Citizenship

 

Our citizenship
is in heaven

from which we
eagerly wait

for our Lord Jesus
to transform us

into His
glorious state.

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You are with me and will transform me.

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“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”

“who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able to subdue all things to Himself.”

Philippians 3:20,21 NKJV

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Where To Look

source - Wikipedia

source – Wikipedia

“But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55 NKJV

Stephen knew where to look.

Thank You, Lord, for Your glory.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Help me look
upon You, Lord
there at the Father’s
right hand

so that Your glory
can overshadow
all that will yet
happen.

God bless you as you look unto Him!

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Uncontained Glory

“. . .for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” 1 Kings 8:11

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth?  Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You.  How much less this temple which I have built.”  1 Kings 8:27

God would indeed dwell on the earth and fill it with His glory.

Lord, thank You for coming to dwell in such a lowly fragile frame as ours and filling us with the glory of Your Holy Spirit.  And here is a simple poem . . .

Glory Filled

What can contain You
where can You dwell

if heaven is too small
surely we are as well

yet another one of
those mysteries of Yours

how You can live inside us
and make Your glory ours.

He Will Gather

“If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.” Deuteronomy 30:4

Modern day Israel is seeing this happen, as those of Jewish descent continue to make aliyah, returning to their promised home land. (The featured guest writer, J of Jerusalem, made aliyah 16 years ago from Alaska. How’s that for a “farthest parts”?)

Oh Lord, we thank You that even those who seem to be the furthest from You, You will gather and bring close. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Bringing You Back

There is no where you can go
where I won’t seek you

no place you can be driven
from which I won’t draw you back

to gather you with compassion
into the land I promised

for you to take possession
of all that you have lacked.

Inside Israel – Holocaust Memorial Day and more

“Hi” and welcome to Inside Israel, where J of Jerusalem shares her insights as a believer in Jesus there in the land of His earthly birth. God bless you and yours, as you read and pray, according to His will.
Also, a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends out there. You are beautiful!
Now, here’s J . . .

This week we saw both heaven and hell open up to receive some of the ‘shining stars’ of each kingdom… and I ask: ‘God? WHAT IS MY RESPONSE TO BE’…and somehow sense that His answer is very important and I must listen closely.
I am sure that we can all say; “What a week this has been!” Heaven opened up to welcome David Wilkerson… hell opened its gates to receive Osama Bin Laden. Each had worked well for his respective king. In between we saw tornadoes strike the southern US with a vengeance, we saw Kaddafi’s youngest son and small children killed, we saw hamas and fatah sign a peace accord, we saw Egypt’s new ‘democratic’ leaders opening the border with Gaza while moving toward annulling their more then 30 year peace agreement with Israel…and today, at 10 am our two minute siren sounded bringing the country under the mantle of shared grief as Holocaust Heroes and Martyrs Day fully settled upon us.
Late last night I had wanted to write and knew how I would begin the letter. I would tell you of the change in the very ‘air’ here as the evening approached and ‘the silent group’…the older people with numbers tattooed on their arms and scars in their bodies and hearts lifted their heads and walked out toward Yad V’shem for the lighting of the torches of remembrance. I would comment on the evolution of the name of this day…how it was Holocaust Martyrs Day when we came 16 years ago, but how tenderly the understanding emerged that those who survived the holocaust lived with a life long guilt for having lived when so many died…and so…quietly…the word…the title ‘Heroes’ took the place of ‘survivor’. I had PLANNED to go deeply into some of these thoughts, and share my bus ride with you.
But as the 6:30am news came on, instead of speaking of the day, the first announcement was ‘Osama Bin Laden has been killed’, and I stopped in my tracks. Quickly the reports began pouring in…the reactions. What a difference to the ‘announcement’ of the death of David Wilkerson! It came to me word of mouth and, although I searched, I could find very few reports. When David Wilkerson was killed (I believe on the 27th) I also stopped in my tracks. He had deeply touched my life for The Lord, and countless other lives as well. I wept…for a moment…and then began to worship and rejoice, for a dear brother had finished His course and had run well and was home safe and had entered into our promise and was seeing Him Face to face!…”O death where is thy sting…o grave, where is thy victory”! Today…how must I react? I also began to worship. I began to worship The God of Truth and to call upon The Name of Yeshua. I couldn’t isolate what I was feeling…but I KNOW that ‘something big’ has shifted and I want so badly to remain quiet and listening and not to assume.
And I was in for a shock.
Our bus buzzed with the news of the assassination, but it was serious and subdued. When I got to work and could open the news, I saw rejoicing in the western world. It wasn’t what I expected! It was parties and joy and shouts of joy…and it looked just like the Arabs rejoicing over the death of Israelis. I had not seen this kind of rejoicing in the west before over the death or an enemy…I had only seen it in the Arab countries…and I felt very very sad. NOT for Bin Laden…but that SOMETHING isn’t sitting right. Could I rejoice over a sinner going to hell? I would turn and worship The King in His just judgment…but could I rejoice that hell had opened up. I kept wanting to quiet my heart and HEAR God and not my own thoughts.
“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth lest the Lord see it and it displease Him…” Prov. 24:17 popped into my mind. ‘Humble me Lord! Let me learn!’
What TIMES WE LIVE IN! I became very aware of a new prayer that I need to lift up…’Lord, teach me how to walk in THESE days and in those yet approaching! Teach me what manner of woman I must be and how to be humble in all situations!”
The siren sounded at 10 am and for 2 minutes everyone stood silently. Again I witness as that strange mantle draws us into one body sharing the grief of the witnesses of such things that my own eyes have not seen…sharing the pain that they carry in their hearts over the years, day and night, in private…it suddenly becomes public and shared … if somehow they can be ‘not alone’ in it and find the courage to walk through another year.
They carry a burden to ‘Never forget’ and to ‘Tell them what you have seen’.
And we, as believers, carry a promise to ‘Never forget’ and to ‘Tell them what (WHO) WE have seen.’ Witnesses!
So, in this very very emotional week I try to find my balance in Him…LORD! MAKE ME A WITNESS TO YOU IN THE MIDST OF WHAT IS AND WHAT IS TO COME!!! Help my FOCUS to be YOUR focus! I have not been here before and I do not know how to walk. Teach me!
Oh my, this letter is SO FAR SHORT of what I wanted to share, but you are all feeling and experiencing so much. If you should find ROOM in your pressured and stretched lives to pray for ONE MORE PERSON, I would like to ask for prayer for the salvation of one very special (to me) holocaust survivor…Kala Zeltza. This lady is a hero to me and I have grown to love her dearly and she doesn’t have long left. I have shared some about Him with her and have sent her a gospel of John, but I ask now for prayer for her. I will also share that I am having blood problems again (neutropenia) like I had last year when I was in hospital. It’s not that bad yet and I don’t want it to get that bad, but I am extremely tired.
God bless you, Dear brothers and sisters. May we glorify Him and finish the work!

ani b’derek

A Full House

“Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled’.” Luke 14:23

So glad He wants His house filled, as I brush off the highway dust and pull the leaves out of my hair.

Lord, please help us get the word out that heaven isn’t a place for just a special few. And here’s a simple poem . . .

He’s Waiting For You

The invitations have been sent out
He’s making last minute calls
wants everyone to be there
to pack the place, wall to wall.

So if you’ve received your invite
but have not responded yet
please get with the Giver of the Dinner
a place is set with your name on it.

A Father’s Cry

“Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, ‘Teacher, I implore You, look at my son, for he is my only child’.” Luke 9:38

I hear The Father in this father’s cry:
“look at my son” . . .”Hear Him” (Luke 9:35)
“for he is my only child” . . .”This is my Beloved Son.” (Luke 9:35)

Oh Lord, thank You for relating to us through a Father/Son/Child relationship. Though we be frail, human and sinful, surely this must bring us to our knees as we look upon our own children and hold them close. And here’s a simple poem . . .

More Children

Jesus, My Begotten Son
Holy, pure, divine,
Oh, how I love You
I’m so proud You are Mine.

Though I gave You up to suffer
for their sins and pain,
the cross was not the end and
Your sacrifice was not in vain.

Now You reign with Me forever
as The Way, The Truth, The Life
bringing Me beloved sons and daughters
in whom I take delight.

None Missing

“Then the officers who were over thousands of the army, the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds, came near to Moses;
and they said to Moses, ‘Your servants have taken a count of the men of war who are under our command, and not a man of us is missing.'” Numbers 31:48-49

Some day we’ll be saying the same thing, as we gather in heaven.

Thank You Lord, for keeping us forever in Your care, watching over us and not allowing any to be snatched away. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Worth It

The day’s been tough
the hour long
the struggles more
like war,
what a comfort
to look around
and see all here
and worth fighting for.

A Sign From Heaven

“Then the Pharisees and Sadducees  came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.”
“He answered and said to them, ‘ . . .You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”  Matthew 16:1-3

When traveling, I depend on signs all the time.  Route signs, exit signs, street signs and even stop signs.

Jesus, thank You for leaving us sign after sign, pointing to You..  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Salvation Sign

Cruising down life’s highway
making pretty good time
until it turned into a race
one not of Your design.

Please keep me on the road
that leads to Your cross
the sign of my salvation
that stays me from getting lost.

Has Jesus left you a sign today?

Gaining More Time

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life. . .”  Matthew 6:24

Not worrying about my life would definitely free up more time for me . . .to spend with Jesus.

Jesus, thank You for always covering me, keeping me and feeding me each day as I come to You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Fed and Covered

If birds don’t worry about what to eat
then really why should I?
And all nature’s dressed so great
without wondering what to buy.

Assured You love me as much as this
and then again even more,
I can let go of these concerns
spending more time at heaven’s door.

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