Repentance and Fasting goes hand in hand because it allows us to see how fragile we are without God. It is only thru his help we can live a life free of Sin. It brings us to a place of true and pure humility before the Lord. When God instructs or lead a person on a fast one of the first things he deals with is sin. Why? Because one thing that separates us from God is sin and when we come before him, his desire is that there will indeed be a connection. In order for us to be connected to God we must be clean. Our hands and our hearts must be purified and clean before him. No matter of how many glory experiences we have encountered with the Lord or how anointed we are or how many divine visitations we have had, he is a Holy God and we have to acknowledge him as such. Therefore purity comes before any of those things and is so important to the Father. It pleases him when we are pure before him.
Therefore, repentance is a continual process. Many times in life we endure different trials and sad experiences that causes us to sin, and though it may be unintentionally, it is still sin. For example, a person can lose a love one un- expectantly and such a lost can cause a person to gravitate towards given into fear. Now, every fleeting thought comes from a place of fear, if Gods word is true (AND IT IS) and he instructs us to walk by faith, if that person makes every decision from a place of fear, that person is living in sin. Sad but true. Therefore, a cleansing needs to take place but not only so but repentance!
It could be the effect of a spouse who has committed adultery and now the other spouse begins to operate in a spirit of jealousy. Though the jealousy wasn’t there before the spouse committed adultery, if the spouse who had to go through the pain of betrayal and if the pain is not properly dealt with, this could open doors for a spirit of jealousy to begin to run rampant. Again, sad but true! Now repentance is needed on both ends.
Many times our situations of repentance arise from misfortunes in our lives, things that were sent to get us off track, get us off focus with the plans the God given plans for our life. Hard Blows are what I call them, but even during those times it still requires us to respond “The Godly Way”! Our response has to be aligned with the Word of God! Again, that is why it is imperative that our lives are so sold out to God and that we are living a fasted and prayer life because God can come in “quickly” and start to remove the hurt, pain, disappointment before we allow it to spread into other areas of our lives or allow it to run deep hence causing us to sin.
I am reminded of David the Psalmist who said in Psalm 24, Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
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Lenika ScottAuthor of Fasting for Breakthrough