” and setting “our minds on things that are above” we will finish our course, keep the faith and persevere to the end (Heb 12:2; 3:1; 2 Cor. 4:18; Col. 3:1). This is God’s will for us and His work in us:

“May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever” (Hebrews 13:20-21).

If this is God’s will and work for us, why is fasting necessary?

We are so constituted as fallen human beings, Jesus says, that “the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things [even innocent things like food] enter in and choke the word,” which is meant to reveal to us the glory of God (Mark 4:19). Therefore the fight of faith and the battle to behold the glory of the Lord day by day is fought not only by feeding the soul on truth, but fasting, to put our appetites to the test, if necessary to death. [i]

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300+ Names, Titles & Attributes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

God Names

 

This post is part of an ongoing series putting the focus on God—fixing our eyes on HIM and praising Him for who He is.

300+ Names, Titles and Attributes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:

Abba, Father
Abiding
Able
Abounding and Abundant
Adequacy
Adonai, Lord and Master
Advocate
All-knowing
All-powerful
Almighty God
Alpha and Omega
Amen
Ancient of Days
Anointed of God
Answer
Arm of the Lord
Ascended
Atonement
Author and finisher of faith
Authority
Available
Avenger
Awesome
Balm of Gilead
Banner to the people
Beautiful
Before all things

 

Beginning and end
Beloved Son of God
Betrothed
Blameless
Blessed hope
Blesses
Bread from heaven
Bread of life
Bridegroom
Bright morning star
Brightness of glory of God
Brother
Burden-bearerCaptain of the Lord’s host
Carpenter
Chief cornerstone
Chief shepherd
Child Jesus
Choice and precious
Chosen of God
Christ Jesus our Lord
Christ the power of God
Cleansing
Comforter
Coming again
Commander of the army of the Lord
Compassionate

 

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The I Am For Your Every Need (1): In Christ is…

Your Need

Do you need something desperately? Are you becoming anxious as your situation moves from concern to crisis?

Your need, whatever it is today, has been met in Christ Jesus. It has been met in Him just as the Israelites’ needs were when God was leading them through the wilderness.

At The Red Sea

When God led the Israelites to the Red Sea, they were shut in with the sea in front, the mountains on both sides, and Pharaoh behind. God led them to a place of human hopelessness—to wit’s end!

Had the Israelites simply believed one promise God had made to them, they could have been free from all worry and fear. God had told them where the cloud stopped, they were to stop. He would carry them, and guide them and tell them where to pitch their tent. (Deut 1:33)

The cloud stopped between Migdol and the sea—a place that baffled them and put them at wit’s end! It was impossible for them to figure out a way through the Red Sea … and Pharaoh’s army was fast approaching.

Are you between a rock and a hard place? Between the sea and Pharoah? With no way out?

How did you get there? Do you think the devil put you there? God put you in this place—no matter how bad, how hopeless, or how senseless it seems.

Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” …

Long before Israel left Egypt, God’s plan was already set. He had already commanded the winds to blow at a certain day and hour to part the Sea. He had known all along exactly what He was going to do!

In the same way, God has a plan to bring you out of your storm.

“With God rests my salvation and my glory” (Psalm 62:7).

Your way out—the meeting of your need—rests with God. It has rested with Him long before your trouble even started. He’s not worrying, fretting, and ringing his hands, trying to figure out how He’s going to meet your need.

Israel was afraid and fainted at the Sea. They didn’t trust that God loved them and was busying Himself with their every step, providing for their every need.

God still delivered Israel, but they sang their song on the wrong side of the sea. They didn’t pass the spiritual test … and consequently, had to take the test again.

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Fasting Day 18: Returning in Power, Part 4

Jesus walking

 

When we fast and pray, God promises that our health will spring forth speedily and our influence will increase.

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you…”
Isaiah 58:8

When we enter God’s chosen fast, He promises:

1. Your healing shall spring forth speedily (v.8)

Do you want healing in your body? Would you like to make healthy choices in your eating this year? (See Fasting Day 18: Health and Healing.)

Daniel did not want to defile himself with the king’s food. As a result, he fasted. He and the other men who fasted with him were healthier & better nourished than the men who ate the king’s rich, royal food (see Daniel 1:15).

In Fasting for a Spiritual Breakthrough, Elmer Towns tells about a time when the students of Liberty University fasted and prayed for the healing of their Dean of Students, Vernon Brewer.

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Fasting Day 18: Returning in Power, Part 5

Jesus walking

Are you in a crisis, in need of God’s help? Do you need supernatural intervention on your job or in your business? Are you in a financial crisis? Do you need poverty to be broken in your life? Isaiah 58 contains amazing promises for those who fast and pray:

Then your light shall break forth like the morning…
The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
11 The LORD will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Isaiah 58: 8, 11

1. The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard (v.8).

One translation says, “The glory of the Lord will be your backer up.” Your influence grows after a fast and God comes behind you as your backer up. God says, “I’m backing this family. I’m backing this business. I’m backing this ministry because they have sought me in fasting and prayer.

When the enemy comes against you, God will say, “I’ve got your back and no weapon formed against you shall prosper” (see also Is. 54:17).

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Fasting Day 20: Keeping It a Part of Your Lifestyle

Calendar Planning

There is only one more day left of Pursuit 21. Before we conclude the fast and resume normal eating, I’d like to ask you to prayerfully consider how you will keep fasting a part of your lifestyle in the coming year.

Being Intentional

For most of us, if we hadn’t been intentional and decided last year that we were going to begin a fast in January of this year, we never would have done it. I know I would not have.

If I would have waited until Day 1 of Pursuit 21 to decide whether or not I was going to fast, I never would have fasted. I would have been too attached to my food to choose fasting. However, because I made the commitment in advance, I began my fast on Day 1 of Pursuit 21 even though my flesh was not at all in the mood. And oh how thankful I am — on this side of Day 1 — that I made the commitment in advance and have had these glorious days with God in fasting and prayer.

My point is this: if you wait until June, July or August to decide how fasting and prayer will be a part of your lifestyle, you may miss a great opportunity. Consider and pray now about how God would have you incorporate fasting in the coming months. I encourage you to prayerfully put a date on the calendar. It does not mean that when God calls you to a unique season of fasting, you will not obey. It simply means that you have intentional plans for fasting to be a part of your lifestyle.

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Fasting Day 20: Three Promised Results

wheat as a result of seeds

Do you desire a fresh touch from God? Do you want your children to be anointed men and women of God? Are you suffering financially? The book of Joel holds three key insights for you.

1. Fasting Breaks Poverty

2. Fasting Frees Your Children

3. Fasting Makes God Recognizable

Fasting Breaks Poverty

In the book of Joel, the people experienced a famine caused by an invasion of locusts. Their fields were ruined and the ground was dried up. Poverty ran so deep that not only did they lose their current crop, they lost the seeds – the potential for the next season’s harvest as well.

“The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down for the grain has dried up” (Joel 1:17).

Is this you? Has the economy wreaked havoc in your business this year? Did you lose income last year…and not only that, but you don’t have seed – investment dollars – to invest in your business in order to generate income this year?

God said to “blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly” (Joel 2:15). After the fast, the threshing floors were full of new grain and the vats overflowed with new wine and oil. God repaid the years the locusts had eaten. The people had “plenty to eat” (see Joel 2:24-26). God gave them autumn and spring rains – He saw their crops through to abundant harvest. Is this what you desire for your life, your family, your business, your ministry?

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