The Importance Of Fasting

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Fasting Fasting is to do without something for a period of time, usually as in food and drink, but can be most anything. The need to fast is shown in the Scriptures in Matthew 6:16-18,
16 “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.
There were a number of times when fasting and wilderness experiences in the Bible were extremely important in the roles of leaders in the Bible.
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And increases one’s spiritual strength and sensitivity. When it is possible to break the hold on something physical it will sharpen the spiritual sensitivity. Much like a blind persons other senses become sharper without sight. Biblical fasting is always done for the purpose of spirituality. In the abstinence of something value something much more valuable takes its place (SF 1.0 Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines, 2014). Fasting should be for a limited time when fasting from food. Extended time without food can be damaging to the body. Fasting is not intended to be a punishment and should not be used as such. It should not be used as a way to “diet” either. Anyone can fast, but not all can fast from food such as diabetics (Christian Fasting - What does the Bible say, 2014). When we take our eyes off of worldly items we can focus on God more intently with greater fervor. It will change a person. Fasting should be done humbly and in secret. Fasting is a way to show God, and one self, the seriousness of our relationship with Him. It causes a new reliance upon God (Christian Fasting - What does the Bible say,…show more content…
He was the only one that was or is perfect and without sin. Our sins must be confessed before the Father to receive His forgiveness and redeeming Grace. Confession does more than clear one’s own conscience it is an act of submission to being obedient to God. The need for confession is seen in the Word as James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” The wrongs we have committed and the wrongs we have suffered weigh us down like baggage that drags the heart, mind and body down. Guilt is a ready tool for the enemy to use against a Christian. Confession serves to cleanse the ‘baggage’ full of wrongs. It is why Jesus died on the cross; to atone for our sin. Confession allows us to bring the wrongs to Christ and makes us able to genuinely repent for our mistakes. Confession ends the pretense. The honesty with which we come to Christ with the burdens leads to conviction which leads to confession. Confession leads to sorrow and then to repentance. Repentance then leads to change so that we may turn from that which made us sin. It is the vehicle through which God gave us to be able to grow from our mistakes (SF 1.0 Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines,
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