By Funmi Komolafe
This week, we continue with our discussion on the essence of fasting in the life of a Christian.
In our last edition, we discussed some of the benefits of fasting but do we also know that it is not only Christians who fast. Agents of the forces of darkness also fast.
Believe it or not, cultists, witches, wizards etc. they also fast. For many of them, they do it attain greater connection in their world of darkness.
So, the issue for us here is who is fasting and for what purpose?
As Christians, we go on fasting for many reasons. For us it’s a way of getting closer to God. It’s a period to meditate and study the word of God , a time for Divine Connection to the Holy Spirit among other reasons.
It also brings a change in our emotional attitude.
Let’s not forget that fasting empowers us to resist the devil and other agents of darkness.
The Holy Bible gives us a record of servants of God who fasted even before the birth of Christ. We also have a good example in our Lord Jesus.
Matthew chapter 4 of the Holy Bibles gives us the full story of the fasting of our Lord Jesus and what followed.
Let’s consider verses 2&3 of that chapter, “ And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread”.
Brethren, as a Christian, you are familiar with the story of the temptation of Jesus Christ by the devil.
For an ordinary human being, who is sure he is empowered with the supernatural, what you and I would want to do is to show that we are no more ordinary. Therefore to prove this, we are likely to say, “ Stones, I command you, change to bread” . To do that is to give in to the devil and once he has his way in your life, the end would be disastrous.
So, what the Lord Jesus has taught us is not to give in to the devil under any condition. Note that Jesus was hungry and what he needed was food. So, those loaves of bread would just have been timely.
Taking a cue from our Lord Jesus, we find that once you are truly empowered by the Holy Spirit of God, material things or worldly things will be of less importance to you.
Verses 10 and 11 of Matthew chapter 4 tell us how the Lord Jesus put the devil where he “ Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve”.
And the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him”.
This season, as you wait on the Lord, he will attend to your needs in the mighty name of Jesus.
Brethren, the angels would not have ministered to Jesus if he had obeyed the devil. In the same way, the Holy Spirit will not associate with you once you have even the slightest touch with the devil.
Let’s come real. As a single lady, your mother who calls herself a Christian suggests to you that you go meet a herbalist so that you can get a husband. To her, you are getting old. If you ever agree, it certainly will be the beginning of series of problems in your life. Once you go before any herbalist or false prophet, my sister, you are already in a covenant with the force of darkness.
I’ll share with you the story of a woman who went with her husband and mother in law to an herbalist. This woman had been married without a child for about 10 years. Immediately, the herbalist saw the mother in law, he quickly poured water and some kolanuts to acknowledge some evil powers. Unknown to this young wife and her husband, the mother in law is a matron in the witchcraft coven. The herbalist knew and quickly paid his respect.
He took their money and did nothing. Of course, he knew he could do nothing.
On another occasion, the couple went to see the herbalist. Then he told them, “ Look, go and meet people who shout Halleluyah!”
The herbalist recognized that only the superior power of the Almighty God, could give children. Before he told them this, he had taken so much money from them. Perhaps he felt a sense of guilt.
The good news is that a few years after, when the couple got more serious with their Christian life trusting in the Lord alone and forsaking herbalists, the woman got pregnant and had a When the news of the birth of the baby was broken to the mother in law by her son, she asked which wife did you say gave birth?
Her son said, “ Mum how many wives do I have? It is X, my only wife.
She had no option but to bow to the Almighty God. She realized that power pass power. The power of God is greater than any occult power. The power of God can neutralize any power of witchcraft, sorcerers or whatever, the forces of darkness represents.
As I write today, they are parents of four children.
It was during prayers that God revealed that the mother in law did not want her daughter in law to have children because, her son did not marry from their village. So, her plan was to work with other household enemies to get the lady out of the marriage.
But the Almighty God dealt with them. All their plans were nullified.
In the name of Jesus, all plans of enemies against your life, your marriage, your progress etc. will be nullified by the Almighty God but you too must be prepared to fight. No one wins a battle when he does nothing. If your enemies are armed against you and you do nothing, no prayer, no fasting, sooner or later, you will find yourself in the enemies net.
By the grace of God you will not be a prey for the enemy in Jesus name.
Benefits of fasting- Fasting are a period for soul cleansing. You cannot be fasting and refuse to forgive those who have offended you. It is not the time for you keep malice with anybody. It is the time for you to forgive so that you too can be forgiven. It is the time for you to have a new desire to connect with God.
Fasting is a faith move during which we expect God to fill us with the Holy Spirit. Our expectation should include hearing from God. It is not a time to wear mournful looks, rather it is the time to acknowledge the power of God with praises.
Fasting releases supernatural provisions for us. It empowers us to resist demonic oppression. When you fast correctly, you will find that those forces that attack you in your dreams will keep away from you. Anyone that attempts to harm you in your sleep will fail.
When you fast, you tend to appreciate what others who cannot afford three square meals are going through. It makes you appreciate the goodness of God in our life.
Most importantly, fasting breaks the spirit of delay. What is it that you have been waiting for?
Brethren, you cannot afford to shun fasting.
Eating and drinking 365 days a year is not in anyway beneficial to you physical and spiritual life.
Take a decision to wait on the Lord in prayer and fasting and at the time you least expected, the Lord will show up for you.
Have a blessed week.