What was your first memory of your father? Was he a good, kind, loving father, or was he cold, unloving, and abusive? My father was away from home a lot, and when home, he was all too often in a drunken rage. When I was a small child, we moved into the Projects, Duggan Park, at Paige Boulevard and Godwin Street in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. The buildings had been erected in the fall of 1951, mostly for veterans returning from World War II and who had little income.
Like many such housing developments, crime, drugs, and appalling violence pervaded Duggan Park. I remember the first week after we moved into our place: Our next-door neighbor hanged himself in desperation. We never went to bed hungry because Dad brought home food that he had scavenged from the local dump. He was working there at the time, and when food was thrown away, he would collect it.
My father did not believe I was his son and violently abused me, two times almost killing me. The second time, I awoke in a fetal position covered in my own dried vomit and crying out, “Why was I born?” My first thoughts of God were exactly the same as those of my earthly father: an angry, mean, judgmental entity whom I could never please and who would just as soon cast me into hell as not. When you have no memories of a good father, how can you embrace Father God and trust Him to be a Good Father?
Hopefully, you have not endured the physical or emotional pain that I have. You may, however, have experienced rejection and been wounded. It may be difficult for you to view God as a Good Father. My prayer is that God will open your eyes and spirit to how beloved and cherished you are.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. —1 John 3:1-2
We are celebrating the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because Jerusalem matters. It is vital to God’s plan for the past, present, and future of our world. All of the land, including Jerusalem, was a gift from Jehovah, and the ownership of Israel’s land is non-negotiable. In March 2002, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) addressed the issue of Israel’s right to her land: “Every new archaeological dig supports the fact that the Jews have had a presence in Israel for 3,000 years—coins, cities, pottery, other cultural artifacts. The Jews’ claim predates the claim of any other people in the region. The ancient Philistines are extinct as are other ancient peoples. They do not have the unbroken line the Israelis have. Ownership is and will be in the hands of God’s Chosen People—forever.”
When you sign your name to a check, you represent that you possess the amount indicated on that check. God wrote His Name in Jerusalem, and He has the power and authority over that which His name represents. Several arguments have been offered as to why Palestinian Authority head, Mahmoud Abbas, continues to reject any and all offers of a Palestinian State. Chiefly, formal statehood would limit the ability of the PA (and of Hamas in Gaza) to commit acts of terrorism. It would rob them of the cover they now enjoy when it comes to terrorist acts against the Jewish people in Israel. It is obvious when at some point in each round of negotiations, the Palestinians cry foul, pick up their marbles, and go home.
To this day, the same countries trying to foist a Palestinian state off on Israel do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Holy City is the symbol of all that Israel represents in our world. Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem’s first mayor, wrote: “Jerusalem, this beautiful, golden city, is the heart and soul of the Jewish people. One cannot live without a heart and soul. If you want one single word to symbolize all of Jewish history, that word is Jerusalem.”
The very name of the Holy City evokes a stirring in the heart and soul of both Jew and Christian. It has been called by many names: City of God, City of David, Zion, the City of the Great King, Ariel (Lion of God), Moriah (chosen of the Lord). But only one name resonates down through the centuries—Jerusalem! David’s city!
A world map drawn in 1581 features Jerusalem at its very center with the then-known continents of the world surrounding it. It resembles a ship’s propeller with the shaft in the center being Jerusalem. Jerusalem belongs to God despite the detractors who wish to offer the city up as an appeasement to her avowed enemies. Satan would dance gleefully should Israel be forced to make that move. When the Messiah returns, it will be to the City of David, not to al Quds (the Arabic name for Jerusalem.) This is why we are the Jerusalem Prayer Team—the largest prayer movement in history—dedicated to fighting the spirit war for the future of the Holy City, the Jewish people, and the nation of Israel.
When Carolyn and I started out our life and ministry together almost 50 years ago, we lived in a tiny mobile home that God gave us. We were so thrilled to have it. But the ceilings were six feet high, and I’m 6 feet, 6 inches tall. I called that trailer the world headquarters for our ministry to Israel. One pastor laughed at me and called me delusional, but I believed God was going to do something amazing.
After we had lived in that trailer for several years, I felt the Lord say, “Believe Me for a house.” We started looking and found a little house for sale on Dream Lane. The asking price was $10,300. We met with the owner, and he agreed to finance $7,000 if we would put down $3,300. This was on a Friday. He said, “Do you have the money?” I said, “Yes. We’ll give it to you on Monday.”
When we walked away, Carolyn looked at me. She knew as well as I did that we only had $100 in the bank. I told her, “I am pregnant in faith with the money. It’s in my spirit, it just has not come forth yet.” There was a tidal wave of faith rising up in my heart. I was completely convinced that God had picked out that house for us, and so I was completely convinced that we would have the money. I didn’t lose a moment of sleep to worry that weekend. We didn’t have the funds, but I believed that the answer was already on its way.
On Monday I went to the mailbox, and there was one envelope inside. It didn’t have a note or a letter or any explanation. The only thing in that envelope was a check. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that it was for exactly $3,200! I went to the owner rejoicing and paid the down payment on that beautiful little house. God provided. The man’s name was Charles Capps, a cotton farmer in England, Arkansas.
I hadn’t told him what we needed. In fact, I didn’t tell anyone about our need except God. I didn’t have any resources or expectation apart from Him. But He is always more than enough for every need, and those who trust Him find Him faithful.
I thought about that story when I looked at the calendar and realized that Easter is not far away. My beloved friend and partner, we serve a living, powerful, victorious, and overcoming King! All of the power of death, the grave, Satan, and hell could not hold Him. He was dead, but He is alive forevermore.
Up from the grave He arose
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose the victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign;
He arose, He arose, Hallelujah Christ arose!
There is no challenge that you face today that exceeds God’s ability to meet it. You have all the resources of heaven at your disposal when you act in faith, and today I’m inviting you to join us on an incredible faith journey.
As I am writing this, I am hearing the Spirit of the Lord say to you, “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19). When God’s resurrection power begins to work in your life, nothing will ever be the same again.
Jesus said, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). God can make your past life up to you. King David declared, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling” (Psalm 68:5). David was rejected by his own father when Samuel asked Jesse to bring all his sons to stand before him. He had been rejected by his own brothers.
The Good Father can break generational curses. God has taken into account everything you have not received and every person who has wronged you. The Good Father is watching over you and has designed a plan for wounded men and women. God will send the right people to make it up to you, the same as He did for me.
Don’t stop dreaming. Don’t become bitter. Don’t be a victim. You are a masterpiece; people could not stop your destiny. God is taking everything into account, and He does have favorites—hurting people are His favorites. He will make the Enemy pay. The Most High God, the Good Father, is for you. The most important revelation I have received is the affirmation of the Good Father. God has a good plan for your life.
Let me tell you about a dream my father had just a few days before he died—a dream about black stones and white stones. In the dream, his grandfather handed his father two black stones. In turn, his father handed those stones to him. But when he tried to hand them to me, I wouldn’t take them. Instead, I showed him two white stones already in my hands.
“What does that dream mean?” he asked me. I told him that the black stones represented a curse that had been on our family for generations…a generational curse of anger and pain and bitterness and destruction. Then I told him that the white stones were a symbol that curse was broken and would no longer have power over us!
The Friday after my father died, our grandson Michael David Evans III was born. He will never know that curse…he will know the blessing! It is a bloodline blessing that is passed down from parents to children through the generations.
This blessing is not just for my family…it can be a blessing your family experiences for years to come as well.
The elite special forces unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, specifically tasked with operating outside Iran’s borders, is known as the Quds Force. This secretive organization is officially designated as a sponsor of terror by the United States, and they are known to have either directly carried out or to have authorized and funded terror attacks around the world. According to U.S. General Stanley McChrystal, the Quds Force was directly responsible for at least 20% of the casualties suffered by American forces in the Iraq war.
It is important to note that Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem. Each year on the final Friday of Ramadan, Iran observes Quds Day, calling on Muslims around the world to take the Holy City away from Jewish control. Iran has become an implacable enemy of Israel, and they are willing to go to any length to harm and destroy the Jewish people.
There is no secret about Iran’s designs for the city of Jerusalem. Recently a high-ranking official, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, said Jerusalem was the “unchangeable” capital of the Muslim world. Speaking in Tehran, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the city would remain the Palestinian capital forever, according to a report from Iran’s Fars News Agency (the official government media company).
“Jerusalem is the unchangeable capital of the Muslim world and of Palestine,” Araghchi said, adding Iran will “confront any attempt to change this reality”. The comments came shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump moved the U.S. Embassy from the Israeli city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following through on a long-held pledge to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
Though previous U.S. leaders, including former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, had spoken of doing the same during their tenures, Trump was the one who actually made the move. The decision has attracted strong criticism from Muslim states, including opponents of the U.S., such as Iran, but also its traditional allies, such as Turkey, but received great praise and gratitude from friends of Israel.
Araghchi was voicing sentiments widely expressed by Iranian leaders, most notably by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a speech published on his personal website, Khamenei said all Muslims had a duty to oppose Israeli and U.S. attempts to wrestle Jerusalem from the Palestinians.
“We must by no means think that it is too late, even if decades have passed,” he said. The radical Muslims who hate Israel will never be satisfied with anything less than the total destruction of the Jewish state and the Jewish people.