The Kind Of Fast God Is After - Outline

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Isaiah 58:6-9 MSG

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 answerYou'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.'”

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—God wants you debt free and having more than enough to be a part of your daily confession.

Dietary—Don’t eat the foods that you normally eat.

Entertainment—Fast your normal television viewing habits or internet surfing. 

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.

Give—You may give up some preferences and conveniences but remember you have to give or you will never get.

Help—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.

Isaiah 58:6 NKJV

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen. . .”

Here are four purposes of fasting

1)  To Free People From Wicked Lifestyles.

Isaiah 58:6 NKJV

“. . .To loose the bonds of wickedness. . .”

2)  To Free People FromBurdensome Situations.

Isaiah 58:6 NKJV

“. . .to undo the heavy burdens. . . .”

3)  To Free People From Spirits Of Oppression.

Isaiah 58:6 iNKJV

“. . .to let the oppressed go free. . .”

4)  To Free People From Every Type Of Unholy Alliance.

Isaiah 58:6 NKJV

“. . .And that you break every yoke?”

There are four types of fasting.

1)  Feeding The Hungry.

Isaiah 58:7 NKJV

“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry. . .”

2)  Sheltering The Homeless.

Isaiah 58:7 NKJV

“. . .And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out. . .”

3)  Clothing Those In Need.

Isaiah 58:7 NKJV

“. . .When you see the naked, that you cover him. . .”

4)  Refusing To Ignore The Needs Of Those Around You.

Isaiah 58:7 NKJV

“. . .And not hide yourself from your own flesh?”

Now let’s look at the six results of the kind of fast God is after.

1)  Depression Will Leave Your Life.

Isaiah 58:8 NKJV

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning. . .”

2)  Your Health Will Increase Speedily.

Isaiah 58:8 NKJV

“. . .Your healing shall spring forth speedily. . .”

3)  You Will Be Known As A Person Of Righteousness.

Isaiah 58:8 NKJV

“. . .And your righteousness shall go before you. . .”

4)  The Glory Of God Will Protect You From Sneak Attacks.

Isaiah 58:6 NKJV

“. . .The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.”

5)  The Lord Will Answer When You Call.

Isaiah 58:9 NKJV

“Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer. . .”

6)  He Will Reveal Himself To You.

Isaiah 58:9 NKJV

“. . .You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am’. . .”

Here are four choices we must make daily

1)  Choosing Freedom From Bondage.

Isaiah 58:9 NKJV

“. . . If you take away the yoke from your midst. . .”

I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

2)  Choosing Freedom From Accusing Others.

Isaiah 58:9 NKJV

“. . .The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness.”

3)  Choosing To Extend Yourself To Those In Need.

Isaiah 58:10 NKJV

“If you extend your soul to the hungry. . .”

4)  Choosing To Encourage Those Suffering Emotional Torment.

Isaiah 58:10 NKJV

“. . .And satisfy the afflicted soul. . .”

Here are eight powerful things created through correct choices

1)  You Will Overwhelm Powers Of Darkness.

Isaiah 58:10 NKJV

“. . .Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,  And your darkness shall be as the noonday.”

2)  You Will Experience The Continual Guidance Of The Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV

The LORD will guide you continually. . .”

3)  You Will Not Know Spiritual Drought.

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV

“. . .And satisfy your soul in drought. . .”

4)  Your Body Will Be Strengthened.

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV

“. . .And strengthen your bones. . .”

5)  You Will Experience The Flow Of The River Of God.

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV

“. . .You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

John 7:28 AMPC

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs andrivers of living water.”

6)  You Will Rebuild Things That Seem To Have Been Permanently Destroyed.

Isaiah 58:12 NKJV

Those from among you Shall build the old waste places. . .”

7)  Generational Blessings Will Come To Your Family.

Isaiah 58:10 NKJV

“. . .You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. . .”

8)  You Will Close The Gaps In Your Spiritual Life.

Isaiah 58:12 NKJV

“. . .And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. “

Isaiah 58:6-9 MSG

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.'”

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