Celebration of Discipline :: Fasting

The Discipline of Fasting

“There simply are no biblical laws that command regular fasting. Our freedom in the gospel, however, does not mean license; it means opportunity.”

“Perhaps in our affluent society fasting involves a far larger sacrifice than the giving of money.”

“More than any other Discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us…We cover up what is inside us with food and other good things, but in fasting these things surface. If pride controls us, it will be revealed almost immediately…Anger, bitterness, jealousy, strife, fear–if they are within us, they will surface during fasting. At first we will rationalize that our anger is due to our hunger; then we will realize that we are angry because the spirit of anger is within us.”

“Fasting reminds us that we are sustained, ‘by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4). Food does not sustain us; God sustains us.”

“Fasting helps us keep our balance in life. How easily we begin to allow nonessentials to take precedence in our lives. How quickly we crave things we do not need until we are enslaved by them.”

“…we can expect God to reward those who diligently seek him.”


2 Responses to “Celebration of Discipline :: Fasting”

  1. timglass Says:


    I would only add…. Jesus in His sermon on the mount in Matt. 6:16-18 says, “whenever you fast” and “when you fast.” Which seems to exhort us to continue this discipline, or really this gift of fasting.

    Great post! Please have a very blessed Easter celebration.

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