Northgaters are fasting for 3 weeks, March 30 until EASTER weekend!

What is FASTING?

Fasting is making space for something better, namely God. Fasting means to give up food or something else to deny our self of something that is good to make space for something better. Jesus did it, and he taught about it.

Why FAST?

Fasting increases our capacity to experience the joy of a close relationship with God. Fasting is giving up small pleasures to pursue real joy. We give up snacking on the world to feast on God.

What does FASTING do?

TURNS ON THE LIGHTS

Not eating reminds us how selfish we are when we don't have food to comfort us. We invite God to forgive us, cleanse us, and help us.

UPGRADES YOUR POWER SOURCE

Fasting teaches us to rely on God's strength and not our own. 

DETHRONES A TYRANT

Through fasting we tell our body to sit still and be quiet like we would do for an unruly two-year-old. Fasting puts our body in right alignment under our will and under God.

DECLUTTERS YOUR LIFE

Fasting gets rid of other sources of comfort to experience more of the relationship that God wants with us.

UNLEASHES US TO LOVE 

Fasting frees us to love God in ways we could not before. The way an athlete trains to do what they couldn't do by effort alone, we train to so that we can obey and love God in ways we couldn't before. 

When should I FAST?

Begin Sunday, March 30, and “FAST” until Easter weekend. The goal is to learn how to make this a regular part of your lifestyle.

How do I FAST?

Try the DANIEL FAST for the 3-week period. This FAST consists of water, fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes.

Drink only water and/or juice on selected fasting days.

Take time to pray more during the fast. Let hunger remind you to pray.

Are there more resources about FASTING online?                                            

IN THE BIBLE                                   
Isaiah 58
Matthew 4:1-11
Matthew 6:16-18
Matthew 9:14-16

 

NORTHGATE RESOURCES ONLINE

 

http://ngatechurch.org/fasting-101/

SERMONS

Awakening: Making Room for Something Better
Jeff Gustafson
3/11/12

Awakening: Agreement, Alignment, Assignment
Steve Perkins
3/27/11

BIBLE READING

S.O.A.P.: http://ngatechurch.org/soap/

 

ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES

http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com/ultimate-daniel-fast-food-guidelines/
Food guidelines for the Daniel Fast.

http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/personal-guide-to-fasting/
Dr. Bill Bright, one of the first evangelical leaders in the 20th Century to advocate fasting, gives a simple practical summary of fasting.

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/a-hunger-for-god
by John Piper –  free PDF e-book.

http://mikebickle.org/books/
Rewards of Fasting, by Mike Bickle and Dana Candler - free e-book.

www.live58.org 
Organization dedicated to living out the true fasting of Isaiah 58 in order to end poverty.

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