The Power of Fasting

April 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals

Reading for the Day – Isaiah 58:6

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke?”

Fasting is not about food. It is about your heart, your relations with God and about freedom. Fasting as a part of religious ceremony has no power. When it is done as some religious routine, it misses out on the most important aspect: spiritual freedom and repentance.

True fasting, pleasant to God is the fasting of heart. You do not just set aside your body to stay away from food. You set aside your heart and time to pray, search your heart and life out and get cleaned and purified. The power of fasting comes not from food or hunger. It comes from finding the revelation from God, learning His will and getting His power to manifest through your life more fully.

In the Scriptures God says that we should tear our hearts, not our clothes, when we cry out to Him. Abstinence from food should not viewed as the essence of fasting. That is not where its power comes from.

The essence of fasting is your faith and open heart before God, it’s your humility and crying out for help. When we acknowledge our own weakness before God, He replaces it with His strength and power.

Prayer suggestion: When fasting, pray to the Lord to show you, where you have hidden offenses or hard feelings against people. His power can set you free from all the bitterness and lead to victory over any circumstance or illness that come against you.

Robert Moment is a spiritual life coach, personal growth strategist, speaker and author of several life-transforming books including Faith – Living Your Life Fully and Freely Without Fear and Christian Women- Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose, happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day online e-course titled, Christian Living.

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Taking Every Thought Captive

April 2, 2012 by  
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Reading for the Day – 2 Corinthians 10:5

“Refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)”

Our thoughts can come from different sources. Some people believe that their thoughts are private and just theirs. This is not so. The word Devil, the name of evil one, comes from the Greek word “diabolos”. This word means: the one, who throws ideas of thought. This means, that some of those thoughts in your head are not yours. They can come right from your enemy.

Just think about this: did you ever started to pray and then caught yourself at musing on things, far away from your prayer subject. Then, you get amazed: how did I ever get there, thinking of those things? You simple got led away and distracted through thoughts.

Some of our thoughts may plainly be sinful. They may lead us into self condemnation. We feel so unworthy of God and start to be drawn away from Him by those thoughts. So, taking  them captive into obedience to Christ is one of the essential skills for Christians.

The first step is to understand that those thoughts are not yours, until you accept them. No need for self condemnation. The next step is to refuse to accept them. Take the power over them in the name of Christ and cast them away. You have been empowered to do that.

Prayer suggestion: Pray to the Lord, so He would give you insight on the thoughts and understanding on which thoughts are not yours and come from the evil one.

Robert Moment is a spiritual life coach, personal growth strategist, speaker and author of several life-transforming books including Faith – Living Your Life Fully and Freely Without Fear and Christian Women- Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose, happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day online e-course titled, Christian Living.

Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in it entirety.