Sermon Notes

December 4, 2015

A Vow To God Through Fasting

Our culture is inundated with advertising for unhealthy food. Just turn on your television and it won’t be long before you are salivating and ready to chow down! Buttery fried shrimp dripping with butter teamed with buttery cheddar biscuits, or maybe a chocolate lava cake dripping with steamy cocoa? Phew, I am done for!

So why decide to fast?

Because it works, that is why.

Fasting has always been God’s way for His people to draw close to Him. A time where men and women, just like you and I, can express the Lord’s role in our lives as priority. We fast because Jesus fasted. He went a full 40 days at the commencement of His ministry. It prepared Him for not only an immediate wilderness, but ultimately for the walk to Calvary.

If you search the pages of scriptures, you will find that every major character has had their life seasoned with a time of fasting and prayer. Fasting draws one into God’s presence, and it is in that presence that great leaders are raised, flames don’t singe, waters part and churches are birthed. When we become hungry in the physical, it rapidly ignites our attention to the desperate need for spiritual hunger.

Amazing things happen when people get spiritually hungry. When people get hungrier for God then they are for food; surgeons go in to operate on malignant tumors, only to find nothing there. Babies with heart conditions are given clean bills of health. Barren women find themselves expecting. Jobless fathers stumble into financial breakthrough. Friends, it has happened in our very four walls!

My bible says that God is no respecter of persons. What He has done for these, He will surely do for you, too!

It may seem a bit out there to some. But let me assure you, it is biblical and it is powerful. Would you consider joining us this year on our 2016 fast? I am certain you can do it! (Though I would highly suggest staying clear of those commercials).

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible(Matthew 19:26 ESV).