Motivation. Well, fasting in the past has been for me a deeply spiritual exercise. To deny my body something so vital is good practice for me since sin continues to try and reign in my body. Self-control is very important in our journey of faith. As James chapter 4 says:
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
So – that’s basically why I fast. Normally, I don’t go telling everyone about it – it’s between God and myself. Usually it’s water only. This time, however, I’m trying a juce fast rather than water only. And, I feel liberty to share with others my journey this time.
I’m doing a juice fast this time, because water-only fasting is difficult with any kind of working schedule. I really have to have down time with water only. So far, as my research indicated, juice fasting has sustained my energy levels and I’m able to function quite normally.
Unlike my other fasting experiences, this time I’m more focused on the health benefits (not to mention a bit of weight loss goals). I began researching juice fasting last month as I learned that most people carry with them between 5 and 20 lbs. of …well, …. pollution in their intestines that, without fasting or some other kind of cleansing, just sits there and causes problems in the body. This creates toxins and is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, fungus and even parasites. Some have said that disease begins in the colon. Fasting gives the digestive system a much needed rest so it can focus on healing and cleansing.
Along with colon cleansing, fasting also is helpful in cleasing kidneys, liver, blood and lungs. In addition, it can help the rest of our body cleanse itself from all the chemicals that linger in our body fat, such as unmetabolized prescription drugs, industrial chemicals and any number of health and beauty products that have deposited pollutants in our bodies.
Furthermore, the practice of fasting helps break the cycle of addictions. Take a look at this excerpt from a great juice fasting website I found:
Addiction is anything that controls you, and, whether it’s food, pornography, coffee, TV or heroin, the result is the same. Addiction destroys health and freedom. The food industry has perfected addictive foods by adding lots of salt, fats, processed sugar and artificial flavor enhancers. Once in the blood, what was a delicious treat becomes tomorrow’s craving. These daily cravings become powerful forces shaping our destiny through dictating our thoughts, emotions and actions, and deteriorating our health and discipline.
There was rich man who asked Jesus, “What must I do to enter the Kingdom?” When he was asked to sell all he had and give it to the poor; he turned away because he valued money more than following Jesus. What have you exalted above Jesus? What is it that you cannot give up? What addiction is filling the space that only Christ can fill? You can sponsor 10 children, read the Bible daily, faithfully attend church, and yet be groaning with spiritual emptiness because you are in bondage to hidden addictions.
So – that’s my motivation. Healing. Cleansing. Self-Control.
grace & peace,