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A Quest for Unity
By Dan Juster
Yeshua’s prayer from John 17 envisions a unity among believers that is like the unity of His relationship with the Father. “That they all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in Us that the world may believe that you sent Me” (John 17:21). We can also see that the unity of Yeshua’s followers is a key to the redemption of the world.
His prayer requires us to believe that this will happen. How do we work for unity? First, in our own congregations, we are to pray for unity and to come against the attacking spirits of evil that bring division, gossip, and more. In addition, we are to support the vision and direction of leaders where it is in line with Scripture. Beyond the local congregation, this unity will be expressed in praying for the unity of the leaders and congregations in our cities, counties, and regions. This means that congregational leaders will be drawn together for prayer and cooperative ministry. In addition, it means that we will pray for a recognized leadership to be called of God to lead the unity of the congregation of the city. They will have a governmental role.
Levels of Unity
We are told that when brothers dwell together in unity, God has commanded a blessing (Psalm 133). Unity comes through love that flows supernaturally from our relationship with Yeshua. Yeshua’s prayer is ultimately for linking true disciples in unity throughout the whole world. This prayer for unity must be fulfilled before His second coming, for after His coming no prayer for unity will be needed.
From Closer to Closer
Bringing The Kingdom Of Heaven To Earth - Part 2
In this video Asher continues his teaching on the Kingdom of God. He shows how the Kingdom of God is revealed in stages and how it is progressing in our day. To watch in English, click HERE!
Living in Secret
By Joel Helski
It’s the secret motives that matter, between us and God alone. That is the goal. Even great works, when motivated by pride, recognition, or selfishness, are sin--and bad fruit in God’s eyes. Those works don’t glorify Him - they feed our ego and need for recognition.
Today our society is obsessed with “self.” It goes against what Yeshua taught. The world encourages us to show ourselves to everyone in a positive light: “don’t be the outsider, be cool, be accepted.” We put on a “show” for others to see, and many times we don’t actually realize we do it (at least us young people) because it’s become so normal.
Valuing the Inner Life
Our need to constantly think of how we are perceived by others, how we look, how we sound, and to be accepted by society is wrong. You can compare it to the parable of the ten virgins: five foolish virgins were ready to go to the wedding. They had the dress, the makeup, the shoes, and even the lamp - just not the oil. From the outside, they looked ready. But once all those things were stripped away, and reality kicked in, they had nothing. The oil was everything, and the hidden things were much more valuable than those seen to others.
Today, whole companies base their products and advertising on these principles - starting with social media, to even the selfie stick! It's all about “me,” and how others see me, being recognized and seen in public. Today’s technology has created for us a compartmentalized “virtual reality,” in which we put on display only a small fraction of our real life experience. People present what they want to present, what we want others to see. It makes us feel good, as if we are doing well, when many times our lives may actually be pretty empty. Satisfaction based on other people’s acceptance is false, and very limited - it’s never enough. Satisfaction based on intimacy with the Lord is His desire for us.
Call to Stand against Islam
Brigitte Gabriel recently addressed a gathering of pastors about the dangers facing America from radical Islam, and what must be done to confront this very real threat. To watch in English, click HERE!