In 2015 the Women’s Ministry at Country Oaks Baptist Church is focusing on strengthening body and soul. We offer the following encouragements as you seek to glorify God in your body:
Encouragement from one of my favorite dead guys:
Fasting is letting go of the visible. It was the fruit that tempted Eve and the bread that tempted Jesus. Jesus triumphed in fasting. In our eating we are to glorify God. Only in a life of moderation, temperance, and self denial will there be the heart and strength to pray much. We are creatures of the senses. Fasting helps express, to deepen and confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God, ready to give up all (even my eating habits) for Christ.
Ordinary Christians…seek to retain as much as possible of this world, its properties, its literature and its enjoyments. The truly consecrated soul is like a soldier who carries only what she needs for the battle.
Encouragement from THE Book:
Hebrews 12 (The Message) Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Note to Self:
The first time I fasted I realized how much time I spend on food and eating. We dream about what we’d like to eat. We go out to eat food or we make a list and buy the food. We store food. We prepare food: peel it, chop it, grate it and so on. We cook it. We serve it . We spend time eating it. We have to clean up after cooking/eating. When you fast, it frees up a lot of time – time to pray, time to think about things we’re usually too busy (preparing food) to think about.
originally published on July 28, 2013 – theWordchick.com