Fast Wednesdays: Week of November 4, 2015 – Where is Your focUs (Unity) Today?

Greetings Beloved!

Last night, I went to my mom and dad’s church and joined them for a hour of prayer. This week they are praying for their revival which occurs next week. They come out for one hour, every evening from 6 to 7 p.m., sing, pray and go home. It is executed so orderly, they sing a capella, and, for me it was just an inspirational, spiritual time.

This also lines up with my Ezra Fast – Fasting to solve problems (see Ezra 8:21-23). If we fast for a specific purpose, we may solve a debilitating problem (for this fast is done to promote and create unity within a group of people and is a “corporal” one for the common good of the group. As I approach my 7th day I have seen tremendous results that I may be able to share one day but needless to say “God is faithful.” Since this is one of my few times ever reading the book of Ezra, I thought I would share with you just a hint of what it entails and perhaps you will be intrigued to read it; its not a long book by the way, as books of the bible go, for those of you unfamiliar:

Purpose of Writing: The Book of Ezra is devoted to events occurring in the land of Israel at the time of the return from the Babylonian captivity and subsequent years, covering a period of approximately one century, beginning in 538 B.C. The emphasis in Ezra is on the rebuilding of the Temple. The book contains extensive genealogical records, principally for the purpose of establishing the claims to the priesthood on the part of the descendants of Aaron.

“After a 58-year gap, Ezra leads a group of Jews from Persia. Armed with decrees and authority from Artaxerxes I, Ezra’s task is to administer the affairs of the land (chapters 7, 8). Upon arriving, Ezra learns of intermarriage between God’s people and their pagan neighbors. He weeps and prays for the nation (chapter 9). Ezra’s example of humble confession leads to a national revival (chapter 10). Ezra, a man of God and a true hero, is a fitting model for us. Far from being well known, this unheralded man of God deserves to be mentioned in any discussion of greatness. Ezra, a humble, obedient helper … commit yourself to serving God as he did, with your whole life.”
Practical Application: The Book of Ezra is a chronicle of hope and restoration. For the Christian whose life is scarred by sin and rebellion against God, there is great hope that ours is a God of forgiveness, a God who will not turn His back on us when we seek Him in repentance and brokenness (1 John 1:9). The return of the Israelites to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple are repeated in the life of every Christian who returns from the captivity of sin and rebellion against God and finds in Him a loving welcome home. No matter how long we have been away, He is ready to forgive us and receive us back into His family. He is willing to show us how to rebuild our lives and resurrect our hearts, wherein is the temple of the Holy Spirit. As with the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, God superintends the work of renovating and rededicating our lives to His service.

The opposition of the adversaries of God to the rebuilding of the temple displays a pattern that is typical of that of the enemy of our souls. Satan uses those who would appear to be in sync with God’s purposes to deceive us and attempt to thwart God’s plans. Ezra 4:2 describes the deceptive speech of those who claim to worship Christ but whose real intent is to tear down, not to build up. We are to be on guard against such deceivers, respond to them as the Israelites did, and refuse to be fooled by their smooth words and false professions of faith.

Well, I think we would all agree that there are many things which come these days and attempts to divide us…I have never seen our nation, families, races, generations, etc. so divisive in all my life and I don’t believe its just me seeing this. I just googled divisive and got divisive results on the word search!

So let us meditate and think on UNITY today … being on one accord … recalling that the bigger the problem, we know we cannot fix it and turn it over to the problem fixer.

Homothumadon: with one mind

Original Word: ὁμοθυμαδόν
Part of Speech: Adverb
Transliteration: homothumadon
Phonetic Spelling: (hom-oth-oo-mad-on’)
Short Definition: with one mind, unanimously
Definition: with one mind, unanimously, with one accord, at the same time.

HELPS Word-studies
homothymadón
(from homo, “same” and /thymós, “passion”) – properly, with the same passion, in “one accord” (having the same desire).
/homothymadón
(“of the same passion”) describes people who share “like precious faith,” creating a God-produced unity between them (cf. 2 Pet 1:1,2). Here they “have the same mind” (the Lord’s thoughts) because each receives the same revelation of His Word.

Scripture(s):
Acts 1:14Contemporary English Version (CEV)
14 The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind.[a] The women and Mary the mother of Jesus would meet with them, and so would his brothers.

Acts 2:1 Contemporary English Version (CEV) The Coming of the Holy SpiritOn the day of Pentecost[a] all the Lord’s followers were together in one place.

Acts 2:46Contemporary English Version (CEV) 46 Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread[a] together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely…

Acts 4:24 Contemporary English Version (CEV) 24 When the rest of the Lord’s followers heard this, they prayed together and said: Master, you created heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.

Acts 5:12Contemporary English Version (CEV) Peter’s Unusual Power 12 The apostles worked many miracles and wonders among the people. All of the Lord’s followers often met in the part of the temple known as Solomon’s Porch.[a]

SONGS: 

Songs of Unity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74U4FCrsfjI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BS_apbK7L0

Song of THANKS (Compliments Nicole Shermaine Fuller):
Ledisi “Thank You Lord”
https://www.google.com/search?q=thank+you+lord+ledisi&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Prayer:

Dear Lord, we come before you today, asking for a mantle of humility in our lives. Let us remember to humble ourselves as you did in your humanity. Let us recall how you served, how you were patient, and tenderhearted with all that you encountered and took your time to bless them … it seems you were never in a hurry …help us slow down so that we may focus on you and your purposes for us. Please turn our hearts of stone into hearts of love; help us to forgive and pray for our enemies. Let us walk together in unity. Your word states in Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. As we gather today, this week, etc. and mediate on this message of unity, be in our hearts, tongues, thoughts and actions. Help us to give away some love this week, a priceless, free gift … and help us to do it exceedingly, abundantly, and extravagantly so the world will know that you are LOVE and you will get all the glory, honor and praise. Amen. 

Thanks for your comments last week, please continue to let them flow…

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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