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©August 16, 2013 Revive Israel Ministries

Don't Harden Your Heart

By Asher Intrater

The Bible warns us not to let our hearts be hardened.

Hebrews 3:7-8 (Psalm 95:7-8)
As the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."

Physically, if even a small piece of a person's heart becomes hard, he is in mortal danger of a stroke. Spiritual hardening of the heart is likewise mortally dangerous. We can hear the voice of God through Scripture meditation and by the still small voice of God within our spirit and conscience (I Kings 19:12, Romans 8:16; 9:1).

When we feel that inner prompting of the Lord, we immediately have a choice: either to submit and obey; or to resist and rebel.  We need a soft heart to submit. A hardened heart will cause us to resist.

There are many things that can cause our heart to be stiff and hard, such as anger, offenses, wounded pride, fear, pain, rejection, lies, unforgiveness, lusts, etc. Because of lawlessness in the end times the love of many will "grow cold" (Matthew 24:12), people will become "lovers of themselves" (2 Tim 3:1-8).

We need to guard our hearts from all evil, not allowing our heart to get hard or cold.  A soft heart will hear and absorb the spiritual "sound waves" of the voice of the Lord.  Those same voice waves will bounce off a hardened heart. The voice of the Lord, when we do receive it and submit to it, will radiate into our inner being like a spiritual "microwave," softening and warming our hearts in love.  

This Present Darkness

By Patty Juster, excerpt

It does not take great spiritual discernment to see and to feel the present darkness around us in the world today. This darkness at times almost suffocates. All one has to do is to read the newspaper or listen to people on the street to know that the world is in a serious condition.

Isaiah 60:1-2 "Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you."

Sometimes we are unaware of how this blanket of darkness can affect even the most mature of believers. Its influence may begin to penetrate our soul. Then, the door is open to despair, disappointment, depression, apathy and complacency.

It is as if one has fallen asleep. The disciples could not stay awake even for an hour with Yeshua in the Garden of Gethsemane. They were laden with sorrow, which put them to sleep. The word for "deep darkness" in verse 2 is araphel, which means "fog." We may experience this as blurry or confusing thoughts.

The good news is that no darkness can hide us from the presence of the Lord (Psalm 139:11-12). And Isaiah 9:2 speaks of the coming of the Messiah as being a great light to a people living in darkness. As Yeshua was a light shining in great darkness, so are we. It is time to focus on the light so that the glory of the Lord will shine through us to those around us.

Violence in Egypt

By Ramez Atallah, Bible Society of Egypt

I have just received the sad news of the complete burning and destruction of our bookshops in Assiut & Minia (the largest cities in southern Egypt). The attackers demolished the metal doors protecting the bookshops, broke the store windows behind them and set the bookshops on fire.  Similar incidents are taking place across the nation and to date 15 churches and 3 Christian schools have been attacked.

The Egyptian police, supported by the army, have dispersed the demonstrators from one of the big sit-ins of the Muslim Brotherhood protesters and are working now to evacuate the other, larger one.

In retaliation, Muslim extremists all over Egypt have gone on a rampage of violence; some of it aimed at Christian targets, but they are by no means the only ones. Also targeted are government institutions, police stations and private property, especially parked cars.  This is an attack against the State by a violent minority in an attempt to destabilize the Nation.

I-Pad Prophecy

Another early morning devotional revelation:

Betty: Did you know there is a prophecy in the Bible about the I-Pad?
Asher: What?
Betty: Look at Exodus 28:6 – "And they shall make the E-Pod…"

 (Note: In Hebrew, E and I are interchangeable, as well as P and Ph; A and O.)

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