This discipline is probably the most controversial and the least understood. So I want to start off by saying what fasting is not. Fasting is not some sort of Holy hunger strike. It’s not something you do to change God’s mind. It’s not saying, God, I’m not going to eat again until you see fit to do what I want you to do. First that’s called a tantrum and you should have been over that before your went to Kindergarten and second because if you think you’re going to convince (or force) God to do something outside His will by not eating, well, you’re gonna starve!

So what is fasting? Well first of all, we usually line it up with food but it doesn’t have to be. You can fast from anything you will miss from your life. This is self-discipline. It teaches us to turn our backs on the world’s number one most prominent idol… SELF. Jesus said in Luke 9:23; “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Fasting helps us to learn to deny ourselves and the discomfort helps us to learn to depend on God.

I have had to fast from art twice in my life. The first time was when I was clearly, over the top and in idolatry to my work, putting it before God. It needed to be out of my life for a time to help me to get back on track with God. When I gave it up, the promise I made to God that day was that I would not pick up a brush again until I was doing it for Him. It was a fast that lasted six months, during those six months I got my call to the ministry and when God released me from that fast AMOKArts was born. The second fast came at a time when I could feel my balance slipping and I knew it was time to slow down and reconnect with the source of my power.

Fasting doesn’t change God, fasting changes you. Examine your life, your priorities and most importantly your relationship with God. Do you need to fast from something? Don’t put it off. Sometimes I think we would be so much better off if we learned to fast, faster.

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Leviticus 8; John 4; Psalm 51
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Comments
  1. Barbara says:

    So true and so well written… thanks for being a faithful servant and posting treasures like this.

    • Thanks, Dave. One again, your illustrations provide strong support to a very relevant and timely message.

    • amokarts says:

      I am so glad this post blessed you. To me this is all about Romans 8:28 Even a period of idolatry in my life and a very painful time can be used as a blessing when it is repented of and given to God. I am so grateful for Him restoring to me the joy of my salvation and your kind words heap joy upon that joy. I am posting this to both of you. Please know you are a blessing to me, please keep reading and spread the blog around.
      God bless,
      Dave

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