Fasting drives away doubt n unbelief. Fast also moves us into being spiritual. There is no option for the soul and thereby the body, but to submit to the spirit, who in turn focuses on matters of God. We are required to be joined to the Lord, and be one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17. Jesus had actually reprimanded Peter and warned that Satan tries to pull our mind to focus on matters of man.
By being focused on God , we can hear God, and we shall know how to proceed accurately to counter the spiritual problems of each individual we minister to. This is what I mean by fasting to break stronghold.
The disciples were hampered by the unbelief surrounding them, the religious leaders, the crowd, the father of the boy. It affected the disciples walking by faith.
The effectual use of the authority of the name of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus has given them then, and us today in the spiritual requires faith without distraction.
Unbelief is due to hardness of heart. Jesus said of the disciples. The four types of soil that Jesus speaks of in the parable of the sower of seeds, explains why heart becomes hardened. When people cannot understand spiritual truth, their heart becomes hardened. Disobedient too hardened heart.
Understanding of the words of God comes through the Holy Spirit. Healing and deliverance too.
I have noted how the spiritual atmosphere changed when prayer meeting was joined by someone with unbelief spirit.
Anyway , we are all learning to discern and counter such rebellion spirit.
Why do I fast ? I fast to align with the Lord and His words. Jesus Himself and His apostles and disciples fasted. Fasting impacts the spiritual. Fasting enables us to strip our externality to the minimum and allows our inner man to come forth and take charge.
Fasting is faith in action. Laying aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, running with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …Hebrews 12:1-2
I thank our Abba Father who watches over us and has taught us through a combination of teaching by different specialists : faith and grace teachers, words teachers, Holy Spirit power teachers, love of God teachers, prophetic and holiness and godliness teachers.
Their messages share one key note: Submit to God, resist the devil. And the devil will flee from you.
Dear brethren in Christ, continue to be alert and walk in holiness.