The goal of fasting is to draw closer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
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However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting
I truly tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Even now, declares the LORD, return to me with all your heart with fasting and weeping and mourning.
Is this not the fast that I have chosen. To loose the bonds of wickedness. To undo the heavy burdens. To let the oppressed go free. And that you break every yoke?
Action Item: Repent, Search Yourself, Confess Sin
Scripture: 1 John 1:9 NIV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Action Item: Make amends
Scripture: Colossians 3:13 NIV – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Action Item: Speak positive words
Scripture: Proverbs 18:21 NIV – The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 12:18 NIV, Proverbs 15:4 NLT, Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Action Item: Spend 10 minutes meditating on God’s word daily
Scripture: Philippians 4:8 NLT – Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Action Item: Replace the hindering habit with a new and healthy habit
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1 – Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us
Action Item: Spend 10 minutes in prayer and 10 minutes in God’s Word daily
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:13 ESV – You will seek me and find me when you search me with all your heart.
Action Item: Serve your family, local church, and community
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 NIV – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Action Item: Ask yourself what does God think is possible for my life this year?
Scripture: Acts 1:8 NLT – You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses telling people about me everywhere.
Action Item: Focus on caring for your mind, body, soul, and spirit
Scripture: 3 John 1:2 NKJV – I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers
Action Item: You haven’t seen anything yet! Write down your dreams.
Scripture: Habakkuk 2:2 ESV – Write the vision; make it plain, so he may run who reads it.