Continuing on in this series regarding the role of fasting in the life of a Christian, today, we will look at: What does fasting do? What do we actually accomplish when we fast? Here are 4 things that happen when we fast:
(1) Fasting is a submission of my will & ways to God’s will & ways. “Not my will, Lord, but Your will be done.” When we fast, we say, “it’s not about what I want, God, but what You want for me.”
(2) Fasting is exercise for your spiritual muscles.
- It is a way to stretch and strengthen your self-control –
- it’s like doing an intensive workout for the muscle of self-discipline.
- It helps stretch, grow, & strengthen those spiritual muscles.
(3) Fasting is a strong message to my flesh, to my desires. All day long, my flesh is constantly filling me with cravings: “I want chocolate, I want soda, I want entertainment –” I want, I want, I want. When we fast, we effectively tell our flesh:
“You are not the boss of me! I will not be ruled by my desires. I will not let my appetites control me. I willfully choose to have Something else be in control of me – SomeONE else. I submit my flesh and my desires, Lord, to Your Spirit and to Your desires for me.”
(4) And fasting is also a message to Christ that says,
“I am hungry for You! I am craving You more than anything else – more than lunch, or dessert, or the internet, or TV – or anything else! I am hungry for You, God.”
It is a demonstration of devotion to Jesus over anything else that may clamor for your mind’s attention and your heart’s affection.
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