Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Wesley Duewel. He said: "Fasting in the biblical sense is choosing not to partake of food because your spiritual hunger is so deep, you determination in intercession so intense, or your spiritual warfare so demanding that you have temporarily set aside even fleshly needs to give yourself to prayer and meditation."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE FASTS GOD CHOOSES" from Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
From the beginning, people have pursued God. They wrongly built the Ziggurat (tower) of Babel to reach Him in Genesis 11:1-9. They rebelliously carved images to please God. They arrogantly conceived and lived by legalistic laws to impress God. They constructed monasteries and isolated themselves to please God. As we shall see, they even fasted wrongly in an attempt to divert His attention from other things they should have been doing, but were neglecting.
It's important to note that religious practices such as fasting are less important than doing God's will. As Micah 6:8 points out, what the Lord truly requires of us is devotion to Himself: "To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Fasting is not an end in itself; it is a means by which we can worship the Lord and submit ourselves in humility to Him. We don't make God love us any more than He already does if we fast, or if we fast longer. As the Bible says in Galatians 5:1, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage." The goal of any discipline is freedom. If the result is not greater freedom, something is wrong.
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