1 Corinthians 9:27
27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Do you believe it will be worth it?
When Jeremy and I began making the preparation for our trip to Alaska, we had to say no to a lot of really fun things. To make this journey, would require sacrifice. It meant the family vacation wasn’t happening that year. It meant every extra amount of money would be squirreled away for the road trip. We needed to eat out less as a family, put off some routine maintenance on the car, and do what was necessary to set the cash aside we needed.
These daily brushes with “no” began to add up. Would the journey really be worth it? Would the result be worth the price we were having to pay on a daily basis of putting off creature comforts for something greater, better, and unknown?
Fasting will make us do this gut check moment by moment at first. We will want to give up almost immediately. I honestly have attempted many more fasts than I have ever completed. We began fasting in 1998 for 21 days or longer, at least once per year, and yet, there have been some of those years I wanted to do short-term fasts and couldn’t pay the price of follow through. This is because I allowed my flesh and my own will to be too strong. Your flesh (physical body) will work against the life of God within you. It is “Bio” vs “Zoe” on the inside of your life right now. When you begin to fast, “Bio” doesn’t like it. You rolled off the couch of comfort and told it “you work for me, I don’t work for you.”
Fasting with prayer allows us to dampen the effects of our own will. Our will, wrapped up in our own “flesh”, is sustained by the very food we eat. To fast means to exchange the time, energy, and effort involved in sustaining my flesh, in order for my spiritual man to more clearly hear from and experience the Holy Spirit. Fasting is a limited time process, but a fasted life is a lifetime pursuit. We thin out the veil of the flesh, so the spiritual man can make his entrance more fully into the world. The new you will not make his entrance without some struggle against the flesh. SO, taking time to fast, pray, and peer into the new you will have liberating effects on your life. Your Dream is worth it, and so are you!
- Keep your destination in front of you. Look at your dreams again and again. Stare at them regularly.
- Write down quotes from the books you are reading on index cards and keep them handy for the journey. When you want to quit or feel a nudge for a peanut butter cup, pull out a card and read it until the urge passes.