Fasting is a mighty weapon to connect stronger with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and co-operate with Yahweh (God). It is a powerful vessel for you to break through in different areas in your personal life. I used to say that while fasting, you walk around with dynamite. You make a difference in the spirit realm by fasting for yourself and others.
Fasting is a way to come higher up in the Spirit realm. Your authority will increase when you combine fasting with repentance. You can you see longer and clearer in the spirit. It is so rewarding to experience that Yahweh speaks to you every day. During fasting you are often open to hear more. The stillness of your soul and body makes room for your spirit to listen and hear clearly.
You will experience this to become so real for you: The Tanakh says, Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of ADONAI. Matt 4:4
Yahweh has ordered me to fast for different issues during the last 15 years. These times have been specific seasons given by His grace. Fasts have always been ordered and given by Yahweh Himself. In the year 2008 He commanded me to fast for one year by Daniel`s fasting and after that period He gave me a revelation, what the fast did in the spirit realm. Fasting was used as a spiritual weapon to expose and destroy one of the main demonic power and the spiritual resistance we have been facing and the Body of Messiah is struggling with. That was very powerful!
The Importance of Repentance
When you fast, you are connected to Yahweh (God) in a deeper way. Your spirit opens up for the spiritual realm. That is why it is extremely important to connect fasting with repentance and purity. Otherwise your spirit can open up to listening to even familiar spirits, which try to imitate the Holy Spirit. Familiar spirits know things, but knowledge without the right source of love and purity is very delusive. With repentance from ALL sin you close doors for the devil to try to speak to your life through these evil spirits. Then your spirit is open only for the right source; the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
People sometimes fast without knowing what they are doing. They just think, I will fast, even if I do not know why. Fast needs to happen with repentance, which is Teshuvah in Hebrew. That means to turn around and start walking in another direction. When we are fasting, we should go in a deeper level of submission to Adonai (Lord) at the same time. We should cry out for our sins and ask forgiveness for them. We should turn around from sin and start to walk in another direction. We should leave that way totally and take another way.
When they fast, I will not hear their cry; when they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Jer 14:12
Fasting needs to be related to repentance, otherwise it’s pointless.
Why should we fast, if you don’t see? Why mortify ourselves, if you don’t notice? Here is my answer: when you fast, you go about doing whatever you like, while keeping your laborers hard at work. 4 Your fasts lead to quarreling and fighting, to lashing out with violent blows. On a day like today, fasting like yours will not make your voice heard on high. 5 Is this the sort of fast I want, a day when a person mortifies himself? Is the object to hang your head like a reed and spread sackcloth and ashes under yourself? Is this what you call a fast, a day that pleases ADONAI? 6 Here is the sort of fast I want – releasing those unjustly bound, untying the thongs of the yoke, letting the oppressed go free, breaking every yoke, 7 sharing your food with the hungry, taking the homeless poor into your house, clothing the naked when you see them, fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen! Isa 58:3-7
Seven elements of FASTING
But you, when you fast, wash your face and groom yourself, so that no one will know you are fasting — except your Father, who is with you in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matt 6:17,18
I have put these seven elements together for you to be able to understand fasting deeper and to get a concept of it as well. This is a teaching given by Yah to me directly from His Throne. Apostolic teaching always gives a concept, which can be understood as a house with many rooms. What it is all about?
The three first elements are for yourself and basically the four last ones are for others. When you start to walk deeper with Yahweh you should fast for yourself in order to receive total freedom. Then there will be a natural continuum and you will start to serve others by your fasting and prayer. You will lay your life down for others in form of intercession and deliverance. Then you have grown to maturity in your spiritual life and Yeshua. A child is thinking egoistically for that is the only reality existing for them. When you become a young adult in the spirit you start to get a perspective of the Body of the Messiah. Finally, when you have reached full maturity you will have nations in your focus.
In the bible fasting is always connected with repentance and regretting sins. It can turn the direction of the whole nation like it did during Esther`s time and after Jonah`s message of repentance.
Go, assemble all the Jews to be found in Shushan, and have them fast for me, neither eating nor drinking for three days, night and day; also, I and the girls attending me will fast the same way. Then I will go in to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish. Esth 4:16
Everything starts with when we turn around and choose to walk the way of Yahweh (God), not the way to this world. We are purified through the blood of Yeshua. When we continue our walk with Adonai (Lord), He wants to do a deeper work in us. He wants to purify our hidden motives and unseen desires. When you have a desire to come closer to Yahweh and see Him you will start to hunger after purity and holiness. You have a desire to be the Bride of the Messiah without a wrinkle or a spot.
Then the whole army of Isra’el, all the people, went up to Beit-El and cried and sat there in the presence of ADONAI. They fasted that day until evening, offered burnt offerings and peace offerings to ADONAI. Judg 20:26
On the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Isra’el, wearing sackcloth and with dirt on them, assembled for a fast. Those descended from Isra’el separated themselves from all foreigners; then they stood up and confessed their own sins and the iniquities of their ancestors. Neh 9:1, 2
When we fast with repentance it always brings forth FRUIT!
When you have a deep desire to become like Yeshua then your transformation can really start. That requires purification and sacrifice. Sacrifice means to let something die for a greater purpose. Fasting is giving up something as a sacrifice. It is also self-denial in practice. When you get a vision, that something great will happen through and because of your fasting, you get excited to do that.
Yeshua is filled with the fruit of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). You are manifesting the true nature of Yeshua when you are filled with the fruit of the Ruach HaKodesh. His character is then your character. Then the world starts to react: There is something different in you, something deeply sweet. You have a taste of heaven. Fasting is a great weapon to deal with the flesh and fleshly desires (sins). Killing the flesh is hard, but with the Ruach (Spirit) you can manage it.
For if you live according to your old nature, you will certainly die; but if, by the Spirit, you keep putting to death the practices of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13
Moreover, those who belong to the Messiah Yeshua have put their old nature to death on the stake, along with its passions and desires. Gal 5:24
When we sacrifice something, it is a precious seed, which multiplies and gives life to multitudes. It is the same thing with fasting; you offer something and it becomes as a seed which brings life to many. You let something die for a greater purpose. That is a sacrifice.
Yes, indeed! I tell you that unless a grain of wheat that falls to the ground dies, it stays just a grain; but if it dies, it produces a big harvest. He who loves his life loses it, but he who hates his life in this world will keep it safe right on into eternal life! John 12:24, 25
He must become more important, while I become less important. John 3:30
Fasting is a preparation for the Kingdom of Yahweh to manifest!
Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate (sanctify) yourselves, because tomorrow ADONAI is going to work wonders among you.’ Josh 3:5
Sanctification is deeply connected with purification. When you have a desire to be used by the Most High God in a stronger way you will fast for that purpose. You will start to have a greater hunger to minister to others and have a desire to separate your life for His service.
Qodesh means holy, which means separated, set apart for qodesh (holy) purpose. When you follow Yeshua wholeheartedly, separation for His service is the next step for you. Abba has called everyone to serve Him. He has a specially designed mantle just for you. Seek Him in prayer and fasting and start to do what He puts into your heart.
One time when they were worshipping the Adonai (Lord) and fasting, the Ruach HaKodesh said to them, `Set aside for me Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul for the work to which I have called them.` After fasting and praying, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3
Set apart a time to seek him in fasting. You will see how the pieces of your mantle will come together and form a majestic robe of ministry. Everyone is called to seek HIM in holiness and sanctification!
Then, there at the Ahava River, I proclaimed a fast; so that we could humble ourselves before our God and ask a safe journey of him for ourselves, our little ones and all our possessions. So we fasted and asked our God for this, and he answered our prayer. You are consecrated to ADONAI… Ezra 8:21,23,28
When prayer is not enough to get the results then fasting needs to be added. When you intercede you are operating in a priestly service. You are taking a place of another and standing in the gap for something or for somebody. Intercession is proclaiming the complete will of Yahweh over a person/people, a ministry, the body of the Messiah, a nation, Israel etc. It requires humbleness to lift others. Without setting ourselves apart we are not able to serve others in intercession and fasting.
On hearing this answer, I sat down and wept; I mourned for several days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven. I said, `Please, ADONAI! God of heaven! You great and fearsome God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot! Let your ear now be attentive and your eyes be open, so that you will listen to the prayer of your servant, which I am praying before you these days, day and night, for the people of Isra’el your servants – even as I confess the sins of the people of Isra’el that we have committed against you. Yes, I and my father’s house have sinned.` Neh 1:4-6
Pioneering in the Spirit is a task given by Yahweh. It is often His prophets and apostles getting this kind of pioneer ministry to initiate in the Ruach. Pioneering includes opening new ground and territories. Pioneering is preparing the way of Yahweh & His Kingdom to manifest upon the earth. John the Baptist was a man with a pioneer calling. He made the way clear for Yeshua to appear and start His ministry upon the Earth.
This is the man Yesha`yahu was talking about when he said, The voice of someone crying out: `In the desert prepare the way of ADONAI! Make straight paths for him!’` Yochanan wore clothes of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist and his food was locusts and wild honey. Math 3:3, 4
A pioneer is a forerunner in the Spirit Realm. A pioneer is called to pioneer in the Spirit and to make spiritual warfare for bondage and hindrance, which need to be broken. Yeshua fasted before starting His ministry. Moses fasted. Daniel fasted. Esther fasted. Elijah fasted. Paul fasted. All leaders fast, when the Ruach leads them to do so.
A leader needs to know what is coming and prepare the way for Adonai.
Then Yeshua, filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, returned from the Yarden and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days of testing by the Adversary. During that time, he ate nothing, and afterwards he was hungry. Luk 4:1,2
a) Deliverance for yourself
You have a desire to be delivered from every bondage in your life. Sometimes prayer is not enough. If you have not received your deliverance through prayer, it is time to fast. If the situation has not changed by prayer then it is time to fast. Fasting is always required when we are dealing with stronger demonic powers like generational curses or power demons. Your own fast will prepare the way for your deliverance.
b) Deliverance for others
You have a desire to become a deliverer for others. Yahweh gives you a commandment to fast for somebody. Your fast will prepare the way for Adonai in others’ lives. Yahweh has commanded me to fast for others several times. It has been about healing, deliverance or salvation. Fasting will prepare the will of Yahweh to manifest if the person accepts it. You can do your part but it is still for the other person to receive the perfect will of the Father in his/her life.
Why couldn’t we drive it out? He said to them ´This is the kind of spirit that can be driven out only by prayer.`Mrk 9:28, 29
But this kind does not go out except through prayer and fasting. Matt 17:21
Cohanim, put on sackcloth, and weep! Wail, you who serve at the altar! Come; lie in sackcloth all night long, you who serve my God! For the grain offering and drink offering are withheld from the house of your God. Proclaim a holy fast, call for a solemn assembly, gather the leaders and all who live in the land to the house of ADONAI your God, and cry out to ADONAI. Joel 1:13, 14
Fasting with repentance can turn around the present situation in a whole nation.
Divine wisdom overcomes the present darkness and strategies are given from above to break down the evil powers from the enemy. Yahweh is seeking faithful servants who lay down their lives for the Kingdom Purposes and Service. Breakthroughs will follow when we fast in purity and holiness. When we turn away from our sins and do our part. Your authority will increase when you fast and pray wholeheartedly and faithfully.
7) Releasing Shekinah (Glory)
His presence goes with people He is pleased with! He confirms the Word with His presence. When the Word is preached in love, purity and holiness His Ruach will confirm it by His presence. The presence follows people He has purified. Purification is a much deeper process than to just get saved and baptized and washed by the blood of Yeshua. Purification is a lifelong way to walk. He is interested in your heart not just your behavior. Fasting as a part of your serious walk with Elohim will lead you closer to the point when you become a carrier of His presence and glory. His presence is a definite consequence for purified, sanctified and set apart believers. Through their holy service He can manifest upon the earth. When you really desire this, you need to know that fasting needs to be a part of your lifestyle.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isa 60:2
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him! Matt 17:5
The Shekinah of Yah judges the sin. He is love and he does everything for His Glory. The Shekinah judges the darkness, otherwise He would not be GOD. God’s love for his glory motivates his wrath against sin. Before becoming a vessel of glory, you need to die! This means that Yeshua has to become your Master not your Savior only. When He is your Master, you have become a servant and a slave to the anointing of the Ruach HaKodesh. Your steps will be the steps of Yeshua and the Ruach HaKodesh will confirm your walk with a heavy Kabod (Glory) presence. To become a carrier of His glory you need to walk in faithfulness and holiness for years. For His Shekinah (Glory) true purity is required. If there are any compromises found in your life – you are not qualified to be a carrier of His glory yet.
by Prophet Sanna Enroos