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When You Fast (Matthew 6.16-18)

When You Fast (Matthew 6.16-18)

Notice how Jesus begins this passage: "When you fast..." Not "If," but "when..." It is clear that our Lord simply assumes His disciples are people who, from time to time, fast.
Do you? Have you ever? Why?
Just what is fasting anyway?
We're reading more all the time about the bodily benefits of fasting. But when we look into the pages of Scripture, we find absolutely zero talk about fasting's benefits to our flesh: "the body is more than food..."
Join us this week as we consider more from our Lord's Sermon On the Mount, specifically as He teaches us--not so much what fasting is, but--what fasting isn't!

Today's passage:

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret wil