The theme for year 3 of Decade of Destiny is, "GREATER," based on the best-selling book from Steven Furtick. The Bible says in John 14:12, "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father (NLT)." I refuse to believe that God wants us to settle for mediocre lives, He desires that we would cooperate with Him to do greater things for His Kingdom. Do you want to break out of mediocrity? Greater things begin with greater prayer! Michele and I invite you to join us over these upcoming 21 days (beginning January 5, 2014) of prayer and fasting. We are looking forward to seeing God move in our lives and the life of our church family. We know that He will work in ways we could never imagine. Together, we will take this journey and we will go the distance to discover God’s plan. We wish you all of God’s best during this time! Let’s get ready for GREATER things in 2014! Here's the schedule:
- Kick-Off- Jan. 5, The GREATER 2014 Fast begins during our morning services!
- Read a copy of Pastor Steven Furtick's book, "Greater."
- 21 Day Bible Reading Plan For The Fast- click here!
- FL United Service- Jan. 8 @ 7:00 p.m. (Baptism)
- End the fast- Jan. 26th during our morning services. (Year 3 Decade Of Destiny pledges will be received)
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Because there’s more to life…more to faith…more to you—God gives you the formula for success. It boils down to two words: God first. That’s where God began. Look at your Bible. What are the very first words written? “In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1) God first! That is the priority that should rule our lives. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” How do we seek Him first? I can never say it enough—through fasting and prayer. Fasting is a discipline that helps to shift our priorities. It puts Him first and allows us to hear His plan, receive His direction and His blessings. If you want success in your life, in your marriage, in your work—putting God first is the key. When God is our first priority, He can use us to help others. God hears the cry of the oppressed and the unsaved. The words of Isaiah 58:6-14 give us insight into how significantly God views the power of fasting.
BIBLICAL FASTING IS REFRAINING FROM FOOD FOR A SPIRITUAL PURPOSE.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God. As a church, we are fasting in order to deepen our relationship with God and to walk in step with His plan and purpose. The best way to do this is to redirect our food source or something else of importance to us. This is accomplished through substituting our regular food intake with Bible reading, praying and journaling. The overall goal is to experience a genuine hunger for spending time with God. According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray, and fast. Fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength – strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, as stated in Matthew 6. When you give God your first through fasting, prayer, and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.
WHY SHOULD I FAST?
1. Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
2. Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
3. Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
4. Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
5. Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
6. Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
7. Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
8. Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
9. Do you desire to know God's will for your life?
We want to encourage you to target your prayers during the fast. Two specific areas we will be focusing on together are leadership and finances. The Bible instructs us to continually pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2). When we lift up our leaders, here in the United States and around the world, we can expect God's peace in our lives and in our nation.
Another great promise, from the book of Isaiah, proclaims that the chosen fast will "undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free." We are living in tough economic times and we know that many people are under a financial burden. As we come together to fast and pray, we believe that your burdens will be lifted and that financial blessings will be released!
We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer for your decisions about your fast. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)!
Full Fast- Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
The Daniel Fast- Eat no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
3-Day Fast- This fast can be a Full Fast, a Daniel Fast, or a fast giving up at least one item of food.
Partial Fast- A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. This fast can be a Full Fast, a Daniel Fast, or a fast giving up at least one item of food.
Media fast- Turn off the computer and TV and focus your thoughts and energies on God's voice and His Word.
9 TYPES OF FASTS THAT ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE
Whether you need healing, direction, protection, finances or something else from God today, His Word is full of people that faced similar hardships and overcame them through fasting and prayer. The Bible talks about the 9 different types of fasts that believers have done in seeking the miraculous to invade their circumstance. They are:
One: THE DISCIPLES FAST
“The Disciples Fast” is a fast that frees you from addictions to sin or besetting sins as referred to in Hebrews 12:1. Besetting sins are those that ensnare us and hinder us from achieving God’s purpose for our lives. In Mark, chapter 9, Christ’s disciples were frustrated because they could not cast out an evil spirit. Jesus said, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). Through fasting we can break free from the addictions and habits that are not pleasing to God.“Is this not the fast that I have chosen; To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58:6).
Two: THE EZRA FAST
“The Ezra Fast” is found in the Book of Ezra, the eighth chapter (Ezra 8:21). Ezra had been given silver and gold to take back to Jerusalem from King Artaxerxes (Ezra 7:14-17). But there was a problem — thieves! Maybe you feel like thieves have stolen what belongs to you financially. When Ezra faced an uncertain financial journey, what did he do? He declared a fast and God answered his prayer! If you will fast, pray and obey God’s commandments, He said you will be blessed (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Three: THE SAMUEL FAST
When the Phillistines were preparing to attack Israel, Samuel declared a fast for national revival, Samuel told the people to fast and seek God to return His presence to the nation (1 Samuel 7:3). our society today critically needs believers who will take “The Samuel Fast” — a fast for national revival. “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 and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). We can return God’s presence and glory to our personal lives and our nation if we fast, pray and seek Him now.
Four: THE ELIJAH FAST
One of the most powerful fasts is “The Elijah Fast.” It breaks negative emotional feelings and habits. When Jezebel sent word that she wanted to kill Elijah . . . he became so distraught that he was an emotional wreck(1 Kings 19:4). He was depressed . . . even suicidal. That’s when an angel came to Elijah and instructed him to journey back into the presence of God. The Bible says that Elijah fasted for 40 days and 40 nights as he returned to Horeb, the mountain of God. God delivered Elijah from feelings of suicide and fear. He gave Him hope, courage and direction. Whether you suffer from emotional bad habits, a negative self image, fear, insecurities, depression or some other emotional bondage, fasting will help open your heart and mind to hear the still, small voice of God.
Five: THE WIDOW’S FAST
“The Widow’s Fast” is about meeting the humanitarian needs of other people while you are fasting. In 1 Kings 17:10-16, we read the vivid story about a woman with very little who helped the man of God, Elijah. It was all part of God’s plan. The widow made a choice to fast so that someone else could eat. The book of Isaiah puts it this way, “. . . is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out . . .” (Isaiah 58:6-7). Today, you can meet the humanitarian needs of other people while you’re fasting by using the money you would normally feed yourself with to help a food bank, support world missions or give to some other ministry that is helping the needy. When you do that, it pleases God and He will meet your needs. In the story of the widow, God multiplied the meal in her barrel to last for THREE AND A HALF YEARS!
Six: THE PAUL FAST
Are you faced with a major life decision and don’t know what to do? Maybe you have a job opportunity . . . a broken relationship or an unfulfilled dream. God has provided a way you can discern His voice—“The Paul Fast.” Saul was going the wrong way in life. He was hunting down followers of Christ and persecuting them when the light of God’s truth knocked him off his path (Acts 9:3-6). Saul headed to Damascus and “was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank” (Acts 9:9). Saul didn’t know what to do. But he fasted for God’s divine direction. Then God sent the disciple Ananias to Saul with guidance (Acts 9:17). Through this process Saul became Paul, one of God’s chosen disciples. Through his fast, Paul got the direction he needed and so can you.
Seven: THE DANIEL FAST
When we look at “The Daniel Fast,” this fast is a partial and a prolonged fast that yields health and healing. Found in Daniel, chapter 10, the Daniel Fast is a fast from meats, sweets, breads and any drink but water for 21 days (Daniel 10:2-3). Daniel and three others refused to eat the king’s meat and they “appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies” (Daniel 1:15). Daniel and his men were healthier!
Eight: THE JOHN THE BAPTIST FAST
John and his disciples fasted often, according to Matthew 9. He was on the Nazarite diet, which fasted alcohol all the time. He ate little more than locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:1-4). Because of John the Baptist’s constant fasting, I believe he had a greater testimony and influence on the lives of people in his generation than any other man (Matthew 11:1), (John 1:6-7).
Nine: THE ESTHER FAST
“The Esther Fast” is the fast for “protection against danger.” We live in a world full of predators, disasters and evil. But don’t live in fear. God has provided the blessing of protection. Esther was in a very dangerous position. Her uncle Mordecai discovered a plot by Haman, one of the king’s advisors, to destroy her family. When he asked for Esther’s help, she knew it was very dangerous to approach the king without being called for. She could lose her life. So Esther declared a three-day fast for God’s protection (Esther 4:16). Haman wanted to hang Mordecai on the gallows he was building in his courtyard, but God turned it around and the evil conspirator was hanged instead, on his own gallows! When you fast and pray, God will extend His protection to you and your household.
What GREATER Things Are You Believing God For In 2014?