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“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

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