RESET... in this New Year!
I truly hope you all had an amazing Christmas! Celebrating the coming of our Savior is truly one of my favorite times of the year. Right close to it though is also New Year!!!
The new year for me is always exciting because it is a chance to begin again. An opportunity to evaluate, plan, dream and start fresh. For me January 1 always encourages me to take stock of my life and take steps forward.
As a church family one of the ways we love to do this is through a call to 21 days of prayers and fasting. Through this time of fasting and prayer we want to give God our first and best each and every year. So the aim of this fasting to draw nearer to God (James 4:8). Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the RESET button of our soul and renews us from the inside out.
Prayer and fasting also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to fast from and for.
Types Of Fasts
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting from food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
Remember the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.
It all begins on Sunday, January 1, 2017. You will receive emails weekly with scripture, encouragement, prayer ideas, etc to help encourage you along the way. We will break the fast together on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Moving forward TOGETHER!
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