Fasting to feed the hungry feeds us too

Isaiah 58:4-9, NLT

 

“…you are fasting to please yourselves.

Even while you fast,
you keep oppressing your workers.


What good is fasting
when you keep on fighting and quarreling?
This kind of fasting
will never get you anywhere with me. (God). 

You humble yourselves
by going through the motions of penance,
bowing your heads
like reeds bending in the wind.
You dress in burlap
and cover yourselves with ashes.

Is this what you call fasting?
Do you really think this will please the Lord?

No, this is the kind of fasting I (God) wants:

Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.

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Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!

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A Year of Walking in Liberty    by Beth Moore

 

Read what Beth said about fasting in this daily devotional book:

 

“Usually we think of fasting as avoiding food for the purpose of prayer. The emptiness of our stomachs reminds us to pray. Isaiah 58 speaks of a fasting God may honor most of all.

What is God proposing that we fast from?

What do we have to give up or fast from to reach out to the oppressed?

Whatever our answer, we know if we pour out our lives to satisfy the needs of the oppressed, God will be faithful to satisfy our needs.” 

 

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How to satisfy hunger and thirst

Matthew 5:6 ERV

Great blessings belong to those who want to do right more than anything else.
    God will fully satisfy them.

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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In her memoir, FIRE ROAD- the Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness and Peace ,  author  Kim Phuc Phan Thi  wrote,

“One of the passages that never failed to comfort me when I was feeling especially down was the list of blessings Jesus proclaimed to his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount.

There he says,

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.”  (Matthew 5:6)

I would run my finger along those phrases, wondering if those words could really be true. If I pursue your ways, God, will you really satisfy that which is hungry in me?

What exactly did I hunger for back then? That which we all crave, I suppose:

  • safety and security
  • provision and unshakable peace
  • hope in the quietest of moments
  • the sense of family, so far from home.”

Read more about Kim’s memoir; my review is at this link-

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The surprising blessing of discomfort

How to be blessed, happy, and healthy

Opportunities to do good

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Sharing the inseparable love of God

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

Romans chapter 8, NLT 

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to tose who love God Romans 8:28

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And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Saint Patrick and Saint Paul- called to share God’s love

Saint Patrick was not born in Ireland , although he is considered the Irish patron saint. He was born in Britain, controlled by the Roman Empire. Kidnapped and taken as a slave to Ireland, he later escaped, but  returned as a missionary, bringing the Christian Gospel to Ireland.

Saint Paul was also a missionary to the part of the Roman world surrounding the eastern Mediterranean sea. Paul identified himself as a “slave of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1) .

Much of the new Testament contains Paul’s writings, including the letter written to the early Christians in Rome. Today Christians read, share, and memorize these verses which so aptly express the foundation of our faith- God’s unchanging love.

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Called to be hands and feet

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Mark, chapter 5, NLT

Then a leader whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet,  pleading fervently with him.

“My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.

When they came to the home  Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.

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Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,”which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.

A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”  Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

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NEW LIVING TRANSLATION WOMEN'S DEVOTIONAL

“We live in a culture that idolizes health, independence, and strength while it shuns illness and weakness. Yet at some time in our lives we all find ourselves in real need of someone’s help. In some cases, we must swallow our pride and humbly reach out to receive the help offered, because we find ourselves in an extremely desperate situation. That’s when all pretenses of self-sufficiency have to be discarded.

But what about accepting help from others? This step can still be very difficult. As believers in Jesus, we are called to be his hands and feet here on earth. Sometimes we will be the one bringing aid and comfort to others; sometimes we will be the ones on the receiving end. The amazing thing about God’s family is that we share his healing touch as we share our stories of his love in our lives and help each other through difficult times.”

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