DAY 3 | 21 Day Fast | "Why I Hate Fasting"
JANUARY 10, 2018
"For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. ~ Galatians 5:17
Let me set the record straight and cut right to the chase: The reason I hate fasting is because I have a flesh, and it wants what it wants, when it wants it, the way it wants it, how it wants it, and why it wants it! Listening to my flesh and giving it its way is the easiest way to live since I don't have to go without food and I always feel gratified. The problem is that my flesh is weak! And giving my flesh what it wants has never resulted in any significant breakthrough, revelation, provision, deliverance, or freedom! I have only found temporary gratification without lasting fulfillment!
So even though I really hate fasting, I am choosing to discipline my flesh and allow my Spirit to rise to begin this new year! Here are some things to keep in mind as you start the third day of your fast:
1) Our flesh seeks after only temporary things, but our spirit after eternal things! Fasting helps your spirit become tuned to the Holy Spirit where you'll find insight and direction that brings true fulfillment. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
2) Our flesh doesn't understand proper timing on important matters. You can make the best decisions at the right time because you fasted and prayed for God's direction. (1 Chronicles 12:32)
3) Our flesh doesn't really know the way to go or the way things should really be. Fasting and prayer is a great time to "Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass." (Psalm 37:3)
4) Our flesh in all of its weakness, doesn't even know how things should be. We don't even know how to pray! Scripture says, "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."(Romans 8:26)
5) Our flesh lacks a good vision for why we exist! Fasting and prayer allows us to get into the Spirit and gain God's vision for why we are here and what we were born for! “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).
If you will seek God intensely at the start of this year, I promise you, your discussions over the Thanksgiving table and Christmas time later this year will be filled with celebration!
Marc P. Eidahl | New Life Church - Bismarck