Another helpful post for you today! Many are just preparing to begin the Daniel Fast, or ANY FAST, and I want to continue to help. I am just beginning my fast as well. We have been on the road the last three weeks and we had decided to wait until we were back home for at least the first week to be able to prepare and prep. I will share later in the week some of the things I have been cooking up but today I wanted to share the Word. Be blessed and if you need help, message me or get your copy of The Daniel Fast Devotional, my book with 21 days of devotions for ANY FAST and recipes for the DF. Available in paperback and kindle on Amazon!
“And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” Exodus 33:11 KJV.
“And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…” Exodus 34:5-7 KJV.
Poor Moses, I always felt sorry for him. He couldn’t leave his congregation for any matter of time before they were breaking all the rules.
As soon as they would get themselves in trouble, the Lord would want to punish them, or even wipe them off the planet, and Moses would stand in the gap, intercede and literally beg for God to give them another chance.
So there he was on the Mount a second time, he had already broken the Tablets containing the Ten Commandments the first time God had handwritten them. He was back up there alone. Joshua is waiting a few hundred feet down the mountain and Aaron is in charge back at home.
“And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.” Exodus 34:28 KJV.
Forty days and forty nights!
No bread. No water. Nothing, nada, zilch. Many might ask, “Did Moses really feel the effects of the fast since he was with God?” We do know when Jesus fasted that the Bible says afterward, that He was hungry. Why else would He fast if there wasn’t a sacrifice to it? Science tells us our bodies cannot survive without water for that long; how Moses managed we do not know except that as God gives us strength for the seemingly impossible He could have done the same for Moses.
The results of the fast show the effects it was having on Moses. “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.” Exodus 34:29 KJV.
His face was shining with the glory of God! That was not just the result of seeing God because the Bible says that the nobles and the elders also saw God in some form or fashion when they all first went up on the Mount. (Exodus 24:9-11)
The people could not even stand to look at Moses because of the glory of God. He had to keep a veil on his face when he spoke to the people and he could only take it off when he went into the temple to minister to the Lord. “When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil.” Exodus 34:33 NLT.
What do I look like after I have been with God?
What do people see after I have spent time with the Savior?
Is there a difference in me?
Is there a light on my face of the glory of God?
Should there be?
Yet again, shouldn’t there be something about us that will draw others to us and point them to Christ?
And if it isn’t the fact that we have been in HIS PRESENCE, then what is it?
Fasting, praying and spending time in His Word is what will continually build a relationship with the Savior and will radiate His glory.
They will also notice it if we DON’T do it.
We might not actually see God face to face, but we can spend time with Him every day, in His glory, in His presence. We can have the spirit of God, the Holy Ghost, dwelling IN us, with us, ALIVE!
Let us be like Moses. Fasting and praying on a regular basis is definitely good Christian character-building.
We can give back by giving our lives as a sacrifice, wholly consecrated and fully devoted, reaching for the lost and living full of joy and hope and watching for His return.
A great recipe for your fast today. Veggie Tacos! So easy and so, so good. Enjoy!
1 large sweet potato, cubed
2½ cups spinach, fresh
¼ red onion, sliced very thin
1½ Tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon chili powder
Salt and Pepper
¼ teaspoon oregano
Juice from one lime
½ avocado, mashed (optional)
Toss the sweet potato with all of the spices. Add the sweet potatoes to heated oil and cook for 10-15 minutes until tender. Add spinach and cook about three minutes, until wilted. Serve in warm whole wheat tortillas with lime juice. You may also like adding the mashed avocado to your tortillas as a spread!
Sharing with Testimony Tuesday, A Little R&R, Wedded Wednesday, Three Word Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Coffee & Conversation, Women with Intention, Homemaking Linkup, Wholehearted Wednesday, Fellowship Fridays, Grace and Truth