Pre-bitter fasting picturesSermon
Hard work and self-defense - fasting in the pre-bitter period
[123 Forty days before Easter (not counting the main day), the church is traditionally known as the pre-bitter period (or Lent), which is suitable for fasting and prayer. By meditation on the teachings of the Lord Jesus, to examine and repent, to experience the renewal and change of life.
Fasting : You can start with a fasting meal every day. After two weeks, you can fast two meals a day. In the last week, you only use clear water, and you will be banned on Good Friday.
can also ban certain foods, or things such as not drinking, not eating meat, not playing video games, not wasting time in shopping and shopping...[123 ]
Fasting can not damage the health of the body, always care and care.
There is no failure in fasting, and if you can't persist, you can resume your diet. Because we are not relying on the joy of fasting God.
The two lessons to be learned during the fasting period are: hard work and self-confidence.
The purpose of fasting is not to express sincerity, thinking that fasting is not an expression of good faith, but a need for growth of those with weak faith.
"The first ten days of July is the Day of Atonement; you must be kept as a congregation, and you must work hard. The heart will also give the fire offering to the Lord."
Hard work, not suffering from one's own body, because suffering from one's own body does not help to restrain the lust of the flesh. (Colossians 2:23)
Conquering oneself, but to make the body obey. 1 Corinthians 9:27 "I am conquering my own body and calling me to wear me. I am afraid that I will preach the gospel to others, and I will be rejected."
Is the fasting of the pre-bitter period spent in pain and sorrow?
Matthew records the teachings of the Lord Jesus to fasting: 6:16 "When you fast, you must not be like those who are hypocrites, with a look on your face; because they Make your face ugly, deliberately telling people that they are fasting. I tell you that they have already received their reward. 6:17 When you fast, brush your face and wash your face, 6:18, no one will see you. Fasting comes only to see your secret father seeing it; your father is looking in the dark and will repay you."