The Truth is our inheritance, that which we here, invest for the sake of the Kingdom. It belongs to all. It’s the thing God gave to all to invest or to bury. It’s the ultimate revelation of Yeshua’s (Jesus) parable of talents. (Matt.25:14-30) Truth is a constant steady valuable always being given to every single human on earth. We either bury it or invest it. We often mistake investing though for giving it away. When God gives Truth, it’s first intended target is our own “bank”. Our hearts and minds, that it may multiply within us and do its work there. The various levels of investment could be seen as such:
■ We see a truth, invest it a bit, but preach it far more than we ourselves submitted to it. It has made the entry of acknowledgement and agreement, but it translates only to certain areas we act on it. This isn’t completely profitless, and equates to a small invest with small return.
■ Or we see a truth, and it is taken in, as far as its potential can reach by the will of its Maker in that time and for that moment. It goes into the soil of our own hearts and minds and effects every single avenue of our being; every thought is different, every action. It’s spoken from our mouth, but more loudly preached from our lives as a whole, every action, every decision, every single aspect of our being reflects it. This is the invest, that yields thousands and thousands beyond. This takes the sacrifice of ultimate accounting – dying to ourselves.
So how does it get buried? For one, out right rejection. Truth hits the ears, the mind and heart and one returns it like a batter hitting a ball out of the park. It’s instant. Or, the worst kind, actually is. ..the acknowledgement of it with the mind, agreeing with it but applying it to everything and everyone else but ones self. There’s a reason Yeshua was so harsh with the hipocrites. Because of our great a capacity to selfishly invest a good thing and influence others to do so. Make it look good, but deep down the truth in such cases rots the very bones that it tries to heal but isn’t allowed to due to our own resistance for it to change who we are, what we look like deep inside, where no one can see but the Truth (God).
Let’s consider what Yeshua said, (John 14:6) “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, noone comes to the Father except through Me.”
Now let’s go to Matthew 26:24, where He addresses one such individual who represents the ‘buried truth’ worst case senario. Judas.
“The Son of Man will die just as the Tanakh (old testament) says He will; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for him had he never been born!”
We see that Yeshua is the Way, to the Truth, that leads to Life. Many are they that acknowledge Yeshua, but with the Truth He is, gives and becomes in them, they stop there. No interest in Life, no interest in His Life. The illusion of life, as we often see it for ourselves, becomes the primary motivation. When we get to the Truth, we must submit to it, every time. We must change, not life or circumstances or others -us. Life is breathed into submissive soils, not clay like hard soils. They remain cracked, parched and devoid. The truth ignored and rejected creates a desert. The Truth applied like make up instead, makes a desert look like an oasis. Yeshua is severe because it’s that serious. When God is harsh, it’s the harshness like that of a parent who scolds a child for running in front of a moving truck without looking. Without the fear. We parents fear in that moment. God does not. So when we pick up the child and say, “Never ever run out without looking!” We apply a pressure into their little souls with the seriousness of the situation, knowing the consequences that they are not yet aware of that we wish for them to learn prior to the lessons fullest and most severe potential to teach. It’s love and protection. Not a rule monger, joy killer, party pooper. Not a harsh God whose bent on being obeyed for ego sake. When God gets harsh, it’s because Life hangs in the balance. We are comfort creatures, this is why the Truth so often hurts (or at the very least makes us wiggle). We must ask God to give us hearts to begin to take truth in as comfort, which is contrary to our nature’s. Submission.
We also tend to throw out the truth because we don’t like the way it came in. Either who said it, or how they said it. Be warned, if the truth comes to us, in any fashion, God is able to make us see it and apply. So when we say things like “what they said was true, but they were so mean I don’t have to apply it” or “that’s true but they don’t do what they are telling me to do.” These forms of human reasoning are not God. We are to be looking for Him everywhere, in all things. So when someone tells us something hard but it is surrounded by human weakness, if we are only looking for God in all things, the truth that may be shining within such circumstances is able to be seen and applied. We are accountable to the Truth no matter how God chooses to deliver it. And let’s face it, if He chooses to deliver it from the mouth of another human being, it will always be wrapped in some form of weakness as we are all fallen creatures. The truth can’t be disregarded at any time. There is no excuse for us this way.
How often have you spoke a truth to someone and they rejected it by picking apart your “style”. Remember at such times, you are sharing in God’s suffering. For it is in this way that so many of His beloved children reject Him. They don’t like His style, pick at the way its said, or what it requires of them. From the beginning of time, God has endured this kind of rejection, none on earth will ever know the depths of such repeated experience on that level like God. But He promised, if we seek Him first, we’ll be able to find Him and Life will continue to be wrought within us. Hence, our “worst enemy” could come in with a truth, and we can acknowledge it and let it do is work in us. Indeed, our worst enemy does. The accuser, he can’t use anything but the truth to start with, he can however try to twist it in our mind. But even then, the truth within the accusation can give life.
Say he comes and says, “your are being so selfish (truth), you should be ashamed (truth), God will be able to do nothing with you now (lie).”
Now if we are looking for God even in this, we see the truths and feel acutely the desire to believe the lie. But instead, the Spirit of God, as He promised, can make us able to respond like so:
“Dear God, I am a selfish human being, and I thank you that I feel shame in it, it is Your warning light that I’m grieving You. I reject that it feels like You can’t use me, nothing is impossible with You. So use me now, Father, even here in my selfishness, as only You can. I thank You that You love me, and Your grace covers me in all my deeds. See now, Your Son, my Shepherd and Savior as I follow Him to Your presence, Him whose faithful work and death and resurrection has bought and paid these, my debts to bring me to this Home You’ve made in me, I stand covered in His blood, nothing else have I to offer, but You say it’s enough. I believe! Forgive my selfishness and make me clean.”
Its never wrong to acknowledge the truthful parts of an accusation whether it’s the devil or another person. In fact it’s the first step to overcoming. I often say, “your right satan, I am xyz (all the things God is not), weak beyond accounting, but God is xyz (all the things I am not)…and it is in Him I will find my refuge!” I don’t engage with banter between the enemy on the whole, he is definitely worth ignoring in most cases, and simply saying “the Lord rebuke you!” (He’s the only One who can) The devil is not a hostage negotiator, he’s the perpetrator. Reason, especially our own kind rarely works. We can’t be understood by him, and when he is the one behind a loved one or another person bringing truth but with harshness or accusation, we can expect that we won’t be understood by them either. So we take the truth and run with it and leave the rest to God.
The circumstances surrounding the Truth, will never negate the Truth itself. We must determine to let it have its way with us, if we do, then Life is the promise, God’s presence is the promise, God’s character is the promise. It will flow out from us without reservation, and it will change for better or worse everyone it influences around us. But that’s God’s business, not ours. We are only accountable for what the Truth does in us. Only God will see the true investment of our submission to it. He only promises that we’ll see Him, and that is the glory of God!
Transformation at the feet of truth, is our life long pursuit in this fallen world. It’s the hardest work we’ll ever do. It’s the good fight that the Word refers to. (1 Tim. 6:12)
In these times, we’ve been told the truth will become less and less accepted, less and less. ..so now is the time for those of us who have The Truth as our chosen path we follow, to determine in our own hearts to never miss the opportunity to let it move in and invest us into the Kingdom from which we came and for which we are bound and most especially we serve.
May the Truth be a pleasant salve to our souls, Oh God, may we lean into its transforming power and may You continue to shape us into Your likeness, give us eyes to see, and hearts to perceive and make us able to turn away from all that isn’t of You and face You full on with confidence that, You who began the Good work in us, will complete it! Amen!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
He (Adonai) answered, “Set your mind at ease – My presence will go with you after all.” Moses replied, “If Your presence doesn’t go with us don’t make us go on from here…
That is what distinguishes us, me and Your people, from all other people’s on earth.”
Has it ever occurred to you that God so often used very odd circumstances to get in to a place deep within us, that has absolutely nothing to do with the circumstances themselves? He sets the board, and what we see moves us forward accordingly. As things progress, it becomes rather obvious that He’s moving in through back doors to the goal He had in mind. Almost as if He distracts us with our limited vision and surface prone tendencies, to sneak in where we wouldn’t have went with Him any other way. I’ve experienced this on many occasions, recently as well. The past experiences didn’t que me in to look for His back door agendas in any of these cases. When God wants to move in behind something, no human on earth can track His movements until He’s reached His destination! Only then, can we look back and trace His path, but not until He’s popped up in the seemingly most intentionally sneaky way. It’s been said repeatedly before: “if we saw where God was leading us, we’d most often recalculate our GPS in the other direction.”
At the end of October, 2015 God pointed His finger, very obviously, in the direction of a new location, new plan, and said “go buy a house, in that place.” We were set on a different location for moving, our plans moved north with our hearts, Montana was home. He pointed South. Our plans were to move into an RV and with our new business travel, live simple, and find a home base in Montana at some point. Sick of moving, sick of all the stuff that one accumulates in a house or apartment, we wanted to be free of it, and mobile to go where God said go. All very good intentions, none violating any will of God, but still not His will for us, however our perspectives saw it.
So the house hunt ensued, we found one, and all hell broke loose in the process. Two months of grinding, stressful and rest stealing work began. Staying close to Him, we followed every step, endured crazy situations, and wound up with it all falling through. Not the results we humans expect when we feel we’ve done all God asked of us. Yet even at this place, we trusted and went forth on another house hunt (it continues). All the while, God was with us and went before us, we knew that. What wasn’t obvious was that He was slipping in behind us, moving into the center of us, arriving at His intended destination, our hearts, His Home, not a relocation or house on earth. God knows us so well, we don’t face things unless we’re forced to. Circumstances are the forces He uses to bring us to that inner mirror, the one that reflects us back at ourselves but not only do we see ourselves but we can’t avoid seeing ourselves as He sees us in these moments. It’s a faithfulness on His part to go so great a route to get us there. We don’t need to just see ourselves, we need to see ourselves with Him. All the grace and mercy He has to give is ready there. If we just see ourselves, raw and rotten, without Him – we will be lost and walk away without remembering what we look like. But with Him, as hard as that reflection may look with His perfection hovering about us, there’s a pivotal transformation that becomes possible. The circumstances that brought us there, fades into the background becoming relatively insignificant. The house, the place, those were and are insignificant compared to His presence and passion to develop His character in the home Yeshua and His Father took up residence in the day we turned our souls back into Their care. (John 14:23)
At this juncture, Adonai has revealed His path into the back yard of our hearts, and we are now “getting down to business”. The house hunt continues, relocation all on the horizon, but the real work is right where we are, no matter where we are geographically. Big things that have been hidden and slipped through the cracks are being reflected in His eyes, ever so compassionately and full of that grace that pours out like roaring rivers, Sam and I stand at this place of healing intent. I reach my arms out wide to receive whatever shall keep me here until He has done all He shall do. I pray my beloved will do the same. I have confidence in the work of my God and His ways. More to be revealed. ..but today its enough to know He’s with us. That this alone is what distinguishes us as His – His presence – nothing more, nothing less. We hover at the mirror, eyes on Him and tracking His finger where He is pointing within, waiting on the grace, holding onto the new mercies He’s promised this morning will provide, yielding to His hands as they reshape the clay that these circumstances have softened enough to submit to Him. And once again, we wait. ..He works, we wait. He shapes, we yield. He holds us, we lean into being held.
A quote from Wayne Stiles book Waiting on God.
This section comes from the chapter titled Letting Go.
To resist or resent the time God’s priorities require amounts to resisting God.
Waiting on God reminds us of those facts. Waiting keeps us humble. Waiting shows us over the passing of time that it’s all about God and none of it is about us – except to the degree that we glorify Him. Remember, the goal is God’s glory, not our productivity or personal fulfillment. In our waiting, God weans us from the pride of having to control everything or understand matters “too difficult for” us (Ps. 131:1). God chooses how we glorify Him. He alone selects which of His servants will produce what levels of output – and yet, He also rewards faithfulness on any level with equal commendation (see Matt. 25:14-23).
God works through our waiting to strengthen our character through weakness, to develop our peace of mind by trusting Him in chaos, to teach us that we can glorify Him just as much by waiting on Him as we can by serving Him. When we choose to find our fulfillment in His glory, then we can wait on Him to open the door of greater influence in His time. That’s really His business entirely. Ours is to live faithfully wherever He puts us now.
God’s timing knows it’s own reasons. Perhaps the delay occurs to test how seriously we will pray. Our maybe, in spite of all we’ve learned, God still has more to teach us. Our maybe the delay has little to do with us at all – because it depends on someone else responding to God.
Whatever the reasons, I’m convinced that in most cases God delays because He wants to give us more than we’re asking for. He loves us enough to wait to give us His best rather than to satisfy our impatience with a quick, cheap substitute. That’s why we mustn’t equate His delay with a deaf ear. Sometimes what seems like God’s apathy is really His mercy.
Slammed doors do more than bend your nose; they keep your heart pliable, sensitive, and available to God’s leading. Not only does He keep secret the difficult valleys you’ll experience (and many of the mountaintops) but also the tremendous lessons you’ll glean no other way. Lessons you didn’t know you needed to learn. Lessons you’ll thank Him for one day. You may fail to recognize God using you significantly because you define God “using you” in terms of what you consider significant: results. God defines results in terms of character. Words like productivity and efficiency remain conspicuously absent from the fruit of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22-23). These results of God working in your life all reflect character – His character. Character alone produces godly results.
– end quote, (they came from various sections; in order but with some left out for length shortening purposes)
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
The above verse is one I started to put to memory around 6 months ago. I taped it written out to my bathroom wall, front door, cupboard in my kitchen, and started tattooing it on my heart. At the time, we had just launched our own business. I was sure I’d need to be reminded I was seen and known by God, (both Sam and I) and even more sure that it would stretch us with testing. Little did I know the extent of such testing! One month after our launch into S Corp-ship, God pointed His finger at a different geographical location for us. We blinked and blinked, shook our heads to attempt to clear our eyes in case we were “seeing things” and said “okay, Lord, we’ll knock on the doors – Your will be done.”
What else could we do? Doors flew open, and we got the message.
So in the midst of an already crazy schedule with huge adjustments being made already, off I went to find a house in Rio Rancho, NM. It took 4 days longer than planned (nothing really in perspective) but here sat a house that seemed to have been literally set aside specifically for us. No interest in the property for months and open houses unattended…ours was the only offer. This house was so nice it was rather odd it hasn’t just screamed off the market, lesser houses had but this one just sat there. The owner and I both remarked that it seemed Someone had this place in mind for us. The contract was signed, inspections passed with flying colors and off I went back to Denver to pack. Meanwhile, all the stuff of life still needed tending to and the holidays were about to converge on the calender.
Busy became a newly defined word for us. Stretched? Huh, we were as maxed out as a human could get on every level. The verse on the various surfaces and constantly rolling over my mind was being tattooed every second of the day. I leaned on it, and joy bubbled within. Oh how we had been praying for God to move us out of Denver! An answer came, though the direction was not what we expected, nor hoped. It was around the beginning of December that Wayne Stiles book Waiting on God fell into my hands and I began to traverse it’s pages with much desperation. The legistics to buying the house were solid, but it seemed that we picked the one house that could not be sold as it was due to a new city zoning ordinance that was enacted right about the time I first laid eyes on it. It had to have a garage. The owner was in a real bad spot now having to deal with a huge hit to the pocket book. The search to find a way out of it began as my boxes filled up and our nerves began to be tested in extreme.
Then began the whole “everything that can go wrong will go wrong” motto to EVEYTYHING we did. Our truck got vandalized, computers for the business crashed, parts went out, answers about the house vasselated going back and forth with no real answers, Sam’s grandpa died. Continuing to “head south for the winter” became impossible. Limbo is and has been the motif since mid November. Living out of and surrounded by boxes has lost its excitement. Do we doubt what God said in the beginning or wonder whether we heard Him? Yet He wouldn’t release us to pull out of the deal. No clear shut doors would occur no matter how hard we pressed for one. Limbo drags on, and our back is sore. “What in heavens name?”
The house has lost all and I mean all its appeal. We just want to empty boxes and return to a state of “normal”. Here – there, we don’t care. God’s will be done has been our prayer, fingers off the whole thing!
We wait and ask only that our eyes stay tightly tuned into the process, the lesson being taught, the wisdom to be gained and light to be shared. The light grows dimmer in our vision, limbo is starting to feel like torture. Still no release.
Then I come across this treasure of words from Abba, Waynes book.
They shackled his (Joseph) feet with chains, and they bound him in irons; until the time when his Word proved true, God’s utterance kept testing him.
Is it ironic that that verse in Jeremiah became a project for memory back in June? I don’t think so. I’m not big on coincidences, cause I don’t believe God considers anything such.
Here’s a quote from Waynes book.
The whole book centers on Joseph’s story. Wow, what I’m learning! Its clear the testing we’ve encountered is no accident, and just like Joseph, we do not see what all God is doing, most of what He’s doing, in fact! Somewhere behind hidden doors, God’s moving fast and furious, solidifying His will, not just for us, but every single person that has been and will be effected by all this. We’re not the only ones waiting. ..everyone connected to this is waiting, family, friends, realtors, lenders, neighbors, everyone! Waiting and watching very closely because God said to us to go and now He’s held us for a time at the crossing. People are weary of the prospect of saying “goodbye” to us where we are, others can’t wait for us to arrive. What a strange turn of events and the circumstances just lay in front of us, waiting for God’s green light. Whichever way He gives it, all will welcome the release. Stay or go, it doesn’t matter.
Have my eyes stayed on You, my God and King? Is my devotion to You the brightest light? Oh, how my heart truly hopes so, dear Lord! May Your honor continue to stretch out my weary and waiting soul. Not for a house or for empty boxes, but Your Salvation displayed for all to see. Your beautiful timing and amazing will! Your strong protection and constant presence, no matter the situation! What a promise! Just like You were with Joseph, You are with us, through all. There is no greater gift! Test me, Adonai, and make true my devotion to You!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡