Day Three = Why am I Doing This Again? (40 day fasting challenge)

Day Three = Why am I Doing This Again?

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? (Is. 58:6)

When Jesus came out of his time of fasting in the wilderness, He went into the Temple and reading from Isaiah He decreed “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19) This anointing of power came from the enduement of the Holy Spirit.

This same power of the Spirit is promised to all: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8a KJV) and “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

When Peter and John were entering the Temple, they came across a man begging for alms. Their reply was “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” (Acts 3:6) What was it that Peter and John had? If we look closely at the text just prior to this occurrence in Acts we see that the Pentecostal power of the Holy Spirit had just come upon the Disciples in the upper room. So the answer is that they had the POWER of the Holy Ghost.

If Jesus came down from the mountain with the Power of the Holy Ghost and If the Disciples emerged from the upper room having received that same Holy Ghost power…….. Then the purpose of our fast today is to obtain that mighty power of the Holy Ghost in our lives that we might be able to preach the uncompromised Word of God, delivere those in bondage, and heal the sicknesses of the multitude. So don’t loose sight of the goal, as you continue in this season of fasting. Stay strong and be encouraged of the great power we will receive through our faithfulness to Christ’s calling.


Published by Nathanstrom

Ordained Bishop with the Church of God; Cleveland, TN; Senior Pastor at Redemption Place Church of God Allegan, MI. Community Service Chaplain.

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