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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Prayer and fasting pt8

Dear beloved: You will be tempted during your times of prayer and fasting, not only to quit the fast but also to abandon or be distracted from the kingdom building you are doing. When Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness, he was tempted by the devil three different times. Had he not kept his resolve to walk in obedience to his Father, the outcome for all mankind would have been much different, and yet because he was obedient to the Father in every way, the Father knew Jesus would withstand the temptation. The devil came at Him with everything that he had to tempt Him: the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1John 2:16) Each time Jesus was tempted He referred to the Word of God to defeat the devil. Matt. 4:4 but He answered and said, "it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Therein lies the secret to staying on the fast and keeping your resolve. Stay in the Word, stay on your knees, stay in fellowship, stay in communion with the Holy Spirit.

Nehemiah faced the same test of distactions in Nehemiah 6:2 then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me saying, "Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono," But they were planning to harm me. v3 So I sent messengers to them saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?"
v4 And they sent messengers to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way. Beloved, the devil is persistent and does not give up easily, he will continue to attack and badger and pester you until you give in. But Nehemiah knew that the Lord was with him and so kept his focus on the task. In fact, he told the messengers that he was doing a great work for the Lord. Are you doing a great work for the Lord, maybe if you are not that might explain the lack of resolve and commitment. When you start to walk in the center of God's will, your purpose for being and for building will be much more evident to you and you will more likely finish the task.

I just finished a 3 day water fast yesterday; I was interceding for my family as well as the nation, the election, and the country. It was a battle as of course the devil did not want me to succeed. The first two days I really had to battle to stay with it and stay focused, then the third day I had a breakthrough and felt really good, like the Lord had lifted something off of me. Isaiah 58:8 Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. We are at a critical junction in the destiny of this nation and the devil knows it, that is why he is coming against God's people with such intensity at this time. The future of this nation and our children's opportunites for religious and financial freedom are at stake. Beloved, stay focused and don't get distracted, keep praying and keep building. God bless you this day as you put your shoulder to the task. In Christ, Jim

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