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Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from an Unknown Author. He said: "Fasting casts out devils, chases away demons, and breaks the gates of hell like nothing else can. When we are made physically weak by fasting, the power of God is made powerful in our lives."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "WHAT IS THE DANIEL FAST?" from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book titled "The Daniel Fast"
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:
1. Only fruits and vegetables
2. Only water for a beverage
Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline: No sweeteners and no breads
Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that's why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Finally, with these puzzle pieces, we conclude that no artificial or processed foods nor any chemicals are allowed on the Daniel Fast. When asked about the eating plan on the Daniel Fast, I often say it is a "vegan diet with even more restrictions." So, I would encourage you to read the ingredients on labels of prepared foods to make sure they only include Daniel Fast friendly ingredients.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from James Hudson Taylor. He said: "In Shansi, I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are - dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: BE SPECIFIC" from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
Daniel was not vague in his objection to the Babylonian diet. He defined the problem immediately, and had a clear solution to suggest to the king's servants. Although it was an act that had social and political implications and may well have cost him his life, Daniel was specific about his plan.
With so much at stake, why did Daniel reject the delicacies offered by the king? Three possibilities have been suggested: (1) The king's food was against Jewish dietary laws; (2) Daniel and his three friends had vows against partaking of the alcohol (wine) that was included; and (3) The king's food had been offered to foreign idols/demons.
The exact reason Daniel refused to eat the king's meat is not clear. Two principles, however, are evident: (1) Daniel felt it was a religious test of his faith (he "would not defile himself"); (2) Daniel had a desire for a strong physical body in which to serve the Lord.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Arthur Wallis. He said: "Fasting is important, more important perhaps, than many of us have supposed. When exercised with a pure heart and a right motive, fasting may provide us with a key to unlock doors where other keys have failed; a window opening up new horizons in the unseen world; a spiritual weapon of God's provision, mighty, to the pulling down of strongholds."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST: A BRIEF BACKGROUND" from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
The Hebrew, Daniel, had been taken into captivity by the Babylonian army as a young man, and transported to the city of Babylon. He and his three friends from Judea were being trained as diplomats/bureaucrats to serve in the Babylonian government. It was probably King Nebuchadnezzar's plan to have them carry out his administrative policies over the Jewish remnant.
The plan included giving the four Hebrews the finest delicacies and wine from the king's own provisions according to Daniel 1:5. But for reasons we will discuss later, such food was not acceptable to the Hebrews. So Daniel proposed to the king's servants that they be allowed to "fast" from the king's sumptuous fare, and to eat only vegetables and drink only water. If, after 10 days, they were not in better health than their Babylonian counterparts, Daniel promised that they could be dealt with as the Babylonian guards wished. (The fact that they were allowed to demonstrate the effectiveness of their vegetarian diet indicated how important Daniel and his three friends were to the Babylonian government.)
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Edith Schaeffer. She said: "Is fasting ever a bribe to get God to pay more attention to the petitions? No, a thousand times no. It is simply a way to make clear that we sufficiently reverence the amazing opportunity to ask help from the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe, to choose to put everything else aside and concentrate on worshiping, asking forgiveness, and making our requests known-considering His help more important than anything we could do ourselves in our own strength and with our own ideas. "
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST: CURATIVE HEALING" from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
God has promised that prescriptive healing can come by faith and prayer. James 5:15 says, "The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up." Faith and prayer must be joined. Faith is an instrument of healing when it is joined to the tool of prayer. Even when you have faith and pray, it is still God who heals, or maintains health. The Daniel Fast rests on a three-platformed foundation: (1) faith, (2) prayer and (3) fasting.
Kevin Romine, a student at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, sat through my course "Spiritual Factors of Church Growth" during the summer of 1994. One of the assignments is to fast for a project, and/or faith event. Kevin had injured his back delivering packages while working to put himself through seminary. He was not only disabled, but he was also in intense pain. Often he had to stand in my classroom because of back pain.
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST: PREVENTIVE HEALING" from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
God has promised, "Is not this the fast that I have chosen...[that] your healing shall spring forth speedily". When we begin fasting and praying for physical health and healing, we must realize that it is God who heals. His name Jehovah Rapha means, "I am the Lord who heals you".
We enter the Daniel Fast for two physical reasons: (1) as therapy when we are sick and need healing, or (2) as prevention to keep us from becoming sick or getting a disease.
In the setting of Exodus 15, the Lord was promising preventive healing. He promised His divine protection to keep his people from becoming sick, rather than just "prescriptive" healing---removing an illness from them. Exodus 15:26 says, "If you obey me by doing right and by following my laws and teachings, I won't punish you with the diseases I sent on the Egyptians".
Preventive medicine is like the mother who gives her children vitamins and bundles them in warm clothing before sending them off to school in the snow. Curative medicine is like putting the children to bed, providing medicine and rest.
An example of God's preventive healing power is the Old Testament law prohibiting eating blood and animal fat in Leviticus 3:17. Recent medical research seems to show that bacteria and disease reside primarily in blood and fat. God wanted his people to enjoy good health.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Edward Payson. He said: "We have found no means so much blessed to keep religion alive as FASTING and PRAYER."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 35) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
Determine What You Will and Will Not Eat During the Daniel Fast (part 2) As you plan for your Daniel Fast, take some time to consider what you will eat and what you will drink. Think about your physical body and its condition. This could be a wonderful time of renewal and adopting healthy habits.
In our next broadcast, we will take a walk back into our high school health science class. This information will help you understand some important facts about your body and give you tools for a successful Daniel Fast.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Julio C. Ruibal. He said: "Our greatest victories are won on our knees and with empty stomachs."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: FAST AS A SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT" from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
The Daniel Fast consists of more than just a diet adjustment or the withholding of food. Those who have a weight problem or other physical problems will not be successful with solely a physical solution. The Daniel Fast involves a spiritual commitment to God.
Daniel 1:8 says, "Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself". Although he bargained with his overseer, the whole process began with a spiritual commitment to God. The Daniel Fast requires a spiritual equation, not just a physical solution.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Alex Gee. He said: "Fasting is not about changing God. It is not a mystical exercise to gain God's approval. Fasting is not about changing my world, but about letting God realign my heart toward his purposes."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 1) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
I have been blessed through the Daniel Fast ministry to communicate with thousands of people throughout the world. For many, I guide them into their first fasting experience. For others, I share in their upcoming or current fast. Through this, I have been able to identify five specific steps each person can take toward a rewarding fast. Those steps are: Pray, Plan, Prepare, Participate, and Praise and Process.
Today, we will deal with the first step: Pray
From the very beginning, include God in your fast. Open yourself up to Him and talk to Him about your intentions. Submit the fast and yourself to Him. If you are not accustomed to this type of interaction and intimacy with the Lord, that's okay. He understands. But keep moving forward, even though you might feel awkward. Remember, He knows what you need before you tell Him.
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 139:1-6, "O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it."
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Andrew Murray. He said: "Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 37) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
Consider How You Care for God's Temple, Your BodyIt's easy to see why we need to make good decisions about what will go into our mouths as food. We have a masterfully designed system to keep us healthy and full of energy. And we can either cooperate with the system - or not.
The Daniel Fast helped me take an honest look at how I was caring for the temple God had entrusted to me. Are you willing to take a look at how you are caring for your body? As you plan for your Daniel Fast, consider the fact that your physical body is either controlled by the Holy Spirit or its controlled by your flesh. The unreformed soul is the producer of unhealthy cravings, overeating, and emotional eating - also known as "food therapy." God's plan for us, His children, is that we live Kingdom of God lives! Not lives where we are sick, broken, and helpless.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Daniel D. Spruill. He said: "In the church today, a key element missing in the lives of Christians that brings deliverance and destroys strongholds is fasting."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 38) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
Consider How You Care for God's Temple, Your Body: God's Word is clear: we are to be in good health and finish strong, livingin victory all the days of our lives. In 3 John 1:2 we read, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
And why can we have this victorious future? Not because we are so great in ourselves, but because with Christ in us nothing is impossible. Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Yes, in Him we can have peace, which means nothing missing and nothing broken. But we must cooperate! The choice is ours.
Consider the powerful truth in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Steven Brooks. He said: "Fasting and prayer is a form of spiritual power that is boundless in supply because it is connected with God and His infinite resources."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 31) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
Find Your True Identity (part 3)To help discover your true identity in the Scriptures, use a concordance and search out New Testament verses that include these words and phrases:
in Him, through Him, with Him, in Christ, through Christ, with Christ, in Jesus, through Jesus, with Jesus
Once you find these verses, think about each one and - even though your mind (which has been conditioned by the god of this world) might be fighting you all the way - start telling yourself that these words are describing you!
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