I slept great through the night but no dreams. Up early to preach at OOTBWC at 9am and 1030am, we had two great services and the message was one on the Spiritual Discipline of Fasting.
I am 16.4 pounds lighter today at 199.6 and I feel great. I actually feel good enough to go out and run but I know better. I did walk 1 mile and it was easy to do.
We spent the afternoon at a friends home for our Christmas get together.
I preached the Sunday Night Connect Service at 1st Hillsville UMC at 630pm.
I am tired.
Each day the longing to eat is less and the desire to continue the fast is strong. However the truth is, this is hard, maybe the hardest thing I have ever undertaken. I am a firm believer, more than ever that our greatest sin and our biggest idol is FOOD. I have not had a hunger pain, I don’t feel the least bit hungry. We eat because we like to eat and this is detrimental to our health.goog
God gave us souls — and bodies to go with them. To be fully alive, fully human, fully the people God created us to be, we have to care for our bodies, discipline them, and make them our servants in our service to God.
“Dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1, emphasis added). Paul teaches, “Each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable” (1 Thessalonians 4:4).
In fact, Paul’s definitive statement comes to the Corinthians: “Honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:20).