Encounter 21: Week #3
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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
January 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Daniel 10:1-3
Subject
Fasting, Breakthrough, Daniel
Description

From last service:

PRINCIPLE #1: WHY we do what we do is every bit as important as what we do.

PRINCIPLE #2: If you do the right thing for the wrong reason, you’ll eventually end up doing the wrong thing…


 

Have you ever felt like you just didn’t fit in? 

 

Daniel 1:1-2 (NKJV)

 

The story of Daniel is that of a man who finds God’s favor in a foreign land despite much opposition.

 

How was it that Daniel was able to endure all that he did and yet receive such powerful visions and words?

Daniel understood the power of prayer and fasting.

 

    1.  Keep himself pure

  • We can fast to purify our bodies but also our spirits.

    2.  See the promise of God fulfilled.

  • We can fast to see the promises of God fulfilled in our lives.

    3.  Receive revelation from God.

 

Daniel 10:1-3 (NKJV)

 


Daniel received a powerful spiritual revelation and breakthrough when he went on a partial fast for 21 days.


 

In Daniel’s 21 days he received:

I.  Understanding

Perhaps you have some questions.  Maybe questions about spiritual things, about personal matters, about family issues.

Through fasting you can receive understanding.

 

II. Vision

Daniel 10:4-9 (NKJV)

 

Daniel’s vision is that of a “certain man.”

This vision looks much like a pre-incarnate Christ appearing to Daniel.

Compare Daniel’s vision with a description of Christ in Revelation 1:12-16.

 


If we will fast, we can have greater spiritual vision.  We can get a revelation of Christ in our life.


 

III. Breakthrough

In this last section of chapter 10 we have some very powerful insight into the warfare that takes place in the spiritual realm.

During the time of Daniel’s 21 day fast an angel has been dispatched to bring the answer but during the 21 days he has fought with the prince of Persia.

 

Daniel 10:12-14 (NKJV)

 

Who is the prince of the kingdom of Persia?

This is not a physical person. This is not the leader of the Persian Empire.  This is a demon spirit which has been given authority over the kingdom of Persia.

  • The Bible calls Satan the god of this present age (2 Corinthians 4:3)
  • This demon promoted the idol worship and false teaching that prevailed with gods of the Persians.

 

1)  There is a warfare taking place in the spiritual realm.

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

 

2) We are caught up in the spiritual conflict.

You cannot serve God and avoid spiritual warfare.

 

3)  Prayer and fasting can make a difference.