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Title: Spiritual Disciplines: Fasting


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The Discipline of Fasting
Matthew 62, 5, 16 ...when you give to the
poor...when you pray...whenever you fast....
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The Discipline of Fasting
Definition Fasting is abstinence from
anything which is legitimate in and of itself for
the sake of some special spiritual purpose. D.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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The Discipline of Fasting
Matthew 6.16-18 And when you fast, do not look
gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure
their faces that their fasting may be seen by
others. Truly, I say to you, they have received
their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head
and wash your face, that your fasting may not be
seen by others but by your Father who is in
secret. And your Father who sees in secret will
reward you.
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The Discipline of Fasting
Colossians 2.23 These are matters which have, to
be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made
religion and self-abasement and severe treatment
of the body, but are of no value against fleshly
indulgence.
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The Discipline of Fasting
  • False fasting
  • For others approval
  • For self-righteous pride

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The Discipline of Fasting
  • False fasting
  • The value of Spirit-directed self-denial
  • Fasting helps us to...
  • Expose our sin

Normally we meet God in his good gifts and turn
every enjoyment into worship with thanksgiving.
But from time to time we need to test ourselves
to see if we have begun to love his gifts in
place of God. John Piper
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The Discipline of Fasting
  • False fasting
  • The value of Spirit-directed self-denial
  • Fasting helps us to...
  • Expose our sin
  • Express our grief

Joel 21213 Yet even now, declares the Lord,
Return to Me with all your heart, and with
fasting, weeping and mourning and rend your
heart and not your garments.
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The Discipline of Fasting
  • False fasting
  • The value of Spirit-directed self-denial
  • Fasting helps us to...
  • Expose our sin
  • Express our grief
  • Overcome our enslavement

Philippians 319 ...their god is their belly...
1 Corinthians 612 All things are lawful for me,
but not all things are profitable. All things are
lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by
anything.
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The Discipline of Fasting
  • False fasting
  • The value of Spirit-directed self-denial
  • Fasting helps us to...
  • Expose our sin
  • Express our grief
  • Overcome our enslavement
  • Receive Gods guidance

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Applying the Discipline of Fasting
  • - Check your motives -
  • - Start small -
  • - Listen -

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