- 8 oz water
- fill the blender loosely with spinach
- 1/2 organic avocado
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (use Smoothie King powder for taste or use Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth for health or a combination of the two)
- 1/4 teaspoon of white stevia powder (or to taste)
*The best way to blend these ingredients is either in a Vitamin Blender or a Blendtec Blender. The reason is you want a blender that will liquefy the spinach and all other leafy green vegetables. They are expensive ($400 range) but well worth the investment. There may be other blenders on the market that can do the same. Please make sure they liquefy leafy green vegetables.
“From then on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.’”
This happened after the 40 days of fasting and the temptation in the wilderness. Today’s reading in verse 17 and beyond highlights what can happen after the fast is concluded.
First, there is a power to preach or declare. There will be an added emphasis to your words. What comes out of your mouth will have an unction to it.
Second, there is clarity. In verses 18-22, Jesus begins to choose His disciples. Luke suggests that He spent all night prior to picking those He would pour into. A result of fasting will be a clarity to make decisions.
Third, there is a release of power in your life. In verses 23-35 Jesus healed those with sickness and disease and cast out demons. Fasting produces power, supernatural power.
Whenever you conclude your fast in the beginning of this year expect these three things to happen: added emphasis and power to your words; clarity in decision making; and supernatural power to set people free.
Fasting is an ancient spiritual discipline in which an individual denies themselves of food in order to draw closer to God. Here’s how it works:
There are different types of fasts.* Determine the type of fast that is appropriate for you.
- A pure fast is not taking in any food or water. This is dangerous to the physical body and should not be considered without consulting your physician.
- A water only fast. This should be done for short durations.
- A liquid only fast. This fast is done with water and fruit juices.
- A Daniel fast. This fast can be found in Daniel 1:8-16. This is a modified form of fasting and is the most popular. Eating is permitted but is very restricted. Because of its popularity there is a lot of information available on the internet. Just google “Daniel fast.”
The most important thing to remember about fasting is that if it doesn’t cost you something (in self-denial) and if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it won’t mean anything to God. There must be an alteration of some kind in our lifestyles during a fast. Fasting is denying ourselves the pleasures of food so that we may focus more intently on God. Therefore, it is imperative that we take the time we would normally spend on preparing meals and eating them to rather spend time with God in prayer and also reading the Bible. The more time you can spend in prayer and Bible reading, the more you will benefit from the fast.
Sin entered the human race through disobeying God by eating of the fruit in the Garden of Eden. It makes sense then that fasting is denying that original gateway through which sin entered the world and choosing to obey God instead.
*If you have any medical conditions at all please consult with your physician before attempting a fast.
“Then Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights He fasted and became very hungry.”
The temptation in the wilderness is a fascinating story in the life of Jesus. He had just been baptized by John in the Jordan River. When Jesus came up out of the water, the voice of God spoke saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matthew 3:17) So the last words Jesus hears from His Father before the temptation is in great contrast to the first words He hears from Satan in the temptation. Satan says to Him, “If you are the Son of God…” The first thing Satan does is challenge the word of God. This is exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden. Satan immediately challenged the instructions God had given to Adam and Eve by saying, “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1) Satan will challenge what God has spoken to you. You must refute His lies and cling to the truth of God’s word.
The temptation of Jesus comes while He is in the midst of a very long fast. Hunger has set in and He is physically weak. During this season of fasting in your life you will become hungry also. You may very well get tempted as your flesh is struggling with being denied. However, this can also be the greatest season of victory in your life. God allows Satan to confront us, not to defeat us, but to cause us to be victorious over him. This may very well be a defining moment in your life. Stay strong, stay focused, and you will come out a winner in the end.
- 16 oz water (room temperature)
- 1/2 fresh squeezed organic lemon
- 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar (we use Bragg’s)
- 1 tbsp honey (or to taste)
Mix together and enjoy!
*This drink has anti-inflammatory benefits and will activate the liver to help detoxify the body.
“When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He replied, ‘I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.’”
This passage of scripture reveals to me one of the aspects of fasting. Twice it says that they heard the Lord walking in the garden. Fasting will definitely increase your level of spiritual sensitivity. You will be able to detect spiritual activity. You will be more perceptive when you read the Bible. You will get a better “feel” for what is happening around you. Your antennae will be up. My prayer after reading this passage this morning was, “Lord, help me this year to hear the sound of you walking.” I want to know when He is near. I want to be more aware of His presence than I have ever been. It is also important to note where this story happened. The Lord was heard walking in the garden. The garden is a quiet place of reflection. It is so important that we find a “garden,” a quiet place during this season of fasting and prayer so that we can hear what we need to hear and develop our sensitivity to spiritual things. Find your garden and then take time to listen. You just might be amazed at what you will hear.