A closer walk with Thee ...... 2022 Fasting with Purpose ...... HE STILL GOD * We will surrender our will to HIS will. * We will fast to increase our awareness of the power of God. * We will seek HIM first and be determined to walk in obedience to HIM. ***************************************************************************************************
Renewed, Refreshed and Restored January 22-Febuary 11, 2021 During the trial times we have faced, it very easy to lose focus on who God is and our relationship through Christ with Him. When we fast, we are able to rekindle the fire inside of us to move forward in servicing God. Anytime is a good time to seek God to renew your faith, strength and joy.
Information is below about the fast we are partaking in starting Friday, January 22 - Thursday, February ,12, 2021. Please join us, we will also have the conference call every Tuesday Night during this time at 6:00 p.m. 425-436-6354 code 210630, all is welcome to call as we pray in unity.
These things come by fasting and praying, what things? breakthrough, answer prayers and peace of mind. Fasting should always be with purpose and the purpose is: BREAKTHROUGH THERE IS NOTHING TO HARD FOR GOD
There are many types of fast. As a group we mostly partake in the Daniel fast, we will be allowed to eat some food but not all. In my opinion, Only by God instruction, you are to engage in an absolute fast. However, Please do not dwell on what you cannot eatnor drink. What is most important is your spiritual life is been renew. If you prepare yourself ahead of time. this time with God will be mind-blowing.
Benefits of Fasting
Rest the digestive system
Allow for cleansing and detoxification of the body
Create a break in eating patterns, while shining a spotlight on them
Promote greater mental clarity
Cleanse and heal "stuck" emotional patterns
Lead to a feeling of physical lightness, increasing energy level
Promote an inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection with God
Enable you to hear God clearly
What Fasting Is? Fasting simply moves our mind from the physical things of the world and direct our focus to spiritual development. Fasting direct our hunger toward God. Fasting requires self-control and discipline as one deny the natural desire of the flesh. Fasting allows us as believers to realize our need for God's help and guidance. Fasting is our secret act of worship that should be carried out before God in honor of Him alone. Fasting should always be done with prayer and confession of sin and weakness. (P-praise, R-repent, A-ask, Y-yield.). Fasting should be done with a cheerful, faithful attitude. Fasting produce transformation in us, not complaining nor doubting.
What Fasting is Not
Fasting is not a way to earn God's favor by getting Him to do something for us, or a way of manipulation. Everything that is to be done has already been done. Jesus completed the will of God for mankind and He is our example for living. Fasting does not save us, our faith in JESUS ALONE SAVES US.
Supported Scriptures for a change life
Jesus fasted. Fasting is voluntary abstinence from food. In the First Century, Christians fasted in conjunction with prayer. Matt. 6:16-18 Jesus taught the disciples to fast in secret. Lk. 5:33-35 Jesus' apostles did not fast like John's disciples because they had the bridegroom (i.e., Jesus) with them. But, they would fast when the bridegroom was taken away. Today, we are married to Jesus (Rom. 7:4-6). Matt. 17:14-21 During Jesus' earthly ministry, His disciples could only perform some miracles with fasting a prayer. Acts 13:1-2 In Antioch, prophets and teachers fasted. Acts 13:3 The church in Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey with fasting and prayer. Acts 14:23 Paul and Barnabas prayed with fasting in appointing elders. In the First Century, Christians employed fasting to aid in their prayers. 1 Cor. 7:5 A married couple is not to deprive each other of due affection except by consent for a time, to devote themselves to fasting and prayer. 2 Cor. 6:4-10 In part, Paul (and others) commended themselves to the Lord in fasting (cf. 2 Cor. 11:27).
The deeper the hunger, the bigger the manifestation. Our fast this years will be: We will abstain until 11 a.m. daily. This means no breakfast. If you are taking medication, please contact your doctor. (if you have to eat something, allow it to be a (1) fruits only. This will be our most serious praying time, I know it can be a challenge for those who work, but this will develop a deeper connection with God and teach us how to depend on Him even in our day to day activities. I am sure if you have your scriptures prepared for meditation you will be fine. for the next 21 day No sugar, no junk food, no meats, (limit bread 2 slices a day) No soda drinks of any kind, 100% juice (only) 8oz per day, water Eat fruits of your choice beans or soup, cooked or raw vegetables. No fried foods Pray every opportunity you can, Meditate on scriptures day & night, * Eat 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. * Sustain from your favorite TV shows, use this time for praying and meditation. * Limit all social medial, texting and cell phone time. NOTE: ONLY THE THINGS YOU ENJOY ARE A SACRIFICE TO GIVE UP. You should be able to see the spiritual renewal, guidance and healing in your life. Remember it is your choice if you chose to sacrifice more. The Holy Spirit will lead you to do so. Be prepared for the victory, After the 21 days, please be mindful to eat slowly your body and soul have transform, respect that.
Secret Fasting Matthew 6:16-18 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Fasting to Overcome Addictions Isaiah 58:3-7 “Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” Fasting to be Seen Luke 18:1-12 “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.” Fasting for God’s Intervention II Samuel 12:15-17 “And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.” Fasting for Humility Psalm 35:13-14 “I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest. I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning.”
The man who never fasts is no more in the way to heaven than the man who never prays. — John Wesley
The goal of fasting is inner unity. This means hearing, but not with the ear; hearing, but not with the understanding; it is hearing with the spirit, with your whole being. The hearing that is only in the ears is one thing. The hearing of the understanding is another, but the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty, to the ear, or to the mind. Hence, it demands the emptiness of the faculties, and when the faculties are empty, then your whole being listens… Fasting of the heart empties the faculties, frees you from limitations and from preoccupations. — Fr. Thomas Merton Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food. — Dallas Willard The ultimate goal of fasting is to help each one of us to make a complete gift of self to God. — Pope Benedict XVI We must fast with our whole heart, that is to say, willing, wholeheartedly, universally and entirely. — St Francis de Sales
I think this will help food selection.
Daniel Fast: foods to avoid Basically, you want to avoid the King's food. Some might sum it up to say that you shouldn't have the King's Burgers or fries. You should probably avoid the golden arches as well. However, many fast food restaurants now have good salads. To avoid the king's food means that we are definitely avoiding all those things that the Jews couldn't eat. We're also avoiding foods that only royalty in ancient days could afford. It wasn't until recent history that most Americans could afford to eat meat or poultry. Today, in most of the world, very few people can afford to eat any kind of meat or processed foods, like the foods in this list.
·Meat Daniel didn't want to take the chance of eating non-kosher meat and/or meat that was offered to idols. ·White flour and all products using it ·White rice, white bread, hominy and pasta ·Fried foods ·Caffeine ·Carbonated beverages, including diet sodas ·Wine or any other alcoholic drinks ·Foods containing preservatives or additives ·Refined sugar ·High fructose corn syrup ·Chemical sugar substitutes ·Margarine, shortening, animal fat, high fat products
Daniel Fast: foods to eat Daniel seemed to eat only things planted for harvest and drank only water. You may want to keep it simple and eat only vegetables and drink only water. 1. Whole Grains: brown rice, oats, rolled oats, oatmeal, barley, corn, popcorn, wheat 2. Legumes: dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, green beans, green peas, peanuts, etc. Grain legumes include beans, lentils, lupins, peas and peanuts.
5. Seeds: all nuts, natural peanut butter, natural almond butter, sprouts, ground flax, etc. 6. Liquids: spring water, distilled water, filtered water, 100% all natural fruit or vegetable juices Other Food items to Avoid during Your Fast a. Avoid caffeinated drinks. b. Avoid chewing gum and mints even if your breath is bad. Drink decaffeinated mint tea to assist with your breath. *These items stimulate digestive action in your stomach and may make you feel bad.