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FASTING AND YOU

A few weeks ago I received a call from a young minister of the gospel who wanted to know my view on the subject of fasting. He explained that he attended a Christian conference recently where the guest preacher got him confused about fasting. According to him the preacher made a mockery of Pentecostal Churches and Ministers that are in the habit of fasting and was discouraging believers from fasting claiming that fasting is not relevant in the New Testament. The young minister left that conference confused and troubled. I know there are many other Christians out there like that young minister of the gospel who are very confused about the issue of fasting and need some enlightenment. It is for this reason I have decided to address the subject of fasting in this article.

I believe in fasting! I think it is lazy, reckless, and frankly, very misleading for any preacher of the gospel to be discouraging believers from fasting. It is true that because of ignorance many preachers have abused and continue to abuse fasting and many Christians do not have proper understanding of the biblical concept of fasting but that is not enough reason for any preacher to mock fasting or discourage fellow Christians from fasting. If you have proper knowledge of God’s word I would rather you teach believers the purpose of fasting and how to fast effectively than to discourage them from fasting. Fasting has both spiritual and physical benefits. However my main focus in this article is to highlight the spiritual benefits of fasting and to offer a simple biblical and practical guide for effective fasting from the perspective of the New Testament.

SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF FASTING

Fasting is an essential spiritual and physical exercise and a vital aspect of our spiritual walk. Fasting has never lost its relevance. To start with, fasting is a spiritual discipline that temporarily relieves you of the weight of the ‘flesh’ and elevates your spirit. It is in this regard that fasting facilitates prayers because it positions your spirit to connect effectively with God in prayer. Effective fasting enhances your spiritual sensitivity and alertness thereby enabling your spirit to receive divine signals, instruction or revelation from God through the help of the Holy Spirit.

Fasting is a purposeful act of sacrifice and worship because you deliberately give up certain pleasures of the flesh temporarily in order to establish a deeper communion with God and advance your spiritual life.

Although fasting is not and can never be a substitute for the fruit of the Spirit but fasting certainly promotes humility because fasting temporarily subdues the flesh and creates an atmosphere of sobriety. Since fasting promotes humility fasting is therefore a channel of grace. James 4:6 tells us that “God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble”. Fasting is a way of humbling and submitting yourself to God. The Bible tells us that God exalts those that humble themselves and submit to Him.

WHY I BELIEVE IN FASTING

I believe in fasting for the following reasons:

  1. Fasting is scriptural and was endorsed by Jesus. In Matthew 6:16 where Jesus warned his disciples against improper conduct in worship, he said “When You Fast” not “If You Fast” – which suggests that Jesus expects his disciples to fast from time to time.
  2. Jesus (in his human form and earthly life) believed in fasting and personally fasted as he was led by the Spirit of God. Just before Jesus began his Galilean ministry the Bible tells us in Matthew 4:1-2 that “Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward he was hungry”. I am not by any means recommending this type of fast for any Christian. I am just asserting that Jesus believed in fasting and personally fasted. Some people have argued that Jesus did not fast but that is not true. Matthew 4:2 states clearly that Jesus fasted. The Greek word that was translated “fasted” in that scripture is “nesteuo” which means “to abstain from food”. So there’s no argument about it. Jesus fasted. Period!
  3. Ministers of God in the early church believed in fasting and they fasted often. In Acts 13:3, the Bible says “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, separate unto me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them”. In 2 Corinthians 11:27, Paul the Apostle revealed that he fasted often.
  4. Paul the Apostle admonished ministers of God to give themselves to fasting. In 2 Corinthians 6:4-5, he said “we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in sleeplessness, in fastings”.
  5. There is no minister of God that I know who has a supernatural ministry and is doing exploits in ministry that does not know the value of fasting. Oral Roberts was a man that God used tremendously in the work of the Kingdom in his days. In one of his publications he said he learnt never to start a new project without doing two things – Fasting and Sowing a Seed of Faith for that project.
  6. I have personally tasted of the power and the benefit of fasting. In the early days of my ministry before God launched me into a global apostolic and evangelistic ministry I was led by the Spirit of God to do a forty-day fast. I did it dry (no food and water) for the first three days and from the 4th day I started taking about 2 to 3 glasses of water daily but no food. From the 7th day and throughout the remaining days of the fast I continued my daily intake of 2 glasses of water but added a glass of milk (i.e. a glass of water + 3 spoons of powdered milk) daily in the evening after prayers. Every night I would get up at midnight and pray in tongues for 2 hours. About the 28th day of the fast I had a supernatural encounter with God that changed my life and ministry forever. It was that encounter that gave birth to the supernatural ministry I operate today. I have not done that kind of fast again since then but I have done several other kinds of fasting at different times that lasted for 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, 28 days or 30 days as led by the Spirit of God and it has helped me greatly. I am not advising anyone to follow my example unless you are being led by the Spirit of God to do so. The reason I shared my personal experience is to testify to the power and spiritual benefit of fasting. Please don’t let anybody deceive you! Fasting is powerful! I truly believe that fasting is essential for any minister of the Gospel who desires to operate in the power or supernatural dimension of ministry. There’s a dimension of ministry that is beyond eloquent preaching. Ministry is beyond motivational speaking. In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Paul the Apostle said “when I came to you, I did not with eloquence of speech……my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of Power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom (eloquent speech) of men but in the power of God”.Although fasting is not and can never be a substitute for Spiritual gifts such as the gift of Healing, the gift of working of miracles, and the like, I have personally observed that fasting enhances the manifestations of Spiritual gifts.

ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR EFFECTIVE FASTING

In order to fast effectively, here are some important points to note:

  1. Some people have suffered fatality or died in the course of fasting because of ignorance. It is important to have proper biblical understanding of how to fast effectively before embarking on a fast.
  2. Fasting is a spiritual exercise and should be done by faith.
  3. Fasting should be purpose driven. Know why you’re fasting.
  4. Fasting can become detrimental or counterproductive when abused.
  5. It does not necessarily have to be a lengthy fast for it to be effective.
  6. Never embark on a lengthy fast without the express leading of the Holy Spirit or proper spiritual guidance and supervision. Before Jesus embarked on a fast for forty days and forty nights the bible says he was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit of God.
  7. It is not advisable to do a dry fast for more than four days unless you are expressly led by the Spirit of God. Naturally speaking, the human body can survive without food for more than 21 days but it is dangerous to deny the body of water intake for more than seven days. To avoid dehydration it is advisable that you drink some water daily from the fourth day if your fast is longer than three or four days unless the Holy Spirit leads otherwise.
  8. It is not advisable to embark on a major fast when you’re very ill and taking prescription drugs that require food and water. However, there have been some exceptional cases of believers who while sick fasted by faith as they were led by the Spirit of God and got healed supernaturally. The point is this: If you must embark on a major fast at a time of sickness ensure that you are doing it by faith and by the help and leading of the Holy Spirit.
  9. Even if you’re a minister of God never force yourself into a lengthy fast when you know your body cannot take it at that time. You should know your state of health. Avoid lengthy fast when you’re physically weak or exhausted and not emotionally stable to cope with the stress of a lengthy fast. Sadly, there have been some reports of ministers of God who died in the course of fasting due to ignorance, ill health or dehydration.
  10. Avoid hypocritical fasting. You’re not fasting to impress anyone. In Mathew 6:16-18, Jesus said “Moreover when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face. So that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”.
  11. When fasting it is important to feed your spirit with the word of God and spend adequate time in worship and prayers.
  12. When breaking your fast, break with light meals and avoid highly acidic fruits, drinks and foods.

Finally, let me add that we must be careful not to misapply fasting. Fasting is not effective when the motive is wrong. Sometimes, some Christians fast as though they’re trying to improve on the finished work of Christ or force God to do their bidding. We must understand that fasting is not a substitute for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must also understand that the redemptive work of Christ was indeed total and thorough. We need not and cannot improve on the finished work of Christ. Remember, if the motive for fasting is wrong it will not be beneficial or rewarding. So let us be careful not to abuse fasting. That is why I carefully highlighted the purpose and the spiritual benefits of fasting and a practical guide so readers can have a balanced understanding of fasting. You are blessed!

I shall soon return with another edition! Until then, let’s keep up the conversation here. I look forward to your views and comments. 

 

Author: Bishop Emma Omon

 

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422 Comments

  1. GospelOkechukwu Onyewuchi

    March 23, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Daddy God bless you.

  2. Ronald A. Prince

    March 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    In pursuit of “new” revelations, many stumbles into error!

  3. Ronald A. Prince

    March 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    …and one of Satan’s devices is to get people off into the extreme, making them a tool in his hand while still having the Bible in their hand. Hmmm

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 23, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      True!

    • Eluchie T Nduka

      March 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Actually devil has despatched his agents into the church long ago to teach subtly diluted truth. It can be 98% truth and 1 or 2% lies just to deceive the very elect of God. He knows that God will not accept 99.5% truth. And the way out is studying and knowing the word of God. Devil cannot deceive any one who knows well his fathers will.

  4. Okeychukwu Triumph

    March 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    The Man through whom God’s Grace reached the Gentiles was FASTING when he had that wonderful encounter. Acts 10:30.

    Thanks a lot, your lordship.

    • Pst Dan

      March 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      You are right

    • Okeychukwu Triumph

      March 25, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      May we not kill the Revival gotten through Fasting and Praying with some careless Preaching.

  5. Afolake Abighe

    March 24, 2017 at 11:51 am

    This is a great piece, it is both an eye/ear opener. Let the Church listen to /hear what the Holy Spirit is saying.

  6. Aluko Success

    March 25, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Thank you sir for being God’s Voice in this generation where false teaching on Grace has devalued the importance of prayer and fasting

  7. Prince A E Ibadin

    March 25, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I celebrate you great!!!

  8. Okafor Chidi

    March 25, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Understood sir

  9. Hannatu Mairabo

    March 25, 2017 at 8:31 am

    This is a great piece Sir. He who have ears let him hear what the spirit is saying to the Church. More grace

  10. Joseph Odey

    March 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Great light. Those condemning fasting are new age preachers without biblical stability

  11. Uzozie Jennifer

    March 25, 2017 at 9:14 am

    INDEED U R A TRUE MINISTER OF GOD

  12. Hezekiah O. Asa

    March 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

    This is just wonderful. I love this piece, it is truly an educative write-up for every Christian. Many have been misled by so-called ministers of God who always want to use human knowledge instead of divine knowledge and understanding. Bless you Bishop

  13. Abe Titilayo Ayodele Flo

    March 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Fasting is very important.

  14. Victus Abba

    March 25, 2017 at 9:38 am

    MoG, thanks so much. This is indeed God’s voice. More revelations sir.

  15. John Charles Onuy

    March 25, 2017 at 10:29 am

    This is soul lifting, thanks alot sir.

  16. Oladepo ClementEsq

    March 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Lord, I’m willing to financially support this work!

  17. Prince Okeke

    March 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Am blessed oooo, having trouble on how to fast…but this has blessed me. Thank you sir.

  18. Apostle John Favour Okafor

    March 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Its well

  19. Akowe George

    March 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, Im greatly blessed

  20. Ezinwa Anumiheoma

    March 25, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Fasting is biblical. Mathew17vs14-21

  21. Pat Chukwuma

    March 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Seasoned man of God. Thanks a lot sir.

  22. David A. Dada

    March 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Hmmmm

  23. Ayonuwe Ufuoma

    March 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Niz article! i luv it. though i didnt read it all. God bless u sir.

    • Nwafor Micheal

      March 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Why didnt u read it all, but if it were to be a post concerning sex or anything outside the word of God u would av read it all….mtchew

    • Isaac Ugbenyo

      March 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Why not wait for his answer before drawing conclusions. I couldn’t read all because it didn’t show all he posted. Remember that our phones are not all the same. How about that?

    • Ayonuwe Ufuoma

      March 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Y re u query me? Do i look like an unbeliever instead of u 2 ask y i cudnt finish al u re query me luk at my tym line & c if i have eva updated n tin outside God’s words. My dear 4 ur in4matn d write didnt end wel which der re continuation i can read it ended half way.

    • Ayonuwe Ufuoma

      March 25, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Thk u Isaac 4 dat reply he didnt undastnd wat i was trying 2 say if i wasn’t interested in it i wudnt had commented if he knows who he is insulting he cud hv apologies so fast

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      No need for insults or name calling please. Glad to have you all here. Let’s discuss intelligently and encourage one another. Nwafor Michael that comment was unnecessary here. Ayonuwe Ufuoma please forgive Michael. Thank you Isaac Ugbenyo! God bless you all!

    • Ayonuwe Ufuoma

      March 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thk u sir.

  24. Precious Odiase Asemota

    March 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for this post sir.

  25. Peace Omoh

    March 25, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Where is ur church

  26. Ropo Olawumi

    March 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    It is well

  27. Queen Anigbogu

    March 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    The sooner we make the Bible our guide, strive to know God through it by ourselves the better for us and we will not be easily deceived.

  28. Chika Henry

    March 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Good tulk

  29. Thayibat Ipirinye

    March 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Amennnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  30. Aps Kingsley Amajor

    March 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    The people discouraging fasting some of them are the ones using other means to do ministry so what are they fasting for since they have evil powers . pls we need fasting. if the Apostles of old fast what do you have that will make you not to fast.

    • Pst Dan

      March 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Love your word

    • Nwafor Micheal

      March 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Even #JESUS_CHRIST the son of God fasted then tell me why cant we #fast

  31. Joel Okikeoma

    March 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Balanced GOSPEL

  32. Basil Chukwuneta

    March 25, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    The hyper- GRACE preachers are the ones deceiving babes with the CHRIST HAS DONE IT ALL message!

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      It is true that the message of grace has been abused, misunderstood and misinterpreted by some. However, let’s not mix up issues here! We must understand that the redemptive work of Christ was indeed total and thorough. We need not and cannot improve on the finished work of Christ. There is no doubt that because of ignorance some Christians fast as though they’re trying to improve on the finished work of Christ or force God to do their bidding. We must be careful not to misapply fasting. That’s why I carefully highlighted the purpose and the spiritual benefits of fasting and a practical guide so readers can have a balanced understanding of fasting. You are blessed!

    • Chuks Sax

      March 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      There’s nothing like hyper grace OK, you are too filled up with religious dogmas and doctrines.
      Your salvation is incomplete without grace and faith.
      Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
      Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.
      So if you are against the gospel of grace your salvation is questionable. Grace and Jesus Christ are inseparable, so when the gospel of grace is preached Christ is preached. Grace is the person of Jesus.

    • Adindu Okeke

      March 28, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Sax; tnks Bro

  33. Pastor-amos Chukwuemeka Ugwuoke

    March 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    GOD bless u d more sir

  34. Samuel Okeke

    March 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks and more grace Sir

  35. Samson David

    March 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Great 1 sir

  36. Olajide Sanni

    March 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    An indept touch to the subject of fasting.Thank you sir, more inspiration from Him who alone is worthy of our praise.

  37. David Aidelokhai

    March 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    THANKS A MILLION SIR,
    More Grace…

  38. Prophet-Isaiah Paul

    March 25, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Bishop sir, has it become a tradition??

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      What do you mean?

    • Prophet-Isaiah Paul

      March 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      You have said it all, but we must know that it’s never a tradition as the case may be.. I believd in Fasting but fastings is not a licence to destiny fulfilment in Christ….

    • Prophet-Isaiah Paul

      March 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      More grace sir

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 25, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Where in the article did you find me saying it’s a tradition? If you have a better understanding than what I published I’ll suggest you publish it on your page. The question you asked is pointless!

    • Prophet-Isaiah Paul

      March 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you sir

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 25, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      You are blessed Prophet-Isaiah Paul!

    • Okeychukwu Triumph

      March 25, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      I remember a Pastor telling me about 12yrs ago that Ministry is not about Fasting and Prayer but Wisdom.
      My reply was, Wisdom that turns you away from Fasting and Prayer as a Christian or Minister is poisonous.
      Yes, it is part of the Total Package, we cannot do without it. Thanks your lordship for the Wisdom you have displayed here so far.

    • Prophet-Isaiah Paul

      March 25, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Bishop Okechukwu. Thank you

    • Ogagan Ajueshi

      March 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Who told u is not a license for me some tins cant be except thro fasting nd prayer .

  39. Augustus Arthur Weedee

    March 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks Bishop

  40. Evangelist Goodhead Amurumbu Chimara

    March 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Am so much enlightened by dis teachings, bless u sir

  41. Ijeoma Igboaba Onyiah

    March 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    More Grace sir

  42. Heavenly Priorities

    March 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    God bless you sir more grace

  43. Pastorpat Agor

    March 25, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Those who cannot fast, can’t do faster in their ministries.

  44. Ozoani Chike

    March 25, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    (Mark 9:28-29)
    And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
    And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

    It is 70% Impossible for any preacher to perform miracle canal… Unless it is by Fasting and Prayers , but Evangelical Grace could also could be counted

  45. Onesimus Elijah

    March 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    God bless you big, big sir.

  46. Evangelist Goodhead Amurumbu Chimara

    March 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I will like u to be my mentor @Bishop Emma Omon,hw do I contact u sir?

  47. Noah Ojaide

    March 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Am really blessed by dis article sir, i pray dat may God enlighting ur eyes of understanding d more to his word

  48. Oiku Marcellus

    March 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Very instructive. Thank you.

  49. Nnamdi Ukazu

    March 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Bishop sir,may God continue to annoint and bless u for doing justice to this topic.lt is the device of the devil to deceive the people of God through this heresy by so called men of God.

  50. Thelma Opara

    March 25, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I love this,some preacher are against fasting,fasting is good for every Christian to grow in the spirit

  51. Ikechukwu Ernest

    March 25, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    God bless you sir,

  52. Emmanuel James

    March 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Thank for you for your concern to body of Christ.

  53. Ozuah Ebubedike

    March 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Good piece,Bishop

  54. Ubong Aguomba

    March 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    When we fast we tune down on unbilef and allow the measure of faith like a mustered seed to be effective.

  55. HD Palace

    March 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Many health benefits including ulcer and weight loss.

  56. Ernestinah Eluma Halliday Jp

    March 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Sound doctrine etches the ears of those who want to perish. God will surely honour His Word above all His Name.

  57. Buga Gofwen

    March 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Can fasting also be a form of honoring God?

    • Ini Ibanga

      April 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Anything God asks you to do, when you obey, you honour Him by that obedience.

    • Buga Gofwen

      April 2, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Thank you for the enlightenment Ini Ibanga. I also have another question, under the New Covenant can God change His mind or withdraw His wrath if we fast, like He did in the case of Nineveh under the Old Covenant?

    • Ini Ibanga

      April 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      What turns God’s wrath is humility, brokenness & repentance. If fasting can help u 2 achieve that, no problem as we have seen in the case of Ahab(1Kings 21:27-29). Also read 2Kings 22:19-20,2Chronicles12:12 & 32:26. But understand that if u are in Christ, God is not angry with u. If u fall into sin, confess it 2 God, ask 4 forgiveness & depart from it( read 1John 1:9, Rev. 3:3,19, & 2 Timothy 2:19). In d new testament, d wrath of God is not 4 d believers in Christ & there’s a day of wrath & revelation of d righteous judgement of God against all ungodliness & unrighteousness of men. Pls read Romans 2:5, Romans 1:18 & John 3:36. God bless u.

    • Buga Gofwen

      April 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Amen and thank you Sir. If I get you correctly, fasting under the New covenant has more to do with your building yourself up spiritually and than to get God’s attention?

  58. Joseph Bibi Odede

    March 26, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Amen

  59. Osunde Osahon Innocent

    March 26, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Bishop Emma Omo,God we increase u in all around ur life for the truth sir

  60. Frank Royal

    March 26, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Yes sir …. Fasting subdue the flesh ,and help us communicat better with God .jesus disciple where not able to cast out evil spirit , he told the in (Matthew 17:21) But this kind does not go out except by
    prayer and fasting. When you fast with a good purpose and humble heart your door or anointing God increases .the word of God and fasting /prayer is our spiritual food …

  61. Mavis Onyegbule

    March 26, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Good one keep it up bros

  62. Emmanuel Ufuoma Jatitor

    March 26, 2017 at 6:53 am

    You are right true Gospel preacher my Lord Bishop. God bless u

  63. Ogagan Ajueshi

    March 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I once heard of a churc dat d pastor alway lead dem in fasting nd prayer den d pastor was transfer d new pastor came nd said all yr years of fasting is over nt knwing dat he had ulcer tins were no longer flowin in d churc as it used to be.

  64. Sunday Eze

    March 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Am really blessed.

  65. Michael Ajie

    March 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much…. sir.

  66. Timothy Omoko

    March 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you sir for this kind of revelational teaching. More Grace

  67. Danlami Yusuf

    March 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Grace of God will speak for you.Thank.

  68. Chuks Ezeofor

    March 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you very much Sir

  69. Aboye Omolara

    March 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks sir, More Grace

  70. Nelson Okechukwu

    March 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Powerful word, my bishop

  71. Ijeoma Ugwa

    March 26, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Good one

  72. Timothy Benedict

    March 26, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    This is explicit. I believe people like you sir should be more forceful in the presentation of the balanced gospel. The teaching ministry is being seriously underplayed and abused in some cases leaving a generation of Christians confused and confounded. God bless you always sir.

  73. Achor Joseph

    March 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks so much for balancing the message on fasting, I am so blessed, remain blessed sir.

  74. Nahum Dauda

    March 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Hallilujah fasting is very significates to all believers, in christ Jesus for blessing, protections and spiritual growth

  75. Emmanuel Enyioko

    March 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    thank you sir..

  76. Brown Onyekachi Salvatore

    March 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Papa more grace

  77. Psalmist Veo

    March 26, 2017 at 11:20 pm

  78. Psalmist Veo

    March 27, 2017 at 4:06 am

  79. John Mohammed

    March 27, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Thank you daddy

  80. Evangelist Ukeme Bartholomew

    March 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

    God bless your ministry more.
    Grace be upon you.

  81. Yahaya Samoo

    March 27, 2017 at 7:20 am

    as far as am concerns fasting is one of the most important thing the believers of God needed to do always, because when you fast its strengthen you for the battle ahead, as for me i love fasting more than anything

  82. Peter Perexy Ogbonna

    March 27, 2017 at 7:48 am

    More Grace sir

  83. Ezeocha Jude

    March 27, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Simply great

  84. Gift Samuel

    March 27, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Thank u sir

  85. Anietie Oluyemi

    March 27, 2017 at 9:27 am

    God bless you…man of Valour

  86. Olanrewaju Sonnayon Akapo

    March 27, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Thanks very much sir for this expository teaching on fasting. More anointing in Jesus name

  87. Fidelis Chinasa

    March 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Tnx 4 feeding me spiritually more grace to u Dad so dat u will be able to feed us again with dis word full of wisdom. Pls sir, hw can I get ur contact I will hpy if u become my MENTOR AND SPIRITUAL DAD.

  88. Joshua Udo

    March 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Pls sir, Is it right to fast because one wants God to do something for him.?? Hope you get my question.

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Read the full article again and you’ll find the answer to your question in the article. You are blessed!

  89. Abraham Samson

    March 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    than you sir

  90. Vincent Akuoma

    March 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I ve never met Bishop Emma Omon in person but from the first time I saw your pix and read your article in a magzine sometime 2005 my spirit had been connected to you…you inspire me sir. hope to know you more closely sir.

  91. Akanni Ogunsola

    March 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you sir,may God increase you and elevate your ministry.

  92. Emmanuel Ike

    March 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    You are 100% percent right. God bless you sir

  93. Samuel Justin

    March 27, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Very informative Sir. It blessed me. More Grace Sir

  94. Oluchi Egerue

    March 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Tnx sir u hv opened my eyes more abt fasting.

  95. Abraham Crown

    March 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Spiritually enlitening more grace sir

  96. Chukwudi Onu

    March 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    GOD BLESS YOU FOR THIS TRUTH.AND I PRAY THE WHLL OPEN UNTO YOU FINACIALLY IN JESUS NAME.

  97. Brighten Bright

    March 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    your words are too powerfull,i thank you from my heart sir.

  98. Ezekiel Kayode Anthony

    March 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    God bless you Sir, this one blessed me.

  99. PastorAmos Agboifo

    March 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you sir,for enlightning all the christians all over the world about fasting i appreciate sir.

  100. Betta Choice

    March 28, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Thank you Sir for expanding my knowledge on this important topic. God bless you Sir.

  101. Oladiran J. Bode

    March 28, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Good talk

  102. Hassan Paul Ololade

    March 28, 2017 at 2:56 am

    K

  103. Temple Sam

    March 28, 2017 at 5:52 am

    God want to use you

  104. Matthew Agbanwu

    March 28, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Prayer and fasting are two unbeatable combinations. Fasting without praying, is a hunger strike.

  105. Eguriase Rita

    March 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

    More grace n favour,thank u very much sir

  106. Paul Years

    March 28, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Wao this is light coming to me. Thank you sir

  107. Yugo Onuorah

    March 28, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Pls help and get people more exposed

  108. Oghojafor Ejiro

    March 28, 2017 at 8:41 am

    .

  109. Eneawaji Friday Sam

    March 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

    May God continue to use you to spread the gospel in Jesus name amen

  110. Dan Agbada

    March 28, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Great Work Bishop, “Keep on with the GOOD Work “.

    • Emma Omon

      March 29, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much my brother! I celebrate you!

  111. Nwafor Chinedu

    March 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

    God bless you sir

  112. Godwin Kalu

    March 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

    More blessing sir

  113. Victor Okey Ogazi-Ikengwuonu

    March 28, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Very insightful sir more grace!

  114. Amaizing Enenche

    March 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

    God Bless U Sir We need people in this period of wrong teachings about grace i once heard a popular man of God saying ‘fasting shows hw carnal we are’

  115. Mbuotidem George

    March 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    More grace n glory upon your life Sir

  116. Benjamin Esowan Beatrice

    March 28, 2017 at 11:16 am

    As Christians,we should be careful of where we go even if it is a Christian gathering can you imagine this….My Jesus fasted….so,what is he talking about?

  117. Fajuyigbe Olumide Emmanuel

    March 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Revelations of the Words of God reveal the truth color of a Man of God. Nothing is revealed until Holy Spirit had given the illumination. 1 King 13 :1, There came a man of God from Judah by the Words of God not by the Ministerial titles or profile of miracles performed in the Ministry by personal appraisal. More Grace sir for the Race ahead.

  118. Precious Nwaebo

    March 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you sir

  119. Nengededoo Thomas

    March 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you sir for this more insight into this important topic. Sir,I want to know if I am fasting and praying for one reason for 21 days,can I continue repeating the same reason for the 21 days? And is it important to let my wife know that I am fasting?

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      If you’re married it is important you seek your spouse’s understanding, permission and cooperation before embarking on a fast especially a lengthy fast. 1 Corinthians 7:4-5 says “The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except (it be) with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency”.

      On the first question, I have already said in the article that fasting should be purpose driven. You should no know why you are fasting. Fasting is not a substitute for prayers but effective fasting facilitates prayers. So it’s important you take full advantage of your fasting period to pray concerning any issue you wish to address in prayer. If you’re filled with the Holy Spirit and can pray in tongues I strongly recommend that you spend a good amount of time praying in tongues daily during your fasting and prayer period. I normally recommend it should be the last thing you do before you go to bed at night to avoid distractions (for an hour or two).

    • Nengededoo Thomas

      March 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Sir, I am more knowledgeable about this subject now.

    • Nengededoo Thomas

      March 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Daddy, another issue I would want to get your counsel is, Many prophecies have been given to me that I am a pastor but up till now I don’t know how to follow it up especially coming from Orthodox church background. so what can I do sir?

    • Adindu Okeke

      March 28, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Apply faith; increase ur participation in the things of God; nd of more important get trained by richly in powered bible school of any body of christ church; God will surely get u there Amen

    • Eluchie T Nduka

      March 30, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Prayerfully seek for guidance to a good bible school. Concentrate first on proper training. Study first, and as you do, your call will be clearer to you. Don’t, I mean don’t be tempted to jump out now as people will tell you how powerful you are. Give yourself to study/ training first

    • Nengededoo Thomas

      March 31, 2017 at 9:50 am

      OK sir.

  120. Akinnugba Emmanuel

    March 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Man of God, more grace sir. I am highly inspired to serve God the more. Thanks in trillion sir.

  121. John Emengini

    March 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    You enlighten my heart sir

  122. Ezekiel Ejiro

    March 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Nice one

  123. Pst Emma O Ibazebo

    March 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I am really Blessed by this your article, more Grace sir.

  124. KingDavid Etibensi

    March 28, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    You have explained it all,let him that have ear listen to what the Spirit said to the church

  125. Imoeghemen Asazobor Michael

    March 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    That is wisdom from the Holy spirit.

  126. Odum Peter Chukwudi

    March 28, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    TNX U SIR,FOR DIS PUBLICATION

  127. Toyin Abolade

    March 28, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Tnx Pastor

  128. Blessing Great Andrew

    March 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    It a break down indeed, am bless

  129. Charles Dibia

    March 28, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    dis is great sir.. tanks a lot, bt i want to ask, must one be in a closet with God tru out dat period of fasting?, because some myt be fasting bt their day-to-day activities wont allow them realy pour out their heart to God in prayers.. they only pencil out brief prayers in their mind.. and its only when they get home exhausted from work they have d time 4 intimate prayers…

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      It all depends on your schedule. If it’s a short fast of 1 to 3 days and you are able create time to dedicate yourself to fasting and prayer that’s fine. But if not you can do it at the pace possible and pray at your free time in the day and at night before you go to bed.

    • Charles Dibia

      March 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      alryt sir.. tanks a lot, God bless u

  130. Uhunamure Israel Aisosa

    March 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    thanks sir, u have opened my eyes also to the way nd manner to express our selves to God through fasting, nd also the steps to take when fasting. more grace sir

  131. Ediongsenyene Udoh

    March 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Very informative and educative

  132. Kennedy Lawrence

    March 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    More Grace Sir

  133. Adim Eso

    March 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you sir

  134. John Michael Amajor

    March 29, 2017 at 6:23 am

    This is an eye opener, thank you my Lord Bishop for this timely teaching and deliverance. More grace to you sir..

  135. Bassey Bassey

    March 29, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Nice

  136. Nnoli David

    March 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Am surprised how the MOG is taking time replying every comment one after the other.
    Sir God bless u greatly and lift u beyond measure. I would always follow your write ups…its very inspiring. Thank you sir

  137. Ndifreke Imoh

    March 29, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I AM INSPIRED!!!

  138. Success Joe Oguegbe

    March 29, 2017 at 8:08 am

    God bless you sir for this information

  139. Rosaline Makelemi

    March 29, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Good! Very correct sir!

  140. Kingsley Efe Godwin

    March 29, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Tnk u sir! Wht an insightful trut. I beliv in evry word in dis article.

  141. Joen Wilson

    March 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    You have been a blessing, sir since I got to know you through Hossana hour. Thank you sir, for this article. The Lord bless you more!

  142. Enya Edu Helen

    March 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you sir may God continue to enrich you

  143. Chioma Onuigbo

    March 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    My father my father powerful teaching

  144. Evangelist Moses

    March 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    on point sir.

  145. Essoua Jonathan

    March 29, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    it’s very important sir thanks for saving sauls

  146. Usang Oju

    March 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Very very informative, thank you very much Man of God.

  147. Francis Echefu

    March 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Great

  148. Victor Oduduabasi

    March 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Good write up. Thanks

  149. Uto Joel

    March 30, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Thank u. All said,fasting is required in christianiy matt17:21,Acts13:2-3.Christ affirms when He has gone to heaven His Disciples shall then fast.In Fasting nothing at all goes into the body until over but the word of God.matt4:3-4.

  150. Egbe James

    March 30, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I heard I preacher say it’s wrong yo fast for more than 21 days without a direct instruction from God,what’s ur take?

  151. Prince Kent

    March 30, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Thks daddy, my desire to understand fasting has been met. God bless you real good. But how can one know that he is led by the Holy Spirit to fast, and how to we determine the length of days He is leading us to do?

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      The answer to your question cannot be given exhaustively in a few sentences. How to be led by the Spirit of God is a major topic which I would rather treat separately on another day. However I’ll try to narrow it to your specific situation and give you a few points.

      Knowing how to be led by the Spirit of God is one of the hallmarks of spiritual maturity. Romans 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. The danger of not walking by the leading of Spirit of God is that you could embark on an ambitious agenda motivated by fleshly desires which might be totally outside the plan or will of God for you. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 says “But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God”. And in 1 Corinthians 2:14, it says “But the natural man does not receive the things of the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.

      It takes the Spirit of God to have revelation knowledge of the deep things of God. Sometimes the Spirit of God may be prompting you to take certain steps that look foolish to the natural man and if you are unable to discern it spiritually you could miss the plan of God. That is why it is important to grow up spiritually and learn to engage the Holy Spirit in your daily spiritual walk.
      The Spirit of God never leads you astray. The Spirit of God never leads you contrary to God’s word. And the peace of God always rule in your heart when the Spirit of God leads.

      The key point is what I’ll call “INNER WITNESS, CONVICTION OR CONFIRMATION”. Romans 8:16 tells us that “the Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit….”. There are many examples of this in the Bible but let’s just consider one which transpired in Acts 16:6-10. Paul and his companions wanted to preach the gospel in Asia but they were restrained by the Spirit of God. They came to Mysia and tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of God did not permit them. The Spirit of God impressed upon their spirit what to do. They obeyed the Spirit of God and went down to Troas and suddenly a major door was opened to them.

      Inner witness, conviction or confirmation is an impression or persuasion that the Spirit of God makes upon your spirit concerning something important that God would have you attend to. As a born again Christian, you have the Spirit of God in you who teaches you concerning all things (1 John 2:27).

      There are other ways to know how to be led by the Spirit of God which I cannot discuss here. If you live in Lagos, I’ll advise you visit our bookstore at The Radiant Church Hqtrs to get useful messages that I have preached on the Holy Spirit. To get direction please visit http://www.theradiantchurch.com. Our e-store will be ready on my website very soon and you’ll be able to download my e-books, audios and videos. You are blessed!

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 30, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Regarding the second part of your question on how to determine the duration of fast that is needful for you, I normally don’t recommend lengthy fast for beginners because lengthy fast requires a certain level of spiritual stamina. You can begin with a short fast such as 1, 2 or 3 days fast. And if you can’t do it dry and total you can break daily in the evening with a light meal. This is safe for beginners. When you have developed adequate stamina you can gradually increase the number of days. If you’re planning to develop habitual or regular fasting it is very important to do it at reasonable intervals.

  152. Angela Mepus

    March 30, 2017 at 8:37 am

    God bless you pastor Chike for educating some people’s ignorance concerning this, thank you so much, more grace sir.

  153. Adelagun Bukola

    March 30, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Good work sir

  154. Charles Ike

    March 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Word!

  155. Malcolm Onomroba Kupa

    March 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Instructive and educating. God bless you Sir

  156. Apostle Synod C. Aguguam

    March 30, 2017 at 10:31 am

    GOOD ONE SIR…STAY BLESS.

  157. Sri Ojeh

    March 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I hav been blessed by ur message. Thanks. My question is: is skipping ur dinner to pray till d next day b4 eating a form of fasting?

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      March 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      It’s partial fast if it’s a purposeful and deliberate abstinence! A more effective way to do this kind of fast is to take your first and only meal for the day before noon and skip lunch and dinner. The advantage of this is that your body becomes very light at night and you can take advantage of it to pray for a few hours into the night. You can take your breakfast the next day.

    • Sri Ojeh

      March 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thank u sir. God blez u.

  158. Taiwo Oladokun Odunola

    March 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Good one sir and great enlightenment. May God bless you and your ministry.

  159. Pst Abraham Ikani

    March 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Expository, enough not to confuse any genuine question and answer on fasting. Thank you Bishop.

  160. Yvonne Arrey Ashu

    March 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    thanks

  161. Adeosun Olusegun

    March 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Jesus Christ fasted and adviced that fast as well.

  162. Aondona Ityozenda

    March 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Very spiritually uplifting.

  163. Nael Makama

    March 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    To add more to what he said: fasting goes with almsgiving, prayers and abstinence. These things when done without love makes our fast invalid. Thank you

  164. Iredia Godsent

    March 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Thank u bishop for the revelation

  165. Ehizenaga Kingsley Osas

    March 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    It is because of ignorance among some preachers that a lot of people that call themselves Christians are being deceived and will continue to fall prey to money bags pastors. Jesus told his disciples that this can’t go out but with fasting and praying. Christians should kick laziness out of their habit and study the Bible themselves. Do not just depend on what your Bishop, G.O, Apostle, Pastors preaches to you. I tell you the truth, the day church members start questioning some acts of their pastors, they will sit up and and stop preaching their own gospel instead of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  166. Obindu Raymond

    March 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Am so blessed. Thank you sir.

  167. Benjamin Oloche Isama

    March 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Wao. More grace sir

  168. Jeremiah O Hazy

    March 30, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    GOD BLESS YOU PAPA

  169. Okoro Gideon Lawrence

    March 31, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I’m really blessed by your teaching on fasting, this is my first time of knowing you & i will not delay to like your page, God bless you real good.

  170. Dan Ogbu

    March 31, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Only boys of god will joke with fasting and make a mockery of it and not men of God

  171. Ifeoma Godwin

    March 31, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Tanks sir

  172. Oluwafemi Raji

    March 31, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Explicit!
    Merci.
    Fresh oil,sir

  173. Chioma Iloafunsi

    March 31, 2017 at 9:36 am

    This is a wonderful and inspiring write up,may God give you more wisdom

  174. Evangelist Eche Ofoeze

    March 31, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Wow… I love this. More grace sir.

  175. Omolara Deborah

    March 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

    god give me strength nd power.

  176. Tongah OnChrist TheSolidrock

    March 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Wow so educative

  177. Paul Adegoke Akindejoye

    March 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Accurate

  178. Abotu Oghenerukevwe

    March 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you so much sir, for this article, have been blessed by it.

  179. Godwin A. Awo-Oke

    March 31, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Wow this timely,God bless u sir.

  180. Marcel Iheanacho

    March 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This is a powerful write – up. U are a true Man of God

  181. Chizoba Osuji

    March 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you sir,but is it wise for young ladies to fast more than 3.o’clock.

  182. Don Nwachineke

    March 31, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Great piece my Bishop

  183. Chinyere Ijeoma

    March 31, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    U are indeed a man of God thank so much i hve learnt a lot

  184. John Paul Obogena

    March 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    you took out time to reply and answered all the questions asked. wow this is a man of God with humility. I’m blessed by your teachings sir. more grace to you Sir. papa you will finish well. Amen.

  185. Ehimare Eikhomu

    March 31, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks sir for this wonderful article, but my question is this, when fasting and you could not pray maybe you are working or somehow busy, is that counted as fasting?, secondly I have been hearing of the word fruit of the spirit and I don’t really know if is the same thing as the holy spirit leads, please enlighten me also on this. Bless you sir.

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Fasting and Payer are two different things. Fasting is not a substitute for prayers but effective fasting facilitates prayers (Read the article again and your will understand what I mean). Fasting is fasting even it it is not combined with prayers. However, for fasting to be meaningful it has to be done for a purpose. For fasting to be rewarding to you spiritually it advisable to take advantage of your period of fasting to pray. If you have nothing specific to pray about use the time to build up yourself spiritually by praying in the Spirit and studying or listening to the word of God.

      On your question about the fruit of the Spirit: The “fruit of the Spirit” is a term used in the Bible to describe certain visible attributes or characteristics of the believer of Christ and these attributes are produced by the Holy Spirit that indwells the believer.

      To be led by the Spirit simply means to be guided by the Spirit of God in your spiritual walk and every day life including your decision making, actions, choices e.t.c.

  186. Stephen Taiye Agbi

    April 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Great grace

  187. Eugene Eke

    April 1, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Thank you sir

  188. Silas Titus

    April 1, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Jesus fasted fourty days and fourty nights,why did Jesus fasted?i have seen a ministry that ask people to fast even under serious health condition,is that right?

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Read the full article and gain understanding. God bless you.

  189. Apostle Victor Okorie

    April 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

    well explained, thanks alot for balancing the truth

  190. Niyi Adebiyi

    April 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    A minister of God cannot flow in the spirit without fasting.

  191. Oche Adeka

    April 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Wonderful article on fasting, i love it.

  192. Uruemu Macson

    April 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    i am so inspired by dix insight of urs, God really bless u sir

  193. Uruemu Macson

    April 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I am just kwing u for d first time in my life, would go to d link and register to b a patner , more grace to function sir

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      I appreciate you! Thank you for your words of encouragement and you decision to become a partner!

  194. Uruemu Macson

    April 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    One question sir, does fasting brings out d spiritual gift in a man’s life or it is grace at work. Then if grace , how do one contact such grace?

  195. Uruemu Macson

    April 1, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Am a minister of d gospel

  196. Victoria Effiong

    April 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    A well written piece about fasting!!! Weldone sir more anointing !! Am really bless about this knowledge of fasting !!

  197. Aderonke Joy Oladele

    April 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Tanx for the insight on this sir. My own question is about the time to break fast especially wen it’s just a day cos I have heard of Preachers saying either u break by 12, 3 or 6 pm

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      If you’re doing a full day fast, you break in the evening after spend adequate time in prayer.

  198. Patience Waziri Onuoha

    April 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I’m blessed

  199. Glory Willson

    April 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Thank u sir for this information for you have enlighten me on this issue of fasting i pray God replenish u more with wisdom and anoint your head with his oil.

  200. Godswill Nzerem Okore

    April 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Wow…!!! short of words.this message is timely sir.desperately waiting for d nxt edition.GOD bless u sir.more grace …KGC

  201. Ehimare Felix

    April 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Scriptural backing indeed blessed my soul. Thank you sir.

  202. Akhimien Pastor Chris

    April 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Good

  203. Fejiro Soweto

    April 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Wonderful. More grace

  204. Frank Peters Nwachukwu

    April 1, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    God bless you sir. I was amazed over a post I saw on facebook where a preacher was saying a lot of things concerning fasting. I’m sure it might be the same group of preachers that held the conference you were talking of. In that post, they vehemently refuted fasting and even went further to say that Jesus did not fast. I totally disagree with him and his supporters. The later deleted all my comments and replies. I was so surprised when I look at the highly respected man of God that posted that. Even when I gave a scripture to buttress the truth about fasting and he said Jesus was referring to unbelievers who has not known the benefit of GRACE. Sir please many of this so called Grace preachers are doing more harm to the body of Christ in the name of preaching the ‘ gospel of Jesus Christ ‘ as the normally tag it. They are outrightly against tithe and other doctrine in the church. They try to confuse so many of us who are still new in the ministry even when the scripture is there to present the truth. Sir if they can publicly post all these thrash in facebook, I encourage you to continue posting the truth of this kind that ‘ll help young ministers find their feet. More grace sir

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Glad hearing from you. Your point is noted. I’ll do my best to help as God enables me. I’ll advise you to avoid arguing with people on social.media over doctrinal issues. The best way to answer people that are in error is to publish the Truth on your platform because Truth liberates and Truth will ultimately win. If you’re a Minister of the gospel you can plan to attend our monthly mentorship forum which holds @ 10am every last Monday of the month @ The Radiant Church Hqtrs 194 Igando-Ikotun Rd (College Bus Stop Opp Igando Community High School) Igando. Lagos.
      Stay in touch.
      God bless you.

    • Frank Peters Nwachukwu

      April 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for your advice sir. More grace

  205. Cephas C Richard Pastor

    April 1, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Let him that has ear hear, justice was done to this topic!

  206. Abireh Albert Chigozie

    April 2, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Fasting is not only about food and water. That is where most people got it wrong. It is deliberately giving up certain pleasure of the flesh temporarily especially that which you are so much addicted to.

  207. Lohman Japheth Kurdam

    April 2, 2017 at 6:52 am

    sincere fasting is effective to the soul.

  208. Gogo Steve

    April 2, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Thank you sir. Pls speak on Isaiah chapter 58:1- as regards fasting.

  209. Udoka Ojukwu

    April 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Right talk

  210. Godswill Obi

    April 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Its all about the leading of the Spirit!
    Powerful! MOG,

  211. Anne Chioma Ekwueme Emeanua

    April 2, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Sir,I’m so impressed d way u dealt on this topic .U lifted my spirit so high and I’ve really send d to fast and improve on my spirituality. God bless ur ministry

  212. Jim Itoro

    April 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Sir, that was a great exposition on the concept of fast.
    Sir, Im really believing God for a job, haven submitted my c.v’s around. Please put me in your prayers to get a good one this week, for i know and believe that with God all things are possible……

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

      May God perfect that which concerns you! Receive God’s favour for a good job in the name of Jesus!

    • Jim Itoro

      April 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Amen. Thank you sir

  213. Godwin Uc Obasi

    April 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Papa i hear you Amen

  214. Emediong Sunday

    April 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Thank yu sir for biblical jnspiratjon go d bless yu

  215. Oluwatosin Ayewaleyinmi

    April 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks God we continue 2 be strenghing u but sir how can we lead by d holy spirit and how can we very sure dat truly is d holy spirit dat is leading us, and again how can we gain d attention of d holyspirit, and how can we dat d holy spirit is with us

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      The answer to your question cannot be given exhaustively in a few sentences. How to be led by the Spirit of God is a major topic which I would rather treat separately on another day. However I’ll try to give you a few points.

      Knowing how to be led by the Spirit of God is one of the hallmarks of spiritual maturity. Romans 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. The danger of not walking by the leading of Spirit of God is that you could embark on an ambitious agenda motivated by fleshly desires which might be totally outside the plan or will of God for you. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 says “But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God”. And in 1 Corinthians 2:14, it says “But the natural man does not receive the things of the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.

      It takes the Spirit of God to have revelation knowledge of the deep things of God. Sometimes the Spirit of God may be prompting you to take certain steps that look foolish to the natural man and if you are unable to discern it spiritually you could miss the plan of God. That is why it is important to grow up spiritually and learn to engage the Holy Spirit in your daily spiritual walk.
      The Spirit of God never leads you astray. The Spirit of God never leads you contrary to God’s word. And the peace of God always rule in your heart when the Spirit of God leads.

      The key point is what I’ll call “INNER WITNESS, CONVICTION OR CONFIRMATION”. Romans 8:16 tells us that “the Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit….”. There are many examples of this in the Bible but let’s just consider one which transpired in Acts 16:6-10. Paul and his companions wanted to preach the gospel in Asia but they were restrained by the Spirit of God. They came to Mysia and tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of God did not permit them. The Spirit of God impressed upon their spirit what to do. They obeyed the Spirit of God and went down to Troas and suddenly a major door was opened to them.

      Inner witness, conviction or confirmation is an impression or persuasion that the Spirit of God makes upon your spirit concerning something important that God would have you attend to. As a born again Christian, you have the Spirit of God in you who teaches you concerning all things (1 John 2:27).

      There are other ways to know how to be led by the Spirit of God which I cannot discuss here. If you live in Lagos, I’ll advise you visit our bookstore at The Radiant Church Hqtrs to get useful messages that I have preached on the Holy Spirit. To get direction please visit http://www.theradiantchurch.com. Our e-store will be ready on my website very soon and you’ll be able to download my e-books, audios and videos. You are blessed!

    • Oluwatosin Ayewaleyinmi

      April 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      thanks so much sir I really appreciate it

  216. Nnaemeka Daniel

    April 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    MORE GRACE UPON YOU SIR

  217. Jude Wiang Haruna

    April 2, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    may God gives u more wisdom sir thank u.

  218. Orakwelu Chidimma

    April 2, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    God bless you richly sir

  219. Bassey Sylvester

    April 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Tank u

  220. Ogechi Divinefavour

    April 2, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Oh! How I love this…
    Thank you sir for clearing me on this…Got blessed and inspired..
    God bless you…

  221. Isaac Napoleon Edeni

    April 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    This is awesome, indeed this grace in action you’re indeed an icon. God bless you and more grace to you.

  222. Okafor Ogochukwu

    April 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Great. Nothing but d truth. But come 2 think of it how can someone who called himself a minister preach against fasting. Kk well understood hes a minister of his pocket nit d WORD dt made flesh. Tank u sir. I sincerely concur w u.

  223. Emmanuel Victor

    April 3, 2017 at 3:07 am

    More grace Sir!

  224. Emperor-bebor Rume

    April 3, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I completely agree with you sir. .

  225. Okike Victor

    April 3, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Am blessed Sir, ftank u for this Bible based explanation! More grace bishop!

  226. Olayiwola Damilola

    April 3, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Sir! You have Just demonstrated 2 Tim 2:15, you are God’s approved and dividing the true word correctly! Bless you sir!
    I pray some more Generals stand up to correct many errors of belly-called pastors.

  227. Lydia Oghojafor

    April 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

    tank you sir

  228. Nwaleke Emma

    April 3, 2017 at 7:55 am

    More grace man of God

  229. Olatunji Oluwasogo Isaac

    April 3, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Pastor pray for me am so sick and on prescription drugs. I can’t even fast as I do before

  230. Ngozi Moma

    April 3, 2017 at 10:02 am

    God bless you real good, this is very inspiring. More grace

  231. Adetoun Adeoye

    April 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This is powerful and highly scriptural and recommended to all seriously minded children of God. Thanx for this and God bless.

  232. Bimboidowu Akinade

    April 3, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Thanks to you sir for this piece, it was very thorough, increase Grace

  233. BClean Sunday

    April 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Man of God! may Almighty God reward you greatly.you will run and not grow wearry,you will walk and not tired, God Himself will give you new strength.anyway you step your foots will be yours.this article really blessed my life. remain bless sir.

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your prayers! Please stay in touch! God bless you.

    • BClean Sunday

      April 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Amen sir! I will by God grace.

  234. Comfort Amaechi

    April 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    God bless u my dear

  235. Grace Yusuf

    April 3, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Am impress and encourage of your word about fasting,i wil lik you to be my God father may God give you more vision to enlight us in biblical word God bless and your family

  236. Richman Daniels

    April 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    More Grace Bishop.

  237. Humphrey Oge

    April 3, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Sir thank you for this teaching. But sir dose fasting keep you righteous and powerful.

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Fasting is not what makes you righteous. And we are not fasting so that we can become righteous. If you are fasting so that you may become righteous you are in error and it’s a betrayal and rejection of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When you accept Jesus Christ as Lord Saviour of your life you become righteous on the basis of the finished work of Christ. Our faith in Christ is what qualifies us to be called The righteousness of God. Romans 10:10 says “with the heart man believes unto righteousness”. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, the Bible says “For he hath made him (to be) sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. Stop trying to grow in righteousness because you can’t grow in righteousness. You will never see a place where the Bible says grow in righteousness rather the Bible says grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ.
      So next time you want fast, do it for the right reasons, and not to grow in righteousness. Read the article again patiently so you have proper understanding of the purpose of fasting and how to fast effectively. You are blessed!

    • Humphrey Oge

      April 4, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you sir

  238. Sanya Ayomide Gboyega

    April 3, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Long but is worth reading. God bless this Bishop.

  239. Musembi Mwendo

    April 4, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Powerful

  240. Connie Kubuetsile

    April 4, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Thank you Servant of God! I’m so encouraged and blessed…

  241. Anye Ateh

    April 4, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Awesome more grace Sir you are a blessing am blessed in Jesus name Amen.

  242. Estherlez Ongombi

    April 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Thanks So Mch 4 Ur Teaching Sir I’ve Understood De Article. And Dose Once Wu R’ Against It “Must” Up! Sir, May God Add U More Knowledge, AMEN.

  243. Estherlez Ongombi

    April 4, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Thanks So Mch 4 Ur Teaching Sir I’ve Understood De Article. And Dose Once Wu R’ Against It “Must” Style Up! Sir, May God Add U More Knowledge, AMEN.

  244. Kwame Brabi

    April 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Am indeed blessed,more grace man of God…thank you

  245. Alice Mmbaka

    April 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thanx so much for teaching us about fasting, av learned a lot. God bless you

  246. Ayinsugma Ayinpoka

    April 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    thank u bishop

  247. Seluleko Mpofu

    April 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Amen thank you so much .And God bless you.

  248. Younq Richness

    April 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Love it

  249. Ghettoapostle

    April 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Wow. Apt, concise,spirited,spirit-filled,scripture-based,sincere,graced from a humble heart dat wants to help others.
    God bless Bishop Emma Omon indeed.

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Many thanks! God bless you!

    • Ghettoapostle

      April 5, 2017 at 9:22 am

      I celebrate u sir. When I grow up I will like to be like u.
      My name is Prince Ugo Lawrence. I come from the Ghetto,trained by Archbishop Idahosa & inspired by men like Bishop Emma Omon.

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Glad hearing from you! Thank you for your kind words and prayer. I appreciate you and will be praying for you. Inbox your email address. Stay in touch! Blessings!

    • Ghettoapostle

      April 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Amen.
      Will do sir

  250. Samuel Fiagbe

    April 5, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for the Education. God Blees you..

  251. Oluwaremilekun Animashaun

    April 5, 2017 at 5:33 am

    This is what we call doing God works, I thank God for you sir

  252. Seraphim Kugudi

    April 5, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Thanks man of God

  253. Samuel Oghota

    April 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Bishop, thanks a lot, you have the word!

  254. Lorrd Twum-Berima Anarfi

    April 5, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    True talk

  255. Ev Anthony Obinna Aloy

    April 6, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Fasting is important as a believer. Psalm 109:24 David as a King fasted. Numbers 6:3-5 says separate from drinks and food. Then in 1sam 14:24 Saul as a king commanded his people to fast when d land of Israel was in distress.And many more.

  256. Vivian Darkwa

    April 6, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Bless you richly amen

  257. Rev'd Arinola Bola

    April 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I attended such a conference recently where the preacher who suppose to be a leader by example was discouraging the concept of fasting. After his ministration, I curiously asked the strength of his Church & a close ally to him said under 50 membership. You can SEE the source of his ministerial failures. You have well said Sir.

  258. Abass OlamiLekan Daniel

    April 7, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Sir u made a statement of the pleasures of flesh, does it mean that if not food dat makes up for the pleasures of our flesh can’t we stop our self with those other things separating ourselves to God during the period of the fast. And be able to follow because of health sake.???? Thank u sir

    • Bishop Emma Omon

      April 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

      I don’t quite understand your question. Please clarify!

  259. Abass OlamiLekan Daniel

    April 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    What if we don’t only base it on food? Maybe something else?

  260. Enoch Babatunde Daniel

    April 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Highly surprised at the level of your humility ,replying comments .more of God in your life sir .

    Have been bothered about this fasting of a thing specifically the ways how to go about lengthy fasting ,never knew I will come across this so soon . am truly blessed ,hoping to learn more from you .

    Grace !!!!

  261. Blessmon Destiny

    April 8, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Amen

  262. Olufunmilayo Adeboye

    April 8, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Good point sir, Thanks for the word of wisdom….More Grace sir

  263. Jeremiah Arthur

    April 8, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Tanx nd bless u dad

  264. Pauline Moatlhodi

    April 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thank man of God. I didn’t know these things. True in thevsoirit

  265. Cynthia Okeke Awolusi

    April 10, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Gudmorning sir, I am impressed by ur teaching, I am a student pastor under Redeem Church residing in Onitsha, I will like u to be one of my father in d Lord

  266. Yufenyuy Crispus

    April 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

    You have said it all Sir the fact is that some people are Antichrist

  267. Poster Man

    April 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Yaa good staff

  268. Olulowo Ademola

    April 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    God bless you sir.wonderful.

  269. Ngam Timi

    April 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I celebrate you sir

  270. Dennis Okpe

    April 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

    John Okpe Ezekiel Ode Okpe Usifoh Queen

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