Pray, read, fast and then do the whole process over again

1.10.2010

The past couple of weeks at church, Pastor Livingston as been discussing prayer and fasting. Let me tell you, doing those things in faith is MUCH easier said than done. He implored the congregation to join he and his wife in the Daniel Fast. This is a fast which is 21 days and where you withstand the temptations of eating meats, sweets, dairy, coffee, tea, etc. Basically all things that make eating worth it. As soon as he said it, my thought was "hey I can do this, and since pastor says do it, I HAVE to do". And that was about as much thought that went into it. I did not approach it in the right manor. I didn't pray for the Lord's strength over the next 21 days and therefore I failed in many aspects of. I have not eaten sweets or red meat or had coffee, but I have eaten chicken and cheese. I also believe that part of my problem is that I became incredibly legalistic about the whole thing and put more focus on the eating part of it (lot of good that did) and not focusing on what the main point was, which is this; to bring myself to obey and follow God and resist my flesh.

James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

I have never had discipline in sweets. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved eating chocolate in any form. Cookies, pie, cake, pudding, sweet cereal, you name it, I would eat it. It's only been 7 days, and picturing the next 14 without any form of chocolate is bleak. But thank God that He is our strength when we are weak. I hope to start and complete the Daniel Fast one of these days. But I now know what I must do in order to prepare and what I must do in order to avoid temptations. God is good and strong even when I am not.

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