Summary: A look at fasting from a different angle
A Shift in Focus!
To see something different, change your focus
Many people are focused on the temporal
This earth, money, sex
Satan even tried this on Jesus- Mt. 4:1-4
Did you catch it in v. 3?
“If You are the Son of God”
Are you kidding me?
“Command these stones to become bread”
The instant gratification
Forget your reliance upon God
Think about your stomach?
What about you?
The temptation isn’t food, it’s a shift in focus
Look at Jesus’ response in v. 4-
“Man shall not live on bread alone”
Not on instant gratification alone
We don’t only live naturally, but supernaturally
“But by every word of God”
Jesus’ focus doesn’t shift
It was already in the right place
How would you have responded?
How do you respond?
Is it possible to keep our focus?
We’re only human
You must choose spiritual transformation to keep focused
One path is fasting
You mean, “skip a meal”
A command: Mt. 6:16-18
A form of worship
Showing reliance upon God- abstaining for spiritual purposes
It shows you the things that control you
Those temporal focuses
The path leads to an eternal focus
More than that, a reliance upon God alone
Not your car, money, sex or status
See how Jesus used fasting to prepare for the challenge
In the same way we should be fasting
So that when the time comes we don’t shift our focus
Are you dealing with instant gratification today?
I challenge you to begin fasting
I challenge you to shift your focus to the eternal