The Need To Fast: Part 2

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Isaiah chapter 58:

6 ​​“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?

FATHER explains the purpose of fasting by asking these questions.  The fast is meant to set us free of wickedness, heavy burdens, oppression and every yoke.  How many of us need to be set free of something?  I would suggest all of us have some “yoke” which needs to be broken or removed.

Jesus spoke in John 8:

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

When we fast, we become more sensitive to hearing FATHER’S Voice and receive the pure Truth thus breaking any bondage besetting us.  When we are set free, we gain a deeper understanding of Agape Love.  In Isaiah 58, FATHER speaks of the tangible results of this sensitivity:

7 ​​Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, ​​And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; ​​When you see the naked, that you cover him, ​​And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

Aren’t these qualities of Agape Love?  You become a giver rather than a taker?  You seek out the opportunity to minister to others rather than to set passively by while those in need continue to suffer.

FATHER then expresses the benefits to us as we fulfill the fast:

8 ​​Then your light shall break forth like the morning, ​​Your healing shall spring forth speedily, ​​And your righteousness shall go before you; ​​The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

9 ​​Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; ​​You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.

​​​“If you take away the yoke from your midst, ​​The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

10 ​​If you extend your soul to the hungry ​​And satisfy the afflicted soul,

​​Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, ​​And your darkness shall be as the noonday.

11 ​​The LORD will guide you continually, ​​And satisfy your soul in drought, ​​And strengthen your bones; ​​You shall be like a watered garden, ​​And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

12 ​​Those from among you ​​Shall build the old waste places; ​​You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;  ​And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, ​​The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

​The Sons and Daughters are to be a light in this world of darkness.  FATHER clearly tells us that our light shall break forth as a result of the fast done in the proper manner.  We must fast with proper intent otherwise we are simply dieting.  Our fast must not in any way feed our flesh whether it be physical or our ego.  Our intent must be pure as we seek to commune and deny ourselves of the world’s pleasures.  The reward is worth the commitment.  Let each of us dwell on FATHER’S Words expressed in Isaiah 58!

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