Negativity Fast, Lent

5 Reasons to do a Negativity Fast with Others

We are about to start our 40-day Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast on February 26! If you are reading this blog after this year’s fast, you can still find the fast/feast content at our website, or you can use our Igniting Faith in 40 Days devotional to do the negativity fast on your own at any time of year.

If you are considering doing the Negativity Fast this year with us (or if you have already registered), why not do it together with a group of people?  We hear the most radical testimonies of transformation among those who do the fast with at least one accountability partner or in a small group. Jesus sent out the disciples two by two. There is something exponentially greater that happens when we partner with someone else than when we do something alone.  The Bible says that one can put 1000 to flight, but two can put 10,000 to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30).

Our Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast is a transformation mini-school of renewing your mind.

There are three different levels available:

  • Level 1 (free) that includes a daily email on how to maximize the fast and feast
  • Level 2 ($35) that includes:
    • Daily podcasts from me (Steve) including my additional thoughts to encourage you. This is great for those who prefer listening to a podcast message to reading a daily email
    • A PDF of my book Igniting Faith in 40 Days which inspired the annual Lent Negativity Fast
    • My steps and tools for breakthrough. These are the steps I use when leading myself and others into long-term breakthrough through beliefs upgrades
    • Abounding Hope & Joy Curriculum, a six-part audio series and a daily podcast with additional thoughts to encourage you
  • Level 3 ($150), our most comprehensive package with:
    • All of Level 2’s content 
    • A Belief’s Training Package, which includes 2 x 45-minute sessions with one of our expert beliefs trainers, daily audio podcast emails from Steve, a PDF of Steve’s book Igniting Faith in 40 Days, and more! Find out more and sign up here. Brenna, please fill in details

Years ago I was fasting food, and I heard the Lord say, “Steve, your food fasts are not doing much good. I love your heart to set yourself apart for me, but the positive of your food fast + the negative of your general overall negativity actually = a big 0.  I’ve got a suggestion for you: go on a 40-day negativity fast.”

Lent is a time where people are used to giving up something for the 40 days leading up to Easter as a way to meditate on and grow  closer to God. We thought we’d try giving up negativity and feasting on positivity, and we’ve seen amazing results.

The top five reasons to do the fast with others are:

  1. It will help those you do it with. Often, we need to do something proactive to break out of spiritual ruts. As we see breakthrough in our lives, we want to include those we love in our newfound freedom. The negativity fast is one way to give God a lot to work with in other people’s lives.  As we seek to love people, one way to do that is to invite them into catalytic opportunities that can get at the root of their problems. An invitation can be the start of breakthrough for our loved ones.
  2. It will help you stay consistent. In Proverbs 27:17 it says, “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” There is something about doing something like this Negativity Fast with someone else. It helps us stay accountable on the days that we don’t feel like doing it. Living in community  helps forward-moving people run farther and more consistently.
  3. It will increase your revelation of the fast truths. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”  When we gather in His name, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, manifests Himself with the revelation of truth. As we each share our perspectives of scripture, it reveals more about Jesus. Truth is like a multifaceted diamond and, when we look through additional perspectives, we all see more of Him.
  4. It will increase your influence.  When we start intentionally reaching out to influence others, causing people to connect with their giftings and callings, we are doing something great. In Mark 6:37, the disciples have thousands of people who need to be fed, and Jesus says “You give them something to eat.” When they gave the fish and bread they had to Jesus, He multiplied it. When we give the Lord our seemingly small thing to bless other people, He multiplies it. The same applies to this fast – whatever we sacrifice for others to help them do the fast, God is going to increase. If you touch one person, they will touch someone, and there will be a faith domino effect.
  5. It will create momentum in the spirit realm. Joshua and Caleb had each other; they were on a Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast of their own in Numbers 13 & 14, in the midst of a negative culture. They broke out of the pack of pessimists and encouraged each other with reminders of God’s faithfulness. The momentum in their situation became strategic for the Israel’s history because two people said “I’m not going to give into this pessimism. I’m going to feast on the promises of God. I’m not denying the facts, I’m just going to believe in God’s truth that is higher than the facts.”

Pray for us, as we go on this fast together, that this time would be a catalyst for what God is starting all over the world.  We are at a critical time in history in all of our nations. What if we fully realized the future of our nations didn’t depend on government leaders but on the beliefs of Christians? What if we chose to take a risk and actually believe the promises of God over ourselves, our families, and our nations and walked the people that we lead into the promised land as Christians?  It only takes one or two people to believe the promises of God for a nation or nations to see breakthrough. We have examples in Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, David—the list goes on.  

We can do it! The future is as bright as the promises of God. The negativity fast and positivity feast is an important part of what God is doing on the earth. Is there someone else you can partner with as you fast and feast your way to transformation?

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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.