Jesus has been convicting me about spending so much time behind a screen and being anxious about temporary things.
He was asking me to let go of some things in order to get closer to Him and hear His voice.
Fasting is not something we do naturally. It goes against our flesh, and takes self-discipline.
Listed below are notes taken from a sermon on fasting preached by Mr. Brick Crowder last October.
- Fasting is a discipline that Jesus both taught and practiced.
- Fasting helps you to align the priorities in your life in the order they should be in
Purposes of fasting:
1. Strengthen Prayer
- the passion of your prayers
- Ezra 8:23
- Nehemiah 1:4
- Daniel 9:3
2. See God’s guidance
- clearly discern the will of God
3. Express Grief
- Judges 20:26
4. Seek deliverance or protection
5. Express repentance in return to God
- we should be grieved over our sins
- signal obedience in a new direction
6. Humility before God
7. Express concern for the will of God
8. Minister to the needs of others
9. Overcome temptation and dedicate yourself to God
- extra spiritual strength to overcome
10. Express love and worship to God
As I was reading Jefferson Bethke’s book It’s Not What You Think, I was reminded of God’s whispers, and the way He speaks to us. To hear a whisper, we have to be listening.
I challenge and encourage you to obey God’s voice, remove distractions, and listen for the whispers.