The Fast-Track To Spiritual Formation . Avenue Vineyard November 1, 2009. Consumerism. “Consume” + “rism” “Consume” from the Latin “consumere” “con” - meaning “altogether”, “in total” “sumere” - meaning “take-up”, “use”. Consume. Related words in a Thesaurus expend, deplete,
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November 1, 2009
Romans 12:2, The Message
Throughout the Bible, fasting is the intentional, voluntary abstaining from food for a specific period of time for spiritual purposes.
We must not be led to believe that the Disciplines (including fasting) are only for spiritual giants and hence beyond our reach, or only for contemplatives who devote all their time to prayer and meditation. Far from it. God intends the Disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings:
people who have jobs, who care for children, who wash dishes and mow lawns. In fact, the Disciplines are best exercised in the midst of our relationships with our husband or wife, our brothers and sisters, our friends and neighbors.
16”And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.
17But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
15Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
1. An intentional way to turn our focus to God.
“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
“The fast day was a glorious day, such as London has scarce seen since the Reformation. Every church in the city was more than full, and a solemn seriousness sat on every face. Surely God heareth prayer and there will yet be a lengthening of our tranquility.”
“humility was turned into national rejoicing for the threatened invasion by the French was averted.”
Thomas à Kempis
The Imitation of Christ
The Spirit of the Disciplines
“I do not live by bread (insert your consumption issue?) alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”