Welcome to the blog, and welcome to the fourth instalment of my research for the Bible Study I am launching in March 2019! I am so excited to be sharing the official graphic for the study, credited to my wonderful and compassion friend, Sam Stuckless. […]
Money, Money, Money: How I Went From Being a Self-Serving “Hyper-Saver” to Finding Balance with my Finances
Money. It’s one of those things I was always taught not to talk about. I learned in childhood not to disclose how much of it I had, not to talk about my savings– and to save as much as possible. Proverbs 13:11 Dishonest money dwindles […]
Happy Monday friends!
Today, I am so excited to share some of the prayer and research I’ve been up to in preparing for the interactive Bible Study I’m releasing in March 2019.
The research Im releasing will be extensive in its range of sources, all focused on the topic of fasting: what it is, how it has been shown to be beneficial or otherwise, what the Bible says, what to do during fasting, potential contentions/other interpretations, etc.
Today, I am focusing on a biblical verse from the book of 1 Corinthians that I think very important to include in this research.
1 Corinthians 5:7
Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
1 Corinthians is one of the documented letters of the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth of his time.
Here, Paul is referring specifically to married couples, as he explains in the verses preceding this verse.
Commentators and scholars vastly agree that Paul is explaining the importance of sexual activity within marriage, and the blessing that it is to each person in the marriage. The only time that sex should be disregarded, Paul says, is if the couple is in agreement that they should be taking some time to seek God in individual prayer, thus “fasting sex” to pray– but always to come together again.
The Expositer’s Greek Testament explains that the deprivation of sex within marriage is in fact unjust, with the exception of mutually agreed upon prayer, likely discerned by the Holy Spirit together as a couple.
What does this mean for the purposes of our Bible Study?
A few things, I think.
Fasting is intentional and purposeful. In the case of sex, Scripture states that it should not be fasted, unless the purpose of the fast is for prayer that is discernibly needed.
For our purposes, we don’t want to just fast anything. What I’m getting at is that the fasted substance of one person may be absolutely right for them in their context, but horribly wrong for another person.
For example: I have a history of restrictive eating, obsessing with food counts, and idolizing the “perfect” diet. So, if I fasted unhealthy food, that would be incredibly self serving and actually dangerous for me.
However, there may be someone else who is in prayer about what they may be called to fast, and is convicted that junk food and eating consume their thoughts, and that abstaining from junk food/those thoughts to pray instead is exactly what they are called to do.
What we fast isn’t necessarily inherently “bad.” Sex is a beautiful, necessary-for-life and vital for healthy marriage, good thing. The emphasis in Scripture is that it should only be fasted for the purpose of prayer in a season of need for that!
Television isn’t evil, and neither is social media (I’m still debating both of these😉). Neither is online shopping, or drinking a glass of wine, or thinking about your next workout. But if you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your heart in matters of your life that consume a lot of your thoughts, He may reveal that fasting something for a period is going to be an important thing for you.
Prayer is the purpose. Scripture is very clear in 1 Corinthians that prayer is the very purpose of any time of abstinence from sex. So, if we fast something for “self-improvement,” and not to be closer to Jesus, we need to check our heart. Ie., if you’re thinking about fasting a certain food, but your heart is screaming, “ooh, maybe I’ll lose weight/get a better body,” you probably should reconsider the substance you’re fasting.
Prayer should substitute the fasted activity or substance. Since I’ve been praying about this study, God gave me a picture of a young man who often finds himself playing video games in his downtime choosing to spend time with God instead, and being amazed at how quickly the time passes as he spent it getting to know his Lord.
Are you interested in joining the Bible study? You will be able to follow along online, or, if you’re in KW area, attend our weekly meetings, too! Im so excited to get started in March 2019. As always, please reach out to me with any questions, and share with your friends!
Happy Monday!! Welcome to the second installment of the research and info accompanying the I Believe Bible Study I am launching, as part of my fulfillment of my Christian Studies degree. To learn all the details about the Bible Study, and how to sign up, […]
Three of my favourite words! Banana, Nut Butter, Oatmeal.
Put them all together to make one delicious, healthy dessert? Heck yes!
Banana Almond Oat Cookes
(This recipe was good for just me, or about 4 ball shaped cookies!)
1 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener (I used sugar free hazelnut syrup!)
1/2 c oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp chopped almonds
2 Tbsp mashed banana
1. In small pot, combine almond butter and maple syrup over low heat, stirring, until melted and combined.
2. In separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
3. Remove pot from heat. Add oat mixture to pot, and stir, until you have an incorporated dough.
4. Roll into balls, or press into a small baking dish, or flatten into cookies on a cookie tray. Whatever shape your heart desires! This recipe can easily be quadrupled multiple times and you can make granola bars on a large tray!
5. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Allow to cool before enjoying with peanut or almond butter!
Hi Friends! I am currently surviving off coffee after one of the most exciting/emotional/crazy weekends of my life. Full post on that pending… Today, however, I am excited to share with you the most well-edited and concise version of my testimony ever published. I am […]
He actually does fulfill His promises.
When a worry or fear creeps into your mind, how do you go about addressing that?
Sometimes, I find myself consumed by the worry. I recognize in myself a tendency to overanalyze the future, coping by trying to control the present.
But I have most definitely learned that I am not in control, and the One who is is, believe it or not, all-powerful and actually faithful to what He says He will be faithful to.
I can look at my own life and see God’s Hand of faithfulness. And so, if ever I get worry or worried, I can recall the many times God has provided and taught me, knowing that He uses struggles and trials for His good and as part of His purpose.
I was reminded of God’s faithfulness through one of my pastors and friend, Emily, during our breakfast date this morning.
Emily has many testimonies of Jesus’ faithfulness in her own life, and her speaking into my life gave me such hope that I needed to hear.
Coupled with a visit to my dear friends’ Beth and Jared’s first home together– beautiful and everything they’d dreamed of– I have been given opportunities to witness God’s faithfulness in the lives of those around me, too.
The question is not of whether God is faithful or sovereign or steadfast to His promises. The question is whether that Truth is one you are going to align yourself to and Him someone you live by.
From that decision, He just does. You will notice His promises and desire to pray for more recognition of His wisdom. You will grow in empathy and compassion through His Spirit. And this isn’t something I, Cassie, can promise. But it’s something the God of the universe can, and does.
Since making the decision to live my life for God, a decision God Himself led me to, many people have approached me about the “opportunities” that “seem” to constantly come my way; the encounters and healing I’ve had.
I in no way say this to boast, but rather boast in Christ alone. Without Him, these opportunities would have no meaning. Opportunities come to all of us through the world, but purposed by God, opportunities can be eternal ministries.
So as today I reflected on a lot of curiosity about the future, I am ultimately here, at rest, in the unknown: because God knows, and that’s all that matters.
If you know me, you know how much I love cooking and food creating. You know that the kitchen is my happy place, and that I love getting creative. If you really know me (comment if you’re one of the few😝) you know that I […]