“Born Again”

Metamorphosis 96

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
I have had this experience; back in 2002 I nearly died from the radiation and chemotherapy given to me by my earthly doctors. I had cancer in my throat and according to the doctors in the medical profession; I would die if I did nothing about it. They scheduled a series of treatments and about half the way through these, I had a vision from my heavenly Doctor, Yeshua. In this vision, I heard His voice say, “You are clean.” The next day, I stopped the treatments against all in the world that said I was rather stupid for that decision.
Three months later, I was reading in the bible, John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. I almost fell off my chair. I knew that I knew that I had made the right decision about the treatment for the cancer, God. It was two months later that I had a CT Scan and the doctor called me into his office and said these very words, “You’re Clean” My mind rejoiced that out of mouth of two or three witnesses, all things shall be established.
It was a few weeks later when I was praying with my pastors that the Lord showed me the image of a butterfly who has had a metamorphosis. That, in a sense is what happens when we become ‘born again’ the Creator give us a new life ‘with wings’.

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“Plants and Planting”

Planted

Genesis 1:11-13 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

As I was just sitting and thinking about not much of anything, as men do, I had this thought about plants. I will start at the beginning and get into the depth of this thought as I go.
Back in 1987, I heard a word from the Lord, “Go to Israel, I’ll tell you what to do when you get there.” As I knew this was God’s voice, I gave notice to my employer and packed two suitcases and arrived in Israel on 21 April 1987. I had taken a tour with a group but intended to stay in Israel when the tour finished. One in the group prayed over me as they prepared to leave me behind; “The Lord will lead you out of this land a few times but He will bring you back and plant you here.” That was actually quite prophetic as it turned out. I obtained a volunteer employment at a Christian organization as a photographer. In the next twenty-five years, I had opportunity to visit England, Belgium, Germany, Poland and the Ukraine besides living once again in the United States for four years. Once back in Israel, we had applied for temporary residence and the Ministry of Interior took our request to committee and came back with the verdict that we could stay on temporary residence visa for the rest of our lives. There are a lot of extenuating circumstances that makes that possible but never the less; it looks like the Lord has planted me here as I have no desire to go anywhere else, I love it here.
Now, back to the beginning thought about plants and planting; as we all know, plants need water and fertilizer or good ground to grow in and produce whatever fruit it is required to produce after its kind. It doesn’t matter whether it is a tree, bush, and flower or to go further, animal, bird, fish or creeping thing, we all need water which includes man. As it turns out, we all, man as a species, needs good ground to grow in as well. Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. Thus, we are washed and cleansed and given to drink that which is absolutely necessary for our survival. So, yes, I believe God has planted me in this land and I fully expect that someday, I shall die and be buried here, fully planted in this wonderful land.

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“Covenants”

Covenants - Old and New

Isaiah 6:10   “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.”

Isaiah 29:13   Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

Hebrews 4:12   For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Jeremiah 31:31-33   “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

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