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Fasting For Health And Healing

Discussion in 'Biblical Advices' started by Jeffin, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Fasting For Health And Healing

    The Daniel Fast - Fasting For Health And Healing

    This information was primarily taken from the book “Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough: A Guide to Nine Biblical Fasts†by Elmer L. Towns, published in 1996 by Regal Books, Ventura, California.

    Our body is designed to heal itself. When a disease enters our body from bad dietary habits or from the outside, our bodies begin to fight it. Doctors, surgery, or medicines are most often designed to remove the source of the problem, but the healing is done by the body itself. Many common diseases are easily prevented with basic good nutrition and exercise habits.

    * * *

    STEP ONE: BE SPECIFIC

    Daniel was not vague in his objection to the Babylonian diet. He defined the problem immediately.

    1. The king’s food was against dietary laws.
    2. Daniel and his friends had vowed against wine.
    3. The king’s food had been offered up to idols/demons.


    STEP TWO: FAST AS A SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT

    The Daniel Fast involves a spiritual commitment to God. “Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself†(Dan. 1:8).


    STEP THREE: REFLECT INNER DESIRE BY OUTER DISCIPLINE

    Many people have an inner desire for better health, but they can’t discipline themselves to avoid junk food, and other foods that were not good for health. The physical health you seek from God may be more than an answer to prayer. Your physical health may be linked to any of the following factors:

    a. Your food choices.
    b. The level of your spiritual commitment as reflected in constant prayer during the fast.
    c. Your time commitment. If you determine to fast for a certain time, keep it. For example, if you determine to fast 10 days, don’t stop on Day 9.
    d. Your testimony commitment. Your fast is a statement of faith to God that you want Him to heal your body.

    Faith is foundational to the Daniel Fast.


    STEP FOUR: PRAY TO PERCEIVE SIN’S ROLE IN POOR HEALTH

    Notice James 5:13-16:

    • Sin is something related to the cause of sickness.
    • Lack of health/healing may be the result of spiritual rebellion.
    • Lack of health/healing may be due to sin of wrong intake, i.e. drugs, pornography.
    • Repentance is linked to health according to James.
    • Elders have a role in healing both spiritual and physical health.
    • Sick people must desire to be well
    • The anointing oil could mean
    1. medicine for healing,
    2. symbolic of the Holy Spirit, or
    3. it could be baptism
    • Prayer alone may not gain healing, faith is the major factor.
    • In Greek there are several words for “sickâ€. James uses “Kaninoâ€, which not only includes disease, but also means weak or weary.
    • Attitude is important. James said, “are there any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.â€


    STEP FIVE: FAST AS A STATEMENT OF FAITH TO OTHERS

    Daniel was making a statement of faith when he asked for only vegetables to eat and water to drink, then dared the overseer to compare the appearance of the four sons of Israel with the young men who ate the king’s food.


    STEP SIX: LEARN THE EFFECTS OF THE FOOD YOU EAT

    Why are some foods good for us, and other foods not? What does certain food do to your body? If we really knew, there would likely be some things we would never eat again.


    STEP SEVEN: YIELD ALL RESULTS TO GOD

    Daniel said, “as you see fit, deal with your servants†(Dan. 1:13).

    REMEMBER:

    • The Daniel Fast will lead to spiritual insight. “to those four young men God gave knowledgeâ€.
    • The Daniel Fast is longer than one day. These young men fasted for ten days.
    • The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. They ate, but only vegetables and water.
    • The Daniel Fast requires abstinence from party or junk foods.
    • There is no indication that they ever began to eat the king’s food.


    GUIDELINES FOR DANIEL FAST

    (Foods We May Eat)

    Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley

    Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed
    Peas

    Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boy-
    senberries, Cantelope, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Rasberries, Strawberries, Tangeloes, Tangerines, Watermelon

    Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini

    Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts

    Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices

    (Foods to Avoid)

    Meat
    White Rice
    Fried Foods
    Caffeine
    Carbonated Beverages
    Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
    Refined Sugar
    Sugar Substitutes
    White Flour and All Products Using It
    Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products
     
  2. Very interesting and very helpful, Jeff.
    This is partly what I was referring to when I talked about being close to nature in another thread.
    I appreciate this information.



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  3. Thanks alot:mad:
    I'm trying to loose weight and now I
    m hungry again ...

    BTW I've tried to get use to Brown rice but it taste like boiled cardboard no matter how I prepare it.

    So I eat Baby's whole grain Brown rice cereal in which you only add hot water to... It taste great and is quick.
     
  4. Thank you for info on the Daniel Fast. I think the Daniel Fast is a wonderful introduction to fasting for those who have never fasted at all. A sacrifce is definitely involved especially for those who eat the SAD (Standard American Diet) way, and fasting is about sacrificing and offering ourselves to the Lord, and a level of committment and faith is to be embraced aswell. Spiritual and health blessings await those who try it.

    I have an auto-immune disease, and eating as closely to all natural, whole grain, unprocessed food has helped my condition.

    Beloved, I can understand about the brown rice. Have you ever steamed rice, and just adding a flavourful seasoning? I like using mrs.Dash.

    There are also a variety of wonderful rices to try. Aromatic rice, wild rice, basmati etc, different flavours and textures. You can buy blends of different rice in one package, they are really nice. Rice is also gluten free so that is helpful to many people with health conditions. I myself avoid gluten as it helps me. Gluten is a protein in many grains that alot of people are intolerent or sensitive to and don't even realise it. Wheat being #1 grain to avoid. Eliminate wheat and all things with wheat and it's derivative from your diet for a week and I would suspect many people will be relieved of all sorts of ailments.

    God bless all

    Butterflywings
     
  5. These foods I eat already and was raised on...

    Whole Grains: Oats, Barley

    Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed
    Peas

    Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boy-
    senberries, Cantelope, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Rasberries, Strawberries, Tangeloes, Tangerines, Watermelon

    Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini

    Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts I'm getting hungry again....:(

    Not sure if I've ever had Basmati rice... I do eat Wild Rice, but mainly Jasmine white rice...

    I'll try steaming alittle brown rice (((once)))

    I cook a combination of Italian, Spanish, Cuban, Americn and Cajun food... So there's alot of spices, herbs, onions, garlic, and peppers and tomatoe products...

    I eat raw nuts and seeds as well and all the above foods you mention...

    Gotta go and fix breakfast now:D
     
  6. 1st rule of Cajun cooking- put Tony Chachere's on almost everything!:D
     
  7. I've been cleaning up my diet significantly over the past few weeks (no refined sugars and virtually no processed food for 2 weeks, now!), and I want to fast ~ but I'm delaying because I want to finish a muscle building regime first, and for that I need lots of meat :/

    I'm just concerned about muscular health. By many standards, I'm fasting now, with the exception of my meat intake.

    I've been doing some reading on fasting, and most of the sources say start slow, with 1 day fasts once a week, then 3 day fasts once a month. They also mention all sorts of cleansers and probiotics. Do any of you incorporate cleansing elements into your fasts?
     
  8. For the person who said brown rice tasted like cardboard. Do you have a rice cooker. It makes all the difference and try cooking it in vegetable or chicken stock instead of water. I think it is great now and I never used to like brown rice. gratefulgrace
     
  9. I am so glad yall are talking about this. I haven't fasted in awhile and need to do so soon.

    About the rice cookers, the best ones can be found at Asian markets. They really make the very best rice :D Now, I'm hungry :p
     
  10. WOW! I was just looking up fasting on the internet last night and trying to learn more about it. I was going to post a question here about it last night but I read that you are not supposed to tell others about your fasting so I decided not to. Today they mentioned fasting at church and I get on here and there is a post on it!

    I won't be doing it anytime soon because I want to learn the right way to go about doing it but I'd have to say it's something the Lord wants me to do!

    BTW: The thought just came into my head out of nowhere last night, I have never heard our Pastor talking about fasting and until I did a little research last night I didn't know it was something that people still did anymore, so for me to suddenly be hearing about it at church and seeing it posted here tells me it's more than just a random thought! WOW!!!
     
  11. To those curious about fasting ~ This site (warning ~ it's ebooks for sale) helped me a lot - http://www.fasting.ws/
     
  12. I woulden't even know whear to start. I have never fasted before. What does it do?
     
  13. Jesus didn't say "if you fast" .. he said "when you fast" ... :)
     
  14. The Reason for Biblical Fasting

    Yes, fasting from all foods--just pure water is allowed--has many physical health benefits, even more then most of us realize. I have fasted many times and as a result, even though I am well along in age, I have an extremely healthy and youthful body and mind. That is great, but for me there was one down-side: I acquired a secret pride which kept me from becoming intimate with God. I didn't realize until recently of my sin. I will, in a few day, do something about it.

    In Bible times, physical health benefits was not the reason for fasting. The main, if not the only, reason was to petition God for His attention.

    Starting in early January 2008, I will be going on prolonged fast; hopefully 40 days. To see the real-time day by day results, click onto www.exposing-pseudo-christianity.org.
     
  15. I understand what you are saying about the secret pride being a sin, but I have to wonder about something. I often don't feel worthy - I am not worthy of His Grace and Forgiveness. Many times I will discuss this with other Christians friends or acquaintances and it is replied to as though that too is a sin - because we are all worthy and it doesn't come with a price, it is His gift to us. So where is the balance, and being human is it even possible to have a healthy balance there? Sometimes I feel totally unworthy, most of the time actually, but sometimes I am proud of myself for resisting certain temptations. I don't think that either have affected my relationship with God because I think He knows how He created us.

    I hope this doesn't get taken wrong, I'm really just curious of others opinions on this. THank you.
     
  16. Matthew 6:16-18 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. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 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.
    http://www.keyway.ca/htm2001/20010916.htm
     
  17. Yeah, that tells that you should not brag to others, show off or look pitiful so others feel sorry for you or think about what sacrifices you are making, it says nothing about how you feel inside about it.
     
  18. Fasting not only has health benefits, it makes you mentally and spiritually clearer. I would recommend getting a few books and reading about it first so you know what to expect, if you have existing health problems, you may need a Dr's supervision. If you've never fasted before, it might be a good idea to do a juice fast first, they are usually painless and they help clean your body to prepare for a full fast.
     
  19. Fasting is a very good scripturally and medically based concept. Unfortunately, "fasting" to some persons means the "faster" they can get through the buffet line, the "faster" they can get back to their table... not exactly the right way to go about "fasting". :)

    It has been observed that some persons have a unique condition in their arms and elbows which contributes to their weight gain... the "inability to push themselves away from the table". :eek:
     

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