WHY I NEVER FAST!
The simple reason why I never fast is I am always hungry. I was born and brought up in a Christian family and believers around. I attended the Sunday schools, memorized the verses and songs. I never dare to ask any question about God or the church, because it seems like a taboo to ask why, how and what, about the institution and God. I keep following what my teachers or elders instructed me to do, because I am often reminded of the bible verse, “Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right…”-Ephesians 6:1. I obey my parents like that holy holy type of boy in the village. I remember someone telling me that I will go to heaven alive because I don’t drink alcohol or consume tobacco. I would put myself to the next level when I hear all those comments from my friends and people around, but deep inside my heart I have lots of question about salvation and life after death. There was this teens camp I attended at the village, there was an altar call after the sermon, inviting anyone who wants to receive Jesus as a personal savior. Few people decided to take risk and they were baptized after few days, the rest is history. Come on! Who on earth would not want to accept Jesus? Everyone, but show us the steps and revelation how to. I clearly remember that the preacher was not preaching about salvation that day, so how on earth did she invite people? It was like inviting your friend for a dinner at six am in the morning.
The point here is I am not pointing fingers on anyone personally, but my point is, are we feeding the right food to our children? One must be wondering why I never fast though the church had organized hundreds of program on fasting. All I remember about fasting was not eating food before noon, you go to the church sing a song, pray and listen to the preacher; go home and enjoy heavy lunch, that’s my daily routine when I fast. But I don’t remember when was the last time I did that, my stomach would ask food early morning on the day of fasting program. I really don’t know why. Slowly I began to question people around me why I should fast. I was never convinced on this topic, some say it’s because the church says so; others say because Daniel, Queen Esther, the kings and men of God etc. fasted and they got liberated, received power, blessings etc. Some even say because Jesus fasted so you need to do it if you want to follow Jesus. I quit attending those kind of programs because I don’t want to do something which I don’t know about, and moreover I wasn’t sure if heaven is for me.
I took water baptism on 27 June 2010, I did because I want His blessings by referring Matthew 6:33, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything will be added unto you.” As soon as the ceremony was over, I questioned myself if I am really going to heaven when I die some day. I wasn’t sure, I just took baptism anyways; I was after His blessings and not His kingdom and righteousness. The reverend pronounced to the whole congregation that I am a new creation, everyone rejoiced except me. I was not sure where I am going. I received the Holy Spirit when I was in Guwahati, I am sure God put me there to experience His love. I met one pastor who asked me if I am born again. I proudly proclaimed that I am a born again Christian. He further asked me if I will go to heaven when I died. My answer breaks his heart, because I said, “I don’t know, pastor. How would I know by the way?” I never knew the pathway to heaven is so easy. I tell you beloveds it’s the easiest destination. I am sure the pastor prayed to God that day about me. “Mr. Naro, if you have a pen, and I took it away. Where is it now?” he questioned me. “It’s with you, pastor.” I replied without any difficulties. He smile and gave me another question, “So, Naro, if you have a sin, and Jesus took it away. Where is it now?” I hesitated to answer, but I got no other option. “It’s with Jesus.” It took me one week to really believe the good news of Jesus though it’s very simple, Jesus gives us the righteousness and we give our sins to Jesus, I called it the divine exchange program. This is the only way to salvation. In simple words, it is by the grace of God you are allowed to exchange it. We all don’t deserved to go to heaven but it’s through the gift of righteousness that God gave it to us through Jesus, we are now a VVIP members, no one can question us at the entrance gate of heaven.
One might have thought that since Jesus forcefully took away my sins without consulting me, now I am free to commit any sin because I know He will take that away too. My beloveds I want you to read this verse, “You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is beneficial.” (1 cor. 10:23) This is the power of grace, you can do anything you like but the bible clearly says that everything is not beneficial, and you know what is good and bad. In Hebrews 10:16 it says, “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” It clearly says that we cannot be ignorant about God, because our heart and mind will be filled with Holy Spirit.
Okay, we are forgetting about fasting. Let’s go back by asking ourselves why fasting is needed for a Christian. I was on a date with this Kohima girl again at her ex. boyfriend’s café, I was little nervous because her ex. was with us too. All set and done, coffee cups are emptied, time to leave. But I want to stay a little more, so I asked her one question. “Why do I need to fast?” Booom!! There was a fire in her, “Fasting is good for our health, and we should allow our digestive system to have some rest. Our mind become blurred when digestion is going on, this is the reason we feel sleepy after our meal. But when you fast your brain become sharp, and you know it’s very powerful. If you want to sharpen your mind through the Word then, start fasting. Our brain is more focus when our stomach is empty.” I praise God for this girl for clearly my doubts on fasting. Beloveds, fasting can be done anywhere at any time, but for me I prefer to be alone and in a quiet place. When you read the Gospel of Mark you will find Jesus having a quiet moment. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35). You can perform miracles when your mind is filled with the Word. We all knew the story how Jesus’ disciples failed to cast out demons from the little boy in the bible. “He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him unto me…
…“And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:19, 29.). This is the power of fasting and feasting in the Word of God.
So beloveds, there are sometimes in life where you found the answer to your life in an unexpected way. I never thought a hyper girl like her would know the answer I am looking for my whole life. She is not a theologian, or a person who knows everything about the bible. She is just like everybody else, but God lives in her and He is using her. Sometimes I tell God by saying that he is very cunning because He often sends ladies to change my life. God works in a mysterious way. He turned my weakness into strength.
So the answer to my question “Why I never fast” is – because I didn’t know the truth. Now I know why the church organize fasting program before noon and not after noon, the simple reason is our minds are sharper in the morning. And hey I was fasting the whole time I was writing this, isn’t it mysterious?
P.S- Correct me if I am wrong because it is not just for me but it is for all of us. Amen!