Do you know living larger than life is in Scripture? John 10:10. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” Jesus said that. Now, the answer that I’m going to unfold for you today to deliver on the next level is going to shock some of you. It’s counter intuitive. It’s paradoxical. Because the world says to live large we’ve got to attain more and more and bigger and bigger. Yet, Jesus comes along and Jesus says something else. I’m going to talk to you about something you’ve probably never heard a message on before. And it’s found in Matthew 6.
If you have your bibles turn to Matthew 6:16. You’re going to feel a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when I read this verse. Hear is what Jesus said. “When you fast…” “Wait a minute! Surely he was talking about someone else. I mean, Ed, surely you’re not going there. You’re not really talking about fasting for like twenty minutes. Come on man!” “When you fast …” I’m just reading his words. In other words, followers fast. Jesus is assuming that those of us who tenaciously follow him fast.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do…” (The word hypocrite is the Greek for actor; an actor is being someone or playing someone that he or she is not.) “…for they disfigure their faces to show men their fasting.”
“Whah, whah, whah. I am fasting. I’m so holy. Feel sorry for me.”
Jesus said, “Don’t do that.” Fasting is an adventure.
I’m going to challenge every single person who is hearing my voice right now—whether you on the floor, the balcony, maybe in one of our over flow rooms—I’m going to challenge all of you to embark on a fast. Some of you are saying, “Where are the exit signs? How can I get out?”© Copyright 2012 admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Pastor Ed Young