Awake! – Part 14 – The Powerful Exchange  

June 2, 2017 at 11:43 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , )

Hebrews 12:1-4

So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses (all those mentioned in chapter 11), let us, too, put aside every impediment – that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement – and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua – who, in exchange for the joy set before Him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God. Yes, think about Him who endured such hostility against Himself from sinners, so that you won’t grow tired or become despondent. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin.  

Do you think Yeshua (Jesus) knew what He was exchanging when He came here?

Philippians 2:6-11

Though He was in the form of God He did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force. On the contrary, He emptied Himself, in that He took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. And when He appeared as a human being, He humbled Himself still more by becoming obedient even to death – death on a stake as a criminal! Therefore God raised Him to the Highest Place and gave Him the Name above every Name; that in honor of the Name given Yeshua (Salvation), every knee shall bow – in heaven, on earth and under the earth – every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah IS Adonai – to the glory of God the Father.   

Indeed, He did! That last part, is what ‘the joy set before Him‘ is referring to in Hebrews. The Powerful Exchange for the Creation and man – which is pretty darn glorious – but even that is NOTHING compared to the glory of God, Himself! Now notice what it said in Hebrews why we are to think of Him – ‘so that you won’t grow tired or despondent’.   

To grow tired is well known to us. Fatique, the falling of eye lids, the state of being pulled into unconsciousness. Despondent, in Hebrew is: קצר – qotser –  which means: faint, cut down, shortness of spirit, disheartened. Two very applicable words to the state of being ‘asleep’ we are attempting to fight! What we have in these verses is the ‘smelling salt’ we are to apply to our ‘noses’ regularly to stay awake. 

Yeshua, gave up His ‘life’ in order to conquer death! The life He gave up was not the Life that is the Light of man, but the life of weakness held captive to sin. Often the life we mistakenly cling to. God is the ultimate in underhanding the enemy. The enemy thought he could kill Life, from the beginning he has thought this, and even now after Yeshua conquered death, he still seeks to convince us of the very lie he still believes! Sins greatest power is now transferred to Yeshua’s very Name (character)! 

2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; but He told me, “My grace is enough for you, for My power is brought to perfection in weakness.”   

Zephaniah 3:15-17

Adonai has removed the judgements against you, He has expelled your enemy; the King of Israel, Adonai, is right there with you.  You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen. On that Day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion! Don’t let your hands droop down. Adonai your God is right there with you, as a Mighty Savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, He will be silent in His love, He will shout over you with joy.” 

Colossians 1:11-13

We pray you will be continually strengthened with all the power that comes from His glorious Might; so that you will be able to persevere and be patient in any situation, joyfully giving thanks to the Father for having made you fit to share in the inheritance of His people in the Light. He rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.    

Hebrews 11:32-38

What more should I say? There isn’t time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Daniel, Samson, Jepthah, David, Samuel and the prophets; who, through trusting, conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, received what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, had their weaknesses turned to strength, grew mighty in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead resurrected; other people were stretched on the rack and beaten to death, refusing to be ransomed (deceived, swayed, bought by bribery or manipulation), so that they would gain a better resurrection.  Others under went trials of being mocked and whipped, then chained and imprisoned.  They were stoned, sawed in two, murdered by the sword; they went about clothed in sheep skins and goat skins, destitute, persecuted, mistreated, wandering about in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground! The world was not worthy of them! All of these had their merit attested because of their trusting. Nevertheless, they did not see what had been promised (Yeshua), because God had planned something better that would involve us, so that only with us would they be brought to the goal.   

Again in Psalms 119 we see King David as the example of all this. 

Psalms 119:107-112

I am very much distressed; Adonai, give me life, in keeping with Your Word. Please accept my mouths voluntary offerings, Adonai, and teach me Your Rulings. I am continually taking my life in my hands, yet I haven’t forgotten Your Torah. The wicked have set a trap for me, yet I haven’t strayed from Your Precepts. I take Your instruction as a permanent Heritage, because it is the joy of my heart. I have RESOLVED to obey Your laws forever, at every step.   

David never saw Yeshua in the flesh, but He knew Him! When Yeshua came, died, conquered, rose again, and anointed His church, sending them out…they brought the baton now being passed – onto you and me – the goal is now in sight! Let us not fall asleep! Every cloud in the sky is shouting for joy of Him whose feet will soon ride them to the finish line!

Hebrews 9:26-28

… But as it is, He has appeared once at the end of the ages in order to do away with sin through the sacrifice of Himself. Just as human beings have to die once, but after this comes judgement, so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to deliver those who are eagerly waiting for Him!  

It’s so important to understand our weakness in the Light of God’s Word. For many many out there are speaking truth but they are human, have weaknesses and therefore the enemy wants us to ignore their witness to the Truth. To disqualify them because their flaws become apparent. Let’s face it, we all have them. It’s often taught that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was some physical condition. It ignores the statement following which speaks of the adversary. This is huge fellow-sheep! I dare say that Paul suffered indeed in a physical way perhaps, but the manifestation of the flesh always comes from inside, where we think no one else can see, save God. A heart that cries out to God to remove all things that are sinful and ugly from within is wide awake, but falsely taught that it will then have no faults, weaknesses or constant struggle. This is a lie. There is no one on earth right now without some flaw in almost every arena conceivable! We are always wrong or in error or ignorant in some perception of God, of the world around us, of people we know, people we don’t…God takes His time and has a perfect plan in His correction. This is why Yeshua made it clear that He is the Way, The Truth, and the Life! Truth is our waking salt! We must learn to disconnect the message from the messenger at times! The Truth still applies even in the imperfect and weak human beings that seek it and speak it! Does not the Truth continue to teach in times and language of culture? The Truth about our government will not be found in the language of detail of America today in our Bibles, but the principle of Truth found in it apply to all kingdoms that rise and fall. Truth takes us to Himself, always leads to Yeshua! Just as all falseness leads to the enemy! In truth, each path is quite short but often with a labyrinth of paths that attempt to distract. Wits are essential but coupled with humility. Questions are pivotal to answers. From here, I will begin to expose the labyrinth. Some people will bother you, look passed them. The information I’ve chosen to use is fact based and easily able to be found by anyone who wants to follow the facts themselves. I’ve labored and prayed over each video. I’ve done my own homework. Homework is to me, to look into the facts myself and then prayerfully place the Word of God over it to see if it lines up. I asked questions like: are these truths essential to one’s walk with God? Will this completely change the choices one can make for Truth or for wickedness? Is this something You, God, think I should share? 

Some videos will be long, all are worth every second you spend on them. Likewise, wisdom, would have you share them. If we love someone we give them Truth and trust His hands to hold them, lead them, guide them. No one is more trustworthy!  

These are the cusp of every choice we make, every day. Sounds dramatic, truly I say, it’s not drama – drama is make believe/not real/entertainment. The Word of God is foundational, real, and serious! Remember what David said in Psalms 119? ‘I have resolved to obey Your laws forever – at every step!’  Every step is every decision, every choice, every day – forever! Truth is paramount to choice! No Truth – and sleepiness will fall upon one in such a way that one will not realize they are the walking dead. Funny how this theme is so prevalent in all forms of entertainment these days, don’t you think? Zombies, rabid infections, morphing humans into half animal creatures. We are not half anything dear brothers and sisters, we are fully human – beautiful in the eyes of God! His eyes are wide open though they may sting with the sight of us (truth) – shall we not trust Him to adjust our eyes to remain open though like so many before us, and Yeshua, Himself, we may weep uncontrollably at times because what we see is horrid, hard and seems hopeless. Is He not the One the Word speaks of? ‘Adonai is right there with you, Mighty to save!’ His hope will color the pictures we see! 

James 5:19-20

My brothers, if one of you wanders from the Truth, and someone causes him to return, you should know that whoever turns a sinner from his wandering path will save him from death and cover many sins!  

Those are words full of power! Full of wakefulness! Full of joy! The joy of heaven! May God grant us the strength in our weakness to face the Truth and brave to share it and enter in to the inheritance given us by Yeshua, Salvation for all who call upon His Name!

✡ Grace and peace be ours in full measure, with His Truth to set us on a firm foundation, opening the eyes to search for Him wherever He may be found, and ready to see Him coming again! Come soon, Yeshua our Salvation, come soon! Until then, keep us working in Your Kingdom to the glory of God our Father, Amen! ✡


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