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What will bring the Middle East Peace? Part 2

 
Posted by Elaine October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM AEDT

On a recent visit to Israel I was surprised by the soldiers at each corner and constant aerial surveillance in search of those who would oppose them. It’s not a violent revolution we need but a loving revelation of Christ. War brings nothing but heartache, fear, distrust, immense tragedy, families torn apart, people living a life that was never meant for them.

Psalm 14 declares that no-one is good – Oh, that salvation would come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel! For when the LORD restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

Salvation has come from Zion and His name is Jesus:
But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Through the work of Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, and we Christians receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.
Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. Galatians 3:13-15

Without Jesus there is no Holy Spirit connection. Why is this connection important?

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. Galatians 5:22-23

The Holy Spirit brings relationship with the Living God – a relationship that reveals to us whether or not we’re doing what God wants you to.

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father.Galatians 4:4-6

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

I have a personal relationship with this Jesus. This Holy Spirit which was given to me when I accepted Jesus as my personal saviour gives me direct access to the Father and He speaks to me every day, leading me on the journey he set for me before I was born. Jeremiah 29:11-13

This same Holy Spirit that was present at the conception of Mary – see Luke 1:35 and at the creation of the universe lives in me – Genesis 1:26

There are many references to the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible – Click here to research this for yourself.

The Holy Spirit is given to us when we give our lives to Jesus, to guide us throughout our whole life Mark 1:8 so we live with Godly wisdom – the way we were designed to live. John 14:17

For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God’s Spirit is upon him without measure or limit. The Father loves his Son, and he has given him authority over everything.

And all who believe in God’s Son have eternal life. Those who don’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life, but the wrath of God remains upon them.""John 3:34-36"://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/john/passage.aspx?q=john+3:34-36

Without Jesus it’s impossible to experience the leading of the Holy Spirit because accepting Jesus is the first step. When we turn to Jesus and ask Him to take control, He guides us each step of the way. All our agendas move aside as we start to live the way we were destined to.

As it says in Jeremiah 23:5-6, the key is to accept that Jesus is the one referred to in these verses and give our life over to Him as our personal saviour.

There are many predictions in the Old Testament about a Messiah coming to save us. These predictions were fulfilled in the New Testament when Jesus was born – read these predictions for yourself here – 10 Prophesies about Jesus that came true

The Holy Spirit brings unity but Jesus is the only one who gives access to God’s Holy Spirit – Jesus is the key.

Without Jesus there is no Holy Spirit connection so we are left to interpret what we think God requires of us by reading the scriptures. Jesus died on the cross for us to free us from the law and the Holy Spirit gives us understanding as to what the scriptures mean for us.

Why is the law not enough for us? Romans 7:21-25

Fighting isn’t the solution to the trouble in the Middle East. Until people accept that Jesus is who He says He is and turn to Him there will not be peace in the Middle East.

Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. Psalm 37:37 NIV

Read here how Paul, who began as a devout Jew persecuted and killed christians became one when God opened his eyes to the reality of Jesus. Read now how he defended himself when on trial before King Agrippa – Acts 26

Now read the words of Jesus after he was crucified and rose again from the dead here in John 17. These words were spoken just before Jesus returned to heaven – He’s the only one with an empty grave and He now sits at the right hand of the Father:

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:33

The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.
Your throne, O LORD, has been established from time immemorial.
You yourself are from the everlasting past.
The mighty oceans have roared, O LORD.
The mighty oceans roar like thunder; the mighty oceans roar as they pound the shore.
But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore
— the LORD above is mightier than these!
Your royal decrees cannot be changed.
The nature of your reign, O LORD, is holiness forever. Psalm 93

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvellous in our eyes’! Matthew 21:42

Here in Romans 10, the Apostle Paul writes about his deep desire for Israel:

Brothers, my heart’s deepest desire and my prayer to God for Isra’el is for their salvation;

For I can testify to their zeal for God. But it is not based on correct understanding;

For, since they are unaware of God’s way of making people righteous and instead seek to set up their own, they have not submitted themselves to God’s way of making people righteous.

For the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts.

For Moshe writes about the righteousness grounded in the Torah that the person who does these things will attain life through them.

Moreover, the righteousness grounded in trusting says:
“Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend to heaven?’” that is, to bring the Messiah down – or, “‘Who will descend into Sh’ol?’” that is, to bring the Messiah up from the dead.

What, then, does it say?

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”l that is, the word about trust which we proclaim, namely, that if you acknowledge publicly with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and trust in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be delivered.

For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. For the passage quoted says that everyone who rests his trust on him will not be humiliated.

That means that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – ADONAI is the same for everyone, rich toward everyone who calls on him, since everyone who calls on the name of ADONAI will be delivered.

But how can they call on someone if they haven’t trusted in him?
And how can they trust in someone if they haven’t heard about him?
And how can they hear about someone if no one is proclaiming him?
And how can people proclaim him unless God sends them? – as the Tanakh puts it, “How beautiful are the feet of those announcing good news about good things!”

The problem is that they haven’t all paid attention to the Good News and obeyed it. For Yesha’yahu says, “ADONAI, who has trusted what he has heard from us?”

So trust comes from what is heard and what is heard comes through a word proclaimed about the Messiah.

“But, I say, isn’t it rather that they didn’t hear?” No, they did hear “Their voice has gone out throughout the whole world and their words to the ends of the earth.”

“But, I say, isn’t it rather that Isra’el didn’t understand?” “I will provoke you to jealousy over a non-nation, over a nation void of understanding I will make you angry.”

Moreover, Yesha’yahu boldly says, “I was found by those who were not looking for me, I became known to those who did not ask for me”; but to Isra’el he says, “All day long I held out my hands to a people who kept disobeying and contradicting.”

Read for yourself here as Paul continues, explaining the reason why Israel’s discards Jesus as recorded in Romans 11.

Therefore, kings, be wise; be warned, you judges of the earth. Serve ADONAI with fear; rejoice, but with trembling. Kiss the son, lest he be angry and you perish along the way, when suddenly his anger blazes. How blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2

Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These kinds of things are useless and a waste of time. Titus 3:9

From a distance ADONAI appeared to me, [saying,] "I love you with an everlasting love; this is why in my grace I draw you to me. Jeremiah 31:3

“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, promising not to stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. Jeremiah 32:40

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