© 29 May 2015 Revive Israel Ministries
Covenant Relationships and the Cross
By Asher Intrater
When I wrote Covenant Relationships about 25 years ago, I had in mind both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
The Great Commandment tells us to love God and to love one another (Leviticus 19:18, Deuteronomy 6:5, Luke 10:27). Loving God may be a little easier because He is perfect. The problem with loving people is that they are not.
If we are to love real people with real problems, we must have some framework and guiding principles. The framework is the covenant--the principles are two-fold: loyalty and integrity.
The Great Commission includes sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), praying for a worldwide revival (Acts 2:17), and restoring all things since creation (Acts 3:21). Those tasks are too big for anyone. There is only one way to proceed: we must work as a team.
To work as a team in cooperation, we must again have a framework and guiding principles. The framework is covenant--the principles are loyalty and integrity.
Without the Cross – This won't work
The problem is that it doesn't work! Even with covenant, loyalty and integrity, our relationships are doomed to failure. Why? - Because we human beings are still selfish and sinful. We need something else to help us. This is where the cross comes in.
There is a conflict between loyalty and integrity. Everyone we try to be loyal to lacks integrity somewhere. There is a gap between the desire to remain faithful to that person and the fact that the person lacks integrity (to some degree). How can I show loyalty to someone who is lacking integrity?
We need grace. In order to stay faithful to people who are not perfect, we must choose the cross; we must choose sacrificial love; we must choose to grant grace when the other fails. Our grace toward other people must fill in the gap when they fail. We must take their failures and weaknesses upon ourselves. That is painful. That demands faith.
Covenantal principles alone are not enough; they must be filled up with a cross-like attitude, with the love of Yeshua who died on the cross for us when we failed. He showed loyalty to us when we did not act in integrity. We have to act that way to others, and they will have to act that way to us. That's the only way covenantal relationships can succeed.
When the day of Shavuot (Pentecost) had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 2:1
Last weekend we again hosted our annual all night Shavuot worship and prayer gathering. We had a great turn out from local believers and over 20 nations were represented physically in our worship room. Many others joined us live from around the world through the internet. We interceded for unity and revival in Israel and in the nations. The presence of the Lord was tangible as we worshiped and prayed through the night. At one point people prayed for the country they were from in their mother tongue. It was such a sweet fragrance to the Lord as intercession was released in over ten languages. Thank you to all of you who joined us in prayer for this event!
In this message, Asher teaches how money can be a temptation or a powerful tool. Through scripture he shows how to have victory and use finances to further The Kingdom of God. To watch in English, click HERE!
Mohammed, Slavery, and the Crusades
By Brigitte Gabriel
While it is true that Christians owned slaves, slavery is not an integral part of Christian doctrine. Jesus did not own slaves. The same cannot be said of Islam. Mohammed owned many slaves and even shared concubines with his warriors. The slave trade in Africa was largely run by Muslims. And when Western nations finally abolished the evil practice of slavery, that slave trade in Africa persisted without them. Saudi Arabia, the site of Islam’s holiest sites, did not outlaw slavery until the 1960s.
There is a myth that the Crusades were nothing but an aggressive series of wars in which Christendom attacked the Muslim world and committed atrocities. The reality is somewhat different. The Crusades actually began after centuries of Islamic jihad invading, pillaging, and conquering Christian lands in present-day North Africa and parts of Europe.
After 400 years of systematic genocide of Christians at the hands of Islamic jihadists, Pope Urban II, acting on a plea from the Byzantine emperor whose people had been attacked by Muslim hoards, finally sounded the call for help for the Christians in the East to free the Holy Land. The first Crusade was a defensive action in response to Islamic jihad.
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