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Fasting

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FASTING
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Have you ever dreamed of courting God\u2014focusing all your passions on knowing Him intimately? Oh,
there is such a great need to bring the romance back between Christ and His Bride. Through indifference
we have grieved the heart of God. We have romanced the enemy. We flirt with Satan. It has become
difficult to spend even an hour with God in prayer. Begrudgingly, we pick up the bible to appease guilt.

Fasting has become a way of the past. It has gone the way of the dodo. Life has become a whirlwind of
self\u2013fulfillment. Yet echoing through time, Father still whispers, Be still and know that I am God.
In the last days, the love of most will grow cold (Matt 24:12). We have forsaken our first love (Rev 2:4)

Does love inspire you to pray? In Acts, men of God spend long days and sleepless nights pouring
themselves out in prayer. The result\u2014mighty outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Today we call our time with
God adevotion or quiet time, which is usually about half an hour spent in the morning before going to
work. Yet our lives ought to be a devotion to Him. Christ promises that when we draw nigh to Him, he will
draw neigh to you. Relearn the art of prayer, solitude and fasting.

A man reaps what he sows

Fasting has been a part of the spiritual arsenal of men and women of God all through Scripture. Jesus set the example by spending 40 days fasting on water in the desert. In spite of this, fasting has a stigma of fear.My kidneys, liver and other major organs will break down! My hair will fall out, and brain cells will

die!.The word fast can conjure up visions of starvation, imagining a sickly scrawny body being hurt by
protein\u2013depletion. So let\u2019s clear up some misconceptions that cause people to fear fasting.

For some, even to go a few hours without food can cause headaches and discomfort. The tongue turns yellow. The breath becomes foul, and they experience weakness and dizziness which only confirms what they already suspected\u2014fasting is bad!

The truth is, most North Americans eat in such a way that the body is never allowed to cleanse itself. What they were experiencing was the result of cleansing the waste that had built up in the body as the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. A man reaps what he sows. If we spend our whole life eating without consideration, then in fasting we will reap suffering during the detoxification stage.

Two thousand years ago man lived on a sparse diet, free from pesticides, food additives, drugs and
toxins. Today we consume more toxic substances than all generations before us. The level of lead built
up in our bones is 200 times compared to those excavated from the period of Christ. Through air, water,
food and even mother's milk, we have absorbed thousands of toxins and chemicals that exist in the
environment as a result of modern technology. During fasting, these toxins are released into the blood
stream which can make water fasting a difficult experience. Graciously God has provided a way to fast in
spite of the abuse to the body. Juice fasting can be used as a launching board for water fasting.

Human fat is valued at 3,500 calories per pound. Each extra pound of fat will supply enough calories for
one day of hard physical labor. Ten pounds of fat is equal to 35,000 calories! This is equivalent to 35
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pounds of fish or 192 pounds of carrots. You get good value for your fat. We are carrying around a
supermarket of reserves capable of sustaining us for many weeks.

All living things have the ability to survive harsh circumstances. Organisms are able to store nutrients in
the fat, blood, bone marrow and other tissues. The camel stores fat and water in its hump. Tadpoles
abstain from eating when their legs are developing, subsisting on their tails which are no longer needed.
The Mexican Gila Monster stores up reserves in its tail when food is plentiful, and can survive for six
weeks when food is scarce. The marine iguana of the Galapagos Islands is named theVeget ar ian

Dragon because it lives on seaweed. It can abstain from food for over one hundred days. But for us food
is plentiful, therefore we never have an opportunity to use up fat reserves conveniently stored around the
waist.

There is a vast difference between fasting and starving. During the absence of food, the body will
systematically cleanse itself of everything except vital tissue. It continually readjusts to make minimum
demands on its reserves. Starvation will only occur when the body is forced to use vital tissue to survive.

Humans adapt amazingly well to lack of food. A. J. Carlson, Professor of Physiology, University of
Chicago, states that a healthy well\u2013nourished man can live from 50 to 75 days without food, provided he
is not exposed to harsh elements or emotional stress. There are numerous examples of water fasts over
the 75 day mark. Granted, 75 day water fasts are radical but it shows that God has wonderfully created
the body to be able to live for extended periods without food.

BIBLICAL FASTS

The bible is thoroughly packed with men and women who have fasted in times of trouble or confusion to obtain a greater response from God. It must be understood that fasting does not move God, it moves us from a place of carnality to a place of humility where we can hear God speak.

All of the great leaders were seasoned fasters; Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, Anna
(prophetess), Paul, and Jesus.
Why fast at all \u2013 to what purpose?

Isaiah 58:5-11 KJVR Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his
soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under
him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? (6) Is not this the
fast that I have chosen?[1] to loose the bands of wickedness,[2]to undo the heavy
burdens, and[3] to let the oppressed go free, and that ye[4] break every yoke? (7) Is it
not to[5] deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to
thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;[6] and that thou hide not
thyself from thine own flesh? (8)[A] Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
and[B] thine health shall spring forth speedily: and[C]thy righteousness shall go
before thee;[D] the glory of the LORD shall be thy rearward. (9) Then[E] shalt thou
call, and the LORD shall answer;[F] thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou
take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking
vanity; (10) And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul;
then shall[G] thy light rise in obscurity, and[H] thy darkness be as the noonday: (11)
And the[I] LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and
make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water,
whose waters fail not.

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The pupose of fasting (1 - 6). The results of fasting (A through I)
Lets look at a few of them and see the basic types of fasting that are described.
The Fast of Daniel, partial fasting - Daniel 10:3 MSG I ate only plain and simple food, no

seasoning or meat or wine. I neither bathed nor shaved until the three weeks were up.

Daniel abstained from \u201cmeats and sweets\u201d \u2013 a plain food. He also gave up bathing and shaving. This is not recommended unless you are in a sabbatical. It does not explain why he did this but it is important to note that he did this for three weeks. Daniel 10.4 shows the results of the fast.

The fast of Esther \u2013 complete fast. Esther 4:16 MSG "Go and get all the Jews living in
Susa together. Fast for me. Don't eat or drink for three days, either day or night. I and
my maids will fast with you. If you will do this, I'll go to the king, even though it's
forbidden. If I die, I die."

This fast is repeated in Jonah at Nineveh: Jonah 3:7-8 KJVR And he caused it to be
proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles,
saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor
drink water: (8) But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto
God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their
hands.

This type of fast is not recommended unless the situation is extremely dire and it can only last for 3 days. The body cannot tolerate this for more than three days. There are examples in the bible of men (Moses and Elijah) going without water for longer than three days, but these are only under the direction and specific care of God. (Deu 9.9, I Kings 19.8)

There is also a corporate fast for atonement (Lev 23.27) for one day in sorrow for sin
and transgressions. There were also national emergency fasts in Joel (Joel 2.15) and (2
Chron 20.1).

Most of the time fasting is a personal event and most commonly, a fast of food but not of
water. This is the method that Jesus fasted.

Luke 4:1-2 KJVR And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (2) Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in
those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

There are instances where a total abstinence from food is not a good idea, for instance a
type 2 diabetic or a person that is hypoglycemic. In those instances, the total purpose of
the fast is to suppress the human spirit until the spirit of God can be clearly understood.
The best way would be to determine what \u201cthings\u201d are your greatest weakness and
remove them from your life for time (television, reading non-scriptural books, etc).

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