Every year during the month of November (Monday, November 13th at midnight — Friday, November 17th at 4:00 pm), Mountaintop Faith Ministries (MFM) embarks upon a week of ‘O Give Thanks, a week of consecration; reflecting on God’s goodness, His mercy and His grace towards us. It is during this time that we empty out or vacate our “house” and allow Jesus to take over and occupy our life in every aspect (mental, physical, financial, social and most of all spiritual). We exchange what we need to survive for what we need to live and that is Christ.
Fasting is a faith-move. We believe that because we are empty and ready to receive from God that the Holy Spirit will speak to us more clearly, filling us with His wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
From a physical aspect, fasting helps to detox our bodies, especially, if we replace food with fresh water. Fasting helps reduce clogged arteries and lowers heart disease. So as we go through the week of ‘O Give Thanks, let us fast, pray, mediate and praise God for this is truly the embodiment of health and wellness.
Someone once said, “Fasting without prayer is just dieting.” When you are doing a spiritual fast, it automatically comes by “prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:21). And so in health and wellness we do not “diet;” but rather, we ‘cleanse’ and focus on the entire body, mind and soul.
Prayer – taking time out to communicate with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through word or thought.
Fasting- a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.
Healthy Eating – eating a variety of foods that give you nutrients such as: protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy.
Wellness – the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
Once you complete the MFM week of ‘O Give Thanks, make sure you keep it going. Take time out weekly to fast & pray. MFM has established every Wednesday from 12 midnight to 4 pm as their Corporate Day of fasting. Join us, simply “Get in where you fit in.”
Note: Please consult your doctor / health professional before beginning any fast.
By Tracy Byrd, Fitness Instructor