A revelation that blew my mind

When I was driving home yesterday, I got a message that was so beautiful and so mind-blowing that I started tearing up. It went straight to my heart and it enlightened my mind. I felt my spirit doing a flip inside because it was so excited and so in awe of this revelation. I will do my best to transcribe it and to pass it on to you. When Jesus was walking the earth, He wasn’t welcome everywhere. He couldn’t perform miracles in places where people didn’t believe in Him. He couldn’t perform miracles in His hometown because people didn’t receive Him there. They didn’t see Him as the Messiah. Where there is lack of faith there will always be lack of miracles. Where there is lack of faith there will always be lack of Jesus. Think about that. Think about who Jesus is and what He represents. Everything that He represents and all that He is will not be manifested where He is not well-received. Rejecting Jesus is rejecting miracles and blessings but it is also rejecting love, true love, peace, joy, patience and all the traits of the Lord. It is rejecting mercy and grace. It is rejecting the cross and the power of the blood. Now, Jesus is the Living Word. Rejecting Jesus is rejecting the Word of God.

 

This is the part that shook my spirit and that blew my mind. If we don’t welcome the Living Word, miracles can’t take place. It we don’t receive the Word of God with faith, blessings will be scarce. Because of His mercy there will be some blessings but lack of faith puts a block on the flow of God’s blessings. This whole revelation might sound basic to some but it speaks volumes to me. Think of Jesus as the Word of God. He was the Word of God going places and setting people free. The Word of God still has the same power today. It is still traveling and setting people free if they receive it in faith. This is also true when it comes to places in our lives. If the Word of God is spoken in your life but it is not received in faith in areas of your life, you will not see God’s hand at work in that specific place. Jesus changed people. When you receive the Word, it changes you!

 

There is a need for us to reconcile every part of our lives with Jesus, with the Living Word. How do we get there? Those who believed in God and received the Lord took Him for face value. They had no doubt He was who He said He was and He could do what He said He could do. They were educated in the Lord. They had heard about Him and hearing about Him stirred up their faith because they believed like little kids. They didn’t question Him. They accepted Him just as He was. I am inviting you, and I am extending the invitation to myself, to take a hard look at your life and figure out which areas are not welcoming the Living Word. What areas in our lives need to be impacted by Jesus, by the Gospel? I have identified a few areas in my life and I am going to fill them up with Jesus by prayerfully studying the Bible and letting it tamper with the places of doubt. I want to see love, peace, joy, miracles, blessings and mercy in every part of my life. Let’s welcome Jesus, the Living Word, into our home, our body, our soul and our spirit. Once we accept Him in all of us, we will see miracles all around us.

Suggested reading: John 4:42; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 11:6

 

 

What fasting can do for you

Fasting is described in the Bible as abstinence from food or drink in order to focus on prayer and seeking God’s will and God’s face. People receive revelation, knowledge, wisdom or spiritual breakthroughs through the practice of fasting. Fasting allows us to get more intimate with God. If fasting dictates refraining from food to get to a higher level of spirituality, it implies that food at times can be an hindrance to hearing from God. The act of not having food or drink enables us to become more receptive to God. I have fasted food a few times. However, I have been led to fast other things in an effort to hear from God. I will talk about the way I fast but first let’s look at fasting in the Bible.

1. How can we fast and what should we expect while fasting?

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2) Note here that the Christians were fasting and worshipping at the same time. Fasting should be accompanied by worship, praise and focused prayer. It is not a dieting method. It is an empowering method that ushers us into a deeper relationship with God. Then we can expect to hear from the Holy Spirit. Hearing from God is the goal. When Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights, he received revelation and wrote the Ten Commandments. I am not saying that we will be writing decrees on tablets while fasting but there will be some type of revelation from God. We can also get answers to questions or solutions to a dilemma.

2. Fasting redirects our priorities.

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” (Joel 2:12) When we feel disconnected from God, when we have lost our focus on Him, fasting brings us back to God. It makes us shut down the world and open up to the Lord. Fasting should therefore be more of an act done in isolation. Fasting should be done in a place where there is no distraction and away from people. Fasting is a way to get deeper into our heart and open our spirit up to God. It’s letting Him touch us in the heart of our spiritual being. It’s a heart-to-heart communication technique that happens through disciplining our bodies.

3. How I am led to fast.

Matthew 6:16-18 deals with fasting by indicating that fasting should be done in secret and that God who sees it will reward us. I have recently started fasting a whole day on the weekend. I don’t fast food although I don’t eat much. I fast the biggest distractions for me. I “fast” my phone, the internet, social media and people. I post my message early in the morning and then I shut my phone off until the next day. If I know I will be writing, I keep my phone on airplane mode. Friend, this fasting experience has revolutionized my spiritual life. The day after fasting, I feel high in the Spirit. It’s a refilling of the Spirit. The week following fasting is phenomenal. One time I wrote about 50 mini-messages on a fasting day in just a little over an hour. I pray, I praise, I read my Bible and I rest. Not interacting with anyone is powerful as well.

Fasting is a great practice that should be executed prayerfully. Just because others around you are fasting doesn’t necessarily mean that you should as well. Ask God to help you know when and how you should be fasting. Enjoy the beautiful experience that gets you closer to the Lord’s heart!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 58: 3-7; 2 Samuel 12: 15-17; Acts 14:23