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God's Purpose for Fasting (Part 2)

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Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from an Unknown Author. He said: "Fasting is not intended to punish your flesh, but to focus on God."

Our fasting devotional today is part 2 of our series titled "GOD'S PURPOSE FOR FASTING" from Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".

I find in Isaiah 58, a model for the fruits God expects to see from genuine faith and devotion. Rightly used, fasting can help us present Him with those fruits. Thus, the passage prompted me to find in other places in Scripture nine kinds of fasting I think Christians should rediscover today --- not just for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well.

In Isaiah 58, God says He has chosen fasts that (1) loosen the bonds of wickedness; (2) undo heavy burdens; (3) let the oppressed go free; (4) break every yoke; (5) give bread to the hungry and provide the poor with housing; (6) allow the people's light to break forth like the morning; (7) cause their health to spring forth speedily; (8) cause their righteousness to go before them; and (9) cause the glory of the Lord to be their reward (or "rear guard").

Rightly practiced, we see in Isaiah's day a privileged son of Judah bowing before God and pleading with his people to turn from their sin, abandon their idolatry and worship the Lord through fasting and service to the poor and afflicted.

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