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'15 Fast Forward

January 5th - 30th 

We are so glad you have decided to participate in an extended time of prayer, fasting and personal devotion from January 5th - 30th. There really is no better way to reset our spiritual compass and bring about refreshing in every area of our lives than through prayer and fasting.

Consecrate: to set apart for special use
What it means for us: (+) More of the things of God  (-) Less of the things of this world
What it requires of you: Sacrifice, Commitment, Community, Getting back up when you fall
What can you expect to happen: Inner transformation, answered prayers, more focus, more fruits of the Spirit in your life

The tools provided on this website are a practical guideline to help you navigate through your personal journey. As you read over the information, please consider how it applies to you and your personal circumstances and convictions.

We pray that you will experience the presence and power of God in an extraordinary way as you commit yourself to Him over the next days. May God continue to bless you and enlarge you as you seek Him first!

...But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Matthew 9:15b NKJV

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The Daniel Fast

The Daniel Fast is not meant to be a legalistic set of dietary rules you must follow. Instead , it’s an opportunity to be purposefully  develop your spirit & diligently seek God.  Doing so together is even more empowering!

❖    Take Multi-vitamins to ensure you’re getting recommended amounts.
❖    Reduce daily times of watching TV, playing video games, and reading secular books/magazines
❖    Increase daily prayer, Bible study, worship & service to others

THOSE READY TO JUMP RIGHT IN:
Weeks 1-4: No Meats, No Sweets. (& no fried foods)

Quick Reference
Meat: Flesh, animal…Anything that has eyes in its original form.
Sweets: Sugary treats…Anything that gives you a sweet sensation.

FIRST TIMERS:
Week 1: No fast food. No desserts.
Week 2: No fast food or red meat. No desserts.
Week 3: No fast food, read meat or fried foods. No sweets.
Week 4: No meats, no sweets. (& no fried foods)

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Personal Devotions

Just like prayer and fasting, reading your Bible is about connecting to God in a more powerful way. It is not about duty but about relationship. When we engage God through reading His Word, we engage the very presence of God. His Word is living and active! As we read our Bible, we are drawing closer to God and positioning ourselves to hear from Him in particular ways.

Once again, as with prayer, choose the time and the place where you are going to read your Bible and devotional every single day, and come prepared to hear what He wants to tell you.

Here are three quick things we’d like to share with you about how to get the most out of your devotional time with God.

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

Activities that bring us into more effective cooperation with Christ and His Kingdom are called spiritual disciplines. Our active engagement with these activities makes us more capable to receive God’s life and Power. There are 2 kinds:

Disciplines of Abstinence

Help you avoid sins of commission (sins you commit by doing something)
Silence (retreating from noise)
Fasting (refraining from food)
Chastity (refraining from sexual activity)
Sacrifice (abstaining from what is most convenient)
Simplicity (refraining from materialism)

Scripture References
Solitude: Matthew 14:22-23
Silence: Psalms 62:1-8, Isaiah 30:15, James 1:19
Fasting: Matthew 6:16-18, Isaiah 58
Frugality: Matthew 6:19-21
Chastity: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, I Corinthians 7:5
Secrecy: Philippians 2:3
Sacrifice: Luke 21:2-4

Disciplines of Engagement

❖Study
❖Worship
❖Celebration
❖Prayer
❖Service

Scripture References
Study: 2 Timothy 2:15
Worship: Psalms 95: 1-6, John 4:24
Celebration: Psalms 30:11-12
Service: Colossians 3: 22-24
Prayer: 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6
Fellowship: 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Confession: Proverbs 28:13, Colossians 5:16
Submissions: Ephesians 5:21, Philippians 2:3