Shabbat Shalom! The Joy of Yeshua

May 25, 2017 at 11:07 pm (Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

Anyone who has followed me on this blog has likely picked up that I am fond of the Hebrew language and the beauty of the traditions our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) was brought up in and part of. 

There is a growing anomosity and misunderstanding in the believing community I’d like to separate myself from. This takes clarity on my part. First, I’m not what some would term part of the “Hebrew Roots” movement. Second, I don’t affiliate myself with any ‘movement’ in this regard. I simply asked one day, “who are You, Yeshua?” (Jesus at the time as that was the name I was raised to call Him by). I still call Him Jesus, and Yeshua. I am not of those who think the pronunciation of His name is cataclysmic to one’s walk with Him. God sees the heart, He has known when I said Jesus, who I was referring to every time. There are those who argue, insanely in my humble opinion, that His name should be said and spelled in various forms in Hebrew to the point of division within the body. I am vehemently against this kind of division! There are 100’s of languages spoken on this planet today. In every language Yeshua/Jesus, the Son of the Living God, God of the Bible, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the Father of Yeshua, has revealed Himself. God knows who is calling to Him and who is not. We are not to knock heads over semanitics. The only arguments I’ve entertained in a calm discussion format is the comparison that all gods in all religions are referring to God Almighty of the Bible, not true; and the subject of rigidity within the body of pronunciation of Yeshua in Hebrew. I simply refer to the Apostle Paul’s instruction for this not to be found in the body of Messiah (Christ). 

Moving on…I believe in answer to my prayer, God began to show me what Yeshua grew up with, the language and culture. This took me back to why God called Abraham out and made the Hebrew nation in the first place. So in getting to know Yeshua more, just like He said, I would see the Father more! The Hebrew language made the Word make sense in ways that it never did, and made it more than it was before. Not the forbidden ‘adding to” but the deepening of its richness. Example: in the hebraic perspective what is “in front of us” is what we have known/know – our past and present – because we can see it. What is “behind us” is the future – what we can’t see and don’t know. Now let’s look at a scripture that often confused me growing up. 

Luke 9:62

To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.” 

Now to put this in context: three people talk to Yeshua about following Him, one declares he’ll follow Him wherever He goes and Yeshua responds about the foxes and birds that have places to lay their heads but He does not. The second asks to go home and bury his dad first, Yeshua responds to let the dead bury the dead but tells him to follow Him. The third says, I’ll follow You but let me say good bye to the people at home to which the verse above is Yeshua’s response. 

His last response here was to all three of the people in the section of verses and all those listening to the conversations. There is no doubt theres alot to be taken from this section of scripture but I’m focused on the hebraic perspective above. I was always taught that “looking back” was the referring to the past. Taken from this perspective one can still gleen from scripture a good lesson. Not to let the past define your present and thus your future, not to get stuck in the past and so on and so forth. All good and worthy but not what Yeshua was saying! Yeshua spoke from the hebraic perspective, He is saying don’t get caught up trying to figure out everything; past, present or future, just follow Him! This perspective ties all three examples together and speaks a powerful instruction especially for those who would believe and follow Him when He returned to the Right Hand of the Father. Another example is the word peace, means completeness/wholeness in Hebrew, not absence of strife. It changes the way you understand what He means when He says this word! If you look in the books of Kings and Chronicles you will find this phrase in every reference to each leader/King…”so and so did what was evil/good from God’s perspective”  This is very important. Man is ever taking things and putting them in their own perspective and acting on that perspective. To Follow Yeshua, in other words, to do as He did, think as He thought and act as He acted on – one must submit to The Father’s perspective. It’s not how we think of things that matters it’s how God does. I don’t refrain from murder because I just think murder is wrong, I refrain from murder because God says it’s wrong. Let’s face it, many people refrain from murder because they just don’t like it or agree with it or even have the ability to see it as okay. Yet, there is a difference between them (driven by morality) and one who acts only on what God says is good and refrains to act on what God says is bad. It’s becoming a child of His Kingdom or just a nice child of this one. It’s like taking His mark, rather than being marked by this world. Every time my heart transforms into the image of His likeness it because it simply trusts God because He’s God. I don’t get the credit for being good in this case, God gets the credit for transforming me through trust/faith. 

So this is how my mind has been transformed the most. It’s not that I wasn’t a Believer before I embarked on learning the Hebraic perspective, it just grew me up more in Him, enabled me to Follow Yeshua. This is how God has moved me. It’s not a prescription to follow, it’s not personal to anyone but me and Adonai. It may encourage one to look into the things I say because they, too, find their hearts being drawn closer to the God who made them, if so, PRAISE ADONAI! If not, it’s not “sign” that God is not doing the same for anyone else but differently. (Not differently that theres any other way except through Yeshua, I must qualify this!) 

As a result, we celebate the Sabbath. Friday evening as the sun sets we light the candles, break bread, and drink the wine with their messianic hebrew blessings. Again from the hebraic perspective, one learns that God gave the instructions for these things for a very good reason. To act on something is to make it a part of you. God wants us to enter His rest, not our own. Yeshua never failed to do the Sabbath – not one time; and it was His joy! Let’s be honest, He could not afford not to enter His Father’s rest! Neither can I! There is something beautifully mysterious about acting on the ushering in and participation of the Sabbath. It’s not legalism, it’s worship and honor in my heart that motivates me. I don’t believe I’m better because I do it or I get special kudos from God. Except that which comes from being united with Yeshua and in turn with the Father as Yeshua says in John 17. 

Perhaps you may want to know what this ushering in of the Sabbath looks like?

I will tell you what we do, having learned from various Messianic (meaning those who follow Yeshua as Messiah) resources.

We have two candle holders, a kaddish cup, and plate for the bread (a simple glass and plate will do). At just before sunset on Friday night we say the following blessings, I light the candles, say a silent prayer, we then say the blessings over the bread and wine, and say a prayer over each other (my husband, Sam and I). If our children were there we would say the blessings for children. They are grown and not living near us but we still count them in our prayers. Here are the blessings. 

To usher in Sabbath, all present recite:

I then cover my head with a scarf as a symbol of my coming under God’s Authority. I light the candles, reaching with both hands out beyond the candles and pulling my hands forward to my face three times in honor and welcome of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to receive His light, resting my hands over my face in a silent prayer. Then together we recite this blessing:

We then recite the blessing over the bread, break and eat. 

Then we recite blessing over wine, and drink. 

(I apologize if the pictures are hard to read, but it’s alot to type, my prayer is printed out or zoomed in on,  its legible) 

We then say our prayers with and over each other, at times Sam will just pray over us, we don’t allow our personal hearts to become formal, we want God to move in us. Reverence is never to be confused with religious formality. 

We are still learning hebrew, so we follow the English transliterated and English. We are learning and have fun with it, again it’s not meant to be legalistic. 

I pray this encourages you in your following of Yeshua. May He come soon with the shalom of eternity!

✡ Grace and peace to you in full measure in Yeshua the Messiah ✡

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“Don’t Let Go!”

March 7, 2017 at 12:36 am (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’ve just spent days looking everywhere for some depiction of Yeshua (Jesus) in such a posture to His people. Surely, when He cried out,

Yerushalayim! (Jerusalem) Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just like a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused! Look! God is abandoning your house to you, leaving it desolate. For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Adonai’,” (Matt. 23:37-39)

Surely, He had tears in His eyes, His whole body shaking with the passion of a God who has been pleading with His people for thousands of years! Look at Samwise Gamgee’s face!

Do you remember? Do you remember how deep the feeling went through you watching this scene? “Don’t let go,” (passionate plea), then fiercely…”Don’t you let go!” This scene pales in comparison to Yeshua at the moment He said those words above. Listen here:

Yes, the correct translation of this verse uses the word plead, not contend, not argue. Plead! In hebrew the word is like strive defined as: the responsibility of the master is to strive for the survival and protection of the house. This is exactly what Yeshua’s Words are reflecting in Matthew. 

For those who are not profoundly aware of the significance of this let me paint the picture. 

God is pleading! The God who made the universe, everything we’ve ever seen, touched, smelt, tasted, known, observed. Everything macrobiotic, microscopic, and so big you can’t stick it under a scope. Powerful enough to split a sea, and the ground is instantly dry. Powerful enough to raise the dead, heal the worst illness, but more profoundly make a broken heart whole! (Nothing and noone has ever, nor will ever be able to do this but Him) The One who made the fastest, and most brilliant computer in all creation: your brain! No matter how hard we try, we will never ever be able to come close to it, and all these geniuses trying  – know it, they do. This God, is pleading, striving for the survival and protection of a people that have more a history of rejecting Him than not! This should send us all to our knees in awe alone, much less total and complete repentance. There is no human on earth (Save Yeshua) who has ever displayed the patience He does, the forgiveness, the grace, the mercy, the loving-kindness, and faithfulness. We could live forever in this state we are in now, trying as hard as we could and never even scratch the surface of the depth of these things about God. Yes! Even enabled by the covering of Yeshua’s blood, indwelt by His Spirit, we have no mark upon the history of all these in God! As we all know, it’s only because of Him we can scratch at it in the first place. Let this sink in dear brothers and sisters! Try to multiply the scene from Lord of the Rings by a billion, then see and hear Yeshua saying to you. 

Your name! Your name! You kill the teachers! You reject those sent to you! (Family, friends, neighbors, and yes, even those crazies on the corner of the street holding those signs) How I want to gather you and your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you are refusing! Look! I’m about to abandon this place I’ve made for you to live (house), it will be destroyed. For I tell you, unless you learn the full meaning of “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of Adonai”- you will never see Me!”

 (Adapted to fit our culture today and times we live in now. Then it was prophetically said just prior to His death and resurrection, now the chances are running out – completely! He won’t be riding thru the city on a donkey to display the opportunity for forgiveness. This time, He’ll be coming on the steed of war to judge! And His judgement will be more accurate than anything the world has ever known!)

It might help you to know that the exact same type of pleading was done by God in these verses. 

Romans 1:18-22

What is revealed is God’s anger from Heaven against all the godlessness  and wickedness of people who in their wickedness KEEP SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH;  because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them.  For ever since the creation of the universe His invisible qualities – both His eternal power and His divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what He has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify Him as God or thank Him. On the contrary they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. (Because He does not LIVE THERE) Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals, reptiles (things those empty images make, like computers, sciences that make it OK to be without conscience, without love, selfish)! 

Dare not believe for an instance that these words are not coming straight from a pleading God. Paul wrote them, his heart united with Yeshua to enable him, just like Jeremiah in the verse above, or Matthew, but only a God, pleading, reaching out, far extended, would put these words together to point to the way out even as He points out the way of futility! Think of the fact that these words were written over two thousand years ago, with the urgency and passion they contain. How so, now, do you think His countenance is in these last days? 

Think of our children, as they rebel, do we not plead for them to get their thinking right, at the first? And as they continue and we watch, do we not reduce our posture to abandon all pride and BEG! PLEAD! Plead with them to heed the road ahead? Do we think we reflect some inkling of good we possess to do this? No, it is the image of Him we’ve all been made in;  that desperation for our children’s good; that can’t help but be reflected in us. If you do not beg and plead with your children to turn and go in that good way, you may want to look into the dullness your heart has become suppressed with. I am sick of the posture of the world today that suggest that we are fools to shout ‘fire in the house!’ in order that some may not be burned alive; if this is called good in any way, it is a lie! 

Proverbs, chapter 4, the whole thing is one big long plea of God to His people! Think of Him on His knees, as it were, hands held out in supplication, tears running down His face, no less God because of it, but more God! 

Exodus 23:13; 21-22

Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the Names of other Gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips. 

Pay attention to him (Moses), listen to what he says and do not rebel against him; because he will not forgive any wrong doing of yours, since My Name resides in him. But if you listen to what he says and do everything I TELL YOU then I will be an enemy to your enemies and foe to your foe.  

Same thing here, same pleading nature, not finger pointing, condemning, shaming is He. Begging, pleading that we see His goodness, understand He instructs according to His nature, His design. Who do we build our house in security with? The One who designed the house or the builders? Are you deceived in believing that because the builders seem to be the ones building that they can be trusted without blue prints? God has the blue prints to all things, when He is good enough to bend down and show us them, are we not fools if we decide to just chance things another way? Notice the time frame of this scripture…from the beginning He’s been trying, pleading, forgiving, trying again, pleading, warning, forgiving, trying again, warning, pleading, forgiving……you begin to see I pray. 

He sees how easily we become distracted and lost, like sheep. He’s looking down, hand stretched out, pleading – even though we’ve toiled to get this evil thing off our neck, to destroy it, yet upon the cusp of victory we’ve changed our minds, then fought for the right to do so, went over the edge, tempted to just let go…

Don’t you let go….hold on! Take My hand!”    

This Mighty God is saying to you now, pleading…though He could just let you fall as a consequence to your own choice to ignore Him, no, the One True God, the Only God, He is tearfully, bloody with you from the travels, grasping to save you. Yeshua the Messiah. 

Take His hand, don’t let go!

🔯 May the grace and peace that comes only through the Messiah, Yeshua, be yours in full measure. He is able to catch you and keep you from falling, may the Spirit of Truth open your eyes and ears to Him. And teach you what it means to say, “Blessed is He that has come, and is coming, in the Name of Adonai!” 🕎🔯

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February 27, 2017 at 5:41 am (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , )

Who do you say that He is?

Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 15; 18; 21-25 (emphasis mine, but HIS idea)

So God created human kind in His own image; in the image of God He created him.  Male and female He created them. 

Then, Adonai, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of Life, so that he became a living being. 

Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it. 

Adonai, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.  

Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, He took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which He took it with flesh. The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, He made a woman-person and He brought her to the man-person. The man-person said, “At last! This is bone of my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman because she was taken out of Man. This is why a man is to leave his  father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh. They were both naked, the man and his wife, AND THEY WERE NOT ASHAMED!  

2 Kings 19:25-28

Haven’t you heard? Long ago I made it; in antiquity I produced it; and now I Am making it happen: you are turning fortified cities into heaps of ruins; while their inhabitants, shorn of power, are disheartened and ashamed, weak as grass, frail as plants, like grass in the rooftops or grain scorched by the east wind. 

But I know when you sit, when you leave, when you enter – and when you rage against Me. And because of your rage against Me, because of your pride that has reached My ears, I Am  putting My hook in your nose and My bridle on your lips; and I will make you return by the way on which you came.  

Isaiah 31:2

But He too is wise and can bring disaster, and He does not take back His Words; He will rise against the house of evil doers and against the help of those who do wrong.  

Isaiah 45:6-7

I Am arming you, although you don’t know Me, so that those from the east and those from the west will know that there is none besides Me – I Am Adonai; there is no other. I form Light, I create darkness; I make well-being, I create woe; I, Adonai, do all these things. 

Isaiah 47:10-15

You were at ease in your wickedness, you thought, “no one sees me.” Your “wisdom” and your “knowledge” perverted you, as you thought to yourself, “I am important, and no one else.” Yet disaster will befall you, and you won’t know how to charm it away; calamity will come upon you, and you won’t be able to turn it aside; ruin will overcome you, suddenly, before you know it. So, for now, keep on with your powerful spells and your many occult practices; from childhood you have been working at them; maybe they will do you some good, maybe you will inspire terror! You are worn out with all your consultations – so let the astrologers and stargazers, the monthly horoscope-makers, come forward now and save you from the things that will come upon you! Look! They will be like straw! The fire will consume them. They will not save even themselves from the power of the flame. It will not be coals for warming oneself, not a fire to sit beside! So much for your wizards, with whom you have worked all your life!  

Psalms 105:28

He sent darkness, and the land grew dark; they did not defy His Word!   

Lamentations 3:37-40

Who can say something and have it happen without Adonai’s commanding it? Don’t both bad and good proceed from the mouth of the Most High? Why should anyone complain, even a strong man, about the punishment for his sins? Let us examine and test our ways and return to Adonai.  

Matthew 24:6; 10-13

…see to it that you don’t become frightened. Such things must happen, but the end is yet to come. 

At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, many false prophets will appear and fool many people; and many people’s love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah. But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered. And this Good News about the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whole world as a witness to all the Goyim (gentiles). It is then that the end will come.   

He who has ears, let him hear!

Stand at the Crossroads and shout Truth where it may be heard! The Lord God Almighty, is at work and our rest is close at hand!

🔯Grace and peace to you in Yeshua the Messiah!🕎

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The DNA of God’s Language

February 20, 2017 at 10:09 pm (Psalms, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

To my Dad, David Joseph Lawson, who recently asked his mishpachah (family) to study Psalms 1, and pray over each family member from it this month (February). As a young child, he had my sister and I memorize this Psalms, it has remained engraved on my heart since then. Thank you Dad, for this gift. Now some 35-40 years later this study has further circumcised my heart and illuminated my path, taking me straight to our Abba Father, yoked to Yeshua our Messiah! May Elohim get the glory and do wonders and miracles as we follow your lead. 

I’ve taken a picture of my notes for this blog. What should astound right away is that this blog only consist of the Word – Psalms; and the number – 1. Meaning Psalms 1.

This isn’t meant to be readable, but ya get the gist. 😉

Sadly I have not figured out how to type with both Hebrew and English in this application. So I’ll do the best I can to pull my notes together here. 

Tehillim is the Hebrew plural for Song of Praise. It also means: to make a melody. It also can mean: to prune. 

Hmmm…what does pruning have to do with songs of praise and melodies?As soon as I saw the part about pruning, I immediately thought of the following scriptures. Turns out that they pulled the entire study together.

John 15:1-3

I am the real vine, and My Father is the Gardner. Every branch which is part of Me but fails to bear fruit, He cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Right now, because of the Word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.   

Hebrews 4:12-13

See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged swordit cuts right through to where the soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account. 

Psalms 146:6

Let high praises of God be in their throats, but a two-edged sword in their hands

Isaiah 49:2

He has made my mouth like a sharp sword while hiding me in the shadow of His hand; He has made me like a sharpened arrow while concealing me in His quiver.    

Any number of Psalms and their many verses start to pour out from each of these verses. Adding, adding, stretching, expanding and deepening the very beginning…two small things: Psalms 1. See here, when you take the Hebrew letters and dig into the meaning of each letter of Tehillim what they say.   


Now let’s do the number 1. In Hebrew numbers are letters, the letters of the aleph-bet. So the first letter is ALEPH = 1

Note: the number 1 by aleph, and the other letters that spell the letter aleph (the other numbers I won’t cover here, keeping it applicable: Psalms 1) 

I then investigated the meaning of each letter. 

The letter aleph means: strong, power, leader. In ancient Hebrew, which was pictographs it was drawn as an ox head. All the words that are included within this letter are: 

Ox muscle – strongest of the livestock

Yoke – the ox is placed in a yoke to pull a load or plow

Chief – a leader, often yoked to a youngster to teach

Ram – strong leader of the flock

Stag – strong leader of the forest

Fat tail – the strong part of a sheep

Pillar/Arch – strong supports of a structure or building. 

This is just the single letter aleph broken down. The next letter in the spelling of aleph is: Lamed.

Lamed is written like a shepherds staff reaching out to crook a sheep back into the fold, in ancient Hebrew pictographs form. It means: Staff of Might and to Teach. Here are the words connected to Lamed:

To/toward – the staff was used to push or pull one of the flock in a direction. 

Authority – a staff is a sign of the shepherd’s authority. 

Yoke – like the “staff” on the shoulders of oxen for directing

Bind/ Tie – from the fastening of the yoke. 

As you can see in the pictures for Lamed, there is a spelling for the letter with two other letters in its spelling. To break these down, there is the Lamed seen above. The next letter is: Mem; which means: Mighty. The next letter is: Dalet; which means: Door. Taken all their meanings together Lamed means: to learn: to aquire knowledge or skill through instruction from One who is experienced (with authority). All three of Lamed’s letters together mean: to learn through the Mighty Door.

Just the letters Aleph and Lamed (the first two letters that spell Aleph) which is the number 1, mean: strong authority

The next letter in the spelling of Aleph is: Pey

The letter Pey in ancient Hebrew pictographs is represented by a horizontal oval meaning: Mouth. The letter Pey means: Open. 

Speak/word/blow – functions of the mouth. 

As seen in the picture above the letter; Pey is spelt with Pey and the letter; Hey – which means: Look. Together they mean: to open the mouth or speak of what you see (look).

The letter Pey in the spelling of the Word Aleph, which is the letter aleph representing the number 1: means: a Branch or staff as separated from the Tree – often used as an idiom – “to his/her own stick” meaning: alone or self. 

So taking all three of the letters that spell Aleph together: aleph/lamed/pey. Right out the door the number 1 means: the Strong Authority which keeps the Branch connected to the Tree. 

So….what does just Psalms 1 mean with all this put together? It basically tells the story of the verses themselves, backwards, forwards, taken apart, however you look at it. Psalms 1, was given to David by Adonai, His DNA identifies the Author!

Psalms 1: The Strong Authority which keeps the Branches connected to the Tree as they Learn through the Mighty Door and Open their Mouth to Speak of (sing/praise) what they see! 

 

So…to wrap up I would overwhelm you with His own Words, Mighty to save, worthy of eternal praise! Confirming far better the Strength of His language of old, that because we now have the access to so much knowledge and information, we in these last days can now study to show ourselves approved and be without excuse to Praise Him with our lives!

Isaiah 52:15

So now he will startle many nations; because of Him, kings will be speechless. For those who have not been told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand. 

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Yet there is a wisdom that we are speaking to those who are mature enough for it. But it is not the wisdom of this world or this world’s leaders, who are in the process of passing away. On the contrary, we are communicating a secret wisdom from God which has been hidden until now but which, before history began, God had decreed would bring us glory. Not one of this world’s leaders has understood it; because if they had, they would not have executed the Lord from whom this glory flows. But, as the Tanakh says,

No eye has seen, nor ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him. 

It is to us, however, that God has revealed these things. How? Through the Spirit. For the Spirit probes all things, even the profoundest depths of God. For who knows the inner workings of a person except the persons own spirit inside him? So too no one knows the inner workings of God except God’s Spirit. Now we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we might understand the things God has so freely given us. These are the things we are talking about when we avoid the manner of speaking taught by the Spirit, by which we explain things of the Spirit to people who have the Spirit. Now the natural man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God – to him they are nonsense! Moreover, he is unable to grasp them, because they are evaluated through the Spirit. But the person who has the Spirit can evaluate everything, while no one is in a position to evaluate him. 

For who has known the mind of Adonai? Who can counsel Him?

But we have the mind of the Messiah!  

Ephesians 3:1-20; 2 Peter 3:1-18 ☝

Isaiah 12:1-6

On that day you will say: 

I thank You, Adonai, because, although You were angry at me, Your anger is now turned away; and You are comforting me. See! God is my salvation (Yeshua). I am confident and unafraid; for Yah Adonai is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation!

Then you will joyfully draw water from the springs of Salvation. In that day you will say, ” Give thanks to Adonai! Call on His Name! Make His deeds known among the people’s, declare how exalted is His Name. Sing to Adonai, for He has triumphed – this is being made known throughout the earth. Shout and sing for joy, you who live in Tziyon (Zion); for the Holy One of Israel is with you in His Greatness!” 

Isaiah 32:3-4

The eyes of those seeing will not be closed, and the ears of those hearing will pay close attention. The minds of the impetuous will learn to weigh carefully, the tongues of the stutterers will speak readily and clearly.  

Isaiah 43:10

You are My witnesses, says Adonai, and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you can know and trust Me and understand that I am He – no god was produced before Me, nor will any be after Me.  

Psalms 35:28

Then my tongue will tell of Your righteousness and praise You all day long.  

Psalms 40:5; 8-10

How much You have done, Adonai my God! Your wonders and Your thoughts towards us – none can compare with You! I would proclaim them, I would speak about them but there’s too much to tell!

Doing Your will, my God, is my joy; Your Torah (Teachings) is in my inmost being. I have proclaimed what is right in the great assembly; I did not restrain my lips, Adonai, as You know. I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart but declared Your faithfulness and Salvation; I did not conceal Your grace and truth from the great assembly.   

Psalms 66:16

Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for me.  

Psalms 71:15-18

All day long my mouth will tell of Your righteous deeds and acts of salvation, though their number is past my knowing. I will come in the power of Adonai Elohim and recall Your righteousness, Yours alone. God, You have taught me since I was young and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. So now that I’m old and my hair is gray, don’t abandon me, God, till I have proclaimed Your Strength to the next generation, Your Power to all who will come.  

Psalms 119: 12-14; 46

Blessed are You, Adonai! Teach me Your Laws. I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings You have spoken. I rejoice in the way of Your instruction more than any kind of wealth. 

I will speak of Your Instructions even to kings without being afraid.  

Psalms 145:4-7

Each generation will praise Your Works to the next and proclaim Your Mighty acts I will meditate on the glorious Splendor of Your Majesty and on the story of Your Wonders. People will speak of Your awesome Power, and I will tell of Your great deeds. They will gush forth the fame of Your abounding goodness, and they will sing of Your Righteousness.  

Matthew 10:26-27; 32-33

So do not fear them; for there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light, what is whispered in your ear, proclaim on the house tops.  

Whoever acknowledges Me in the presence of others, I will also acknowledge in the presence of my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before others I will disown before My Father in heaven.   

Luke 8:39

“Go back to your home and tell how much God has done for you.” He went away proclaiming throughout the whole town how much Yeshua had done for him. 

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you testified so well to your faith before many witnesses.  

1 John 1:1-4

The Word, which gives life! He existed from the beginning. We have heard Him, we have seen Him with our eyes we have contemplated Him, we have touched Him with our hands! The life appeared and we have seen it.  We are testifying to it and announcing it to you  – eternal life! He was with the Father and He appeared to us. What we have seen and heard we are proclaiming to you; so that you too may have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.   

Revelation 5:13 

And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth and on the sea – yes, everything in them, saying, 

To the One sitting on the Throne and to the Lamb belong praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever! The four living beings said “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshipped.  

Revelation 6:9-10

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the alter the should of those who had been put to death for proclaiming the Word of God, that is, for bearing witness. They cried out in a loud voice, Sovereign Ruler, The Holy One, The True One, how long will it be before You judge the people living on earth and avenge our blood?  

Revelation 12:10-12; 17 

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, 

Now have come God’s victory, Power and kingship and the Authority of His Messiah; because the accuser of our brothers who accuses them day and night before God has been thrown out!

They defeated him because of the Lambs blood and because of the message of their witness.  Even facing death, they did not cling to life. 

Therefore, rejoice, heaven and you who live there! But woe to you, land and sea, for the adversary has come down to you and he is very angry, because he knows that his time is short!

The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God’s commands and bear witness to Yeshua.  

Revelation 22:12-21

Pay attention, says Yeshua, I am coming soon, and My rewards are with Me to give each person according to what he has done. I am the A (Aleph) and the Z (Tav), the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the Gates of the city! Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Yeshua, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come! Let everyone who hears say, Come! And let anyone who is thirsty come – let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge. I warn everyone hearing these words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. And if anyone takes anything away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the Holy city as described in this book. 

The One who is testifying to these things says, Yes, I am coming soon!

Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!

May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!

Now to God, who can Strengthen you, according to the Good News, in harmony with the revelation of the secret truth which is the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, kept hidden in silence for ages and ages, but manifested now through prophetic writings, in keeping with the command of God the Eternal, and  communicated to all the Gentiles, to promote in them trust-grounded obedience – to the Only Wise God, through Yeshua the Messiah, be the glory forever and ever! Amen. (Romans 16:25-27)

 


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The Joy of Being Part of God’s Kingdom

November 18, 2016 at 2:38 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , )

I was born into the world of Christianity. my parents were saved, most of my influential family members were saved. We went to church on Sunday, observed the holidays in view of God’s purpose in it – as best as it was taught to us. So the importance of all these things seems to have afforded me a foundation, right?

I’ve been reading Nehemiah. Chapters 8 – 10 are eye opening in relation to these things. Obviously, a blog post doesn’t afford to print out these chapters word for word. I rely upon your own seeking to read these for context. The basics here is this: God started a church here. Just look at all these people did, their commitment, their passion, their zeal and. …their JOY! I thought to myself, “I didn’t see that when I was young, and I don’t think my children did either.” It’s a disheartening thought. 

To be fair to those who served the Lord within the church, pastoral staff, worshipers, teachers, leaders and servers, I’d like to qualify: there are no fingers of blame in this blog. Nor to my family, parents or any other sector of fault finding avenue. There is nothing in my heart or mind following such paths with this. 

To learn from the past, apply in the present, in order to make a legacy. We must go back and find where our own thoughts, formulated opinions were influenced and formed. We must see where WE, ourselves, went wrong, not the masses, organizations, or institutions. These only have power to influence, not form. Yeshua (Jesus) proves this. 

After more study, ending up in many other books of the Word, I’ve noticed a huge impact. 

Read Deuteronomy 5:29-6:8.

When I think of conversation that flowed in my own family as a child, and then my own family with my own children. These scriptures are hard. The conclusion I come to is nobody knows how to do this very well. To talk excitedly about how cool God’s Word is, how His ways are so impressive, and trustworthy. To apply this context to everything we see, touch, smell, and do everyday. Somehow entertainment started to take presidence. I remember thinking it was hard, not fun to memorize scripture. Sometimes due to the fact that it was given as a task for punishment. Mostly because there was no context given as joy and application to its meaning in my life, where I was, at the time. Everything stayed on the level of salvation (what can be done for me). There didn’t seem to be more than that. What pleases God, what doesn’t. Yet what brings Him joy, this seemed to be missing. To the mind in my generation, I believe humans in general, but I’ll stick to my generation; What pleases God wasn’t connected to His joy, but rather His appeasement. No one delighted when I did the right thing, they only moved in swiftly when I didn’t. Everything had to be entertaining, this push was started before my generation, but by the Eighties this was epidemic. Worship was the only place I saw joy in church. The music was amazing, the show was fun. God’s Word was the duty part, not the highlight. The teachers had to be dynamic or “gifted” as many put it. I never met a “gifted” Sunday school teacher. No disrespect to them. At that time even school was not really about learning except to the geeks. It was about finding in our peers what was missing at home. So “Sunday school” it seemed to me was the same. The church seemed to be teetering on this brink of ‘stand out’ but acceptably. Set apart was taboo and meant alienation, most of my peers already felt this at home. Alienation from God never occurred to me as the saddress thing.  So one can see why appeasing God this way held little appeal. Not that it’s ever held appeal anyway. History again repeats this point. The world slowly invaded my perception of right and wrong. The passion and joy of talking about God and His ways as we walk on the way, sit or rise, etc…this was never introduced to me. I couldn’t give what I never got. The church became the teacher of children. Parents either didn’t know how or were too busy to fit it in. On both I stand guilty as charged. My heart breaks that my passion and joy in the Lord and His ways that I have now, was not there when my kids were young. There are good things my family passed on, faithfulness. I remained steady in my quiet time and church going. I am grateful to God for His grace and mercy in this. Yet now, I watch my children with their children and see that even these aren’t repeated. Life’s heavy burdens keep them down. The church has lost its calling to share, split up and divide and help. Government organizations now have the overwhelming task that God meant His People to provide. Families of origin must be wealthy or they can only simply pray and cry and hurt with those within that struggle so much. Again the passion and joy of sacrifice and serving are lost. While there are programs in churches designed to help, the politics and overwhelming needs stunt it’s progress. It has been lost for too long, now the task is daunting. The me-ism of society is a cancer that has reached the marrow of the body of Christ. Again it’s the Joy and passion of God’s ways that are missing here. 

How did I find this joy and passion? When my whole being started seeking God in every way, in everything, at all times. Really seeking Him knowing Him. This is today’s speak for seeking Him with all your heart, mind and soul.  How I wish I’d have started sooner! Yet, as the Word of God says. ..His timing is perfect. So I must trust. Trust that this is the appointed time for these words, to the eyes that will read them, and perhaps turn faces up to Him to effect what changes He may direct. 

Deuteronomy 8:2-3; Malachi 3:10; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 13:5-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1

The above scriptures all have a common theme, and I think much value in gaining passion and joy in the Kingdom of God. It’s an invitation to test, scrutinize, see for yourself that God is good, reliable, His ways work! They more than “work” they are amazing! It’s a joyous invitation, delightful adventure, and full of fulfilment. Do we example and communicate this to people around us? Well, first, we must discover for ourselves the truth of it! I pray if nothing else, curiosity is raised here, perhaps there is something missing, something far more real and attainable in this walk with God than has ever been invited before. 

Hear His voice, the One who wants more than anything to be known, put all things before us with the shouting invitation to “Come and see, taste that the Lord is good” so that we can truly teach our children such, truly live such and therefore persuade a neighbor, Co-worker, friend, family member, stranger. ..that this invitation is such a wonder and joy that it’s pursuit will neither drudge nor bore but give passion and joy, such as this world would pale to emulate or try to educate. 

I pray for our world full of families with children who have children who desire to give them everything. … Adonai, is everything. …come and see!

Grace and peace in the name of Yeshua the Messiah😊

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