Jesus words in John 16:33 are “… in the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.” God wants us to be overcomers. He says we are more than conquerors! Jesus said He gave us power over all the power of the enemy. We are set up to win. We are set up to overcome.
How do we do it? Two of the big answers is fasting and prayer. Jesus used these two spiritual tools often. They were sources of strength for Him and they are for us too. We can’t overcome in our own strength or using our own wisdom. We need to humble ourselves in prayer and fasting, acknowledge our need for God and seriously seek Him for the strength and answers we need. We don’t fast to make God hear our prayers and answer them. We fast to hear what He is saying to us so we can adjust our life in order to overcome and get better results. We fast to make our flesh submit to our spirit and let our flesh know it is not in control of our life. Fasting re-calibrates our life and puts spiritual things first, where they should be.
Fasting also gets our focus off of ourselves and allows us to focus on other people’s needs as well as God’s voice. It is amazing how God’s voice relates to our getting involved in meeting other people’s needs. It is easy to get in our ruts of selfishness and self interest. Life is better when we overcome the things that hinder us, discourage us, and threaten to identify us. Fasting makes life better. God says you are an overcomer. Be one!