The other day I got on the scale and say my weight at 224 lbs. I scream! I told myself I got to do something about it. As I sat in the sauna at the gym 4 words came to my mind, Fast, Read, Pray and Exercise. I saw the plan right before my eyes to get my self back onto a healthy level again.
When I got home I read the account of Jesus fasting, which he did before he launch out to his public ministry. As I read the account, I could see that there would be challenges along the way. My body will be screaming for sure, but other things will also come at me, like people tempting me with things that will get in my way, and then the devil himself. As I read the account I notice that there was so much activity going on in the spiritual realm. There was the Holy Spirit, Satan and Angels! So there is more going on then we can see with our naked eye.
I ask myself does God want me to do a 40 day fast or perhaps a 21 day fast like Daniel did in the old testament? The answer is neither! God wants me to make fasting a lifestyle! To fast regularly. I begin to see God plan unfold as I was doing research online regarding fasting and I kept coming across Intermittent Fasting. That is a fast where you have set times and days when you fast. You intentionally choose not to eat at certain times and to consume water only. Also at the times you do eat you do so healthy. Plus you must include your exercise program in it. Time for the reading the word of God and Prayer.
I could see my plan clearly. I am a AM man. I get to the gym between 5:30 and 5:45 AM to workout. I usual do 30 minutes of cardio and then 10 minutes in sauna where I usually mediate or pray. Then off to work! I will not eat until lunch time which is at 1 PM and have my dinner before 8 PM. That is my intermittent fasting. I will at some point kick in 1 day day a week a 24 hour fast.
What results to I expect to achieve from this? A healthier lifestyle. For one by skipping breakfast, which is where I really eat bad, I opt to eat a healthy veggie lunch! It also gives me the incentive to walk pass the fast food restaurants on my home and stock my kitchen with healthy foods. I know from the past when I stop eating fast food, my taste buds do not like it when every I try it again after being away from it. So goodbye my fast food friends, I wont’t miss you!
I also expect to be stronger spiritually because of my intentional purpose to read, study and mediate on the word of God. Whoo hoo I am on a roll!
Question? Is fasting a part of your lifestyle? Do you think it will benefit you?