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2015 The Year of REST

This page is divided into two sections:

  • Section 1. 2015 The Year of REST
  • Section 2. Advice for 21 Days of Fasting
  • SECTION 1. 2015 THE YEAR OF REST

    What do we mean by 'Entering His REST'? (Ref. Hebrews 3:19; 4:1)

    The number 15 in the scriptures provides a picture of 'rest'. The following information is provided concerning the Biblical meaning of the number '15':

    The number 15 in the Bible pictures rest, which comes after deliverance, represented by fourteen.

    The 15th day of the first Hebrew month (Nisan) – the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a day of rest for the children of Israel (and for Christians).

    The 15th day of the 7th Hebrew month begins the Feast of Tabernacles, also a day of rest.

    God told Abraham in a vision, just as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15 on the Hebrew calendar, his descendants would end up as slaves in a foreign country (Egypt). They would, however, eventually be set free (Genesis 15:12 - 16). A long time later in Egypt, God miraculously delivered Israel’s firstborn from the death angel just as Passover began after sunset (Nisan 14). Then, 24 hours later (just as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15), the children of Israel began to leave Egypt (Exodus 12:40 - 41). This night is referred to as the 'night to be much observed' (Exodus 12:40 - 42, Deuteronomy 16:1).

    God's prophecy of freedom, given to Abraham on Nisan 15, was fulfilled years later on the exact same day.

    Jesus on the Cross. After dying on the cross, Jesus' body is placed in a Garden Tomb as the sun was setting to begin…Nisan 15 in 30 A.D. (Matthew 27:57 - 61, Luke 23:50 - 55, John 19:38 - 42).

    15 Promises – There are at least fifteen promises to Christians listed in the book of Matthew.

    1. The Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3)

    2. We will be filled with righteousness (5:6)

    3. We shall see God (5:8)

    4. Will be called the children of God (5:9)

    5. Our names confessed before God the Father (10:32)

    6. We will be given rest (11:29)

    7. God will consider us part of his family (12:50)

    8. We shall become fully converted (18:3)

    9. We shall be great in God's Kingdom (18:4)

    10. We will be able to receive Christ (18:5)

    11. Our requests made with others will be granted (18:19)

    12. Christ will be with us (18:20)

    13. We will be saved (24:13)

    14. We serve Jesus by serving others (25:40)

    15. Jesus will always be with us (28:19)

    (information provided from various resources)

    These and other scripturual refrences from messages by Dr. Burrell cause us to determine to be obedient to the Word of God and thus enter the 'rest' promised to us. It is not a 'relaxing under an oak tree' or 'under an umbrella at the beach.' This 'rest' has to do with what the Greek word for 'rest' in some of the passages in Hebrews 3 and 4 referred to as 'to colonize'.

    (Ref.: From the Greek words (kata) and (pauo); to settle down, i.e. (literal) to colonize, Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.) The picture is an unpacking to build a life directed by God.

    This 'REST' will be a time of:

  • R- RESTORATION of relationships, homes, fiscal soundness, and with the Lord. Also, REMEMBERING His Word, REFLECTING on the good things God has done for me in days gone by; thereby, in prayerful attitude, giving ‘thanks’ and expressing ‘appreciation’ for His protection, provision and guidance;
  • E - EDIFYING or ENCOURAGING one another in the Lord;
  • S - SPEAKING and SINGING to ourselves and others in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Knowing when to be SILENT and listen to His voice from the Word and in my spirit;
  • T - TALKING in line with His Word to myself and ways to build others up and share the ‘we won’ message of Jesus!
  • SECTION 2. ADVICE FOR 21 DAYS OF PRAYER and FASTING

    If you are joining us during the Enter His Rest, 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, begining January 04 through 25, 2015 of corporate prayer and fasting it may help you to know two important things about this time:

    FIRST, our schedule of Special Prayer Services every Sunday during January. Each of these afternoon prayer services will be led by a member of our minitry team with a special emphasis for that prayer time.

    SECONDLY, and equally as important, are the following helpful instructions as to what vegetables and fruits you will eat and what foods and drinks one wants to avoid. Do not fail to drink plenty of water, and balance your food intake throughout the day. Although it may not be exhaustive, lists are provided below for assistance to those who have not participated in a program of this type:

    VEGETABLES for a PARTIAL FAST

    Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Greens, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Peppers, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, and Zucchini

    FRUITS for a PARTIAL FAST

    Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Oranges, Papaya, Peach, Pears, Pineapple, Plum, Raisin, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangeloes, Tangerines, Watermelon

    FOODS to AVOID on a PARTIAL FAST

    Avoid the following foods if you attempt this fast:

  • Meat
  • White rice
  • White flour
  • Fried foods
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Refined sugar or sugar substitutes
  • Margarine
  • Shortening
  • Fats
  • Foods with preservatives or additives
  • Lastly, it is important we make this a private act, not something we tell everyone about or boast of what we are doing. When we do those things the effectiveness of our time of consecration is voided.

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