The Benefits of Fasting

A Great Way to Start the New Year

January 1, 2018

"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly." Joel 2:15

Fasting has far greater benefit than physical weight loss. It is aggressive spiritual warfare that better positions you for miracles from God.

1) Fasting increases your power over TEMPTATION, power to resist the devil’s lies as Jesus did when he fasted forty days in the wilderness. (Luke 4:2)

2) Fasting is a cure for UNBELIEF, as referenced by Jesus in Matthew 17:21. He told the disciples that their power to command the devil would increase through prayer AND fasting.

3) Fasting heightens your DISCERNMENT. Fasting feeds the spirit as food feeds the flesh, bringing vision and revelation. (Daniel 9:3)

4) Fasting starves out STRONGHOLDS, both spiritual and physical. Bondages such as alcohol, drugs, and nicotine addictions can be starved out as the flesh is brought under subjection. (I Corinthians 9:27)

5) Fasting changes God’s mind and moves His heart of compassion, as happened with Ninevah. (Jonah 3:10)


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Pastor Phil Derstine and his wife Jannette are the Senior Pastors of the Family Church in Bradenton, Florida.  He hosts a weekly television program, "Purpose for Life," and he has written several books, including his most recent 7 Steps to Unconventional Soul Winning. He also is president of Gospel Crusade, Inc., an international missions organization established in 1953 and headquartered at Christian Retreat. Pastor Phil is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.  He and Jannette have been married 39 years and have two daughters, Amy and Michelle, and two sons, Michael and Steven.

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