Do ever feel that your life is full but you are not satisfied? In this passage we get to the heart of fasting and how it is a lifestyle modeled by Jesus that correlates with our present day in which we are constantly consuming but often unsatisfied. God has something better…more intimacy with Him!!
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Life in the Kingdom: Fasting
May 4th 2014 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Matthew 6:16-18; 4:2-4, Mark 2:18-22, Acts 9:1-19; 10:1-48; 13:1-4; Psalm 63:1-5
Jesus taught his followers:
16 “When you fast… 17 But when you fast….” Matthew 6:16–18
Fasting is an _____________ spiritual practice of followers of Jesus who want to see more of the kingdom breakthrough in their life.
Fasting is a ______________ where you intentionally put aside certain comforts and pleasures at times in order to invest that _________ into direct pursuit of God.
Jesus modeled fasting (40 days in the wilderness):
“ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:2–4
Jesus was hungry physically but he was ____________ spiritually, experiencing life in the soul through closeness with God.
In Mark 2:18-22 Jesus teaches that fasting is done to ___________ ourselves for a ________ work of God’s Spirit in our lives.
In Acts 9:1-19 Paul was fasting when God revealed his ________ and ___________ for Paul’s life. “This man is my chosen instrument…”v.15
In Acts 10:1-48 Peter was fasting when he received ___________ of God’s heart for the Gospel going out to the Gentiles.
In Acts 13:1-4 During a corporate fast at the Church in Antioch, they received _____________ for a decision about who should go on a trip (Barnabus and Paul).
The basic idea of fasting is simple but powerful: we give up something that we need and/or want in order to _________ on pursuing something we need and want even more, namely, more of Jesus’ ____________ in our life.
At times its healthy to set aside even good things in order to purify our hearts and put ________ __________.
Fasting is a way of getting rid of the _____________, clearing out the cloudy haze that keeps us _____________ from a clear connection with God.
Fasting is part of a lifestyle of purifying our hearts and being increasingly ______________ to Him!
Put in discipleship language, we (Elevation) are always looking for more ways in which we can ____________ ourselves more fully to pursuing Him in order to see His Kingdom breakthrough into our lives. Fasting is one such pursuit.
Living as a Disciple in the Kingdom…
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?
*Answers: assumed, lifestyle, energy, feasting, prepare, new, will, destiny, revelation, direction, focus, presence, God first, clutter, distracted, devote, offer
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