Friday, September 16, 2011

Chew On This!

In regards to our fasting, chew on this! Did you get it?

In 2nd Chronicles 20:3, King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast for all of Judah. GREAT THINGS HAPPENED! 

In Matthew 6:16 and 17, Jesus says, “When you fast…” twice!  In other words, Jesus expects us to fast and I will go as far as to say that Jesus expects us to fast for each other! Why? Because he knows how powerful it is! No one in this church should be fasting about their individual battles on their own! Do not allow yourself to fast about your individual battles on your own! Enlist your God and your church family to help when the enemy is at your gate!

In its simplest form, fasting is being so consumed with a certain matter that it becomes more important than some frill in our life! However, fasting is not just giving up the frill.  Fasting is giving up the frill and then praying to our Heavenly Father! I have caught myself fasting and not praying! That is such a waste of our time! While fasting, we must pray as much as possible, as long as possible and as fervently as possible.

Give up something for the next seven days – something that makes you notice that you have given it up – and then seek -- on behalf of someone else -- God with passion in the midst of that noticing. Give up at least one thing a day – a TV show, a favorite drink, a favorite snack, a favorite hobby or maybe even a daily meal and seek God with intensity and dependency on behalf of someone else!

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