YOU may or may not have heard about the TRUE FASTING & FASTING FOOD. I want to tell you this so I am writing here. Perhaps you will read or you wont’.
I have tried to fast food for x amount of time and days; I have seen miracles and I have experienced that God opens the door when everything seems impossible to me.
Today I have learned a different fasting; a fasting that doesn’t speak of our own self-righteousness or self-serving publicly. Fasting is to foster greater commitment God and helping those in need.
Many of us has taken fasting as if it is a button for God. In our mindset, we are believing that IF we FAST, GOD will do XXX. Jesus didn’t say IF we fast, but WHEN we fast ( Mt 6:16). So every time I am attempted to fast for certain thing or situation, I needed to check my heart first.
Isaiah 58 talks about true fasting that God accepts. The first time and the second time I read it, I didn’t pay attention to it and I came down to Verse 7, I realised that God is telling us here something.
In this chapter I felt like God is passionate about Justice, Love, Humility, Generosity, Kindness & Compassion ( and ofc the list goes on).
He gave the instruction IF YOU
- Share your food with the hunger
- Provide for the poor wanderer with shelter ( homeless people)
- When you see the naked, cloth them
- Being AVAILABLE to your own family
- Get rid of UNFAIR practices
- Quit blaming victims
- Quit gossiping about other people sins
Promises YOU WILL RECEIVE
- Your light will shine & glow in darkness
- Your wound will be healed
- God will guide you
- God will answer when you call him
- God will satisfy your need
- God will Strengthen you
- God will RESTORE you
& declaring YOU WILL BE
- You will be like a well-watered garden
- You will be called repairers of Broken Wall
- You will be called Restorer of Streets with Dwellings
This is not for us to tick a box, put it in our daily to do list; instead I believe we will learn to adapt our new lives in Christ and cultivate the passion of God. When I read this, I tried not to justify myself saying ( well now I will receive all of this because I haven’t failed to do all of those things) keeping our heart gentle, soft and pur is essential. Without it, I think in everything we are going to do; we will start to believe that ” I am going to heaven because I have follow every steps”.
God loves everyone, he hates the sin not the sinner. He is waiting for all of us to turn to him, love the people next to us and live in harmony. That makes God smile. He smiles when we are in peace with each other, when we overlook the wrong things of others instead chosing to love the person behind the actions. It is hard I know.
If we failed, don’t give up. Go to bed in peace, pray for Grace; wake up again and try one more time. As long as you are breathing, there is still tomorrow.
Let me know your thoughts