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Out of the Ashes, She Will Rise

She is only seventy years old, but she has been through a lot in her lifetime. She was born in the dark, out of the horrors of the Holocaust, and the moment she took her first breath, she was beaten on every side. Though by miracle she survived, her neighbors rejected her existence and sought to destroy her life. She was cast down, hated, rejected, attacked, but through it all, she stood firm.  Like a plant, she grew up, though her soil was dry ground. Despite her conditions, she prospered and she called to her family, “Come home”! She bid to her relatives, to her cousins alike, to come reside with her in her house. But once again, she was beaten- this time from within.

She fought for her security, giving her all for the sake of her children, yet she was left with only rations to feed her family. But she rose up, learning to be resourceful and to work skillfully with her hands. In the marketplace, she was banned from selling her goods, but again, she didn’t give up. Though she is hated, she holds out her hands to make peace, to forgive and even to save the lives of her enemies. But those she extends her hands to, despise the very mention of her name. Yet in all these things, she has learned to overcome, for there was One who was fighting for her. In the midst of her rejection, she was given a promise, “You will live, for I am with you”. 

Today she stands in a strong house, a house that her God has built for her. Her gifts of talents and wisdom go out to the nations, even to those who seek to destroy her life. Today, she celebrates her seventieth birthday, as a woman who is stronger now than ever before. But lest we forget where her strength comes from, let Israel now say;

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side”, let Israel now say; “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul: Then the proud waters would have gone over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 124

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God Answers Prayer For Rain

Nearing the end of 2017, Rabbis in Israel began calling on the nation of Israel to pray and intercede for God’s blessing of rain. Israel has suffered a drought for more than four years now and meteorologists were predicting the possibility of yet another dry winter. Between the months of April/May to September/October, there is no rainfall in Israel. Many times, the first rain falls during the holiday of Succot. It was after Succot 2017 that Chief Rabbi David Lau, stated, “The beginning of the month of Kislev (November/December in the Gregorian calendar) has passed, and the land of Israel has yet to be blessed with rain. Therefore I call on the public to first of all to be exceedingly kind to one another, as well as add the prayer that is said when the rain stops.”

The Sea, or more appropriately the lake of Galilee, which is one of Israel’s main fresh water reservoirs was the lowest it had been in the past decade. It is currently more than five meters below a normal sea level. Israel is desperate for rain.

In response to Rabbi Lau’s statement, thousands of Israelis gathered at the Western Wall in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City to pray.

“Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.”- Jeremiah 14:22

Since the gathering at the Western Wall, several storms have hit Israel resulting in a rise of the Sea of Galilee. From one storm alone, the water rose over 15 centimeters. 

“Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!’ So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, ‘Go and look out toward the sea.’ The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, ‘I didn’t see anything.’ Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, ‘I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.’ Then Elijah shouted, ‘Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.”- 1 Kings 18:41-46.

Though we have seen God answer prayer for rain, the land is still in need for more. Like Elijah who persisted in prayer to the God of heaven to pour out rain upon the dry and thirsty land of Israel thousands of years ago, so the same, let’s persist in prayer that God, who is rich in mercy, would continue to fill Israel’s lakes, rivers and streams once again! Let’s remind the Lord of His word and proclaim His promises to the inhabitants of Israel:

“The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; You, oh Lord, will answer them Yourself, as the God of Israel You will not forsake them. You open rivers on the bare heights and springs in the midst of the valleys; You make the wilderness a pool of water and the dry land fountains of water.”- Isaiah 41:18

“Shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; Confirm Your inheritance when it was parched.”- Psalm 68:9

” We ask for rain from You LORD at the time of the spring rain– From You, Oh LORD who makes the storm clouds; And You will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.”- Zechariah 10:1

“LORD, open Your good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to Your land in its season and to bless all the work of our hands;So that Israel shall lend to many nations…”- Deuteronomy 28:12

“You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.”- Psalm 102:13

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”- Isaiah 62:7

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Faithfulness in a Drought

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Ps 1:1-3, NKJV)

When we think about leading a fruitful life, it is natural to have a desire to produce something that is of value to those around us. But the reality is that growing fruit takes time and careful tending. In the verses in Psalm 1, we find the comparison of a tree that is planted by the river as one that brings forth fruit in its season. So we can conclude that the river which nourishes the tree is the “law of the Lord” on which we “mediate day and night.” So becoming fruitful is directly related keeping the word of God a close influence in our lives.

Wednesday was “TU BiShvat,” here in Israel (you can click on the link for further reading); it is a Jewish celebration of planting of trees. Small trees are given to the kids, and everyone goes out to plant the new tree together. Picks and shovels are used on the rocky soil to make room for the little tree, and then the kids put it where it is meant to grow. Two ways a tree gets the water it needs is from above (rain) or below (underground, or the ‘aquifer’) here in Israel we have an arid climate, and droughts are not uncommon. To survive, trees must develop root systems that are deep enough to get what it needs from the water that is below ground. So being planted by the streams is a wonderful solution, but in Israel, running streams are only seasonal and during the dry parts of the year, they dry out.

The dry seasons force the trees to develop deeper roots that reach the water that penetrated the soil during the rainy season. Then the tree continues to be fruitful even when there is no evidence of water on the surface. The water of God’s word, given to us in the rainy season (associated with times of blessings), must be allowed to penetrate to soil of our heart because that is what sustains us during times of drought. In order to survive in a seasonal world where we have times of drought and times of storms, we first must allow God’s word to penetrate the soil of our hearts and then to develop the deeper root system to reach what God means for us to store up in our depths. In this, God’s work in our lives continues to be evident even when others can’t see externally the source of our fruitfulness.

 

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A Land Revived

Before the children of Israel came into their promised Land, the Lord warned them on the mountains of Ebal and Gezarim that if they obeyed His voice and followed His commands, His blessings would overtake them and they and their land would flourish. On the other hand, if they forsook the Lord to follow after other gods and worshiped idols, the curses He warned them of would overtake them and they would be removed from their land like Adam from the garden of Eden. (See Deuteronomy 28 & 29).

When the children of Israel disobeyed the Lord and turned their hearts towards idolatry, they were dispersed throughout the nations and the land of Israel became desolate. It was as if it mourned their removal. When famous American writer, Mark Twain visited what was then known as “Palestine” in 1867, he described the land as such: “A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

During the time of the diaspora, the Land of Israel consisted of either deserts or swamps. It was largely uninhabited. But God, who is rich in mercy, promised that a time would come when He would restore the people of Israel to their own Land, not because of their righteousness, but for His Holy namesake!

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, ‘It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.”- Ezekiel 36:22-23

The children of Israel did not deserve their restoration to their land. But God, who is faithful to His covenant and keeps His promises, said He would do something with all His heart and with all His soul- He would restore them to their promised Land so that the world might know that He alone is God.

“I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.”- Jeremiah 32:40-41.

“It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,” And your land, “Married”; For the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married.”- Isaiah 62:4

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”- Isaiah 55:11-13

When the Jewish people started returning to Israel in 1948, they began planting what are now millions of trees. The desert blooms with date palms. Forests of cedar trees fill the hillsides. The mountains and the hills are green once again just as the Lord had promised.

“I will put the cedar in the wilderness, The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert together with the box tree and the cypress…”- Isaiah 41:19.

In an article written by Jim Garrish, he states, “The Jewish National Fund has estimated that close to 250 million trees of various types have now been planted in Israel. These have not only been planted by the Israelis, but by Jews the world over, and also by multitudes of Christian pilgrims. Today where the bleak hills once stood in Mark Twain’s era, lovely forests now stand.”- Tu’Bishvat, the New Year of Trees

This week, as we celebrate the festival of Tu’Bishvat, in which the people of Israel will plant more trees in the soil of their homeland, we can stand back and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” He has fulfilled and is fulfilling His promise to bring back His people to their own land that the world might know He is God. 

“So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”- Isaiah 61:3

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It Was The Third Night of Hanukkah

A Hanukkah Poem

It was the third day of Hanukkah, and all through Beit Sar Shalom, everyone was mingling, the single mothers felt at home.

Spread across the table, were salads, latkes and more, enough for every person to come and eat round four.

The Hanukkiah candles were lit to start the evening, and then the staff led the moms in choruses singing;

“Banu Choshech Legaresh” and “Maoz Tzur Yeshuati”, these were the songs that were sung by all, oh so joyfully.

After came the meal to everyone’s delight, and then Hanukkah donuts to top it off just right.

When everyone was satisfied and had eaten their fill, the room came to a hush and everyone was still;

As a mother from Ukraine, danced with all her might, to glorify the Lord clothed in a garment of white. 

Though many things took place this night and memories were made, the most important thing to remember is how much we have to give thanks. 

No matter what one goes through or what troubles one may face, God is still good, at work in our lives, and is worthy of all praise!

Amen!

At the close of the evening, each of the women received a gift card to be used to buy clothes for themselves and their children. It was such a beautiful and heartwarming experience to be both with these women, and in the presence of God. The women were touched, and God was glorified. This was a Hanukkah celebration to remember.

 

God bless you.

 

 

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So That You May Dwell In Peace

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men; for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”- 1 Timothy 2:1

History was made when the American President, Donald Trump, made the decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem on December 6th, 2017. He said, “‘We finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” This declaration, however, has brought out the hatred in those who resist acknowledging the connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people. 

Immediately following President Trump’s initiative to move the American embassy, the world was stirred with flamboyant expressions of both love and hate. Palestinians called for three days of rage, American flags were burned, and protests broke out in Gaza, Jerusalem and even Bethlehem where Israel’s Jewish Messiah was born thousands of years ago.

Though these days of rage were rather ineffective in terms of terrorizing the Jewish people, yesterday, on December 10th, a Jewish security guard, Asher Elmaliach, was stabbed in the heart by a terrorist from the Judea-Samaria region of Israel. This is not the first time one of Israel’s security guards, police personal, or soldiers have been the target of the assaults. This is why we must pray!

When the leaders are struck down, what message does that give to the people of the land? In the book of Zechariah 13:7, we read that when the Shepard, the authority in a position of protection for the sheep is struck down, the sheep scatter and are vulnerable to attack. These guards, soldiers and police may not be the President or Prime Minister, but they have been given a responsibility to protect the people and when they are struck down one after another, a message is being conveyed- a message of terror. 

But we are called to pray! First for our leaders and all who are in positions of authority, SO THAT we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and dignity. God has chosen to delegate His authority to mankind and He does not override that delegation. He has chosen to move on the earth through the prayers of His people. 

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”-Ezekiel 22:29-31 

You see, God desires mercy-always! But He sought for someone who would “stand in the gap”, so that He could show mercy, and when He found no one, the result was the execution of His righteous judgement. Yeshua told His disciples to pray that the Father’s will would be done on earth. While we do not have authority to take on the enemy in our own strength, we do have authority to pray God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As Yeshua taught us, we pray to the Father and request His will in the name of His Son, for the sake of His Son and because of the work of His Son. 

Just as the enemies of Israel have joined together as one to come against those in positions of authority and to come against Israel, so the same, we ask that all who love the Lord and stand with His people Israel, would join as one in prayer! 

  • Pray first and foremost for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. May His Kingdom of Righteousness be established!
  • Pray for protection for all those in positions of authority, and for God to give wisdom to our leaders.
  • Pray for peace in our nations, for godliness and righteousness to be established within our governments and throughout the nations. 

Pray as the Spirit of God leads, but take caution that you pray according to God’s will revealed through scripture. Stepping outside of that covering and into fleshly, emotional or un-scriptural prayers of proclamation can be dangerous! Remember, we only have authority where we have responsibility. It is best to present your requests TO GOD and trust that in His justice and mercy, He will answer prayer and perform His perfect will. 

God bless you! 

 

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First Superbook Club in Hebrew, a Success!

The children of a kipputz just outside Jerusalem were surprised to see their community center full of red balloons as they came in on Wednesday afternoon. What was the celebration? Was it someone’s birthday? The staff of CBN Israel welcomed over twenty children to the very first Superbook Club in Hebrew! This was an event the staff had been looking forward to hosting for over a year as the material was in preparation.

The children were seated and introduced to the Superbook Salvation Peom which has been translated into thirty-nine different languages.

The staff explained, “Children all over the world are learning more about God through Superbook in their languages and now, you can too! But wait! Who is that coming through the door behind you?!” Every little head in the room quickly spun around to see a smiling character approaching them. It was GIZMO! In the Superbook series, Gizmo is the animated, toy robot that takes the children, Chris and Joy, on adventures through Biblical stories. When the children experience a situation in their lives that requires the wisdom they need from God’s word, the Bible, a.k.a. Superbook, opens and takes them back in time, with Gizmo as their excort. It is through these Bible adventures that the children learn how to live their lives God’s way.

When everyone had met Gizmo and had their fill of robot hugs, the children were treated with popcorn and juice as the episode of Daniel and the Lion’s Den appeared on the big screen. Though tv entertainment is nothing new for a child of the twenty-first century, the Bible coming to life through CGI animation was certainly a novelty for these children.

When the episode had finished, the children were presented with Superbook tee-shirts. “These are for you to wear when you come to Superbook Club every month”, said the staff of CBN Israel. Almost in unison, the children replied, “How long do we have to wait till the next one?!”

Now that the children have been introduced to Superbook and are excited to be a part of what kids are experiencing around the world, a community leader will continue to host the club and help the children engage with the lessons that can be learned from the episodes of season one.

We, at CBN Israel, are excited for these children, believers and non-believers alike, who are being exposed to God’s word and the real heros of the faith who were ordinary people just like them. Please join us in praying that God will work in each of their hearts by His Holy Spirit and introduce Himself to them in a very real and personal way as they experience the stories of the Bible through Superbook in their own language.

To learn more about Superbook or to purchase curriculum, visit the CBN website. Superbook in Hebrew is not yet available for purchase.

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Called to Bless

 

From the beginning of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, God makes a strong declaration to Abraham and his descendants after him: “Whoever blesses you I will bless and whoever curses you, I will curse and in you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”-Genesis 12:3.  What a statement! Yet have we not seen this played out through all of history how God has keep this promise to the nations who have chosen to either stand with Israel or reject them?

We know that God is watching over His word to perform it and every person who joins themselves to Israel and to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is blessed. We see this in stories such as Rahab the harlot and Ruth the Moabite. In each case, those who join themselves to God’s people receive His covenants, inheritance, promises and instruction.  And they are equally accountable to the laws and commands given by God to house of Israel. (See Exodus 12:49).

But what does God say to the Jew concerning their behavior to the foreigner dwelling among them? Let’s have a look. In Deuteronomy 10:18-19, it says, “He (God) defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you (the house of Israel) are to love those who are foreigners for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”

To us here at CBN Israel, we view single mothers in the same category as the widow and their children in the same category as the orphan.  Both are without the covering of an earthly husband and father to provide, protect and love them. We do not judge the husbandless and fatherless. We see God as the Supreme Judge over all matters and we are His servants who are simply called to love.

That is why, in our work, we seek to serve single mothers and their children and strive to meet their needs with God’s love that He has placed in our hearts. We read that we were once strangers in a foreign land and now we have a homeland (Israel) in which we can welcome and bless those who are strangers and foreigners among us. We read that we (Israel) were once abused by Pharoph under his leadership and God delivered us. In turn, we can help deliver those who are being abused in their homes.

God’s instruction for us believers is this: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and fautless is: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by this world.” – James 1:27

So whether we are Jewish by blood or grafted in through the blood of our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), we are called to love the orphan, the widow, the fatherless and the stranger because this is the heart of God. He is a “Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation”. – Psalm 86:5

If you have a heart for the orphan and widow and desire to join with us in extending His love to those who are in need, contact us! Also if you would like, you may donate here.

God bless you as you serve Him with all your heart. 

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Marketplace Believers Connect to Expand God’s Kingdom

For the past five years, CBN Israel has been partnering with Israelfirstfruits for the purpose of developing believing business entrepreneurs for the market place in Israel. God has given His people Israel a mandate to be a light and and a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:3). One way that this is being accomplished is by expanding His influence through believers in the marketplace.

Each year, the two organizations work together to train believing entrepreneurs in both business and character through a six month course. Experienced, educated believers, both local and international,come to share their knowledge with the students.

In the course’s “grand finale”, the students are coached in creating a business plan which they can then present at the annual  Israel Business Forum. The Forum is a highlight event where investors, entrepreneurs and advisers come from around the globe to connect with Israeli believers for the purpose of expanding God’s kingdom through business relationships. First, second and third place winners of the business competition will receive an investment towards launching their business venture.

In September of 2015, Matthias and Tabea Oppliger were among the three winners of the business competition. With the money invested to them, they opened a social business in Tel-Aviv, Israel called A.I.R. an acronym meaning, Act. Inspire. Restore. A.I.R. employs victims of the sex trafficking industry, helping them to come off the streets and reintegrate into society with newly acquired skills such as wood working. Read more about the great work of A.I.R.

In September of 2016, Helen and Eldad Sagi received first place in the business competition and has since started Lily Pops, a business in producing organic popsicles. Lilly Pops is currently advancing towards a larger space and equipment for mass production. Anyone who has ever tasted one of these memorable treats knows it won’t be long before these pops are in high demand.

The students of this year’s business course are gearing up for the 2017 Israel Business Forum where three winners will be chosen for investment in their business venture. If you are an investor or an entrepreneur looking to connect with marketplace believers in Israel, come join us this year in Jerusalem!

 

We hope to see you here.

 

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Pearls of Wisdom

The staff of CBN Israel have had many years of experience in giving financial counsel to families and single mothers in crisis. In an interview with our social media staff, Arik and Veronica share the wisdom they have learned. Read what they have to say:

Bethany: “What would you say the greatest needs are in the body of Messiah today?”

Veronica: “We are living in a world that the finances are being controlled by the enemy in a large way. People are controlled by all the advertisements that say, “Buy! Buy! Buy!” When we give in to all the lusts and desires of the flesh, all the pressures to purchase things in order to be happy, we find ourselves enslaved and in bondage to loans and debt.”

Arik: “The influence of the west is that we need better things like better cars, better homes, better clothing, simply more and more material things. And the lie of the enemy is that having these better things is what will make us happy. We need to be aware that this is a lie! Contentment comes from God. From our relationship with Him. From doing His will. Even as believers, we give in to the lies of this world. We are human beings; we struggle with the same temptations as anyone else. We must have our eyes open to the truth. The truth is, having more does not mean we will be happy. It only makes us enslaved. The happiness with our new possessions fades away in time and then the lie returns that we need more of something or something new to make us happy. We need to not think, “How can I get more?” But to think “How can I give?” “What are my actual needs?” So many are thinking, ‘If I pray, or if I give, what will I get back from God?’ We are often more focused on what we want in this life than what God wants to do through our lives.

Many believers have their finances out of order. The problem comes down to a lack of self-control. Another problem is believing that we think that only ten percent of our money belongs to the Lord. Truthfully, all that we have belongs to the Lord. We honor Him by asking Him, “Lord, what do you want us to do with the resources You have given us?”

Bethany: “Are believers operating in the fullness of what God has for them?”

Arik: “No, many are trapped in their daily challenges and in their debts.”

Bethany: “How can we pray for the body of Messiah?”

Veronica: “We can pray that believers will operate in self-control, especially concerning their finances. That people will be more aware of the traps of the enemy to buy everything in order to be happy and to guard against it with contentment and prayer.”

Bethany: “How can people pray for Israel?”

Arik: “Pray that God’s people will be the unique people they are called to be: A light to the nations. That they will not yearn to be like all the other nations, to seek prosperity like other nations or to be happy in material possessions like other nations. To go with the Lord does not mean that we will be happy all the time. It’s something much deeper.”

Buying more than we need, or lacking the things that we need, both are outside of God’s will for the believer. God does not promise us riches, but He does instruct us in what to do with the riches that we have. God does not want us to lack our daily needs, for He promises that He will supply all our needs according to His riches and glories. He is our Provider and our God. All that we have belongs to Him.”

Being made aware of the needs of the body of Messiah, let’s take these things to the Lord in prayer:

Father, we thank You that You have given believers the gift of Your Holy Spirit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control. We ask that You would forgive us for lusting after the things of this world and not acknowledging You first with our needs and desires. We pray that You would extend Your mercy to Your people and grace each one with contentment with what You provide. Help Your people to use their resources for Your glory instead of using them to spend beyond their means leading to debt. We trust in Your word that states, “If we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And also, “If we acknowledge You in all our ways, You will direct our steps.” Direct your people to lives of freedom including freedom from the lusts of this world, financial slavery and debt. Amen.

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