January 12, 2012

How to stop being buddies with sins V: Fasting

This aspect – fasting – in the series of how to stop being buddies with sins has taken a while. One of the reasons being that it is an aspect I struggle with. I think I have high metabolism...:) Furthermore, it is easier for me to fast when it is declared in the church than alone. Maybe it has to do with corporate anointing.  

I have fasted alone as an individual but it has not become a habit. I could go for months without fasting. Last long fasting I ever did; I had to be accountable to a friend in order to achieve it. Now, since I struggle with it, I do not have much of my experiences to share but I believe fasting is beneficial in helping us keep sins and ugly habits away.

I know that the days I fasted, I was more conscious of God as the flesh gave way for God to minister to me. I perceive fasting as that which ensures self denial, self displeasure and self gratification. When self gives way to the spirit, transformation can occur.

Isaiah 58: 6, 7 (The Message)
This is the kind of fast day I'm after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I'm interested in seeing you do is:  sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.

Fasting humbles, takes attention off self and helps to break the yoke of the enemy off our lives.

What do you understand about fasting? Is fasting only about abstaining from food? How does fasting help you to stop being buddies with sins? Please leave a comment.