We are planning on having lunch on March 5, 2016 after Sabbath services. (Roast beef, potatoes, beans) After lunch, we will present a 119 Ministries presentation:
Being reborn is the beginning of being a Christian. What does it mean, how do I get it, what happens to me once I do get it?
What does it mean?
Nicodemus, a member of the ruling council of ancient Israel, was afraid of approaching Jesus and being seen. So he came to Jesus in the night. Jesus tells Nicodemus:
“…’I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'” (John 3:3, NIV)
Nicodemus was very intelligent and was confused by His answer. Jesus explained further:
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.'” (John 3:5-6, NIV)
Before we are born again, we are dead spiritually. We are alive physically and outwardly, nothing seems to be wrong with us. But being born of flesh, we are creatures of sin and controlled by it.
How do I get it?
Just as we did not give ourselves physical birth, we cannot give ourselfs spiritual birth. God gives it and through faith in Christ, we request it:
“In his great mercy God the Father has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you …” (1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV)
That’s simple! That’s it! Our messiah makes it possible and now we are reborn completely!
Now what happens to me?
Before I was reborn, I was a degenerate:
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins … ” (Ephesians 2:1, NIV)
Now I am reborn, given a totally new life in the spirit:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
Now we can stand righteous in the eyes of God the Father due to the sacrifice of His son Christ Jesus.
Now I have a new nature, an intense desire to love God for all He has done for me. I am a Christian because Christ is the only way to life with God:
“‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6, NIV)
As I seek to love God, I experience love unlike any other. I can still succumb to sin from time to time. But now I am convicted by it. And now knowing that sin offends God who I love and want to love completely, I strive to avoid sin. With my new life, I leave behind my burdens and sicknesses. It has no effect on me. Even if this body dies and/or terrible things can happen to me, I know I am in Christ and a child of God.
A self-centered man is a discontented man. But the soul of the generous man, the man who lives for the interests and benefit of others, will find blessing upon blessing in his life.
(see Prov. 11:24-5; 19:17; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6)
Shalom again Todd, as things are getting worse over here in Israel . . .
“I can’t believe it, two times right in front of us,” said Chaim, a Senior Bibles For Israel ministry staff.
“The first rocket that exploded right in front of us was on Tuesday night around 9PM, and now on Thursday in the late afternoon, the Sirens went off and I wasn’t expecting to see anything, but it came right in front us in the sky about 1500 feet up, in broad daylight.”
The sky was a perfect blue and then all of a sudden the Sirens went off, and about 15 seconds later, there were 3 clouds of white smoke where the Israeli Dome missiles knocked out the Arab missile from the sky.
We thank the Lord for giving our Israeli engineers the wisdom to create this Iron Dome to protect us.
This happend about 1 hour ago right above me.
You can see the streaks from the Iron Dome Rockets
and then the white clouds are where they smash
into the Palestinian rockets.
But the Iron Dome isn’t 100% foolproof. Not all of the Arab missiles are stopped as I will soon tell you about what happened to another Jewish Believing family and now on the news, parts of a rocket have fallen in Tel Aviv, and people are injured in Beer Sheva. We were just fortunate this afternoon, and two nights ago when they exploded in the sky above us.
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.” Psalm 125:2
Jewish homes which are below where the rockets exploded
Even when Iron Dome missiles knock the missiles launched from Gaza out of the sky, we are told to stay in the bomb shelters for 10 minutes because the “explosion” of the rockets send shrapnel which can be like thousands of lethal piercing bullets that will maim or kill whatever is below.
There was no bomb shelter where I was.
By the time the Sirens went off, it was only those 15 seconds after I was looking in the sky, that I saw the explosions, and then I just stood next to a tree.
Rockets affecting the lives of other Believers
Another rocket exploded, on the other side of highway #1, outside of Jerusalem in the village of Ramat Raziel, near the home of the children of Hannah, one of our ministry workers.
Hanna’s daughter Courtney was all shaken up when it happened, and her husband, who is also Jewish Believer, grabbed the children and ran for the bomb shelter.
“The blast was so loud, words can’t describe the sound, and the feeling going through our bodies, I thought our whole house was exploding,” Courtney said.
“She has a beautiful house,” said Chaim, it has very large windows that overlook the surrounding Judean hills,” but the bomb which traveled approximately 70 miles, and landed on the street, shook the house so hard that the large windows shattered into a million pieces. And damage was done to the other homes.
Thank goodness no one was killed.
Hamas is targeting all the main cities in Israel – and sending rockets as far up as Haifa which is along with coast. Hamas is also sending rockets towards Israel’s Nuclear plant in Dimona.
Please pray for the nation of Israel with is made up of both Jews and Arabs. There are approximately 1.6 million Israeli Arab citizens here in Land of Israel.
The people of Gaza do not care if they kill their Arab brothers and sisters here in Israel, as its part of their mentality/culture. Actually many of the Palestinians view their Arab brothers and sisters who are Israeli as traitors. In various Arab country’s Sunni Muslims are at war with Shia Muslims.
As we write this, a sport complex was just hit in Beer Sheva, and their are many injuries. More than 50 rockets just landed in that city where both our forefathers Abraham and Isaac lived.
A few hours ago a pre-school for children was hit, homes have been hit, and even Prime Minister Netanyahu had to run for cover.
We are all under fire. Please pray for the injured.
Children playing about 1/2 hour before the rockets exploded above the park.
Tomorrow some of our ministry staff from the Jerusalem area will be going down south to Rehovot and Gedara to minister to some Jewish people who are interested in hearing more about the Messianic prophecies and Yeshua (Jesus). Please pray for them as this area of the country is constantly under attack as it is very close to Gaza!
There is no end in sight, we are now all under attack now, no matter where you live. The sirens are going off in all the cities along the coast where we have ministry workers, and family of our ministry workers.
As we send you this email, every 2-3 minutes the screeching wailing sound of the Sirens are going off in different cities across Israel, and people are running into the bomb shelters.
“Please pray for the Peace of Israel” Psalm 122
We do trust in the Lord, but it is also a scary time for us, as just a few minutes ago the sun set, and it is now pitch dark, it will be hard to sleep, since two rockets have exploded right above these ministry offices where we work and live. When we are sleeping, if the Sirens go off, we only have 15 seconds to go to a bomb shelter, and that’s simply not enough time!
Please pray for all our Israel ministry staff as will be going to bed in a few hours.
A wonderful day… set apart since creation. The only day named by our Father God, Yah Almighty. Jesus, Yeshua our messiah reminded us to “Remember the Sabbath Day and to keep it Holy”. The day is important! Have a blessed day!
by Iris Delgado
Is there something in your life and home inviting demonic spirits? Today we allow so many ungodly things to enter our homes. Our lives are being affected by everything that is unholy, opening doors to rebellion, disobedience, promiscuity, and the realm of defiant evil spirits.
Unfortunately it’s not only what we allow into our homes, but it’s also what adults are modeling in today’s Christian home. Many allow violent movies and indecent entertainment, telling small children to cover their eyes until the violent or indecent episode is over. I know couples who constantly fight over this issue. The husband wants to see the violent and explicit videos, and the wife wants no part of it.
The effects of tolerating and inviting ungodly stuff into your home may at first seem subtle, as both adults and children start demonstrating a little anger, a little pouting, a little nagging, a little impatience and annoyance, a little rebellion, a little disrespect, and a little lying and testing of the boundaries. But as time goes by, it goes from a little to a lot of episodes of self-will and emotional displays. Where children are involved, many of today’s parents are too busy and harried to deal with the attention and accountability necessary to enforce rules or keep a hand on the wheel. Tough love seems to be a thing of the past in many families of this generation.
One of the greatest outcomes of all this permissiveness is the disintegration of the Christian home. Every day I receive e-mails from spouses who read my books Satan, You Can’t Have My Marriage and Satan, You Can’t Have My Children, and the number one complaint from wives is that their husbands are having affairs or messing with pornography. The main complaint from men is that their wives are controlling and manipulative and won’t submit to even the most basic areas of respect and honor to which the Word of God so wisely instructs a wife to adhere.
Both of these areas, pornography and manipulation, are controlled by evil spirits. Spiritual cleansing and deliverance are absolutely necessary to become free from these demonic spirits that break up homes and churches. Believe it or not, too many Christians are involved in pornography, and many couples manipulate each other unaware of the lurking evil spirits behind their actions. Too many religious women refuse to submit to their husbands, bossing them around and correcting everything they do and say. This too is a root of manipulation and control.
Iris Delgado is founder and president of Crowned With Purpose Ministries. She has a doctorate in theology and counseling and travels worldwide ministering with her husband, John. She is the author of Satan, You Can’t Have My Miracle, from which this article was excerpted.
1 Peter 2:16
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” ESV
There are a lot of excuses; “we do it for the children”, “it doesn’t really matter how I praise God”, ” what harm does it cause?”
Fact is, it doesn’t matter a hill of beans to LOTS of people. Does it matter to God our creator? Here are the well-known origins of the man-made holiday we know as Easter:
Easy to find… not so easy to swallow at first. But when God became important enough to me, I do not want to do things that would offend him. Test it for yourself, seek truth! ~shalom