Dieting or Fasting? 

It’s that time a year again and everyone is focused on New Year’s resolutions. The most common resolutions are usually about health and fitness. You see it everywhere right. I like to diet the first of the year to help me lose all the unwanted weight I have gained around the holidays. However, this year I am choosing to Fast. You might ask well what is the difference? Well, fasting is a way to get closer to God. 

 I would say sometime around the end of November! I prayed and asked God to draw me close to Him. I was feeling like I was in a dry spell. I recently moved away from my hometown and my job had me working all these crazy retail hours so I was unable to really find a church home. I would watch internet church, but it really wasn’t the same. I hated feeling the disconnection. I know God was with me, I just couldn’t feel it. So I prayed and said God put a stronger desire in me to seek your face. I want a hunger and thirst for your spirit like never before. I want to feel your presence. 

All I can say is ever since that prayer, I have never felt the same. I have been consistent in my goals to pray and read my bible. On my lunch breaks I worship him, when I get home from work I worship him. It has been awesome. 

I bought a book called “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin. He says fasting is “opening the door to a deeper, more intimate, more powerful relationship with God”. Jesus said it like this,”But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you“. Matthew 6:17-18.  

So dieting has its benefits, but fasting brings about a reward! I want everything God has for me in this season.  I feel like Jacob when he told God, I won’t let go until you bless my soul! Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer. I’m ready for 2016! I’m expecting the unexpected! Let’s Go!

Jessica Briel

6 thoughts on “Dieting or Fasting? 

  1. Love it.. I thank God for allowing you to share your message. I am on the same path wanting a closer relationship with God, to understand him more and to know the plans that he has for me here on earth.. Sometimes i just feel its me holding me back with a closer relationship with God.. At times i feel like God is letting me know its not hard to let go of things i can’t change and let him take over.. Praying more fasting, going into a war room eceryday, not just when i need something, and just let him have his way.. For 2016 that is my resolution is to push even when i don’t want to or don’t understand and to fast and pray like never before. Thanks and for sharing..

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    1. Thank you so much! My prayer now is whatever you are doing in this season, don’t do it without me. I will pray that God continue to draw you closer and closer. It only takes that one decision to change your life. I want God and I’m not letting go this time.


  2. What a blessing! “…dieting has its benefits, but fasting brings about a reward…” How profound! This is one of those posts that makes you have a taste for something…that something is a closer walk with the Lord! Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you is such a mighty way! God bless you!

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