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I was reading my journal from earlier this year (which is something I like to do since I’m so good at forgetting things!). I came across an entry that helped me again:
“I awoke this morning thinking about something John Ortberg said about fasting at a recent conference. He said that fasting is a very helpful (and strategic) discipline related to sins of excess (lust, gluttony, etc.). When I am struggling with over-doing something, it is good to practice some form of under-doing something (whether the same thing or another thing). I can feel my body cry out that this would diminish my life. I immediately think of Paul’s language in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 about making his body serve God’s purposes. He uses the extreme language of “I beat my body.” Fasting would be a way of training my body to rely on God for what it needs, rather than running the show with its cravings and longings.
I can treat the impulses of my body as I’ve treated certain thoughts and feelings that I discern to be immature and fleshly. There are times when thoughts and feelings I have seem more childish or juvenile than adult. This is perhaps true of bodily impulses as well. I can easily imagine an impulse of lust being a seventeen-year-old version of me with hormones racing. I can say “No” to those impulses that aren’t adult, mature, loving, holy and whole. This is but one way I choose life.
I can do this by the readily available grace of Your Spirit, Jesus. Thank You!
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