“…Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” – Philippians 3:18-19
There are those that sing, “I am a friend of God” but then reject everything that He stands and died for. The cross symbolizes death of self in service or for the benefit of others. Fasting will expose your appetites – whether they are food, entertainment, or anything else you seek to satisfy your soul. Yes, sacrifice is difficult and even painful at times, but we will reap a reward here on earth and in eternity if we do not give up. The problem is that so many of us so much of the time are like Esau, willing to sell our inheritance so we can satiate an immediate yet temporary craving.
Prayer: I love You Jesus. Thank You for dying for me. Help me to die to myself so that I can live for You and for others. I need You and ask for forgiveness when I have looked to the world to satisfy what only You can. Help me to get my head, my heart, and my appetites in alignment with You. Amen.