Week 15: Fasting - The Simple Truth
S:Exodus 34: 28 – 29 (New Living Translation)
28 Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord[a] wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments[b]—on the stone tablets.
29 When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,[c] he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.
O: Why is it that fasting is talked of so little amongst most creatives? #FoodforThought Fundamentally fasting brings focus because you are sacrificing something that means alot to you and that you enjoy for something that deep down you know means even more but you don’t enjoy as much. What is interesting is to notice that, covertly the enemy has repurposed fasting in a way that social media fasts, juice fasts, intermittent fasts are in our everyday life. We seem quick and eager to do these but when fasting is unto God, whether it is food or devices, we seem to find it difficult and even unnecessary. But the truth is we feel the pain of fasting every day when we wake up from sleep or sign out of Instagram or FaceBook for a few weeks. When we fast we feel the pain of what we have given up and even the scriptures tell us that when Jesus fasted he was hungry (Luke 4:2). The power of fasting is that each time you reach a pain point, it causes you to remember what you are reaching for or gaining. If we as a creative community could truly lay hold of the power behind fasting that would change the game. Typically we find ourselves plagued and chased by the lusts of the flesh. By learning how to put our flesh under subjection and harness the focus and access that comes when the spirit is most sensitive, what sounds, what songs, what commands might we receive?
A: Why don’t you put that donut away and start fasting right now! Skip a meal for Jesus! All jokes aside, take an opportunity to explore the benefits of fasting unto God. Start with a couple of days in a month and devote those times or days to focus on God, excluding something that means a great deal to you.
P: Lord strengthen me as I make this decision to choose you over everything