130 posts categorized "Fasting"

THIS is What Happens When We Fast

SUMites, Wow, this fast was amazing. I fasted food for five days. Only had an egg and a piece of bread Wednesday morning and Thursday. Friday, day five and very hungry but determined, I sat down at my computer to write a new chapter in a new book, Kingdom Keys. Gang, I wrote stuff that was so inspired that I’m kinda freaked out. It is revelation about Simon Peter and His moment when Jesus asks a life altering question. I can’t wait to share it with you. I was covered in holy chill bumps as I finished putting these thoughts on the screen. Mike walked in and I read an entire passage of scripture and then what the Holy Spirit prompted. Mike stood in my office and listened. Of course, he wasn’t sure how to process what I shared but he listened to his wife SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD... Read more →

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The Finest Food and Drink

Hi everyone, on the last day of our fast - we are so close to the finish line! It’s been wonderful adventuring with you and, as always, we’ve made memories. I often think of this site as a memorial of where we’ve been. I can just imagine sitting in a rocking chair as an old lady, looking back. Today we’re going to take communion together; it is the finest food and drink. In giving us this bread and wine, it is as if God has set us the most wonderful table; one we really cannot imagine. In today’s post I’d like to tell you about a treasured item that frames my home. I’ll tell you about it, and then we’ll have communion. Several years ago, when my husband and I bought our house, we decided to put in a new front door. We wanted one with a stained-glass window, and... Read more →

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Five Smooth Stones

Hi everyone As I write, it’s Thursday morning here in New Zealand, and I'm a hungry girl. Each fast I do more than I did before; and yet, this fast, like my others before, has been an imperfect one. Yesterday, for example, I went to work hungry. By 1pm it was awful. I left my office where I was putting on a cheerful front, shut myself in the toilet cubicle and said to Jesus, “HOW did you do this for 40 days?” It made me realize I hadn’t ever considered Jesus’s 40 days of no food or water. At 2pm, I freaked, I had a class to teach: “What if I faint in front of the class?” That was it. Seizing control of my situation, I reached for my bag, pulled out a small wrapped bar called ‘one square meal’, and gobbled it up. My hunger disappeared and I missed... Read more →

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A Very Special Rescue

Hi friends How’s the fasting going? This one's ambitious for me – soup only for dinner has made me starry-eyed! But I'm enjoying the afternoons where I can just sit. I hope you enjoyed yesterday's clips. Amazingly, there is a part two to that story, which I've been excited to share. I'll start with this scripture, which I believe is for us today: “In that day, there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; ... And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.” Isaiah 11:11 (NKJV) Now to the story: Remember back in June the twelve Thai boys and their... Read more →

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Take a Look

Hi everyone! It's day two of the fast, and I hope you’re doing well. If one day you don’t manage what you set out to, don’t worry -- we just pick ourselves up and carry on. One thing that I believe God adores about the SUMites is our HOPE. Like Abraham, who had a son at age 100, we have been given something unbelievable to hope for: The turning of hearts among those who would be the least likely. Holding on to this hope is pretty difficult, but if we choose it we are partnering in God’s move: “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations.” Romans 4:18 (NIV) What is hope? One possibility is that it's the actual picture of the victory, which we then choose to believe. It is, perhaps, the ‘different spirit’ held by Joshua and Caleb, who were sent... Read more →

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His Light Shines on a Fasting Heart

Hi SUM family Welcome to day one of our fast, and happy new year! From what I’m hearing, we’re not the only ones who are being led to fast right now. Quite separately, even my home church is fasting and I know other Christians are too. We’re led by the same Spirit. This is my eighth fast with the SUM community, and every time it has been extraordinary. From these shared adventures, I now know that fasting does something very special. With that in mind, I thought I’d share my first ever fasting story. It’s a fun story, but it illustrates the fact that fasting shifts things. It was just before I found the SUM community. I’d noticed in scripture that fasting makes the impossible possible, and so I quietly planned to try it. The opportunity finally came when my husband and boys planned a trip away, leaving me home... Read more →

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Rosh Hashanah Fast

Hi everyone, Ann here. Next Monday it is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This day, also known as the Feast of Trumpets, was a festival given to the Israelites by God, commemorated by trumpet blasts (Leviticus 23:23-32). Trumpet blasts in scripture often symbolize gathering the people together for victory. To that I say, yes please! In past years the SUM community has honored this time by fasting together for the week. We’re going to continue the tradition this year, starting on Monday the 10th at sunrise, and finishing at sunset on Friday the 14th. I always find this fast a beautiful time. It seems to knit us together and bring breakthrough to different parts of our community. We’ve had some amazing things happen in these fasts, and I still get a high when I look back on the comments and remember those moments. Personally, because this time is one... Read more →

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“Woman! How Would Like Your Husband Saved?” by Martha Bush

“Woman! How Would Like Your Husband Saved?” I can see you screaming at your computer after seeing this picture pop back up, “Oh no, I can’t go through another fast; give me a break, Lynn!” Hold on; Lynn is not calling for another fast. I want to share with you about a fast I had several years ago in regards to my husband’s salvation. An evangelist was invited to speak at my church on Spiritual Warfare. All of a sudden, he bellowed from the pulpit: “Woman! How would you like your husband saved, and keep your mouth shut to him and pray only to God? You fast and pray, you do everything you can do until that prayer is manifested, or you hear a word from God that gives you peace!” Something leaped inside me. I desperately wanted salvation to come to my home, and that thing leaping up inside... Read more →

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God Visited Me During The Fast - A MUST READ

The following arrived in my email box on Monday. IT’S A MUST READ: ***** Written by SUMite: Anja I have one more testimony to add to all of those our amazing God did in this community. I was looking forward to the fast for some time because I knew I just had to do it. I was so desperate for a break through. 2017 was a year where I and my marriage just continued to break apart. In September (something always changes in September ;-)) it got so bad I had to seek out psychological assistance because I started to show physical symptoms to the situations surrounding me. It would be a story too long to write here but let me just say, my marriage was/ is at a point where we no longer communicate apart from things concerning our son because we cannot see eye to eye on anything.... Read more →

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Guess What Happened On Wednessay Of Our Fast?

Hi SUM Nation, Our annual fast was one of the most powerful experiences in our community to date. The emails and comments that arrived bear proof that our God is moving upon our prayers. Be assured that our sacrifice of fasting pulled on heaven. I know many of us had some significant experiences. Many received revelation, and many discovered a growing depth in your relationship with the Lord. Hallelujah. I had a profound experience on Wednesday: I was at church and the meeting I was attending was concluded. I stood in the building, chatting with two other ladies about our current experiences with God. We were discussing the astonishing things God is doing and how our minds are being blown up right now. It’s one of my favorite things to do, compare notes with other believers who are hungry for God. Anyhoo, our excitement was obvious to anyone who may... Read more →

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Golden Awards of Fasting

Golden Globes I wrote this during my prayer time in the morning of the last day of our fast. I was re-reading it this morning, the following day, I felt as though it was a message for our community from the heart of God. Allow me to share it with you. Good morning Daddy, I pray we have made You smile. I love you. I love our annual fast together. …… We have our own Golden Globes, our spheres of honor, accolades given, bestowed by our Father. Ribbons, awards, nations bestowed in response to our sacrifice and the laying down of our hearts, prayers, service and giving of gifts and finances. Blessings forever more. Redemption of hearts. Restoration of relationships. Strength to the feeble. Vitality to the sick. Everlasting life. The Golden Globes for the Kingdom are the testimonies of the Saints. The Crowns of Gold and glory, won on... Read more →

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Day Five - A Powerful Communion

Fast concludes at Sundown today. ***** Have you ever pondered the weird story in John 6 where Jesus commands his followers to eat His flesh and drink His blood? Of course, today we understand the meaning, post cross. But what if you were a follower of Christ sitting among others, prior to the cross, and this man tells you to eat his skin and drink his blood. Ick!!! Many became offended and this is why. At the time, animal and human sacrifices were common place. The people of antiquity, Jerusalem, were aware the occult world drank human blood to increase their power on earth. This still happens in the occult world today. Followers of Christ were repelled to consider this practice because a blood covenant is/was the highest form of a covenant/agreement. When you eat/drink the flesh and blood you are taking in the essence of life, consuming everything associated... Read more →

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The Power of Encounter

Hello SUMite Family, I’ve been so moved by your comments, your efforts and the experiences you are sharing in the comments. Every comment yesterday was read by those in the heavenly realms! Wow! And a note: I am so bummed out I haven’t had the time to respond to the comments. Please forgive me. I have read each and every one of them. I appreciate how many of you have responded and prayed for someone else. Well done… This is what family looks like! 😊 Today, I want to share a verse that was written for us, for this very hour, for our unique marriages. “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Appropriate on day four of our fast. Recall with me the story that leads up to this statement made by Jesus. (Read the story in John 4) The Woman At The Well. She was... Read more →

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Fasting Is Cheered In Heaven

Mid-Week Gang, our fasting continues. I want to give grace. I haven’t had a perfect fast. I’ve needed to supplement the fluids with a few ounces of protein, chicken, once a day. Fasting isn’t easy. And as I contemplate the meaning of fasting and prayer, I’m almost glad that it’s a bit difficult to seek out God. What I mean by that is there are times, such as our initial salvation experience, it's easy. Then there are seasons or life circumstances where seeking God takes effort. What I love about that is that when we make the effort, we experience an intimacy and revelation that is uncommon. We are the few, the privileged to walk where Jesus walks, to talk to the King and hear His revelation. Wow! I’m right in there with you. It’s hard. I’m bummed out I can’t do it perfectly. I’m still waiting for many answers... Read more →

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Entering Breakthrough

SUMites, Well how was your first day? Don’t relent now because the next two days are the most difficult. But when you arrive on day four…… Something happens. Breakthrough. God’s voice. Provision. LOVE Stay strong. Today work on any unforgiveness in your heart. Cleansing of bitterness is a GIANT step toward powerful intimacy with the Father. Scripture Prayer Prompt: For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure. ─Philippians 2:13 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord,... Read more →

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Prayer And Fasting - Day One

Fast Day One: My friends, a corporate fast is an amazing petition to our Lord. And right now there are thousands of God’s people fasting all over the world. The honor and delight that this must bring to our Father is glorious. I want to be brief today. And offer a word of advice/encouragement and a prayer prompt for the day. Be encouraged: Give yourself grace if your goals for fasting aren’t strictly met. I’ve been fasting for a week now and I’ve needed to eat something once a day. I feel disappointed, but I get right back up and ask the Lord to strengthen me for tomorrow. So, I’m hoping that beginning today, I can sustain and fast fully from solid foods. If you fail, just pick up and keep going. I want to share my fast so that it might be helpful to you: Fasting all solid foods.... Read more →

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Sacrifice And Fire

SUMite Church Without Walls, Beginning tomorrow we are walking into the Holy of Holies. A place of intimacy and deeper friendship with our Father, God. Holy ground that is accessed through the gate called, Sacrifice. Sacrifice is a Biblical offering to our Lord and it’s is depicted throughout scripture. My dear family, do you know what happens when we sacrifice a core part of our life, our sustenance? FIRE!!! The fire of glory falls upon the sacrifice. A holy fire, a purifying fire. A fire that destroys the demons and cleanses us from sin. Fire that heals as it burns off the oppressor. Fire that burns but does not destroy. We are headed for a burning bush experience and I’m already expecting miracles. How about you? What are you expecting? Fast begins tomorrow, January 8 at Sunrise. Stop in tomorrow morning for a scripture prayer prompt. Then share during the... Read more →

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Powerful Fasting Tips & Share Yours!

PRE Fast Day FIVE Below are a few fasting tips I’ve scribbled down. Please share your tips and experiences in the comments. We need all the help and great ideas we can get. Hugs, Lynn *For newbies: Begin with a sunrise to sunset fast. *If fasting doesn’t mean anything to you, it won’t mean anything to God. *Avoid television watching, the food commercial are of the devil, *grin.* *Drink a gallon of purified water daily. *Expect push-back. *Fight through headaches and lethargy. You are detoxing your body, mind, and spirit. *Prepare by informing your family. Set expectations and encourage them to support you and to refrain from placing temptation before you. *Fasting can break the power of our uncontrolled appetite, nicotine cravings and alcohol and drug addictions. *Fasting amplifies God’s voice. *Fasting makes our Spirit sensitive to God’s heart. *Fasting leads to greater intimacy with the Trinity. *Fasting prepares us... Read more →

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Hunger, The Broken, The Fulfillment Of An Impossible Dream

PRE Fast Day FOUR Fast Begins January 8 at Sunrise. Ends Sundown, January 12, 2018 My friends, This past fall, I fasted often. Sometimes for two days in a row and sometimes for only a day in a week. Amazing thing can happen during a fast. I want to share with you what happened one Friday not long ago. I was fasting seeking a breakthrough for a project I was working on. What is interesting is that when you fast, I’ve discovered you become extraordinarily sensitive to the voice of God. It was about noon on this particular day and I was feeling the effects of fasting. Tremendously dizzy, no energy, lacking motivation. But I promised God I wouldn’t break the fast. I went into my prayer room and just sat. Within minutes God arrived with power. He began showing me pictures in my mind of those who were suffering... Read more →

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Hunger Slays The Dragon

PRE Fast Day THREE On Monday (January 8) as you reach mid-afternoon most of us will begin to experience hunger pangs. Grrrr, the drive of our physical body is powerful. And it’s often our weak responses to the physical that cancel what is about to triumph in the spiritual. I’ve determined that a LARGE part of our journey through life on planet earth is all about growing our spirit (soul) to the point that it takes captive the desires of our physical body. When we begin to mature in faith, we take captive our thoughts to Christ. Often, we find freedoms from addictions and harmful thought processes and more. But eating is something we will participate in for the duration of our earth-life. Taking captive the god called -stomach- is a HUGE issue for so many of us. It is for me. But this fast, which I started yesterday and... Read more →

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Hunger Touches The Heart of God

PRE Fast Day TWO Question: Do you know what to do while you fast? What am I supposed to do? Do I pray normally, pray more? Do I just sit in silence? Do I just starve myself and hope something happens? Perhaps some of you are scratching your head just like I did a few years ago. Anyone? I want to share some insights that make your fast powerful and effective. Make time every morning to rise before the house wakes, go into your prayer place with your Bible, journal and any other book that you are reading to grow in your faith. Open up your spirt by inviting the Lord to come in. Give God your heart and ask Him to speak to you. Start your prayer time with worship, or/and prayer language, or/and surrender. Read a chapter or verses in your daily reading. If you don’t have a... Read more →

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FASTING FOR BREAKTHROUGH

SUMite Nation Next week, January 8-12, 2018… We will fast together in a Corporate expression of sacrifice and prayer. Seeking a greater intimacy with the Lord and seeking revelation for the year ahead. Begin to think about what and how you are going to fast. Prepare your family and let them know you will be fasting. Pre-prepare meals for them and let them know that you need their support to fast. My challenge is for you to fast an entire five days from solid foods. And for some of you who truly need a miracle, a water only fast for five days. If you can’t fast all five days, consider a sunrise to sunset fast, with dinner in the evening. I also challenge you to fast from television and devote that time to reading the Bible or another book that will strengthen your faith. Let me ask you this. Do... Read more →

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This Really Happened Under My Roof

Meet Finn. His mama was found wandering about Los Angeles and birthed a litter right around Christmas day. We adopted this little buddy from a Chiwawa pet rescue. We also adopted his sister, Gracie, nearly two years ago. Finn, I’ve come to decide, is a special needs doggie. Something happened to him before our ownership that has left him with permanent pain in his back-hind quarters. He often yips and yelps and scurries along the floor like someone is chasing him because of the moments of pain he experiences. We have taken this poor mutt to the Vet several times, x-rays and exams to figure out what is causing this pain. Nothing. We can’t figure it out and he continues to be in pain. This causes the little pooch to be very fearful. He’s also obsessively devoted to my husband Mike. Follows him everywhere. It breaks my heart to look... Read more →

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Why Bother to Observe Lent?

Photo sourced from St Clare of Assisi Catholic Church I was intrigued to read a post Christianity Today published last week based on some research conducted by Lifeway Research. It revealed 24% of Americans observe Lent, the greater majority Catholics. Interestingly, 82% of Catholics who regularly attend Church are likely to observe it while only 30% of Protestants who regularly attend church will. The stats didn’t surprise me. I’d love to see comparable ones for Australia as I expect they’d been even lower. I’m the only person in my circle that observes it and it’s not mentioned in my church community. So why bother with it? I only adopted the practice in recent years having lacked understanding of what it was about. I grew up believing it was something Catholics observed and as I wasn’t Catholic it didn’t apply to me. As I’ve come to better understand the practice I... Read more →

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FAST 2017: Day Five

We arrived. Hallelujah! My fast went fairly decent. Wasn’t perfect but fasted mostly for five days, (I still have today to go). I lost four pounds and gained new awe in my heart for our Father. I feel almost melancholy that our fast is ending. This week has brought tears to my eyes, laughter to my heart to read what happened in your lives through the book and the fast. I’m humbled and in awe that our Lord is so powerful on the move to bring breakthrough to our SUM House of believers. Today, is a special day because chapter 13 is a gift. I wrote it following a powerful prayer session. And what I received, God says is for everyone who contends for an unsaved spouse. So I pass it along to you. Pray and release. Don’t carry the burdens you are not to carry. Jesus died to bring... Read more →

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