Daily Devotions

Fasting | Day 21

January 28, 2017

Excerpted from Jentezen Franklin's 21-Day Fasting Bible Study

21 days ago we embarked on a journey together with one goal in mind: "Return to Me.”

"Even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart,with fasting and weeping and mourning." Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing JOEL 2:12-14

We have talked about the concept of returning to Him and rending your heart, your very soul; bearing it all and laying at the foot of the cross. In week two, we talked about the many obstacles and roadblocks the enemy will use to try to keep you from Jesus through distraction and deception. And in week three, we talked about returning to your purpose and finding your identity in Jesus—another kind of returning to Him.

Today we celebrate the journey. Today we come before the Lord, probably a little thinner than we were when we started, but grateful for what we have encountered.

Be careful as you begin to put solid foods or meat back into your diet. Don't eat too much, too fast, or you could find yourself not feeling well. This was never a physical challenge, but rather a spiritual journey. Carry what you have learned and let this be the beginning of "all things new" as opposed to the end of a season. It is a beginning, and we are grateful for being allowed to be a part of your experience. You are loved. You have an amazing purpose. You are appointed and you are anointed. God is with you and you have the tools to continue to grow. Use them wisely and regularly. Go in God's grace.

Think About It

Consider this prophetic scripture passage your commission going forth:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. ISAIAH 61:1-3

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account_circle kudzai chagonda

I write this as a testimony of how God used the man of God Jnetenzen to transform my life. my marriage collapsed in a most unusual way after about 3 years of struggles and I was confused because God had confirmed my husband when I was still a teenager before I had even met him.we went through so much neglect that I was suicidal and depressed a lot before our separation. In my family line marital breakdown is actually a curse. my husband just moved out unexpectedly when I had declared a enough is enough fast and went on a 3 day absolute, only to come back and find him moved out clearing the whole house as well. I was confused and asking where is the power of prayer and its now worse. for almost a year we communicated erratically. sometime in 2015/16 I decided to fast for 21days (which was the longest I had ever done about this marriage). on the last day I was scrolling through the net having decided to look for thanksgiving texts and I came across an old scanned copy from Jentenzen (it was actually a quote or ref from Jentenzen by another preacher) where he talked about the power of a 40day fast to clear the enemy. My God that was the turning point in my life. I extended my fast with fervent faith that this was God's will for me. around day 38 for first time in my life, I manifested during a cell group session, a demon spoke through me that I'm the destroyer, want to destroy everything about her but God loves her so much, why did she do this fast. surely Jesus directed me to that article by Jentenzen to how me the path I needed for restoration of my life. I'm also a junior pastor and I later preached on that and massive transformations and deliverances happened for those who took up this word and did the fast. since then my marriage is on the path of restoration, although I had given up and divorced my husband out of hopelessness, God is a restorer, what ever was stolen will return. My husband and I are now communicating, he visits and his character has changed from a very hard cold man to so much humble, quiet and loving. the series of deliverances that happened in my life demons up to the 5th+ generation (some saying we entered this generation since 1911 to destroy) manifesting even about hindrance in other areas of my life motivated me to now see the importance of fasting as a Christian. Fasting will break down the strongholds of darkness, it will cause the king to reverse his decree against rebuilding your Jerusalem. to date I cant find that article anywhere but I know God used JENTEZEN FRANKLIN TO DIRECT ME INTO HIS WILL for fasting to change my life. I just remember the words I read that impacted me, "in my ministry I have discovered that the 40day fast is effective in the breaking of generational curses'' Thank you Jesus for franklin ministries and God continually bless you. Zimbabwe

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i thank our Lord for enabling me to join in this fast which has been a great blessing. I will continue this fast until wednesday 1st Feb as I joined in late.

account_circle Margareth Larose

Wow! What a wonderful journey! Throughout those 21 days, I prayed that God would be pleased with my sacrifice and to help me return to Him and move away from my distracters. I did and it feels so good. Now I have a new insight on my purpose. Yes, it's time that I seek out and step out to provide for and comfort the poor, the broken-hearted, the grief-stricken, the captives, the sick, and those who mourn. God has blessed me beyond my imagination. It's about time that I stop being distracted by the world and focus on the purpose God has for me, to love Him and worship Him first and to love His creation. I am forever blessed to have joined this journey. I needed to "return to God." I'm back. Thank you, Lord for blessing me with your Holy Spirit. Help me go forth. In Jesus' Name. Thank you, Pastor Franklin. God will bless you for everything that you do in His name.

account_circle meek tarrie

Thank you Pastor Jentezen and team, I started this fast after just relocating to a new country but it was still good to feel like I was in community with many others. I have seen God provide financially where I have had to give out more than I had, I am believing for a job in the next few weeks and healing for friends and family. He has met me, revealed much, reminded me of my dreams and his purposes in my life. It is a good year because God is already smiling on these new beginnings and he is near. Amen to the blessing God has left for us (Joel 2:14).