Week of July 17-21, 2017
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. 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?
Man chooses a fast and God chooses a fast. Many religions require fasting. It is
generally accepted in religion that God requires a sacrifice. Many religions
serve dead gods, so they must borrow ideas from the bible to find their way to
their gods. Fasting is accepted as a way to afflict one’s soul, and is a way for
people to feel worthy before their god. Pagan religions use fasting as a way to
appease an angry god. They assume that their god will be pleased with them if
they make self-afflicting gestures. This is not the fast that our God has
chosen. Look at the Mardi Gras phenomenon. Initially thought of as a way to
begin a season of drawing near to God, it has become a symbol of decadence and
depravity. This is man-made affliction: it always leads to more ungodliness. Man
always finds a way to do as he pleases, not as God pleases. God says if we
continue in this, our voices will not be heard. When we obey the fast that God
chooses, we will be heard and receive a breakthrough.
If you are in need of healing, there is good news!
Proverbs 4:20-22 says:
son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their
So there is life and health in
God's word. Since God's word is medicine, we must take it like we would
a prescription. I suggest three times a day, like you would your food.
Remember, healing is the children's bread. Consider this your "dose"
Remember, read, and meditate three times a day the following:
~ 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 reward.
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15
If you've never studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we invite
you to join us as we read through the Bible in a year. Read and
meditate on these chapters today:
**July 17 --- Joshua 24, Acts
4, Jeremiah 13, Matthew 27
**July 18 --- Judges 1, Acts 5, Jeremiah 14, Matthew 28
**July 19 --- Judges 2, Acts 6, Jeremiah 15, Mark 1
**July 20 --- Judges 3, Acts 7, Jeremiah 16, Mark 2
**July 21 --- Judges 4, Acts 8, Jeremiah 17, Mark 3
**July 22 --- Judges 5, Acts 9, Jeremiah 18, Mark 4
**July 23 --- Judges 6, Acts 10, Jeremiah 19, Mark 5
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? 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?
God’s fast is more of a self-sacrifice. It’s the kind that allows others to reap
the benefit of our sacrifice. God’s fast is one in which we forgive those who
have offended us. It allows the oppressed to go free. It breaks yokes, which
increases the anointing available for ministry. When the anointing comes in, all
things are possible. People begin to share their goods with those who have
little. We see reconciliation in our families because forgiveness and love
reign. When man puts down his own way and doing what he pleases, God sees this
as the type of fast that He has chosen. God is love and when we cease doing
things our own way we demonstrate His love to others. We begin to let God loose
in us. We are born again, but it is only when we yield to the Spirit of God who
dwells within us that we see the manifestation of His work. Doing things our own
way keeps God bottled up and bound within us. When we begin the fast that He has
chosen, we cease doing what we please and seek to please Him.
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 reward. 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;
The breakthrough of God will come upon you suddenly when you afflict your soul
by giving your food to the hungry. Is giving to others an affliction of the
soul? Think about it. If God tells you to invite somebody off the street into
your home for a meal, think about the mental strain that it puts one under.
First we want to say it’s not God because it may not be safe to do this. Then we
don’t want to be rejected. They may not want to accept our hospitality. We can
go on and on for days in this type of affliction. Even after we have obeyed God
we may find that we torment our own souls with thoughts of misgiving, self-doubt
and fear. Your healing comes when you forget about yourself long enough to
glorify God. The lines of communication with God become instantly open. He
answers you speedily, even before you call. You will receive revelation, wisdom,
and understanding. The heavens open up and the glory of God follows you. You can
have what you say in a new way because your righteousness breaks forth.
Righteousness makes everything you think, say and do in line with God’s will.
The type of fast that He has chosen makes you right before Him. You have no
doubt that you please Him.
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: 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
Do you need to come out of trouble, darkness, illness, or debt? If you will give
food to the poor, you will come out of darkness. If you will cease oppressing
others by blaming, faultfinding, pointing the finger at them, God will send
water to you even in a drought. Is your water bill out of control? Try allowing
God to supply water to you by being kind and allowing people around you to make
mistakes without pointing the finger and making a big deal out of their
weaknesses and faults. Has somebody been unkind and unjust toward you? Perhaps
you tried everything you knew to keep the relationship on good terms, and it
seems they never responded in kind. You want to blame them for the fact that
they did this. It is difficult for you to let it go. If you will put that away,
and allow God to use you, and do something for someone else even when you feel
misused, God will reward you greatly. This is the fast that He has chosen.
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. 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: 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.
The joy of the Lord is found in this type of fast. By living a life of sharing
what we have with others and loving others, we find that we delight ourselves in
the Lord. When we do that, He gives us the desires of our hearts. We allow
ourselves to grow in His grace and divine purpose by letting go of selfish and
fleshly things. If we put away strife, debate and selfishness, then we and those
whom we touch will be known as peacemakers, repairers of breaches, and we will
be a delightsome land. Others of like character will spring up from us. God will
cause us to grow and multiply. This type of fast is not too difficult for us. It
is possible in God. When we do these things, we can see God’s heart and know His
ways. His ways are higher than ours, and we have access to a higher place in
Him. Should we fast? The answer is obvious to me. The fast that He has chosen is