DAY 40: Yay! It’s the 40th Day!
Disclaimer: We are not calling for an extension of this fast. What I shared yesterday was a personal invitation from God to me. Others may be stirred in a similar fashion, but today is our celebration, the 40 days are up!
It’s April 9th! The anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival. Every year we have done this fast, we have pointed to this date believing that we will see an epic outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our lives, family, and nation. Receive the Holy Spirit!
Congratulations, you have passed through a wilderness which I’m sure has seen some great spiritual highs, but probably deeper valleys and dark moments. Isn’t that what the wilderness is about? But even a glimpse of heaven or a phrase from God’s voice will ruin you for everything else. I’ve experienced some dark days in this fast, but rarely have I heard His voice so clear. Some may say, “It was a terrible experience,” but I remind you what Derek Prince said, “Every fast done in faith will be rewarded by God.” Friend, look to the reward. I am reaping the fruit of extended fasts I did 30 years ago.
Today’s devotional is a 2 sectioned address. First of all, I am so thrilled during this fast to have been joined in a new friendship with a man named Dr. Vaughn Lawrence, a naturopath doctor. He has done extended fasting, has studied the subject and can equip you on how to break a fast and the health dimensions of lifestyle fasting. I am glad to direct you to this video and written article on the spiritual and physical wisdom of breaking a fast. If you have fasted with just water this video is a must watch.
The Gospel writer Matthew describes the end of Jesus fast as the beginning of his ministry. I want you to see this fast as the beginning of a new era of your life. Don’t just look back and say, “I accomplished a fast,” rather say, “I have begun the ministry.”
On this final day let us follow Jesus’ own story.
Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone Satan! For it is written…”
On this 40th day, let thousands declare the written word of God, “Satan be gone!” over their own addictions; mountains over their lives and families; obstacles of finance and future plans. Loose that word of faith. Declare it out loud all day long. “Satan be gone!” Dare to believe for a great deliverance.
Matthew 10:10 “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”
Turn this 40th day, and the days and months following, into a focused habit of praise and worship. Determine to turn your back on the idolatrous flesh hooks that held you before saying, “I will worship the Lord my God, and Him only will I worship.” Determine to be a singer of his praise into these glorious new days.
Matthew 10:11 Then the Devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
On this 40th day, open yourself to the divine swirl of the angelic activity moving around you. I have found at times at the end of fasts, an overwhelming ecstasy, partly because I can eat, but mostly because I can feel the nearness of Heaven. Look for divine appointments, let your heart swell to the Spirit of God pulsing within you. Jesus came out of the fast in the power of the Spirit.
Matthew 10:12 …He withdrew into Galilee… so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled.
Step out into the new place and into the new direction God has called you to during this fast. Fulfill the prophecy which was written in the book God authored about you before you were born.
Matthew 10:17 From that time Jesus began to preach.
Preach! Do the work of an evangelist. Declare your life message. Come out of the caves of insecurity and let loose your light to shine on those who dwell in the shadow of death.
Thank you once again for following me on “This dream trek, on this horrible, wonderful highway of commanding destiny.” (Mark Rutland), called The Jesus Fast. Hopefully it has changed your life, and hopefully, it won’t be your last. Please join me as I will continue blogging as the Holy Spirit directs.
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