Happy New Year!
It’s 2020! A custom in many Churches is to have a New Year’s Fast during the month of January. What a way to start a new year … a new decade! But, if you think the enemy is wishing you a, Happy New Year; you’re sadly mistaken, Sis. So, how do you handle the enemy attack against you getting this new year started off with a Holy-Ghost bang?
A good start is to look to Jesus, our example, in all things. In Matthew 4:1-11 is the encounter where Christ fasts. The Bible says, “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said…”. Matthew 4:1-3. After Jesus’ 40-day fast is completed; the enemy approached Jesus with three separate invitations to sin.
Let me ask you a personal question, Sis? Do you ever get hungry while fasting? Does your stomach grumble at about midday? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, keep reading. Because stronghold-demolishing power is a by product of effective fasting and prayer.
Here are three practical bits of KNOWledge for successful fasting:
- KNOW that hunger pangs will occur during fasting: It is not the devil. It is a physical response created by a body that is conditioned to receiving food on a daily and in a timely manner. Even an infant knows when it’s feeding time without the ability to tell time. It’s a physical reaction. Would you rebuke an infant for crying when hungry? Hunger is a physical response and should be handled as such. Expect hunger pangs and bring the physical man under subjection to the Holy Spirit’s lead to fast.
- KNOW The “True Hunger” Threshold: What is “True Hunger?” Indeed, the human body does need food and water to survive. A human can go for more than three weeks without food. After that, the body enters a serious danger zone. Though the body can go 21 days without food; water is a different element. At least 60% of the adult body is made of water. Every living cell in the body needs water to keep functioning. Knowing The “True Hunger” Threshold will help us. How, you ask? Well, when your flesh is screaming, “I am famished! I am gonna’ die!” You call tell your flesh, “Self, you’ve only been fasting for an hour. You’ve got another 20 days and 23 hours to go before you enter into the danger zone.”
- KNOW Your Food Trigger(s): There are many food triggers. Which one(s) are you most susceptible to? There is the visual trigger; the sight of food in commercials, a cookie on the counter, or “free” donuts in the office break room send your tummy into a tail-spin. Or you may be more vulnerable to an aroma trigger; the smell of fried chicken or a whiff of McDonald’s French fries sends your hunger pangs through the roof. There are also emotional or stress triggers; the enemy sends a trial and there you are standing wide-eyed in the ice cream aisle at the local grocery store. Knowing your trigger(s) can help you be successful while fasting.
Why is it important that we understand the human or physical changes that occur in the body when we fast? Because, we need to spend less time focusing on hunger and spend more time rebuking the enemy while we are fasting. We need a clear view of what God wants us to combat during times of fasting. The Bible gives reasons for fasting … “to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6. Fasting isn’t for the hypocriting, half-stepping, lukewarm, weak, or nonchalant Christians. It’s for women who clearly see the need for a radical change within themselves and the world around them.
I certainly hope these three must-KNOW tips are helpful on your next fast.
Fast & Pray With Intention, Lady Melissa F. Fields.
Which tip was most helpful to you? Write it along with a note in the comments.
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All things blessed, beautiful, and happy in 2020, Lady Melissa F. Fields