7-26-14 “GODCAST Part 6: Hearing God’s Voice Through Fasting” – Pastor Shane Idleman

July 26th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Video

 

COMPLETE SERMON NOTES

Godcast – Part 6  The Hidden Treasure of Fasting

Intro: Ending the Series on Hearing God’s Voice

–   We can live in deception – “hearing but not doing”

– Sins ultimate goal is to destroy our testimony and our lives by following the wrong voice.

James 1:14-15, Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

  • How do we abort the conception of sin? You starve the fuel source.

HEARING IS ALL ABOUT POSITIONING THE HEART:

Worship – opens the heart; The Word – directs us; Godly Counsel – confirms and encourages; Prayer – leads and sustains;  Submission – keeps us humble & teachable …

  • BUT Fasting improves all these areas – it’s the HIDDEN TREASURE.

Finding something of great value. But it’s not hidden from our site, its hidden because we choose to not find it.

~WE CANNOT TALK ABOUT HEARING FROM GOD WITHOUT

DISCUSSING FASTING!~

TESTIMONY: I experienced by far the best day of being connected to God while fasting last Sunday. Previously, I would fast for only part of the day, or if it was for the whole day, I would still use caffeine and so on. But this day was different: I still did chores, but I stayed focused and meditated on God’s Word. My prayers were ongoing throughout the day. I felt led by the Lord to make a difficult phone call in order to take the first step to start the healing process of mending a broken relationship….Another thing that God did for me that day was I learned how to become a better spiritual leader.

Fasting is difficult and grueling for the mind and body. However, both were refreshed, cleansed and invigorated afterwards, and still are 5 days later. I had a lot of energy the next day and I could think clearly. Yesterday I did the same type of fast. During the last eight days I have experienced an incredible amount of healing taking place in my marriage. In retrospect, I did not even realize how broken my marriage had been. I have never felt so close to God and been so in tune to His will for me in my life.  THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF FASTING

  • Why is it so important? Jesus said “when you pray, give, and fast.”

Fasting repositions the heart and STARVES the flesh –  – Appetites are decreased.

We Can See Better Spiritually Speaking…AND We Can Hear Better

  • IT FILLS US WITH THE LIFE SOURCE OF WATER and THE POWER OF REST.

Consider how much addiction controls us:

  1. In the morning – coffee, sugar, soft drinks

  2. We drive a certain way to pick up our addiction, we go to certain places, we schedule things around our addiction. No one says, “Hey, you’re addicted to apples – its causing you to lose control of your life.”

  3. We put the addiction first and make choices around it – WE HAVE TO HAVE IT!

Sin never stands still . . . addiction never stands still  – fasting starves it

As the flesh submits, you become more in tune with the things of God

  • A stagnate spiritual life turns into flowing waters.

  • The mind becomes un-cluttered and focused.

  • The things of God, rather than the things of the world, begin to dominate our thought life.

MOSES RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD  –  KING JEHOSHAPHAT EXPERIENCED VICTORY  –  ESTHER RECEIVED PROTECTION  –  ELIJAH WAS RESTORED  –  DANIEL EXPERIENCED THE SUPERNATURAL  –  EZRA RECEIVED DIRECTION  –  NEHEMIAH WAS STRENGTHENED  –  JOEL OFFERED THE CURE FOR JUDGMENT JESUS WAS EMPOWERED  –  PAUL WAS CALLED  –  PETER RECEIVED CONFIRMATION  –  CORNELIUS WAS SAVED

Ezra 8:23 – “So we fasted & ask God & He answered our prayer.”

I’m going to go without so I can draw closer to You.

  • We do this for physical things

What to expect:   Expect a fight!

1. Fasting is natural but so are cravings

2. BUT if you truly can’t fast

   [excuses often prevent us from experiencing the fullness of God]

3. Motivation turns to discouragement and visa versa

4. Prepare for it: wean off, schedule it, etc.

5. Take it to God and set a time frame and keep it [be realistic]

Physical Benefits: I live out my spiritual life in my physical body

  • Many diseases feed on sugar and junk food – we all “get cancer”, but the immune system recognizes the invaders and removes them – PacMan.

  • Fasting gives us a desire for God-given food: “ellagic acid” from berries, for example, eradicates DISEASED cells.

FLIP-SIDE: PowerPoint slide

  • Removes toxins: Rests Digestive System

  • Clarity: Mental benefits

  • Helps to Overcome Addictions

  • Promotes Weight Loss

  • Promotes Healing

       *inflammatory diseases and allergies

       *reducing blood pressure

       *energy for digestion is now re-focused

TESTIMONY: Galen Clark had 2 to 6 months; end stages of tuberculosis at 42 – died at 96 in Yosemite

MSG: One of the best overviews of the very real dangers of MSG comes from Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills.” In it he explains that MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees — and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more. Even the FDA states: “Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well. Abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.”5

Food coloring: Around the turn of the 20th century, scientists began formulating synthetic colors, derived from coal tar,Today only seven colors remain on the FDA’s approved list. Almost every decade, another coal tar issue surfaces, eliminating more and more of the artificial additives in America. For example, after Halloween in 1950, the government banned Orange #1 when many children became ill after consumption. In the 1970s, scientific testing pointed to Red #2’s potential carcinogenic properties (caused intestinal tumors in rats), and it too was banned. Yellows #1, #2, #3, and #4 are among the others that have since been made illegal, and Yellow #5 is currently undergoing further testing for links to hyperactivity, anxiety, migraines and cancer (the color has already been banned in many European countries).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2012/08/27/living-in-color-the-potential-dangers-of-artificial-dyes/

SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT:

Acts 14:23 – And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Acts 13:2 – As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

Acts 9:17-18 – And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.   

Esther 4:16 – Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Nehemiah 1:4 – And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

1 Corinthians 7:5 – Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer…

CLOSING: God’s ultimate goal is to save – to rescue – to redeem – to salvage.​

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