Yesterday I ended my 21 day Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast that eliminates anything not grown from a seed and only allows water to drink. I discovered a lot about myself in this journey.
First I purposed that this would not be all about food. Although I have issues with carbs and sugar, I am a triune being- body, soul and spirit. It was my heart’s desire to confront the sin in all the corners.
Do you remember that child’s toy where you hammer one thing and another pops up? That is a picture of my fast. There was one big difference this time. When I saw it, I didn’t go under it. When I recognized it, I took it to the Father and repented.
I did not have victory every single time. For instance, I ate all the proper foods and drank only water, but in all honesty, there was a constant struggle with portion size. Now I could reason that an extra salad or piece of fruit isn’t the end of the world, but the reality is my body did not need it and my stomach would never shrink if constantly overate.
Part of the time I was doing physical therapy for my body, but when that was up, I did not follow through with the next level. I received some information today that may take care of that.
Where I made the most gain is in the spirit realm by a steady diet of His Word. Chapters I had read many times before came alive to me and convicted me and transformed me.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
I began to treasure that early morning time alone with Him. It was a habit that I had let fall when I focused more on the cares of the world. I found by spending that sweet time alone with Him and His Word, He ordered my day and I was not overwhelmed by anything that came my way. I figured that God wasn’t caught off-guard. So why should I worry?
The fast exposed another level of critical spirits that I had to weed out. Before I began I had read a secular book that exposed the reason that I always held people at arms’ distance. So I made strides to correct that.
Ray and I got involved in feeding a small cadre of homeless in Atlanta through another ministry. We both love to cook. So we simply prepared hot soups for them to share. We were also gifted with other things to share with them. It is a small thing, but a beginning.
Just to be clear I did not do everything perfectly, but I had a new level of freedom to forgive myself and keep on going. I didn’t beat myself up for not doing it right. Nor did I not make excuses. I made course corrections instead.
By no means am I suggesting that you immediately begin a 21 day Daniel Fast. I believe that you are called to fast. When you heed that call, it is so much easier because you are not doing it in your own strength.
I do believe the first fast you should do is found in Isaiah 58:
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
8 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.
9 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;
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
This should be our daily fast. Begin.