Sugar is not sinful in itself, but odds are the average person eats too much of it.

This month we give up all manufactured sugars and artificial sweeteners, while retaining natural sugars like those found in fruits.

When we fast manufactured sugar, we feast on natural sweetness. It helps us appreciate how much sweetness there is in God’s creation, even outside food. The physical longing for what is sweet can turn our attention in prayer to what is sweet to the soul and good for the spirit.

Craving for sugar presents an opportunity to channel that longing towards more of Jesus, the sweetness of just having Him.

And in longer term health benefits, this fast can also serve as an opportunity to discipline yourself to lowering your sugar intake once the month is over.

We give up sugar to focus on having the sweetness of Jesus and to remember, for those who are lost, what’s like to not have Jesus.

NOTE: Feel free to participate with us in these fasts for part or all of the indicated month. Prayerfully select the fasts appropriate to your spiritual walk and stage of life and abstain from others. We hold a disciplined yet non-legalistic approach to fasting. Sometimes circumstances and relationships do not allow us to keep the letter of the scheduled fast. In that case we feast joyously knowing that fasting and feasting are complementary.

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