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"The children of your tormentors will come and bow before you. Those who despised you will kiss your feet. They will call you the City of the LORD, and Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

I am praying for the Peace (Shalom = Completeness in every area) of Jerusalem. I am praying that the spirit of terrorism be bound. I am also praying former terrorists will then come and willingly bow before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and into the city of Jerusalem to bow down to honor Israel as the city of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD's favor has come, and with it, the day of God's anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities long ago destroyed. They will revive them, though they have been empty for many generations.

May the ministry of Jesus – be real IN US and then THROUGH US

Because I love Zion, because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.

God’s love for the people of God, and the fulfillment of His covenant, is truly amazing!


COMMENT: I really like this in the NIV

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,
since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

We need each other! We need each other to support one another! We need each other to contend as one man for the faith of the Gospel!

Do we know and believe that “…it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him” ?

And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross.
Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name

May we be humble like Jesus—truly in deed and word—so Jesus is seen in us.

We need to be like the Lord Jesus and the world needs to see the Lord Jesus!

I watched the new season opener of "Smallville" last night. In the episode, Jalel (Superman's father) tells Kalel (Clark Kent) that he must study hard and go through all of the training in order to save the earth. His father Jalel told Kalel (Clark Kent) that his emotions, not controlled, were his weakness.

Thus, his emotions humans must be guided by instruction provided by his father.

It made me think of how Jesus humbled himself before the Lord—which is the same way that we must be humble before the Lord:

[JESUS] Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Jesus, the Perfect human, had to learn obedience through what He suffered. Thus, He was made perfect (or, inherent perfection within came through).
We also need to feed on “the doctrine of righteousness—solid food—so our senses are trained by practice to see the difference between right and wrong—and then to obey the right, by the Spirit of Christ within!

Thus, OUR emotions humans must be guided by instruction provided by OUR FATHER through the Word of Righteousness.


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