MATTHEW 17:18-21

18. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

19. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

21. How be it this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. KJV

DEFINITIONS

Unbelief -c) faithlessness, disbelief.

Jesus had perfect faith. We know nothing was impossible for Him. He was also God. He was perfect in every way. We are broken and flawed. Our only hope is in the blood of Jesus, perfecting our faith. He is the author and finisher of our faith.

Jesus was speaking to the disciples of their unbelief. They could not cast out the demon, because they did not believe they could. How many times in our life do we know we should have the victory in an area, but we don’t? He was telling them; fasting was the answer.

Fasting is more of a cleansing tool. It is not just for one area. If the Lord is telling you to fast, He has a specific work that He plans to do in your heart that will affect many areas in your life. It is a wonderful thing with many blessings instore.

If we have unbelief in any area, we want to deal with it now, before it shows up in bigger ways. You hear people talking about a cleansing. That is what the Lord does, but His way.

Everyone is different. I know how it was for me. I have talked about it before. The best way to start, (if you have never fasted), is to stop all caffeine and sugar first. If you don’t get them out of your system, you will get a terrific headache.

You then cut out eating between meals. You then eat only 2 meals a day. If you go on a partial fast like Daniel, you will probably eat a very simple diet, twice a day. This type of fast lasts a lot longer than liquid fasts that are much harder. This is a good way to start any fast without much discomfort. The Lord blesses you with strength in so many ways, that it is never as hard as you thought it would be.

He draws near with His presence. You get deeper revelations out of the Word. Prayers get answered. And you lose a lot of weight and get a lot healthier! You cannot go wrong when you fast. You must pray about it so you will know what type of fast He has chosen for you. You should always read Isaiah 58, the fasting chapter.

I believe we can eventually be perfected in our faith where we can tell mountains to be removed. Nothing shall be impossible to them that believe. Fasting is a small price to pay to live such a victorious life!

STREAMS IN THE DESERT — POEM

"Follow Me, and I will make you,
Make you speak My words with power,
Make you channels of My mercy,
Make you helpful every hour."

"Follow Me, and I will make you,
Make you what you cannot be-,
Make you loving, trustful, godly,
Make you, even like Me."

SONGS – SAY TO THE MOUNTAIN – ARISE O LORD – DRAW ME LORD – PAUL WILBUR

HOLY FIRE/HOSANNA

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