Lent Week 2 – You Have the Victory

One week down, five more to go!

Welcome to Day 8: Establish Your Faith. “Establishing or activating your faith is the process of doing in the natural what God has already finished in the spiritual” (The 40-Day SF, p. 52). Now that is reason to rejoice. It is already done and you have the victory.

I must admit I was surprised by the number of emails received by our office of fasters growing weary and losing strength and that in the first week! However, God is still on the throne and the enemy can’t do more than He allows and His words says that he will put no more on you than you can bear. In fact, it assures us “my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

So with that said, raise your hand if you are committed to run on and see what the end is going to be. To quote my friend Joy Briscoe, “When we successfully complete this cycle, there will be an unleashing from God like never before.” I believe that with all that is within me. I know our sacrifice has not gone unnoticed and that God will reward us above and beyond what we can ask or think.

We are continuing with our theme: The Exodus: Moving from Here to There. This week God has revealed yet another aspect of His will: that we embrace His love; that we know to the full how much He loves us (Ephesians 3:18-19).  And because He loves us He will lead us to victory in every area of our lives. Likewise, here are a few tips for gaining the victory in every situation:

  1. Take your eyes off your circumstances. Faster Dianne stated that although she had some serious challenges during Cycle 1 of Surrender 2012, “I could not wait until the fast begun again to jump back in line for a double portion of God’s Blessing.” What a great approach; she took her eyes off of the problem—ignored the crafty schemes of the enemy and decided to look to God. Which leads us to our next tip…
  2. Keep your mind on God. His word tells us that He will keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Him (Isaiah 26:3). So instead of fretting and then complaining, think of some things you are grateful for and begin to thank the Lord. As you do that you will feel yourself rising above your circumstances and living in the perfect peace that He has promised.

Stay encouraged and fasters please pray for one another, even those who are starting behind you (there is a new wave of fasters that are stating today and some are already committing to start next week).

I would love to hear from you, please let me know by commenting below how you are faring this week.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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4 thoughts on “Lent Week 2 – You Have the Victory

  1. Joybriscoe@ymail.com

    Dr.Owens, you have spoken confirmation, confirmation, confirmation! Take your eyes off of the circumstance and put your eyes on God. I’ve found in my own life I get so focused on the problem, the SOLUTION/God is sitting right there. Thank you! Thank you! I love and embrace your opening statement “activating your faith is the process of doing in the natural what God has already finished in the spiritual”. I’m living my life with the new motto “it already done”! I love you, Joy

    • Love you too Joy! Doesn’t it feel great to know it is already done?! 🙂 When we embrace that truth, the ability for that problem to bother us becomes little to null. With God all things are possible.

  2. Geneva L. Pearson

    It amazes me, Dr. Celeste, that YOU of all people consider yourself unattractive. Why am I amazed?? From the day I first spoke with you, I was like “Wow…what a beautiful lady!”. You’re talking about adult acne, what about seasoned citizen acne with gray hairs on the chin? I have been struggling with this, but guess what: IT’S OVER!! I will now be able to stand before others as God allows without wondering if they are looking at the facial hairs, bumps, and scars. Yes, I have protruding teeth and was called “beaver-teeth” as a child. But God has brought me to a place where I will no longer allow the past to hamper my boldness in HIM to speak before people.
    Thank-you for this 2nd Surrender Fast 2012. It has indeed been extremely hard as I have surrendered anxiety (I still have not gone back to TV!!!). I love the Lord for using you mightily!
    Luv Ya!

    • Yes Geneva that type of thinking is so OVER! That is so last cycle :). Now we can boldlly go where God is taking us with all the self-consciousness. You bring up a great point, I thank God that I am finally delivered from that type of thinking because as we get older we certainly can find more to complain about! I feel so much freer. When a thought crops up about some aspect of my appearance I quickly respond, “Who cares. God loves me just like this.” There’s freedom in beleiving that! Also, no TV!!! You are showing out. 🙂 Keep being all that God has called you to be in this next phase of your life. Love you much, Celeste

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