It has been predicted that a possible Nor’easter might hit the storm ravaged Northeast this week, Nov 19th – 22nd. As we know about weather forcasts, they are not always accurate; but, one thing for sure, being prepared for any disaster – man made or natural – is a certain means of survival for oneself, their loved ones and their pets. Should a severe storm strike the area that you reside in, store enough water, food, blankets, batteries, flashlights, light sources, a battery or crank operated radio, back-up generator, pet food & supplies and other essentials, to get you through the disaster. If you live near flood prone areas, evacuate to higher ground or to an emergency shelter in your area. You life, the lives of your loved ones and your pets are important.
Hebrews 11:20; 12:14-17
Live Where I Tell You
I said recently that the only thing that has been constant in my life through the past years has been change. However it has not been the kind of change that we were told last year to simply hope for. The change I have seen has been one which I am confident has come from One who states to me that if I follow Him, He will direct my every step along the way. Many of you can relate to these statements as well. Your lives have and in fact continue to be filled with change.
In the midst of what can seem on the surface to us turmoil and even confusion regarding these changes, we can all take the words of Genesis 26:2 to heart. The setting for these words is that the world around Isaac was in famine. There was uncertainty of where he would get enough food to feed his family. He began to look to the horizon and to the natural in order to provide for his growing family. Before he began his first step though, he was stopped in his tracks by words which told him to live right where he had been told to live. He was not to look to the horizon for his provision, but rather to look up for his provision. He was being told that if he would look to the Elohim of his father Abraham instead of his own strength, he would never go without. We see in the verses that follow that though he also pulled the same stunt regarding his wife that his father had, he did in fact follow the words spoken to him and was richly blessed because of it.
So what is the message to us within these words? Do they mean that we are to stay within the situation both naturally and spiritually that we are in right now? I think not. Look at the words again. They say “Live where I tell you.” The question that we should all be asking Him then is, “Where is He telling us to live?” Of course our minds will immediately think of our natural surroundings first, but this is the wrong place to begin.
To answer the question, we should look at the spiritual side first. Where is He asking us to live spiritually? Is it not within the guidelines the Torah gives us? This is a very easy principle to put into practice considering the season we are approaching. It may surprise many of you, but there are those who are reading this commentary today that are still considering what to do for Christmas. They are making plans to live in the practices of this pagan holiday. To those who are doing so, I must ask you the question posed to Isaac, “Where are you told to live?” Have you been told to live in pagan practices or have you been called out to live a life separate and unto Him? Of course, we could spend all day picking on Christmas and make most of us feel really good about ourselves, but what about other areas of life? How are we doing regarding living within the guidelines of Torah which He has told us to live? Are we continually looking to the horizon of man- made solutions to problems and turmoil in life, or are we looking to Torah? Do we have one spiritual eye on Torah, but the other eye on something else, just in case He does not come through in time?
In the natural there is so much upheaval in the world around us today. Yah is in the midst of positioning His family, I believe. Many people are being told to uproot everything they have ever known and take a walk of faith similar to that which Isaac’s father Abraham had told him about so many times. When the famine came in the place Isaac was living in, he did just what his father had done during his life. He wanted to move somewhere else. But the message to Isaac was very clear. He was told to not follow the life of another man, but rather to follow the Elohim of that man. He was taught not to duplicate the life of his father, but rather to trust the One who directed that life. He was told to live where He was telling Isaac to live, not to look to where his father had lived.
Isaac was on a new walk. It was one that no one had ever walked before. In order for him to live in the provision of Yah, he had to learn to trust in the voice of Yah. He had to learn to not follow the path that looked good or sounded good. He had to learn to walk by faith, not concerned about how it looked.
Today, we too are on a walk similar to Isaac. No one has ever done this before. We must each learn to live where He tells us. We must understand however that it is the spiritual living that has to come first. That spiritual life is found within the pages of His voice called Torah. If we will learn this, then where He tells us to live in the natural and how He tells us to get there will be a piece of cake, or maybe we should say a piece of matza.
DELIVERANCE FROM SODOM
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Most of us think of Sodom as a type of modern-day wicked city such as San
Francisco, New York or New Orleans. But the truth is, we need only to look at
our own hearts to find Sodom. We are all born with a Sodomite nature—a heart
that is exceedingly wicked, full of every evil thing. “Yea, in your heart ye
work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth” (Psalm
I believe the following passage reveals how God delivers us out of Sodom:
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto
life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory
and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
God comes to us in our deluded, bound condition with powerful promises of full
and complete deliverance. He says, “I pledge to deliver you and keep you from
iniquity. I will give you a heart to obey Me, so now let My promises lay hold
What a wonderful, freeing truth. We are led out of our sin as we lay hold of
God’s promises. Think about it for a moment. Peter says the believers he was
addressing in this epistle had “escaped the corruption that is in the world
through lust” (verse 4). How did these Christians escape sin? They were given
divine power—life and godliness—through their faith in God’s promises.
Beloved, your Father wants you to know fullness of joy in Christ. That joy will
break out only as you are freed from the power of sin. So, allow the Holy Spirit
to go into the womb of your lusts and remove everything that is unlike Christ.
Pray to the Lord right now:
“Oh, Father, I agree with You about my sin. The stench of my compromise has
reached into heaven and I know it has to go immediately. Lord, I receive Your
loving, divine ultimatum and I lay everything down before You. Set fire to
everything wicked in me and let Your promises take hold of my heart. Lead me to
the mountain of Your holiness.”
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24: 3-8
As the Middle East match box gets hotter, the prophesies we read from Jesus in Matthew 24 are being fulfilled before our eyes. The enemies of Israel are planning for the destruction of the Jewish people and her allies. Various nations of the world are rising up against each other and peace is elusive as ever.
The U.S. has seen it’s share of drought, pestilences, crop failures, and natural disasters which put us in a position of wondering if we are prepared for the next disaster which may befall us. Are we also ready for higher gasoline and food prices should the Middle East erupt in war?
Now is the time to prepare for any disaster which might befall you by stocking up with food, water, and other items to get you through the next disaster
P.S. Receiving salvation and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the best thing that could happen to you now and in the time of disaster.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3: 16-17
Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza, and the “Iron Dome” defense system shot down a Tel Aviv-bound rocket on Saturday as Israel geared up for a possible ground invasion.
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, said Israeli missiles wrecked the office building of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh – where he had met on Friday with the Egyptian prime minister – and struck a police headquarters.
Along the Tel Aviv beachfront, volleyball games came to an abrupt halt and people crouched as sirens sounded. Two interceptor rockets streaked into the sky. A flash and an explosion followed as Iron Dome, deployed only hours earlier near the city, destroyed the incoming projectile in mid-air.
With Israeli tanks and artillery positioned along the Gaza border and no end in sight to hostilities now in their fourth day, Tunisia’s foreign minister travelled to the enclave in a show of Arab solidarity.
In Cairo, a presidential source said Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi would hold four-way talks with the Qatari emir, the prime minister of Turkeyand Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in the Egyptian capital on Saturday to discuss the Gaza crisis.
Egypt has been working to reinstate calm between Israel and Hamas after an informal ceasefire brokered by Cairo unraveled over the past few weeks. Meshaal, who lives in exile, has already held a round of talks with Egyptian security officials.
Officials in Gaza said 43 Palestinians, nearly half of them civilians including eight children, had been killed since Israel began its air strikes. Three Israeli civilians were killed by a rocket on Thursday.
Israel unleashed its massive air campaign on Wednesday with the declared goal of deterring Hamas from launching rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.
The Israeli army said it had zeroed in on a number of government buildings during the night, including Haniyeh’s office, the Hamas Interior Ministry and a police compound.
Taher al-Nono, a spokesman for the Hamas government, held a news conference near the rubble of the prime minister’s office and pledged: “We will declare victory from here.”
Hamas’s armed wing claimed responsibility for Saturday’s rocket attack on Tel Aviv, the third against the city since Wednesday. It said it fired an Iranian-designed Fajr-5 at the coastal metropolis, some 70 km (43 miles) north of Gaza.
“Well that wasn’t such a big deal,” said one woman, who had watched the interception while clinging for protection to the trunk of a baby palm tree on a traffic island.
In the Israeli Mediterranean port of Ashdod, a rocket ripped into several balconies. Police said five people were hurt.
Among those killed in airstrikes on Gaza on Saturday were at least four suspected militants riding on motorcycles.
Israel’s operation has drawn Western support for what U.S. and European leaders have called Israel’s right to self-defense, along with appeals to avoid civilian casualties.
Hamas, shunned by the West over its refusal to recognize Israel, says its cross-border attacks have come in response to Israeli strikes against Palestinian fighters in Gaza.
At a late night session on Friday, Israeli cabinet ministers decided to more than double the current reserve troop quota set for the Gaza offensive to 75,000, political sources said, in a signal Israel was edging closer to an invasion.
Around 16,000 reservists have already been called up.
Asked by reporters whether a ground operation was possible, Major-General Tal Russo, commander of the Israeli forces on the Gaza frontier, said: “Definitely.”
“We have a plan … it will take time. We need to have patience. It won’t be a day or two,” he added.
A possible move into the densely populated Gaza Strip and the risk of major casualties it brings would be a significant gamble for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, favorite to win a January national election.
Hamas fighters are no match for the Israeli military. The last Gaza war, involving a three-week long Israeli air blitz and ground invasion over the New Year period of 2008-09, killed over 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Thirteen Israelis died.
But the Gaza conflagration has stirred the pot of a Middle East already boiling from two years of Arab revolution and a civil war in Syria that threatens to spread beyond its borders.
“Israel should understand that many things have changed and that lots of water has run in the Arab river,” Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdesslem said as he surveyed the wreckage from a bomb-blast site in central Gaza.
One major change has been the election of an Islamist government in Cairo that is allied with Hamas, potentially narrowing Israel’s manoeuvering room in confronting the Palestinian group. Israel and Egypt made peace in 1979.
Netanyahu spoke late on Friday with U.S. President Barack Obama for the second time since the offensive began, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.
“(Netanyahu) expressed his deep appreciation for the U.S. position that Israel has a right to defend itself and thanked him for American aid in purchasing Iron Dome batteries,” the statement added.
The two leaders have had a testy relationship and have been at odds over how to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
A White House official said on Saturday Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to discuss how the two countries could help bring an end to the Gaza conflict.
Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, told reporters that Washington “wants the same thing as the Israelis want”, an end to rocket attacks from Gaza. He said the United States is emphasizing diplomacy and “de-escalation”.
In Berlin, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had spoken to Netanyahu and Egypt’s Mursi, stressing to the Israeli leader that Israel had a right to self-defense and that a ceasefire must be agreed as soon as possible to avoid more bloodshed.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to visit Israel and Egypt next week to push for an end to the fighting in Gaza, U.N. diplomats said on Friday.
The Israeli military said 492 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel since the operation began. Iron Dome intercepted another 245.
In Jerusalem, targeted by a Palestinian rocket on Friday for the first time in 42 years, there was little outward sign on the Jewish Sabbath that the attack had any impact on the usually placid pace of life in the holy city.
Some families in Gaza have abandoned their homes – some of them damaged and others situated near potential Israeli targets – and packed into the houses of friends and relatives.