Will you temporarily give it up for ME?

Luke 5:33-39

All too often when we think about fasting; immediately we think about not eating a meal. When in reality we should not be focusing on what we will be missing when we don’t eat but rather what we will gain when we focus on JESUS.

When JESUS was questioned about why HIS followers did not fast and pray HIS answer was that there was no need for that because HE is the bride groom and that HE is with them. However, there will come a time when HE will no longer be with them and fasting and prayer will be required.

So what does it mean to fast? Simple to abstain or deny yourself of;

  • Something or someone that you consider to be of great importance.
  • Something or someone you think that you can’t do without for twenty-four or more hours; a week or a month.Benefit of biblical fasting; a closeness to the FATHER; JESUS and the Holy Spirit. A deeper understanding of the Word of the LORD GOD. To increase your ability to hear the voice of the LORD. Encourages your willingness to obey as our faith is being stretched. Often times those things that we desire from the LORD or need to hear an answer is difficult because we have not sacrificed those things we consider of great importance HIM. For instance instead of eating a meal surrender eating and or drinking to just reading and praying. Every moment that you are hungry or craving to eat; eat and drink the Word of our LORD GOD and pray to the FATHER in JESUS name. Same with if you decide to give up something else or someone; read and pray the scriptures each and every time you would be doing that thing or with that person. You will dedicated that time to reading the Word of the LORD GOD and praying in JESUS name.What will be your benefit?
  • So you see, fasting is more than just going hungry as the world sees it. Fasting is a time of being renewed and refreshed; to grow and to be stretched in CHRIST JESUS.

JESUS will pour into you a newness unlike you have ever known before. You will forever be changed in HIM. You will find that you may have lost a desire you once had that you no longer desire because the LORD JESUS has given you a newness that is better than what you once had. Your faith will also have been stretched.

John 3:16, Acts 4:11-12, Romans 10:8-13, Eph. 1:13, 1 Thess. 5:9, 2 Thess. 2:13, Tit. 2:11, Rev. 7:10.


Elder Shawn Briscoe

JESUS does the choosing

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All are healed

Luke 4:38-39

When hearing or reading the word all; what definition do you come away with? If it’s anything less than any, complete, entire, and whole; we short change ourselves from everything all provides. Especially when all is attached to anything positive.

When JESUS came to Simon’s home; HE found Simon’s mother in-law with an exceedingly abnormal degree in body temperature; which is often caused by a quickening of the pulse and the disturbance of other bodily functions. A high fever could be a disease in and of itself or an alarm system to let the body know that it’s fighting off something that is attacking it.

The scriptures do not disclose what caused Simon’s mother in-law to be struck down with this high fever; however, what is known is that the fever gave her great discomfort as most fever’s do.

There are many scriptures that can be found that show us that JESUS healed them all and many of us refuse to go to JESUS with a common allergy or cold.

These scriptures are not placed in the bible for just mere stories; they are to instruct us and to encourage us. We are to go to the scriptures; finding our situation and stand immovable in faith because the LORD GOD is the same yesterday, today and forever. HE healed then; HE heals today and HE continues to heal. As a matter of fact all diseases and sicknesses were placed on JESUS while HE hung on that cross.

For various reasons we succumb to disease and sickness when we really don’t have to. Some of us will go to JESUS and believe that HE is the Healer and you will take your healing from HIM. Then there are others who either don’t know or refuse to believe.

Thing is this; you don’t even need to be a Christian to be healed. Just about every person who were healed by JESUS where people who came to believe in HIM after HE healed them. Some were healed before they knew that JESUS could heal them and others were healed because they heard that JESUS was able to heal people.

I’m not sure where Simon’s mother in-law fell before JESUS came to the house; but this I do know that she became HIS disciple; one of the many women who followed HIS ministry.

When we come to JESUS and ask the FATHER to remove whatever sickness has come on our flesh in JESUS name; JESUS will speak to that sickness telling it to leave. Your part is to believe that and to begin to do what you normally would do; doing the course of the day. Don’t continue to lay in your bed; don’t continue to complain; don’t continue to confess that you have this or that. Speak healing in your body; thank the LORD for your healing. Don’t concentrate on the symptoms; concentrate on the Word; concentrate on JESUS.