Recently while praying over a situation affecting many of our friends both in Israel and internationally, I saw a picture in my heart of a massive stone wall, indicating the difficulty of the problem. The wall was too big to destroy or to climb over.
The bottom of the wall was not connected to the ground, with some space between the two. There was light coming through the strip between the wall and the ground. The light was emanating from the other side of the wall.
The wall represented the pride, ego and honor of the leaders involved. The solution to the situation was on the other side of the wall—represented by the light. The strip below the wall was large enough for a person to pass through to the other side if he simply bowed down low enough.
There was no other obstacle. The space was open. Anyone could pass through to the "enlightened" solution. The only thing that had to happen was for the leaders to humble themselves, and everyone else for that matter. Nothing else was needed. With humility the situation could become glorious.
It's such a simple yet challenging principle of Scriptures. If we humble ourselves, God will lift us up (James 4:10, Matt. 23:12). If we are prideful, God purposely hides from us His wisdom and knowledge (Matt. 11:25-29).
Pride was the cause of the first sin, and the root of satanic rebellion. If we can avoid that one temptation, we will be on a good start for the rest of our spiritual "walk." As Yeshua humbled Himself, so should we (Phil. 2:5-9).
However, pride often seems to just "spring up" by itself. We have to push it down. We have to humble ourselves in a rather "aggressive" way. Yet humility almost always seems to bring about much positive fruit.
Asher Intrater is the founder and apostolic leader of Revive Israel Ministries, and oversees Ahavat Yeshua Congregation in Jerusalem, and Tiferet Yeshua Congregation in Tel Aviv. Asher was one of the founders of Tikkun International with Dan Juster and Eitan Shishkoff, and serves on the board of the Messianic Alliance of Israel and Aglow International. He and his wife and full-time partner in ministry, Betty, have a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the body of believers worldwide.
For the original article, visit reviveisrael.org.
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