II Kings, Chapter 7, records the siege of the city of Samaria by the Syrian army. They surrounded Samaria, cutting off the supply of food and water, and as a result, a severe famine struck the city. Four men with leprosy stood at the city gates. They said, “we'll starve if we stay here, but if we go back into the city we'll starve there. We may as well surrender to the Syrians. They may let us live, but if they kill us, we would have died anyway... So why sit we here until we die?”
“ You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.” II Timothy 3:1
“And there shall be signs in the sun..the moon.. and stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21: 25-27
“I owe a debt both to civilized peoples and heathen nations, to the educated and uneducated alike. And so, for my part, I am willing and eagerly ready to preach the Gospel…” Romans 1:14-15
“..as my Father has sent me, even so send I you….” John 20:21
The Apostle Paul was aware of owing a tremendous debt. But the debt he owed was much greater than a monetary one. When he met the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus and received salvation from the Lord, his life changed dramatically. Instead of persecuting Christians, he began fearlessly preaching the same Jesus he once opposed. God turned this radically saved, Spirit-filled man loose on the world and he became the greatest apostle of the Church.
In this issue, we will share highlights of our recent life-changing time of ministry in Northern Israel. Stephanie and I were graced to share our Living Christ by:
Luke 11:17 (AMP), “Every kingdom split up against itself is doomed and brought to desolation, and….the disunited household will collapse.”
A nation or a household will not fulfill its' purpose if unity and harmony does not exist between one another. It will surely fall. The storms of adversity will test the foundation of a nation, a family, and certainly the Church.