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Covenant Love Fast 2018

The Covenant Love Fast for 2018 begins on Tuesday, January 2nd and will end after service on Sunday, January 21st.  This page is an invitation for you to participate with us, pray and prepare.

Join the discussion on the CL Fast Facebook group

 

Pastor’s Guidance


Spiritual Focus

As we commit to this corporate fast, it is important to pray, plan and prepare. I have included some thoughts that will help you in this process. First, as a corporate body, let’s identify what we’re believing for. We are fasting to:

  • See the power and the glory of God, with signs and wonders and miracles to be manifested in the sanctuary, in the Children’s Ministry, in the Youth, and in our Connect Groups.
  • See the blind see again, the lame walk, the church and its congregation to be debt free, and to see increase for all employees.
  • See multitudes saved.
  • See the auditorium filled with people hungry for God.
  • See revival break out, not only in this city but in this country.
  • See increase for all employees and employers

 

If family members are fasting also, sit down with them and include them in the planning. Don’t force your plan on anyone. Walk in love!


Examine Your Heart

Prior to beginning, I encourage you to examine your heart. Is there unforgiveness, bitterness or resentment in your heart? If no, then great! If yes, allow the Holy Spirit to help you overcome these during your fast (read Matthew 5:43-45). Meditate on these scriptures daily.

 

Personal Goals

Are there areas that may be out of order in your life? Take some time to really focus in on things that you may need to work through. As an example, ask yourself the following:

  • Do I have a problem with authority, submitting or doing things with the proper attitude?
  • Do I argue a lot because I want everything “my way”?
  • Do I always feel sorry for myself and find myself having “pity parties”?
  • Do I always talk way too much and never let others speak or express themselves?
  • Am I frequently late to appointments or commitments?
  • Do you have any fears that you want God to help you conquer?
  • I’m afraid of what people think of me.
  • I’m afraid we are going to lose everything one day!

 

Fight the Good Fight

You will experience several battles during your fast. Your flesh will rebel because you are not giving into its cravings and hunger pangs. You may experience headaches and your body may ache with symptoms of withdrawal from sugars, chemicals, and caffeine. You may experience fatigue during the first week, but hang in there, you’ll feel better in the long run with increased energy, clearer thinking and increased well-being. When the flesh rebels, stand your ground! (Ephesians 6:13-18; Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

This is a great time to grow and mature spiritually, but to do it, you need a plan and goals. This is not legalism. Do not condemn yourself if you miss a time or something comes up that you have to attend to. Don’t get angry. Simply pick up where you were and go forward from there. God is not mad at you; He is there to help.

 

Pray

  • Include God in your fast.
  • Submit the fast and yourself to Him.
  • Open yourself up to Him and talk to Him about your intentions and needs.
  • Ask God to help you to fulfill your fast and to see all of your plans completed and manifested.
  • Set aside times to pray. These are your special times with God.
  • Families are encouraged to pray together.
  • Pray the Word, pray in your understanding and pray in the Spirit.
  • Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 14:2, 4, 14-15 (NKJV), Psalm 139:1-6 (NKJV)

 
Plan

  • Put God in charge of your fast
  • Consider what the purpose is for your fast.
  • Consider your calendar and any scheduled appointments you may have during your fast.
  • Set aside times to pray and study.
  • Are there certain books you would like to accomplish reading?
  • Will you read through the New Testament or are there certain books in the Bible you desire to read and study?
  • Make a meal plan.
  • Will you pack lunches and snacks?
  • Will you still have to fix regular meals for family members that are not fasting?
  • Scripture References: Proverbs 16:3, James 1:5 (NKJV)

 
Prepare

  • Prepare your body for the fast. (Are you doing a 10-day or 21-day fast?)
  • Start drinking at least 8-10 (8 oz.) glasses of water a day.
  • Begin to taper off sodas and tea.
  • Cut down on foods that are fried and include chemicals.
  • Cut down on sugar intake.
  • Create menus, along with your shopping list, for the coming days and weeks.
  • Prepare ingredients and meals in adv­ance.
  • Store vegetables in individual plastic bags or containers and place in the refrigerator.
  • Have fruit ready and available.
  • Prepare lunches and snacks.
  • If you are taking medicine, are pregnant, or under a doctor’s care, make sure you talk with your doctor before you start anything.
  • Join the Tips & Recipe Group on The City to read and share with others.

 
Put God in charge of your fast. He loves you and will help you. Set aside times to pray. These are special times so it is important to commit to them and stick to it. Families are encouraged to pray together. Pray the Word, pray in your understanding and pray in the Spirit!

- Pastor Al Brice

 


Medical Disclaimer: if you are taking medicine or are under a doctor’s care, make sure you talk with your doctor/physician before you start anything pertaining to this particular fast. If family members are fasting also, sit down with them and include them in the planning. Don’t force your plan on anyone. Walk in love!

 

High Protein Option

Due to a majority of our church family serving in military or having high protein dietary needs, Pastor Al has added a High Protein Option to the CLC Fast (Jan 5-14) as well as one cup of black coffee with no cream, no sweetener.

  • Chicken: Baked or grilled; not fried, no toppings such as bread crumbs, cheese etc.
  • Fish: Baked, broiled or grilled; not fried, no toppings such as bread crumbs, batter etc.

 

An excellent and suggested resource is The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory.

 

Resources and Guildelines

At CLC, our fasts typically follow the Daniel Fast method.  This group will offer you the opportunity to posts recipes and tips while also reading from others. Below, you will see the basic guidelines and resources.  In recent years, Pastor Al has added a High Protein Option for those that work high impact jobs, have medical restrictions and more.  Information on that is included below:

 

Resources

The resource most cited for the fast is the book by Susan Gregory entitled, “The Daniel Fast.” There are copies available in Connect Central or your can find it online.

 

Foods to include on the CL Fast

(Gathered from Susan Gregory’s book and website. Purchase online or in Connect Central for more details.)

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

 

Foods to avoid on the CL Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, coconut sugar and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

 

High Protein Option

Due to a majority of our church family serving in military or having high protein dietary needs, Pastor Al has added a High Protein Option to the CLC Fast as well as one cup of black coffee with no cream, no sweetener.

  • Chicken: Baked or grilled; not fried, no toppings such as bread crumbs, cheese etc.
  • Fish: Baked, broiled or grilled; not fried, no toppings such as bread crumbs, batter etc.

 

 

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