3 edition of Leading a congregation to understand and experience the spiritual discipline of fasting found in the catalog.
Leading a congregation to understand and experience the spiritual discipline of fasting
Written in English
|Statement||by Kelly Blayne Warren.|
|LC Classifications||Microfiche 99/40 (B)|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||iv, 177 leaves.|
|Number of Pages||177|
|LC Control Number||99483677|
Fasting as a discipline for the spiritual life is a primary discipline of abstinence or self-denial. Properly understood, Fasting is Feasting. Jesus shows us this and it’s why he taught us, “When you fast do not be somber, but be happy as you look to your Father in secret who will nourish and bless you” (paraphrased from Matthew ). Many Christians still struggle with the need for fasting today. In the introduction to Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough, I suggest nine reasons why the spiritual discipline of fasting is needed today. * More than ever before, believers are in bondage to demonic powers and need strength to stand against : Elmer L. Towns.
Fasting is more than not eating. It has a spiritual purpose. Fasting helps us draw away from physical things, like our hunger. By fasting we can embrace spiritual things and grow closer to Author: Krista Cook. Ultimately, fasting is not just denial and death to self. Fasting is focus. Fasting is a filling of our hearts rather than our stomachs. Fasting is food for the soul rather than the body. Fasting is feasting when we “taste and see that the LORD is good” (Ps. ).
Until the ascended bridegroom (Jesus) returns for His bride (the church), fasting is a spiritual discipline His disciples will occasionally practice. This was the understanding of Christians in the book of Acts who are reported fasting in and Discover the Biblical, Time-Tested Way to Spiritual Victory Jesus fasted. The prophets fasted. The apostles fasted. Whether they needed guidance or strength or healing or a miracle, these heroes of the faith knew the key to overcoming any obstacle in their path: prayer and this bestselling, trusted resource, Dr. Elmer Towns introduces you to nine biblical fasts aimed at specific /5(24).
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Fasting ultimately doesn’t rise to the level of a spiritual discipline unless you intentionally approach it as such.
If you fast with spiritual aims, you’ll still automatically garner the physical benefits; but if you fast without spiritual intentions, the effects will extend only to the body, without significantly touching the soul.
The Spiritual Discipline of Fasting is actually about the heart. For instance, as Christians, we fast because we are commanded to in scripture but also to quiet our souls in order to wholeheartedly focus on God. Fasting enables us to clear away the clutter of our lives to make space to hear from Jesus.
We didn’t do well, but I certainly learned a lot about myself in that experience. The very description of fasting being a spiritual discipline reveals that it isn’t necessarily going to be that easy to pick up and go with. It takes focus, work, and practice in repetition to develop it.
The Bible talks about fasting as a spiritual discipline – a means, not of earning any favor from God, but of connecting with him more deeply to hear from him. If you’ve thought about fasting or wish to jump in, here are ten of the best Christian books about fasting to help get you started.
Biblical fasting is, quite simply, “abstaining from food for spiritual purposes” (Celebration of Discipline, p. 48). Though there is no clear command from God to fast in the Bible, it is clear multiple times throughout the Gospels that Jesus expected his followers to fast after his death, resurrection, and ascension (p).
Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience is a more than just a book. This is a thorough and informed reference on fasting that looks at so much more than just the face value of fasting.
It looks at the history, major events involving fasting, the psychology effects, spirituality connections, and /5. So, in your experience, what personal spiritual discipline is the most difficult to pull off successfully. My personal observation and conversations with many people over the subject is that the most difficult discipline to practice consistently is fasting — and fasting is one of those disciplines that everybody knows about.
Arthur Wallis, author of God’s Chosen Fast, writes, “In giving us the privilege of fasting as well as praying, God has added a powerful weapon to our spiritual her folly and ignorance the Church has largely looked upon it as obsolete.
She has thrown it down in some dark corner to rust, and there it has lain forgotten for centuries. Likewise in his book Sinning Like a Christian, Bishop William Willimon notes that: “While fasting was an approved Christian discipline, excessive fasting was condemned as a sign of sin in body and soul.
The Christian moralists knew that the compulsive and aggressive ‘faster’ could be guilty of the sin of Pride.”. The Discipline of Fasting. by Donald Whitney. Until the ascended Bridegroom returns for His bride, fasting is a spiritual discipline His disciples will occasionally practice.
This was the understanding of Christians in the book of Acts, who are reported fasting in and And church history reports that since the days of the New. The first episode of the series on Spiritual Discipline that focus on Abstinence.
Fasting. FASTING IN THE NEW TESTAMENT A Common Discipline The discipline of fasting is a practice that is commonly misunderstood. The connotations that surround this spiritual discipline leave many people to view fasting in one of two extremes: something that is hazardous to one’s health, or something for those in a seemingly unreachable spiritual state.
Fasting combined with prayer is a powerful force in our lives because through it we combine physical discipline with spiritual discipline. God made us to be physical-spiritual hybrids, and we combine the spiritual and the physical--as we do in the sacraments and in prayer and fasting it means we are operating at full : Fr Dwight Longenecker.
Fasting in Religious and Spiritual Traditions, an excerpt from Dr. Randi Fredricks' book Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience. Learn more about people have used fasting for thousands of years. For thousands of years religions worldwide have used the discipline of spiritual fasting as a means to pound on the doors of heaven for breakthrough.
The concept is that fasting weakens the body and allows the spirit to become more awake and in control-therefore allowing it to receive God 's power and direction. It is one of several Inward Spiritual Disciplines designed to stretch and mature us in the faith.
Throughout the biblical cannon there 77 different references to fasting, and among those who practiced the Spiritual Discipline were Moses, Esther, David, Anna, Jesus and many others. Current and historical books about fasting and intermittent fasting, also called periodic fasting.
In these books, the focus is primarily on fasting for scientific, health or weight-loss purposes. We also recommend the BBC documentary titled Eat, Fast and Live Longer for a more thorough understanding of the healthful benefits of fasting.
This series of eight Bible studies cover the entire Book of Philippians. Each study will help your group understand the text, how we resist God’s desires as revealed in each passage, and how Jesus can help us to embrace His desires.
There are study guides and answer helps for each passage. Read More. Spiritual Fasting can help you to renew your body and your mind and to deepen your awareness of the spirit within you.
On a physical level, as your body gets rid of toxins and has the opportunity to renew and recharge itself, many even seemingly incurable health problems will Author: GOSTICA. This is a church of Christ sermon on fasting from the Mountain Creek church of Christ in Chattanooga, TN.
The sermon begins at Matthew It. The goal of spiritual fasting is not to find all of the answers, but to clear the way for you to live the truth. Or as Rilke said in his Letters to a Young Poet, “ live the questions ” A Soul Cleanse.
Spiritual benefits of spiritual fasting are often similar to those of regular dietary fasting. The spiritual discipline of fasting Octo / Christine Wood *This is the fifth post in the series, “Spiritual discipline for real women with real lives”. Spiritual disciplines sound like hard work, and they are in some ways, but all good things are costly.
Discipline is what pushes us beyond who we are to who we want to be. 3. Fasting must be done with prayer. Spiritual fasting is not merely going without food, but taking the time to focus on God and grow in relationship with Him. This being said, prayer is a big part of fasting. Fasting without prayer is just a bad diet.
One of the first principles I learned about fasting is that you will likely lose weight.