Friday, September 19, 2014

Are you ready for the shift?

We are in the first week of the “Surrender Fast: New Beginnings”, this fast coincides with my first 2 weeks on my new job.  In August 2013, I asked GOD for a change I had been in this position for 11 years and I was tired.  Working with middle school students is not easy it really takes its toll after a while.

In May 2014, I was told that I would be moved to the high school building for the 2014-2015 year.  Great, a new challenge and I accepted with great expectation and I thought I was ready for it – I WAS NOT.  Since I knew most of the students, I thought it would be an easy transition but instead it was a little bumpy.  Due to me being there for 11 years I was on auto pilot, I was comfortable. After the first day, I had to step up my game and be even more prepared, more engaged, and less reactionary and find a different rhythm.  Even physically, I had to focus even more on losing more weight so I can move easily between two buildings daily. So if naturally I have to step up my game for this shift (new job), what about the shift I want spiritually?  AM I READY FOR THE SHIFT? And the answer is NO. 

I realized that I need to step up my spiritual game.  I need to be more prepared, more engaged, and less reactionary and find a different rhythm.  Sometimes we find ourselves on autopilot, go to this service, sing this song, and read that scripture but we are not an active participant yet we want more from God. This week I have found these components critical for a swift. 1. Seeking God is essential in preparation for a shift. 2. Removing people, places, and things is next. 3. Fasting & Praying is necessary. 4. Reading his word is mandatory (you need a road to be a better you).     
So I will spend the next 35 day preparing even more for the shift.  I have a revised plan of action and this first step is the “Surrender Fast: New Beginnings” ….. Who’s with me?

Jason Nelson-Shifting The Atmosphere





Thursday, September 18, 2014

Enourgement / I Will Trust

Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in
fact you are doing. ~1 Thessalonians 5:11

While Paul's exhortation here is excellent, it is the style
of the exhortation we should especially notice. We live in an age where we are
constantly pressured to emphasize the novel, new, or improved versions of
things. But in our lives as Christians, our knowledge always exceeds our
obedience. So more often than we like to think, we need to remind each other of
what we are doing right and just simply say, "Hey, you're doing well; just
keep doing 
what you're doing!" ~ FW







Tuesday, September 16, 2014

His Reach / Nothing Without You

When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. ~Psalm 94:18-19

     We are amazed at the vastness of God's reach, the awesome breadth of his power, and the glorious sweep of his majesty. An additional truth, incredible as it may seem, is God's personal nearness to us. He chooses to know us and be actively involved in the trials and triumphs we face each day. How will today, or tomorrow, be different because you are aware of his presence and companionship? What difference does it make to know he supports you when your foot slips or that his consolation is nearby when anxiety rises? -FW


Monday, September 15, 2014

Thought of the Day | Marvin Winans - Draw me Close to You / Thy Will be Done

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
—Psalm 143:10

We want the Spirit to be at work in us to make us like Jesus. For this to happen, we must open our hearts to the will of God. There are no greater words God wants to hear than "teach me to do your will." That is what it means for him to be God, to have control over our lives and our wills. This is a key part of loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. As we open ourselves to the Father in this way, the Holy Spirit puts us on God's level ground! ~FW

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Beginnings - Surrender Fast Fall 2014

I am excited that you have joined me for Surrender Fast.  This 40-day spiritual journey will change your life!  Are you ready?  This will be my third fast and I will tell you your life will change if you put in the work.  In my experience the main ingredient for change is the mindset. During the Pre-fast, I want you to see yourself in the future.  In 40 days where do you see yourself?  What is your goal for this fast?  Then, how do we get there?    

In partnership with Dr. Celeste Owens, you will be part of my Connector Group for the BROTHA’S. 

The theme for Cycle 8 is NEW BEGINNINGS.  

Through-out Cycle 8, I will share everything from  blogs, scriptures, music,& some articles from Brothaonline.com  that I hope will empower and inspire you as we take the fast together.

As part of this group, I am making myself available to help you through your 40 Day Surrender Fast with accountability, answer questions you may have that arise during this 40 day cycle, and to partner in prayer with you on behalf of the things that God will lead you to surrender.

Please leave comments, prayers, scriptures, etc on the blog or email me at info@brothaonline.com.
1.  The Pre-Fast begins on Monday, September 8th and Day 1 will begin on September 15th.
What’s Expected of You: It’s pretty simple – you do your part and expect God to REVEAL – RESTORE – HEAL and any other SURPRISES He may have!

2.  Register for Cycle 8 Surrender Fast – at www.surrenderfast.com and order a copy of the book “The 40-Day Surrender Fast” as soon as possible.

3.  Read the Pre-Fast Section starting on Monday, September 8th.

4.   Ask the Father what things He will have you to SURRENDER (for some it was sweets, impatience, fear, relationships, finances, etc.) He will show you!

5.  Each morning WORSHIP – PRAY – SURRENDER the area(s) DAILY in PRAYER.

6.  Read that Days Devotion – Journal in a separate book the answers to the questions that follow. BE STILL & LISTEN for HIS VOICE.   Prayer Call at 7:00am (If you miss the call, it is RECORDED). If you miss the call I can’t STRESS the importance of your listening to it later in the DAY. Those calls are absolutely POWERFUL. They are only 15 – 20 minutes. Dr. Celeste does a brief but powerful teaching and every day someone from her prayer team says a prayer on behalf of the community of Surrender Fasters & their family.

7.  Feel free to submit prayers to the prayer line via email given on website.

8.  Prayer Calls are at 7:00am daily except for Friday’s. Friday there is a weekly Wrap Up Call at 12:00 noon  Phone number will be listed on website.

9. Each day you can go to the website and share how the FAST is impacting your life by leaving a comment.

10.  I will send you emails throughout the week – to check on you – encourage you!

11. If you have any questions throughout the FAST, don’t hesitate to email me.

I am praying and believing God for miracles in our lives.  

Sincerely, 

Charles Clark