13. If you turn away your foot from traveling unduly on the sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a spiritual delight, the holy day of the Lord, honorable; and shall honor Him and it, not going your own way or seeking or finding your own pleasure, or speaking your own idle words;
14. Then shall you delight yourself in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the high places of the earth, and I will feed you with the heritage promised for you to Jacob your father; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it. Amp.
This is the end of the fasting chapter, Isaiah 58. When you fast, you are being purified by the Lord. He knows all about you. He sees every hurt, every motive, every bound-up part. He comes with His healing grace to pour His holy oil inside healing all wounds. That is what happens when you fast.
He draws nearer and nearer, and we feel we are not alone. There are so many blessings along the way. It is a road leading to wholeness. The end of the road is the sabbath rest. It is the Lord performing His work and not ourselves. So, when we get to the end, we are ready to give up what He asks.
All desires change when He makes us whole. There is no longer any need to go our own way or seek our own pleasure, because He is the pleasure that we seek. When He reveals Himself to you, everything changes. His ways are so gentle and loving, unlike anything else we have known. We just want more of Him.
We are a 3-fold being:
- SPIRIT – HEART/SOUL
- MIND – INTELLECT
- BODY – FLESH
Mark 12:30 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31. And the second is like, namely this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
We were created on the 6th day with the animals. Because of the fall we are in need of a Savior and not complete. 6 is the number that symbolizes sin. 7 is the number of perfection and completion. We are not complete without the cross. He completes us through fasting and leads us into the sabbath rest. We are delivered from 666 to 777.
Only then are we perfected where we can worship Him with all that we are. Each part of us has its own set of problems that is need of His healing power. Satan can get a stronghold into our mind. He uses others to break our heart. This all affects our body and can cause all kinds of physical problems.
When we come to His sabbath rest then we can inherit the blessings of Jacob in Genesis 27:28-29, and Genesis 28: 13-15. We can receive the abundance of the earth; He will bless those who bless thee and curse those who curse thee. And your offspring shall be as countless as the sand.
He is basically asking us to die to self and let Him come in and fix things up His way, which is always so much more wonderful than anything we can ask or think. When you come to the end of a fast, you are changed and if you stick with Him long enough, food and the things of this world will not be so important anymore.
Seeking and finding your own pleasure will be easy, because He will be the pleasure that you will seek!