21 Days

Last month I completed the Daniel fast. If you are not familiar with this fast, please flip to the Chapter of Daniel in your Bible. Daniel,  Hananiah “Shadach”, Mishael “Meshach”, and Azariah “Abednego” were part of the group chosen to serve King Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom.

Daniel 1:5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat and of the wine which he drank, so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king (KJV)

Daniel 1:8  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (KJV)

Daniel 1:15  And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the portion of the king’s meat. (KJV)

The four men were found to be the best out of the men and they had greater knowledge.

Now, you may be wondering “Why do people fast for 21 days if Daniel only fasted for 10?”

Daniel  fasted again in chapter 10.

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. And the thing was true, but the time appointed was long; and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Shortly after the three weeks, Daniel received a message from an Angel.

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At the end of the fast I realized that the fast had nothing to do with food. It was about submission,  obedience, and dependence on the Lord. The fast was an illustration of what we should be doing every day, multiple times a day.

Dying to self

Anytime I had a craving for anything other than fruits, vegetables, or beans, I had to back away. I had to remember that the Lord was greater than my cravings. Even though I still had cravings, mood swings, and complained more than I want to admit, the food that I was putting in my body and in my spirit seemed so much greater.

The Word of the Lord was so beautiful to me. I found The Word to be amazing prior to the fast but the Bible moved me to tears. I literally cried through 90% of a Bible study for no reason!

After the fast, I have indulged in everything I was missing in the 21 days. I went right back to what I was doing  (I still need to have portion control). I have a greater understanding about why I eat and how horrible most of the food I was eating  was.

I say all this to say… I feel like I had some spiritual growth and I really just need  submit, obey, and depend on the Lord and remember to die to self (without having an edible reminder)

🙂 Sam

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3 thoughts on “21 Days

  1. I am in the middle of my first Daniel Fast and am experienceing many of the same emotions and blessings. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Reblogged this on deja chosen daily and commented:
    Fasting is very important in the walk of Christians. Unfortunately after reading this I realized that fasting is something that I barely do. Truth be told fasting is more than just abstaining for food. Ultimately we fast to turn our attention back to God and die to ourselves and our desires outside of Christ. Christ fasted for a whole 40 days and was tempted by the devil and he never gave in because he knew what he was fasting for; the father. It was his purpose and his desire during that fast to Glorify God and seek Him. Daniel fasted ultimately to show that spiritual food would satiate him much more than earthly food. Fast not just from food but from anything that may be taking too much attention from God, like social media.

    Great posy by my sister in Christ, Samantha.
    Love you sis!

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