I am at the end of day 3 of my first ever water only fast!
I am determined to see it to the end and there are occassional; temptations and tests – I need to keep clear of the kitchen. Anyhow, I have not been attacked by sever hunger pangs at any time. Maybe it’s like running? When I used to run (before my knee op), if I was running 32 kms, I would only feel very tired at around the 26km mark. But when I ran 42 km, I only got tired at the 37lm mark. When I ran the Comrades (which is 92km), I would not get tired until around 65km.
So now that i am fasting (or should I say planning to fast) for 7 days, I cannot afford to be starving on day 2 or 3 right? Tomorrow midday I hit the midway mark (actually technically it will be tomorrow morning woo hoo) and from then it should be all downhill.
But God is good. I have spent many hours in the Word, and researching some of the things I am grappling with. God is always faithful. I have realised (probably have always known) that the way to get to know God is by studying the Word – that is the picture He gave us about him. The more I am getting to know him, the more am impressed. There is so much to God. Much more than my simple mind can manage to comprehend.
On the weight side – today I wighed in at 87,6kg
So that is 1,1kg down from yesterday (2.6kg in two days)
Well day one came and went with only one or two struggles. This is a lot easier (so far than I expected). I am of course aware that there is a long road ahead and am waiting for the real pin to kick in. But so far so good.
I did not sleep all that well – maybe I went to bed a little earlier.
I am finding the time is flying by – there is less time to do the things I thought I would have time to do – studying the Bible really takes time – to study properly. But my friend who is fasting with me is strong and she has done this before. It is all done so I can put my flesh under. I had a picture from God some months back of the flesh and blessing – on a scale. As the flesh went down the blessing went up, and as the flesh went up, the blessing went down.
I understand that the flesh is what keeps us from getting close to God. You cannot be close to Him unless you are confident in your walk with Him.
Weight check this am 88,7kg (that is 1,6kg down in a day). It can never keep going at that pace. Bless the name of the Lord
So recently a lady at my church says to me that she will be fasting for 7 days at the start of the year, as part of her first fruits offering to God. Then she asks who wanta to join in the fun. Well, she never used those words exactly as I recall, but you get my drift! So, always up for a challenge, dumbo here says “I will join you”. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Anyway, I have been dreading this time because there are many unanswered questions in my mind like, “do I really want to do this?” or like “am I mad?”.
But the day finally came. It started today.
Fasting needs to be done for the following reasons:
- If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me
- It is a personal thing to bring my focus onto God and during this time I need to have the ability and availability to spend much more time in the Word, in prayer and seeking God.
- It needs to have a specific goal – such as a financial breakthrough, or fasting for a particular situation like a healing
Fasting should not be done for the following reasons:
- Out of duty to God
- Out of a need to lose weight (that is another type of fasting)
- To prove a point, to show how holy you are or to try and make God do something.
So I ate my last food last night at about 10pm and woke up this morning and have only had water all day. The good news is it is one day down (well almost). The bad news is there are six days to go!!!!
Today I have felt OK. Not massively hungry. I have had some hunger pangs – probably most strongly in the morning. Right now, I am hungry, but I have kept my mind busy and my mind on God. I hope I will have the will power to complete the race. I have never done more than 2 days before, so this could be huge. I want to give the first week of the year to God.
Out of interest I know there are weight loss benefits and I weigh myself every day anyway. For interest purposes I will record my weight each day. This morning I weighed in at 90,3kg.
Why do this? Well I want to give God my first, and best of the year. All glory to him.