“Overcoming Your Enemies and Complete Victory”
People of the Most High God, it’s that wonderful time of year again! Time to Consecrate!
Fasting/Consecration is not a requirement. Fasting/Consecration brings you closer to God. Whenever a Believer chooses to begin a spiritual fast for one day or for several days, he or she makes a choice to break out of the routine, desiring to draw closer to God. Fasting/Consecration is a gateway through which God releases His supernatural power. Fasting/Consecration is a short season that releases long-term rewards. It is taking time to sharpen your axe before cutting down a tree. And He said unto them, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29)!!!
You Will See Results
When you take time for Fasting/Consecration and prayer, you see amazing results in your life. Fasting/Consecration gives you back your sharpness and spiritual sensitivity. The first thing you need to do is to make up your mind that you are going to regain your edge. Fasting/Consecration gives you an opportunity to get the toxins out of the body, to become renewed and restored. Many medical doctors support the healing benefit of fasting. However, Fasting/Consecration without prayer is just dieting. Fasting/Consecration makes you sensitive to the trash that tries to invade your life. Fasting/Consecration is the “Drano” of the soul. Seasons of Fasting/Consecration and prayer helps you get the sensitivity of the Spirit back to the things of God. When you become dull by the constant bombardment of ungodly influences all around you, Fasting/Consecration helps you regain the edge back: “Glorify God in your Body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Fasting/Consecration Builds Confidence
Time spent in Fasting/Consecration and praying builds confidence and helps you develop the determination necessary to run your race with endurance. Fasting/Consecration and prayer prepares and conditions your spirit to go the distance in life’s battles. Remember, Fasting/Consecration is not a requirement – it is a choice. Fasting/Consecration does not guarantee your salvation. It does not make you better than anyone else, nor does it make you some kind of religious freak. Choosing to fast is choosing to come away from the routine and wait upon the Lord with greater intensity, seeking His Face and His Presence in a deeper way. You must have a made up mind. Hebrews 3:6, 14; 10:35; Philippians 3:3-4; 1 John 3:21, 2:28, 5:14; Proverbs 3:26; 14:26; Psalm 71:5.
Do Not Compromise
Don’t compromise. Stick to the Fasting/Consecration Plan given to you by the Pastor. As you set your mind that you will not compromise during a fast, you build confidence and endurance that can carry you through the trials and battles that come. Keep a journal. The moment you determine you have come too far with God on a fast to turn back, you will see the hand of God working in your life. At the completion of the fast, begin to make prayer and Fasting/Consecration a regular part of your life. If Fasting/Consecration is the gateway through which God releases His supernatural power into our lives, why is it such an overlooked opportunity? All the greats of the Bible fasted: Moses, David, Nehemiah, Daniel, Elijah, Paul, Peter, even Jesus Himself. Fasting/Consecration is feeding your spirit by neglecting your flesh. Fasting/Consecration will unite the Power of God within you...1 Thessalonians 2:3-4; Matthew 6:24; 1 Samuel 15:9 (compromised obedience) (incomplete faithfulness to God) 1 Kings 22:43 (doing right before God); 2 Chronicles 19:2 (calling evil good); Isaiah 5:20 (desire to be like others); Ezekiel 20:32-38.
The First Order of Business for Jesus Was to Fast
Before Jesus began His earthly Ministry, He fasted, (Matthew 4:1-3). Fasting/Consecration and prayer was the biggest part of the Life of Jesus Christ. Fasting/Consecration gives you a deep thirst for God (Psalm 63:1). Notice, while in the desert, David thirsted for God rather than water. God is saying to us today, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me, with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13-14). There is a price that must be paid for hearing from God and walking in His Will. There is a work going on in you right now that you may not be fully aware of, but without Fasting/Consecration, prayer and wilderness experiences, you will never be qualified to handle what God has for you in the future. Fasting/Consecration prepares you for what is yet to come!!! Deuteronomy 9:11-18 (during national crisis); 2 Samuel 1:12 (humbled); Psalm 35:13; Joel 1:13-14; Luke 4:1-2; (four thousand people fasted three days) Mark 8:1-3; (animals and people fast together - Jonah 3:7).
Fasting/Consecration Brings Brokenness
Fasting/Consecration brings brokenness. Brokenness is so precious in the eyes of the Lord (1 Samuel 16:7), when God sent Samuel to anoint a new king to replace Saul as leader of Israel. He guided Samuel past all the older, stronger, more experienced sons of Jesse, young men who by all appearances seemed well suited to be king. But God told Samuel not to look at the boys’ outer appearance or their physical strength. Brokenness makes room for God to release His strength through our weakness in order to accomplish His plans. Psalm 51:17; Proverbs 15:13,17:22.
There is nothing that has been wasted in your life, i.e., drugs, alcohol, troubled episodes etc., Fasting/Consecration can restore and break the yoke of the waster. Through Fasting/Consecration, God will remove the burden and repair what has been wasted. God will pick up all the fragments of your life (John 6:12). He is a “Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” (Isaiah 58:12) Regular Fasting/Consecration will keep your spirit strong (Joshua 14:11-12)
“Then Will I Hear From Heaven…”
“If my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) Fasting/Consecration is self-humbling. “He who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14) Fasting/Consecration is our body language to God. When we Fast/Consecrate, we are expressing our hunger for Him. We ask from a place of humility.
Fasting/Consecration will loosen the grip of unforgiveness. (Matthew 18:32-33,35; Luke 6:37; 7:45-50; Mark 11:25-26). The Spirit will identify the individuals in question, if these scriptures pertain to you.
No Expiration Date on Prayers – Persistence Breaks Resistance
As soon as you pray God hears you; as in Daniel 10:12-14. Daniel fasted and prayed for weeks. Satan does everything in his power to stop you from receiving your answer. Your prayers will not be discarded. Absolute answer to prayer – Mark 9:29 Believe God!!!!!!!!
Stack up your prayers as you are Fasting/Consecration. Pray, Pray, Pray!!!!!!!! Pray all night as Jesus did. Pray without ceasing.
God Needs a Clean Vessel
God needs empty vessels, not ones so full of themselves that He cannot pour Himself out through them. Fasting/Consecration can cleanse the DIRT and prepare us for God’s use!!!
D - Disobedience
I - Ignorance (zeal without knowledge)
R - Rebellion
T - The Tongue (words of doubt and unbelief)
Spending time in Fasting/Consecration and prayer, regardless of your circumstance, will help you to be rooted and grounded in your faith, ready to weather any storm of the economy, your health, your family, your job. These are Satan’s attention getters. NOTE: Remember – the focus of the enemy is always to cause the work of God to cease!!!!
There are several elements we can glean from and be strengthened by during the consecration:
Fasting/Consecration Brings the Glory of God
His Glory is upon the earth through you as you fast before Him. Habakkuk 2:14, “The light will break forth as the morning and thine health shall spring forth speedily, righteousness shall go before thee and the Glory of the Lord is thy rereward. Then shall thy thou call upon the Name of the Lord, and He shall say, Here I am…The Lord shall guide thee continually and satisfy thy soul in drought and satisfy the afflicted soul…then shall thou delight thyself in the Lord and I will cause thee to ride high places of the earth and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob, thy father, for the Mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” (Isaiah 58:1-14)
No Quit Option/The Power of a Made Up-Mind
Never make decisions based on temporary circumstances, 2 Corinthians 11:23-29. Quitting is not an option!!!!! When you think about quitting, you talk about quitting. Be assured, you will quit!! Hebrews 10:39, “We are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Jesus never quit!!!!!! Remove the quit option!!!! When you do that the battle is won!!! Hebrews 10:35-36, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. We are more than Conquerors (Romans 8:37-39)
THE DANIEL FAST
The Word of Faith Church will be participating in The Daniel Fast. It is a Partial Fast, based on the Prophet Daniel, when he was under the rule of the Babylonian King, for his personal service. Daniel recorded three occasions of Fasting/Consecration, though he probably fasted many more times, being that he was a man of God. The following is the one we will be practicing.
Partial Fast is when a group of foods are restricted for a spiritual purpose. The Daniel Fast is always a spiritual fast. However, many turn to the dietary restrictions laid out in the fast for health reasons. It is important that we do not miss the spiritual benefits of this specific fast. The Daniel Fast affords people a powerful time to focus special attention toward our God, His Will and His Word – the Holy Bible.
The Consecrated Fast
How long is the consecration?
21 Days. We will begin Monday, January 16, 2016 and conclude Sunday, February 5, 2017.
What about medications?
Please continue to take all medications as prescribed. It is vitally important that you do not stop taking your medications.
May I take vitamins and sports drinks (protein drinks)?
Yes, you may take a good multivitamin and a meal substitute drink. We discourage sports drinks due to the high sugar and sodium contents. No sodas please.
What is the key to a successful consecration or fast?
Prayer and study of the Scriptures. You are encouraged to spend time in private devotion (Prayer and Bible reading). See the attached scripture readings. You may also want to share in a time of corporate prayer with your spouse, family members or other believers.
What are the dietary restrictions being observed?
ONE MEAL PER DAY
An herbal tea (hot or cold) with lemon and a small amount of honey or sugar substitute is very refreshing. PLEASE DRINK PLENTY OF WATER (flavored with lemon or lime). This serves as an excellent cleanser.
What about Marital Intimacy During Times of Consecration?
According to 1 Corinthians 7:5, those that are married should limit physical intimacy. However, this does not mean abstain from emotional intimacy that is expressed in various appropriate ways (daily). After the season of consecration, Paul states that the married couple should resume their physical intimacy.
What About Unmarried or Pre-marital Physical Intimacy?
If this question is being considered, stop the activity and schedule an appointment with the Pastor.
What are the Corporate Prayer Days and Times?
The Consecrated Fast
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the Mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
PRAYER FOCUS FOR A 30-DAY FAST
DAY 1 – January 16, 2017
DIRECTION, GUIDANCE, DREAMS AND VISIONS, FOR ALL PASTORS, SALVATION OF SOULS, INTERCESSORS
Let your focus be the souls of those close to you who need salvation. Do not be discouraged, but be persistent! Fasting/Consecration and praying for protection, restored joy, and increased anointing in your Pastors’ lives. Those prayers will release untold blessings on your leaders, your Church and even your own life. (James 1:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
DAY 2 – January 17, 2017
HEALTH AND HEALING
Vision comes from God to help you and other people and to establish His Kingdom in the earth (not to be confused with ambition, which comes from seeking the flesh and is self-seeking). Spend today focusing on your own intercessory prayer life, praying for other intercessors, and praying that God would raise up more intercessors. Take time today to thank God that Jesus is your Healer. If there is sickness in your body or mind, or in the body or mind of a loved one, begin to speak forth health and healing in Jesus' name! (Isaiah 53:4-5; 3 John 2)
DAY 3 – January 18, 2017
If there are addictions in your life or in your family members’ lives (i.e. sexual, drugs, alcohol, nicotine, overeating, sugar/sweets, insomnia, antidepressants or chemical addictions, etc.), ask God to give you grace during this fast to walk away free from those chains! (Luke 4:18-19)
DAY 4 – January 19, 2017
FINANCES AND PROSPERITY
Ask God to set things right in your finances and expect financial miracles this year! If you sow the unusual, you will release an unusual harvest back into your life. (Joshua. 1:7-8)
DAY 5 – January 20, 2017
You cannot have a good marriage if God is not in the center of it. Even if you are single, your courting days should be centered on Christ and purity, establishing a firm foundation for the future. If you are married, cover your spouse and your marriage with prayer. If you are single, pray that God will bring you His utmost choice for your life, and commit to settle for nothing less! (1 Corinthians 7:1-17; Ephesians 5:23-31)
DAY 6 – January 21, 2017
Today, pray for those in your family and those yet to come. Break generational curses and establish blessings. Lay a foundation for the next generation. (See Isaiah 58)
DAY 7 – January 22, 2017
DAY 8 – January 23, 2017
Whatever you are believing God for during this fast, believe Him for the Maximum! Believe Him for His Favor, for His measure of capacity, not your own. (Proverbs 8:34-35)
DAY 9 – January 24, 2017
RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS AND KINGDOM CONNECTIONS
DAY 10 – January 25, 2017
BODY OF CHRIST
Concentrate on the Body of Christ - those who are suffering and persecuted for their faith, those who are struggling to hold on to their faith, and those whom the devil wishes to pick off from our younger generation. (Rom. 8:26-27)
Do not grow weary, but stand strong in the power of His might!
DAY 11 – January 26, 2017
Ask God for discernment of people, situations and opportunities and study His Word. (See Heb. 4:12)
DAY 12 – January 27, 2017
BINDING OPPRESSION AND FEAR
When you worship, you not only Magnify God, but you also reduce the size and power of everything else around you. God will hear you when you set your heart to Worship Him. When you magnify the Lord, you shrink the supposed power of your enemy, the devil. The greatest thing you can do in the midst of a battle is to Magnify the Lord!
DAY 13 – January 28, 2017
Ask God to send the Rain of His Spirit and His anointing (Zechariah 10:1, Joel 2:21-29) on the land to break up the hardened hearts and to bring forth a harvest of souls. People need revival, we need revival, and the Church needs revival.
DAY 14 – January 29, 2017
LABORERS INTO THE HARVEST FIELD
Focus your prayers on receiving key instructions from Heaven; Cry out for God to save the multitudes in the Valley of Decision; and Cry out for the lost and hurting, the poor and the addicted. Ask Him to send Witnesses, Missionaries, Ambassadors of His Word, throughout the earth! (Matthew 9:37-38)
DAY 15 – January 30, 2017
REVEALING GIFTS (PERSONAL AND SPIRTUAL)
Today, if you don’t know what your gift(s) is (are), ask God to reveal them to you. He will. If you don’t know, ask yourself, ”Am I using them to glorify Him and advance His kingdom?” (1 Corinthians 12:1-2)
DAY 16 – January 31, 2017
Pray and Seek God about His purpose and plan for your life, and your ministry unto Him. (1 Cor. 4:1-2) Be faithful.
DAY 17 – February 1, 2017
MENTORS, DISCIPLESHIP, MOTHERS AND FATHERS IN ZION
Pray that God will bring the right relationships into your life, Spiritual Fathers and Mothers in faith, who can and will strengthen you and build you up.
DAY 18 – February 2, 2017
OPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL EYES
I am determined to open my eyes wide, but I know that only You can help me grasp the revelation in the Word. Open my eyes to understand the Scriptures. Open my understanding.
DAY 19 – February 3, 2017
SEEK GOD’S DISCERNMENT & GOD’S COUNSEL
Perception is not always reality. What you perceive about other people is not always accurate. Don’t depend on your perceptions. (I Corinthians 13:7; Philippians 1:9-10; John 7:24). Pray that God will give you wise counsel. God wants to be a part of your life and your decisions. People can only give you so much advice. Seek God in every situation. (John 14:26; I Corinthians 2:11; Romans 9:1)
Please give me discernment and help me to avoid the sin of presumption in all my ways. Help me believe the best and to see people the way You see them. Show me where I have wrongly judged anothers so I will not fall into a snare. I am grateful that there is wisdom in the counsel of many, but I realize that You have all wisdom and that You lead me forth by peace. Help me to always seek Your counsel, Your wisdom, and Your confirmation on all my decisions.
DAY 20 – February 4, 2017
A SEASON OF RECONCILIATION
Pray for reconciliation and restoration. Seek to clear all offenses, offer a hand of peace, forgive and let go. Ask God to do new things in your relationships with others. (2 Corinthians 5:18; Proverbs 18:19; Matthew 5:23-26)
I choose to forgive. I choose to reconcile. I choose to live in peace with all people as far as it depends on me. Please lead and guide me toward reconciliation in Your way, in Your timing, and for Your purposes and glory.
DAY 21 – February 5, 2017
SPIRIT OF PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO FALL
The world needs the Touch of God and nothing else will do in a world gone mad. Focus your prayer today on a Spirit of Prayer to be released in Churches and homes across the land; pray that God will pour out His Holy Spirit and revive us again!
Keep on swinging.
Don’t settle for partial victory! (2 Timothy 4:7-8). God says, “When you approach a door that is very large, do not fear, because I will open it.” When God opens the door, no man can shut it (Revelations 3:7-8).
Be strong and very courageous. If you lack courage, pray (Philippians 4:6-7).
Don’t do anything until you ask the Lord first. He will give you a clear word (Ephesians 2:10).
Be patient. God loves the “last-minute save”! “Whoever believes will not act hastily.” (Isaiah 28:16)
Look out! You haven’t seen anything yet, when you mix Faith with the Word of God (Hab. 2:4; Rom.10:17). The just shall live by faith.