It’s Time to Start
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' " -Muhammad Ali
Fasting is a time of sacrifice. It is a time where our flesh is forced to surrender, and submit to our hearts desire to grow spiritually. This time is dedicated to make room for God’s presence, to hear his voice, and soften our hearts to his leading. It is time well spent and is never wasted. If we don’t quit, if we train to the end and endure the short term “suffering” it will produce an amazing reward. Over the next 21 days we will train our body to eat certain foods, our mind to stay focused, and even challenge ourselves to be more intentional and disciplined with our time. Temptation may come as you tell your flesh no and frustration may occur. The desire to quit may surface but I challenge you to: “'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' "
Remember -We aren't fasting to get something from God.
His promises for us are already ours! What we are in search of receiving from God during this time of fasting, is already in our possession through the Holy Spirit. When we accepted Christ everything we need for good and godly living has already been provided within us (2nd Peter 1:3). His word is “Yes, and amen.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. This means ...We are equipped, blessed, and favored already!
We are fasting because: we want our mind, thoughts, and actions to catch up to who we have been predestined to be. We desire to renew our lives and realign ourselves to hear God more clearly and walk in the righteous paths He set for us, before the beginning of time. Sometimes life clouds this understanding so fasting is a time to purge, quiet ourselves, and readjust.
This sacred journey allows us to take time to re-center, refocus, and realign. Write down what you desire out of these 21 days and set goals.
Remember -Fasting is not about being perfect throughout the journey.
It is about your willing heart. So don’t stress about proving you can be super self-disciplined by not eating certain foods or using certain apps (for those of us fasting social media). Focus on Christ. If you mess up, condemnation and guilt is not the move! Meditate on Gods love for you and his love encourage you to start over and keep going. *Do your best to keep the fast -but keep the focus on hearing God and giving yourself a chance to remove distractions / indulgences that keep you from intentional time or energy on Christ.
When we clear space in our lives to hear God, He speaks in profound ways and we are ultimately opening ourselves us to special blessing God loves to adorn us with. More than giving up items, people, and things give God your heart. …12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:12-13
-Love you, Happy Fasting
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.