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The Misunderstanding of Fasting

27 Mar

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I have seen so many times, a professing Christian who is fasting boast and loudly let it be known that they are fasting and it becomes a fanfare.

Growing up religious, I definately was accustomed to church attendees popular habits, practices, and teachings. Fasting was one of those practices that I saw people of all denominations and many religions do depending on the time of the year, an occasion, a holiday, or a personal reason. Eventually fasting surrounded me so much that I decided to do a fast too. Afterall, from what I saw fasting became a “c’mon everyone join in everyone is doing it!” Well, let me tell you it was not easy at all. I badly struggled with it.

What I noticed about people who fasted was that often they did it to get a prayer answered, wanted to be drawn closer to God, or it was a habitual event that they got so used to doing most of their life.

Living in this age of deception, Pam Sheppard Ministries is helping the blinders come off those who have been blinded by deception from the devil, who has snuck in and infiltrated the organized church system, and the Christian world at large.

As Pam Sheppard Ministries continues to receive contact from people all over the world seeking freedom of some sort from bondage most often by the devil, the Holy Spirit has revealed that professing Christians proclaiming to be saved in the name of Jesus have actually had a counterfeit birth, also known as a false conversion.

Fasting is often misunderstood and mis-applied. The first thing that should be done before anyone starts thinking about fasting is to examine their faith to see if they really had a true born again experience. If you’re not truly born again the real deal is that life is about fullfiling the flesh until the Holy Spirit draws you to repentance of your sins, then the Holy Spirit draws you to the cross, and absolutely draws you to the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Yet the common problem is that many don’t realize faith is given to us by God to believe in all of this and as a result countless false doctrines are passed around in the organized church system. What is happening is that people are easily responding to altar calls around the world to “accept Jesus”.

When truly born again in Jesus Christ of Nazareth you do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8: 1-7. So next ask yourself, are you fasting to fulfill your flesh?

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Those who have had a false conversion are often misunderstanding fasting and it’s purpose.

First of all many don’t realize that either God is the reason you are fasting or it is not God at all.

Moreover, if your reason to fast has nothing to do with God it draws the devil to you. We know this by Matthew 4:1-11. In this scripture, Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. It was after the fast was over that Jesus became hungry. In the beginning of this scripture, it is mentioned that Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil and he fasted before Satan came to him.

Satan feverntly tried numerous ways to tempt Jesus during this time. He tried to bring forth pride, idolatry, and sin to Jesus just to name a few of the many treacherous tricks Satan was trying to do to him at that time.

Most historical Christian practices have been twisted and fasting is a part of that list. Jesus pointed out that fasting is not about making you look righteous, for undoubtedly the unrighteous are fasting, disguising their hypocrisy. Instead Jesus said when you fast put oil on your head and wash your face so that it will not be obvious to others you are fasting but only to your Father, who is unseen. Matthew 6: 16-18.

Fasting is not about tradition, religion, or just trying to fulfill our desires, it is instead about fulfilling God’s purpose. Often times we don’t know what that purpose is until days, months, or years pass.

Furthermore, there are untold millions if not, billions that are unknowingly at enmity with God but claiming to be a professing Christian and doing religious practices like fasting. What happens is many end up unknowingly worshipping the fake Jesus and draw the devil to them instead. This religous evil spirit twists, hides, all the while he is scheming, manipulating, and doing all the things he can to try to take you down.

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Pastor Pam of Pam Sheppard Ministries, discussed during a Bible Study, that she didn’t realize she was fasting. She would start eating at 8pm every day and would sometimes snack a few hours later. The next time she would eat would be at 8 pm the next day, making this at least 21 hours of fasting.

Pam didn’t put herself on this fast. It just happened. Did she know why she was fasting? No. But she revealed that she has energy and she’s not losing abnormal amounts of weight. She further said that if she did end up eating at 2 pm she may actually feel sluggish.

With Pastor Pam’s unexpected fast she shared that she’s not making a big deal about it, she’s sleeping peaceful, and God knows the reason why she has been fasting, but at the moment, she has not been shown what it is.

When the Lord was fasting he wasn’t losing excessive amount of weight and when his fast was over, then he was hungry.

From the words of Pam Sheppard, when a fast from God is over THEN you get hungry. However, if you are struggling with the fast then God didn’t give it to you and that’s why it’s burdensome! You’re not getting help. When you are fasting and have the help from the Lord: it should be easy. That’s why his yoke is light and his burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30.

So a warning to all who are professing Christians yet have not examined yourself to see whether you are in the faith. 2 Corinthians 13:5. Be careful when it comes to fasting. Pastor Pam warned this during Bible study, don’t go on a fast until God put you there.

If you would like to learn how to examine your faith, I recommend the course False Conversions and the book The Church of the Endtime Zombies, to follow along with it.

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Contact Pam Sheppard Ministries if you need help. 1-888-818-1117 or email rescueonfb@icloud.com.

The Dangers of Fasting

4 Aug

Isaiah 58 spells out the intent and purposes of fasting:

1) to loose the bands of wickedness ;

2) to let the oppressed go free;

3) to break every yoke of bondage.

With such a purpose, it seems that   biblical fasting is a challenging invitation to the demons and fallen angels in the enemy’s camp in a David and Goliath type wrestling match where, like  Moses, we command  “let God’s  people go, devil!”

In the era of the New Testament, the weapon is neither the rod of Moses or David’s slingshot.  Rather it is faith in the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ accompanied by the authority to command spirits in His name.

The Pharisees of  the Lord Jesus’ day did not fast for the deliverance of others. Religious hypocrites are often proud of their fasting ritual.  Pride itself is dangerous because God resists the proud. Consequently, fasting can also be dangerous when it is motivated by hypocrisy.  The hypocrite will   put on an outward show of piety and self- righteousness with a fast to prove himself “special.”. In Jesus’ day, the religious would make themselves look sad and put on an act for people to see. Jesus condemned this. Instead, He told those who were fasting to wash their faces and smile. Ritualism consists of fasting as a religious practice but without our heart fully engaged in it as a means to break the enemy’s power.  Ritualism of this kind can engender an altered state of consciousness. an open doorway to demonic infiltration.

 Yet another  danger is fanaticism or extremism. I was once married to an extreme fasting  fanatic who was possessed by this practice.  Hoping to live to at least 100, he died in his 50’s.

What I DO now is that there can be a real danger in it. . In fact, no one should fast unless the Holy Ghost actually  puts you on one. When He does, you will have no desire to eat or do other things.  Also, you may or you may not know the reason for the fast.

Fasting opens you up to the spirit realm, weakening the flesh to strengthen the spirit. The bottom line is that fasting   is an invitation to the devil.

 Remember how the Lord was driven into the wilderness?  His fast was not just about enduring temptation. With His 40 day fast, Jesus actually challenged the enemy to confront Him. Consider that the Lord’s fast.  He did not hunger until after the tension built into the conflict was over.  (Matt 4:2) Consequently, true fasting is not a result of a believer’s choice to not eat food or drink water. Jesus was led to His fast and through His fast by the Holy Ghost.  A fast led by God is a struggle  with the enemy over the bondage of another, where the needs of the body are overshadowed by the urgency of the battle.  In such a fast, the dominance of the spirit over the hunger and thirst of the body causes the fasted person to lose all desire for food and drink.  Hunger and thirst returns when the conflict is over.

Jesus didn’t eat or drink because He had no appetite or thirst.  Then, Satan came.When the fast was over, the Lord hungered. That is how you know a fast is over. You hunger.

So if the purpose of your fast is to try to force God’s hand, you are in trouble. Evil spirits will respond, pretending to be God. A fast of this kind  often comes out of the impatience of the soul. We have been waiting, we have become irritable, which is NOT a good spiritual start for ANYTHING. We ought not to set a fast unless God calls for it Himself. If you are hungry,  struggling “to turn your plate down”  that is a sure sign that God did not call for it. Pentecostals have already opened the door to demons with a lot of their practices, particularly tarrying. So fasting just opens them even further.

Remember when Jesus told His disciples that they could not cast out a particular demon because they had not fasted?  Clearly,  this is yet another spiritual clue of  a connection of  fasting to dealing with evil spirits. Pentecostals took that out of context and created a place for it in “deliverance ministry.”Rather than casting out demons, they have ignorantly been calling FOR them with their numerous fasting rituals.

 I have cast out several demons without fasting. If I need to fast, I simply lose my appetite and I go into prayer.

If you need deliverance, DO NOT FAST!!!! Instead, call 518-477-5759.