Would you call this a FAST, And an acceptable day to the LORD?
A hypocrite is a person who pretends to have certain beliefs, when in reality he/she really does not. An example is a person who fasts, but is constantly finding pleasure.
Some people take delight only in approaching God; they seek him daily, as if they do righteousness, and they pretend to know God’s ways as if they did not forsake His ordinances.
Isaiah 58:2 says, "They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God," but in actual fact their hearts are far away from him.
The Lord of the Sabbath was right when He said, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven,” Matthew 7:20-21
Why do we fast these day?
Isaiah said, you fast for advantage; to make your voices heard. He said, “Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness...” Isaiah 58:4. Ask yourself, when you last fasted, how and what is it you fasted for? The Lord said, “Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? ... Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the LORD?" Isaiah 58:5.
You can never go wrong with God’s kind of fasting; it is the way of love, peace, and righteousness - you share, let go, loose and break every barrier. You repair the breaches.
Delight yourself in his kind of fasting, and in turn He rewards you and "will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth," Isaiah 58:14.
What does the LORD require of you my friend when you do your fasting?
He wants you to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him, and with such deeds you shall honour him; do good, cover the naked, and yourself too. Do not neglect yourself. I like this verse, "share your bread with the hungry...bring to your house the poor who are cast out..." Isaiah 58:7.
Verse 9 says, "Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' "If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday.”
Do not fast in order to find own pleasure, to point fingers or find blame on others. He says get rid of the yoke among you, the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, then the Lord will hear and say, 'Here I am’ and bless you.
God bless you,
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