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But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Monday, 23 May 2016 03:10

That Special Relationship by Dave Miller

Written by JOHN316.Rocks - The Blog
7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:“In triumph I will parcel out Shechemand measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;Ephraim is my helmet,Judah is my scepter.9 Moab is my washbasin,on Edom I toss my sandal;over Philistia I shout in triumph.” Psalm 108:7-9God’s response to the psalmist’s earlier...
7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:“In triumph I will parcel out Shechemand measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;Ephraim is my helmet,Judah is my scepter.9 Moab is my washbasin,on Edom I toss my sandal;over Philistia I shout in triumph.” Psalm 108:7-9
 
God’s response to the psalmist’s earlier plea was to lay out His “battle plan” for Israel. As God’s chosen people, Israel would always find favor in His eyes. Any cursory reading of the Bible reveals that truth because there is just so much in the Bible about that relationship. It’s clear He had a continues to have a special relationship with the nation of Israel.
 
Many debate about the extent of that relationship but it’s also clear that the tiny nation of Israel has been protected these past 70 years. Some will rightly argue that He’s protected Israel for 2000 years.
 
As Iran heats up its rhetoric about wanting to destroy Israel and as The Islamic State is just as vocal about the destruction of Israel, we need to pray that hedge of protection for that country.
 
We should also pray for the the church in Iran. It is thriving despite the oppression and persecution many are undergoing. So, while governments may be violently opposed to each another, we stand alongside our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in prayer. They are certainly not our enemies despite what the governments of each may tell us.
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