Fasting For Spiritual Health      

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.  (Proverbs 4:7)

 


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The Benefits of Drinking Tea               
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DMSO - Can It Be Beneficial For You?
The Thyroid Gland                               
Essential Oils                                     
Eat Your Green Leafy Veggies             
Baking Soda For Your Health             
Avocados - Another Superfood           
Fermented Foods                               
Looking After Our Teeth                    
Oil Pulling                                           
Reversing Diabetes                             
Groceries - What to Avoid                  
Hemp Oil                                           
Looking After Our Eyes                     
Immunizations - Not For Our Benefit  
All Natural Recipes                            
Eating Nuts - A Healthy Snack            
Growing Your Own Sprouts               
Looking After Man's Best Friend         
Coconut Oil - Another Superfood       
Put Away the Weed Killer                  
Should it be Unlawful to be Healthy?   
Healing Herbs                                    
Growing Your Own Organic Garden   
Changing Your Lifestyle                      
There is no Cure .... or is There?         
Monsanto and the Evils of GMO          
Multiple Sclerosis                                
Surviving Radiation                              
Artificial Sweeteners                           
Coping with Arthritis and Gout            
Maintaining a Healthy Heart                 
The Healing Powers of Hypnosis         
Response to Letter Re: Hypnosis         
Recipes For Raw Food                       
Exercising Your Body and Mind           
Detoxifying Your Body                        
Our Cancer Treatments Are Wrong     
Eating Raw "Live" Foods                     
Is Milk Really Good For Us?              
Superfoods                                        
Vitamins C and D                              
Beating Cancer - Naturally                   
Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy                
Response to Letter Re: H2O2              
The Health Benefits of Juicing              
Say NO To Vaccinations                     
Our Body - A Temple of God              

“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast.  Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”  (Matthew 6:16-18)


Fasting is best described as “a voluntary abstinence from food”.  There are many reasons to fast, some are related to health issues.  Along with exercise, it may be part of a weight-loss program.  Some people fast as part of a regular maintenance detox program, perhaps once or twice a year.  Their fast may include all-natural juices that promote body cleansing.


Throughout the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, we read of many occurrences of fasting.  God’s people often fasted and prayed in times of repentance and in times of great distress, recognizing they needed the deliverance that only God could give.  In the story of the Ten Commandments, Moses sat at the mountain top without food or water for 40 days.  (The number forty was used repeatedly by God as a period of testing).  Jesus fasted for forty days in the wilderness when tempted by Satan.  The Book of Acts tells us of Saul’s conversion, “And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink”.


There were even times of fasting amongst nations of people.  When the people of Judah were under invasion, King Jehoshaphat “feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.”  (2 Chronicles 20:3-4).


Fasting is not intended to punish our bodies or to make us feel miserable.  Rather it is used to bring us spiritually closer to our Lord.  By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can better focus on Christ.  While our bodies are being deprived for the purpose of drawing near to God, He has promised in return to draw near to us.


It is not necessary for others to know we are fasting; it is directed towards God.  “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”.  (Matthew 6:17-18)


We read in Isaiah 58 that fasting is to be sincere and done with a right heart, not as an empty ritual.  Verses 8 and 9 conclude, “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.  Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am ….”


A Biblical fast means to abstain from all foods and drinks, except for water.  It can be a one day fast, three days or longer.  The body requires food for nourishment; therefore our hearts and minds must be totally focused and directed towards God so that He may be the full source of our strength during our period of fasting.  “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”  (John 6:35)


As mentioned earlier, there are also health benefits to fasting.  Your body turns many of the foods that you eat into glucose, a type of sugar.  All of your energy comes from either sugar or fat.  However the first place our body gets energy is from the food we eat; you will never burn fat as long as you have food and sugar left in your body.  The only time your body will start using stored fat for energy is when there is no more sugar in your system.  When you fast, your body transitions from using glucose as a main source of energy to using fat.  Any toxins stored in your body’s fats are removed, therefore detoxifying your system.


“Prolonged fasting protects the body against immune system damage and regenerates immune cells”, according to a study conducted by Dr. Valter Longo and his colleagues from the University of Southern California.  “Long periods without food kills the old and damaged immune cells and generates new ones, therefore boosting your body’s ability to shield yourself from illnesses.”


Fasting is about giving your body and your digestive system a break.  It is estimated that 65% of your body's energy is directed to the digestive organs after a heavy meal.  Periodically freeing up this energy allows your body to do other functions more efficiently, such as repairing damaged cells, tissues and organs.  Our body has been designed to heal itself, fasting helps to promote this.


You can begin with one-day fasts; even short fasts will allow your body, digestive tract and organs a chance to rest and repair and heal.  It is an ongoing practice that grows over time.


Fasting is not starving …. It just may be a key to living!