Mia is an old creation transformed into a new creation. Mia has left the old version of herself in the past. Mia does not have the same lifestyle or the same desires. She does not even have the same presence. Mia experienced dying to her flesh and giving life to her spirit.
In the previous decade, I lost friends, desires to things that only distracted me, activities that did not benefit me, and a mentality that caused limitations. Overall, I am not who I was 10 years ago. I have gained things beyond this world - I am sealed into a special relationship with God, I birthed a ministry, my revelation is deep, and my purpose is clear. I write this in confidence that the theme of my previous decade was a set up for God’s signature on earth.
Matthew 22:36-38 "Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
This means dying to the things of this world and also know as dying to the flesh. Dying to the flesh requires putting God before every single thing in our life. And when we put the Lord our God in position we will feel our flesh crying out. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. It will be tough, it will feel weird but this too will pass. For me, I had to put God before food. When I am worried, I eat. When I am sad, I eat. When I am happy, I eat. When I am successful, I eat. When I fail, I eat. It is clear that eating has been my comfort zone in my wilderness. But my God is jealous.
Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14
I committed to letting go of my attachment to food. I began by participating in the 21 Day Daniel Fasting and Praying with Pastor Mike Todd. We ate strictly vegetables and fruits. And most importantly, we spent time every day in prayer and reading the word of God. To fast is laying aside something we want and focusing on God instead. Fighting our flesh is a daily job and fasting is a way for deliverance. Instead of running to my favorite foods, I ran to God. Others fasted from social media, Netflix, shopping, drinking, etc.
Why? Ultimately, I wanted to prove my love for God. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the blessings that God showers us with but it can often look like we are just using Him because we know he is the source... but do we truly and wholeheartedly love the Lord our God?
21 days of fasting and praying blew my mind. I experienced the Holy Spirit working in me. There were days when I thought I was not going to make it through a day of work because I was so hungry and my flesh wanted carbs, sugar, meat, and dairy. While my body felt weak my spirit was stronger than ever. Its a feeling I can’t even put into words. Not only did I make it through work but my focus was sharp and my work ethic was on point. That's God! And that was only the beginning.
Throughout these 21 days, I received clear mental downloads from heaven. I became aware of God’s vision for my year to demand time with Him, talk to Him about everything, stay in the word and not let up. I experienced the strength of the Holy Spirit - the same spirit that was with Jesus and the same spirit that is with you. Every day got better and every day got sweeter. God is real. I am so thankful that I was influenced to set aside the first 21 days of 2020 and put God into position. After 21 days, I broke the fast. The beautiful thing I realized at the end of it all was that the fast was temporary but the transformation is forever. It is now a habit for me to seek God and receive his word. He is a vitamin that I must take every single day.
I write this in confidence that when we choose to die to our flesh we are choosing life. There are endless ways for us to prove our love to God, seek yours. Here are a few I have done.
- Commit to one hour each day of praying + reading the Bible
- Write to God every day
- Attend church on Sundays
- Spend time in worship
- Replace the thing you love the most with time with God
- Seven Day Intermittent Fast
- Three Day Water Fast
- After waking up, open the bible app before any other app and read the verse of the day
Queen of the Wilderness