Have you ever watched any of those extreme make-over reality shows? You know the ones—they highlight people’s personal struggles with weight, relationships, wardrobes or careers. Some people tune in for motivation, while others tune in just for entertainment. There are even home improvement shows promising the family will have a new home and new outlook on life by the end of the hour. Watching people struggle against a personal battle can be motivating and inspiring.

 

Maybe you’re going through a period in your life where you don’t feel like you measure up. Your confidence is drained, and you’re not sure where to go from here. You feel like Satan is just sitting back and watching you struggle, just for his amusement.

 

Today’s Topic

Why is fasting referred to as a “spiritual makeover?”

 

What you are doing now by fasting is a type of makeover, but it’s of the kind that really matters—the spiritual variety. “God said to Samuel, ‘For the Lord does not see as a man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart’” (I Samuel 16:7). It doesn’t matter to God how good things appear to be going on the outside if we remain empty and void of His presence on the inside. Fasting cuts through all the junk. Fasting opens the door for the Holy Spirit to come in and do surgery on those weak, withered areas of your spiritual life, replacing them with life and power.

 

When you begin to feel the least bit of bondage or sin creep back into your life, run to Jesus in fasting and prayer. He is waiting with open arms to help you become who He wants you to be.

 

So what about you?

Do you feel like God is doing a spiritual makeover on you during this fast? How has your outlook or perception about situations changed? Can you see a difference in any of your relationships?