The Kind of Fast He's After

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Have you ever read a scripture. . .where you immediate response was “Wow?”

Isaiah 58:6-9 in the Message Bible says:

“This is the kind of fast day I'm after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts.  What I'm interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once.  Your righteousness will pave your way.  The God of glory will secure your passage.  Then when you pray, God will answer.  You'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.'”

Do yourself a big favor and read those verses at least two more times before proceeding to the rest of this blog.

Truthfully, I’ve read Isaiah 58:6-9 numerous times in other translations but never in the Message Bible until recently.

As I pondered the verse that says “This is the kind of fast day I’m after. . .” the Lord giving me initials. . . “A. . .B. . .C. . .D. . .E. . .F. . .G. . .H”

Absolution- -Ask forgiveness of sins. . .specifically, He said “doubt and fear.”

Business—Pray for the business you work for, have, or business opportunity you would like to have.

Confession—From this day forward know that God wants you to make being debt free and having more than enough to be a part of your daily confession. . .until you experience a financial victory.

Dietary—Don’t eat the foods that you normally eat. . .if you’re a coffee drinker give up your coffee for the day.  If you’re a soft drink lover. . .give up soft drinks.  He wants you to completely shake up for your daily dietary habits.  For me, that means no meat.

Entertainment—Fast your normal television viewing habits.  Give up what you would normally watch whether it’s network or cable television.

Focus—Our fast isn’t just a matter of what we’re giving up. . .rather it’s an opportunity to make sure our focus is on Him. . .His righteousness. . .His promises. . .His divine plan for your life.

Give—You may give up some preferences and conveniences during your fast but the scripture says as long as the earth remains there will be seedtime and harvest.  You have to give or you will never get.  So give!

Help—In the current economic climate you may have been traveling through the valley of the shadow of financial despair. . .but God will be your ever present help during your time of trouble.  He will give you a helping hand but first you have to reach for His.

As I finished writing the above paragraphs. . .I asked the Lord if He wanted me to continue through the alphabet and He said, “That’s enough. . .if My children act on what I’ve just given them. . .it will be change their financial destiny.”

When we follow His directions. . .the remainder of the verses in Isaiah 58 will manifest in our lives.

“Do this and the lights will turn on. . .”

Do you feel like you’ve been all alone. . .living in darkness. . .then rejoice because the One who created the sun and the moon. . .is about to illuminate your life with His presence.

“. . .your lives will turn around at once.”

The scripture says:

“. . .Then when you pray, God will answer.  You'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.'”

Now is the time. . .this is the day. . .for your turnaround to begin.