Triangle of Intimacy
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel
My favorite prayer in the Bible is John 17. There is a flow of logic and priorities in this prayer:
1. Oneness - intimacy with God
2. Holiness - separation from the world
3. Glory - manifest power of God in the saints
4. Unity - fullness of the Church (Ecclesia)
5. Witness - world evangelism.
The first and foremost is intimacy. Yeshua prayed that we would be one with Him as He is one with the Father. He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. We are in Yeshua and He is in us. Oneness is perfection of intimacy.
"May they all be one as You Father are in Me and I am in You, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one. I in them, and You in Me, so that they may be perfected in being one, in order that the world will know that You have sent Me and loved them as You loved Me." (John 17:21-23)
Intimacy with God is an experience on the inside of knowing the presence and nearness of God. This experience is available 24/7 but is heightened in times of prayer, worship, Scripture meditation and simple communion, such as a walk in nature or resting quietly, directing our thoughts toward God.
Yeshua had perfect intimacy with the Father. His prayer in John 17 was to share that intimacy with us. Intimacy seeks another person, since it is an experience of a shared personal relationship. It is the opposite of loneliness.
Yeshua desires to share His intimacy with us. All intimacy starts with God. When we know intimacy with God, we also desire to share it with others. That is why we pray according to John 17 along with Yeshua.
When looking for a wife years ago, I sought a woman who on her own experienced intimacy with God. When I met Betty, I watched to see if she was sincere or was just putting on a show to appear spiritual.
Since I saw that she did have an intimate relationship with God, we could then share that intimacy together. This is the basis for a successful marriage. To this day, the center of our marriage is praying, worshiping and studying Scriptures together in an atmosphere of love and intimacy. The shared spiritual intimacy between us spreads into our romantic relations, family, financial decisions and congregational life.
There is a triangle of intimacy: First individually with God; then experiencing God together with others; then horizontal unity between us. In simpler words: First, you and God alone; then you and God with others; then you and others.
This principle holds true for building a ministry team. Yeshua did so with His disciples; and prayed for them to continue, until their shared intimacy touched the whole world. Intimacy is alive and grows.
We base our ministry team at Revive Israel on this model. We spend 3 hours on weekdays in prayer, praise, prophecy, Scriptures and sharing. This spirit of team intimacy creates an environment for healing, trust, revelation and anointing. People come from around Israel and around the world to experience the presence of God in this way with us. It is life changing; and ultimately world changing (John 17:21).
Triangle of Intimacy
by Ayellet Ronen, , Yad Hashmona
Recently a new challenge has begun to threaten our little Messianic village: The neighboring settlement of Kiryat Yearim, an ultra-orthodox Jewish town of 5,000 people, has requested to expand its borders. They plan to cross the dividing road between our hill and theirs, and build in the valley between us, coming all the way to our eastern border with a massive building project of 10,000 housing units! This request has already received the backing of the then minister of interior, who is ultra-Orthodox himself, and a panel of supporters in the government.
Upon hearing of these expansion plans, we contacted the nature reserve agency of Israel, and all the adjacent communities. Within a very small geographical area is a very diverse population. We live in peace with our neighbors and see great importance in being a testimony of faith.
Within a one mile radius, we have:
~ The Arab village of Abu Gosh
~ Israel's central media studios and news center
~ A Jewish Kibbutz called Maale Hachamisha
~ The ultra-Orthodox town of Kiryat Yearim
~ And our Messianic Jewish village Yad Hashmona
Our small, special village is right in the middle of this interesting location, and is the only Israeli village made up of believers in Yeshua. We know God has placed us here for a specific calling and vision - to be a light of faith in the reality of modern Israel. In all this, we find ourselves physically threatened by the construction of 10,000 homes that will house members of probably the most hostile group in Israel toward our faith in Yeshua.
|The village of Yad Hashmona|
The ultra-orthodox town of Kiryat Yearim never liked us. They rarely speak to anyone from Yad Hashmona, and every once in a while they accuse us of trying to capture the souls of our nation. (Being called "missionaries" is a very severe accusation in Israel.) These ultra-Orthodox are a closed community, very similar to the Meah Shearim religious orthodox in Jerusalem. But now, within 60 yards of our village, their houses might be built, creating a massive force of religious regulation and harassment in our lives.
Three days ago, a committee from the Ministry of Interior visited our small village, most of them religious Jews in high offices of government. They came to see with their own eyes WHY we object to their expansion plans. They saw our homes; saw the village and the kids' playground. Some expressed their anger that we even dare to stand against this massive building plan.
We don't know what will happen yet, but we do see a danger in this expansion. Yad Hashmona is home to no more than 120 people, yet we regularly open our facilities to host much of the Messianic activity in the land of Israel. These people, hostile to our faith, could easily upset the delicate balance of our small region.
We ask you to pray with us for wisdom and for a miracle, that these potentially "game-changing" plans will be altered.
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