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Since Jesus has called his disciples to be distinct from the surrounding world, we must live in such a way that demonstrates true religion.
Fasting is an act of true faith in God. There is more to fasting than self-denial. Fasting and praying is not about you. God uses fasting to show the people what faith in him can do.
"When you fast"... Jesus expected his followers to fast. He knew that this spiritual discipline was essential to our Christian life. Jesus says that the Father will reward us for what He sees in our hearts. What does He see? How does He reward? How do we fast appropriately and with the right motivation.
The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom. We display our commitment to this truth by giving to the poor, prayer, and fasting. Today we explore the connection of spiritual disciplines with true freedom through the journey of fasting. By fasting, we non-verbally "confess" that there are spiritual realities - more real than the physical realities all around us
Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Luke 4:1-13 Jesus was baptized just prior to being led by the Holy Spirit into the the desert to be tempted and tested by the devil. Everyone of us has been in the wilderness or the desert and have been tested and tempted by the devil. Remember that life is more than bread; to give glory to God and not to the devil; and to trust God, not test God. Fasting is to do something that is not required, but done instead for love. It is something done voluntary.
Jesus continues His sermon on the mount by addressing a new obstacle to our "greater righteousness" – hypocrisy – especially as it relates to the three important practices: giving to the poor, praying and fasting. He wants us to stop performing to the crowd and instead do these things for an audience of One.