Welcome to the 2018 Fasting Resource Page for the Venue Church 21 Day Fast.
This year’s fast starts on January 14th and ends on February 4th. Fasting Has Never Been This Fun!
If you’ve come to Venue Church in the beginning of the year, you’ll know that we start out every new year with a season of fasting. Of course, nobody “has to” fast; but, when you understand what the Bible teaches on fasting, you’ll realize: we “get to” fast. It’s actually an incredible opportunity.
In both the Old and New Testaments, God powerfully rewarded those who fasted. Quite simply, fasting gives us supernatural advantages in living life. For example, the book of Isaiah says: Those who fast get healing (Isa.58). Jesus said: Those who fast get Power over demonic oppression (Mk 9). Again, Isaiah said: Those who fast will live like kings: “You’ll ride on the heights of the land” (Isa.58) When Ezra fasted, God gave protection over his kids & possessions. When Daniel fasted God gave him understanding (Dan.9). When Eliazar Fasted God gave him a woman! (Some of you Men suddenly started taking notes). When Jesus started his earthly ministry, one of the 1st things he did was fast. And don’t misunderstand me: Fasting won’t make God love you more. You can’t earn your way into heaven. However, like the author of Hebrews reminds us: “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
So, why then are people scared to do this discipline? Well, like any discipline, if you do it as an obligation to earn love from God, it will feel oppressive. But fasting is also a discipline that reveals your true priorities.
And keep in mind: Fasting doesn’t merely mean: abstaining from food. You can fast almost anything. In the truest sense, fasting is a process of abstaining from something for the purpose of worship, prayer, and self-discipline. For example, my wife will often fast sweets, desserts and candy. Other people fast movies, t.v. shows, or even coffee. (I realize that I just made a lot of you really nervous!) But trust me: Fasting is one of the most amazing spiritual disciplines that God gives us. It’s a mirror that reveals the truest state of our self discipline. It’s one of the few disciplines which reveals the true state of our self-denial muscles. And if that sounds scary, consider your alternatives: Crisis and moral failure also reveal this. So, we have a choice: Preventative Humility vs. Humiliation.
So how do I participate? Well, quite simply, pray about what God would have you fast & simply join in, January 8th through January 29th! Spiritual disciplines like this can actually be quite fun when you’re doing it alongside a big group of people.
Also, as an added bonus, click the below link and go through the 21 day devotional with us.LINK TO DAY 1