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In the Garden of Eden:

"And God said, 'I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the earth, and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.'" ~Genesis 1:29 NIV

 

Benjamin's Fast

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"I decided that I wanted to do a one-day water fast in late March of 2010. I was having some personal issues I wanted resolved, and I felt that fasting was the way to do it. There was not too much discomfort that day, and I felt pretty good- hungry, but good. However, I went to bed that night fully intending to get a good night's sleep and start the day off with a nice breakfast the next day. I awoke the next morning as I was preparing my mind for the day ahead, I 'heard' a small voice inside me saying, "I think you should fast again today." The next few minutes were spent in 'conversation', which went sort of like this:

"But I am hungry!"

"I think you need to fast again"

"Really?"

"Yup."

"But I don't want to!"

"Listen to me. You need to fast today."

"But why?"

"Out of obedience. I am calling you to a second day."

"Really?"

"Yes. Listen and follow. Seek me first and you will be blessed."

"I know, I know. But I fasted yesterday!"

"Yes, and you will today, too."

"Ok, but you need to give me the strength. I can't do this alone."

"You will have the strength you need. I am calling you, and I will help you."

With the argument over, I mentally prepared for my second day of fasting. It was more difficult, but I did have the strength I needed. Even though the issues I was fasting for weren't entirely resolved, I felt better for having been able to hear God's voice and follow it, even if I was a little resistant. And I also had the confidence that He would provide the strength I needed when He called me to follow his will.

 

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