Seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it?
You can’t fast and FEAST at the same time!
Or can you?
We’re in a series at church called “Rhythms” on the spiritual disciplines that need to be patterns in our lives so we stay spiritually healthy. Yesterday was on the discipline of fasting. I have a new outlook on that today. Most of what I’m sharing today came from Pastor Todd Mullins and his wife Julie, who taught yesterday. Here’s some of what I learned:
- We don’t live in a culture that fasts, we live in a culture that consumes.
- The things of this world don’t satisfy in the long term. A person can stuff themselves at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and still be hungry the next day.
- Fasting is a way to deny myself and strengthen my “no” muscle (Luke 9:23)
Most of the time I have looked at fasting as something to
deny myself –
almost a time of deprivation.
But yesterday I was really challenged to change my focus.
2 key things that Pastor Todd & Julie said really stuck with me,
and I appreciate this perspective as we talk to the boys about the time of fasting.
- Fasting strengthens our spirit.
- Fasting is not just about abstaining, it’s about FILLING UP with God’s Word and God’s presence!
- Fast on the things of this world to FEAST on the things of God’s kingdom
We’re heading into a time of prayer and fasting as a church. Instead of my focus being on what I’m doing without to create additional time with God, my focus is going to be filling up and feasting in His presence. Like Pastor Todd & Julie said, some strongholds are broken and some deliverance comes only through prayer and fasting (Mark 9:28-29). I’m looking forward to what God is going to do in this time!
What about you?
Have you ever let go of something natural to lay hold of something supernatural?
What are you fasting so you can FEAST on God and His kingdom?