2019 Consecration


Greater St. Luke Baptist Church
2019 Consecration Fast

 

About your health when you fast.
To be clear, do not give up your medical necessities or anything that is vital to your health sustainment. We highly recommend you talk to your medical professional before starting this fast if you have any health concerns. 

 

For consideration: 

  1.  Parents are asked to make decisions concerning their children’s participation in the consecration.  Since their spiritual development is the primary responsibility of the parents until the child reaches adulthood; and because the parents know the heart and life of the child, the parent is in the best position to help his/her child participate.
  2. Some members fast regularly as a spiritual discipline.  If your fasting routine is more rigorous than what has been set forth for our consecration, please feel free to do more than has been requested.  You are asked not to do less.
 
 
2019:  The Year of Observation
“Conforming to the Perfected Order or God and His Will
No more – No less – and that only.”
 
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV) – “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His Will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
 
PASTOR'S NOTE
This year’s Consecration Fast will be a 12 day fast starting at 12 a.m. on January 7th through the 198h at midnight.  We want to start the New Year as a New Person and a united Congregation.   I am asking that the entire Book of Matthew is read, but I want you to especially read Chapter 25—our focus chapter for this fast.
 
While you’re on this fast, I want you to take a careful self-evaluation to see if you are doing all you can as a person of faith towards ministry.  As our theme implies, this is the Year of Observation. 
  1. We will take a look at ourselves and our ministries.
  2. We want to see spiritual growth in all that we do both at home and in the church.
  3. We want to see spiritual leaders developed who can enhance the church’s overall mission.

Let’s make sure we are doing all we can to meet the needs of the people through ministry.   Are our ministries functioning in such a way as to meet the needs of the people on a biblically-based platform and not one which function for the sole purpose of something other than ministry and soul saving?  Are we going outside the walls and taking our ministry to the streets?

I encourage you to prayerfully seek God during this fast to see where you can be used for His Purpose in ministry.  This will be a time when the enemy will try to get you off track or try to convince you that you don’t need to fast.  This is the greatest struggle we can have—that of flesh.  The enemy will try to use it as a failing tool.
 
For those of you already serving in ministry whether as a member or in a leadership role, this is also a good time for you to evaluate whether the ministry you’re in is really the one God has designed you to serve in.
And if you are not involved in a ministry, this is a good time seek God to see where you might fit into ministry.  We are in this together as brothers and sisters, instruments of God, for the uplifting of His Kingdom.  As we join together in this fast, here are a few things to consider:
 
PLAN YOUR PRAYER TIME – Determine how much time you will spend praying and studying God’s word daily. Part of the fast is filling the time you normally would spend preparing and eating meals with prayer and study. You must be intentional in this.  You are asked to get up one half hour early each morning for prayer, Bible reading and meditation.  For example, if you typically get up at 6:30 a.m., you are asked to rise at 6:00 a.m. for devotional time.
 
TAKE A SPIRITUAL INVENTORY – When you fast and pray you are giving up food to discipline your body. Make sure you do the same with your attitudes and thoughts. You want to bring all parts of your life under the discipline of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
 
REPENT – Acknowledge your sin, repent, and be done with it. For God to hear your prayers you must first empty yourself of your sin. Ask for forgiveness and then live forgiven. (1 Chronicles 7:14-15).
 
CHECK YOUR RELATIONSHIPS – If you have hurt another person, you must go to them and ask for forgiveness. If there is someone who has offended you, pray for them and forgive them.
(Mark 11:25-26).
 
ASK GOD TO TEACH YOU FROM HIS WORD – Remember, there is a measure of spiritual blindness in each one of us, so we must ask the Holy Spirit to teach us and to take away our spiritual blindness.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
 
ASK GOD TO FILL YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT – The more you know about the Holy Spirit, the more you can give Him control of your life. And the more you walk with the Holy Spirit, the more He can exercise His influence through you. (Ephesians 5:18).
 
YIELD YOURSELF FULLY TO JESUS CHRIST – Give everything to God. Once you have yielded your physical self you must also yield your inner self. (Romans 12:1).
 
ASK FOR FAITH – The first step toward a stronger faith is developing an expectant heart for things which you are praying. (Hebrews 11:6).
 
BE AWARE OF SPIRITUAL ATTACKS – Remember there is an enemy and he will do anything and everything to destroy your fast and wreck your faith. Be prepared to face the enemy by keeping your thoughts on God and His Word. (Jude 20). 
 
FASTING IS FOR GOD – We don’t want to let Him down (Matthew 6:33). Fasting gives us clearer reception to hear God’s voice and enables Him to work in our lives. It creates a deeper relationship with God in your relationships, your home, your marriage, your church, and your life.   It cleanses our bodies from the inside out, and helps us to develop temperance, discipline, and moderation (Daniel 1:8); as a result, it provides us with a healthier lifestyle and a better body condition healing both physical and mentally

 
 
2019 Consecration Fast
 

Day 1 – Monday, Jan. 7th
Abstain from sweets, chips, and candy (all “junk” foods) (no processed sugars) 
Read:  Matthew 23:11, Matthew 5:16

 
Day 2 – Tuesday, Jan. 8th
During the fast, it’s ok to watch TV BUT no TV or video games, DVD/VCR movies or music that promote drugs, lust, violence, fornication, adultery, horror, or any other ideas that attack the flesh and distract from God.
Read:  Matthew 6:16-18; Galatians 6:6

 
Day 3 – Wednesday, Jan. 9th
No texting.  You can only talk to people on your cell phone.  The only exception is if your job requires texting.  
Read:  Matthew 20:27-28, Ephesians 4:11-13

 
Day 4 – Thursday, Jan. 10th
Eat fruits and vegetables only.  Drink only water.
Read:  Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 12

 
Day 5 – Friday, Jan. 11th
No social media activity or posting, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  You can periodically check the GSL website for any ministry updates if necessary.  Read:  Matthew 21:15-16; II Timothy 2:15
 
Day 6 – Saturday, Jan. 12th
No internet access, unless for work, school, biblical study, or to listen to/watch sermons, gospel songs or Christian programing, or to pay your bills.  Read:  Matthew 5:16; II Peter 1:8

Day 7 – Sunday, Jan. 13th
No meat of any form, no breads or any form.  No sweets.  No processed sugars. 
Read:  Matthew 18:2-6; II Timothy 3:16

 
Day 8 – Monday, Jan. 14th
Listen to gospel music.  No caffeine, salt, or sugars.
Read:  Matthew 6:24, Galatians 6:9

 
Day 9 – Tuesday, Jan. 15th
Eat fruits and vegetables only.  You may add homemade soup without meat.  Juices (pure only-no cocktails) and water ONLY.   Read:  Matthew 22:36-40, James 1:12
 
Day 10 – Wednesday, Jan. 16th
Eat ONLY fruits, vegetables, homemade soup (soup without meat), water, juices (no cocktails), coffee, tea, whole grain breads, whole grain pasta, brown rice, bran flakes, cheerios, oatmeal, 1% or 2% milk can be implemented as well.
Read:  Matthew 25:21; Philippians 2:4

 
Day 11 – Thursday, Jan. 17th
Eat fruits, vegetables, homemade soup.  You may add baked or grilled chicken.  Water, juices, coffee, tea, whole grain breads, whole grain pasta, brown rice, bran flakes, cheerios, oatmeal, 1% and 2% milk can be implemented as well. (Pure juices only, no juice cocktails.  Read:  Matthew 25:40, Romans 8:28
 
Day 12 – Friday, Jan. 18th
Eat fruits, vegetables, water, juices, coffee, tea, whole grain breads, whole grain pasta, brown rice, dairy (milk, cheese yogurt) boiled or poached eggs, baked or grilled chicken, baked fish, homemade soup (with meat if you like.  Chicken recommended).  No cakes, pies, cookies, candy, soda, juice cocktails, fried foods).
Read:  Matthew 16:19; Mark 10:42-45
 

REMINDER:  Always check the ingredients in commercially prepared foods and juices.  Many products which claim to be health still add sugar, salt, and other additives.