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awake21.org – a fast experience – day nine

  • January 23, 2012 9:56 am
Monday 01.23.12

Yesterday at church, our pastor said that fasting humbles us and positions us to hear from God.  I am finding this to be true.  I was tossing this around this morning while driving to work and wondering about the details.  How and why does fasting humble us?  God brought to my mind pride and self-preservation.  Pride says, I can have that; I can handle it.  But when we deny ourselves, we give pride the stiff arm.  Self-preservation says, But I need that!  When that kicks in and we don’t give in, we have deepened our dependence on God. Our spirit receives strength when our flesh is denied.  It’s a fact and something hard to grasp until it is experienced.  Fasting is a feed the spirit, starve the flesh experience.  Everyone knows that what you feed is what will grow; fasting is kind of a radical approach to this.  It is something temporary that we do, but if the concept of fasting is applied to our lives daily, what amazing changes we will see.  I’m not saying that we have to deny ourselves of everything, all day, every day.  But we, as Americans, are typically indulgent.  We have been known to be an excessive and entitled bunch.  I don’t want to live my life this way.  I like nice things, good food and a great movie as much as the next guy, but how much of these things do I make a priority in my life?  How much time and resources do I give to these things?  What is my focus?  In living life, we get caught up in things and doing.  Fasting is like a slap from reality asking us to reassess what is really important in life.

And what is not important is the remnants of the strawberry cheesecake blizzard that has been in my freezer since before the fast.  I am sad, no happy, to say that it will go the way of the trash can.  Pride and self-preservation can talk to the hand.