Archive for November 2012

Living with Yeshua is like this…

November 30, 2012

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012

BEING IN CHRIST
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Christians today live in a time of great light. The Holy Spirit has revealed to
us the meaning of Jesus’ powerful work on the cross and the incredible blessings
of His sacrifice. Yet there was a time known as the Dark Ages when Christ’s
wonderful work was obscured from the world.

Most sermons during the Dark Ages focused on damnation and God’s wrath. The
popes and priests preached a gospel of works and the people performed a variety
of deeds to try to find peace with God. They traveled for miles to bow to
shrines, knelt in worship before stone icons, repeated long prayers, fondled
prayer beads. Yet all these things only increased their bondage and brought
deeper darkness to their souls.

People then knew nothing of the benefits and blessings available through
Christ’s victory at Calvary. Even today, with all the teaching available on the
subject, the majority of Christians still do not understand many important
aspects of Christ’s work for us, that is, what it means to be “in Christ.”

As a shepherd of the Lord’s flock, I occasionally preach on hell, damnation and
God’s wrath. But more and more I have become convinced that the only way I can
lead God’s people to victorious living is to preach the blessings and benefits
of “being in Christ.”

The fact is, being in Christ is the only foundation upon which true holiness
and righteousness can be built. Without this foundation, we will rely on our
flesh to try to produce a form of holiness in ourselves. But true holiness is
obtained only through knowing the riches of God in Christ Jesus.

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). Only
God’s grace can teach us the kind of theology that leads to holiness—and no
works can ever produce that.

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A Proclimation of Thanksgiving…

November 24, 2012

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S
1789 THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war – for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted – for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us – and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Shabbot Shalom!

November 23, 2012

Christians rediscovering wisdom of Sabbath
New book makes the case for returning to biblical edict


One of the least noticed and overlooked megatrends in the church today is the renewed interest and practice of the biblical Sabbath.

A new book and video companion by a medical doctor makes the practical case for observing the 4th Commandment – the same way Christians attempt to follow the other nine.

It’s called “24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life,” by Dr. Matthew Sleeth.

“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,” says the 4th Commandment. It’s the only one of the Ten Commandments that begins with the world “remember.” Of course, God knew His people would forget. And forget they have.

But Dr. Sleeth comes at the topic from a different angle than many new Sabbath observers who consider the matter only from the spiritual side of the equation. He makes the case that, as Jesus said, “Man was not made for the Sabbath, the Sabbath was made for man.”

“Sounds nice, but how do we find rest in a 24/7 world?” asks Dr. Sleeth. “Just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to technology. Our technological tools allow 24-hour productivity and connectivity, give us more control and subtlety enslave us to busyness itself. Sabbath is about restraint, about intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it?”

Dr. Sleeth offers his own ideas. Those who adhere strictly to the letter of biblical law may be disappointed by his advice, as it doesn’t necessarily include practice on the seventh day of the week. But he makes a compelling case that human beings were created to have at least one full day away from their work – something that is still a minority practice within the church.

In “24/6,” Dr. Sleeth describes our symptoms, clarifies the signs, diagnoses the illness and lays out a simple plan for living a healthier, more God-centered life in a digitally-dazed, always-on world. He shares how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted Sabbath practices and helps readers better understand how their own lives can be transformed – physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

The book and the video companion are two of the latest additions to the WND Superstore, the online shopping place that seeks out the products you care about – or should care about.

Trust in Yeshua(Jesus) and LIVE!

November 23, 2012

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012

JESUS IS OUR JUBILEE!
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to
preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and
the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn . . . to give unto
them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for
the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the
planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

We are familiar with this passage as a proclamation of Christ’s victory over
death and sin. Yet Isaiah is using the language of Jubilee here. He is saying,
“Let the trumpets blast announcing the cheerful, joyous year of liberty our
Savior has given us!”

This passage also refers to the scene of Christ’s ascension into glory. The
heavenly Father, after beholding the awful sufferings of His blessed Son,
prepared for Jesus a glorious entrance into heaven. Indeed, as Christ made His
ascension, He was escorted by a host of angels and multitudes of chariots: “The
chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among
them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. Thou hast ascended on high” (Psalm
68:17-18).

Our finite minds cannot begin to conceive of this glorious event. As Christ
approached the eternal city of God, riding on His white horse, He was escorted
by this huge procession. And as He entered the gates, the trumpets of God began
to sound: “God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet”
(Psalm 47:5).

This was the joyful sound—the trumpets blaring, announcing the believers’
year of Jubilee! The sound proclaimed to all humankind, “I have made provision
for you to walk out of prison, to be restored to your family, and to have
everything you need for a fulfilled life. You are free to live without fear of
any enemy. Enter now into My joy!”

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/20579?src=devo-email

We should try THIS in America…

November 22, 2012

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

THE JOYFUL SOUND OF FREEDOM
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

When the year of Jubilee came, every debt was wiped out. All leases and
possessions reverted back to the original leaseholder, which meant that the
farmer would get his land and his family back. Read about it in Leviticus 25.

You can imagine the rejoicing that took place in Israel and Judah when the
trumpets sounded. At that moment, on the tenth day of the seventh month, while
the high priest was making atonement, every bondservant who had been sold into
slavery was set free. And every person who had lost property was given back
everything. Families were reunited. Homes were restored. It was a time of
liberty, freedom, deliverance!

I picture destitute farmers standing along the demarcation lines of their old
property, waiting to step over as soon as the trumpets sounded. They had been
waiting ten years . . . then five . . . then one . . . and now they counted the
minutes to hear the joyful sound. They must have thought, “I’m getting back
everything I lost. It’s mine again—because this is the year of Jubilee!”

There was to be no planting or harvesting during the year of Jubilee. Instead,
the time was to be spent rejoicing. Jubilee was an entire year of Christmas
every day, of praising God for His grace, provision and freedom.

Please understand, the liberty proclaimed at Jubilee was not some nebulous idea
founded on faith alone. It was the law of the land. All a debtor needed to do to
have the law enforced was to stand on it. The Levites acted as monitors, or
sheriffs, so that everyone was assured justice.

Occasionally, a master might say to a bondservant, “You’re not leaving; you’re
still my servant! Get back to your labors.” But that servant could laugh in the
master’s face and say, “We both know what that trumpet sound means. It’s the
joyful sound of my freedom. You have no legal rights to me anymore. I’m free!”

How the people waited and longed to hear that joyful sound. It meant having the
freedom to say, “Nothing in my past can be held against me. I’ve been delivered
and no one can rob me of my inheritance.” Yet the person in bondage had to act
in order to take possession of his freedom or his lost property. He could dance
and shout in the synagogue all he wanted, crying, “I’m free! Everything has been
restored!” But until he stepped out and claimed his rights, he could not enjoy
any of it. Do you see the significance here? Most Christians have not claimed
the Jubilee that Jesus Christ has given them. Many think the “joyful sound”
today is merely hand-clapping or dancing in an emotional time of praise. But it
is so much more. God calls us to appropriate the freedom, peace and glory He has
provided for us through the forgiveness of sins. We are to step out and claim
it!

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/20578?src=devo-email

G-d Our Provider…

November 21, 2012

WHEN GOD SAYS “TRUST ME,” HE MEANS IT!
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Think for a moment about all the ways God has met the needs of His people
throughout history.

When Israel was in the wilderness, they had no supermarkets or grocery stores.
There was not even a blade of grass in sight. But God rained down manna from
heaven so the people would have bread, and He caused birds to fall by the
bushel from the sky so they would have meat. He caused water to gush from a
rock. And He supernaturally kept their shoes and clothing intact, so that they
never wore out in forty years of use.

In the Old Testament, we read that a hungry prophet was fed by a raven. A
barrel of meal and a bottle of oil supernaturally replenished themselves. And
an entire enemy army fled upon hearing a strange noise—leaving behind enough
supplies to feed an entire city of starving Israelites.

In the New Testament, we read that water was turned into wine. Money was found
in a fish’s mouth to pay taxes. And five thousand people were fed with only
five loaves of bread and two fish.

All these miracles of supply cry out to us, “God is faithful. He can be
trusted!” And in Leviticus 25, we read of another supernatural phenomenon—an
especially ripe harvest in the year before the sabbath for the land.

Next, God commanded that the people observe seven consecutive cycles of
sabbaths for the land: “Thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee,
seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be
unto thee forty and nine years” (verse 8). In other words: “You are to
celebrate this sabbath every seventh year, for a period of forty-nine
years—seven sabbaths times seven.”

In biblical terms, the forty-nine-year period would comprise a whole
generation. The implication here is that such a period would provide enough
time for an entire generation to learn to trust the Lord. Over that time,
parents and grandparents would build up a history of faith, so they could tell
their children: “Yes, it’s true! God supplied everything we needed the first
six years, but when the seventh year came, many of us were afraid. Yet God’s
provision saw us through to the eighth year, and right up to the ninth.
Sometimes it was frightening, but there was always enough. No one starved, and
no one had to beg. Every need was supplied. God tested our faith—and He
remained faithful!”

The point is, when God says, “Trust me,” He means it!

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/20577?src=devo-email

Where is Obama now?

November 17, 2012

The escalating violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is providing a perfect example of the false moral equivalence that profoundly threatens the state of Israel.

For more than a decade, millions of Israelis have lived under the constant threat of rocket attacks. Thousands of rockets have rained down on towns of peaceful citizens. In one day at the end of October, militants in the Gaza strip fired more than 65 rockets into Israeli civilian populations.

On Wednesday, the Israeli military took action to dismantle this threat. It did what the American military does routinely: assassinated a terrorist with a drone strike. The man, Ahmed Jabari, was a senior member of the military wing of Hamas, the terrorist group risen to government power in Gaza. He was responsible for numerous numerous acts of violence against Israelis.

Militants in Gaza responded with a barrage of hundreds of rockets on Israeli civilians, killing at least three and injuring several others.

Israel then launched a mission to destroy dozens of launch sites that it had identified in the Gaza strip. Satellite imagery released by the military shows that often militants had attempted to shield these sites by placing them next to civilian locations suchs as apartment buildings, mosques, and markets.

Today, forces in Gaza launched a long range rocket (possibly supplied by the Iranians) capable of hitting Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. It hit a settlement just south of Jerusalem, Gush Etzion. Yesterday another rocket reached the Tel Aviv area for the first time since 1991.

And what is the response of the UN Secretary General to Israel’s self-defense in the face of a decade of rocket attacks, a million people driven into shelter this week by the barrage, and long range missile strikes close to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv?

“Israel must exercise maximum restraint.” That is what his spokesman told reporters today.

The Secretary General “urgently appeals to all concerned to do everything under their command to stop this dangerous escalation and restore calm. Rocket attacks are unacceptable and must stop at once. Israel must exercise maximum restraint.”

The dishonesty of this moral equivalency is stunning. Militants and terrorists launch thousands of rockets into Israel, killing or injuring dozens of its citizens. Israel, a sovereign country with an obligation to defend and protect its people, acts to destroy these launch sites, which the militants hid intentionally among civilians, and the UN responds as though Israel is guilty of reckless violence.

How can there be a peace process under a discourse that affords a terrorist group diplomatic status and calls for “restraint” in the self-defense of a sovereign country? The United States should formally protest the UN’s one-sided statement.