TITLE: True Fasting
By Arlene Showalter
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True fasting is not food-denial, it is self-denial. True fasting effectively cultivates self-control. Our society has little respect for self-control. Daily we are bombarded with advertisements to “obey your thirst,” “just do it”, etc.
A fast does isn’t simply going without food. A true fast is anything one does or refrains from doing to bring physical wants and desires into submission so God can move us to a higher, more spiritual plane.
Alternative fasting could include: turning off the TV for a set length of time, listening to a worship CD every day, prayer walking, or ingesting only healthy foods for the duration of the fast. Anything that curbs and controls fleshly desires can be considered fasting. By fasting, I control my physical wants; I do not allow my physical wants to control me.
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