The Fall into Self Absorption 

December 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In Hebrew, the phrase ‘the eyes of both of them were opened’ can be correctly interpreted in our English comprehension today as:

‘Then they became aware of themselves.’

Before this pivotal moment awareness of one’s self was non-existent. That is phenomenal! Notice closely how the second half of this verse confirms this. 

So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths.’ 

First of all fig leaf was a ridiculous choice of covering. Neither hardy nor even comfy. Later in verse 21, God makes them fitting cloths to accommodate their new self aware self. Sturdy and comfortable. Yet it cost an innocent life. Self absorption always cost a life! Secondly, they had never before this moment even thought to ‘make something for themselves’. It simply wasn’t needed, desired, or known; this idea of making something for oneself or of one’s self. They did die in that moment. Not from our human perspective after the fall. Death means one ceases to exist, physically present to touch and be. Yet to Adonai, the death was that now we had the capacity to live like we were the most important thing to consider. True life has no need to consider itself. This is why Yeshua was able to say so simply: “Do not consider/worry about what you will eat or what you will wear.”  Really what He was saying was ‘don’t think about yourself.’ Self absorption kills life. Envy, jealousy, hatred, rage, greed; these things killed Yeshua, these things killed many and still do. These things are prime examples of how everything around one becomes all about them. Worry grows where contentment was planted. Considering oneself becomes the cancer, all of humanity was infected by it. There’s no scripture that says, think about yourself, not one. In every scripture that refers to a personal inventory, it’s God who is the one considering us, cleansing us, making us new. We are told to consider our actions, namely how they will – first of all reflect and effect Adonai, –  secondly how they will effect others. How they effect us is determined by the result of Adonai and others coming before or after one own self. Most of us know it’s usually ugly if it’s after.

Let’s fast forward to the next pivotal moment. Where Yeshua (Jesus) points out the key to following Him.  

John 15:9-14

Just as My Father has loved Me, I too have loved you; so stay in My love. If you keep My commands, you will stay in My love – just as I have kept My Father’s commands and stay in His love. I have said this so that My joy may be in you, and your joy be complete. This is My command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you.   

I say somewhat loosely that this is a pivotal moment. On one hand every Word that came from Yeshua’s lips was pivotal. Yet here we see Him adress the first pivotal moment in the beginning where self absorption took hold. No, He doesn’t mention Genesis 3. Not like we in our reference minded ways tend to do. From the Hebraic mind that moment was never needed to be recalled only on occasion. That moment was the focus of all misdeeds in the whole of history. It was never forgotten, always in the mind of those who sought after and followed the One True God. Yeshua spoke from history at every point in the present for the future. He covered every aspect of time in every Word He spoke. He is, was, and always will be infinite! Our minds do not naturally process this way. It requires the Holy Spirit to even begin to. Hence why so often Yeshua said, “He who has ears let him hear.” In essence He was anointing each soul at the moment to be opened, much like the eyes were opened at the fruit-fall but in reverse. To become more aware of one’s self will never be the goal of God’s Kingdom. Let your communion with God be where you get your revelation time for your own self – from His eyes only, who we are, what needs changed – there is no condemnation but more importantly – there’s no focus on one’s self.  Self help is evil as there is no such thing. We could no more help ourselves than we can dance and the rain pours. If man kind wants to be ‘bettered’, to improve upon what they are in and of themselves, it will take God alone to conceive a new perception in the heart and mind of us all. For only in Him can our love become true love, our kindness true kindness, selfless and unaccounting. 

I’ve known only a few people whom I would consider having been given the gift of love. It’s as natural as breathing for them to drop anything for someone without thinking of inconvenience or their own self. Without accounting what they do for who and especially with no expectation of any return. The majority of us, if honest, will admit that it takes work to weed those ugly things out with the help of the Spirit of God. Not that the joy Yeshua speaks of isn’t an instant reward. Most people I know really feel joy at helping another, giving to someone. Yet we must remember what the thief comes to steal in God’s Kingdom. Joy. How does he do it? By bringing back to mind awareness of self. Expectation creeps in, resentment erodes gratitude and begins to take account of time lost, energy expelled, feelings hurt, thank you’s not expressed, love not returned. In other words the fig leaves of self absorption begin to find their ways into our hands and not even a second has elapsed before we find we sew to cover what our God created soul automatically knows is shameful. 

Look at the difference between these two pictures. 

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. In application to what we’ve covered so far, what do these pictures say to you? It’s a lifestyle and total change in thinking in every way. The difference will astound you. One is community and selflessness. The other is convenience and self centered. One invest in the currency of the Kingdom of heaven, the other invest in the things that rust and moth destroy. One is the way of this world, my house, my life, my responsibilities, my needs, my timing, my opinion, my rights. One is the way of God in this world. Where we live, we have responsibilities, we have needs, we have time to give, energy to share. Where my heart is not settled until those around me are better fed than I. 

What would the world be like, according to the Father and Yeshua’s ways? The question has been asked, written about, talked about forever. Yet we can not read, study and listen our way into application. What can you do to enter in, now, where you are, today? This is always the purpose of the question. The purpose of such writings and talks. Action, trust in action, love in action, our walk with God evident by what becomes a natural flow from the Spirit from our union with Yeshua. His coming is imminent. Yet, the mission, the call, – has not changed. We wait, we look for Him. But we do so by looking at others. The church is failing in this. The average Believer is failing in this. So the world looks like a empty plot with cranes lifting heavy objects into place for one person at a time, for physical comfort and individual needs and wants. Completely clueless of the neighbor, unaware of the Father’s heart breaking. The Father who made all things, for the purpose of love. Not self reliance. 

I leave off with a small handful of the Word that shares this view. From the beginning of our Bible to the end, Adonai, over and over again, points to this fundamental element of His heart. It would be wise for anyone desiring to enter into that Heart to look every single one of them up and ask the Living Word to breath this life into their soul, to again go back to the garden – where self absorption was non-existent. Discovery of God and all He did, does and desires to do is the only thing that matters. May we all be shaped by the wind of His mouth in it! Again just like at the beginning – where He said: “Let there be Light!” And there was! 

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens – in this way you will be fulfilling the Torah’s true meaning, which the Messiah upholds.  

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves – look out for each other’s interest not just your own.   

1 John – the entire book.

Proverbs 21:21

He who pursues righteousness and kindness finds life, prosperity, and honor.  

Proverbs 28:27

He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who hides his eyes will get curses in plenty.  

Proverbs 29:13

The poor and the oppressor have this in common: Adonai gives light to the eyes of both.    

All of Matthew chapter 6.

All of Isaiah chapter 5. 

Deuteronomy 10:12-21

So now, Israel, all that Adonai your God asks from you is to fear Adonai your God, follow His ways, love Him and serve Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being; to obey for your own good, the mitzvah  (general principles for living) and regulations of Adonai which I am giving you today. See, the sky, the heaven beyond the sky, the earth and everything on it all belong to Adonai your God. Only Adonai took enough pleasure in your ancestors to love them and choose their descendants after them – yourselves – above all people’s, as He does today. Therefore, circumcise the foreskin of your heart; and don’t be stiff necked any longer! For Adonai your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God, who has no favorites and accepts no bribes. He secures justice for the orphan and the widow; He loves the foreigner, giving him food and clothing. Therefore, you are to love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. You are to fear Adonai your God, serve Him, cling to Him and swear by His Name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which you have seen with your own eyes.  

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

If someone among you is needy, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which Adonai your God is giving you, you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from giving to your needy brother. No, you must open your hand to him and lend him enough to meet his need and enable him to obtain what he wants. Guard yourself against allowing your heart to entertain the mean-spirited thought that because the seventh year, the year of sh’mittah (release) is at hand, you would be stingy toward your needy brother and not give him anything; for then he may cry out to Adonai against you, and it will be your sin. Rather, you must give to him; and you are not to be grudging when you give to him. If you do this, Adonai your God will bless you in all your work, in everything you undertake – for there will always be poor people in the land. That is why I am giving you this order, ‘ You must open your hand to your poor and needy brother in your land.’  

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.  

I will forever be grateful the Lord led me to Mr. George McDonald’s writings. The best thing I’ve ever read about ‘Self’ has been written by his hand. See link below. 

https://hisimagenme.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/self/

✡ May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be found in us, dying to ourselves and living fully in Him with each passing day in 2018! ✡



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Never Initiate

September 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm (Devotionals, Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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***Taken from Progress of Another Pilgrim by Frances J. Roberts.  Page 120. (All emphasis mine)

My Child, go not without My direct guidance. Never be moved by outside influences alone. Check every action. Know that any move you make that is not confirmed in the Spirit is bound to bring confusion to all concerned. Be certain it is My will, and be not influenced by man.

For every move I initiate, I clear the way, and there is no strain or confusion. – Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct and teach you in this way that you are to go; I will give you counsel; My eyes will be watching you.”
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The work that follows/picks up from there.

Above the ‘Never be moved by outside influences alone’ He added: “There is always time to consult Me and time to wait for My answer.”

Then I always ask: where is this truth reflected in My Savior’s own words/actions. (This is how I can know that what I read from others is Truth)

John 5:19 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking. ..

Therefore, Yeshua said this to them: “Yes, indeed! I tell you that the Son cannot do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does; the Son also does too.”

John 8:28-29 – Yeshua speaking…

So Yeshua said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I Am (who I say I am), and that of myself I do nothing, but say only what the Father has taught Me. Also, the One who sent Me is still with Me; He did not leave Me to Myself, because I always do what pleases Him.”

John 12:49-50 – Yeshua speaking…

For I have not spoken on My own initiative, but the Father who sent Me had given Me a command, namely, what to say and how to say it. And I know the command is eternal Life. So what I say is simply what the Father has told Me to say.

There are many many more words Yeshua says in the Book of John. .. All of which reflect the words written by the Spirit into Frances Roberts heart and thereby, you and I in the devotional above. God is still writing His Words. .. inked by the Spirit. .. now onto each individual heart. .. no veils. And His Words are alive and active. .. no matter the language or the human hand that may be called to write them down. ..

God has always been the initiator of communicating to His people. He has always been more interested in making sure we go as He designed us to go. .. than we ever have or ever will be. Nothing will ever change that. Nothing can come between True reality and God’s will moving faithfully in it. Despite sin, evil, confusion, and all that works so hard to malign Him. Seeking His direction will never prove Him wrong. … us yes. .. often it does prove us wrong. .. but united in Him by His Grace. .. even then we cannot go wrong. Correction and calls to patience are the most growth producing ways God has ever given us.

Dig down deep into this fertile soil, O my soul, and wait. .. wait on the Lord!”

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Purpose and Provision ~ Part Two

March 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , )

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Matthew 6:9-13 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…

You, therefore, pray like this:

Our Father in heaven!
May Your Name be kept holy
May Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us the food we need today.
Forgive us what we have done wrong,
As we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.
And do not lead us into hard testing,
But keep us safe from the Evil One.
For Kingship, power, and glory are Yours forever
Amen.’

Notice how there are no I’s or me’s in this prayer?? It never struck my “see chord” much over so many years of repeating and reviewing this prayer. I did, what I believe most do, assuming Yeshua (Jesus) was addressing the disciples (many) and thereby using the us’s and we’s so as to include all (including all who would read later).
Yet as I was led sometime ago to sit at Yeshua’s feet over each word; being taught anew to redefine them and remodel my mind to their keeping; something more seemed to be emphasized. Looking over Yeshua’s words in general, especially in the book of John (ok, I admit this is my favorite gospel 🙂 ) I was struck anew how little Yeshua emphasized Himself and He – being the Father’s Son, that’s saying something! He instead kept “throwing” everyone’s gaze back to His Father, giving Him credit for…everything.
I re-read the prayer and the Spirit led me to the emphasis what you see above. This prayer is not about me/us! Its meant to remind me/us exactly that! Ahhh, humility 🙂

Now I am all for those who say the Spirit leads them to make this prayer personal; indeed all scripture becomes personal when we follow Yeshua. Though a word of caution may be due. The brightest light, strongest pull, and greater significance to all we do must be the Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Yeshua’s Father, the Spirit’s Sender, our Father in heaven; whose name is kept holy. It’s the reason I make no claim for “my” words on this blog. If it has not come from me, can not be created by me, its not mine! Truth came/comes from no man/woman in originality; only God can manufacture the truth. And…He gives it to all! Yes, the wicked and righteous alike. So no speciality can be made for any one Child of God. It is our flesh, that seeks special significance apart from being part of the body. Wow! What a contrast to today’s rhetoric:

Find your purpose.
Believe in yourself.
Dream your dream.
Speak your mind.
Stand up for yourself.
You matter.

The list goes on and on. One of the Father’s greatest disturber’s of “the peace” throughout the Bible was His offense to our need to make ourselves stand out. He makes absolutely no apology about emphasizing it’s not about us! For us, yes. About us, no. I believe this is one of the greatest hindrances to people’s desire to follow God of all time. It’s where every single sin has it’s origin. You could say satan’s motto is “Look how god made Me!”

Now notice the order.

Give us the food we need daily,
Forgive us for the wrongs we have done, as we forgive those who have wronged us.
And lead us not into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One…

The reminder of how we tend to participate in the larger picture. We as a whole body. Then the request to keep us safe from the evil one. This is no coincidence in spoken order. Everything….everything God does has profound purpose! Everything Yeshua said, how He said it and in what order promotes the keeping of the Father’s name (character) holy. Its meant to teach us more about the character of God. So we know Him more. This is the soul purpose of His every word and deed; the motive of Yeshua’s heart. His complete, undelayed obedience to the Voice of the Father who led Him in all He did. The Father really is/was His GPS unit (God’s Perfect Salvation). Though way more reliable and trustworthy than any satellite operated device by far. One could say we come with such a GPS as a standard feature. Its the evil one’s intention to disrupt and convolute this GPS with temptations hard wired into the rest of our “mother-boards”. It’s God’s intention to bring us home through testing and proving this GPS units trustworthiness as we listen more intently to Him. For those who have used the man-made version of a GPS, you know this device only gives you the next step in the route verbatim. Not every step all at once. Thankfully :-). How nice of God to make sure even this device would reflect His ways; though it’s doubtful the “designers” were aware of it. This God-given gift is held by the hands of the Spirit. The “signal” is kept strong through Yeshua. Nothing can separate us from Him! The signal can never be severed, only the directives ignored. Make no mistake the Father’s will is being done and He is intend on guiding us home!

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Think of something that tries your patience; 7 seconds is trying, 7 minutes borders on severe disturbance, 7 hours is a flat out testament to the fact that you are not God but fully human only. Now recall that the minimum amount of time we know of for all of this earths existence is 7000 years. Seven thousand years of more human failure than any accountant could try to conceive; failure to see the obvious…God. In little and big ways, in nature, in the sky, in all He has created…ugh! we are a hard sighted people! There can be absolutely no doubt that God must be intent on bringing His precious lambs home! When we ignore a directive; just like the man-made GPS; God immediately recalculates the route. You can almost hear Him say “Off route, recalculating…”
…Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

There’s a power hinted at here and in other passages…connected to forgiveness and prayer. Connected too, to the giving of the Holy Spirit.

John 20:21-23 ~ Yeshua speaking…
“Shalom aleikhem! (peace be upon you) Yeshua repeated. “Just as the Father sent me, I Myself am also sending you.” Having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Ruach HaKodesh! (Holy Spirit)” If you forgive someone’s sins, their sin’s are forgiven; if you hold them, they are held.

Matthew 16:15-19 ~ Yeshua speaking…
“But you,” He said to them, “who do you say I am?” Shim’on Kefa (Simon Peter) answered, “You are the Mashiach (Messiah), the Son of the Living God.” “Shim’on Bar-Yochanan (Simon son of John),” Yeshua said to him, “how blessed you are! For no human being revealed this to you, no, it was My Father in heaven. I also tell you this: you are Kefa (Peter – which means ‘Rock’) and on this rock I will build My Community, and the gates of Sh’ol (hell) will not overcome it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
**See also Matthew 18:18

Confirmation of Yeshua’s internal “operating system” – John 12:49-50 ~ Yeshua speaking…
For I have not spoken on My own initiative, but the Father who sent Me has given Me a command, namely what to say and how to say it. And I know that His command is eternal life. So what I say is simply what the Father has told Me to say.
** See also John 14:8-26…this includes much about the “operating system” of the Holy Spirit.

In conclusion:

> We say the we’s and our’s for a powerful reason in this prayer. Even if we don’t fully comprehend it, it was given us to say as it is, and we must obey. Trusting the Father and His knowledge of that which He gives. Respect it, its no small thing.

> Also with the emphasis on the Father, the YOUR Kingdom, YOUR will, YOUR Name (character). A reminder of who’s who, and what we are really for. A glory that has never, will never, can never be ours, but His and His alone.

> A focus on the order of all things Yeshua says, asking Him why…desiring the purpose behind each thing He said or did; for the purpose of knowing the Father more, not our significance. This comes in a totally different dimension than “getting to know God”. We desire to know Him…just to know Him.

> Lastly we see how we can be kept within His holy will, by continuing to listen to Him, obeying what He says without hesitation, and finding His voice more and more trustworthy in the doing of His will. This protects us, guides us, brings us Home. Its not a robot-making procedure. Its a safe-keeping…insurance…if you will. Actually the only insurance one can invest in that fully guarantee’s all it offers…forever. 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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