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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fasting and Prayer Pt 2

Dear beloved: In Matthew 9:14, John's disciples ask Jesus a question. v14 Then came to Him the disciples of John, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples do not fast?" v15 And Jesus said unto them," Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then they shall fast."
Then Jesus goes on to say in v16," no man putteth a piece of new cloth onto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. v17 Nor do men put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out, and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."

And so Jesus is saying to us about fasting, that it is mourning for Him, it is self affliction to remind us that He is not with us but will be coming back again. And so as we mourn for Him we stay in expectation of His return, a reminder to us that this earth is not our home, that we are just passing through and that our real home is in heaven with the Bridegroom. Fasting also prepares us to receive new wine by renewing our wineskin, so that both the new wine and the wineskin will be preserved. The new wine is fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, new revelation, greater anointing, and physical rest and rejuvenation.

Isahiah 42:9" Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you." Beloved, God wants to pour some new wine into you, get ready to receive! But before He does that, He has to prepare a new wineskin; shed that old one since it is spent and stretched and unable to receive the new declarations. As you allow the Lord to prepare you, let go of old mindsets and the former things, and be open to what the Holy Spirit has for you this day. Thank Him and praise Him, He is worthy of our praise! God bless you, in Christ, Jim

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