#LifeVerse 5: “The LORD said to Moses, ‘This applies to the Levites. Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting, but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. They may assist their brothers in performing the duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites” (Numbers 8:24-25).
This is a life-changing verse for some of us who are “maturing!”
Don’t get too carried away with the word “retire!” You notice that these 50 year olds still “assist” their brothers in performing the duties! This is an intergenerational scripture. The important message is not as much about chronology as it is life-purpose. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is a God of the generations, and wants us always to be interested in raising up the next generations. There should come a time in our lives when we are more passionate about the next generations than in our own personal performance.
In Bob Buford’s book called Half Time, he suggests that in the first part of our lives we are concerned with success, but then, like half-time in a ball game, we become more interested in significance than in personal success. We want to finish the game well.
Who are the younger men and women around you who need to be encouraged and assisted into the fullness of their destiny? (Even if you are only in your 20s or even teens, there are those younger whom you impact with who you are.)
#LifeVerse 4: “His master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:34-35
Scorching scripture! Turned over to torturers if we refuse to forgive others!
Jesus had told the story of a man who owed millions. He could not pay the debt, and begged for mercy. His master forgave him the entire debt, but that man refused to have mercy on one who owed him an almost insignificant debt. The first master found out about his lack of gratitude and his obstinate refusal to forgive, came back to him, had him jailed and tortured “until he should pay back all he owed” – an impossibility because of the magnitude of the debt.
We are the man who has forgiven multiple millions. God has had mercy on us through Jesus. Our debt is forgiven. But now our role is to forgive all those who sin against us – the big debts and the smaller daily annoyance-type debts.
If we refuse to forgive, according to Jesus’ words, we will be turned over to the torturers (Nightmares? Health issues? Demonic assaults?).
But how do we forgive?
Not with our emotions, but with our wills in the name and power of Jesus. “In the name of Jesus, I forgive ___.” We do not even check our emotions to see if we felt like doing or saying those words. We rest in His forgiveness and release those who have sinned against us, however great or small the offenses.
I learned about this scripture when learning how to release/forgive my dad whom I never really knew, and the woman whom he later married, but the message is far deeper than forgiving past grievances. This is a day-by-day release of the insignificant offenses from everyone around us.
I do not care to be turned over to torturers. I intend to keep forgiving!
Forgiveness is a basic ingredient of a life filled with joy and peace.
I heard Guy Cohen from Acco, Israel, the other day. He said, “Don’t invite Jesus into your mind, but into your heart!”
I thought, “Correct. Paul said, ‘With the heart man believes. He did not say, With the mind.” The mind gathers information, but the heart must take the step of faith.
Several years ago a prophetic brother told us we were to be producing “weapons of mass instruction.”
The “Your People Shall Be My People” book is now translated into Farsi and Arabic!
The Farsi translation was released last year and can be read or downloaded from the Internet without cost. The translator came to us through an Iranian brother now living in the Ukraine.
Through this same Iranian brother’s contact, the request came from Arabic-speaking pastors for the book in their language. That translation has now been completed and is ready for publication.
In the revision of the book, we have included additional information about the revival among Muslim background believers in the Arabic speaking countries.
In both cases we have raised the funds for the translations and the publications. If the Lord stirs you to contribute to the distribution, please see below.
Pray that we will fulfill that prophecy we received several year back!
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Equipping God’s People with His Heart and Purpose for Israel and the Nations
“To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Sometimes we steer so energetically away from godless imagination, that we tend to shut down imagination altogether.
Don’t shut it down; redeem it!
Imagine Godly encounters, Godly relationships, Godly actions, Godly success and prosperity, Godly future! Then move prayerfully in that direction.
Use Godly imagination when reading the Word, when praying!
Darkness is not driven out with a whip or a scourge, but by bringing light into dark places; Godless imagination is not driven out by a whip or a scourge, but by redeeming our thoughts.
“Equipping God’s people with His heart and purpose
for Israel and the nations.”