Fasting To Hear From God

  • The only authentic fasting is fasting that includes a spiritual attack against our own sin.
  • God’s chosen fast is a doctor’s prescription, not a job description.

God’s Promises Through Fasting

  • The darkness in your life will become light.
  • God will surround you.
  • God will guide you continually.
  • God will satisfy your soul.
  • God will restore your ruins.

Dwayne Terry

Fasting To Hear From God

Sunday January 1, 2016 at 10:30am
Speaker: Pastor Dwayne Terry
From the “Fasting” series. Sermon 1 of 1

Matthew 4:1-2 ESV Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

Acts 13:2-3 ESV While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Isaiah 58:1-2 ESV “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.

Isaiah 58:3 ESV ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’

  • The only authentic fasting is fasting that includes a spiritual attack against our own sin.

Isaiah 58:3-5 ESV Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. 4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the LORD?

Matthew 6:17-18 ESV But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others…

  • God’s chosen fast is a doctor’s prescription, not a job description.

Matthew 6:18 ESV …And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Isaiah 30:15 ESV For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

Isaiah 58:8 ESV Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily…

God’s Promises Through Fasting

  1. The darkness in your life will become light.

Isaiah 58:8, 10 ESV Then shall your light break forth like the dawn… 10 …then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

  1. God will surround you.

Isaiah 58:8-9 ESV your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

  1. God will guide you continually.

Isaiah 58:11 ESV And the LORD will guide you continually…

  1. God will satisfy your soul.

Isaiah 58:11 ESV and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

  1. God will restore your ruins.

Isaiah 58:12 ESV And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.