Bringing in the The Year Strong
Traditionally fasting meant voluntarily going without food for an extended period. However, today with other temptations obscuring our purposeful walk food has become one of several things we can voluntarily go without.
Why do we do it? The short answer is because we’re following the example of Jesus:
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. (Matthew 4:1-2)
The longer answer is that fasting provides a powerful opportunity for us to reject sin and to intensify our prayer. It helps us tune out distractions. For example, the uncomfortable sensation of hunger reminds us that it’s time to eat. But when we fast, that hunger can serve as a reminder to pray! Building our relationship with God result in spiritual growth and should manifest in our daily lives.
40 Day Fast!
As we end 2018 reflect on your accomplishments, struggles, and failures. Now pat yourself on the back because no matter the outcome you made it to 2019! You are here on purpose so lets start the year strong. What is it that you would like to accomplish individually, in ministry, and throughout your daily life. Know that all things are possible, but this year you must participate in your own story.
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. Daniel 9:3
The ironic thing about fasting is that it really isn’t about not eating food. It’s about feeding on the fullness of every divine blessing secured for us in Christ. Fasting tenderizes our hearts to experience the presence of God. It expands the capacity of our souls to hear his voice and be assured of his love and be filled with the fullness of his joy. Thus fasting is not an act of willpower but a declaration of weakness. It is not a work of our hearts and bodies but a confession of our utter dependency on God and his grace. Fasting is not a statement that food or other things are bad, but that God is better! In other words, fasting is not a rejection of the many blessings God has given to us, but an affirmation that in the ultimate sense we prefer the Giver to his gifts. Fasting is a declaration that God is enough.
You Can Do It!
Now, what do you want in 2019? Make it plain. Choose what you will be giving up for the next 40 days. When you feel those urges or cravings forming remember that is your reminder to turn to God. Get into the word and rest your mind on the promises God has for you. Bring your flesh under control will manifest positively in your life. During these next days celebrate your victories, each day, each hour, each minute and second you commit to telling yourself no! You can do it!