On Things of the Spirit
It’s too bad that these folks don’t understand the original intent (and greater blessing) of fasting: To draw us closer to God!
When we fast, our body weakens, but our spirit quickens. Our spiritual sensitivity sharpens, and our spiritual ear tunes in.
Romans 8:5 tells us that people whose lives line up with the flesh think about things surrounding the flesh, and those whose lives line up with the Spirit think about things having to do with the Spirit.
Sometimes we assign “things of the flesh” as the really bad sins we used to practice, and so we pass over what Paul is saying here. But in fact, “things of the flesh” includes any and everything that goes on in this natural life: my plans, my agenda, my problems, including what I’m going to eat next.
The point of fasting is to deny our flesh for a period of time, and instead turn our focus on living according to the spirit.
Try it, even if just for a single day. I think you’ll be surprised at how your spirit will strengthen as your flesh weakens. Each time you feel hunger, your mind will be prompted to WHY you feel hunger – you’re reaching for the things of the spirit. Each time you feel hunger, stop and pray. You never know, you might just hear from God!
by Pastor Clay