Fasting. Not the most exciting word in Christian lingo, is it? It’s definitely not the word that makes you want to jump up and down while shouting, “Hallelujah!” The word fasting conjures images of pain, suffering, and lack…not exactly the hallmarks of Charismatic Christianity. But words like Power, Anointing, and Miracles… now, those are words we can get excited over! The only problem is we cannot fully function in these without first dying to ourselves. God will only pour the power of the Holy Spirit out upon you to the degree to which you have been mortified. In order to be conformed to the image of Christ, we must first die to the image of “us.”
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. – Romans 8:29
We must be conformed or fashioned into the image of Christ that is deposited in our new nature when we are born again. Be honest with yourself and take a moment to pinpoint the things in your life that you know are not conformed to this image. What is it in you that is not Christ-like? These things are called the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21) and must be addressed in order for the image of Christ to come forth in you.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the spirit you mortify the deeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:13
By definition, mortification is the process by which you become dead. Of course, we are not literally killing ourselves in order to be conformed to the image of Christ. Instead, we are recognizing what we call “positional truth.” By Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, we have been given certain truths positionally in the spirit. For example, Ephesians 2:6 tells us that Christ has “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” We are not physically sitting in heavenly places, but we are positioned there in that place of authority by Christ’s work. By the same token, when the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:20 that he is “crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live” he is talking about the positional truth that is accomplished by identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He was simply saying that he had died to his own desires so that the will, plan, and purpose of God would take the forefront in his life. So often, we say we want God’s plan in our lives, but we are not willing to let go of our own. In order to do this, we must surrender our carnal desires by dying to our own will. When we do this, His will becomes the driving force of our lives.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.- Romans 12:1
I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. - 1 Corinthians 15:31
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. - Galatians 5:24
In order to identify with Christ’s death in a positional way, we submit ourselves to the process of becoming dead to the flesh. This is accomplished through fasting. We know that speaking in tongues for edification builds our spirit man up and begins to address the sins or handles that are present in our soulish realm. By adding fasting, we accelerate the process by which we are conformed to the image of Christ because we are also identifying with His physical death. This “one-two punch” of tongues for edification plus fasting makes up the foundation for the Mortification Process. This process causes the image of Christ to be revealed in us. Is there something keeping you from victory in every area of your life? Are there parts of you that do not look like Jesus? What is hindering God’s plan for your life from coming to pass? What keeps God’s power, anointing, and miracles from flowing through you? Now is the time to find the answers to these questions. Now is the time to SEEK God through prayer and fasting.