ABCs of Fasting – Part 1

March 19, 2017
A Word from the Lord with Archbishop Foley Beach

ABCs of Fasting – Part 2

March 26, 2017

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Message Summary: We are in the Season of Lent, winch is the period that the Church has set apart for Christians to examine themselves spiritually and to get themselves right with the Lord. Fasting is one of elements of personal self-denial in Lent, and fasting is the voluntary self-denial of food and drink for a specific period -- fasting is saying no to the flesh so that we can say yes to the Spirit. Fasting is something that enlivens and enhances our Spiritual life and deepens our relationship with God.

Fasting was a part of the lifestyle of the New Testament believer. While we can fast though self-denial of many things, this discussion focuses  on fasting from food and drink; and our fasting can include several types: 1) one-day fast; 2) three-day fast; 3) seven-day fast; 4) three-week fast; 5) the forty-day fast; 6) the Isaiah 58 fast -- It is one thing to fast personally, but in the time of our fasting, if we are not thinking of those around us, our fast is not reflecting God (Isaiah 58:3-14) --  the “Isaiah 58 Fast” is all about “living our fast” through imparting the presence of God into the lives of others; and 7) bridegroom fast (Matthew 9:14-15). When God calls us to fast, it may be for a specific type of fast.

Since some of us can’t fast with food and drink, we can still fast by finding other ways through which we can say no to the flesh. Other means of fasting might include: portable electronic devices, TV, Facebook, Internet, movies, sexual intimacy, sports, addictive habits, and food and drink variations (e.g., deserts, coffee).

The key question to ask regarding fasting is: “Lord, is there anything in my life more precious to me than You?” – then we have the answer to what we should fast.


Today’s Affirmation: I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13).


Scripture Reference (ESV):  Acts 9:9; Acts 13:2; Acts 14:23; Daniel 10:2-3; Isaiah 58:3-14; Matthew 9:14-15; 1 Corinthians 7:5; Matthew 6:16-18.

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The vision of A Word from the Lord is to share Biblical teaching using the instruments of radio, print, computer, the Internet, and satellite technology so that people might hear and apply the WORD of GOD and discover the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah.

In today’s world of confusing and conflicting messages from the Church, a major goal of A Word from the Lord can be summarized from Nehemiah when: They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving meaning so that the people could understand what was being read (Nehemiah 8:8,NIV). With all the clutter in today's media venues, A Word from the Lord, seeks to proclaim in simple terms the ancient Faith of the Scriptures. As the Apostle Paul has written for us: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17, ESV).

About Archbishop Foley Beach

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach is the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

Founded in 2009, the ACNA unites some 112,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. It is an emerging Province in the global Anglican Communion, and the ACNA has planted nearly 500 churches in the past five years.

Archbishop Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia from its founding in February 2004 until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South (ADOTS) in the ACNA, and in June 2014, he was elected by his fellow bishops to serve as the Archbishop of the ACNA. Additionally, Dr. Beach is president of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF).

Dr. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South and Georgia State University. He has served in ministry with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church. Dr. Beach has been married for more than 30 years, and he and his wife have two grown children and make their home in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Dr. Beach’s passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible and living Jesus. Dr. Beach’s A Word from the Lord radio ministry can be heard each week on radio stations throughout the United States and on the Internet. A Word from Lord’s Weekly Broadcast is a 25-minute Biblical Teaching ministry, and A Word from the Lord’s One-Minute Messages offer a daily challenge from the Scriptures.

Dr. Beach shares years of Biblical and theological study in addition to more than 40 years of ministry experience as he shepherds the ACNA and ADOTS. Reaching out through the church, the radio, weekly email messages, the Internet, and newspaper columns, in clear and concise ways, he brings out the principles of the Word of God so that listeners may apply them in their lives.

His personal favorite scripture is: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).

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