My Experience with the “F” Word…

Fasting, yes, fasting; the “f” word that nearly scares Christ followers half dead. This is not the, “Oh, I have blood work in the morning and I cannot eat after 8pm,” kind of fasting. This is the, “God, I am saying no to my flesh and yes to Your Spirit by excercising this disciple, because I need to bring my flesh under control (because I been trifling), or I am trying to build contentment.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

– Matthew 5:6

Fasting is not for God, fasting is for US. Sometimes some things will not be accomplished in the spirit realm unless you fast. Jesus had a word with his disciples about fasting:

Matthew 17:14-21 King James Version (KJV)

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Some things really only come out with prayer and fasting y’all.

Jerrica

I want to share a bit from my journal on a revelation God gave me with fasting:

Journal Entry 10.9.19

All in all, I can say that fasting (one day) resets your spirit and it builds a hunger for Jesus, its like a good meal at a top restaurant, with a Master Chef. It creates a desire to go back to the restaurant when the Master Chef is working. The restaurant is expensive, so it is a sacrifice to go.

“All in all, I can say that fasting (one day) resets your spirit and it builds a hunger for Jesus”

Fasting (3-days) is like being on vacation to an all expense paid resort and finding an amazing restaurant AND finding out the Master Chef you love is at your resort and you get to eat from His table for the whole of your vacation.

Fasting (30-days) is like being home for the holidays and gifted with a gift card to a family of restaurants which your Master Chef owns and they all highlight His food and the variety of food preparations He does. The menu stays fresh and always has you coming back for more.

Something changes in you. You become a herald for this Master Chef and you lead every hungry eater to Him, but you let them know, it takes sacrifice. Give up your food, turn your plate to eat at His table. Sure your hunger will grow, your head may ache, and you may become irritable. It may even seem like something in you is dying… GOOD! But by faith, and the testimony of others that walked away from His table in song and full, with energy to get through a new day, you go. You become satisfied, and the Master Chef even comes to eat with you. The experience was worth the sacrifice.

You leave the table full, singing, and with energy to go another day– a herald for the Master Chef. Others see you and you point them to the restaurant, to the Master Chef.

That’s what fasting is to me– telling my flesh, “no,” to junk food, and my spirit, “yes,” to True Bread and Living Water.

Pray about it. Try it.

-Jerrica

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Hi there! I am am a woman passionate about Jesus Christ! I like to encourage people everywhere I go and I am finally exploring my identity as a writer! I like to grab my favorite warm beverage, head to a quite space and recharge with God. Join me!

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