What does your Book say about fasting

What does your Book say about fasting

The Bible says:

Matthew 6:16 “ But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 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.”

What does your book say about fasting?

What does your Book say about fasting

Fasting

“This is our month of fasting,” the young guide looked at me.

“Do Christians fast?” he continued.

“Oh yes,” I replied.

“Every year?” he was eager to hear my answer.

“You know what Ahmed,” I replied, “Jesus said (you can read it in the Injil Matthew 6 from verses 16) ‘when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen…’ Here Jesus talks about our Heavenly Father, God.

Jesus did not command us to fast, but he encouraged and expected us to fast at different times. We have a relationship with Him. Just like you have a relationship with your mother or close friend. You want to please him or her. With a true Christian and Jesus, it is the same. When we are very serious in hearing His voice on a certain matter, we might feel that we want to fast. Or when we feel that we want to grow and understand more about the wonder of God’s love in our lives, we may decide to fast. This is a personal thing, not a legalistic following of rules. We as Christians love Jesus dearly and we always want to please God. We want to know God more and more personally, this is the way we grow spiritually, by listening to His voice and obeying and following Him.

But please tell us about your fasting and why do yóú fast?”

If you want to know more, why don’t you write to us and together we can discover more about fasting and following and loving and obeying God!

 

I want Light

I want Light

Jesus Himself said in John 8 verse 12, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” (John 8:12)

  1. What does it mean to you that Jesus said ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” (John 8:12)
  2. What does it mean to follow Jesus?
  3. Do you think it is possible to never walk in darkness? How is it possible?
  4. What does it mean to have the light of life?

 

“Inside of me it’s dark, I want light!”

“Inside of me it’s dark, I want light!”

I looked at the young woman next to me in the bus. She was full of enthusiasm. But her eyes were sad. She had already told me she had just finished her medical studies, she was now a doctor. She pushed the beautiful curly hair from her forehead.

She was curious. “Where did you learn to speak my language?”

I smiled. “You know, I’m only trying. I learn from people like you and I have a Book in your language and in my own. I read it in both languages, it helps me to understand more.”

“Book?” she wanted to know. I took my Bible in my own language from my handbag.  She took it from me and opened it. “And the one in my language?” she wanted to know. I took the Incil from my bag.

“I’d love to read this!” she said, opening it and started reading.

“I tell you what,” I commented, “you can take this one, I can get myself another one.”

“Inside of me it’s dark, I want light!” she looked me full in the face.

I took the Incil from her and paged to John 1 verse 9.

She read: “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”

“This sounds wonderful. I want to know more. But, you know, I was so busy with my medical studies, I did not read our own holy book.  I now want to read it.”

“Yes”, I agreed, “do that. I suggest that you ask the true God, the One that made you, to show you the True Light.  “I suggest that you read your book and also the Incil. God who created you will reveal to you the truth.

Jesus Himself said in John 8 verse 12, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” (John 8:12)

She looked relieved. “I’m definitely going to read both books and ask God to reveal Himself to me!”

 

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