Sunday, April 22, 2012

God got your back!

Isaiah 52:12 - "But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard." Got got your back!

As I finish up the last two chapters of Jentezen Franklin's Fasting, there are a few things I want to share.

 Does the Word really work?
People have said in frustration “the Word doesn’t work, I tried that and it didn’t work”. Here are some things to know about the Word of God, found in the Bible:

-          The Word of God is a seed (Mark 4:26| Luke 8:11)
-          The Word of God is incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23)

Like a farmer plants a seed, eventually a harvest comes. You can’t plant a seed today, stay in faith for tomorrow and then uproot it the next day. You are destroying the crop! The Word has to be planted deep in our hearts and must remain there until fully ripened.

If you don’t see the evidence of the “thing” you believe God for, don’t uproot it; simply employ faith and patience. Don’t question whether you really received a Word from God…only believe (Mark 5:36)

Jesus compares our faith to a mustard seed (the tiniest seed of all which yields the largest results).  If we have faith that tiny, nothing will be impossible to us! (Matthew 17:20) Put your faith in how great God is, not how great the problem is.

Jentezen challenges us and asks the question “Is your blade sharp enough?” He continues “The greatest thing fasting will do for you will be to break down all of the stuff that accumulates from this world that blocks you from clear communion with the Father. When you fast, mealtimes often become study time”.

Instead of focusing on feeding your flesh, you feed your spirit. That is where the power and the favor derive from. When you fast, your focus is on Jesus, when you eat that chocolate cake, your mind is on how you feel after devouring it. God will breathe life into your situation and lead you into open doors! “Fasting is a continual prayer to God”. Be specific in your prayers, especially when you fast. Write a list (Hab 2:2) of things you want to see happen in your life and in the lives of other people. 

Enjoy the journey!

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