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Why Do We Fast

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Why Do We Fast

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Why Do We Fast

MP3 Audio (13.77 MB)

Pastor Bart Bornhorst gives a message about the importance of fasting. His sermon centers around two points, fasting helps us to see our weaknesses and it also produces a humble mind.

Sermon Notes



What is the purpose of fasting?


v. 27 -- The 10th day of the seventh month shall be Atonement, you shall afflict your souls.


We need to be focused and determined to save our spiritual life.  We are doing battle to hold onto it.  God uses fasting to set our focus on the battle.


It sets us with the right frame of mind.  We don’t have any power against Satan, but God does.


  1. Fasting helps us to see our weakness.


Any army must know his weakness, you must know where you are most vulnerable.  Our physical life is hopeless without God, but we need to follow His lead.


Where would we be if God stopped providing for us?  For all of mankind?  Our Earth would look like the moon.  


Job 12:


! Cor. 1:22-26 → Not many wise, mighty, or noble are called.  Do we view ourselves in this way?  God has chosen the foolish and the weak. -- God has chosen the weak things because He can work though weak things.


He who glories, let Him glory in the Lord.


The warrior who does the worst in battle is to overestimate their strength because you lay down your guard to the enemy.  Our confidence cannot be in ourselves but in God.


Philippians 1:6 Philippians 1:6Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
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→ God is starting a work in you and He will complete


  1. Fasting produces a humble mind.


Genesis 2:7 Genesis 2:7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
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→ We were formed out of dirt, dust of the ground.  It doesn't get much lower.


Sometimes we can walk around with a high opinion of ourselves and it hurts our spirituality.


Proverbs 16:18 Proverbs 16:18Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
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-> Pride goes before destruction.  A prideful spirit is an evil spirit.


Esther 3:1-4 Esther 3:1-4 [1] After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. [2] And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence. [3] Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said to Mordecai, Why transgress you the king's commandment? [4] Now it came to pass, when they spoke daily to him, and he listened not to them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.
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Esther 6:1-14 Esther 6:1-14 [1] On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. [2] And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. [3] And the king said, What honor and dignity has been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered to him, There is nothing done for him. [4] And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak to the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. [5] And the king's servants said to him, Behold, Haman stands in the court. And the king said, Let him come in. [6] So Haman came in. And the king said to him, What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honor more than to myself? [7] And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delights to honor, [8] Let the royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the king rides on, and the crown royal which is set on his head: [9] And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man with whom the king delights to honor, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor. [10] Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as you have said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sits at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that you have spoken. [11] Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor. [12] And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house mourning, and having his head covered. [13] And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife to him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom you have begun to fall, you shall not prevail against him, but shall surely fall before him. [14] And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hurried to bring Haman to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
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→ We can see how the pride of Haman led to his downfall.


Esther 7:1-10 Esther 7:1-10 [1] So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. [2] And the king said again to Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is your petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted you: and what is your request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom. [3] Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: [4] For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for slaves and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage. [5] Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said to Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that dared presume in his heart to do so? [6] And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen. [7] And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. [8] Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen on the bed where on Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. [9] And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, stands in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. [10] So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
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Pride is the destruction and fall of so many people.


Isaiah 14:12 Isaiah 14:12How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!
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→ How does Satan’s fall begin?


Satan was full of pride and of his own beauty.  It has put him where he is today - full of pride and fear.


Ezekiel 28:1 Ezekiel 28:1The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
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Proverbs 6:16-19 Proverbs 6:16-19 [16] These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him: [17] A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, [18] An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, [19] A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brothers.
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→ God hates a proud look or a lying tongue, one who sows discord with the brethren. These are all things that describe Satan.


God is always working on our hearts if we are yielding to Him.


Deut 8:2 → God working with the Israelites as He works with us.


God works to humble us.


Jeremiah 17:9-10 Jeremiah 17:9-10 [9] The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? [10] I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
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This day is all about our heart and keeping it humble before God.


God is the almighty and has power before all.


Revelation 9:1-2 Revelation 9:1-2 [1] And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
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Revelation 9:11 Revelation 9:11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon.
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→ There is angel of the bottomless pit.  This is Satan, prince of all the Earth.


Revelation 20:1 Revelation 20:1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
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The times we live in are serious and keep watch of our hearts as God does.  We need to remain humble because Satan and his demons will take advantage of any of our weakness.