HIS COMPELLING LOVE
Greetings to all of you dear ones in the name of Yeshua, the Messiah.
Whenever I am tempted to feel self-pity over the gruesomeness of travelling so much, I think of the Apostle Paul. What are our flight delays, cancellations, hard seats, cramped conditions and long layovers compared to his two month travels by ship, camel or on foot? Moreover, our inconveniences are no match for the times he had to weather storms and shipwrecks. These thoughts truly put things into perspective. Focusing on the reward of travel – the strengthening of relationships and the making of new ones – empowers us. Love is the only force strong enough to compel me to leave our family in Israel and to endure the hardships of travelling. The wonderful leaders and congregants to whom we minister along the way make it all worth it! To think we are starting our nineteenth year of making the circuit to visit different Tikkun America congregations. My favorite part is meeting with the senior leadership couples and encouraging them, giving them advice and counsel, or just being a friend and listening. Hopefully this helps them to see more of the revelation of the knowledge of God and empowers them to fulfill their God given purpose.
So far we have ministered at the Global Leadership Summit in Kansas City, traveled to minister in Beth Shalom in Corona, CA, Beth David in Clovis, CA, the Spokane fellowship under Nehemiah Rudolph, and the Church for all Nations in Tacoma, WA. The Church for all Nations is developing a dual expression congregation (they presently have a Messianic Jewish oriented service on Saturday and traditional church service on Sunday) and are seeking a relationship with Tikkun America. And these visits are just the beginning of our travels this winter!
Though we are now back in the States, our connection to the Israel ministries continues though electronic communication. Just two weeks ago, Dan had an important meeting finalizing new directions for Tikkun International, now based in Israel with a new coordinating team under Asher Intrater, Eitan Shishkoff, and Dan. You will hear more about these plans in the coming weeks. We also completed the meeting of the Tikkun corporation in America, our IRS 501(c)3 vehicle, and approved an important budget for expansion for the coming year.
Sometimes, well a lot of times, I need help in knowing how to pray for the amazing people under our care. We have almost 25 congregations/ministries connected to us under the Tikkun America umbrella. I decided to study what was on Paul’s heart when he prayed for those who were under his care. He prayed that the eyes of their hearts be opened:
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come (Ephesians 1:15-21).
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light (Colossians 1:9-12).
Just from these two passages I received enough understanding of what was important to the Apostle Paul. He was zealous that those in his charge would know God better and better, and that through this knowledge they would gain wisdom, understanding, and the discernment of what is God’s will in situations. He was deeply concerned that they would be so in tune with God’s will that they would walk in a way worthy of their calling, producing fruit in every good work! The revelation of the awesome power of the Spirit dwelling within us was of utmost importance to him. He wanted everyone to know this great power that raised Yeshua from the dead and now gives us strength to endure with joy, to rule over our enemies, and to release that power to heal the sick, raise the dead, and deliver those held in bondage. This is the glorious inheritance of those who believe.
In Ephesians 3:14-19 I found another list for which the Apostle Paul prayed fervently. He so much wanted others to be strengthened in the inner man through the Spirit so that they had the capacity to comprehend along with all the saints, how wide, long and deep is the love of God which surpasses our human understanding. Knowing God’s love was of a deep concern for Paul.
So, these are some of our desires for the wonderful people under our care and those connected to us and this ministry. May you walk in the fullness of these apostolic prayers! May the eyes of your heart be opened to the magnificent mystery of Yeshua in us, the hope of glory. In him are found the treasures of wisdom, comfort, joy, wisdom and provision.
Have a blessed New Year!
Dan and Patty