Goed vasten is vast wel goed

Does anyone of you fast?

  • There is this mother who doesn’t cook on Fridays. She saves the money for groceries to help the poor family next door.
  • There is this young man who switches off his cell phone on Tuesdays. That is his day to pray, without being disturbed.
  • There is this koko in our church who is on a hunger strike. She won’t eat until Christ has answered her prayer.
  • There is this couple that decided not to have sex on Mondays and Thursdays. Lets rather take time for prayer.

We know different ways of fasting.

Does anyone of you fast?

I don’t know.

I don’t want to know.

I don’t need to know.

Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.

It’s between you and God.

This is what Jesus says, verses 16-18:

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Close your eyes and open your heart.

No show-off before people.

Sincere godliness in God’s presence.

He has seen you.

He will reward you.

Dit is deel 3 van m’n preek voor vandaag in Mamelodi, vanuit Matteus 6 vers 1-18.

Thema en verdeling [jawel, soms gebruik ik die nog]:

God knows what goes on behind closed doors

  1. close the door and open your heart (vss 5-15)
  2. close your hand and open your heart (vss 2-4)
  3. close your eyes and open your heart (vss 16-18)
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