Guilt-Driven Vs. Grace-Driven Fasting

Guilt-Driven says… “I SHOULD because I am a pastor, a small group leader, a full-time Christian worker and everyone’s eye is on me…I SHOULD set them an example.”

Grace-Driven says…”I COULD and I WOULD because I’m a follower of Jesus and I love to keep on looking up to Him as my my Ultimate Example”


Guilt-Driven says…“It’s an annual DUTY… I must GO THROUGH this! Urgh!!! Waaahu!!! I’m from Sparta!!! I can! I can! I can! I trust my 100% juice and my drinking a lot of  water!!! Waahu!!!”

Grace-Driven says…”It’s MY DESIRE to get to KNOW and EXPERIENCE God more personally and commit all my days of my life to Him even this year 2011… And wow! In Christ alone I really can!


Guilt-Driven says…“Oh I want to go water fast this time so God could hear my prayers More CLEARLY and would possibly answer my wants!”

Grace-Driven says…”I believe God is leading me to go water fast this time so I could depend on His enabling grace more and that I would clearly hear and know Him and rightfully respond to Him


Guilt-Driven says…“I’ll go absolute fast and will not eat UNLESS HE ANSWERS the way I wanted and I want results fast!” (Hunger Strike)

Grace-Driven says…”I want to grow in my faith, trusting God in his promises more so I can obey more and be really strong and successful in life with Him” (Humble Surrender)


Guilt-Driven“I’m actually fasting SO THAT GOD WOULD LOVE ME more and I would be more worthy to come to God”

Grace-Driven says…”Thank God! In Christ alone I am completely loved, secured, and accepted that there is nothing I could do to make God love me more/less. I’m fasting SO I COULD LOVE HIM MORE, training myself to always depend on Him in all things!”

 

 

(It can be so easy to forget about the Gospel and try harder to strive in life

in our own might and strength.

Yet His presence is with us and that is what gives us strength and joy to thrive! )

Happy fasting to everyone joining the 7 Day of Prayer and Fasting! Let His Great Grace AMAZE us more and more this year 2011!

8 thoughts on “Guilt-Driven Vs. Grace-Driven Fasting

  1. The best way to kill sheep is to drive them. Sheep are led by shepherds just like Christians are led by the Holy Spirit. Cattle are driven and not sheep. That made me realize that the Lord is our Shepherd and not our cowboy 🙂

    Following the leadership of the Holy Spirit is one of the privileges of being a son of God, although it may be agonizing to learn how to defer from Him and to really let Him be your Leader.

  2. Great Insight bro! There is a big difference if you really know your position in God, that you are a son to Him,

  3. I’ve been reading a book on the early Christian mystics and it is quite interesting how they apply Psalm 42 in their prayer life. Evangrius Ponticus counsels that “Reading, vigils, and prayer – these are the things that lend stability to the wandering mind. Hunger, toil, and solitude are the means of extinguishing the flames of desire (lust). Turbid anger is calmed by the singing of Psalms, by patience, and almsgiving.” Although they readily admit that the disciplines of the spiritual life can be a painstaking chore, they have come to the understanding that these are of great importance not just ideologically but both practically and physically as well. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?””

    Great Post!

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