Hab. 2:1 (ERV) “I will stand like a guard and watch. I will wait to see what the Lord will say to me. I will wait and learn how he answers my questions.” (emphasis added)
We will pick up from where we left off yesterday and that is the benefits of intermittent fasting. The first benefit of intermittent fasting is it changes the functions of cells, genes, and hormones. The second benefit is it helps you lose weight and belly fat. The third benefit of intermittent fasting is it can reduce insulin resistance, lowering your risk of type II diabetes. The fourth benefit is it can reduce stress and inflammation in the body. Studies show that intermittent fasting can reduce oxidation damage and inflammation in the body. This should have benefits against the aging and development of numerous diseases.
The fifth benefit of intermittent fasting is, it is beneficial for heart health because there is nothing to clog your arteries. The sixth benefit of intermittent fasting is, it induces various cellular repair processes. The seventh benefit of intermittent fasting is, it may help prevent cancer. The eight benefit of intermittent fasting is, it is good for your brain so get excited. Fasting increases the production of new neurons and protects the brain from damage thus resulting in brain health. The ninth benefit of intermittent fasting is, it helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest intermittent fasting is protective against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. The tenth benefit of intermittent fasting is it can extend your life span. In light of all these physical benefits and the even greater spiritual benefits, you should be excited about every opportunity to fast.
When should we fast? We fast during the ordination of Pastors, Deacons, and Ministers of the Gospel (Acts 14:23). Fasting is very useful for intercession (Ezra 10:6, Daniel 9:3-4) and it helps us to humble and chasten ourselves. If you sense that your carnality has risen, or you see yourself becoming too carnal then it is time to humble and chasten yourself by fasting. Ps. 69:10 “…I wept and chastened my soul with fasting…” (NKJV). Fasting is very useful for repentance and confession of sins (Neh. 9:1-3, Ps. 51:1-19). For seeking God’s face and His ways. Fasting is also useful for receiving healing (Isaiah 58:8) and for petitioning God to withhold His hand of judgment. When you sense that God is dealing with someone, perhaps a family member or a friend, you can fast and seek God; and God will withhold His hands (Deut. 9:18 & 25).
Prayer: Father, as I stand, watch and wait, help me hear You clearly and receive the answers to my prayers, in Jesus Name. Amen!