Fasting and Focus

plugintoI was reading some of my old blog posts and I have to say I rather enjoyed them. lol I also realize that this blog is ministry and I sincerely hope it’s helping someone. I don’t get a lot of comments like I used to, but that is okay. Even if  one person is helped, it’s worth it.

I wanted to share about the importance of the discipline of fasting in our walk with God. I can’t emphasize enough how very important this discipline is for your spiritual growth. Fasting will help you to focus and hear God more clearly. It will help you overcome and escape the temptation of sin. If you don’t live a fasted life, I recommend you start now. This is a key for someone who has cried out to God for an answer as to what they should do.

I have fasted nearly all of my Christian life and it’s really a key to why I am walking this prophetic walk today. But it’s still a battle. Like most of us, I like food and God is requiring more of me in this area and I still have my battles, but I refuse to give up, and you don’t give up either. Don’t let the enemy discourage and tell you that you did it before and nothing happened. Fasting to me MUST be a lifestyle. Most of the successful ministers today lead a fasted life and we should too.

Just on a personal note for those with health issues; in 2011, I went to the emergency room and left being told I was a type 2 diabetic. They kept me for a day and I left with prescriptions for insulin and pills. It was shocking to me because this illness does not run in my family, but I know I did it to myself.

Within two weeks, I lost 15 pds by removing the sugar from my diet. After three months I had a dream of an insulin bottle turned upside down and it was empty and I took myself off the insulin. Because of the diet changes my sugar had started to go dangerously low, so I knew God was showing me what to do.

I know diabetics are not supposed to fast, but I am now only on one pill (Metformin) and I am able to do the Daniel fast quite comfortably. This fast includes vegetables and water. Some people do fruit, but for obvious reasons, I don’t do fruit.

I shared that to say, God will help you to fast, even with a health issue. Now, I am not talking about insulin dependant diabetics. You can’t fast while on insulin. You may have to give up a favorite food or television. And of course use wisdom. This is MY testimony. Just wanted to share how God helped me to continue to fast even with a health issue.

I’ll soon be off this medicine. Trust me, I am soon going to share the day when God set me free from diabetes. I never accepted this illness and I never will. Meanwhile, I am going to keep fasting and praying.

Matthew 6:16-18

New International Version (NIV)

Fasting

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others 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.

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