ABCs of Fasting – Part 1
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Message Summary: We are in the Season of Lent, winch is the period that the Church has set apart for Christians to examine themselves spiritually and to get themselves right with the Lord. Fasting is one of elements of personal self-denial in Lent, and fasting is the voluntary self-denial of food and drink for a specific period -- fasting is saying no to the flesh so that we can say yes to the Spirit. Fasting is something that enlivens and enhances our Spiritual life and deepens our relationship with God.
Fasting was a part of the lifestyle of the New Testament believer. While we can fast though self-denial of many things, this discussion focuses on fasting from food and drink; and our fasting can include several types: 1) one-day fast; 2) three-day fast; 3) seven-day fast; 4) three-week fast; 5) the forty-day fast; 6) the Isaiah 58 fast -- It is one thing to fast personally, but in the time of our fasting, if we are not thinking of those around us, our fast is not reflecting God (Isaiah 58:3-14) -- the “Isaiah 58 Fast” is all about “living our fast” through imparting the presence of God into the lives of others; and 7) bridegroom fast (Matthew 9:14-15). When God calls us to fast, it may be for a specific type of fast.
Since some of us can’t fast with food and drink, we can still fast by finding other ways through which we can say no to the flesh. Other means of fasting might include: portable electronic devices, TV, Facebook, Internet, movies, sexual intimacy, sports, addictive habits, and food and drink variations (e.g., deserts, coffee).
The key question to ask regarding fasting is: “Lord, is there anything in my life more precious to me than You?” – then we have the answer to what we should fast.
Today’s Affirmation: I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13).
Scripture Reference (ESV): Acts 9:9; Acts 13:2; Acts 14:23; Daniel 10:2-3; Isaiah 58:3-14; Matthew 9:14-15; 1 Corinthians 7:5; Matthew 6:16-18.