So, when I get to the real nitty gritty of the who, what, when, where, and why of my being overweight I can easily get brought down. I’ve tried and tried to get motivated enough to lose weight, and nothing has worked. I mean ab-so-lute-ly nothing. I’ve never been really committed to diets (because I know how they have
tricked failed most of those around me.)
This year, I decided to take a different approach to my weight issue. There’s a familiar verse that my mind likes to skip right over when I read it because it digs right to the core of this battle.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own ? For you have been bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So while I’ve known this Truth for a long time, heard it preached about several times, and have read it just as many times, I haven’t ever given it the time of day.
A week and a half into this year, a friend of mine posted on Twitter about doing a 21-day fast from bread and grain. Immediately my spirit united with hers. I felt it impressed upon me to join her on this journey. I’ve learned this much–when the spirit impresses something upon me…I’d better not hesitate.
It was exactly what I needed to shift my focus.
Before, my focus had always been on losing the weight for this reason, or that event. This fast, however, shifted my focus to the verse above. It shifted my heart to longing to lose the excess weight in order to become a better steward of the temple that has been entrusted to me. The best way to do this? Living a life in Him fueled by fasting. Relying upon Him to fill me instead of food.
After all, who better to be accountable to than the One who knows, sees, feels, and understands your struggles. Not only does He do all those things, but He still loves you, and He wants you to share those things with Him.
Fasting. It can be such a sticky subject. Why is that? I mean, if you read through the Bible, there are so many places that mention fasting. Oh, and they don’t say if you fast…most of them say when you fast. Some examples being:
“When you fast, do not look somber…” [Matthew 6:16]
“But when you fast, put oil on your head…” [Matthew 6:17]
“…The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” [Matthew 9:15] P.S. That time He’s referencing in this verse…is now.
So, not only is fasting expected of us, but take a look at these examples of the power of fasting:
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ’Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’” [Acts 13:2]
“Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” [Acts 14:23]
However…the biggest reason I can find to fast is to become like the One I proclaim to be following. He set the example and fasted–especially through trials. If He did, what says I shouldn’t? Sure, He was perfect, but He still went through all the same temptations we struggle with. He could have chosen to give in and break the fast, but His eyes were on the Prize. He made fasting a priority in order to show us that it should be essential to us, too.
I want to encourage you to take the time to sit down with God and work through this concept. Take a few moments and think over these questions.
Don’t just take my thoughts and run with them. I challenge you to do an in-depth study into what God has to say about fasting. Then I encourage you to seek Him.
Fasting doesn’t always have to be from food, but I do think it should at least occasionally be from food.
I ask that you set aside what the “medical professionals” have to say and listen to the Great Physician.
Father, humbly I come before you, unworthy of this privilege. I pray that You would set it in our hearts to seek You, Your truth and Your path of life above all else. Help us to trust You over mere man. Papa, with all the technology we have in today’s society, it is so easy to lose site of all that really matters. It’s easy to get caught up in the fads that surround us. I pray You’d give us eyes to see Your will for us, ears to hear Your voice, and hearts willing to follow Your call. In Christ’s precious name, Amen