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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T11 - Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T11 - Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting

Part 2: Have His Ear (Prayer)
Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting (ch. 10)
What is Fasting?
"Fasting is a religious abstaining from food or any other legitimate provision of God for a set period of time." (Daniel Hyde)
"Fasting is an exceptional measure, designed to channel and express our desire for God and our holy discontent in a fallen world." (David Mathis)
"Fasting can be an expression of finding your greatest pleasure and enjoyment in life from God." (Daniel Whitney)
The Practice of Fasting
fasting from "good things"
Reflections on Fasting
- 1 Cor. 10:31
1 Cor 10:31 (ESV), "So whether you eat or drink
or whatever you do, do it all
for the glory of God."
- eating and drinking are means by which we succeed or fail to
glorify God
Reflect on one text and summarize what your own eating, drinking, and fasting reveal about the condition of your heart.
Luke 12:22-23 (Connie and Brandon);
How to Start Fasting
Purpose: to enrich our joy in Jesus and prepare our hearts for
seeing him face to face
1. Start Small
2. Plan What You’ll Do Instead of Eating
3. Consider How It Will Affect Others
4. Try Different Kinds of Fasting
5. Fast from Something Other than Food
6. Don’t Think of White Elephants
7. Fast prayerfully
- fasting is an aid and help to prayer
"This means that whether or not we fast, we can still pray. But if we don't pray, fasting is futile." (Tim Challies)
gifts God gives through fasting
"But if we are awakened to see fasting for the joy it can bring, as a means of God’s grace to strengthen and sharpen godward affections, then we might find ourselves holding a powerful new tool for enriching our enjoyment of Jesus." (David Mathis)
Luke 12:19-21 (Kyle);
1 Corinthians 15:32 (K-Vina; Joealyn);
"We fast from what we can see and taste, because we have tasted and seen the goodness of the invisible God - and are desperately hungry for more of him." (David Mathis)
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