Fasting

Fasting

With fasting being used as a means of civil protest is it still relevant for a Christian? Yes, while God makes food for our health and joy, some use food as an idol.   Many religions fast for example, Buddhist monks in the evening, Muslims during Ramadan. The Bible teaches that fasting is often linked to spiritual victory. Both Moses and Jesus fasted as did the Apostles.   Scientifically we also know that the body needs to be cleansed from time to time.

For a Christian fasting is an expression of love for God rather than love for the world. It is an outworking of the Fruit of the Spirit – self control.   At times it makes a distinction between the World’s worship of idols and a Christian’s service to Christ. Fasting is more than not eating food, it is acting in mercy and righteousness.

 

Introduction

Many past years ,  fasting as a form of protest has become very popular.

The result is : Many Christians wonder about fasting.

1) According to the Bible?

2) Appropriate to the present day?  In digital world , Hi – technology , Globalization

3) Christians should fasting?

4) What is true of fasting?

 

Why we need to eat food.

1) God created us with natural necessity.  Feed to nourish the body and the life.

Genesis 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat

Psalms 104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

104:27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

104:28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

104:29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Psalms 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

Ecclesiastes 2:24  There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God

2) Eating can bring happiness.

Psalms 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

3) Eating is an Idols of some people.

Philippians 3:19   Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

4) Thai conception: “Eating is a big story , Death is central and The prison is a small”

ภาษาไทย :  เรื่องกินเรื่องใหญ่  เรื่องตายเรื่องกลาง  เรื่องตาราง เรื่องเล็ก

Notice: The first human trials related to this subject.

Genesis 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

(Genesis 25:29-34) 25:34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

1 Corinthians 10:7   Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

 

Answers for the questions

1) According to the Bible?  The enemy is our flesh, the world, and the devil.   Examples of other dignitaries of Ramadan.

Thailand monks do not eat dinner.

Fasting is a key principle in the Bible. Taught in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. And by Christ himself. Victory in our lives not to be displayed except by fasting and prayer.

Matthew 17:21   Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 4:1   Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

4:2   And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

2) Appropriate to the present day?

The body is always healing powers.

in medical: In some cases, such as fasting.  Otitis , Severe vomiting , diarrhea , Before and after surgery

Bed patient wrote.

“Abstain from food and water”

Globalization : Boundless consumption, eating overdose.

Natural treatment is considered healthy. The proportion of meals, To balance the body and mind Detoxification of body .  The basic principle is to fasting.

2.1) Scientific and medical: Eating is the cause of modern diseases. [Secular]

Acidic foods meat , Bleached flour sugar Various fried foods The accumulation of fat in the body

Chemicals into the body: preservative , Coloring agents , fertilizer , Insecticide , Modern medicine made with chemicals

System to eliminate waste in the body. : Kidneys to eliminate waste through urine. Colon elimination of feces. Skin, eliminate waste through perspiration.

To fasting: Turn off the flow of food into the body for a while. It gives the body a chance to clean itself. Body to digest excess causes an empty stomach. When all is empty of food.

Hold down the digestion of food, food waste, residual waste can be excreted. What is in the cell are burning away. What is in colostrum , Be eliminated by leukocytes. Another part of the waste to drain out urine. Are dark, acrid smell similar symptoms after the medication.

“The big clean up” The result is Overhaul

2.2) Religion

(1) Love the world  and its system

1 John 2:15   Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

2:16   For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

2:17   And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

(2) Love to eat.

Philippians 3:19   Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

(3)  If we eat not, are we the worse.

1 Corinthians 8:8   But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

(4)  The god of this world hath blinded the minds of many peoples.

2 Corinthians 4:4   In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

(5) What about this time?

2 Timothy 3:1-f

(3:4) lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (Eating)

3.  Christians should fasting?

3.1 Evasion   “The LORD looketh on the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Argument or dispute :

Leviticus 16:31  It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

Psalms 69

69:10  When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

69:11  I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

1 Kings 21:27  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

21:28  And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

21:29   Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

3.2 I do not have a gift of fasting.

Argument or dispute

1 Timothy 4:8   For bodily exercise profiteth *  little *: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

3.3. Fat people should only fasting , skinny people should not fast , people with underlying diseases should not fast.

Argument or dispute

In medication: Except children and pregnant , everyone can fasting

4.  What is true of fasting?

4.1 The meaning of fasting

4.2 Reasons for fasting

4.3 Fasting in The Old Testament

4.4 Fasting in The New Testament

4.5 Aspect of fasting

4.6 Different types of fasting

4.7 How long should we fast

4.8 How should begin fasting

4.9 What should we do during fasting.

4.10 The reaction of the body when dieting

4.11 Cessation of fasting

4.12 Blessings of fasting

4.1 The meaning of fasting

Original language “to abstain from food”

In fact, fasting, not limited to abstain from food and water but also abstain from intercourse. (1 Corinthian 7:5  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together)

Fasting is to refrain natural needs. Refrain satisfaction of certain physical taste. Willingly and voluntarily for reasons of our soul. It’s not the weight.

4.2 Reasons for fasting

(1) Devote yourselves to prayer and seek God.

1 Corinthian 7:5  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land

1 Kings 21:27  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

Psalms 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

Psalms 69:10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

Ezra 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

(2) To practice their own traditional spiritual discipline.

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth *  little *: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

(3) To ask God for direction on the need for a private life.

Daniel 10:2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. and 3 f

Acts 13:2   As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said *, Separate me *  Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

13:3   And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Deuteronomy 9:9  When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:

9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

(4) For protection and help from God

Ezra 8:21  Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

8:22  For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

8:23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

(5) To deliver us from the wrath of God.

1 Kings 21:27  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

21:28  And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

21:29   Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

3:7  And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

3:10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

(6) To aid rescue in times of trouble.

Judges 20:26  Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God *, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

1 Samuel :7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

1 Samuel 7:6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

2 Samuel 3:35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be down.

2 Samuel 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted *, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

(7) To help and liberate others

Deuteronomy 9:18  And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

9:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also.

9:20 And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

(Psalms 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.)

Ezra 10:6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.

Nehemiah 1:4  And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

1:5  And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

1:6  Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

(8) Fasting for the nation.

Ezra 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

Nehemiah 1:4  And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Esther 4:16  Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

4.3 Fasting in The Old Testament

1 Kings 19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

Esther 4:16  Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

2 Samuel 12:16   David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted *, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

4.4 Fasting in The New Testament

Matthew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you *, They have their reward.

6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly *.

Luke 2:37   And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Acts 9:9   And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

Acts 13:2   As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said *, Separate me *  Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

13:3   And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

2 Corinthians 6:4   But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

6:5   In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

2 Corinthians 11:27   In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

4.5 Aspect of fasting

(1) Personally

Moses

Deuteronomy 9:9  When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:

9:10  And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

Daniel

Daniel 10:2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

10:3  I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

10:12  Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

Jesus

Matthew 4:2   And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Paul

Acts 9:9   And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

(2) Publicly

In the church

Acts 13:2   As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said *, Separate me *  Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

13:3   And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

In the country

Joel 2:12  Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

2:13  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

2:14  Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

4.6 Different types of fasting

(1) Completely   (Moses)

(2)  Only drinking water

(3) Partially (Daniel)

4.7 How long should we fast

Review the meaning of fasting. (Fasting is to refrain natural needs. Refrain satisfaction of certain physical taste. Willingly and voluntarily for reasons of our soul.)

In depend on each person voluntarily and his willingly, one meal , one day , many days.

4.8 How should begin fasting

 


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