Last few months I’ve been on a journey to really understand the word of God. My family is predominately a Christian religion, so I naturally gravitated it. Like any other child I would go to church on Sundays, day dream during service, and feel as if I was some how blessed just because I attended. Growing older I practiced the same habits. Only went because that was the thing to do . I’m now in a place where I crave learning about what the word is really about . On this journey I’ve learned that the Bible is literally a blueprint for our lives.
It speaks about how we should treat and protect others, the blessings that come with being healthy both physically and spiritually , and our right to be wealthy. Seriously reading the Bible gave me a new level of confidence. And then it dawned on me… What if I healed my health with the word of God? At this point I’ve been detoxing like crazy. Which was exceedingly uncomfortable. I was trying to lose 30 pounds within weeks not realizing it took me 2 years to gain it. Sequentially my church began to prepare for their yearly fast. Before I get any further, what is fasting anyways? Previously I thought fasting was a biblical punishment for being greedy. I thought it was sacrificing the things you love for a short period of time to prove your love for Christ. Turns out I was WRONG. According to dictionary.com Fasting is defined, “to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observation.” It denies the physically body of food so that the spirit can grow. During this time you will commit to eating grains, fruits, and vegetables as well as water being your only liquid. With that being said you can and will get all your needed nutrients and protein, however your body may experience headaches, nausea, or stomachache because its not getting its normal sugar, caffeine or other elements. Here are three major points I’ve learned during my fast. Hopefully you will consider restarting your health journey with his word.
Fasting has a meaningful and solid foundation. I don’t know about you but when I detox, I’m usually just detoxing for a short amount of time. Maybe I want a flat tummy for a particular event, or I just devoured a small pizza with fries, or I’m feeling bloated. In the back of my mind if I eat terrible I could always detox and flush it out. That’s what leads me here to this point. When you fast your using Gods word to strengthen you. During my fast every time I felt like giving into my cravings I would ask God for strength, bite my tongue, and meditate over a daily devotion. After the eight days of fasting I realized when I was feeling weak, calling on to him became a habit, and I had more control over my diet. Philippians 4:13, “ I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Fasting forces you to be more discipline Gaining a lot of weight is the result of not having discipline. If you make the decision to go on a fast you must be willing to work to the end. Whether it’s for a week or a month, decide to be committed. Remember you were committed to an unhealthy path, and now you will commit to a healthier one. Simple right? When your just detoxing, it usually is a “ Get slim quick scheme”. There is nothing normal about rapidly dropping weight. Weight loss is a gradual process, just like gaining it. It takes time. Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”
Fasting is healing for both physical and spiritual. During a fast you will sacrifice food… Make it more intense and sacrifice T.V, Radio, and social media. Instead of watching your normal reality t.v switch it up and watch a sermon. Likewise with music, instead of listening to your normal genre switch it up with gospel. Fun fact “ Sprinkle of Jesus “ is a great app that gives you direct access to the gospel. Because your body is your temple you must watch what you put in it, and be mindful of what you feed your soul. Just like you need to workout the body you need to work out the spirit and crucify the flesh with fasting. Mathew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
All in all Fasting is far more powerful than detoxing. I fasted for eight days lost five pounds. I love how I felt after the fast. I had a lot of energy, built a better understanding of who God is, and built a foundation of discipline. I now meditate at least twice a day for about five minutes each.
I hope this blog gave you a different perception and it encouraged you to be the best YOU. A beautifully healthier you.
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