TOPIC: GOD- PREFERRED FAST
Scripture: Isaiah 58: 6. Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encouter! It will interest you to know that God has a preference when it has to do with fasting! Today, we shall briefly outline the kind of fast God prefers for His children.
Our opening scripture said ‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen?’ In other words “is this not the fast I prefer?” This is coming because people fast for various selfish reasons, hence God has to show His children His choice of fast that is void of selfishness and self-centeredness. This is a fast meant to handle some challenges in the lives of the people around us. Jesus also threw His weight behind this kind of fast by saying:
*Matthew 17: 21. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.*
There are kinds of issues that require you to take a fast! And when you fast, there are always quick results because answers are waiting for your fast!
Some one may ask, does my fasting make God to change His mind? Absolute No! God remain who He is before fasting and after fasting. When we fast we only help ourselves not God.
*What then is God’s preferred fast?*
1. It is a fast meant to loose the bands of wickedness(Isa.58:6):
Beloved, the art of wickedness is a product of the fallen nature inherited from Adam. It is a matter of the heart (Gen.6: 5)
The first race from Adam became wicked because the mind of God in them was lost when they disconnected from God by the sin of disobedience. Even the earth was void of peace because wickedness reigned in the lands :
*Isaiah 57: 21. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked* .
Beloved, any community, family or individual life where wickedness is reigning, will not have peace! This is why fasting to bring peace to a land or family is fasting to break the band of wickedness.
Besides, every one born into this world has the tendency to be wicked because there is a spirit that sponsors wickedness (Matt.12:45)!
It is called the spirit of wickedness. This spirit sometimes forms alliance with other spirits and their abode is man. Hence God- preferred fast is to break the alliance this wicked spirit has with man. Sometimes they could make man to enter a stupid covenant with them and that man becomes their slaves for life! This wicked spirit has altars and has commissioned some men to service the altars. To break their hold over a territory, a family or individual life will require aggressive prayer and fasting. And this is the fasting God prefers.
Beloved, men don’t just become wicked, if you see wickedness know for sure a spirit is behind the operation of wickedness. That is the spirit we must handle in the place of fasting and prayer. It is this wicked spirit that makes men to abuse themselves, smoke and drink things that are damaging to their health.
The most amazing part of it all is that this band of wickedness has its representative in the church! That is why, you see someone in church and think he/she is with you not knowing he is an agent of the devil. The wickedness you see in churches are carried out by this wicked agent of the devil. We therefore fast and pray for people who are under the spell of wickedness called the god of this world, to have their minds opened up to receive the gospel that can save their souls. (2 Cor. 4: 4).
Beloved, is your family under the spell of wickedness? Do you have uncle, aunt, nephews or cousin that have given themselves to the spirit of wickedness? Do you have friends and neighbours that are given over to wickedness? Then embark on a fast, for such a fast is well pleasing to God. This is the kind of fast that God prefers to stop the operation of wickedness!
( To be continued tommorow)
*Remember this:* Heaven is real and hell is real! The destiny of whoever rejects Jesus is hell. Give your heart to Christ today.
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Father, I receive grace to do the kind of fast that you have chosen in Jesus name
– I declare bands of wickedness in your family break and scatter in the name of Jesus.
– Wherever they caged you, I release your destiny from detention in the name of Jesus.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.