Fasting together: Pulling down strongholds

Fasting together: Pulling down strongholds. Catch up on any posts you have missed this month here

We have discussed in earlier posts that Jesus told His disciples that some things do not get taken care of except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:14-21.

If you are fasting for others, a loved one, a prodigal, someone dear to you for whatever reason…these battles of spiritual warfare will take dominion over the power of the enemy!

Ephesians 6:12 KJV. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Our fight is not with flesh and blood, or with people, but it is against the powers that influence people.

This is a spiritual battle, seen or unseen. We must have a disciplined prayer life and couple that with regular fasting!

Fasting breaks strongholds! It can literally set people free from the chains that bind them. But in order to do that, that strong man must be taken care of first. 

“For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.” (Jesus speaking) Matthew 12:29 NLT

Did you catch that verse? The strong man is Satan and he has slaves that do his bidding and are yoked, or bound, to wickedness.

But prayer WITH fasting can literally break that yoke and set people free from bondage!

Then they will be able to come to God without hindrance. 

The story is told of how praying intercessors in the country of Panama overcame the strongman that had a hold on their nation. Some may remember the people of Panama suffered much under the reign of the dictator, Manuel Noriega. Maybe you have heard the stories about helicopters flying overhead and dropping large garbage bags with the dead bodies of those he considered a threat to his agenda. Noriega was involved in the occult and even practiced voodoo.

There were, fortunately, some spiritually in tune, godly people in the country that decided they could overtake this strongman…without carnal weapons. Their weapons were mighty through God to the pulling down of those strongholds! This prayer army prayed all night…in buses! Once a month, one leader would pray over the radio broadcast then those on the buses would begin to agree in prayer and intercede along with those who were also praying at home.

Noriega likely never knew that he was up against the most powerful force in the universe. Prayer and fasting change us and can change the world.

Remember, we saw in Daniel 10 when he was fasting for 21 days, that angels were loosed to fight on his behalf. They literally had to fight devils in order to get a word from God to Daniel. His prayer and fasting were shaking things up.

Prayers were answered; chains were broken.

So what are you fasting, praying and believing God to do for you? Get that Bible out and start reading scripture out loud when you pray. Take authority in the Spirit and watch what happens while you are on this fast. You may face opposition…but keep pressing in and pressing on. The battle is the Lord’s; you are just clay in the Potter’s hands. He will take care of His own!

Daniel Fast Recipe:

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Here is a great morning pick-me-up/on-the-go recipe. We have mentioned that on the Daniel Fast you drink only water, and most usually smoothies are used as meal replacements on the Daniel Fast, not as a treat, dessert or a reward.

This one calls for peanut butter, but it is NOT regular peanut butter. This is natural peanut butter without added sugar, which is easy to find in the same location as the others, just read the label. There are good organic peanut butters and there are store brand peanut butters with no added sugar.

All you need is a banana, (I freeze mine! Peel and wrap them in plastic wrap. When you need one just let it sit out about ten minutes. This replaces the ice.)  2-3 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter, a splash or two of unsweetened almond milk. Blend together and you have breakfast!

Don’t forget to grab your copy of The Daniel Fast Devotional! Good for any fast, it is a great, simple read with devotions for every day of a three week fast. Get yours on Amazon here!

 

 

Noriega Reference: Cindy Jacobs, Generals International, 8-17-15

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Fasting together: He will deliver you

Fasting together: He will deliver you. Over half way through our Fasting Together Series! You can read any posts that you missed here. Be blessed!

Daniel the prophet wasn’t just pleasing to God, he stood out among his peers as well. Let’s see what others thought of him and why: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him…” Daniel 6:3 KJV.

An excellent spirit was in him. He was loved, he was trusted, and he was preferred. Other translations say “…he proved himself more capable.”

The other administrators and officers were a little bit jealous and tried to find fault with him. They could find none. They decided they would try to trip him up concerning “…his God.”

They came up with a plan, and approached King Darius, asking him to make a declaration that if anyone prayed to someone, or something, other than the king for the next 30 days they would be thrown into the den of lions.

This did not keep Daniel from doing what he did every day: at the time of prayer he opened his window toward Jerusalem and he prayed, three times a day, just as he had always done before the decree.

Immediately the prayer police went running to King Darius and reminded him of the decree and informed him that one certain Daniel-the-Prophet was breaking the rules.

The king was extremely upset because he was so fond of Daniel, yet he had no choice but to follow through with the consequences because rules are rules and he was the king.

As soon as they put Daniel into the den of lions, the king’s faith went into action, “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”

What a great example of faith from a man who didn’t even know the God of Daniel? He believed in Daniel and so he believed in his God.

They sealed the den with a stone, the king put his seal on it and he headed back to his palace.

So what did he do? He went to his palace and fasted all night long. He didn’t eat, he didn’t sleep and he did not listen to music!

See the variation of fasts? No food, no sleep and no social media!

Sorry, wrong century. No music, in the king’s situation.

The next morning he ran to the den and called for Daniel, “Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?”

“My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” Daniel 6:20-22 KJV.

Delivered.

Saved.

Rescued by Almighty God.

Intercession was made for Daniel by a friend. Fasting and an all-night prayer meeting by the king and David’s life was spared.

Is there power in fasting and prayer? The answer is a resounding, “YES!”

Day after day we are finding more and more wonderful stories in the Bible, true stories of encouragement and real testimonies of how God used ordinary people to change history.

Who do you know today that needs deliverance in their life? Who do you know that is in need of meeting the Savior? You are the hands and feet of Jesus, allow Him to use you for His glory and become an intercessor for souls.

Don’t forget to grab your copy of The Daniel Fast Devotional! Good for any fast, it is a great, simple read with devotions for every day of a three week fast. Get yours on Amazon here!

 

 

Daniel Fast Recipe for today:

Stuffed Peppers

3 cups cooked brown rice, divided 1 cup frozen corn thawed 2 green onions, chopped ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 clove garlic minced Salt & Pepper to taste 2-3 large bell peppers cut in half lengthwise and cored 2 cups 100% vegetable or tomato juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a large bowl, gently combine 1 cup of brown rice, corn, green onions, cilantro, oil, lime juice and garlic. Place the pepper halves in a large glass baking dish and stuff them with the rice mixture. Spoon some of the juice over the peppers and pour the remainder of the juice into the dish. Cover and bake for 45-60 minutes.

To serve, place about ½ cup of the reserved rice on each plate, add a pepper and a little juice over the top. Makes four servings.

Blessings to you on your journey while denying your flesh and drawing closer to God. You will see revival in your church, your family and your world!

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Fasting together: The right way for us

Fasting together: The right way for us. Moving right along! We are almost HALF WAY through our fasting series. You can catch up here.

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Ezra. Some thought he had nothing to say. He was one of those who did so much for his present world but yet his mind was clearly on the one to come!

The seventh chapter of the book bearing his name tells us right away what kind of man he was: “This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.” Ezra 7:6 KJV.

Ezra’s lineage was traced all the way back to Aaron, the brother of Moses. He was a teacher, a soper, translated as a scribe, a writer, recorder or secretary.  It also meant that he could obviously read and write; he was a learned man who could teach what he read in the Law of God.

He had favor with the pagan ruler, King Artaxerxes, and the king was willing to grant him whatever was requested of him.

So what was Ezra’s request? Jewels? Land? Power?

No.

Ezra didn’t choose any of these; he chose to take some of the people of God back to Jerusalem. “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Ezra 7:10 KJV.

The King gave a letter to Ezra outlining how all of this was to take place. The trip was to take four months. They were to have certain privileges along the way. The king gave them plenty of gold and silver for their journey and they were to stop and get more in Babylon.

Check this out: They were carrying

  • 3.5. tons of silver,
  • 600 bushels of wheat
  • 600 gallons of wine
  • 100 baths of olive oil
  • An unlimited salt supply

This was not to be a poor caravan traveling through the desert; these people were going in style!

How did King Artaxerxes benefit from all of this generosity? He hoped to have peace with his neighbors “…for why should we risk bringing God’s anger against the realm of the king and his sons?” Ezra 7:23 NKJV.

Ezra asked God for His blessing on the journey. Ezra’s character and true spirit come out here in this prayer.

“Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.”  Ezra 8:21 NKJV.

Ezra wanted the people to humble themselves. The King James Version says to afflict, to repent, to show dependence on their God for the huge expedition they were about to embark upon. Ezra realized without God’s help they would be subject to thieves because they were carrying so much gold and other treasures.

But what he said next is amazing. “For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, ‘The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.’ So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:22, 23 NKJV.

He could have asked for a military escort because of all he was carrying but Ezra didn’t want to do that because he had already told the king that the hand of God was on them. Now he had to act on that faith and prove that this was the right way for them.

Everything Ezra taught, everything he said, and now everything he believed, was being put into action.

So he did what he needed to do. He humbled himself, and made the people do the same. They fasted and entreated God, or prayed and asked God for help! Ezra knew that this God that he had put his faith and confidence in, this God that he had trusted and read about, wrote about and taught about continually, would be faithful. He was not disappointed for the Bible says,

“…and He answered our prayer.”

  • What need do you have today?
  • Is there something you have been struggling to even ask God about?
  • Is it His protection you wish?
  • Do you need His wisdom for a particular situation?
  • What about mercy?
  • Are you struggling to give it where it is needed?

You don’t have to worry, fret and wring your hands in despair!

Trust as Ezra did, he lived for His God; he didn’t just talk about Him, he knew Him!

So when trouble came his way, or doubt tried to creep in, uncertainty or even thieves lurked nearby, he knew exactly what to do.

He humbled his soul with fasting, he prayed for God’s protection and then…

He stepped out in faith!

He arrived safely at his destination. He never lost any of the 25 tons of silver, silver articles weighing 3.75, tons, 3.75 tons of gold, 20 huge bowls of gold, all which would have been worth millions of dollars today. All of the people could now worship their God in their homeland. Once again, Jehovah had protected them from harm.

So walk in victory today. God is on your side! You can trust Him to be faithful when you live for Him the right way.

“And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy…” Ezra 8:31 NKJV.

Recipe for The Daniel Fast!

Potato Zucchini Casserole

1 pound potatoes, unpeeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears) 1 cup thinly-sliced green onion
2 cups chopped zucchini, unpeeled
1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
½ fresh basil
½ teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix potatoes and corn in a large bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir. Place on an 11×17-inch baking sheet. Bake about 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring halfway through cooking time.

About five minutes before potatoes are finished, heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil on stovetop and add onion slices and zucchini. Stir fry until slightly browned. Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add potatoes and corn. Stir well, and cook another 5 minutes before serving.

I have written a devotional for The Daniel Fast, (or ANY FAST)!! It has 21 days of devotions for each day of the three week fast and three days of preparation devotions explaining fasting, why we fast and why The Daniel Fast. Check it out on Amazon!

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