Day 2 of the Fast. Wow, I went a whole day yesterday without TEA! So far no withdrawal symptoms lol. Ok ok enough about the tea business. I just had to comment on it. So todays meditation comes from those that experience naysayers and distractions during your Fast. When you tell people that you are going to embark on a 21 Day Daniel Fast and they start to look at you like as if you’re from Mars, ignore their reactions. You will have naysayers whom don’t understand what you are doing and may be critical or poke fun of your spiritual exercise. What I want to say is, IGNORE THE DRAMA of it all. Those that have no clue what you are doing can say whatever they want to say but what they don’t realize is that they are criticizing your relationship with God. Such people have to look at their own cup of Faith and wonder why theirs is empty and not even half full????? Do not concern yourself with naysayers and discouragers, for they are a distractions from the goal sourced from the demonic realms as a reaction to your Fast.
Maintain the FOCUS which is YOUR relationship with the LORD. Fix your Eyes on JESUS.
Also, for those Fasting, do not look to your left and to your right wondering about another persons journey on their Fast. I’m not talking about being curious, I’m talking about comparing your spiritual journey with theirs. You will cause yourself to be like the person standing in a race watching others run. Focus on your race and determine to reach the Finish line. Understand that running the race isn’t about “Winning” it’s about “FINISHING”. God’s concerned with you finishing the race and not having a misguided view about competing with others.
We are all brothers and sisters in Christ so there is no need to compete with your brothers and sisters when you should be focusing on your own level of spiritual growth. Comparing your cup of Faith with others won’t help you increase your faith if you keep focusing on anothers level. Remember that we are all born different with different callings and different spiritual gifitings so maintain your focus on maximizing your capacity to increase your Faith to perform at your optimum level. God created a diversity of giftings in order for people to work together. Diversity of Giftings is God’s idea so do not focus on anothers gift when you’re supposed to be focusing on increasing your unique gifting in this World. You are needed in the Body of Christ so Maintain the FOCUS on yourself between you and GOD. If you don’t know what your giftings are at this point, then this Fast is a great starting point to focus on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same[a] Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
Fasting is like a test of ENDURANCE. For an athelete, they know that they have to prepare ahead of time before engaging a marathon, so consider your time during this Fast as a test of Endurance. You are on the right track when you block out all distractions and temptations to derail you away from the goal. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your FAITH (Hebrews 12:2).
Walk by Faith and Not By Sight
For whatever it is that you are praying for during this Fast, don’t concern yourself with the negative. Your senses will deceive you out of your promise if you don’t maintain your focus on JESUS. Remember that Faith is the substance of things Hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1). It doesn’t matter what is going on in your environment right now, the battle is being won in the SPIRIT. Always remember that. Do not be disheartened if people start to act crazy around you or if things start reacting and acting weird. You are engaged in a Spiritual Battle that is manifesting in the Natural, so understand that your Prayers are being Heard and the authority you have in Jesus are your weapons of warfare that are not Carnal, but are Mighty in God for pulling down Strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Scriptures to Meditate
1 Corinthians 12:4
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
[ Serve God with Spiritual Gifts ] For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
1 Corinthians 14:1
[ Prophecy and Tongues ] Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:12
Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
[ Principles Governing Warfare ] “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
37 “ For yet a little while,
And He[a] who is coming will come and will not tarry.
[ The Race of Faith ] Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all.