Weight Loss And Fasting

I’m not exactly recommending fasting as a method for weight loss, I’m merely explaining how a lifestyle that includes Christ can sometimes curb a lot of problems, including weight gain. If you are constantly seeking Him and trying always to live by His word, you might find that He mostly distances you from the problems of this life. John 15:4-5.

I’m not saying a life with Christ means you are exempted from the problems of this world because as a child of God you will sometimes experience trials and tribulations. Job 1:8-12, James 1:2-4. But that it is better to go through that with Him rather than without Him, Hebrews 2:18, 1 Peter 4:12-13.

Fasting is something that started in the old testament, Leviticus 23:26-27, but you will also see it mentioned in the new testament as well. The bible explains it as a period in which one denies themselves the pleasures of this world for a time being in a quest to strengthen one’s bond with Christ because being physically weak means being spiriually strong, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.Prayer

So taking the time to not eat at all or to not exactly eat what you want to eat and to even shut the world out and focus on the word of God. Forget about that TV program, forget about the internet or that tablet that you love so much, forget what makes you happy and just focus on what pleases the Lord.

Meditate on His word, sing Him praises and communicate with Him through prayer, ask Him what He requires of you and obey.You will see that it strengthens the spirit and it strengthens your relationship with Him and that brings about such sheer joy. You will feel so free, so light, and so liberated.

You will feel that all the heaviness, all that’s been weighing on you is gone,  and all that remains is peace. Peace in knowing were you stand with Him, peace in knowing He’s pleased with you and finally peace in knowing He’s got your back, no matter what.Isaiah 41:10.

If we always acknowledge Him by doing what He requires,  He’ll always acknowledge us by fulfilling our hearts desires, Psalm 37:4. Praise and fellowship does not go any deeper than fasting.

Show Him how valued He is by denying yourself through fasting and He’ll do the same by brightening your way and showering you with blessings, 1John 3-22. So in closing I want you to know that I do not wish for you to think of fasting as a weight loss method, do not do it to get something in return.

Fast because you are seeking God. Fast because it is His will for us to be one with Him, then if weight loss is one of the blessings that comes with serving the Creator and doing what pleases Him then that’s a plus.But I wouldn’t advice it if you are pregnant or if you have a medical condition.

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  1. I like how to remind us to keep focus on the lord Jesus Christ.

    It is easy to get distracted now a days with the materials things in this world, along with what is going on around us.

    While I have not fasted much my wife does almost every year, for example not eating rice for almost a month.

    I will have to try and do more fasting in the near future.

  2. Hello and thanks for sharing, fasting has so many benefits from losing weight to bringing you closer with God. Many of God’s people in the bible fasted and because of that they got what they needed or their prayer was answered. I was sick at one time in my life and what I did was went on a fast. I did not follow doctor’s advice but did what I need to do and God healed me. Fasting has so may benefits.

    1. I’m with you Norman, I honestly cannot remember how many times my prayers were answered, and how many closed doors were opened, only because I went on a fast, fasting brings a level of closeness with the redeemer, so if weight loss is one of the perks that comes with that, why not? From my sight, I kill two birds with one stone.

  3. Fasting is a great way to curb the appetite–could you also write a post on intermittent fasting for those who are just “dipping their toes” into the fasting concept?

    Thanks for your article!

  4. HI Kaone, thank you for this article. I’m not a great of fasting but then again I have never fasted . I traveled to the airport in a taxi a while ago and our Muslim taxi driver was telling us about fasting during Ramadan. That was between sunrise and sunset. For him it was a time of cleansing although he did lose weight. A woman once wrote that she uses prayer as a power tool in that when she is tempted to eat junk food, she prays and the temptation goes away.

    1. Thanks Roy, the reason for the post is just to remind people that leading a life that includes Christ has got many positive benefits, weight loss being one of them. The guy you are referring to, the taxi driver, I very much doubt that weight loss was his goal, all he was doing was practising his faith and what do you know, weight loss was a result, how do you like it. It’s like killing two birds with one stone, please try it at home, otherwise what have you got to lose?   

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