In the last several days, I’ve come to experience a different facet on fasting.  Now, I’ve never been one to fast on a continuous basis.  For me, fasting must be led by the Holy Spirit.  I have too big of a love affair with food.  But when the Lord has led me to fast and I was obedient, great things occurred in me.

I know there are volumes written on fasting and I won’t attempt to expound on those.  But allow me to give to you my personal take on fasting…

Fasting is completely mentalIt’s a mental exercise.  Fasting is a purposed selfdenial of the flesh.   It’s an exercise of dominance; a challenge of who’s really in control.   The act of fasting helps to keep divine order in the life of a believer.

When we fast, we commence an all out “flesh management” campaign.  Our appetite is an everyday occurrence that controls our moods and behavior. We crave, desire and lust for sustenance.  Our bodies are controlled by it. This is how we’re wired; we need it for survival.  And by denying it of its privilege, we begin a war within the seedbed of our soul – the mind.

On the other hand, our spirit man doesn’t require food.  It has no cravings and appetites like our soul.  Fasting strengthens flow of the spirit man by placing the flesh under subjection.   Fasting helps us to bring about a release of the Spirit of God which cohabitates with our spirit man.

Always remember, the Spirit of God needs your flesh in order to manifest Himself.  But the flesh must be subdued.  And fasting is the primary way of doing this.

Allow fasting to be a common spiritual exercise for you.  Let’s keep our flesh in check so our spirit man continues to grow in Christ!

No Reliance on Human Effort

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh… Philippians 3:3

It is said that it takes twenty-one days to form a habit.  Although this might be true in some situations, it’s inaccurate in Kingdom matters.  I believe the level of difficulties vary depending on the moral content of the habit.

Habits are a practice of lifestyle and behavior of life. And unfortunately our default setting is our Admamic nature – our sinful nature. To overcome our default setting, we must continuously practice life on a different platform – God’s kingdom and His Word.  Good habits require a lifetime to fashion, but bad habits come to us naturally.

It takes more than twenty-one days for change to transpire – truthfully, it requires a life span. To change into God’s image here on earth takes a lifetime, but to revert to our default setting (old selves) takes only about a day. Sad, I know.

That is why our focus must stay true.  I like the way that the New Living Translation communicates Philippians 3:3 “…We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort…” Although our own efforts are necessary, they must be coupled with a total reliance on God’s grace.

Let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that our own human efforts will bring us to a place of effective change.  Instead, let’s maintain the same fervor for change as we had on the first day of 2011.

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