Monday, 26 September 2016

Third important step




Hi friends, how are you doing? To continue to talk about the important steps for our spiritual life, today I will talk about something that I believe many have even forgotten about: To fast. You know girls, fasting is a powerful tool against hell and when we fast, we get spiritually strengthened and the devil loses his power against us. Have you realized that fasting is everyday being forgotten among Christians? And do you know why this has been happening? Because the devil has been occupying our minds with a thousand things that to fast ends up becoming something for tomorrow.

I remember that when I was lifted as an assistant, every Wednesday, Friday (later changed to Tuesday, the deliverance service) and Sunday were the days that I would fast for the Church. I wanted to consecrate myself, to be in the spirit with God in order to be used by Him to set the people free (and I still fast for the people). And the more I would fast, the stronger I would become. I've noticed that when we fast we are more willing to do things for God. For example, to read the Bible, to go to church, to evangelize, to read blogs and to learn more about God begins to draw our attention and we start to care less about the things of the world. Note that the Bible is full of examples of men and women of God who fasted. Moses, Elijah, Hannah, Esther, and many others fasted. The greatest example is the Lord Jesus who fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. He also teaches us to fast in Matthew 6:16 and Matthew 17:21, He tells us that there are demons that come out only by fasting and praying.

And how should I fast? When? How many hours? Friends, fasting is a period of time where we abstain from food and drink to be in spirit, in communion with God. During this period, we cannot be on the Internet, reading magazines, but we fill ourselves with the things of God. Of course, if you are working or in school, there is no way to read the Bible, but your thoughts can be in sync with God, talking to Him. And you can do the day you want. Below I will give you a few ideas of fasting I have done and how I usually do, okay?

1 – Food  and beverage Fast: We stay  a few hours of the day without eating. But I  always take a little water to not dehydrate myself.  An important tip: If you don't feel good and feel like your blood pressure is dropping because it has been too many hours without eating then close your fasting with a prayer and eat. We have to be smart and balanced, each one of us  know  our own body and we know how long we can fast for, especially you that is going through a medical treatment or taking any medicine, please be wise, ok?
How many hours can we fast for? Well, you can do from midnight to noon, or 12 hours. You can do from 6am to 6pm. You can do on Fridays from 9am to 3pm (the time Jesus was on the cross and overcame the devil). You can do 24 hours. Or you can do fewer hours too. Always ask for God’s guidance and go on your  faith. My husband has done three days of fasting drinking water only, it was his faith and God always honors our faith.
2 - Fasting of vegetables. Daniel 1. Daniel decided not to defile himself with the king's meat and asked to eat only vegetables and water. We can also do this kind of fast,  to eat only vegetables and drink water for a certain period of time.
3 - Fasting of bread and water. Not  bread with butter or cream cheese, lol just plain bread!
4 - Fast of Daniel – To stay away from media and the worldly things. (I would still do it along with food fast).

Any kind of fast is a powerful weapon against the devil, let's take that weapon and use it against him because he  wants to push us away from our Lord. I would like to propose something to you: What about this week you do this test with God? Make a fast on Wednesday, asking to receive the baptism with The Holy Spirit or to be renewed; another on Thursday for your love life; one on Friday to tie up the devil and all of his traps against you and one on Sunday to start a blessed week with our Lord. Or choose the days yourself, according to your needs and next week, come back and tell us about your experience, okay? I am also in the same  faith, for each of you, deal?  Who's coming with me?
 A big kiss to you friends and God bless you and give you strength to continue in this  faith. Kisses.
Juliana Furucho

Translated by: Tatia Oliveira

4 comments:

Boipelo Michael said...

Hello Mrs Tania...

Thank you so much for this post,i was able to understand a lot about fasting...usually i would fast food but then be on the internet and reading magazines.It was of great help and will share with my friends what i learnt

Good day

Rosa Flor said...

muito obrigada por este post essa palavra me abençoou muitíssimo, ja compartilhei. amo seu blog, sou Brasileira, mas gosto de ler suas postagem porque eu alimento meu Espirito e também enriquecer meu vocabulário em English

One Maswabi said...

hi,thanks for the post. I would do my fastings three times a week on Wednesday, Friday&Sunday and they do work because it revives and keeps me strong in the faith.This post is of assistance to do the things I did to grow spiritually because nowadays I do just once a week,I understand that I can do it in different ways..kisses

Diwakar said...

Hello Tania Rubim. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. I love your post on Fasting. At the beginning of my Pastoral ministry I did not give so much importance to Fasting but one professor from Camroon came and took some Seminars on Prayer and Fasting. I was ashamed of my own personal life where I neglected Fasting in the ministry. I was so upset on me and realized the importance of Prayer and Fasting in my personal life. I starting Fasting and praying one day week and then twice a week and applied it to the church life where we organized a cycle of prayer and fasting for the whole week every day two young peaple praying and fasting. I could see miracles taking place in my perosnal and family life as well as church life too. You have reminded me once again. I am truly blessed and feel privileged and honored to get connected with you as well as know you through your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged,strengthened and praying for one another. I ahave been in the Pastoral ministry for last 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the brokenhearted. we also encourage yuoung and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have you come to Mumbai with your friends to work with us during your vacation time. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends. Also wishing you a blessed and a Christ centered New year.

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