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WHAT IS FASTING BIBLE STUDY
FASTING BIBLE VERSES RESEARCH
Most believe the Fasting Bible verses act of fasting merely means not
to consume food and/or drink for a set period of time. But
the Fasting Bible verses reveal that the TRUE purpose means so much more than that. Fasting is a sacrifice of sorts. Fasting in the Bible means to deny the flesh of that
which it craves as to gain control over your flesh as to
show that you belong to God and answer only to Him and not
the calls of the flesh. The Fasting Bible verses act makes
you more spiritually in tune with God.
Is the act of fasting something that is still to be practiced among
Christians? What exactly is fasting? Is fasting something that is only
done at certain times? This study on fasting will answer these
questions and weíll take a look at how fasting can become a part of
your spiritual growth as you sojourn down the Christian walk.
Fasting is a way of humbling your soul.
Let us look into fasting in the Bible...
Eating is a way to nourish your flesh.
Fasting is a way to nourish your soul.
By eating, your body gains strength to carry out the
tasks that you need to do. Your soul however is different than the
flesh. How do you gain strength for your soul? We all want to be
strong in the Lord, as to allow HIS strength to work through us, we have to
humble ourselves. We have to CHOOSE to surrender our desires as to allow HIS will to
work through us. One way to do that is by fasting. By depriving the
flesh of what it craves, it brings you into a closer spiritual
connection and dependence on God.
Fasting is a choice. There are no requirements in
the New Testament to fast. If you have health issues of any kind, you
should abstain from physical cravings other than food that will humble your soul and
bring you closer to God.
Is not this
the fast that I have chosen?
loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let
the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the
poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that
thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health
shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before
thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.
FASTING BIBLE STUDY ON TYPES OF FASTING
VARIOUS WAYS OF FASTING BIBLE VERSES
So we see that fasting from food is NOT the entire
concept of fasting but rather to surrender YOUR physical desires and
to serve HIS will is also a form of fasting.
Fasting Bible verses reveal different ways to fast
Youíll find that people also fasted for various
FASTING BIBLE STUDY WARNING
FASTING BIBLE VERSES DANGER
Even Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and 40
nights before He was tempted by satan.
And when He had fasted forty
days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungered.
Jesus also spoke of fasting several times in the
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the
hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that
they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have
their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash
thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father
which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall
reward thee openly.
In other words ... Do not fast and brag about it or
do things so others know you are fasting.
Two men went
up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a
publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I
thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust,
adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the
publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes
unto Heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me
a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased;
and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
FASTING BIBLE STUDY TRUTH
FASTING BIBLE VERSES LAWS
Fasting is between you and God. Donít brag about it,
not even to God.
The disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and
asked Him, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples
donít fast? Jesus replied:
children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with
them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from
them, and then shall they fast.
Can you find the message in Jesusí words that we can
apply to our own lives? When we feel like there is distance between
ourselves and the Lord, thatís a good time to fast. In times when you
feel the presence of the Lord close to you and all is well, Jesus
doesnít want you to fast then. Would you want someone to mourn who was
in your good Graces?
How long should a person fast? Again, fasting is a
personal choice. As you read above, in
the Old Testament, in the Day of Atonement (a yearly
the children of Israel were to fast for 24 hours, but at other times
they fasted for several days, sometimes even a week. The whole idea is
to bring your dependence back to God. You may feel weakness of the
body at some point, but you donít want to fast so long that you
endanger your health or the safety of others. God certainly wouldnít
Let us take food fasting as an example ... You will feel the desire to eat at the time(s) that
you normally would, which is natural because you had established a
HABIT and your body is crying out for you to maintain that HABIT. So, you
must establish a NEW habit.
Most people eat, even when theyíre not hungry, just
because itís lunch time or supper time. (If you normally skip
breakfast and lunch, but eat supper, it may not be considered fasting
if itís not a longer period of time than you usually go without
eating.) But when you start to feel the effects of fasting on your
physical body ... Hunger, weakness ... Thatís when it begins to work.
2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said unto me, My Grace
is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me
FASTING BIBLE STUDY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT
FASTING BIBLE VERSES AND PRAYER
In weakness is when youíll find your soul begins to
reach toward God.
Do you suppose this is a good time for
and communing with the
Absolutely! Reach for HIS strength.
And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a
certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, Lord, have mercy
on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he
falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him
to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus
answered and said, O
faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you?
how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child
was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart,
and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them,
your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a
grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove
hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by
prayer and fasting.
There was a child who was possessed, and Jesusí disciples couldnít
cast out the devil. Jesus explained to them that this kind of demon
isnít cast out except by prayer and fasting. If prayer and fasting can
cast out devils, imagine what it can do in your life.
No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for
that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and
the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old
bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and
the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and
both are preserved.
In other words, to cling to the old law after the
NEW COVENANT was made is not necessary. The New Testament was meant to
replace the old. But Jesus did say that His disciples
would fast after He was gone. To follow the laws of the Old
Testament for the sake of tradition is not what the New Testament is
God said that He would put the laws in our hearts,
so to fast by choice, and not obligation, preserves the wine (the
promises of the new covenant) and the bottles (those who believe in
the Gospel of Jesus).
NEW COVENANT STUDY
WHAT IS FASTING BIBLE SUMMARY
FASTING BIBLE VERSES CONCLUSION
If you noticed, many of the times in the Old
Testament when people fasted, it was at times when they needed the
Hand of God to intervene in their lives because circumstances were beyond what they could handle
alone. In our ordinary lives, and through what the world has taught
us, we tend to be proud of our independence and we tend to limit ourselves and
even hinder God from moving in our lives by remaining in our own comfort zone where we donít take on
anything beyond our means.
BUT WHAT IF ...
You threw caution to the wind and tried something that would make a
difference for God that is further than what you can do alone? As
Christians, there are things that we all wish we could do to glorify
our Father, but they remain wishes because we fear failure. Somehow,
we feel like astonishing works for God could only be accomplished by a
How would it make God feel, that your Faith and your dependence on HIM
were so great that you would step outside of your normal boundaries
and abilities and attempt something really amazing for HIM? It may
take a little prayer ... A little fasting ... But God can turn your
ordinary life into an extraordinary life! All you have to do is
humble your soul to HIM. Depend on HIM. The impossible is only
possible through God.
But Jesus beheld them, and
said unto them, With men
this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Remember, fasting is not a
ritual or a punishment, but a CHOICE. It is a way of bringing you close to your
Father. It does not have to be food that you surrender, but rather ...
Anything the flesh craves where we are consciously controlling the
demands of the flesh. So, it is a type of sacrifice. Itís a positive experience, surrendering your soul to God,
giving up your will, and replacing it with HIS.
OUR FASTING BIBLE STUDY ON FASTING BIBLE VERSES REVEALS THAT THE CONCEPT AND PURPOSE OF FASTING IS TO GET CLOSER TO GOD BY SACRIFICE OF WORLDLY MEANS.
NOTE: PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU GO ON ANY TYPE
OF DIET OR FASTING OF FOOD.
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