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Each Year our Real Life Church family sets apart the first part of the year to seek God for His wisdom, direction, and purpose both personally and corporately. Fasting is not intended to be a way to shed a few pounds, going without food or some way to get God to do what we want him too.   Fasting is a posture of yielding one’s heart inwardly to say to God your “first” in my life.  In Matthew 4, Jesus is in the fast of his life.  He was led by the Holy Spirit into the hot, dry wilderness for 40 days of fasting.  He is at the end of the fast, and of course, the tempter shows up. He says to Jesus ” If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus replies,  “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” One thing I know about the devil is that he usually doesn’t tempt anyone with what they don’t already desire.  So when he comes to Jesus and says “turn stone to bread,” he is already preying on a physical vulnerability.  What Jesus says in response is more profound than self-denial or just the words “No!”. Jesus declares that God means more to him than bread made from rocks.  That having spiritual clarity, insight, and sensitivity of heart is worth far more than a full stomach.  Jesus demonstrated for us the posture of fasting,  one of self-denial and full access to life-giving words of God.  My challenge for you during this 21 days of awakening, is that you would live for every word that God would speak to your heart.  That you would desire it more than Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, T.V. , videos, sports or even food itself.  That God’s word to you in this season would taste better than apple pie alamode (insert your dessert here). I know that if you open your heart to the Holy Spirit, he will speak and transform you.  I am believing and praying Gods very best in the season of awakening.       
                                                                                                        Pastor Mike
 
Important Note:  Fasting requires reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast, especially if you are taking medications, have a chronic condition or are pregnant or nursing a baby.