Home Improvement: Fasting for Your Family
There are times when I may come to you and it may be more motivational; today is more informational. You see there are several styles of ministry, several characteristics of the way Jesus lived that you and I need to grab hold of if we are to learn how to walk like He did, talk like He did and love our husbands and our wives and our families just like He loved the disciples. We can look at the lifestyle of Jesus and emulate and copy those things that He did; and by doing those things with our family in mind, learn how to love them just like He desires for us to love them. One of those areas happens to be a discipline that believers need to really grab hold of in this century, in this decade and that is the area of fasting. Many of us have never even thought of fasting. But this morning I want to introduce you and teach you a little bit about what fasting for spiritual purposes is really all about. In fact, many of us think that is an archaic, 150 years ago, kind of thing that people used to do. Jesus wants us to grab hold of a lifestyle and a discipline that we need in our lives today as well. Why don't you follow along with me beginning in verse 1 of Luke chapter 4, verses 1-4 allow me to read to you this event: [read text]
If you will, take your Bibles and turn to Matthew chapter 6. In that chapter he talks about several secret disciplines that we need to practice as believers but when we practice these things, don't make a big deal about it. Don't wear your religious acts on your shoulders. Those three areas are giving, in verse 1: ''Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them...''
That giving discipline is an area that all of us needs to continue to grow in, to learn how to give as God gives. If you're not tithing, that's the very basic place that God wants us, as believers, to be. Giving ten percent of everything He wants us to give. Now, He wants us ...
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