I pray that you are walking in complete victory and domination over the enemy! Today, I want to talk to you about the power of fasting because Jesus Himself said some things only go out by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). I recently pondered about the stronghold of people pleasing and approval addiction that had plagued me all my life. I came to recognize that I had prayed about it, but I didn’t remember ever fasting about it. Therefore, I decided to try fasting for three days, and I want to share with you what I learned. I had an interesting encounter, a clash with the enemy, and when it was all said and done, I experienced three major benefits as a result of my fast.
The Power to Walk in Love
During the fast, I had a potentially volatile interaction with someone who told me point blank to my face, “I don’t like you.” To my amazement, I didn’t say to the individual, “Truth be told, I don’t like you either!” Instead, I calmly said, “Oh, well God likes me, and I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.” I proceeded to meet the person’s need in spite of what was said to me. If it wasn’t for the fast, I’m sure I would have responded in a different way, and the whole situation would have escalated. I give God glory, for it’s only by His grace and mercy that I didn’t give that person a piece of my mind. Therefore, I learned firsthand that one of the benefits of fasting is the empowerment to walk in love.
Identity in Christ Rooted and Grounded
Before the fast, in times past, if somebody had said something so brazen to me as stated above, I would have been wounded emotionally. Their words would have gotten inside of me, and then I would have a forgiveness exercise to go through. However, when this situation occurred, I felt as if a shield was over me. I was “bullet-proofed” in the Spirit so to speak. I was able to hold on to my identity in Christ, praise the Lord! This time was different, and the only way I can explain that victory is the fact that I happen to be fasting. Therefore, if you want to solidify your identity in Christ, fasting is the order of the day.
Ability to Recognize the Enemy
Another uncanny thing that happened is when the individual expressed negative feelings towards me was my ability to immediately recognize that the enemy was talking through that person. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” For instance, just prior to this “situation,” I encountered someone who totally trounced all over my boundaries, and although I didn’t cause a scene, I was seething inside. Unfortunately, it took me two and a half hours to finally recognize the enemy had moved through that sister in Christ. Therefore, I have concluded fasting will sensitize us to be able to quickly recognize demonic activity.
Beloved, I did not tell you these things to glorify myself, or to tell you how great I am. My goal is to tell you how great God is and give Him the praise and glory due His name. I know that it was Him, and Him alone, Who gave me victory that day. If you fast regularly, I want to applaud you and encourage you to keep it up. But If you have a stronghold that you have been unsuccessfully trying to break, I wanted to remind you of what you already know and encourage you to fast and pray until it’s broken. Know that victory awaits you at the end of your fast.
What has been your experience with praying and fasting? How has it helped you? Please leave a comment below.
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