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Fasting

Fasting is a discipline that has almost been lost in this generation. The idea of denying your body anything in this age of overindulgence is incredibly hard to fathom. The lack of depth in spiritual experience today has also limited the suggestion to fast. So, to discipline our lives through the elimination of food or anything else for a spiritual purpose strikes some as extreme. However, Jesus integrated fasting into his life. He fasted for 40 days at the beginning of his ministry (Luke 4:1-13) and at other times and assumed that people did fast by starting his instructions concerning fasting with "When you fast…" (Matthew 6:16-18) Fasting is a sound and true principle with a scriptural foundation that is mentioned over thirty times in the New Testament, a practice of the early church as a carry over of a portion of the Levitical Law (Lev. 16:29-31) related to the Day of Atonement. It had the following guidelines: ·Keep it a secret (Matt. 6:16-18) ·Act normal ·Abstain from food…

Recycling In Life Series - 11 - Goodness

We use this term in an exclamation, "Goodness gracious!" We might use it in cooking to suggest "the goodness of the vegetable comes out." But what does goodness mean when used as a fruit of the Spirit? Goodness follows the word gentleness in the listing of the nine fruits of the Spirit, so we know that it is not a synonym for gentleness because God chooses different words to mean different things. Goodness is the element of your spiritual nature used to discipline properly your body, another individual or deal with a family situation. Paul said to the Roman believers, "I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them." (Romans 15:14) The word "teach" is also defined as "admonish." Goodness being present, you have the ability to admonish another correctly. It is the sterner element in the character of a Christian that is associated with…

Recycling In Life Series - 10 - Gentleness Study

Paul is an example of how gentleness pervaded and penetrated his once angry and destructive nature that caused many believers to experience death at his hands. He was a first-century Hitler. The fruit of the Spirit gentleness mellowed him, humbled him and caused him to respond positively to Jesus' call to become a disciple of Christ. Below are several helps to understanding the fruit of the Spirit, gentleness: Examples of Gentleness to Study: Paul among the Thessalonians, like a nursing mother cherishes, tenderly cares for her children. (1 Thessalonians 2:7)Jesus in his responses to many friends and those who were ill or had defects. (See the Gospel's stories) 2 Cor. 10:1Characteristic of God and His power balanced by His gentleness. He comes in a still, small voice to Elijah after the loudness of wind, an earthquake, and fire. (Titus 3:4; Romans 2:4; 11:22; Eph. 2:7; 1 Kings 19:11-12)Wisdom of God is gentle as one of its characteristics. …