In the early hours of February 1st, the Lord spoke to me in a dream and said:
The word for this month is : Fasting will be your toggle switch!
As I wrote down these words, I was quite confused as to what The Lord meant, so I looked at the meaning of "toggle". The Lord also told me to look at the meaning of the name February.
Toggle refers to the act of switching from one view, setting, or function to another. It implies that there are only two possible options and that a user is switching between them, and usually these options are on or off for a specific preference. Toggling also usually only requires the user to click a button or press a simple combination of keys.
Computers: a setting that can be switched between two different options by performing a single action (such as selecting a menu option or pressing a key)
"From Latin februarius mensis "month of purification"
As I pondered all the information that I learned and asked God for insight, He spoke:
As you are entering into a new month, and consecrate yourself to Me, and begin to declutter your life from those things that distract you from My purpose. I am ushering you into a place of transition, in which you will go from struggle to ease at the click of a button. Just like a toggle switch can switch from one setting to the other, fasting will be your toggle switch. It will bring you from one state to the other: from weakness to strength, from losing to winning, from mourning to dancing, from lack to abunance, from confusion to purpose, from Egypt to The Promised Land. Fasting will brake open the windows of Heaven and I will pour out blessings from above! The enemy is always trying to discourage you, to stop you from entering your place of rest. That fog that is hindering you from seeing the path that I have laid out in front of you, will dissapate as you start fasting. The voices beckoning you to go back, to the old ways, because they feel familiar, will start to fade as you step forward in obedience. Can't you feel the tension and the pressure? The pulling and pushing at the same time? I am pulling you forward, and the enemy is pushing you back. I am stretching your tent pegs, he is keeping you contained. Fasting and prayer will catapult you from slavery to freedom bypassing the desert!
There is a special grace over this month of February. An acceleration in the spirit, which will be activated by fasting and prayer.
Fasting will bring us clarity and resolve to take the necessary steps to move forward. It will bring revelation, solutions, and favor. It will open doors, and accelerate our breakthrough.
It will be like flipping a TURBO switch ON! Its like having a "FastPass" ticket, that allows you to skip-the-line, and go into and express line, to get to the entrance faster.
When we deny our flesh, our spirit man grows stronger. Our confidence in who we are in God, our boldness to fight the evil forces around us, will reach levels that prayer alone cannot. Our flesh is always trying to control us, and the only way to weaken its hold over us is fasting! Some types of battles, require fasting. Some breakthroughs are only achieved through fasting. Fasting is not optional, it is a requirement for a Christian!
Jesus himself fasted 40 days and 40 nights so He could be ready to begin His ministry in power. If The Son of God had to fast, how much more do we need to?
Jesus, was empowered and endowed with supernatural strength as a result of that fast.
Matthew 4:1 NLT
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.
Jesus went through a sort of physical and spiritual boot camp.
He needed to be strengthened for the upcoming battle He was going to face.
Esther fasted for three days so that she could be endowed with supernatural boldness and favor, and in the end, she received breakthrough.
Esther 4:16 NLT
16 “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.”
2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.
Esther knew that the only way she was going to brake fear and receive boldness to present herself to the king without being summoned, was to deny her flesh and strengthen her spirit by fasting.
Fasting is necessary to fight against certain types of spirits.
Our fight is not against flesh and blood, or against people, but it is against the powers influencing those people! It is a spiritual, not a physical battle, and therefore, we need to fight in the spirit! How? Through prayer and fasting.
Ephesians 6:12 NLT
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Mark 9:29 NKJV
28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
From this verse we can deduce that Jesus regularly fasted and prayed, because He knew that it was necessary, in order to be able to move in power.
Set some time to fast this month, fast from whatever The Lord shows you. I guarantee you will be greatly blessed. Make it a habit, practice discipline, and self control, after all it is a fruit of The Spirit.
Remember fasting is NOT optional if we want to live victorious, fruitful lives in Christ.
He ALWAYS rewards obedience, so be expectant as you dedicate yourself and your time to our Heavenly Father. He loves you of an everlasting love <3