WHAT IS FASTING?
Jonah 3:3-10: Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles, Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
1. Abstinence from foods and pleasures of the flesh to focus on God in word, prayer and consecration. Feeding the spirit with not bread alone but with every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matt 4:4). The motive is to accept the divine invitation to dine with our master in fellowship and intimacy.
2. A hunger for God. It is when we make God our uttermost desire and obsession.
That is why fasting MUST have prayer, reading, listening, and focusing on God’s word with it.
- Joining ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes like the multi-level marketing schemes, gambling, lottery. Not being patient enough to build wealth block by block.
- Ignorance of the biblical covenant on prosperity and blessing.
- Belief there is a Conspiracy to keep people poor; but no man can keep you down Tax or no tax we cannot be put down.
- Developing a food eater and not a seed sower mentality- no savings, no investments. Depreciating investments Vs. appreciating investments.
- Believing a good job is the source of prosperity and not God and His ways of doing things.
- Irresponsible use of resources: famine and abundance are cycles that can be managed by the ‘Joseph Principle.’ During good times, save for the evil day may come.
- Withholding from blessing people. Be generous: be free from stinginess when it comes to giving. Give up and tap the anointing. Give down and it is debt to God. Practice biblical generosity. Become a tither and a generous giver.
- Lack of financial integrity: some people are not operating in the blessing because of financial iniquities both in the natural realm and the spiritual. Cheating on taxes and not tithing to God and failing to practice biblical generosity.
- Refusing to try again after failure. If there is a failure of crops, always sow the seed again.
- Not saving smartly. Depreciating investments Vs. appreciating investments.
We must learn how to become better stewards of time, talent and treasure.
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