Ken Green - March 15, 2017
Fasting as Appreciation
Scripture References: Joshua 5:9-15
From Series: "Fasting in Faith"
Fasting is a willing abstinence from an activity, most often referring to a reduction in or avoidance of food for a spiritual purpose. Jesus' forty-day fast in the wilderness was a notable event at the beginning of His Ministry. As a common practice throughout the Bible, fasting was often seen as a humbling act of commitment or repentance to be combined with prayer. In our day, fasting has become a favored spiritual discipline for a wide variety of people who believe this effort can help eliminate earthly distractions as they seek to draw nearer to God. But what can we do as sinful human beings to draw near to God-God is already with us- Jesus has redeemed us through the cross and empty tomb! These Wednesdays in Lent, we explore this theme of "fasting" to highlight our complete dependence and reliance upon God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. Moreover, we focus on the Word of God for Nourishment as the Scriptures guide us to examine circumstances and instructions related to fasting, food, and self-denial.