MEAT EATERS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 5:12 KJV” For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”

What kind of food do you take? Are you taking milk or strong meat? Our key scripture says, there are some of us who instead of becoming teachers to teach others, are still infants who must be taught the very first principles of Christ. It says these people are still being given milk instead of strong meat. Babies cannot teach Others. Why are these people still babies who demand soft or liquid foods? Apostle Paul talks about such people in 1st Corinth 3:2 this way ,” I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able” .He calls these people carnal because they allow their flesh to dictate to them

My question is why do some Christians still remain as babies even after so many years of hearing God’s word? PLEASE GET THIS EXPLANATION. THE MILK OF THE WORD ARE THOSE WHO HEAR GOD’S WORD AND DO NOT APPLY IT. Little children who take milk don’t do any work, so if you don’t work with what you are receiving, then you are taking milk. Listen to what the Bible said about those who take meat. Hebrews 5:14 KJV “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Those who take strong meat have been using the word and so their senses have been exercised to know what is spiritual and carnal. These statements Imply, if you are not applying God’s word in your daily lives, then you are a user of milk.

THOSE who use milk, that is Christians who do not act on God’s word become easy prey to the devil. Satan is the God of this world. He has the systems of this world under his control. The only way to live outside his influence although you are in this world is to always act on the word of God. Satan cannot in any way control the man or woman who does not submit to his instruction. He cannot afflict you with diseases, bad habits, lack and any of his works if you always live according to the word. (The diseases may come but you would always overcome them) Refuse to be a baby, or a cheap pray of the devil. Decide to live above his works and enjoy a very. happy glorious life.

CONFESSION

Thank you, Father, for your word. I am a doer of your word and so I feed on the meat of the word. I am in control of my affairs in this life. Satan and his devils are under my control, because I live by a higher authority, that is the word of God. Thanks to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 7:21 KJV” Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”.

Matthew 7:24 KJV” Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:”

THE FAST GOD ACCEPTS 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 58:7 KJV “Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”

We conclude our discussions on the fast God will accept. In this study the Lord calls on us to go out of our way and show kindness during our time of fasting. Please note that in Matthew 6 the Lord Jesus talked about three Christian disciplines that the Christian must do, not optionally, but as an obligation. The Lord talked about prayer, fasting and giving to the needy. These things go together. Don’t only talk about fasting and prayer, but add to it giving to the needy in your moment of the fast.

In our key scripture the scripture said in the moment of your fast give your bread to the hungry. It suggests look out for the hungry and give food to him or her. Do this deliberately. The scripture says cloth the poor and bring the poor into your home (note: our current world has become very sophisticated so bringing certain people into your home may not be like it was in the culture of the Bible.) We must learn to show kindness in the times of our fast. The Lord calls on us to be very proactive in showing kindness and mercy in the days of your fast. Fasting is a comprehensive act. It involves prayer, abstaining from meals and giving to the needy. (Matthew chapter 6)

The Bible tells us certain things that would happen to us when we fast rightly.

1 The first thing is that your health would spring forth and if there be any sickness in your life, it shall die. Your righteousness will go forth. (Isaiah 58:8)

2.Your prayers shall be speedily answered (Isaiah 58:9)

3 You would no more be under obscurity; God’s glory shall be risen on you. Shame shall be no more. (Isaiah 58:10)

4.The Lord shall guide you in all things. He shall satisfy thy soul in drought, or prosperity would be your portion, thy bones shall be made fat or you would be immune to diseases, YOU would be like a watered garden.

5.You shall bring God’s revival to many generations (verse 13)

6.Isaiah 58:14 KJV Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and He will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Proper fasting is a great path to a blessed life and every Christian must approach it rightly and submit to the Lord?

CONFESSION

I observe my fast according to God’s prescription in His word. I express love to all persons, humble myself before the Lord, and give to the needy. By these actions my life is catapulted into heights of countless blessing.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 6:1 KJV” Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven”.

Proverbs 19:17 KJV “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

THE FAST GOD ACCEPTS 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 58:6 KJV” Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

Isaiah 58 continuous with the kind of fast God accepts. In Isaiah 58:5, the Lord mentions a number of self afflicting acts that a man may go through in the process of fasting, which does not merit His approval, in the light of what He really wants in the time of fasting. The Lord mentioned afflicting the soul by, wearing sackcloth and ashes or any other depressive act. (These things are not done these days, but people abstain from food for days) The Lord shows that He looks for something more than afflicting the soul

What does He want from us? He says the bands of wickedness must be loosed, and must undo the heavy burdens, as well as to let the oppressed go free. What does these things mean? Literally every wicked attitude towards any person must be abandoned, if you wish to gain God’s attention and approval. If there is anyone who is under your tribute, or any form of hardship you may be doing towards anyone, then that act must cease. Now get this clear, God values the love and mercy you express towards your neighbor than the bodily afflictions you may go through. If you fast for days yet you are terribly mistreating your wife, husband, workers or any other person, then God says your abstaining from food for whatever number of days, does not mean anything to Him.

On the more spiritual grounds, during the period of your fast, you must seek and pray for the liberation of all that are in every form of bondage. Intercede for those who are chained by shameful habits that make their lives miserable. Intercede for the salvation of the lost. All these are demonic bondages that men must be free from. Fasting is not a selfish venture. It is an act that God must have control over. It therefore focuses on the broader will of God than the very need that you may be longing to see a change. Fasting is your pursuit to see a change yet, it must function within God’s terms for it to be acceptable to Him. In this way you will also get what you want. One sure longing you must add up to your prayers is to intercede for the salvation of souls. If you would do this you would speed up your answers.

CONFESSION

During my fast I pray about my need, yet I also seek to lose every band of wickedness, and to show mercy to all who are oppressed. In this way my request is made on high and my answers come to me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Micah 6:8 KJV” He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

Acts 24:16 KJV “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men”

THE FAST GOD ACCEPTS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 58:3 KJV “Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours”.

Many Christians have spent days fasting, yet nothing has come out of it. Many of such wonder why their fasting brought no change to their state. Isaiah 58 states clearly the kind of fast God would accept. In the third verse, the Lord said these people fast and find pleasure and exact all their labours. Fasting is a devotion unto God. He expects that we do it on his terms.

God’s first comment is that fasting is not a moment to seek pleasure. Pleasure is defined as a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment. This involves spending the moments of your fast to watch all kinds of worldly films, and in these days of smart mobile phones, you spend those moments browsing all kinds of ungodly posts. There are some who break their fast in the evening with meals that leave the bellies blotted. These actions turn the attention from God to yourself. The Lord added, in the day of your fast you exact all your labours. Fasting is supposed to be a time unto the Lord. A fast does not mean you must not attend to your duties, but your focus in that period must be on God and seeking His intervention in whatever you are praying about.  An acceptable fast unto the Lord means God must be first.

In verse 4, the Lord said ye fast for strife and debate and to smite the fist of wickedness. This verse is talking about competition and strive with others. Some fast to prove a point to others. They seek to prove that they have the capacity and ability to go that far in fasting. There are people who go into all kinds of contention with others on their day of fasting. God’s acceptable fast demands that we maintain the best of good relationship with all persons.

We learn from these two verses that fasting is a presentation of ourselves unto the Lord. We must give Him every needed attention as well as to keep the best of our relationship with others.

CONFESSION

I fast as a devotion unto the Lord. I do not seek pleasure nor exact my labours. I offer my whole being unto Him to seek His face and to do everything to please Him.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 6:16 KJV” Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward”.

Matthew 6:17 & 18 KJV. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

THE ACT OF FASTING

KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 35:13 KJV” But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom”.

King David declares he humbled his soul with fasting. It is very good to know how to fast and the right approach to do it. Fasting is an abstinence from food, so one could focus on God and His word. Some have fruit fast, that is they take fruit during the course of the fast. They may take it at certain intervals of the day, or when they break their fast in the evening. Most people fast till evening and break at 6 pm or 5 pm. Note, fasting in itself is a prayer. It is normally a desire for something that drives people into fasting. Prayer is also an expression of your desire. Fasting is a way of strengthening your desire. The intensity of your fast influences the intensity of your desire that also lays hold on the answer.

 One may decide to fast or it may be inspired by the Holy Ghost. Joel 2:15 KJV Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:( Fasting does not change God, yet it changes us to relate well towards God to receive from Him.) There are group fasting which are mostly an act or decision from the Spirit or from the leader of the group. Note this, fasting overnight for days intensifies one’s desire for answers than daily fasts that is broken in the evenings. A fast is made useless if one fasts for strife (Isaiah 58:4). This is the kind of fast one does in competition with another individual. It is not unto God, so it is a useless one. When abstaining from food becomes the project rather than the desire to see a change or transformation of some kind, then that fast is a fleshly pursuit, that has no benefit. Fasting is a means to see a change not an act to justify one’s abilities.

When fasting for a number of days, understand you would be feeling weak in your body for the first four days. You may be feeling hungry. Please note that the feeling of hunger is not real hunger, but is just a release of hunger hormones doing their usual job when you were eating. The moment the fast persists after four days, the body ceases to release those hormones because, the body did not respond to eat. The weakness will also stop and you may be feeling very energetic. The body feeds on stored carbohydrate(glycogen) for the first 24hrs and resorts to feeding on the fat stored in the body. (It is this process of the consumption of the body fat that makes fasting correct certain ailments like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, preventing stroke and other diseases), Real hunger comes after the body fat has been depleted, which normally occurs after so many days, depending on the amount of stored body fat. Most people’s body fat may be depleted after 40 days. This means a number of people can go on a long fast without food, yet taking water. It is most advisable to seek a doctor’s advice if you are under weight. During the course of your fast your urine colour will change to almost brown: please don’t be worried about it. The body at this stage is only giving out lots of toxins stored in it over a long period. You must not exert yourself during the period of the fast although you can get engaged in your normal office activities, even teaching, if your work is to teach. It is not advisable to exert yourself like playing football or a high energy consuming task.

The important aspect of your fast as a Christian is to give attention to Bible reading, prayer and meditation. Don’t get yourself involved in unscriptural activities, like watching certain films, chats, etc. You may listen to the preaching of God’s word. The next thing to consider is how to break your fast? Do not rush to break a long fast with strong or solid food. Don’t break your fast with processed products or foods. You may go for soft fruits like pawpaw, etc. Avoid soup with pepper on the first day of breaking the fast. You may continue this way on the second day after which you can take some cooked stuff, but not so strong stuff. By the fourth day you are ready to take most meals.

PRAYER

I pray heavenly father and receive strength to fast for various changes to take place in the lives of others and my life as well. I have received strength to rule over my flesh to do as I want to God’s glory. Thank you, father, for the great outpouring of your power to revive many lives. In Jesus name I’ve prayed.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 109:24 KJV My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.

Matthew 4:2 KJV” And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered”.

WHY FAST

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:16 KJV “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”

Fasting is not an option but a responsibility for every Christian. In our key scripture the Lord made it clear by His choice of words. He did not say if you fast, but rather when you fast. This makes it a duty and a must for every child of God to fast. In Matthew 9:14, the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus why his disciples did not fast? The following was the Lord’s answer Matt 9:15 KJV” And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.” From His answer: now that the Lord is not physically present with us, every Christian is supposed to fast.

Why must the Christian fast?

1.Food is the number one crave of all flesh. Fasting therefore breaks its power over man and sets him free to attend to God.

2. Fasting strengthens your desire for whatever you are praying about.

3.  Fasting brings an increased focus on God, and it builds confidence and trust in God to get your answers. Matt 17:21

4 Fasting renews both spiritual and physical strength to do better in life (Isaiah 40:28—31)

5. Fasting and prayer increases spiritual sensitivity

6 Fasting and prayer can generate supernatural power for exploits (Luke 4:14–16)

There is no man of God, the Lord is working through powerfully these days who did not spend days fasting. Great outpouring of the Spirit has been preceded by seasons of fasting and prayer. (Acts 2:1–3)

7. Fasting can help children of God break away from wrong appetites that hold them bound. (Psalm 35:13)

8.Fasting and prayer will break the yoke of the enemy and set the oppressed free (Isaiah 58:6)

9 Proper Fasting will bring healing to sicknesses that seems to refuse all kinds of natural attention (Isaiah 58:8)

10 Fasting and prayer improves one’s relationship with God. (Isaiah 58:9)

11. Fasting and prayer will generate a revival of people and generations’ commitment to God (Isaiah 58:12)

In the light of all that has been said above, fasting coupled with prayer should become a usual practice of every Christian

PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly father for the privilege of fasting and prayer. My spiritual and physical life is greatly improved and difficult barriers in my life are overcome as I fast and pray.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 2:37 KJV ” And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day”.

Isaiah 58:12 KJV ” And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in”.

FASTING AND PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:21 KJV “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”.

AS we consider how to be strong as Christians in these end times, one Christian discipline that every child of God must endeavor to practice is fasting. Fasting is basically an abstinence from food. Some talk about fruit fast, partial fast, and many more yet the simple meaning of fasting is to forsake food so you could have an undivided attention to the Lord. In this series we would take an extensive look at fasting to correct wrong notions, inspire us to fast, as well as the right ways to fast.

Some instances of fasting in the Bible.

The very first instance in the Bible where one fasted was Moses who stayed in the presence of the Lord on the mount for forty days and forty nights without eating, drinking water. He did this two times. (Exodus 24:18 & 34:28). This type of fasting is a divine fast that no human must attempt to do except the Lord instructs you to   do it. I mean to fast forty days without water. One could fast forty days with water. In actual fact it is not medically advisable to fast beyond three days without water.

 In Judges 20:20–26, when the house of Israel came against the house of Benjamin who defeated the Israelites. the Israelites fasted the whole day until evening before the Lord, for His intervention. (Judges 20:26). In this instant God instructed them as to what to do and they indeed conquered the house of Benjamin.

In 1st Samuel 7:6 the house of Israel gathered at Mizpah fasted and repented before the Lord. He accepted their plea and blessed them

They fasted during the burial of certain august persons like king Saul and Jonathan, (2nd Samuel 1:12

David fasted for his first son with Beersheba, yet lost him 2nd Samuel 12:16

Elijah fasted for forty days and forty nights (1st Kings 19:8)

Esther and the house of Israel fasted for 3 days to be delivered from the evil plan of Heman( Esther 4:16&17)

Nehemiah fasted with prayer for God’s intervention when the gates and walls of Jerusalem were destroyed. Neh1:4

King David said he humbled his soul with fasting and prayer (Psalm 35:13)

David says his knees were weak through fasting (Psalms 109:24)

Daniel fasted to seek the face of the Lord. for answers for the deliverance of the Jews. He had angelic visitation and a great insight into the future events (Daniel 6:18)

Luke 2:37 Anna the prophetess fasted day and night to live to see the birth of Jesus.

The Lord Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights Matthew 4:2. He returned in the power of the Spirit and His fame went abroad. Lk 4:14

I believe the disciples waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit with fasting. Acts 2:1–30

Acts 10:30 Cornelius fasted and God sent an angel to him to open the door for the salvation of the Gentiles

The disciples in Antioch fasted and the Holy Spirit appointed Paul and Barnabas Acts 13:2

2nd Corinth 11:27 Paul said he fasted often

In all these numerous references we see fasting being used to seek God’s mercy, intervention in difficult and humanly impossible cases. To seek answers, and favors from the Lord, to have power with God and many more. Fasting is a devotion that liberates a man from so many natural hindrances to seek and encounter God. It unclogs you for all that God has for you to flow to you.

PRAYER

Father, I pray for strength and insight to seek your face in fasting for various life issues. I pray also for the church of God to commit themselves to fasting and prayer for breakthrough in these end times.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 40:31 KJV “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” .

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