I’m Just Not A Fan of This…

BUT I KNOW I HAVE TO DO IT…

FASTING

(JUST BEING HONEST)

FASTING…the word sends shivers down my spine.  Not because of some spiritual thing happening to me; it’s because I love food so much, that thought of going without it sends my body into convulsions.

One of my favorite Bible expositors of all time, D Martyn Lloyd Jones, said this about fasting.

“Fasting, if we conceive of it truly, must NOT be confined to the question of food and drink; fasting should really be made to include abstinence from anything which is legitimate in and of itself for the sake of some special spiritual purpose. There are many bodily functions which are right and normal and perfectly legitimate, but which for special peculiar reasons in certain circumstances should be controlled. That is fasting.”

I agree with Dr Lloyd Jones’ words….
I think you can fast ESPN as well as a meal.
I think you can fast Fantasy football and golf.

The goal is not a hunger strike.
The goal is to provide more time to seek God.
It is whatever opens up the door for more prayer.

The first century meal was a production.
It took hours , and it was un-rushed.
There was no fast food at that time.
To fast a meal was to open up the door for more time.

Jesus said in Mark 9 that “these only come out by prayer and fasting” and the “these” are demons. Now if I’m a demon, then I would want to hang out with those people that are unable to physically fast due to a medical condition.  It doesn’t make sense to me.

To fast is to create greater space to pray.  God hears us because we are His children not because we are voluntarily starving ourselves.  And what Father would not give greater attention to his child who is creating more space to be with him and to talk to him.

The Need Is Mutual…

I get asked all the time by those disgruntled with the church….

”I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian do I ?”

And the answer to that is an obvious and resounding “no”.

Nothing that I know has changed… we are all still saved BY GRACE NOT CHURCH.
However (and that’s a big however) though you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian,
you do have to go to church TO BE A GROWING CHRISTIAN.

Let me say that again…..
You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian
But you do have to go to church to be a growing Christian.
The writer of Hebrews says it this way.

Heb. 10:24 Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out,
Heb. 10:25 not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

You need the church, someone is waiting to help you grow.
And we need you here, you can help us grow.