A Testimony of Fasting - Day 1 of SUM Community Fast
A Story of Surrender

Obstacles to Fasting

 

 SUMRoshHashanah

 

“If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
There’s a better life
There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain
He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost
He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker”

Lyrics to Chain Breaker by Zack Williams

I guess by now, you’ve figured out that I love music.  If I had to pick a theme song for our fast, this would be it.  I for one am so tired of hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies.  This week is where the rubber the meets the road – where prayer meets fasting – so LOOK OUT! 

With fasting, however, comes obstacles and road blocks.  Some of you confirmed that yesterday in the comments.  Fasting is not twisting God’s arm, it is sending Satan and any plans he has to harm you straight back to hell.  It’s taking hold of the promises God has given you and refusing to give up until they come to pass.  It’s adding jet fuel and rocket blasters to your prayers.  So, of course, Satan will throw anything he can in your way or tell you any lie you might believe to prevent you from fasting.  I know this first hand and have to make sure my sword is extra sharp before I enter into a fast so I can  be prepared to yield it to those lies and obstacles and distractions.

For me personally, Satan is always quick to remind me of a million reasons why I don’t have time to fast.  He is also quick to remind me of all the times I tried and failed halfway through the day or week. Or how hard it is and how grumpy I sometimes get – the list of reasons not to fast are endless and the reminders of them are constant.  Make sure you aren’t allowing any lies from the enemy keep you from fasting or sticking with it through the week.

The rewards of fasting are great.  You may or may not see a breakthrough this week, but know that chains are being broken and promises are being reclaimed – whether you see them now or not.

What obstacles are standing in your way this week that we can pray for?  If you are comfortable, share your struggles with fasting so that we can pray for each other and lead each other into victory this week.

Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  Romans 8:37 NLT

Not just any victory – overwhelming victory!  That’s what this week is about, my friends!

Thank you for sharing the breakthroughs you are holding front and center this week. I’m praying with and for you all!  I am claiming overwhelming victory for each and every one of you.

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Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!

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