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I Can’t Wait To Pig Out!

by on January 27, 2012

We are days away from the conclusion of our corporate 21 day fast and I’d first like to applaud all of you who have been diligent in keeping your focus on the spiritual benefits of denying ourselves for the sake of seeing God’s greater purpose for us, not only as a corporate body but as individuals as well.

I have heard so many amazing stories of breakthrough from you and I continue to rejoice with you for the work that the Lord has begun in your life. I’m not going to repeat yesterday’s topic but do want to reiterate that our fasting must be less about us and our desires and more about seeking the heart of the Father. The power, authority and demonstrations of the Spirit we have witnessed is due, yes to fasting, but more so because we are walking in an attitude of true submission and expectancy.

But I want to talk to you very practically about how to come off of a fast. If you are like me, my flesh is planning a real feast – a banquet. After all we all have something to celebrate. But feasting right after a fast isn’t really the wisest thing to do from both a physical and spiritual prospective. In fact, I want to encourage you to take caution as you reintroduce things like caffeine, carbonated drinks, fatty foods (red meat, fried foods and the like) and sweets back into your diet. (And can I say, spend some time in prayer whether the Lord would have you reincorporate some of your old eating habits into this new lifestyle.) Also try to avoid acidy food such at tomatoes, oranges and grapefruit to name a few. Why, because your body needs time to readjust to these foods.

The late Dr. Bill Bright wrote on fasting, “All the experts agree that “breaking the fast” is the critical phase of fasting. While your body is in the resting mode, your stomach shrinks and your intestines become idle, so solid food must be re-introduced very slowly to avoid kidney failure or digestive distress. In fact, after a 40-day fast, you should make a careful transition for at least three days before returning to eating meats or fats or normal foods.

Further, if you end your fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will linger for days. But if you rush into solid foods, you may lose much of your deep sense of peace and experience physical problems such as diarrhea, sickness, fainting, and frankly even death in some cases, due to shock!

Most experts agree that breaking a fast with vegetables, either steamed or raw, is best. Your stomach is smaller now, so eat lightly. Stop before you feel full. Stay away from starches like pastas, potatoes, rice, or bread (except for “Melba toast”) for at least a week. Also avoid meats, dairy products, and any fats or oils for a week or more. Introduce them very slowly and in small amounts.

But here is something I want to leave you with on this topic. I think it wise to ask the Holy Spirit how He would want you to break this fast, not only for the short term of readjustment, but for the long haul. What may He ask you to cut out of your ordinary diet all together? Not necessarily because of some spiritual issue but because it may be unhealthy. After all, remember “you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”.[1]

Today’s suggested scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Pushing away and pressing in,

Pastor Terry

[1] 1 Corinthians 6:20

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