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From Feasting to Fasting: Destroying the Works of the Devil

21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” 23 So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.  Ezra 8:21-23

We are seeking wisdom from God about discerning those things in our lives that are lovingly allowed by God for His eternal purposes and those that are in our lives by the intentional design of the devil.


Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.  1 John 3:8

The Bible makes one posture and one behavior the most important aspects of this discernment and decision process.

  • ïThe crucial posture is humility.
  • ïThe crucial behavior is fasting.

With the exile over in Babylon, King Artaxerxes decreed the return of Ezra and his people to Israel.

The challenge?  In the distance between Babylon and Israel were many powerful enemies of Israel.  

Why is that a challenge?  Ezra had confidently proclaimed to the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” Vs. 22

Ezra was therefore ashamed and embarrassed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect them from the enemies as they traveled.

For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way…Ezra 8:22

This situation required discernment.

  • Do we travel through enemy territory trusting in Artaxerxes’ military guards?  
  • Do we travel through enemy territory trusting in God’s protection alone?

Ezra determined, surely against all recommendations, to travel through enemy territory trusting in God alone.

Here we see the crucial posture, humility and the crucial behavior, fasting with exceptional clarity.

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.  Ezra 8:21

In this verse, Ezra gives an essential insight into the crucial posture and behavior.  

It is the behavior of fasting that produces the posture of humility. 

Growth in humility is necessary for me, us, Anchorage, Alaska, the United States and the world.

Humility is the way.  Fasting is the means.

Today, with Ezra, we need God’s protection for ourselves, our children, and all our goods

This week, the Lord spoke to MCA Church through Missionary Rod Rivas.  

“With all that is going on in our world today, our response should be fasting and prayer.”  Staff Meeting, June 29

Today, I proclaim this week, July 5 through July 11, 2020, a season of fasting and prayer for MCA Church.

Please ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in deciding your fasting and prayer protocol.  Also, please follow the advice of your medical professionals.

Fasting and prayer suggestions

  • Reduce all distractions (especially media, social media and entertainment)
  • Fasting and praying one meal per day
  • Fasting and praying one day 
  • Fasting and praying more than one day
  • Fasting and praying all foods in a category (helpful for those with a strict medical diet)

For over 25 years MCA Church has hosted a July 4th community feast.  This year we host a community fast.

As we fast and pray, we seek the Lord to do again what He has done for Ezra, 

So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.  Ezra 8:23

May the Lord respond to our fasting and praying by destroying the works of the devil in our lives and world!

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