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Hunger Pains

Fasting should lead you to feasting. All fasts come to an end or we die. The end of your fast should be God. No matter what you fast (small or large) there will no reward at the end. No badge or certificate. The Pharisees fasted and prayed loud to be seen of men. Jesus said, “They have their reward.” (Sad)

I want the end of my fast to be a feast! In the physical realm yes, but even more in spiritual reality. I want to taste and see that the Lord is good. I want to be filled with all the fullness of God!

Stay in your misery. Stay in your hunger. Stay in your fast. If it does not hurt yet, you either picked something that was not a sacrifice or you have found junk food elsewhere.

Biggest understatement of the Bible….. “Jesus fasted for forty days and nights and afterward was hungry.” Duh! He could have taken Satan’s food. He could have taken Satan’s advice to make His own food, but He waited….and feasted on God.

Tasting the deepest love, identity, peace, joy makes all others look as they are – junk food.

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” Brennan Manning

Father hugging son and laughing

Belong

Have you ever had the feeling, “I don’t belong here.” Peter did. Remember when Jesus told Peter to let down his nets one more time after fishing all night? The amount of fish on demand caused Peter to tremble in the presence of Jesus and he said, “Get away from me for I am a sinful man.” In other words, “I don’t belong here.”

The word “belong” has a couple of meanings. The most common is to be owned by or be in the possession of. (ex. The dog belongs to me.) But the other is to be suitable or acceptable. (ex. The doghouse belongs outside.) When we think that we now belong to God; it is one thing, a precious thing, to be in His possession, but entirely another to say we belong in His presence. Like Peter, we don’t feel like we belong because we really DON’T belong here! I am nothing like God! We think different, act different, probably smell different too. And yet, John 1:12 says we, “have the right to be called sons of God.” And being sons and daughters means we belong to God – we are His! And it means we belong in His presence. It is fitting and suitable for us to be here. We need not approach sheepishly, but boldly to the throne of grace!

Father, I belong to You!