It is not possible to talk about fasting without talking about the different situations you may find yourself in while fasting.
In this section, we are going to talk about: fasting while married, fasting while single, fasting while on medication, fasting in secret, and fasting in the open.
We will also talk about the Sabbath, what role it plays in fasting, and how outcomes can provide feedback.
Remember: "Fasting address problems with sin in the flesh."
Guidelines and thoughts
You are to become a living sacrifice, whose goal is to be slain, that is; the slaying of the flesh on the altar of the Lord. We will discuss the specifics and talk about what that looks like later.
Living is defined as the act or condition of being or maintaining life.
Sacrifice means the surrender of something with great value.
A body presented to Christ as a living sacrifice is therefore a body without blemish, and clean - fit for the master's use. Fit for the master's use is a person whose will is directed or authored by Christ. Christ creates change during tests, trials and tribulations.
Outcomes from those tests or trials can be used as feedback to let you know whether you are off course or not and grace is provided to give you time to change and get on course.
All outcomes reflect behaviors - sow to the spirit and the outcomes will create blessings. Sow to the flesh and of the flesh, you will experience bad outcomes. The prince of this world does not what you to see this. I pray that you can hear, understand and do them.
When you fast and rest in Jesus Christ; your body, mind and spirit are involved in the transformation process, working together to create change. The body senses your physical environment in that, your five senses carry information about your environment to your brain.
To help build clarity about your physical environment, your brain will compare what it knows to your current experiences. Clarity is important because it tells you how to respond, but it does not tell you if the response is the right response for that moment. It does, however, tell you what is going on and how to respond to what it sense. What you sense and how you sense your environment creates your perceptions.
There are lots of flaws in your thinking, says the Lord.
Mat 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Here we are in our natural state, that is, the old man.
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
But our Lord has already answered that problem through his sacrifice.
1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.