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Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from James I. Packer. He said: "We tend to think of fasting as going without food. But we can fast from anything. If we love music and decide to miss a concert in order to spend time with God, that is fasting. It is helpful to think of the parallel of human friendship. When friends need to be together, they will cancel all other activities in order to make that possible. There's nothing magical about fasting. It's just one way of telling God that your priority at that moment is to be alone with him, sorting out whatever is necessary, and you have cancelled the meal, party, concert, or whatever else you had planned to do in order to fulfil that priority."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST: GOD CAN HEAL THROUGH FASTING" from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
God has placed within every physical body the ability to heal itself. Technically, doctors, surgical procedures and medicine do not heal people. In the study of pathology, we see that disease and germs cause illness in the human body. When the doctor, surgery or medicine removes the cause of the disease, then the body will heal itself.
God has given each of us a wonderful physical body that He calls in 1 Corinthians 6:19, "the temple of the Holy Spirit." Every normal person is born with internal mechanisms whereby the body reproduces itself and heals itself. When a person eats a proper diet, at the proper time, in the proper way, that person will have a healthy body if disease or other physical barriers to health are not present.
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