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Showers of Blessings

Posted by Cinda On June - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

sneezeComplete strangers can unite in a split second when the occasion of a sneeze demands the chorus of response “Bless you!” You may be surprised to discover the roots of this age-old custom.

Dr. John D. Garr* says, “The ancients believed that something really happened when they spoke a blessing. They understood that the God they worshiped was a God of blessing. They were also convinced that the God of blessing had given them the power to bless and they constantly used this gift that God had given them to bring His blessing into the lives of others.”

It’s as simple as that. It is God who blesses, but when we yield ourselves to receive His blessings, we can also be His instruments of blessings to others. Only one who has been blessed can bless another. We will briefly look at just three aspects of a blessing:

The Blessing Itself
The personal blessing of God is found in “The Aaronic Blessing” “The Lord (Father) bless you and keep you. The Lord (Jesus) cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord (Holy Spirit) turn His face toward you and give you peace.” ~ Numbers 6:24-26

The One Who Blesses
The individual who pronounces a blessing is standing in the place of God. He is a channel through whom God Himself is blessing. Since God has commanded that a blessing be spoken over His children forever, we need to speak God’s blessing in our homes and wherever Christians gather.

Blessed to Be a Blessing
God blessed Abraham so he could be a blessing to all families of the earth (Genesis 12:2-3). Anyone can receive this blessing through Jesus Christ. When we accept by faith God’s blessing of salvation from sin and death through Jesus, we immediately seek to bring others to Christ. The blessed are called to bless.

One sure way to be blessed and to be a blessing to others, Dr. Garr indicates, is to participate in intercessory prayer. Think of the people and nations you can bless (even your enemies) through your prayer life.

The chain of command is this: God gives this blessing directly to men in the form of His grace; it is then transferred to others through spiritual gifts as the gift of grace is released to one who receives it and, in turn, blesses others; and then all give thanks to God to whom the praise is due.

Think about it: God wants us to be instruments of blessing by extending His grace into the lives of others… What a blessing!!!!
*More information on this subject can be found in Dr. Garr’s books, Bless You: Restoring the Biblically Hebraic Blessing and Blessings for Family and Friends at www.HebraicCommunity.org or you can obtain a copy by calling 1-678-615-3568 or writing Hebraic Christian Global Community, PO Box 421218, Atlanta, GA 30342.

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Israel in Focus

Posted by Cinda On May - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

jewish_womanDid you know there is a special blessing for those who pray for Israel, God’s chosen, and in particular, the peace of Jerusalem? In fact, history has proven this out. Blessing has come to those who bless Israel, and curse has fallen on those who have cursed and dishonored Israel.

So, it behooves us to pay attention to this most important country, her people (God’s chosen), land, and heritage, especially at a time like this. Psalm 122:6 (All articles on Israel are by our CCF Contributor, Peg, unless otherwise marked!) Enjoy! Pray regularly for the peace of Jerusalem.

#1 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On April - 23 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 NASB

footmassageAs we take that first step over the threshold into the unknown, we glance downwards to see if we are on sure footing, solid ground. Depending upon who you are listening to, you may feel fearful and faint. May I suggest that you look long and hard at your feet and not the path. If you try to look ahead, you may see mountains that seem formidable, impossible to climb.

Many of us fall into the category of loving a pedicure. How wonderful it makes us feel when our feet have been bathed and massaged and toenails trimmed and glistened. We feel confident and our step is sure.

Listen to what the watchman for Israel says about beautiful feet and get a spiritual pedicure this day. We plan to bring you good news this year. It will bring peace to your ears and eternal happiness. “What is this good news”? It is the message that the God of Israel (Zion) reigns!

We invite you to follow us closely as we peer with confidence into who is the God of Israel, who are His people and what should we know about His land.

We believe that as He permits us to “bare His holy arm” (reveal His strength and power) in the sight of all the nations, that, as the Scripture promises, “all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:10)

“Now, oh God of Israel, go before us as well as behind us, to be our rear guard. Lead us in the days ahead as sheep of Your pasture. Enable us to follow to green pastures which will nourish and still waters which will restore. Reveal Yourself to us that we might truly know You. With Your strong arm, defend Your people from oppression and deliver us from evil through Jesus the Anointed One, Amen.”

Remember to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” Psalm 122:6

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#2 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On April - 16 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

In order to “come home”, we must admit that we have been away, sometimes wandering aimlessly, sometimes purposefully, but nevertheless, we must look back for the sake of looking forward.

gpsWhere is “home”? Most people today know the function of a GPS (Global Positioning System). If you want to go to your destination, you feed the information into a modern piece of technology and it gives you data that will chart your course. You don’t have to follow it, but if you trust it, you will.

Let me suggest that God has His own “Positioning System”. It’s from of old, it’s trustworthy and if we choose, we can follow it. You may ask “How can I be sure it’s trustworthy?” Just try it. If you haven’t read the directions and asked the Author to reveal Himself to you while you read it, then do it now. Just ask Him. Plug it in, as you would your cell phone, your battery charger, your GPS, (name anything out there on today’s market) and admit that not all of us knows HOW it works, but it does and you choose to use it.

So, come, journey with us as we set our course to go back “home” to see where we came from and whose we are. “Make our path clear, oh God, that we might see that salvation has come out of Zion through Jesus, Your Son. Amen.”

Remember to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” Psalm 122:6

Author: Peg / CCF Contributor
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#3 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On March - 28 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

The womb is about as far back as one can go. Life begat life in the womb.

bible5There are several passages in God’s Word that indicates that He called people “from the womb” and revealed His plans for them. One of those passages is Isaiah 49:1-2 which bids us to “Listen, so as to pay attention”: “The LORD called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me. He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; and He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.”

Do you like a mystery? Look at the text that says “concealed Me” and “hidden Me”. Don’t you hunger to know more? Who is this that has been “concealed” or “hidden” and why?

Let’s read further, He (the LORD) said to Me (pronoun capitalized because it refers to Deity), “You are My Servant, Israel, in Whom I will show My glory.” God chose Israel to be His servant, but Israel is not deity. Israel is a people, a nation, a land. So, we need to continue looking for the “Whom” that will reveal God’s glory.

Fast forward to an eye witness who wrote in the 1st century about the deity of one called Jesus (or “Yeshua” in Hebrew), the Christ, the One anointed for the purpose of revealing God’s glory.

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him  and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness,  and the darkness did not comprehend it… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,  and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:1-5 & 14

Concealed for a season, yet revealed in season for a reason. Why? Continue to walk with me as we ask the God of the universe to reveal His plan and His purpose for you.

Remember to …  “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” Psalm 122:6

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#4 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On March - 28 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

prophetSo far on this journey, we have gone back to the womb in an effort to find our way back home. We have discovered that the Most High God had a plan and a purpose for the nation of Israel, it’s people and its land.

That purpose was, according to Isaiah, a prophet of God’s people (I’m defining a prophet as one who hears from God and speaks for God to His people at a given time in history), “And now says the LORD,  who formed Me from the womb  to be His Servant, to bring Jacob (Israel) back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him… to make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth… I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, to restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages… For the LORD has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted.” (emphasis mine Isaiah 49:5ff)

Well, the LORD has much to say about His plan of redemption, using Israel to bring forth His Messiah, the One Anointed to bring this reconciliation. You can continue reading in Isaiah (asking God to reveal His truth to you), but for our purposes today:

“Let us fear the LORD, trust in His name, and rely on His salvation. Oh, Israel, oh, Jacob, oh nations, return to the LORD, come to His light and be saved as was God’s plan from ages past. Amen.”

Remember to …  “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” Psalm 122:6

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#5 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On March - 17 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

apple_eyeISRAEL IS…
a land set apart from all other land on the face of the earth of which Jehovah said “The land, more over is Mine.” (Lev. 25:23)

God had instructed one man, Abram, from the seed of Noah through his son, Shem, that he was to leave one place and go to another. This was the calling out of one nation, the Hebrews, from out of all the rest of the nations. Why did God do this? He said it was “to make their name great” and that they “shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-2)

How He does this and why, is what we will focus on in order to give us sure footing as we move ahead in our challenge this year. We are seeking to better understand God’s word and His redemptive plan for all mankind through one group of people, later known as God’s chosen people, the Jews and why they are called “The apple of God’s eye”.

Again, we pray, our prayer from the previous time together “Let us fear the LORD, trust in His name, and rely on His salvation. Oh, Israel, oh, Jacob, oh nations return to the LORD, (come home), come to His light and be saved as was God’s plan from ages past. Amen.”

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Remember to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” Psalm 122:6

#6 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On March - 10 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

ISRAEL IS… a land of which Jehovah said, “is Mine.” Lev. 25:23

arkAfter the flood, Noah and his three sons and their wives left the ark, along with every living thing that was with them. These eight people had a Divine mandate to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1) They were to “swarm” the earth – to cover it”.

They spoke only one language then and had only one set of words. These were the beginning of the nations. They are called Gentiles or simply “nations” in the Scripture. That differentiates them from God’s chosen people, the Jews which comes later.

In Genesis 11:1-9 we see that these offspring of Noah first settled in the land of Shinar or what we know as Babylon in modern day Iraq. There they decided to “build a city and a tower and to make a name for themselves.” Hmmm. Doesn’t take humans long to do their own thing, does it now? Jehovah had told them to “fill the earth…swarm…cover”. But they had a different idea and somehow we always think our plans are better than Jehovah’s and we are quick to turn against Him in disobedience. Have you ever wanted to make a name for yourself instead of heading out under God’s direction and letting Him make a name for Himself through your obedience?

This incident in Scripture is known as the tower of Babel and the building of a system opposed to God. Humanistic reasoning is such a thing. It is a picture of contrast: man vs. God. As someone has said in similar terms, “God made man in his image and ever since then man has been trying to make God in his image.”

“LORD, how often in my life have I thought I had a better way of doing things? My education, my prestige, my abilities, even my name, should gain someone’s approval. I wanted so badly to make something of myself. Now I see that this was wrong. I have sinned; I am sorry. Please forgive me, for I realize all these blessings are from You so that I could be a vessel for Your name to become known and not mine. Change my heart, 0 Lord, so that I willingly obey You and in so doing, bring You glory, Amen.”

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Remember to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” Psalm 122:6

#7 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On February - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

ISRAEL IS… a land…of which Jehovah said, “is Mine.” Lev. 25:23

TowerOfBabelWhile, the tower of Babel was in process of being built to reach heaven, Jehovah had to use the rod to get His people to obey Him. So, He confused their language and those who could understand one another and spoke the same language gathered together and began to move out of the land of Shinar over the whole earth.

There is a specific Biblical record given of the descendants of Shem, among whom are both Mary, the mother of Jesus or in Hebrew, Yeshua the anointed One (Messiah) and Joseph, Yeshua’s earthly caregiver and protector. However, right now, we want to look more closely at this man Abram, whom Jehovah called out, set apart through whom the world was to be blessed and a nation born.

Abram was one of the sons of Terah who lived in Ur of the Chaldeans or the land between two rivers (Mesopotamia) which is in our modern Iraq. The two rivers are the Euphrates and the Tigris. You can find them on the map.

One day the Lord told Abram to leave this familiar land and country; his relatives and his father’s house and go to a land which Jehovah would show him. It was also promised he would become a great nation.

How does an individual become a nation? Stay with us as we continue our journey.

“Father, reveal Yourself in Your Word to those who seek to know You. Amen.”

Remember to … “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” Psalm 122:6

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#8 Around the World – Come Home

Posted by Cinda On February - 24 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

“Now the LORD said…go…” Genesis 12:1

brownshirtWhat is personal faith? As we journey forward, we continue looking back to establish a firm foundation upon which our faith can rest.

In our backward glance, we have briefly scanned mountain peaks or milestones as recorded in Genesis, the book of beginnings. Yet we must consider another giant peak. Mark it as when God dissects time to pull out from among an entire pagan world, one individual. Abram’s ancestry served many gods (Joshua 24:2) and only the right response would permit the living God to use him.

On that day in time, Abram greeted the dawn unaware of the coming test. The very God of creation would speak to him asking him to leave his country and his relatives and go to a far off land. Abram had no global positioning system, no ipod or electronic device with which to download directions. This “strange” God who spoke simply said, “I will show you”. Among the other “I will’s” promised him that day were to:

make you a great nation, bless you, make your name great;

make you a blessing;

bless everyone who blesses you, curse the one who curses you,

“…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

And between verses 3 and 4, the entire world hinges on this man’s response to a God who talked.

“So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him…”

My friend, Abram believed God and obeyed. That is faith.

“May the God of Abraham, open our hearts to believe and to obey Him today.”  Amen.

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