The Fast God Chose

Introduction

By Pastor William A. King, Jr.

Fasting can be challenging; but when done correctly, it has a long reaching effect.

God's TRUE way of fasting (which you will soon learn more about in this lesson) answers problems of sin in the flesh, which manifest itself as: bondage, ignorance, devils, sickness, fear, backbiting, lying, cursing, a lack of clarity and direction, strong-holds, returning problems, anxiety and stress, finger pointing, strife, selfishness, self-centered behavior, pride, a lustful eye, an uncontrollable tongue and more.

And we see these manifestations in people as behaviors... behaviors that come from a carnal mind.  The carnal mind learns from the systems of and the cares for this world.

Cares of this world work against the righteousness of God and therefore; the world and the prince of this world are judged. The prince of this world uses those cares to shape your perceptions - how you sense and see things.

How you see a thing produces a response, which creates outcomes. Outcomes are the results of your thinking.

Your thoughts encapsulate you. You cannot be greater or less than who you are. Your reactions may differ, but your feelings, memories, perceptions, experiences and responses will always create the same outcomes. To create change and to create a different outcome, you need someone greater than yourself.  You need someone to collaborate with, someone who has a level of knowledge beyond this world, someone who can train you to perceive and think like the Lord Jesus Christ, someone whose affections are on things above, someone who will direct your thinking, someone who will show you how to use this world and its problems to grow spiritually. 

As a saint of God, you should not think through problems the old way, nor should you exhibit behaviors the Lord says he came to judge. This is why the Holy Ghost troubles you. He troubles you so that you aren't judged when the world is judged.

The world is judged by God in response to some behaviors he dislikes, such as the systems of this world.

Social norms are an example of this system. The Holy Ghost's job is to purge you of the old way - to cut the old way off and provide a clean canvas on which he will begin building new experiences that are drawn from things above.

Seeing things from God's perspective will cause you to respond to this world differently. Responding differently will create change. Instead of a cursed outcome, you will experience blessings.

Because you are a new creation in Christ, your life is now a blank canvas upon which, new experiences and ways of solving problems need to be rewritten.

How much you grow is proportionate to how much you surrender and how much of your life has been transformed. That's simple mathematics. 

Having said that, it is important to realize and understand that God's chosen fast is different from what you may have been taught or believed it to be.

It is different in both approach and outcome.

The spirit is willing to fast, but the flesh is weak and would rather not.

But when you fast properly, it creates new possibilities and builds awareness of Christ's behaviors and knowledge of his ways.

Learning about him opens new possibilities for change and; experiencing and walking in his ways transforms your thinking. And when you begin thinking and doing things as he does, you have now made HIM the author and finisher of your faith.

What You Should Know

Through tongues, God's will is uttered into the earth and instructions are given to you, the angels, demons, principalities, and powers. Praying in the spirit calls forth those things pleasing in the sight of God. Praying in the spirit is required, as is walking in the Spirit.

Walking in the spirit means that, what you see and how you answer problems reflects the thinking and ways of God.

Therefore, ignoring the utterance of tongues is a mistake.

Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Isa 28:11  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

In essence, you need to speak in tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. Your natural language is limited. Your natural knowledge has no idea about spiritual matters - it can neither see them, nor hear or learn them. This is why Christ came. Christ came to clean you up and through him, you have an opportunity to experience an abundant life.

Joh 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Salvation is created through change and change happens when you are filled with the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance. Being filled with the Holy Ghost means you have received birth from above. When you receive birth from above you have passed from death unto life and death has no more power over you; fear has no more power over you. Through obedience and learning his ways, sin has no more power over you.

Obedience to the voice of Jesus Christ creates new life (Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.) Following Jesus Christ is commanded of all saints.

Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Creating the right results from fasting

Rewards from Jesus Christ cannot be earned except through him. He is the door of the sheepfold.

Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

There is no other way except through service to Christ. None of the services that belong Christ and his seed were given to be handled carelessly, nor to be thought of through or by natural & carnal senses. Discernment of what is true or false can only be seen and felt through the Holy Ghost. Through him, your trust in the Lord is absolute.

There is no other way to be stripped from the outcomes of the flesh except through Christ. None of the services that belong to Christ are shared with the natural man. None of the gifts of the spirit are shared with the natural mind or his senses. The natural mind cannot discern, sense, nor follow the will of God. The will of God is that none perish, and that all come into the knowledge of his son and that all be as he is Holy and without spot in this world.

Author's Disclaimer

Being able to see things from Christ's perspective is important. Seeing as he does helps ease the feelings and pressures of the unknown.

Experiences of the unknown comes with change. Change bring challenges and can cause you to react in fear, have anxiety, feel forgotten or alone.

Through Christ; troubles, fear, anxiety, distress, perplexity, and challenges become opportunities for change. All things work together for the good...

Disclaimer: All writings in this document are from the King James Version of the bible unless otherwise indicated. The content of these writings is from the author's own testimony and is drawn from the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pastor King believes everything given to us by God our Father, was given to answer problems of sin in the flesh - which prevent a man or women from pleasing God or hearing the voice of Christ more clearly and causes a saint to behave unrighteously.

Preparation

It is not possible to talk about fasting without talking about the different situations you may find yourself in while fasting. 

In this section, we are going to talk about: fasting while married, fasting while single, fasting while on medication, fasting in secret, and fasting in the open.

We will also talk about the Sabbath, what role it plays in fasting, and how outcomes can provide feedback.

Remember: "Fasting address problems with sin in the flesh."

Guidelines and thoughts

You are to become a living sacrifice, whose goal is to be slain, that is; the slaying of the flesh on the altar of the Lord. We will discuss the specifics and talk about what that looks like later.

Living is defined as the act or condition of being or maintaining life.

Sacrifice means the surrender of something with great value.

A body presented to Christ as a living sacrifice is therefore a body without blemish, and clean - fit for the master's use. Fit for the master's use is a person whose will is directed or authored by Christ. Christ creates change during tests, trials and tribulations.

Outcomes from those tests or trials can be used as feedback to let you know whether you are off course or not and grace is provided to give you time to change and get on course.

All outcomes reflect behaviors - sow to the spirit and the outcomes will create blessings. Sow to the flesh and of the flesh, you will experience bad outcomes. The prince of this world does not what you to see this. I pray that you can hear, understand and do them.

When you fast and rest in Jesus Christ; your body, mind and spirit are involved in the transformation process, working together to create change. The body senses your physical environment in that, your five senses carry information about your environment to your brain.

To help build clarity about your physical environment, your brain will compare what it knows to your current experiences. Clarity is important because it tells you how to respond, but it does not tell you if the response is the right response for that moment. It does, however, tell you what is going on and how to respond to what it sense. What you sense and how you sense your environment creates your perceptions.

There are lots of flaws in your thinking, says the Lord. 

Mat 13:15  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Here we are in our natural state, that is, the old man.

Isa 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isa 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

But our Lord has already answered that problem through his sacrifice.

 

1Co 2:6  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1Co 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Fasting while on medication

Fasting can be challenging, and so can not taking your medication.

Therefore, fasting and not taking your medication may not be wise.

So, what do you do? How can you participate in a fast if you are taking medication that requires you to eat?

You have several options.

1. Get help from others:

Jas 5:14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

2. Form a team of saints who are willing to carry you into prayer and to fast on your behalf.

Act 5:15  Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

Act 5:16  There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

3. Be there for someone else who is sick. Being there for someone else means showing genuine mercy towards them. The opposite happens if your heart is not right towards the Lord. Doing for others only to get from God will get you nothing. Nothing significant will happen in their or your condition.

Here are some examples of Christ following what is stated in Isaiah 58:6-14:

Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Mat 14:14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Mat 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Mat 25:43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Mat 25:44  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Remember, the power and gifts of the Holy Ghost focus on the need of others. Although you have needs, your needs are met as you genuinely care for others.

Isa:58:8 for example says, "THEN SHALL THY LIGHT BREAK FORTH", "THEN SHALL THOU CALL AND THE LORD SHALL ANSWER". The answers to your problem are solved by helping others.

I does not matter whether or not a person in your group has the gift of healing; if they are filled with the Holy Ghost, the capacity is in them. If they don't know what to pray for the Holy Ghost can speak on their behalf. 

If he heals you, that testimony belongs to him. Now you are the owner of that experience. Now you have a responsibility to understand how it happened and impart healing to others, lest you lose the gift and forget altogether.

Fasting in secret

Fasting in secret

Fasting should always be done in secret and here is why.

Mat 6:16 - 18 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

No further explanation is needed. Just say Amen!

But in the spirit of explaining, what is meant by fasting in secret?

Fasting in secret looks like this...

As you lie down to sleep, you're meditating on the goodness of Jesus and the hope that you have in him.

You awaken, praising and worshipping him and you start your day with dialog about how good he is and how important he is to your life.

You talk about your job, your family, the people you work with - asking him to do something special with their lives.

As you're talking with him, MAKING IT REAL, you're asking him how to respond appropriately to specific challenges and situations you continue to face. You diligently seek him for clarity, wisdom and the best approach.

Your face is washed and anointed with oil. You teeth and tongue are clean. You greet your family and pray for them in silence.

You arrive at work with a smile on your face.

Now at this point, most saints feel angry inside. They are watching everybody.

But that's not you!

Your mind is on the Lord. You are thinking about opportunities to share the Lord, to testify about his goodness.  Your goal is the Lord's goal.: to set the captives free, to loose the chains of wickedness, to pray for those who are lost and those who have been found. 

During lunch you seek the Lord for a person to care for.

This is your work in secret and the Lord will bless you openly.

Fasting in the open

Fasting openly is different from fasting in the open.

Fasting in the open is about fasting around others. Fasting around others could mean co-workers, friends or family. 

Fasting openly is fasting with the intention of being seen doing so by others, and is forbidden by God.

Mat 6:16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:18  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

It is always better to fast away from others (consecration).

But, it is not always convenient to fast alone. If you find yourself in this situation, how do you deal with it?

How you handle the situation will affect outcomes that could either undermine, or support your fast.

Keeping your mind on scriptures or singing songs can be helpful, but they cannot answer all problems or situation.

The Holy Ghost, however, can answer all situations and solve all problems. But you may not know that yet because it is not something you've done before.

Contrary to what you may have been taught and believed,  earning about the power of Jesus Christ and how he thinks & acts, cannot learned from a book.

Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Joh 5:40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Your life is a canvas. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of your faith.

An author creates the story and guides the reader through the story. The canvas doesn't guide the author.

Remaining in dialog with him is important for producing outcomes and experiences that please God.

Warnings on the label

Fasting to be seen or creating the presentation or show of fasting is forbidden by God.

This type of fasting has its reward among men and not Jesus Christ.

Most importantly, fasting is not about the natural man. It is about others, not about you.

It is about the sacrifice you make on behalf of others, so that your righteousness in Christ will manifest itself.

You should avoid putting yourself on display when fasting.

Mat 6:16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:17  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

Mat 6:18  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Fasting while married to a saved spouse

1Co 7:5  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

Married and fasting

If you are married and your spouse is filled with the Holy Ghost, it is important to your salvation and in order for the unity of that marriage to continue, that you communicate your intentions of fasting with your spouse.

It would be even more helpful if they joined you in fasting.

Remember, Jesus Christ is always first; but since your spouse is saved, then they are also Christ's and therefore, putting Christ first includes them. You do not want your spouse to be your worst enemy when you are challenging change. Talk with your spouse first. It will help with your natural perspective. 

1Co 7:33  But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

1Co 7:34  There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

Fasting can work the natural mind and put all types of ideas in the head. For example: If while fasting, your spouse cooks food, starts making certain irritating sounds, or anything else that pushes your buttons; your (natural) mind could cause them to be seen as a hinderance and then, an enemy.

However, when there is agreement, understanding and consideration between the two of you; fasting then becomes less challenging.

Fasting while married to an unsaved spouse

Married with an unsaved spouse

Fasting, in and of itself, can create uncomfortable perceptions and experiences for the flesh. Your perceptions are what drive your decisions. Discomfort created by discord is not good for a saint on a fast.

Other experiences, past and present, can also contribute to discomfort. When your unsaved spouse, who doesn't understand why you are fasting, gives you grief (or the appearance of grief) or feels as though they are losing you to God; he or she may try finding ways to keep you, which may appear as though they are fighting you. 

1 Co 7:13  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

If you are married and your spouse is unsaved, your obligation is to Jesus Christ first. You are not under any obligation to discuss or get approval to fast or to do service for the Lord with your unsaved spouse, however; out of respect and for the sake of unity, you should let him or her know and assure them that they are not losing you. 

If the unsaved spouse desires to continue with you, then let them. Fasting should not be used as a weapon against them.

Col 3:19  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

It is a natural tendency of the flesh to try and understand the things of God, but it cannot understand the things of Christ because they are spiritually discerned.

So, don't try to explain fasting to them but, instead, live by example.

Let them see the outcomes from your obedience to Christ. Living by example speaks louder than words. If you make your spouse your enemy, you can cause a number of problems in the marriage and the potential for your spouse to be saved. It can also affect your children (if you have any) negatively, as they, too, can become hurt by your behavior.

 

Fasting while single

Fasting and single

A single person going into a fast doesn't have to answer to anyone (namely, a spouse) nor agree with anyone to fast.

A single person can fast either alone, in secret, or with a partner. The purpose of a fasting partner is for support, however, that partner should not be directing the fasting experience and neither should you.

Fasting should be completely guided by the Lord. Your life is a canvas and Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of your faith.

1Co 7:32  But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

1Co 7:34  There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

Fasting

The Natural Man

The natural man will benefit greatly from a fast directed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Outcomes from fasting the way Christ says will do more for the spirit than for the natural man. The natural man, however, will experience some wonderful things from Christ and he will think differently. He will respond to problems differently.

What you learn from fasting, as described by God through Isaiah, cannot be obtained any other way - not through books, nor audio, video, or preaching - but by doing as it says. The spirit must dominate the fasting experience, not the flesh (anger, blaming others, malice or strife) which is not pleasing in God's sight.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

The natural man is always with you. There is always a war going on. That's why we are told, among other things, to remain watchful and sober in the Lord because of our adversary, the devil.

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

1Pe 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The natural man is with you when you are praying, fasting, giving or teaching about Christ. Although it is impossible for him to understand or know the things of Christ, he will always have an opinion about spiritual matters. 

He is with you when you are involved in the affairs of this life such as paying bills, working for an employer or having your own business. These cares are your social environment, the school you attend, the decisions you make, or your duty to your family and more. 

The natural man has his idea of what paying bills looks like, or what caring for others, love, compassion, socializing with others and etc. look like.

But the Lord has an entirely different perspective. It is for this reason Christ came - to destroy the works of the flesh. If you do not take each of these thoughts and ways to Jesus Christ for correction, then you are still walking in the flesh and making decisions that do not please God, nor create the outcomes that show Jesus Christ as the author of your life.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Pro 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

"...and lean not unto thine own understanding..." makes it clear that leaning or choosing your understanding above trusting the Lord is forbidden for the saint of God.

Let me be clear; ancient Isreal had no science, technology, or doctors. They only had God as their supplier. As long as Israel obeyed and followed God, they had the protection of his word. If they was disobedient, the other nations were permitted to consume them.

Because you are told to lean not to your own understanding, this leaves you with only one alternative... to listen to Christ and learn from that trust.

Not thinking or having their thoughts recreated in Christ may be difficult for most saints to grasp. What is most important is that your natural way of thinking is not authoring the fasting experience.

The Holy Ghost is responsible for teaching you ALL THINGS. He must rewrite your experiences. He must teach you how to maintain peace or how to deal with difficult people. He will teach you how to maintain your integrity when the people around you have given up theirs.

Want to learn to drive a car, or overcome a fear of spiders? Every thing around you is full of opportunities for spiritual growth. Your life is a canvas.

Christ, The Author

It is no surprise that the plan of salvation is a mystery to most.

God, in his wisdom, hid away nuggets throughout the bible for the chosen to find. Men wrestle with things such as interpreting scripture, water baptism, the name we should call the savior, tongue speaking, and even which bible to use.

From these arguments, men form doctrines and many other things to help support their arguments about what they believe to be true. These are distractions from what is true.

The doctrines of men can never save. The doctrine of Jesus Christ is hidden in him.

The doctrines of men provide a sense of salvation. The doctrine of Jesus Christ provides salvation.

The doctrines of men do not lead to healing or knowledge of God's ways and thoughts. The doctrine of Jesus Christ teaches you how to walk, talk, see, touch, taste and handle the power that comes from God in order to help others.

The doctrines of men suggest that you have knowledge before you act. The doctrine of Jesus Christ says to put your trust in him, be patient, continue in him and he will bring it to pass (the just shall live by faith).

The doctrines of men lack the ability to deal with issues of sin in the flesh. The doctrine of Jesus Christ deals with issues of sin in the flesh.

The doctrines of men segragate and divide. The doctrine of Jesus Christ invites all nations and does not discriminate, but loves everyone, especially the household of faith.

The doctrines of men provide external symbols to create form and sense of godliness in the believer. The doctrine of Jesus Christ provides the Holy Ghost and the language of angels to form righteousness in us. Unlike the doctrine of Jesus Christ, the doctrines of men lack power to heal, speak in the tongues of angels... requirements of all those that believe.

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The chosen have their affections on Christ and the body of Christ

Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The truth is, man has nothing to do with salvation. The carnal mind cannot see this. The carnal mind wrestles with not knowing. Those limitations were designed by God, just as he did to prevent Adam from taking of the tree of life.

Knowing those limitations, the natural man compensates. He compensates with holidays, ceremonies, robes, coats, hats, collars, symbols, etc. because they help create a type of feeling or mindset concerning spiritual matters.

But his conclusion will lack power. Yes, they make sense to the human mind and most people with a reasonable education can read what they write; but there is no power as demonstrated by the apostles, disciples, Isaiah, Elisas, David, Moses, and all the prophets who by faith did these things.

You can conclude that the message preached is a lie. The outcomes demonstrate it.

PROVE ALL THINGS!

Mat 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Mar 7:6  He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Although their feelings have changed, the soul and spirit has not.  The carnal mind cannot understand the depths of Jesus' reach. Nor can it understand how change happens in a person.  Jesus says,

Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Change that pleases Christ must be authored by him. Changing how you think about a situation does not mean you are changed. There will be many opportunities and situations that can test and prove you.

If you fail to obey God, you don't have the protections of his promise and will experience bad outcomes. Bad outcomes are a sign you did not hear Christ correctly.

Bad outcomes can come from a lack of knowledge of how to best respond to situations. Not hearing him means you have sown to the flesh. Sowing to flesh and expecting a blessing from God is a mistake.

But don't fret, that's what grace is for. That's what having a mediator in Christ is for. Life travels in a full circle. As you learn about Christ you may make mistakes. Challenging change requires that you learn through your mistakes. You will have more opportunities to get it right.

But do not frustrate grace. If you lack wisdom, ask of God. If you love the Lord, he will create new opportunities for you to learn and grow. Together all the things work for your good. This is why you rejoice during temptation. New experiences in Christ is then used to overcome the one you failed. Full circle.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Grace protects those who navigate their life allowing Jesus Christ to change them. As he changes them, they build understanding and knowledge about him. That process, over time, creates a perfect man. 

Heb 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Unless the author of your behavior is Christ, you are out of luck on making a case of belonging to him.

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Change

Changing how you think about a situation does not mean you are changed permanently.

Change that is permanent means, no matter how difficult things get, you do not respond to or answer problems except when directed by the Holy Ghost.

In Mark 4, Satan attacked the Word of God and he did so in response to a person connecting with the word of God.

After the word is sown, Satan immediately comes with things such as sickness, cares of this world, persecution, and money problems. Satan knows that the cycles of life will open opportunities for salvation and that, if he can take the word out; a person who has heard the word will not even attempt to make sense of it while they are suffering.

But changing how you think about a situation, as you engage the Holy Ghost, will create opportunities to learn the proper way to produce fruit unto righteousness. 

The natural man is skilled at reasoning. Just because a person does something differently this time, doesn't neccessarily mean they are changed. Careful observations (and time) will reveal the truth.

Only Jesus Christ can create permanent change and there will be many opportunities and situations that will test and prove you.

If you fail to obey, you won't have the protections or promises provided by God's word, and without his protection, you will experience bad outcomes (see Mark 4).

Bad experiences, without the comfort of Christ and those protections, leave you open to all types of hurt and pain. For the word's sakes did Satan come after the persons. and instead of continuing in the word, they gave up.

Giving up means you quit. You quit because of offense, or your attention having been drawn elsewhere.

Sowing to flesh and expecting a blessing from God is a mistake.

Clarity

Clarity is defined as the quality of being easy to see or hear; sharpness of image or sound.

Clarity plays an important role in outcomes.

Clarity is about sensing.

And sensing is about how your eyes are used to preceive, your ears to capture sound, and your other senses to touch, smell, and taste.

The natural man sees and experiences the moment. It also has the capacity to access memories of past experiences. In order to create clarity, the natural man uses memories.

Memories help build clarity. When something happens and there is a lack of understanding, memories are used to fill in gaps and they don't care if it is true or not.

If those memories make sense, the natural man will use them. If memories of the past were filled with assumptions and unproven facts, then using them to make sense of current situations will result in something bad as the outcome

Simplify

Simplifying is important, yet, Satan wants you to maintain a complicated life.

We will get into why that is in just a bit.  But first, let's look at the word, "complicated"...

The word complicated is about connections or the interconnecting parts, how things are tangled together.

Life is all about how one or more things connect together.

Connections are things such as: your and your family spouse's family, your friends and their friends, your kids and their friends, your co-workers and their friends etc.

But connections are not JUST about people. Material things have connections as well.

For example: If you buy a car, the car requires maintenance and other things in order for you to be able to drive it... those things are connections to the car.

Things connected together create associations. Associations create potential influences, which can shift your focus and distract you from your goals. Influences can also affect how you perceive and respond to Jesus Christ.

It is impossible to respond APPROPRIATELY to something you do not understand. 

If you lack wisdom or do not know how to respond to temptations or any other situations, ask Jesus Christ.

Jesus gives wisdom freely, but the kind of wisdom he gives is not of this world, neither can the world or the natural man receive them.

His wisdom answers problems of sin in the flesh, causing you to produce more fruit. You gain more knowledge about his ways and thoughts, and his wisdom draws you closer to a perfect man and creates a lasting change.

Satan wants your life complicated and busy because the distractions work to his advantage in order to extract God's word from you. See Mark 4th chapter.

The cares of this world, lusts of other things, and affections towards money are examples of things that support Satan's initiatives to destroy the word of God before it sheds light.

Another reason Satan wants your life complicated and busy is because it provides more influences and paths to which he can do his magic on distracting or misdirecting you. Distractions work to his advantage just as the cares of this world do.

Remember, the cares of this world are different from the cares of life. He uses cares of this world to do work on the word of God that is revealed to you. See Mark 4th chapter. 

If you cannot measure potential outcomes or determine the source of a problem or influence, then Satan can use his resources against you. There are too many paths of failure and it is impossible for you to guard all of these.

This is why Jesus Christ told us to be content with the things we have. Yes, obedience to the word of God bring blessings, heals the body, and can put cash in your pocket to take care of things; but how to deal with the cares of this life must be put into the hands of Jesus Christ so that he can show you how to manage them or get rid of them, if need be.

So your goal in life is to simplify your life so that it becomes easier to determine where a problem originated. Being able to see where problems originate creates a platform for you and Jesus Christ to begin working.

Amen!

Resting

There are two types of rest that a child of God must manage during fasting: 

  1. Physical rest
  2. Spiritual rest

Exo 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Exo 20:11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Spiritual rest

The significance of the Sabbath during ancient times had to do with time.

Symbols and ceremonies where introduced later to remind men to honor the Sabbath. On the seventh day, God rested from all of his works which he had performed, and God called the day he rested, the Sabbath. Jesus Christ called himself the "Lord of the Sabbath".

The future, present and past are encapsulated in Christ Jesus. Resting in Jesus Christ is more about your posture. 

Things are going to happen around you to draw your attention - look to Jesus to determine if you should respond, as they will try to distract you. I've cast out devils many times and every one of them attempted to distract me from praying and breaking their hold on the person.

THE CARES OF THIS WORLD AND THE CARE OF OTHER THINGS ENTERING IN CHOCKED THE WORD AND THEY BECAME UNFRUITFUL.

Your attention and affections are to be on Jesus Christ. You'll want to know how he would respond under your situation. You're interested in what he is doing or showing you about that situations. The Holy Ghost will give to you what to say or do, if necessary.

Otherwise, Christ is not interested in the problems of this world except to deal with the sin in it.

Resting the body

Let's be real, your body more than likely does not get the proper rest, as purposed by God.

Our society is consumed by the need to work. You are probably like most people who get rest whenever they can. We are so busy, we are not aware of the damage we're doing to our mind and spirit. Your body is the property of Jesus Christ.

1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1Co 7:23  Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

The same sicknesses that befall men of unrighteousness, are falling on the saints of God.

Your body and mind are subject to the conditions of this world. If it is cold or hot, it doesn't matter your level of spiritual maturity, you will feel it.

You breathe the same pollution as others do. You drink the same water, eat the same foods, are under the same influences such as stress, depression, and diseases, as others around you.

The Sabbath day is a day to give the body complete surrender to resting. The day you choose to do this is between you and Jesus Christ. He is the Lord of the Sabbath anyway, right?

The significance of Jesus Christ being the Lord of the Sabbath had more to do with how the Sabbath is now implemented rather than how it was celebrated in ancient times. Keeping the Sabbath holy is only possible if you spend it dedicated to intercessory prayer and providing support to others.

Mat 12:8  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Mar 2:28  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Luk 6:5  And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Luk 13:15  The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

Remember I said, "everything that God gave to man answers a specific problem related to sin in the flesh".  

Answer the following question in the comments below: 

How does the Sabbath answer problems of sin in the flesh?

Isa 58:13  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Isa 58:14  Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Isaiah 58

Isa 58:1  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Verse 1 of Isaiah 58 is an introduction into fasting.

In Isaiah 28 God sees how we fast, compares our fast to his. What he shows  

 

 

us doing when we fast and is about the people of God and the institution that the people are associated with. In this cas,e the people are the Jewish people and the house of Jacob, like the church that housed the Jewish people.

  • "Cry aloud" is the tone of voice
  • "Spare not" is about the impact of the message
  • "Lift up thy voice like a trumpet "is about the melody and the beauty of the words

... and through them shew the saints of God their transgressions and the church their sins.

Isaiah 58:1

Isa 58:1  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Verse 1 is acceptable, expected and approved behavior by God.

Clearly we can see similarities in verse 1 with our own worship and service to Christ.

There are also examples like these mentioned in the New Testament, in the book of Revelations with the seven angels of the church and the churches.

Isaiah is about the people of God and the institution that the people are associated with. In this case, the people are the Jewish people, and the house of Jacob, like the church that housed the Jewish people.

  • "Cry aloud" is the tone of voice
  • "Spare not "is about the impact of the message
  • "Lift up thy voice like a trumpet" is about the melody and the beauty of the words

... and through them, shew the saints of God their transgressions and the church their sins.

Isaiah 58:2

Isa 58:2  Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Seek me daily

Delight to know my ways

As a group, you made the right choices.

You ask for my guidance and and delight in doing them.

Isaiah 58:3-5

How not to fast

Isa 58:3  Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

Isa 58:4  Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

Isa 58:5  Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

Isaiah 58:6-14

How to fast

Isa 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?

Isa 58:7  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Isa 58:8  Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

Isa 58:9  Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

Isa 58:10  And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

Isa 58:11  And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Isa 58:12  And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Isa 58:13  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Isa 58:14  Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

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