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. Jesus fasted and set the example when He went to the wilderness (SF 1.0 Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines, 2014).
Fasting as a spiritual discipline in that it intentionally denies and controls the physical needs, desires and sensitivities. 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 -...
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Personal confession is a necessity before public confession. One important thing that one would publicly confess as a Christian is that they in fact are a Christian. The Word tells us we must personally confess “Jesus is Lord” Romans 10:9-10 and through Baptism we confess this publicly (Renovation Fellowship & Confession).
Public confession will nourish one’s sense of being loved by others. And it will promote healing physically and spiritually in the Body of Christ. The vitality of the Church to some degree is contingent upon its transparency. Because of God’s love we love one another and are able to openly confess our sins to one another without worry of judgment. Being this open creates intimacy among one another and breaks down the walls of artificial social constructs created in society and ultimately in the church (Renovation Fellowship & Confession).
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