Inside Israel – July 5, 2011 from Jerusalem

“Hi” and welcome to today’s Inside Israel post. J of Jerusalem shares some special insights and prayer requests today. Thank you for being here and praying for her and Israel. You are a blessing. Now, here’s J . . .

I had the unasked for ‘opportunity’ recently to visit someone in the state mental hospital. It was quite a window into a world that I had not entered since I met Him…for that was the pit that He dug me out of these 36 years ago.
With Him we can go through some awful valleys…but He is WITH us and, by His grace, we walk out of them on to higher ground. When we walk away from Him, as this young single sister has done, the lies spoken in darkness don’t resound against the Rock of eternal reality. What a dark pit! So this young woman had made a serious suicide attempt and had been sent from the emergency ward to a lock down ward in the state hospital nearby my home.
My first visit to see her took me through locked and guarded gates into a serene treed and gardened village of old ‘Arab style’ houses…each one apparently a ‘ward’ or a ‘house’ for about 12 patients. Other houses must have been for doctors, activities etc and there were perhaps 30 (? I’m guessing) houses in the walled off village. But the ‘lock-down house’ was NOT a pleasant one! As I approached it I heard screams and crying. The house itself was a low square cement building with layers of reinforced bars and grid screens over the windows. I approached a locked door, but there was no bell. Someone with a key arrived just as I did and thankfully let me in. I entered an oppressive little sitting room rank with cigarette smoke and noticed that all of the barred windows were up high, not at eye level, so that light came in but you couldn’t see outside except for the tops of the trees and the birds. I learned that the reason for that is that the people in that house are so agitated that even the sight of someone unexpected could cause them to loose the tenuous control that they had. A nurse approached and I told him whom I wanted to see and he took out another key and went through another locked door to find her and bring her to me.
As I waited for her I had time to pray and also to reflect. I had been in just such a place, twice in fact… when I was in my 20s in New York. How mighty is God’s deliverance! There IS no pit too deep or too dark for His Light to reveal His Face…because He, Who walked into death itself and triumphed over it is not afraid of the dark pit of the mind in it’s own darkness, or invaded by the filthy enemy…He has conquered that as well and teaches me to ‘cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of Yeshua h’Meshiach! Psalm 18 says that “He…came down; and thick darkness was under His feet.”! It continues that “He made darkness HIS hiding-place…” Even in the darkness He expresses Himself, indeed, darkness and light are the same to Him! How thankful I am for His deliverance in my life and so many others…and by faith, for this young woman’s as well!
The staff was kinder then the overworked doctors, and they brought her out and she did allow me to pray with her once during my visits. She was only there for three days (please keep her in prayer as she was released while still not wanting to live) but during those three days I saw some amazing things. She was, on the outside, quite sane compared to the other patients in the house. They were very violent, loud out of control and irrational, which added to the agitation of my young friend’s soul. But as I visited with her I watched other friends, family, and fellowship members visiting with ‘their’ patients and saw such a difference between how things are done here and how things were done where I grew up.
In medical hospitals, I have explained, the responsibility of the hospital is ONLY to care for the patient medically. The family or friends are expected to provide in every other way and the PHYSICAL PRESENCE of caring people is a necessity. They provide water, help you to the bathroom, and basically fill ALL of the needs aside from the doctoring itself. I was surprised to see that it was the same at the mental hospital. The most violent of patients had family running in to calm them, rub their backs and feet, kiss them, wash them, all in the ‘visiting room’. On the last day that this young woman was there, I spent a number of hours with her and watched some of the care that was given. A woman was there visiting her sister. She took her into the ‘public’ bathroom and showered her, combing her hair out nicely and dressing her neatly. All of the other patients and visitors expressed joy ‘Shanit! Yafe meod! At col cok Yafa!’ (‘Shanit! How beautiful you look! You are so beautiful!’) She beamed with delight. Another patient began to wail with fear and two of the visitors began singing a child’s song with her and clapping and soon other patients were singing and clapping and laughing. The second visitor was the sister in law of a religious woman. She had brought her a whole dinner and a prayer book. They prayed the appropriate prayers and the patient wept. The sister in law comforted her. In the background singing arose…prayers. There was an ultra religious young man there and he had a constant stream of visitors from his yeshiva (A yeshiva (plural yeshivot) is a Jewish educational institution that focuses on
the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud and Torah). I was amazed at the sheer amount of visitors that came to him, two by two without let up. He was just never alone! They came with stories, they came singing (generally Psalms), over and over again I saw two other young man, one on each side of him, the three of them with arms around each other, dancing in the way that the religious dance. It was touching. They were there for him as a community. I saw so much deep and real compassion expressed unashamedly there. In Ecclesiastes 7:4 it says “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” Perhaps The Lord is enlarging the place of wisdom in me for I am have been truly describing a ‘house of mourning’ and now I must rush this letter to make a shiva call… to go to the house of physical mourning.
TWO PRAYER REQUESTS: You might recall that among the Jewish traditions, when a person dies they are buried as quickly as possible, preferably within 12 hours. They are buried in a shroud, not in a coffin. Then the family rips their clothing and sits ‘shiva’ for 7 days. For 7 days everyone comes to visit…to comfort them (hopefully not like Job’s comforters!)…they are almost never alone. And so I must go and sit with my friend Liora Deko. I asked for prayer for them a short time ago. Her husband Alan had a bad cancer. He passed away on Friday. So here are two prayer requests to add to my urgent personal ones: this young single woman who needs to come back to The Lord and find her hope and joy again…and Liora Deko… to come to the knowledge of Yeshua!
AND MY THIRD PERSONAL PRAYER REQUEST: This may be the last letter that I get to write until after the 18th when my sister Charlotte leaves. Thank you so much for praying concerning this visit, which is taking place (after 17 years!) on top of an ongoing unspoken crisis. She is set to arrive this Friday, which is also the day for the scheduled ‘fly in demonstrations’ where backers of radical Palestinian groups plan to fly in to the same airport as my sister in a further attempt to initiate the fall of our country. Through my dear friend who is also the ambassador to America, my sister and I received a letter to passport control introducing her requesting her entry to the country without question J. I am asking for prayer that I will be at peace in my heart, not tense during the 10 days that we have together…and that she will see Yeshua and love Him! Also that her heart will be knit to this land which is calling her home to this land. Please pray for peace in our home and…well…you know! ALL of it!
Thank you for your prayers for our nation, and for our family. May His grace and mercy lead us only always to Himself for His glory! Lovingly, your sis

ani b’derek

Wanting More

“And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph – to Ephraim and Manasseh – saying, ‘You are a great people and have great power; you shall not have one lot only, (Joshua 17:17)
but the mountain country shall be yours. Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down, and its farthest extent shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites though they have iron chariots and are strong’.” (Joshua 17:18)

The children of Joseph were wanting more than one lot and portion of land. They just might not have expected their “more” to bring with it the challenges it did.

Lord, as I seek more of You, let me not be intimidated by the work and challenges it brings. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Blessed With Him

We are blessed
in His presence
where we’re closest
to His heart
so we might find
in life’s hard moments
that we are blessed
most of all.

Inside Israel – love from Jerusalem

So glad that you could stop by and take a little look inside Israel. 🙂 J of Jerusalem shares some of her personal experiences and how Messianic Jews can be viewed at times. Thank you so much for your prayers for her, her family and the nation Israel. Now, here’s J . . .

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Yeshua. May HE be blessed and glorified, and may you each be blessed!
Blessing…I always get a picture of ‘joy’, ‘fullness’, ‘all needs met’ when I think of Blessing…and it has been (and still is) a long journey between understanding BLESSING in the Spirit rather than the flesh. “In His PRESENCE is fullness of Joy, and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11. That is the verse that our younger daughter was given when she was born, and why her middle name is Joy, which I still believe will one day characterize her life. Right now I have an unspoken but serious and critically, urgent prayer request for her, so that includes all of us. I am learning that I am Blessed in His presence even during devastating personal crisis’. Blessings…His gift of His Presence with us ‘in the midst’!

I had intended to write this letter a week ago today, when the story I’m writing about happened, and to alert any of you who may not be aware of the ‘flotilla’ approaching Israel right now of the need to pray for this land, but our personal crisis has kept me from writing at all. I will try to share it and hope that it isn’t lacking in freshness.

I have told you in the past that our older daughter and family have moved to a beautiful ‘moshav’ in the (Judean) hills surrounding Jerusalem. For those of you who may not remember, a ‘moshav’ is a small rural ‘village’. It is agricultural by nature and communal as well. It differs from a kibbutz in that members of a kibbutz own nothing of their own…not their houses, cars, kitchens, money, all is communal and distributed as needed. On a moshav, people own their own ‘things’ but also many (not all) work communally, sometimes in agriculture, sometimes just as neighbors. It is a warm atmosphere. Like a kibbutz, the moshav is run by a council. Our kids rent part of a house there and they had to be approved by the council before being accepted. It is reminiscent of the small Alaskan village that our children grew up in…except … warmer J.

I generally travel there to help out with the children on Wed (my day off from work). My ‘pattern’ has been to begin by taking Little Asher out for an hour walk around the moshav and let our daughter get some time to do things alone. I have enjoyed walking the small rural roads past the amazing homes and small farms, horses and fruits, feeling the wind and enjoying it sing through the trees. It is a good time to pray and sing without the distractions of the city and it is wonderful to be free to sing out loud so freely again.

Last Wed as I was on this walk, I passed a small home. There was a woman, about my age, outside. “Boker tov!” (Good morning) I greeted her. “Boker Or!” (Morning light – this is the answer given to ‘Good morning’) she responded with a smile. “Is that your Grandbaby?” Happily I answered “Yes! My latest. My daughter and her family live down the road.” I went over to introduce him to her. Her name was Rivka and I admired her ‘meshek’ (small farm). ‘Well, I’m out here trying to pick some ‘shesekim’ (a wonderful little hearty fruit that I never saw before moving here – it’s related to a ‘loquat’ – here is something about it from ‘google’ describing it:

The most delicious fruit on the planet. It’s smaller than an apple, but bigger than a grape, and orangy colored. It has between 2 and 5 pits inside. It tastes sweet and slightly tart and is very juicy. The dictionary translations are loquat or medlar, not that it helps. Try some. They come in containers and are sold by the kilo in Israel.

(so now you have an idea of what she was picking but I diverted from what she was saying). ‘I’m too old for this. Can only do a bit at a time now.’ I countered ‘Nonsense! You are amazing!’ We were immediate friends! ‘So, who are your children and whose property do they live on?’ When I told her she said ‘OH! I just LOVE her! She is such a precious young mother, and here you are, her mother!’ She told me that her parents came out of the concentration camps and she and her sister were born here, in the tents that were set up for the refugees. After a few years, her family was given a piece of land (the one I was standing on) on this moshav, along with scant building supplies…shovel, and not much more.

She said that it was just barren ground and they had to start from the dust, but life was so good then and full of hope even though war was a constant given and no one had anything. ‘But everyone shared!’ she told me. ‘There would be one table in the center of the moshav and if any of us had any food we would just put it on the table and who ever needed to eat would eat…and no one wanted to deprive someone who might need the food more, so there was such generosity. ‘She told me with joy ‘We didn’t need any cars or all of this technology. We worked as a family and we laughed and we loved each other. Young families now have it so much harder…they run and work and run and work and they don’t work with their hands in the fields, they seem to think that they need so much ‘stuff’…it’s sad to see.’

Another lady came out of the house to see what all of the noise was about. ‘This is my sister Sarah. She has a brain tumor but she is wonderful and just acts like nothing is wrong at all.’ I smiled at Sarah who smiled back ‘Well nothing IS wrong!’ she said with a smile and assurance. ‘It is ALL in His hands’ (she said pointing up). ‘When my time is up, it’s up, but it’s ok. My life has been good.’ Rivka piped in again ‘She believes in God. I don’t but she does…but that’s ok. We live in the best country that there is. You can be a Jew here and be free, or a Christian and be free, or a Moslem and be free, and you can believe as you like. I was a school teacher but I had an aneurism and don’t have to work anymore. And look! I had no damage!’ She smiles. Sarah joined again ‘You see? It is ALL a miracle! And this wonderful country is a miracle! And we are too!’ I agreed heartily and said ‘How else would WE have been here except that it is written in the prophets Isaiah (Yeshiahu) and Jeremiah (Yeremiahu) that we would come home from the ends of the earth, and look, here we are from the most North West place on earth! Yes, I do believe that it is a miracle, and I do believe in miracles!’ Sarah smiled. They both DID look amazingly healthy and spry for people with such health problems!

We went on for quite awhile talking about Israel, her history and people and we struck up a very nice friendship. I told them how much I loved the beautiful moshav. ‘It HAS always been a wonderful place to live…but now I hear that there are some of these ‘messianic believers’ living here. That’s not good. They must go. That will ruin the moshav. I can’t imagine how they can believe like that…can you?’ Hum…I looked at her with, I can’t imagine WHAT kind of expression on my face, and slowly said something like ‘Uh…well… yes…’ Rivka looked at me and her hand flew over her mouth ‘Oh! I’m sorry! YOU are one of them? I didn’t mean to offend you!’ I told her ‘Yes, I am but I am not offended, I know that it can be hard to understand…’ From that point it was difficult to get a word in edgewise as she told me why it is IMPOSSIBLE to believe that way. Praying for wisdom over the LOUD beating of my heart I was only able to share that MAN had never shared with me the gospel or I wouldn’t have believed, but that I had met Him Face to face.’ I THINK she heard that, and since our hour long conversation came to a close shortly after, I can’t but help wonder what is up ahead.

I returned to our daughter’s home a bit sheepishly and related the story to her. She told me that it was odd as lately there had been a sudden murmuring against believers on the moshav, where there have been families of believers for over 20 years. She asked me to ask YOU to please pray for them and the children that they will continue to be welcome for who they are. Persecution is promised to all of us, but I am asking The Lord to have mercy as they have been through so much and are not yet particularly strong. I emphasize that there IS NO FEAR, we just don’t want to be out of His will through lightly spoken words not led by The Spirit that will bare no fruit for the kingdom.

I must close this but as most of you stand in prayer for our nation and people; there is much tension and discussion concerning the flotilla that is approaching our shores, filled with hate toward Israel, to break the Gaza blockade. You may recall that after the fiasco concerning the last flotilla, our relations with Turkey were broken and there has been added hostility against us throughout the world. THAT IS THE AIM OF THESE ACTIONS…HOSTILITY AGAINST ISRAEL.
There was also an ultra-orthodox, nasty demonstration here in the city against a believing family in a different neighborhood from mine(similar to the ones that have taken place in Arad over the years). The police and media tend to turn a blind eye when it is against believers. May we be true to Him, walking in His Spirit and not moved from being focused on Him alone.

Thank you for your prayers for our nation and people and the body here…the building of the temple. Thank you for your prayers and love for our family. God BLESS you!

(ps: I want to pass along something that I received from a friend who apparently received a convincing email with a close friend’s name posted. It was a SCAM asking her to send this friend money. I JUST WANT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT I WILL NEVER ASK FOR MONEY! SO…if you EVERY receive an email with my name on it requesting funds, please ignore or report it.)

ani b’derek

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Take Off Your Shoes

“So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come’. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant’?” Joshua 5:14
“Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy’. And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:15

I’m not sure if Joshua was expecting this to be the first thing the Lord would say to Him.

Lord, we desire to understand more about Your holiness. Please show us what attitude, behavior or habit we need to take off – as well as our shoes – when we come into Your presence and seek to hear Your voice. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Standing Holy

As I come into Your presence, Lord
to hear what You have to say

You show me I can’t enter in
just any old way

but must strip myself of the shoes I wear
that carry me around in pride

and any other lofty thing
that I harbor deep inside.

Inside Israel – “The Long Way Home”

Hi dear ones and welcome to a look inside Israel today. J of Jerusalem shares insights into the people, the nation, and her own heart. Thank you so much for stopping by and praying. God bless you and lead you in all ways today! Now, here’s J . . .

18 June 2011
This first week back at work after being in the hospital was a long one, but not without some special touches. My pita man at the shuk was so happy to see me again, as was the cucumber man. With all of our desperate struggles going on here, we find time for a ‘facebook page boycotting cottage(cheese)’ since the price has gone up so high… we still find humor! Special touches…

For example, I met Ruth (Ruth in Hebrew is pronounced ‘Root’) Evenshtein’s Mother.
Ruth is a woman of about 40 who has 3 small children…and cancer. The cancer took her by surprise (I guess it takes all of us that way) and I have been able to be a bit of a support system for her. She found a ‘lump’ behind her ear yesterday morning and came to the doctor with her Mom. Ruth is a lovely, attractive woman, but her 70 year old mother is downright stunning!

Ruth introduced us and when her Mom found out where I was from (in the ‘old country) she was thrilled; “Oh! I have always longed to visit there… to see the beauty and the expanse! I hear it is so beautiful!” We began sharing about our pasts, and, after a bit about my hippie background, her Mom said that she had been in Berkley Calif in the ‘60s. I asked her about the path that her life had taken her. Ruth piped in: ‘My Mother was a child holocaust survivor.’ her Mother continued; ‘Yes, I was just 5 when my father and I were released from the camps. We alone survived. It was 2 years before we could get to Jerusalem. Back then it was hard to get in. They were limiting the Jews.’

She told me that she was so thankful to have been with her father as so many children that age had no one left to care for them. ‘Jerusalem was such a small town back then in the 60s. My husband got a job teaching M.E. studies in Berkley and we went there. It was such culture shock for me! I would say to people “I did not know that America is like this!” and they would say to me “Berkley is not America!”

My heart was beating quickly. ‘This is amazing!’ I said. ‘We experienced the hippie years as Jews from the opposite perspective!’ ‘What do you mean?’ she asked me. ‘Well…as a Jewish child born immediately after the holocaust, from my earliest memories ‘something’ that I couldn’t understand was driving me, gnawing at me, filling me with grief and hopelessness. Do you realize that most of the early hippies were Jews? We were so filled with rage and lawlessness and a passionate drive that we didn’t understand…but I didn’t realize until years later that most of the people were Jews!’ I continued, ‘You, on the other hand, were thankful for life and had a passion to live and to build Israel, and to do the very best that you could. It seems to me that we were both caught up in something much bigger then ourselves.’ She told me that she had begun writing her memoir, not beginning with what went on inside the camps. ‘There is so much written about those horrors. But when we were released…they just opened the doors…we walked out of hell…filled with disease and starving…and the people around us tried to kill us… they were afraid of us… we had to hide all of the time and dig for food…I will give you a copy of what I am writing.

Two years ago I was in Detroit and I had an urge to go and see a movie called ‘The Long Way Home’. I was shocked, and cried my eyes out through the entire movie. It was my story! That is what made me decide to write.’ The door to the exam room opened and it was time to go in, thus ending our conversation. My phones (mercifully silent for that short time) began ringing again and the meeting ended, but not the fragrance of it.

Ruthie came out of the exam room and fell into my arms crying uncontrollably “It’s a bug bite! It’s just a bug bite! I was so scared! I don’t want to die, I just want to live and raise my babies!” I began to laugh (her Mom had gone on ahead and was out at the car) ‘Ruthie! With a legacy like yours a little thing like cancer isn’t going to get you down. Listen to your Mother…look at how much they survived.” She nodded and added ‘And my Grandfather, my Mother’s Dad, just died at 97’ we began laughing together. ‘It’s bigger then us Ruthie.’

Please pray that I, or someone else, will be able to tell her…them… about “The Bigger”…The One Who Alone is able to keep us alive…and bring us home.
The name of the movie stuck in my mind; “The Long Way Home’. It is, indeed, a long way home. Sometimes I feel as if I have lost my way. I never would have thought that I would say that, but The Presence of The Lord sees so far off. My prayers seem so dry, so empty. I read this morning in Psalm 29:7 “The voice of The Lord divides the flames of fire.” and I immediately turned to Acts 2:3 “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, and one sat upon each one of them.”

I thought of the 3 friends of Daniel who came through the fire without even the smell of smoke, and the great and precious promise in Isaiah that though we walk through the fire it shall not scorch us. It is all His Voice…His Presence…that divides the flames of fire and that leads us ‘The Long Way Home’. No other voice can save us from the flames of hell. No other Presence can ‘shine in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of God in the Face of Jesus Christ’.

How I NEED that Presence, that Voice again in my life. What good is it to share Him with those who need Him unless we do it with The Presence of The Almighty God and The Power of the Holy Spirit? There is nothing in ME that can give anyone new life…only in Him as I convey Him to another. Oh yes, my dear sisters and brothers…I need Him desperately! I am not where I have been at other times (this is not condemnation…it IS confession and a request for prayer). With my sister scheduled to arrive on the 8th of July I long to be walking in His Spirit and available for Him to use me.

I did not intend to write what I just did, but I’m glad that I did. When we are needy we need prayer. I confess to Him and to you that I am needy!

And our nation needs prayer as the world, with it’s upside down thinking tries to close its noose upon this tiny place. There has been a steady stream of European leaders here for the past two weeks pressuring out Prime Minister to ‘give up’. The next ‘flotilla’ is preparing to set sail to Gaza, and, on the same day that my Sister is scheduled to arrive, so are huge numbers of demonstrators planning to disrupt our airport, arriving as ‘tourists’. I will add the IFI prayer notes for those of you who use them.

Thank you so very much for your strength in the body! May The Lord bless you with His very best for each of you. Lovingly, your sis

Friday Prayer Points
17 June 2011
1. Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed of Abraham His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance, when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another ! people, He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.
Psalm 105:1-15 NKJV
Give thanks:
· God is doing mighty works
· He has an everlasting covenant with His people
· He has chosen us to show His mercies
· He has chosen Jerusalem to show His mercies
· When two or three are gathered together He is in our midst
· We welcome You, O God!

2. The possible second flotilla
The IHH (Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation) is now thinking about pulling out of the planned flotilla planned to sail to Gaza to break the Israeli blockade. Now it is possible for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza through Egypt (as well as through Israel). Last year’s flotilla and its outcome caused a dramatic deterioration in relations between Turkey and Israel. Pray:
· Thanks that there are these signs of reduced interest in sending another flotilla. This is a definite answer to our prayers.
· Lord, dissolve the poison of animosity towards Israel!
· Give wisdom to the leaders of Israel and help them to be prepared for every eventuality.
· Don’t allow Israel to be drawn into any confrontation which is not of Your making.
· Prevent any flotilla being used to cause harm.
· Thank you, Lord that Israel has signaled her willingness to defend her borders and exercise her responsibility to protect her citizens as with the flotilla in May 2010 and with recent attempted incursions in the Golan Heights.
· May well-meaning but misguided people involved in these plans to come against Israel be caused to fear the possible consequences.
· Pray that the second flotilla would not take place.

3. The borders of Israel
· We give thanks for the firm stand which our Prime Minister has taken against a return to the pre-1967 borders.
· Thank you, God for your covenant with Abraham to give this land to your people. (Psalm 105:9 and following)
· Pray that Binyamin Netanyahu will continue to hold fast to what God has established in His word.
· Shield Israel from international manipulation intended to make her relinquish the land, particularly Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
· May the plans to rob Israel of her inheritance come to nothing.
· Strengthen all those in the nations (notably many in the US Congress) who are standing up for Israel.
· May the borders of Israel be the borders You want them to be, O Lord! Prepare Israel to protect these borders!

4. Fear of God in the surrounding nations.
From this week’s prophetic portion:
And (Rahab) said to the men: I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
Joshua 2:9-11 NKJV
So many of Israel’s neighbors, many of which are declared enemies of Israel, are going through times of great upheaval and shaking at this time. We prayed that God would use these things to bring about His purposes, and equip the believers in these nations to be used by the Lord in great power.
· May the fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom, come upon the Arab/Muslim people in the nations surrounding Israel.
· When they are caused to fear God would they cry out to Him to reveal Himself.
· Would You pour out revelation about what You are doing with Your people in Your land.
· Give believers in these nations the grace to withstand persecution and may the persecutions not hold back the knowledge of the living God and His word.
· Let Your voice be heard, O God, in the power of Your word!
· Shake many out of their familiar ways and when they cry out in confusion and in pain empower the believers to show the answer. May the perfect love of Yeshua (Jesus) cast out the fear of man!

5. Crying out to God
Last week we prayed that in their need and desperation, the people of Israel would cry out to God and there would be calls to prayer from among them. This week in a neighborhood in Jerusalem, fliers were circulated which invited the residents to volunteer to commit to prayer regularly during a particular hour in the week, with the aim of establishing a 24/7 prayer chain. Praise God for this immediate answer to prayer. May He multiply this many, many times over! There are many initiatives calling for worldwide prayer for Israel or for Jerusalem. However, these have come from people in the nations like Robert Stearns and Glenn Beck. We thank God for these initiatives, but we long that Israel too will cry out on her own behalf.
· May Israel cry out:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills-from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV
· As Israel cries out to You, may we see You intervening:
The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones.
Isaiah 30:30
· May the leaders and the people of Israel not trust in man but in the Lord:
Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 NKJV
· Cause Bibi Netanyahu and his family to recognize the awesome responsibility of the leader and to become desperate for Your intervention.
· Break religious pride. Let our people cry out to You because we depend upon Your grace and mercy and not because we “deserve” Your help.
· Drive home our need for You. Make us desperate before too much more blood is shed!

6. Salvation of Jewish people
· Thank you, Lord that You desire us much more than we desire You.
· Open their spiritual eyes! Lift the veil which blinds them to the knowledge of the truth! Break through the barriers of history which prevent Jews from knowing the true Son of God (as opposed to their wrong image of Him).
· Pour out a spirit of grace and supplication as You have promised:
And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.
Zechariah 12:10 NKJV
· Save the elderly, the holocaust survivors, the sick – those whose earthly hope may have ended. When You pour out the spirit of supplication on them, be there for them, O God!

7. Aliyah
Now therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul. For thus says the LORD: Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this! people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.
Jeremiah 32:36-42 NKJV
These words have not yet been fulfilled, but they are being fulfilled. Aliyah is the necessary step for most Jews to be saved. Many Jews fear man rather than fearing God. They fear the desire of Israel’s enemies to wipe out the Jewish people when they are all gathered back in the land of Israel. Pray:
· Thank You that You break down the barriers of fear as people put their trust in You and step out in faith.
· Bring the Jewish people to their senses and come back to their land.
· May the Jews see that their inheritance is in the land of Israel.
· Break down the barriers which materialism, language, culture, comforts, government regulations, etc. place to the aliyah. May Your people no longer be held back and may they not perish in the nations!

8. Shabbat
· Thank You for our true rest in Yeshua.
· Thank You for the quietness which comes when we let You do the planning.
· Thank You for the heavenly peace of this Shabbat.
· Lead Your people into Shabbat rest. Give Your Spirit and salvation in Yeshua.
· Thank You for Shabbat as part of Your covenant with Your people.
Shabbat Shalom!

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Dropping Rocks

“So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first’.” John 8:7
“And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.” John 8:8
“Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience went out one by one beginning with the oldest even to the last.” John 8:9

I am so encouraged that there was not one there who thought they were without sin . . .who stayed to throw a stone.

Jesus, thank You that we can’t deny our sin in Your presence. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Truth Thrown

Rock drops
mouth opens
can’t believe
what I see

my own sin
where I’d seen others
plainly staring
back at me.

Dear readers . . .I goofed. Somehow I forgot to do a devotion from John chapter 7, as this is from chapter 8. Will work on that with Him for tomorrow! 🙂

God Walking

“For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.” Deuteronomy 23:14

God walks among His people Israel because He wants to. He wants to be with them. He loves them.

Jesus, thank You for walking among us, living within us . . .for wanting to do that, for loving us that much. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Amidst Us

God looks at us
and sees You

making us holy
through and through

delivering us
from the control of sin

defeating the enemy
again and again.

Made Better

“That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for before that they had been at enmity with each other.” Luke 23:12

These two enemies becoming friends after seeing Jesus has me thinking that every single person who encounters Him, even in a small way, is made better.

Oh Jesus, may we let You brush up against someone through us today. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Encounters of the Jesus Kind

Brush up against Him
and you won’t be the same

take a little look
and be forever changed

full out believe Him
and be torn apart

as He rents the veil from your eyes
and plunges truth into your heart.

Journeying By Cloud

“Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.” Numbers 9:22

I’ve thought it would be so nice to have a cloud like this to guide me.

Lord, please help me to know when to stop and stay, and when to go, by the power of Your Holy Spirit. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Holy Spirit Compass

We don’t have a cloud hovering by day
or the appearance of fire at night
to show us the way to go
and when the time is right

but He has given us His Spirit
to guide us through this life
to help us take those steps of faith
as our inner compass of Holy sight.

A Heart In Season

“Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it.
He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.” Mark 11:12-13

Sometimes the demands and expectations can leave me feeling exhausted, dried up . . .bereft of fruit.

When You come to me today, Lord, may You find what You are looking for. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Hungry To See

What are You looking for
when You come to me today,
knowing my circumstances
and constant disarray?
He says, “I’m hungry to see
a heart attitude that’s right,
that would be enough to fill
My Spirit with delight.”

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