“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
– Isaiah 58: 6-14 (NIV)
In Joshua 3:5, Joshua told the people, “Consecrate (wholly dedicate) yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Fasting Period: 6PM on January 6 – 6PM on January 26
During this time, we consecrate (wholly dedicate) ourselves to the things of God, adhere to a bible reading plan, pray, and seek to hear from God. Click here for the reading plan
Exclude All: white sugar, sodas (includes diet), fruit juice with added sugar, alcohol (includes wine), whole milk, white rice-bread-pasta-potatoes, desserts, fried foods, pork (includes bacon), red meat and processed foods.
Allowed: vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts (without added sugar), wheat/whole grain rice-bread-pasta, sweet potatoes, chicken turkey, fish, water, tea, coffee and raw honey.
Every Friday: No Meat.
Exercise: Walk a minimum of 3 days/week for a total of 3hrs or more a week.
Don’t abandon the plan if you consume something on the exclusion list. Shake off the discouragement and press on for the “long haul.