Prepare your heart for Harvest. You have to do your part in order to reap the rewards of your labor. The Scripture that comes to mind when I thought this was:
The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
In preparation of the 21 Day Daniel Fast, we are all planting and sowing spiritual seeds for a physical and spiritual manifestation of God’s Presence in our lives in this year of DIVINE GOVERNANCE. I recommend Tarisai’s post regarding the insight to this special year of DIVINE GOVERNANCE and WISDOM that brings ORDER.
I will repeat myself and say that do not do things in vain if you don’t have a heart that is expecting. Your mind, your spirit, your soul should be expecting during this Fast if you are participating. Let me tell you that each year when I face the 21 Day Fast, I always seem to struggle with Fasting my Tea. I love Tea like you cannot believe and to think that I won’t have it for 21 days straight is going to be wow for me, and I mean WOW!!! I’m a person who drinks it morning, noon and night — thanks to my Grandpa lol. I am still preparing my mind for the withdrawal symptoms lol. There are other things besides tea that I have to set aside but the whole point is, the Fast is a sacrifice of fleshy desires to gain things that are Spiritual.
The fleshy things of this world can be likened to drugs. Sometimes you have no idea what you’ve fed your body in a spiritual, soulful and physical sense until you starve it by fasting on the things that you’re use to. We can be junkies of the fleshy stuff and when we start to set aside those things on our spiritual journey, God starts to shake all that junk out of your system as a means of purification which is another form of CONSECRATION. So the Daniel Fast isn’t just a warfare Fast, it is also a time of Consecration. You set aside the things that the world feeds you to obtain the things that God wants to feed you in your spirit-man.
Sometimes people want things of the Spirit without putting effort into working for it. Relationships with people are hard work and even cultivating a relationship with God takes work. Many of us must move away from always expecting stuff from God without having a relationship with Him. Would you like it if you had a friend that always took stuff from you but after receiving what they wanted from you, they ignore you and act like you aren’t there until they need yet another thing from you? This is how some people have treated God on many occasions. People enjoy the blessings of God without the relationship. Let’s face it, people can be incredibly selfish.
[ Blessings of Obedience ] “Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.
[ Blessings on Obedience ] “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
These are two sets of blessings that come from OBEDIENCE. This isn’t just a personal blessing but a generational one. We must pursue GENERATIONAL BLESSINGS.
Let me tell you that Fasting isn’t easy and I’ll be the first to say that in the past, I slipped up during this fast because the withdrawal was soo intense and I succumbed to eating that which I shouldn’t because I was immature and also inexperienced, so even now I will not claim to be a pro on this at all. I had to learn a lot through practicing personal fasts which I do periodically in the year now and the discipline I obtain from that has helped me realize that it is achievable and it can be done. So do not feel discouraged if or when you slip up in this fast, just recognize that it takes mental preparation, discipline and personal determination and resolve. Do things with purpose and with expectation. Always expect the best that is yet to come for you are sowing seeds for a great Harvest in your spiritual journey with the Lord. This is a relationship building activity as it is a spiritual one. Be encouraged and work your Faith out. Perseverance is the Key here.
I have yet another awesome song to fill you today. It is again from Deitrick Haddon called Power. Fill your spirit with prayer, praise and worship so that you maintain the focus on the One helping you to Gain that which He has in the palm of His hand. God has not intention of withholding anything Good from you when you seek His face. So Seek diligently with great expectation.