Oppostion and Fasting

I wanted to address this subject since it is a very important one that tends to get overlooked. This is in no way intended to scare you, but simply to prepare you and encourage you, since many people have never fasted before and don’t know what to expect. Those unfamiliar with spiritual warfare will benefit from this post as well.

Now, I don’t like to pull out the enemy card very often. I realize not everything that happens is because of him. We live in a fallen world and we make choices. However when it comes to fasting, I have learned that this is one area to always to stay alert, having both eyes and ears open..

Ephesians 6:12 explains it;  (NIV)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

As you begin your fast the enemy is going to do everything he can to keep you from it and even to get you to abort it! He knows the power in fasting so he knows he’s on the losing end! He may try and discourage you in whatever way possible. Remember that he knows all of our weakness so he will focus on those things. You may find that your family is tenser or that what seem to be little disagreements may explode into something much more. You might have things happen at work. These are just a few.  

Now those are just the enemy’s tactics! Your very flesh is going to fight you. As you bring your flesh under submission it is going to try and resist. You may struggle with mind battles. You may become irritable and maybe even angry as you come under submission. Know that this is all a part of the process! This is in fact is a good sign. You are beginning to UN clutter all the junk that has attached it self to you.  This is why Satan has invested so much energy towards controlling the subconscious patterns of mankind. He is appalled if you attempt a fast because fasting exposes how much he has been able to infiltrate the destiny of your life.

For example, today I have begun my first day of the Daniel Fast, however I had decided that for the first 3 days I would complete a juice fast, with no food. (I have a juicer, so this makes it nice) Now, when I woke up I didn’t feel any different in fact I thought I was in a good mood, since I had stayed up praying my way into the fast. However, my husband kept asking me what was wrong.  And kept asking me, to the point that I felt like saying, “well nothing was wrong until you kept bugging me about what was wrong!” but of course I kept my mouth shut as I knew that would have been a perfect time to start a conflict. How many know sometimes you just have to pick your battles? Especially if you plan to stay married for very long.

But truly I felt no different, so rather than creating more tension I simply excused myself to go and study. So here I am.

You should understand that when you fast you are going into the enemies territory and you are taking back what was stolen from you! So as you can see the devil is NOT going to be very happy about that at all!!

When you fast you are removing the hold that the enemy has on your life. When you fast you are empowering yourself with the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was done with His 40 day fast he was hungry and the devil tempted Him!!  

Last night I was given another perfect example of opposition in fasting when I read over the book of Daniel again this is what I found.

Daniel 10

The prophet Daniel had been praying and fasting for three weeks, seeking understanding from God. When an angel finally came to Daniel to deliver a message from the Lord, he explained that he had been dispatched the very first day that Daniel began to pray but that “the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days.” (10:13) Eventually, as the angel explained, the Archangel Michael had been fetched and was able to overpower the Prince of Persia, allowing this unnamed angel-messenger to make contact with Daniel.

You see, even Daniel had opposition. The prince of Persia was the enemy, he fought the angel, to keep him from going to Daniel and the angel fought for 21 days. Another angel had to be called in to help. This brings me to another point. I know many people say that fasting is a private discipline (and it is). However, I recommend that you find someone you trust that can be in agreement with you as you fast.  You don’t have to tell everyone you know and you shouldn’t. But one person can be a prayer covering over you. If you don’t have anyone, you’re welcome to go to the prayer page on my blog and I will be happy to stand in agreement with you! That’s why I’m here.

But I want you to be encouraged in knowing that if you feel led to fast it is because God himself wants to meet with you! And where he calls he also equips, so you will have everything you need to be successful on your journey to fasting. 1 John 1:4 tells us

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Amen!! So know that God is on your side, and while you may have opposition remember that God will never give you more than you can handle. And what God has planned for you is far greater than any opposite you may have to endure for a season.

So be blessed and encouraged because you are entering your season of breakthrough!

Happy Fasting


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