“Growing in Jesus” is a common phrase amongst church folks but who really knows what it means? Growing older means another year of life, growing taller means a few extra inches, but growing in Jesus is a lot harder to distinguish. Ultimately, the closer the relationship with Jesus, the more you are willing to give LESS of yourself and take in more of Him. It seems easier said than done but it requires the two F’s- Faith and Fasting!
Faith is simply trusting and believing that God will do what He said He would do. As Christians, faith is imperative in all situations and it allows us to rest on the promises of our Father. However, fasting is an act that not as many Christians partake in. “THEN was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty and forty night, he was afterward an hungered.” Matthew 4:1-2 (KJV) Over the years I have heard just about every misconception there is about fasting but I still do it in a heartbeat to show my love and devotion to my Father. A key purpose of any fast is to show my humility to such a deserving God.
There have been many times I have consistently prayed about something with no results, but when I know God has something for me, my body, mind, and spirit yearn for intimacy with Him. It is then that I start my fast! I learned a while back that I can fast at any given moment so that I may hear the voice of God more clearly. Thus, a fast isn’t only dictated by the Pastor but the Holy Ghost from within and can be channeled at anytime.
Whether sacrificing food or recreational activities, whenever weakness begins its creep I get on my knees, open my bible and spend some much needed QT with my Daddy. Somehow by the time I say AMEN I end up with a much bigger blessing!
Help me to grow in You, Lord. Keep my spirit open to receive more of Your goodness and mercy. I ask that You give me the courage to embark on a new fast, the strength to withstand adversity during and after, and the perseverance to continue on that I may mature covered in Your blood. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, take a moment to EMPOWER yourself to grow in Jesus. Every Christian’s resume’ must include fasting as an act of worship. If you’ve never fasted before, it’s time to get to it and those who have fasted, there’s always room for another. Have a blessed week!
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Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17