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Fred Morgan Fasting Successfully

Fred Morgan

The New Year is coming soon and most of us are planning to begin it by fasting throughout the month of January. In preparation, I would like to give you a few pointers to ensure your success.

Fasting is an unselfish act that deprives your flesh of its cravings for a period of time. When you fast, you abstain from some or all foods. This may include beverages, sexual activity, television, or anything that has come between you and God. In most cases, when you go on a fast, you refrain from food only. However, your soul benefits as well because you develop discipline by refusing to fulfill the needs or wants of the flesh. Isaiah 58:6 in The Amplified Bible says, “[Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke?”

To prepare for a fast, you must set the dates for which the fast will begin and end, and identify the things that you will be fasting from. Jot them down on paper and make a mental note of those things. Further, I suggest you start weaning yourself from them prior to the fast. For example, if you drink 2 cups of coffee daily, cut back to a half of a cup. If you watch television for 3 hours a day, begin to watch for just one half hour. The weaning process will make it easier for you to give up those things once your fast begins. Also, increase your prayer time with God, so that He can give you the strength for and during the fast.

Once you begin the fast, mild nausea, headaches, and constipation are some common side effects associated with fasting. Additionally, there may be a decrease of blood sugar levels in the body. If this occurs, you may become extremely irritable and restless. To avoid this side effect, it is best to allow yourself to eat raw vegetables or fruits to get your blood sugar levels back up. Keep in mind that your body is going through a detoxification process. If you increase your water intake while fasting, this will help you through the process.

Benefits of Fasting
Here are a few health benefits you may experience once you have completed your fast:
  1. Lowered blood pressure
  2. Relief from asthma
  3. Lessened allergy symptoms
  4. Less frequent headaches
  5. Better management of rheumatoid arthritis
  6. Lessened eczema flare ups
  7. Improved management of diabetes
  8. Relief from inflammatory bowel disease

Knowing your purpose for fasting will often keep you from giving up. Make the decision that nothing is going to stand between you and God during your fast. This will help motivate you to complete it. Stay prayerful so you can maintain the right spirit during the fast. Finally, consider getting an accountability partner who will encourage you during this special time. Although temptation will come, you can have the victory over temptation!

Fred Morgan is a fitness and training consultant at World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Georgia.

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