Fasting In Secret, Open Rewards

Fasting In Secret, Open Rewards

We are continuing out Fasting Series and we will be on the topic of fasting for the next few months leading up to the release of my book, “Praying and Fasting, Still an Effective Kingdom Principle”. Many churches have declared their yearly fast and some have given prayer points and many have their members pray on their own. You may have decided to fast on your own get clarity on the New Year. Whatever the reasoning and the process of how you are fasting, it does not have to be announce to the world that you are doing so. There are 3 things that God will reward openly if done in secret

  • Giving
  • Praying
  • Fasting

So we are looking at 2 of the 3 which are praying and fasting. If you apply these Kingdom Principles in your life, you will achieve and receive results.

Matthew 6:18- So that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

In the old testament, it was announced when the Israelites fasted and they said to God, In Isaiah 58, have you noticed my fasting? Why should we do it if you do not notice? Even the Pharisees fasted a few times a week and they made it known to everyone. When you decide to pray and fast, make sure you are being led by the Spirit of God. You do not want your practice to become religious like the Pharisees. Then it looses its sanctity. The fast no longer unto the Lord, but to self to show others of how righteous you can be.

During the fast, you may not see any results. When you feel God moving the least, the more He is actually moving. You cannot get discouraged when God is silent, you keep pressing through your fast. When Daniel was not getting an answer from heaven, he remained constant in his praying and fasting until his breakthrough moment. We also have to remain faithful and constant in our fasting and praying until we receive our breakthrough. Until we receive the answer to the reason why we are praying and fasting. That is why we cannot put a time limit on our praying and fasting. You might call a 3-day fast and God has decided that he wants to move on the 7th day. You may fall short of your breakthrough. You go on the fast until you experience your breakthrough. Then you go back and count the days.

Daniel did not decide to go on a 21 day fast nor did Jesus decided to go on a 40 day. It end up being 21 days or 40 days. Try not to put a time limit on God. Just stay in his flow.

Not to say that God cannot give a length of days, but if He has not and He has called you on a fast, stick with it until. It is the until moment we are waiting on.

After your fast, your life should not be the same. If it is the case, you have wasted your time. Something should have eternally adjusted in your life. Rather it be around you but especially inside of you.

The phrase “In Secret” in scripture is translated to mean “the inner part of man- the soul”. So when you read Matthew 6:18 it should say:

“So that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in your inner man, your soul; and your Father who sees what is done in your inner man, soul will reward you.

When you fast, you are afflicting the soul. Afflict means to humble, to bow down, and to weaken.

You soul is stubborn and spoiled. It has no desire to fast, pray or give. So when you decide to afflict your soul, you are putting it under the subjection of the Holy Spirit. It will be a struggle because your soul is determined to have its way.

Romans 8:4

So that the righteous standard of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Philippians 3:3

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–

Col 4:3- Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds

How are we supposed to live by the spirit? By fasting and praying.

It is in the secret place, your soul, God will reward openly. More than money and tangible things.

You will be renewed and cleansed. Energized and jolted to keep going.

Praying and Fasting pt. 1

Praying and Fasting pt. 1

As we embark upon the new 2017 year, there are many churches who have decided to go on a fast. Many participate in the 21 day fast or even a 7-day fast. Fasting can be intimidating for some especially those who do not practice fasting as often or this may be your first time.

I want to assure you that during your fasting period, it will be tough and at times you want to give up, but hang in there. Don’t feel guilty if you fall or slip one day, the question is can you get back up again and continue the journey or count one day out of the required days a lost?

I want to give you practical steps to follow during your fast moment. These steps can help if you are doing 3 day, 21 day, or 40 day.

Your church may have guidelines and prayer points for the members to meditate on but these next few points can work in conjunction with what your church has laid out.

  1. First step: Do not solely focus on what you CANNOT do during the fast.

When we begin to think about the restrictions we will face during the fast, we are easily discouraged and it becomes harder for us to step out and fast. In result we choose not to do it at all. But I want for you to focus on what you CAN do during the fast. There are so many things that are going to occur during your time of praying and fasting. You will become more sensitive to the spirit and the voice of God. You will develop discipline by creating time for God. You will have the ability to control your flesh from what it wants and be able to submit and yield to the will of God. During that moment you are taking your attention off the world and focus more on the Kingdom of God. You may enjoy and appreciate the spiritual result so much that praying and fasting becomes a part of your lifestyle.

Fasting and Praying will allow you to change and cleanse not just inward but outward. Isaiah 58:6-7 says that, “Is this not the fast which I choose? To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke? “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” You will not only be able to be free from the bonds of wickedness, but you will be able to help those who are in the same situation to show them a better way.

  1. Do not forget to pray during your fast

Many times during prayer and fasting, we forget to pray. Many times we are so focused on the fasting part that we do not pray or do not stay in the presence of God long enough. Increase your prayer time by modifying your schedule. Make a sacrifice. If you are a morning person, try to wake up earlier and spend it in the presence of God. Do just roll over and begin to pray, but get up, take a shower and get yourself ready early so you can be alert in the presence of God. I used to wake up early, get myself ready, eat breakfast and commune with God by praying and reading the word of God. You’ll feel so much better throughout the day knowing that you started your day with God. Make sure you have your prayer points written out and keep a journal of what you heard from God, dreams, and visions. When you take time to do this, you’ll forget the fact that you are abstaining yourself from food but rather delighting yourself in the Lord.

During your prayer, do not to all the talking. Take time to sit and listen. Sometimes it is hard for us to sit quietly anywhere because we feed off of stimulation. You can sit with soft worship music or instrumental music to keep you focus on listening to God’s voice. In Proverbs 2:1-5 “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” It is in your stillness that you learn who God is. (Ps. 46:10)

  1. Submit your mind and your heart under the spirit of God

Sometimes we allow our flesh to rule our mind and heart. Our flesh can be so demanding and we always give in to its wants. During this prayer and fasting moment, you have to submit your mind and heart under the spirit of God. Your inner man, who is led by the spirit, should be leading your flesh. Your flesh will become hostile but you have to let you flesh know who is in control. Galatians 5:16–17, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”

You should not be doing this alone, the spirit of God should be leading you. By allowing Him to lead, it makes the walk through prayer and fasting easier. We should be crucifying our flesh on a daily basis. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:31, “I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”

2017: New Year New Me… So We Always Say!

How many of us used to say this every time at the end of the year making our New Year’s resolution? We make out these long list of stuff we want to do and make “vision” boards that do not even line up with the will of God? We often use the scripture of Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” We interpret this scripture meaning that God will give us what WE want. That is not the case. In this scripture it is saying that God will give you THE DESIRES. God will give you the desires He wants you to desire so when you desire something, it is of God and not of you. It is not of self or flesh, but by the spirit. Delight means to make oneself pliable and flexible. So you are making yourself flexible and pliable for the Lord to change your heart’s desires to His. In order for this to happen, our heart must change. That is way God requires us to have a new heart. In Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? In Ezekiel 36:26 says, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. There is no way that God can give us the desires of our old wicked heart. Our heart is deceitful and manipulative. Jeremiah 24:7, ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

In this season, you got to catch what God wants for you and not what you want for yourself. How do we know if what we are desiring are from God? There are three points you want to follow to know if you are walking in the desire of God for your life

  • God speaks clearly

In Isaiah 30:21 says that, ‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it. You have to be able to decipher between your voice, God’s voice and the enemy voice. Many believers wrestle with this and often times find themselves in various situations. Romans 8:14 says that “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God”. How can you be led? By learning the voice of God. My sheep knows my voice and I know them and they follow me. If you are a son of God, the ability to know His voice is inside of you. Once you allow the spirit to have control over your life, He will lead you in the right direction. Hearing from God takes discipline and you have to commune with God, read your Bible in order to know the voice of God. You have to meditate on His word over and over and you will begin to become familiar with His voice.

  • We do not have to force the doors open

Everything flows in His perfect timing. Habakkuk 2:2 “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. God knows how much we can handle in THIS time. If God showed us everything for our lives, we would not be able to handle it. We would jump right to the end and not appreciate the process in between to get to that point. The process in between is what makes us who we are. That is why God only gives us glimpses of our future because He knows that we cannot handle it. God knows not to give us everything at once because we are not mature enough to handle it. In James 4:3 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. God’s will would not be on your mind, you would be focused on your own will and desires. God will never give you millions until He knows for a fact that you will do what He wants for you to do. If God told us to give a million away, are we able to? We got to walk in maturity. If not, you will end up like to prodigal son. The prodigal son was guaranteed in due time to receive his inheritance, but he wanted all that was promised to him now. So the father did and the son used up all that was promised to him. Why? Because his motives were not pure. His problem was immaturity and ignorance. He did not know who he was and where He was headed. We cry and cry to God for things to happen in our lives, but we are not able to handle the responsibility of receiving the blessing. We want marriage- but not mature enough to handle the responsibilities yet alone take care of ourselves. We want a house- but do not have financial discipline. We want a business- but cannot remain faithful to work for someone else

Phil 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Don’t be anxious for anything! Do not be so quick to have things in your life. God wants for us to pray to Him to make sure that it is in His will. The problem is that we do not stay long enough in his presence to hear the full answer and instructions.
  • The desire will not be exalted higher than God

In Ezekiel 14 talks about how people allow their desires to become idols in their hearts. They have set up their idols in their heart; they not only have idols, but they are in love with them, are wedded to them, and have laid them so near their hearts, and have given them so great a room in their affections, that there is no parting with them. God will allow desires in your heart to come to pass to show you that you do not need them in the first place. Our desires can be so strong to a point where we exalt them before God and not even know it. In everything we do, we have to make sure that God is leading us rather than us trying to lead God. God has given us the ability and He can take it away too. Desires are created, motivated, and moved by a will. Do not allow others to place their will on your life. Do not allow your own will to create desires in your heart. Once you give God an authentic “Yes”, then His Will will be downloaded in our spirits to create the desires for our heart.

So as you go into the 2017 year, check your heart and make sure you are desiring the desires that God wants for you to desire. If you are going to make a list, pray over it and make sure this is the direction that God wants for you to travel. Do not be like the man who decides to go on a trip but do not have the right directions or GPS to get there. If you continue to lean and depend on God, He will lead you in prosperity and wealth.

Day After Deliverance Part 3

Day After Deliverance Part 3

de·liv·er·ance
dəˈliv(ə)rəns/
noun
 1. the action of being rescued or set free.

I want to continue on deliverance and dig deeper on the four point I gave last week. The day after deliverance, you want to immediately follow these three points:

  • Talk to the Lord
  • Read Your Bible
  • Create your sphere of influence

It is all about developing discipline. You got to live a discipline life. So I am going to touch on the first point of talking to the Lord. It is important to develop a prayer life with the Lord. Here you will gain guidance, encouragement, love, and instruction. This is your personal time with the father. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

It is so important to hear the voice of God for your life. It is good to seek counsel on certain situations, but we must not always take what people are saying for gold. God will place people in your lives known as spiritual mentors or spiritual fathers and mothers. I want to touch on is hearing and trusting the voice of God for yourself. I believe that many of us trust the voice of man over the voice of God. Usually when the Lord is speaking concerning a situation, sometimes we do not want to hear it because it goes against our own will. We have a habit of confirming the voice of God with man rather than confirming what man say with God’s Word.

I had a friend who was so sure that she was supposed to move out town because her spiritual mentor told her that she needs to move out of town. I posed a question to her saying, “What did God say about the situation?” She looked at me and said well I trust my spiritual mentor. My next question was, “Do you trust God?” Sometimes people can say things to tickle our fancy rather than speaking about what God wants for us. We are still stuck in the Old Testament tradition of going to the priest to speak to the Father on our behalf. We have to remember that those days are over. The veil has been torn down and we do not have to go through man to talk to God.

So the question I pose to you is that have you placed yourself in the position to hear from God? The Lord is waiting for us to speak to Him and He is waiting to speak to us. But do we harken to the voice of God? God is waiting for us to say, “Speak, for thy servant is listening.”

In the book of Proverbs, it says, “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God”.

Listening is an art. It takes time to realize when God is speaking, when it is yourself, and when the enemy is trying to speak. We will make mistakes and miss when God is speaking. But if you confess and realize when God is not speaking, it will help you to develop your inner ear even more.

Point number 2 is reading the word of God.

Point number 1 works hand in hand with point 2. You are able to hear God through His word. Here are some scriptures that talks about how God wants you to hear from Him:

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” John 8:47

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:14

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7

There are topical Bibles available concerning various topics that can help when you are feeling a certain way. When you read the word, it awakens and stirs up your spirit, it gives you hope and sustains your life. When you stay in the word of God, it will lead you to live a life of freedom. The bible says that, man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds out the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Proceeding is a continual motion, it should never stop because God always has something to say to you. Psalm 111 says that, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Once you have the word of God in your heart on repeat, the desire to sin against God decreases.

Point 3- Create your sphere of influence

It is all about the company you keep.

1 Corinthians 15:33 says “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”” Proverbs 13:20 says that, Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. If you do not know who is around you is best the influence for your life, pray and God will show you their heart. If this person, is not helping you to become better, then they may not be for you. If you people around you are condoning your bad behaviors and not call you out, then they may not be the great company for you.

Some of us created bad soul ties with people that should not have. If you are serious about breaking, the spirit of the Lord can break every tie, bondage, and chain. Learn how to create Godly soul ties such as with Jonathan and David. Jonathan saw the destiny of David and did all he could to help David get to the point where he needed to be. David was destined to be King, but Jonathan knew the way. Even though Jonathan was next in line, Jonathan knew the anointing was on David to be King. Now that is covenant.

God wants you to present yourself to Him and He’ll do the cleaning. We cannot make ourselves Holy. God does the sanctifying and purifying. Only God can blot of out our transgressions. He wants those things that we are holding on to. If it was our choice, we would want to hold on to those things. God said give it to me. God said I want you to lay aside every weight. God is with you through your deliverance process. He wants you set free. Deliverance is a day by day event and it takes effort from us to do so. One Sunday experience does not fix our problems, but it can help and push you to where you need to be. Nobody was born perfect, so let us respect and help those through their deliverance process. Let us not talk about and make fun of those who are trying. At least they are trying and not in denial.

We should be a community that would want to see everyone free and walking in their deliverance.

The Day After Deliverance Pt. 2

The Day After Deliverance Pt. 2

If you have been following my weekly blog, I am on the topic of deliverance. Many of us attend churches where the Spirit of God moves in and there is a point during service where people can come down to the altar to confess their sins and profess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Many charismatic churches take their newly or well-attended members through a process called deliverance. During this time, the believer is confessing their sins and hang-ups in their lives and want to be free and changed from it. Those who do not possess Christ in their hearts would sometimes have demons manifest out of them just like in the Bible days which could cause gnashing, vomiting, and other types of manifestations. When all is said and done, they go back to their seats and we call what they have gone through is deliverance.

We have to remember in scripture Luke 11 says that, “When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.” So once the whole deliverance has taken place at the altar, there is a chance that the person will be attacked even harder than before. But do we teach or warn the people?

Many Christians face in their days of walking with the Lord coming to a point where they have to give of something that is preventing them from walking closer to God. Matter of fact all Christians. You cannot be saved and remain in the same lifestyle you lived before salvation. When you come into Christ, you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). All of us deal with things that trip us up but we are ashamed to show our shortfalls. Sometimes God will take it away or allow it to be our thorn in our flesh (2 Cor. 12:7). The true testing is the day after deliverance. You may question yourself and say “Am I really delivered? What am I supposed to do now?” The problem with the process of deliverance that the church culture has created is that we go through the motions of crying, throwing up, and being laid out on the ground, but there isn’t any follow up or further counseling. I have experience more of a taunting after the fact rather than encouragement and support. Many Christians have experienced the same thing.

I remember learning about the deliverance process and in that was walked through deliverance. Many think when we go through the steps of renouncing and repenting at the altar, that is all that need to take place. But as I grow in God, I am learning that deliverance is a daily process. Not just the one-time process we experience at the altar or in the prayer room. We must always remain in prayer and communion with God. When you spend so much time in God, the temptation to slip back lessens because of the Word and the vision of your future that is being poured inside of you. Inner healing begins to take place and your intimacy with the Lord becomes stronger.

So some may ask, I need practical steps! What can I do to maintain my deliverance? Deliverance requires purging of the soul. Let’s take for example your struggle is overeating. I believe these next few steps can be applied to any given situation. First after the church service:

  • Talk to the Lord

Before you begin to get on the phone to talk to friends and family, talk to God. Talk out the situation and the process and I say not only do I believe I am delivered but I know that I am deliver. You have to keep speaking positivity over yourself saying that “I am delivered” You need to constantly speak well over yourself. 2 Corinthians 10:5- Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

  • Read your bible

For many this may be difficult due to the fact that many do not read their bible so they do not know where to go in the scriptures. There are many bible aids out there that can help you find scriptures that addresses your problem. A few examples are

  • John Eckhardt- Daily Declaration series
  • Cindy Trimm- Spiritual declarations
  • Google

There is no reason for us not to know what scriptures to stand on because there are many resources that can help us

  • Create your sphere of influence

If you want to do better, it is all about the company you keep. Change the people around you. It is easier said than done but if you want to save your life, you got to do what you need to do. The Holy spirit will give you the words to say and the direction as needed. Pray to God to show you who you need to be connected to. There are those assigned to help you to get you to your next destiny

  • Repeat 1 & 2.

You got to keep the word hidden in your heart. This can only happen through repetition. You have to repeat something over 13 times in order for it to become your reality. Your deliverance is your reality. I want you to walk in it

As you start your Monday, be encourage. Read or listen to the word of God. Remember that you are delivered healed, and set free. God has great things in store for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says that, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

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The Day After Deliverance Pt. 2

The Day After Deliverance: Part One

The Day After Deliverance: Part One

Many Christians face in their days of walking with the Lord coming to a point where they have to give of something that is preventing them from walking closer to God. Matter of fact all Christians. You cannot be saved and remain in the same lifestyle you lived before salvation. When you come into Christ, you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). All of us deal with things that trip us up but we are ashamed to show our shortfalls. Sometimes God will take it away or allow it to be our thorn in our flesh (2 Cor. 12:7). The true testing is the day after deliverance. You may question yourself and say “Am I really delivered? What am I supposed to do now?” The problem with the process of deliverance that the church culture has created is that we go through the motions of crying, throwing up, and being laid out on the ground, but there isn’t any follow up or further counseling. I have experience more of a taunting after the fact rather than encouragement and support. Many Christians have experienced the same thing.

I remember learning about the deliverance process and in that was walked through deliverance. Many think when we go through the steps of renouncing and repenting at the altar, that is all that need to take place. But as I grow in God, I am learning that deliverance is a daily process. Not just the one-time process we experience at the altar or in the prayer room. We must always remain in prayer and communion with God. When you spend so much time in God, the temptation to slip back lessens because of the Word and the vision of your future that is being poured inside of you. Inner healing begins to take place and your intimacy with the Lord becomes stronger.

I want to speak peace in the time of your deliverance. Accountability is important so find someone you trust to keep you on track. Make sure you stay in prayer and stay connected to God. Deliverance starts today and will remain for the rest of your life. God will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on him (Is. 26:3).

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