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1 Fasting (Matthew 6:16-18) 3/8/2015 Dr. Joseph Chang BOLGPC

2 Matthew 6:16-18 16 "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

3 Lent 大齋期禁食禱告

4 Benefit of Fasting Paracelsus (1493-1541) Dosis facit venenum Deutsch: Die Dosis macht das Gift The dose makes the poison

5 "Fasting is the greatest remedy -- the physician within.“ ~Paracelsus ~ 禁食是對生病最偉大的療法, 是我們身體內的醫生.

6 I. Physical Benefit of Fasting A. Fasting frees up energy so healing can begin. B. Losing weight C. Fasting can give you more energy.

7 Some Benefits of Fasting Antiaging effects 防抗衰老的果效 Better attitude 較好的態度 Better resistance to disease 更能抵抗疾病 Better sleep 較好的睡眠 Change of habits 改變習慣 Clearer planning 較清楚的計畫

8 Some Benefits of Fasting Clearer skin 較乾淨的皮膚 Creativity 創造力 Diet changes 改變飲食習慣 Drug detoxification 清除藥物的毒性 Improved senses (vision, hearing, taste) 增加 感官的敏銳度 ( 視覺, 聽覺, 味覺 ) Inspiration 更有啟發性

9 Some Benefits of Fasting More clarity 在心智和感情上更清楚 (mentally and emotionally) More energy 更多的能量 More relaxation 更能夠鬆弛 New ideas 新的意見 Purification 潔淨 Reduction of allergies 減少過敏

10 Some Benefits of Fasting Rejuvenation 年輕化 Rest for digestive organs 消化器官的休息 Revitalization 更新 Right use of will 意志的正確使用 Spiritual awareness 屬靈的知覺 Weight loss 瘦身 from Staying Healthy with Nutrition, by Elson Haas, M.D.

11 Benefit Summary 禁食的益處 rest the digestive system 讓消化系統得到休息 allow for cleansing and detoxification of the body 讓身體可以清理以及排毒 create a break in eating patterns, while shining a spotlight on them 在吃的習慣上面有一個中 斷的時間, 有機會來反省飲食習慣是否健康. promote greater mental clarity 讓心智上面能 夠更清楚

12 Benefit Summary 禁食的益處 cleanse and heal "stuck" emotional patterns 讓某些卡住的感情能夠得到治療 lead to a feeling of physical lightness, increasing energy level 讓身體覺得較輕便, 增加身體能量. promote an inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection 帶來心中的平靜, 讓心靈 能和神有溝通.

13 II. Spiritual Benefit of Fasting A. God’s Faith— Increase our power during spiritual battle.

14 Disciples unable to cast out demons

15 Disciples could not drive out demons 19 "O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me." 【 Mark 9:19 】 24 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" 【 Mark 9:24 】

16 Disciples could not drive out demons 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" 20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." 21 (Matt 17:19~21)

17 Disciples could not drive out demons 28 When he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn‘t we cast it out?” 29 He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting.” 【 Mark 9:28~29, NASB 】

18 II. Spiritual Benefit of Fasting B. God’s Perspective— Maintain a clean conscience before the Lord.

19 Day of Atonement 贖罪日

20 27 "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. 28 Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. 【 Lev 23:27~28 】

21 II. Spiritual Benefit of Fasting C. God’s Vision— Participate in God’s historical plan of salvation.

22 Daniel Prayed for Jerusalem 1 In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom-- 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. 【 Dan 9:1~3 】

23 Daniel prayed for Jerusalem

24 Daniel Prayed for Jerusalem 46 "When they sin against you--for there is no one who does not sin--and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to his own land, far away or near; 47 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their conquerors and say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly'; 【 1King 8:46~47 】

25 Daniel Prayed for Jerusalem 48 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray to you toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name; 【 1King 8:48 】

26 Daniel Prayed for Jerusalem 49 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. 50 And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their conquerors to show them mercy; 【 1King 8:49~50 】

27 Daniel Prayed for Jerusalem 1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: 2 "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth

28 Daniel Prayed for Jerusalem and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3 Anyone of his people among you--may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. 【 Ezra 1:1~3 】

29 70 x 7 Prophecy 七十個七的預言

30 Conclusion God’s Faith—to engage in spiritual warfare. God’s Perspective—to look at our lives. God’s Vision—for the future of the world.

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