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How much do you hunger and thirst for spiritual healing? God wants to break the chains of addiction and sin that plague your life. Fasting and drawing close to God will bring about this healing in your life today.

A close study of Isaiah 58:6-11 Isaiah 58:6-11 [6] 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 you break every yoke? [7] Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh? [8] Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. [9] Then shall you call, and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If you take away from the middle of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; [10] And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in obscurity, and your darkness be as the noon day: [11] And the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones: and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
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;reveals one of the primary reasons for fasting is to loose the bands of wickedness (sin), to undo heavy burdens, to come out from under oppression, and to break the yoke of bondage that besets all of us from time to time.

We need God's help desperately. We need to make sure that nothing has cut us off from God and that our prayers are being heard and answered.

Many have struggled with various problems and sins for years or even decades. Some have become “spiritual casualties.” Fasting helps to prevent this tragedy. When we humble ourselves through fasting, God takes note of us and will respond! Isaiah 58:9 Isaiah 58:9Then shall you call, and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If you take away from the middle of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
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details God’s response, “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer, you shall cry and He will say, here I am.”

Spiritual healing is about the diagnosis and removal of the spiritual root cause of the problem

Seek God as your healer! We all may have unresolved underlying, spiritual issues that we need God’s help to work through. Just like you tell a doctor your symptoms, tell God how much you were wounded and need His healing touch.

Through fasting and seeking God's will, God removes our spiritual blinders, enabling us to see ourselves more as we really are. We are able to see mistakes that we may be making in our relationships with one another and with God.

He also imparts to us an understanding of His laws and the recognition of our need to repent. This is a vital part of the process of spiritual healing. Jesus said, “Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them” (Matthew 13:15 Matthew 13:15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
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The apostle Paul explains the complete spiritual healing process in terms of the transformation from “the old man” to “the new man.” We are exhorted, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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Paul further describes how this process of transformation works. We must “put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24 Ephesians 4:22-24 [22] That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; [23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; [24] And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
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Preventative spiritual health care

Even our Savior, who had the fullness of the Holy Spirit, fasted 40 days and 40 nights in preparation for His titanic battle with the devil. Since Jesus Christ fasted to boost His spiritual health, can we do any less?

We cannot survive Satan’s fiery darts and reach spiritual healing without fasting! In one instance when Christ's disciples could not cast out a demon, He told them that “this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:14-21 Matthew 17:14-21 [14] And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, [15] Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for often he falls into the fire, and oft into the water. [16] And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him. [17] Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him here to me. [18] And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. [19] Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? [20] And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you. [21] However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.
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). Proper fasting often results in significant spiritual breakthroughs. While we rely on the spiritual tools of prayer, Bible study and meditation on a daily basis, we occasionally need the power tool of fasting for deep-rooted weakness.

We need God's help desperately. We need to make sure that nothing has cut us off from God and that our prayers are being heard and answered. Once we repent of these mistakes and are reconciled with God and our fellow man, then we're ready to do God's will without the shackles that bind us and the burdens that cripple us.

God’s promise is that if we call upon Him through fasting, “Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard” (Isaiah 58:8 Isaiah 58:8Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
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Have other treatments for spiritual healing failed? Why not try fasting and humbling seek healing from your Great Physician!