14 Then the disciples of John *came to Him, asking, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”
15 And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16 “But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.
17 “Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
- Jesus Christ, Matthew 9:14–17 (NASB95)
Mourning is not needed for those in the presence of Great Joy (Jesus). And after fasting and mourning the loss of the presence of Jesus He returned to stay at Pentecost, in the Person of the Holy Spirit.
Fasting doesn’t fit someone who has had all their sins forgiven, their old heart of stone removed and replaced with a heart of flesh (that wants to do God’s will), knowledge they will live forever with Jesus living inside them, and more…
The old practice of fasting (old wineskins) cannot contain the new Life Giving Spirit of Jesus (new wine) at work in us who have been transformed by Him. Jesus prescribes new practices (new wineskins) for His Presence (new wine).
We the People . . . Our purpose is justice, our ally is truth, our method is unconditional love. We seek to preserve the Constitution, to stop tyranny, to promote Freedom. We value your Character, we don’t judge you by skin color, language or wealth. We strive for Equal Opportunity while not trampling rights to produce equal outcomes.
Among our heroes are Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus Christ.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Daily we see the fruits of “evil triumphant” become apparent. Crisis upon crisis. But we have Hope. Faith. And Love. Because with Jesus: “right . . . is stronger than evil triumphant.”
31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:31–34 (NASB95)
Worry about food, clothing and shelter. This is one of the few skills I am world-class at. Or was. Anyway I still struggle. My guess is, if Jesus addressed it, He must have felt it was widespread, if not universal.
What was His solution? “Seek His kingdom and His righteousness. . .” The King of the kingdom is Jesus. He is our Lord. His righteousness was given to us at the cross. He is our Savior. So, if we seek first – Jesus, as Savior and Lord – He promises something amazing: He will personally take responsibility for supplying our needs – “all these things will be added to you.”
When I trust Jesus my negative stress goes to zero. Challenges become positive stress. I am able to think clearly and plan and execute that plan. I am not a victim of my circumstances. And I have a Friend who goes with me to guide me and work behind-the-scenes to provide for me and mine.1
Confess your sins to Him. Turn from them and trust Him to save you. He will provide for you. And He will be your heavenly Dad, Brother, and Friend.
1 Yes, I still have to work; just as the bird has to work for the worm God provides.