When we commit we agree or pledge to do something in the future. People make commits everyday. They commit to be to work on time, to exercise, to picking up groceries on the way home from work, etc. However, making a verbal commitment is the easy part, following through often creates the challenge.
At the beginning of each fasting cycle Surrender Fasters commit to surrender something specific to God. Some make good on that promise while others never make it to the finish line.
Is there something special about the latter?
They were simply willing to pay the price. *But what is the price of commitment?
1. Change of lifestyle – they were willing to live differently.
2. Loneliness – they stepped out in obedience even if no one else in their circle was willing to do so.
3. Faith in God – they believed that God would bless their efforts.
4. Criticism – they were willing to weather the criticisms of others.
5. Daily discipline – they instilled a daily routine and followed it religiously.
6. Constant pressure – they overcame the temptation to turn back around; to give into their fleshly desires.
And they learned that the price of commitment paled in comparison to the reward that was earned after 40 days of hard work and sacrifice!
I have been encouraged by the testimonies. I will post all of them on a future blog. If you want to share please send your praise report to email@example.com.
If you want to reap the benefits of surrender. Check out the website. Complete instructions for completing your own 40-Day Surrender Fast are outlined there. You can start an Monday of your choosing!
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With God all things are possible,
*”Commitment: Hezekiah Has What It Takes,” John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible, p. 567.