The purpose of a fast is to draw closer to The Lord - Day 8
January 14, 2018
Welcome to day 8 of the 21-day fast. You’ve already completed the first week and are well on your way to day 21. You may be a little hungry, but don’t worry; you’re not alone in more ways than one. Keep praying and seeking God and He will be there to help you and pick you up when needed.
Would God be mad if I broke my fast?
Keep in mind that the purpose of a fast is to draw closer to The Lord. You are setting aside a part of yourself, for a time, to fill up with more of God. It’s not a competition so don’t overthink it. Jesus lived as one of us for over thirty years, and fasted often. He understands what you’re going through. Matthew tells about one of Jesus’ fasts in Matthew 4:2 “After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” (NIV). This happened just before Jesus was tempted in the desert and then started His full-time ministry. Don’t underestimate the power of taking a step closer to God.
Often when we slip up on a fast, we can let ourselves feel condemned and defeated. Breaking your fast in NOT a sin. If anything, you’ve proven your humanity and 2 Corinthians 12:9 states that, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (NKJV). God’s strength often shows up in our weakest moments. Don’t let a momentary lapse define your fast. We’re not pushing towards our stomach, we’re not even pushing to ourselves, but we are pushing to be closer to God.
If you find yourself eating that sandwich and start to beat yourself up, stop. We as humans fail at many things and God’s love is proven time and time again, but eating on the fast does not make you a failure. To be considered a good hitter in baseball you only need a hit thirty percent of the time at-bat. If you eat something you meant to be fasting, just get back into the fast and finish strong.
Don’t forget that God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you. His love is stronger that any thing you’ve ever done. When you decide to commit to fast, you’re going to want food. This isn’t abnormal, it happens to everyone. Unfortunately for all of us, we’re human. Sometimes our stomach gets the best of us on a fast and we grab a bite of something we’re supposed to be fasting. This isn’t the end of everything; it doesn’t even have to be the end of your fast. Pick back up where you left off; we’re in a marathon not a sprint.
Now we’ve been over what to do if you break your fast, but what if it’s an accident. You always grab a soda when you eat dinner and without thinking you take a sip before you realize it. God knows your every thought, he knows you didn’t mean to. Just put the soda down and jump back on board.
Now let us hear your story or your thoughts. Millions are fasting together and many of us are going through the same thing you are. Join the conversation; you never know whom your story might help. We’re all doing this together and putting Him first where He should be.
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account_circle Cherie southerland
In this past week... for the most part I have done well... But! Usually when I want to take my mind off things... I shop.. and in a fast I believe you suppose to turn to your bible or listen to a sermon... Something that will allow you to tap into the spirit to hear a word from God... and instead... I went shopping... but this week I hope to change that. Whenever I'm thinking about food or whatever I'm just going to tap right into the word... instead of doing other things that's distracting me from hearing from God.
account_circle Helen Hearts
Dear Monchita, I can imagine how you felt but that's exactly what the devil wants you top feel. By not going to church you have already been defeated and you have let the devil win. But remember, God's strength is not perfect until it finds our weakness to apply to. I do not know how much you may have lost out on but what i can say is that it could have been worse but it wasn't. Imagine how Job in the Bible could have felt defeated by all those challenges he faced but he still trusted in God. What if God is testing your faith in Him? Remember how the Israelites complained when they were stuck between the soldiers and the sea, instead of asking God for what next miracle he was yet to show? Have faith and trust in God. Yes, it's 14 days into the new year and you are having this challenge but its also 351 days remaining to received God's blessing? What is 14 days as compared to 351 days? I hop[e this can encourage you some way.
account_circle Cherie Lea
Min Chita Davis I am touching and agreeing with you that enemy will not tamper with your finances and that God will strengthen you in this fast.
account_circle Monchita Davis
Today I need somebody, anybody to be in prayer with me. The enemy once again, is messing with my finances. It all started Friday when I received our weekly pay direct deposit. I was expecting a whole lot more than received, and even had my husband to go back and recount the days and hours to see what did not add up. Now I'm feeling broken, its only the 14th day of this new year, and I feel like I'm loosing already. I fast every year, now I feel like giving up. I did not attend Church today. The enemy always attack our finances somehow or the other, the enemy always attack our money, regardless if its plenty or not, it never fails, there is the enemy. I'm fasting alone and feeling very weak and low at this point of the fast. Saints lift me up I'm not going to give up on this fast because of my finances, I need someone to touch and agree with me that God has this, things are going to turn themselves around. I'm tired of my finances being tampered with and need to know it's going to get better. Somebody, anybody lift me up today, I'm feeling very low right now!