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.
Translated by: Tatia Oliveira