The Daniel Fast: A whole-body experience
The Daniel fast brings health to every part of you! You are spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body; and the Daniel fast is an excellent tool to bring increase and goodness to all of who you are!
There is a lot of confusion about the makeup of our beings; yet once understood, one is amazed at the clarity in the scriptures and the ease it brings to living!
Your spirit is the inner-most part of you. It is the God-centered essence where Christ abides. Jesus addressed the two parts of us in John 3:5-7,
Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'”
Your mother didn’t give birth to your spirit and your father didn’t provide the seed for your spirit; only God can give birth to your spirit.
The soul (also called the flesh) is the non-material part of you that ws born from your mother and of the seed of your father. Your soul is the seat of your conscience, emotions, intellect and will. Your soul cannot perceive truths from the Spirit of God. Your soul can be transformed to the degree that you renew your mind, change your attitudes and conform to the Word of God. This should happen, and it’s in the process of happening; but it didn’t happen automatically when you accepted the truth of Christ into your life.
The body is easy to understand; you can see it! It is the physical place where our spirit and soul live.
The Daniel fast is experienced by all three parts of us and brings health to those parts. As a spiritual exercise, we turn our attention to spiritual truths. In doing so, our spirits become stronger. In Matthew 4:3-4, we read about Jesus being tempted by Satan:
The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
Our spirits are fed from the Word of God. So during the Daniel fast, many will give extra food to their spirits by increasing the time and attention they give to God’s Word.
Meanwhile, it is the soul that will bring up the fight during the fast. You will experience this fight when you have to make a choice to push through the hunger pangs and the cravings. Or when you want to have “just one little bite of that bread,” even though it’s against the fasting guidelines…after all, no one is looking!
The choice to push through and “quiet the soul” is your spirit taking precedence over your soul–or another way of saying it is “living a spirit-led life.” One of the primary benefits of the fast is that your soul gets “put in its place,” which is under the control of your spirit. What controls your spirit? God and His Word!
Finally the Body. It will do some kicking and screaming at first. The body will want the usual amount of food; and when it doesn’t get it, it will send out hunger pangs to the brain (the soul receives those messages). When your body doesn’t get the caffeine it has grown accustomed to, it might send out an alert by way of a headache.
But soon, the body too will come into line and benefit from the goodness of the foods in the Daniel fast. In fact, you might even get some rebellion from your body after the fast when you introduce foods that it’s kind of liked doing without. During the fast, your body will begin working more efficiently as it receives foods more easily digested, lots of refreshing water and no artificial chemicals.
So the Daniel fast is a whole-body experience! It brings health and strength to the spirit, it brings health and control to the soul, and brings health and good foods to the body.