Shabbat Shalom, friends!
It’s another week closer to Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah) / The day of blowing the Shofar (Trumpets). The Shofar blowers are practicing and getting ready.
Have you been watched the main stream media lately? Well, you haven’t missed anything. It’s still about wars, terror related incidents, hate, rumours of wars in various parts of the world; huge storms and earthquakes causing destruction and disrupting people’s lives. We also see and experience an increasing apostasy from faith and people distancing themselves from Torah (God’s instructions). It’s nothing new and we’ve probably becoming so conditioned to these that we don’t even think about it anymore. It’s just part of the normal anxiety we experience in our already busy lives. However, it seems that these are intensifying: more intense storms, more devastating earthquakes, wars (and rumours of wars likely to) starting in other regions of the world that have been peaceful for decades. Luckily, we remember Yeshua’s words in Matthew / Mattityahu 24 where Yeshua said that all these things are just the “birth-pains”. You can read this chapter here.
Thus, we don’t need to be anxious as these things must happen and will intensify even more.
If you do feel anxious (and we all do – sometimes more than normal), we can find assurance in these words from the Prophets Isaiah and 2 Chronicles:
Isaiah / Yesha’yahu 43:
1 But now this is what ADONAI says, he who created you, Ya’akov, he who formed you, Isra’el: “Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I am calling you by your name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through water, I will be with you; when you pass through rivers, they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you will not be scorched – the flame will not burn you.
3 For I am ADONAI, your God, the Holy One of Isra’el, your Savior – I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and S’va for you.
4 Because I regard you as valued and honored, and because I love you. For you I will give people, nations in exchange for your life.
5 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your descendants from the east, and I will gather you from the west;
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Don’t hold them back! Bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the ends of the earth,
7 everyone who bears my name, whom I created for my glory – I formed him, yes, I made him.'”
8 Bring forward the people who are blind but have eyes, also the deaf who have ears.
9 All the nations are gathered together, and the peoples are assembled. Who among them can proclaim this and reveal what happened in the past? Let them bring their witnesses to justify themselves, so that others, on hearing, can say, “That’s true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” says ADONAI, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you can know and trust me and understand that I am he no god was produced before me, nor will any be after me.
Also in 2 Chronicles / Divrei-Hayamim Bet 20: 20 we read this message:
“Trust in ADONAI your God, and you will be safe.
Trust in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
To conclude this shabbat blog post, I want to encourage you to pray with me:
ABA / FATHER, The Almighty Living God of Israel,
In the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach (the Messiah) we say:
Thank you for YOUR grace and everything to provide to us every day.
Thank you for keeping us safe.
We know that YOU are always in control. YOU are able to do anything because nothing is impossible for YOU.
Thank you for your Shabbat and that we have a dedicated day to spend in YOUR presence.
We come before you today on this Shabbat. We’re vessels in YOUR hands.
ABA, FATHER, the Almighty Living God of Israel
In the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach (the Messiah) we ask:
Please show us how to pray effectively and with meaning.
Please forgive us our sins and if our sins way us down, we repent before YOU.
Break down the walls of division and false doctrine. Let YOUR people find Biblical Truth by reading YOUR Word.
Please give the people of Israel a heart of “flesh” (soften their hearts) that they will seek YOU.
Please give our political leaders wisdom that they will make the right decisions.
Please protect us, our families and our countries; the people living in the Land of Israel, the messianic believers in the Land of Israel and all around the world, and Christians against the attacks of satan, sickness, the forces of nature, false doctrine and increased hatred.
All of this, we pray in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, / B’Shem Yeshua Ha Mashiach, King of Israel and Son of the Almighty Living God of Israel.
I hope you and your family have a peaceful Shabbat.
Please make sure to read my upcoming blogposts for Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot over the next couple of weeks.
Please watch ” God protected us in battle”: