WELCOME TO THE 21 DAY FAST || DAY 10 : JAN 13, 2016
If you know anything about me, you know that I love to hunt. Just about any kind of hunting will do, but I’m particularly fond of deer hunting. When I’m checking out an area for deer activity the first thing I look for is a path. A path indicates where the deer are traveling. Funny thing about deer is that they will travel the path of least resistance from point A to point B.
People are not much different. I saw this illustrated a few years back when I was at Trinity Bible College. The dorms and the classrooms were across campus connected with sidewalks. Funny thing was sometimes the sidewalks weren’t the shortest path (path of least resistance), so people would create their own path from point A to point B. Once a couple people created a path, the rest of the students would follow that path.
Much like the walking patterns of people and deer, our brain is much the same. Repetition creates a path in our brain. Sometimes those paths are good and sometimes they are harmful. Sometimes they lead us to God-honoring decisions, but sometimes they are harmful, destructive habits we’ve formed because we’ve created a pattern in our brain.
I believe this is one of the important aspects of fasting. Romans 12:1-2 says,
12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
God’s desire is that we don’t follow the patterns of the world. The harmful, sinful, destructive decisions that lead us away from relationship with God. Instead he commands us to “be transformed by the renewing of our mind.” Much like the paths we see in nature, we literally have to create new paths in our brain to do things differently than we’ve always done. This is where fasting comes in. It gives us the supernatural ability to break through the patterns of destruction and create new paths so we can “test and approve what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Allow this time of fasting to break destructive habits and create new paths to deeper relationship with Jesus.