January 23, 2014
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.—2 Corinthians 5:17
What does fasting have to do with an extreme makeover? Everything. God said to Samuel—“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). It doesn’t matter to God how good things seem on the outside, if we don’t have an intimate relationship with Jesus on the inside.
On the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, once the crew has inspected the house and figured out just how bad the situation looks, they move on to the next step—demolition. One of the highlights of the program is sending the family live footage of their house being totally demolished while they are away on a fantastic vacation.
As you know, fasting cuts through all the junk that builds up throughout the year. Fasting opens the door for the Holy Spirit to come in and reconstruct those weak, withered areas of your spiritual life, replacing them with life and power.
You may be going through a fast where the Holy Spirit is taking a sledgehammer and a bulldozer to your spiritual life—the broken walls, the leaking roof and the saggy floors all have to go. God can replace them with a firm foundation! It is a process called brokenness. And it can happen over and over throughout your life.
When we don’t feel like we measure up, it drains our confidence. Satan would like nothing more than to get us to quit the race by stealing our confidence.
Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, mankind has been in need of a makeover. There were no worries prior to sin entering into the heart of man. Adam and Eve were naked before each other and before God—with no concern regarding their appearance. The first thing they did after sin entered the picture was to attempt to cover their nakedness with leaves.
When you begin to feel the least bit of bondage or sin creep back into your life, run to Jesus in fasting and prayer. God sees who you are, and who He wants you to be.