Shabbat Shalom! It’s hard to believe it has been two weeks. So the question on everybody’s mind at breakfast today is how and what does the Lord want us to do with this? We all agree that you can’t come to the land without it changing you…even if this is your fourth, fifth, six time. How do we come back and assimilate back into the normal day in/day out routine of life and not be caught back up into the world?
The answer will be different for all of us, but the one common thread is spending time in prayer asking what is God’s will for us.
Last night we went to worship at Joesph Haddad’s eclesia. I always love coming to this particular service. You get so submerged into the Hebrew and to the Jewish people that you forget there are many groups that live here in the land and worship Yeshua. Joseph is an Arab Christian. The entire service is in Arabic (and some English for us), but here is the thing…it doesn’t matter what language it is in…you can always feel the spirit moving. You can feel the love of God when you smile and hug each and every one of them. It’s a treasured moment of mine. It also reminds me that we need to be praying for not only peace in Israel and for the veil to be lifted from the Jewish eyes, but to praying for the Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, etc. Why this may seam impossible (maybe easier for us than others since we don’t necessarily suffer as the people here suffer), we must Love. It is the second greatest commandment to love others. Love can conquer all things.
The message last night opened my eyes to something I deep down inside knew, but really wasn’t practicing as much as I should. That is understanding that no level of reasoning or intellect can change the heart of someone who doesn’t believe. It is only the Holy Spirit that can cause that change. It is our duty, therefore to be praying while witnessing for the Holy Spirit to come upon them.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 New International Version (NIV)
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,
16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
At the end of the day, it is all about relationship building and may we always remember to lift up one another in prayer over all these things.
Hallelujah and Praise the Lord.