How can I make my spiritual experience the best it can be while I am fasting? - Day 11
January 17, 2018
Welcome to Day 11!! Over half way there!!
Technology has made everyday life easier in regards to communication, entertainment, and the way we find/store information. Just like groceries, the latest fashion, and the price tag of a new vehicle, our reliance and love for technology has come at a cost.
How can I make my spiritual experience the best it can be while I am fasting?
What a great question and an important topic to cover. And this question is closely related, yet very different, to another question below. To make your spiritual experience the best it can be, I recommend taking a break from the many diversions that compete for your attention.
Reliance is defined as the dependence on or trust in someone or something. Think of the last time you misplaced your phone and the feeling in the pit of your stomach that your reliance on this rectangular object created. Now think back to when you left your Bible behind on your way to church or forgot to read a daily devotion. Did the misplacing of this other rectangular object have the same effect on you?
One of the things technology has cost us is our ability to communicate with one another and with our Lord and Savior. We used to set aside time for friends and family to meet in person, share a moment, partake in a meal, give/receive advice, play a game, debate a topic, and enjoy each other’s company with little to no distraction. Now the vast majority of the population would rather scroll, binge watch, post, tweet, like, share, pin, tag, email, and blog rather than an in-person experience with someone else. If technology has cost us personal relationships with our fellow man, what has it cost us in regards to our relationship with our Heavenly Father?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NKJV) says:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them, and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
Therefore“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”
God has called us to be different from the world and to “Come out from among them, and be separate.” You can come out from among them during this time of fasting by praying and worshiping the Lord God Almighty. Ultimately, God wants an intimate relationship with each and every one of his children. Fasting, praying, and worshiping are all key in your fasting experience and personal relationship with God.
Technology and entertainment can become a temple within us. A temple we rely on more than each other and our Heavenly Father. It can also tempt, distract, and lead us astray from God’s promise. Taking a break from social media, talk radio, television, and even from going to the movies or anything else that is your normal routine is a great way to eliminate distractions so that you can focus on the Lord.
One hymn that comes to mind when I feel the distractions of the world trying to consume all my attention is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus:”
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
His Word shall not fail you, He promised; believe Him and all will be well; Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell!
Get your Bible out and spend time in the Word. Spend some time in worship. Spend time in prayer. We also have many resources to help you with your fast at jentezenfranklin.org such as blogs, devotionals, messages, and online courses.
In short, shift your focus. “Come out from among them, and be separate,” from your normal life, even from your friends, just for a season. Allow yourself time to press in but also allow yourself time to listen. Give the Lord permission to wake you up in the middle of the night or early in the morning, and when He does, even if it’s 3am, get out of bed and start praying and interceding, and listening. Make yourself fully available to the Lord for this season of fasting. Remember, reliance is defined as the dependence on or trust in someone or something. Let us use this time in fasting and prayer to put our “reliance” in Jesus Christ and His Word. If you put Jesus as the center of your life, make him what you rely on, you will make your spiritual experience the best it can be in this life.
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account_circle Mary Hayes
Hello fasting community I had to go back and refresh this topic !! Because I had to encourage myself how can I make fasting experience the best it can be . is knowing God is faithful and he loves me even it I felt short during this fast !! ⭐️😊💫⚡️♥️!! Fasting for a family situation that need to be resolved by today ? Need requests answer to increase my faith ... for my children 👶, grands , nieces, nephews , sisters , mom , husband , myself! And my newly established business, my church and pastor this coming new year !! Praying for peace in the world 🌍 !!!! Financial blessings, healing, wisdom, deliverance,protection and a supernatural miracle Amen
account_circle Shelly Jackson
Praise God forevermore!!
account_circle Mary Hayes
After reading this topic !! How can I make my spiritual experience the best it can be while I am fasting ? Having a thankful ♥️!! I believe when I give thanks in all circumstances during this time fasting the more likely I am going to see how powerful God is at work in all situations that I am fasting for ! Family problems, healing , protection, wisdom, deliverance, guidance, and a breakthrough for my newly established business, a serious relationship problem with Y, A. Also need help with unbelief and doubt !! Amen
account_circle Rhonica Hinds
I can indntify with the part waking up at 3 am. I asked God to wake me at whatever time He wants to. Sometimes it is a struggle but I am pushing through the sleepiness and praying. I have limited the time I spend on social media but a complete disconnect would be great. This fast has created a desire to fast more often. Thanks for all the help and assistance you have give so far
account_circle C Wilson
Amen. This is an awesome message! Very inspiring, this has made me even more determine to press forward on this 21 days journey. I have no doubt it will be very fruitful as long as we let go and surrender our all to the Lord. So let us fasten our seatbelts brethren and get ready to recieve the blessings God has in store for us. Just one day at a time is all we need to ask of Him. Stay blessed everyone!
account_circle Karla Cole
Thank you for that encouraging word. In addition to my fasting, the only TV I watch is Christian programs. Even that isn’t as good as turning off the TV and getting in the word. I’m finding that my hunger is coming back for more of You God. I’m hungering more for things of old in the church when we sought the Holy Spirit and didn’t quench his moving in the services. It’s time America and the church wakes up! We need revival in this nation, people need to be healed, delivered and set free. Marriages and relationships need to be restored. Curses, bondage’s need to be broken, we need deliverance from greed, selfishness and cares of this word. We need to honor and respect each other no matter the race, religion our background. It’s time to get back to bible basics. Time for the body of Christ to grow up and take back this nation and all the craziness going on around us. It’s time brothers and sisters. Yes, this fast is about us and our needs met, but also about others needs met and this country. Our anthem is 2 Chronicles, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” Amen! Be blessed everyone, keep strong and see God move in our lives during this time of consecration.
account_circle Karen Johnson
In addition to fasting food, I am fasting all social media. It’s is really amazing and wonderful and makes me want to remove myself from them completely. I do not miss it and it give me more time to focus on Him then on the mindless, meaningless scrolling of social media. Thank you Jesus for this. This fast has created a desire in me to make some sort of fasting a regular monthly routine. The closeness I feel to the Father and the dialogue I am having with Him is than any steak or post on social media.
account_circle Maria Barnes
I will rely less on my technology on refocus this time on the lord,
account_circle Ultressa Diamond
AWESOME! My reliance during this Fast is on the Lord! Getting rid of those things that can distract me as television and technology. I am going to disconnect from the world and reconnect to the Lord! Praise You Lord for this time of prayer and fasting! I cannot wait to continue hearing and seeing the Lord move in and through me!
account_circle Karen Comer
This blog today was confirmation as to why I'm not hearing from God. Even though I have been in the Word constantly by reading on my phone and I've been praying and crying out to God in silence more than verbally I still felt like I was missing something. Just yesterday I felt compelled to start reading from my actual Bible instead of my phone and the blog today said pick up your Bible and read not pick up your phone and read. I have also had the distraction of the TV in the room because of someone else watching it but I realize that I need to get away from all distractions. The last time I fasted with your church was phenomenal and I was trying to figure out what I was doing different the reason why I wasn't as hungry for the Word as before. Now I know! Thank you for confirmation through today's blog. May you and your church continue to be blessed.
account_circle Tse Nan Lim
Hi Pastor Jentezen, if during the fast, I have an important birthday dinner for my wife & daughter, could I break fast for that dinner and continue my fast the next day? Thank you.
account_circle Tse Nan Lim
Hi Pastor Jentezen, may I check if I'm doing my fast correctly if I take holy communion + vegetable nutritional drink in the morning and evening during my fast? Thank you.
account_circle Michele Green
It's so true about our reliance on technology. Yes it can be a good tool but like anything else good the enemy can use it to turn us away from the Father and harm our other relationships. My prayer is to use this time of fasting to devote more time in scripture, study and prayer and less on screen entertainment and that it would continue long after the fast
account_circle Christine Chela
Thank you for this word. Very empowering and liberating.
account_circle Allana Rita
Praise God. Yesterday I asked God to tell me how to experience Him during the fast and how I can enjoy Him and today's blog and my devotional are exactly about that. Experiencing God. Isn't He an awesome God?😃😃
account_circle Calista Onu
Wow. What a soul lifting teaching today. Thank you Pastor for this. This is just a reminder for us to get back to out root. To set us back on track. Amen am blessed today. Am definitely taking the advice. Thanks