The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

09/02/2015

Spiritual weapons: Fasting – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:42

What is fasting?

Fasting one normally means abstaining from food, and sometimes even from drink, for a certain amount of time. But, there are also other forms of fasting.

Why do people fast?

There are several reasons why people fast.

People fast …

• for health reasons
• ceremonially, as part of a religion
• in order to hear God better
• as part of spiritual warfare

How long should one fast?

A fast can last from part of a day, up to several weeks. And there are those who
fast a day every week.

Is fasting a pleasant experience?

Most people probably find fasting rather unpleasant. So what makes us voluntarily enter into such nuisance? The answer is, because we want to serve God on His conditions, and because it is wonderful to see people step into God’s freedom ,because of our fasting.

The bible also promises that those who fast will be rewarded.

Matt. 6:17-18
17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Do I influence God when I fast?

No, when I fast, my situation, or the situation of the person I fast for, changes. God doesn’t change. He is always the same.

Did Jesus fast?

Jesus fasted, and He even began His active ministry with a 40 days fast.

Why did Jesus fast for 40 days?

Jesus fasted because He was fighting against the devil.

Luke 4:1-2
1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

Jesus had come to destroy the works of the devil. As part of that work He used fasting as a weapon.

1 John 3:8
… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

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