What If?

It hit me not like a ‘ton of bricks’ but as a quiet subtly. I sat down and asked Him to highlight something for me. As I was drawing close to the end of my reading I thought perhaps today there wouldn’t be a revelation. As I read the verse it jumped off the page at me. Why hadn’t I noticed this verse before?

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!

Romans 11:15

Paul is talking to the Gentiles and basically telling them he hopes his ministry to them causes envy among his own people for the sole purpose of their salvation. That if the Jews rejection of Jesus as Messiah causes people around the world to confess, repent and choose Jesus, their acceptance of Him leads to their salvation.

What if Israel’s acceptance of Jesus, right here, right now ushers in a grand spiritual awakening-a revival of proportions yet to be seen? What if their proclamation of Jesus as Messiah opens the floodgates of heaven and the great outpouring of Holy Spirit is realized (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17)?

Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. Psalm 122:6,7.

God’s word instructs us to pray for peace for Jerusalem. What if we also added prayers for the salvation of Israel? What if our prayers for their salvation is a key that unlocks divine mysteries waiting to be discovered? What if Israel is the remnant chosen for such a time as this?

What if?

The Greatest Gift

thWell my blogging friends and audience. It has been awhile since my last post. I do think of each of you often. Especially those I interact with often. @DonCharisma, I miss looking at your pictures and @OpinionatedMan, I miss, well, your opinion! @PatrickHubbard your unending encouragement, @SubmissiveCharacter your heartfelt comments, @Altruistico your deep thoughts on Christianity, @YouBe, your encouragement and Bible quizzes and @TheWannaBeSaint your insightful look at life. I have been caught up in preparing for the season and posting has had to sit patiently on the sidelines for the time being.

However, as I opened my Bible this morning the pages fell to this passage in 1 Chronicles and the idea for a post quickly took shape.

“Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29: 10b-13.

This passage from the Old Testament has me reflecting on God’s goodness. For me this passage directly relates to God’s greatest gift, that of his Son, Jesus Christ. Even though there isn’t any direct correlation in the printed words of this passage, that is what my heart feels.

And, so my friends, as I traipse through this wondrous season, I stop and give thanks and praise for each of you. Most importantly, I give thanks and praise to God for the greatest gift of all!

A blessed Merry Christmas to each of you!th (1)

 

 

 

 

 

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