• Bishop Keith Butler

Fasting and Giving

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58:6-11)

Isaiah explained that the fast was something he had chosen, but he also connected it to giving bread to the hungry.

Why? Because when you put fasting and giving together, doors open for you to receive from God in a powerful way. Genesis 8:22 says, “As long as the earth remains, seed, time, and harvest shall not cease.” You won’t harvest if you don't plant. You can go outside all you want and talk about how great the soil is, but you aren't going to get any crop unless you plant seed. There is no such thing as harvest without seed. If you have a need, plant a seed. That's how it works. Of course, a seed is not only money. Seed can be time or service as well. What are the results of fasting and giving? Isaiah says that one of the things is the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. The word reward is rear guard. In other words, God says, “I’ve got your back.” Then, shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday. Darkness will be dispelled, and revelation will come to you.

Practical Application – Are you looking for revelation from God? Take time to fast and give. Darkness will break, and revelation will come.

Daniel 9:3; Luke 6:38



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