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1 Chronicles 12:32 speaks of the men of Issachar as those who ‘understood the times and knew what Israel should do.”  In the same way, we who are involved and associated with Tribe Issachar are men and women of God who desire to understand the times.  For us, we seek to have understanding:


LOCALLY

In His sovereignty and wisdom, God placed us in Athens, GA so that we might seek Him and find Him (Acts 17:26-27).

GLOBALLY

The Lord’s activity throughout the world in this hour of history is crucial to carrying out His heart and purposes.  Daniel had this living understanding (Daniel 9:1-3), Jesus encouraged it (Matthew 16:2-3), and Paul prayed for it (Colossians 1:9).

PRAYERFULLY

What the Spirit is saying to His people (John 16:13-14).  Jesus emphasized this to the churches in Revelation. (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).


Consequently, we believe that understanding of the times gives us wisdom concerning what the body of Christ should do.  Our actions become defined by:


THE FEAR OF THE LORD and URGENCY

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).  We do not grow comfortable in the mercy God extends to us, but make the most of the one life that God has given us (Esther 4:12-14, Ephesians 5:15-16).

HUMILITY, FAITH AND LOVE

Wisdom produces humility for the good works we walk in (Micah 6:7-8, James 3:13-16), promotes sincere and active faith (1 Timothy 1:3-6, James 2:18) and helps us to know and love Jesus more (Ephesians 1:17, Philippians 1:9-11).

WATCHFULNESS AND READINESS

Wisdom fills the lamp of our inner man with oil (Matthew 25:1-13) and through righteous acts makes us ready for significant moves of the Holy Spirit (Revelation 19:7-8).


The question remains: How do we become “men of Issachar,” those who understand the times and know what to do?  We believe the answer is prayer.  Tribe Issachar is a prayer room dedicated to the Body of Christ in Athens for the purpose of encouraging the prayer life of the church.  But Tribe Issachar is also a people, led by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, united not by denomination or preference, but by a common desire to see Athens transformed by the power of prayer, by a unified church and by the proclamation of the Gospel. 


The context of 1 Chronicles 12 is Kind David’s ascension to the throne over Israel.  Tribe Issachar was among the other tribes present who were in one accord to make David their king.  So we too see ourselves as having one expression and place in the Body of Christ in Athens (Romans 12:3-8) until Jesus is made King in the hearts of the people in our city.  Let us seek the Lord in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17), let us unite in prayer (Romans 15:5-6), and let us go out and do from the place of prayer (Acts 13:2-3).

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