Continued from yesterday:
NOW: What does “fast” mean to us today? Definition – adj: to move quickly; noun / verb: to abstain or refrain from (food)
The original meaning was “hold firmly,” & the sense evolving is via “firm control of oneself”
hold tight – to one’s self / to another moving quickly
A godly inconvenience we impose voluntarily on ourselves
HOW: Matt 6:16-18
νηστεύητε: present indicating action in progress: Whenever ye may be fasting.
Do: check your motive – anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men (between you & God)
Don’t: 16 neglect your appearance (so that they will be noticed by men)
Fasting isn’t the goal, but rather a path to the goal – to be discussed next week
how can you integrate fasting into your life – to be embraced by your lifestyle?