A soldier is sharp. A soldier stays fit, alert, healthy and ready. They're not dull, casual nor complacent. A soldier is not asleep on their watch. The apostle Paul said that we should live in such a way as a soldier because the days are evil. The enemy is hungry and lurking for an opportune moment of attack. Colossians 4:2 says, "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving." A soldier is a watchman. Throughout all of Scripture you can see time and time again the method of fasting sharpens a life. Moses fasted. Elijah fasted forty days. Paul fasted fourteen days. Jesus fasted forty days.

God wants us spiritually sharp and physically ready, fit and alert. Fasting will sharpen your spiritual perception and discernment. A lifestyle of fasting can keep you spiritually alert and far from apathy and mediocrity. When you fast and pray you are effectively being sharpened to the word of God in your spirit and in your mouth. Now you have become a powerful weapon in the hand of God — a razor-sharp edge that is able to demolish the works of the enemy when you speak. A mentor once taught me; "Anything that is cutting-edge must be narrow by necessity". When we fast and pray, we are being sharpened and narrowed for effectiveness to destroy the powers of darkness and advance the kingdom of our God. He wants you and I sharp and effective.

" For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is it discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

May the Holy Spirit strengthen and nourish you.

Together Triumphant,

Pastor Brian
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