Fasting

  Fasting seems to be all the fad lately.  But from the Bible we know that it has been around for thousands of years.  In the Bible, fasting was a way to get God to notice us or come closer to Him.  I knew God was trying to say something to me when two of the two sermons that I watched (one at my church and the other I watched online) both implored God’s people to fast as a way to enter God’s presence and ask Him to hear our cries.       http://cornerstoneweb.org/sermon/the-making-of-a-leader-week-4/      https://www.sdrock.com/messages/2018-06-03/     I am going to fast for 21 days.  There are many ways to do this. Or things you can fast from.  My fast is going to focus on coke and candy. I drink more coke than water or tea or ANY other thing I put in my mouth.  Because it is also a difficult thing for me to give up, I will need God to lean on and help me break the bonds of my dependence.       13 Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14     What God is telling me, is that I can drink and drink and drink cokes forever, but I will still be unfulfilled.  If I drink the water that Jesus provides, I won’t be thirsty. Thirsty for emotional support and comfort. The way Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, changed her entire life.  He wants to do the same with me. He wants me to know that it’s ok to make scary choices. God will be with me forever. He wants to show me respect and love, as He did with the Samaritan woman.  I just need to receive it.     It is also a reminder that I need to provide my body with the physical water Jesus provides to keep it healthy.    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675  This article summarizes how important water is to our bodies for weight loss and maintenance.  Don’t ignore this very important step in fasting and weight loss.     Ways to incorporate more water:    1. Get a new water bottle.  Pick one that speaks to you so you love using it.    2. Get a water filter if you need one.    3. Add fruits and vegetables to water if you want variety.    4. Tea is a great way to push water.  Don’t add sugar or milk. As I am trying to break a sugar habit, I won’t add honey.     5. Reach out to two friends that will support your fast.  Text them daily, for a quick update or word of encouragement.     6. Take a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE you go!    7. Find a scripture to use this week for added support.  Here is mine.      5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  1 Corinthians 7:5     This verse reminds us that without self-control, we leave ourselves wide open for the devil to jump right in.  We need to close that door by handing over control to Jesus. I need to give the keys to my heart, mind and soul to Jesus.  Only He can provide the missing pieces in my life. He can’t do it alone. Without fasting and praying, I don’t give Jesus that “in” that He needs to change me.  Fasting and prayer go hand in hand. Do not do one without the other. My mind staying on Jesus will remind me of my goals and give me the resolve to make each day better than the one before.  

Fasting seems to be all the fad lately.  But from the Bible we know that it has been around for thousands of years.  In the Bible, fasting was a way to get God to notice us or come closer to Him.  I knew God was trying to say something to me when two of the two sermons that I watched (one at my church and the other I watched online) both implored God’s people to fast as a way to enter God’s presence and ask Him to hear our cries.  

http://cornerstoneweb.org/sermon/the-making-of-a-leader-week-4/

https://www.sdrock.com/messages/2018-06-03/

I am going to fast for 21 days.  There are many ways to do this. Or things you can fast from.  My fast is going to focus on coke and candy. I drink more coke than water or tea or ANY other thing I put in my mouth.  Because it is also a difficult thing for me to give up, I will need God to lean on and help me break the bonds of my dependence.  

13 Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

What God is telling me, is that I can drink and drink and drink cokes forever, but I will still be unfulfilled.  If I drink the water that Jesus provides, I won’t be thirsty. Thirsty for emotional support and comfort. The way Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, changed her entire life.  He wants to do the same with me. He wants me to know that it’s ok to make scary choices. God will be with me forever. He wants to show me respect and love, as He did with the Samaritan woman.  I just need to receive it.

It is also a reminder that I need to provide my body with the physical water Jesus provides to keep it healthy.   https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675 This article summarizes how important water is to our bodies for weight loss and maintenance.  Don’t ignore this very important step in fasting and weight loss.

Ways to incorporate more water:

1. Get a new water bottle.  Pick one that speaks to you so you love using it.

2. Get a water filter if you need one.

3. Add fruits and vegetables to water if you want variety.

4. Tea is a great way to push water.  Don’t add sugar or milk. As I am trying to break a sugar habit, I won’t add honey.

5. Reach out to two friends that will support your fast.  Text them daily, for a quick update or word of encouragement.

6. Take a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE you go!

7. Find a scripture to use this week for added support.  Here is mine.

5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  1 Corinthians 7:5

This verse reminds us that without self-control, we leave ourselves wide open for the devil to jump right in.  We need to close that door by handing over control to Jesus. I need to give the keys to my heart, mind and soul to Jesus.  Only He can provide the missing pieces in my life. He can’t do it alone. Without fasting and praying, I don’t give Jesus that “in” that He needs to change me.  Fasting and prayer go hand in hand. Do not do one without the other. My mind staying on Jesus will remind me of my goals and give me the resolve to make each day better than the one before.