Friday, March 15, 2013

Fasting and Accountability

On this morning's prayer walk i heard a phrase in the spirit "Fasting and Accountability".

I began to meditate in the precepts of both words and as the rocks of revelation poured into my spirit I realized that the two in combination are a powerful weapon in the overcomer's arsenal.

God has been showing me recently that a lot of  Christians who sincerely love the Lord are ensnared by the devil time and time again.

2 Timothy 2:25-26  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  (26)  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.     (see also Acts 5:3)

The devil finds a way to attack, whether it be through carnal lusts, mammon, or even religious legalism.  Once he is successful, he uses the same tactic relentlessly.

Many of us desire to mature in Christ and to walk as overcomer's  that John talks about:

1 John 2:12-14  I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.  (13)  I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.  (14)  I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

On Fasting.

Jesus said a certain kind of demon could not come out but by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17:20-21  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)  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Notice that the disciples were not able to cast this kind of demon out. Jesus says that it was because of unbelief.  One can make the argument that prayer and fasting increases belief.  The stronger our belief in the Word of God the more power we have over the enemy.  Remember, Jesus had fasted 40 days before casting this 'kind' of demon out.

On Accountability.

I was praying about this, and i kept going back to the time the disciples sold everything they had and then lived together in a community.

Acts 4:32-35  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  (33)  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  (34)  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,  (35)  And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

These Christians found something more precious than gold.  They sold everything and lived together.  They bore one anothers burdens (Galatians 6:2)  They shared bread, the word, and helped each other become overcomers. This family of believers had the added benefit of accountability.   They were with each other so much that they could hold each other accountable to walk their talk.

During prayer before ministry i  had a vision  of a lion (1 Peter 5:8) violently attacking a lamb that was off all by itself.  I was leading worship that night.  During the service a phone call was received sharing the news  that one of the young sister's died naked and alone in her apartment.  She had complained to people recently in her apartment complex that demons were trying to kill her.

I am grieved that this happened.  I am thinking that this would not have happened if we had a community like the one mentioned in Acts.

For us to see the results we see in the bible, we need to do what they did.

Take some time to meditate on fasting and accountability.  Seek the revelation that God is pouring out right now.

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