Forgive and Forget

April 29, 2013 at 3:27 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Our nature is full of backwards intuition; most of our lives we would rather forget there is something to forgive. ~ L. R. V.

As far back as my mind can go into my tiny little thing called history; I can remember always hoping that my sins would not be found out. I would hope that broken cup would gather dust in the back of a cabinet never to betray me in announcing my “cover up”. The actual breaking of the cup was not injurious, I had not meant to break it. But the act of believing it better to hide the mistake rather than stay fully and openly exposed to my tendency to unwittingly fail; this became my sin. No one taught me to resent the feeling of exposure, it came all by itself. A dog who peed on the rug, will give itself away by behaving “guilty” even after its dried and the owner would likely not have known right away; but for its sulking behavior. Oh that we would just be willing to “give ourselves away”! The desire to hide comes from our deepest ancestory…all the way back to Adam and Eve. What human kind has done to try to extricate the conscience is truly amazing! Yet God, in His mercy, gave us our conscience to make exposure safe, secure and powerless! He knows, if we fully understood that our sins have been removed, then “cup breaking” would not feel tragic. Yet there is only one place in all creation we can go to know what He knows – naked, fully exposed in His ever loving, forgiving arms. I am sure my folks would not have felt hurt over the broken cup, the cover up, however hurt them. Trust is a tricky concept! The human brain does not come by wisdom without the Light of God, we hide, He seeks, we lie and justify, He pours out the truth through our conscience. What a gift! He is softly relentless, the heaviness we feel is our own need to carry the burden. The longer we carry, the heavier the burden; the heavier the burden the more we scrape to forget the cure. What a divinely amazing Love that we can not forget we need forgiveness! And the instant we are willing to come forth, He forgets the sin we had been trying to get ourselves to forget on by hiding! He gives the thing we want the most by our open admittance to the wretchedness we feel!

O conscience! Do not heed thy voice! Listen instead to the skeins of Light of your exposure! Especially in what you perceive as the smallest offense and so easiest to be left unremarked! For the One who placed you here within this remarkable vessel stands ready for all He see’s! Love lavishes the clean conscience, it is at its fullest to unrest you until you bring it out for the dusting! Miracle of God, that You will not forget to remind me only You can forget! Forget not the mercies of a God who can pour out into the sea of forgetfulness by the persistence to bathe in the blood of the Son. Dive in and resist your natural instincts O my soul! For the Lord of your making holds you in tenderness at all times, tender to bruise, tender to heal. His most lavish gifts are “hidden” in exposure! Rejoice then that He does not forget that His mercy and grace are the “reminders” of His reckoning! O, my soul fall into the Arms that catch you!

Romans 2:4

Or perhaps you despise the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience; because you don’t realize that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to to turn from your sins.

Exodus 34:6

Adonai (the Lord) passed before him and proclaimed: “Adonai is God, merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in grace and truth; showing grace to the thousandth generation, forgiving offenses, crimes and sins; yet not exonerating the guilty, but causing the negative effects of the parents’ offenses to be experienced by their children and grandchildren, and even by the third and fourth generations.

Psalms 31:19-20

But oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You do for those who take refuge in you, before people’s very eyes!
In the shelter of Your presence You hide them from human plots, You conceal them in Your shelter, safe from contentious tongues.

Ephesians 1:7-8

In union with Him, through the shedding of His blood, we are set free – our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the grace He has lavished on us.

Revelations 2:21

I gave her time to turn from her sin, but she doesn’t want to repent of her immortality.

Psalms 138:8

Adonai will fulfill His purpose for me. Your grace, Adonai, continues forever. Don’t abandon the work of Your hands!

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Where the Heart Is? ~ Part 2

May 30, 2011 at 2:59 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , )

Where the Heart Is?

Part 2

Remember where we left off? Asking God to show us where our minds perhaps “take over” the heart? I think that “going there” is the most challenging and often most avoided aspect of our walk with our Shepherd. For if the heart is all those things that our look into the meaning of that word is…well it can be over-whelming to say the least! In fact – I was a bug-eyed doe with my jaw on the floor when He told me what He wanted me to write about next! “Really Lord?? How can I even begin to write about the heart? No one knows it but You!” His answer??

“Well then Child, perhaps you’ll have to just write down what I say?” (Sensing His smile…)

Oh yeah, it’s not about me!!

At the beginning of Part 1 – we focused a bit on the physical heart. Remember the most important component? Blood. In Hebrew the word blood is – dam – and is first used in Genesis 9:4 – blood is synonymous with life. In Greek its – haima – and is the same as the Hebrew word dam. The heart can not function without blood, and just any ole blood won’t do. We all know that we all have a specific type of blood. Type O is the only blood type that can be donated to any blood type. Why would this be important in looking at the heart mentioned almost 900 times in the Bible? Well, lets see…

Leviticus 17:11

For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for yourselves; for it is the blood that makes atonement because of the life.

**A note about atonement: The word – cover – in Hebrew is  – kaphar – means “to cover over” but is often translated as atonement. The word atonement is an abstract word and in order to understand the true Hebrew meaning (which is the language Jesus, Yeshua, used) we must look to the concrete meaning. If an offense has been made, the one that has been offended can act as though the offense is covered over and unseen. We express this idea through the word of forgiveness. Atonement is an outward action that covers over the error. (Ancient Hebrew Dictionary by Jeff A. Benner)

Exodus 12:13 – God speaking – emphasis mine

“The blood will serve you as a sign marking the houses where you are, when I see the blood, I will pass-over you – when I strike the land of Egypt. The death blow will not strike you.”

John 6:53-57 – Jesus speaking – emphasis mine

Then Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life – that is, I will raise him up on the Last Day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I live in him. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live through the Father, so also whoever eats me will live through me.”

Notice verse 60

On hearing it, many of his talmidim (disciples) said, “This is a hard word – who can bear to listen to it?”

Ephesians 1:7

In union with him, through the shedding of his blood, we are set free – our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the grace he has lavished on us.

Hebrews 9:12, 22

…he entered the Holiest Place once and for all. And he entered not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of his own blood, thus setting people free forever.

In fact, according to the Torah (Law), almost everything is purified with blood; indeed, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

 

So now we see – that the heart mentioned in the Bible – our center – our home of trust – is as dependant upon blood as our tickers. 🙂 No blood, no beat, no breath, no life. The blood of the Lamb now covers us and death will pass-over where we are! In our hearts is where we are to live (see John 6:53-57 reference). I believe the blood that pumps through our hearts is the Word both in our Bibles and spoken by our very much alive, very much active Voice of our Shepherd whose blood it is that was shed for us all. The drinking of that blood – is the allowing Him to change our hearts with it, the transfusion – donation of His blood for our own. The Ultimate type O of the soul!

I said earlier that centering on our hearts is the most challenging and often avoided thing we do. Remember verse 60 of John 6? They felt this way too! Thinking of a physical eating and drinking of Yeshua’s flesh (the Word) and Blood (Living water) was mind boggling! Read this chapter in its entirety – the gift we are given to translate the physical into the spiritual is spoken of. The gift was given for our HEARTS alone!

God speaks in the language of the heart. If we are to hear Him – we must learn this language…Amen?

 

Where the Heart Is? Part 3 coming soon! 🙂

Grace and Peace in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah

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