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How should I deal with people who don’t understand why I am fasting? - Day 13

January 19, 2018

Welcome to Day 13 of the 21-Day fast! You are about 2/3rds of the way there and there is no stopping or turning back now. Keep praying, keep worshipping, keep believing, and keep focusing on your Heavenly Father to guide you through what is an incredible journey.

 

Today’s Topic:

How should I deal with people who don’t understand why I am fasting?

 

Many people do not understand biblical fasting at all and don’t really want to. Comfort seems to rule our society and breaking out of the norm is not in many ways conducive to our lives. We like to live safe comfortable lives without stepping out into the unknown. One of the best ways to handle them is to simply not advertise that you are fasting in the first place. It isn’t necessary if you really think about it. Fasting is between you and your Heavenly Father. It is about drawing closer to Him. It is worshipping the Lord with all your spirit, soul, and body (1Th. 5:23). If we can fast with total focus on Christ we experience the Lord at a whole new level. It is our importance in seeking the Lord that is our focus and this is what really matters. A more meaningful personal relationship with Him will bless you in more ways than you will ever know. As you do spend time fasting, praying and reading His word, wait on Him and be sensitive to His still small voice. Seek to be conscious of his presence and walk with Him. It will be the most important relationship you will ever have. The Bible explains how you should act during a fast:

 

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 will 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.

— Matthew 6: 16-18 NKJV

 

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As we continue on our 21-day quest it will be an adventure that will change you spiritually and physical in your quest to seek more of Him!                                                                                                               

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account_circle Kelly Granitz

This response is for Doris Maxwell, whose comment I read below. I just wanted you to know that I understand so very much how you are feeling and what you wrote. I have been doing this yearly January fast for several years now, and I also do this fast a few times throughout the year. I have to be honest with you, this fast right now has brought on the most severe attacks from the enemy I have ever seen. I have been more disciplined than ever before, in the Word more, in prayer more, devotions more, and the enemy has attacked just about every area that I am fasting for. My family, my job, my health, relationships, finances, even car. It’s hard to understand. And, yes, there are days when I cry out to Jesus to please show me His presence, because the enemy is relentless. Yesterday I must have watched around 7 or 8 of Jentezen’s messages. There is one called “Fasting is Spiritual Warfare” which helped a LOT. His series on the Spirit of Python also helped me so much. The enemy wants you to feel distant and far and as if the fasting was in vain. But, this is a lie. He’s the master of lies. Don’t give up...it will really make him mad. God is closer than you realize. Picture lying your head upon His chest and giving Him all of you....every worry, every thought, every care, every single bit. In spite of the sorrow and pain I am going through, I can tell you that there is an unspeakable joy deep down inside of me that there is no explanation for other than the Lord Jesus Christ. I take notes in a journal of every sermon of Jentezen’s, and I write down every Bible reference. Then I go back and re-read the passage in my Bible, underlining and dating it. This fast has been tough. Not from an abstaining from food aspect, but because of the increase in spiritual warfare. I cannot imagine doing a fast without putting on the Armor of God every single morning. Just like that saying says, “Be the kind of woman who when your feet hit the floor in the morning the Devil says, ‘Oh No, she’s up!’” I will add you to my prayer list. I just wanted you to know you’re not alone, and I have felt many times the way you are feeling. God knows what you’re feeling and I will pray that you will feel more connected and feel His presence in an amazing and comforting way, like never before.

account_circle Karla Cole

Doris, keep pressing in with all you are! Philippians 3:14. Sometimes we don’t “feel” anything happening. But remember we are not moved by our feelings (flesh) it’s God’s word that we need to stand on regardless of what is going on around us. Believe me God hears you and is working in the spirit realm. 2 Cor 5:7. I’ve been on fasts and I didn’t “feel” anything, I’ve wondered what is going on but I know throughout each year after those types of fasts my God has moved on my behalf. Keep seeking Him and ask him to manifest in your life. He will.

account_circle Karla Cole

Tamara, be encouraged, God sees your heart and your son’s heart. The fact that both of you are fasting, that has God’s attention, He is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34-35. The name of Jesus is above alopecia! Your son is healed by Jesus stripes! Matthew 8:17, Isiash 53:5, 2 Peter 2:24. I’m sure you know these scriptures but stand on them at wait for God to move. While your standing praise and worship him through all of this. Psalm 34:1. Don’t let the devil steal your joy. Psalms 28:7, and Nehemiah 8:10. Also have your son pray for his enemies Matthew 5:43-44. When things get worse, get ready for your breakthrough, praise God! I’m standing in agreement with you and your son for answered prayers. You have God’s, all the saints reading your post and mine. I started praying for your situation in the spirit since I started reading your post. Lastly, when two or (more) agree asking, it shall be done (paraphrased), Matthew 18:19. Don’t get weary in well doing, at the right time you will reap your harvest, Galatians 6:9.

account_circle Margareth Larose

I find that the only way to get connected to God is by praying for His will to be done and by listening. Meditate on the word. What are your needs? Ask and it shall be given unto you. What do you need to correct in your life for a deeper connection with God? Ask God for guidance. There is a lot of distraction in this world. Take a vacation from the distractors. Is it TV? Is it our worldly friends? Do we shop too much? Is it social media? Those are the distractors for me. So I cut them out and I meditate, fast, pray, read the Bible in my available time. There is so much available time when you cut out the distraction in our lives. I am loving it. I am counting my blessings and I'm writing them in my journal this fast. I also list all the things that I want God to supply me with in abundance and that includes the fruit of the Spirit and more. I wrote this down just in case someone can be uplifted by it. I have been uplifted by so many of the comments that I have read for the past 14 days. Don't give up. God is at work even while we sleep (or don't feel His presence). Just ask Him. He'll come through for you. He has come through for me so many times. I can't count anymore.

account_circle Kaimah Bass

I am typically very private about fasting. My decision to fast is a spiritual one that is intimately determined between God and I. My company treats us to lunch a lot, therefore during the month of January i often respond to meal requests with: "Maybe another time, i don't want to over indulge so early in the year." When i encounter unavoidable situations that require me to discuss why i am fasting i usually explain that fasting brings me closer to God.

account_circle C Wilson

This is so true! I have had to explain to friends and family members why I fast. This brings up so many comments as to why they could not do it among other things, but I just leave them with, when you are a child of God it is a requirement it changes so many different circumstances and bring you closer to Him. There will come a day when you will be led to, and ther will be no excuses. God is good in all His ways! To Him be the glory!

account_circle Emma Vosloo

I really am starting to hear God speaking to me regarding my direction and the things I must focus on. I have greater peace and less anxiousness about my finances. Praise his wonderful name!

account_circle Henry

The only people that do know that I am fasting are my family, I confess, When I smell dinner in the house, I eat a tiny bite, or just simply come home latter.

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account_circle Dr. Rich Rogers | Free Chapel Pastor

Hang in there!! Shift your focus to Jesus in those moments. And if you slip up, just recommit and get back in. JF Team

account_circle Mary Hayes

Many people will not understand the biblical meaning of fasting !! Prayer and fasting does wonder even in this situation!! Blessings , Peace and Love 💗 to all

account_circle Tamara Scheib

I'm needing some encouragement. I have been fasting with the church for several years now and have seen so many blessings. This year everything I'm fasting for just seems to be getting worse. My son is 15 and has alopecia. He gets teased and bullied over it daily. This year he has decided to fast with me, praying for healing in his body and his hair to be restored. I don't want him to see me get discouraged. I know nothing is too difficult for God. Just needing a little support. Thank you.

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account_circle Dr. Rich Rogers | Free Chapel Pastor

Praying with you for your precious son. Lord protect Him and build him up in You! Help Him to see his worth and your strong pur[ose on his life. In Jesus name.

account_circle Margareth Larose

Thank you, Pastor, for these very uplifting words. It's a challenge to keep it a secret to the family. They want to go out to dinner. Friends pressure us to go to lunch. Some may even make snark remarks if we turn them down (like "Oh, it's that fast again"). If you decide to go and you order a salad with no dressing it's like "Don't starve yourself now." Sometimes the explaining does not help. I like to keep to myself completely when I fast. That is the best way but it's not always convenient. I know that God is seeing my best, our best for all of us on this journey. More of Him, less of me of me. May everyone have a wonderful day in Christ Jesus. Amen!

account_circle Mary Hayes

After reading this topic!! I realize people will not understand maybe . However looking in the word (Bible)people didn’t understand , but they were like Elijah? Righteousness. (James 5:15) To be righteous means to be right with God, walking with and trusting God – even when it isn’t popular. James tells us that the prayer of a righteous man accomplishes a lot. Persistence. (James 4:2b) Elijah prayed persistently in God’s will – and this is key. Too often we pray for things we want rather than things God wants. It comes down to the motives behind our prayers – is it about ME or about GOD? Faith. Elijah prayed with great faith. From overcoming the prophets of Baal (850 of them to 1 of him), to informing the King of Israel that he better hurry on home before getting caught in the storm when it hadn’t rained in over three years – Elijah had incredible faith. Today, what our homes and families, churches and communities need individuals able to continue to stay on course and then they will see the blessings and benefits of trusting, believing, praying and fasting!! Something action speaks louder than words 💫⭐️🤗😊⚡️🙂👏🌟

account_circle Cindy Black

My eyes are looking for Him to perform that which He said He would do....He is a good good Father and a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him ❤❤❤.

account_circle Doris Maxwell

What do I do if even after 11days of fasting I feel as if I am not connecting with God

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account_circle Dr. Rich Rogers | Free Chapel Pastor

It's not so much about you feeling something as it is you drawing near and sharing your heart in this season. If there is sin, confess it. If there are problems, lay them at His feet. Worship Him. Praise Him. Thank Him for all you do have. Then sometimes, just sit in silence before your king. He is there whether or not you feel Him. And He is so very, very fond of you my friend.

account_circle ROXANN Wilson

In 10 days I have experienced a breakthrough. My faith continues to grow stronger every day.

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account_circle Dr. Rich Rogers | Free Chapel Pastor

Keep at it Roxann!! Draw nearer and He will draw nearer to you and be found by you. Keep pressing in my friend.