Pivotal Questions: # 1

July 21, 2018 at 6:30 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , )

Knowing that the age we live in is often referred to as the age of deceit, I felt this series is important. I pray the Spirit of The Living God, The Truth, The Way, The Life – Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah will guide you as you think about this very contorted and confusing topic – be made clear. For His Name sake and His glory…

The question isn’t: Does God give us the right to bear arms?

God gives us the option of choices. Always. He will never and never has taken this away from us. He is the only One who can.

Based on the things Yeshua said and did… the question is…

It’s the right to bear arms a Kingdom of God fight? Do you think your ‘right to bear arms’ will be a subject of judgement on the Last Day? Who do you really rely on to protect you (your loved ones and possessions)?

Here are some scriptures for further inspection and reflection on this subject.

John 5:37

John 8:12-18; 31

John 10:25-30

John 12:23-26

John 18:36-37

Matthew chapters 5 & 6

Ephesians 6:10-18

There are some questions in which the answer you accept as truth dictate your actions, which point to what you really believe. Or rather WHO. Life and death hang on Who we follow and emulate, not what right we have. Choice isn’t a right, it’s a gift… we honor the Giver of that gift by choosing His Way. Or we choose ours. There’s no inbetween. There are “black and white” vivid answers to questions. In fact 90% of the time the shades of grey are to be considered, it’s His consideration to do the shading… not ours. He has been clear for those who love Him, more than their lives, their homes, their rights. The enemy blurs the lines with shades of grey. God in His grace is clear. We are not to confuse choices with rights.

✡ May Yeshua the Messiah strengthen us and enable us to see through the deceit and choose – in the power of the Spirit – for the glory of His Name, to follow Him! Now and forever more…✡

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The Bride and the Crown

May 28, 2018 at 6:14 pm (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , )

Here is the Truth, may it set you free! By the power and the Name of Yeshua the Messiah!

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Darkness Highlights Hope

March 30, 2018 at 11:37 pm (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , )

Hebrews 10:23

Let us continue holding fast to the hope we acknowledge, without wavering; for the One who made the Promise is trustworthy.  

With each passing day, my heart cries out for Home. Whether it’s because of my own hurts and sufferings or watching loved ones hurt and suffer. Watching the world in heavy labor. One would have to be lethargic to just be happily going about their life as if the air isn’t fairly cracking with spiritual energy that snaps it’s fingers by an ear and it rings for hours. 

Passover…a very special festival. One that Yeshua (Jesus), Himself, became! The church sleeps in the Easter Bunnies nest, making merry and turning the knobs to appropriately sober for the death and resurrection of their Savior. Yet, Yeshua didn’t say celebrate my death and resurrection. No, it was Passover He was observing, as commanded by God, when He said “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Not Easter, not Resurrection day. Why do we change things? 

I’m heavy with the disturbance it causes to ask such questions. So simple, yet uncomfortable. Why? The same Bible I read, is the same most my brethren read. Why is the fact that Yeshua is a Jew/Hebrew, who followed the Hebrew ways that God instructed from the beginning, why is this so full of controversy? I know more people willing to go blind over a neighbors skin color, sexual orientation….yada yada…but everyone must turn the Savior into their own personal preference for safety? I’m unsure what others call that, but in my book, if someone wants to paint me other than I am in order to “like” me, they really have no interest in me. From my 47 years of experience, 90% of those on earth feel the same way. So why do we make the Savior – God, different than He is and call it loving and serving Him? 

Let’s look at Passover, put in ‘christianeese’. God commanded the festival to be observed in perpetuity. They were to bring in a young male Lamb, and kill it on the third day. Why command them to bring the Lamb inside before they killed it? It’s important for the life you get out of a life to mean something to you. Ask any farmer and they’ll tell you, they keep their distance from their “food animals”. In other words, they don’t get brought inside. 

Then God commanded that they eat the entire lamb, nothing was to be “left over”. An odd command? Not if you think like a Hebrew. To eat something completely is to accept the WHOLE offering. Leaving nothing out, it becomes a part of you, living on in you. You then take this offering/sacrifice with you always in your spirit. Humility. Thankfulness. It marks you on the inside. When you bond with a young lamb and then eat it entirely, it changes you. 

Everyone focuses on the lambs blood on the door post. The outside. I can count on one hand and have fingers left over, how many times I’ve heard a sermon about the topic above, the inside stuff. As always, humans focus on the outside. Not to negate the importance of that blood, it’s what the spirit of death looked for to ‘pass over’ the house – spare it.

Yet here we come to Yeshua, the Passover Lamb Himself. If our hearts and minds are not covered in His blood, the same thing happens to us. God makes physical everything He aims to hammer in spiritually. Which is why He commanded the perpetual observance of this festival. He knew we needed physical connections to Him. If you have never experienced a real Messianic Passover sedar you are missing out! It is so full of meaning upon meaning that the perpetual need to observe it is absolutely needed! 

The darkness is closing in dear fellow-sheep. The hour draws near. The temptation is to thank God He’s coming soon, or beg Him to so that our world can be made right. But it’s HIS world, He’s correcting, not ours. Every minute and hour, day and week, week and month, month and year was planned very careful by Adonai to bring Egypt about…the whole Israeli freedom movement…Moses story….

Meaning upon meaning was what He built the mechanism that drove the time wheels forward to that first Passover, the same to the one Yeshua became. The same to this one. Are you full on the riches of it all? You can be. We all can be…like Yeshua…having consumed every part of Him, leaving nothing out…full of His Likeness. Passed over by death again and again…

It’s then that we understand this present darkness illuminates the Hope, it doesn’t darken it. 

Today is the first day of Passover. Follow Yeshua, Jesus…let Him show you from the beginning what it means. Why it is commanded of us to observe. It’s not a jewish thing. It’s a God thing. It’s His thing. It’s WHO He is!

✡ May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be with you…always…He comes soon!✡

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His Question

February 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Jeremiah 15:18

Why is my pain unending, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You be for me like a deceptive vadi, which is only sometimes filled with water? 

I’m willing to bet that this question has passed through the heart of every human being – ever. You see, Jeremiah is conversing with God. Now I’m not saying that this question has been asked directly to God by each human. Hence, why so often the question goes unanswered to many. Just a little common sense: you don’t ask a dentist why your toe nail won’t grow correctly. Or the post office delivery driver why your faucet is leaking. The human condition – any human condition can only be answered by the One who MADE humans. Yes?

In the verse above Jeremiah asks, will You be for me like a deceptive vadi? Do you know what a vadi is? It’s a ravine meaning a place of refreshing, calm and peaceful. In essence he’s asking is this peace I find in You real? He’s asking because there’s no difference between his world and the content of confusion and chaos in it than ours today. The assault on the mind from without makes one wonder if that peace that surpasses our understanding given by the Spirit is real sometimes. It’s hard reality to be purposed inside for a Kingdom and physically live in another. Hence, the latter half of the question: which is only sometimes filled with water? One minute the strength of God flows from with us like a steady reliable current, the next it feels like our ravine enter drought territory and a sand bar has hung us up. 

I think everyone has that thorn, like Paul, that we ask God to remove persistently. Why is my pain unending, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? For some it’s the tendancy to sin in general, in whatever form it creeps in or out. For some it’s mental, fear, insecurity, anger, frustration, anxiety. For some it’s physical, illness, disease, chronic pain. 

It’s hard not to want to find that doctor or counselor or program or life style or diet or hobby or….to fix it, change it, alter it’s course at the very least, here on earth where we see, touch, smell, feel with our physical bodies. It’s hard to really believe the One who created us would counsel, instruct, and have all the answers we need. It’s even harder when His answer is like Pauls: My grace is sufficient, My power made perfect in your weakness. How does one accept that The Maker of our person would purpose us to have weakness, those that cause pain and confusion? 

What was His answer to Jeremiah?

This is ADONAI’S answer:

“If you return – if I bring you back – you will stand before Me. If you separate the precious from the base, you will be My spokesman. It will then be they who turn to you, not you who turn to them. Towards people I will make you a fortified wall of bronze – they will fight against you but not prevail against you; for I Am with you to save you and rescue you,” says ADONAI. “I will free you from the grasp of the wicked and redeem you from the clutches of the ruthless.”  (Jer. 15:19-21) 

Jeremiah’s thorn? To be God’s physical mouth piece in a world that didn’t want to hear from Him. What is God’s answer, “no problem let Me take you to those who want Me”? No. Only the promise that He would be with, save, rescue, free, redeem and strengthen Jeremiah to do what God made him for. He didn’t color coat the reality, (yep, they will fight against you, they will even come to you, still resistant, but they’ll come to you) 

It’s a rather interesting calling, eh? Not unlike each of ours. Ever had someone come to you repeatedly with the same woes, you pray with and for, give scripture for encouragement and strength, listen and shine with your words the Light of Life: and they keep coming back – even display all sorts of human madness in their behavior towards you? At times belittling, gossiping, slandering you, but to your face they seem a friend? At times distancing themselves from you, and you wonder, will they ever really want to know ME?  At times angry at you because you won’t “come their way” in your thinking? Is there any of these that God, Himself, doesn’t know far more intimately in experience with every human ever created? Including you? So how can He have the audacity to ask it of us? And not only ask us to experience all that but to forgive and remain faithful!? The question is, do we want to become more like Him or like the us we can be without Him. He is faithful and forgives beyond reckoning to our finite minds. It is possible to do as He does – but not without Him. 

For this mitzvah which I Am giving you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach. It isn’t in the sky, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ Likewise, it isn’t beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ On the contrary, the Word is very close to you – in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, YOU CAN DO IT!  ~ Deuteronomy 30:11-14

In all the search for purposes and meanings to one’s life, the search will end only when they find what Paul, Moses, Jeremiah (and the list goes on) found. That every thought, every function, every action – everything depended on the constant communication and obedience to the One who made them. That He was at the center of every question, and His answers were THE only answers. That doing as He did, does and what He tells them is THE purpose of their existence. That the vadi wasn’t deceptive – or only sometimes filled with water: the world around them is. Yes, that includes those “good things and people” in that world. Nothing can be completely relied upon but Him. Not family, not friends, not that great feeling of accomplishment in any thing on this earth, not romance, not adrenaline rushed fun, not hard work and persistence, not anything here, no concept of man for lasting peace and happiness. And heres the real kicker: not even your own process to having that relationship with God. He will change it up just to remind you: you don’t have what is needed to live life to the full here on your own. It’s all Him, dependant on Him – let Him go for one second and see how far you fall. Yet He’s faithfulness to teach us, His patience and great desire for us to be that connected to Him never ceases. We fall, always into His hands, we fly, always in His Spirit, we run, always in His strength, we forgive, always on the measure in which we receive His forgiveness, we speak His Truth, or we speak lies, we offer kindness, always on the kindness we experience from Him alone, we have compassion, always on our ability to see His compassion for us….we exist with purpose only based on the finding of that purpose IS Him! 

It may sound boring or even incomprehensible to some. It is not, but the job of convincing is not ours. Jeremiah’s question is our question, his answer – our answer. It will not change with time, generations, cultures, fads, society, conditions on this earth. It has and always will remain the same: 

Who do you say that I Am?”

How can one answer such a question without knowing Him? Common sense alone teaches: to know something or someone, one must drive thru the halls of that thing or person forever, without quitting to really know them or it. They must have actual experiences with that thing or person. It is not something you can draw a conclusion to and categorize and file away. It’s living, moving, constant experience. Or it’s dead. Sacrifice comes in the form of giving up your right to define everything from your perspective. Sacrifice is love! The first and most important instruction from God?

“Sh’ma Yisrael! ADONAI Eloheinu, Adonai achad  (Hear, Israel! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one); and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. These words, which I Am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you travel on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, and write them on the door-frame of your house and on your gates. ~ Deuteronomy 6:4-9 

Notice the total consumption that this entails. It’s not once a day, once a week, even once an hour. It’s constant, continual. 

For those who have a hard time undertaking the old Testament is one with the new. 

“Rabbi, which of the mitzvot in the Torah is the most important?” He (Yeshua – Jesus) told them, “You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  ~ Matthew 22:36-37   

If sacrifice is love, as defined as above, then this first and most commandment would definitely demand an all consuming nature to constantly be giving up our perspective for His, in everything, in every second, in every circumstance, with everyone and everything we encounter, Forever! 

What kind of depth do you allow for the kind of peace and contentment in this world in your living for God? How consuming is it? Is Jeremiah’s question your question? Are you asking the One who can answer? Will you accept with joy and purpose His answer no matter if it’s the one you want? Are you looking for your purpose for existing?

May you be found by Him, and know…

✡ Grace and peace to you, in the Name and person, Yeshua the Messiah, now and forever! ✡

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Five Agreements That Are Killing Millennials | Ransomed Heart

February 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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