Leaning in Close

August 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Too often our spirits lean back, away from a scripture, for us to gain an accurate understanding. Mostly, when our pride is involved. Man’s pride can not be tested much higher than when we is in conflict. The scripture above has been notoriously misinterpreted and therefore taught wrong.

Lean in and note the key phrase that has often been reversed.

You remember there your brother has something against you.

Most of us read it…

You remember there you have something against your brother.

There is a huge difference between these statements!

Since the Temple is now within each of our hearts, and our gifts are often things such as our pride, anger, resentment, jealousy, rage, hurt, self-pity, self-absorbtion and so on. This reinforces what Yeshua (Jesus) said about the difference between cleaning the inside of a cup instead of worrying about the outside. (Matt. 23:26)

So…when we are in prayer, offering the Lord, all the things that don’t bring Him glory, and there remember that our brother or sister is angry with us, we are to leave off our offering and keep it at His feet, while we go seek out the person we know is angry with us and offer the olive branch of peace.

Why, I have often wondered, does this scripture so often get turned around? Well, for one it is far easier to retain some pride by going to someone we are angry with and confront them. But…it smacks pride right in the face to seek out someone we know is angry with us! Can your hear the refrain so often used by human wisdom?

I shouldn’t have to approach someone if they are angry with me, they should come to me. After all, they are the ones with the problem. Why should I go and say, “hey, I know your mad at me, let’s make peace.” I mean isn’t it their responsibility to come to me?

I know I’ve said something along those lines. This scripture seems to be backwards, counterintuitive, nonsense. Kinda like, offer the other side of your face if someone smacks you. Truth: Almost everything Yeshua taught goes against our thinking. Just read the gospels again and lean in, you’ll see it everywhere! To us this scripture must have been interpreted wrong, so we reword it to suite our wisdom. Otherwise it seems that we should expect a dentist to come find us when our tooth is infected!
Trust me, the Great Physician does indeed seek each one out, often before they even know they are sick, to offer a cure. Did not God send His Son before anyone knew they needed Him? Did He not, knowing we had issues with Him, seek us out to rectify the problem. We certainly did not seek Him first, with our offense. Left up to us, God would still be waiting for us to come to Him, and say, “Hey, I’ve got issues with You!” In other words, God never asks us to do what He, Himself, does not, has not, and will not do Himself – and first – so as to teach us how to do it!

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Perspective in the Kingdom of Heaven means, we are righted to conform to God’s way of thinking. Not that we all the sudden understand scripture in the light of our own rationalization. Isaiah says, “My ways are not your ways, nor My thoughts your thoughts.”. (Isaiah 55:8) A good rule of thumb for studying to show yourself approved, knowing you are beginning to “get it” is that we are ever being put out by the difference between the way we think and how God is teaching us He thinks. Our first instinct to truth will always be resistance, in our flesh. If, Gods Word is not brushing up against our sensibilities, we are gaining nothing. I love the truth, but I wrestle with it before I appreciate it. I’ve yet to meet anyone any different. Even when the truth doesn’t butt up against our pride in correction. For example: God says He loves us. This truth may not correct like the one above, but if we are honest, we can’t reconcile why God would love us the way He does. There is a resistance to this truth, albeit, with a different hue than our resistance to go seek out an offended party against us.

Leaning in close…what does this mean? A well respected pastor usually starts out his sermons with this phrase.

Holy Spirit, make the Book live to me, show me myself, and show me my Savior, and make the Book live to me.

In other words, we lean in close by asking for His perspective not asking for Him to make our perspective make sense with His Word.

Leaning shows us our bent. I remember the first time I rode with my husband on his motorcycle. When he would turn or go around a bend, I instinctively wanted to lean away from the ground or direction of the turn. He had to teach me, that I endangered us both by doing that. On a motorcycle, you lean into the turn or bend which meant that often you lean towards the ground! That was scarey. Also, too much, and we would crash! So he said, “Just stay with me, let your body become one with mine, no more, no less. What a beautiful picture to the unity we are to have with Yeshua the Messiah as Paul so often spoke of, and Yeshua, Himself in John chapter 17. Leaning in close can feel humanly scarey and wrong. But our feelings lie! In Matthew 5:23-24, we must lean in close to the One promised by our Savior to reveal all truth to us.

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Leave your gift, go seek out the one you know is angry with you, make peace and come back where I hold your gift in trust to be offered from a pure heart.

A pure heart is attained by obedience, conforming our actions and lives, to what God says is right. It proves that the gift we would offer with just words, will indeed be true with our actions. Words are easy.

God forgive me for being unforgiving.

Leaning in close, the Spirit reveals where indeed we have been, and where we justify it because the person is angry at us, and we have no idea why. Do you not know? Only the Spirit of God can remind you of any such thing that would bring about peace? Inwardly or outwardly, this does not come from us. So in this scripture we see that when we come to Him with our gifts, if there is anything that makes that gift unable to truly be given, He reminds us or reveals to us anything that taints our offering. And not only that, but shows us how to make the gift worthy.

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Those two scriptures say a whole lot more than what the mere English words printed on paper say. They are alive and active, cutting marrow from bone, breathing life into our own dead bones, making a new life thrive inside!

Lean in Close! You’ll be transformed, you’ll experience the whole ‘new creation’ we are made into when we lean in as one with Yeshua. Lean in Close!

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Where the Heart Is? ~ Part 6 ~

July 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Where the Heart Is?

~ Part 6 ~

Ephesians 4:25-27 (Emphasis mine)

Therefore, stripping off falsehood, let everyone speak truth with his neighbor, because we are intimately related to each other as parts of a body. Be angry, but don’t sin – don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger; otherwise you leave room for the Adversary.

We will be doing an “exercise” of how to “go to where the heart is” using the above scripture. This scripture has been used in various ways and been both misinterpreted and not. I love the CJB rendition or translation because it gives the clearest or best Hebraic translation. Which is the language our Savior spoke (Yeshua – Jesus) and Paul the writer of Ephesians. Though they spoke Greek and Hebrew – they thought like a Hebrew. Most translations stop at “don’t let the sun go down on your anger” and jumps immediately to why (the Adversary). Look closely at the wording after “Be angry, but don’t sin.” I pray the wording leaps off at you in a keen understanding in your heart. Lets first define sin. What is a sin?

  • A wrong action of one measured against the correct action.
  • missing a target or mark aimed for
  • a twisted action – not straight
  • something said, thought, or done that trespasses; is faulty; full of guilt; that strays from the truth or love (deceptive); rebellious or revolting; spiteful, jealous, envious, unkind, hateful.

Wow! That can cover a broad range of things and it could be a whole lot of work to not sin – especially when angry or hurt. Most anger is hurt as a boundary. In other words: “You have hurt me and can come no further in doing so.” – most anger if it had a “voice” this is what it would “say”. (Putting it nicely 🙂 )

As a child I was taught by Sunday school lessons and my elders that the “sin” of being angry in this scripture was to let the sun go down without resolving a fight with someone. To the point of even saying “sorry” even if you didn’t mean it, and this action would keep “the devil” from “getting in” on the fight. Needless to say there were so many holes in this perception of this verse you could use it as a colander to strain noodles with!

First of all God does not honor a falsehood. If you say (with your mouth) “sorry” but don’t mean it (in your heart) – it’s a lie. The Adversary then runs in to fill the heart with resentment to add to the deception and clarity then gets a bit “cloudy”. So that can not be “it”. Lets re-read the words exactly.

“Don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger.”

This is a clear indication of a –  “Examine me, God, and know my heart; test me, and know my thoughts. See if there is in me any hurtful way, and lead me along the eternal way.” Psalms 139:23-24 – moment. An invitation to invite God into a hurt or pain that comes bubbling up as anger. This is how we deal with the cause of our anger.

I’m angry often because of me and my “unmissed target” or unfulfilled expectation. What I perceived as an injury done by another was really my expectation for someone else to do something that can not be expected of anyone but God or myself. Such as:

  • Expecting someone to “read” me or just know how I feel.
  • Expecting someone or something to make me feel good.
  • Expecting someone to think like I think and therefore behave accordingly.
  • Expecting someone to make me more important than is proper.
  • Expecting someone to react or behave in a way that I feel is “right”.

Expectations often allow no room for uniqueness and differences. This is NOT the way God make us or anything on this planet, He made us and everything vastly unique and full of variety! Sometimes my anger is really at myself and my own lacks but I project them onto; circumstances, God, or others. Its the cause of our anger that we are to say “O God – show me the truth here.” before that sun goes down (or daily). It is also that we own our anger, no one can make you or give you anger. Resolution is sometimes not realistic after many sunsets at times – at least not in terms of two individuals “making peace”.

This is not to say that trying to resolve a fight isn’t a good thing to do. If you can do this from a full heart of humility, kindness, and love – then do so! The verse, though, is speaking about the heart (within) where anger can become a sin. It’s not a sin to have differences and conflicts with others. When someone speaks lies, it is not a sin to speak the truth, which stands in opposition to a lie. This often is a source of conflict, and it’s not a sin to stand within it, rather its a sin NOT to. Yet there is a difference between standing against a person and standing against what they do, say, or believe! The truth always invites relationship, but it takes two to have one.

Proverbs 27:17

Just as iron sharpens iron,  a person sharpens the character of his friend.

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, don’t despise Adonai’s (the Lord’s) discipline or resent his reproof; for Adonai corrects those he loves like a father who delights in his son.

Proverbs is full of all sorts of verses that make no sense if confrontation and differences are a sin! They are not! They CAN be – if done out of any of the things mentioned earlier, as sin. This points only to our need to diligently “check our heart at God’s door” in all things. Only God can tell us what is sin within the framework of our anger. Anger itself is NOT a sin – God is and has and will get angry – but He never sins! Follow Him! To follow we often have to remember He must be the Leader – Guide – One in FRONT! If we invite God into our anger – then we have walked this scripture out from within (the heart). With the attitude of Psalm 139:23-24 – the Adversary will NEVER “get in”! Keep in mind its the attitude of the heart that counts NOT the “routine” – this is the difference between relationship and religion!

Colossians 3:12-16 (Emphasis mine – Note: ties into this and all previous parts to the series)

Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.

Above all these, clothe yourselves in love, which binds everything together perfectly; and let the shalom (peace) which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decisionmaker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body. And be thankful – let the Word of the Messiah, in all its richness, live in you, as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude to God in your hearts.

Its always important to keep scripture in context. The preceding and proceeding verses usually point to or connect to the ones in the middle so to speak. Notice the 1st verse in our selection for this piece.

“Therefore, stripping off falsehood, let everyone speak truth with his neighbor, because we are intimately related to each other as a part of a body.”

How does this connect to the ‘”more famous” or quoted verses we’ve just covered? Here is where to begin…where the heart is:

What is falsehood? Who’s my neighbor? What does it mean when it says intimately related? Intimate is a very deep word – not casual – why? Now…you ask your Shepherd to lead you into understanding – this is walking with Yeshua (Jesus) – this is where the heart is. 🙂 Where one finds treasure of unrustable, unstealable worth! They lay themselves down upon your heart – like jewels soldered upon the precious metals of the heart and become part of the tapestry of Heaven!

 

Where the Heart Is?  ~ Part 7 ~ coming soon! 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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