But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. Psalm 35:13
The Christian life is one of spiritual courage and determination lived out in our flesh.
When we are born again, there is a season, a certain amount of time when we operate in an extremely higher self than ever before. This newness of life is what God does, Holy Spirit cleans our spirit completely and washes us brand new. Over the course of time, we begin to revert and old fossils come back to life. Old patterns of thinking, memories and feelings begin to ‘contaminate’ our hearts, affecting our minds and eventually our spirit (which has become one with HOLY SPIRIT), if we do not allow God’s word to wash us clean daily.
But if we truly became sons and daughters of God, we will embark on the journey of learning to live with God and to express His nature in us. It is somewhat like building the walls, like in the book of Nehemiah. We build the foundation, and then the walls around our new nature. If we are not standing on a firm foundation, our lives will blow in the wind and drown in quicksand. If we fail to build the walls, the enemy camp will have direct and constant access into our lives.
I have been well taught, the glory belongs to God, that yes we are human and have an enemy but we are responsible for our lives. We have free will, we really do. We cannot blame the devil all the time, we simply make bad decisions and are left to deal with the consequences. We also have issues with strongholds, in which we are rooted in, we learned pride and we lack self discipline. These are self- issues, soul issues. These are not devil issues, or God issues. We can rebuke the devil all day, pray all day but if we do not deal with our soul issues- WE WILL NEVER OVERCOME, we will never live a constant VICTORIOUS and ABUNDANT life.
Fasting is the first principle of medicine, fast and see the strength of the spirit to reveal itself.
When people pray and fast, there’s an increase of holy spirit activity. That’s a fact.