Horn of Oil Day 17
Matthew 6: 16 (NLT)
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
There are so many rewards from fasting. When we fast, we fast not for man to see the struggle and the hardship that comes from denying ourselves. We fast not to see if we can change a habit and lose weight. We fast to seek a change in our spiritual countenance and become more aware of heavenly things. Allow your countenance (physical appearance) not to give the devil any indication of how hard it is for you to seek God and feed your spirit man. We can learn from Daniel at this stage in our fasting and be reminded that refusing our body has more benefits than costs. At the end of our fasting, the spiritual rewards from denial will reveal it was better to feed our spirit than feed our flesh. Those changes will be steadfast, unmovable and everlasting. When you only deny your flesh and not feed your spirit, you grow weak! Prayer and seeking God’s Holy Word while you fast, increases your spirit man who will sustain you when you hunger and decrease your physical appetite; the process is so amazing! (John 6:35) Without prayer and the Word of God challenging you, your fast is no more than a worldly diet. There is more to gain when we turn down our plate from the world’s food and feast from the plate of God. Daniel refused to eat from the Kings table; he decided to eat what was grown from the ground and drink only water. There are benefits from eating what was rooted and grounded and drinking from the river of living water. (Daniel 1:8-17) (Col 2:7. John 7:37-39)
After fasting from the King’s food, Daniel and his group of friends were given great gifts from God. God released unto all of them knowledge in all learning and wisdom, and Daniel was also given understanding in all visions and dreams. Fasting releases knowledge and wisdom from the plate of God. (Proverbs 2:6, Proverbs 2:1-2, Isaiah 11:2)
Share how this fast has increased your knowledge, wisdom and spiritual understanding. What spiritual gift(s) became more apparent to you as you turned daily towards the Lord’s plate?
Daniel Fast Day 17- Victory from Feasting From the Plate of God!