“Feast” on the Lord
In mid-March of this year (2020), we got word that the COVID-19 virus was shutting down economies all over the world. Around the same time, Katie received a word from the Lord that she was to fast for 40 days. Of course, she invited the staff to fast with her. However, this was not an ordinary fast. This was more of a feast – feasting on Jesus by worshipping morning and night while anointing ourselves with oil and taking communion. Then, the last week of the fast we would eat vegetables for 4 days and have only water for 3 remaining days.
As soon as we agreed to join her in this important commitment (fasting is always an adventure), all hell broke out against the ministry. We were already in transition because one of our key employees had given notice, sensing that her time with us had ended. Then, people began to get sick, not with COVID-19 symptoms, but with other bizarre ailments. However, we soldiered on, knowing that fasting always produces fruit.
Sure enough, God began downloading fresh revelation to Katie and she was able to come into the office and teach them to us. Soon, I was bombarded with staff dreams and visions. The fast was working!!
Then, on Wednesday, April 22nd while praying with our Genesis group, I had a short vision. This happened while Debbie was praying that we “shake off” depression and fear. As she was speaking, I saw a sheep being sheared. The shepherd was so adept at his job, that the wool came off all in one piece! I knew that God was saying, “You have been cooped up, but you have been growing a wonderful thick coat, which has covered you and has given you protection and revelation. Now, it’s time to be sheared so that your wool can be used to cover others in the clothing and blankets it will make!” I knew that in part this “wool” was Katie’s next book that she was already working on, which will touch hundreds of thousands all over the world. Wow!
The next day, Melanie, one of our Genesis Leaders that had been on the call, sent me a portion of this scripture from Song of Songs.
“Listen, my dearest darling, you are so beautiful—you are beauty itself to me! Your eyes glisten with love, like gentle doves behind your veil. What devotion I see each time I gaze upon you. You are like a sacrifice ready to be offered. When I look at you, I see how you have taken my fruit and tasted my word. Your life has become clean and pure, like a lamb washed and newly shorn. You now show grace and balance with truth on display. Your lips are as lovely as Rahab’s scarlet ribbon, speaking mercy, speaking grace. The words of your mouth are as refreshing as an oasis. What pleasure you bring to me! I see your blushing cheeks opened like the halves of a pomegranate, showing through your veil of tender meekness. When I look at you, I see your inner strength, so stately and strong. You are as secure as David’s fortress. Your virtues and grace cause a thousand famous soldiers to surrender to your beauty. Your pure faith and love rest over your heart as you nurture those who are yet infants.” Song of Songs 4:1-5 (TPT)
How this scripture spoke to my heart!
This has been such a challenging time for many of us. We have endured so much as we have watched our world’s economy come crashing down, schools closing, people without jobs or money, and have experienced shortages of all kinds. Most small businesses and ministries have been hard hit. Families have lost loved ones and have not been able to see each other face to face or even be together when one is sick in the hospital. Churches are closed and worship teams are all but silent! We watch huge gatherings of believers worshipping on YouTube and long for this “thing” to be over so we can be together again praising our God.
In this time of pain and isolation, God sees us! He sees that we are pressing in to honor Him. We are pushing back the fear that wants to engulf us. This fast has been so important and it is working not only for our good, but for the good of the world, as we pray!
When was the last time you fasted? Traditional fasting is necessary, but perhaps you should try “feasting” along with us! Get out your olive oil, bread and grape juice, put on your favorite worship music, and spend time with Jesus morning and night and see if you break through!
Comment below if you will commit to “feasting” on the Lord.
Share below what you anticipate God will do for you through your time of “feasting” on the Lord.
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