It turns out the more progress you make in your fast the more the enemy tries to distract you from focusing on God. This does not just happen when you fast but after every mountain top, there will be a valley. When this happened to Jesus he responded with the word. For most of us our first reaction is to feel defeated 😥 You start thinking of quitting I mean , you can’t be fasting and praying while things seem to be getting worse right? but that is the time to pray even more simply because it is hard. It is not going to be easy, but it will be the sincerest prayer you will ever make.
The enemy wants us to feel like we are defeated, but we are not in fact we are winning. What you don’t see is the damage you have caused already in his camp. You are hearing clearer so you pray according to the will of God fighting the fights you should be fighting. You fight the spiritual fights not the physical (you are not screaming at your unruly teenager or resenting your inconsiderate boss nor the sickness that seems to be getting worse). Your focus is clearer you are not going to shoot in vain. He knows if he doesn’t throw in a distraction, you are coming for everything he has stolen.
It is just a distraction, do not move your gaze.” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12 verse 2 . It is when you lose your focus that you lose the battle. Don’t you move your eyes from him. (Othembisile uthembekile)He who promised is faithful, it doesn’t matter what it it looks like now. I remember two things God promised me would happen when I fasted in January 2017 and he made it happen even when I was wondering how they were going to be fulfilled. If he says it, you believe it, that settles it.
His ways are higher than our ways. What is the point of worrying about something that he said he would do? What is your worry going to achieve ? The Bible says do you add a day to your life by worrying ?( I’m paraphrasing) Stop it right NOW! In Jesus name.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do?Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? ” Numbers 23 verse 19 So the enemy knows what gets our attention for most of us family is our weakness. I can handle a delay in getting a promotion, I can handle anything that affects me directly and you won’t see me being stressed but if it’s any member of family then things change.
I have learnt that when you get over one attack he has to come up with another one – from one level to the next. If he knows that if he just touches that area of your life you stop praying, you even lose your worship. Then that is the area he will attack. Do not give him the satisfaction. When the same challenge presented itself (family challenge) again I made a conscious decision that this will not steal my joy, my song or my prayer. I continued praying, every time he painted the worst possible outcome, I remembered what Jesus did when he was tested and I quote the word. The hardest part is convincing yourself that God will come through for you, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that you can’t convince the devil of something you are not convinced of. The best way to do that is to pray that the Holy Spirit assists you in remembering all the other times he came through for you. Once that is done you pray for peace the kind that Paul talks about in Phillipians 4 verse 7 the kind that will make people wonder if you are not crazy when everything seems to be falling apart but you are at peace. You continue praying according to the word of God remind him of his promises. This is hard if you don’t read the word, when you know the word you know God He was before the word, He was with the word, he was the word. When you know the word you will not have identity crises, you will not wonder if God will give you the best outcome. You know without a shadow of a doubt that he will exceed your expectation. Then you wait for the God of heaven to fight your battle.
The same God who gave us Christ through the virgin Mary, knows you by name and he knows all your needs, the same way he knows the hairs on your head Luke 12 verse 7. He is the same God who raised Christ from the dead fights for you. Be of good courage there is a light at the end of the tunnel. When you have done all stand. He will not fail you, DON’T fail yourself by starting to believe the lies of the enemy. Don’t stop now. Umkhulu ongakithi (Greater is he who is on our side).