Your Kingdom Come: Part 4January 24, 2021
SERIES: YOUR KINGDOM COME
PART 4: COMB YOUR HAIR AND WASH YOUR FACE
From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
(Matthew 4:17, NLT)
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
(Matthew 6:16-18, NLT)
- Jesus assumes that will be a practice among His followers.
- Fasting is to be focused on God and .
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.
During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
(Matthew 4:1-4, NLT)
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
(John 17:21, NLT)
- Fasting has a unique power to so we can bring them truly to God.
- Our hunger doesn’t the condition of our heart … it the condition of our heart.
…for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
(Phillippians 4:11b-13, NLT)