Fast Wednesdays: April 26, 2017 – Don’t Give Up!

Greetings Beloved!

I am going to start today’s blog with our song for the week.

As I was driving back to Connecticut, from my last “official” class, which was held in Virginia, the following song came on the radio. I almost had to pull over to the shoulder of the road on the New Jersey Turnpike! Any of you with me? You are driving down the road, or anywhere else for that matter. Minding your own business, when you hear a “rhema”* song on the radio? Does it make you want to stop whatever you are doing and Praise & Worship God? The words in this song resonated with me deeply for they are a part of my testimony.

The artist, Helen Baylor, has told her testimony whereby she was strung out on drugs for awhile. Her grandmother always believed in her. Told her when she gets herself together she wanted Helen to come to her church and sing this song.

Today, I want to encourage you, if you are struggling in any manner. Hang in there. Persevere. Only the devil and your haters do not want to see you successful but God gives us thousands of promises in his word how he feels about each one of us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. A royal priesthood. Chosen Generation. God said it, so that makes it true.

I was told at certain points in my life, I would never amount to much. Some actually told me I would not finish high school. For me, I embraced that positively. I put a smile on my face and said “Oh Yeah?” Well, that’s not what God says. How about you? Have others tried to “nail your coffin?” Well, if that’s the case, its time for your resurrection.

One word of enlightenment. It will be tough but do not say negative things about the people who say the negative things about you … whew … the sooner you let them go, the sooner God can release you, otherwise, you end up giving them too much power over your life. My husband often says “its easy to say something negative but very hard to say something positive.” Or let’s be like Michelle O’Bama, “when they go low, we go high.”

Song:

Helen Baylor – If It Had Not Been – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHSg8JaYmDs

Our title for the blog today and scripture comes from yesterday’s devotional from Our Daily Bread Ministries https://ourdailybread.org/ I use this as a devotional source often. You might want to consider adding it to your resources.

Scripture(s):

Galatians 6:9 Good News Translation (GNT) 9 So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.

Prayer:

Father in heaven, we ask for hope and perseverance to continue pressing towards the prize. In Revelation 3:11 you said “I am coming soon. Keep safe what you have, so that no one will rob you of your victory prize.” We pray you will keep us in perfect peace. That you will make us steadfast and unmovable. We look to you, the author and finisher of our faith, for wisdom and guidance. In prayer we call on you as you are “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 Amen.

Reminder: The National Day of Prayer, May 4, 2017

Theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us …Forgive Us …Heal Us! which is inspired by Daniel 9:19.

http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/

*Rhema – The rhema word – What is it? In modern times, many charismatic Christians have used the idea of the rhema word of God as a way to express God speaking to them through the Holy Spirit. A person may claim to have heard the “rhema word of God” when he or she feels God has led them to do something in service to Him. https://www.compellingtruth.org/rhema-word.html

Love, Joy and Peace,

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: 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 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 sisterhood continues to grow!

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 https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com

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