Today begins 21 days of prayer and fasting for Woodlawn. So on the eve of this consecrated time, I want to preach to you today on:
The Foundation of Fasting
I realize today this is not a popular topic or an easy preach, but oh what a necessary part of our spiritual journey.
Fasting is the one thing in our lives that we do not like the process, but we love the results.
It’s very much like exercise. I’m sure many of you have started a new workout regime as we begin this year, and you are not liking the process of waking up early, or taking time after work – but if you will continue this process, you will love the results that it produces.
And while I am a proponent of taking care of your physical body, Paul expounded of how much more important it is to tend to the spiritual man.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)
7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
And while I do not read that fasting is necessary for salvation, I believe that what it produces in our lives is essential to salvation.
Jesus, himself, did not say, “If you fast…” but rather, “When you fast…” (Matthew 6:16).
I realize, this will be new (even over the top) for some of you. But fasting is much like prayer. I have never known anyone to pray and then say, “man, I wish I would not have prayed.” You will never regret time you spend consecrating yourself before God. If you will make a commitment to fast, you will not regret it. So do a crazy thing in 2016. It will change your relationship with God. And your life.
Pastor Jerron Carney and his wife, Holly, were elected senior pastor of Woodlawn in 2013. Prior to their election, Pastor Jerron served Woodlawn, since 2005, in student ministry and administrative pastor. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, School of Business with an emphasis in accounting. He is the proud father of Jane-Claire, Jack, & Everly June. They are his greatest source of joy. He enjoys the outdoors through hunting and golf… Go Saints!