Sunday, January 13, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
MARGINAL or MAXIMUM CHRISTIANITY: How To Fast
FOCAL PASSAGE: Matthew 6:1-2, 5, 16-18
WHY IS IT SO HARD?
Mentally and spiritually, fasting may be one of the more difficult things we do.
Why do we have such a struggle with the discipline of fasting?
Lack of control over our physical bodies -- discipline.
Fasting will affect about every avenue of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
HOW TO PROCEED
DETERMINE THE MOTIVE OF THE FAST
DETERMINE THE TYPE OF FAST
> Food Fast / Water Only Fast
> Absolute Fast
> Daniel-type Fast
> Juice Fast
> Alternatives to Food Fasts
> Sundown fast
DURATION OF THE FAST
> One Day
> One Night or 24 Hour Fast
> Three Day Fast
> Seven Day Fast
> 40 Day Fast
How do we go about getting the most out of our fast when we
decide to practice it?
> The Launch
> Evening Retirement – Bed Time
> Morning Wake Up
> Normal Daily Duties
> Resume Eating
LIVE IT OUT
CHALLENGE: Over the next 21 days, would you seek God and ask Him to direct you to the type of fast He would like for you to undertake?
Fasting will not be beneficial unless you have a personal relationship with God. Do you know for certain if you were to die today, you would go to heaven?
What issue in your life do you need to fast over? Matthew 17:20-21 (KJV) So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Will you seek God and determine how He might want you to join others from our church in fasting for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God?