1. Simple Fasting How-To’s
In Matthew 6:16, Jesus said, “And when you fast…” Wait a minute, when you fast? Many of us thought He said, IF you fast.
Fasting doesn’t “win points” with God or help Him to hear you any better. It does, however, quiet your flesh to help you hear from God more clearly. If your carnal nature has been in control, fasting can help your spirit (the real you) gain the upper hand.
Fasting has helped me overcome food addictions, destroy negative patterns of thought; defeat lusts of the flesh; and receive clear direction from God.
Start by fasting one meal – drink water and spend the time in prayer and Bible reading. For longer fasts, drink fresh juices and check with your health care provider if you’re on any medications.
Jesus said, “And when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face that you do not appear unto men to fast, but unto your Father who is in secret – and He shall reward you openly.”
2. God’s Heavenly Weigh—Garnish Your Plate with Praise
Many of us thank the Lord for our meal before we start eating, but have you ever thought of garnishing your plate with praise?
When I was looking for a way to start eating healthier, the Lord directed me to Isaiah 55:2, “Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good, and let your soul be satisfied with abundance.”
Do you see the three parts of that scripture?
- Listen carefully to Me
- Eat what is good, and
- Let your soul be satisfied with abundance
While we understand that spiritually, I believe we can also look at it for our physical health. #1 Listen to the Lord and His inner guidance in your heart. #2 Eat the foods you know are good for you and in the proper amount. And #3 – when you’ve eaten the proper amount, push the plate away and start praising the Lord for His goodness. If you’re with others, tell them something wonderful the Lord has done for you. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you feel full!
Remember Isaiah 55:2 – “Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good, and let your soul be satisfied with abundance.”
3. Commit Your Way unto the Lord
Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.” Can we do that in the area of health and fitness, too? Certainly. After all, the Lord made your amazing body – He knows how best to care for it. Let’s present our body to the Lord today like the apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1.
I invite you to say this with me, “Father God, I present my body to you today, a living sacrifice – I present my eyes and ears to behold those things You would have me see and hear; I present my mouth and tongue to speak the truth in love; my hands, my feet, my appetites, dreams and desires to You, Lord so I may do Your will Your way. Help me to take good care of myself and my family today. I trust You to lead and guide me, in Jesus’ name – amen.”
Commit your way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass!