…I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant. - Jeremiah 1:10
According to Ephesians 3:20, God has a plan for His people that exceeds our imaginations. The core message of the New Testament is that the love and power of Jesus Christ transforms lives. We, as His church, are invited to join Him in His work of deliverance. He empowers us for this work as we follow Him in faithful obedience.
This empowering necessitates an ongoing work of purifying in our lives. Jeremiah was commissioned to a work of uprooting and tearing down in order to build and to plant. Why? Because in order to build new foundations of freedom in our lives the old barriers must come down. But there is also another reason. As the Lord is bringing new things into our lives it is too easy for us to build up secondary layers, losing our focus on that which is primary. This purifying is all about getting us to and keeping us at denying ourselves so that we might follow Him in total obedience. Where there is no purity, there will be no power. It is vital for us to understand that with every possibility the Father puts before us there will also be a work of the Holy Spirit in purging away the hindrances that stand as roadblocks to what He is calling us to.
Fasting is all about soul correction – about bringing us into constant alignment by sensitizing us to the voice of God. In fasting we put aside the natural hunger of the body to focus on the hunger of the soul. The soul, like the body, must feed. Fasting helps focus the life on what is primary. It is a spiritual discipline that we dare not keep on the fringes of Christianity. In the words of John Wesley: “The man who never fasts is no more in the way of heaven than the man who never prays.”
Please read Joel 2:12-14. How essential is fasting to a people to know the heart of God and walk in purity of soul and body?