Lasting Fasting

Lasting Fasting

Most Martial Arts (Karate, Judo, etc.) seem the opposite of what they say. Although their name speaks of violence (Martial from Mars, the mythical war god) they avoid violence by redirecting the force of an attack to make the attacker powerless. A thrown punch by an attacker is pulled rather than blocked by the one being attacked. So the attacker’s own power is redirected against him and goes another way to make him powerless.

Fasting (not eating or doing something you otherwise would have eaten or done) is like that. You don’t just stop eating and starve yourself. You redirect the energy you would have given to eating another way to bless someone else.

As JESUS explains what following Him means on a mountaintop to those who want to know about Him, He mentions fasting. He says when you go without something, don’t make a big show of it. Make it a part of your normal lifestyle between you and GOD to redirect that energy for self to bless someone else.

JESUS says that if you go without eating and call attention to yourself for it you’re filling yourself up with attention. But if it’s a secret between you and GOD you redirect that energy spent on self to GOD and loving others in His Name.

Not eating? Spend that money you would have spent on a meal for a gift card to a food store for the homeless you pass. No homeless? Choose a charity or church. Need exercise? Help clean an elderly person’s home. Mow their lawn. Redirect the money, food, energy you would have spent on self to helping someone else through the power of the love of JESUS in you.

GOD is all powerful. But when Satan used what power GOD gave him to try to use death to stop JESUS, GOD the Son, GOD redirected Death into Life. JESUS used the very Cross meant to defeat Him as the means to defeat Death. He used His spilled Blood to wash those Who believe Him for it from sin. He used the Grave as His Doorway to open eternal Life to those who give up their lives to have the Life only He is and gives.

Fasting is meant to be a lasting lifestyle of Love. It redirects attention and blessings and resources from ourselves to the needy. Through the power of Love it is meant to show others the way to JESUS by not pointing to us but to Him. That love points from us into eternity.

“”And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬