Fast Wednesdays: Week of July 20, 2016-Hebrews 13:1-6 – 1) Hospitality 2) Sympathy 3) Fidelity and 4) Contentment

Greetings Beloved!

I read a meditation from a book called “Walking with God” today titled “It Is Well with my Soul” and it reads/lines up as follows:

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 74:1 “Why have you rejected us forever, O God? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pastures?

There are many people whose lives fall apart, and they feel abandoned and forsaken. Yet it is not true to believe that God will ever forsake you. He has promised to be with you always and to never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).*

God has a divine purpose for everything that happens in your life. Even when you are the victim of adversity, don’t despair. He wants to use these circumstances to bring about His perfect will in your life.

PRAYER:

Be Still, my soul, the Lord is on your side. Patiently bear all sorrow and grief and leave all decisions in His loving hands. When everything else fails, You, Lord, remain faithful. Amen.

* … I shared previously that this is one of my mom’s favorite scriptures, lets look briefly, but deeper, at Hebrews 13:1-6, maybe we can uncover why:-)

Service That Pleases God:

Hebrews 13:1 Keep being concerned about each other as the Lord’s followers should.

Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it.

Remember the Lord’s people who are in jail and be concerned for them. Don’t forget those who are suffering, but imagine that you are there with them.

Have respect for marriage. Always be faithful to your partner, because God will punish anyone who is immoral or unfaithful in marriage.

Don’t fall in love with money. Be satisfied with what you have. The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us.

That should make you feel like saying,

“The Lord helps me!
Why should I be afraid
of what people
can do to me?”

Notes from Life Application Bible, New Revised Standard regarding:

Hebrews 13:1-5: Real love toward others produces tangible actions: 1) kindness to strangers (13:2); 2) sympathy for those in prison and those who have been mistreated (13:3); 3) respect for your marriage vows (13:4); and 4) satisfaction with what you have (13:5). Make sure that your love runs deep enough to affect your 1) hospitality 2) sympathy 3) fidelity and 4) contentment.

Hebrews 13.2 Old Testament people entertained angels without knowing it: Abraham-Genesis 18:1, Gideon-Judges6:11, and Manoah-Judges 13:2. Some people say they cannot be hospitable because their homes are not large enough or nice enough. But even if you have no more than a table and two chairs in a rented room, there are people who would be grateful to spend time in your home. Are there visitors to your church with whom you could share a meal? Do you know single people who would enjoy an evening of conversation? Is there any way your home could meet the needs of traveling missionaries? Hospitality simply means making other people feel comfortable and at home.

Hebrews 13:3 We are to have sympathy for those in prison, especially for (but not limited to) Christians imprisoned for their faith. Jesus said that his true followers would represent him as they visit those in prison (Matthew 25:36).

Hebrews 13:5 How can we learn to be content? Strive to live with less rather than desiring more; give away from your abundance rather than accumulating more; relish what you have rather than resenting what you’re missing. See God’s love in what he has provided, and remember that money and possessions will all pass away. (See Philippians 4:11 for more on contentment and 1 John 2:17 for the futility of earthly desires).

Hebrews 13:5-6 We become contented when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs. Christians who become materialistic are saying by their actions that God can’t take care of them – or at least won’t take care of them the way they want. Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor. The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs.

SONG:

Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLk9U3W6f9U

By the way, YES, it is well with my soul today, as I try to take one day at a time. I pray it is well with yours.

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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