Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fasting

The fasting commitment is intended to beat our bodies into submission the way Paul did in 1 Corinthians 9:27. The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 9 teaches us through Paul's example the self disciplines of a true apostle. One of those self disciplines is controlling the lust for food. This is referenced by Paul in Chapter 10:1-13 where Paul admonishes us to deny ourselves the lusts of the flesh. Voluntary starvation is mentioned by Paul only in passing through the use of an opposite in 1 Corinthians 10:7. Here Paul illustrates the connection between eating, drinking and playing which resulted in condemnation by God.

Paul further connects eating and drinking to falling in 1 Corinthians 10:12. Please remember it is Jesus who said food and drink do not make a person unclean because these things inter the body through the mouth and are eliminated, Matthew 15:17-20. It is the combination of the lust of the flesh with food, drink and play that causes the fall. Voluntary fasting, therefore, beats our flesh into a testimony that denies the lusts of the flesh for food, drink and play. This testimony in the flesh thus agrees with the words of our prayers to know Jesus through the fellowship of His sufferings in the desert.

It is this connection Paul makes that defines LC-IHOP's fast commitment. Thus, it is accomplished by denying the flesh the pleasures of food, drink, entertainment, sports, or any other earthly pleasure for the purpose of seeking the face of God in prayer. Please note that the Isaiah 58 fast is accomplished in the community service commitment.

For more on the subject of works of the flesh testifying in agreement with the words of our mouth, please read God's Hermeneutics.

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