Fasting is a powerful principle for realigning our lives and desire with the reality of God. It helps remind us of the mysterious Creator who holds all things together by his powerful word (Hebrews 1:3). We have learned in this world that if we want to go on living we must have food. It is a basic and essential need. Without it we die.
But in fasting we are acting against this created norm and appealing to a higher reality, a greater truth. In fasting, we remind ourselves that it is God who sustains us and that food is a means to an end. In fasting, we recognize the greater need and the ultimate Sustainer of all life. It is God we seek; it is Him we desire! He alone holds our life in His hands. When this principle has fully taken root we no longer consider our decisions based on what seems most likely to succeed in the physical, but begin to ask, God is this what pleases you?
In His Word we find the way of life and in obedience to the Life Giver we find our sustenance. As my body calls out to say "I need food!" I am reminded even more, it’s not food I need but God. Jesus answered, "It is written, 'Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (Matthew 4:4)
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Gifts of Grace
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[i] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.