While the month of December is known for a month of celebrating the Christmas holidays. Personally, I find it to be an excellent month to consider doing a fast.
When we look back at the events that has happened throughout the course of this year, especially taking into consideration the stress, difficulties, deaths, etc. I find December as a month we should detoxify our spirits and bodies via fasting.
Having done several fast myself with the most lengthy one being 40 days with water and natural juices only, the benefits are quite rewarding, particularly with the bonus of being realigned spiritually and mentally and a sharper sense of purpose.
Fasting is the act of abstaining from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. There are two types of fasting, 1) Absolute: fast: an absolute fast is defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period. Then there is 2) A partial fast: A partial fast is where one would eat certain foods along with liquids for a defined period. In most cases a partial fast would be limited to just fruits or vegetables along with water only or water and natural juices.
According to the book of Isaiah, it is said that a genuine fast will loose the bands of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke, Isaiah 58:6.
Amazingly, in verse 8 of this same chapter, the prophet Isaiah said, “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity” Isaiah 58:8-9.
The statement, “thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily” simply means that your understanding, wisdom, knowledge and discernment will spiritually and physically be realign and sharpen with better clarity along with your health being restored.
Now, please bear in mind least we become confuse; Isaiah is speaking to the people of God in this text, which we know to be the children of Israel. I am making a special attempt to point-out this very much over looked point, simply because most folks are misguided into believing that Believers of Jesus Christ can not be burdened, oppressed or spiritually challenged. In fact when others see Christians being challenged they are viewed as either non-Christians or assumed to be engaged in some un-confessed sin. When the truth is they’re more than likely in desperate need of a fast to realign and reinforce their spiritual power and authority.
Just consider it for a moment, every thing in life needs some type of rejuvenation or maintenance in an effort to maintain optimum performance. Therefore, the human spirit along with the body is no different.
I am seriously encouraging you to attempt some type of fasting before you enter the new year as a spiritual and physical detoxification from this year’s events along with being fully prepared spiritually and physically for the coming events of next year.
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing
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