Fast Wednesdays, February 29, 2012 — 1) Fasting 2) Prayer and 3) Courage

1) Fasting Highlight:

The Daniel Fast is one of nine options I have on hand, so for today, I’m sharing information from various sources on this one:

http://daniel-fast.com/

“The Daniel Fast: feed your soul, strengthen your spirit and renew your body

The purpose of the spiritual fasting is to consecrate (set aside) a specific period of time to draw closer to God to hear from Him. A powerful side benefit of the Daniel Fast is the improvement in health that most people experience.

The Daniel Fast is a plant-based eating plan with the only beverage being water. When the bodies that God designed and created are fed the good quality foods He created especially for it improvements in health result. The high fiber in the fruit, vegetables and whole grains cleanses the body and improves digestion. It’s not uncommon for cholesterol levels to drop, for blood sugar levels to balance, for weight to be lost and for a general feeling of well-being to be experienced.

Anytime you make a significant change in your diet or exercise, consult your health professional. Also, if you have special health needs consider adjusting the eating plan to meet those requirements while maintaining the other restrictions for the fast.”

There is a total list of nine fasts I plan to share information on, so far:

1) The Disciple’s Fast (Fasting for freedom from addition, Matthew 17:20,21 if we fast, we can break the besetting sins that limit a life of freedom in Christ).

2) The Ezra Fast (Fasting to solve problems, Ezra 8:21-23, if we fast for a specific purpose, we may solve a debilitating problem)

3) The Samuel Fast (Fasting to win people to Christ, 1 Samuel 7:1-8, if we fast and pray for revival, God will pour Himself on His people).

4) The Elijah Fast (Fasting to break crippling fears and other mental problems, 1 Kings 19:2-18, through fasting, God will show us how to overcome negative emotional and personal habits.

5) The Widow’s Fast (Fasting to provide for the needy, see 1 Kings 17:12, when we sacrifice our own physical needs, God enables us to focus on and provide for the needs of others.

6) The Saint Paul Fast (Fasting for insight and decision making, see Acts 9:9-19, if we fast to subject our will to God’s, He will reveal His will to us).

7) The Daniel Fast (Fasting for health and physical healing, see Daniel 1:12-20), when we fast for physical well-being, God will touch our bodies and enrich our souls).

8) The John the Baptist Fast (Fasting for an influential testimony, Matthew 3:4, Luke 1:15, if we fast for the influence of our testimonies, God will use us.

9) The Esther Fast (Fasting for protection from the evil one, see Esther 4:16, if we fast for protection and deliverance from Satan, God will deliver use from evil). 

From Fasting for Spiritual Break Through: A Guide to Nine Biblical Fasts by Elmer L. Towns. 


2) Prayer (this information comes from the New Revised Standard Version of the Life Application Bible)

Sometimes we wonder how to pray for others and especially for others we may have never met. Paul had never met the Colossians but he faithfully prayed for them. His prayers, especially in Colossians 1:9-14, teaches us how to pray for others rather we know them or not. Pray that they:

1) Understand God’s Will

2) Gain Spiritual Wisdom

3) Please and Honor God

4) Do Kind Things for Others

5) Know God Better and Better

6) Be Filled with God’s Strength

7) Endure in Faith

8) Stay Full of Christ’s Joy

9) Always be Thankful

Colossians 1:9-14The Message 9-12Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. 13-14God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.

 

3) Courage ; cour·age [kur-ij, kuhr-] Show IPA

noun

1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

2. Obsolete . the heart as the source of emotion.

 Wizard of Oz:
Cowardly Lion
: Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?
Dorothy
, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman: Courage!
Cowardly Lion
: You can say that again! Huh?


Courage is what its going to take to live in the land of milk (life) and honey (abundance) that God has or is calling each of us to…are you like the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz and you lack it or are you like Joshua and Caleb, the only two, in two million people who possessed it? Well, I want to be like Joshua and Caleb…and, just like them, it will take a lot of courage to come when called and live courageously. However, the only difference between Joshua and Caleb and the other two million folks in the wilderness, is Joshua and Caleb saw the difficulties ahead through God while the others saw the difficulties of the situation. (Read Joshua 1:1-9)


How will you finish your race? Triumphant believing God courageously or tattered and twisted focused on negativity and defeat? 

In closing, I want to wish my little cousin Blake a very Happy Birthday, he turns 4 today but its his first “real” birthday since the year he was born because we only have this day, February 29th, once every four years…may it be a very special day for ALL and, try to take the time and do something unusual, I know that as for me, my motto is: I expect the unusual everyday, as though it were common because of the extraordinary God I serve!


Debra J Fuller Ellis

djf52055@gmail.com


Reminder & for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: Titus 2 — A God-Filled Life 3-5Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.

Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email, Blog and Facebook.

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