Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Living Tableau- Fasting

Matthew 6: 16 – 18 (NKJV)
16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Pastor’s Notes

Fasting is an opportunity to free ourselves from the distractions that keep us from focusing on our Savior Jesus Christ. Fasting clears us out and opens frees us to seek God’s will in a manner that exceeds our normal habits of worship and prayer. Fasting offers another dimension because we choose to give up something that distracts us from hearing from God. A common fast is that of food. We may elect to skip several meals and when the hunger pangs start, we pray during those times and let God fill us up. It is amazing how we no longer hunger when we are in God’s presence.

There are other means of fasting as well. We may choose to fast spending, drinking, dating, shopping, television, computer games, happy hours, or anything that distracts us from giving our undivided attention to God, the author and finisher of our faith.

What do you love as much as you love God? Fast it over a period of time and see how God moves in our lives and spirit. God wants all of us, not what’s left after we spend precious time with other things, including people. Let’s keep Christ first in our lives by fasting as often as possible for a closer walk with the Lord? Practice fasting regularly.

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