21 Day New year Fast

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About the Fast

As a community we will be participating in the Daniel Fast.  The Daniel Fast is a partial fast focusing on eating whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, while abstaining from all animal products (meats and dairy), fried foods, processed foods, added sugars etc. 


Fasting is not just about “giving something up.” We fast to worship.  We fast as a spiritual discipline to refocus ourselves on Christ as we begin this year.  Our lives are often overwhelmed with distractions and things we seek instead of God.  Our goal of fasting is to let go of some of these distractions and create space to draw closer to his heart and hear his voice.  We are reminded about how dependent we are on Him for our every need.   During your fast be encouraged by a devotional reading each day.  Spend time reading the Bible, praying, reflecting, journaling, and experiencing his presence.  Join with us as we encourage one another and journey together for 21 days!


SPECIAL NOTE:

If you have health issues or are on any medication, always consult your doctor first before changing your diet.


LENGTH OF FAST

21 days starting Sunday, January 9th through   Saturday, January 29th.


FOODS TO EAT:

Fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds and whole grain foods.

FOODS TO AVOID:

Animal products, dairy products, processed foods, fried foods, preservatives, artificial ingredients, sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine, etc.

Detailed Daniel Fast Food List PDF


IDEAS & RECIPES:

You can do an easy search online for additional recipe ideas or make your own, here are some below:

www.ultimatedanielfast.com/recipes/

www.allrecipes.com/gallery/delicious-recipes-daniel-fast/

www.acouplecooks.com/daniel-fast-guide-recipes/


FOR THOSE UNABLE TO DO A DANIEL FAST, SOME OTHER FASTING SUGGESTIONS:

Media: Television, Internet, Social Media, etc.

Certain Foods: Sweets, sugar, ice cream or anything that you may eat too much of.

Certain Beverages: Coffee, soda, alcohol, caffeinated drinks or anything you may drink too much of.  

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  • UP: HOW WE CONNECT WITH GOD.

    We’ve been going strong for two weeks. What has God been changing, growing, or transforming? Has God brought old things to death within you so new life could spring up? Praise Him for what He is doing.

     

    Spend a few moments in prayer and silence preparing your heart to receive from the Holy Spirit.

     

    Scripture (Read slowly, even a few times if necessary)

    1st John 4:7-12 (NLT)

    7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

     

    Time of Reflection

    Describe what it means to love God and to love others. What does it look like?

    What is our gospel motivation to love? How is God inspiring you to love others?

    How are you necessary for how God desires to love this world?

     

     IN: HOW WE BUILD FAMILY.

    Love requires sacrifice and risk. How can you love someone from our Plant family well? Get creative.

      

    OUT: HOW WE GO ON MISSION.

    Love requires sacrifice and risk. How can you love your neighbor well? Get creative.

     

    Community Prayer

    Pray for a transformative week for all participating in the fast this year (Mahwah and West Milford).

  • UP: HOW WE CONNECT WITH GOD.

    God’s desire is for all of humanity to have an intimate relationship with Him.  We are able to know God through his Son, Jesus Christ.  One of the ways we engage in a relationship with God is through studying the Scriptures and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s love, truth and compassion, which are found in Christ Jesus. 

     

    God is Gracious, so I don’t have to prove myself. Confess ways you’re attempting to prove yourself to God and to others. Recount to your heart, soul and mind God’s graciousness. Re-establish it anew today.

     

    Then, spend a few moments in prayer and silence preparing your heart to receive from the Holy Spirit.

     

    Scripture (Read slowly, even a few times if necessary)

    1st John 4:13-19 (NLT)

    13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.

     

    Time of Reflection

    How do you see God’s grace in this passage?

    What is John fighting for in this passage? Why is he so intent on this?

    In whom and where can we place our confidence?

     

    IN: HOW WE BUILD FAMILY.

    Thank someone in your church family today. Call and express your gratitude for him/her in your life.

      

    OUT: HOW WE GO ON MISSION.

    What will love lead you to do today? Have an open heart for how Jesus wants to manifest his love through your life.

     

    Community Prayer

    Pray for The Plant family to be a people marked by the love of Jesus.

  • UP: HOW WE CONNECT WITH GOD.

    God’s desire is for all of humanity to have an intimate relationship with Him.  We are able to know God through his Son, Jesus Christ.  One of the ways we engage in a relationship with God is through studying the Scriptures and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s love, truth and compassion, which are found in Christ Jesus. 

     

    God is Good, so I don’t have to find my satisfaction elsewhere. Confess ways you’re finding satisfaction outside of God. Recount to your heart, soul and mind God’s goodness. Re-establish it anew today.

     

    Spend a few moments in prayer and silence preparing your heart to receive from the Holy Spirit.

     

    Scripture (Read slowly, even a few times if necessary)

    1st John 4:20-21 (NLT)

    20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

     

    Time of Reflection

    How does God feel about you?

    How does this challenge how we feel toward and interact with others?

    Where do you need to repent?

      

    IN: HOW WE BUILD FAMILY.

    Here’s another opportunity to love your fellow believer. Is there anyone you need to forgive or seek forgiveness of? Seek to reconcile with him/her.

     

     

    OUT: HOW WE GO ON MISSION.

    Is there anyone you continually overlook? The passage states about “people we can see” but it’s easy to overlook people we do not want to see. Reach out to the overlooked, unseen and ignored.

     

    Community Prayer

    Pray for our workers in Teahouse. An International Worker believes he/she is alone as a #1 lie. Pray for them. May they continually know our love and support.

  • UP: HOW WE CONNECT WITH GOD.

    God’s desire is for all of humanity to have an intimate relationship with Him.  We are able to know God through his Son, Jesus Christ.  One of the ways we engage in a relationship with God is through studying the Scriptures and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s love, truth and compassion, which are found in Christ Jesus. 

     

    God is Glorious, so I don’t have to fear others. Confess ways you’re afraid of others or perhaps their response to you. Recount to your heart, soul and mind God’s gloriousness. Re-establish it anew today.

    Spend a few moments in prayer and silence preparing your heart to receive from the Holy Spirit.

     

    Scripture (Read slowly, even a few times if necessary)

    1st John 5:1-5 (NLT)

    5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

     

    Time of Reflection

    What is true of you because you belong to God?

    What does it mean to love God?

    What does it mean to have victory in him?

     

    IN: HOW WE BUILD FAMILY.

    Go through those in your Life Group or Missional Community. Who needs prayer for a victory? Call him/her and pray for victory in his/her life.

     

    OUT: HOW WE GO ON MISSION.

    Go out and get lunch or dinner in your community. Leave a HUGE tip! (If possible, get to know the person who is serving you. What can you learn about them: why they’re serving, background, faith background, etc. Ask good questions and do not feel the need to give advice.)

     

    Community Prayer

    Pray that we collectively learn to follow Jesus and keep in step with him. Pray for us to keep up with what Jesus is up to.

  • UP: HOW WE CONNECT WITH GOD.

    God’s desire is for all of humanity to have an intimate relationship with Him.  We are able to know God through his Son, Jesus Christ.  One of the ways we engage in a relationship with God is through studying the Scriptures and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s love, truth and compassion, which are found in Christ Jesus. 

     

    God is Great, so I don’t have to be in control. Confess ways you’re grasping for control. Recount to your heart, soul and mind God’s greatness. Re-establish it anew today.

     

    Spend a few moments in prayer and silence preparing your heart to receive from the Holy Spirit.

     

    Scripture (Read slowly, even a few times if necessary)

    1st John 5:6-12 (NLT)

    6 And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. 7 So we have these three witnesses— 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree.9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. 10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. 11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

     

    Time of Reflection

    What does God testify about Jesus?

    What does God testify about you?

    What doubts do you need to lay at Jesus’ feet or perhaps at the cross? How is God speaking against those doubts in this moment?

     

    IN: HOW WE BUILD FAMILY.

    Pray for the teens of The Plant Church; that they would know Christ and make him known.

     

    OUT: HOW WE GO ON MISSION.

    Any neighbor you’ve been praying for that needs to know the good news of Jesus? Any conversation that you stepped out of due to fear? Now is the time to lean in and bring God glory through the good news of Jesus.

     

    Community Prayer

    Pray for each of your neighbors on your street/block. Pray their hearts, minds, and eyes are open to the good news of Jesus.  

  • UP: HOW WE CONNECT WITH GOD.

    God’s desire is for all of humanity to have an intimate relationship with Him.  We are able to know God through his Son, Jesus Christ.  One of the ways we engage in a relationship with God is through studying the Scriptures and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s love, truth and compassion, which are found in Christ Jesus. 

     

    God is love. Allow God to pour his love over you in this moment.

     

    Spend a few moments in prayer and silence preparing your heart to receive from the Holy Spirit.

     

    Scripture (Read slowly, even a few times if necessary)

    1st John 5:13-17 (NLT)

    13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

    16 If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.

     

    Time of Reflection

    How does this passage increase faith in us?

    What is God wanting you to turn away from and choose life?

     

    IN: HOW WE BUILD FAMILY.

    Who needs prayer, encouragement, and strength away from sin? How can you love them today?

     

    OUT: HOW WE GO ON MISSION.

    Bake/cook for one of your POP. Share with them your love. Want to take a risk? Let them know that because Jesus loves them, you love them too.

     

    Community Prayer

    Pray for our Leadership Team, that God would give wisdom, vision and direction in this new year.

  • UP: HOW WE CONNECT WITH GOD.

    You made it! Write down to remind yourself how God met you during these 21 days.

     

    Spend a few moments in prayer and silence preparing your heart to receive from the Holy Spirit.

     

    Scripture (Read slowly, even a few times if necessary)

    1st John 5:18-21 (NLT)

    18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

     

    Time of Reflection

    What do we know in this passage?

    How has that knowing changed your life?

    What does our knowing lead us to do?

     

    IN: HOW WE BUILD FAMILY.

    Celebrate with the family. Call a fellow Life Group or Missional Community Partner and share with each other all that God has done over the last 21 days.

     

    OUT: HOW WE GO ON MISSION.

    Have someone over for a meal. Open your home. Hospitality is the way that will change the way we love others. Ask about their last 21 days. Share the good news of the past 21 days.

     

    Community Prayer

    Pray that the past 21 days would not just be any other 21 days. Pray that the past 21 days would have set you up for life change for 2022. What will you now do from here? What will change for eternity in your life?