I love food and I love to eat. Period! Fasting is the exact opposite of that. When you fast, you restrain yourself from eating, replacing the consumed time of eating, sitting down with the Lord, to know Him more, hear Him more. It’s like detoxing ourselves from all the toxins we took, it’s like a reset or a reboot. Fasting makes us think better and focus better.
It’s not a religious duty or any form of rules mandated by God, it’s more of an acquired discipline birthed from the desire of learning how to delight in the Lord.
Our family is now on the second day, joining our church’s corporate fasting and there had been changes, personally for me, the way I deal with hunger.
I remember doing fasting previously and I would always give up – because I would always give in to my hunger. But this year, I praise God because He continually sustain me and help me get into the habit of forming that discipline.
My desire to know God more, on a deeper level, gives me the inspiration to delight in Him and desire Him. One of the things I enjoyed with the Lord is to hear from Him by reading His words.
Although, I grew up from a christian home. My parents are pastors – I really can’t stand reading the bible back then. I felt that the bible is only for old people, it’s boring and outdated. Only now I realized that this very old book – is very vital to our christian growth and relationship with the Father. The bible is more than just a book. If only I knew that it’s really a manual to life – I could have devoted much of my time reading it over other books.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 KJV
This verse gives us solid reasons why do we have to read and spend time meditating on God’s word. The word of God (scriptures) is quick, powerful and sharp. Piercing even to the soul and spirit, to the joints and marrow. It discerns the thoughts and intents of our heart.
There are somethings that we don’t understand on our own, sometimes, we don’t even understand ourselves. The word of God will do all the disecting for us. It will give us lessons, instructions, rebukes and leading to make us a better person.
So what do we do when we read the bible? And what does it give me?
“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” 1 Timothy 4:13 KJV
What happens if we don’t read – as ignorant and clueless as we are, we can easily fall into different facets of sin. We are like walking in minefields, we are always a step away from sinning, one wrong move then we will definitely be falling into the trap of sins.
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of 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.” Matthew 17:20 KJV
What comes out from our mouth – is what is inside our hearts. It’s like the well of our souls. If we feed ourselves with self-seeking wisdom, man-made stories, conceited beliefs, as natural as it can be – our speech would testify that.
As we seek God’s word all the time, we get to find out truths and wisdom, promises that are true, and so our speeches would declare all of this goodness. Remembering that the word of God is active, powerful and sharp.
We can easily speak life to any of our life circumstances and seasons. We can call forth goodness, blessings and favors easily – because we understand the severity of our words.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
Our faith grows through constant hearing of the word of God. As people, we always have choices and options – we can choose what we wanted to hear. We can choose to hear the reports of this world, the bad news and all other crazy stuffs of this world. However, if we choose to hear God’s word – our eyes of faith will soon be opened.
We can only grow in faith if we hear the instructions and wisdom of the Lord. We cannot be wise in our own understanding – we are desperate, needy people. We need guidance, all the time.
What happens if we don’t hear?
We become deaf by our own reasonings, we might listen to the wrong voices and advises leading us astray.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 KJV
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO MEDITATE?
What are we going to meditate – the words of God, His promises, His instructions. Why? Because if we do and observe it (obey), God himself will make our way prosperous and we will have success.
To know God, we have to consistently speak with Him. And we would know His response through constantly reading His words, the scriptures. The bible is God’s word – alive, active and sharp.
Better than any written books. Better than any authors – it is a manual to succeed in life. Once we get it in our routine, it will sure make a difference.