Words from the Heart for Sunday May 17th, 2020

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do… they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18 (NIV)

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Fasting

Nutritionists point to the benefits of what they call Intermittent Fasting. According to one website, “Modern day Intermittent Fasting can be practiced in many forms, from limiting food choices, shortened eating windows, skipping random meals, alternate day fasting or even eating minimal calories one day and then consuming a regular caloric intake on another.  Whatever method of Intermittent Fasting you choose, it is of utmost importance that it suits you and your lifestyle, and that it is achievable and enjoyable.

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Food is a big deal, not just here in Canada, but all over the world. Every culture I’ve experienced as I’ve traveled the world, includes food that is unique to that country or people group. And they love to serve whatever the local food is, particularly to visitors. They serve that food with great pride and hope that the visitor enjoys is as much as they do. So it shouldn’t be surprising that one of the most challenging spiritual discipline is fasting. Taking time from the usual meals and eating in order to draw closer to the Lord is basic Biblical instruction. Jesus taught it this way in Matthew 6:16-18: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do… they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Fasting, ultimately, is not about giving up food. It is about setting aside our physical needs in order focus on our spiritual needs, to focus on the Lord. How can you do that today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley