Luk 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS BEFORE THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST!
There is not a hole deep enough, nor is there a place remote enough, that we can hide from what is coming upon the earth. Terrifying things are coming, which will make the bravest people shudder. The most steady and the best experienced people: soldiers, police, triage doctors, etc., are going to experience skin crawling, mind blowing, emotional turmoil, and blood chilling horror. There is no way that we can prepare ourselves for it, but God will prepare us…if we let Him.
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye SEPARATE, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
SEPARATE: G873, aphorizō
1) to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate
1a) in a bad sense: to exclude as disreputable
1b) in a good sense: to appoint, set apart for some purpose
The whole work of the Holy Ghost in the wilderness is to SEPARATE us from the world and to SANCTIFY us to God.
1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace SANCTIFY you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow
2) to separate from profane things and dedicate to God
2a) consecrate things to God
2b) dedicate people to God
3) to purify
3a) to cleanse externally
3b) to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin
3c) to purify internally by renewing of the soul
Currently, I am doing a weight loss FAST that I believe is having major SPIRITUAL benefits. I believe the obesity epidemic in America is actually a major part of a spiritual war. The following is part of a diary I am keeping of a FAST. I am thinking of making it into a FREE book in a few months. The main thing is…I BELIEVE FASTING IS THE MISSING INGREDIENT IN OUR SPIRITUAL VICTORY!
Day # 7 = 210.8 Ibs at 5:10 A.M. I wasn’t hungry or very thirst but I decided to drink a glass of cold salt water.
I read an interesting New York Times article this morning:
Meet the average American man. He weighs 198 pounds and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a 40-inch waist, and his body mass index is 29, at the high end of the “overweight” category.
The picture for the average woman? She is roughly 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighs 171 pounds, with a 39-inch waist. Her B.M.I. is close to 30.
That’s a not at all how Americans used to look. New data show that both men and women gained a whopping 24 pounds on average from 1960 to 2002; through 2016, men gained an additional eight pounds, and women another seven pounds.
I suspect that men and women in 1960 did a lot more hard physical labor, and they also probably ate fewer calories, but they were also not brainwashed to worry about a high fat diet back then either… a lot more butter, more bacon, and more eggs in their diets.
I guess Cole Robinson’s signature introduction: “HEY FATTY!” in his youtube videos, is the right approach for most of his American audience.
8:00 A.M. Just watched Cole Robinson’s youtube video: WHY COFFEE MAKES YOU FAT.
He said to, “Look around and see what everybody else is doing and do just the opposite.” I believe that it some very sound advice.
10:30 A.M. Went to Church. The Pastor talked about the “compassion” of Jesus and how His followers should also have compassion. I decided to break my almost three (3) day FAST.
12:30 P.M. Ate two (2) chicken tenders and a potato JoJo.
1:30 P.M. Ate a combo basket of Fish, chicken, Jalapeno poppers and French fries.
2:30 P.M. I made a chocolate smoothie. Now I am pretty stuffed full.
CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE RECIPE:
Cover your blender blades in spring water; One (1) Avocado; ½ Banana; two (2) squirts of stevia; two (2) tablespoons of truvia; two (2) tablespoons of Hershey’s 100% cocoa powder; two (2) cups of ice…So Good!
Some of you might be thinking, “But the Banana will knock you out of ketosis!”
Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body's energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. Generally, ketosis occurs when the body is metabolizing fat at a high rate and converting fatty acids into ketones.
I DON’T CARE! I think the potassium in the banana is worth it. The avocado has fat and potassium. The chocolate powder has lots of magnesium. ALL VERY GOOD FOR YOU!
I didn’t quite make seventy-two (72) hours. I think it has been about sixty-four (64) hours since I last ate, but it should be pretty easy to FAST for another twenty-four (24) hours.
I watched a snake diet video by Cole Robinson called: “Art you fat?...How to ramp up your metabolism like crazy!”
He said that his caloric intake defies scientific knowledge because he can consume way more calories than normal and still maintain his weight. He believes that his “metabolism” is working faster than most people because of his FASTING state. He may be right, but there may be a SPIRITUAL factor that he hasn’t considered. I say this because he also describes the “healing” results from FASTING. In the Bible, FASTING and PRAYING go together.
Mat 17:20 Jesus answered, "You were not able to make the demon go out, because your faith is too small. Believe me when I tell you, if your faith is only as big as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. You will be able to do anything."
Mat 17:21 ["But that kind of spirit comes out only with prayer and fasting."] Easy-to-Read Version.
The original sin in the Bible was EATING from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Could it be that abstaining from food, or NOT eating, for long periods of time might help us to “spiritually” counteract the wicked spirits that tempt mankind?
10:30 P.M. Going to sleep.
END OF DIARY
If you have any spiritual awareness at all, you must recognize that the world is changing very rapidly around us, politically, economically, and spiritually…and NOT for the better. Listen to what the prophet Ezekiel said about the sins of Sodom.
Eze 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, FULNESS OF BREAD, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Eze 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
Does the description in the Book of Ezekiel remind you of anybody? Maybe it reminds you of the average American? The LUST for food appears to be a major factor in God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah! Obesity is a major problem in the world today!!!
If you want to ever see people, including SPIRIT FILLED CHRISTIANS, get righteously indignant, or get downright pissed off, tell them they have a weight problem, or tell them they need to FAST!
The main problem of the majority of people in the world is their out of control carnal desires. Most people have zero control over their own LUSTS…especially their cravings for FOOD!
1Co 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is TEMPERATE in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
TEMPERATE: G1467, egkrateuomai
1) to be self-controlled, continent
1a) to exhibit self-government, conduct, one’s self temperately
1b) in a figure drawn from athletes, who in preparing themselves for the games abstained from unwholesome food, wine, and sexual indulgence
Jesus showed us we need to FAST, even if we are full of the Holy Ghost, and Jesus told us we need to FAST. The Apostles FASTED even AFTER they were baptized in the Holy Ghost!
Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and FASTED, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Act 13:3 And when they had FASTED and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
If Jesus needed to FAST, and if the apostles needed to FAST, why do we think we are exempt from FASTING? Maybe, because FOOD has such a powerful hold over us?
FOOD was the first temptation that Satan used, both with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and FOOD was the first temptation that Satan used with Jesus in the wilderness. It also appears that demonic spirits are constantly trying to fulfill their own lust, with FOOD being one of their main motivations. SEE 1 Enoch 15:8-10
8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 HUNGER and THIRST, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them.
It is my belief that demonic spirit’s influence over us is strengthened when we cater to our carnal desires. I also believe that demonic spirit’s influence over us is weakened when we resist our carnal desires. The more we cater to our carnal lusts, the more demonic spirits are drawn to us. The more we resist our carnal lusts, the more demonic spirits are repelled by us. Thus, FASTING is a devastating weapon of “spiritual” warfare. FASTING has also been used throughout the Bible to obtain specific answers from God. As Christians, we need to FAST on a more consistent basis.
Act 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Act 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with FASTING, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.