40 Days to Deliverance

The-Temptation-Of-JesusLet’s face it. We live in a wicked world. What people have access to today, would have been hard to comprehend 50 years ago.

I don’t mean to be gross or offend anyone, but I recently read a story about robots that are now available for sex for men. Kind of hard to comprehend this kind of thing. But this is the world we live in.

I recently blogged about a movie called the Wolfe of Wall Street that was pornography with an R rating. Even sinners were offended by this movie. But the other day I was standing at Red Box trying to decide what I wanted to rent, and I saw the movie for rent and realize ratings mean nothing. If a child wanted to see the movie they could easily rent it or buy it.

Pornography is available on your smart phone. Drugs are available on the corner. You can buy alcohol in most groceries stores, so there is no way to stop it. Sin is all around us.

So what is a Christian to do when they find themselves bound by sin? First, we must run to the cross, not just for mercy, but for deliverance. And once we ask for deliverance we must be willing to do what God is saying to get and keep our deliverance. And that is the hard part.Truth be told, most of us want an easy way out, but here is the real truth. There is no easy way out.

So let me talk about me. I’ve struggled with food and weight the majority of my life. But overeating and being overweight has the ability to kill me (and you too, if this is your issue). I am dealing with an illness that is a direct result of carrying too much weight around.

I seemed to be overcoming this area in my life for a while. I went on a low-carb diet, which was necessary because of some health issues. Before I knew it, I was down 60 pds! I remember going to the doctor and getting on the scale and learning I had dropped 25 pds effortlessly. But then I started celebrating and you guessed it. I gained most of it back. So now I have to start over again but the good thing is I know I can do it. The bad thing is it seems hard than before.  I love to eat (food is a source of comfort) and I keep procrastinating in disciplining myself. It’s a dangerous thing. I feel the toll this is taking on my body.

So I sought the Lord and he gave me a solution, which I believe is a solution for many, even though it  may seem impossible to do. God told me that I must fast for 40 days. Yeah I know you cringed just like I did. But I know I can do it because I’ve fasted for 21 days and I’m not talking no food either. I’ve talking a Daniel-fast (fruits and vegetables) It’s not like I can’t eat. Pray for me!

The number 40 is about deliverance and resisting temptation. Remember how Jesus was tempted for 40 days while fasting and praying. The Lord revealed to me that a 40 day fast is the fast that breaks bondage over people’s lives. It will break the yoke of bondage. But guess what? You have to DO IT!. It’s not easy. I can’t tell you how many times I have attempted this fast and failed. But I am still trying. I am in preparation mode now. Pray for me.

You may wonder how I know about this fast when I haven’t done it. Well I have lived a fasted life for years, so I know the power of prayer and fasting. But also, two of my brothers have done 40-day fasts more than once and one of my brothers was completely delivered from pornography as a result of doing so.

So do you really want to be free from sin? Do a 40-day fast! But guess what? You have to DO IT! And so do I!!

Read Matthew 4:1-11

1 Corinthians 10:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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