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Time Of Christ: Fasting
2/04/2017

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Matthew 15:30-38 KJV
(30) And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:
(31) Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
(32) Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
(33) And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
(34) And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
(35) And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
(36) And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
(37) And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
(38) And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

Have you ever been reading a good book or watching a good movie to the point you did not want to stop to even go to the potty? Some would say there church services that one can sit through that one would not wish it to end, but it will, because others are in a hurry to go home. The crowd around Jesus was so taken in by the miracles Jesus did they did not even eat in fear of missing something He was doing. I can not help but think what if we were so involved with sharing Christ that a group of people failed to eat today, would the world think we gone mad. Jesus was the main attraction to the crowd. The dumb were able to speak, the blind were healed and the lame were walking again. I think there was more attraction going on, then just just what Jesus was doing but what those healed were doing too. One can not think of what this three day party was, and yet their was no wine, no alcohol for it. There was no drugs. This was a celebration of miracles going on for three days. After three days of no food the crowd was hungry and ready to go home, accept some were weak and the journey was long. Jesus had compassion. Compassion for those around. Even after all the time the disciple had been with Jesus they could not see the solution to the problem was within the group of people with the power of Christ to use what the crowd had to offer. Jesus took the loaves and fishes and began to feed the multitude of people. How many people were a total of four thousand men that were feed.

Jesus is not against fasting or people going in the power of God to fast, but a call to fast is always for a purpose. The purpose of the fasting was not the lack of ability to feed, but the work of God was being done for His glory. The finale was the icing on the cake of a meal that feed the multitude. Imagine what it was to be not only blessed but feed by Jesus both physically and spiritually.

Is the blessings we receive from God both physical and spiritual. Sometimes they are, but they are always from God. Jesus had the authority to provide for the needs of the people while on this earth, even though he came as a man. He came to us much more then just in the form of humanity but the godly power of God was seen in his life to change and heal the world. To be a witness was forth the lack of bread for daily need. It was worth the witness of Godís mighty hand.

Today by the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer in the name of Jesus, we still see miracles and power of God performed. God still works in the lives of his people.Some miracles come because of fasting. The miracles that came in this story came, because the crowd did not want to leave Jesus because of the miracles.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the grace and power of Jesus shining forth in the lives of the multitude not only in his day but even today. May you allow us to see the power of your Sonís name Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Mark 9:25-29 KJV
(25) When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
(26) And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
(27) But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
(28) And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
(29) And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

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