Breakdown: I want, I want, I want….
Do we ever say “I need”?
We DO NOT have to say “NEED” when you NEED! Your heart cries out! We are getting a ‘grasp’ of the word “NEED”. Without basic supply of “NEED” we are no more!
I am sensing some “drama” at this point! Let’s walk back and see what this could mean!
5 BASIC Needs to Survive (and thrive?)
Air. Which contains – Oxygen which is one of the most essential human needs.
Alkaline Water. Apart form air, water is the most essential element to life. We sat “Alkaline”, not acidic! Going to advanced Science, water at a pH of 7.4 is what essentially all life drinks. Tried drinking sea water? The salinity dries you out!
Food. The body can survive quite a while without food. We see examples of people who pushed their bodies to the max. 40 days! I am tempted to say “perhaps a sip”, the Frank idiocy in that statement! The people who did it reached for a different plane! They attained it. Moses, Elijah and Jesus
Jesus fasted for 40 days … Matt 4:1-11
Elijah fasted for 40 days … 1 Kings 19:1-8
Moses fasted for 40 days … Ex. 34: 28-35
Shelter – we read and hear of people passing away secondary to a lack of shelter. A shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, hot or cold temperatures and enemy observation. It can give you a feeling of well-being. It can help you maintain your will to survive. In some areas, your need for shelter may take precedence over your need for food!
Sleep – Person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours ofsleep per night to function at their best. Children and teensneed even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep.
We could discuss this further, I am aware.
Yes and for detractors, I was led a while ago to study the effects of the abscence of fulfilling “need”.
Most humans cannot survive without food for 50 days. The longest hunger strike recordedis 74 days. According to Dr Sudhir Shah, who examined him in 2003, he went without food or water for ten days in which urine appeared to be reabsorbed by his body after forming in his bladder.
Randy Gardner set the record for the longest a human has gone without sleep. In 1964, Gardner, a high school student in San Diego, California, stayed awake for 11 days and 25 minutes This period of sleeplessness broke the previous record of 260 hours held by disc jockey Tom Rounds in Honolulu.
Yes, I have done even more research. These are just few of the “examples.” They were watched! Did not have to deal with envirome t, insects, animals? All things the people Moses, Elijah and Jesus dealth with!
I have attempted to search for any note of what any of the 3 examples did during their fasts. Prior to his fast, Moses went up a montain. Exodus 34:28 says “Moses was there with The LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant–the Ten Commandments.”
Elijah: 1 Kings 19:8
“And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.”
And we face Jesus! ecord Jesus fasting for 40 days before undergoing an intense confrontation with Satan (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). Jesus’ own words reveal that the purpose of His fasting was to draw near to God for help. When Satan tempted Him with the idea of turning stones into bread, He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, which says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” By fasting, giving up physical food and water, Jesus demonstrated His faith in the fact that true nourishment comes from God. In doing so, He acknowledged God as the sole source of His strength rather than relying on Himself, and this set an example for His followers throughout the ages, including us today.
Acts 27:9 indicates that the disciples continued to recognize and observe the Day of Atonement, the annual holy day which was a fast day (Leviticus 23:27). We in the United Church of God continue the biblical practice of fasting on the Day of Atonement each year according to God’s command (read our free resource God’s Holy Day Plan for more information).
On one occasion, Jesus was questioned about why His disciples did not regularly fast, since the Pharisees, the disciples of John, and other devout religious people of the day commonly fasted. Jesus confirmed that His disciples were not fasting while He was with them, but He also said that they would fast after His death (Luke 5:33-35). This firmly establishes that fasting should be an ongoing practice for followers of Jesus Christ today.
Given the understanding that fasting draws a person closer to God for help, and considering the substantial physical stresses that Jesus faced on a daily basis, it would not be surprising if Jesus fasted regularly, even though it is not recorded. As disciples of Jesus Christ, fasting is a spiritual tool that we can and should use to strengthen our relationship with God. Just as Jesus fasted to prepare for and ultimately win His spiritual battle with Satan, we can also draw near to God, acknowledge that victory comes by His power rather than our own, and learn to better overcome sin in our lives.
A HUGE fact that I noted is The transfiguration! We serve ONE God! I know many have noted that at The transfiguration – Jesus was seen speaking with MOSES and ELIJAH!
The reason I write that is His-story is PERFECT!!! Those who fasted in the spirit were seen with Jesus! Check this out!
According to the final chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses ascended Mount Nebo to view the Land of Canaan, which God had said he would not enter; he died in Moab. According to Christian tradition, Moses was buried on the mountain, although his place of burial is not specified (Deuteronomy 34:6).
We can and will discuss this further. But look at the SAME concept with Elijah.
According to 2 Kings 2:3–9, Elisha (Eliseus) and “the sons of the prophets” knew beforehand that Elijah would one day be assumed into heaven. Elisha asked Elijah to “let a double portion” of Elijah’s “spirit” be upon him. … Suddenly, a chariot of fire and horses of fire appear and Elijah is lifted up in a whirlwind.
This again may leave us questioning; but! We note that Elishas bones (not Elijah’s) were what brought a dead man to life! 2 Kings 13:21.
Again; we can and will touch on this!
We started off speaking about “Needs”. Why does The Word say “All your needs shall be supplied?” NOTE it in no way says “wants”!
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
“You have to get to the place where you qualify to receive the good things God wants to give you. When you seek Him, trust Him and delight yourself in Him, then it becomes His responsibility to bring you the good things that will satisfy the desires of your heart.
Again; this is a condition that must be satisfied! We can study promises and see what we have to do!