We learned yesterday that there are rewards for fasting–and we can believe God for them.
Reward #2: To undo the heavy burdens.
The Hebrew word translated “undo” means “to tear off.” Fasting does more than merely get rid of the burdens God never wanted us to carry–it violently TEARS THEM OFF!
Many of us have carried burdens for years that we were never meant to carry. What are some of these burdens? Guilt? Remorse? Regret? False responsibility? Sometimes we may even be trying to do God’s job (He IS the “Burden Bearer”). We are to cast our cares on Him, not hold on to cares and worry about them.
In fact, I like to say that “Worry is meditating on the devil’s thoughts.”
What IS Your Job? (It’s just 3 things)
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
To do justly — To love justice and what is right–and to do what is right because it is right.
To love mercy — Do you extend mercy to others, or only to yourself? “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
To walk humbly with your God — The word “with” jumps out at me here. Are you walking WITH God? Or are you trying to walk ahead of Him–or does He seem distant because you have not invested time with Him lately? When we walk humbly with the Lord, we don’t do all of the talking. We do a lot of the listening and meditating on what He has said in His Word and in our heart to us.
What are 3 burdens you want the Lord to undo for you? What are you ready to have torn off and undone from your life?
Burden #1: __________________
Burden #2: __________________
Burden #3: __________________
Are you ready to LET GO of them? Casting your care on the Lord is an act of humility that also protects you from the enemy.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:6-8).
HE cares for you–it's HIS job, not yours. Let go of these burdens and cares by faith – give them to Him. Completely. In return, receive His peace. Glory to God! Thank You, Jesus!
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Radio Interview with Pastor Jentezen Franklin (author of “The Fasting Edge”)
DAY ONE – Delight in the Lord (instead of food?)
DAY TWO – Loosed from Wickedness