The corporate fast 2012 – day seven. What an amazing time of growing closer to God. In the first month of the year we take time to humble ourselves before God and seek His face. Over the last few years I have notice some behaviors in the way my body responds to the fast. It may just be me, or maybe you can relate? In the midst of the fast one’s sense of smell is so strong you can smell an m&m on the table across the room.
The Free Chapel Orange County campus is located beside a strip mall filled with amazing restaurants. It seems that once a year during the fast, there comes a breeze that blows in just the right direction that fills our ventilation system with the most wonderful smell of grilled steak I have ever smelled in my life. At times during the day it doesn’t matter where you go in the build; you can’t escape the sweet smelling aroma. But then, I remember when temptation, hunger and headaches seem to be overwhelming; there is no better place to be than right in the middle of God’s plan. Seeking Him for His perfect will for our lives!
When Jesus was faced with temptation, in (Matthew 4:3-4), He said to the tempter, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” When we fast, we are making a declaration by our actions. We push back from the desire of food and turn toward God with asking, seeking and knocking that He would increase our sensitivity and desire for Him. During the fasting, I believe, there is a more important sense that is increased. This sense is your sensitivity to God. In (Hebrews 4:12) “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Instead of sitting at a table cutting up food and chewing on it; we sit at God’s spiritual table and allow His word to cut up attitudes and motives that don’t look like Him. We walk away spiritually full and meditating on His life-giving Word.
I’m praying with you and believing that our fasting in 2012 would be one that God increases our sensitivity to reach the lost and hurting. Isaiah 58:6-7 mentions the fast that receives God’s approval, “Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke. Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the unclothed, to cover them; and not to hide yourself from your own relatives?”
This year, wherever God has planted you I declare that you continue to grow. Looking for opportunities to display God’s love, for we live in a world that needs Him desperately. Jesus said the world will know you’re His disciple by your love.