Fasting is not a
pathway to God. You do not need a path to God.
He will come to you.
You cant get any closer than He is to you
He knows your every thought, the number of
hairs on your head and the workings of every cell
in your body.
The reason we are not overwhelmed with the
presence of God is that we are not living in
Fasting is a time to cleanse and discipline
our hearts before God that we may give to Him what
He truly wantsthe full commitment of our heart.
If you want a guest
for dinner you must invite them.
If you invite Christ into your life, He
Fasting is the preparation for His coming;
a dedicated time to cleanse the temple, our body
and soul, that His Spirit will dwell with us.
plagues the souls of our modern society.
Crafted veneers cover up how we really
feel, because, to be honest is to admit were
It is easier to ignore the cry of the heart
and suppress it with work, activities, alcohol or
Much of what we do is
maneuvering around past hurts, fears and low
On the inside, is a small child, in an
adult world, crying out for love using possessions
and job titles to prove significance because we
dont really believe we are worthy of love just as
Entering a relationship desperate for love,
pressures the other person with unrealistic needs.
What God intended for support and
encouragement becomes a war zone.
causes depression, feeling oppressed or out of
control and confusion.
Thoughts become contaminated with toxic
resentment, unforgiveness, self-hate and feelings
Many people need a TV or radio blaring
constantly because silence is uncomfortable.
Silence can be terrifying to an empty soul.
During fasting, the inner silence is
Noisy, clamoring emotions become quiet and,
for the first time, you hear the voice of your
Why fasting makes such
a difference before God is because spiritual
fasting is the emptying of self, not just of food,
but the mutterings of the inner self that drowns
out the quiet voice of God.
He will not shout. We must listen.
Most people have toxic
thoughts filled with negativity, pride and false
expectations, stemming from the pain of childhood.
When I first saw the futility of my
thinking process, the only conclusion I could come
to was that I was totally insane.
I would try to think positive thoughts by
thinking of love instead of resentment, faithful
thoughts instead of worry, which would last about
five seconds then Id start to think how much a
failure I was for not being able to control my
Living in Colombia, I
had the worst drain clog of my life.
After a failure with a full container of
Cleaner, I hired a professional drain
He rammed a coiled wire down the pipe but
the sink remained clogged.
As a last resort, he put a water hose down
the pipe and turned on the water full power.
Out spewed a stinky, black and brown
As he wiggled the hose, more and more
sludge backwashed onto the floor.
The kitchen was turning into a sludge
swamp. Then came bigger, slimy chunks.
Finally the blockage broke down and let the
Fasting is like that. It penetrates the blockage in
the soul and stirs it up.
It stinks and spews out everywhere, then
the blockage opens and there is an experience of
I can remember the day that the illusion
I had worked so hard to prove myself worthy
of love through achievement. When I realized my purpose was
hollow and meaningless, I suffered an emotional
breakdown and wept uncontrollably, walking around
for days in an emotional vacuum.
No longer did I know who I was.
On the third day, the breakthrough came.
I realized that God truly loves me, and
that is enough.
The words echoed through my soul in a way I
had never felt before.
At that moment, the sun broke through a
hazy sky, and a white bird soared on an updraft.
I soared with that bird.
Love had set me free.
Fasting stills the
In the quietness, we can study our thought
Worry, unrealistic fear, false pride,
obsessive negativity and self-defeating thinking
can be seen as thought sequences connected to
During fasting, toxins released into the
blood affect emotions and thinking.
They cause feelings of weakness,
discouragement and a loss of faith.
Old emotions, memories and hurts stir
You face the full power of negative, toxic
At this time, many people give up the fast.
For those who hold firm, fasting brings an
inner-awareness that stills the soul bringing
We can take our burdens to Christ in true
When the breakthrough comes, there is a
joyous awakening and a new freedom.
material possessions, achievements, good deeds or
perfect living cannot buy a clear conscience.
It is easy to make excuses, but if you do
not believe your own lie, it will be powerless to
sooth your conscience.
Guilt can last a lifetime, and the pain
does not lessen with age.
When Adam hid in the
bushes, shame was controlling his actions.
He could have been walking, laughing,
exploring, but there he was in the bushes hiding
with a guilty conscience.
Where there is shame there is pain,
separation and a degraded self-image. We no longer look at ourselves
God becomes distant and we lose passion for
Unknowingly, many come
to fasting as a fix for a dirty conscience.
Honesty is good for the soul.
It is time to tell God and those you have
hurt that you are sorry.
There may be a cost, but no matter how
expensive the cost, the joy will be more than
Repentance is the pathway to peace.
You do not have to apologize a thousand
Once is enough and the sin is forgotten.
The blood of Christ and the power of Gods
forgiveness are greater than any sin.
Christ willingly died on the Cross for your
When you finally believe in the forgiveness
of God, you can start to forgive yourself.
When you forgive yourself, it is easier to
The ones you love the
most cause the greatest pain when they do you
There are only two ways to deal with the
pain: resentment and becoming hard or drawing
close to God and deepened compassion through
humility, acceptance and understanding.
When life wanes into
the hollow darkness of death, it will not be the
victories, trophies or empires we built that will
fill our thoughts but the last embrace of the ones
One last tear-filled moment to share.
When that day comes, each of us will have
The working mother wishing she had spent
more time with her daughter.
The alcoholic who looks back on wasted
years. When you stand before Christ
and the events of your life are reviewed, what
will you see?
Will you be watching a shallow,
self-centered person striving for self-gain or the
painful sacrifices of a humble servant?
As I write this, tears come to my eyes for
I look at my own heart.
I see how much less I am than what He wants
me to be, how often I turn away and chase worldly
It is easy to
rationalize sin and self-centeredness because
everyone does it.
Yet, each of us knows right and wrong.
You want what is right, and that is the
reason you are reading this book.
You are following an earnest hunger for a
deeper connection with God and are willing to
fast, willing to change, willing to sacrifice,
humbled and hungry for more.
With this attitude, fasting will be a
catalyst to deep change.
To get practical, make
a list of what is important, why it is important
and what you are doing to reach it.
During your fast, spend time studying each
entry of importance.
Lay it out before God, pray and wait.
If you get stuck putting a value on a
project, possession or achievement, consider the
Apostle Pauls value system.
After one meeting with Christ on a dusty
road, His most important values were slashed to
zero, tossed in lifes dumpster and the only thing
considered valuable and beyond price was knowing
When you mark the price tags of your life,
look a little closer.
The stuff thought of as most valuable may
be junk before Christ.
You do not have to have regrets at the end
of your life.
You Are Called To Fast
When I mention the
benefits of fasting to Christians, I often hear
I have not
been called to fast and when I am, I will fast.
They talk as if fasting is like going on a
mission to a jungle.
In reality, every Christian is called to
discipline, prayer and fasting.
If you are truly serious about your walk
with Christ, you will fast.
For a Christian, fasting needs to be like
brushing the teeth, just something you do to
maintain your spiritual life.
No big deal, just a regular part of living.
The course of our
lives is steered by the decisions we make.
Your decision to fast is a sign that you
are willing and ready to undergo a complete
reconstruction of who you are, letting the Holy
Spirit into all the little, dark cubbyholes of
your life and getting sincere with your calling.
God will honor that.
More than anything, God wants our
He is a gentleman and will not barge in.
He wants to be invited.
Your decision to fast is an invitation.
If you still fear
fasting, keep reading.
After a few fasts, first-time fasters will
see you as a veteran and you will become their
guide. It is just a matter of time.
When I was younger, I
studied the writings of Confucius, The Tibetan
Book of The Dead, Buddhism, Astrology, Tarot and
every interesting and weird philosophy I could
Playing bass for a heavy metal band called
Black Mass, I became morosely
depressed and entered a state of continual
Strange things started to happen.
Lamps flickered when I entered a room.
The guitarist and I almost died.
We passed out from a drug overdose and the
band practice hall, which was in a barn, caught
We were on a farm in the middle of nowhere, but
someone entered, dragged our barely-conscious
bodies from the fire and put it out.
I saw his feet through the smoke.
Then he vanished.
I did not care; I was becoming suicidal,
and life no longer mattered.
The next day, at the same time and without
talking to each other, two friends visited me with
the same message that I was possessed and had to
go to a certain church.
I flopped into the seat of the truck, and
the electrical system died.
They prayed and the truck started.
I walked into the church, and the pastor
kept looking at me and appeared unable to
I just sat there in some weird trance.
Suddenly, he ended the service, and asked
everyone to leave, but I was asked to stay.
When the pastor spoke to me, I got dizzy
and ran to the bathroom with extreme vomiting and
When I finally left the bathroom, there
were 20 people in a circle and one chair in the
middle that I knew was for me.
Now, I am free from bondage and living with
the protection of Christ.
I will never forget the dangers of the
The Bible states that
there is a war between light and darkness; that
Satan is alive and active on planet Earth and to
be aware of his schemes.
To get right with God, you have to repent
of all the cult stuff in your life. If you have old Black Sabbath
albums, crystal balls used for sances, Ouija
boards, tarot cards or cult books, you need to
Remove anything in your house that is an
insult to God.
If you are reading this chapter because you
want the best from God, remember that He is a
jealous God and will have no other idols before
Finding Your Purpose
Before you start
fasting, take some time to think about why you are
Jesus did not fast to lose weight.
He was to be stripped naked, and hung
bleeding on a Cross. His purpose in fasting was for
the strength to complete His ministry.
Healing, better health, weight loss and
clearer thinking are worthy goals but what is the
purpose of your life?
The Bible says that each of us is called
and God has set out our purpose from the beginning
Are you ready to live your purpose?
During the fast, the
day-to-day world fades in significance.
The world of thought, memory and emotion
heighten in intensity.
Connection with God clarifies.
The foolishness of modern living becomes
who am I and
where am I
going, demand answers.
Fasting is the accelerator of the process.
It demands you to live for a higher purpose
and that will cause you to become different from
the people around you.
Fasting unplugs you from the Matrix.
You will never be normal again.