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Prayers for America (10/19/2017)

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If only we would have…

These are the sorriest words in the English language after a calamity strikes. Why? Because then it’s too late to do what should have been done earlier.

My prayer today:

Lord, help American believers to rise up early to seek You now and cause our souls to thirst for You and our flesh to long for You because our nation is a dry and thirsty land in need of Your Spirit now. (Based on Psalm 63:1)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for American Christians’ Eyes to be Opened (10/17/2017)

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If I could, I’d run up and down the West Coast, screaming, “Don’t you see the calamities heading our direction? Don’t you believe we ought to change now? Tomorrow may be too late!”

Then, why don’t I do it?

A bald-headed, seventy-one year old man — without the anointing of God upon him — will have the same effect warning people as a person spitting into the ocean to raise its water level. Not much!

My prayer today:

Lord, I pray that the Spirit of Truth will open the eyes of American believers to all truth and will reveal to us things that will soon arrive here on the West Coast. (Based on John 16:13)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for America (10/12/2017)

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Do we really believe demons are a big cause of our problems in America?

Here’s a fact: 68% of church going men view porn on a regular basis.

To back up the above figures: 76% of young adult Christians (18-24 years old) regularly seek out porn.

Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” (Luke 4:36)

We are to be like Jesus while we live in this world. If He had authority and power to cast out unclean spirits, then we also should have the same authority and power.

Okay, then why aren’t we casting out demons?

There are probably many answers including bad teaching, lack of fasting, lack of prayer, lack of faith, reliance on psychology and counseling, deception by Satan, and so forth. But remember this — these answers are really excuses for not wholeheartedly seeking the Lord and then a willingness to follow His directions.

My prayer today:

Lord, raise up a generation of American believers who are willing to pay the price of seeking Your anointing to release the captives and set the oppressed free from the bondages placed on them by the kingdom of darkness. (Base on Luke 4:18)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for American Christian’s Eyes to be Opened (10/10/2017)

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On the one hand, it’s easy to give your life to Jesus. All you have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and you will be eternally saved. This is the best deal any of us will ever receive.

But on the other hand, being His disciple and a true follower require much more of us. He even told us to count the cost ahead of time before making a decision and then gave two illustrations of what He meant:

28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. (Luke 14:28-32)

My prayer today:

Lord, open the eyes of American Christians to the true costs of being Your disciples, especially about laying our lives down daily, picking up our crosses, and following You. (Based on Luke 9:23)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Inside Israel

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The Shuk in Jerusalem

Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is —

“Chag Sameach!” or Joyous Holy-day from Jerusalem, dear sisters and brothers.  BLESSINGS IN THE LIGHT OF YESHUA to each of you.  To the Light of His Face may we be drawn and in that Light may we be changed by Him and for HIS glory Alone.  May He be blessed and glorified and may you be blessed and encouraged.

I wondered what I would do.  This year, for the first time, I did NOT seem to have Sukkot (feast of tabernacles) on my mind or in my heart.  WHAT TO DO?

“LORD HELP!”  I prayed.

Since we live in this apartment, it is difficult to make our merepesset (balcony) into a sukka, and with my husband away, the difficulty is compounded.

He left for England to visit our older daughter and family early yesterday morning.  I was up at 3 a.m. to have some time with the Lord and have his breakfast on the table by 4.  We have a system here that I think is great: the sheroot.  Any of you who have visited Israel will likely at this point roll your eyes, laugh, and remember a weird and harrowing ride to or from the airport.

Sheroots are generally 9-11 seater vans that pick you and your luggage up at your apartment for about a third of the price of a taxi. Only, the drivers are humorous and sometimes grumpy total maniacs. It can be scary, downright terrifying for the uninitiated.  The assortment of people, languages, and cultures in any given sheroot can be an education. The cell phones can be maddening.  I find it funny.

The sheroot came to pick him up at APPROXIMATELY 5 a.m. A quick prayer and kiss and they were off…and there I stood.

Alone!

It was still very quiet, except for the garbage truck. At 5:15, the second morning train appears and stops for 10 minutes in front of our apartment until the 5:30 schedule gets flowing. Public transportation here does NOT run through the night but stops at 11 or 12, depending upon the line, and begins again at 5:30 a.m. It also does not run on Shabat or holy days.

As I crossed in front of the train I glanced up to see the driver.  She happened to be a woman and was intently powdering her nose in the mirror of the train. For some reason unknown to me, I began to breathe again and to feel some life come back into me and laugh.

Although I had been up for two hours already, I knew that much lay before me. I wouldn’t see my bed again for at least 15 hours.

One of our very dear brothers at Kehila lost his father on Yom Kippur.  We knew that he was taking it hard. Despite MUCH prayer and sharing, and the fact that he was with his father when he passed, his father had not turned his life over to Yeshua before dying that he knew about. I knew his grief was deep.  It is a common situation here sadly, painfully, to find ONE member of a family who knows Him. It is my situation still as well

I have explained before about the Schiva or the practice of sitting in a place of mourning for 7 days with the door open. EVERYONE comes to comfort you, to talk, share, remember, bringing food and eating WITH the grieving people. They do this so the mourning family can keep their strength up and also are distracted somewhat from focusing on their profound loss.  In this case, because Sukkot is a high holyday, one commanded in scripture, they had to get up from thjeir mourning at noon today, so the schiva was shortened.

Our brother and his family live in Modiin, a town or small city half way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  It is over the green line so we need to go through check points.  My dear sister, who is 83, offered to take me because we don’t have a car. I knew it was going to be interesting when she said, “I’m not sure how to get there but you can direct me and read the signs as I can’t see very well.”

I rode with her to Kehila on Shabbat so I know that she has a habit of just stopping in the middle of the road while she’s driving along the highway to decide if she’s going right. Armed with MUCH PRAYER, a 2005 map, and a vague address, we took off into the hills.  An hour and a half later we were stopping people in the town asking for directions.

“Give me your phone, I’ll set up your way (the local GPS) for you,” said one young man when we showed him the map.  He didn’t know what a map was.  We handed him in our phones and he couldn’t figure out what THEY were either.

“I’ll photograph the directions for you,” he kindly told us, “where is the camera?”

The generation gap was physically tangible!

BUT being lost in Modiin had one great advantage.  EVERYBODY and I mean EVERYBODY was busy building their sukkas, the old fashioned way AND I CAUGHT THE VISION AGAIN.

Here in Jerusalem over the years these sort of instant sukkas became more and more popular: either a plywood shack with a bamboo mat cover or pre-fab metal poles that hook together with prepared stamped design material walls. You know, a plastic Christmas tree approach.

When we first came to Jerusalem, everyone had palm frond roofs with rugs and assorted material walls. They were very creative and special.  In Modiin people were everywhere carrying branches and palm fronds and woven rugs made the sides. I smiled dspite the fact that we were heading to a schiva to comfort our brother.

My joy increased as we sat in a full room, off to the side with our brother, and found that The Lord HAD INDEED been encouraging his heart and the victory was all over him.  Our Lord is faithful! We had wonderful fellowship, encouraging one another with the faithfulness of The Lord.   I came home alive, inspired, victorious and exhausted.

But there ARE sukkas everywhere here as well, pre-fab and not. They are in front of every restaurant, alongside the bus stops, at the supermarket, on sidewalks, housetops, in parks, and so forth.  I, along with the other inhabitants of Jerusalem, have been delighted by what the Lite Rail has done, taking school children’s drawings and patterning them like a quilt design, printing them on a long strip like wallpaper. They plastered the ceilings of the train with these colorful rug designs.   It’s delightful.   I love to walk the dog at night and see the lights inside and the shadows of the families, laughter ringing out as they celebrate together in their homes. Many will sleep and eat there for the full 7 days.

Anyone can go into anyone’s sukka and just sit down and soon you are friends with everyone. It is a country of open houses right now as we participate in His pattern to: ‘REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US WHEN HE BROUGHT US OUT OF EGYPT WITH A STRONG OUTSTRETCHED ARM AND WE DWELT IN TEMPORARY, FLIMSY DWELLINGS.”

We get to look up at the vast sky filled with dreams of universes of stars through the God-made network of branches and tree limbs and remember how small and finite we are. He is HUGE and INFINITE!

HOW BLESSED WE ARE IN THIS!  Would that we LEARN and bend our stiff necks to worship and not forget…

It was such a short time ago that I wrote to you about the almond blossoms and the tiny first buds of the rimon (pomegranate).  Today as I arrived at work, the trees on the block were full of bursting red, ripe pomegranates.  The almond tree in front of my work is dropping its ripe almonds.

The fullness of time HAS COME!

I am writing now BECAUSE I was alone tonight in my sort-a-non-sukka-sukka.  When I walked the dog, we cut many leafy branches, including a couple of small palm fronds, olive branches, pomegranate branches, fig branches, but I couldn’t make a ceiling nor really hang up sides. So I assembled something leafy. We have a big leafy tree that hangs over our merepesset, so I look up and smile, and give thanks to HIM Who cares so tenderly and is so totally faithful, EVEN WHEN WE WALK THROUGH FIRES AND FLOODS, We must gaze at the gates of death.

So on this, the first night of Sukkot, I am finally off to bed.  Thank you for taking the time to read, thank you for your love, thank you for the encouragement that I receive through many of you, but mostly, thank you for your prayers and for being a delight to Him Who is worthy.!

God BLESS you!

Lovingly, your sis

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Prayers for America (10/5/2017)

“When you think it’s too late, be careful that you don’t let that become your excuse for giving up. No one can keep you from success except yourself. When it’s time to shine, be your brightest.” (Deshun Wang)

The star of the above video, Deshun Wang, does not claim to be a Christian, but still we can be inspired by his determination to succeed.

So, if you have a vision from God, one that has not come forth in your life as yet, don’t give up. God is still able to fulfill your vision because:

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call]. (Romans 11:29 Amplified Translation)

My prayer today:

Lord, help those of us who have not walked in our callings and visions given to us by You, whether we are sixteen or one hundred years old, to fulfill our divine destinies and redemptive purposes here on earth before we take our last breaths. Help us to no longer settle for excuses of why we can’t succeed, but to be confident that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it. (Based in part on Philippians 1:6)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for American Christians’ Eyes to be Opened (10/3/2017)

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After a while, the grief lifted. I held my head in my hands, trying to catch my breath. Sweat rolled down the side of my ribs from the all-out mourning. Peace eventually quieted me. Praise God, I thought, this is over.

The female pastor walked to the pulpit and began the eulogy for my friend. I have no idea what she said because the Lord chose this moment to speak to me once more.

I felt Him whisper to my heart: “My church is a bunch of nice losers. They lay their hands on the sick and pray for them, but when they die, they aren’t mad at all. They don’t check themselves out to see what happened or what they may have done wrong with their prayers and actions. They accept defeats and don’t think anymore about them.

“Now, Major League baseball teams are all filled with good players. Each player has to be one of the best in the world to make it to the Major Leagues. Losing teams have good players on their rosters, too. But after a while, losing teams’ players don’t mind losing because after all, they still receive their Major League paychecks and bonuses.

“But winning Major League baseball teams are different. They hate losing and will do anything and whatever it takes to win. They hate losing.

“I want My church to hate losing!”

This time the grief, which hit me, measured a ten on the Richter Scale.

 

(Excerpt from The Hunt for Larry Who by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2014, Amazon eBook)

This took place twenty-three years ago.  From may viewpoint, the Church still does not hate losing spiritual battles yet, or at least, not enough to do whatever it takes to win them. Same old same old!

My prayer today:

Lord, do whatever it takes to open American Christians’ eyes to the world we now live in so we will take up the weapons of our warfare to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (Based on 2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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