Welcome to Cycle 5 of Surrender Fast 2013! Today marks the first day of our 40 days of surrender.
I am excited for what God is doing now and will do for you in the days to come. Expect Him everyday: look for Him around every corner, hear Him speak out of the mouth of babes and strangers, believe that He wants to do something new in you!
Our theme this cycle is: “Mastering the Art of Contentment.” I am determined in the next six weeks to LEARN to be content. Yes, contentment is a process and something that you learn over time.
Paul spoke about this in Philippians 4:11. He wrote, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” How can he be content in every circumstance? The secret is Christ. For we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Believe you me, contentment is not an easy concept to grasp especially in a world that assures you that more stuff guarantees more happiness. This philosophy is damaging to the spirit. Instead of seeking first the kingdom of God we seek things and stuff. Instead of seeking God’s presence we seek His presents. In the end it’s all vanity as King Solomon so aptly warns us. So if you desire to be content in every circumstance stick with us for the next six weeks. You will find lasting joy that will carry you through any and every of life’s circumstances.
Also, the Surrender Fasters are a diverse group. We are represented by 28 states (AL, CT, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NM, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI), Trinidad & Tobago and Cameroon, Africa. It’s a revolution; we are creating an army of committed, powerful believers!
Andel and I are surrendering our finances. That means for the next six weeks we are on a fixed income. We desire to be good stewards of the money God has entrusted to us.
What about you? Where are you from and what are you surrendering this Cycle? Please comment below.
With God all things are possible,
A few Instructions to enhance your fasting experience:
2. Follow this blog.
3. First time fasters should read The 40-Day Surrender Fast. There is a devotional chapter for each weekday. This will help you get the most from your fasting experience.
4. Surrender 1 maybe 2 things for 40 days (unless otherwise instructed by God). Surrendering too much at one time will overwhelm you.
5. Join us for the Weekly Wrap-up Show featuring the Inspirational Moment by Pastor Donald Chisholm (The Latter Rain Cathedral, Lockport, NY). This call is every Friday at 12noon (EST).
Questions? Email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org