Saturday, October 10, 2009
Fasting is something that many would say is not good for you, but I beg to differ. I have fasted many a time. Though not for weight loss, I did lose several pounds. It must be done correctly and carefully depending on the length of the fast and certain precautios should be taken. The fasting I do is purely for the spiritual benefits and they are tremendous. The Bible says that fasting should be done for loosing the bonds of wickedness, to undo the yoke and to let the oppressed go free. It is to give your food to the hungry even bringing the hungry to your home. It is to clothe the naked and it further states not to hide yourself from your own flesh and blood. The Biblical results will follow a time of fasting. They are as follows: our light will break forth like the morning, your healing shall come quickly. Your righteousness will go before you and the glory of the Lord shall cover your butt. Well okay it shall be your rear guard :) It goes on to say that you will call on the Lord and He will answer; you will cry and he will say here I am.
It also says that if you give away what you need to sustain yourself for the benefit of another you will shine brightly and the Lord will guide you continually satisfying you in times of need and you will become as a spring whose waters do not fail.
I do not know why it works, but I guarantee you it does. I have faced unsurmontable things in my life. In a very short time there were major turnarounds after a period of fasting. Things I have prayed and cried about did not seem to change until I humbled myself and prayed and fasted. The new testament talks about the people fasting on a regular basis, leading fasted lives as if it was a given that they were fasting regularly. I too have done it setting aside a day of the week every week for fasting. It was taken for granted that it was being done. Yet today in our christian lives I would venture to bet, very few do. Why is this? Most are probably not taught the benefits of it. It is not comfortable and we avoid things that are not pampering to us.
So let us rise above our comfort zones and enter the spirtual realm and find the victory we have sought for with tears and not attained. I would say to you, try it you'll like it.