Pastor Mufaro, 18.9.2016

Isaiah 58:4-9

Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free  and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness

[a] will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

What do you need to do to receive the benefits of fasting?

  • Isaiah 48:4-5: When you fast you need to live not the life of a carnal Christian or displease God
  • You need to show your best behavior when you are fasting, although it might be difficult.
  • Do not pity yourself when fasting and remain righteous.
  • You need to be generous and kind.

How to you are in right standing with God?

  • Spend time with God
  • Pray and talk to God
  • Praise and worship him.
  • Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He is talking to you !

What benefits will you get from fasting?

  • You will see God’s visions
  • Angel will address you directly and give you directions
  • Unproductiveness in your life will be lifted.

Your Shephersplace Church The Hague Team