IN FOCUS :MATTHEW 4
THINK ABOUT IT:
What do you want to do?
How do you begin what you do?
How often do you fast?
How do you fast?
How are you dedicated to God?
Denying oneself of what is cherished is a phenomena in most believes in the world. Abstaining from things that might bring blemish unto faith holders is a core value adored by religions of all kind. For what reason(s) do people deny themselves of what they would have loved to do?
I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. Job 31:1
The foundation for everything is crucial as it serves as the bedrock for the proper sustenance of the very thing. A wrong foundation may demand a great correctional measures for corrections.
David’s foundation had been in the wilderness. He had trained himself so well killing wild beast and building upon his courage in a fearless manner as such, when he saw Goliath, it was a done deal for him to win the battle.
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
1 Samuel 17: 34- 36
The Lord Jesus Christ was about to begin an all important mission and He needed to begin it with a great foundation, fasting. For forty days and nights, he was beseeching the Throne of His Father for all the needed strength, guidance and wisdom for a successful work.
It is always arduous to deny oneself from the most pleasant things but that is worth it. Difficulty is also a great tool that prepares us solidly for great purpose.
When the dawn of the day comes, dedicate a moment of your day to start the day with God. The most precious thing we have is a day. Some exit the world in the day, some get blessings in the day and others get retrogression in life in the day. We ought therefore to begin the day in His presence.
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. Matthew 6:16
PONDER: Begin well, end well