The following recipes for healthy
fasting are provided by Hettie May.
- BREAKFAST RECIPES
Power Up Steel Cut Oats
Sautéed Spinach with Eggs
Coconut Grainless Granola
- LUNCH RECIPES
Apple Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
Cauliflower Carrot Onion Tarragon Soup
Curry Avacado Chicken Salad
Green Chili Chicken Stew
Thai Curried Chicken Bowl
When a seed is sown in rocky soil, it can’t take root. Furthermore, it withers quickly away because it can’t access water. Similarly, when a person is swept away in a moment filled with new life in a relationship with Christ, sometimes the message is confronted by underlying resistance or lack of understanding and doesn’t take root deep in their heart. When a moment of temptation greets them, many will give into their old ways. So what can we do to prevent ourselves and encourage others from going back to these ways?
There are those who are attracted to the provisions of Christianity but they are not willing to dig deep and build their roots. They don’t take any steps to grow themselves in Christ after accepting Him into their lives because sometimes this step hurts; and it always takes effort.
Imagine the vulnerable new seed with little or no roots. The enemy promotes distractions to keep the roots from emerging from the new, little seed. This is why only a small percentage of people end up growing in God. Being a Christian does not begin and end with getting saved. In order to develop enduring Christ-like principles, we must continue to desire and rely on Him. When we consistently come to God with sincerity, He will unfailingly come to us. Christ’s life is infused into us when we ruminate upon His word. Tumultuous storms and evil tactics will inevitably come, but they are no threat to one with solid roots. Go for the depth in God to fulfill the great purpose that came with the seed His word has planted in your life.
There’s more to a tree than what we see. Under the tree is a root system which nourishes and provides its strength. It also gives it the ability to bear fruit during times of chaos while an ungrounded tree would wither away or be blown over. Like a tree, building our relationship with Christ will help us grow sturdy roots, firmly anchored in the principle foundations of God’s Word, so we will prosper, even during the most challenging times.
In the end times, there will be people who are increasingly wicked. Highly influential people will lead us down paths that we should not go, knowing it’s wrong but taking pleasure in doing it anyway. The Godless will promote things which sound good in the moment but bring about disastrous results. Wickedness cannot give us a lasting hold for our roots. When we are not rooted and grounded in God we become like a tumbleweed. We begin blowing from one doctrine or belief to another, never being fully stable or satisfied.
The true Christian should have a strong root system that is firmly anchored in Christ allowing them to be proactive and not reactive. The Bible says that everything that can be shaken, will be shaken, so only what cannot be shaken will remain. It is God’s plan for us to bear fruit even in the most barren times. He has called us to produce something great so we must stay rooted in Him and in what he asks of us. When we have His principals, we can have a prepared action when chaos enters our lives. When we are rooted in Christ, we will hold steadfast and produce abundantly.