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04-08-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

04-08-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day I am going to show you a mystery – something which you have never known before. But what is this mystery? It is this, that we shall not all sleep; we shall not all die; but WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED:]

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but WE WILL ALL BE CHANGEDin a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corin. 15:51-52)

[In an indivisible point of time. In the twinkling of an eye; quicker than we can wink; which expressions show that this mighty work is to be done by the almighty power of God, as he does all his works, HE CALLS, AND IT IS DONE:]

IN A FLASH, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and WE WILL BE CHANGED.” (I Corin. 15:52)

[We are taught that God has a divine trumpet: this trumpet shall be blown, so that the sound of it shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. At the first blast the earth shall be shaken; at the second, the dust shall be separated; at the third, the bones shall be gathered together; at the fourth, the dead bodies shall become warm; at the fifth, the heads shall be covered with skin; at the sixth, the souls shall be rejoined to their bodies; at the seventh, all shall revive and stand clothed, then WE SHALL ALL RISE!]

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? But thanks, be to God! HE GIVES US THE VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corin. 15:54-55, 57)

[All this he has done because of His merciful, beautiful grace!  And our eternal thanks are due to God for this unspeakable gift. HE HAS GIVEN US THE VICTORY OVER SIN, SATAN, DEATH, THE GRAVE, AND HELL.]

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. LET NOTHING MOVE YOU. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (I Corin. 15:58)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, listen to what our awesome Lord and savior promised:]

“…I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME BACK AND TAKE YOU TO BE WITH ME that you also may be WHERE I AM.” (John 14:2-3)

NOTHING CAN PREVENT THE LORD FROM RETURNING TO TAKE US WITH HIM!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

JESUS WILL COME AND TAKE US TO BE WITH HIM!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: I WILL COME BACK AND TAKE YOU TO BE WITH ME that you also may be WHERE I AM!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

03-28-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

03-28-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayThe Word of God has been preserved for us, why? Because our Abba Father wants us to recognize its excellent value in our lives; the importance of us hiding it in our hearts; then speaking the word as if it is our own!]

“For the word of God is ALIVE AND ACTIVE. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)

[Many groups of people have translated the word and there are many versions available; so which one do we use? I am mostly a KJV person; all my memory work has been KJV. I now realize that many people like the ease of reading the NIV, it’s important to remember this; it is the Holy Spirit that makes the word alive to us, so get in in your heart any way you can!]

“EVERY WORD OF GOD IS FLAWLESS; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.(Prov. 30:5)

[Our Abba Father taught His people to write out the Word of God so it could be seen by all! David said this about the word:]

“I have HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART that I might not sin against you.” (Psa. 119:11)

[As we hide the word we can declare:]

“…the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart SO YOU MAY OBEY it.” (Deut. 30:14)

[The Word declares and teaches us about our Lord and Saviour Jesus:]

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD. He was with God in the beginning. THE WORD BECAME FLESH and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-2, 14)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, when we learn the word we learn this:]

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice, he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head, are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and HIS NAME IS THE WORD OF GOD.” (Rev. 19:11-13)

REMEMBER; EVERY WORD OF GOD IS FLAWLESS!!!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: Jesus is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and HIS NAME IS THE WORD OF GOD.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

03-24-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

03-24-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“If I 1regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;” (Psalms 66:18) 1râ‘âh: to see, observe, consider, look at, give attention to

So, if we are giving our attention to living in wickedness, the Lord will NOT GIVE attention to our cries for help! But, can He hear our cries? Yes, because He is not deaf! The Lord will not help us so we can continue in wickedness because:

“…God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, but TO SAVE THE WORLD through him.” (John 3:16-17)

Ok, what must we first do to get the help we need? Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

2Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of 3refreshing may come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19) 2metanoeō: involves a turning, with sorrow, from sin to God. 3anapsuxis: reviving with fresh air. Here is the problem, when we are living a wicked life we are DEAD TO GOD: “…I was alive…but…sin sprang to life and I DIED.” (Rom. 7:9).

Therefore, we need to turn away from sin and turn to God so we may be revived with the “breath of fresh air” of the Holy Spirit!

“…the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)

What a day it was for me May 17, 1972, at age 29, I stepped into my private restroom, closed the door “someone” put their arms around and said “Bill. I love you!” Those words penetrated me and filled me with godly sorrow because, you see, I was a sinner, I was addicted to drugs and alcohol along with the sinful life style that goes along with that. I dropped to my knees and cried out to God “I AM SORRY!” Immediately I felt this great weight lifted from me that I was not even aware of, and I became “alive” to God. Two days later I attended my first revival and when the prayer call was given I hurried to the altar because I knew there was so much more for me. The Lord spoke to me, “Bill, go home and dump your drugs and alcohol down the toilet!” I obeyed and the Lord sanctified me. Instantly, I was delivered form all my addictions and notice that everything around me was so beautiful, I was alive!!!

He saved us. It wasn’t because of the good things we had done. It was because of his mercy. He saved us by washing away our sins. We were born again. The Holy Spirit gave us NEW LIFE.” (Titus 3:5)

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: He saved us by washing away our sins. We were born again. The Holy Spirit gave us NEW LIFE.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

03-23-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

03-23-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayWe must “…bring into captivity EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST;” (2 Corin. 10:4-5)

The enemy of our soul has a fulltime job of discouraging us, to keep us from experiencing and living in, THE JOY OF THE LORD! Why? Because joy is very contagious!!! Therefore, we are under continual bombardment being tempted with thoughts that are bad for our spiritual health. So, just as when we are prescribed by the doctor to take a certain type of medication for our health, for it to work, we must take it consistently! Paul was inspired by our LORD, who happens to be the GREAT PHYSICIAN, to bring into captivity EVERY THOUGHT in obedience to Christ! Is this a challenging task to accomplish? Yes! How do we accomplish such a task? Remember this:

“… WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST. (1 Corin. 2:16)

Paul prayed for us: “…that you, being rooted and established in love, MAY HAVE 1POWER, together with all the saints, TO GRASP HOW WIDE AND HOW LONG AND HOW HIGH AND HOW DEEP IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST, and to 2KNOW this love that surpasses [goes beyond] knowledge–that you may be FILLED TO THE MEASURE of ALL the FULLNESS OF GOD.” (Eph. 3:17-19) 1katalambanō: to lay hold of with one’s mind, to understand, perceive, learn, comprehend, on a continual basis! <†

2γινώσκω, ginōskō: to “KNOW” absolutely, INTIMATELY.

Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, this is not a one-time event, as we know, the devil never eases up on his attack, so we must not ease up on filling ourselves up repeatedly, you know like we do in our automobiles, to assure we are “topped-off” with ALL of God’s fullness!!! The Lord inspired me to write these devotions, daily, as a resource to help keep us in His fullness! So, it is my prayer, and it blesses me, for you to be greatly blessed as you take precious time out of your busy schedules to read them! Thank you!!!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: that you may be FILLED TO THE MEASURE of ALL the FULLNESS OF GOD!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

03-16-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

03-16-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayListen to Samuel’s powerful statement to the people of Israel:]

But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him FAITHFULLY WITH ALL YOUR HEART; consider what great things he has done for you.” (1 Sam. 12:24)

[Always be honest, and always be sincere; with all your heart – make sure to have every ounce of your strength to work in the act of obedience to our Abba Father; act not merely from an attitude of duty, but also from a devout, affectionate sense of responsibility. Act towards your God as a loving child should act towards a tender and loving parent.]

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! Then Samuel called on the LORD, and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. SO, ALL THE PEOPLE STOOD IN AWE OF THE LORD and of Samuel.” (1 Sam. 12:16, 18)

[Samuel’s desire was for the people to “know” their God, but they wanted a king. Oh, Lord help us TO LEARN TO WANT WHAT YOU WANT!]

“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet IF YOU SEE ME WHEN I AM TAKEN FROM YOU, IT WILL BE YOURS–otherwise, it will not.”(2 Kings 2:9-10)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, we must be willing to learn under the loving care of a man or woman of God! When we see someone, God is using and blessings are being poured out through their ministry; keep your eyes on them!]

“Jesus answered, “…The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE. (John 10:25-30)

WE BELONG TO JESUS, NO ONE CAN TAKE US AWAY FROM HIM!!!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

JESUS SAID: MY SHEEP LISTEN TO MY VOICE;

                    I KNOW THEM,

                       AND THEY FOLLOW ME!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

03-10-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

03-10-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day David realized that just being mended would not benefit him; he acknowledged that his heart was altogether corrupted and it must be new made, made as it was in the beginning of creation. This is exactly the sentiment of Paul:]

“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is THE NEW CREATION.” (Gal. 6:15)

[The salvation given under the Gospel dispensation is called “being created NEW in Christ Jesus”.]

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10)

[This was a necessary prayer for David to have to pray, why? Because it shows he once had the joy of God’s salvation; and had lost because of sin! Thank God that He showed David the importance of praying this prayer.]

“Restore to me the JOY OF YOUR SALVATION and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. (Psa. 51:12-13)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley and Kaleigh If one of your friends is surprised and falls into sin, without warning, suddenly invaded, taken before they are aware: all these meanings describe our being overtaken by sin. Don’t be uncompassionate or arrogant towards that person; as this person was suddenly overtaken, they are already deeply humbled and distressed, and need much encouragement and merciful treatment.]

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, YOU WHO LIVE BY THE SPIRIT SHOULD RESTORE THAT PERSON GENTLY. But WATCH YOURSELVES, or you also may be tempted. CARRY EACH OTHER’S BURDENS, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:1-2)

[As a farmer, in ploughing, sowing, and laboring in his fields, is strengthened by the hope of a great harvest, WHICH HE CANNOT EXPECT BEFORE THE RIGHT AND APPOINTED TIME; so as followers of God we believe that we must pray, weep, deny ourselves, and live in a obedience to our Maker’s will, and will reap the fruit of it in eternal glory. Thank God that we are able to obtain glory because we have prayed, etc., yet we can’t expect glory if we do not obey our Abba Father. This is sowing to the Spirit; and the Spirit and the grace are furnished by Christ Jesus, and by him the kingdom of heaven is opened to all believers; but only those who believe, love, and obey, shall enter into it.]

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. Therefore, as we have opportunity, LET US DO GOOD TO ALL PEOPLE, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Gal. 6:9-10)

LOVE GOD, OBEY GOD, PRAY EARNESTLY AND FREQUENTLY [often]!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE WILL REAP A HARVEST IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP!

Notice it says: [We must understand that the bible says: Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, YOU WHO LIVE BY THE SPIRIT SHOULD RESTORE THAT PERSON GENTLY!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley and Kaleigh

A CLEAN HEART!

[David realized that mending would not benefit him; he acknowledged that his heart was altogether corrupted and it must be new made, made as it was in the beginning of creation. This is exactly the sentiment of Paul:]

“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is THE NEW CREATION.” (Gal. 6:15)

[The salvation given under the Gospel dispensation is called “being created NEW in Christ Jesus”.]

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10)

[This was a necessary prayer for David to have to pray, why? Because it shows he once had the joy of God’s salvation; and had lost because of sin! Thank God that He showed David the importance of praying this prayer.]

“Restore to me the JOY OF YOUR SALVATION and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. (Psa. 51:12-13)

[If someone is surprised and falls into sin, without warning, suddenly invaded, taken before they are aware: all these meanings describe our being overtaken by sin. Don’t be uncompassionate or arrogant towards that person; as this person was suddenly overtaken, they are already deeply humbled and distressed, and need much encouragement and merciful treatment.]

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, YOU WHO LIVE BY THE SPIRIT SHOULD RESTORE THAT PERSON GENTLY. But WATCH YOURSELVES, or you also may be tempted. CARRY EACH OTHER’S BURDENS, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:1-2)

[As a farmer, in ploughing, sowing, and laboring in his fields, is strengthened by the hope of a great harvest, WHICH HE CANNOT EXPECT BEFORE THE RIGHT AND APPOINTED TIME; so as followers of God we believe that we must pray, weep, deny ourselves, and live in a obedience to our Maker’s will, and will reap the fruit of it in eternal glory. Thank God that we are able to obtain glory because we have prayed, etc., yet we can’t expect glory if we do not obey our Abba Father. This is sowing to the Spirit; and the Spirit and the grace are furnished by Christ Jesus, and by him the kingdom of heaven is opened to all believers; but only those who believe, love, and obey, shall enter into it.]

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. Therefore, as we have opportunity, LET US DO GOOD TO ALL PEOPLE, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Gal. 6:9-10)

LOVE GOD, OBEY GOD, PRAY EARNESTLY AND FREQUENTLY [often]!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE WILL REAP A HARVEST IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP!

-Bill Stockham

3-08-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

3-08-17 Devotion (For my loved ones)

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“Then the angel showed me the RIVER of the water of life, as clear as crystal, FLOWING from the throne of God and of the Lamb…” (Revelation 22:1)

God is inviting each of us to venture into DEEPER SPIRITUAL WATERS. We’re being called to leave the comforts of shallow water behind in order to taste of God’s wonderfully awesome goodness and experience the life WE WERE CREATED TO LIVE. As we follow Jesus, He’ll surely lead us into “deep water”: the deep water of the Heavenly Father’s heart, flow into our hearts, and the deep and living water of the Holy Spirit. It’s a journey that requires great courage, but IT’S WHY WE EXIST. The result will be a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with God and a GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR IDENTITY as His sons and daughters. Now, the devil hates this living water will DO ANYTHING to keep us from venturing out in the deep. So, he will tempt us to stop our progress by discouragement, by self-doubt, by insecurities in our lives and by listening to OTHER” VOICES, TRYING TO STOP THE FLOW, like the woman at the well “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. WHERE CAN YOU GET THIS LIVING WATER?” (John 4:11).

This is what the Lord woke me up with this morning…” Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, WATER was issuing from BELOW THE THRESHOLD OF THE TEMPLE (the temple of God) toward the east…the man measured a thousand cubits…and it was ANKLE-DEEP. Again, he measured a thousand, it was KNEE-DEEP. Again, he measured a thousand, and it was WAIST-DEEP. Again, he measured a thousand, and IT WAS A RIVER…It was deep enough to SWIM in…” (Ezekiel 47:1-5)

Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley and Kaleigh, every time the devil stops our progress WE GET SET BACK, we must “ask forgiveness” for going back and keep going on to the next level for a deeper relationship with God.

Jesus answered, “…whoever drinks the water I give them WILL NEVER THIRST. Indeed, the water I give them will become IN them a SPRING OF WATER WELLING UP TO ETERNAL LIFE.” (John 4:13-14)

Our awesome Lord loves us so much that He not only gave us water to swim in but He also fills us up with this Living Water!

SPIT OUT THE FOUL WATER FROM THE DEVIL AND DRINK IN THE “LIVING WATER”!!!

Notice it says: [We must understand that the bible says: “whoever drinks the water I give them WILL NEVER THIRST!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley and Kaleigh

CALLED AND EQUIPPED!

CALLED AND EQUIPPED!

[Joshua was about to take over leadership of the people of God, after the death of Moses. So our Abba Father spoke these words to him to encourage him!]

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; DO NOT TURN FROM IT to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:6-7)

[Now, Joshua was going to be the one with the responsibility to lead God’s people. There was no one higher to pass problems and decisions up to. There is an enormous difference between being an executive officer carrying out the orders of someone else and BEING THE ACTUAL DECISION MAKER!]

“Keep this Book of the Law [their bible] always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful TO DO EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN IT. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL BE with you WHEREVER YOU GO.” (Josh. 1:8-9)

[Obey me Joshua, keep my word, DO WHAT MY WORD SAYS to do AND TEACH OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.]

“Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us WE WILL DO, and wherever you send us WE WILL GO. Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God BE WITH YOU AS HE WAS WITH MOSES.” (Josh. 1:16-17)

[How important it is for us to seek the Lord for guidance, wisdom and knowledge when we are placed in a leadership position. We are RESPONSIBLE TO GOD for the people we are leading!]

“Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. ONLY BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!” (Josh. 1:18)

[This is the 4th time God used these words “BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS” It seems that STRENGTH (spiritual strength) and COURAGE (godly courage) are important characteristics for us!]

WE ARE TO DO ALL THAT GOD HAS INSTRUCTED US TO DO!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE CAN BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS IN THE LORD!

-Bill Stockham

HOW TO KEEP US POWERLESS!

HOW TO KEEP US POWERLESS!

“But you, WHEN YOU FAST, anoint your head and wash your face…(Matt. 6:17).

Jesus didn’t say, “IF you fast.” He just assumed that WE WOULD OBEY AND FAST. I think the devil will do anything to KEEP CHRISTIANS FROM FASTING! Let’s take a look at a very controversial scripture about fasting,

this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matt. 17:21 KJV)

The NIV and many modern translations say it like this: “there is no verse 21” The translators decided to translate from a Greek manuscript that didn’t have that line in it. Most the old Greek manuscripts, however, DO have it. I believe that it is a serious omission. Why? Let’s look at an explanation of all that fasting will accomplish… “Is not this the kind of fasting I [the Lord speaking] have chosen: to lose the chains of injusticetobreak every yoke? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am IThe LORD will guide you alwaysYou will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail… then you will find YOUR JOY IN THE LORDFor the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isa 58:6, 8-9, 11, 14)

Now, doesn’t it make sense, if you were the enemy, to hide this from us?  

Pray about making your life powerful for God…Bill Stockham

Check this out: https://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/fasting/personal-guide-to-fasting.html