No one needs to tell you that our world is in turmoil. In the United States it is more and more common for good to be called evil and evil to be called good. Anti-Israel sentiment and anti-Semitism is on the rise. ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Boko Haram and other similar groups are bent on killing innocent people and creating terror and fear around the world.
The question is, “how should we, as followers of Yeshua, respond to the crises in our world?”
Should we put our hope in political solutions above all other solutions? I don’t believe so. I’m not saying we should be uninformed of the political landscape or not be educated voters in the land that we live in. I am saying that I believe history, and more importantly, the Scriptures, direct us to a better, more effective way to prioritize our time, energy and resources.
When my mom wanted me to think about priorities in my life she would often say, “You only have so much time in a day”. When I take a look at my day I ask myself, “How am I using my time, energy, and resources to help make this world a better place to live in and advance the Kingdom of God?” Am I following the example of Yeshua? Are my heart priorities in agreement with His heart priorities? Do I need to make some changes and adjustments?
Yeshua Birthed a Spiritual Revolution…
When Yeshua walked and ministered in the land of Israel 2000 years ago, He was above all a lover of people and an agent of life transformation. His teachings, His Presence, His power, His compassion and mercy transformed people’s lives. He did not seek to provide a political solution for the problems facing the nation of Israel.
Yeshua did not simply give some “good teachings” to help people live better and feel better about themselves. He changed lives – one individual at a time! Yeshua brought people back to God, and ignited the fire of God’s love in their hearts. A fire that moved them to live according to God’s moral standards, but not only. A fire that moved them to reach out with compassion to those in need and to those who did not yet know the love and salvation of the God of Israel. The Book of Acts tells the story. Yeshua birthed a spiritual revolution! A Kingdom of God movement!
We Need Revival…
I believe the body of Messiah today needs another Yeshua revolution! We need a revival (revival is first for believers) in our congregations and churches, a revival that will spill out into the streets, our neighborhoods, workplaces, universities, and schools.
Perhaps this verse from the Scriptures holds some keys for us:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Too often, in Western nations in particular, our corporate prayer meetings are empty or attended by those ‘special few intercessors’. Is it because deep down we don’t believe prayer will do much? Everywhere in the world the Lord calls me to minister I teach that prayer meetings should be exciting encounters with God. In our congregations in Belarus, almost seventy percent or more of the members regularly attend corporate prayer meetings. Why? Because more often than not they are exciting encounters with God! Good things happen!
It takes Commitment…
If we want to see revival, if we want to see a Yeshua revolution that will transform communities and nations, then it seems to me we need a fresh commitment to put into practice the principles of 2 Chronicles 7:14. Passionate, faith-filled prayer, radical surrender to the Lordship of Yeshua, and holy living should characterize us as disciples of Yeshua. Compassion for the poor, oppressed, and hungry and a passionate commitment to the Great Commandments and Great Commission should also drive us to love people into the Kingdom of God one at a time and make disciples.
In Matthew 24 Yeshua tells us there will be times of turmoil and great evil on the earth. He tells us that there will be false teachings that will lead His people astray. Many will lose their faith. Times of moral compromise when sadly the “love of many will grow cold”.
I’ve been walking with the Lord for 38 years and near the beginning of my walk I heard the expression “revival begins with me”. I believe in the power of these words. I pray that everyone reading this will make a decision to be the “me”. God is an expert in taking our little and making it a lot. Just read stories of Moses, Elijah, Gideon, David, King Jehoshaphat, and the Apostle Paul.
I’m praying that small group prayer meetings and larger corporate prayer meetings increase in attendance and followers of Yeshua receive a fresh visitation of God’s Ruach and the fire of His love. May a Yeshua revolution sweep the earth once again!
For revival and the salvation of Israel and the nations,
Rabbi Stewart Winograd
P.S. I welcome your thoughts. Please feel free to comment or write me directly: stewart@reachiiorg