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Positioning Yourself

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 2, 2011


The last message that helped define a new paradigm for me occurred about 5 years ago from someone at IHOP (International House of Prayer).  Once again, they shake my paradigm.

The message from Wes Martin called “The Great Exchange” [mp3] / [Notes] rebooted my thinking on fasting.  For as long as I can remember, fasting always seemed like it belonged to the spiritual elite. Just the thought of fasting evoked thoughts of monks in clay buildings, swamis on mountain tops and camel skinned, locust eating prophets in the desert.  However, that thinking poorly reflects the true purpose of fasting.

Wes points out many critical points why fasting must be part of every believer’s life.

It Expresses our Yearning for His Return

Matthew 9:14-15 – Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the Bridegroom mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the Bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

Jesus tells the Pharisees that after He leaves, they will fast. Why? The theme says it all… “a desire to be with the Bridegroom.” As the bride of Christ, believers should desire to be with the Lord and express it. Jesus tells us that we “will” express it through fasting.

God’s Strength Manifests in our Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong (strong in spirit, supernatural strength) (NASB).

What better way to become weak than not eat.  You constantly think about food, your become weak, tired and fuzzy in your thoughts. You position yourself for God to manifest Himself in you and through you.

You Become and Example to a Younger Generation

1 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

Do you want people imitating your spiritual walk, or do you need to point them to someone else for guidance? The only hope for passing on a spiritual legacy to the next generation lies in the present generation.

The Goal

Fasting positions you in a place where God can manifest Himself in your life.  Fasting does not “bargain” with God nor is it for the “spiritual elite”. God gave all believers the honor of fasting and praying.

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