Welcome to Surrender 2012

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.

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  1. I am surrendering sugar and laziness. I have gotten in a comfortable place and now I am putting things in place to move forward.

    • Yes, Karen time to move forward. I am so excited about what new ventures God will bring your way. No sugar? Wow. 🙂

      • I have been tempted everyday of this fast by sugar. This has been very challenging for me. I went to a birthday celebration yesterday and the dreaded birthday cake came out. I was asked if I wanted some and I said “NO”. There was a person at the party that kept insisting that I have some. She cut me a piece and place it in front of me. I kept moving the cake and she kept bringing it back. I finally said, I am fasting sugar and she left me alone and gave it to someone else. The enemy is tricky but God is all Powerful!

      • LOL. That was very tricky, but like you said “God is all powerful!” And I thank Him that you were able to exercise self control in a very tempting situation. Keep on pressing, God is not through with you yet. In fact, He has great things in store for you my sister!

  2. Jonesie

    Good Morning and Happy New Year:

    I am surrendering the need for the world’s acceptance and approval to validate me and instead receive and believe God’s love for me through a constant diet of His Word, prayer, and meditation.

    I am also surrending my will for God’s by letting His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit guide me in making right choices, becoming more disciplined and walking in obdience as I commit to defeating a 25 year old giant of unhealthly living (poor eating/lack of exercise).

    My goal is to step by step move forward and defeat those beliefs and behaviors that are keeping me from experiencing God’s best in my life.

    • Awesome Jonesie, you summed that up nicely! I constant diet of prayer, fasting, and God’s word will eliminate the need for other’s approval and the need to overeat. You will now be overindulging in His goodness so that you can experience His best in you life!

  3. Robin Huger

    It’s been a long time waiting. I haven’t completed a fast since 2004. I know that this is a year of breakthrough and change once we obey God’s commands for our life. Please pray with me as I surrender my entire self to GOD. Self meaning MY mind, soul, and Body. These strongholds have hindered the very position he has called me to. The horrible part about it is that I knew, but was seeking self release. I am also doing the Daniel Fast. There are so many strongholds that I will mention the one that has me captive and that is FEAR. Bless you and GOD willing I will be on the call next Monday. Again, pray for me as I pray for you during this time of Surrendering. Look forward to sharing my breakthrough as many of us will. Blessings…..

    • Robin deliverance is yours. God says that if you draw nigh to Him, He will draw nigh to you. Like you said, it’s been a long time coming…deliverance is yours in the next 39 days. I can’t wait to see the final transformation! BTW the prayer M-Th 7-7:15 (EST) 712-775-7200 access code 438001.

  4. Vanessa Spencer

    I am surrendering sweets(including coffee) & SHOPPING. I have been struggling with purchasing unnecessary things for along time. I do good for a minute and then I’m back to square one.
    My problem is I’m not satified with what I have. I always want more so i’ll shop and its a temporary fix, but it comes back. With sweets I don’t know where this strong desire for sweets came from, but it’s got to go. God has been dealing with me about how I eat and I’m ready for change. I believe 2012 is my year for great things and before they start flowing in I need to be rid of somethings so I am in position to receive them.

    • Vanessa S.

      Expect the unexpected so that’s exactly what happened to me tonight. I “thought” I knew what I was fasting from which was shopping and sweets which it still is part of it , But the real surrender is lack of confindence, also needing the approval of others to validate my worth. I knew there was more to this story, but I didnt realize it until now.That’s the reason why I shop like I do because I know that my outer appearance will cause someone to give me a compliment which validates me for the moment. But yet that is a temporary fix but the compliment still isn’t enough and it is a reoccuring cycle, that’s why I go thru this over an over again. So if i dont buy another shirt, purse, pair of shoes Etc…God loves me just the way I am. I am worthy and deserving because God says so.

      Without God I can do nothing, but with God I can do everything.

      Wow this is good Thank you for the surrender fast 2012

      • And thank you for the insightful comment. All I can say is “WOW”. God has revealed so much and it’s only Day 2! Keep us posted on your progress.

      • Shar

        Vanessa your transparency has been a blessing to me. Thank you so much for sharing, and I will keep you lifted up before the Lord. Agape, Shar

  5. I created a Gravatar so you could see who was writing and to get to know each other better. Although I love technology, it does hinder the “personal touch” of online communication, learning etc.

    Dr. Celeste, after reading the two areas you are surrendering – I felt as if you had me “pegged” as well. Although I never thought I struggled with “guilt”, after reading the official definition, I was “guilty of feeling guilty”! All weekend I kept nagging myself about not doing the normal cleaning etc. Who says we HAVE TO clean every weekend anyway?! Yes, it would make me feel better, but I still haven’t done it! I’ve been doing my Surrender 2012 homework! : )

    The two areas I am surrendering are as follows:

    1) Returning to my fast of anything that does not grow from the ground, drink only water, less coffee/tea, no alcohol, and eat no junk food (if I must, it will have to natural Cocoa). I am not only doing this for the fast but due to being allergic to Candida Albicans within my body (it’s how I’m suppose to eat regularly and haven’t for the past few months). I get shots every 5 days and continue to gain weight (never been this overwieght even when pregnant).

    I have not eaten red meat or chicken/poultry for over 2 years. I do eat eggs and cheese so I’m more of a Pescatarian vice a Vegetarian (only eat fish).

    If anyone is interested in another good source to learn more about Yeast and it’s connection to weight gain (especially in women since we have more candida albicans) – http://www.yeastconnection.com and the book Yeast Connection, Women and Weight by Dr. Crook.

    2) Envy – envy of what others have and what I don’t. Feeling less adequate … mainly in the area of work and relationships. After retiring from the military in 2004, the one thing I wanted was a healthy, trusting, and loving relationship with one-man. It hasn’t occurred and although everyone claims it will, I have had serious doubts. As a result, I make work my main source of happiness (which has failed miserably). I dislike feeling envious or not happy for friends or those I care about. It’s not right. I feel if I can surrender envy – it will be best for me and my walk in faith. Regardless of the outcome.

  6. Tami

    There’s so much going through my mind to surrender to. I will need more time hopefully I’ll have it tomorrow but reading about guilt maybe close to where I’m being led. Just prayer I hear correctly.
    I will participate in the Daniel Fast.

    • Hi Tami, just pick one! 🙂 I am making a joke but it really is that simple. Just give God one of those areas you are thinking about and He will go to work. He already knows what you need to surrender so ask Him and He will reveal what that is. If all He needs for you is to concentrate on the Daniel Fast, that’s plenty. That’s what I did my first surrender fast. Meanwhile, I am praying with you for clarity.

  7. Shawne Collins

    I am surrendering overindulgence with food and things, and the need to please. I am committing 40 days to replacing dining out and shopping with God’s word. Haven’t quite figured out how to surrender the need to please except through prayer. I am so anxious (excited and afraid) to see how God changes me as he moves these life-long habits out of my life.

    • Wow Shawne that’s excellent. Don’t worry about the how just listen as God gives the instruction. I have learned that sometimes you sense Him directing you to do something that seems unrelated to what you have surrendered. But trust Him, it will all make sense after while. That reminds me of the scripture: Joshua 3:3-4, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”

      You haven’t gone this way before that’s why you have surrendered to God’s plan and waiting on Him to lead. And watch Him move those “life-long habits” out of your life.

  8. Eirlys

    I am trying to to let resentment, fear, and need to epen my heart to others. Like i said before I am in the middle of a nasty divorce, and have been abused in everyway possible. I have so much anger in me when it started it was fear and scared now the anger towards this person is eating me alive. I need so many prayers and Gods help on this. I wish I could call in mornings but cannot I am at work by that time.

    • God is a healer; just keep giving it all to Him in prayer. When you feel your angry rising up force yourself to think of things you are grateful for. I would even suggest you walk outside and appreciate nature, take some deep breaths…as long as there is breath in your body God has something He wants to do through you. Don’t let a person or a situation cause you to forget that you are great in God. Email us at prayer@surrenderfast.com and I will read your prayer request in the morninng. Deliverance is on the way.

  9. Nisha

    Dear Celeste,

    I was reading your intro to the Surrender Fast book last night and most of the areas you discussed, especially the lie of “I am not good enough”, is exactly what I have been dealing with since childhood. With that said I am fasting from sugar, lack of diligence, not operating in my own power, but completely giving everything to God, and I am believing that after this fast I will be free to walk in God’s perfect will for my life without question or hesitation!!!! BOLD and COURAGEOUS!

    • Nisha, you know we are like twins separated at birth…some of the same issues. Keep believing that God will make you new, bold and courageous and equiped to do all that He calls you to do!

      • Nisha

        Thanks Celeste,

        I know! I also wanted to make a correction, although, I listed many things I desire to surrender. After prayer, I am surrendering my will to God, really, giving every area of my life to Him, depending completely on Him.

  10. I’m surrendering my thought life. I have allowed doubt, fear, and self defeating thoughts to keep me from the life God has intended for me. A couple of months ago, I got mad at the enemy, resolved that I was going to move forward, and DECLARED WAR! My weapon, The 40-Day Surrender Fast to allow God to do the work in me.

    • Yes Omiana! Someone said earlier in an email, “we are part of the Surrender Fast revolution.” It’s a battle and we are going to win! It’s funny you would mention moving forward…that’s what Pastor Jenkins said yesterday. 2012 we are moving forward.

  11. Tami

    To start I am forgiving myself. I find myself ofen living in I should’ve done this or that. I want to come n the truth of me my life and enjoying every part of my life no matter what. I’m tired of walking around with a cloud of woe is me!

  12. Kim

    Hi Celeste
    I am surrendering to worry. I worry so much that if I am not worrying I look for something to worry about. I can count on maybe one hand in the year of 2011 the days I did not worry. I worry about did I say something wrong, did I do something wrong, have I not done enough, should I do less. I worry about my kids. I worry about everything. I am so worried sometimes I don’t want to leave my home. I was so worried today because I had not had a chance to post a comment today. I did want it to come across as if I was not taking the fast serious. I want to break the chains of worry, knowing that I have done my best in Gods eyes.

    • Kim I appreciate your transparency. Unfortunately, so many Americans suffer from worry/anxiety. I would encourage you during your time of surrender to focus on scripture that will speak you your concern like: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34, NIV). Or “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil 4:6). Meditate on those and others like them whenever you feel the urge to worry.

      Lastly, don’t worry about posting; most people don’t ever post. Your time of surrender should be used the way God wants you to use it. As long as He knows you are taking it serious that’s all that matters. I pray that you be enveloped in His peace that surpassess ALL understanding.

  13. Mellissa

    I am surrendering sweets especially chocolate & people-pleasing in the form of shopping. I always tried to impress people by how I looked or appeared to mask the real me. Well after accumulating a house of clutter & a financial breakdown in 2011, God has shown me with nothing or even nothing new, I am still beautiful & ok. And as long as God likes me, I like me. So no sweets & no stores. Pray for me as I pray for you & watch God change things!

    • I will certainly be praying for you as you allow God to fill the void that you were temporarily filling with sweets and shopping. BTW does Michelle Singletary know that you are giving up shopping? I am sure she would be ecstatic :). I look forward to hearing your praise report!

  14. Ness

    I wasn’t sure what my non-food focus was going to be until today after reading the devotional and one of your responses to a FB comment. I need God to deliver me from being inconsistent. I realized that inconsistency is apparent in evident in a few areas of my life (growing in faith, financial responsibility, fitness/healthy living). Not sure if that is too much to tackle but I’m going to try. 🙂 If I am going to be all God created for me to be, I must be delivered (completely) from the spirit of inconsistency! Thank God for this surrender fast, and for you Dr. Celeste!

    • Whew, you are tackling a big one but the good news is it’s not your job to make it all right. Because you have surrendered it to God He will deliver you from the spirit of inconsistency one step and thought at a time. Listen up, He’s speaking.

  15. Shar

    HUMILITY … today was a blessing because as I reflected on the scriptures I see over and over again GOD. God guides, God lifts, God will lift, God resists, and God gives. It’s touching because He’s personally doing these things on our behalf, not an arc angel, not man, but God Himself. God personally works on behalf of the humble. And He will do the resisting of the proud, not us, but Him. So if I simply humble myself; God will guide me, lift me up, and give me grace. Thank you Jesus!

    • Welcome to the Surrender Fast Shar! Well said. Yes, it’s all about God that’s why He needs our total dependence. And of course, humility is necessary if we are to be totally dependent on Him.

  16. Pam

    Thank you for helping me to come up higher in the dimension and realms of God’s divine purpose and destiny for my life and the life all of my committed brothers and sisters! I just ask for prayer of agreement for conquering a spirit of rejection, inadequacy and fear. I need a job, with and an opportunity to explore other gift/talents/abilities that God has grace me to have in marketing and abundance income and benefits. Where I live I need a car to get around to do the things that God has placed in my heart. Thank you so much!

    • You are welcome Pam. I have submitted all of your prayer request. Just at Jabez did ask God to bless you indeed and enlarge your territory (I Chr 4:10). Please try to join us for prayer M-Th 7-1:15 (EST). Blessings to you!

  17. Melissa

    I am a little late but none the less I’m starting the surrender fast and I am asking God to deliver me from Fear and Procrastination the two greatest sins I think , because God is not a God of fear and he does not put anything off. He is the same everyday. So as I go forward I ask for your prayers so that God can move me out of my way and take me to the places and things that I have been praying for. Isaiah 43:18-19m

    • Melissa, what are you talking about? You are right on time! 🙂 You are starting just where God would have you to start, on the day He would have you to start.

      You are also part of a community that will be praying for you specifically in the area of fear and procrastination.

      When you get a moment please listen to the recorded Surrender Prayer Line recording from today: Listen to Your Recorded Conference from the Phone…Dial – (712) 775-7299, Enter Access Code – 438001#, Ref #3. Also, join us for prayer. See the post “Morning Prayer.” All the best!

      • Agatha

        So very blessed to have found this special place, God Bless Us Afresh, thank you God for your love and the excitement that comes with knowing Your Blessings Are New Each Day!! Let us rest in the peace You shared with us through Your Son Our Brother Jesus!! Thank YOU Great I Am!

      • Amen!

  18. Thank you for the reminder to “hold on” … Dang guilt … gave into a few drinks and chocolate this past weekend. Felt like I “needed” it! I repented and said I would add an additional 2 days to my fast!

    When I work on my papers for Masters Program – I have to have munchies and DARK chocolate Reese cups (the mini ones) sounded sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! My body is reaping the not so good benefits today so – that’s my “punishment”!

    On a positive note (critical to point out what we are doing right) – I didn’t give into envy and actually caught myself almost doing so once! Ha! I am doing great overall!

    I will hold on this week!~

    Best wishes to everyone!

    • Dori, you are correct, no guilt necessary! A closer walk with God, not perfection is the goal. This may sound weird but only add the days if you feel God urging you to do so. Again, He’s not requiring perfection. So today just get back up and pray for His strength.

      Here’s a scripture that helps me when I am feeling tempted:

      “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (I Cor. 10:13).

      Also, the next time you are feeling tempted pray like a crazy woman and also remember the punishment your body will take when you have satisfied your craving. That should do the trick! 🙂

      Lastly, you got it Dori…reflect on how far you have come! That way you can give God the glory for what He has done and thank Him for what He will continue to do.

      Thanks for sharing and all the best!

  19. Dori,
    Great job on the not giving into envy. Keep in mind there is no condemnation in Christ. He sees your heart and desire to please Him. Stay encouraged!

  20. Thanks Dr. Celeste and daughtersofdestiny!

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