Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
As we enter 2022, the new year again holds tremendous potential for us in Christ. There are 365 fresh opportunities ahead to draw closer to God each day, to shine our light to the people around us, and to build the kingdom of God. The theme of this year’s Feast of Tabernacles will be “The Land of Promise”. Of course, it refers to the beautiful land of Israel, a good land, flowing with milk and honey. Yet each one of us also has a personal ‘land of promise’ – all the promises that Yeshua has given for our lives, our personal callings, the works that God has prepared for us even from before the foundation of the world, and so much more.
Like in the time of Joshua, there might be great obstacles, giants, and adverse circumstances that lay between our current realities and the incredible promises of God. Yet as with Joshua, God wants us to not drawback, but in faith – and with Him on our side – to carry out great exploits. These exploits can be a family member who still does not know the saving grace of Yeshua; it can be a health situation; the overcoming of a hidden sin; or a spiritual breakthrough that is needed so much.
I want to encourage you to declare in faith that the year 2022 will be one of great exploits. Do not look at the obstacles, but believe and proclaim that in 2022, “My God can turn it around!” These are the words of an uplifting worship song by Nigerian pastor Paul Enenche and family which he shared at last year’s Feast.
So do not look at the giants, but ask the Lord to open your eyes to see that those who are with us are more than those who are against us (2 Kings 6:16ff)! I encourage you to watch my New Year’s Greeting video which brings this message in a fuller way. Watch here
When Joshua entered the Promised Land, he started the new season by circumcising the entire nation, by celebrating Passover in the Land, and by being reminded by God to remove his shoes as he was entering holy ground (Joshua 5)!
Passover reminds us of the very foundations of our faith: that Christ died on our behalf and that in Him all the promises of God are now “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). It means to remove the leaven of sin (1 Corinthians 5:7), and by faith to appropriate the resurrection power – even the ‘exceeding greatness of His power’ – which now resides within us (Ephesians 1:17ff).
Circumcision means living as having died to ourselves and to the desires of the flesh, and to walk in the newness of the Spirit (Colossians 2:11).
Putting off our shoes means to humble ourselves before God and recognize our absolute dependence on Him (1 Peter 5:6).
As with every year, we are starting out January 2022 here in Jerusalem with a month of prayer and fasting. Together we search our hearts, and also pray and believe together for the things God wants to do through us this year. Why not join us and start the year with a new focus on God and on His purpose for your life. And let’s together prepare ourselves in prayer and action to take possession of the good land which the Lord has for us in 2022.
Please also join us for the ICEJ’s various ongoing prayer initiatives, such as the Rosh Chodesh monthly prayer chain and our weekly Global Prayer Gathering every Wednesday.
I look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Dr Jürgen Bühler
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem