"I invite you to come down from the cliff of human pride, through the valley of testings and victory to reach the Mount of Transfiguration!"

On Shavuot 2015 four communities of Jewish believers in Yeshua the Messiah came together in Upper Nazareth, and the Lord answered our prayers. We experienced the wondrous presence of the Holy Spirit and enjoyed the fellowship of being one - the Lord's body!

As we gathered in a park at the edge of the city with its beautiful cliff-valley-mountain view, I received a revelation. I can hardly articulate the excitement I feel as I recount this to you. So I invite you personally to visit us and experience the same feelings that I received from the Lord on Shavuot:

Tatiana and Vakif
1. We stood in Nazareth, where Yeshua lived on Earth.

2. To the right we could see the top of the cliff. The people of Nazareth, Yeshua's friends and neighbors with whom he grew up, were offended at His words, not accepting him as Messiah. In rebellious human pride, they "were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way" (Luke 4:30).

To this day something in the human heart is still trying to throw Him over the cliff and continue to live after our own lusts and pride.

3. To the left we could see Mount Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration referred to in Luke 9. There Yeshua was transformed, and three of His disciples heard a voice from the sky, "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him!" The desire of the Lord is that we will know Him, see His essence, experience His reality and bow before Him. God wants to reveal Himself as a Father to us, and to dwell with us.

4. Between the cliff and the mountain we could see the Valley of Armageddon, where the last battle will take place (Revelation 16:16; often called Jezreel Valley). It is the final place where the faith of God's people will be tested and the Lord will gain His victory.

In going from the cliff to the Mount of Transfiguration we cannot avoid passing through the valley, though the distance separating them is only a few kilometers. Likewise we cannot see the victory of God in our lives, we cannot know the Lord as our Father, and we cannot enter into His house - unless we pass through the valley. This battle in the valley is also a part of life, a conflict we cannot avoid. The battle tests our faith and our trust in God, and the victory is won.

I invite you to come down from the cliff of human pride, through the valley of testings and victory to reach the Mount of Transfiguration!

By VAKIF Return to Zion & Branch of Galilee Congregation, Nazareth

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14:56 30Jul15 Peggy Magnuson -
YES, YES!!! to all your thoughts and comments!!! How I wish I was there to participate in what Abba is doing in your midst!!

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Daniel Juster: Rights and Righteousness
Eitan Shishkoff: What is the One New Man?
Tents of Mercy: Fields of Wheat
Asher Intrater: Gaza, Praise and Gay Parade
Asher Intrater: Yeshua at Prayer - Tears, Shouting and Godly Fear
Eddie Santoro: Relationships - the Foundation