Lessons in Set Apart (Holiness) – Part 2

December 9, 2016 at 7:05 am (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tiara stepped out to run to the store. She blew a kiss to her husband through the window of his office and headed towards the truck. As always her glance was drawn upward towards the sky, again it took her breath away. Clouds whipped and twisted like pixie dust and ringlets of gold and pink were like whispers of the Spirits heart at play and delight. The sun was falling faster towards the southern horizon, soon it would withdrawal it’s effects of warmth from the evening air. Venus, The Splendor; as God had taught the magi so long ago was holding a steady and beautiful course to follow the sun just over head. Tiara smiled and thanked Adonai (the Lord), once again for being the King of the Universe and giving her eyes to see it. As she walked up to the truck, her attention was drawn to the lights that had just came on across the street. Both houses seemed to be in sync for timing of the holiday affair of lights. One was distinctly christmas, a big Santa took up the center of attention with traditional icicle lights and candy canes scattered about. The other house was more to Tiaras liking, not traditional, classy and done with artistic aplomb! Still with signs of the traditional holiday but with things you don’t find in every yard this time of year. The mini hot air balloon was particularly pretty. Beauty abounded this evening in the form  of lights.  

As she opened the truck door to get in, Tiara sighed, keys jangling. Reminding her of the sounds she’d imagine of sleigh bells a bit from her many years of holiday recollections. The door closed and she started the truck, looking at her house, still with summer yard lights glowing, but faintly as the sun no longer provided the solar panels with the light, having a northern exposure. For the third year her house would only display the mogan David she had decorated with lights and the Menorah as the candles were lit each night until they melted down losing their illumination. The thought made her smile but with a slight sigh, she loved the lights of christmas.

Lord may this house be lit up for You by our every word and deed.  

It had been harder than she thought to let go of all things christmas. A blessing beyond words but also it came with much misunderstanding and inner turmoil. It would have been easier if she’d never celebrated the holiday in the first place. Many family members especially her children and her young nieces and nephews with their children never complained to her face, God was good; but in the air between them there was question and disappointment. Gift giving was another part of holiday making that had been given up for Tiara and Josh. It was hard, they were giving and loving at heart, it was hard to be the only two people who didn’t enter the family tradition. Tiara wondered what kind of memories her grandchildren would form at the decision they had made. Being set apart often felt alienating and hurt a bit too. 

Father forgive me for my longing to be seen different than You truly see me. Thank You for giving me this way and the eyes to see the Truth to follow. Collect these sighs likes tears in that bottle You have for me. May You bless my children, grandchildren, friends and family in a special way dear Lord in these days. Help me to hear and obey You with a whole heart.  

The truck in gear, Tiara began to pull out of her driveway. She pushed the button to listen to her favorite station. ‘Silver bells’, the famous song greeted her. She “leaned in’ to hear if the Lord would again ask her to refrain from listening. That still small Voice confirmed, and she tried four different stations, all were playing various holiday music. She turned off the radio. Another sigh…

It’s everywhere, dear Father of Lights. Can a little sweet music be so bad? Oh, Lord You know how I love to sing and worship you. That last one was Third Days rendition of ‘O Holy Night’…I admit I’m a bit unsure of the harm. But…not my will but Your will Master of my musical heart. Teach me what You will in this too. 

The impression of how this ‘having nothing, NOTHING, to do with evil’ instruction began to teach in deeper ways pressed in.  

My Child, this refraining should not feel so unfamiliar in many other ways in this world than just this time of year. Indeed “it’s everywhere” this theme is, in so many things in this world, yes? I tell you the truth, dear one, that what you say is true, to never have become part of the world, entered into the ways of small compromise would have made this separating much easier, indeed not hard at all. You don’t feel like you miss going to bars do you? 

No, my Lord, I do not.

Because the desire has no attachment of appeal that came with deceit. I’ve asked my people to avoid and hate evil and the ways of it for this reason. Confusion and heart ache come from the small seemingly innocent compromises. You can’t miss what you never knew. Yet all sin and fall short dear Child, and the contrast of longing and separating is my gift to You. That you may remember and with trust turn away so that My instructions for you may become more and more delightful to you as you obey. Do you see what joy you have to hear My Voice and heed it’s direction?

Oh yes, yes Lord, I would despair without it!

Trust Me now, then My precious Child, and remember, it’s the heeding of My direction that’s the key here. Do not be tempted to judge or condemn the lights, songs, and many elements of this holiday refraining. Just trust Me, come to Me, like this. What delight I have when you come to Me, and we talk and work out My will for you! Sing to Me a new song now My Child…  

Pulling into the parking lot of the store, Tiara began to sing. 

John 15:3-4

Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. Stay united with Me, as I will with you… 

~ Stay tuned for Part 3…~

Grace and peace to you in the Messiah, Yeshua ♡

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October 30, 2015 at 1:38 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , )

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Destination – Holiness

September 2, 2015 at 11:51 am (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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We are not called to be “good people”. We are not created to be the most successful, educated, prosperous we can be in our means for income; nor the raising of our children; nor anything that promotes us or illuminates us in this world. All these may come, but they are not the first and foremost focus of our lives. As Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of heaven, and (then) all these things shall be added into you.” Our call, or goal our first and most passionate pursuit must be holiness! What is holiness? Sounds like a legalistic religious word these days, eh? It depends on Who’s eyes you are looking for the definition for through.

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The key words are what we are to hate and what we are to cling to or love.

Within the community these days there is a back tracking with the word – hate. “Christians don’t hate, they love.” – as the mantra goes. Really? That’s not what I read in the heart of my Father. Hate what is evil. If we are going to be Holy, the exact opposite of love must be held as a lifelong steady discipline in regards to anything anything evil.

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It helps to become like children. They have no hesitancy in rejecting what they hate. They resist it without giving up. Foods, chores, discipline, mostly – they are learning what their flesh bends like. We teach them to love those good things. But just focus on their single minded devotion to reject that plate of broccoli (or whatever each one may abhore). I remember working on a plate of broccoli for three days, until I ate it all. I didn’t eat much those three days. I was miserable, but I didn’t care, I hated broccoli. I was determined in my mind it was not good, would not be good and therefore it wasn’t good. (I love broccoli now, thanks mom!) I also remember avoiding it like the plague. If I knew mom was fixing it, I found ways to be at a friends for dinner instead of home, or I’d play sick. I rejected what I hated. I did it well. We all did. So why can’t we do that with evil? We celebrate Halloween and apply the scripture backwards. Attempting to glean some good out of a practice that has no root of good in it. The candy, and the tears of our children “feeling left out” entice us with compromise for sweets and new inventions to go along with it. Holiness, sees Halloween as just another calender day, it simply rejects the whole thing. If a donut had arsenic in it, mixed into the dough, do we eat just a little thinking the arsenic won’t effect us? The Word of God, says a little leaven, a little slip, a little compromise and the whole batch is ruined. We are called to hate, that which holds any degree of evil, to abhore and avoid it like we avoid pain. With everything in us. It starts by making up our minds.

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See where it says, “and become convinced of…”. I think this is where we go wrong. We are not fully convinced that a little joining in with evil practices will truly harm us. Many are not so in union with the Spirit that they can discern where evil lurks inside candy-coated, seemingly innocent things. It is impossible to cling to what is good and compromise with a little evil. You cannot say, “I love you”, to someone and have resentment, or bitterness towards them in your heart. So we see that the holiness always starts from within, to begin the process of convincing. We never convince ourselves, the Spirit of the Living God first convicts and teaches/instructs, then He shows us how to give up our way of rationalizing, to die to ourselves, and with nothing but blind trust move forward with the way laid out for us in scripture. Hating what’s evil is not coincidently the first part of the instructing. That is first. Then we can can begin to cling to what is good.

I hate. ..unkindness. So I am kind. – Holiness
It doesn’t matter if my feelings feel like being kind, I choose the kindness in trust in my Savior.

I hate. ..deception. So, no matter what it may cost me, I am honest. – Holiness

I hate. ..trying to get something for nothing also known as laziness. Which can come in disguise of entitlement. So I think nothing is owed to me, and look for where it will cost me something to obtain anything. – Holiness

I hate. ..resentment. Which comes in many forms, all of which centers on selfishness. Expecting others to do or be something for me. Unable to rejoice when someone gets something good. Choosing to be hurt and put distance between myself and another instead of choosing grace. So I choose grace every time, in all things, with all people. – Holiness

Do we begin to see? Ninety percent of Holiness is done from within. And without continued exposure to the mind and heart of God – His Word – there can be no transformation. No hating evil and clinging to what is God aka: good.

Our destination is holiness. Ninety percent of all our energy is to be focused on obtaining it. When we think that sending our energy into this more than others, will keep us from doing well in our jobs, our family’s, our missions, we get all backwards.

seek ye first. ..and then. ..

We test it and see. Pulling all our resources into this pursuit, only gives us all we need to do more than well with everything else.

As followers of Yeshua, we hate, abhore and reject any form of evil. Theres a time to hate, and a time to love. Not people, but often the things they choose, or the practices they invent. First inside our own hearts, then where we find it as a result of being in others. Evil is sly, sneaky, complicated, and disguised in anything but it’s own face. We can not discern it without the Spirit. We cannot be led by the Spirit without the Savior. We cannot know the Savior without knowing The Word; which He is. We cannot serve two masters. We will either hate the one and love the other or vise versa.

The first stop on the road of Destination Holiness, is hating what is evil. Rejecting, avoiding and turning away from it like a child throwing a tantrum about a plate of food they have determined in their mind is no good for them.
May we all reach this destination!

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Workin’ It Out ~ Part 4

June 4, 2013 at 2:35 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Is it possible to be pure and sinless as a Child of God, still held within the cocoon of fallen flesh?

Oh how this question reverberates along the halls of time. The sounds of human opinion rising and falling with passion and conviction and judgement and exclusion.

I was listening to a pastor on the radio one evening; he was teaching in the book of Job. I caught only about 5 minutes of it but the few words they spoke were enough to prompt a “work out”.

The point under the microscope was Job’s righteousness prior to the testing that God gave Satan to invoke upon him. Let’s read what the Word says:

Job 1:1

There was a man in the land of Utz whose name was Iyov (Job). This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Sometimes translations render this grouping of words as sinless; to much confusion. Job was not a man who never sinned, he was a man who knew Who to go to when he did. He feared God, feared as in needed only God’s approval, opinion, and revered above all else God’s assessment of his human condition. He shunned evil; every form of anything that stood in opposition to the things of God, the people of God, and the Ways of Gods teaching.  Shunned as in walked away in the opposite direction of evil. The Lord’s presence was his most valued treasure; though he was wealthy by worldly standards. He was blameless because he received the forgiveness of God however often needed daily he went to confess to Him offenses. And not just for himself!!

Job 1:4-5

It was the custom of his (Jobs) sons to give banquets, each on his set day in his own house; and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. After a cycle of banquets, Job would send for them to come and be consecrated; then he would get up early in the morning and offer burnt offerings for each of them, because Job said, “My sons might have sinned and blasphemed God in their thoughts.” This is what Job did every time.

This is a world of teachings in and of itself! As a parent I pray for my children. To offer burnt offerings as Job did in his day is the equivalent of saying the part of the Lords Prayer for us today.

Forgive us the wrongs we have done; as we forgive those who have wronged us.

Or

Father, forgive them if there be any evil way between them and You.

This is a living action I will begin to do; the “thought” never occurred to me before this “work out”. Ahhh…a new “muscle” in my walk I have just learned to exercise :-).

The first question is also an “eye opener”. So so many people have diminished the Work of Yeshua (Jesus) on the Cross. He is our “burnt offering” we revisit every day often (if you are in constant communion with Him). Job in essence knew to claim the power of the Blood and the Obedience of Yeshua to endure it over every single sin both outward and inward; hence he no longer “carried the blame” but trusted God to do with it as He saw fit. The half in half hearted and half believing of a person in the blamelessness that is available and can be experience in union with Yeshua applies weight to a working out of ones salvation that cripples the life of a person. Much is often “expected” of Gods grace that is not His Grace at all. I hear more people speak as if confession is needless “now that they are saved”. But, I must ask myself: “What then is the point to a daily walk with God if this is true?”
The answer reverberates in Yeshua’s Words;

If you love Me, you will do as I say.

What does He say to me? Oh, to give a glimpse of this would take a book. But here’s a small snapshot. Inside minutes of a day.

I am walking through a store. Making my selections and observe a person treating their child “harshly” (in my opinion). The test begins. I can take my observation and let my thoughts fly from there OR, I can ask God what He thinks.
I ask. He says, “Perhaps it is harsh to you Child, but whether or not its of accounting is Mine. Will you pray for those children of Mine and skip “judgement row” for now?”
I then confess that I just attempted to judge what I don’t know and ask for forgiveness in Yeshua’s name. Then in the same Name or Spirit of His character begin to pray for the faces I just judged. My conversation with the Lord continues from there…but ya get the “gist”. If this doesn’t happen often to any believer then they are not believers!! Yet, see the “offense” took place inside where no one else could see it. The more I walk with God, the more blameless I become in this way…because I, like Job, claim the offering and let the Lord take my blame. The second part is harder.

Shunning evil. Every evil. There is waay more to shun with each passing hour. Movies, TV, shows, thoughts like in the store, thoughts that are self absorbed, temptations to judge and correct someone else, pretty much the assortment of “let’s play God” opportunities that are countless every minute of every day. Its a full time job! Praise God His grace covers what I miss!! And boy do I. To turn away is hard, especially when people will think you are a “goody-two-shoes”, no fun, party pooping drag. Standing out for righteousness to Job’s kind of severity wins no popularity contest! Even when amongst “fellow believers”. The “good deeds” get praised but the living in harmony with Him who gives the good deeds to do…not so much.

Here again, a line of communication is needed between Him and I. Sometimes I think something is evil…that’s not; likewise I can assess that something be “innocent” or harmless that is not. Yeshua said to follow Him because He knows these things…I do not. So He must tell me what to shun and where to adjust my thinking. Without His Spirit to guide me I will shun often what He would have me learn and experience with hard consequences what seemed to me as innocent! Since He knows everything at their heart…a thing not one human being will ever be able to do without Him; an essential part of shunning evil is staying close to Him and a constant asking for His perspective. There is no science or method to this! At times He leads me through evil! Like He did Job! Then often He leads me in its opposite direction! Like He did Job. The pivotal question is alwayswill I trust Him no matter what?

There is no work out harder in existence! It will take a lifetime if lifetimes. Praise Yeshua, He came with eternity in mind!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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