Can you rel8 to this?
No where in the Bible does God ever say that He will “humble” you…at least I don’t think. There is reference to Moses reminding the children of Israel of their stint in the desert – that He (the Lord) would humble them but most every other references is that of the individual humbling themselves in the sight of God or man for that matter. Humility is an act of the will. It is literally something that you do, its a decision. It’s active. So I contend that fasting is the ultimate act of humility.
To humble yourself is to offer deference, to make yourself lowly – no arrogance, stripping all haughtiness from the equation. And fasting is the ultimate means. When you fast, you deny yourself the one thing that most people claim they can’t do without – food. You ignore what you want for the sake of completing a specific work for God. Fasting isn’t doing without music or your favorite television program. It isn’t deciding not to go to the club or abstaining from Nintendo Wii. It is literally denying yourself a meal or two – and not just for dietary purposes BUT to get some work done in the spirit realm.
The Bible says, “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Funny! It is later discovered that Jesus’ disciples didn’t even fast until Jesus finished His work on the cross. So you might be asking, ‘Well…was it even fair for Jesus to tell them that because of their unbelief they couldn’t perform the miracle of healing on the little boy when in the next sentence He tells them that the kind of disease and sickness they were facing doesn’t even come out without prayer and fasting – which they didn’t do while He was alive?’ I believe the answer to that is this…they didn’t even believe they could heal him. That’s where it started. No! They weren’t practicing “fasting” yet, but they didn’t even believe they could do it. And I think that is the key to THAT passage. Their disbelief stunted them. Had they believed they could heal that child, maybe something would have happened. But ultimately, they were going to have to humble themselves through fasting in order for something so deeply rooted to make its exodus.
Fasting is the ultimate sign of humility. While you empty yourself before God, you literally allow the Spirit of God to then use you to do His good work – like healing, etc. To accomplish such a miraculous feat, you’d have to be completely subjected because otherwise you, me and everyone else would be confused to think we (in our own strength) had something to do with the miracle performed.
When was the last time you denied your flesh food in order to live, move and be used for God’s glory? I challenge you to do it. It isn’t easy…nor is it fun but the miracles of God are incredible.
Written by Ingrid Michelle for Elev8.com