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What is the purpose of fasting? That’s what we are going to talk about today.
Hey everyone welcome back my name is Allen Parr and today I want to ask and answer three questions…
Read Isaiah 58:1-9 (3 times in the video)
1. What is fasting? (sum (hbr) means “to cover” the mouth and nestuo (grk) means “to abstain”)
a. Fasting is when we voluntarily (the Bible doesn’t command it) choose to sacrifice something of value for the purpose of seeking God with more intensity.
b. Usually it’s food because for most people food is the most difficult thing to give up. However, if food is not it for you (e.g. sex (in marriage), social media, entertainment, etc.)) then you may want to fast from food and something else that you know would be a sacrifice to give up (put some on the screen) and instead dedicate that time to God.
2. Why should we fast? (many of the great saints in the Bible practiced fasting (Paul, David, Elijah, Jesus, Moses, Esther, etc.)
a. Major Decision – To petition God for direction before making a major decision (Judges 20:26; Acts 14:23)
b. Personal Revival – To rekindle your passion for God and experience personal revival
c. Spiritual Strength – When people in the Bible fasted they felt spiritually stronger after the fast (Mt. 4; 17) (If you can’t overcome the power of your belly how can you overcome the power of a demon?)
d. Health benefits (longer life, resistance to diabetes and other illnesses)
e. Spiritual leaders encourage it (repentance, mourning, spiritual revival)
3. How should we fast?
a. Privately – Mt. 6: – Jesus says when you fast don’t walk around with a long face because you’re so hungry in hopes of someone asking you why you’re hungry.
b. Regularly – (Luke 2:37) – Fasting is not meant to be done once at the beginning of the year and never again. It is supposed to be an ongoing part of your Christian life like prayer and Bible study.
c. Intimately – In other words, don’t focus so much on what you’re giving up (that’s called a diet vs. fasting) instead focus on developing intimacy with God as a replacement but rather focus on putting your attention completely and totally upon God.
One of the greatest benefits of fasting is that it exposes the idolatry in your life. When you fast if all you can think about is what you’re giving up instead of focusing on God, it could be that is an idol in your life.
THE BEAT by Allen Parr
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