Week 3: We Declare War!

Welcome to Day 15 of your 40 day surrender. If I was a betting woman, I would bet that right about now you are feeling the strain and pain of making such a colossal commitment to God. In fact, several of you wrote in last week to report on your unexpected test and trials. But be encouraged; what you are experiencing is not unusual and you can make it.

As you are aware this is my 7th surrender fast. So I know from experience that the first week is exciting, but from then on the journey becomes quite challenging. But if you endure to the end by Day 40 you will know that it was all worth it. However, until that glorious end there’s some work to do. Therefore, today’s devotional, I Declare War, is right on time.

The scripture reads, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, KJV).

So if you are wondering why things are not going as you have planned, that scripture gives you your answer. Essentially, the enemy has declared all out war; he is not pleased with your efforts and wants to stop you in any way that he can. But don’t give up. Believe with all your heart that you will obtain the victory.

It is said that the best defense is a good offence. So in the next days and weeks ahead arm yourself with what you need to win. Daily read your word, complete the devotional and personal reflections sections of the book, join the morning Surrender Prayer line, read the encouraging post on Facebook, and talk with your accountability partner(s) as often as you can. One woman shared how working as a group helps:

“There are four of us in our Sistah Group. The first week of the fast was amazing however, this week our tests started. On yesterday all four of us  were tested in various ways. Through it all we made an extra effort to meet last night and it was a blessing.”

So remember you are not alone but part of a community of fasters. Use every resource available to you and know that there are others praying for your success.  There is a war going on and together we will WIN!

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8, NIV).

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2 thoughts on “Week 3: We Declare War!

  1. Tami

    I’m excited about this fast! Even in the mist of all my trials, temptations, my surrendering of myself completely to God, my sin that is so easily set before especially during this fast! (Ugh!) My surrendering of unforgivess with others and myself, my regrets, my resentments, lack of confidence as a women’s ministry leader, mother, a person at work, in my sorority etc! I surrender it ALL to you oh God I’m declaring war over all of the mess in my life! I want to be pleasing in God’s sight and God’s sight alone! When I heard the title this morning I couldn’t help but think about the card game I declare war I played growing up. I would get so excited when I was winning by having the most cards! That’s how I want to feel during this time and all throught my life from now on excited about winning this battle againnist the enemy! Thank you Dr. Owens for obeying God and putting together this fast. Also tell your Dad that his prayer blessed me so much the other day! I could feel you all’s relationship and daddy/daughter love. It made me miss my daddy(he’s no longer w/me) but in a good way I cried. Cherish your relationship it’s nothing like it. I look @ my daughter’s relationship with their father, it is a joy to watch! Take care and be blessed!

    • Tami, I was thinking of the childhood card game too, but I couldn’t remember how to play so I didn’t include an explanation. Thanks for sharing…with God we always have the most cards, no matter what the enemy brings our way.

      Keep surrendering it all to God. He is doing an new thing and you are going to be unrecognizable by the end of your 40 days. I am so excited for what God is doing in your life!

      I passed the message on to my Dad. Thanks for the reminder to cherish the time we have.

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