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The first Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of every month is the Global Bridegroom Fast. You can go to IHOP-AC’s website on the right to find out more about this fast.

The staff and interns at IHOP-AC have been reading the book “The Rewards of Fasting” by Mike Bickle. It has really been sirring my heart towards more of a hunger for Jesus and I just wanted to share it with you.

So I am just going to share what I have gotten so far out of the first 4 chapters. Basically I want more of God and fasting humbles us to receive God! Fasting reveals what controls us, therefore as we see what is in the way, we can repent and get rid of the things that are hindering us from having more of God! It is so beautiful, except that our western culture tells us to do the complete opposite. Our culture does not accept weakness. The more powerful and successful you are the better you are. Not so in the KINGDOM OF GOD! It is the UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM! If we are truly living according to the Kingdom of God then our lives should look completely opposite of the world!

Fasting is voluntary weakness. You are making yourself weak by giving up food, therefore having to rely on God. As we say no to our flesh (which tells us to eat) then our spirits will be alive to hear from God. Romans 8:6 says “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace!” How amazing is that! Fasting is a quick way to put the flesh to death and live according to the Spirit.

Every Christian should be living a lifestyle of fasting. Unless by the doctors orders you can not. Fasting is a value in the Kingdom of God. Matt. 6 speaks of 3 very essential things in the Kingdom of God; giving, praying and fasting. There ya go. There is your reason.

Fasting is also a way of mourning. In the Old Testament almost every reference to fasting is associated with mourning, and mourning over their sins.We should fast because we realize the depravity of our soul. We are sinners and we need God! We fast in mourning over our sins, asking for more of God’s presence. And as we humble ourselves in voluntary weakness, our spirits will be tenderized to the Holy Spirit, who searches the deep things of God, and reveals Jesus to us!

Jesus talked about fasting in Matt. 9:14-15. John the baptist’s disciples asked Jesus why He and His disciples did not fast. Jesus then talked about Himself as the Bridegroom! He said “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

Wow. His disciples did not need to fast because HE WAS WITH THEM! We need to fast, in mourning because we should long for the RETURN OF JESUS!!! We want HIS PHYSICAL PRESENCE! We should be so lovesick for our Beloved that we fast and mourn for Him to return.

So all of this is convicting the crap out of me, why? BECAUSE I DON’T LIVE THIS WAY! My flesh so many times rules over my spirit. Ugh! Its really annoying! And I want it to stop! I want my soul, my mind, will and emotions, to come into submission to the Holy Spirit. I want to put my flesh to DEATH! So that my spirit may be alive and hunger for Jesus Christ!

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