Scripture reading: "Is this not the fast that I have chosen…Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In." – Isaiah 58:6a & 12
The phrase "flash in the pan" refers to something that happens only once or for a short time and will not be repeated. It is believed that this phrase was coined during the Californian Gold Rush of the mid-19th century in the USA. Prospectors who panned for gold supposedly became excited when they saw something glitter in the pan, only to have their hopes dashed when it proved not to be gold but a mere "flash in the pan." The history of the world is replete with people and organizations that initially showed flashes of success in several fields of endeavor but unfortunately could not leave valuable legacies for future generations. In the discipline of fasting, Christians since antiquity have religiously sought and continue to seek the face of the Lord for issues in their lives that are short-lived and do not leave enduring legacies.
In our scripture reading for today, the Holy Spirit through the prophet reveals certain benefits of fasting that go beyond the usual "God bless me, bless me, bless me now!" Through fasting and prayer, an unusual grace of God is released upon hitherto ordinary believers, transforming them into a divine army described as, "Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In." – Isaiah 58:12. The world had a taste of this kind of divine army when William and Catherine Booth began "The Salvation Army" in July 1865 in the slums of London. Their first converts were thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, drunkards and the downtrodden of society. The enduring legacy of "The Salvation Army" that was birthed through fasting, prayer and deep passion for the Greatest Commandment and Commission is worthy of emulation. It is now our turn.
As the world spirals downwards into the abyss of darkness before the Lord returns in the clouds of glory, people, communities and nations are crying earnestly for God’s appointed "repairer of the breaches and the restorer of streets to dwell in." The Apostle Paul heard and responded in his time to a cry to build the old waste places and raise up the foundations of many generations when a Macedonian man pleaded earnestly with him in a vision as stated in Acts 16:9b, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." Yes, we shall be healed, delivered and empowered for many mighty acts during the upcoming "Octoberfast" that starts tomorrow but we must not become "a flash in the pan." A divine revelation has come to us that through fasting, we position ourselves for an extraordinary grace to leave godly legacies for not only this generation but posterity. The world, like in the days of William and Catherine Booth, is desperately crying for God’s people who are anointed to build the old waste places, raise up the foundations of many generations, repair the breaches and restore the streets to dwell in. The grace of God is being made available continuously; receive it for divine works that will endure forever.
Stay strong and in great expectancy during our "21 days of Dominion" that begins tomorrow.
Memory verse: "Is this not the fast that I have chosen…Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In." – Isaiah 58:6a & 12
Pastor Dr. Isaac Paintsil
Christ’s Oasis Ministries