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Calvary Assembly of God is based in White River, Mpumalanga and is lead by Pastor Nico Engelbrecht. A testimony and brief history of the Pastor / Shepard of Calvary Assembly of God WR, Mpumalanga.

 

Preparation for Fasting in January 2017 – Calvary Assemblies


We as a church need to prepare ourselves both individually and corporately before we can expect Spiritual Breakthrough and Revival


It is important to note that mere religious practices, such as fasting is far less important than actually doing and seeking God’s will.  As Micah 6:8 points out, what the Lord truly requires of us is devotion to Himself: “To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Fasting is not an end in itself; it is a means by which we can worship the Lord and submit ourselves in humility to Him.


In Isaiah 58:3-5 where he rebukes the religious people as follows:

  • Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it?

  • Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’

  • “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.

  •  Your fasting ends in quarrelling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists.

  • You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.”

  •  Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves?

  •  Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?

  •  Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?”

 

The purpose of all worship including fasting is to change the worshiper in ways that have social & interpersonal impact.  We worship not just to gratify ourselves, but also to become empowered to change the world! And to glorify God
In Isaiah 58, God says he has chosen fasts that

  • Loosen the bonds of wickedness,

  • Undo the heavy burdens,

  • Let the oppressed go free,

  • Break every yoke?

  • Give bread to the hungry, and provide the poor with housing

  • Allow the people’s light to break forth like the morning

  • Cause their health to spring forth speedily

  • Cause their righteousness to go before them

  • Cause the glory of the Lord to be their reward (Or “rear guard”)

Points to consider before entering into the fast

  • Fasting is not merely going without food

  • Why am I entering into a fast? Merely because everyone is doing so, the Pastor has asked us to fast or just following the trend?

  • We need to be specific, both as individuals and corporately.

    • Individually – we have to ask ourselves this

    • Corporately – as Calvary Assemblies - to pray and fast for “ the oppressed to be freed,” to win souls and bring revival, to identify with people everywhere enslaved literally or by sin, and to pray to be used of God to bring people out of the kingdom of darkness and into God’s marvellous light

  • Decide what you are going to do differently for 21 days

    • Doing what is known as the Daniel Fast – giving all meats, dairy products, processed foods, all sweets and cakes, tea & coffee  – and just eating whole grain foods, fruit, vegetables and nuts

    • Or giving up something you really enjoy doing such as doing Face Book, TV, Computer games and spending that time in prayer and in the word

    • Whatever you decide – stick to it for the full period of time – Satan will devise all sorts of methods to discourage you to give up!!  Use this time to press into God

  • Get yourself a journal to write down what God is revealing to you as you dwell in His word

 

 

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