Spirituals and Naturals on Fasting | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 2 –

Spirituals and Naturals on Fasting

First question – Is fasting a new covenant spiritual practice?

Answer: Yes, now that Jesus is physically not here, his disciples who love the bridegroom will fast. Fasting doesn’t change God, fasting changes Jesus Christ’s disciples that do it. It makes them a new wineskin, opens their soul to believe more and recieve more from God’s Spirit. 

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying , Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can *the children of the bridechamber mourn , as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come , when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast . 16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh *from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break , and the wine runneth out , and Matthew 9.

 How do we fast?

Answer: Secretly, before God. You don’t have to hide it, and its not a sin if someone finds out that you are fasting. The main point is not to show off or make it obvious, just show it to God. Of course, corporate fasts may have to be publicly announced, since they involve a whole group of people (Joel 2).

16 Moreover when ye fast , be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast . Verily I say unto you *, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest , anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast , but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly *. Matthew 6

What should we fast for?

Answers: The first reason to fast is Bridegroom love and hunger for God (Matthew 9). The other reasons are to loose the bonds of wickedness, let the oppressed go free, to break wicked spiritual powers, to give to the hungry, to relieve spiritual and economic burdens, and to get guidance and spiritual light in your soul. We do NOT fast for arguments, strife, and debate, and to point fingers at people we don’t agree with. We do NOT fast to get power to wrestle against people, but to wrestle against principalities and powers of oppression that are decieving people and oppressing people(Ephesians 6).

4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen ? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward . 9 Then shalt thou call , and the LORD shall answer ; thou shalt cry , and he shall say , Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: 11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isaiah 58

What’s the Best thing to Do while fasting?

Answer: Sit with God, Talk to Him, Sing to Him, Read the Word, Pray for People.

What are some different types of fasts?

Answer: Here are some different fasts, some biblical, and some that I made up, in order from hardest to easiest:

40 day water: No food for 40 days, just water. (Moses, Jesus).

Esther Fast: No food No Water 3 days. This is an extreme fast because its done with no water. Anything longer than this and you might die, so I don’t suggest trying to extend this one.

Lifestyle Fast – 3 day water: No food for 3-21 days. These can be done once a month, to once a quarter, to once a year, depending on your schedule and your desire for God.

Quick Fast: No Food or Water for 24 Hours. I made this one up, its like an Esther fast cut in 1/3rd. You can do this weekly.

Daniel 1 Pulse Fast: Only Eat Fruits & Nuts, Beans & Vegetables, and Water to Drink: (Only plants: no bread, or meat, or sweets). Can be as long as you want it.

Daniel 10 No Meats No Sweets Fast: No meats, No sweets, or pleasant bread. Regular bread is ok. Can be as long as you want it.

Fave Media Fast: This is a fast from your favorite source of entertainment media. Whether it be a certain website, social network, sport show, radio show. I like basketball, but I fasted all basketball related media (websites, video games, tv) for 40 days.

Dragon’s Flood Fast (Revelations 12:15,16): Satan sends a flood of filth from his mouth through entertainment and media  to drown God’s people. The Dragon’s Flood fast is removing your eyes, ears, and mind from all of the wickedness that satan promotes through entertainment and media to drown your spirit (adultery based storylines, foul comedies, talk show hosts with poisonous attitudes, porn/lingerie/swimsuit media, secular music, secular movies). This is a fast I made up, but its based in scripture (2 Corinthians 7:1). I know people that have done it and been delivered from demons, deception, and spiritual ignorance. This is the easiest fast, and should probably be permanent!

Let’s do a Quick Fast or a Lifestyle Fast for The Call!

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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Pastor Eric’s Perspective on the Solemn Assembly | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 20 –

 Pastor Eric Moore sent me this message… it was so beautiful I asked him if I could post it on my blog. He said yes, so here it is!

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You are probably aware that believers from around the country are going to gather at Ford Field on 11-11-11 for the CALL Detroit. For about three years I carried a burden that metro Detroit needed to gather for a solemn assembly. So when Lou Engle decided to do a Call in Detroit I immediately rejoiced! Lou’s organization, The Call, is based on Joel 2:15, “Blow the trumpet in zion, declare a holy fast, CALL a sacred assembly…”. (www.thecall.com) God is providing a powerful opportunity for the Body of Christ in metro Detroit to humble ourselves together in repentance and seeking God for mercy.
 
It is so important that we understand why we are assembling so we can properly prepare to attend.
 
The Forgotten Spiritual Discipline of the Solemn Assembly
 
Over the last decade I developed a deep appreciation for the Solemn Assembly. Prior to 2001 I didn’t really even know what a solemn assembly was and the vital role that it played in Biblical theology and in Church history. A solemn assembly is a corporate church discipline that brings a willing, humble church to a moment of repentance and belief in the efficacy of the cross and the mercy of God. The Church uses the discipline of a solemn assembly when she recognizes her sinfulness and the need to repent. Usually the driving force for a solemn assembly is dire circumstances in the community or nation.

The Church needs to reclaimed the solemn as a spiritual discipline. If you are over 30 years old you have watched the Church reclaim the spiritual discipline of fasting. As a child I never heard of anyone doing a fast. I was floored in the late 90’s when a pastor friend of mine in Canton, MI committed to doing a 40 day fast. I thought he was nuts! Our mindset has shifted about fasting. Now I know many people who fast, even doing extended fasts, me included! The same shift is beginning to happen with the forgotten discipline of solemn assemblies.
 
For a detailed presentation on the theology and history of solemn assemblies go to http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF09E09.pdf. Dr. Owen Roberts has a outstanding explanation entitled SOLEMN ASSEMBLY: Forgotten Means of God’s Grace;. Hope for the Survival of America. Here is a germaine excerpt…
 

Not only were Solemn Assemblies a very common aspect in the revivals of the Bible, but they were a very important part of the life of believers in America during all its early years. For verification of this one has only to consult the Sprague Collection of Early American Pamphlets at the Weidener Library at Harvard University. There will be found a large number of sermons that were preached at the Fast Days and Solemn Assemblies which were frequently called and earnestly attended by American believers prior to the general decline of true Christianity which characterizes twentieth-century America.

Our Fathers believed God was offended by sin. They themselves were deeply troubled both by the existence of personal sin in their own lives and by the presence of unconfessed corporate sins in the churches and in the nation. They regarded natural calamities as manifestations of the displeasure of God Almighty against sin and allowed such events as earthquakes, fires, volcanoes, epidemics, floods, and droughts to prompt them to special seeking of God’s face in fasting, prayer, and corporate repentance. They also sought the Lord in Solemn Assemblies in connection with wars, murders, rapes, etc., believing such outbursts of wickedness to be directly related to the general decline of moral and spiritual life in the churches.
 
The Call Detroit – Investing in Our Community’s Solemn Assembly
 
With fascination I’m watching leaders of churches come on board with support for the Call. It’s truly supernatural the way God is pulling it together. Historic black denominations like COGIC, Full Gospel Baptist, AME, independent Charismatic and Baptist are seeing God’s hand orchestrating this movement. The bridging between the black and white cultures is flourishing, not just because a new set of relationships is developing but also because the content of the conversations is so much more spiritually substantive!

 
In a recent meeting with key leaders in Detroit, Lou observed, “In all of the 18 CALLS I’ve done in America, I never been welcomed to a city like I have in Detroit. And I’ve never been welcomed by the black community until now.” Yea, God!
 
Getting on board with what God is doing requires adjustments on our part. (Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God, notes that it will probably bring a crisis of faith!) To really engage expectantly in this solemn assembly will require new levels of…
 
First, Contending. This solemn assembly is about contending in the spiritual battle in Detroit and our nation. The Call is not a concert to come and enjoy good music. We are gathering to fast and pray together. God gave us a way to deal with the spiritual forces of darkness. They were conquered at the Cross. When unconfessed sin is present in someone’s life or in a territory, demonic forces have a legal right to be present and active. Through confession the power of the cross is applied and the legal claim of darkness is negated. Even the Old Testament gives example of the power of confession when Nehemiah and Ezra confessed their sins and the sins of their fathers. Real change came about through genuine repentance. Come, having prepared yourself with personal repentance!
 
Second, Humility. Investing in this solemn assembly requires the true humility to identify with the sins of our community and of our fathers. Humility is the doorway to grace, which we desperately need. That was the humility expressed by Nehemiah and Ezra. Their prayers did not blame someone else for what was wrong. They embraced it as their own. The corruption in our city governments around metro detroit is not a reason to throw stones but to kneel down ask God to forgive us. So it should be with each of the sins devastating our community! Come, and cloak yourself with true humility!
 
Third, Unity. Joel’s call for a solemn assembly called for everyone-each tribe, young and old, male and female, old people and babies. Stop what you’re doing and come together! That’s the idea! Kneel together to find mercy. Just maybe the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven is found in the variety of expressions and passions in Christ’s Body. Come, even if you have questions about the other guy!! LOL!
 
 One last thought…
 
As spiritual leaders have gathered to discuss and plan for the CALL they consistently say, “We don’t need another prayer meeting, we need a prayer movement!”  Lou’s words pierced many hearts when he said, “Islam has a prayer culture, we have prayer meetings!” (Even those are not real well attended!) 
 
The Call is an event, an important event. God will hear our prayers and respond with mercy. But the full catalytic power of the Call is to shift us into a deeper place of love among the family, deeper place of intimacy and intercession before God and a deeper faith to live sacrificially for our community!
 
That’s what His kingdom looks like!!!
 
Love,
 
Pastor Eric Neale Moore 
 

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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Prisoners of Hope Get Double | Countdown to The Call 11-11-11: Day 40 –

12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto you. Zechariah 9

 The name of the Lord is your strong hold and strong tower. You have been a prisoner of hope, trapped by your faith in God, a slave to true love. You have chosen to believe God for more than just money and cars and houses. You believe God to save a generation. You believe God to turn a city upside down. You believe God for a move of His Spirit, you believe God for a revival and 3rd Great Awakening in America, the promised last days harvest labor movement, and the pouring out of His Spirit on all flesh. You believe for Jesus to come back quickly.

That prison can be lonely at times, many people don’t understand it. Your Accuser says: “Just be normal. Be practical. Compromise makes more money and helps you influence people. Just be like everyone else. Don’t desire God too much, it makes you look bad.” 

But God says to you today – “I will render double to you!” Everything the devil stole, everything you sowed for God, everything that was lost. You get double, because its for the Glory of God, not man! So keep praying, keep fasting, keep speaking what you believe. I believe that Jesus Christ has decided to come and turn the tables in our city. He will, so get ready!

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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I will attempt to blog a countdown of messages that will help us prepare the way of the Lord. Stay tuned right here and make sure to join DaHOP prayer meetings on Friday Nights for iRepent – a series of unified prayer meetings that God has given us to help us achieve the necessary repentance that it will take for our city to be used by God in the greatest way in this time. http://dahopfire.org/dahop-detroit-area-house-of-prayer/