fasting

my thoughts on fasting because i have never really studied it before. this is not an extensive study as there is limited time before little man wakes up, but i wanted to take some time and read through Scripture, pray, and write about my findings.

Matthew 4:1-4

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

-under the Spirit’s leading, Jesus prepared to meet the devil by fasting.

-the Lord began his ministry by fasting

-he triumphed the devil through fasting.

why do it?

God cares about the things of the heart.  when we detox or fast, everything of the heart comes out. at first, we blame our anger, pride, selfishness on the hunger but it’s really because we are addicted to something other than God.  yes, we need food, but we (i) can stand to go without a few meals and still be OK.

goal

to become weak again (i am always weak, but do i realize it?) and seek God for all of my strength. “man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

if fasting is not about God, then it’s about me.  and then we’re back at square one.

2 comments on “fasting

  1. T says:

    I enjoyed this post. I find that when I fast, it really helps me focus on God more. Every hunger pain and every temptation is a summoning from Jesus to run to Him. Jesus is enough, but sometimes we need to remove barriers to fully see this.

  2. Shari, since you love reading, you have GOT to read this! http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/fbe/fbe006.htm

    It is the ancient story about Adam and Eve. They found it all over the middle east in different languages and what I think you will find on fasting for 40 days and “baptism” will really make you think that this “legend” that was passed down through the generations could actually be the truth!

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