Lent | Fasting: Day

Do it all unto the Lord

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Today's Text: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

Maybe this goes without saying – and maybe it’s been said in a few ways in this study already – but fasting is for one thing: God’s glory.

It is for our drawing near to Him, yes.
It is for mourning our sin, yes.
It is for interceding and returning and repenting, all those things.
But all those things are for His glory.

We can fast from food while feasting on our own pride.
We can withhold indulgences while noting them as accomplishments.
It may not be easy to fast, but it is quite easy to make our fasting about us.

We don’t set out for it to be this way, but we are sinners and so it is. Even our most selfless deeds – our efforts to deny ourselves and take up our cross – require His grace.

In the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul spends several verses explaining to the Church that what they eat is not as important as why they eat it. The qualifications of the menu are not as important as the company sitting around the table. “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,” Paul says, “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Keep in mind the bigger picture, he says (my paraphrase). There is more at work here than a set of rules. The Lord is building a Kingdom!

Today, Sisters, whatever we eat or drink, whatever we don’t eat or don’t drink – whatever we do – let’s do it all for the glory of our God. Because our fasting and feasting, our prayer and confession, our meditation and our study – it is about so much more than us. It is about His kingdom. It is about Him.

  • Amazing words!
    My mother introduced me to your website. I recently got upset at my devotional I’ve had for years and I felt like it was leading me away from God. Today, after serving, I got back home and found this website again in the App Store. God was showing me that I need to fast (physically and spiritually). I’m not overindulging in food as I used to. I’m clinging to the cross and I’m “eating the scroll” haha!
    Thank you! May God truly bless you forever and keep you :) Amen!

  • To be stripped bare of all we thought of who we really are To be able to face the truth nothing else matters. We died with Christ we rose with Christ we are sitted at the right hand of the father our thoughts of this image of being this perfect person after we become closer with god and truly know who we are through repentance and change out self doesn’t matter! The awesome thing I came to realize is that everything we thought that is the key the word .[what I thought] iits what My Awesome Savior Jesus Did! through my trials we come face to face with our self we try to be good mommy a good friends trustworthy good wife that gives us security self confidence we all want to have some sort of recognition for the self jJeuss said deny thyself I’m learning to really grasp that that’s awesome to know what God thinks of us is far better than what we or anyone else thinks We are to have the mind of Christ Renew our minds daily and to meditate on His Word that is a challenge daily with the way the worlds system is. I love Truth it’ really is freedom!

  • I just keep singing "The Heart of Worship" as I read this. It's one of my favorites, but it's a reminder…"It's all about you Jesus"
    This passage was a little confusing when taken out of context, but I appreciate your post! It was what I needed to hear today :) Remember WHY and WHO this is all for! And to remind us it's in our sinning nature to turn things around to be about us, and raise some awareness in our own hearts.

  • dearlyl0ved

    So verse 25 confused me.
    Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.
    I asked my fiancé, a pastor. He said that one of the issues Christians faced was whether or not it was okay to eat meat that had previously offered to idols. The Christians would walk around the market asking if the meat had been offered to an idol first. What Paul is saying is that kind of makes Christians look a little too judgmental of non-Christians. His advice was to just buy the meat and don't worry yourself with that because it isn't your job to condem them and God knows your heart.
    I think that is true for us in this season. We do to worry ourselves about others observing the season, but we should be concerned with our own heart attitudes. :)

  • Someone said this earlier, but fasting is less about self-persecution and more about learning. I had no idea, when I started lent, that God was going to use many, many things to completely crush me…
    Please pray for me today. I need to stop trying to heal myself of pain. I need to stop saving myself. He'll lift the pain He's given me in His time.
    Pray I'd let myself be feeble. That I'd wait upon the Lord.

    • DianeM

      AnnaLee,

      Prayers are being sent your way! I know personally what healing oneself is like. Earlier this year there was a. plan here on SRT that talked about being quiet and still; listening for His word; quiet and listen. My prayer is on its way!

      In Christ's Love
      Diane

  • hazelmaddie

    I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve been active in this study. I’m participating in Lent this year for the first time in a few years. The encouragement and guidance has been amazing. I didn’t receive that the other time I participated! I received scorn and closed hearts from other believers.

    I am really seeing now how prideful I can be. I’m really trying to get a heart focused on God, but the pride is there still. That’s going to be my focus to day. Not to us but to his name be the glory.

  • Off topic but the “typo” of the reference led me to some verses I needed to see today :)

  • Is it me? I couldn't find Day 10 with Friday's posts anywhere

  • Perfect devotional.
    I put on Israel Houghton’s – Jesus at the centre just as I was coming onto SRT for today’s devotional. Nothing we do is about us, it has to be about Him LOVE IT !!!

  • This right here is why I didn't write a blog post for #SheSharesTruth yesterday.

    I wrote last week, but not for the glory of God; I wrote to see the comments and the praise – not exactly ministering in humility. That was eye-opening for me. So this week I read the posts of others and prayed for them, and today's reading is such a confirmation of my choice to do so, particularly v33: "I don't just do what I like or what is best for me, but what is best for them so that they might be saved." [NLT]

  • jaustin35

    "If you eat or drink, or if you do anything, do it all for the glory of God. Never do anything that might hurt others." -1 Corinthians 10:31-32 I know I have read these words many times before, but today and the week I have had at work and fasting for God to get to be more intimate with Him – this verse means soooooo much to me and I just want to apologize to The Lord right now for my behavior this week…… I am sooo sorry for wanting to do things for me when it should be all about You and Your glory!!!!!!! Thank – you ladies for refreshment, renewal, and growth in the word and stretching and opening my eyes to something new about my walk with The Lord…….. Have a great 'happy saturday'

  • A couple of years ago our wonderful minister, Dr. Kenneth Dunivant , preached on this subject. He and he left a fresh impression on me regarding fasting and Lent. Denial comes in many forms. If you don't give up something, take on something. So I have tried that. It has been a blessing. This year it is giving up an hour – all at one time to read scripture, devotions, prayer and listening. So don't always think of Lent as a self persecuting thing, think learning. Giving up time is harder than I thought, but I have learned so much.

  • lindsaybuono

    "It may not be easy to fast, but it is quite easy to make our fasting about us." WOW. Powerful words to take in this morning. So true. Thank you for reminding me this!

  • Amen. This is where I want to get in fasting. Most times I feel its about me and all I want is to glorify God.

  • JessicaLoves___

    For me, these verses really focus on not causing a brother or sister to stumble by living in the freedom that Christ offers in an entitled way. That sometimes, even though I am allowed to eat or drink without condemnation, I should be sensitive to those around me who may lose faith because of the choices I make in front of them. But that nugget of truth is certainly there: that I am to do everything "to the glory of God". And that includes eliminating my pride and arrogance, which I may be able to hide from everyone else, and the false humility that I might present to the world. Even if no one knows about it but God, even if it never causes a soul to stumble, it's still not for his glory, which makes it WRONG.
    Needed these words: We can fast from food while feasting on our own pride. We can withhold indulgences while noting them as accomplishments.
    Lord, please rid me of myself and my selfish motives and free me of my continued struggle of starting with good motives and souring them with my pride about them.

    • jaustin35

      I so agree with you I need to focus more on Him in whatever I do not on what I want to do for me – even when it comes to fasting…… Even the words I say around my toddlers I teach…… Thank – you for those words…..

  • My prayer this morning is that God will open my heart to a deeper understanding of his Word, and that he will reveal to me what I can do in every moment to glorify him and bring praise to his name. Have a great weekend sisters! xoxo

  • Samantha B.

    Thank you for this. I'm about to get my three little boys out of their beds and start the day. Even though I love and cherish them dearly, I still tend to forget that they are my first ministry and that taking care of them is to be done unto God's glory too. So thankful for these encouraging reminders and how the Lord gives us the grace to live it out!

  • Steph_Lilac

    "Even our most selfless deeds – our efforts to deny ourselves and take up our cross – require His grace." What a wonderful reminder devotion this morning. If I may be transparent for a moment, daily I have to make sure that I'm not fasting in the manner of "See look God, look what I'M able to do for You.", as if my fasting makes me some super saint. We don't fast to show Him our strong restraint but to reveal His mighty power! Lord as we empty ourselves of ourselves on this 40 day fast please fill us up with the burning desire to bring You glory in all that we do. In Jesus' Name, Amen. Subtracting the flesh without adding the Spirit equals an unbalanced equation.

  • Joanne Sher

    So needed this reminder! Doing selfless things with pride is not selfless – and I do this almost every day. What matters is WHY I do it, not what I do. Love 1corinthians 10:31 – now I need to live it!

  • I agree that it's all for the glory of God, and as you listed I strongly agree that it is about drawing near. When we consider that the Israelites were unable to draw near, we have to pause and ask what is significant about this phrase (as used throughout Hebrews…that Christ allows us to draw near). Piper explains it well and calls it the heart of the gospel…that drawing near to God is about fellowship and communion with him:

    "This is the center of the gospel – this is what the Garden of Gethsemane and Good Friday are all about – that God has done astonishing and costly things to draw us near. He has sent his Son to suffer and to die so that through him we might draw near. It's all so that we might draw near. And all of this is for our joy and for his glory. He does not need us. If we stay away he is not impoverished. He does not need us in order to be happy in the fellowship of the Trinity. But he magnifies his mercy by giving us free access through his Son, in spite of our sin, to the one Reality that can satisfy us completely and forever, namely, himself. "In thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy right hand are pleasures forever more" (Psalm 16:11)."

    So let us fast, let us draw near, let us fellowship in worship for his glory!

  • Do it for the glory of God. Do often we can get caught up in our own lives that we lose focus of what is really important, placing emphasis on what is not meant to be the focus… self.

    The reading today pretty much says to forget self, don't bother about what not to eat and such but be mindful that when you fast your focus is not the food but Christ himself. As children of God we are to share his love with others help them to come to know the Lord that has changed your life.

    Have a good day ladies.

  • Not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, so that they might be saved.

    Doing it all for His Glory and seeking the good of others over my own good is such a high calling and a difficult task. It is what I am called to each day. I feel like I need moment by moment reminders in this. I guess where praying continually comes in. Oh that i can learn to make my daily tasks my living about Him.

    I just want to say that I haven't been here in awhile. I have been doing another study which has been great but coming back here this morning has been so refreshing. I have missed SheReads Truth. You all have truly blessed me since I found you about 1 year ago.

  • Candacejo

    Fasting helps move everything else out of the way so you can hear HIS voice more clearly. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6

    Fasting without prayer is called a "diet"…it is nothing more than going without food! (or whatever it is you are fasting from). It has no spiritual benefits and it will produce no fruit! It is a waste of time and energy. It never impresses God!

    Lord, help me to remember it IS all about YOU. Let me deny myself…for all the right reasons.

    • Steph_Lilac

      Wooooooow @ "fasting without prayer is caked a "diet"…it is nothing more than going without food." Such profound truth! Natural diets cause you to lose weight, spiritual diets cause you to gain more of Him.

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