How To Fast
FOCUS ON SPIRITUAL THINGS: SELF‐DENIAL
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
When you are fasting food, during the time that you would normally eat, read the Bible – feast on God’s word. Substitute your carnal appetite with a spiritual exercise. Pray and listen to worship music. Listen to a good teaching.
BUT: Fasting is not the same as “self‐denial”
Some books (and religions) teach that you can “fast” things other than food—TV, movies, games, a cigar or sex [Catholics]. None of this amount to a truly Biblical fast.
Many of them go to great lengths to teach you how to “fast” food while continuing to “nourish” your body:
I know the prospect of going without food for an extended period of time may be of concern to some. But there are ways to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs so you can remain safe and healthy during your fast.1
Staying “healthy” is not the point.
Self‐denial while fasting is an important element to include. Your flesh won’t like this at all, because we’re addictedto the news, movies, food, FakeBook®, and the internet -
They’re like spiritual sugar—it may taste good, but it’s really bad for you in the long run!
Just because you don’t “feel” like reading, praying, or worshipping, doesn’t mean it’s not “authentic.” Jesus didn’t “feel” like being crucified, but it was an authentic experience all the same!
AVOIDING FOOD IS THE EXACT POINT
THE FIRST SIN WAS COMMITTED BY TAKING A BITE OF SOMETHING.
Find the area where your flesh is most alive and deprive it in that area. Rather than obey God, we prefer to feed our appetite. We fall into sin at a crossroad where our spirit man is saying, “Don’t do it!” but our craving at that moment wins the fight.
When you go without food, after the first day your body will begin to cleanse itself and get rid of toxins. You may have body aches and pains. Many have said that the hardest days of fasting food are the third through the fifth days. It’s a “hump” after which fasting should get easier.
Many health gurus fast regularly, and believe that fasting is a system for staying healthy and ridding our bodies of toxins.
It’s also obvious that when you fast, you’ll lose weight, and many people need to lose a few.
But that’s not the point.
WHEN, NOT IF
The point of fasting is none of the physical health benefits mentioned. I’m not selling you something that benefits you; as your Pastor, I’m calling you to obedience unto God, who alone will judge you for your response to His commands!
"But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face…
Mat 6:18 "so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
1 Source: Campus Crusade for Christ on Fasting