7th-20th January, 2019
Tomorrow, across the Tree of Life Family, we are starting a 14 day fast for fruitfulness. It's going to be a powerful time of reflection, meditation, mind-renewal to help you walk in the most fruitfulness possible this year. God's will is that you bear fruit.
The essence of a fast is to go without food for spiritual purposes, for some, you might go without food entirely for the next two weeks, others might just only eat between 4 and 8, or 1 and 8, others might go on a restricted diet like Daniel did in the book of Daniel. If you have never fasted before, we would love for you to join us and wonder if you would go without food until 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks - that will be an excellent introduction to the spiritual discipline of fasting without putting an insufferable burden on you.
We love fasting and we love fasting together as a church, it really will help lead you to a new level of spirituality.
As always, I will send out a daily email with help and advice for fasting, and I will there for you to email at any time. This season is very important to me.
I do need to apologize for the lack of notice here, I discussed this fast with the leaders when God told me to call it, and it was all agreed to progress, but then I forgot to let people know about it, so please forgive. if you need help forgiving, listen to this Sunday's message!
HOW DOES FASTING WORK?
It doesn't make God pity you or reward you. It's not like God is sitting in heaven going - "hey, you haven't eating for three days, you look pathetic, I will have to answer your prayer now you poor, poor thing". No - what you need to realize is hunger for food is either from the body or the soul. Your body will signal when it is hungry, but also your soul wants to use food for emotional gratification, or in response to an advert or something
Your spirit, the core part of you, is never hungry for food! So when you deny your body and soul food, you are telling them that your spirit is in charge. You are redefining your internal trinity so that the spirit comes first - you start doing that and the gifts start to flow, you start to hear God, and miracles happen.
Fasting is a wonderful part of the Christian life, and it's time you started!