T2W’s Fruit Of The Spirit Challenge

T2W’s Fruit Of The Spirit Challenge

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I am inviting you to join me for a 9 week Fruit of the Spirit Challenge beginning next week, July 8th! This challenge is so that we as wives can draw closer to God and be able to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in our marriages. We are not always conscious of the spiritual battle raging in the spirit on our behalf. There are systems that the enemy has put in place to come against your marriage. Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. So there are certain trials that need prayer and then there are certain trials that need both prayer and fasting. Through prayer and fasting, we get to “press in” and draw nearer to God as we believe that He will cause us to reap a great harvest that will be seen in our marriage and individual lives!

 
In Galatians 5:16, the word of God tells us to walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. In a couple of verses further down, we learn that the fruit of the Spirit is; Love, Joy, Peace, Long-Suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance. Each day, I will share with you a nugget for each fruit for the week that we are praying and believing in God for in our marriage. In biblical fasting, you deny your body something and use that time to focus on prayer instead. Prayer without fasting is like going on a hunger walk. So prayer is vital!!
 
When the angel of God came to Daniel on the twenty-first day, he said “Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven” Daniel 10:12.

 

5 Things To Know About Prayer & Fasting

1. Fasting Is Difficult.

As expected, fasting is a challenge! It is not natural and you are operating in the supernatural when you fast. Some folks can fast at the drop of a dime and depending on how serious my situation was, I have gone on an immediate fast in the past as well. However, I love to eat and I love food! Fasting will never feel natural and especially when your body gets use to a routine of eating certain foods and at a certain time time of the day. No one is less “spiritual” because  they don’t feel like fasting or struggle through it. Actually, your body will always hate it and that is normal. So as you consider fasting for your marriage, keep in mind that just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Expect the push and pull of the flesh. It’s normal.

 

2. Fasting Does Not Change God.

You should not fast in order to get God to change His mind or twist His arm. He doesn’t operate like that. His ways are perfect and His will is perfect. God is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. We do not fast so we can have our way. Fasting allows us to surrender and in actuality, we are asking God to let His will be done. Fasting brings out a posture of humility in us. We get to sit back and say, God have your way. And His answers often rest in the category of “Yes, No or Wait.”

3. God Hears Our Prayers Before We Fast.

In Daniel 10, we learn that God heard Daniel’s prayer the first day he prayed. “Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven.” God hears our prayers already. Fasting is like pouring gas into the already blazing fire of prayer: humbling yourself, quieting your overactive mind,  and opening your heart so you can hear God more clearly. Your spiritual senses become sharpened.


 

4. The Act of Fasting Won’t Change Your Husband.

Just as we can’t twist God’s arm to change His will when we fast, we don’t change our husbands through the act of fasting. God is the only one with the access and ability to change your spouse’s heart and intention. Yes, fasting is powerful and can adjust the trajectory of marriage, however, God is actually trying to change YOU. We have to get out of our own of the way, humble ourselves, and allow the Holy Spirit to be at work.

 

 

5. Fasting Changes You.

 
Although the act of fasting does not automatically change your husband, it definitely changes you as you humble yourself to the work that God desires to do in you and through you. Sometimes your change is exactly what God will use to inspire His change! Other times, God will perform an independent work in our lives.

 

But either way, fasting is about you. To pound, develop, strengthen the muscles of your spirit.  To help you stay on a difficult, perhaps unpopular path. To give you clarity in the midst of turmoil. To position you for supernatural interventions. To mature you in your walk with God.

 

 
 

Yay!!!! Are you excited about this challenge? Here are your options for FASTING!

 
 
 
 
Option 1~ Daniels Fast- No Meats, No Sweets, No Sodas, No Wine or Strong Drink. Focus on eating vegetables, fruit, nuts, and more items from the list. (You may choose one day out of the week to participate in this option for the entire day or up until a certain time of the day)
 
 

The Daniel Fast Food List

 

  • All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
  • All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
  • All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat.
  • All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds; unsweetened almond milk. Nut butters are also included.
  • All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.
  • All quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut.
  • Beverages– distilled water, filtered water, and spring water.
  • Other – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, unsweetened coconut flakes, seasonings, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, soy products, and tofu.

Foods to Avoid on the Daniel Fast

  • All meat & animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork.
  • All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt.
  • All sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.
  • All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey).
  • All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.
  • All deep-fried foods – corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.
  • All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening.
  • Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea
 
 
Option 2~Partial Fast-  A partial fast is when you give up one or two meals a day or when you fast up until a certain time of the day such as noon. My very first fast was a partial fast in 2001 and I absolute love, love eating breakfast so it was hard for me to give that up. (You may choose one day out of the week to participate in this option)
 
Take one day and consecrate yourself and have faith in Jesus that you will reap a RIPE harvest in your spirit as well as in your marriage! Remember husbands are encouraged to participate as well!
 
*** Be led by the Spirit on what exactly to eat and not to eat. Do not get caught up in too much of analyzing! You and God are the only ones who know if your sacrifice is real. If you are taking medication, please consult with your doctor first!***


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