***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***
3. Avoid Entrapment
Be sure also, Child of God, to keep to the plains. That is, do not let Satan lure you into doctrinal traps where you can neither fight nor flee. One of his tactics is to lead you through a maze of impertinent questions intended to retard your progress toward heaven. Sometimes he asks a soul which it embraces? – free will or predestination? And whichever answer it gives, he confounds it with his crafty reply. Another time, he will demand to know the exact day and hour of your salvation, and if you cannot answer, he will challenge your right to claim kinship to Christ.
When Satan badgers you with trivial inquiries, do not try to reason with him. Answer him with your present position in Christ and His sure work of grace in your soul. Never forget that the simple truth of the Word reduces all the intricacies of Satan to a worthless heap of lies.
Now suppose you escape the trap of pointless questions; what will you do when Satan leads your trust down a trail of obscure scriptures? I am talking about those difficult passages which rush past the understanding as a mountain stream past the eye, until dizzy and disoriented, one drops in despair of their own condition. The wine of the gospel is heady stuff! Too much study in difficult places can confuse your soul and weaken your trust. Once again, keep to the plains. Combat Satan’s attack with simple scriptures – those most likely to nourish your trust and cheer your spirit. When you meet such straightforward scriptures as speak to your own walk, use them to ford the flood of temptation, and do not venture beyond your depth.
Satan will try to draw you off your steadfast course to heaven in still another way – by the presence of circumstances you cannot understand. With them, Satan argues against God’s steadfast love, and for your soul. First (by God’s permission) he pillaged Job’s earthly possessions, and then fell to work on his spiritual estate. He used every circumstance and everybody at his disposal. He had Job’s wife blame God; he had Job’s friends condemn the man himself. Satan convinced them all – except Job – that an afflicted condition and state of grace could not live together in the same house.
Here’s a timely warning when you find your soul adrift in a heavy fog of tribulation: neither accuse God foolishly of your enemies mischief, nor charge yourself with belonging to the enemy. God can chart a straight course in the worst storm. He can be righteous when He uses wicked instruments, and gracious when He dispenses harsh providences. Do not over-react to changes in your temporal estate. Christ told us to expect some rough sailing before we reach heaven’s shore.
Your perspective should be very different from that of the unregenerate. Like naive children, they think everyone loves them who gives them plums (or candy now). They do not realize that prosperity can be a curse to bind them in a deeper sleep of false security. Remember how Jael served Sisera (Judges 5:25-26). She gave him milk though he asked for water, that she might more surely nail him to the ground – milk having the property, it is said, to incline sleep. But the Child of God in an afflicted state has a key to decipher God’s providence. The Spirit, through the Word, teaches you to read the shorthand of His dispensations: every son whom He loves, He corrects. Behind the travail of every affliction is a blessing waiting to be born.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
Because you are not to bow down to any other god; since Adonai (the Lord) – whose very name is Jealous – is a jealous God.
For Adonai your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
“You are to have no other gods before Me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline – you are not to bow down before them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents, also the third and forth generations of those who hate Me, but displaying grace to the THOUSANDTH generation of those who LOVE Me and obey My mitzvot.(instructions)
Even then, His Voice shook the earth; but now, He has made this promise:
“One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!” (Haggai 2:6;21)
And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain. Therefore, since we have received an unshakable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. For indeed,
“Our God is a consuming fire!” (Deut. 4:24; 9:3; Isaiah 33:14)
Jealousy – this is by far one of the most difficult concepts for many who follow Yeshua (Jesus) to understand. As it relates in human to human relationship can get confusing if not understood from Adonai’s perspective. Whether its in marriage or any other relationship. Jealous in these scriptures above define God as protective! Everything belongs to Him. Every human conceived, every speck of dust…everything! He alone has the “right of ownership” of anything. Even our children, whom we are most likely to feel as “ours” are not ours by “ownership”. In marriage…jealousy kills because – and especially in our culture of “having rights” we feel entitled to our spouses. The key word here is entitled. This is where we can go very very wrong. No one is entitled to anything about or concerning another human being. Period. For those of us with children and spouses this is a very humbling truth. Only God is “entitled” to anything and everything about those He has created. So in marriage, when the expectation arises that our spouse “withholds” nothing from us this morphs into a form of idolatry.
My husband, Sam, is very quiet. He is not verbal and can struggle to put words to his mind and emotions. When we first got married, we both, under the stewartship of “godly counsel” sought to “heal” him of this. Our hearts were pure in motive, truly believing that God would allow Sam to become able and willing to share everything with me, his wife. Indeed, God does enable Sam to express anything, but He does not always ask him to. This was a tough lesson…for us both. He simply said, “You are not entitled to everything about each other. Some things are Mine alone, as you are both My children. I may withhold from even a wife or husband anything I choose. It will always be for both of your good. Trust Me, and you will always receive from each other what you need, likewise, you will need to come to Me for that which I do not enable each of you to give to each other.”
It takes much humbleness of heart and determination to trust God alone to obey such words. Marriage does not entitle one to another, it offers all God would give to two people. When we understand that only Adonai can be jealous in righteousness and without sin, we begin to open our eyes to the truth and begin to cast aside our own rights to Him. In the area of fidelity…this is obvious. Unfaithfulness of flesh is sin. Our physical bodies truly belong to God, and when we marry, we make a covenant to God that even what others besides our spouse see is kept reserved for our spouse and God alone. So even our dress habits must come under God’s instruction.
In America and many democratic/republic “free” mentalities – “rights” have taken a repulsive turn into entitlement, and it breaks Adonai’s heart. Hence the reason so many feel entitled to divorce for such things as “irreconcilable differences”. It is not God’s way that we shall always agree. It is His way that unity can still come under His blessing even if we don’t agree. Often the air of conflict and disagreement are the road He puts each one on to work on each heart to train each one to trust in Him! This is the fire of Adonai’s consumption! Turning hearts away from the shakeable and created to the Unshakable and Creator. Its our discomfort that teaches us to seek the Comforter. With spouses the enemies objective will always be to turn the spouse into the object of our worship. So, too, with our children. We are instructed by God not to be jealous or envious for anything created because we have absolutely no power to create! Only Adonai ever has, ever will. And all things and people are His Creation.
Note: the word fire in the scriptures above refers to a “strong pressing down” that creates a burning off of sin. Like rubbing two pieces of wood together. The fire is often the hardness of circumstances… that consumes the wrong perspective leaving only ashes of the incorrect ways and God makes from those ashes the beauty of His Ways.
Relationships are hard…because it always involves two unique and separate people coming together to walk a similar road together. Each individual is still meant to be separate and unique before God, yet in marriage there is a oneness of heart and mind of two who seek to serve Him together. We are not supposed to think exactly alike, nor even do the exact same services. My gifting for the body of Yeshua is different than Sam’s. We support each other as God, often, uses us differently; but to expect myself to “be like Sam” or Sam “to be like myself” is utterly contadictive to how God works. I value and encourage my spouses uniqueness and his call. If I become jealous, either that he would enter into mine or me into his, the fire (discomfort) begins its work and we learn…that though we are together – we are still Adonai’s to move and often it is in a different direction in the Kingdom. We then trust that He who called us will keep His end of our covenant and keep us together as He wills. Almost everything we experience in this life challenges us to turn hard into the wind of trust in a God who often does not show us what’s around the corner. Every relationship will be used to turn us towards our first Love, Adonai, the Father, the Husband of us all. Only He sacrifices everything for us. He shows us how He does it often in our marriages. Sometimes it gets shown by how we fail each other. So we then reevaluate our source of complete Faithfulness, not our spouses, children, friends and family, but the One who Created us all and has us in His hands and timing exactly as He knows we need, but often our limited views would disagree with Him. So we trust and obey and wait upon the God whose speciality is making unity, order and peace.
Back when God gave the Words above, people literally made carved images and bowed down to worship them. Today we don’t do this quite the same. Now we make money and its “security” an idol, we make people our idols, we make our comfort our idols. Its hard work to carve such images and we have learned there’s no need to do so…but worship them we still do. By relying upon them to be what we think they should be and perform in ways we think they should perform. God is simply telling us He knows what we need and how things should work for us best. His instruction is to rely upon Him – the Reliable One who makes all things. His jealousy is protective not possessive as in mine, mine, mine, like a selfish child with a toy.
But rather His voice rings out in a lovers sonata
“You are mine, My desire is for you, I can lead and direct you to My Kingdom! It’s full of possibilities you can not fathom, you are the one I long for…I desire to see you as I formed you in My mind far before you were conceived in your mothers womb. Trust Me! I will never fail you…ever! I am your Husband-Maker and I can complete your life, indeed you shall never die in My arms!”
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
Song of Solomon 6:3
I belong to the man I love, and he belongs to me; he pastures his flock among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 7:10
I belong to my darling, and his desire is for me.
Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, passion as cruel a Sh’ol; it flashes are flashes of fire, as fierce as the flames of Yah (Elohim).
Many sermons, seminars and classes have been given about marriage. Tips for communication, trouble shooting, conflict resolution, keeping the romance, life after the kids are grown, staying connected while children are young, how to love again after infidelity, and the ever elusive how marriage is representative of God and His church. I have sat through them all my life. I have also watched what Hollywood and the world have “poster-boarded” as “unforgettable love”. I have read countless books, both fiction and non; godly and worldly; articles, blogs, magazines; and nothing compares to what Adonai Elohim (the Lord God), Himself has taught me. Almost turning everything on its head that I had “learned” or thought before. I have heard some similar things before from various other sources…things that capture at best a sliver but then when turned into a “how to…” for the masses…something gets lost.
So this series starts out by saying
THIS IS NOT A “HOW TO…” have a good marriage.
It simply is a repeating of what I have learned at Yeshua’s feet. He used my marriage, husband, me and our lives to color some of the lessons; but the ultimate goal…like Song of Solomon was to teach me about Himself and His heart towards His Beloved Children/Bride. I can tell you without hesitation…if you attempt to implement any “structure” you find here to your marriage with the goal of making it all you want it to be; even if your motives seem pure…this will not work. At all times when we seek to know God’s heart about something, it must be just to know Him more. I.E. – all about Him. In the process of this pursuit He speaks within our individual lives and indeed applies the knowledge and wisdom to our walks with Him and those we love and effect. Yet, God never repeats anything exactly the same way twice. Every blade of grass from the beginning of creation till now has been different from one to another. Every sunset/sunrise, every flower, grain of sand…everything is distinct and different under His loving formation. So, too, is every child, every marriage. Yet we see something similar in all things…most grass is green, the sun is present in each rise and set, every grain of sand has a firmness to it and they are small. These represent their Maker’s hallmark…all things are because of Him. His banner over us is love. Everyone, everything all the time.
No human loves because it comes from them…love only comes from God. Yes, this means those who don’t acknowledge Him indeed get love to give to another. One thing all the Word of God proves – God shows up everywhere it depends not one iota whether we believe, trust or desire Him or not. The difference between those who do trust and desire Him and those who do not…is: they who desire and trust the Author of Life and Love…love even in the most despicable situations…their love grows stronger with weakness and failure and this growing starts first inside each person with God and flows out to all other places, people and things.
Those who love God above all else become the love of God in all things. The hallmarks are the love of giving with no thought to what it gets. It let’s people be different without intimidation or fear. It never depends on another human being…ever. That may sound too “individualistic” to some…but those whose hearts have been tudored by Love Himself know it has nothing to do with the “I don’t need anybody” motif this world twist such teaching into. I do indeed need those God has placed in my life, but only so much as He extends His hand to “feed” me through them: in the end it all comes from Him alone. Often He asks us to refrain from seeking out a loved one in order that we may experience the intimacy that was meant for just between ourselves and our Creator. Humanly speaking these times are held in the grip of much struggle. We die to ourselves and live to Him as the result.
This is the introduction of this series; I’ve no idea how many parts it may end up being. I will follow His lead, and no other. His pace will be the pace. And I pray with a full heart of humility that the words only come from Him, through His Spirit to His people as He has always worked for times past and times into the unknown. There will be nothing here that speaks “Lisa” or “Hisimagenme”, the wisdom is not mine but His. He can teach anyone the exact same things in billions of different ways. The requirement for the depth of learning from Him is just that…we aim to. With all our hearts, times, energy and resources – everyday for eternity. I am special and unique to Him but not better or more privileged than anyone else. I am honored to share what I have learned…excited even…but only with the hopes that you may know Him who made us – Adonai Elohim, the Father, the Son – Yeshua (Jesus) who is the Way to the Father and the Spirit who opens the ears, eyes, hearts and minds to the Creator of all things in order to know Him.
May you begin to pray for His lead, and His desire for your heart as you move into each part of this series. If you do, I guarantee that you will get more than the words that get typed here…He will extend the lessons and leading straight onto eternity for you. In Him, with Him and to Him all things become alive and active, separating fact from fiction, truth from lies, life from death – changing water into wine and bread…into the very body of the Messiah who saves! Shalom 🙂
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
True, I was born guilty, a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.
Still, You want Truth in the inner person; so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart.
**The following is taken from the Ancient Hebrew Dictionary by Jeff A. Benner.**
Heart ~ ley-vav (Hebrew)
Definition: Literally, the organ which pumps blood, but also seen as the seat of thought; the mind.
More about the word…
To the ancient Hebrews the heart was the mind, the thoughts. When we are told to live Elohiym with all our heart (Deut. 6:5) it is not speaking of emotional love, but to keep our minds and our thoughts working for Him. The first picture in this Hebrew word is a shepherd staff and represents authority, as the shepherd has authority over his flock. The second letter is a picture of the floor plan of the nomadic tent and represents the idea of being inside, as the family resides within the tent. When combined they mean “the authority within“.
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I love this way of learning!! It pulls everything Yeshua (Jesus) said right into everything Adonai said from the beginning!
Yeshua answered him, “If someone loves Me, he will keep My Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him.
Ever wonder why it says…“if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart.“? Or why we “receive Yeshua into our hearts?”
God is not a “pace maker” for the physical heart in this regard. Everything represents something much more concrete in spiritual terms. Meaning…if I don’t think in my mind Yeshua is Lord, my heart will still keep beating but I can not begin to call my actions to His attention without my mind knowing Him! Indeed one won’t even think much about that which they disregard or don’t believe. Example:
I, Lisa, do not believe that man over rides God in anything. So therefore I don’t follow the whole “global warming” trend. I disregard any “science” that says anything contrary to Gods Word. And “globally we are warming” but it has nothing to do with green house gases! So my thoughts surround very little in unity with this worldly perspective. I don’t worry about driving my car to do as God tells me. The air is in His hands, and obeying Him is more important. I will trust Him.
So you see…what we think in our heads is what determines our “state” – emotionally, physically and mentally. I am fully convinced of Yeshua, Adonai and the Spirit, I aim to please Him and seek out how to do so diligently, every conscience minute I am here. By my mind’s acceptance of Him as Truth, I indeed reap the rewards of understanding that The Father, Son and Spirit are indeed making their home in me! And now read the scriptures with the word heart, completely different than I used to based on His teaching me what heart means! Paul was extraordinary in his words…”For those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature, but those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Having one’s mind controlled by the old nature is death, but having one’s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and shalom (peace – completeness). For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God, because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah (teachings – authority) – indeed it can not!” (Romans 8:5-7)
He then goes on to say how one is transformed…by the renewing of the mind. In the Kingdom of God, the heart beats with His thoughts! In this perspective we can vividly See that Adonai’s heart has been laid out from the beginning…by sharing His thoughts…mind! We find them in His written Word! If you pick up a Bible…you hold in your hands some of God Almighty’s heart! When you invite Yeshua into your heart you begin to hold more of His heart inside your inmost being! He is still speaking to His Children! Still sharing His heart! Transforming our hearts with His!
Everyone who enters the Kingdom gets a heart transplant! Wow! God is so breath-takingly GOOD!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***
2. Cling to God’s Promise of Justification (Forgiveness)
Another way to fortify yourself against Satan is to study that grand gospel truth of a soul’s justification before God. Acquaint yourself with this truth in all its aspects: the free mercy of God’s grace; the accomplishment of Yeshua’s (Jesus) sacrifice; the effectiveness of trust in appropriating these blessings (ROM. 3:24-25). An effectual door once opened to let the soul in to this truth will spoil the devils market. (The hounding and taunting with the lie of condemnation).
When Satan comes to take away your peace, if you do not understand the full significance of your forgiveness in the Messiah you will be easily overcome. A child of God without assurance of salvation is as the rabbit that darts into the thicket to escape a fox, but is easily followed by the print of their feet and scent they leave behind. In Yeshua (Jesus) you have a hiding place where the enemy dare not come: ‘the clefts in the rock, in the secret places of the stairs’ (Song of Sol. 2:14)
While the devil may be in hot pursuit of your soul, the very scent of Christ’s blood, by which you are justified, is noxious to him and will stop him in his tracks. Run straight into this tower of the covenant, and roll this truth on the head of Satan, as the woman cast the stone on the head of Abimelech: ‘To him…that…believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his trust is counted for righteousness’ (ROM. 4:5)
Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered over; blessed is the man whose sin Adonai (the Lord) will not reckon against his account.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤