WELCOME TO THE 21 DAY FAST || DAY 21 : JAN. 24, 2016
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thes. 5:23
I want to challenge you to finish strong in the calling that God has placed on your life. To accomplish this, one must feed daily on the Word of God and dialogue with Him on a daily basis to grow spiritually.
Ephesians 5:26c says, “Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the Word.”
Our souls are restored by the power of the Holy Spirit when we yield to His cleansing, healing and deliverance throughout the rest of our lives. This is done by asking the Lord:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Our physical body houses our spirit and soul; and, just as you would do regular maintenance of your physical home, so you need to take care of your body, the Holy Spirit’s temple!
Challenge yourself to adopt at least one-to-two new healthy habits for your spirit, soul and body following the fast. Here are some great examples that you could consider:
Ask the Holy Spirt to show you what topic He wants to study this year. Then take this topic and read, journal and pray over the topic so that you can become more knowledgeable on/in it. Remember, stick to it and do not compare what you are studying to what others are doing! Examples may be such topics as: Healing, Love of God, Relationships, Faith, Forgiveness, Health, etc… (Spirit/Soul)
Drink More Water. Water helps to detox the kidneys and it’s a natural laxative. Also, consider that it helps with joint lubrication and the prevention of headaches.
How much water should have per day?
Body Weight ÷ 2 = Minimum Ounces of Water to Drink per Day (Body)
Eat More Vegetables and Fruits. Include a fruit or vegetable every time you eat. This includes breakfast! These provide bulk and nutrients to help keep you feeling full and well-fueled. Five to 13 servings are suggested per day. (Body)
Get Active. Increase your muscle mass and boost your metabolism at the same time! Goal suggested is 150 minutes of exercise per week or 20-30 minutes per day at 5 days a week. (New studies from the CDC show that you can reduce your risk for diabetes by 58% by exercising this amount of time and by reducing your weight by 7% if you are overweight.) Start slowly and gradually increase. (Body)
Speak Words of Life over yourself Daily. Proverbs 4:20-22 says that if we keep God’s Words before us and listen to them, they are life and health (medicine) to all our flesh. Remember, you build faith by hearing the Word. (Ro. 10:17) An example: Instead of declaring your tiredness, begin to declare, “ I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Keep on until you feel refreshed!! (Spirit/Soul)
Live a Life of Forgiveness. Unforgiveness grieves the Holy Spirit and it leads to loss of intimacy with the Lord. When the Holy Spirit is grieved, it causes a distortion in our thinking. The devil gains access because God leaves you to yourself. Also, the anointing God may have given to you is lifted. Deep resentment and bitterness from unforgiveness can lead to health issues, too—high blood pressure, sleeplessness, depression, losing your temper, generally feeling unwell, etc.. (Spirt/Soul/Body)
May you prosper in your health—Spirit, Soul and Body--in 2016!!