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Do not fast with the flesh, but be moved by the Spirit into fasting. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to fast.

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him”

Because He was led by the Spirit and not by His flesh, He was empowered to overcome the temptations that confronted Him. As Christians, we ought to be led by the Spirit or allow the Spirit to take over our spirit when we embark on prayer and fasting.

Fasting is not just a mere denial of oneself from food or drink or anything that is of the flesh, but also, a time to dedicate that moment solely for God and within God’s environment. There is time for everything on earth. The time to devote for God must be strictly for Him. Not a time to bombard yourself with food, not a time to attend a party, not a moment to drive by a fast-food corridor or a time for you to drop at liquor store to buy soda. Fasting time is to restrict every movement away from what the devil will take advantage of.

Let’s look at the three temptations the devil put before Jesus

  1. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  The tempter came to him and said “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
  2.  Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone

  1. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me”.

Looking at the temptations, everything that the devil tempted Jesus with is within the power of Jesus to provide. The food which is the restorer of strength and power in our body, He provides; the highest point of the temple which represents the highest position on earth and in heaven belongs to Jesus; and all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor are also His. Why then should Jesus bow to the devil to get what belongs to Him?

One of the areas the devil takes advantage of is when a Christian embarks on fasting and prayer, the devil wants to rob the Christian of their expected blessing by making them to satisfy the things of the flesh. If we Christians would get the understanding of these temptations, we will not fall into any temptation (trap of the devil), you don’t go into fasting with the flesh, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. In that way, the Spirit will at that moment of temptation empower you to discern right.

There is always that urge in a man/woman to move pass the right time of life or to push aside the right thing to do or to incline doing that which is wrong. What the flesh does is to satisfy this urge without minding the consequence. If our Lord Jesus had not been moved into the wilderness by the Spirit, what would have happened? Would He bow down to the devil? But because He did not, He was given all powers over all creations?

Beware of these three quests

The three temptations represents the three most quests of man on earth and desirously will do anything to get it. If not seek righteously pursued, man will worship the devil to get it. Man or woman likes

1)      Food

2)      Position/Authority

3)      Money/wealth

I can reason with many Christian groups, each time they want to embark on general prayer and fasting, they go to a secluded area where these three quests are far away from them so that they can concentrate on being before God without any distraction.

If Jesus had fallen to the devil’s temptation, the devil would have had an edge over His ministry. Refusing to bow down for the devil for that moment, Jesus had a successful ministry and today, He is the provider and sustainer of all our needs and wants. When you are led by the Spirit to fast or allow the Spirit to take over your spirit when you fast, the Holy Spirit will not only guide you during the fasting period but also after it.

Learning from Jesus’ discuss

We need to learn from one of Jesus’ discusses, “Do not worry” (Luke 12:22-31). What Jesus rejected and refused to bow down for are things that human being is running after -  What to eat, what to wear, house to live, car to drive, career to be famous, money, position; anxious about all things.

You don’t have to worship any demon, man or any abstract to get all you need or want. God had already made the provisions there. However, when you request for these things in prayer and fasting, what is your motive?. When you fast, are you doing it to fulfill God’s purpose or your own ulterior motive?

For our Lord Jesus, being led by the Spirit, shows that He was led to be empowered to fulfill God’s purpose that He came into the world to do. When the devil failed, the scripture stated “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him”

Has an angel minister to you during your recent fasting program? Or has there been any residue effect of the Holy Spirit upon your life besides being under Him during the fasting period? Just as our Lord Jesus demonstrated, do the main thing first; other things will fall in place for you. The scripture confirms,

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt.6:33).

Children of God, when you pray and fast, make sure you are led by the Holy Spirit or submit your spirit under the power of the Holy Spirit when you are not led. Three things must come to mind when you embark on prayer and fasting. Firstly, you want to build a strong relationship with God in His presence. Secondly, make sure your request is genuine without any hidden motive than fulfilling the purpose of God. Thirdly, let your request be for empowerment to do the will of God.

By Lawrence Abitogun

Humanity is not complete without woman. Her role has been supportive to man and the growth of the society since creation. Even though her position was reduced from that of man in the day she disobeyed and listened to the ministration of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, whereby she caused the fall of man. However, that position has improved gradually through the cause of time, and now, she has proved herself to be up to the task of her role to be partner in progress with man.

Another dilemma facing women from ages is the stigma of negativism, associating her role as being an agent of enticement, seduction, pressure and urge, capable of luring man into ensnarement. From time in memorial, man has been falling victim to a woman’s plot – Sisera and Jael (Jug. 5:24-27); Samson and Delilah (Jug. 16:19); Jezebel (2Ki. 9:30), Athaliah etc.

However, this is not true of all women. Does this erase the good works of women in our society? No, despite the relegation of women’s role in the Bible, there are many women who serve as good examples for today’s women to emulate; courageous women who boosted the courage of their husband like the virtuous women praised in the book of Proverbs 31. We have women of faith who received the fulfillment of those things which they earnestly seek from God – Sarah, Hannah, Esther, Elizabeth etc. Also are women who were obedient and true worshipers of the living God – Deborah and Dorcas.

Esther: an example of a godly woman

For any woman who is a mother to excel to the point of being respected, being equal with man, being adored; to be called a virtuous mother; a mother to be honored, a mother to be remembered, who cut above the rest, she must possess the following characteristics found in Esther.
• Humble – not proud, she associated with her people, disregarding her position as a queen. She respected the person of her husband.
• Obedient – she was obedient to her instructor and to Mordecai
• Unselfish – she would not take credit for the secret Mordecai discovered.
• Caring – a woman of great concern for the condition of her people; seeking the good and peace of others.
• Law abiding – would not abuse her position as queen to go before the king without invitation
• Courageous – laid her life down like Jesus to safe her people from destruction
• Wise and polite – requested the presence of Haman to a banquet; she did not throw the bombshell at the first banquet, but at the second banquet; creating unsuspecting plan to indict Haman.
• Spiritually sound – she tackled her problem through fasting and prayer. At any critical juncture in life, when severe crisis struck, you must apply fasting to your prayer, a period of earnest seeking God for intervention.
• Sacrificial – she denied her right in order to save others
However, Esther, like any other person had her own shortcoming; she overdoes her request. After the Israelites had destroyed their enemies, she requested again that Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows (Esth. 9:13-14).

To whom will I liken a mother who deserves to be honored and celebrated?

The book of Proverbs chapter 31 verses 10-31 summarized it all; especially, verses 27-30, which reads
“She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised”.

By Lawrence Abitogun

Let what pertains to you be secret to you only. Not all that is in the offing needs be revealed to another person. God’s secret for your life is to be kept to yourself. As Christians, you must not trust any one; those that you call you confidants are the one that will reveal your secret or plan to your enemy.

Samson said

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
You would not have solved my riddle!” (Jud. 14:18b)

This proverb was said by Samson after Timnah, the wife-to-be, revealed the answer to the riddle he posed to the philistines; the philistines would not have known the answer to the riddles if Samson had not told it to his wife-to-be; and if the wife-to-be had not leaked the answer to the philistines. Who can be closer to a man than his spouse? Read the story in Judges chapter 14

Christians need to be wise when it comes to telling people about the plan of God for your life or the secret to your success. Let people see what God is doing; let them contemplate on how God did it; you are to keep doing what you have to do and keep the blueprint for your success. Does this mean you cannot share your idea with anyone? Not at all, however, be careful whom to share your secret with.

Lesson from Joseph’s unwise openness

We need to learn a lesson from Joseph’s disclosure of his dream to his brothers. Joseph’s destiny for greatness was revealed to him in a dream; however, probably because he was young or ignorant of what was revealed to him, he told it to his brothers. Because of his openness, his brothers hated him, even more, because he was the beloved of their father. You cannot be too open when it comes to what pertains to you.

As Christians, we need to be guided divinely (spiritually) before we open our mouth to utter anything to anyone. The intention of Joseph’s brother was to kill the destiny of Joseph when he was stripped and sold into slavery.

The scripture states

“Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!” (Gen. 37:18-20)

If he had told this to his father before telling his brothers, probably his father would have advised him not to tell anyone. This is one reason I advise the youth not to despise the wise counseling of their parents. Your parents will not lead you astray; seek their counseling when it gets to the point where you don’t know what to do. Decision that is not divinely guided can send someone into unprecedented captivity.

Learn a lesson from Saul

After Samuel had anointed Saul with oil according to the command of God; on his way back home, he met his uncle and they have this short dialogue:

Then Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” So he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they were nowhere to be found, we went to Samuel.” And Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me, please, what Samuel said to you.” So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said” (1Sam. 10:14-16).

In this dialogue, Saul disclosed to his uncle the obvious thing which his uncle already knew, about finding the lost donkeys. But, he did not disclose that which is still in the offing; that which is still between him and God (matter of the kingdom); and that which has not been made known; he kept it to himself. The kingship of Saul was still in the budding stage, not yet proclaimed; why should he let it out for another one who would destroy his destiny.

As Christians, when you are still in the planning stage of a project; how to bring about you dream; pressing to achieve a goal; whatever undertaking you embark upon; or even when God has revealed to you the secret for success, keep it to yourself until the fruit of that secret reveals itself.

My advice to the youth is this, not all that glitters is gold. As the wise among you are prudent in spending and they prosper in life; likewise be wise in other aspects of life’s choices. Life that seems to be rosy in the early stage of life may not be forever, because challenges are coming on the way. Be prudent in your utterances; especially in what God has endowed you. Be wise. The scripture states,

A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Pro. 13:2-3).

By Lawrence Abitogun

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