Welcome to 2020! With every new year comes expectation to set new goals as well as the voices in our heads, reminding us that we failed lsat year. That’s exactly what’s amazing about God – He makes all things new, gives us all a fresh start, and allows us to hit the reset button! In fact, God created “seasons” to give us exactly that – a fresh start. In Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus charges us to “…seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness…” then we can watch Him take care of everything else. We call this living vertically. During the month of January, we are going to explore what it looks to live a vertical life – putting God first and realize there is power in our priorities. We believe that this is going to be your best year yet! Are you ready?!
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Remember – if it means something to you, it means something to God.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.