Of junk and fake grace (15)

Do those who believe in the grace of God fast, go without food for a religious reason? Yes, and the reason is also to contact grace. When we fast we identify with the depreciation (death) of Jesus and therefore have power released because by the same token we identify with his resurrection. He said that his disciples will fast when he is taken away from them, they fast to be in the resurrected realm of Jesus. With fasting, grace gets converted to power.

Nevertheless, we don’t worship fasting, as if in and of itself it does something. We take it as another conduit of grace.

In the sermon on the mount, there are three things Jesus said God rewards: fasting, giving, prayer.

So if someone asks, do those who believe in grace give? Yes, we understand it as a channel to connect with grace, but we don’t make giving God, we realise that grace is a person we should relate with.

God rewards giving, fasting, prayer with the release of his grace to those do them right. So I can spend hours in prayer because I cannot get enough of the grace from his presence because I want the open reward which is a manifestation of grace in my life. I fast weekly not to prove a point to God (like one Pharisee in a story of Jesus) but to express my need for him, to exchange my natural life for his resurrected life with the level of grace that comes with it.

Did you not read what Paul wrote about himself: that I may know him and the power of his resurrection. An aspect of his grace is the power of his resurrection. He did not regard that as something in the bag, but a possibility. Fasting facilitates that. Remember I said fasting converts grace to power? Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit after he fasted. You already have the grace now convert it to power. Of course, do it with sense; you can’t become Jesus in one day.

We don’t see giving, praying, fasting as stress, as a chore, when we looking at them from the eyes of grace. It is by grace that we do them (God working in us both to will and do of his good pleasure) and we also do them aware of their grace value. Paul said there is a particular grace work that needs to be done in the Corinthian church, so that they will be better givers, and after they have given as an expression of that grace, they will reap more, being another expression of God’s grace. Their reaping after sowing is a manifestation of God’s grace and not an achievement because anybody can sow, it is God who brings the increase. So give but don’t look at your giving as the source of increase, look at God who will lavish you with grace for receiving as he has lavished you with the grace for giving.

Fasting connects with resurrection power
Giving (in all the sense of the word) connects with increase
Prayer connects with the throne of grace for primary grace supply

It is grace, grace all the way

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