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So That You May Dwell In Peace

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men; for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”- 1 Timothy 2:1

History was made when the American President, Donald Trump, made the decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem on December 6th, 2017. He said, “‘We finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” This declaration, however, has brought out the hatred in those who resist acknowledging the connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people. 

Immediately following President Trump’s initiative to move the American embassy, the world was stirred with flamboyant expressions of both love and hate. Palestinians called for three days of rage, American flags were burned, and protests broke out in Gaza, Jerusalem and even Bethlehem where Israel’s Jewish Messiah was born thousands of years ago.

Though these days of rage were rather ineffective in terms of terrorizing the Jewish people, yesterday, on December 10th, a Jewish security guard, Asher Elmaliach, was stabbed in the heart by a terrorist from the Judea-Samaria region of Israel. This is not the first time one of Israel’s security guards, police personal, or soldiers have been the target of the assaults. This is why we must pray!

When the leaders are struck down, what message does that give to the people of the land? In the book of Zechariah 13:7, we read that when the Shepard, the authority in a position of protection for the sheep is struck down, the sheep scatter and are vulnerable to attack. These guards, soldiers and police may not be the President or Prime Minister, but they have been given a responsibility to protect the people and when they are struck down one after another, a message is being conveyed- a message of terror. 

But we are called to pray! First for our leaders and all who are in positions of authority, SO THAT we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and dignity. God has chosen to delegate His authority to mankind and He does not override that delegation. He has chosen to move on the earth through the prayers of His people. 

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”-Ezekiel 22:29-31 

You see, God desires mercy-always! But He sought for someone who would “stand in the gap”, so that He could show mercy, and when He found no one, the result was the execution of His righteous judgement. Yeshua told His disciples to pray that the Father’s will would be done on earth. While we do not have authority to take on the enemy in our own strength, we do have authority to pray God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As Yeshua taught us, we pray to the Father and request His will in the name of His Son, for the sake of His Son and because of the work of His Son. 

Just as the enemies of Israel have joined together as one to come against those in positions of authority and to come against Israel, so the same, we ask that all who love the Lord and stand with His people Israel, would join as one in prayer! 

  • Pray first and foremost for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. May His Kingdom of Righteousness be established!
  • Pray for protection for all those in positions of authority, and for God to give wisdom to our leaders.
  • Pray for peace in our nations, for godliness and righteousness to be established within our governments and throughout the nations. 

Pray as the Spirit of God leads, but take caution that you pray according to God’s will revealed through scripture. Stepping outside of that covering and into fleshly, emotional or un-scriptural prayers of proclamation can be dangerous! Remember, we only have authority where we have responsibility. It is best to present your requests TO GOD and trust that in His justice and mercy, He will answer prayer and perform His perfect will. 

God bless you! 

 

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First Superbook Club in Hebrew, a Success!

The children of a kipputz just outside Jerusalem were surprised to see their community center full of red balloons as they came in on Wednesday afternoon. What was the celebration? Was it someone’s birthday? The staff of CBN Israel welcomed over twenty children to the very first Superbook Club in Hebrew! This was an event the staff had been looking forward to hosting for over a year as the material was in preparation.

The children were seated and introduced to the Superbook Salvation Peom which has been translated into thirty-nine different languages.

The staff explained, “Children all over the world are learning more about God through Superbook in their languages and now, you can too! But wait! Who is that coming through the door behind you?!” Every little head in the room quickly spun around to see a smiling character approaching them. It was GIZMO! In the Superbook series, Gizmo is the animated, toy robot that takes the children, Chris and Joy, on adventures through Biblical stories. When the children experience a situation in their lives that requires the wisdom they need from God’s word, the Bible, a.k.a. Superbook, opens and takes them back in time, with Gizmo as their excort. It is through these Bible adventures that the children learn how to live their lives God’s way.

When everyone had met Gizmo and had their fill of robot hugs, the children were treated with popcorn and juice as the episode of Daniel and the Lion’s Den appeared on the big screen. Though tv entertainment is nothing new for a child of the twenty-first century, the Bible coming to life through CGI animation was certainly a novelty for these children.

When the episode had finished, the children were presented with Superbook tee-shirts. “These are for you to wear when you come to Superbook Club every month”, said the staff of CBN Israel. Almost in unison, the children replied, “How long do we have to wait till the next one?!”

Now that the children have been introduced to Superbook and are excited to be a part of what kids are experiencing around the world, a community leader will continue to host the club and help the children engage with the lessons that can be learned from the episodes of season one.

We, at CBN Israel, are excited for these children, believers and non-believers alike, who are being exposed to God’s word and the real heros of the faith who were ordinary people just like them. Please join us in praying that God will work in each of their hearts by His Holy Spirit and introduce Himself to them in a very real and personal way as they experience the stories of the Bible through Superbook in their own language.

To learn more about Superbook or to purchase curriculum, visit the CBN website. Superbook in Hebrew is not yet available for purchase.

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Called to Bless

 

From the beginning of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, God makes a strong declaration to Abraham and his descendants after him: “Whoever blesses you I will bless and whoever curses you, I will curse and in you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”-Genesis 12:3.  What a statement! Yet have we not seen this played out through all of history how God has keep this promise to the nations who have chosen to either stand with Israel or reject them?

We know that God is watching over His word to perform it and every person who joins themselves to Israel and to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is blessed. We see this in stories such as Rahab the harlot and Ruth the Moabite. In each case, those who join themselves to God’s people receive His covenants, inheritance, promises and instruction.  And they are equally accountable to the laws and commands given by God to house of Israel. (See Exodus 12:49).

But what does God say to the Jew concerning their behavior to the foreigner dwelling among them? Let’s have a look. In Deuteronomy 10:18-19, it says, “He (God) defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you (the house of Israel) are to love those who are foreigners for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”

To us here at CBN Israel, we view single mothers in the same category as the widow and their children in the same category as the orphan.  Both are without the covering of an earthly husband and father to provide, protect and love them. We do not judge the husbandless and fatherless. We see God as the Supreme Judge over all matters and we are His servants who are simply called to love.

That is why, in our work, we seek to serve single mothers and their children and strive to meet their needs with God’s love that He has placed in our hearts. We read that we were once strangers in a foreign land and now we have a homeland (Israel) in which we can welcome and bless those who are strangers and foreigners among us. We read that we (Israel) were once abused by Pharoph under his leadership and God delivered us. In turn, we can help deliver those who are being abused in their homes.

God’s instruction for us believers is this: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and fautless is: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by this world.” – James 1:27

So whether we are Jewish by blood or grafted in through the blood of our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), we are called to love the orphan, the widow, the fatherless and the stranger because this is the heart of God. He is a “Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation”. – Psalm 86:5

If you have a heart for the orphan and widow and desire to join with us in extending His love to those who are in need, contact us! Also if you would like, you may donate here.

God bless you as you serve Him with all your heart. 

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Marketplace Believers Connect to Expand God’s Kingdom

For the past five years, CBN Israel has been partnering with Israelfirstfruits for the purpose of developing believing business entrepreneurs for the market place in Israel. God has given His people Israel a mandate to be a light and and a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:3). One way that this is being accomplished is by expanding His influence through believers in the marketplace.

Each year, the two organizations work together to train believing entrepreneurs in both business and character through a six month course. Experienced, educated believers, both local and international,come to share their knowledge with the students.

In the course’s “grand finale”, the students are coached in creating a business plan which they can then present at the annual  Israel Business Forum. The Forum is a highlight event where investors, entrepreneurs and advisers come from around the globe to connect with Israeli believers for the purpose of expanding God’s kingdom through business relationships. First, second and third place winners of the business competition will receive an investment towards launching their business venture.

In September of 2015, Matthias and Tabea Oppliger were among the three winners of the business competition. With the money invested to them, they opened a social business in Tel-Aviv, Israel called A.I.R. an acronym meaning, Act. Inspire. Restore. A.I.R. employs victims of the sex trafficking industry, helping them to come off the streets and reintegrate into society with newly acquired skills such as wood working. Read more about the great work of A.I.R.

In September of 2016, Helen and Eldad Sagi received first place in the business competition and has since started Lily Pops, a business in producing organic popsicles. Lilly Pops is currently advancing towards a larger space and equipment for mass production. Anyone who has ever tasted one of these memorable treats knows it won’t be long before these pops are in high demand.

The students of this year’s business course are gearing up for the 2017 Israel Business Forum where three winners will be chosen for investment in their business venture. If you are an investor or an entrepreneur looking to connect with marketplace believers in Israel, come join us this year in Jerusalem!

 

We hope to see you here.

 

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Pearls of Wisdom

The staff of CBN Israel have had many years of experience in giving financial counsel to families and single mothers in crisis. In an interview with our social media staff, Arik and Veronica share the wisdom they have learned. Read what they have to say:

Bethany: “What would you say the greatest needs are in the body of Messiah today?”

Veronica: “We are living in a world that the finances are being controlled by the enemy in a large way. People are controlled by all the advertisements that say, “Buy! Buy! Buy!” When we give in to all the lusts and desires of the flesh, all the pressures to purchase things in order to be happy, we find ourselves enslaved and in bondage to loans and debt.”

Arik: “The influence of the west is that we need better things like better cars, better homes, better clothing, simply more and more material things. And the lie of the enemy is that having these better things is what will make us happy. We need to be aware that this is a lie! Contentment comes from God. From our relationship with Him. From doing His will. Even as believers, we give in to the lies of this world. We are human beings; we struggle with the same temptations as anyone else. We must have our eyes open to the truth. The truth is, having more does not mean we will be happy. It only makes us enslaved. The happiness with our new possessions fades away in time and then the lie returns that we need more of something or something new to make us happy. We need to not think, “How can I get more?” But to think “How can I give?” “What are my actual needs?” So many are thinking, ‘If I pray, or if I give, what will I get back from God?’ We are often more focused on what we want in this life than what God wants to do through our lives.

Many believers have their finances out of order. The problem comes down to a lack of self-control. Another problem is believing that we think that only ten percent of our money belongs to the Lord. Truthfully, all that we have belongs to the Lord. We honor Him by asking Him, “Lord, what do you want us to do with the resources You have given us?”

Bethany: “Are believers operating in the fullness of what God has for them?”

Arik: “No, many are trapped in their daily challenges and in their debts.”

Bethany: “How can we pray for the body of Messiah?”

Veronica: “We can pray that believers will operate in self-control, especially concerning their finances. That people will be more aware of the traps of the enemy to buy everything in order to be happy and to guard against it with contentment and prayer.”

Bethany: “How can people pray for Israel?”

Arik: “Pray that God’s people will be the unique people they are called to be: A light to the nations. That they will not yearn to be like all the other nations, to seek prosperity like other nations or to be happy in material possessions like other nations. To go with the Lord does not mean that we will be happy all the time. It’s something much deeper.”

Buying more than we need, or lacking the things that we need, both are outside of God’s will for the believer. God does not promise us riches, but He does instruct us in what to do with the riches that we have. God does not want us to lack our daily needs, for He promises that He will supply all our needs according to His riches and glories. He is our Provider and our God. All that we have belongs to Him.”

Being made aware of the needs of the body of Messiah, let’s take these things to the Lord in prayer:

Father, we thank You that You have given believers the gift of Your Holy Spirit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control. We ask that You would forgive us for lusting after the things of this world and not acknowledging You first with our needs and desires. We pray that You would extend Your mercy to Your people and grace each one with contentment with what You provide. Help Your people to use their resources for Your glory instead of using them to spend beyond their means leading to debt. We trust in Your word that states, “If we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And also, “If we acknowledge You in all our ways, You will direct our steps.” Direct your people to lives of freedom including freedom from the lusts of this world, financial slavery and debt. Amen.

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The Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries

“Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers come together in unity.” – Psalm 133:1

With the Body of Messiah being a very small percentage of the population in Israel, (about 0.0019% of society), it is of dire importance that believers connect and care for one another in love and unity. For believers who come to Israel without the support of their family and friends, connecting with other believers is a vital part in successfully adjusting to life in Israel. Believers who have left other religions in order to follow Yeshua, often suffer rejection by their families leading them to look to the body of Messiah as the only family they have. Whatever the case for each individual, unity between believers is not only glorifying to the Lord, but also of great important to the health and strengthening of the Body.  

CBN Israel is grateful to one of our partner organizations, FIRM (the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries) for hosting their annual conference, Jerusalem Encounter, where believers from around the world can connect with representatives from dozens of believing, Israeli organizations to learn what God is doing through His people.

 

Though there are many booths lining the halls, with the names of each organization in bold, the people behind the booths are more focused on one name being exalted: YESHUA.

Rachel, a member of “Chosen People Ministries” shared with the staff of CBN Israel;

 “It doesn’t really matter what organization we represent. We are all part of one body and we are all here to support each other in doing the Lord’s work.”

We share our resources, our facilities and our services in order to accomplish the goal of building up the Body and advancing the Lord’s kingdom. During the conference, CBN Israel shared a booth with partner organization- Israel Firstfruits

While Jerusalem Encounter participants were enjoying worship sessions and listening to guest speakers, members from the various organizations mingled by their booths, sharing testimonies, getting to know each other’s ministries and praying for one another. 

The members of FIRM are a people of excellence and did an excellent job in putting the conference together. From the quality of the spiritual aspects such as the worship leaders and guest speakers that were chosen, to the quality in  practical matters such as food and available assistance during break-out sessions, all their hard work and attention to detail is greatly appreciated.

 

To learn more about how you can be a part of building the Body of Messiah in Israel, contact us. To learn more about how you can participate in the next Jerusalem Encounter, contact FIRM

God bless you.

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Surprise Appearance at Film Premiere, “In Our Hands”

It was a night to remember. An evening premier for the CBN docudrama, “In Our Hands”. Hundreds of guests, many of which were associated with the making of the film itself, came to the Cinematheque Jerusalem Theater to honor and enjoy the completion of this long awaited production.

At the start of the evening, CBN Israel staff members welcomed the hundreds of honored guests with their reserved tickets and brochures. After a time of mingling and refreshments, the guests were escorted to their seats for the showing of the film. The audience was captivated by the true stories told by the very men who recaptured Jerusalem and the many challenges that they faced. Intermingled with the documentary and original footage from the 67’ war, were re-enactments by professional Israeli actors. The blending of the two together truly brought the entirety of the story to life

When the film had ended and there was endless applause during the final credits, the theater lights were turned on and to the surprise of the audience, several of the men from the 55th brigade, the very men who fought to recapture Jerusalem and were present at the western wall that day, stood on the stage before them. The audience responded with a standing ovation, a roar of applause and some wiped tears away from their eyes. Emotions of awe, respect and appreciation swept the room.

           

The men of the brigade were honored with flowers and were each given an opportunity to address the audience. One paratrooper shared what an honor it was to work with Erin Zimmerman, the CBN writer and producer of the film. Another paratrooper said, “My favorite part was seeing the recapturing of the western wall.” The actress, who played “Grandmother Cohen” whose role was to give the paratroopers an Israeli flag that once flew proudly in the Old City before the invasion, shared her experience with us. She said, “When I played that part, I felt it deep inside of me that what I was re-enacting, really took place here.” She has lived in Israel since the time she was seven years old and remembers the war of 67’ very well.

After many thanks and accolades to every person involved in the making of the film including Gordon Robertson who funded and greatly encouraged the making of “In Our Hands”, the guests were then invited to indulge in a sumptuous buffet provided by CBN

For those of us who have experienced the film for ourselves, we highly recommend, “In Our Hands”, in order to gain understanding of the significance of this historic event and what it means both to God and to the Jewish people. The film closes with this incredibly appropriate scripture from the prophet Zechariah:

Then the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I am exceedingly jealous for Zion, yes, with great wrath I am jealous for her.’ “Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.’ “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of age. ‘And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.’ “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘If it is too difficult in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, will it also be too difficult in My sight?’ declares the LORD of hosts. “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; and I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.’- Zechariah 8:1-8

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Called to Bless

From the beginning of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, God makes a strong declaration to Abraham and his descendants after him: “Whoever blesses you I will bless and whoever curses you, I will curse and in you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”-Genesis 12:3.  What a statement! Yet have we not seen this played out through all of history how God has keep this promise to the nations who have chosen to either stand with Israel or reject them?

We know that God is watching over His word to perform it and every person who joins themselves to Israel and to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is blessed. We see this in stories such as Rahab the harlot and Ruth the Moabite. In each case, those who join themselves to God’s people receive His covenants, inheritance, promises and instruction.  And they are equally accountable to the laws and commands given by God to house of Israel. (See Exodus 12:49).

But what does God say to the Jew concerning their behavior to the foreigner dwelling among them? Let’s have a look. In Deuteronomy 10:18-19, it says, “He (God) defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you (the house of Israel) are to love those who are foreigners for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”

 

To us here at CBN Israel, we view single mothers in the same category as the widow and their children in the same category as the orphan.  Both are without the covering of an earthly husband and father to provide, protect and love them. We do not judge the husbandless and fatherless. We see God as the Supreme Judge over all matters and we are His servants who are simply called to love.

That is why, in our work, we seek to serve single mothers and their children and strive to meet their needs with God’s love that He has placed in our hearts. We read that we were once strangers in a foreign land and now we have a homeland (Israel) in which we can welcome and bless those who are strangers and foreigners among us. We read that we (Israel) were once abused by Pharoph under his leadership and God delivered us. In turn, we can help deliver those who are being abused in their homes.

God’s instruction for us believers is this: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and fautless is: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by this world.” – James 1:27

So whether we are Jewish by blood or grafted in through the blood of our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), we are called to love the orphan, the widow, the fatherless and the stranger because this is the heart of God. He is a “Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation”. – Psalm 86:5

If you have a heart for the orphan and widow and desire to join with us in extending His love to those who are in need, contact us! Also if you would like, you may donate here.

God bless you as you serve Him with all your heart. 

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Holocaust Survivors Celebrate a “Day of Victory” in Israel

In this year of 2017, the month of May is full of significant celebrations for the nation of Israel and especially for survivors of the Holocaust. May 1st, Israel commemorated their fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. May 2nd, Israel celebrated 69 years of Independence as a declared state. May 24th, Israel celebrated 50 years of the Reunification of Jerusalem. And an additional day of celebration, lesser known to the west, is the “Day of Victory” which took place on May 9th. As many of those who survived the Holocaust have immigrated to Israel from Europe and the former Soviet Union, May 9th ranks high on the charts of importance when it comes to celebrating victories over oppressors.

This year, several of the congregations whom CBN Israel has partnered with in serving Holocaust Survivors throughout Israel, hosted local events in honor of this “Day of Victory.” As in every celebration, an event would not be complete without singing, dancing and food!

In Holon, our partners were presented with a certificate of appreciation, honoring their dedication and service to the local community of Holocaust Survivors. In the Kriot, a group of women joined the celebration hosted by our partners and gave the gift of dance. It was a sort of re-enactment of war and victory.  Many of the survivors cried and expressed their gratitude to our partners for all their love and care.

For the past four years, our believing partners have committed to serving Survivors in many ways including home visits, hosting special events, providing tours to various parts of the country, and delivering food vouchers or packages each month. Both through words and works, the message of God’s love and faithfulness has been clearly conveyed and received.

The way that CBN Israel has contributed to expressing God’s love to Holocaust Survivors is through giving over 1,300 food vouchers to be distributed through the hands of our partners. In addition, CBN Israel responds and funds special needs a Survivor may have such as a need for a walker, an oven or something of the like.

Meeting these needs and contributing to God’s work of love being shown to hundreds of survivors could not be possible without the help of those who give. Would you consider giving a gift today? We and all those we serve are ever so grateful.

God bless you!

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The Sabboth And Rest

When the Lord delivered the Children of Israel from Egypt, His desire was to bring them to a place of rest. The condition of their hearts prevented them from entering into that place of rest, and even God’s commands turned into a burden. So without giving God access to change the condition of your heart, you too will find God’s ways of righteousness to be burdensome commandments instead of finding His path to peace and rest.

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)

If you don’t understand that God’s design is to bring you out of the “house of bondage” you run the risk of making your “labor” a god “before” Him. Is it any wonder that we find the Israelites in the wilderness constantly wanting to return to Egypt, and the “house of bondage?”

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11)

The religious emphasis is how do we “keep” the commandment of “rest.” But in Hebrews we see that the people who were delivered from the toil and bondage of Egypt, never changed their hearts, and so God says: “So I swore in My wrath,
“They shall not enter My rest,” (Heb.4:3)

But the Sabbath was given to us for “rest,” and the promise of God is that: it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience” (Heb. 4:6) Joshua did not bring the fulfillment of the promise for rest when he led Israel into the land of God’s promise. “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” (Heb. 4:8-10)

The promise of entering into God’s rest is not by the observance of religious duty. You won’t find rest in just not working or laboring. The place of God’s rest comes when you allow Him to complete His work in your heart. The restoration of intimacy with Him is where you will find your rest. That is the true Sabbath of God’s promise. It is found in Him. That is why He calls Himself “The Lord of the Sabbath.”

God bless you.

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