The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

09/30/2015

Spiritual weapons: Fasting – part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:44

What has fasting to do with economic problems?

The Bible not only speaks of sharing with the poor, but it also speaks of setting them free.

Ps. 82:4
Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked.

‘The wicked’, may be those who gain, at other people’s expense, instead of God’s way. ‘The poor’ may be those who have easily become dependent on others, because of a debt. The way out of this situation is, of course, for the debt to be paid.

The wicked” can also be evil spirits whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Evil spirits work to deceive people, for example, causing them make devastating economic decisions. To give financial assistance to a person who is attacked by deceitful spirits, will only provide a temporary solution. A lasting solution is accomplished by going to the root of the problem. The evil spirits must be cast out if it’s going to be a lasting change for the afflicted. Fasting is a means in the deliverance.

What does it mean to untie the cords of the yoke?

Isa. 58:6 (NIV)
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to … untie the cords of the yoke …

The evil spiritual world will put yokes on people, yokes that God has not meant for them to wear. The yokes can be guilt, rejection, disease, to name a few.

In order for the yoke to remain, cords are used to bind it firmly to the person. The word “cord” really means bunch. A bunch is multiple threads or cords gathered together. The evil spiritual
world uses many different “threads” to bind the yoke to people’s shoulders.

Let’s take the yoke of guilt as an example. Real guilt is something that we need to confess to God, and receive forgiveness for. There are also evil spirits that throw false accusations at people that can cause guilt.

In order to make the guilt, or rather the feeling of guilt, stay with a person after he has dealt with it before God, the evil spiritual world will continually remind him of his guilt. This will be done in many different ways, for example, by making him accuse himself, and by other people’s accusations. These accusations become cords that hold the yoke of guilt in its place. The Word of God says fasting is a means to set people free from these cords. Fasting might not prevent people from making accusations, although that is possible. But it does break the power of the accusations that tie the yoke of guilt to a person.

What does it mean to break yokes?

Isa. 58:6
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to … break every yoke?

Dealing only with the cords that ties the yoke to a person is not enough. The yoke itself has to be broken.

Let’s take the yoke of guilt as an example. If sin is the reason we carry guilt, and we have confessed the sin to God, the Word of God says we are forgiven. Jesus has taken all the guilt upon himself. If we, despite of the confession, continue to carry guilt, it isn’t real guilt we carry, but a lie. Fasting reveals the lie and breaks it.

What does it mean to set the oppressed free?

Isa. 58:6
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to … set the oppressed free …

The evil spirits will try to keep people in captivity. Their aim is to prevent people from receiving Jesus into their lives, or to hinder their walk with Jesus. People are being held captive so that they will not be able to operate in their calling.

The word ’oppressed’ can also be translated ‘broken’ or ‘crushed’.

We are called to set free those who are broken and crushed. Fasting is a way to do it.

Why do broken people need deliverance?

A man who has inner wounds can end up in a lifetime of captivity. The circumstances that created the wounds were probably evil spirits, and they used people to achieve their goal. The wounds can easily become an opening for evil spirits. In order for a person to be free, it is not enough to talk about what happened, he needs to be delivered.

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