Awake! – Part 12 – Freedom of Choice

May 6, 2017 at 3:56 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , )

1 Chronicles 4: 10

Jabez called on the God of Israel: “Please bless me by enlarging my territory. May Your Hand be with me! Keep me from harm, so that it will not cause me pain.” God granted his request.   

God promised us the whole earth! He made the whole planet for us! Now take the perspective that the enemy has slowly reduced us to. Look at the map of Israel, The one with the largest borders, where God promised the nation. This tiny slice of land is roughly 1/100000th of the whole earth! Now I’m not saying what God promised Israel is insignificant, but look at Jabez’s prayer, God granted his request! Why? Because Jabez saw that God offers far more than we can ask for or imagine, He wanted all God has to offer! Don’t you?

For a moment, now, let’s look at the miracle of God giving us freedom of choice. To sum this up, attacking every question that can arise from this fact – God gave us freedom of choice because:

  • He wanted us to choose Him, knowing all the other choices. Or not, choose Him.
  • He thinks it’s far more important to have us, than to start over, taking all the other choices away, which would eliminate human kind made in His Image. He has no plan B, and will settle for nothing less than His original plan, us – humans and Him as a family He desired, with those of His host in heaven.  

This is why freedom of choice is such an amazing thing given to us by God! It involves letting us be able to choose very evil and awful things – yes – but also the best He has to offer! Which brings me to my next point. 

In order for us to have access to all God has to offer us, we must be rid of anything and everything that would place God’s all and put it in a container. Labels are good for things, not people. When we go to the store, labels help us define one thing from another. When we walk through life, labels on people close the doors to what God is doing and will do. We are central to God’s plan, this is why Yeshua took the label making question: “who is my neighbor?” and turned it on its head. Humans are our neighbor! Every shape, size, color, nation! There is only one ‘label’ for *God’s children and I just said *it. Hence why we are instructed by Yeshua to love our human ‘enemies’. To do good to those who hurt us. Not to be confused with His enemies! Today’s world puts such labels on people’s. 

Can you honestly say that all that can be found throughout history about the label “Christian” is what you want to limit your walk with God – THE MESSIAH (which means Christ, where the term Christian came from) to?

Most labels start out well meaning, AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) for example: this was a spiritual revival, started by men of God to reach a certain sector of people, trapped by the enemy of God by the poison of alcohol. The principles it was founded on were/are straight from God’s Word, the intent for which God inspired it was freedom. Yet now, it hardly resembles what it started out like. Man was led astray by the enemy of God who, as He does everything God makes originally, twist it by the causing doubt in/of God. So now, just chose your higher power, door nob, teddy bear, flower, anything, you’ll get sober! It’s sickening! Why would any of these things require accountability of action, they are inanimate objects! Likewise, being called a Christian used to stand for nothing but a follower of Christ, but throughout history, ‘Christians’ have followed the anti-Christ doing nothing that resembles Yeshua whatsoever! So when we choose – we best just choose God, the God of the Bible, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we can place many other names from that Word from which He has named Himself, but anything other than this, we stand to limit what we can know of Him, do because of Him and claim that He said is ours! We must understand that freedom of choice, does not mean we should make up our own choices. If we claim to be a child of God, we best reconsider any label we have assigned ourselves with. Catholic, Luthern, Baptist, evangelical, Calvinism, Republican, Constitutionalist, Democrat, conservative, traditionalist and the list goes on. Given a true study into any of these labels will prove to show where they all inevitably vere from the Truth the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth as defined by God. The enemy invades and has access to do so with anything man decides they can “hang their hat on” as a labeled sect of people. Have you ever wondered why God hated censuses? Is makes a number out of a person, the enemy of God loves to count his sheep, Hitler labeled his prisoners this way. God doesn’t need to count, He makes them part of who He IS! You and I are special, unique and wonderful, just because He made us. This takes the value of any label you or I could attach to our value and throws it into the pit of hell!

The saying: “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” is so true. These ‘good intentions’ are the stuff made up of what man calls good. The perspective must change for something to truly be good. That perspective must be God’s! Since we know our ways are not like His, our thoughts, not like His, it stands as true logic that before we call something good or innocent we might check in with Him first. Good and bad are labels too! We say, “that person is a good person. Or bad person.” Achhhem – we may want to ask Adonai about that! Most especially are we in danger if we label ourselves in such a way! Good according to God is functional. Bad is dysfunctional. This changes everything when taken from His perspective, and when we consult Him, we find our knowledge expands even more in definition making and it’s dangers. Knowledge, the quest for knowledge alone is the enemy of God’s number one temptation. God’s knowledge leads us to Himself, which gives growth to humility, not pride or confidence in ourselves. Labels classify so we can decide who we think is worthy of our prayers, attention, time, effort, etc. It’s best to side with God, and leave the fighting up to Him as to who needs to be ‘rearranged’ or not. He gives us judgement, the ability to assess and act on something, for our actions and thoughts alone! Not for everyone or anyone else. We may be told to steer clear of someone by God, but that gives no permission to judge them. We just obey, pray for them, love them as best as He directs us from a distance. 

I will wrap this up with a list of scriptures, that hopefully will be seen from a whole new perspective given what has been said so far. Then, as always, study, and consult Adonai for anything of value to be gained from this post. I’m no “authority”, to say I’m inspired is only to speak to my passion for Yeshua. But not to say, these words are equal to the Inspired Word of God. I’m His child, I claim this as the gift He has made available to all. I’m unashamed to be called a follower of Yeshua the Messiah. I stumble and lose my balance in my learning to walk with Him, as anyone else. Yet, He covers my every word, move and being with His blood! What an honor the choosing of Him is! It’s so much easier to stay awake, be awake, knowing the value and limitlessness that God gives with choice. 

Deuteronomy 28:9-14; 30:15,19

Adonai will establish you as a people separated out for Himself, as He has sworn to you – if you will observe the mitzvah (commands/instructions) of Adonai your God and follow His Ways. Then all the peoples on earth will see that Adonai’s Name, His presence, is with you; so that they will be afraid of you. 

Adonai will give you great abundance of good things – of the fruit of your body, the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your land in the land Adonai swore to your ancestors to give you. Adonai will open for you His good treasure, the sky, to give your land it’s rain at the right seasons and to bless everything you undertake. You will lend to many nations and not borrow; Adonai will make you the head and not the tail; and you will be only above, never below – if you listen to, observe and obey the mitzvot of Adonai your God and not turn away from any of the words I am ordering you today, neither to the right or the left, to follow after other gods and serve them. 

Look! I am presenting you today with, on the one hand, life and good; and on the other, death and evil

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants, loving Adonai your God, paying attention to what He says and clinging to Him – for that is the purpose to your life!   

Isaiah 54:5

For your husband is your Maker, Adonai-Tzva’ot is His Name. The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer. He will be called the God of all the earth.   

Micah 6:8

Human being, you have already been told what is good, what Adonai demands of you – no more than to act justly, love grace, and walk in purity with your God. 

Malachi 3:10

Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in My house, and put Me to the test, says Adonai-Tzva’ot. See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you blessing far beyond your needs.   

Psalms 19:7; 103:13

The Torah of Adonai is perfect, restoring the inner person. The Instruction of Adonai is sure, making wise the thoughtless. 

Just as a father has compassion on his children, Adonai has compassion on those who fear Him.  

Proverbs 10:22; 21:1

The blessings of Adonai is what makes people rich, and He doesn’t mix sorrow with it. 

The kings heart in Adonai’s hand is like streams of water – He directs it wherever He pleases.  

I Chronicles 16:11

Seek Adonai and His strength; always seek His presence.   

Matthew 5:3-10 

How blessed are the poor in spirit! For the Kingdom of heaven is theirs. How blessed are those who mourn! For they will be comforted. How blessed are the meek! For they will inherit the Land! How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! For they will be filled. How blessed are those who show mercy! For they will be shown mercy. How blessed are the pure in heart! For they will see God. How blessed are those who make peace! For they will be called the sons of God. How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! For the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs!  

John 17:26

I made Your Name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I Myself may be united with them.  

Acts 17:26-28

From one man He made every nation living in the entire surface of the earth, and He fixed the limits of their territories and periods when they would flourish. God did this so that people would look for Him and perhaps reach out and find Him although in fact, He is not far from each of us, for in Him we live and move and exist. Indeed, as some of the poets among you have said, “We are actually His children.”  

Romans 8:33-39

So who will bring a charge against God’s chosen people? Certainly not God  – He is the One who causes them to be considered righteous! Who punishes them? Certainly not the Messiah Yeshua, who died and – more than that – has been raised, is at the right hand of God and is actually pleading on our behalf! Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War? As the Tanakh puts it, ” For Your sake we are being put to death all day long, we are considered to be sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are superconguerors, through the One who has loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.   

Ephesians 1:3; 3:20

Praised be Adonai, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who in the Messiah has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven.   

Now to Him who by His power working in us is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, to Him be the glory in the Messianic Community and in the Messiah Yeshua from generation to generation forever. Amen.  

✡ May the grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah be yours in full measure ✡

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Reliable Resourses

April 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I was listening to a well respected, God fearing, wonderful pastor today. I will not name – not out of shame but so as not to give a finger to point at or hand to applaud. This pastor would agree any applaud belongs to God, and finger pointing can only and ultimately be resolved by approaching God as well. Listening to Him speak into things that rub us the wrong way, make no sense, or challenge our memory banks of beliefs, morals, and wisdom is the cure for finger pointing 🙂

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The pastor was speaking about the church. He gave a list of things that should be found within it. All Biblically based, on both old and new testaments, all full of Wisdom. These pointed to the only Reliable Resource that exist. Elohim, Adonai, God, Yeshua, the Spirit of the Living God – I Am. There were 6 points made. The last was that the church should be a source of trustworthy, reliable truth. Who can argue with such? Not me.

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The challenge for me is; what should the church encompass as reliable resources of truth? Just spiritual? As a matter of priority I’d say absolutely. Then question becomes;
What effects and involves all things spiritual?”

I know of one church, one, that has found a list so expansive it is hard to argue that it thrives as it does. That’s not to say there are not more, I’m one individual, with, in true perspective, a very small view of the entire world. Though I try to be very thorough in my research and time spent “turning rocks over” in diligence to seek the truth, I’m human and therefore limited beyond reckoning.

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The resources at our disposal today are so vast it’s mind boggling. Its safe to say we don’t have the time to make use of them all. Yet, still, if one desires to find out the truth about anything, it’s just a few hours and a click away from many many of us.

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For those who Follow Yeshua (Jesus), most of whom attend some church, this should be a place where the truth about everything under the sun is available. Everything about the Son too. The latter the priority, but no less important as the former.  If we are following Yeshua, we see His example and do as He did. He taught about everything emphasizing the heart in right standing with God, teaching who He is – this was first and foremost. But no less important than the things that effect our everyday living on this earth.

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Here is where we find the gaping holes in the reliable resources given to those who attend churches today. It’s a “stay safe within the bounds of doctrine” mentality. Not without its importance this, but going nowhere outside of that is a weakness. The truth about the world’s and societal effects that we live in is crucial to the body of Yeshua. Where are the lies, all of them, that have bound us in our everyday living? What does God have to say about them? There are so many it’s overwhelming. Perhaps that’s why the church fails so dramatically. Things like:

– What does the effect of political and policy making within our governments have on our ability to discern right from wrong (or almost right)? This one gets hit on mildly but at best it grazes the out-skirts.

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– Within the context of the above there are so many facets. The food industry. The medical industry. The standards for law making and keeping order in society. In American, these things effect everyone to such a degree that it effects our ability to take in spiritual truth. As Yeshua said, if we pray for someone but leave them hungry, sick, and needful,  how can the truth of the Spirit be heard? Here’s an example.

According to a report released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008.

The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. And by their reckoning, antidepressants were the third most common prescription medication taken by Americans in 2005–2008, the latest period during which the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected data on prescription drug use.

Here are a few other stand-out statistics from the report on antidepressants:

23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants, a higher percentage than any other group (by age or sex)Women are 2½ times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men (click here to read a May 2011 article in the Harvard Mental Health Letterabout women and depression) 14% of non-Hispanic white people take antidepressants compared with just 4% of non-Hispanic blacks and 3% of Mexican Americans. Less than a third of Americans who are taking a single antidepressants (as opposed to two or more) have seen a mental health professional in the past year. Antidepressant use does not vary by income status.

What is causing such an epidemic? Is this not a legitimate question the leaders/shepherds of flocks should be asking? One out of every ten people sitting in the crowd on Saturday and Sunday are taking these medications.

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Are we taught in the church how these drugs effect the ability for those taking them to hear and understand the Greatest Truth about the Great Physician who cures depression? Is this not a hugely important relevance to the body of Christ? Look at those percentages, one out of every 10 persons sitting in the pews at church are effected by this! Why isn’t this addressed as a reliable resource, relevant to our walk with God? Health and nutrition, how God designed the body and what He provided to make it functional? How can this be overlooked as relevant to the body of Messiah? What is going on in our governments to “pull the wool over our eyes” with basic stuff like how we eat, health care, and the industry that fuels these things? Why is this not spoken of in churches today? There is one as I said that I know of. One. Did not God address every detail to our daily living and interaction within the culture and society we live in in the Bible? Read Deutoronomy, Leviticus. Read Matthew 5 and 6, Yeshua did. Saul (Paul) went into great detail about such things. What has happened to our ability to discern what’s relevant to the body of Messiah? To learn these things one must go home and research these things outside the church. If a church is approached by such a question it responds with excuses and religious verbage that leaves the inquirer feeling shamed for their boldness for asking. If God is the Author of All truth, it stands to reason that in His house of worship and teaching all truth should be a topic for continual discussion, learning, exposing and therefore a place to release prisoners from the bondage of the lies that have snuck in and invaded the very basics of how people live. Right? Or almost right? I leave the question (s) in your very capable hands. Yeshua, the Father, and the Spirit all say “If you seek the Truth, you shall find it.”

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Here is a piece of information that can help one see the relevance in connection to the information above about those on antidepressants. So when you look over to the tenth person from you next time in church you can ask yourself legitimately;

How is this truth of the Messiah our Savior able to be taken in, if that person is on a drug that can literally block the message?

FDA Black-Box Warning

Over time, the FDA has examined many cases regarding the suicidal risks involved with antidepressants. Based on studies showing some link to suicide, the FDA has made several changes to the labeling of antidepressants.

FDA Changes on Antidepressant Labeling 1990 FDA considers risk of antidepressants increasing suicidality in public hearing, but does not find enough evidence to change labels. 1996 FDA researcher writes to Pfizer to note the increased frequency of reports of suicidality in young patients during Zoloft clinical trials. October 2003 FDA warns doctors that studies cannot rule out increased suicidal thinking in children taking antidepressants.December 2003 British drug regulators advise doctors not to use certain antidepressants in children. Oct. 12, 2004 Former FDA chief safety investigator testifies even before Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft were on the U. S. market, he believed these drugs could cause mania, leading to violence. Oct. 15 2004 FDA orders all manufacturers of antidepressant medications to add a black-box warning that they may increase suicidality in children and adolescents. 2005 FDA sends out a public health advisory, warning that all antidepressants increase suicidal behavior in adults and announcing that studies of the effects of antidepressants would be under review. FDA goes on to review 295 individual antidepressant trials of 77,000 adults with major depressive disorder. As a result, health care professionals are informed of risk of suicidality. 2006 FDA recommends that children should not take Zoloft, as it increases suicidal thinking or behavior in 1 out of 50 young patients. FDA advises doctors to observe pediatric patients taking antidepressants once a week, face to face. 2007 FDA adds to the black-box warning on certain antidepressants, cautioning that increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a possible side effect of the medications for adults ages 18-24 during initial treatment. 2010 A study of nine years of data, published in 2010, shows that the suicide risk is the same across SSRI drug types.

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Is the church really honoring God’s call to be a reliable resource for Truth today? It’s a question that weighs heavy on my heart. We have an enemy, whose sole task is to blind, and make lame in any way he can the people God has created to thrive in truth. He hates with a hatred that is inconceivable to mankind. He doesn’t stop. On the other hand, we have a God who says the truth can set us free, and He is that truth. He is bigger than the lies, and futile attempts to obscure Him. Yet we are called to be seekers of the truths that can free us. Love does conquer lies.Yet the information to do so must be made available to those for this to happen. If the church is where one is supposed to be able to go for such, why then does it skip such vital areas? We must hold ourselves accountable to such questions. Lives depend on it.

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Rest assured God is in control, His plan is sure, and we need not react with alarm within the boundaries of such questions. But seek Him, and answer His call to act as He leads. This is a reliable resource, that He can speak right into our lives today and lead us in the way everlasting. There is no aspect of life He will not shed light into, if we seek, we shall find, and thereby be freed.

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