By John Piper
There's an urge for food for God. And it may be woke up. I invite you to show from the dulling results of foodstuff and the risks of idolatry, and to assert with a few basic speedy: "This a lot, O God, i need you." Our appetites dictate the course of our lives--whether or not it's the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate wish for possessions or energy, or the longings of our spirits for God. yet for the Christian, the starvation for something in addition to God may be an arch-enemy. whereas our starvation for God--and Him alone--is the single factor that would carry victory. Do you have got that starvation for Him? As John Piper places it: "If we do not believe robust wishes for the manifestation of the honour of God, it's not since you have inebriated deeply and are happy. the reason for this is that we've got nibbled see you later on the desk of the realm. Our soul is filled with small issues, and there's no room for the great." If we're filled with what the area deals, then maybe a quick may exhibit, or maybe elevate, our soul's urge for food for God. among the risks of self-denial and self-indulgence is that this direction of friendly discomfort referred to as fasting. it's the course John Piper invitations you to commute during this ebook. For while God is the very best starvation of your center, he'll be excellent in every little thing. And if you are such a lot happy in Him, he'll be so much glorified in you.
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Rather, it is a way of saying, from time to time, that having more of the Giver surpasses having the gift. If a husband and wife resolve to give up sexual relations for a season to deal earnestly with a problem keeping them at odds, this is not a condemnation of sex but an exaltation of love. Food is good. But God is better. Normally we meet God in his good gifts and turn every enjoyment into worship with thanksgiving. But IS FASTING CHRISTIAN? 45 from time to time we need to test ourselves to see if we have begun to love his gifts in place of God.
He said, Instead of taking an hour for lunch I use the time to go to a prayer room, usually the Flame Room in nearby Bethel Theological Seminary. There I spend my lunch break in fellowship with God and in prayer. ” I take this to mean that forfeiting food through fasting proved to be a great profit for Dr. Lundquist. In giving up his midday meal to meet with God another way, he found meat to eat in the fellowship of Jesus. “I have meat to eat that ye know not of” (John 4:32 KJV).
Don’t get your deepest satisfactions in life from food—not even God-wrought miracle food—but from God. Every word that comes out of the mouth of God reveals God. And it is this selfrevelation that we feed on most deeply. This will last for ever. This is eternal life. Be gone, Satan, God is my portion. ” This is the deepest lesson of Jesus’ fasting in the wilderness. It was a weapon in the war against satanic deception because it was a demonstration that Jesus hungered more for God and God’s will than he did for God’s wonders.