First Wednesday

First Wednesday:Graham Cathers

Why Fast?

January 4, 2017


Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. New King James Version


“More than any other discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us. This is a wonderful benefit to the true disciple who longs to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We cover up what is inside of us with food and other things.” Richard Foster


“The issue is not food per se. The issue is anything and everything that is, or can be, a substitute for God”. John Piper


When you say no to one appetite you’re saying yes to another. Fasting increases your spiritual appetite.


"Ultimately we fast simply because we want God more than we want anything this world has to offer us." Tim Keller




Matthew 9:14 One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?” 15 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

New Living Translation


Matthew 9:16 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. 17 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” New Living Translation


John 16:12 "I still have many things to tell you, but you can't handle them now”. Message Bible


Ephesians 3:17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. The Living Bible


Matthew 6:16When you fast, do not be sad-faced like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces to show others their fasting. I assure you, they have received their full reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,... Modern Language Bible


Matthew 6:18 so that no one except your heavenly Father who is there in the secret place may notice your fasting. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you”. Modern Language Bible


WATER ONLY - ACTS 27:33-34


WATER ONLY - ACTS 27:33-34

• Take your body weight then divide it in half and drink that many ounces of  water per day.                                    


WATER ONLY - ACTS 27:33-34

· Take your body weight then divide it in half and drink that many ounces of water per day.

· Add electrolytes to your water.  You can purchase packages of these at any health food store.