Join Us In Consecration

Monday January 24 - Friday January 29

Although fasting is biblically based it is not only practiced by Christians.  Many people around the world practice the discipline of fasting for numerous reasons.  For whatever the reason, fasting is a “discipline”.  As a Christian it is important that we strive for discipline in every area of our lives.  

When we submit ourselves to the discipline of fasting, we are indicating to God that we desire Him more than worldly pleasures. We place His will for our body, mind, and spirit as chief priority.  

Our God’s Way fast during Consecration is a communal act as well as a personal commitment.  We have witnessed the powerful move of God in operation during these times of fasting both individually and corporately.  It is true, the more effort you put into something the more you will receive in return!  Therefore it is important that we enter this time of Consecration with a willing mind and spirit.  Don’t expect the body to be willing because it will not!  The flesh will always want to rule and have what it wants.

If at all possible, be very mindful of the extensiveness of your schedule for this week.  Do not try to be “superman” or “superwoman” and load your schedule with activities and responsibilities.  There are times when God determines these fasts for you to “rest” in Him.  That does not mean to succumb to laziness.  However, when our bodies are allowed the time to slow down, we become more available to hear God’s voice and be open to receive His direction.

It is important that during a time of corporate fasting (when we fast together as a church family), that you follow the prescribed schedule as outlined by our Pastor.  He has already sought God for direction and is sharing with you what He has been given.  God always blesses those who strive to serve Him through their obedience.  

It is not wisdom to broadcast or tell everyone you come in contact with that you are fasting.  Many will not understand and some may even be very discouraging.  Just stay focused on the spiritual and natural benefits you will receive by going on this journey with God.  It promises to be a time of spiritual and physical cleansing, purging, refreshing, and renewal.

Schedule

Fast Begins 12 AM

First Meal 6 PM

Fast begins 12 AM

First Meal 6 PM

Fast Begins 12 AM

First Meal 6 PM

Fast Begins 12AM

First Meal 6 PM

Fast Begins 12AM

Fast Concludes 4PM

Guidelines/Daily Service Details 

1. During our consecration / fast week we are to abstain from ALL pleasurable activities; i.e. shopping, movies, telephone conversations, marital relations, etc. The time that you normally would be eating and participating in other activities should be spent in prayer, worship, and bible reading.

2. If you must take medication that requires food, please do not stop taking the medication without consulting your physician. 

3. During the fast we do not eat or drink from midnight until 6:00 P.M.  (these are the hours for this specific consecration fast)   If you experience dizziness or extreme nausea you can drink fruit juice or water. Breath mints and gum are acceptable.

4. We are permitted to watch only Christian television programming and one hour of news each day.  Also we are permitted to listen to Christian music.  

5.  We will refrain from social media and all unnecessary communication unless it pertains to your job, school work, or business. However praise reports and uplifting communication is always in order.  Feel free to use our “We Are God’s Way” FB page!

6.  Get up each day; prepare your body, mind, and spirit for what God has in store.  Make yourself presentable to be around.  (smile)  

7. Daily bible readings and focuses will be emailed and posted on our website. 

8. Consecration week will begin at midnight Sunday, January 24th and conclude on Friday, January 29th at 4:00 P.M.

In order to promote unity we ask that everyone follow the consecration instructions as they have been given. We recognize that fasting may be a new experience to some, therefore we invite you to speak with us privately if you have any questions or concerns.

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure Their faces to show men they are fasting.  I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” 
(St. Matthew 6: 16 – 18)
 

Sincerely,

Pastors Tim & Denise Carpenter