After his sermon this past Sunday, “Fasting: Awakening Hunger for God”, Josh mentioned that he would provide appropriate resources on the topic of fasting. We pray the following three books, all available in the church bookstore, will be of value as you seek to understand and apply fasting in your Christian walk.
A Hunger for God by John Piper:
â€˘ â€śAs an act of faith, Christian fasting is an expression of dissatisfied contentment in the all-sufficiency of Christ. It is an expression of secure and happy longing for the all-satisfying fullness of Christ â€¦ Christian fasting is not self-wrought discipline that tries to deserve more from God. It is a hunger for God awakened by the taste of God freely given in the gospel.â€ť (pg. 44)
â€˘ â€śThe burden of Isaiah 58 pervades the ministry of Jesusâ€”and more and more it should pervade our ministry as well.â€ť (pg. 131)
Godâ€™s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis:
â€˘ â€śFasting is a God-appointed means for the flowing of His grace and power that we can afford to neglect no longer â€¦ The fast of this age is not merely an act of mourning for Christâ€™s absence, but an act of preparation for His return.â€ť (pg. 32)
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; Chapter 9: â€śFastingâ€¦for the Purpose of Godlinessâ€ť by Donald Whitney:
â€˘ â€śWe cannot use fasting as a way to impress God and earn His acceptance. We are made acceptable to God through the work of Christ Jesus, not our work. Fasting has no eternal benefit for us until we have come to God through repentance and faith.â€ť (pg. 165)
â€˘â€śGod will bless a biblical fast by any of His children. And whether or not you receive the blessing you hope for, one thing is sure: if you knew what God knew, you would give yourself the identical blessing that He does. And none of His rewards is worthless.â€ť (pg. 178)
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