©August 16, 2013 Revive Israel Ministries
Don't Harden Your Heart
By Asher Intrater
The Bible warns us not to let our hearts be hardened.
Physically, if even a small piece of a person's heart becomes hard, he is in mortal danger of a stroke. Spiritual hardening of the heart is likewise mortally dangerous. We can hear the voice of God through Scripture meditation and by the still small voice of God within our spirit and conscience (I Kings 19:12, Romans 8:16; 9:1).
When we feel that inner prompting of the Lord, we immediately have a choice: either to submit and obey; or to resist and rebel. We need a soft heart to submit. A hardened heart will cause us to resist.
There are many things that can cause our heart to be stiff and hard, such as anger, offenses, wounded pride, fear, pain, rejection, lies, unforgiveness, lusts, etc. Because of lawlessness in the end times the love of many will "grow cold" (Matthew 24:12), people will become "lovers of themselves" (2 Tim 3:1-8).
We need to guard our hearts from all evil, not allowing our heart to get hard or cold. A soft heart will hear and absorb the spiritual "sound waves" of the voice of the Lord. Those same voice waves will bounce off a hardened heart. The voice of the Lord, when we do receive it and submit to it, will radiate into our inner being like a spiritual "microwave," softening and warming our hearts in love.
This Present Darkness
By Patty Juster, excerpt
Isaiah 60:1-2 "Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you."
Violence in Egypt
By Ramez Atallah, Bible Society of Egypt
I have just received the sad news of the complete burning and destruction of our bookshops in Assiut & Minia (the largest cities in southern Egypt). The attackers demolished the metal doors protecting the bookshops, broke the store windows behind them and set the bookshops on fire. Similar incidents are taking place across the nation and to date 15 churches and 3 Christian schools have been attacked.
The Egyptian police, supported by the army, have dispersed the demonstrators from one of the big sit-ins of the Muslim Brotherhood protesters and are working now to evacuate the other, larger one.
In retaliation, Muslim extremists all over Egypt have gone on a rampage of violence; some of it aimed at Christian targets, but they are by no means the only ones. Also targeted are government institutions, police stations and private property, especially parked cars. This is an attack against the State by a violent minority in an attempt to destabilize the Nation.
Another early morning devotional revelation:
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