Did you ever feel like your spiritual breakthrough was right there? You could almost taste it. You have the faith, but you just couldn’t cross over to the promise before you.
Hopefully, that will no longer be the case. No, you don’t have to fast to be saved. However, if your desire is to walk in the fullness of the salvation that the Lord has provided for you, then fasting is one of the tools available to propel you forward.
Fasting is something that should be a normal part of your walk with the Lord. As a matter of fact, no one should even be aware of your doing it.
When the Lord spoke of washing your face and putting oil on your head he was referring to the normal grooming that most people of His culture did each day. In other words, go through your day in the normal routine, only without eating. That is the impact of what Jesus was teaching in the verses we looked at in my last post (Matthew 6:16-18).
On the other hand, I have seen people get religious about this point. They lock themselves in their room for the day. It’s not a sin for people to know that you’re fasting.
My regular fasting day is Tuesday. It would be impossible for me to hide this from my wife and children. What I’m not to do is use fasting as a way to make myself look good in the eyes of others. I simply go through the day normally – only without eating.
The big question is – why does the Lord want us to fast?
To understand fasting, we must look at an incident that occurred in Jesus’ ministry. This happened immediately after the Lord’s transfiguration on the mountain. I will look at it in detail in my next post. By understanding this event, we will see why the supernatural is so difficult to enter into in the United States.
The first thing I need to understand is who I am as a person. I’m a multi-part being. I exist as body (flesh), soul (mind), and spirit.
My spirit is the part of my being that communes with God. My spirit believes everything in the Word of God. It agrees, without reservation, to every word spoken by the Lord.
My flesh, on the other hand, is the part that I inherited from my ancestor, Adam. It rejects and doubts whatever God says. The tension between the flesh and the spirit has created a war that’s constantly waging within me.
The third aspect, my mind, is the part of me that’s in control and has to sort it all out. This will be the case until we receive our resurrected body from the Lord. So we better know the scriptural way to handle it.
In my next post we’ll see what Jesus says the problem is.
Questions: Have you been trust God for a spiritual breakthrough? How close is it?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013