Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from William Law. He said: "Many people not only lose the benefit [of fasting], but are even the worse for their mortifications [i.e., sacrifices, abstensions],...because they mistake the whole nature and worth of them: they practice them for their own sakes, as things good in themselves, they think them to be real parts of holiness, and so rest in them and look no further, but grow full of a self-esteem and self-admiration for their own progress in them. This makes them self-sufficient, morose, severe judges of all those that fall short of their mortifications. And thus their self-denials do only that for them which indulgences do for other people: they withstand and hinder the operation of God upon their souls, and instead of being really self-denials, they strengthen and keep up the kingdom of self. "
Our fasting devotional today is titled "HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO FAST" (part 2) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Another great way to prepare for your fast is to practice what I call "Spiritual Breathing." The concept is simple, but it has changed my own life and that of millions of others.
Like physical breathing, Spiritual Breathing is a process of exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure. If you knowingly sin, breathe spiritually to restore the fullness of God's Holy Spirit in your life. You exhale by confessing your sins immediately when you become aware of them, and you inhale by inviting the Holy Spirit to re-take control of your life. As an act of faith, trust Him to empower you. During the fast, spiritual breathing---constant reliance on the Holy Spirit---will enable you to resist temptation, not only to sin but to abandon your fast.
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