Often time teachers and evangelist alike taught about fasting in Celestial Church of Christ, some said its the only way to move close to God, some how to get the holy spirit, others ways to perform miracles but what did God give us in Celestial Church of Christ?
Let’s start from the bible, Isaiah spoke in 58:3-7, fasting God require is to be a good follower of His ordinance and be our brother’s keeper,not to fast to recieve something and go back to our old selves.
Jesus Christ spoke to His disciples about fasting mat 17:20 that because of their unbelief they couldn’t perform miracles, if their faith was strong they would do marvelous things then if they continued in their unbelief, fasting and praying will aid miracle vs 21. This means its those who don’t have total faith in God that fasts to receive things from Him, when they grow in faith, they wont need to pray or fast they speak and things starts happening. Jesus never said its to recieve power nor to be closer to God,when a man fasts, he is using his strength and not the strength of God and he will wear out physically after a long time.
Jesus fasted for 40days and it wasn’t to get closer to God or recieve power but to prove satan wrong that man won’t fall again as it happened in the garden of eden, his 40days has a spiritual meaning and He never fasted again till He left.
Christ made us know through our father Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oshoffa that we as Celestial don’t fast because He is always with us, we don’t need to appear like someone with a bitter eyes before He answers us(Ijo mimo busi ayo oko iyawo wa pelu re rev 7:15-17),the bridegroom is with us and has never left.
He also taught us that as we deny our body of some pleasures like working BAREFOOTED is also a form of fasting, we bow 7 times a day which is also part of things that makes us different from others.
These was taught and given to us by our father before he left, he said we only fast 6DAYS in a year which is PASSION WEEK in suffering with Christ and this was commanded by Christ as an ordinance we should follow(this also has its teaching). With this understanding, we are given LULI(grace of Jesus Christ) to operate at a spiritual level which automatically brings us closer to Christ. Little wonder our fathers walked in CCC and did great wonders and they never gave themselves to fasting but strict obedience. A true Celestial will understand this by discerning spirit and confirming from God if this submission is true or false.
May God give us the heart to recieve and walk in His truth in Jesus Christ name.
Written by Brother Ayo Sobule