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| || Fasting || : : What is Spiritual Fasting?|
| || Fasting || : : Is Fasting Relevant in a Covenant of Grace?|
Many Christians are unfamiliar with spiritual fasting. Some believe that fasting is an Old Testament tradition neither required nor relevant to the New Testament grace under which we now live. In truth, however, fasting is a necessary though underutilized spiritual discipline that Jesus addressed right along with giving and prayer (reference Matthew 6). Fasting was never replaced, rescinded, or superseded in the New Testament, and it is not just Old Testament legalism. Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament, not to render it irrelevant. As Randy Alcorn so eloquently stated in Money, Possessions & Eternity, "Being under grace does not mean living by lower standards than the law." In fact, Jesus assumed that we believers would fast. Jesus said, "When you fast" (Matthew 6:16) not "if you fast".
The verses below emphasize that we are saved by grace, not by works. Fasting, like prayer, is a spiritual tool that believers should use not to earn righteousness but to embrace it.
"I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing." (Galatians 2:21)
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men." (Romans 14:17-18)
"But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do." (1 Corinthians 8:8)
| || Fasting || : : Fasting: Superficial or Supernatural?|
| || Fasting || : : Fast Unto the Lord, Not Unto Men|
| || Fasting || : : Who Fasted in the Bible?|
| || Fasting || : : Are There Different Kinds of Fasts?|
| || Fasting || : : How Do I Fast Unto the Lord in Today's World?|
| || Fasting || : : The Compassion of Jesus and the Purpose of this Fast |
| || Fasting || : : I'm Afraid to Fast!|
| || Fasting || : : How Fasting Relates to the The Great Commandment |
The Great Commandment, as Jesus replied to the Pharisees in Matthew 22:37-38 is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."
Fasting, as outlined in Isaiah 58, accomplishes both the first and second greatest commandments and also highlights the "true" fast (indicated by actions representative of Christ's character) as opposed to the "legalistic" fast (indicated by actions representative of arrogant, sinful, and unrepentant human hearts).
| || Fasting ||: : True Fasting as Detailed in Isaiah 58|
| || Fasting ||: : Isn't Fasting Practiced by Other Religions (and By Those with No Religion?)|
| || Fasting ||: : Why Fast Now?|
| ||What is so important about fasting at this particular time? There is no record in the Bible that Jesus' disciples fasted during His active earthly ministry, yet Jesus Himself answers that question in Matthew 9:15: "Then John's disciples came and asked Him, 'How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?' Jesus answered, 'How can the guests of the Bridegroom mourn while He is with them? The time will come when the Bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.'" (See also Mark 2:18-19 and Luke 5:33-35). Fasting is associated with and accompanied by sorrow, repentance, and seeking God's face. When Jesus was with his disciples, there was no need for them to fast! Although believers today have the gift of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, we still patiently and hopefully await the return of Jesus. When He returns, He should find us faithfully serving Him (reference Matthew 24:45-47). |
| || Fasting ||: : Corporate and Intercessory Fasting|
| ||You may already be a disciplined and Spirit-filled Christian, but God's kingdom plan extends beyond individuals. Fasting is also an important intercessory tool, especially when done corporately. (Corporate fasting occurs when a body of believers fasts together; intercessory fasting is fasting on behalf of another.) Now, particularly, our nation's moral and spiritual landscape grows bleaker and weaker by the day. Corporate intercessory fasting, when accompanied by prayer, powerfully beseeches God to have mercy on this nation and throughout the world.|
| || Fasting ||: : 2008 Lenten Fast|
We at Trumpet and Torch believe that the Lord has anointed a time of fasting during the 2008 Lenten season. This 40-day call to fast begins on February 6th (Ash Wednesday) and ends on March 16th (Palm Sunday). During this time, regular schedules will be set aside so that each of us may make the Lord the ultimate priority. The Trumpet and Torch website exists and was specifically designed to provide a practical tool, EAT, which, through a daily devotional journey, leads each individual believer into a disciplined lifestyle of seeking God through mealtime. We believe that the resources within this site exist "for such a time as this." (Reference Esther 4:14). We believe that the Lord is calling His Church to awaken and to prepare herself for His return. To that end, each individual believer must step forward in faith and purpose to seek God first, with a complete and undivided heart, and with oneness of soul, mind, and strength (reference Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27). Then, the Lord's intention to use the Church (the body of Christ) as salt and light in the world (reference Matthew 5:13-16) will accomplish His purpose of spreading the gospel to the four corners of the earth (reference Matthew 28:19-20). Individually, we each must re-establish connection with our Creator Father in order to channel His heart and His will throughout the earth. We are living in the midst of a spiritual famine in our land, and our own lives have become parched by and polluted with the world's agenda; we must be cleansed and refreshed with the power of the Holy Spirit, the living water of the living God. "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (John 7:37b-38). To allow the Living Water to fully flow within us, we must unclog our hearts and lives from the worldly debris that clutters, crowds, and contaminates the purity and simplicity of His promise. We must pray, as David prayed, for an unadulterated heart, for abiding faithfulness, and for enthusiastic service: "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10). " 'Even now,' declares the LORD, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. ...Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a Holy fast, call a sacred assembly...' " (Joel 2:12-13, 15). This is our preparation period for His return. His Bride (the Church) must awaken and dress; we must be consecrated and purified for His arrival. With each individual resolution, a corporate shifting of His Church will occur. As each single heart fully turns to Him, the collective heartbeat of the Church will grow louder and stronger, unified in our bold pronouncement that Jesus is our Lord and Savior! Then, as the Lord promises in Revelation 7:16-17, "Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of Living Water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." |
| || Fasting ||: : I'm a Pastor; How Do I Get My Congregation Involved?|
| || Fasting ||: : I'm a Parent; How Do I Include My Children in this 40-Day Journey?|
| || Fasting ||: : Have Additional Questions, or Need More Information?|
| || Fasting || : : Have Additional Questions or Need More Information?|
| || Fasting ||: : This is My First Fasting Experience; What Should I Expect?|
| || Fasting ||: : Legalism and the Liquid Fast|
| || Fasting ||: : I Feel So Weak! What Should I Do?|
| || Fasting ||: : How to use this website for fasting and prayer|
| || Fasting ||: : Recommended Books on Fasting and Revival|
| || The Process of Repentance ||: : The Most Holy Week|
| || The Process of Repentance - The Most Holy Week |
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