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Fasting- Hungering for God!

October 21, 2018 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Living in the Holy Spirit

Topic: Fasting- Hungering for God!

 What stood out to you about this message and why?
 What is similar between the hearts of Moses and God? How did God use
this to invite and draw Moses closer to Himself?
 How was Moses different the second time he descended from Sinai with
God’s Word? What detail does the author give unique to this passage
(Check out Exodus 34:28)
 What unites Moses, Jesus and the Early Church in today’s sermoncommon
to receiving, worshipping and being led by God?
 How does Deuteronomy 8:3 invite us closer to God?
 While not outwardly demanded, is there an inward desire to fast in order
to receive, worship and be led by God through His Word & Spirit?

Title: Fasting- Hungering for God!
Series: Living in the Holy Spirit
Text: Key Passage- Deuteronomy 8:3
Main Idea: God’s Word Fills, Transforms & Leads us!

I. Moses Fasted to Receive and Feast on God’s Word!

 Identifies with those suffering (Exodus 2:11-22)
o His own people (Vv.11-15)
o Others afflicted (Vv.16-22)
o Check out -> Hebrews 11:23-28

 Has God’s heart toward those suffering (Exodus 2:23-25)

 God aligns His heart with Moses’ and He sends Him to be the
Deliverer (Exodus 3:1-12)

 While giving Moses the Law, fasted for 40 more days &
Nights (Exodus 34:27-35)

o Contrast with First 40 days -> Exodus 32:11-35
 Moses learned and experience the truth of Deuteronomy 8:3!

II. Jesus Fasted to Serve & Worship God! (Luke 4:1-15)

 Led by the Spirit of God, Jesus fasts for 40 days as He lived
out the truth of Deuteronomy 8:3 (Luke 4:1-15)
o God will Nourish us with His Word (v.4)
o Nourished lives transform and bring Him Glory (v.8)
o God will lead us home in His care (Vv.10-11)

 Empowered by the Spirit of God, others draw closer (Vv.14-15)

III. Early Church Fasted to be LED by God! (Acts 13:1-4)

 They were learning and growing in God’s Word (v.1)

 They were in worship of God (service / prayer) and fasting (v.2a)

 The Holy Spirit spoke to them with direction (v.2b)

 Confirmation through continued prayer & fasting leads to
empowered obedience (Vv.3-4).

IV. Our Invitation to Fast Today

 Fasting cannot be outwardly forced; but must be inwardly
desired (Luke 5:33-39)

 Fasting is to be a protected time between you and God, as it
was with Moses, Jesus and God. (Matthew 6:16-18)

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