Verses 1-4 are the results of a fast that includes the act of fasting without the attitude of the fast. The act without the proper attitude. The habit without the humility. People desiring the Spiritual Blessings without conforming to the Spirits leading for their behavior.
The Behavior (Our Attitudes) • Submission(V.4 NLT) • Sincerity (V.5 NLT) • Set the Captive Free - Forgive (V.6 NLT) • Stop Suppressing Others = Oppress - Hold back, Smoother, Stifle, Cause Pain (V.6 NLT) • Don’t be Stingy, Be Generous(v.7 NLT)
The Blessings • Freedom from Addictions, Attitudes, and Afflictions (V 6.) • Freedom from Addictions • Lust of the Flesh Lust of the Eyes and The Pride of Life.
Freedom from Attitudes • Negativity • Doubts • Fears • Freedom from Afflictions • a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery
An Accelerated Renewal of the Body (V.8 NLT) • An Unmistakable Direction for your life and ministry. (V.8 & 11 NLT) • A Guard Posted at the Unknown Areas of Assault. (V.8 NLT) • An Unmistakable Presence of God in Your Life. (V.10 NLT)
Spiritual Refreshment & Revival (V.11 NLT) • An Established Heritage(V.12 NLT) • A Restoration and Increase in Your Dwelling Places.
Joel 1:14 14 Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. (NKJ)
Joel 2:15-17 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room.
17 Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, and do not give Your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'" (NKJ)
KJV – Solemn = Sober, Serious or Earnest Assembly • Let us blow the trumpet, humble ourselves, and consecrate the fast.