The Potter’s House Fort Worth
Pastor Patrick E. Winfield II
Sunday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 24th
This was a year of great PROGRESS!!! 5777 was the year on the Hebrew Calendar. It was the year of the Sword – a year of dividing and discerning between what is God and what is man. Moving from old to new requires an intention towards PROGRESS. Newness is not overnight but it is progressive. The intent of progress was to become better. Seven is the number of completion but completion does not mean finished it means mature.
The year we go into is the year of TRANSFORMATION!!! 5778 has in it the number eight, which is the number of new beginnings. New beginnings require processes that move our lives to change in ways that are according to destiny. This year new opportunities in Christ will initiate us into a process of transformation. We will be challenged only by the change but your faith and discipline will help you to overcome the challenge. This baptism into the moment will require patience and grace. Transformation involves being trained and discipled to initiate something new. New opportunities will bring about the need for wiser decisions and a total emerging into the process of transformation. Invite the Holy Spirit to transform your life and read and study these scriptures weekly.
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There are various reasons why we fast but none of them involve attention towards the flesh. So fasting with prayer is a spiritual discipline that helps us to:
- Direct our hunger toward God.
- It clears the mind and body of earthly attentions and intentions to draw us close to God.
- So, as we gain spiritual clarity of thought while fasting, it allows us to hear God more clearly.
- Demonstrate a profound need for God’s help and guidance through complete dependence upon him.
- To recapture authority over our decisions and choices to please God.
- To collectively intercede for the steady advancement of the Kingdom of God along with the improvement of ministry development and total engagement of the church.
- Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance and a transformed life.
- The Holy Spirit will imprint God’s Word deeper on your heart, and His truth will become more meaningful to you.
- Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
- Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival and make you a channel of life change to others.
- To obtain our goals of transformation as a collective body of believers.
- The Lord will add to the church such to be discipled and equipped for the work of the Kingdom of God.
- Bishop TD Jakes and the first family as well as the Winfield’s, Brady’s and Roberts – clarity, protection, wisdom and strength to equip the church.
- For church staff and leadership of all campuses
- For knowledge, understanding, wisdom and discernment to navigate life.
- Transformation in our families, commitments, and communities.
- That God will develop our ability and resources to transform lives, build leaders and strengthen families and have greater impact on the community and the world.
- That every worship service, bible study, workshop, gathering, conference and event will manifest the Kingdom of God in power and character; grace and truth.
- That all of us will continue to see growth, development and prosperity in every area of our lives (i.e. faith, favor, family, business, education, relationships, finances, etc.)
- For clarity and transformative development in our thoughts, purpose, destiny and decisions.
- Transformative grace in our leadership ability to equip and empower disciples for the work of ministry.
- For the spiritual development and deployment of gifts, ideas, creativity and of our nation and world towards Kingdom living.
What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from these scriptures we get three of the guidelines for the fast:
Only fruits and vegetables
Only water for a beverage
No sweeteners and no bread
Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on 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.
During this time pray for the concerns that have been listed and anything else the Lord impresses upon your heart. Find time to meditate on those scriptures that will help you increase your devotion to God. I suggest Psalm 119. Every section in this psalm is headed by a Hebrew letter and there are 22. Meditate on a section a day. Bring your family together at least once a week for devotion and find some personal time at least once a day for your personal devotion time.
Remember if you fast without praying it’s just dieting!
Let’s all grow in grace and commitment in allowing His grace to change us.
For more on the Daniel Fast and recipes, you can go to http://daniel-fast.com/portfolio/foodlist/.
For when you need something savory and stick-to-your-ribs good.
*Modification: Exclude the dollop of sour cream to make this hearty meal Daniel Fast friendly!
A great taco salad.
A nice change of texture with just enough sweet.
Beans and rice are nice for the Daniel’s Fast.
If you need a quick somthing for when you’re on-the-go, here’s a great snack bar.
A DELICIOUS salad!