Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Today Reminder (Fasting Types) – 16 January 2018

A reminder for today
And if you offer yourself to [assist] the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.  (Isaiah 58:10)

There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honour your best sacrifice.

1. Full Fast Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days). 

Please take note that a full fast should not be entered into lightly. Research and preparation is crucial – and consult your doctor if you have any conditions which need to be taken into account. It is dangerous to your health to embark on a full fast without the necessary preparation. 

2. The Daniel Fast Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. 

3. 3-Day Fast This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food. 

4. Partial Fast A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food. Scripture 

References for Fasting: 

Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14 

Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word: 

1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30, Acts 13:2 

Corporate Fasting: 

1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37 

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely focusing on God that is important. (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8). 

May God greatly bless you as you fast!

Have an awesome day dear friend of Jesus. 


Monday, 15 January 2018

Today Reminder (Fasting) – 15 January 2018

A reminder for today
“And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they put on a sad and dismal face [like actors, discoloring their faces with ashes or dirt] so that their fasting may be seen by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head [as you normally would to groom your hair] and wash your face  so that your fasting will not be noticed by people, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18)

Prayer and Fasting (Marilyn Hickey) 

The combination of fasting and praying is not a fad or a novelty approach to spiritual discipline. Fasting and praying are not part of a human-engineered method or plan. They are not the means to manipulate a situation or to create a circumstance. Fasting and praying are Bible-based disciplines that are appropriate for all believers of all ages throughout all centuries in all parts of the world.
Through the years, I have learned that many people in the church have never been taught about fasting and prayer, and many have therefore never fasted and prayed. As a result, they don't know why fasting and praying are important, what the Bible teaches about fasting, or how to fast. To many, fasting sounds like drudgery -- or a form of religious works. To others, fasting sounds extremely difficult. People tend to stand in awe at reports of those who have fasted for several weeks. When I hear about such fasts, I no doubt think what they think: If I fasted that long, I'd die! I couldn't possibly do that! 


I do, however, encourage every believer to fast and pray for two very important reasons:

1. The Scriptures Teach Us to Fast and Pray
The Bible has a great deal to say about both fasting and praying, including commands to fast and pray. The Bible also gives us examples of people who fasted and prayed, using different types of fasts for different reasons, all of which are very positive results. Jesus fasted and prayed. Jesus' disciples fasted and prayed after the Resurrection. Many of the Old Testament heroes and heroines of the faith fasted and prayed. The followers of John the Baptist fasted and prayed. Many people in the early church fasted and prayed. What the Scriptures have taught us directly and by the examples of the saints is surely something we are to do.

2. Fasting and Prayer Put You into the Best Possible Position for a Breakthrough
That breakthrough might be in the realm of the spirit. It may be in the realm of your emotions or personal habits. It may be in the realm of a very practical area of life, such as a relationship or finances. What I have seen repeatedly through the years-not only in the Scriptures but in countless personal stories that others have told me -- is that periods of fasting and prayer produce great spiritual results, many of which fall into the realm of a breakthrough. 


There are two main overriding principles related to prayer and fasting in the Bible. First, biblical fasting is going without food. The noun translated "fast" or "a fasting" is tsom in the Hebrew and nesteia in the Greek language. It means the voluntary abstinence from food. The literal Hebrew translation would be "not to eat." The literal Greek means "no food." 

I know people who say they go without television or movies, and they call these "fasting" times. I'm not opposed to that definition of fasting-fasting does imply that we are giving up one thing in order to replace it with something else, and in the Bible sense, specifically to replace it with prayer. But in the main, I believe fasting has to do with our abstaining from food. Second, biblical fasting is linked with serious seasons of prayer. The more seriously we approach prayer and fasting, the more serious the results we will experience. 

Abstaining from food is often God's way of showing that His desire for us is that we regain mastery over all things associated with our flesh in order to subdue our flesh and elevate our emphasis on spiritual matters. God's promise is to help us as we overcome the flesh and put all carnal temptations into subjection.

Lord, teach us to fast according to your will. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day dear friend of Jesus. 


Friday, 12 January 2018

Today Reminder (The works) – 12 January 2018

A reminder for today
For this I labour [often to the point of exhaustion], striving with His power and energy, which so greatly works within me. (Colossians 1:29)

I listened to the testimony of Michael Criswell yesterday and the trials and tests that he faced thus far in his life. I must say I am amazed at the way God changed his life and delivered him from his enemies. It is a powerful testimony and there is much to learn from his experiences with God. One thing that truly amazed me is Michael’s obedience to the will of God. It is a strong example that has already affected so many and touched many lives. 

This brings me to my reminder for today. This verse is how Paul gave us the example of the works that we are reminded to do. This is why we labour even to the point of exhaustion striving with the power and strength that God provides us to do the works of His gospel. Our journey is a journey with God and with His Word to bring the good news to everyone we meet. It is a life changing journey that leads us through may trials and many tests. Yes, God does test us from time to time. He needs to see where our faith is and what He can expect from us or rather He needs us to see where our faith is.

When God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). When Abram was tested by God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac, Abram obeyed (Hebrews 11:17–19) and showed to all the world that he is the father of faith (Romans 4:16).

In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean “to prove by trial.” Therefore, when God tests His children, His purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things, but He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith.

It is imperative that we stay focussed on God as we journey onwards. Our tests will come but they will only root us more into the foundation of Jesus Christ. Our task will remain and our goal will stand as we do the works of our Father.

Lord, please guide us through our journey and help us to hear you clearly and let us follow your voice and your voice alone. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day dear friend of Jesus.