Welcome to Day 1 of Surrender 2012!
Today’s devotional, “Expect the Unexpected,” says it all. The next 40 days will bring healing, deliverance, and peace. I guarantee that if you press your way through this fast, God is going to show up in an amazing way. I can’t wait to hear how He blesses you.
You may not know this, but you are part of a community of fasters. We are over 500 strong: men and women, young and old, various denominations, and in various stages of our walk with God (some are even backslidden). But no matter our differences we have collectively decided to surrender to God the “thing” that keeps us disconnected from Him.
As you know this is my 7th surrender fast. For me, being in a posture of continued surrender has become a lifestyle and I maintain this lifestyle through the act of surrender fasting.
For this round of fasting I am surrender two things: a food item and an psycho/emotional challenge. As far as food is concerned, I will follow a vegan diet for the next 40 days (essentially I am doing the Daniel Fast).
In regards to the emotional challenge I’m surrendering GUILT. Guilt has been an emotional stronghold that has plagued me most of my life. But what is it exactly? According to Merriam-Webster.com guilt is:
1: the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating law and involving a penalty; broadly: guilty conduct
2 a: the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously
b: feelings of culpability especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy
2b—that’s me. I feel guilty about lots of things: oversleeping (which for me would be sleeping pass 6am), going to bed without cleaning the kitchen, opting to feed my family takeout rather than a home-cooked meal, not being more socially involved, etc. But that is so 2011; I am tired and want out of the guilt zone!
During the Pre-Fast Preparation the Spirit revealed to me two truths:
1. Guilt is a spillover from my former perfectionist days (i.e., I feel guilty when I haven’t performed to the level of perfection).
2. Guilt is a trick of the enemy to keep me disconnected from God. He knows that as long as I am struggling to rid myself of one guilty feeling after another, I won’t be fully available to fulfill God’s great plan for my life.
But now I’m at the point where I need God do a new thing. Guilt is not from Him (see Romans 8:1) and I declare I will be delivered from the spirit of guilt in just 39 more days!
So what are you surrendering? Whatever it is, commit and watch God deliver you too. I don’t care how long you’ve been struggling with a certain condition, circumstance, or person. Give it over to God and let Him supernaturally deliver you from all your afflictions and strongholds.
Truthfully, I don’t know how God will do it; I just know that He will. In the words of Les Brown, the how is none of our business. So let’s just move out of the way and give God room to supernaturally heal us of all our (physical and emotional) diseases.
I’ll catch you on the next conference call. Be blessed!
**Special Assignment: We had our first prayer call this morning. We are on a mission with a special assignment from God. We have been instructed to ask God for what we need and desire just as Jabez did. For that reason each morning we are going to learn of this special man of God and recite the Jabez prayer every morning (even on the days we are not on the call). Dial – (712) 775-7200 Enter Access Code – 438001
There is a short recorded message from me this morning. Listen to Your Recorded Conference from the Phone…
Dial – (712) 775-7299 Enter Access Code – 438001# REF #1 (Note this is a different number than from the call in number.)
Your comments are welcome. Please let us know what you are surrendering and/or your thoughts about God’s instruction to us regarding the prayer of Jabez.