Here is where the persons that have volunteered to join Pastor Smith in spiritual preparation for the return to the newly renovated MZBC can find encouragement, information and accountability. For 21 days, we will share together in the Daniel Fast and Covenant Prayer beginning July 16, 2012.
Friday, July 20, 2012
And the Struggle is ON...
only day five and for many of us, the easy part is over. The first few days of
a fast are pretty much a breeze, but after the first couple of days BAM! The
cravings will start to kick in and what was not a temptation on
Monday-Wednesday might just be today.
week (Thursday & Friday), I’m attending a conference for 2 days in
Baltimore. Everyone knows that Baltimore is my childhood home. MD blue crabs
surround me, fried chicken is everywhere, snowballs on every corner, and I’m
not far from those fresh snicker-doodles at Lexington Market. This is more than
the average person could handle. Additionally, I had to listen to the sinister
voice of my craving sub consciousness saying, “No one here knows you are on a
fast! You can relax the standard this one time.” The struggle was on me yesterday!
triggered my cravings? Smelling, seeing and sensing the presence of those
things I have committed to sacrifice. I had to fight those psychological urges
and remind myself that if I surrender, it is a demonstration that I love my
flesh more than I love my cause. I told myself, "Leonard, you can't
surrender to the cravings and remain surrendered to your cause."
guess what happened? Even though the struggle was on, I remained surrendered to
the cause and so can you!