Relentless 2022 Fast

What is fasting…

Simplistically, fasting means to refrain from food for a Spiritual purpose. The discipline of fasting releases the Holy Spirit, the favor, and the gifts of God in the lives of Believers. Fasting brings us into a deeper more intimate relationship with God. Fasting is NOT a diet plan. There are degrees of revelation of the Lord and some levels cannot be attained when we are casual and disengaged. We must have a desire to know God in a more personal and intimate way and take the necessary steps to break out of our routine and seek God in prayer, hear Him in our fasting and glorify Him through our worship as He deserves. When we do this, we unlock the door to new understanding and God will meet us in the place that we have prepared for Him.

Don’t worry, everyone’s fast may look different—some will fast for a set period of time like (6 AM to 6 PM), others from certain types of food (sweets, bread, etc.), programming, social media, or activities. No matter what or how you chose to fast, fasting is more than just abstaining. It is about replacing our comforts with spending time pursuing God in prayer and the Word in the place of the things you choose to refrain from.

Before fasting, you must ask yourself:

  • Why am I doing this or what are my motives?
  • What are the needs that I am desiring?
  • Are you prepared to attend to God, to minister to Him and exalt his name?

Fasting is not about us getting what we can get from God, but what we offer to Him in the form of our worship and expressions of gratitude and love towards Him.

For more information on the following click the button below “Fasting Guide” and get prepared to go after God with us!

  • Types of fasts
  • Specifics on the Daniel Fast (what you can eat, what not to eat)
  • ACTS Prayer Model
  • SOAP Bible Study Method

Day 8: How do We Engage in the Favor of God...?

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How do we engage in the favor of God…?

Welcome to Day 8 of the Relentless 2022 Fast! How do we engage in the favor of God? Could it be obedience? That we comply and submit our will to that which God has ordained and outlined in His word that we open the door for His favor to come in? A familiar passage of Old Testament scripture Deuteronomy 28 is a pronouncement of the blessings of God that will befall His people as a result of obedience. I’m sure you’re thinking, wait a minute, didn’t you say yesterday that the favor can’t be earned? That is true that it cannot. There is no degree of good that we can do or tasks that could be completed, again that’s why Christ had to die for us. However, now that we are a part of the family of Christ, we do have responsibilities to uphold, and it is our obedience that permits us to experience the continued favor of God.

Read Deuteronomy 28: 1-9

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the country. 4 “Blessed shall be the [a]fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you 9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways

God favors us with the nearness of His presence when we spend intimate moments with Him the more that we pattern our life in patterns of prayer and study of the word. Another way is through His tangible gifts to us like healing, impartation of the Holy Spirit through evidence of speaking in tongues, natural prosperity such as finances and gifts and long life.

Prayer

Lord, I thank you for your presence in my life that you want what’s best for me, and you outline in your word the type of life that I can have when I submit my will to your way. I thank you Lord, that this year you’ll deal bountifully with me. Thank you for establishing me and blessing my life in ways I can’t imagine. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!

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Favor’s Link to Grace…

Welcome to Day 7 of the Relentless 2022 Fast. Favor has been linked to grace. Grace is also known as God’s unmerited or undeserved, unearned kindness.

The favor of God is evidence that God exists, it sets us apart when we can attain or acquire things we have not earned and do not deserve. The essence of God’s grace or favor toward us can be summed up in Christ’s death of the cross He paid a debt He did not owe for sins that we committed and still there are many who have not and will not accept the free gift of eternal love.

Grace is a gift. That’s received when we open our hearts/minds to God in faith through Jesus Christ. It cannot be purchased or earned. If it could then we would boast and brag about our achievements.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

God saved us by His grace and now we have been raised to heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Not as a product of anything that we could have ever accomplished or attained but by the special provision only granted by God’s favor bestowed on us. It is his grace not our faithfulness that we are saved, that we have been blessed and that allows us to continue by means of our faith in Him.

Prayer

Gracious and loving God, I thank You for Jesus. I thank you for salvation and that you see me for who I am, where I am, and you still love me. I thank you that your grace has saved my life.  I receive the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living, in the name of Jesus. AMEN!

Week 1 – Reflections:

As this first week of the Relentless 2022 Fast is coming to a close, let’s reflect on the time that has been spent with God in prayer and consecration. What has God been showing or revealing to you in prayer? What insight is He giving you about your health and His favor on your life?

 

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What is the favor of God…?

Hello, it’s Day 6 of the Relentless 2022 Fast! We are happy that you are on this journey with us and pray thus far you are experiencing something new and unique in the time that you’ve set aside for God. The last five days we have been focusing on our health physically and spiritually and as we turn the first corner in our fast it is our duty to seek God’s Favor for our lives.

What is God’s favor? We hear it in sermons all the time, it is mentioned in Worship songs, and we have all probably said at least a time or two, but what is it?

The word favor is defined as an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual. The favor of God cannot be earned it’s a sovereign decision of God. He is a loving God and looks down and decides to bless us with His favor. At its essence favor is an extension of who God is, love and given to us from the goodness of who He is in our lives.

3 Let us honor and thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has already given us a taste of what heaven is like. 4 Even before the world was made, God chose us for Himself because of His love. He planned that we should be holy and without blame as He sees us. 5 God already planned to have us as His own children. This was done by Jesus Christ. In His plan God wanted this done. 6 We thank God for His loving-favor to us. He gave this loving-favor to us through His much-loved Son. Ephesians 1:3-6 NLV

We thank God that in His plan and design for us He made us blessed. Nothing that we could achieve for ourselves, but He designed us this way. It is/was His plan for us. We must then decide that we will accept the gift. He chose us, then laid out a plan for us and it’s our responsibility to walk in it by growing and maturing in the things of God.

Prayer

God, I thank you for Your favor that’s unlike anything the eye has ever seen. There is nothing greater than your loving favor, I don’t deserve but You loved me enough to send Your son to die for me on the cross. Let me live my life like I know that Your favor rests on my life in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Get your weight up…

Hello and welcome to Day 5! The success rate of the millions of people each year who make resolutions for their health wanes after just a few weeks into the year. By week three more than 75% of people who made new year’s resolutions have given up. They had great intentions but no follow through. We don’t want this for you this year. As the saying goes failure to plan is a plan to fail. We have ZERO plans of failing!

In regard to our physical health, strength training involves physical exercises to improve strength, balance and your endurance. Often associated with weights but also includes techniques for calisthenics (for large muscle groups, pulling, bending, jumping), isometrics (planks, very little movement or change), and plyometrics (maximum force activities). By planning the types of exercises and which muscles you will be training each day, you are able to have a tangible picture of how you will be able to improve over time. As it is in the natural it is also in the Spirit.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;

My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;

Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,

And with my song I will praise Him.

8 The Lord is [b]their strength,

And He is the saving refuge of His [c]anointed.

9 Save Your people,

And bless Your inheritance;

Shepherd them also,

And bear them up forever.

Psalms 28:7-9

So, let’s plan our spiritual strength training to rely on God this year.  Plan to pray but not just pray but set aside to sit and listen and hear what the Spirit of the Lord has to say to you. Plan to get lost in God’s word, schedule time to study to show yourself approved so that you can rightly divide the word. Plan to spend time in worship exalting the name of our Everlasting Father. Plan time to read books that open your understanding, attend church and conferences to grow and develop. 

When we plan on God we will be strengthened. it is not in our might, or strength but in God’s. What’s your spiritual strength plan looking like? What steps are you taking to get fit in the Spirit?

Prayer

God give me strategy and a plan for the direction that you desire for my life. Speak to me and show me what I need to do to get in the place that you desire for me to be in 2022. I thank You for the direction that You are taking me Lord, AMEN!

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Be in good health…

Welcome to Day 4 of the Relentless 2022 Fast. When we focus more on the things of the world than the things of God, we find ourselves in a state of malnourishment. Where we have no Spiritual fitness and are often tired and weary from combatting the wiles of the devil and end up living a life outlined in defeat. But that is not the will or desire of God for our lives.  He desires that we not only be in good health physically but that souls prosper as well according to 3 John 1:2.

2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

This is not referring to financial prosperity, which I am sure that we all would appreciate, but that you may grow Spiritually in the things of God. Which we know has a far greater payoff than money ever could. There are a lot of Christians today who are sick Spiritually. What physical health is to the body, holiness is to the life of the believer.

The Hebrew word for “Holiness” is qodes, a word that highlights the realm of the sacred in contrast to everything common and profane. The adjective qados, “holy” refers to God and what belongs to him. We become holy when we belong to God, set apart for use. It’s in times like these when we are fasting and praying and renewing ourselves in God that we strengthen our Spiritual muscles to hear from God and receive our next steps.

Prayer

Father I believe your word over my life you said that your desire is for me to prosper in all things and be in health as my soul prospers, so my prayer is that you perform your word and bring it to pass in my life, in your son Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Welcome back; it’s Day 3!  Yesterday we talked about physical health. So many people take their health (physical, mental, and spiritual) for granted until it is lost. Perhaps we place too much focus in one area and not in another, believing that one outweighs the others in the grand scheme of things, but oh contrary. Our total health and healing as Christians are essential to our ability to operate in what God has called us to.   
 
Health is a part of the blessings of God for our life, but it requires participation from us. Stewarding your body won’t prevent all things from happening but practicing the disciplines of good health such as exercising, getting the recommended hours of sleep, drinking water, limiting sugar, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables allows you physically to be in a better state to combat certain illnesses and bounce back more easily from things like the common cold or a broken bone.  
 
An additional component to our health is what we consume mentally/emotionally. We are instructed to meditate on the word of God daily and surround ourselves with the things that please God and are pleasant. However, that is not always the case. We come in contact with so many influences from the shows we watch on television, to the music we listen to, to the people who speak in our lives daily. What are you consuming? 

In Proverbs, Solomon is being admonished to trust in the Lord with all of his heart and not to lean to his own understanding. Then is instructed with the following, that when we rely on God, not ourselves, and leave evil, then our obedience in this area brings actual health to our bodies.  
 
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh, In 
And strength to your bones. 
Proverbs 3:7-8
 
Turn it off, walk away, hang up the phone and protect your peace and your health. You are what you consume. 

Prayer

God, I thank you for my health, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. I thank you that every day you are strengthening me as I read your word and connect with you in prayer. Lead me, guide me in your truth, Amen.

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Your Body is a Temple…

Welcome to Day 2 of the Relentless 2022 Fast! Your body is a temple, that’s right,

New year, new You! We hear this, every year around this time of when people are discussing their New Year’s Resolutions and their number one goal is usually, to get in shape, eat right and to be healthier. This may look like signing up for a gym membership, joining a weight loss challenge at work, buying a new cookbook, or installing exercise equipment at your home. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a desire to be in a better state than you may have been at the end of the previous year with all the gatherings with family, delicious food and cold weather that accompanies the holidays, that may have done the opposite of motivating you to be healthy.

Good health is essential to fulfilling your God-given purpose on earth! We absolutely must take care of our physical bodies so that we are equipped to do what God desires to do through us in ministry. The significance of our physical bodies is outlined by Paul for us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 -20

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Here, he points out that our bodies are the temple that houses God’s Holy Spirit. What we do and don’t do in/with our bodies matters. So go ahead and sign up for that gym membership (Relentless Life Center is accepting new members :)), perhaps you should cut back on sweets and have them once a week instead of everyday, and by all means drink some water! Get it right and keep it tight we have work to do for the Kingdom.

Prayer

Lord, I thank You that I have a healthy a body. Your word says that my body is your temple so teach me how to best manage the place that brings you glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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What is fasting…

Welcome to Day 1 of the Relentless 2022 Fast. Today, we will lay some foundations for the next 21 days. If you haven’t already be sure to check out our complete Fasting Guide it contains a wealth of information that will be helpful to you for the duration of the fast. Each day you will receive a devotional where we provide some insight to the topic for the day but as a part of this fast, we want to encourage you to spend time in the scripture using the S.O.A.P. Study Method also outlined in the Fasting Guide to hear from God for yourself. Let us not delay and further and jump into today’s devotional.

What is fasting? Simplistically, fasting means refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. The discipline of fasting releases the Holy Spirit, the favor, and the gifts of God in the lives of Believers. Fasting brings us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. Fasting is NOT a diet plan. There are degrees of the revelation of the Lord, and some levels cannot be attained when we are casual and disengaged. We must have a desire to know God in a more personal and intimate way and take the necessary steps to break out of our routine and seek God in prayer, hear Him in our fasting and glorify Him through our worship as He deserves. When we do this, we unlock the door to a new understanding, and God will meet us in the place that we have prepared for Him. Fasting is not about the outward appearance, but what God will do inside of us when we put Him first and make Him the focus of what we are doing, not about what others can or will see.

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you; they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” 
Matthew 6:16-18

Don’t worry, everyone’s fast may look different—some will fast for a set period of time (6 AM to 6 PM), others from certain types of food (sweets, bread, etc.), programming, social media, or activities. No matter what or how you choose to fast, fasting is more than just abstaining. It is about replacing our comforts with spending time pursuing God in prayer and the Word in the place of the things you choose to refrain from.

Fasting is not about us getting what we can get from God, but what we offer to Him in the form of our worship and expressions of gratitude and love towards Him.  In this fast, we are focusing on what’s known as the “Daniel Fast,” we have prepared a Fasting Guide that outlines all the components of this fast. You can click the button below “Fasting Guide” and download that information or visit the church website. 

My Commitment to God for the Relentless 2022 Fast

Take some time and answer the follow questions.

I commit to fast from _______________ to _______________. (dates)

Why am I doing this or what are my motives?

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I am fasting from

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What are the needs that I am desiring?

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Am I prepared to attend to God, to minister to Him and exalt his name during this time?

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We have purposed as a church to focus on four major areas during this time to hear from God 1. concerning our health, 2. to seek God’s favor, 3. to seek His purpose and direction for our lives, and 4. to gain wisdom for life. We are glad that you have decided to join us on this journey for the next 21 days and can’t wait to hear all that God will do in your life.

Prayer

God on this first day of the fast we first say Thank You! Thank you for being a good, good Father, You’ve done more than I deserve and for that I’m grateful. Forgive me for my sins the ones that I have committed and those things You told me to do but I just didn’t listen. Help me to focus my mind and heart and turn towards You. Move anything and anyone that would try to get in the way of what You desire to do in me during this time of fasting. I avail myself to You. Speak to my heart Lord, take control of mind, block out the distractions and let this time be a time of growth in my relationship with You, I pray that you guide me concerning my health, Your favor my life, the purpose and direction that You have for me and that I may gain insight regarding Godly wisdom for my life. I love You and Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.