The Secret Power of Fasting
Miracle Place Church
January 23, 2020I. Why don’t people fast?
A. What if we looked at fasting as a great benefit? We’re not abstaining, we’re gaining God.1. True fasting is putting God first, focusing on Him alone.
2. Fasting is a time we set apart to consecrate ourselves to seek God’s heart.
3. Most of the time our bodies control us. When we fast, our spirit takes control and enables us to be filled with God’s wisdom, direction, protection, deliverance and His favor.
4. Jesus taught praying, giving and fasting should be natural to a Christian. “When you pray, when you give, when you fast,” (Matthew 6:5-6, 16-17)
5. Fasting creates a God atmosphere for prayer to be answered. (Matthew 17:21, Matthew 5:6)
B. Moses fasted for 40 days on Mount Sinai for Israel. God gave him the law – 10 Commandments. We to this day base our rule of law in our society on the law of Moses.1. Fasting allows us to spiritually see and hear God.
2. Food can become an idol and hinder and distract us from intimacy and focus on God. Think of the time and focus we spend on choosing and chasing food. Where am I going to eat, what am I going to eat, who is cooking, I don’t want that, etc.
3. Jesus fasted before He went into full time ministry. Think about it, He had just received the Holy Spirit after He was baptized at the river Jordan. The heavens opened and God the Father said, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” Then Jesus went into the wilderness to fast for 40 days. (Luke 4:1-13)
4. Jesus, after His 40 day fast, returned in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:14)
II. The right way to fast
A. The Israelites teach us how not to fast: Wrong Motive – Wrong Heart. (Isaiah 58:3-5)1. They complained that God did not see or answer their prayers. (Isaiah 58:3)
2. They questioned God and reasoned within themselves saying, “Why do we afflict our souls.” (Isaiah 58:3)
3. In their fast, rather than focusing on God they sought pleasure. (Isaiah 58:3)
4. They fasted in strife and debate. (Isaiah 58:4)
5. They pounded on a table with the fist of wickedness. (Isaiah 58:4)
6. They fasted to be seen and heard of men rather than God. (Isaiah 58:4)
7. God told Israel through the prophet Isaiah, do you think with your corrupt heart that bowing your head the putting on sackcloth and ashes is acceptable to Me. (Isaiah 58:5)
B. The right way to fast: Right Motive – Right Heart. (Isaiah 58:6-7)1. We are standing in the GAP for OTHERS, to loose and undo wickedness and heavy burdens. (Isaiah 58:6)
2. To let the oppressed go free and break every yoke. (Isaiah 58:6)
3. To feed the hungry – physical and spiritual bread. (Isaiah 58:7)
4. To cover the naked – physical and spiritual cover. (Isaiah 58:7)
5. Remember, those who fast do not hide from their own flesh – personal faults and family. (Isaiah 58:7)
C. When we fast right – then God promises – The WHEN – THEN: (Isaiah 58:8-9)1. Then your light will break forth – here comes Jesus. (Isaiah 58:8)2. Then your health shall spring forth speedily. (Isaiah 58:8)
3. Then your righteousness shall go before you. (Isaiah 58:8)
4. Then the Lord shall be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:8)
5. Then shall you call, and the Lord will answer. (Isaiah 58:9)
6. Then shall you cry, and the Lord will say, “Here I am.” (Isaiah 58:9)
7. Remember, if you stop the yoke, the pointing of the finger and speaking vanity, your WHEN will become THEN. (Isaiah 58:9)
D. When your heart is about the hungry, the afflicted: (Isaiah 58:10-12)1. Then light (God) will rise up in your trial and your darkness will be over by noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)
2. Then the Lord shall guide you continually. (Isaiah 58:11)
3. Then the Lord will satisfy you in drought. (Isaiah 58:11)
4. Your bones will be fat, and you will be like a watered garden and springs of water that will never fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
5. They that be of you shall rebuild the old waste places. (Isaiah 58:12)
6. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. (Isaiah 58:12)
7. You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:12)
III. Remember to not turn your foot from the Sabbath (church) by doing your pleasure on My holy day. (Isaiah 58:13-14)A. Remember to call the Sabbath (church), a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable, and you shall honor the Lord, by going to church and not doing your own ways, not finding your own pleasure, not speaking your own words. (Isaiah 58:13)
B. Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord. (Isaiah 58:14)1. I the Lord will cause you to ride upon the high places. (Isaiah 58:14)
2. I the Lord will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. (Isaiah 58:14)
3. The mouth of the Lord has spoken. You wait, you watch, and you will see. (Isaiah 58:14)