June 23, 2018

Experiencing A Shift?

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I don’t know about you, but I am starting to experience a subtle shift.

Does your skin look different? Is your energy better? How about your digestion?

When I am fasting and abstaining from less healthy foods, I usually experience a big difference in the way I feel, physically. Way more importantly, there is a subtle shift in how I feel spiritually.

Through prayer and fasting, I seem to experience the Holy Spirit more easily. At times, I sense His presence more deeply. It’s like the Lord will use a daily devotional or passage of Scripture to speak just a little bit louder and more clearly.

When we fast based on Biblical principles, Isaiah 58:8 says this will happen, “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

While periods of fasting are not always some kind of mystical, Angels-singing-all-around-me kind of thing, I am always in awe how making a small commitment to avoid some of my favorite foods gives me a clearer connection to the Lord. When we deny what our flesh wants, it’s an act of submission. When we submit to the Lord, He hears and answers.

But, you don’t have to take my word for it.

BibleStudyTools.com says this about fasting, “Through many examples of people in the Bible who fasted, we can know that God grants supernatural revelation and wisdom through this practice. Scripture tells us that fasting will help us grow a more intimate relationship with Christ and will open our eyes to what He wants to teach us.”

Maybe you have not yet committed to fasting this month. Maybe 21-days feels overwhelming or too long. That’s okay. The length of your fast is between you and God, and it’s never “too late” to start fasting.

 I really want to hear from you today. Let’s encourage each other!

  • What are you experiencing during this fast?

  • What do you believe the Lord is telling you?

  • Do you have a testimony to share?

  • Can you share some encouragement for someone who might be struggling to start or finish a fast?

Please leave your comments below and thank you very much for sharing!

4 Comments on Experiencing A Shift?

  1. This is the fourth year we’ve participated in the church wide fast & I privately fast periodically throughout the year. Fasting got easier years ago once I learned that fasting is not about the “physical” food (or anything that you give up) it is spiritual, a commitment between you and God. When you begin to feel the presence and hear the voice of God and you see all the clarity, blessings & goodness that comes when you fast it gets easier. Fasting brings us closer to God it causes us to depend on & trust Him. My weakness? I LOVE chocolate so when I begin craving it or some other favorites I pray in that moment and get myself some water!! God has definitely been speaking to me, my body feels good (foods have healaing properties) and at this moment my spirit is joyful.
    I’ve enjoyed your blog Kelley thank you for it!!

    • You are so right Danica! Fasting is not about the food, it’s about spiritual submission. Sweets in general are super hard for me (year-round, not just during periods of fasting, haha!). I completely agree with you about how the presence of the Lord is more tangible during periods of fasting. I’m planning to talk about that a little bit more over the next day or two, so stay tuned. Thank you for sharing your experience with fasting – it is so encouraging to hear from all of you. Blessings to you!

  2. I’ve been having more spiritual dreams, and praying more.My body doesn’t feel the same and I want more of God. I got a job as well. The pain in my body is not as bad as it was.

    • Praise the Lord!! Congratulations on the new job and so thankful that you are experiencing more of God and less pain. Keep praying and believing…the best is yet to come!

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