Fasting – the Hardest Part for Me
The hardest part during a fast is not “always” the physical, nor is it when the Holy Spirit reveals to me “privately” an area of my heart that needs changed (although that is very difficult to swallow at times!), but for me the hardest part of a fast occurred the other day…unexpectedly.
It was last week when God used a friend of mine (who didn’t even know I was fasting nor was she!) to sit down with me and shine light on a toxic area of my heart - an area that was hindering my growth spiritually. This was an area that caught me by surprise as I felt pride swell up on my behalf. Guess God knew this time around it would take more than just Him and I probing my heart alone. It would take Him speaking through a friend, showing me that I could take forgiveness to another level.
My friend revealed areas in my life where I had already forgiven, but expectations were still held high on those I forgave – leaving no room for growth for them or myself. The expectations I put on others had grown into judgments and judgments will always keep one bound.
It has taken me a few days to slowly chew on this morsel laid before me, but now I can look back and thank God for a friend who was not afraid to speak truth in love. A friend who cared enough to present an opportunity for my spiritual growth, a friend that knew how to hear God’s voice and walk it out in obedience, even if it was with great trepidation. Do you have a friend like that? Hope so, because fasting is always for heart change if we welcome it.
Enjoy your fast!