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Will you be Persistent?


I recently started my 21 day Daniel fast. If you have never tried it, I would encourage you to look into it. I have had a amazing things happen in my life and in the lives of friends and family members that I prayed for. When we fast and pray we see quicker results. Remember God hears all of our prayers and His timing is perfect. But as we will see in scripture even God has to battle the enemy on our behalf. Daniel 10:12-13 “Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persia. (Daniel 10:11-13 HCSB) You see, Daniel had a terrifying vision and started praying about it constantly. 21 days later, the archangel Gabriel showed up and told Daniel that he was treasured by God and that God’s answer went out immediately – but was detained for 21 days due to spiritual warfare. (Literally angels and demon struggling against one another.). Gabriel told Daniel twice that he was a man treasured by God. Remember God is working according to his time table. But he works in this world and his ministers and angels face real opposition. God is active. God responds. God sends help. But even for God, it can take time! Daniel was beside himself with concern for his people. He was deeply moved and was going without food or comfort for days, nearly a month! God sent an answer on day one! Daniel persisted in prayer for another 20 days!!! And help was on the way with an answer and comfort and hope! But evil forces keep that answer from arriving for 20 days!!!! Think about that. God too works in this fallen world and battles against evil forces. Sometimes he responds immediately and your answer is kept from arriving immediately. Don’t give up. Whatever it is you are waiting on, know that your prayers have been heard and an answer is on the way. But will you persist and choose not to give up? We can miss our blessings, when we become impatient and choose to do things on our own, rather than waiting on God. Stay persistent, stay strong and know that your day of victory is near.
PRAYER: Father God, thank You for treasuring me. Thank You for treasuring those around me. I pray for Your Spirit and Your angels to strengthen and encourage friends around me who seem to be losing their spiritual warfare battles right now. Let them know they are treasured by You, and assure them You are battling on their behalf and Your answer is on its way. Keep assuring me that You’ve sent Your answers to my prayers. I pray that encouragement and constructiveness will spread through Your people, and that small pockets of negativity will be battled and overcome by Your angels, Your Spirit, and Christian maturity. Be blessed my friends.

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Cindy Jacobs; URGENT Word for The Body of Christ


Cindy Jacobs: An Urgent Call for Massive Intercession
by Cindy Jacobs
Jul 20, 2010

Dear Believers in Christ,
A few days ago as I watched a news business channel, I received the following word from the Lord. As you can tell, it’s a serious warning. I know the nation is in a delicate condition now, but I believe that I need to send this word out. I ran it by Chuck Pierce and he said that it fits with what he has been hearing, only more specific on the economic side.
This is a wake up and it’s so strong.
A Serious Warning and a Call for Urgent Prayer
A warning received from the Lord on July 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas:
A few days ago as I watched the financial news, the Lord clearly spoke these words to me, “The nation is teetering!” I then had a vision of the economy of the United States, on what looked like a “scale of justice.” He then went on to show me that we must fast, pray and cry out to the Lord for mercy and solutions that will balance righteousness and justice.
In praying to the Lord for wisdom about this word, I realized what must be done—it is time for the Church in America to stand up and take her place once again in the nation. I mulled over the fact that we have already lost so many of our liberties and this is what I heard, “If the Church doesn’t fast and pray for a faster acceleration of revival and awakening, the iniquitous sin structures in the nation will tip the scale that is teetering and there will be another great depression.”
Of course, this word shook me to the core of my being. Many of you may be aware that the Holy Spirit spoke to me almost a year before the September 2008 economic melt down, that there would be “no more business as usual.”
The balance of the economy is fragile and depending on the way we fast, pray, and how we cast our votes in the next election will depend on which way the scale tips. We must pray and do. We must pray and act. We must awaken the Church to the state of the nation without fear of pleasing man or fear for our reputation.
God is watching to see which way the die will be cast. If we shift the nation to Biblical values in the arenas of righteousness and justice, the economy will follow. If we continue in our stance of support for Israel, the Stock Market will stabilize and prosper, and that which is fragile will become strong. Supernatural solutions will be sent from Heaven that our natural minds could never reason, nor grasp and they will heal the land.
If we do not heed in this hour there will be a tumbling of our economy and dark days will be ahead to such a degree that our nation will possibly never fully recover from and have the greatness as a nation that God has favored us with for generations.
God have mercy. God send an awakening. God send salvation.
Cindy Jacobs
Generals International
Email: generals@generals.org

What is Christian Fasting and Why Should You Fast?


I want to start by saying that today’s blog is specifically for someone reading. Someone that the Lord is impressing to fast, I don’t know who, but this is a subject I have talked about before. But I just felt led to speak about it again. Which isn’t surprising since it is such a vital part of our Christian walk that very few people know much about.

 So what is fasting? There is much debate about what a true fast is or is not, and I am not here to debate it but rather to share my opinion. Basically biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. And it is not limited to ministers and special occasions.

 From the beginning fasting has been a normal part of a relationship with God. God says when you put him first he will put you first. Basically when you fast you are telling God that he is more important to you than whatever you gave up. When Jesus went up on the Mount in Matthew Ch 6 There were three requirements of a Christian; giving, praying and fasting. He said, “when you give, pray and fast” not IF.

 These can also be viewed as what is called a three fold cord. Solomon made the point that a cord, or rope braided with 3strands is not easily broken. Eccl 4:12. Likewise when giving, praying and fasting are practiced together in the life of a believer it creates a type of 3fold cord that is not easily broken. Most of us have the giving and praying down pat, but many of us don’t fast. And personally I think we don’t fast because we don’t have the understanding of what it really is and why we need to do it.

 So hopefully I can expand your knowledge of fasting. Did you know that every major bible character fasted? From Moses being the first, to Daniel, Esther and David, just to name a few. And lets not forget of course Jesus! Jesus was baptized and then he went into the wilderness and fasted  40 days while the devil tempted Him. But when He returned that’s when He started His ministry and that’s when He started performing Miracles! Coincidence? Not likely.

 So why should you fast? If you genuinely want a desire for deeper intimacy with the Lord, If you want to know Gods perfect will for your life (direction.) If you need a  break through , a miracle or salvation for a loved one. If you need healing or if you want supernatural blessings in your life. It will also release the anointing, the favor and the blessings of God in your life.

 It will also help break (all) addictions and there is no limitations here. Whatever you can think of and cannot break on your own, you can be free through fasting and prayer! Poverty, divorce, drugs, alcoholism, smoking, overeating, homosexuality and pornography are just a few to mention. God wants you to be free of anything keeping you in bondage.

 Remember that bondage is from the enemy and he will keep you there as long as he can to prevent you from living in victory and living your purpose in Christ

 I firmly believe that if God is asking you to fast specifically it is because He wants to do more in your life spiritually. Paul says in Romans 12 “Present you bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Remember when I talked about, giving, praying and fasting? That is how you “present” your body to God as a living sacrifice. Fasting keeps you sensitive to his spirit enabling you to live Holy.

 When you fast your spirit becomes uncluttered and extremely sensitive to the things of God. So how to get started; first pray and ask for Gods direction during the fast. Ask God to reveal anything to you that needs to be dealt with, issues etc. before beginning your fast. If you are truly after Gods heart you will do whatever it takes to make things right before Him.

  So what to fast?- Again pray about it, that’s between you and God, just remember whatever is a sacrifice for you will be a sacrifice to Him. Some examples may be coffee, alcohol, sweets, bread, etc.

When to Fast?- Truthfully there is no perfect time to fast, just make up your mind and do it. If your fasting there will always be dinner parties, lunch dates and birthdays and you will find any excuse not to fast. So just do it!

How to Fast?- Start off small with one item of food and choose how long you will fast it. Or fast one meal for a period of time, work your way up to one whole day. (the easiest way to fast one whole day is to fast from sun up to sundown) You can even fast half days, fast from morning till 3pm, that’s not too hard and it’s the easiest to start with.

 These are considered partial fast. If you decide to do a full fast of no food, make sure you drink water at least. You can also drink 100% juice, i.e. grape juice. They recommend only drinking 100% juice because it doesn’t have all the other junk that causes your stomach to go into hungry mode. Don’t drink citrus though because it may irritate your stomach. Drink juice In small amounts throughout the day as needed or desired.

 There is even a Daniel Fast which is found In Daniel 1:12, Eat no sweets, no meat and no bread. So basically your eating fruits and vegetables and whole grains. No sweeteners and no food with any chemicals, processed etc. This is the fast I will be on this year beginning Jan 10th-30th 2010. And I am very excited about what God is wanting to do. Truth be told I have never tried a 21 day fast. I have barely made 3 full days. (And Only by Gods grace was that possible, cause lets face it, we all like to eat, or at least I do.)

 Truthfully there is no real formula I can give you to help you decide which type or length of fast is right for you. Just pray about it and the Lord will guide you. But remember when ever you fast if it doesn’t mean anything to you it wont mean anything to God. Without being combined with prayer and the Word, fasting is little more than dieting. But I want you to realize something very important, fasting itself is a continual prayer before God. But if you should break your fast, don’t beat yourself up, just keep trying. God sees your sacrifice. In closing, fasting is what prepares you for a new anointing. Fasting prepares the way for God to give you fresh revelation, fresh vision, and clear purpose. I would also encourage you to write down whatever it is your believing God for and be specific! That way you can pray for them daily as you fast and you will begin to see Gods favor on your life and prayers being answered.

So what are you waiting for? Get going and Happy fasting.

*Fasting is safe and recommended by doctors and health professionals  but if you have any health conditions you are concerned about, ask your doctor. Do not stop taking medications while fasting unless directed by your doctor.

If you need more information on fasting you can go to www.jentezenfranklin.org

Or check out the Daniel Fast Blogger here on WordPress… Be blessed.

Faith, Fasting And Miracles


A Testimony Of Faith, Fasting and Miracles

I am hoping this week is finding you well and blessed? I wanted to start by saying just how awesome are God REALLY is. Of course most of us know this already. But there is nothing better than watching God show up and show off, I just LOVE it!! I want to share a testimony of Gods love and the power of prayer. Two weeks ago on a typical Monday morning I woke up with “Fear Not”, in my head. And I was directed to scriptures and stories related to fear while checking my email. Every where I turned, fear not, fear not was what I heard. Later in the day I would learn why, my mom called and told me that my dad had been diagnosed with stage 3 Colon Cancer and that he had a tumor the size of a large grapefruit. After getting off the phone with her I went into prayer, and then I began weeping because I realized I wasn’t so sure that my dad wasn’t going to die.

 I will be honest in saying that I have never seen a healing miracle for myself. Of course I realize that God Does heal, but was it His will to heal my dad? I was confused at how to pray for him. So I just kept praying that God would show me how to pray. The next day my mom called and said that they had upgraded it from a stage 3 to a stage 4.( Meaning it had spread to other organs.) My mom was distraught. And I was shaken. We called everyone we knew and so my dad was on numerous prayer chains across the country. I decided to fast. I fasted for one day and stayed in prayer. I specifically prayed and asked that when my dad went back to see how far the cancer had spread that in fact it would not have spread at all and it would be less than what they thought.

At that point they were sure that a small amount had spread from the colon into the liver and onto his pelvic bone. A few days later my mom called screaming and said that the cancer had NOT spread at all and the spot on his liver and pelvic bone was just that A Spot! So they downgraded it back to a 3. That was the first big miracle. During prayer God showed me in scripture, in Exodus 15:26 Gods contract of healing. “I am the Lord who heals you.” In Matthew 8:17 “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” So it is NOT His will that anyone should die or suffer from any infirmity. God came to give us life. Last Monday my dad went in and had the ALL the cancer removed. Praise be to God. Now its just taking one day at a time to get well. So with this testimony I hope you will be encouraged that God does answer prayers and He does want His people well.

 And I want to encourage you this week in telling you that if you need healing, God can and wants to heal you. He says you have not because you ask not. So first ask for healing. He also says without faith it is impossible to please Him. So believe that His healing is for you and then thank Him for it. Even before you see the fruits of it. Thank Him and Praise Him for the victory. This is what worked for my family and God is no respecter of persons so He will do it for you to. Be Blessed! * In Addition this was written in 2007 My Dad Is still Cancer Free, Glory Be To God. Fasting and Prayer WORKS

Food List For The Daniel Fast


*Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast*

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 Daniel 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, 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! *Food List Provided By Susan Gregory The Daniel Fast Blogger

Join Me In My 21 Day Fast For Breakthrough


Thanks for stopping by! I have decided to start a blog so that everyone can get involved in what God is wanting to do this coming year! I believe God is going to move in a powerful way in 2010. And I want to be a part of whatever God wants to do!During prayer I believe the Lord impressed upon me to fast for 21 days doing the Daniel fast. The fast will begin, January 10th 2010- January 31st! So I have time to get the word out:)A Daniel Fast is basically where you eat no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink only water and Eat fruits and vegetables. (Read Daniel 1:12. )

 

Wow, lets not just think about the spiritual aspect of the fast, but in addition to that, imagine how well you will feel and look after 3 wks of healthy living! Count me in!

Now I am not just doing this fast to feel better, I am fasting for a purpose. You see I believe there are some things that we want or need from God that require more than just prayer. When many of the people in the bible wanted God to move on there behalf, they fasted. Esther, Daniel and lets not forget that before Jesus performed signs miracles and wonders he fasted for 40 days! Hmmm…any correlation there?

I am so excited about this because I just Know that God is going to do something awesome. In addition to wanting to bless me, I know He is wanting to bless the body in general. That’s why I believe He has impressed on me to start this BLOG.

In all honesty this is the first one I have ever done, and I’m pretty excited to see where it is going to go.

 

But seriously, God is up to something big!! He is going to bless His people like never before! Not just financially, but spiritually and even influentially! He is raising up leaders to do His will. In fact he is wanting to do something right here in our community, along with cities all over the world. But before I conquer the world, I will have start right here in my own town:)
God is wanting to reach into our community and pour his heart into His people so they can reach the hearts of the lost.

Friends, if we are going to see ANY change in our communities its going to start with us. God is waiting for us to touch the hem of his garment! How desperate are you to have God move on your behalf? How much do you want to see a change in your city? Then its going to take more than just prayer, its going to take action. And I believe that action is fasting with prayer!

I don’t know about you but I am SO hungry for a move of God. I am tired of mediocrity. I am tired of being a lazy christian and only having concern for my own home. My prayer is that God would give me his heart for his people. That my eyes and ears would be open and looking for opportunities to bless someone.

I have to say that God has been dealing with me about thinking, “too small”. Initially, I was just going to do the fast myself. But then I felt impressed to share it with my church body, But even that didn’t feel like enough. God impressed me to take it to the community and even to start this blog to get every person I could connected and involved. So I will be writing about it in the paper as well as keeping up with this blog.

Bare with me as this is my first one and I am unsure of exactly how this is all going to work. I just know that its going to be fun to find out.!

So in the near future I will be posting some information on fasting and different types of fast. Pastor Jentezen Franklin a TV minister, is my mentor. ( and doesn’t even know it!!) But all the valuable info that I have on fasting is from his ministry. If your interested in knowing more, and don’t want to wait for me you can go to his website. http://www.jentezenfranklin.org/
Thank you for reading and I believe there is something in your life that you need God to touch. If so wont you prayerfully consider joining us! Remember there is power in numbers! Not only will you join with me, but you will be joining individuals and entire church’s all over the country!

Also remember that you don’t have to fast for the full 21 days. Do whatever God places on your heart. And ask Him even what Fast you are to do. He will guide you.

Remember this will be a place of information, encouragement, prayer updates and praise reports. We will even be shareing recipes for the Daniel Fast.

PS if you have any ideas, comments or suggestions please feel free to let me know! ~Gypsy

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