Is There a Wrong Way to Fast?
Amplified Version: ... For we have become a spectacle to the world [a show in the world’s theater] with both men and angels [as spectators].
New King James Version: ... for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
Are your Spiritual Eyes Already Opened?
Have you ever felt like someone was watching you or feel like someone is there with you when your clearly alone? Well..that's because usually there is. Sometimes we see, hear, or may just feel a presence.
During these occurrences, our spiritual senses are more aware. Most of the time we just shrug it off. But, one goal of Satan is to keep us from knowing that these thing are real.The biggest trick is to keep us from knowing the truth about what we are seeing through our spiritual eyes.
To see the spiritual battle going on around us. He doesn't want us to see the angels battling for us, and the demons who are on a mission to destroy, and deceive us into thinking these things we are seeing or hearing are just illusion, or hallucinations. Satan don't want us to see how they are affecting us and our families. What enemy doesn't use fog screens and sneak attacks? Sometimes we are afraid to see, and if we did see something, who would we feel we could talk to without feeling crazy? And of course He doesn't want us to feel like we can talk about it, we might confirm each others sanity. Satan does not want us to see, because then we truly believe, and begin to learn, grow, strategize and defeat.
Who is Carrying You In The Spiritual Realm
You choose Who takes you there. Kind of like getting to a destination on an airplane, Who is your carrier? Fasting, praying, and meditating are big keys to connect to the spiritual realm, more than we could ever imagine.
Fasting, praying and meditating, upon The Word of God, are far too neglected in our days. Many of us do not know how to fast,pray, and meditate properly, and we forget that the doing these things are a priority. Jesus Christ gave us authority over these demons. When Jesus told His disciples to cast out demons,the disciples came to Him wondering why they were attacked. Jesus told them "These do not come out except through prayer and fasting in My Name." This is why fasting, praying, and meditating, and knowing how to do utilize these tools correctly are very important.
Fasting, Praying, And Meditating without Jesus Christ is Dangerous
How To Understand Fasting
Now, as we mentioned earlier, you decide Who takes you there. Who is your "carrier"? Jesus Christ shows us how to fast the correct way.
Fasting can be difficult, and is often a time when Satan will try to sidetrack us because Satan knows how important fasting is. We are given examples of this in the Bible when Jesus was fasting and praying before the Crucifixion, in the Garden of Gethsemane. Satan came to Jesus and tried to tempt Jesus. So here we see that fasting is a time when Satan tries to find vulnerability in us. Satan tries to tempt Jesus into turning a stone into a buttered loaf of bread. When fasting , especially for forty days, a buttered loaf of bread sounds awesome. Satan still tries this trick today. It can be hard for us not to fall into this temptation. We can sometimes even hear the whisper in our ears." Why would Our Father want us to starve ourselves, what's wrong with eating?" Jesus Christ would not tell us to go without anything, unless there was an absolutely important reason to. That reason being the level of spiritual alertness and we reach by doing so.
There is also a way in which Satan uses fasting.This comes most of the time from the use of drugs, especially highly potent ones such as crystal meth,"crack", cocaine and heroin, that keep you awake, from resting properly, or put you in a different kind of sleep. Most drugs cause one to not eat normally. This is the way in which Satan offers to us, his twisted and perverted way of fasting. This is why so many who have or do use report seeing,hearing and smelling things that someone else may not, and this also explains why people have these occurrences happening to sober people as well. When a fast is performed, regardless of our carrier, we open ourselves to the spiritual realm. These things people are seeing, hearing and smelling ARE REAL!!!
Satan of course loves it when this is not realized because then people seem crazy, They are pushed away from those who love them, and made to feel alone because no one understands and they become vulnerable targets to destroy and are truly being attacked. After a while, they stop trying to tell any one, and their hearts try to close, because no one seems to understand and believe them, and they can eventually become numb. Sometimes even talking to these demons even begin to give them a type of comfort, when it seems no one else will listen.
This is why understanding fasting is important, too many do not know of the spiritual realm. We forget or do not know that in this spiritual realm is where we see Holy Angels, know when a battle is coming, and fight together with Jesus Christ Himself.
Satan is a copycat. As in a mirror, everything is backwards. And not the way it really is, in Truth.
Note: Anything and everything that comes from Our Father, Satan also will use. Let us give you an example, such as Love. There is real, true , honest Love. That, of course, comes from Our Father. Then on the other hand there is obsession and lust which is the twisted perversion of Love. There is the Truth. On the other hand there is white lies, half truth, the "grey area",and all sorts of supposed and assumed truths, but still only one absolute Truth.
Open Your Eyes and Heart with Truth
If you've been guilty or ashamed for taking the wrong flight, don't worry, just get off, and take the right plane. Its our choice. Thank You, Father, Through Jesus Christ, for free will.
We have been mistakenly led by self-ambition, fear, deceit, and ignorance, causing us to take the wrong flight.
Let go of the shame and let The Truth and Love of Jesus Christ set you free, Free indeed. We make mistakes as humans. Through admitting to ourselves the truth that we have went the wrong way. Forgive others we've blamed, and forgive ourselves also for falling for the Lies.
Through The Grace, Mercy, and Love from Our Savior Jesus Christ we have been able to change flights, headed toward the kingdom of God, instead of focusing on our own, or this worlds.
The Armor of God
How To Fast, Meditate, and Pray Correctly
WARNING!!!!! ( We do not recommend doing this without the Armour of God through Christ, which is visible in the spiritual.) The Armour of God is found in Ephesians 6:10-18 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotism's, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.
18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
If you notice each piece of our armor is putting on Jesus Christ, and representing Him.
2 Corinthians 5:20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God. Through Jesus Christ, He is Our Jehovah Nissi, which means our Banner of Love and Protection.
We believe strongly that this is important for us and our families. Without seeing the spiritual and physical realm together, we will only see half of the picture. Jesus Christ tells us to be awake and stay alert,.
How To Put on The Armor of God: An Act of Faith
As you are reading the Scriptures on each piece of armour, it helps build faith to invision each piece. Such as putting on a helmet with your hands, putting on the belt around your waist, placing the while and breastplate, etc. This is an act of faith and greatly increases the power of our faith, in The Word of God and His Powerful Armor.
Spiritual Eyes Open!
And Paul in the Bible prayed that our spiritual eyes be opened to The Truth.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (the people of God),16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
21 Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
22 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church],
23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].
Way to many of us are spiritually blind, and do not realize it until we do see. We have been asleep for far too long!
Fasting, praying and meditation are also a power used by good and evil. We have no more fear or selfish - ambition if we realize there is a spiritual battle we are going through and Jesus Christ is truly The Way, The Truth, and The Life.
Fasting: Body Setting
Our body settings are keys to fasting.
Sleep, or the lack thereof, is one of the major factors in fasting. We learned this, believe it or not, by the use of crystal meth. Lets just say God used evil for good. Why not? Satan uses good for evil. We noticed in the Bible that those who were fasting were awake and praying, and usually were fasting for days. Usually not sleeping for a 24 hour period will start the process, but after that is when demons and simples become the most obvious. We had no idea that not sleeping, or not getting adequate sleep was a factor, while fasting if your goal is to awaken yourself into the spiritual realm. Jesus Christ asked the disciples to stay awake with Him, while He was fasting and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, to keep watch for Him. Jesus Christ did not ask them to watch while He slept, no, He was awake also. Jesus Christ understands that staying awake is hard for us. That's why He says the spirit (in us) is willing but the flesh is weak.
Eating is another key factor to fasting. We are not exactly sure why, to be honest. We understand that when fasting the lack of eating is talked about a lot in the Bible, Maybe it is so we are emptied out to be filled spiritually instead. A big part of surrender is giving up.You have to have something fill that spot.
WARNING!!! (We recommend NOT using any drug to do this. It is highly dangerous,and can lead to very dangerous spiritual and physical attacks, besides all the other side effects that come with it.)
What Are You Thinking On?
Faith is the assurance, the confirmation, the title deed of the things we hope for, being proof of the things we do not see and the conviction of their reality. Faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses. (Hebrews 11:3)
Faith and fasting go hand in hand. When fasting anything you hope for or believe will happen. Even when its something you do not want to see come to pass. It will. Hope, doubt, belief, fear, and worry are types of faith. Whatever we have faith in can and do become a part of the physical. We have seen many things that were just thought of and searched out by us in just in wanting, and became physical, even things that appeared to be human-like. So be careful, we advise, and be careful what you hope for when fasting. The same happens when not fasting, but during the period of fasting our hopes, fears,and desires are fulfilled almost instantly.
But hope, the object of what is seen, is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees?
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed ( fashioned, put in order, and equipped to perform their purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see is not made out of things visible. ( Hebrews 11: 3)
Jesus Christ said, "Truly I say to you. if you have faith, and do not doubt and say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done." And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and believing, you will receive. ( Matthew21:21-22)
Warning!!! Do not put your faith in every spirit ( I John 4:1)
Meditation produces results: Should we also consider doing this regularly?
When fasting, meditation and focusing your thoughts are also major keys.
Meditating is a habitual part of our everyday life. When we have something we think about more than a few times and "ponder" on it, we are meditating in a sense.
When meditating during fasting, we are spiritually more sensitive, and more vulnerable to the attacks of Satan and his workers, as we discussed above. So, it is very important that we meditate and focus on the right things.Meditation also has to be accompanied by faith or a desire for what you are focusing on .
Repetition can also be useful, when needing to build faith in what you may need to focus on. A lot of times when we were being attacked and were afraid, ( which fear can be a type of faith again, because we are not being sure of the fact that our Father will protect us, in turn our faith is trusting in the fear.) we would repeatedly confirm our trust that Jesus Christ has our back. That in turn would feed our faith, and make it stronger, and overcoming the fear of what we were seeing or hearing. These occurrences of the spiritual are scary, and have to be with Jesus Christ, if not these demons will taunt us and feed of our fears, doubts, weak spots and insecurities in anything.
When fasting, meditating and focusing,and all we think about has to be paid attention to. Sometimes we focus more on what we are doing and saying and forget to pay attention to our thoughts, which lead to the heart and spirit. Our thoughts are not kept secret to anything or anyone, in the spirit. That is true for both good and evil spirits. Our Father is omnipresent, that means He is everywhere at all times. He did not say He was the only one who could hear our thoughts and search our hearts. Our hiding place is His name, and praising Him. Other than that we need to remember our thoughts and words are accessed in the spiritual.
Just like our bodies, our thoughts and words should also be constantly trained to be able to be presentable to our Father. If we are thinking of things that cannot be done with a clean heart and we are not able to thank Him for it, then we are probably focusing on something that does not come from Him.
Here is the process to meditation: We pause to reflect on a word, a phrase, or a concept. We compare with the other thoughts that come to mind. We don't rush through these thoughts. If we keep ourselves focused it pays off spiritually.
So many things demand our attention and beg for our focus. They're not just sinful things. The apostle Paul said that although everything was lawful for him, not everything was helpful. ( I Corinthians 6:12)
Those who meditate--and do it day an night--are like productive trees....and everything they do will prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3) This is true whether it be focusing on good or evil.
What we think about becomes part of our lives. Another way to put it is to say that whatever you focus on , when fasting or any other time, you become. For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is. ( Proverbs23:7)
Wherever we put our energies and our attention and our attention, those things will develop. Another way we like to say it is, "Where the mind goes, the man follows!"
If we think about ice cream, we will soon, sometime in the near future, find ourselves in our car pursuing ice cream. Our thoughts will stir our desires and emotions, and we will make decisions on following them. All of this is to say that our thoughts largely determine our destiny.
Thoughts are powerful. (Proverbs 23:7) They are not just words that flow through our minds. So it is very important for us to decide what we will allow our minds to meditate and focus on. Even a little adds up. Our thoughts --our focus -- is what determines where we end up when fasting.
When fasting meditating is a powerful tool. You must see it in your mind, repeat it out loud, and keep it. The idea is it has to be mental, before it becomes physical. Visualization in our minds is a process of creating something to be seen.
We could go on and on about meditation when learning about fasting, because it seems there is no end to what our Father can show us through meditating. Meditation when fasting is a treasure chest of powerful, life giving secrets that God wants to reveal to us.
Word Of God Speak
Fasting and Speaking In Faith
When fasting our words are a powerful key.
Our words are expressions of our hearts --of what is going on inside of us.Then what is going on inside us comes to the outside.
The Word of God is Living and Active... (Hebrews 4:12)
What's interesting is that the term used for Word does not just only refer to the Bible as written, also this is rhema, The Word being spoken. It is talking about the use of words, not just the existence. Something only existing does not make it activate, this comes by usage.
A word spoken..how good it is. (Proverbs 15:23)
For out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks The good man from from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his evil storehouse flings forth evil things. (Matthew 12:34-35)
Our words take root downward and bear fruit upward.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)
A mans self shall be filled with the fruits of his mouth;and the consequences of his words must be satisfied whether good or evil. Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it, either for death or life. ( Proverbs 18:20-21)
The grass withers, the flower fades but the word of our Father will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)
In conclusion, God watches over His word to perform it. Whether for good or evil our words and speaking them are an important key to when fasting.
WARNING!!!! (We must be very careful what we say. Like it's said "Be careful what you ask for, because it will come true! )
2 Corinthians 4 New Living Translation
Treasure in Fragile Clay Jars
4 Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke. 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Are you going to take this challenge?
Did this article give you a better understanding on fasting?
In closing, Team Wiseman would like to give you a challenge to open your spiritual eyes. Realizing and seeing what is truly a part of reality is important to our growth. Ask Jesus Christ to reveal this and He will be faithful in doing so.
Thanks again for reading.