Solidarity: Fellowship to Strengthen – Part 1
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Solidarity is a “…fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group…” (Dictionary.com).
God has been awakening His bride to be firmly rooted in Him and to blossom into soul-and-spirit maturity and solidarity for His uncommon purposes.
To be a shining witness of His glory to the world. For Kingdom purposes.
As we come together to serve God, His purposed-power will be in His sharp arrow of convergence.
God’s order of solidarity-power will be established beautifully as His faithful followers yield to Him inwardly, and step into divinely-assigned positions—in every facet and level of society.
I believe we can expect to see more and more of His courageous followers take seats, at the top of their fields, as God disarms and unseats the unwilling. I believe we will see, an undeniable and consistent power of God flow through His beloved to make their mark as they remain close to Him.
I believe multitudes will be touched. By His Spirit.
I believe The Lord will showcase Himself in greater ways than we’ve experienced before and that it will progress, into a movement of exponential victory for the world to see. Drawing even more people into closer fellowship with Him through His power in His movement of solidarity.
The revelation God gave to me on solidarity is that it’s the reality of His multitudes of people being established (strengthened) in Christ—made undivided and whole—for purposes even beyond themselves.
We see this in reference to Paul and Barnabas in Acts 14:22 TPT, which reveals that "At each place they went, they strengthened the lives of the believers and encouraged them to go deeper in their faith. And they taught them, ‘It is necessary for us to enter into the realm of God’s kingdom, because that’s the only way we will endure our many trials and persecutions.’"
We also see solidarity referenced in Luke 22:32 TPT, where Jesus says to Peter, "But I have prayed for you, Peter, that you would stay faithful to me no matter what comes. Remember this: after you have turned back to me and have been restored, make it your life mission to strengthen the faith of your brothers."
1 Thessalonians 3:2 AMPC says, "And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in [spreading] the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith."
The Apostle Paul also operated in solidarity. In Romans 1:11 AMPC, Paul says, "For I am yearning to see you, that I may impart and share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen and establish you;"
When we take a closer look at the word “solidarity,” we see that it contains the Latin word “soli,” which, according to Webster’s, is plural for “solo” and can mean “accommodating one person.”
As a single body of many believers, we know that One person.
Friends, God is assimilating this body—His mature bridal party without spot or wrinkle—to unite with Him in accommodating His Kingdom purposes of end-time harvest.
Solidarity is from the Latin word, "solidum," which means "whole sum." Solidarity’s root word is from the Latin word "solidus," which is "solid."
Solid can mean (Webster’s):
- Made firmly and well.
- Of one substance or character: as...solid gold.
- Intimately friendly.
- Not interrupted by a break or opening.
Friends, God desires that the whole sum of His believers remain wholehearted, standing on His solid foundation and moving in obedience to His directives as we co-labor with Him to grow His Kingdom.
So, as we become more like Christ individually, we are made increasingly solid in His nature, and character and glory to co-labor with Him in great exploits. As we individuals gather collectively, as the body of Christ, to co-labor with God, multiplicity (growth) happens.
In the momentum of this multiplicity and solidarity, we must remember that commission implies submission, and a solid (firm, wholehearted) faith to follow God consistently (Col 2:5).
Colossians 2:7 TPT tells us, "Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him!"
1 Corinthians 15:58 AMPC says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually) aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]."
So, friends, as we step out in solidarity, we must remember that, although safety in numbers is a close cousin to solidity, and Jesus has dis-empowered the world from harming us, we must remain in agreement (solidarity) with Him to retain access to His protection. To be "free from harm or risk" (Webster’s).
2 Timothy 2:19 TPT reminds us that "…the firm foundation of God has written upon it these two inscriptions: 'The Lord God recognizes those who are truly his!' and, 'Everyone who worships the name of the Lord Jesus, must forsake wickedness!'"
So, the basics of moving in solidarity are that we must come into a fuller knowledge of Christ (Vine’s), eat solid food (He 5:12, 14; 1 Cor 3:2), and stand on the solid foundation of God (2 Tim 2:19), as we move forward to reach and strengthen others—by His Spirit.
Friends, I pray that God will “grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]” (Ep 3:16 AMPC).
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Join me next week for part 2 of Solidarity: Fellowship to Strengthen.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.