Fast Wednesdays: Week of October 29, 2014 – “Topic 5: Humility and Servanthood – Character in our Spiritual Development”

Greetings Beloved!

Next week I will be out of the office on business in Orlando, FL, so let us remember to pray, one for another, and, unless we get a guest blogger or the holy spirit moves me, I don’t expect we will have a Fast Wednesday devotional.

In the meantime, I am praying for a breakthrough for you and for me, beginning the battle on my knees and moving to a stance of VICTORY!

I encourage, challenge and exhort you to review the following YOU TUBE video from Priscilla Shirer and join me as we change lives through our prayers, for the victories have already been given to us (OVER 8K from the bible because we are daughters, and sons of the King):

Scripture:

Judges 7:15 15 When Gideon heard the dream and the interpretation, all he could do was just stand there worshiping God! Then he returned to his men and shouted, “Get up! For the Lord is going to use you to conquer all the vast armies of Midian!”
“Begin the Battle on Your Knees by Priscilla Shirer”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTulnDFuhds
Thanking God, right now, in advance, for answered prayers for all he has done, is doing and will do…just STATION yourself and CLAIM what GOD has already given you as I am doing…praying for ourselves and others is definitely one of the most humbling things we all will ever do!


Speaking of humility, our final discussion, in this series on Character in our Spiritual Development, is centered on Humility and Servant.

1) Gifts or Character

2) Faith or Hope (Last week’s topic)

3) Respect or Love

4) Silence or Debating

5) Humility or Servant

I believe you would agree with me that it would be very hard to have Humility without being a Servant. I look to Jesus as the ultimate role model. How awesome that he could guide, advise, command, heal, even suffer, die and wash feet, all characteristics of an outstanding leader!  Did I say wash feet?

Question: “What was the significance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples?”

Answer: Jesus washing the feet of the disciples (John 13:1–17) occurred in the upper room, just prior to the Last Supper and has significance in three ways. For Jesus, it was the display of His humility and His servanthood. For the disciples, the washing of their feet was in direct contrast to their heart attitudes at that time. For us, washing feet is symbolic of our role in the body of Christ.

Walking in sandals on the filthy roads of Palestine in the first century made it imperative that feet be washed before a communal meal, especially since people reclined at a low table and feet were very much in evidence. When Jesus rose from the table and began to wash the feet of the disciples (John 13:4), He was doing the work of the lowliest of servants. The disciples must have been stunned at this act of humility and condescension, that Christ, their Lord and master, should wash the feet of His disciples, when it was their proper work to have washed His. But when Jesus came to earth the first time, He came not as King and Conqueror, but as the suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. As He revealed in Matthew 20:28, He came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The humility expressed by His act with towel and basin foreshadowed His ultimate act of humility and love on the cross. Jesus’ attitude of servanthood was in direct contrast to that of the disciples, who had recently been arguing among themselves as to which of them was the greatest (Luke 22:24). ”

http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-washing-feet.html

Yes, and, especially in our day and time, how many leaders would wash anyone’s feet? Well, I am sure you would be surprised because there are leaders out there who would but you would certainly have to look and search for them.

That reminds me…Make sure you VOTE and encourage or bring out others to do so…now that’s a great sign of both humility and servanthood!

PRAYER:
Jehovah Jireh – We thank you today for life, health, friends, family, jobs, colleagues, teachers, leaders, followers, mentors, coaches, mentees, finances, and the power of prayer. Teach us how to pray. It can be two words such as Jesus, help, or it might be a litany but it all comes out of a grateful, thankful and repenting heart. Father, may your WILL be done, your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, help us to take one day at a time, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, lead us not, dear Lord, into temptation but deliver us from evil, for by your stripes we are healed, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. Help us to wait on you…In Jesus’ Matchless name, AMEN!

SONG:

Fred Hammond “They that Wait on the Lord”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjMmzyJR8Ng

They that wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up on wings
Just like an eagle and soar

They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and never faint
They that wait on the Lord
And I say wait on the Lord

Hold on a little while longer
Here’s what you got to do
Trust and believe my friend
He’ll work it out for you

One thing you must remember
My God is able and
He cares for you
He cares for you

Wait on the Lord and He will come through
Wait on the Lord, He will answer you
Wait on the Lord and He won’t be long
Wait on the Lord

Love, Joy and Peace, 
Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press:  https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/

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