Did I become a spiritual being through fasting (water intake only)? On the first day, with a dull headache, I was somewhat surprised. On the second day the ache left. All physical discomforts left by the third day. I had a bowl of vegetable soup on the second evening. By the third evening I had to break the fast by eating a light vegetarian broth. What did I learn?
I was out of practice. I had not done the exact Esther’s fast (three days no food or water/drink) for years. I assumed that because I have been practicing light weight intermittent fast I could handle the Esther’s fast. I was wrong. I had not prepared myself prior fasting. My body was not prepared to co-operate with my spirit as required. Of course I have no excuse. I would not encourage anyone to do the intensive fasting without prior preparation.
Most time I had to lie down and rest. Because I was doing this alone I did not have the corporate presence wherein the like-minded believers could worship, pray and read the Word together, encourage and motivate one another, allowing the Holy Spirit to move and quicken us.
Spiritually I did manage to watch/read many videos/books on the Holy Spirit, of men and women of faith who walked in the Spirit and lived in the Spirit. I have mentioned Kathryn Kuhlman and some other names in my previous blog, about teaching and testimonies on miracle healing. In addition, for the entire April, I was led to read and repeatedly watch Benny Hinn’s (and others’) ministries specifically on miracle healing, relationship with the Holy Spirit and entering into God’s presence. I copied down and checked through the many Bible verses quoted and explained. I meditated on them and asked the Holy Spirit to explain to me too.
The following are what I have received and believe in my own words.
The Holy Spirit is the One who delivers the healing to manifest in our body.
The Holy Spirit is the One. He is the Lord. It is the Spirit who gives life.
When the Holy Spirit moves, things change.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty from sickness.
The Holy Spirit is the One who change us to be more and more like Christ.
Without the work/power of the Holy Spirit, no healing can manifest/take place/be evident on the body. If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
The Father (God) sent the word and healed. The Son Jesus accomplished the Father’s healing order on the cross. The Holy Spirit delivers the healed manifestation to our body.
One powerful wakeup call that really makes me think hard is the statement that “when Jesus becomes more real than your disease, then you will get healed”. The key question is how real is Jesus to me? The Holy Spirit can bring me into the spiritual realm. When I am in the spiritual realm, Jesus becomes real to me. The emphasis is therefore to first seek God’s presence and not the healing. Be still. Wait upon the Lord is a bridge between the body and the spirit. This is how the Holy Spirit brings us into the spiritual realm:
Be still. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Wait upon the Lord. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”
Worship. In Spirit and in Truth.
When we do that we could experience these (quoted): have a melody in our heart, sway (a bit), become light (like a feather), spiritual tongues become precise, and Jesus becomes more real than life.
For me, It means having a close relationship with the Holy Spirit (like your closest One) with daily communion with Him, talking and asking Him as naturally as you do with your best forever friend. At the same time because He is God (the third Person in the triune God), we reverently respect and honor Him. Because he dwells in us (our body being His Temple), we live His life, joined to Him, listened to Him, submit to Him, be transformed by the renewal of our mind, living the good and perfect will of God. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, yield to Him, cooperate with Him, let Him do His work, He is able to put to death the deeds of the flesh/body (e.g. a tumor). He changes us into the glorious image of Christ (spotless/without blemish) -we being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Holy Spirit, you have the liberty to change me, bring my body into subjection, mortify the deeds of my body, so then I may become more and more like you.
Did I become a spiritual being through intensive fasting? The answer is no. We are born again to be spiritual and the Word and the Holy Spirit makes us spiritual. The fasting sharpens our sensitivity to spiritual matters, things about God. Fasting denies the body its usual attention as scheduled. Fasting breaks a vicious circle of bodily demand. I believe personally that something broke through in the spiritual realm when the body is subdued and is required to subject to the Lord Jesus, His Spirit, His name, His Word, His presence.
Some Bible verse to meditate upon:
Exodus 15:26, Psalm 107:20, Isaiah 11:2, Psalm 46:10, Isaiah 40:31, John 6:63, 2 Corinthians 3:6, John 3:5, 1 Peter 1:23, Romans 8:16, Galatians 4:4-5, Romans 8:15, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 6:17, Romans 8:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Romans 12:2, Romans 8:26, John 14:26.
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