Lent Negativity Fast Preparation



Click below to listen to Steve Backlund share on how to make the most out of your Lent Negativity Fast.

Key Definitions

Negativity Fast – 

After writing Igniting Faith in 40 Days, Steve Backlund and the Igniting Hope team were inspired to create an event that used his devotional along with other mind renewal tools to help the Body of Christ accelerate "transformation by the renewing of the mind" (Romans 12:2). Each year for Lent, rather than a traditional food fast, we challenge believers to fast negative thinking and the lies of the enemy while feasting on the promises of God. You will break through into greater levels of hope and joy, relinquish lies that have held you back, and meditate on the Truth of God's Kingdom.


  • Determining to focus more on God’s promises than on problems.

  • Learning to speak with hope about even the toughest of issues.

  • Becoming solution focused rather than problem focused.

  • Refraining from reacting and giving voice to pessimism, criticism of others, self-criticism and other forms of unbelief.

  • Speaking about problems to the right people in the right way.

  • Replacing negative words and thoughts with positive words and thoughts based on the promises of God.


  • Denying that problems exist.

  • Stuffing things that are wrong.

  • Critical of others who may be struggling.

  • Irresponsible concerning things that need to be done. 

Declarations – 

One of the key mind renewal tools you'll hear about throughout the Negativity Fast is making declarations, a core teaching of Steve and Wendy's ministry. You'll also see a "Let's Declare This!" section in every email with a biblically-based declaration to speak over yourself that day. We declare God's truth not to convince others, but to convince ourselves. "Nothing in the Kingdom happens until there is first a declaration." 



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do I do if I signed up but am not receiving the daily email? 

We're sorry! It can take our email system a full 48 hours to officially sign you up for the 40 days of emails, so even if you don't receive emails the first few days, you're likely still officially registered if you received confirmation emails.

Also be sure to check your spam and "Promotions" tab (especially if you have a Gmail account). Sometimes our emails can sneak their way into other tabs instead of your Inbox.

If you missed any emails, click here to read previous days emails. To receive access to previous days' daily videos and weekly podcasts as part of Level 2 and 3, please email fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com where they will verify your Level 2 or 3 subscription and send you a Lent All-Access link. 

If after 48 hours and after trying the above, email us at fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com ASAP so we can correct this issue for you.


I am in level one, why am I receiving the videos in my email from level 2?

As a gift to Level 1 registrants, we included daily videos in the first three days of Level 1 emails to give you a taste of the daily videos you'll receive in Level 2 and Level 3. If you're registered for Level 1 and would like to upgrade, click the buttons below!


Can my friends join once the fast has already started?

Yes, of course! We highly recommend going through the Negativity Fast with a friend or small group to make the most of it. If you miss a previous days' email or sign up after February 10 (the first day of the fast), you can access past Level 1 emails here and a link to the Lent All-Access pass including daily videos and weekly podcasts for Level 2 and 3 (email fastandfeast@ignitinghope.com for this link and the webpage password).

And remember, you can choose to do a 40 day negativity fast and positivity feast with Igniting Faith in 40 Days any time of year!


What if I have not received my copy of Igniting Fatih in 40 Days yet? 

If you haven't received your copy of Igniting Faith in 40 Days (the Negativity Fast devotional – read one devotional each day as part of the fast), remember that free PDF copies are available as part of Levels 2 and 3. 

If you're in Level 1, you can also receive a PDF version to immediately by purchasing through the Bethel online store or via Kindle, below.


What if I don't understand what this fast is all about?

That's okay! We're excited you're joining us on this journey! The primary purpose of our Lent Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast is to spend 40 days during Lent to fast the lies of the enemy and bad beliefs, and feast on God's truth and GOOD beliefs! We do this by encouraging people to read one page of Igniting Faith in 40 Days each day for 40 days of Lent, sign up for a level and receive a daily email with teaching related to that day's devotional. For access to more mind renewal tools and resources, Level 2 of the fast offers a daily video teaching in the daily email, and weekly podcasts with Steve and Wendy Backlund answering your questions about beliefs. Level 3 includes all of Level 2 along with two 30-minute Skype sessions with an Igniting Hope Beliefs Trainer (click here to learn more) for personal coaching in your beliefs journey.

Watch Steve share an overview about the Lent Negativity Fast and what inspired him to start this annual event:



What if you want to lead a group through the fast?

Great idea – we highly recommend doing the fast with your friends or your entire church congregation! To encourage groups to join together for the Negativity Fast, we have a list of resources for Fast Group Leaders. We also offer discounts for ordering copies of Igniting Faith in 40 Days in bulk.


What if I am part of level 1, but I am interested in hearing more about level 2 and 3?

Scroll to the bottom of this Fast Info page to learn more about the different levels of the fast.  You can upgrade Level 2 or 3 until February 20 if you so desire! If you've read the info and are ready to either register or upgrade, click the buttons below.

What are the podcasts in Level 2 and 3 like?

Throughout the fast, Level 2 and 3 registrants can submit questions each week to Steve and Wendy Backlund about beliefs, hope, joy, the fast, etc. They will answer as many of these questions as they can each week on a weekly podcast during the fast. 

Click below to listen to the Week 1 Podcast from last year's Lent Negativity Fast and Postivity Feast. Questions asked on this podcast are listed below.

Questions Answered on This Podcast:

  • Is it okay that I’m inconsistent with my joy? Some days declaring and happy, some days not…
  • How do I stay positive in relationships and church when I’ve been hurt by the same people repeatedly?
  • What are keys to overcoming fear and panic struggles or fatalistic thinking?
  • What do you do when you can’t hear from God what is next in life? How do you stay positive when it feels like the Lord is not there and not answering?
  • How do you stay hopeful and not waver when situations look hopeless?
  • What insight do you have for people dealing with fear and shame?