Train of Thought-first stop: fasting

Fasting food is merely a shadow of what it looks like to starve your body of sin–difficult, tempting and tolling. A good example of it is fasting and continuing to sit at the dinner table with people; you must watch everyone else eat, but continue to refuse your body what it wants. It would be EASY to grumble and complain while starving your body, which would actually be a form of bragging. In Matthew‬ ‭6:16-18‬ Jesus says, “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.”

Surprisingly enough, Christians often complain about how hard it is to resist sinning all the time, as if others will praise them for their struggle. The more miserable you look, the harder the struggle must be for you! Wow! Keep persevering! BY NO MEANS! Brush your hair, wash your face, then no one will know you are resisting temptation, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father who sees EVERYTHING will reward you.

Do not misunderstand me. If you are struggling with a sin and need an accountability partner, then do it. Allowing someone into your life to call you out on your crap is different than inviting someone over to your life, displaying your trophies and informing them the amount of great effort it took to achieve them.

Learn contentment amidst your struggle. Invite others to actually help you. Be joyful that God cares about you enough to bring you through struggle. Without struggle, you would never grow or have any personality.

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭

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