2018 – How To Do Facebook Fasting

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Facebook is highly addictive and distracting. It accounts for a large percentage of unproductive behavior found in the workplace. In addition, it is also a distraction to many Christians and becomes an idol in their lives; stealing time, which ought to be spent with God.

Due to the addictive nature of social media, especially Facebook, I usually do a social media fast once a year. Recently, in 2017, I developed the habit of limiting or turning off all notifications from these sites.

Notifications tend to call your attention, willing and unwilling, to the applications on your phone. Therefore, you become programmed by an app and not the other way around. Since I implemented this practice, I find that I take up my phone less and the urge to scroll through my social media pages like a zombie, is ultimately eliminated.

Sin of Idolatry

In the modern era, social media is an idol; that is, anything that takes away your focus and time with God. Jehovah already stipulated in the 10 commandments that ‘thou shall have no other God besides me’. Idolatry is a serious offense and has gotten Israel in trouble with God on too many occasions, as we see outlined in the bible.

This is why it is important for us, as children of God, to make a purposeful attempt to rid out lives of any distractions that affects our relationship with the Holy Spirit. This means many other things, even beyond your phone, electronic gadgets or television. Remember, work can become an idol too or the people whom you have a relationship with. So no, being a workaholic is not a good thing. There is something called ‘work life balance’; look it up.

Good Media Practices

I have written about my TV show fasting and Facebook fasting in the past. Last month, I did the former for a few days. These sacrifices have changed my behaviour and choices for the better. For example:

I don’t watch television; I choose which shows I watch and do so via my computer. This helps me to not be programmed by adverts or other supplementary programming.

I don’t watch many popular un-Christian shows, as I did before.

I don’t have a lot of vile, immoral or sexually explicit content in my Facebook feed, because for several years, I have unfollowed anyone who posts such content; even unfriended the more putrid offenders, because guess what? They are not my friends anyway. Facebook also now has a snooze option that removes the person’s postings from your feed for 30 days.

Also, I tend to only like content that I would like to see more often. Because of the myriad of Facebook algorithms, your future content is decided by what you watch and like or react to most.

Facebook affects both your conscious and subconscious mind. It provides instant gratification, so you find yourself posting everything; from a half eaten meal, bedroom shots, bed pics, private moments with spouses or even your location. All unwise and not for public consumption. You also lose the ability to understand what is appropriate, public content. Therefore, I now mostly post Christian related material or anything associated with me being an author.

Finally, I make limited number of personal posts in any given day on any social media platform.

Committing to a fast can be difficult to accomplish. That is why you need the Holy Spirit’s help every step of the way. It is actually He who reminds me of these practices or commitments every year.

The Benefits of Fasting

Apart from having more quality time to be with God and to be aware of God; you have time to focus on other important tasks.

You have time to focus on people. You escape the zombie culture.

Think about this. Have you ever been in a public setting like a restaurant, train, bus or meeting and rather than interacting with each other, people are faced down into their electronic devices? It is a sad state to be in and the primary reason for antisocial behaviour today.

Less addiction forces us, as social beings to be social with real people in real time in the real world and not live stuck in a virtual reality.

Depriving the physical man of these pleasures, allows you to focus on other things that develop your spiritual man. That means reading your bible more, doing in-depth studies, researching to write a book, writing that book, attending and paying attention in church or any other number of Christ centered practices.

You escape the influence of mass media content that has been ‘programmed’ or created to influence your decisions.

Another benefit is that you notice the differences between yourself and others.

I have noticed how television content has become more depraved, immoral and blatant in the last ten years. I am shocked when I see curse words allowed in general online content as headlines and that which can be easily consumed or accessed by young kids.

I notice how idiotic and meaningless song lyrics are today. I notice how gospel and Christian music are actually more secular and many have nothing to do with worshipping God. Many are flesh-ly and only serve the purpose of gratifying the person or selling records or showing off vocal range.

Recap

Ok, so I have mentioned a lot of pointers in this article on how to do Facebook fasting or a general social media fast, but let me itemize them here.

  1. Choose a set time (1 week, 1 month)
  2. Choose a time you can successfully manage
  3. Turn off social media notifications
  4. Delete applications if necessary
  5. If needed, be accountable to someone. Telling a friend, who is more mature and Christian minded will help you stick to your fast.
  6. Read your bible more
  7. Download a bible app
  8. Do or go to bible study
  9. Join a ministry team to help occupy your time
  10. When your fasting period expires, leave notifications off. Have set periods when you check your messages.
  11. Unfollow/Unfriend/Snooze people who post unsuitable content
  12. Don’t use your phone when you are required to engage with others

As time progresses it will get easier. Breaking addictions- drugs, alcohol, porn, smoking, internet- can be difficult.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and stick to your plans. Consuming more of God’s word, praying and meditation will help to transform and repair your mind.

 

Copyright © 2018 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

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Day 100 – Spiritual Exhaustion and why we need the power of Fasting

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Featured Image -- 1148God has a way of making a thing known to His servants. How he chooses to, will definitely vary.

My bones and muscles were devoid of purposeful energy today. I feel a slight presence of exhaustion permeating from every limb even to the night hour. Before my eyes opened, to see the new dawn, this morn, I knew my excursions to neighbouring churches had taken a toll. I doubt it is so much what I did in the physical, as it is what I have been doing in the spiritual.

I am a new woman and purpose-filled and purpose driven. My days of ‘spectating’ at church services are done. Now, I am actively scaling valleys, climbing mountains interceding and fighting the adversary on behalf of others on a regular basis; all in the spirit realm. This is an exhausting feat on the human body. If I hope to continue and have an effective ministry, I must apply the principles of God to endure the race.

From now on, it is not business as usual but I am certain it will be diet-interrupted. Fasting. There is a reason why fasting was introduced; this was so that the flesh would be weakened and the spirit, spirituality and communication of man to God, strengthened. This is what is required for a fully engaged spirit life.

The bible is rife with examples of men and women who sought God’s counsel and used the powerful tool of spiritual warfare, that of prayer and fasting.

Moses Fasted Before Receiving the Commandments – Deuteronomy 9:9-18

  • Moses fasted for 40 days when he went up to the mountain to receive the commandments. When he came down and broke the commandments because the people sinned, he went back up and fasted 40 more days.

Elijah Fasted While Escaping Jezebel – 1 Kings 19:4-8

  • Elijah after his confrontation and victory over Jezebel’s false prophets, was fed by an angel twice and then he journeyed to Mount Horeb for 40 days without food.

Esther Fasted for the Safety of the Jews – Esther 4:15-17

  • When the entire Jewish race was threatened by genocide, Queen Esther fasted before approaching the King and asking for his help in saving the Jewish people.

Darius Fasted For the Safety of Daniel – Daniel 6:18-23

  • When Daniel was accused of breaking King Darius’ law and was throne into the lion’s den; the king himself did not sup that night and fasted until he was assured of Daniel’s safety the next day.

Daniel Fasted for an Answer to Prayer – Daniel 10:1-3

  • Daniel fasted many times, especially in seeking an answer from God, for the visions he saw. He received a direct answer via the Angel Gabriel.

Jesus Fasted before He commenced His ministry – Matthew 4:1-2

  • Before the devil approached Jesus, He fasted for 40 days in the desert. After which he begun His ministry here on earth.

 

Apart from seeking spiritual strength, power and authority; there are many more reasons for fasting.

Here are a few reasons why people fasted in the bible, courtesy of Rock Church:

  • In times of war: The Benjamites fasted and defeated the other Israelites. Judges 20:26
  • Repentance: The King of Nineveh ordered the whole city to fast and repent. Consequently, they were forgiven of their sin. Jonah 3:5 
  • When facing danger: Ezra fasted as he prayed for wisdom and protection when he prepared the people to return to Jerusalem from Babylon. Ezra 8:21, 23
  • Courage and Wisdom: Esther and the Jews of Shushan fasted when faced with their destruction planned by Haman. Esther 4:3,16; 9:31
  • In times of grief: A seven-day fast was held when the bones of Saul and his sons were buried. 1 Samuel 31:13; 1 Chronicles 10:12
  • In times of distress: David fasted after hearing that Saul and Jonathan were dead. 2 Samuel 1:12
  • Ultimate denial of the flesh: Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights before being tempted by Satan. Matthew 4:2
  • Spiritual Power: Jesus said this kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29
  • Wisdom: Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted at the appointment of elders for the churches. Acts 14:23
  • Set aside self for holiness: Paul suggested that husbands and wives abstain from sexual relations to give themselves to fasting and prayer. 1 Corinthians 7:5
  • Answered prayer: Cornelius fasted four days, after which time an angel appeared to him. Consequently, he and his family received the gospel and were baptized. Acts 10:30-31
  • Mourning: During his time of mourning, Daniel fasted three weeks, after which time he received a vision. Daniel 10:1-3
  • Special revelation: Moses fasted for 40 days and received the law. Exodus 34:27-28
  • Spiritual Recuperation: Elijah fasted 40 days after killing prophets of Baal. 1 Kings 19:1-9 

So with this new knowledge, I am sure like me, you will embark on a new journey and understanding of what is required of us and also what is given to us; to help us endure as God’s  children and servants here on earth.

 

Copyright © 2015 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe