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October 21, 2009

50 days before our wedding, Whit and I fasted from all caffeine (soda, Starbucks, tea, Red Bull, you name it). We drank water and milk like they were they only things left on the planet. We chose the most hectic time of our lives to go without what we thought we needed to make it through the day – the god of caffeine. We wanted to start our marriage out on something more solid than a Grande Vanilla Chai; we wanted to begin our new life together on God’s foundation. Since then we’ve done the 50 day no caffeine fast a couple times and have been renewed that God gets us through the day, not caffeine.

You can fast from mostly anything – food, television, music, internet, being mean to people. I tried to fast from doing chores as a teenager, but failed to do so since my mother pointed out that it wasn’t biblical to fast from taking the trash out. I hope Robin’s sermon has triggered some things in your life that you’ve lately depended on more so than God. If so, it’s time to fast.

One of the great benefits of fasting from a meal is that it forces you to reflect on your life. We’re all so busy, so packed full in our schedules that we go from work to family to hobbies to errands to church and back to work again that we never, ever, ever sit down to meditate on what God may be trying to do in our lives.

But when you fast, when you take that lunch and make it just for God and you, and choose to not eat physical food, but open up your Bible and eat on God’s wisdom – that’s when He’ll open your eyes to what He’s been trying to do in your life. And then for the rest of the day, when your stomach growls (it will), you can be reminded that God is your strength, not food.

Honestly I think most of us don’t fast, and yet most of us would deepen our relationship with God if we chose to fast a meal once a week. Start doing that and then maybe you’ll be crazy enough to give up caffeine for a while.


October 21, 2009 Posted by | Zach | , | 4 Comments

10/21 Romans 1-3

The book of Romans is a fantastic book that many believe was written before Paul returned to Jerusalem and was arrested.  In these first 3 chapters he explains that righteousness comes from God and that all mankind are sinners.  I really like verses 16 and 17 in chapter 1.

16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Note to self:  Live by faith.

Paul goes on to talk about the type of people that rebelled against God.  Funny, well not funny, but it sure sounds like a list of people today.  Paul starts out Chapter 2 explaining that God has the right to judge us.  Then he explains that the law will not save the Jews because they can’t or don’t keep the law.

10As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 12All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

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