By John Piper
There's an urge for food for God. And it may be woke up. I invite you to show from the dulling results of nutrients and the hazards of idolatry, and to claim with a few basic speedy: "This a lot, O God, i would like you." Our appetites dictate the course of our lives--whether it's the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate wish for possessions or energy, or the longings of our spirits for God. yet for the Christian, the starvation for something in addition to God might be an arch-enemy. whereas our starvation for God--and Him alone--is the single factor that may carry victory. Do you've gotten that starvation for Him? As John Piper places it: "If we do not suppose robust wishes for the manifestation of the consideration of God, it isn't since you have under the influence of alcohol deeply and are happy. it's because we've got nibbled see you later on the desk of the area. Our soul is filled with small issues, and there's no room for the great." If we're filled with what the area deals, then possibly a quick may perhaps show, or maybe bring up, our soul's urge for food for God. among the risks of self-denial and self-indulgence is that this direction of friendly discomfort referred to as fasting. it's the direction John Piper invitations you to shuttle during this publication. For while God is the ideally suited starvation of your center, he'll be very best in every little thing. And if you are so much happy in Him, he'll be such a lot glorified in you.
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Therefore, we owe our salvation, in some measure (not to overstate it), to the fasting of Jesus. This is a remarkable tribute to fasting. Don’t pass over this quickly. Think on it. Jesus began his ministry with fasting. And he triumphed over his enemy through fasting. And our salvation was accomplished through perseverance by fasting. The Reenactment of Israel’s Testing in the Wilderness Now to see the fuller meaning of this, we must look at the book of Deuteronomy. Each time Jesus responded to the three temptations of the devil in the wilderness he quoted from Deuteronomy.
Ascetic practices which, in themselves, strengthen the will, are only useful insofar as they enable the will to put its own house (the passions) in order, as a preparation for offering the whole man to God. They are necessary as a means; and as an end, they would be abominable, for in substituting will for appetite and there stopping, they would merely exchange the animal self for the diabolical self. ”15 The true mortification of our carnal nature is not a simple matter of denial and discipline.
The firstfruits of what we long for have already come. The downpayment of what we yearn for is already paid. The fullness that we are longing for and fasting for has appeared in history, and we have beheld his glory. It is not merely future. We do not fast out of emptiness. Christ is already in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). We have been “sealed . . ] as a pledge of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:13-14; see also 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5). We have tasted the powers of the age to come, and our fasting is not because we are hungry for something we have not experienced, but because the new wine of Christ’s presence is so real and so satisfying.