Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
Message By: Pastor Bam Lauvao
Series: STANDING FAST
Fast (Hebrew): To cover the mouth.
Fasting: Voluntarily going without food (or something else) for a period of time in order to have deeper fellowship with God.
FASTING IS LESS ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE GIVING UP, BUT MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE GAINING
Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6 NKJV)
FASTING “IS NOT”
FASTING IS NOT A DIET
FASTING IS NOT A HUNGER-STRIKE OR A WAY TO MANIPULATE GOD
FASTING IS NOT ONLY FOR THE STRONG
2 BIG Reasons Why We Should Fast:
1. WE FAST FOR THE SAKE OF FREEING FAMILY FROM SPIRITUAL STRONGHOLDS
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:20-21 NKJV)
PARTNER FAITH WITH FASTING TO DO THE MIRACULOUS!
2. WE FAST FOR THE GREATER ANNOINTING NEEDED IN MINISTRY
In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. (John 4:31-34 NKJV)
Life Group Discussion:
What is your position on fasting?Is this something you hold in high regard, or not?
What are some of the things you’ve learned regarding what fasting “is not?”
How does fasting help you, your family, and your ministry?
Have you ever felt spiritually dull and dry?Fasting can increase the anointing in your life.I challenge you to partner your faith with fasting.Discuss what you are fasting for and collectively pray in agreement with your Life Group