FASTING (3)                                                                                    Matthew 9:14-17

As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.(v15)

FASTING HAPPENS WHEN BELEIVERS FAST?

Firstly,  some suggest that true fasting, emotionally and spiritually, is a form of mourning. Godly fasting is something different. Jesus said that after his departure His people would fast because as it is with a bridegroom leaving, there would be sadness (Matthew 9:15) But that fasting would eventually be replaced by feasting (Revelation 22:17,20) Fasting which is prompted by the Holy Spirit helps us to identify with God’s grief over the sin and folly of humanity. We are sharing God’s feelings. Jesus said; “Blessed are they that mourn”  (Matthew 5:4) Else where we are promised that there will be “…beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)

Secondly, when we fast, we are bringing our physical bodies into submission. In 1 Corinthians 9:27 Paul said, “I bear my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the price.” In Galatians 5:7 Paul writes “The sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other.It is through our “flesh” that sin comes enticing us. Fasting deals with the two great barriers which are erected by our own carnal natures. These are the self-will of the soul and the insistent self-gratifying appetites of our bodies (Stuart Robinson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, teach me to fast and pray with the right attitude so that my fasting will be acceptable to You. Holy Spirit bring me unto subjection to fast aright. Amen.

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