Day 15: Human Zeal
What is on your heart for this fast? Define your reason if you haven’t already and write it down. Do not continue this fast with human zeal but with God’s power. You cannot do God’s will with human zeal anymore than you can effectively chop down a huge oak tree with a dull ax. Most of the time you will cause more damage than good by not waiting upon the Lord for His way, His direction and His anointing. Take the time to sit down and work on that ax and sharpen it. That is what fasting does in your life. It helps you get your edge back.
It takes work to get your flesh under submission. Paul explained that the flesh wars against the Spirit—and the Spirit wars against the flesh. So you need to ask yourself: Which one are you empowering? Which one are you giving access to control your life?
I go through all kinds of extremes during an extended fast. One thing I notice is mood swings. One minute I am eager and confident about the fast, and just a few hours later thoughts like, “What’s the use? This is crazy!” start filtering through my mind. After a few more days I move into “the grind” mode. Fasting grinds on your flesh. As many times as I have fasted, it never fails that at some point I become overwhelmed with the feeling of uselessness. In fact, the enemy raises his ugly head to drive that point home as he whispers, “What good is it really doing? Give up.” That is when I remind myself that I’m sharpening my ax, I’m regaining my edge and I’m going to take him out!
By now you may not be able to hear God speak over the sound of your stomach growling. You can’t focus on morning devotions for thinking about cookies or steak. You want to read the Word but you have a headache, you are cold and probably tired from the toxins still being filtered out of your body. You might feel like you are just physically falling apart, but stay the course and don’t let your flesh or the devil short change your reward!
Quiet yourself. Get still by turning off the crazy distractions of this life and press in to God’s presence. Open God’s Word and devour it. God will speak to you through His Word. The Bible contains the answer to every dilemma you face, and if you will read it as you fast, God will speak to you.
There are two powers as you are fasting right now: The human will and the supernatural power of God. When you decide to exercise your will and put your flesh under submission to the Spirit of God, His supernatural power kicks in and helps you fast according to the level of the commitment that you have made. You can do far more in the anointing of God than you can in human zeal. God’s anointing is not for thrills—it is for battle. When you go into battle, you fight to win. The anointing that comes through fasting and prayer gives you a fresh strength to fight for your family, for your kids, for your marriage and win!January 20, 2013 | Permalink