Your First Sermon Note
June 24, 2021

Your First Sermon Note

June 24, 2021

Fasting for Purpose


Joel Wood / Lighthouse Church

Back to Basics / Spiritual Discipline

Matthew 6:16–18; Luke 18:9–14; Matthew 9:14–17

When you find humility through fasting, you make room for God to move.


Understanding Fasting

In the Old Testament, fasting is most often seen as an act of .

2 Samuel 1:11-12, Daniel 9:3, Esther 4:3

In the New Testament, fasting is seen as a of drawing closer to God

Acts 13:2-3, Luke 2:37

Fasting is denying yourself something to rely on God to you what you .

The Struggle to Fast

The spiritual discipline of fasting is ignored by many Christians and loathed by many more.

Fasting for spiritual gain is a foreign idea to many Christians because food is the we are unwilling to set aside, even for a short season.

The victim of this idolatry is .

Fasting as a spiritual discipline is not practiced by most Christians.

Intentions of Fasting

Matthew 6:16-18

Jesus speaks to the intentions of the heart.

The practice of publicly fasting had become the spiritual one-up.

Jesus addresses this again in Luke 18:9-14

The purpose of fasting must be rooted in humility and is not a practice to self-promote.

The practice of fasting should not be overshadowed by legalism

When you find humility through fasting, you make room for God to move.

Should I Fast?

Unlike other spiritual disciplines, there is no commandment to fast.

Jesus’s response to the disciples of John and identifies the reasons and values of fasting.

Matthew 9:14-17

Fasting is a spiritual discipline in the pursuit of God.

Jesus’s response identifies him as God.

Jesus also expresses his expectations that his followers will practice fasting as an act of drawing closer to God.

Jesus’s expectation of his followers is that they pursue a personal relationship with God. Fasting is a way for us to pursue God.

Fasting Resource – Dr. Bill Bright

https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/fasting/personal-guide-to-fasting.2.html

 

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