Healing Father Wounds
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel
The Ten Commandments mention parental relationships two times; once positively and once negatively. No parents are perfectly good or perfectly bad. Whether the influence is 99% in one direction or 1% in the other, in every generational relationship, there are good things to receive and bad things to reject.
"... visiting the sins of the fathers on the sons ..." (Deuteronomy 5:9)
God does not punish us for our parents' wrongdoings. However, the result of our parents' lacks and wrongs does have a great influence on us. Some fathers have been abusive; some have been absent. Even mothers have faults. We have to forgive our parents and remove the negative influence from our memories, souls and behavior. Sometimes a person unconsciously repeats the same bad actions of his parents; or sometimes a person over-reacts in just the opposite way; which is still in effect, letting that influence dominate us.
"Honor your father and your mother ..." (Deuteronomy 5:16)
When we honor someone, we place ourselves in a position to receive good things from them. When we honor our parents, we receive the good spiritual inheritance and qualities that they had to pass on to us. Honor goes up, and blessing comes down.
We have to make peace with our "inheritance" from our parents, and their influence in our lives. I recently came across an old photo of my parents, when they were the age that my children are now(!). When I saw it, I experienced an inner release and freedom. It was as if I was finally totally at peace and in line with who my parents are.
There is a process that many of us go through. At each age of our children's lives, we understand our parents' perspective of their relationship with us when we were that age. This gives us a "second chance," as it were, to repent, to be set free and receive blessing.
This week, we had a time of discussion and prayer with the men on our team in which we realized that many of the issues we seem to be struggling with in the ministry organization, the congregations, and our decision making processes, had nothing to do with what seemed to be the obvious issue! In each case the responses were not appropriate or proportionate to the issue we were dealing with, and it all had to do with our relationships with our fathers.
In order to become the person God made each of us to be, to fulfill our destiny, and to bear much fruit in our lives, we must be healed of parental wounds, forgive our parents of their wrongs, and receive their good qualities.
This article was previously published on October 19th 2017 here on the Revive Israel website and on October 22nd 2017 here on Kehila News Israel
Healing Father Wounds
by Joni Koski, , Revive Israel
Conference speaker Benjamin Berger, said that of all the many great conferences he has attended since his 1971 aliya, this year's Sukkot - Welcoming the King of Glory conference was the most significant.
For the first time it was initiated by local Messianic leaders - led by Avi Mizrachi. Other speakers included Eitan Shishkoff, Asher Intrater, and Reuven Berger.
The conference was marked by both great local unity and the purposeful alignment of visiting nations to Israel.
Visitors came from the ends-of-the-earth and most notably the Pacific Islands, presenting themselves before local leaders with gifts and colorful song and dance.
When one of the Pacific Islanders was given Asher's new Alignment book, he was reminded that on his way to the conference God had told him to go back home and bring his plumb line. On receiving the book, he understood the prophetic meaning of the plumb line in its alignment function.
Poignantly, at the climax of the Solomon Islands' presentation, one man with an existing heart condition tragically died. Their leader, Father Michael, had actually warned the group that this might happen in the tangible presence of God, and the conference was filled with the fear of the Lord.
For Revive Israel's Ariel Blumenthal, assistant MC, the highlight was when a group from Africa came and opened their hearts about the poverty and failure in their continent, tracing it back to Ham and the curse of his father Noah. In response, descendants of Noah's other sons, Shem and Japheth, agreed together in faith to reverse that curse of Ham.
The conference, unwelcome in Jerusalem's Kosher hotels, took place in a basketball arena in the largely Israel-friendly, Muslim town of Abu Ghosh, just outside Jerusalem - where Obed Edom looked after the Ark of the Covenant for three months (2 Samuel 6:11). While the first rains were falling after Israel&039;s long, hot summer; the conference highlighted clear prophetic parallels between bringing the ark back to Jerusalem and preparing the way for Yeshua's return.
This article was previously published on October 4th 2017 here on the Revive Israel website
Healing Father Wounds
by Sarah Singerman, , Revive Ministries
Recently Asher, Ariel, and I were sent to a strategic meeting with Christian leaders from all over the Middle East. It was a great time in the Spirit as He led us in deep, prophetic acts of honor, love, and unity among the nations representing the Isaiah 19 "highway" (Isaiah 19:23-25). We believe that together we heard Heaven's proclamation: "the Highway is officially open!" Years of wars and traumatic memories were laid at the cross, and together we declared that "my house is your house, my land is your land." This sense of covenantal unity went way beyond reconciliation and cooperation. It was being united as one and committing to lay our lives down for one another, almost like in the commitment of marriage.
This meeting also took place on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. This British declaration was an historic milestone for the Jewish nation's official recognition, but also a main trigger for the Arab, anti-Zionist conflict with Israel. Together with British representatives, the Lord washed away the pain and division from that point, announcing that this is a new day for the Middle East.
Unknown to us, on the same day as all this took place, the Egyptian president Al-Sisi, met for the first time with an Evangelical delegation from the U.S. along with the local heads of the Protestant church. Reports described the open hearts for strategic cooperation in the Middle East and mutual support, as "prophetic and historic."
Pray with us as we witness the very architecture of relationships in the Middle East being transformed before our eyes.
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