Israel & The End Times

Israel & The End Times

1 Chronicles 12:32:

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”  

As end-time believers, we are living in a very strategic hour.  If we ever needed God we need Him now.  This is not an hour for the Body of Messiah to become lazy.  This is the time for boldness and for demonstrations of power.

In the Bible, among the children of Israel, there were certain men from the tribe of of Issachar had an understanding of the times and the ability to interpret the Word of God in season.

“As Believers, God wants us to discern the times in which we live so we can prosper in every season and have wisdom to advance the kingdom of God.”

The children of Issachar had an understanding of the times for their nation and for their people.

Likewise, as intercessors we must have an understanding of the times in which we live, for our nation and for our people.

The Battle For Jerusalem

 

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Intercessors must also have an understanding of the importance of Israel: God’s prophetic timepiece.  Throughout the Holy Scriptures, the Lord has given us the key to help us understand the events of the end-times, that key is the nation of Israel.  Israel is God’s prophetic time piece and the centerpiece of biblical prophecy.

As intercessors it is imperative that we understand the importance of Israel as a nation and as a people.  God’s covenant with Israel is eternal and irrevocable.   We must intercede for Israel according to the word of God.  We must love Israel because God loves Israel.  We must love what God loves.

Psalms 122:6

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love you.” 

Psalms 137:5

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill.” 

Psalms 152:2

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore. 

Zechariah 12:9

“And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” 

The Bible warns us that in the latter days there will be a final battle for Jerusalem.   Jerusalem is the eternal city of God.  Jesus will return and when He does He will rule and reign from Zion.

Psalms 2:1-6

Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.   He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” 

The warfare concerning Israel is not only ancient it is supernatural.  The word of God tells us that Yeshua, the Messiah, will rule and reign from Zion.  Thus, we understand that the spiritual warfare concerning Jerusalem is regarding the coming of His Majesty.”

Zechariah 8:2-3

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.  This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”

The new world order is nothing new.  From his revolt in heaven – until now Satan’s goal is to unite the rebellious against God in order to establish his own kingdom, his own government, and to be worshipped as God.  According to (2 Thessalonians 2:4), Satan  wants to establish his reign – In Jerusalem.  Thus, the battle over Jerusalem is very volatile – a battle between good and evil – light and darkness.

“As Believers, we must have an understanding of God’s redemptive purpose to restore a fallen earth and fallen humanity back to the perfect order that God had originally intended at creation.   Every generation believes that their generation could be the one that sees the return of Messiah.  As children of God, it is our nature to long for Messiah’s redemption and to be in union with Him.”

Timothy 2:4-8

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 

“The story of humanity began in a paradise.  The story of humanity will culminate in an everlasting paradise.  From beginning to end – God has laid out His plan for His people.  He is the Alpha and the Omega.  What God starts – He will finish!”

Hebrews 10:37

“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”  

Revelations 22:12-13

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” 

As end-time believers we have a front row seat to breaking news as time races forward to the second coming of Yeshua the Messiah.   Therefore, be steadfast.  Watch and pray.

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A Prophetic Look at Past, Present, & Future Events

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Rick Joyner: A Prophetic Look at Past, Present, & Future Events

From the times of the Moravians until now, A Prophetic History, takes us on a journey of faith, obedience, and courage through the recounting of Rick Joyner’s personal journey, with key prophetic moments that will inspire you to believe God for your own destiny.

More than a history book, A Prophetic History is full of lessons that will help us walk in our calling.

This book is a roadmap to navigate the trials on the road to destiny while imparting hope. The greatest adventure that can be experienced in this life is a true walk with God. This book shares an incredible journey of those who live their lives in pursuit of God.

Pastor Jim Bakker welcomes special guest Rick Joyner as they share an insightful prophetic viewpoint on the events of the past, present, and future.

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In these latter days the Church will be the forerunner in cultivating a country where our differences are honored… UNITY is America’s national destiny.

“The Church in America must learn from the mistakes of the past. From heavens perspective, had the revolutionary war been fought to establish independence for all, there would have been no need for a civil war or a civil rights movement, because there would have been no injustice that deprived individuals of their freedom …”

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About Rick Joyner

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Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church. He is the author of more than forty books, including The Final Quest, A Prophetic History, and Church History.

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Sukkot: A Prophetic Look at the Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot:  A Prophetic Look at the Feast of Tabernacles

 

Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) reveals God’s plan of redemption through Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) for all humanity.  Sukkot lasts for seven days with an additional day of celebration, known as Shemini Atzeret (the eight day being a picture of eternity).   After the solemn assembly of Yom Kippur, Sukkot brings a time of feasting, jubilation, and celebration.

Historically, during Sukkot, Israel remembers the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.  During Sukkot we take this time to remember that the same God who led Israel through the wilderness to the Promised Land – still leads us – and will ultimately lead  us to to breakthrough and victory in this life and throughout all eternity.

The word Sukkah means booth or tabernacle. This is where we get the term Feast of Tabernacles from.  Those of us who observe the Feast of Tabernacles often build and decorate a booth outdoors called a Sukkah. 

Inside the Sukkah we festively celebrate Messiah and share a feast with our family and friends.  Since the Sukkah symbolizes the temporary dwelling of the Israelite’s in the desert, the feast is also referred to as Sukkot for this reason.

“Also, according to the prophet Zechariah, in the messianic era, all nations will make pilgrimages annually to celebrate Sukkot in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:16).”

Behold the Bridegroom Is Coming

Sukkot has a significant prophetic purpose as the last of the Fall Biblical Feast.

Sukkot is also referred to as the festival of the “in-gathering” because it is the picture of the FINAL REDEMPTION, when Messiah RETURNS, RECONCILING all things back to God, and will REIGN over the Father’s creation on earth.

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Yeshua tells a story about a party of bridesmaids chosen to participate in a wedding. However, while the Bridegroom tarried, the bridesmaids slept. When the Bridegroom arrived only a few had their lamps prepared to go out and meet the Bridegroom. Today, let us prepare our hearts for the coming of our Lord and savior Messiah Yeshua. Let us wait for him with anticipation with all our hearts.

Matthew 25:1:

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.”

“The Bible tells us that Yeshua will one day establish His Kingdom on earth and will rule and reign from Jerusalem.   Thus, we understand that the spiritual warfare concerning Jerusalem is not solely concerning the politics, the land, or the people; the warfare concerning Jerusalem concerns the coming of HIS MAJESTY. “

Revelations 22:3:

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Zechariah 14:8a-9:

“And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem… And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” 

“Isaiah describes this future period as a time of peace when God’s law will go forth to all nations from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-4).”

The Feast of Tabernacles: The Wedding Feast Parallel

Revelations 19:9:

“Then the angel tells me, “Write: How fortunate are those who have been invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb!” He also tells me, “These are the true words of God.” 

Sukkot is paralleled to a Jewish wedding feast.  A Jewish wedding lasts for seven days and is filled with feasting and jubilation.  The marriage takes place under a Chupah, a pavilion.

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Thus, the Sukkah can be interpreted as that Chupah and the seven-day long observance of Sukkot can be interpreted as the Wedding Supper of the Lamb where the groom Yeshua is joined with His bride (the righteous)! What an outstanding parallel. (Revelation 19:9

 

 

“Beloveds, we are looking forward to that great day….   Maranatha!  Even so Yeshua Come!

Chag Sameach – Happy Festival!

Redeemed: Yom Kippur – The GRAND FINALE for the Days of Awe!

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REDEEMED

“Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So. Whom He Hath Redeemed From The Hand of The Enemy…” (Psalms 107:2)

Imagine the power of REDEMPTION in this season as millions of observant souls from all over the world bring their activities to a HALT and seek the face God!

Imagine the power of REDEMPTION in this season as millions of observant souls from all over the world repent, fast, and cry out to God for His mercy!

As Believers, Yom Kippur is a wonderful time to reflect upon the redemption that we have received through Messiah Yeshua’s (Jesus’) shed Blood on Calvary…. for it is only through Yeshua that we experience true redemption.

Yom Kippur is often regarded as the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar. Yom Kippur foreshadows God’s plan for the final disposition of sin. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, in that no work is done on this day. Yom Kippur is a season of repentance, regeneration, redemption, reconciliation, and restoration.

“For me, Yom Kippur is the Grand Finale for the Days of Awe…”

“….Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Yeshua, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1b-2)

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Over the years, I have become very intentional about encountering God during the Biblical Feast Days; Yom Kippur in particular. I enjoy this season of being invited deep into God’s presence. I take this season to do some deep introspection. As I sit quietly in Abba’s presence, He always speaks to my heart. His words revive my soul, brings instructions, clarity, correction, and lasting change.

As nature brings forth change in this autumn season, likewise we can experience the change that Yeshua brings as we press into His presence. I pray that these Ten Days of Awe have been intimate; like a honeymoon filled with awe, splendor, encounter, and deep devotion with our God. However, this intimacy doesn’t have to end at the conclusion of the Biblical Feast days. Going forward, let us make encountering God a priority in our daily lives.

I pray that all those who have pressed-in with fasting and prayer during this season will be fulfilled. Tzom Kal – May you have an easy fast!

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Take Your Soul To Work Part 2 : A Lesson From Obadiah & Elijah

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Take Your Soul To Work: A Lesson From Obadiah & Elijah

Obadiah is a character in 1 Kings in the Hebrew Bible. Obadiah was the chamberlain in the palace of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. In Hebrew, the name Obadiah means “servant of God.”

“Let’s imagine that God gave you your dream job as chamberlain in a luxurious palace. As ‘Lord Chamberlain’ your duty is to run the affairs of the royal household. Imagine that God placed you in that palace to serve as His witness.

Now, imagine that your assignment involves serving one of the most wicked women in recorded history; Queen Jezebel. Imagine having to show up to work every day, and say to Queen Jezebel, ‘Your Majesty you look splendid today. How may I serve you?’

In jest, sometimes we may think we work for Jezebel or Ahab. However, God’s servant Obadiah worked face-to-face with the ‘real deal’ Jezebel herself. Let’s see what we can glean from this scenario.”

In 1 Kings Chapter 18, it is written that Obadiah “feared the Lord greatly.” As Believers and workplace professionals, it is no coincidence that our spiritual lives will intersect and influence our professional lives. Obadiah was not a man of compromise.

The worship of Baal (the god of Sidon) had become a familiar practice throughout Judah. King Ahab worshiped Baal. Queen Jezebel worshiped Baal. Perhaps, all the court walked after Baal, and all the courtiers went in the same way. I remind you that these worshipers of Baal were not foreign idolaters. These worshipers of Baal were children of Israel, whose hearts had fallen away from the worship of Yahweh, the one true and living God.

“How will we measure up in times of moral and spiritual decay?”

The Levites had fled Judah. Many of the prophets had been killed. The Temple was far away at Jerusalem. There was no public worship service in Judah. Jezebel hated the worship of the God of Israel intensely. Obadiah had little opportunity to hear an edifying word that would strengthen him. Yet, Obadiah remained faithful to God, even in the absence of familiar graces.

Perhaps, Obadiah made a resolve that he would make a difference for God while serving in his advantageous position; and he did. One day while in the palace, Obadiah must have overhead Jezebel’s plan to kill the remaining prophets of God, so he hid the prophets in caves and sustained them with food and water risking his own life (1 Kings 18:3–4).

“Brave is the person who does the right thing; because the right thing is the right thing to do.”

With much stealth, Obadiah kept his integrity before God, while serving an evil Queen. As God’s servant, Obadiah did damage to the enemy’s assignments in a quiet and unassuming way.

Matthew 6:24a:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick by one and look down on the other…”

The Bible tells us that “no one can serve two masters…” Obadiah’s faith in God and career profession, put him in a very complicated predicament. Yet, Obadiah was very successful in maintaining his integrity. It is obvious that Obadiah walked very delicately, and watched his words most carefully. One impudent word could have led to his destruction. Obadiah must have also been an extremely prudent servant. It is obvious that Obadiah reserved his opinions, so as neither to compromise his conscience nor jeopardize his position. It takes a very wise person to walk in as much prudence as Obadiah; he who can accomplish this must be commended.

“Being prudent is a grace that we must learn well.”

I believe, that God strategically places his servants where He can best use us. Obadiah’s righteousness is remarkable considering where he worked and who he worked for. This was a wonder of grace indeed.

“God will never leave himself without a witnesses in this world; even in the worst places of the world. Grace can thrive where we would never expect to find it.”

Obadiah’s spiritual resolve must have been intense. What a horrible assignment Jezebel’s court must have been. However, Obadiah was not compromised by his surroundings. He did not retreat from his morality; although it would have been easy for him to do so.

I admire a person who walks in prudence. As an intercessor, I don’t know if I would have done so well serving in Jezebel’s court. Perhaps, I would have been too vocal with righteous indignation. However, that is why God uses some like Obadiah and others like Elijah. I would not have wanted Obadiah’s position.

“It is praiseworthy that Obadiah could manage Ahab’s household with Jezebel in it, and yet, for all that, win the commendation, that ‘he feared the Lord greatly.”

Elijah and Obadiah

The great theologian, Charles Spurgeon wrote, God send us men of the stuff of John Knox!”

The prophet Elijah was the contemporary of Obadiah. It appears that Elijah’s assignment was much different from Obadiah’s. Elijah didn’t have to appease Ahab or Jezebel with soothing words; instead he came to reprove. While, Obadiah, was the prophet assigned to work within the confines of a harsh system, Elijah was the bold-outspoken prophet of the God of Israel.

“Sometimes our strength is best served in grace and humility.”

Elijah had nothing to conceal; however Obadiah was in a very difficult position; therefore he had to perform his duties in a less open manner. Elijah did not walk in much stealth. Elijah spoke boldly and passionately for God. Jezebel knew it and hated him for it.

1 Kings 18:1:

“Now at last the word of the Lord came to Elijah again. “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”

In (1 Kings 18:7-8), Elijah tells Obadiah, “Go and tell your master, that I am here. Obadiah, perhaps a bit reluctant of Elijah’s charge, (knowing that it could cost his life), fell on his face and said, “My lord Elijah…”

Like a thunderbolt from the hand of God, Elijah walked in power, strength, and authority. Elijah confronted Ahab, called fire down from heaven, and slew three hundred prophets of Baal. Yet; when it came to Jezebel, Elijah feared for his life, and allowed one disgruntled woman to put him on the run.

Boy, did Elijah run! (1 Kings Chapter 19), tells us that Elijah ran 120 miles all the way to Beersheba. And notice what happened next. Finally, out of exhaustion, “he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.’”

This is what happens when we take your eyes off God and put them on our abilities, charisma, power, strength, gifts, fears, and circumstances. Elijah, discouraged and fearful, threw in the towel and forfeited his ministry. Elijah even asked God to “take him out of the game.” Interesting enough, God obliged Elijah by commanding him to anoint a successor before taking Elijah to heaven in a chariot of fire.

“Sometimes, after we have faced tremendous spiritual battles, we become physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. It was only natural that Elijah would feel a deficiency as a result of exerting such great spiritual strength on Mount Camel (1 Kings Chapter 18). However, instead of praying for death, Elijah should have asked God to replenish his strength and spend time being restored in God’s presence.

Often times, when we have experienced a great spiritual victory, we are prone to let down our guard; opening ourselves up for retaliation of the enemy. When we have won a victorious battle; we must put our shields up!”

In conclusion, brilliant stars like Elijah seem to get all the attention. We often underestimate the value of the servants of God (like Obadiah), who do their best work under great disadvantages, against fierce opposition, and in complete obscurity.

Elijah ran from the same evil woman (Jezebel) that Obadiah had the courage to face day after day. There’s no doubt Obadiah was man of prayer. Perhaps Obadiah’s faithful intercession as chamberlain in the royal house, was the spiritual catalyst used to take down the reign of Ahab and Jezebel (2 Kings 9). Many scholars agree that this Obadiah is the same Obadiah who prophesied the destruction of Edom in the book of Obadiah.

I pray that this message has encouraged you to look at your workplace or ministry assignment from God’s perspective. Beloveds, some strong spiritual warriors would faint if they had to face what you must face day after day. You can deal with people that no one else can tolerate.

God has anointed you for your assignment. God has anointed you to serve your workplace, your ministry, your school, your office, your organization; for such a time as this. Like Obadiah let us be discreet, delicate, careful, and prudent in all manners of business as servants of God.

“Dismiss me not from thy service, Lord, But train me for thy will; For even I, in fields so broad, some duties may fulfill; And I will ask for no reward, except to serve thee still.”

–Charles Spurgeon

Take Your Soul To Work 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership in the Marketplace

Take Your Soul To Work: Part 2 – A Lesson from Obadiah & Elijah

(Excerpts from “Take Your Soul To Work” by Dr. Erica Brown)

Take Your Soul To Work

As Believers and workplace professionals, we are constantly in transition from who we are, to who we are becoming. There is no coincidence that our spiritual lives will eventually intersect our professional lives.

“John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, once defined effective leadership this way: ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, then you are a leader.'”

“How do you lead spiritually, from a place of abundance, where goodness spills over into all realms of your life – even in the workplace?”

“In order to lead spiritually, we need personal discipline to bring greater depth and humanity to our leadership. We need reminders, especially in the darkest hours, to help us remember what leadership is ultimately about: the capacity to stretch ourselves and others, to envision something larger, brighter and bigger than ourselves, to transcend the ordinary and achieve deep meaning and purpose, and even, on a really good day, to touch eternity.”

“Leaders also need a plan. Many leaders have no plan when it comes to soul-building at work. It is not for lack of heart or compassion that leaders don’t make one. As leaders, we let go of reflection or sometimes default on integrity loans because we have no time—or make no time—to cultivate our spiritual lives.”

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“This is not helped when our peers and subordinates expect very little of us in the realm of virtue. When so little is expected, we may deliver even less and betray ourselves. Often we become short on moral, spiritual and ethical language in the corporate sector.

‘Take Your Soul to Work’ is essentially a prayer book for leaders. Prayer and meditation are not only for religious people with a particular faith commitment and tradition. A meditation is a spiritual pause, an act of reflection, and a chance to renew our emotional and intellectual commitments, blending the house of worship with the corner office. When we ask for a little daily grace, we can make every space just a little bit sacred because of the way we lead.

‘Take Your Soul to Work’ offers one brief meditation a day on leadership, followed by a personal challenge in the form of a question or assignment. It’s a short daily read because (1) leaders who are working at their peak can rarely afford the time to immerse themselves in books but need many more opportunities for self-reflection, evaluation, and challenge. Leaders need to build spiritual capacity daily… (2) We become better by making goodness a habit.

The spiritual life calls us to lead and serve others with tenderness and generosity. In a world where self often comes first, spiritual leadership acknowledges both the presence of others and also our profound need to live in greater harmony. At the same time, growing a healthy spiritual practice requires us to spend time alone, integrating what we know about good leadership with who we are.

If our leadership is a service, then we must serve others as best we can: from a place of strength, authenticity, integrity and wholeness. Spiritual leadership thrives on attentive listening, compassion, optimism and hope. It requires an understanding that humility is more important than ego.”

“You are a leader! You can inspire people to dream more and be more when you lead from the heart. When you truly lead from the heart, you won’t ultimately become just a better leader. You’ll also become a better person.”

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“When we feel strong, inspired and well-supported, we can transcend the politics and pettiness of organizational life and realize the best in ourselves and others. We can lead with more grace and greater competency, forgiveness, and love.

Make no mistake. This is difficult work. We have to work at it every day. With each page ahead, let us embrace discomfort. Let it stretch us to places we’ve not been before. Let’s try, for a few minutes a day, to live our most important questions. Every meditation on the pages ahead offers a promise of reflection and prayer because a tender moment of prayer can be generative and inspiring. Prayer is a reminder of all that is important to us. It puts us in a posture of gratitude to receive wisdom for the day and its blessings and challenges. It steadies us and readies us to be our best selves every day. Try to read only one page a day, ideally at the start of your day, to carry the day’s charge with you.”

Day 1 – Thriving
Day 2 – Intimacy
Day 3 – Wonder
Day 4 – Prayer
Day 5 – Power
Day 6 – Humility
Day 7 – Trust
Day 8 – Praise
Day 9 – Mentoring
Day 10 – Tension

To continue this wonderful journey to transformational leadership, please purchase “Take Your Soul To Work, by Dr. Erica Brown “ please CLICK HERE to purchase.

About Dr. Erica Brown

“I am very honored to feature Dr. Erica Brown on TheGodBlog.org. Dr. Brown is one of the most inspirational mentors I have had the privilege to encounter.”

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum at The George Washington University. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her forthcoming commentary is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren/OU).

She has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and has written a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at Dr Erica Brown.

Dr. Brown has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and as the community scholar for the Jewish Center of New York.

Dr. Brown is also the author of Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet, Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership, and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing.

Dr. Brown’s previous books include Inspired Jewish Leadership, Confronting Scandal and co-authored The Case for Jewish Peoplehood (All Jewish Lights). She also wrote Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada, Leadership in the Wilderness, In the Narrow Places and Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe (All OU/Koren).

Interview: Faith In The Workplace w/Dr. Erica Brown, Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, & David Gregory.

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Take Your Soul To Work: Part 2 – A Lesson from Obadiah & Elijah

The Days of Awe Devotional

Beginning sundown Sunday, September 29th, 2019, we are entering into what is called “The Days of Awe” commencing with Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) and concluding at (Yom Kippur).

The Days of Awe Devotional

“You may be wondering the best way to encounter God during the Days of Awe. Personally, I take this time to PRAY and COMMUNE with God. I am completely drawn into worship and awe in this season. I am intentional in this season.

For me, the Days of Awe have become a time of deep devotion and reflection which empowers me to walk in a greater expression of grace, strength, and love year after year.”

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Although not all Christians observe the Biblical Feast Days, found in (Leviticus Chapter 23), there is something to learn from these special seasons of devotion and encounter. These special seasons of devotion can enrich our walk with God.

“Experiencing SOZO During the of Days of Awe”

“Sozo” is a Greek word that can be translated “to SAVE, HEAL, DELIVER, RESTORE, RESCUE, & KEEP SAFE. The Gospel of Matthew is the first time the word Sozo is used in the New Testament. The word Sozo appears when the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will have a child who is to be named Yeshua (Jesus). He will save His people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:21) .

“Yeshua came to set the captives free (Isaiah 61). If you have experienced loss, pain, brokenness, illness, and suffering; Yeshua, has come to make you WHOLE. The Days of Awe can be a wonderful time to experience transformation.”

During the Days of Awe, let us be challenged in our devotion towards God! Let the things of this world dim a bit; and hear the Father say “You Are Made Whole – Nothing Missing – Nothing Broken – Nothing Out of Balance! I have come to save you, deliver you, heal you, restore you, redeem you, rescue you, and keep you safe! SOZO!!!”

The Days of Awe – Prayer Points

  • Repentance – We must first take this opportunity to be in right standing with our Lord.
  • Receive a New Beginning – A Fresh Start – Abba’s mercies are new morning by morning.
  • Pray for Divine Alignment in every area of your life.
  • Restitution – Pray that God will provide special assistance and grace to recover all that you have lost.
  • Witness – Pray that your witness would become stronger and that you will be anointed to win souls for the Kingdom of God.
  • Salvation – Pray that your unsaved loved ones will repent of their sins and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Pray that their names will be written the in the Book of Life.
  • Healing – Pray for an outpouring of healing for the sick.
  • Israel – Pray that Israel come to the knowledge of who the Messiah is.

L’Shana Tova Tikatevee V’tichatemee…

”May you be written and sealed for a good year.”

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Leviathan & The Marine Kingdom

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Drowning Water Spirits:

Everyday people are feeling the effects of unseen evil forces, and yet, they don’t know what’s attacking them, let alone how to have victory.

In America, while many spiritual warriors are familiar with principalities and powers like Jezebel and witchcraft, few have heard of the marine kingdom, which is a class of principalities. However, if you ask an intercessor in Indonesia or Africa they will certainly tell you of their experiences concerning the marine kingdom.

Isaiah 27:1

“In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.”

Leviathan is a principality, which operates by causing division through twisting communication, through accusations, misunderstandings, and utter chaos. This all leads to quarrels, separation, and isolation. Believe me… You will know when you have encountered this type of discouragement.

“Leviathan is described in the books of Psalms, Isaiah, and Job as a water-being with multiple heads and scales that is linked to pride. It is no ordinary spirit but a PRINCIPALITY in the occult hierarchy of hell that rules nations. It is the ultimate gatekeeper of hostility.”

These powers wreak havoc in places near bodies of water. Spiritual warriors are feeling the effects of water spirits but often don’t know how to combat these evil forces.

Bestselling author, Jennifer LeClaire equips you to prophetically recognize these spirits and engage in victorious warfare against them in this spiritual warfare intensive. Discern the presence of these water spirits and become equipped with spiritual warfare strategies to defeat them. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THIS COURSE

Leviathan Revealed

How do you recognize the Leviathan spirit?

  • It twists the meaning of words and seeks to destroy the unity of people.
  • It seeks to divide and dismember relationships.
  • It fosters an atmosphere of accusation.
  • It works to hinder spiritual growth.
  • Many people link this spirit to insomnia and challenges with focus.
  • Many people link this spirit to deception and mind control.
  • It is the hidden power behind the battle in culture that seeks to turn people groups against each other by race, gender, political ideology, and religion.
  • Those most affected by it are least aware of its presence. It is currently wielding vast influence over media and political discourse, making it impossible to think rationally and be in unity.

Prayer:

In the name of Yeshua, I renounce Leviathan (the chief water spirit) and all marine spirits that have affected my life, communications, and relationships. I repent of the spirit of pride in all its forms. I command the spirit of pride to be uprooted in my life from the very tap root. Lord, I renounce any covenants with Leviathan and the marine kingdom made by myself and my ancestors down to the very first generation on my mother/father side.

I renounce every legal right that was given to the marine kingdom by myself or my ancestors which gave Leviathan and the marine kingdom legality to operate against me. Father, please walk me back to the foundations of my life and heal, deliver, and redeem me. Please destroy any corruption and demonic influence to my personality and character development. Please restore me to Your original design and purpose as if the enemy never interfered with my life.

By the Blood of Yeshua, I destroy every legal right that gave the marine kingdom access to influence my relationships, finances, destiny, thoughts, speech, perceptions, and mental clarity.

Father, I repent of a haughty look, performance orientation, perfectionism, self-righteousness, competitiveness, criticism, self-centeredness, and a demanding spirit. Father, I renounce these sins, and turn away from them. I humble myself before You and I come to You as a little child.

Father, I plead the Blood of Yeshua over my life and this region. Please bind all workers of iniquity, strip them of their authority, assignments, and power and decommission them. Lord, please send Your escort angels to remove the bound things and place them at the feet of Yeshua. Father, please cover this region with the Blood of Yeshua and turn every curse sent my way into a blessing.

I declare that I am free in the Name of Yeshua Messiah.

Dr. Lance Wallnau

Leviathan: How to Break Controlling Spirits in Your Life?

“THIS SERIES WILL INCREASE YOUR SPIRITUAL WARFARE I.Q.”


“There is an ancient power intensifying its effort to bring the world under its mind-controlling influence. Lance Wallnau shows you how to identify and break the power of this spirit.

What is Leviathan – The Twisting Serpent?

As Seen on the Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!

“The battle for the mind of man will intensify in the last days. If you find it difficult to focus, or if you find yourself surrounded by accusations and hostility, you have encountered a spirit the Bible describes as Leviathan the “twisting serpent.” When this spirit is at work you will join King David who said “They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting to harm me.” (Psalm 56:5)”

This series will REVEAL:

  • How to quickly DETECT its operation.
  • How to PROTECT yourself, your family, business and ministry.
  • How to BREAK its influence.
  • HOW TO PRAY for others who are in its grasp.

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Overcoming Kundalini and Attacks of the Python Spirit

“Another well known principality is the Python spirit aka The Kundalini spirit. The Kundalini is a spirit of deception and often mimics the operations of the Holy Spirit.

  • Message on overcoming Kundalini and the Attacks of the Python Spirit – Click Here
  • Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Defeating the Kundalini / Python Spirit: Click Here

These resources are essential if you have ever practiced yoga, eastern meditation, astrology, acupuncture, and other occult practice OR you live in a region where the Kundalini spirit is prevalent OR you attend a church were the Kundalini spirit is in operation.”

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Petitions In The Courts of Heaven

Has Abba shown you a vision of victory for your life, yet your journey from “here to there” has been a constant battle of set-backs, sabotage, delays, and resistance?     Has your urgent and diligent prayers been met with frustration? 

According to Hebrews 4:16, the throne of God is a place of judicial activity.  The throne of God is where we can obtain mercy and divine assistance to help in the time of need.  The throne of God is where true breakthroughs can occur.  In prayer, we can make petitions, and plead our case before Elohim, the Righteous Judge of Heaven, with Yeshua as our advocate, making intercession for us. 

Hebrews 4:16:

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” 

However, there is another entity in the Court of Heaven, and that is Satan, the “complainant” who is the master legalist, ever-ready to present a judicial case against the people of God.  At times, the enemy has a legal right to operate in specific areas in our lives because of doors that have been left open – that we have not repented of and closed.   We must repent and close the door to our sins, the sins in our family-line, and the sins of this nation. 

The bible calls Satan the “accuser of the brethren” ({Rev 12:10)The enemy will exercise any legal right that has been given him to oppose our God given destiny.   These legal rights often follow a judicial protocol in the spirit realm; these protocols function as resistance to our prayers (embargos, legislations, ordinances, & verdicts) that legally oppose the purposes of God from being established in our lives.  We must REPENT and break these strongholds off of our lives so that we can freely experience God’s BEST – UNHINDERED and WITHOUT RESISTANCE!

Petitions In The Courts of Heaven

The following prayer can be used as a guide for your own petitions in the Court of Heaven.

FATHER, Your word declares that I can come boldly before your throne of grace, where I can find mercy and grace to help in my time of need.  Thank you, Lord, that today I have come humbly before Your throne in reverent honor to make petitions and requests concerning matters where I need Your DIVINE intervention. 

FATHER, I repent of my sins and the sins of my ancestors. I repent for all disobedience that has blocked Your blessings in my life.  Father, I ask that You sever, over-rule, and veto every legal right, legislation, verdict, embargo, and ordinance of the enemy that hinders and prevents me from walking in the fullness of my God ordained destiny.   I thank You for Father for forgiving me of my sins. I thank You Father for redeeming me from every legal curse.  

Father, I ask that You would grant unto me a full PARDON from the penalty, reproach, and consequences of sins based upon Yeshua’s sacrifice on Calvary.  Father, I stand on (Romans 8:28-35) and ask You LORD to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.

Lord, I praise Your name, for I am free from every form of collective captivity in my family line. Please remove those things from my life that would hinder my fruitfulness. Uproot those things in my life that are not like you. Help me to discover and recover the hidden treasures that You intended for me.  Father, walk me back to the foundations of my life and heal, deliver, and redeem me.  Please restore me to Your original design and purpose as if the enemy never interfered with my life.   (Galatians 3:13)

Father, as I stand before You, I honor You as the Great Judge of all the earth. I thank You for the Blood of Yeshua that is speaking for me according to (Hebrews 12:24). If there are those who can accuse me of anything, Lord I ask that You not hearken to the voice of my accusers but wash me with Fuller’s Soap and make me what You want me to be (Malachi 3:2).  I thank You that the Blood of Yeshua silences every accusation against me. 

Father, according to (Colossians 2:14) all the written ordinances that would speak against me are now silenced by the Blood of Yeshua. Thank You that all cases against me in the spirit realm are removed by virtue of Yeshua’s sacrifice on Calvary. 

Father, as I stand before Your Courts, I ask for Your MERCY concerning the petitions that I have brought before You.  Your word in Isaiah 43:26 declares:

“Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be acquitted.”
 
Lord, I place You in remembrance of what You wrote concerning me in my book of destiny (Psalms 139:16).  Father, I thank You that You created me for a divine purpose, in which You have recorded in this book.  I bring the purpose in which I have been created before You now. I ask You Lord to remove hindrances and bring into fullfillment the destiny  that You have ordained for me. I repent for any place where I have walked contrary to Your woll for my life.
 
Father, according to (Jeremiah 29:11), I ask that the beautiful destiny that You have ordained for me would be fulfilled. I ask for divine favor to come into my life.  I ask that You would send my divine helpers.   I ask that circumstances would line up to allow what You have written in my book to come to pass.   I ask that great doors of opportunity would open so that I might fulfill Your purpose for me on the earth.
 
Lord, I ask this not just so that I can experience blessings, but so that Your divine purposes would be established on the earth.  Lord, I am asking that the passion of Your heart would be done through me on this earth.  Father, please help me to fulfill what You have ordained for me to accomplish.  Father, please fulfill Your divine passions in  my life.  Father, please fulfill the dreams that You dreamed when You created me.   Father, impart unto me Your grace that empowers me to obey Your counsel.  Father,  please help me to finish well and accomplish all You have destined for me to achieve for Your kingdom purposes. 
 
Father, today, I come humbly before Your throne requesting Your divine intervention in the mater of ____________ .  FATHER You are the God who removes the reproach.   Today, I ask You Lord to take up my case regarding __________. Would you please Lord grant Your favor towards me in this matter.   Now, Lord, let the angelic hosts who execute Your righteous judgments go forth bringing restoration, healing, and redemption concerning _______________.  Father, please release Your warring angels to destroy the enemy’s assignments against my life and to restore my kingly destiny.    Father, please release Your ministering angels to execute Your favor and righteous judgement concerning me.  Please release Your ministering angels to secure my breakthroughs, my destiny, and my inheritances from this time forward and forever more. 
 

In the Name of Messiah Yeshua, I posses ALL my GATES with VICTORY. I proclaim that I have a legal right to receive everything YOU have for me namely:
• Life, Health, Beauty, Mental Sharpness
• Skills, Talents, Spiritual Gifts, Wisdom
• Family, Wealth, Fame, Ministry, Favor
• Open Doors, Joy, Peace, A Future
• Might, Honor, Abundance, Destiny, and Sonship

In Yeshua’s mighty name – AMEN! 

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Hebrew Year 5780 – New Year 2020 & Beyond: Renaissance, Recovery & Re-Awakening

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Rosh Hashanah 5780:  Renaissance, Recovery, and Re-awakening

We are approaching a very strategic time on the Hebrew calendar.  Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) is fast approaching.

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The month of Elul is often called the month of preparation.  Elul is the last month on the Hebrew calendar preceding the Biblical Feast Days.  During the month of Elul, many of us have taken the time to examine ourselves and repent of our short comings.  Repentance is an essential key to receiving God’s blessings and His promises.

Rosh Hashanah literally means “Head of the Year.” Rosh Hashanah is a time of new beginnings, reconciliation, and redemption.  Even the secular world copies this theme of reconciliation with a new fiscal cycle every year which mirrors Rosh Hashanah.  The “fiscal year” is a time where debts are settled and assets are restored.  This gives the financial world a fresh start every year – reconciling all debts.  This is a very godly principle.   

“What’s in store for Rosh Hashanah:  New Year 5780 –  Year 2020 & Beyond?”

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Renaissance

I believe that we are in a season of renaissance.  This is a season where demonstrations of creative abilities and ideas flow and prosper. I believe that God is releasing creativity, strategy, and ingenuity for success in ministry, academia, and in the marketplace – it’s your renaissance season!

Recovery

I believe that we are in a season of recovery.  If the enemy managed to steal anything from you in times past; this is the season for DIVINE RECOVERY.  “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalms 125:5-6).   For those who have suffered loss, this is your season to dream again, to live again, to laugh again, and to love again.  Your joy shall be restored in this season. Your broken heart shall be mended in this season.  Your health will spring back suddenly in this season.  Instead of your former shame you shall have double.  You shall rejoice in your portion as sons and daughters of God (Isaiah 61:7).   

Restitution

I believe that this is a season of restitution.  The word “restitution” represents even more than restoration. Restoration means to receive back that which was lost.  However, restitution is the interest on top of restoration!  Restitution is DIVINE PAYBACK with interest!

Re-Awakening

I believe that we are in a season of re-awakening.  One of the greatest revelations we can ever receive is to know the Father Heart of God.  Our Father delights in His children. Father God created us in wonder and called us into beauty.   Abba wooed Abraham by counting the stars with him.  Abba introduced Himself to Moses in a burning bush.  Life in the Spirit is naturally supernatural.  In this season, I believe that Abba is releasing His children into a place of intimacy, awe, wonder, and splendor.

Re-Alignment

I believe that this is a season of re-alignment.   God is re-positioning His children according to His will and purposes for our lives.  Some will be called out from their places of comfort; while others will find their place of rest.  

Grace

I believe that this is a season of grace.  Throughout the Bible,  there were specific times when a certain grace was made even more available (John 5:4).   In years past, God also poured out certain “graces” in previous generations. For example, in the 1960s-1970s the Church experienced a revival called “The Jesus Movement” which released a supernatural grace for evangelism. 

In the 1980s, I believe that the Church experienced a supernatural  grace for ministry.  Many great ministries were birthed in this era.  

In the 1990s, I believe that God released a supernatural grace to expand the kingdom with signs, wonders, and miracles.  Revivals and healing ministries flourished in the 1990s.  Those were some awesome times!

From the early 2000s, the Church has seen an increase of grace to operate in the prophetic.  I believe, that for the last decade, the Church has also experienced an apostolic grace to raise up a new generations of leaders. 

A New Era – New Glory!

Like decades before, I believe that there is a certain grace that God has prepared for  this new decade.  We are entering a new era!  How will history define this new decade?  Let us listen closely to the heart of God to receive what He has in store for His people in the New Year 5780 – New Year 2020 & beyond.”   

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I believe that we are entering a season of OPEN HEAVENS.  “In (Leviticus Chapter 23), God declares that the Biblical Feast Days are His “appointed times.”  If we were going to meet someone for an appointment, we would prepare ourselves. Likewise, we should prepare ourselves to meet with God when the atmosphere is RIPE to hear from Him!   

Prophetic Decrees For Rosh Hashanah 5780 – New Year 2020 & Beyond

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I decree that I am the head and not the tail!  The Lord, my God, has lifted me up, and has turned things around in my life for my favor and His glory!  

I decree and declare that I will taste and see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! I will taste of the sweetness of the Lord.  I will fully experience the promises of His Word!

I decree a restoration of all that was lost and stolen from me and my family. Whatever the thief tried to take from my finances, my health, my ministry, and my career, I take it back now and I receive my restoration today in Yeshua’s’ name.

I declare that restitution is my portion in Yeshua’s name! The enemy will pay back seven times over and even more. I decree and declare that I am ready to receive the restitution and the honor that is payment for my former shame.

I decree a renewing and a renewal of all things. I am coming into the NEW.   The Lord is making all things NEW.  I am coming into a new shift and alignment in the Spirit. 

I decree that I am entering into the best year of my life thus far.  Each year, I shall abound from glory to glory.  This is my year. I am going to have the best times of my life and the most powerful encounters and experiences with the Holy Spirit.   The year 5780 (2020) is my year, in Yeshua’s’ name!

I decree that I am entering into the greatest breakthrough of all. The Lord is about to release a blast of breakthrough into my spirit, my health, my body, my family, my finances, my career, my marriage, my ministry – in every area of my life in Yeshua’s name!    

L’Shana Tova!  Get ready for a NEW YEARa NEW ERA, and NEW GLORY!

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Arise To Your Potential: The Making of A Prophet

Are You Called as a Prophet? Here Are 2 Ways to Know

The Making of a Prophet

In reading the story of Joseph we discover that great leaders are not born – great leaders are made. Likewise, a prophet also matures in his position over time, as did Joseph.

It is evident in (Genesis 37:5-7) that God endowed Joseph with a prophetic mantle upon his life. As a prophet, Joseph understood the heart of God and was sent as a gatekeeper and a guardian for the children of Israel. Joseph had the ability to interpret the word of God in season. Joseph understood the plan of God (to store up wheat). Joseph warned Pharaoh of certain danger and gave Pharaoh the solution to avoid calamity. Joseph was indeed a prophet.

“Joseph’s prophetic ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dream was vital not only to the survival of the children of Israel, but for the nations.”

In (Genesis 41:57), we read that the whole world came to Egypt to purchase grain. Through Joseph, the nations would all come to depend on the word of God for SURVIVAL. Had there not been a prophet, the famine would have devoured the nations (Psalms 105:16-19).

There is a great debate among believers as to whether or not God still uses prophets in our times. According to (Amos 3:7) “God reveals His counsel to His servants the prophets.” As an end-time believer, it is my opinion that God continues to reveal His counsel to His servants, because God still has work to do in our time.

Also, I am of the opinion that the five offices listed in (Ephesians 4:11-16) are valid today. If we can agree that pastors and teachers are vital to the equipping of the the Body, we can also agree that the office of the prophet is equally vital and is essential in equipping a community to discern the will of God.

Our scripture text is an example of how essential a prophetic voice is for the survival of nations. As end-time believers, it is essential that we hear from God for our nation and our communities. God still uses men and women to speak on His behalf.

The Prophetic Call

When God’s Spirit moves upon a believer we can be endowed with the gift of prophecy. In fact, Apostle Paul encourages that we all prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:31). However, the gift of prophecy does not quantify that a person walks in the office of a prophet.

The individual who walks in the office of the prophet is an individual who has been called by God to speak on His behalf. The prophet is an individual who has given themselves to hear from God. Their primary ministry is to reveal the heart of God and equip the Body.

A prophet does not solely demonstrate the prophetic through utterance. Many prophets prophesy through their creative abilities, such as, musicians, writers, and artists (1 Samuel 10:5). Also, the prophets Ezekiel and Agabus often demonstrated their prophetic ability through prophetic acts. (Acts 21:10-11)

The Spectrum of Humility

From our previous Torah readings, it is clear that Joseph embraced his prophetic dream and his potential in becoming a leader, which is a good thing. However, Joseph should have considered his brothers’ feelings and prayerfully held the dream in his heart.

“Musar, the 19th century Jewish study of virtue based ethics, teaches that one should not take up more than his space, and no less than his place. We all have our place to serve humanity. No matter how significant our role, we must humble ourselves and bloom with all the other roses. “

Indeed, Joseph’s role was vital and significant. However, Joseph’s brothers’ were equally important. These were the twelve tribes of Israel. God valued these brothers so much, that He sent Joseph ahead of them, to spare their lives from famine.

In time, Joseph would eventually learn that serving God’s people was not about him – nor because of him. Likewise, our service to others, should always point the way to God. The greater the call – the more humble the servant. We must get low and stay low.

In our recent Torah readings, we learn that Joseph’s wilderness experiences prepared him for God’s great purpose. This is why God takes such care to shape His “investment” in us. Joseph’s trials… Your trials… My trials… all work together to shape us and propel us into density!

Our scripture text concludes with the providence of God unfolding as the twelve tribes of Israel kneel before Joseph, in whom Israel’s hope depended (Genesis 42:7). God in his sovereignty used the conflict between these brothers and their personal struggles to accomplish His will.

Understanding Your Prophetic Call

Our prophetic gifting is not about notoriety or acclaim. It is not about recognition, flashy manifestations, or how profound our prophetic word sounds.Instead, the prophetic office is about maintaining an attuned ear to heaven. It’s about loving God’s presence more than the acclaim of men. The prophetic call is about modeling Yeshua in both purity and power. It is about setting up appropriate boundaries around our lives, because we prize His presence and cherish His voice above all else. Holiness protects; as well as restrains.

Today and every day, let us open our hearts to hear what the Spirit has to say to our nation, our community, our congregation, our families, and in our individual lives. Listen! God speaks! Amen.

The Making of A Prophet by Jennifer LeClaire: In this book, leading prophetic voice, Jennifer LeClaire guides readers along the journey of the prophetic call. LeClaire offers honest, accessible counsel and spiritual insights that will help the reader overcome the fear of man. This book helps the reader identify and eliminate wrong motives and, above all, encourages the reader to pursue intimacy with God.

Arise To Your Potential – Become The Lion You Were Created To Be

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The Making of A Leader:

In Genesis Chapter 37, we are introduced to a seventeen year old boy named Joseph.  The sojourn of Joseph is by far one of my favorite stories in the Bible.  The life of Joseph teaches us that great leaders are not born.  Great leaders are made.  

In the Body of Messiah, we talk very loosely about having theanointing.”  Everybody wants an anointing.  However, the olive must first be crushed in the olive press before it can produce its sweet oil. 

If you ask any leader, they will tell you, the anointing will always cost us something.  You show me a man or woman used by God; I will show you an individual who has been misunderstood, rejected, wounded, and, in Joseph’s case, betrayed, abandoned, and almost left for dead. 

Take a look at Ezekiel. As a prophetic act, God told Ezekiel to shave his head, strip naked, bake bread over coals of dung, and prophecy to Israel that just as he was a reproach to look upon, so had Israel become a reproach to God!   How would we like that kind of anointing? 

How about Hosea?  God used Hosea’s private humiliation as a public display of His unconditional love towards His unfaithful people Israel.  Ezekiel, Hosea, and Joseph are just three examples of those whose lives were emptied until the only thing that was left within them was OBEDIENCE.  Do I still have any takers for the anointing?

In Genesis Chapter 37, God gave Joseph a prophetic dream.   This dream foretold the calling upon Joseph’s life.  Joseph was surely destined for great things.  However, there is a thin line between being confident in one’s abilities and being obnoxious.  God will often give us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.

“Great Leaders Are Not Born – Great Leaders Are Made”

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“Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had:  We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”  (Genesis 37:5-7)

Revealing this dream made Joseph’s brothers hate him even more.   If we have to get a “vote of confidence” from everyone around us in our service to the Lord – we are not LEADERS, we are POLITICIANS.  A politician serves at the pleasure of man.  Leaders serve God’s purposes. 

In (Luke 2:19), Mary, the mother of Yeshua, after being told of the GLORY that she would bring forth “hid what was told to her in her heart.”   The young patriarch Joseph should have hid the revelations that he received in his heart. However, stumbling is not failing and Joseph would eventually learn that STRENGTH like his is best served in HUMILITY. 

God seldom uses us GREATLY until He tests us DEEPLY.  An anointing may give us a platform.  However, it is character that will sustain us. 

Joseph would become the man in whom the SURVIVAL of nations would depend.   God knew that a famine would devastate the entire known world from Egypt to the land of Cush.  God needed someone who could administrate His resources without selfishness so that the nations would SURVIVE.

 Psalms 105:16-19:

 “He called down a famine on the land.  He broke the whole supply of bread.  He sent a man before them, Joseph, sold as a slave.  They hurt His feet with shackles, he was put in irons— Till the time that his word came true— the word of Adonai proved him (Joseph) true!

In Genesis Chapters 37-40, Joseph endured a series of unfortunate events.   Joseph went from being “the heir apparent” to being a prisoner in a foreign land.   Yet, God did not abandon Joseph in his sufferings.  God used these circumstances to build within Joseph character and conviction.  

“The foundation of leadership is character.  Character is more important than skill, more important than charisma, and more important than power.  Joseph could not carry out the mandate of leadership upon his life until he first developed character.” 

Moreover, conviction is the strength that fuels character.  Suffering is often the catalyst that brings conviction.  It was conviction that caused Gandhi to take a seat on the floor and refuse to eat until his people were free.  We do what we do because of our convictions

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Ask any great leader, they will tell you that iis conviction that moves them forward.  God is looking for men and women who have conviction.   Men and women who will say YES.  Even if we have to say YES through our tears.  

In our scripture text, God stripped Joseph of the coat that boasted his favor.  God stripped Joseph of all rank and splendor. 

“Emptiness is always a prerequisite to receive the Divine. “

God must empty us before He can fill us.  Through fiery trials Joseph was proven, cleansed, and purged for God’s great purpose. 

At last, the metal became ready for the Maker’s hand.  God would indeed use Joseph to preserve the posterity of His people.  Joseph entered Egypt a slave, but would become a leader.   

There will be times that God will allow us to walk through pain so that we can experience His ultimate REDEMPTION!  Joseph lost the favored cloak received from his earthly father.  However, Joseph was adorned with royal robes after God proved him faithful.  Likewise, as God’s ambassadors on the earth, let us also be proven faithful, so that after we have been tried, we too may be adorned with garments of praise, righteousness, and nobility.  

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