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Monday, March 12th, '18

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FAST FORWARD

"Howbeit this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting" (Matthew 17:21)

 

In the digital age we just punch a button and skip to the next CD track but what a wonder it was with the old tape recorder when we could hit fast forward and whiz clear to the end of the tape (in about a minute). Fast forward wasn't all that fast. But there is a fast forward button in the spiritual realm. In the distressed Dad-lunatic lad story, the demon controlling the young man was determined not to budge. Some weeds have really stubborn roots. The disciples resigned, "Why could we not cast him out?" Jesus answered their query, "Because of your unbelief..." (vs 20) It was a faith problem. That is when He spoke about faith the size of a mustard seed and the power to move mountains. Mountains have to be uprooted and so do demonic strongholds.

 

It was a faith problem but also a fasting problem. He zeroed in on "this kind". "This kind" goes not out but by prayer and fasting. Have you ever run across "this kind"? Hell's fury is unleashed. For the lad it was lunacy, for you it might be legal problems, lawyers, lupus, leukemia, liver trouble or just lousy luck. The commonality, these things won't budge. So bring in the big gun, fasting. Nineveh fasted and diverted judgment. Paul fasted and birthed miracles. Peter fasted and was given a vision. Fasting starves the flesh, not just the appetite. What starves eventually dies. That's why fasting from bedtime to breakfast (I'm being facetious) doesn't cut it. Doctors say periodic fasting works wonders for the health but the detoxifying of the soul is ten times more therapeutic than any benefit to the body. Fasting purifies motive, clarifies vision and certifies authority. A fast is mightier than a fist. Sometimes words need not even be spoken. When Moses came down from the mountain after a forty day fast his face glowed like an angel. The spirit behind Aaron's golden calf knew he was about to get butchered. Hell shakes in its shoes when a believer fasts forward on his or her knees.

 

Fast forward. You can speed up the process. "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said..." (Acts 13:2) This discipline gives a dial tone and direct line to the head office. God is always speaking but fasting tweaks our listening. "And when they had fasted and prayed...they sent them away" (vs 3). Paul and Barnabas faithed forward because the church helped them fast forward. But remember, the heart has to be right. The Pharisee in the parable gloated, "I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess" (Luke 18:12), which was a grand soliloquy but Jesus said the man "prayed thus with himself". God didn't hear it or honor it. He was stuck on pause, not fast forward. Make sure you're not just rattling on to yourself in prayer and that your fast is not just a needless skipped meal. Hunger strikes don't move mountains, faith does. You can uproot that stubborn, entrenched, spiritual stronghold. It's not a matter of saying no to Coke and cake as much as it is saying no to self. The enemy then recognizes, "If that Christian can conquer his or her own self surely they can conquer me!" Then his grip weakens. Then he lets go. Then he flees. If you've got a job to do and you don't know how, who ya gonna call? Call in the big guns, prayer and fasting.


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