By: Pastor Matt Morgan

Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting...

Psalm 35:13a NIV

To restate the words of David another way, “I did not retaliate against those who opposed me, I fasted!”

Deep hurts are easy to recall. Too easy. If not careful, they come up fast, furious, and unfiltered. Fasting is the antidote for offense. When offended, it is difficult to fast because you think someone else should be doing without, not you.

Pain comes with a protest spirit. Those who are offended resist any form of brokenness. Human nature says, “This isn’t fair, they should be the one paying!”

Fasting is counterintuitive. When your belly is being emptied, your soul is being filled; filled with peace, filled with love, filled with contentment, and filled with hope.

Fasting humbles the soul. Your soul is your mind, your will, and your emotions. So fasting, is more than a detox, it is a God-appointed way to recalibrate the mind, will and emotions.

Fasting is an invitation to love again. Indifference develops into hate, and hate separates us from the One Who is love. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

Let’s see God move in unprecedented ways. Receive His direction, His abundance, and His grace today.

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” Saint Augustine