“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23
The heart of man is his spirit. The spirit of man is the core of man’s being. Man is essentially a spirit, he has a soul and lives in a body. I Thessalonians 5:23. During fasting, even a proclaimed; a man’s spirit (the heart) is meant to receive a boost and be empowered. The spirit is meant to gain dominance over the soul and the body during fasting.
The soul of man which comprises of his mind (his seat of intellect and reasoning), his emotions and his will; is the gateway to his spirit (i.e his heart). In order to be able to keep the heart with all diligence because out of it are the issues of life; the soul (which is the gateway and the link between the body and the spirit) must be well kept in the like manner.
For instance, the body will always react negatively to the fact that it had to go without food; it gets irritated and sends signals to the mind for processing so that decision could be taken. Such decision could be some negative emotional response or reaction. For instance, someone says “a hungry man is an angry man”. The fact that one is on a proclaimed fast does not mean that the body will not send the request for food which is the feeling of hunger to the mind. If the soul is not well kept, the person fasting (even in a proclaimed fast) could react to opportunist circumstance with outburst of anger which stems out of irritation from the body as a result of discomforts of fasting. Apostle Paul said:
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” – I Corinthians 9:27
To make the most of the proclaimed fast, the body must be brought under subjection of the spirit. The five doors of the mind must be well tamed to line up with the focus of the hour. Thoughts must be disciplined to flow along with the scriptures and the purpose of the proclaimed fast. Careless thoughts, careless talks and “out-of-bearing” moves should be avoided so that the enemy does not take advantage one. The Bible says:
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” – II Corinthians 2:11
Therefore, “unholy” interaction and association should be avoided. Wrong company (both physical and virtual) should be avoided. Remember, prophecies are often time subjected to mockery of natural men. A proclaimed fast is prophetic in nature. It is important to watch the company one keeps especially during the proclaimed fast.
Scriptures for meditation: Proverbs 4:23; I Corinthians 9:27; Proverbs 13:20; I Corinthians 15:33
Jesus is Lord!