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Possess the promises God has for you

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“For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.” Exodus 40:38

God led the children of Israel through the desert with a cloud overshadowing them by day and a  pillar of fire by night.

God overshadows His children with the cooling cloud in the heat of the day and the warm flames of the pillar of fire in the cold desert night. He leads them, provides for them, and gives them rest.

As the cloud and pillar of fire rested on the tabernacle of the house of Israel, the Holy Spirit rests within God’s children. Their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

In the desert, the Israelites learned to depend upon God for their daily food and water, for their shelter, and for their guidance. They lived by daily miracles … manna from heaven, water from a rock, quail from the wind, healing from the snakebites, cooling cloud by day, and pillar of fire by night. God is all-powerful.

When the Israelites came to the edge of the desert and God readied them to enter the Promised Land, Moses sent 12 men to investigate the land. The men brought back a branch of grapes so big that they put it on a pole and carried it between two men.

Joshua and Caleb urged the Israelites to go into this land of flowing milk and honey. The 10 remaining spies focused on the people of the land who were strong, lived in fortified cities, and many were giants.

The trip through the desert was supposed to be a relatively short trip, a time of leaning into God and learning to trust Him. Instead of trusting God to sustain and protect them on the journey into the Promised Land, the Israelites chose to stay in the desert rather than to take on the battles to possess the promise.

Is there a promise that you’re hesitating to take possession of? Perhaps there is a battle before you take possession of God’s promise for you. God will sustain you. God will protect you.

My prayer for you:

Father of promises, great and small, give us greater faith as we lean into You. Help us feel Your presence as we step into the promises You have given to us. We know that the battle belongs to You. Thank You for all You are. Thank You for Your love. Thank You.

 

 

An email from inside Israel today

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I just received an email from a friend in Israel. I emailed her yesterday that I was praying for her and her family and friends. It is below.

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I’m at a friend in Bnei Braq using her computer. My daughters and I are thankfully NOT at our homes in Netivot. A rocket landed outside of my elder daughter Devory’s home and blew out all of the windows of her apartment !! None of us are planning to return south until this is over G-d willing.

It’s awful that now roughly 70% of the country is in rocket range of these fundamentalist Jihadists in Gaza. They threw rockets that hit Arab areas like Hebron and Bethlehem yesterday!! Sheesh!! Talk about ‘brotherly love!!!

The IDF warns the populace to leave an area before it bombs a home and either they are stubborn SOBs. or the Chamas makes them stay. SO they get blown up when we strike places that are manufacturing/ hiding rockets or homes of important Hamas people. This makes for bad public relations for Israel and great p.r. for the Hamas.

Here throughout the country kids are wetting their beds; people are scrambling to reschedule weddings at halls out of rocket range; folks are missing work as they have to stay home with kids. Many like myself do NOT have a mamad (special air raid room) so have to leave their home towns wandering from relative to relative with their suitcases. It is a nightmare. How will it end? Who knows. Thank G-d that HE is on our side!

For, every rocket that is thrown our way has a miracle sent together with it to protect us. HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of rockets have been sent over and NOBODY has been killed yet. MIRACLES! Thank you Hashem for your everlasting lovingkindness! May we be worthy of your generosity and kindness!

My prayer for Esther and Israel:

Father in Heaven, thank You for Your lovingkindness and protection of Israel. We pray that Your wings of protection will cover that country. We thank You that Esther and her family has been protected by You and that Your lovingkindness toward Your people extends to generations upon generations. Father, bring peace to Your people and Your land. Heal their anxiety, and rain down Your grace. Thank You for the MIRACLES that You are performing as signs that the battle belongs to You. Bless Israel and Esther and her family.

 

Are you truly free?

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 2 Corinthians 3:7-8

The second time Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face shined because he had spoken with God.

The Israelites now had the Law. James wrote that if one commandment was broken, the entire Law was broken. God gave the Israelites a way to cover their sins–the sin offering, an offering of unblemished bulls, lambs, goats, doves, or pigeons. There was also a provision if the Israelite could not even afford a pigeon.

Jesus was the only man who was able to keep the entire Law. Jesus became our unblemished sacrifice. This Son of Man who knew no sin was beaten and nailed to a cross, and the sins of generations past, present, and future were placed upon Him. Jesus paid the price of the world’s sins.

Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:15-18

The veil hid the glory of God. A veil hung between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies in the temple. When Jesus released His Spirit and died, the veil ripped in two from top to bottom, and believers gained access to the Holy of Holies, gained direct access to God.

When Jesus recruited followers, He said, “Follow me; learn of me.” Jesus told the rich young ruler to go and sell all that he had, give the money to the poor, and follow Him.

In Jesus, there is freedom. Freedom from being a slave to sin. Freedom to approach God in the most intimate manner possible. Freedom to meditate on the Lord’s glory. Freedom to be transformed into His image. Freedom to be what God formed you to be … His poem.

Are you truly free?

My prayer for you

Glorious Father, thank You for giving us freedom in Jesus. It is amazing that You, Creator of the Universe, have given us direct access to You. You have given Your Son, Jesus, as the Perfect Sacrifice to pay the price for our sins, all we need to do is turn to Jesus and follow Him. Thank You, Father, for giving us complete freedom in Jesus.

 

 

Celebrate your freedom by thanking a vet, soldier, military family member

7-4-14 Each year, our community decorates golf carts, motorcycles, and an old fire truck. Gleeful residents parade through the streets celebrating Independence Day.  Tonight, there will be barbecues and fireworks.

Our nation’s founders declared their independence to govern themselves and worship as they pleased. Before the declaration of freedom, they engaged in war. Lives were saved and lost.

America is still engaged in battles. Freedom costs dearly … lives, limbs, sanity.

Please take a moment to celebrate your freedom and thank a veteran, a soldier, a military family member for the sacrifices they have made for America’s freedom.

My prayer for America

My Father who frees His children, thank You for the freedom that America enjoys. Thank You for the brave men and women who have given their lives, limbs, and sometimes sanity to preserve this great land. Thank You for their families. Bless America’s veterans and military families with Your grace, peace, and joy. Pour out opportunities and prosperity upon them to overflowsing. Father, we have sinned.  We have turned from You. Forgive us. Heal our land. Turn America back to You. In You is our freedom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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 How do you celebrate Independence Day?

Hiding in the cave of despair? Do what David did

 Deir-Dubban Entrance SM
The entrance to a cave in Deir-Dubban, six miles southwest of Bethlehem on the border of the Philistine plains and at the foot of the Judean mountains. There are a number of vaults about 15 to 20 feet deep, and perhaps David and his family lived for a time in one of the vaults.

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

 

 

I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.Psalm 57:2-4

This Psalm may represent David’s anguish when he found a cave in Abdullam to hide from the king of Achish in Gath.  1 Samuel 22

Desperate to get away from Saul, David fled to Gath, a key Philistine city, enemy territory. The Philistines recognized him; he pretended to be insane, and he fled to the cave. In all likelihood, Saul’s rage against David extended to his family, and they joined him in the cave.

Huddled in the cave, David talks with God and states the facts in the first verses of the Psalm.

  1. God vindicates him.
  2. God saves him.
  3. God rebukes those who pursue him.
  4. He lives among his enemies.
  5. His enemies speak fierce words against him.

David turns his thoughts from his enemies to God.

Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth. Psalm 57:5
Back to his problems. He’s in the pit, the cave. Selah may mean a pause, a crescendo, or a musical interlude. In this Psalm, it is a turning point.
They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They dug a pit before me;
They themselves have fallen into the midst of it.          Selah.  Psalm 57:6
David turns his thoughts from his problems to God and determines what he will do.
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!
 Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.
 For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens
And Your truth to the clouds.
 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.
David has will-power. In the middle of problems it’s not easy to do what he chose to do.
  1. He will keep his heart steadfast.
  2. He will sing praises.
  3. He will awake the dawn.
  4. He will give thanks.
  5. He will sing praises again.

Why will David take these actions?

  1. God’s lovingkindness is great to the heavens.
  2. God’s truth is great to the clouds.

Whether it’s finances, work issues, sickness, marriage problems, a prodigal, this is a psalm to turn to. David found the formula.

  1. He cried out to God and acknowledged God’s faithfulness.
  2. He stated the problem.
  3. He turned his thoughts on God’s works.
  4. He exalted God.
  5. He stated his problem again.
  6. He decided to sing praises and give thanks to God.

He exalted God.

Deir-Dubban Inside
Fleeing the king of Gath.
Running from Saul.
Huddling in a cave with his family.
Singing praise to God.
David … a man after God’s own heart.
Whether it’s finances, marriage, sickness, family, work, or relationships, cry out to God. He is faithful. He is our great Provider and Healer. Turn your eyes to Him.

My prayer for you

Father in heaven, You are faithful, Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens. Thank You that You listen to our heart’s cry and that You provide all we need; You heal our marriages, our families, our relationships and our diseases. That’s why in the midst of our troubles we can sing praises to You. You are in control and have already worked out things in our best interests.  Be exalted above the heavens, O God. Let Your glory be above all the earth.

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