Why are we Fasting?

2019 is poised to be a year of covering, influence and increase. We are wanting to start the year off right and give God the "first fruits" instead of our left overs. We are desiring that through this focus we will set a pattern that will change our lifestyles. We fast so that God has more of us!!!

Also, God has declared, 2019 is to be the year of delivery.  We understand that true deliverance comes through prayer and fasting.  Jesus said in, Matthew 17:20-22 (NKJV) 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Why 30  days?

30 days is symbolic to giving God your first fruits.  The 30 days represents an entire month.  So in essence we are giving God the first month of the year.  We are encouraging you to give God the best and first of all things.  Time, talent and treasure.  Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

Our goal as a church is for each person to participate in this fast in one of the ways below. We never want people to feel like a failure or for them to feel as though they aren't good enough. Prayerfully consider what God would have you to do, be constant and watch how God changes you.

Types of fast

Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
COMPLETE FAST
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
SELECTIVE FAST
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
PARTIAL FAST
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
SOUL FAST
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

Duration of fast

As a whole we will fast for 30 days however not necessarily everyone for the whole 30 days.  We just want everyone to do something within the allotted dates. For example, 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, 21 days or 30 days.

Important note

The time you would normally spend eating or doing whatever you decide to give up, use that time to read your Bible and Pray.  Don’t leave this out, it is the most important part of fasting.  Matthew 4:4 (NKJV) 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Prayer & Scripture

  • Each day of the FAST the church will be open at 6:00am for those wanting to come by and pray.
  • Monday’s at 10am people will gather at the church for prayer
  • At 9:00PM every night, on our Church Facebook page, @crcog we will be going live and praying.
  • Also, daily scriptures will be available on the APP and on the website.  If you haven’t downloaded the church app please go to the APP store and search CrossRoads Church of God and set your notifications on for the app.

Scripture References

  • Matthew 6:16-18
  • Matthew 9:14-15
  • Luke 18:9-14
  • Acts 27:33-37
  • Nehemiah 9:1-3

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