Fasting


Pastor Louis Johnson, January 1, 2017

The Secret Sauce

What is fasting?

Fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.

TYPES OF FASTS

3 day,   7 day,   21 day,   40 day fasts

1. Absolute Fast

2. Normal Fast

3. Partial Fast

Why Fast?

When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers

have swept over me.  Psalm 42:7

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

THREE SPECIFIC DUTIES OF A CHRISTIAN

1. Giving

2. Praying

3. Fasting

8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:8, 20

15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:15, 20-21

BENEFITS OF FASTING

1. It keeps you sensitive to His Spirit, enabling you to live holy.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

2. It prepares you for a new anointing.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. 28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Joel 2: 15, 28

And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22

3. It exposes the enemy’s plan and gives you wisdom about how to win the battle.

3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.  2 Chronicles 20:3-4

2 Chronicles 13, 15, 17 

4. It helps you destroy all the works of the devil.

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.  Acts 10:38