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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Dec 29, 2020

Episode Summary: Today we’re going to be talking about how we can exchange our physical addictions to food/sugar for spiritual transformations. My guest today is friend, Wendy Speake, author of The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation. Today we’ll explore what is fasting, why should we consider it, and what are some of the surprising benefits.

Quotables from the episode:

  • Sugar is a stronghold for many people.
  • Unfortunately, no sugar fix can fix you.
  • When we stop going from sugar high to sugar high, we turn to the Most High.
  • The goal of fasting is always to lay down that which is temporary and pick up that which is eternal.
  • Let every hunger pain act like church bells calling you to pray.
  • Fasting from anything reminds us of what we want to hunger for.
  • When we run to things to satisfy, they hold us back from His strong hold on us.
  • Trust God to do what he’s going to do before he does it. Shout the victory in advance, obey, and watch what God does with your submission.
  • Take out the temptation before tempted.
  • The first step, before fasting, seek first the kingdom of God.
  • He will change our health with a diet, but our life with a fast.
  • Our desire is to find Christ as the only option.
  • When we turn to Him to be our joy and peace, we don’t need the sugar.
  • Fasting is about turning away from anything that gets between our relationship with God, and turning back to Him.
  • Sometimes you need to go fast in order to slow down.
  • The power of fasting is stopping and watching God deliver us.
  • Fasting opens the door for the supernatural work of God.
  • Keep in mind, with fasting, this is going to hurt before it feels better.
  • Fasting isn’t easy—this is just the brand of your hard in this season.
  • As you seek Him first, He’ll transform other areas of your life as well, bringing renewed hope.

Scripture References:

  • Psalm 34:8-10 NIV “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The Lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who see the Lord lack no good thing.”
  • Jonah 2:8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”
  • Matthew 6:33 “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”
  • Joel 2:12 “That is why the Lord says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.’”
  • Jeremiah 15:16 “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.”

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Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson