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RWCCI FASTING GUIDELINES

January 6 -31

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Our fast will begin Sunday, January 6th at midnight and end Thursday, January 31st. We believe that our daily commitment to these disciplines and spiritual routines are going to provide clarity of direction and manifested goodness for every area of our lives and our church. (If you have any physical or dietary concerns that may limit what you can or cannot fast please pray concerning what you can do and adjust accordingly). Food Focus You May Eat: Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, 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 not allergic to soy. Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices (no added sugar), 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices. You may also drink protein drinks. Others: Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts

You May NOT Eat: All Meat White Rice Fried Foods Dairy Products Caffeine Carbonated Beverages Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives Refined Sugar Sugar Substitutes White Flour and All Products Using It Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products

Physical Focus Physical Activity or Exercise (20-30 minutes daily)

Spiritual Focus Daily time in Bible reading and prayer 3x per day (refer to I-24/7 prayer guide) Extra attention to spiritual teachings/literature (DVDs, CDs, Books, Bible Teaching TV) Self Examination (I Corinthians 11:31; II Corinthians 7:1; Psalm 139:23-24) NO TV except Christian TV programs that are spiritually edifying.

Relationship Focus Dedication and commitment to peaceful communication and interaction A minimum of one, 1-hour long conversation-based activity with spouse/children (family meeting, feelings sharing, household assessment/planning) A minimum of one planned fun activity for the household that focuses on family interaction (games, outings, etc.)

Ministry Focus Sensitivity to ministry opportunities to share your faith and testimony with others. Sensitivity to daily opportunities to demonstrate God's love and do good to people! Expect God to use you.

Faith Focus Divine wisdom and protection in our daily affairs. Supernatural progress, favor, restoration, and change of status. Clarity of the Spirit regarding the direction of our lives and our church (Specifically: Increase in our partner base, increase in our ministry resources, and the future destination of our new church home). Souls

Five Steps for a Successful Daniel Fast


1. Pray. From the very beginning, include God in your fast. Open yourself up to Him and talk to Him about your intentions. Submit the fast and yourself to Him. If you are not accustomed to this type of interaction and intimacy with the Lord, thats okay. He understands. But keep moving forward, even though you might feel awkward. Remember, He knows what you need before you tell Him. The psalmist writes, O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it (Psalm 139:1-6). Your Father loves you and wants you to be comfortable in His presence. Sometimes we need to learn how to hear His voice and feel His presence, and this is a perfect time to start learning and moving into this special place with your Father. Plan. Take some quality time to plan your fast. What is your purpose for the fast? When will it begin for you? When will you complete it, and is there something you will do to acknowledge the finishing point? Review your calendar and consider the appointments and activities that are planned. Do you need to change any of them? Do you need to make special arrangements due to the fast? What study and devotional materials will you need? Do you need to purchase them or order them online? Consider what your day will be like when you are fasting. Will you get up early to spend time in prayer, study and meditation? This is also the time to consider meal preparation during the Daniel Fast. Will you pack lunches for work or school? Can you dedicate several cooking days during the fasting period to save on meal prep time? Try to imagine your days and plan for them with the fast in mind. Prepare. Now that you know the time period of your fast, your purpose the study materials you want, and ideas about meal planning, this is the step where you actually get busy and get everything ready. I hope you will take the time to read through all the sections in this information so you will be well informed about prayer and fasting before you begin. You will also want to prepare your physical body for the fast. Drink lots of water; take steps to thoroughly prepare yourself. Participate. This is it! You are participating in the fast. You might experience several battles during you r fast. Your flesh might rebel because youre not giving in to cravings and hunger pangs. Your body might ache with symptoms of withdrawal from sugar and caffeine. You might feel some fatigue in the first week, but more than likely, you will soon feel better than you have in a long while, with increased energy, clearer thinking, and an overall feeling of health and well-being. Be sure to drink plenty of water at least a half gallon each day. When the flesh rebels, put your spirit in control and stand your ground. Most important, put your amazing and loving Father in first place on your schedule! If you are not used to spending time with God, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you

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and teach you. Allow your Fathers love to enter your heart. Become familiar with Him. Learn how to live a Spirit-led life and allow Him to work in your life. He is so eager to demonstrate His love for you and He is eager for you to put your hand in His as a child does with a trustworthy and caring Father. 5. Praise and Process. Thank God for this experience and all the blessings and lessons Hes given you during this period. Spend some time looking back on your experience to process what you learned and think about any permanent changes you may want to make. Very likely, you will have developed some positive and healthy habits that you want to carry forward even though the fast is complete. If you messed up, consider what you will do next time to reach victory. Review your fast and make notes of those elements that worked well for you and what you will want to change the next time. Fasting Objectives: Unity God Encounters Revival Awakening to holiness and consecration Cleansing of mind, body and spirit Revival in our community

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