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I was lying down, just resting and suddenly I had vision or a dream or maybe drevision. I was walking along Israel’s main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with someone whom I did not know. He told me that the newest lane, the outside lane—actually the shoulder—would soon fall into the ground because of sinkholes or erosion of the land. I was walking as far outside as one could get while still being on the shoulder. I felt a pull, like a magnetic force, pulling me off the road and into the brown grass.

Then I realized it was a vision.

Interpretation

The road is our life. The area off the road—dead grass—is sin, temptation, addiction, etc. If the road was going to fall into the ground on the side, why was I walking there? I should, at least, have moved to the other side of my companion, if not hugged the center of the highway.

The warning and encouragement is to not walk too close to the flame, lest you get burned. Or as Solomon rhetorically asked, “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without burning his clothes?” (Prov. 6:27) The words the Lord spoke to Cain come to mind:

“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Gen. 4:7)

The key to ruling over sin is not merely resisting. Notice I said merely. Yes, resisting sin is part of it. James does tell us to resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7) (Ironically the same chapter and verse as the Genesis passage.) However, resisting is not enough.

In His Presence

If sin is represented by the area off the road, then the opposite of sin must be in the center of the road. Yeshua lives in the center. His presence is in the center. The key to overcoming sin or “ruling over” sin is spending time with Yeshua. There is no sin in His presence. There is life, love, forgiveness, joy unspeakable and a peace that passes all understanding. It is hard to give into temptation, much less sin, when we are in His presence.

I once remarked to a repentance preacher, “Holiness is not the absence of sin, but the presence of God.” The key to overcoming lust is not found in human effort, but in our desire for God. When we are hungry for God, we will not be hungry for sin.

How ‘Bout Them Apples

I remember when I started eating healthy. For snacks, instead of cake or a candy bar, I was told to eat an apple. I rarely ate fruit. I didn’t want an apple. But amazingly, after a few days of eating apples, I began to crave apples. In the same way, if you give yourself to seeking God, hungering after Him, you will find your appetite for sin decreases and your need for His presence increases.

Angels

And when we overcome sin, we can expect His presence. Many have taught about how Yeshua overcame temptation in Matthew 4—three times Yeshua fights off the enemy—but I have rarely heard anyone comment on what happened next. After He resists the enemy, something special takes place: “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Matt. 4:11)

When we overcome sin, we can expect angels to come and minister to us. You can be sure of this: God loves you and wants to help you in your struggle. It starts with strengthening that relationship with Him. Build up a hunger for healthy God and don’t give in to destructive sin. And though you can’t see them, angels are ministering to you.

We have to stop walking so close to the edge and get closer to Yeshua. When someone asks, “What is the least I can do and still get into heaven,” they are missing the point. That is like having 50-yardline seats at the Super Bowl, but hiding in the bathroom. Yes, you are there, but you are missing the best part. God is fun. God is joy. God is victory and life and love.

In the World, not Of the World

“But if I separate myself from the world to be with Yeshua, what good will I be?” Good question. Walking far from the edge doesn’t mean that we don’t have contact with sinners. Hello. Look at Yeshua. He walked so close to the Father—to the point that He said that He could only do what He sees His Father doing (Jn. 5:19)—and yet, He spent His time with prostitutes and tax collectors.

You can walk far from the edge and yet be right in the midst of those who need Yeshua. In fact, that is where we are to live. Just as Yeshua intimated—we are to be in the world, but not of the world.

“I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14-16)


God is doing an amazing work at Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv—a Hebrew-speaking congregation dedicated to reaching Israelis with Yeshua’s message. We are hungrier than ever before for a move of God. Stand with us in prayer and support as we share the bread of life to our people here in Israel.

 

 

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Last week was an amazing week. It all started several months ago when two Israeli believers were inspired by YouTube videos of Todd White. If you have not seen Todd’s testimony, he was saved out of decades of drug addiction. He now shares Yeshua with nearly everyone he meets, and there is usually a healing or word of knowledge involved.

These young men felt that if Todd could simply take God at his word, then certainly they could. They began to go out on the streets of Tel Aviv and ask people if they needed healing. Most of the people they prayed for were healed. It began to spread throughout our congregation and now much of the body of believers in Israel.

Todd White in Israel

When we heard that Todd would be in Israel, we arranged a night for him to minister to Israeli believers. GODTV, where I serve as the Israel Regional Director, agreed to host the event. Over 300 people came—standing room only.

On the way to the meeting, I asked Todd to lay hands on me and pray that I, too, would be able move in the supernatural as I shared Yeshua with Israelis. While I know that I can go directly to God and pray for such things, I have learned that when someone who is doing it prays for you, there is a special “oomph.”

Mahmoud’s Knee

That was Sunday night. We stayed in Jerusalem all week in a hotel for the annual FIRM conference. On the second morning, I saw Mahmoud cleaning my room. I asked him if he needed healing. His knee was in pain. We prayed and, what do you know, this Muslim man was instantly healed! I shared with him about Yeshua. The next day, he came to the room and said to Elana, “Please thank your husband for praying for me. I have no pain in my knee. I can’t believe it!”

Achmad’s Back

The next day I met Achmad. He had back pain—I have learned that most hotel workers have back pain. I prayed for him, the presence of God came, and he, too, was healed. The smile on their faces after God healed them was amazing.

Rafa’s Knee Brace

The next morning, Rafa (also a Muslim), who works in the restaurant in the hotel, had a knee brace on. I prayed for him and I could feel the power of God going into him. He was instantly healed and overjoyed. The next day, he was all smiles and we videotaped him.

Sudanese Refugee

The day before we left, I saw another worker cleaning rooms. He was a Sudanese refugee. We have many in Israel who fled the racism, rape and murder from Sudanese Arabs. He told me that on Sunday, he was scheduled to see a doctor because his back was in so much pain he could not even work. We prayed and he told me felt something like heat and electricity going into him and was instantly healed. We taped him and saw him the next day—still healed.

Lital, the Israeli “heard”

Up until now, I had not prayed for an Israeli Jew in the hotel—three Muslims and one agnostic. Of course, they are all deeply precious to God and I shared the Gospel with each of them. But my passion and calling is towards Israelis. On Friday morning as we checked out, the young lady at the front desk, Lital, said to me, “I heard that you are a healer.” She explained how each of these workers had all told her that they were healed after receiving prayer. I explained that it was Yeshua that heals, but I can pray. She had hurt her knee that morning.

I had her sit down and I prayed for her knee. And the precious young Israeli felt the presence of God as He healed her knee completely. When I taped her, she kept saying that I healed her and I kept correcting her, saying that it was Yeshua. In Hebrew, Yeshua and Joshua are the same name. She didn’t understand that I was not speaking of Yeshua, son of Nun, but Yeshua, Son of God. However, overjoyed by what happened, she took a copy of my book, Identity Theft in Hebrew, and promised to read it.

Your Turn

Now it is your turn to pray for them by name, that God will continue to reveal Yeshua to them. For the Muslims, it is very difficult to leave Islam. It is drilled into you that you can never leave. It is hard for Jewish people as well, as we are taught that Yeshua is not the Messiah. But with Jews, we are not telling them to change religions, but to embrace their Messiah.

And it is your turn to use the power that God has given you. It is time to get stirred and seek God and then step out in faith.

“When they heard…”

We are on the verge of something special here. I told my congregation, the week before when I was teaching, that if we continue to pray for the sick—not in the congregation, but on the streets—they are going to start coming to us asking for prayer. Just like in the days of Yeshua, they heard about His miracles and sought Him out.

“When they heard about all He was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon.” (Mark 3:8)

“When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak…” (Mark 5:27)

“When he heard that it was Yeshua of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Yeshua, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Matthew 10:47)

And that is what happened. The Israeli girl heard how four of her team members were healed and sought me out, assuming I was some healer. Of course, there is only one Healer and healing their bodies is not His primary aim, rather using the supernatural to allow Him to heal their souls.

Elana joined Jewish Voice Recently on Mercy Mission to Ethiopia

Children often drink polluted water.

God has called the nations to bless Israel, but as an Israeli, who am I to bless? The answer is in Isaiah 49, where Israel is called to be a “light for the nations.” For many years now, I have been taking short trips to Ethiopia for medical missions. Recently, I traveled to Wiliso, Ethiopia with an amazing team from Jewish Voice Ministries. Some of these simple procedures, that people take for granted in the West, can save a life in Ethiopia.

Now, I am no doctor, and you won’t find me in the medical tent performing surgery (although I did hold the hand of an Ethiopian woman as she gave birth on this last trip.) My passion is the children. Often, the families travel for miles to get there and the kids are left outside.

Poisoned by Drinking Water

Drinking contaminated water causes much of the sickness and disease, not only in Ethiopia but all over Africa. We gather the children and their parents to teach them about the dangers of drinking unfiltered water. You have to understand that when a child is thirsty and he sees a puddle of water, he will drink it.

We handed out a product called LifeStraw. It is a portable water purification system, that even a child can use. We demonstrated exactly how to use it. The LifeStraw is super light—and you can wear it around your neck. Each one lasts for a year or more. Who knows how many lives will be saved because of this simple invention.

Always Hard to Leave

Elana participates in delivery!

As the bus was pulling out, my heart was hurting for the precious kids. I was overjoyed to look out the window and see some of these children drinking, right out of a puddle, with their new LifeStraw!

I can’t wait to go back! It is through your gifts to Messiah’s Mandate that I can make these trips, so in essence, you just saved the lives of children in Ethiopia!

Last night the FIRM conference began in Jerusalem. Even though it was not an outreach event, but a gathering of believers, there was about a dozen Orthodox Jewish protestors, While they were not violent, they were very vocal. To be clear, the majority of Orthodox Jews in Israel do not act this way. I have had many wonderful connections with Orthodox Israelis over the years. But they were young and indoctrinated and probably sent by someone.

They became extremely aggressive and the police were called. However, because the area just outside the meeting hall is public, there was not much they could do. I was shocked at how they yelled at the police. It breaks my heart that someone has trained them act with such disrespect.

Finally, as they were becoming louder and louder, one of the leaders of the conference brought out a speaker and plugged in his iPhone. Suddenly praise music in Hebrew began to drown them out. The believers began to dance and worship, as the presence of God was obvious…and the young protestors left one by one.

Personally, I am not interested in a contest to see who wins a debate or a shouting match. My heart longs to see their zeal for the Law turn into a zeal for God and His Messiah. As I left they spotted me outside—just a few of them—and shouted at me, “Missionary! Missionary!” I responded in Hebrew, “I love and you bless you,” and continued on my way.

Take some time now and pray for these young men to have dreams and visions about Yeshua, their Messiah! Thanks!

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The country of Lebanon has officially banned Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, from their country. It is not because she is the daughter of Zeus, but because she is a daughter of Zion! I am speaking of the Israeli star of the movie “Wonder Woman”, Gal Gadot.

As one writer put it, “many accuse her of being a Zionist.” Eww! Yuck! A Zionist! They should have just written Nazi. By the way, a Zionist is someone (like me) who believes that Israel is the ancient homeland of the Jewish people, as promised in Scripture.

While Gadot was not quite the fierce warrior that Wonder Woman is, she did train combat soldiers during her compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). She is a huge supporter of the IDF, as can be seen in this Facebook post:

What Lebanon doesn’t understand is that in Israel, supporting the IDF is not merely supporting your armed forces—it is supporting your brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, sons and daughters. We are a civilian army, in which the gym rats and the computer nerds all serve together. Everyone serves. And it should be noted that when Gadot posted that on Facebook, Israel was on the receiving end of thousands of Hamas rockets aimed at killing and maiming as many Israeli children as possible.

Instead of expelling Hezbollah from their country, the terrorist group that has caused the deaths of countless daughters of Lebanon, they focus on the one country in the Middle East where Arabs have the most rights and freedoms. Israeli Arabs can vote for politicians and curse them in the same breath without any fear of repercussions. Head out to the beach in southern Tel Aviv any Saturday afternoon and you will see more hijabs than you can bargain for, as Muslim families freely and safely enjoy a barbecue by the Mediterranean.

In 2,000, when Israel left the South Lebanon buffer zone, we took in 10,000 Lebanese Christians who lived in the area because we knew Hezbollah would have killed them. Now, they enjoy a safe life in Israel.

The Arab nations have long fallen prey to exaggerations of Israel’s supposed atrocities—from believing that we kidnap Palestinian children on Passover to use their blood for Matzah (not kidding!) to believing rumors during Israel’s War of Independence that Jews were raping Arab women.

(Arab leaders like Hussein Khalidi, the secretary of the Arab Higher Committee put out the rumors. Reporter Hazen Nusseibeh confessed, “I asked Dr. Khalidi how we should cover the story,” recalled Nusseibeh, now living in Amman. He said, “We must make the most of this.” So we wrote a press release stating that at Deir Yassin children were murdered, pregnant women were raped. All sorts of atrocities.” This was confirmed by Abu Mahmud, a villager, “We said, ‘there was no rape,’ [but] Khalidi said, ‘We have to say this, so the Arab armies will come to liberate Palestine from the Jews.’”)

Now there appears to be a new rumor in Lebanon: Wonder Woman is real and she is fighting for the IDF! And she stole their falafel recipe!