Clean House

Pastor Steve Taylor Fasting 2016

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. —Romans 8:5–6
Have you ever looked at the top of your refrigerator or in the deep recesses of your couch cushions and noticed the filth that has built up over time? Even though we might clean on a regular basis, there are times when we need to go…a little deeper. We realize that what appeared to be clean on the surface was in all actuality, quite filthy.
The same thing can happen spiritually. As we go about our daily lives, there are things that can build up over time. Even if we worship, pray, and read our Bible regularly, the different temptations, pressures, and cares of this world can build up quietly and end up consuming our lives. Without even realizing it, we can lose our peace, joy, and passion for the things of God. Our service to God, which used to fill us with life and excitement, becomes a tiresome duty that we must fulfill.
Fasting is the deep cleaning that helps us take our minds off of things and refocus on the things of the Spirit.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. – Hebrews 12:2
Fasting offers an incredibly effective way to get into the nooks and crannies of our life and bring all those dusty old habits, broken mindsets, and rusty attitudes out into the light of God’s truth.
One of the reasons for fasting is to know what is in us.… In fasting it will come out. You will see it. And you will have to deal with it quickly or smother it again. —John Piper
Bible Reading: Psalm 139
Prayer Focus: As you pray and fast today, ask God to show you any areas where you could use a refreshed spiritual focus.