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Unlocking the Full Manifestation of God via Fasting

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Part 1 | Fasting

Matthew 6:1–4 NKJV
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Praying

Fasting Defined

Matthew 6:5–15 NKJV
“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting

Fasting Defined

Fasting is not merely going without food for a period of time; that’s dieting.
Fasting is not merely going without food for a period of time; that’s dieting.
Fasting is not something done only by fanatics or in other words, a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious of political cause.
Fasting is not something done by religious monks alone in a cave somewhere.
Fasting is not limited to ministers or to special occasions.
Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. Fasting has always been a normal part of a relationship with God. As express by the impassioned plea of David in , fasting brings one into a deeper , more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord
>>> My prayer is that as we study about this particular discipline, you begin to develop a hunger for fasting
Fasting is a secret source of power that is overlooked by many
>>> My prayer is that as we study about this particular discipline, you begin to develop a hunger for fasting
Fasting happens to be a secret source of power that is overlooked by many
In , Jesus provided the pattern by which each of us is to live as a child of God. That pattern address 3 specific duties of believer: Giving, Praying, and Fasting

Giving, Praying, and Fasting

Giving to the Needy

6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer

6:9–13pp—Lk 11:2–4

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“ ‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

10 your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, s

but deliver us from the evil one.’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Fasting

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer

6:9–13pp—Lk 11:2–4

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“ ‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

10 your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, s

but deliver us from the evil one.’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Fasting

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus said, “When you give...” and “When you pray...” and “When you fast.” He made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying, was normal part of Christian life. As much attention should be given to fasting as is given to giving and to praying.
When giving, praying, and fasting are practiced together in the life of a believer, it creates a type of threefold cord that is not easily broken.
Could we be missing our greatest breakthroughs because we fail to fast?

Sowing

If we look at the parable of the sower at , : . 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

Look at it this way: when we pray, you can release that thirtyfold return, but when both prayer and giving are part of your life, I that releases the sixtyfold blessing. But when all three - giving, praying, fasting - are apart of your life, that hundredfold return can be released.
The New International Version. (2011). (). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Now, if this is the case you’d have to wonder that blessings are not being accessed and or released? What answers to prayer are not getting through? What bondage are not being broken because we fail to fast.

Demon Possessed Son

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and ifasting.

Matthew 17:14–21 NKJV
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 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.”

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

17:14–19pp—Mk 9:14–28; Lk 9:37–42

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21]

Nothing Will Be Impossible

I’d like to focus on the last statement: “...Nothing will be impossible for you.” Howbeit in the KJV is the key which unlocks the power in this statement. They have already been given authority to cast out devils and heal the sick. What prohibited them from casting out this particular spirit? Why was Jesus able to cast it out?
I’d like to focus on the last statement: “...Nothing will be impossible for you.” Howbeit in the KJV and However in
Jesus advised them they needed faith the size of a mustard seed but that wasn’t all. Long before this incident, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness, where he spent forty days and forty nights, taking no food. “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting… For Jesus casting out that stubborn demon wasn’t impossible. If Jesus could have accomplished all He came to do without fasting, why would He fast? The Son of God fasted because He knew there were supernatural things that could only be released that way. How much more should fasting be a common practice in our lives?
I’d like to focus on the last statement: “...Nothing will be impossible for you.”
So in all actuality, all things are impossible.. We can’t command mountains or situations the size as mountains to move if we refuse to unlock the supernatural force of God by fasting.

Fasting Accomplishes

Fasting Accomplishes

When God has placed a dream inside you that only He can make possible or has called you to do something great for the Kingdom, you need to fast it into fruition. Good and bad, what’s in you will come out only when you fast and pray.
Whenever you feel yourself growing dry spiritually, when you do not sense a cutting-edge anointing, when you need a fresh encounter with God, fasting is the secret key that unlocks heaven’s door and slams shut the gates of hell.
The discipline of fasting releases the anointing, the favor, and the blessing of God in the life of a believer.
When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and you become amazingly sensitive to the things of God.
When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and you become amazingly sensitive to the things of God.
Fasting is a secret source of power that is overlooked by many.
Fasting caused God to target our children.
Fasting brings health and healing to your body, as well as financial prosperity and the blessings of God.
Matthew 6:16–18 NKJV
“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 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.

Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. Fasting has always been a normal part of a relationship with God. As express by the impassioned plea of David in , fasting brings one into a deeper , more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord
When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and you become amazingly sensitive to the things of God.
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