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Why Does God Want Us To Fast

Why does God want us to fast?

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 ---natasha on 10/16/05
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You feed the spirit when you starve the flesh. Even nature itself teaches us that we naturally lose our appetites when major traumatic events happen to us. Fasting will fast-en you to the Lord.
---Eloy on 12/11/07

In Gods Word He says that there are certain prayers that can only be answered by prayer AND FASTING
---Dawn on 3/16/07

To Humble ourselves before the Lord, to receive direction,strenght, anointings, answers from the Lord.
---Mrs._Morgan on 8/1/06

To kill out our flesh so "He can increase, while we decrease". The stronger man always wins, the flesh, or spirit. When fasting, take heed to what you hear, read or see, as something "uninvited" may try occupying your empty vessel. Right fasting brings more Holy Ghost Power, "[Mk.9:14-'29']. Read Mk.1:13, Lke.4:1-15, 16-24 [Messias'/Christ's miracle ministry begun, after completely 'emptying His flesh', no mention of Him ever fasting again, just much prayer time with Echad/God!].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/2/05

DoryLory, It is accurate for Paul to say "If" in his speech, because he did not sin after his salvation. Please read Romans chapter 6 and 8; and I John chapter 3.
---Eloy on 10/22/05

DoryLory, Thank's for your comments. It is very interesting.
---Ulrika on 10/21/05

Eloy, I think you are putting a lot of faith in the word "if!"
---DoryLory on 10/21/05

4. Paul makes another point in 6:19, "I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your "flesh". For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness." To reach what? holiness, which we have not received yet.
---Lupe2618 on 10/21/05

3. now verse 6:14, clears the air. "Sin shall not have dominion." where before we were slaved to sin, now we are not through Christ. If we sin, we sin because of our will to sin but in no way does it inslave us now. When lost, we could not do anything about it, but now we can through Christ. The process you put down for our walk with Christ is correct.
---Lupe2618 on 10/21/05

2. Paul imply's that the believers need instructions and reminders for their walk with the Lord. "Mortal body" is the only remaining repository where sin finds the believer vulnerable. The brain and its thinking processes are part of the body and thus tempt our souls with it sinful lusts (8:22,23; 1 Cor. 15:53; 1 Peter 2:9-11) verse 6:13, "present" refers to a decision of the will. before sin can have power over a believer, it must first pass through our will (Phil. 2:12,13).
---Lupe2618 on 10/21/05

Sister Dory, I believe your answer is correct without going through every verse, if Paul and the believers were perfected and not able to sin anymore, why tell them, "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lust. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God." Just in these two verses
---Lupe2618 on 10/21/05

DoryLory, Paul was not struggling as a born-again christian when he wrote this passage, instead he was giving supposition. Note how he says in verse 20: "Now "IF" I do what I should not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me." Do you see how he wrote "IF", for it is not possible to have sin in you if you are saved, but rather Christ and his righteousness is in you. Please read Romans chapter 6 and 8; and I John chapter 3.
---Eloy on 10/21/05

When we ackownledge this to God that we are weak and need Him in our lives is when we began to depend on Him even more. Knowing that without Him we are nothing and need His support and love continually through our lives in order to reach the goal He set for us. That is the Christian life.
---Lupe2618 on 10/20/05

Sister Dory, that was excellent. Great answer my dear friend. Nice to see you back.
---Lupe2618 on 10/20/05

There is a difference between justification and sanctification. In Romans 7, Paul was struggling with sin as a saved, born-again Christian.
---DoryLory on 10/20/05

Justification is the work of God imparted to a person at the time of the new birth. The new believer is instantantly declared righteous by God (Romans 4:3, 5:1, Galations 2:16, 3:11). Justification is based entirely on Jesus' sacrifice of the cross (1 Peter 2:24) and is received by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8,9). It is a gift from God (Romans 6:23) and not attained through works or any effort of the new believer.
---DoryLory on 10/20/05

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Sanctification, on the other hand, means GROWING in holiness. It is the work of the Holy Spirit producing Godly character in the life of Christians. Sanctification does not happen instantly. It is the process of the born-again believer submitting to God's Will, resisting sin, seeking holiness and striving to be more Christ-like (Galations 5:22,23). Sanctification is a life-time process of the Holy Spirit and the Christian believer working together (John 17:17).
---DoryLory on 10/20/05

"For both He who sanctifies and those who are BEING SANCTIFIED are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren" (Hebrews 2:11).

We are continually BEING sanctified throughout our lifetime. Justification is an event, sanctification is a process.
---DoryLory on 10/20/05

Dawn, which cetain prayers can only be answered thru fasting? I want to look them up.
---Glenda on 10/19/05

DoryLory, Paul was talking about sinful flesh, and not sanctified flesh. If you read the end of chapter 7 and the following chapter, you will note Paul had no sin after his salvation. When you are born-again Christ takes your sins away, and he makes you a new creation without sin. In my flesh, indeed, in my whole life is every good thing. And my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and God is sanctified in my body. i stay in him, and he stays in me, in my heart, my mind, my conscience, and my might.
---Eloy on 10/19/05

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Another reason God wants us to fast is because the "flesh" (our sinful nature or as the Amplified Bible calls it, human nature without God) is hostile to God (Romans 8:6-7). The desires of the flesh are in continual conflict with the Spirit of God (Galations 5:17). The Bible says nothing good dwells in the flesh (Romans 7:18). That's not exactly complimentary. Most of us like to think that there is *some* good in our flesh but the Bible says there is NO good thing in the flesh.
---DoryLory on 10/19/05

Fasting weakens the flesh and prayer strengthens the inner spirit. This is why prayer and fasting always go together. The contention between flesh and spirit will always be there but, like the saying goes, the one that is stronger will always be the one you feed.
---DoryLory on 10/19/05

There are many ways to fast. Total denial of food/drink is one. It is proven medically the body needs it time to time. Removal of daily distractions will help you be free to study God: not just word, but Him in prayer. It is NOT meant as punishment or deprivation showing us worthy. Too many people think God wants us to subject ourselves and others to pain to "earn" His respect. It won't happen. God wants us to free ourselves from the world at times to concentrate on His presence in our lives.
---mike_fl on 10/16/05

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