4. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today, and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Isa 5. 4
What kind of fasting is it that we do today, if it is not according the Word of the Lord.
We haven’t truly done our fasts right within our generation. There are still widows, orphans, and poor who have not been served.
Fasting is doing something that changes another persons life. That assist them in picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. The rich could always change our lives by giving us all their goods, but that would not really be what the Lord expects. God wants is to never have to ask men anything, but to also be available to give a hand to our fellow man when we see them in need. Mostly before they even have to ask us.
If we are using the proper tools given to us through the Holy Spirit to discern our brothers needs before they even have to ask.
Fasting is putting away things that we have an overindulged desire for, and sacrificing to the point where it will hurt a bit, but it is good for us in the long run.
God doesn’t want is to suffer, but He does want us to sacrifice. If He made Abraham take his only son to the mountain to kill Him, why do you and I think the Lord doesn’t want that same sold out mentality for the rest of us. What makes you and I much better than Father Abraham?
Fasting means to afflict one’s self, ones soul to the point of breaking down and becoming dependent upon the power of Christ who is greater then us all. He who surrendered His throne and Crown for a sinfilled world.
If you and I truly desire to be like Christ, it is time to dig into ones own soul and afflict ourselves that the Father may be pleased.
If we are wanting an easy Salvation at the cost of another, then I can’t see how it will work with us in our future. If we avoid hardship and struggles. In those attributes are learning and strength.