Day 40 – We Made It!

Day 40     |      We Made It!

 

Hello,

This is it – the last day of our Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast. What a joy it has been. So what now? Should we go back to negativity? Ha ha. Let's just laugh at that.

We bless you in the days ahead. Here are a couple of ways to stay in touch with our message of hope and joy: 1) Check out our daily Igniting Hope Ministries Facebook posts, and 2) Sign up for our monthly newsletter on this website. 3) Stay tuned for a few follow-up emails in the next week.

As a last encouragement on this fast, let's laugh at a lie from Let's Just Laugh At That, below. Blessings!


LET’S JUST LAUGH AT THIS LIE:

 IT’S HOPELESS!  HA HA HA!!!


Laughable Assumptions Behind This Lie: This situation is impossible; there are no answers. I am destined for disappointment and unfulfilled promises. My unworthiness and wrong choices block all solutions coming to me. There are no such things as breakthroughs, successes or “suddenlies.” I was born to fail for such a time as this. If I don’t see God doing anything about this, it means He is not doing anything.

The Truth: Nothing is hopeless because all things are possible with God.  1) God called Abram the “father of a multitude,” though he was 99 and had a barren wife. A year later, Sarah gave birth to Isaac (Genesis 17-21).  2) Joseph was hated by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, accused of rape, and sentenced to prison; yet he remained faithful and was promoted to the palace (Genesis 37-41).  3) Moses stood with a body of water before him, approaching enemies behind him, and complaining Israelites beside him; but he partnered with God to see the waters part and the Israelites experience freedom (Exodus 14).  4) The three Hebrew children miraculously survived the fiery furnace (Daniel 3).  5) Lazarus came to life after being dead four days (John 11).

Strategies for Overcoming This Lie:

1) Take inventory of your hope – Any thought in our mind that is not sparkling with confident hope indicates that it is under the influence of a lie (Romans 15:13). If you feel hopeless, ask the Holy Spirit to expose the lies that are being believed.

2) Capture lies and hopeless thoughts – Every thought that does not align with Christ, we have the authority to capture (2 Corinthians 10:5). What we think, we become (Proverbs 23:7). We can’t afford to think anything that we do not want to become. Replace lies with God’s truth to become free and to release freedom (John 8:32).

3) Believe there is hope for every situation and every person – He who possesses the highest levels of hope will have the highest levels of influence. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reveals that God has “the way” (hope) and an answer for every situation.

Declarations to Renew Your Mind:  Nothing is impossible with God. The Holy Spirit lives inside of me, and He says nothing is hopeless. All things work together for my good. My heart and mind are glistening with confident hope, joy and expectation.


Blessings to you and thanks for joining us! We will never be the same again.

Unreasonably Optimistic,

Steve

Let's Declare This!


“Christ IS my life and I will appear with Him in glory!”
(Colossians 3:4)  

 

LET'S DECLARE THIS!

“God gives me the victory through Jesus Christ my Lord!"

(1 Corinthians 15:57)

 

DAILY CHECKLIST

  1. Read Today's Devotional in Igniting Faith in 40 Days.
  2. Steve’s Daily Declarations – Click here for a printable PDF.
  3. Daily Bible Reading – Click here for Igniting Faith in 40 Days' suggested Bible reading for this day.
  4. Laugh at a few good lies! – Learn more about laughing at lies here.

 

HAVE GOOD NEWS OR A QUESTION ABOUT BELIEFS?

Email us at fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com to share a testimony from the fast with us, or, if you're in Level 2 or 3, send a question you have for Steve and Wendy to answer each week!

 

CONTACT US

email fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com
for technical support or other questions.

Abounding in Hope,
The Negativity Fast Team

Day 39 – Hope Ignite

Day 39     |      Hope Ignite

 

Hello,

Blessings to you on this second to last day of the negativity fast! Today I wanted to share a great excerpt on hope from Zella Smith:

“Faith is hope nurtured, Trust is hope expected, Dreaming is hope inspired, Wisdom is hope illuminated, Gratitude is hope expressed, Service is hope demonstrated, Community is hope connected, Intercession is hope activated, Prophecy is hope declared, Freedom is hope realized, Laughter is hope erupted, Peace is hope fulfilled, Joy is hope ignited.” 

I declare increasing levels of joy as your hope has been ignited!

Also, as we approach the end of this fast, I want to share my “5 life-changing beliefs” to adopt as you prepare for a lifestyle of positivity –

5 Life-Changing Beliefs

We can choose to believe something different once the truth has been revealed to us. Remember, we do not declare truths to convince others. We declare truths to convince ourselves. Declare these aloud today:  

  1. There is always a solution (I Corinthians 10:13) – The moment you speak this into a situation, there will be a spiritual shift.
  2. I will always know what to do (James 1:5-8) – The fear of not knowing what to do is a greater problem than not knowing what to do.
  3. I will always succeed at everything I do (Philippians 4:11-13)  – God's plan is to make us successful on the inside when we don't appear successful on the outside. This is the pathway to influence and leadership. Success is a state of being, not a goal to be attained.
  4. I will always have the resources I need to do what needs to be done (Philippians 4:19) – God's provision is more than financial, but He meets our needs abundantly in our emotions, protection, relationships, ideas and more.
  5. My past is always turned to good (Romans 8:28) – As we release our faith to this promise, God has the incredible ability to make every negative in our lives turn to a positive.

I suggest speaking these promises out loud regularly to establish them as core beliefs in your life. They truly are life-changing.

For these and more life-changing beliefs, I encourage you to listen to Wendy and my message entitled “4 Life Changing Beliefs” on Kris Vallotton’s podcast. Click here to access his podcast and scroll down to #161 – Steve and Wendy Backlund: 4 Life Changing Beliefs” on the podcast list to listen (#163 is another teaching from us on breaking into joy).

Bless you as God continues to transform you on the last days of this fast!
 

Unreasonably Optimistic,

Steve

 

 

LET'S DECLARE THIS!

"I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ!”
(Ephesians 1:3)

 

DAILY CHECKLIST

  1. Read Today's Devotional in Igniting Faith in 40 Days.
  2. Steve’s Daily Declarations – Click here for a printable PDF.
  3. Daily Bible Reading – Click here for Igniting Faith in 40 Days' suggested Bible reading for this day.
  4. Laugh at a few good lies! – Learn more about laughing at lies here.

 

HAVE GOOD NEWS OR A QUESTION ABOUT BELIEFS?

Email us at fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com to share a testimony from the fast with us, or, if you're in Level 2 or 3, send a question you have for Steve and Wendy to answer each week!

 

CONTACT US

email fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com
for technical support or other questions.

Abounding in Hope,
The Negativity Fast Team

Day 38 – Changing the World

Day 38      |     Changing the World

 

Hello, 


As we move toward the end of our Lent Negativity Fast, I wanted to remind you of some thoughts I have written about joy:

I used to have this romantic view of life where I thought I would be joyful in a coming future moment when everything lined up just right for me (no uncertainties, the people in my life are doing what I think they should be doing, I have overcome all personal weaknesses, my finances are great, etc.) – THEN I would be joyful. This is a delusion. If I am not joyful now, the chances of me being joyful then are slim.

So, as you prepare for the end of these forty days, here are some suggestions of how to build on what has happened during this fast:

  1. Do the fast again with new people!  Use the book, Bible reading plan, and the catch-up page for Level 1 to go through the material again.
  2. Celebrate your own testimonies of fasting negativity, those posted on the Facebook page, and share them with us! We love to hear what God has been doing throughout this fast and feast.
  3. Get more material to feast on. We recommend Possessing Joy and Higher Perspectives as group devotionals. We also recommend the Abounding Hope and Joy 6-part teaching.
  4. Connect with Igniting Hope Ministries on our Facebook page, check out our new podcast and YouTube channel, click through the website, and be sure to hear Steve and Wendy Backlund in-person if they’re traveling to a church near you, by clicking here.
  5. Look for information on an upcoming Declarations Challenge through our newsletter.
  6. Listen to sermons on hope, joy, and victorious beliefs by individuals like Steve and Wendy, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Graham Cooke, and others!
  7. Prioritize thankfulness every day. Make it a habit to intentionally find and note what is good in your life.

We would love to hear how this fast has impacted your life! Be sure to share your testimonies with us by emailing fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com.
 

Unreasonably Optimistic,

Steve
 

 

LET'S DECLARE THIS!

“God gives me the victory through Jesus Christ my Lord!"

(1 Corinthians 15:57)

 

DAILY CHECKLIST

  1. Read Today's Devotional in Igniting Faith in 40 Days.
  2. Steve’s Daily Declarations – Click here for a printable PDF.
  3. Daily Bible Reading – Click here for Igniting Faith in 40 Days' suggested Bible reading for this day.
  4. Laugh at a few good lies! – Learn more about laughing at lies here.

 

HAVE GOOD NEWS OR A QUESTION ABOUT BELIEFS?

Email us at fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com to share a testimony from the fast with us, or, if you're in Level 2 or 3, send a question you have for Steve and Wendy to answer each week!

 

CONTACT US

email fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com
for technical support or other questions.

Abounding in Hope,
The Negativity Fast Team

Day 37 – Overcomer

Day 37     |      Overcomer

 

Hello,

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice AND be glad in in it" (Psalm 118:24). 

"Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice" (Philippians 4:4).

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart" (Psalm 37:4).

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (Thessalonians 5:16-18).

These verses are wonderful reminders of life. Meditate on them if you get the chance. They propel us toward positivity. 

Remember, we don't want to just be positive in just thought, but also in action. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." The wonderful thing about doing this is that you can set off chain after chain of positive events. Some call it the “butterfly effect” – one small thing you do can have repercussions all around the world. Whatever positive actions you want to see more of, today, I encourage you to take responsibility to produce more of them yourself. When you show the world your willingness to be positive, others follow your lead, and before you know it, you're changing the world one action at a time. There's no better way to effect positive changes in the world.

As we’ve been on this fast and feast journey together, you’ve become negativity demolishers, positivity igniters, and hope bringers everywhere you go. You are leaders in positivity! So, I wanted to share a few leadership teachings to empower you as your positivity becomes a lifestyle that cannot help but influence others:

7 Keys to Becoming a Great Leader – by Chuck Maher

5 Things Great Leaders Never Do – by Steve Moore

I declare we are people of action, who lead and choose to “be the change we want to see in the world.” For more inspiration to take action, read this blog post from my book Higher Perspectives about forward movement, called, “Forgetting Those Things Which Are Behind and Reaching Forward.

Unreasonably Optimistic,

Steve

 

LET'S DECLARE THIS!

"Greater works I do because I believe in Jesus Christ!”
(John 14:12)

 

DAILY CHECKLIST

  1. Read Today's Devotional in Igniting Faith in 40 Days.
  2. Steve’s Daily Declarations – Click here for a printable PDF.
  3. Daily Bible Reading – Click here for Igniting Faith in 40 Days' suggested Bible reading for this day.
  4. Laugh at a few good lies! – Learn more about laughing at lies here.

 

HAVE GOOD NEWS OR A QUESTION ABOUT BELIEFS?

Email us at fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com to share a testimony from the fast with us, or, if you're in Level 2 or 3, send a question you have for Steve and Wendy to answer each week!

 

CONTACT US

email fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com
for technical support or other questions.

Abounding in Hope,
The Negativity Fast Team

Day 36 – Becoming Fully Convinced

Day 36   |     Becoming Fully Convinced

 

Hello,

We are almost to the end of our forty days. Thank you so much for being a part of this! I bless you to finish strong as you come down the home stretch. 

Today's topic is about becoming fully convinced. Romans 4 talks about the process that Abraham went on in staying positive in the face of VERY negative circumstances. Abraham– "who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, 'So shall your descendants be.' And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform."

One thing that really encourages me in this passage is that God's analysis of Abraham is that he did not waver in faith. I would say that his union with Hagar that created Ismael was a waver. Our heavenly father though sees the overall journey of your faith, not your mistakes, in making a conclusion about your life. That blesses me. One way to become to become fully convinced is to make declarations in faith. 

 Here is one of the thirty biblical reasons for why we make declarations:

“Declarations help us to renew our minds. Romans 12:2 says, 'And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.' The renewing of the mind does not happen by osmosis, but by an intentional plan to dismantle wrong beliefs and establish positive strongholds in specific areas of our lives. Besides meditating on scripture, there is probably no greater strategic step we can take to renew our minds than declarations. This is so exciting because it is an irrefutable law of the spirit that if we renew our minds, we will be transformed. It will work for everyone no matter what our past has been. Truly, nobody's past can limit their future, but current beliefs can. Declarations help us renew our minds so our lives will be truly transformed."


Unreasonably Optimistic,

Steve

 

LET'S DECLARE THIS!

“I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ!”
(Philippians 1:6)

 

DAILY CHECKLIST

  1. Read Today's Devotional in Igniting Faith in 40 Days.
  2. Steve’s Daily Declarations – Click here for a printable PDF.
  3. Daily Bible Reading – Click here for Igniting Faith in 40 Days' suggested Bible reading for this day.
  4. Laugh at a few good lies! – Learn more about laughing at lies here.

 

HAVE GOOD NEWS OR A QUESTION ABOUT BELIEFS?

Email us at fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com to share a testimony from the fast with us, or, if you're in Level 2 or 3, send a question you have for Steve and Wendy to answer each week!

 

CONTACT US

email fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com
for technical support or other questions.

Abounding in Hope,
The Negativity Fast Team