Day 9 of 21 Day Daniel Fast – Yay! My swollen eye is healed. It took 24 hrs but it’s all better now. God is GOOD!!! I heard from some of my colleagues that it could have been a spider bite *yikes*. I sincerely hope not! At first I contemplated putting my pic with the swollen eye on here but then again I thought…..hmmm…. nah…people might get grossed out so just know that it’s healed everybody lol.
Today’s meditation is about choosing your battles wisely. Yes, it is a given that we are to remain focused on the goal at hand here but do not ignore your enemies gorilla warfare tactics on your soul! When you are in engaged in Spiritual warfare, you have to understand that the Devil isn’t sitting there watching you win…he isn’t going to let you get HIM while he’s sitting down. You are always on the offensive as you fight for your victory through Prayer and Fasting. Keep your expectations high and then make them higher. This battle isn’t a walk in the park either so you shouldn’t rely on perceiving things with our natural senses since you are supposed to be seeking the Gifts of the Holy Spirit at this time because He is the Great Helper in such situations. If you want deliverance and healing in your life or in the lives of others, including your family, make sure you understand that you’ve got to keep your mind together. This isn’t the time to crack under pressure. You will suffer battle fatigue but that’s because you are many steps ahead to your victory through Jesus. The Lord will go ahead of you in battle and will ensure your Victory as you fight the Good fight of Faith.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
I must also emphasize that although we acknowledge that we are in a serious battle, you also have to learn how to choose your battles wisely. Don’t just pick up and react to everything that is happening around you. You should already know that the agenda of your adversary is to place key people you have in your life (with vile intentions) to rile you into anger and act on it foolishly because their aim is to get you offended. Make no mistake and realize that you will start to see the wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 10:16) and when you do, you must act with prudence and with wisdom.
You’ll see things that you never saw before because God will lift the scales off your eyes to see what you never noticed before (Acts 9:18). You will experience people trying to agitate you during this Fast and it’s all about holding your ground and remaining steadfast in the midst of the battle (1 Chronicles 28:7). You should learn how to respond appropriately rather than react negatively to situations as they arise because when you are racked up with your emotional self, you will fail to reason and will act on things without wisdom. The point I am getting to here is that you have to choose to be better than your OLD self. You are Fasting to become a NEW creation and toss away your childish behaviors of the past (1 Corinthians 13:11). In order to mature with Wisdom, you have to set aside the foolish reactions, the foolish ideas, the foolish counsel (wayward thoughts, friends, family members or peers) that lead you astray, the foolish things that poke fun at Divine Wisdom that guides you into your victory.
You’ve got to ask yourself can you afford to go through this Fast and finish UNCHANGED???? This is why I keep saying, don’t do things in Vain. If you aren’t determining to come out NEW and transformed from this Fast, you are wasting time and I suggest that you don’t continue fasting because it will be done in Vain.
For those that are persevering for their breakthrough, understand that the Greater the Need that you have of God requires a Greater sacrifice. You don’t have to stop Fasting after 21 Days if you feel led to continue, but remember the focus is to dismantle the works of the wicked one in your life through prayer and meditation of God’s Word and to intercede on behalf of your family, your church, your workplace and your political leaders that govern the land that you live in.
Expect to receive answers from Heaven, Expect to be Transformed and Renewed, Expect to increase your level of FAITH and Expect to Prosper with the Guidance of the Holy Spirit that provides Wisdom in your Daily affairs. Seek HIM (JESUS) and HE will answer YOU. You have to believe that in order to receive what He already has for you.
Here are 2 Videos to Help you Keep Encouraged as you go day-to-day in your daily battles. Remain Blessed in all that you Do and You seek HIS face.
Scriptures to Meditate
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!”
Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.
Jesus promises Another Helper
15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
So we may boldly say: “ The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: ‘ The LORD said to my Lord, “ Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’
But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
[ The Church Prospers ] Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
[ The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles ] While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.