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Will you be Persistent?

I recently started my 21 day Daniel fast. If you have never tried it, I would encourage you to look into it. I have had a amazing things happen in my life and in the lives of friends and family members that I prayed for. When we fast and pray we see quicker results. Remember God hears all of our prayers and His timing is perfect. But as we will see in scripture even God has to battle the enemy on our behalf. Daniel 10:12-13 “Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persia. (Daniel 10:11-13 HCSB) You see, Daniel had a terrifying vision and started praying about it constantly. 21 days later, the archangel Gabriel showed up and told Daniel that he was treasured by God and that God’s answer went out immediately – but was detained for 21 days due to spiritual warfare. (Literally angels and demon struggling against one another.). Gabriel told Daniel twice that he was a man treasured by God. Remember God is working according to his time table. But he works in this world and his ministers and angels face real opposition. God is active. God responds. God sends help. But even for God, it can take time! Daniel was beside himself with concern for his people. He was deeply moved and was going without food or comfort for days, nearly a month! God sent an answer on day one! Daniel persisted in prayer for another 20 days!!! And help was on the way with an answer and comfort and hope! But evil forces keep that answer from arriving for 20 days!!!! Think about that. God too works in this fallen world and battles against evil forces. Sometimes he responds immediately and your answer is kept from arriving immediately. Don’t give up. Whatever it is you are waiting on, know that your prayers have been heard and an answer is on the way. But will you persist and choose not to give up? We can miss our blessings, when we become impatient and choose to do things on our own, rather than waiting on God. Stay persistent, stay strong and know that your day of victory is near.
PRAYER: Father God, thank You for treasuring me. Thank You for treasuring those around me. I pray for Your Spirit and Your angels to strengthen and encourage friends around me who seem to be losing their spiritual warfare battles right now. Let them know they are treasured by You, and assure them You are battling on their behalf and Your answer is on its way. Keep assuring me that You’ve sent Your answers to my prayers. I pray that encouragement and constructiveness will spread through Your people, and that small pockets of negativity will be battled and overcome by Your angels, Your Spirit, and Christian maturity. Be blessed my friends.


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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