Why do I look cast down when fasting sometimes? Why do I moan about how tired I feel or the lack of energy? Yet, when I can't complete one day I feel like a failure. Why do I always find myself in a war front with my flesh in the morning when it time to fast, but hate to eat breakfast when I'm not fasting. Why do I feel like I need to get compliment from people because of "well" or "often" I fast. When did it become a diet and not a lifestyle? Where is my focus in all of this? And the ever asked question, what is fasting? These are the questions that rampage through my thoughts when about to embark of a fast whether it be for a day or 40 days. I find myself missing the point, and somewhere down the line crash. a After having not gained anything but weight from trying to make up for the things I felt I was loosing out on during the fast, I end up feeling like a failure, or sometimes I deceive myself by saying I have done well. Yet I have this dissatisfaction lurking at the back of my mind.
What is Fasting?
I have asked and been asked this question so many times. What exactly is it and why do we do it? Well, lets go into the word shall we? Contrary to the Google definition of fasting being ' to abstain from food or drink for a period of time'. Fasting is not about whether we eat or not, or what food we eat or don't eat. It is much deeper than that. Our choosing not to eat some certain foods or at all, is just a small fragment or it. It is a way of subduing our flesh and empowering our minds given us discipline, but there's more. That in itself is not the fasting. It is just the precaution we take to empower our spirit man when fasting. Fasting is hidden. It is the 'closet time with God'.
Matt 6 vs 16-18 say: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17, But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
When we fast we enter into the secret courts and commune with the father on a deeper level than even when we pray. It was the separation that Moses had with God in Mount Sinai, and the time the disciples had in one accord on the day of Pentecost. The summary of the verses is placing our focus on being real with God, rather than appearing Godly in the sight of man. It is a hidden virtue focused on God alone. Therefore it is not about what we eat or don't eat, but most importantly what we do in secret.
Reference The Holy Spirit https://bible.org/question/what-does-bible-say-about-fasting
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