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June 15, 2022 4:40 pm
The following program is recorded content created by the Truth Network do you understand the power of fasting, both spiritually and naturally for the light a fire with your host will scholar and cultural commentator Dr. Michael Brown your voice for more sanity and spiritual clarity.
Call 866-34-TRUTH to get on the line of fire and now there's your host Dr. Michael Brown change your life. I mean that without hype, you may hear some things today that will change your life for the better for eternity, both physically and even more important, spiritually is Michael Brown. Welcome to the broadcasts as we are here friends confusion with faith and truth encouraged to help you be healthy and thriving in the Lord that includes physical health, but spiritual. Above all too many times go hand in hand. I'm joined today by Pastor Shane ottoman we become good friends over the years I deeply respect his heart for the Lord's writings often bear the heart of God with a with a prophetic clarity as he serves as a pastor as a servant of the Lord, both in California and with a national burden and message. He recently reached out to me he was going on a 40 day fast and kept me posted through the fast and it is just put out a documentary if you watch on YouTube or Facebook you can see the link to it.
17 minutes where he talks about his own journey, reposting it sharing on social media so that as many people as possible can watch it but this is been life changing for Shane himself manifesting in prayer and what was going through his journey, but we want to talk about the power fasting why it's so important why God gave it to us first spirit spiritually, but naturally, as will hate Shane looking to break us great to have you with us today a Dr. Brown's great to be here looking at you here watching you here but you look him, he hears him and try to go back and forth about it. You just you just look straightahead dormant look at me when you're talking to his will on you slowly see you out when it's you. So shame first, tell me about the spiritual burden.
What is it that drives someone to fast and then is it some kind of religious work that were doing. What's the purpose of both.
For me, took I would say close to five years God will put this on my heart I be reading Scripture as you know, Scripture, leaps out at you when we got is really trying to get a point across and just studying, you know how the body works. Knowing the physical benefits of fasting with and also the spiritual benefits of fasting and just on the heart and really fear kept me away from it and the opinions of others you know you get too skinny, or to kill yourself.
You're to starve yourself.
That's not wise. Of course, not knowing how the body works and then just 40 days.
I mean, that's, that's all that's a load to carry.
And so just just the timing of it and just just worked out to be really really efficient in the when we decided to do it.
The church was already meeting every night of the week and we having church every other week I started right that point and I just got Going to Easter and I would have a little bit of juice which I talk about the documentary if I had to get through busy work schedule your three services on Easter services every night. So if I have a little juice every now and then. Or some bone broth to get through it.
I would've deftly do that but that's what it's it's not about a good work or legalistic or you know it doesn't make it doesn't been God's Armature bends my knee and he doesn't he doesn't love me more but I sure love him more. It's really just you fighting the flesh you talked about this quite a few times just denying the flesh, and that fullness of the spirit coming into really radically changing your life and a lot of emotions come up, and I have five kids at home. So that was so challenging without my wife support. It would've never happened was she was she was gracious and very very helpful during the season right so we go through the journey when actually happens during a long fast. You know the physical aspects how the body works better than most of us do. Some will talk about that but in your video. You talk about the burden of the Lord you talk about David Wilkerson saying that God baptizes his church with anguish when he's going to move why why should we be in anguish. Now use a pastor with a growing church with a great family, why are you and spiritual anguish for me. If you just look around what in your region to the choir here with. I know your audience, but it's a good reminder that if we look around and just see how far we've drifted from the truth. If we look it biblical doctrine to it will be to those who call evil and and will be those who call evil good and good evil, and of the court system. The school shootings, the violence, the families falling apart. I don't know how if you been following that the suicide rate with the young adults and that's an epidemic level. The overdue addictions pressured opioids and it just seems like everything is completely falling apart and so there needs to be desperation. That's why believe it didn't David Wilkerson said when God seeks to recover ruin situation. He will literally baptize a man in anguish and filling the heart of God. And that's really what get you up in the morning early. That's what drives you to the prayer closet. That's what causes you to fast.
That's what caused you to walk in the fullness of the spirit that anguish without anguish, the opposite is comfort and convenience and apathy. We all know what happens if we have too much apathy and convenience and comfort in. That's what happened with the nation of Israel.
Quite often as they would God would bless them in the here, here comes the apathy and the complacency in the departing from God and that he would wake them up again so that call desperation is just a big it's a biblical call to to really say how this is how bad I wanted a Lord I want it bad enough to give up this incredible appetite for food to have a stronger appetite for you and the things of the Lord is so it's often joined in Scripture with fasting as you say it's not a religious work with it. It's the ultimate way of us saying God more than anything else.
More than anything else. I want you I want your purposes to the point that I'm even setting aside eating sometimes drinking for a short period of time in anything or or foods in general and something happens with that. It is to say, did you find because when you're fasting your conscious of the fact that your fasting it was almost like a prayer was going up to God all the time your fast itself was a prayer your fast itself, a sink, I'm this serious on this desperate well that's what fasting actually does become a prayer because there's not much else to do instead of a meter beyond your normal response abilities, but it's your fasting itself becomes a prayer and I think Arthur Wallace wrote on that in his incredible book on fasting and the more you seek him, the more you find him, and I wish I could tell you it was like walking on clouds every day. It was it was a harnessing of ever done, but it was one of the most incredible things of every dime.
It just just wake up at three in the morning, not tired. You don't need coffee and just want to see God you put on worship near you begin breaking down and weeping God just pours in your heart. A lot of that I think about three articles.
During that time, and the sermons were different is just there is you really can't describe it to someone who's never experienced it, and so yeah it was, it changes your life, because instead of eating your praying and instead of Lord I'm really struggling right now I am hungry I want to go to the refrigerator and and instead you start praying or the kids are acting up and just forget it. Let me just go on the talents that you going to Prairie take a drive and you worship so it does really the your whole lifestyle becomes a prayer it, but it's not easy at all. People be left with the impression that it was a swot opening of ever done. It was, it was challenging and friends as you watch the documentary, which again we have linked in social media serve your listening by radio by podcast, be sure to check our Facebook page or twitter feed our YouTube page with the video for this because we've got links up to Shane's documentary where he talks about these things not reminds me of a prayer meeting in the late 82 early 83. We were having a tremendous move of God in the church that was part of than when we were having these powerful Sunday night prayer meetings we step prayer once a month and it was the dullest dentist meeting is just always hard to get through and how God was moving so powerfully we open the building set every Sunday night for prayer praying in our homes and we go to good three hours of just fervent prayer, no music, no teaching, just praying and we come in one night and were just how lethargic we weren't stirred by the spirit or our words seem somewhat listless and never forget.
One of the brothers in the deep voices the brotherhood we are too fat to fly. We had big meals today. Now we come in and frightened new year you feed the stomach. He deprived the spirit of me that's kind of what happened. So it's the exact opposite with fasting and it's interesting that it's something that's always amaze me.
I don't know why God designed it that way, but he sure did try praying after Thanksgiving dinner drive paying after a big meal.
I learned this lesson.
I think before a complaint of the church. I remember I would God called me to speak it you men's events in different churches. I was traveling of the traveling speaker for many years that not many are probably six years before replanted the church and I'll go to men's breakfast and I would eat you notice what they were eating and then now it's time for me to agree to wound it only took two times I said I'm not doing this again and so it would be it's it's it's almost your exchanging could you walk in you smell that the bacon in the sausage and men's breakfast usually on healthy and so I would just deny that and just say Lord I need you I need that I need your fullness and and when you go up there. There's a it's an it's night and day. It's not even I you can tell a clear difference in even your your cognitive thinking your your direction, your precision, Scripture memory the clearheaded mess it's it's like all I never would preach on a full stomach again and I pretty much done that to date is sometimes a fast for a whole day before get Sunday morning on day 31 I preached at Rob McCoy's church here in Southern California. Think you can find on YouTube as well. The title was something like, act like men. Please act like men for Paul's encouragement. There and man. II could tell it was it was incredible.
People could stick until there's a difference. What what what what's different about you today.
I keep it. Can you can you tell us what what what happened from last time you're here and it was because of fasting.
I just walked away from the huge buffet and and again we don't make it a good work and look how spiritual I am and it really had nothing to do with.
I don't want the guys to know I wasn't eating.
I didn't want there is just the desperation in my heart and and you begin to weep even easier, you begin to just be her heart breaks for the things of God. You watch the news and you can't worship just a start weeping during worship. You don't worship the end. So it's almost like I want to be careful here, but like a spiritual high that you don't want to leave but then there's the on the way home. Oh, it was stuff want to stop by and get some to eat and get home and the kids would throw it out throwing a fit of got a lot of little. I got five kids and two hammers are nine and under and so if you can get a little challenging. Just want to give up in the just go my prayer closet, saying, Lord, I need your strength right now and so I can explain. I don't know why God craves that way. But it's almost like you can't feed the flesh. Even a good thing even you can't feed the flesh and then receive the fullness of the Spirit is truth.
I friends will be right back practically what you can do taking steps my fasting so powerful talk about the further and also what happens physically you pray when you fast CLK will be right back to the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown get on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown. The practical question ministry question physically biologically related question is, are open 86634878848664 truth, friends.
We encourage you to watch the 17 minute documentary that Shane Shane is put out talking about his journey during the spring fasting.
Some of it recorded as as he was in the midst of this section I remember in 1988 the Lord clearly laid on my heart to do a 21 day water fast so I done many three day fast five day fast. Of course sometimes it fast. One day a week for for many months but had I done a longer fast in those days I had all my food addictions I was eating unhealthily then so that meant you got to go through with dried and realize that's what it was but more headaches and it is harder. We have more addictions. Think thankfully bit of free now. Wonderfully these last eight years but I member the first seven days of this 21 day water fast every day. I was desperately hungry the whole day and people said after certain number days breaks with didn't break. Then on the eighth day all hunger left now.
I lusted for food. I desired food but all hunger left and I experienced no hunger.
The six working is if I gone longer than hunger would've come back at a certain point, but I remember that unless I was ministry.
This is my experience in this.
I was ministering. I really felt the Lord there.
Everything Lori life was boring and dull after I broke the fast and of course after break it carefully.
Eating healthy and little by little, I was visited by God. We said never been visited before. For me it happened after the fast and then God use that to change my life for the deep purging and purifying in my life and and I look back to it as something very very pivotal as as people think about fasting, you do encourage people hate what you did diving go along fast June person may take some steps understand the stores. He was very very clear word would you encourage summonses of the really fast about some kind of afraid to much about sums it with diabetes is a medical condition in a certain food which I'm at your general person who's healthy enough to fast which tell you first read how to start what what to do without that you you actually hit the nail on the head right the beginning when you said you got put on your heart and so that's what you I would encourage people to take it to prayer and to see what God wants them to do. Obviously, I think most people can get rid of the highly addictive substances. That's why fasting is so hard you're coming off of a massive sugar addiction, caffeine addiction, nicotine addiction process foods, artificial coloring and flavoring in the chemicals. A lot of people don't realize is like chemicals and food to make it taste good and so you're coming off of all of that. So that's why fasting's heart. So if you don't notice our Jesus said when you pray when you give. And when you fast so obviously we see that it's a spiritual discipline, you would know definitely more on this, and I would but looking at the dedicated to Dr. day in the early church writings and it looks like it was pretty common for them to fast 24 hour periods and so that would be a good place to start. I would be inaugurated. Just go for go for understanding to be at withdrawal symptoms and like you said if your you're a diabetic or you taking blood pressure medication. What happens is when you fast your blood pressure drops. So if you're taking high blood pressure medication. It's can also cause your blood pressure drop and then you're at that unhealthy level.
So, as always, we want you to talk to your physician first a diabetic's there. It's a blood sugar level issue, especially type to do with that.
The insulin resistant your cell is wanting to absorb the insulin so it's kind of ironic that we put more insolent into the body. Insulin is the fat storage hormone. So it's really hard for diabetics to lose weight and it suppresses glucagon. Glucagon is the hormone that helps burn fat such a whole another history Sony to the question around that.
The pocket denture question I would start where you can start, I would try to go a full day 24 hours missed breakfast lunch and dinner if you canning if you're not a medication just be very aware that you can start withdrawing from things and maybe even get your body ready for a week so there's really no cut and dry way of doing it.
Biblically speaking, it's when you fast and but I guarantee they didn't. It wasn't as challenging in Jesus's time because what were you withdrawing from all your really withdrawing from is the natural sugar. The fructose in fruit figs and things like that in the natural desire to eat. That is I that is funny took you seven days in and its people are different. Sometimes it takes you about three or four days in the hunger hormone is suppressed and you no longer feel that desire to eat and but some people take a little bit longer time so I would start where you can start and take it to the Lord in prayer.
See what he puts on your heart. I think most people to be convicted to get rid of a lot of the junk, the consuming that's really what's hurting us more than anything else. Yeah and I remember when I was doing things is a three day faster.
Five. Defense was just just on water and I didn't know how to break fast properly then because it was a long fast I would just allow and have a big meal and 1/2 and I was in no super into pizza and if I was getting this, but is this really great little time pleased about if I was getting a big meal I get like chicken Parmesan or something is policy not and I remember remember finishing this fasting three days or five days on water, get this giant meal and eating it and I still something wasn't right and then I got a bunch of peanut M&Ms and ate them. Then I felt good.
I realize while that's what you knew was is the food, unhealthy food, but you needed this particular unhealthy food so that I remember when when I started by God's grace is completely change my lifestyle.
So, August 24 of 2014 was the first day of cold turkey getting wind of everything and I remember thinking… I felt miserable and I don't understand physiology. What you do, but I realistically these are toxins leaving my body. This is a good thing. These are poisons. Leave my body. Now I just gotta get rid of the poisons is there parallel shame the physical body. The same thing spiritually when we fast it it isn't and I should just throw it out there to honor church website Westside Christian Fellowship.org with psychosocial.org my books on fasting action available as free downloads so people can download the books for free and they can get a lot more information on what about intermittent fasting. What about one meal a day. What about this.
What about that I answered tons of questions in those books, we probably can't get to here in this program. But to answer the question that the the physical and the spiritual. You know you want to be careful because we don't want to speak where the Bible is crystal clear, but we can see there's a parallel between how I'm taking care of my body physically and the ramifications that will have spiritually so you know, if you're not eating well you not getting enough sleep. It is going to affect your devotional life with the Lord is can affect you spiritually, and same thing often spiritually more not doing good.
It affects the physical. So somehow that is is all interwoven and the fasting. That's why plays a huge role in this, because you're actually starving the flesh it says feed me so I can destroy you. That's of the flesh is Phoebe so I can destroy you and were or starving. That voice or getting rid of those appetites and then therefore we are not only benefiting physically but were benefiting spiritually and the reason you are feeling that way. What yell what's in the toxins were being removed but also when you're coming off of things like sugar, caffeine, it has an effect on the brain like opiates doing in your group your work. You're really withdrawing from a drug and so that your body is detoxing and that's why fasting is so hard for so many people because they're just not in a good spot physically so it's gonna be a rough road usually had. I say pray for heaven but expect help or or get your body prepared physically for the fast yet and even just say Lord I'm weak here.
I'm on the whims of how to confess it to the Lord your stress on the food went undisciplined and always other is by grace, I'm a wimp here at night. I need your health and even even taking a baby step of skipping a meal or couple meals and people so I'm not addicted. I thought I would go without this the desert is your favorite treat or go without for week over a month and see if you're addicted or not. If you're all I ask yourself, should you be a slave to an unhealthy food.
As a follower of Jesus. Does that make sense as to what about that you talk about this on the documentary, but what about your mental clarity. Things that were happening to physically office a faster first and foremost to honor the Lord in it and it was a spiritual exercise. Above all, but a lot happened to physically what will will do more this after the break. Talk about this more, but how was your mental sharpness. What areas did you feel a change. When you completely deprived yourself food. There's a lot of things that take place and just to not go into too much detail to confuse people, but they wanted. There's think is from Japan. He won a Nobel Prize in 2016 for the discovery of a toff edgy and that is where we once we get past 24 hours or so of no food, your glycogen storage in your liver and muscles is getting depleted. Now your body will begin to burn tumors not noncancerous. Maybe tumors are sometimes cancerous tumors of burn that the these the cells that are not healthy your body. We are so well designed by our Creator that now goes, it begins to repair the body and so my joint started hurting more for a while because retracing was taking place now there's no more energy.
I don't know if you knew this but 50% of our energy of all of our energy goes a digesting food.
50% if you can get rid of that and now you got now your body can go and even it improve joint by my joints and never felt better bending over your touching my feet and in just moving to the weight loss that was coming. My joints are feeling better.
My mental clarity over sharper reading things are just coming to me better and then the joints hurt for a while but then they started to feel better and that's because of retracing your body usually retraces old injuries in order to repair them and so is a very deep healing process and you know this is where it's hard physically speaking, you're not supposed to return UNESCO start eating again until actual hunger returns because you can really stop the healing process of the body, spiritually speaking, we want to do it.
You know, when God wants us to stop and sometimes as a line and you have to be careful what you go past. I mean, five, six, seven days you know you want to make sure you don't have something called a brief eating syndrome and I found out it takes more discipline just as much discipline in the fast as it does to begin the fascia that week.
After the phallus boy that first day had everything yeah well I had 500 600 cal a day.
You want to go for talk about that and then come back friends to emphasize what can happen when you give yourself fasting and prayer, church is a community a lot of change will not happen without that the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown get on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown, the power of fasting and what happens in the spiritual and physical journey we fast if you have a fast related question, give us a call 866-34-TRUTH. I remember what I did.
21. The water fast and my wife Nancy said okay so here's how you get off the fasting. Some of the first night of eating and I had just a little piece of fruit and a little fruit juice and may be a little a little piece of toast with nothing on it and I remember just that the taste of the bread was like all this is amazing. And then after some days she told me okay and go out, get a salad and at that time Burger King had this little buffet and a salad buffet and I remember I got it I thought this is unbelievable. I can't believe the quality of this salad in the tastiness of the dressing some weeks later went back and tasted like paper and I was like okay when I haven't eaten right. It says in Proverbs to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet but it is that it's the same thing with this re-appreciation for all the taste of food and everything like that that spiritually will meet. We shut out other things because obviously the goal is not to fast and then to watch TV 14 hours a day, or to fast and binge on Netflix right and that's that's I was on the goal.
The goal is a sense of separation and it's something that you can handle physically. Everyone can do while working a job will busy at home with kids while doing everything else that we do as long as you can handle it physically, then you can separate yourself to fast in the midst of everything because as we said it your whole life 24 seven then is separated to God, I'm here for you. God I'm hungry if you I'm thirsty for you.
Do you believe that we will see God's purposes for America or for the church in America come to pass without increased fasting or that's a good question and if I do get this question often might tie right in. People say why don't have to fast well you don't have to go to church to be a Christian.
Either but you not get you not cannot operate effectively as a Christian you don't have to. But these things not to know a deep intimate relationship with the Lord without starving the flesh and people do lust for food. That's why Paul said there God is become the belly thing is popular for God is become the belly, and when we I think in America we forget just how drawn we are to food and addiction. And so it's really about starving the flesh and what happens in on studying revival like I know you have to you looking to find I can think of any revival that started from just step up preaching a sermon after a big breakfast and those things are bad, but it was time of travail and seeking God in starving the flesh and fasting single we are so desperate. We need to hear from you whether even Jonathan had were Edward's favorite famous urban centers in the hands of an angry God think he was on a three or 40 phallus Evan Robertson you have read your Bible, Duncan Campbell, and then in the early Welsh revivals reading their journals.
I have journals of Hal Harris Griffin Jones, Daniel Rowlands, who you know I'm in a season of prayer and fasting this week.
John Wesley in season prayer and fasting. This week George Whitfield and so deep we we get these great movements of God often fasting is been the catalyst and prayer. Of course, prayer and fasting, but we remember it's not like okay look what I did. Lord, now you have to honor this it's it's a cry of desperation gotchas.
I hear their cry that child.
Oh God, would you rend the heavens. Would you come down and visit your people give God we are so desperate for you. It's really hard to make that connection when I'm always full. Yummy. I just I am. You know the subsets people. But maybe it's conviction maybe should take it to Laura which were not designed to sit and eat all day long and have fellowship and always about feasting their moments of feasting and famine and so I think it's about really.
It's if were to be completely honest. The problem we have in our nation's food addiction. It's what it is it's it's food addiction.
We are addicted to all the chemicals in the food to sugar the caffeine. This we just love that we love it love it so I talk about fasting on no I don't want to do that. Truly the addiction that is that is really challenging a lot of people and I would say out of 100 people of a good five group 100 people.
I'm pretty sure 9090%. 90 of those people could fast but the vast majority say oh no, I can't do that. I've got you right for years. I said I got hypoglycemia borderline. I can't phallus. Come to find out I was addicted to sugar so once you correct that problem and then most of you all. Type II diabetes is health related. It's diet diet related. It's lifestyle related so by fasting and even with diet. You carefully know you wanted regulate the blood sugar levels and maybe intermittent fasting, but you can begin to reset the body the way it was designed and so got into answer question. It it course, we can't say all must we do this God is not can honor his word because we know that's not your people get prayers answered without fasting I buy the God built the church without me fasting. Initially you open up incredible doors and signature of the same in your life, but it is interesting that fasting is the only that, the only one that meets all four of those conditions in second Chronicles 714 if my people, humble themselves fasting throughout the Old Testament was really over sackcloth and ashes humility desk ration judgment is coming and it humbled themselves pray, seek my face not my hand.
Know what I can give you.
But seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. Fasting is tied into all of that and so I just realized that again I'm just trying to be honest with were always filling ourselves with food were always gratifying the flesh out my body wants Starbucks. Let me try to Starbucks my body want Dunkin' Donuts. My body wants fast food. I don't think we stop and really say how much of my listening to my flesh and being driven by my flesh instead of listening to the spirit of God, and I guy come as a fellow sojourner and struggle in this area. I was overweight when I was younger. It's always an issue for me. I've talked about that before me if I don't control it. It's good you know like a dog on documentary. I know how epigenetic's works in a toffee G in a pot ptosis with the cellular division in calories and micro and macro nutrients and carbohydrates and fat and ketogenic and how much protein and what and what really how to really lose weight and I was still 230 pounds. I should be like 181 90 but just too many nuts too many good things can also you know started to add on. So I think it's just being at Stewart a good steward of this gift God has given us. I mean, I didn't want to go.
I don't want to be in ministry as much I want to go visit people the hospital. I do want to call people back if I'm always tired and sluggish and overweight. I think it really really affects us at a very deep level that we don't realize until we step away. Step back from it in and just being stewards of her body and denying ourselves and taking up the cross. It's every area of life. Yet I can say first-hand that I am much healthier much more vibrant, much more full of energy much more clearheaded at 67 that I was a 59 I mean dramatically nightly at night and day, and in here just this little incentive for folks so I stabbed probably about three headaches a week, not migraine but bad enough that I would take Advil regularly and is a descending writing all night in a always have some Advil and make sure if I was flying a hatted because it headaches pretty decent headaches about three times a week.
So that's that's over thousand year right as it was the last time you had a headache like that.
Well almost 8 years ago. So Sue timeout almost 8 no probably more than 8000 headaches that I haven't had by strictly going by this, no dairy, no flowers, no sugar until the healthy and then be very careful because I know he was a good thing like raw, organic, nuts, good to have a few those day you have to myself and Nancy and I worked it out okay. I hate this amount is rationed out and if I do it.
I stayed in ideal weight. If if I indulge too much.
It starts to go up so is very clear with you, you feel alive, you and I.
I know their people.
You have some serious sickness, illness, there's diet alone so I can change us or our hearts go out to you and you can love Jesus from a sickbed is as much as from a healthy bed. We understand that this is the heart that God is looking at, but were in this body not say this went when I had coded and then it that messed with my heart and I was totally weak me to get up and go from the bed to the bathroom was an ordeal to try to eat a meal I could. I couldn't even die. I have the energy digest even even a few bites. I was lying about ministry was something about how can I help Nancy because she sick to.
I was thinking about what book can I write or how can administered to a listening audience was too weak. So if we are still physically weak ourselves or way down words or addicted or slow down mentally physically how can we really do everything God's called us to do and be a blessing to others. Think about the others being there for the others so this is so critically important friends to call Shane it it's it's important question and I I understand that that unit speak is a medical doctor without giving medical advice, but of pulling Paul in Richmond Virginia had a question.
He said complications because of covert excuses because the covert vaccine and he was asking if fasting can help with this, obviously, a medical doctor would need to probe all the issues but what about intermittent fasting on either whole books written on on the health giving power vested by secular doctors you and that's a good point at any get.
I don't want to endorse.
But I followed a lot of Ellen Goldhaber who put people on 40 day fast a Dr. Joel Fuhrman 40 day fast. Dr. Daniel Poppel actually has a whole series of videos on repairing COBIT from covert vaccine and the disease from fasting you look at Peter Atia. One of the most foremost experts in this area, fasting, and they all attest to the fast every doctors that know about how the body works, all attest to the fact that fasting works now what that what I don't know what the question be about the vaccine. What type of of issues. Is he having and they've even found that believe it was Dr. Walt vaulter Longo. He's head of a longevity at the USC here in Southern California how fasting during chemotherapy can really just cut down the. The effects of chemotherapy because what the body is doing. It does have any more energy now for digestion it going to healing.
So again, not being a medical professional, not knowing exactly what the situation is I would say in nine times out of 10. Fasting can help and we talk about fasting. It's usually just water only maybe a little bit of juice.
The whole idea is to get rid of the nutrients. However, intermittent fasting, Dr. Brown just mentioned is also I know it's a fad right now but I think it's also biblical.
I don't think we were supposed eat five times a day or and and whenever we want the food and intermittent fasting weights real good 1516 1718 hrs. I do that quite often did yesterday. Did they went about 1918, 19 hours before I eat and that really you don't have to take a nap. Your glycogen storage is down you going to talk to you quicker.
Growth hormone is elevated testosterone is elevated. I would say yes to specific benefit. Generally speaking, so many benefits. All right, come back there's an interesting question from a caller fasting brings more pressure and issues in his life will tackle that convexity right here is the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown cast another encouragement to healthy living, and to use some of the great health supplements that they have good vitamin mission.com the same as a sponsor of this broadcast so as you get some great product for yourself.
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We have a link to the 17 minute documentary about the power of fasting and prayer join together the physical benefits of fasting by Pastor Shane idling sure watch that video. Shane will you say to someone who says well when I fast it seems it stirs up more opposition and trouble for me, will you make of that what would you say that person while well absolutely. And I believe that because it's a spiritual discipline and because you're going for spiritual results and you're trying to draw closer to the Lord. The enemy is going to do you know whatever he can to sidetrack you and I told my wife, my associate pastor, Pastor Abram were talking think I don't know when I was almost 40 days in and I said I just had to get to the point my mind that it life is to be challenging but I'm doing this about to do it.
So whether the kids cannot used to be my excuse all these kids are acting up about all the issues the church a better leave the ministry leave the church leader radio network like FSI As a campuswide excuses for everything and then the enemy would bring up things.
Obviously, the contention division. This is happening. So the power of the made-up mind and say okay now this demonic opposition is real, and especially when it comes in when you commit to prayer and fasting you I would II pray for heaven but you got expected there to be a lot of turmoil and what was ironic as we have and you know you'll probably see later on YouTube or Facebook all the comments come in that it it usually from people who don't know anything about fasting. They never experienced fasting. They've just been just read certain things and they really don't have any any grounding on science and and how fasting really does affect the body and can really help disease in a big way so that was a smoker.
Side note but yes with the spiritual realm is being shaken up. I think was Arthur Wallace again, who said pressure has to be applied often to the spiritual realm before there is breakthrough County times. How may times of you experience at all. I just pray for an hour.
Hey my problems fixed. Often it's it's pressing him it's pressing in Lord, I blew it meant couple couple times and I talked about the documentary where I just grab some nuts and said all you know well you know and then I got back on track and just discussing pressing and constantly persevering in at the end of it. I lost about 37 pounds and I know it works out about the weight but it it's a nice benefit from the spiritual because if if it's going about unit benefit you spiritually. It's also going to benefit you physically. I don't know of anywhere with God until you do something is really harmful for your body and in it that usually very good spiritually and very good physically as well.
Yet again, friends. Don't be intimidated by the fact that Pastor Shane is in the 40 day fast from early water that is 21 day water fast enough afraid much about Lori telling me to do this for the first discus 40s is is mentioned in the Bible with with Moses on Sinai supernaturally sustained by God. Of course, that Elijah going look but for once by an angel and then going on the strength of his 40 days in Jesus 40 days so I've asked the Lord about that have to sort out being thin now kind of an ideal weight. So how does that work but I'm sure Jesus was nonobese when he went to fast so I give it back to the Lord. But either way, don't be intimidated by those numbers again. If you never fasted skip a meal or go 24 hours to take take the steps you can and then you really find okay while I am struggling here, why am more addicted to food that I realized is if you're feeling addiction every day you realize how addicted you are until you can feed it but ultimately I know what's driven me is I have to break through and nothing else is working and the ultimate expression that I can give to God's and got my I'm I'm saying no to everything else, even these essential things because I have to have you as a have to have the breakthrough because of got to see this answer because your glorious it's a good name is at stake in people's lives are at stake, and that's ultimately what pushes many of us to get into that place of discomfort to separate ourselves from the things that we love so much in this world, food, etc. and that's what's going to drive us more than anything. Thank God for the physical benefits with that spiritual drive share from your heart. Your passion, what makes your heart beat before the Lord why you get up and have early morning prayer Y folks a gathering early in the morning in your church and seeking God what's making you tick.
Why think what the church is experiencing is a massive wake-up call real wheat we see that things are not going in a good direction.
We see the from the violence and in political political spectrums and even in my area we have, you know, drag queen day at the library for kids and prefer pushing sexual perversion of some of the assembly bills here in California and it's just out of that desperation saying you know enough is enough organ have to see God like never before. Get back on the old path and I believe the God honors that he if you seek and you will find him. He draws near to those who draw near to him if you cry out to God, he will hear you and and there's a desperation that's worked for me. Fasting tied in and I'm glad you said it because is not for everyone. It doesn't mean it unless you fashion unspiritual doesn't mean less you fast because I can answer prayers at wheat.
We know that, but there's a deeper, there's a deeper intimacy that happens during a seasons of prayer and fast, even if it's try missing two meals a day, you're going to fill that and I think you know I think of three or four day five day fast is almost as challenging as what I did because that's the hardest part. You know what you get through that.
That first week now got a lot of momentum now like okay I can do this and so you can't minimize God isn't ill looking at us as okay. You gotta do two days or three days before it's really not. I don't think it's hard to explain it because a lot of net negative Nelly's out there when it comes to fasting critical people and judgment of Jerry's and that they just they just are convicted. They don't want to address this issue, but it's about I need to hear from God. I must hear from God. So now we have prayer meetings or worship meetings a couple hours before services on Sunday. Wednesday nights are structure for that. It's a desperation it's a calling out to God because of extreme. The best way to word it is we are living in extremely difficult times at Skinner. It's going to include require a spiritual battle, spiritual warfare, like most people are not familiar with in desperate times call for desperate measures. Naturally, my heart behind it.
Yet as you resend this was a thick psycho seeking the extreme times in which we live. Call for things that seem extreme to the flesh look even in my own life. It is as I incorporated prayer retreats into my life more than ever before.
I was talking to Nancy I go away for for eight days to see OC do all that plus vacation know it was instead a vacation and just one way that the loan with the Lord and II came back and I hadn't been in the situation that many days just alone seeking his face in years. I said to Nancy.
I think I need to do this like a weekend quarter and then when I'm home on the traveling just not leave my room that was the prayer room say until in Woodside breakthrough on Saturday and she said no, you need to do this monthly, not core. This is a rush so I cut back from travel that also cuts back on potential ministry income that I get when I'm out and and funds donate to a ministry and so I spent basically once a month a weekend, Friday night all this as a Sunday just seeking the face of God, I'll do that with my will sows us up with. The point is, I was a 67 the things I want to see happen.
I'm deeply burned to see happen, but they haven't happy it's all I've got to get up, pressing into God and of God become more like Jesus than ever been and that's not just going to happen.
So Shane your example has been wonderful because your new seeking to live what you preach.
Your honest and not condemning others and encouraging others to come along in your articles, your recent one on God looking for profits, not puppets, you're really your nailing things with the heart of God. And I know that praying and fasting now built-in that this is part of who you are and God is helping you get a message out God's honoring that to more more people you know it's this is very interesting you you will agree and you'll probably have realizes before two but the more time I spend with God, especially during the season. Sometimes I even cry thing about it is the boulder I become is an interesting got all your to Bolger to the I know you get the same thing you know you but the more time I spent with God. The more the more bolder I become about what's going on now gone fill with love and grace and mercy, enjoying the fruit. The spirit ill. Sometimes it's not always perfect but there's a fullness. It rises up so when you read that that article that was ill published that week, or so it goes comes from the prayer closet and so if we have to name names down there to talk about situations not of the spirit of disunity.
It's out of of just a heartbroken for the condition of our nation so fullness is going to come directly from the prayer closet and we see her guns Acer phone America Barbara closets are empty and that needs to be reversed on. I'm not against any valid values that you trap all the time and in a country boy really at heart, but you know we got all this. This push for these things that are political.
The elections which we have to be involved. But my concern is the foundation of godliness is being built you when when you when you build the foundation of prayer and fasting humility and gentleness and then you come out in the fullness of the spirit. That's when you Google protests an event that's when you can make a difference in your community.
That's when you can get involved in the political arena more so because now it's coming out the fullness of the spirit and where is God directing you versus angry your bombastic tirades and things like that that really are too beneficial and I'm I mean I'm guilty that it's hard to it's hard to love your country you love your God-given freedoms love your children. Love your church and see what the enemy is doing and not get got you a little worked up, but the most are not working up will turn it into fasting penetrated his prayer in the nation will be shaking shin voice their website again and folks can go all the books requests like this and felt like such a highly hi friends, let's do it. Let's go for let's see what God will do him by the Truth Network