We fast when we deny ourselves and live for the needs of others. Isaiah 58:6-9.
We search the hidden sins of our heart and confess them. Isaiah 59:12-13
We fast and confess our sins to... remember the One thing needful in our life. remember the One who made himself NOTHING. remember the One who fasted perfectly even when tempted. remember the One who had no sin to confess. remember the One who defends us.
We do not fast or confess to somehow gain heaven.
No, Jesus fought that battle for us.
Let's take a closer look at Isaiah 59:15b-21...
15b The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
18 According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due.
19 From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.
20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord.
21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
Remember, when we fail - He forgives us.
Remember, when we lose - He already won.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Remember, when we die. In Jesus - we are alive!
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
I am grateful that you are joining me during this season of Lent in God's Word.
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Week One - Fake Fasting Week Two - True Fasting Week Three/Four - Satisfied Fasting Week Five - Confession & Fasting Part One Week Six - Confession & Fasting Part Two Week Seven - Redemption & Fasting
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