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FASTING

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.     Philippians 3:7

More than any other single Discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us.  This is a wonderful benefit to the true disciple who longs to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.  We cover up what is inside with food and other good things, but in fasting these things surface…Fasting helps us keep our balance in life.  How easily we begin to allow nonessentials to take precedence in our lives.  How quickly we crave things we do not need until we are enslaved by them…

Numerous people have written on the many other values of fasting such as increased effectiveness in intercessory prayer, guidance in decisions, increased concentration, deliverance for those in bondage, physical well-being, revelations, etc.  In this, as in all matters, we can expect God to reward those who diligently seek Him…

Fasting reveals the things that control us.  The central idea in fasting is the voluntary denial of an otherwise normal function for the sake of intense spiritual activity.

                                                Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline & Freedom of Simplicity

 

When we fast, we are seriously seeking God’s face.  Fasting disrupts business as usual.  Is that what you are looking for?  Are you crying out for God to do something in you that He has never done before?  Are you tired of business as usual?  Then get ready to begin your fast!

                                                          Jentezen Franklin

 

Fasting is a knife that cuts away superficiality, getting to the bone.  Effective, because it is able to break daily patterns upon which you have become so dependent.  When those patters of pleasure are removed, you are left with your own internal resources.  If those resources are bankrupt then during fasting you will come face to face with a vacuum that only God can fill.

                                                         Ron Lagerquist, from www.freedomyou.com

 

The final answer is that God rewards fasting because fasting expresses the cry of the heart that nothing on earth can satisfy our souls besides God.  God must reward this cry because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

                                                         John Piper, Hunger for God

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • How could you see making fasting a part of the disciplines that draw you closer to Jesus?
  • What about fasting is hard, scary or causes you be hesitant to try?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

verses related to this topic

  • Exodus 34:28

    Exodus 34:28

    So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

  • 1 Samuel 7:6

    1 Samuel 7:6

    They gathered to Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day and said there, "We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel judged the sons of Israel at Mizpah.

  • Isaiah 58:6

    Isaiah 58:6

    Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke?

  • Daniel 10:3

    Daniel 10:3

    I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.

  • Joel 1:14

    Joel 1:14

    Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the LORD.

  • Joel 2:12

    Joel 2:12

    “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning;”

  • Matthew 6:16-17

    Matthew 6:16-17

    “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

  • Matthew 9:14-15

    Matthew 9:14-15

    Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

  • Acts 13:2-3

    Acts 13:2-3

    While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

  • Acts 14:23

    Acts 14:23

    When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

  • 1 Cor. 9:25-27

    1 Cor. 9:25-27

    Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

  • Philippians 3:7

    Philippians 3:7

    But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

books related to this topic

  • Fasting

    Fasting

    One of the better and most comprehensive books available on fasting. Franklin helps you understand how Fasting helps you be uncluttered from the things of the world and become more sensitive to the things of God.

  • A Hunger for God

    A Hunger for God

    Pastor-scholar John Piper invites the reader to sharpen his or her appetite for God by turning away from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry and draw closer to God through simple fasting with accompanying prayer

  • The Spirit of the Disciplines

    The Spirit of the Disciplines

    Willard deals with both the practice of discipline in a disciple’s life and also the underlying needs that are met in this way of living. Fasting is only a small part of the book but he gives both importance and results of fasting in our spiritual journey.

  • Celebration of Discipline

    Celebration of Discipline

    Foster looks at the topic of fasting in this classic book on the spiritual disciplines. Great resource for those who want to experience depth in their relationship with Christ.

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