On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/11/22), Hank resumes going over the discipline of fasting, nearing the end of the first week of Lent. Living disciplines such as fasting characterized the life of Jesus. So too, they must characterize ours. Every year millions make confessions of faith, but there’s a problem. Their habits of life are appreciably the same after conversion as they were before because of the accumulated deposits of life experiences that remain entrenched in their embodied selves. We may have correct inner beliefs, but lacking a full measure of the authentic Christian life, we stumble in the moment of truth. How different our Lord. When the Pharisees and teachers of the law threatened to undo Him, He exhibited an otherworldly calm—a peace in the midst of the storm. Such peace is accessible to us as well. Not by asking what Jesus would do in this or that circumstance, but by doing what Jesus did throughout the entirety of our lives. Such is the role of living disciplines. Willpower is insufficient to eradicate the layers of sin embedded in our embodied selves. Living disciplines can do what force of will cannot. They are the means through which we may sow to the Spirit instead of sowing to the sinful nature.

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