OCTOBER 2015
 

PRAYER AND UPDATE NEWSLETTER      
 
Dr. Daniel and Patricia Juster


SUCCOT – REMINDS US WE ARE PILGRIMS

Patty:  We have just finished the High Holiday season with the dismantling of our family Succah.  This is always a sad time for us as we hate to see the beautiful Succah we created crumble before our eyes.  As we eat our meals in the Succah and recount the meaning of this feast we remind ourselves of God’s great provision for our people in the wilderness.  We live in temporary “tents” to impress upon us that we are just pilgrims passing through.  We live in this body on earth because of God’s plans and purposes.  Our life is a gift and we do not know how long or short our time is.  And knowing that our life here is temporary (our bodies are mere tents) we make it our goal to please the one who created us and gave us this gift of life (2 Corinthians 5:4-9).  In the passage of the  great hall of fame of saints in Hebrews 11 they were all commended for their great faith and endurance.  They faced great obstacles and dangers yet pressed on to obtain their eternal reward.  Their hope of glory was their bright shining light.  So, what happened to many of us who call ourselves believers?  Where is our get up and go?  Sadly, many of us have lost the centrality of this glorious hope of the age to come and have sought to make this our home.  Our faith has become another means of making this life more comfortable.  If we have hope in this life alone we are to be most pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19).  Recently Dan and I have read a very important book, “The Slumber of Christianity: Bringing Heaven to Earth,” by Ted Dekker.  We highly recommend this book as it has greatly impacted us!  This book challenges us to rethink how we live.

 
We are reminded that we live in earthly tents that are
temporary as we dismantle our Succah
Have you ever asked yourself what filled the Apostle Paul with such passion that he no longer cared about what happened to him in his body but pressed himself through great hardships and trials to please his Lord?  What was his burning desire that drove him to finish the race that was marked out before him no matter what it cost him?  He boasted of having worked harder than the other apostles, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely and exposed to death, been beaten with rods and stoned, five times received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one (2 Corinthians 11:23-29), and yet did not flag in his zeal!  He was so enraptured with his love for the Messiah and what awaited him after his home going that he exclaimed that all of the above were just light and momentary troubles, which could not be compared with the eternal weight of glory that would be his (2 Corinthians 4:17).  He coveted that Crown of Life that awaited him, his heavenly reward.  Though his outward body was wasting away he felt renewed day by day.  He kept his eyes focused on the unseen, the eternal, and did not let the seen, his circumstances, to cause him to lose heart.  What revelation did he have, along with all those early saints written about in Hebrews 11, that empowered him and others to endure to the end?  May the eyes of our hearts be open to this great truth, the hope of glory powerful enough to change how we live our short life on earth.

Do we desperately long for heaven (the ultimate existence of heaven on earth), our eternal home?  Are we groaning for our earthly tents to be cast off in order to take on our heavenly dwelling?  Are we obsessed with the pleasures of heaven, the age to come, that are awaiting us?  Are we motivated by the thought of receiving heavenly rewards, the crown of life?  Are we anxiously longing for the bridegroom?  Or are we losing heart through our trials, looking for some kind of comfort in this life.   Are we beginning to fall into a deep slumber?  Is our hope dependent on our earthly comforts, which fluctuate from day to day or is our hope in the eternal: in Yeshua, our hope of glory?  Though we have only tastes of heaven in this age, we have the Ruach Ha Kodesh dwelling in us as a deposit guaranteeing our future inheritance (Ephesians 1:14).  We need this hope restored to empower us in the days ahead.  Just look at some of the following statements from the Word that indicates how this hope of glory motivates us in this life.
  • Because of this hope of glory, we are empowered to endure great hardships and persecutions (Romans 5:1-5)
  • Because in the age to come we will become like Yeshua and are motivated to purify our lives as He is pure (I John 3:1-3)
  • Because this present heaven and earth are passing away, we commit to live holy lives on earth, making every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him (II Peter 3:11-13)
  • Because we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, the faithful ones who have gone on before us, we throw off every sin that seeks to entangle us and we run our race with perseverance (Hebrews 12:1-3)
  • Because this life is temporary, we set our hearts on pilgrimage and do not attach ourselves to things of this world (Hebrews 11:9-10; I Cor 7:31; I John 2:15-17)
  • Because of the hope of resurrection and our heavenly inheritance, we rejoice in our sufferings and even are filled with inexpressible joy even when we do not yet see the fulfillment of the promises (I Peter 1:3-9)
  • Because of the hope of heavenly rewards, we press on to obtain the great prize (I Cor 9:25-27; II Timothy 4:6-8)
Without hope, we as humans will fall into despair and cease advancing the Kingdom of God.  We will no longer live our lives wholeheartedly as the Apostle Paul and others have.  May the God of hope fill us with fresh hope … a hope that motivates us to live our lives here as pilgrims and a hope that becomes our source of joy and faith and love, which springs from it.

 
Yom Kippur celebration at Yad HaShamona and Ben waving the lulav
This is the last letter you will receive from us in Israel for two months.  We have a very intense schedule of teaching: Tikkun Institutes, The King’s University/Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, and local congregations connected to Tikkun, and then also a gathering of leaders at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  I will not be doing much traveling with Dan, but will seek to stay put to complete the healing from back surgery.  I am making amazing progress and am so grateful for your prayers! In our last weeks here, Dan is on a Toward Jerusalem Council II prayer journey and board meeting, and we also continue to mentor our young leaders.  In addition, he will be part of hosting Dr. Walter Kaiser, the famous biblical theologian, who is doing a special seminar for leaders in Israel.

Thank you as always for your wonderful support in prayer and giving.  You are so much a part of all we do.

In Messiah’s love,
Patty and Dan Juster 
Have a blessed New Year from our family to yours
PRAYER NEEDS:
  • Israel's ongoing protection in the midst of nations turning against her
  • Peace, strength and healing for Eddie Santoro as he goes through chemo and radiation; Grace for Jackie
  • Grace for Ahavat Yeshua in Jerusalem as they cope with the present challenges
  • Grace for Asher as he juggles additional responsibilities during this season; wisdom of how to move forward
  • Continued spiritual growth in the emerging leadership team at Ahavat Yeshua
ITINERARY:

October 25: 
Return to the States

November 12-14:
Shaarei HaShamayim, Bellmore, NY

November 15:
NY/NJ Training Institute, New City, NY

November 19-21: 
B’rit Hadasha, Memphis, TN

November 22:
TN Leadership Institute, Nashville, TN
 


 
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