Awake! – Part 10 – Counter the Culture

April 27, 2017 at 12:42 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , )

1 Peter 3:13-17

For who will hurt you if you become zealots for what is good? But even if you do suffer for being righteous, you are blessed! Moreover, don’t fear what they fear or be disturbed, but treat the Messiah as Holy, as Lord in your hearts; while remaining always ready to give a reasoned answer to anyone who asks you to explain THE HOPE you have in you – yet with humility and fear, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are spoken against, those who abuse the good behavior flowing from your union with the Messiah may be put to shame. For if God has in fact willed that you should suffer, it is better that you suffer for doing what is good than for doing what is evil.   

(Note: it doesn’t say “if” but when! And also that it’s not just any answer, but reasoned meaning we have taken the time to study, research, and have reasoned it out.) 

Being awake is like having your eyes opened to seeing things for the first time, in perpetuality. Yes, to the delight of things delightful and joyful; horror that brings recoil to the spirit, humility that brings one to their knees, mindfulness that brings real discerning thinking, justice that calls forth a voice to raise in the Name of Him who is Just, sorrow of real loss and bereavement, frankness that comes from calling right – right and wrong – wrong, excitement over a newly discovered things, love realized after trial and error, and so on and so forth. Living fully alive as God intended is a full investment. Half asleep is aiming at dead. Yet one must know that anyone half asleep has lost hope. Or rather, the thief of hope, has succeeded in suggesting that God didn’t really say to give you a future and a hope”. It’s at this point we must have the answer for the hope within us, the hope that God holds out to all! 

So…how do we achieve this?

First we must counter the cultural influences of the times we live in! God always gives us hope that applies to right where we are, and where we are headed. It’s not old, worn out, or inapplicable. The things that gave hope 20 years ago may indeed still apply, but they have grown at the very least! The hope God gives keeps multiplying, growing, becoming more applicable with time – not less!

Answering serious questions from our hope in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is critical! Such as:

♡ How has God given freedom and hope to being a woman? Unashamed and without need to change what He made? How do I stand on this hope, how does this make one free?! 

♡ How has God given freedom and hope to being a man? Again, unashamed and without need to change what He designed? How do I stand on this hope – how does this make one free?! 

♡ How do children give us freedom and hope? How does taking full responsibility for them bring joy? What did King David know that made him say, “happy is the man whose quiver is full of them?”  What is God’s delight in them? 

♡ How is freedom and hope found in following Yeshua by eliminating all affiliations with political, social and even denominational sects?

♡ Where is the hope of glory and freedom in giving, especially to the poor, orphan, prisoner  and widow? What is the “poor”? Why did God hone in on these groups of people so ardently? 

♡ Why and how, is there freedom and hope, to pay bills first and at the expense of wants? What is the joy of being debt-free? What is personal responsibility? Why does it “pay more” to not feel entitled? 

♡ Where is the freedom and hope in living in truth – albeit uncomfortable and hard – than a lazy lie?

The list of questions goes on and on for the times we live in. Topics on:

  • Transhumanism
  • Geoengineering
  • Health
  • Technology
  • War
  • Terrorism
  • Rights
  • Spiritual warfare in our day.
  • Occults and all other practices that are contrary to God’s Word. 
  • True History
  • Truth behind current events
  • Understanding government 
  • True Biblical history – origins of creation, this topic will shape everything! 
  • How to know if you’re hearing from God
  • How to be full of confidence but still need help
  • How to ask questions without letting the enemy trick you into feeling stupid or less than. How is this a sign of being grown up/mature? 
  • How to question/test everything without getting lost in seeking the answers
  • What is freedom and hope in pure sexuality? Why do we become corrupt in anything less? What is God’s design in it?
  • How do we call out false teachers without condemnation? How do we teach discernment?
  • What is prophesy? Why is it freedom and hope to go towards it. How is the enemy robbing Adonai’s body by making it fearful or taboo?

    With God and His Word the foundation of these answers are the building blocks of that hope that is within us; that will not only give answer to those by watching how we live, but be a ready and confident answer when the time comes to speak. 

    Jeremiah 29:11

    “For I know the plans I have in mind for you,” says Adonai, “plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.”   

    Isaiah 40:26-31

    Turn your eyes to the heavens! See Who created these things! He brings out the army of them in sequence, summoning each by name. Through His great Might and Massive Strength, not one of them is missing. (Speaking of the creation and stars) Why do you complain, Jacob; why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from Adonai, my rights are ignored by my God”? Haven’t you known, haven’t you heard that the everlasting God, Adonai, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow tired or weary? His understanding cannot be fathomed. He invigorates the exhausted, He gives strength to the powerless. Young men may grow tired and weary, even the fittest may stumble and fall; but those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired.  

    Proverbs 10:28

    What the righteous hope for will end in joy; what the wicked expect will come to nothing.  

    Proverbs 24:14

    Know that wisdom is similarly sweet to your soul; if you find it, then you will have a future, what you hope for will not be cut off.    

    Romans 8:22-25

    We know that until now,the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons – that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free. It is in this hope that we are saved. But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope – after all, who hopes for what he already sees? But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see, then we wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.   

    Here is why we must know what hope is! And here below is why History, it’s accuracy in solidifying our hope, is so important. 

    Hebrews 6:13-20

    For when God made His Promise to Abraham, He swore an oath to do what He promised; and since there was noone greater than Himself for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself and said, “I will certainly bless you, and I will certainly give you many descendants”; and so, after waiting patiently, Abraham saw the promise fulfilled. Now people swear oaths by someone greater than themselves, and confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. Therefore, when God wanted to demonstrate still more convincingly the unchangeable character of His intentions to those who were to receive what He had promised, He added an oath to the promise; so that through two unchangeable things, in neither of which God could lie, we, who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us, would be strongly encouraged. We have this hope as a sure and safe anchor for ourselves, a hope that goes right on through to what is inside the Holy of Holies, where a Forerunner has entered on our behalf, namely, Yeshua, Who has become a Cohen Gadol (High Priest) forever, to be compared to Melchizedek.  

    This takes us back to a scripture in part 1.

    1 Thessalonians 5:8

    But since we belong to The Day, let us stay sober, putting on trust and love as a breastplate and the hope of being delivered as a helmet.   

    There was a saying back in WWII, 

    Don’t you know, there’s a war going on?” 

    This question was met usually by a question that complained of lacking something. It applies today. See how hope becomes a very important part of the battle to stay awake?! Helmets are for the head, the mind, we must have our minds made up about what our hope is! What is our hope no matter the subject? Or better yet, WHO? 

    Titus 1:1-3

    From Paul, God’s slave and emissary of Yeshua the Messiah, sent to promote among God’s chosen people the trust and knowledge of Truth which leads to godliness, and which are based on the certain hope of eternal Life. God, who does not lie, promised that Life before the beginning of time but made public this Word of His in its own season through a proclamation with which I have been entrusted by order of God, our Deliverer.  

    1 Peter 1:13

    Therefore, get your minds ready for work, keep yourselves under control, and fix your hopes fully on the gift you will receive when Yeshua the Messiah is revealed.   

    We can not shy away from answers to questions that will help build up hope in the freedom promised by Yeshua; either in our own minds or in those asleep around us. We are not at war with flesh and blood, but the powers of this world seeking with an unyielding passion to subvert the truth in all things. Thereby, attempting to weaken human kind into giving their authority (we learned last lesson), Yeshua Himself gave us over the enemy! It’s a strong Authority given us, by THE AUTHORITY Himself! This is why I zoomed in on the phrases of how we must keep ourselves awake, “don’t let yourselves be deceived”, it’s our great honor to have been given access to the Truth about everything relevant to us by God Himself. This is why we will, one Day, be without excuse and answer to our eternal dispair or eternal reward, the reason for our hope and whether or not it was within us (part of us, central to us) or not.  

    The questions will be:

    • Who did you say that I Am? With your life, with your mouth, with your money, with your body, with your relationships, with your heart, with your thoughts, with your convictions, with your priorities, and with My sheep!? 
    • Did you believe I was the Truth? Did you seek out Who I Am in all things? Did you speak then, the Truth, at every opportunity? 
    • Did you teach it to your children?
    • Did you train your gifts with it?
    • Did you suffer for it?

    One last note: Is your Life stirring people to ask you about the hope within you? Or at least, accusing or mocking or rejecting you because of the evidence of that hope? If not, may I suggest, your hope looks more like this world’s ‘hope’ than the hope Yeshua came to give?

       

      Right now, the questions still remain within our grasp to solidify as an answer for ourselves. We are promised, and God keeps His promises, that one day, He will take the choice out of our hands; having given us every opportunity: our hope will land on Proverbs 10:28. 

      Look around you, as you see the sleepy brothers and sisters moving through your scope of vision; then look within you – is your hope firmly rooted within? 

      Will we see it as the grace and mercy of God that He brings a great offence to our conscience to wake us up before it’s too late? There is no reason to be intimidated by any subject of what’s relevant to shaping our hope. Now is the time! Solidify our Hope, O God! And make us like your Son, Yeshua, ready to give that hope to Your precious children! 

      Counter the Culture, dear fellow-sheep! Fight the good fight! The Victory is won, this is our HOPE!

      ✡ Grace and peace be yours in Full Measure, in Yeshua the Messiah! ✡

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      Praise that Feeds

      September 7, 2015 at 10:41 am (Devotionals, Psalms, Remodeling the Mind, Songs) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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      The limitless Love of the Lord never ends, His pardon for sin never finds itself matched for the sin itself. These are new at the first rising of the Sun, everyday, everyday! Great, mighty awesome in Power is Your commitment to us, O Ruler of my soul!  Great, mighty, awesome in Power is Your commitment to us, O Ruler of my soul!

      (The steadfast Love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning.  Great is Thy faithfulness, oh Lord. Great is Thy faithfulness.)

      The two stanzas of this famous Song are the same. To meditate on things, often is best done when we take the words and fill up the space with all they mean in detail to us. One is not more precious than the other, for they tell the Good News. Glory to the One for which all songs are worthy to be sang! May our spirits rise up to meet Him!

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      ♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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      Living Belief

      April 24, 2015 at 12:41 am (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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      Sandra and Ellen sat in Sandra’s dining room drinking tea. Ellen was sharing a heartache with her neighbor who had happened join her on her porch as she cried that morning. Sandra, always having been a courteous neighbor, had invited Ellen over, curious as to why Ellen was so distraught.

      Ellen began by telling her that she and her girlfriend were about to be married on Wednesday afternoon. Sandra, congratulated her. Ellen’s smile did not reach her eyes. Sandra waited for her to continue. A very treasured family member had told Ellen that she could not be there, due to her “love for God and His ways”. Ellen’s voice dripped with sarcasim as she held her fingers up to “quote-end-quote”. Sandra understood.

      “She has ALWAYS been there for me! Always. And now this? How can I possibly forgive this?” Ellen cried, tears competing with a running nose.

      Sandra handed her a tissue. After a few moments, the tears returned to a few trickles.

      “I have a question, if you don’t mind telling me, has this person always lived everything she believes? I mean, backed it up in every way?” Sandra risked poking in.

      “Yes, absolutely. I mean, with growth over the years. She always would tell me, ‘it’s not about being perfect, it’s about learning to stretch and grow’, but yeah.” Ellen sniffed.

      “Well, I’m no religious person. In fact I don’t believe in God at all. But it strikes me that perhaps you should not see this as such a surprise. If you’ve always respected this person, and known where they end and begin, I suppose what just happened just reinforces what’s always been there. I mean, that you can count on this person. She hasn’t contradicted herself, in fact, with much risk, she maintained her stand. That’s rather rare in my opinion. Most the people I know that say the love God and believe in Him, are constantly doing things that seem to compromise their “belief system”. It’s one of the reasons why I’m an atheist. I’ve read the Bible, noone stands like those people did way back then. I mean the “good ones”. There always seems to be a place where they give in to something or other that contradicts what the God of the Bible said. Usually it is where loved ones are concerned. But it seems to me, if she loves you she’ll continue to be what she’s always been, an live what she really believes, even if it costs her something. Was she smug about telling you she couldn’t be there?” Sandra asked, almost hoping for some chink in this persons armor.

      “No, I could see she was torn too. I guess I never thought of it that way. I should have known she would not be able to come to my wedding to another woman. She’s never rejected Gwen or myself. This, like I said, is the first time she’s ever had to say, “I can’t choose you on this one, kiddo” It just hurts, ya know?” Again the tears began to flow steadily down Ellen’s face.

      “I bet, I’m certainly not saying it should not hurt. But when it comes to trust, I’d say don’t let the hurt of this take that away from you both. If she will back up her beliefs like you say. Then she’s likely still very trustworthy. Thats hard to find. I don’t want people in my life who just always do things that make me happy, and just like me. I want people who stand firm, and even challenge me at times.” Said Sandra

      Ellen giggled through a sniffle.
      “She does that! I just can’t image her not being there.”

      “Does it make you think twice about what you’re about to do?” Sandra ventured

      “Yes, but how can love be wrong? I love Gwen, if God is love, how can our love be wrong? I just can’t get around that.” Ellen went from tears to outright anger.

      Sandra gulped, and charged ahead.
      “Well, Ellen, I don’t know you well. But if you say you believe in the God of the Bible, then you are saying you think, well, He’s God. You know, the One that knows everything, made everything and can tell you how to do everything and you can trust that God. As I said, I’m not unfamiliar with the Bible. I like to know what I don’t believe. He makes it clear that your love for Gwen is at best misplaced. So it seems you have to decide if you can say, like your loved one, “I believe in this God, and stand and live accordingly”. Sounds to me like at least some of this hurt may be more to do with a crisis of belief than the events themselves. You’re in a tough spot. We’re you raised in a church?” Sandra let out an inner breath. Where did that come from, am I encouraging her to believe in God?

      Ellen kept her head down and remained silent for a moment.
      “Yes, I was raised to believe in Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Spirit, as the Bible states.” Ellen let out a huff. “Pfft, but in a church, no. Churches are hypocritical.”

      Don’t I know it! Thought Sandra, relieved. Yet something else tugged at the edges of her mind. It irritated her, but her mouth was moved to open.
      “I agree, they are, but it seems so are you right now, achem, I mean if you believe as you say you do, that is. I’m sorry, it’s not really my business. I don’t mean to offend ya.” Sandra blurted and covered it up with apology. How in the name of all that is did that come out of my mouth?

      Ellen stared at Sandra for what seemed like an hour. And then…
      “Well maybe, but then I’m just doing what everyone does I guess, learning. I love Gwen, that’s all I know. Guess God is going to have to work around that!”

      Again, Sandra’s mouth opened and words stunned.
      “Well, they do say He’s the God of the impossible!” Sandra quickly went into sarcastic mode to cover.

      Ellen and Sandra giggled. Then Ellen excused herself and left. Sandra took a huge breath. What just happened here? Her mind was drawn over and over that day to – well… there’s no other way to put it – pray for Ellen and Gwen and Ellen’s loved one she was so hurt by. The whole day they would not leave her thoughts and the Words of the Bible she did not believe in kept playing like a “bad country tune” as she thought of them. It would seem that Ellen’s loved ones stand had made an impression on Sandra, and she didn’t even know her name! Respectability is hard to find these days, she rationalized. Sandra found herself hoping she might just meet this loved one who could not be at Ellen’s wedding because she loved God so much. At the same time the other part of her dripped with distain at the thought of it. Again another scripture from “that Bible” ran through her mind. Something about a heart divided not being able to stand or some such thing. It was absurd, she had only really read the dang thing once! Just as quickly the image of that Bible tucked away in the closet came to mind. She felt an irresistible urge to go pull it out. All day and well into the next day her thoughts centered around Ellen, her loved one, and that dusty old Bible. Wednesday rolled around and Sandra caught Ellen and Gwen leaving next door. They were on their way to their wedding. They looked happy, Sandra felt sad. She walked into her house, and went to the closet, found the dusty Bible and pulled it out. Intent on reaffirming her lack of need or belief for it, she sat down and began to read.

      “In the beginning, God, …”

      Meanwhile, Ellens ‘loved one’ was praying for Ellen, for Gwen, for everyone they know and all who would come to know the Lord through the “impossible”.

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      ♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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      Banner of Love – Marriage Reflections from Yeshua ~ Part 2

      July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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      Exodus 43:14

      Because you are not to bow down to any other god; since Adonai (the Lord) – whose very name is Jealous – is a jealous God.

      Deuteronomy 4:24

      For Adonai your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

      Deuteronomy 5:7-10

      “You are to have no other gods before Me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline – you are not to bow down before them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents, also the third and forth generations of those who hate Me, but displaying grace to the THOUSANDTH generation of those who LOVE Me and obey My mitzvot.(instructions)

      Hebrews 12:26-29

      Even then, His Voice shook the earth; but now, He has made this promise:

      “One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!” (Haggai 2:6;21)

      And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain. Therefore, since we have received an unshakable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. For indeed,

      Our God is a consuming fire!” (Deut. 4:24; 9:3; Isaiah 33:14)

      Jealousy – this is by far one of the most difficult concepts for many who follow Yeshua (Jesus) to understand. As it relates in human to human relationship can get confusing if not understood from Adonai’s perspective. Whether its in marriage or any other relationship. Jealous in these scriptures above define God as protective! Everything belongs to Him. Every human conceived, every speck of dust…everything! He alone has the “right of ownership” of anything. Even our children, whom we are most likely to feel as “ours” are not ours by “ownership”. In marriage…jealousy kills because – and especially in our culture of “having rights” we feel entitled to our spouses. The key word here is entitled. This is where we can go very very wrong. No one is entitled to anything about or concerning another human being. Period. For those of us with children and spouses this is a very humbling truth. Only God is “entitled” to anything and everything about those He has created. So in marriage, when the expectation arises that our spouse “withholds” nothing from us this morphs into a form of idolatry.

      My husband, Sam, is very quiet. He is not verbal and can struggle to put words to his mind and emotions. When we first got married, we both, under the stewartship of “godly counsel” sought to “heal” him of this. Our hearts were pure in motive, truly believing that God would allow Sam to become able and willing to share everything with me, his wife. Indeed, God does enable Sam to express anything, but He does not always ask him to. This was a tough lesson…for us both. He simply said, “You are not entitled to everything about each other. Some things are Mine alone, as you are both My children. I may withhold from even a wife or husband anything I choose. It will always be for both of your good. Trust Me, and you will always receive from each other what you need, likewise, you will need to come to Me for that which I do not enable each of you to give to each other.”
      It takes much humbleness of heart and determination to trust God alone to obey such words. Marriage does not entitle one to another, it offers all God would give to two people. When we understand that only Adonai can be jealous in righteousness and without sin, we begin to open our eyes to the truth and begin to cast aside our own rights to Him. In the area of fidelity…this is obvious. Unfaithfulness of flesh is sin. Our physical bodies truly belong to God, and when we marry, we make a covenant to God that even what others besides our spouse see is kept reserved for our spouse and God alone. So even our dress habits must come under God’s instruction.

      In America and many democratic/republic “free” mentalities – “rights” have taken a repulsive turn into entitlement, and it breaks Adonai’s heart. Hence the reason so many feel entitled to divorce for such things as “irreconcilable differences”. It is not God’s way that we shall always agree. It is His way that unity can still come under His blessing even if we don’t agree. Often the air of conflict and disagreement are the road He puts each one on to work on each heart to train each one to trust in Him! This is the fire of Adonai’s consumption! Turning hearts away from the shakeable and created to the Unshakable and Creator. Its our discomfort that teaches us to seek the Comforter. With spouses the enemies objective will always be to turn the spouse into the object of our worship. So, too, with our children. We are instructed by God not to be jealous or envious for anything created because we have absolutely no power to create! Only Adonai ever has, ever will. And all things and people are His Creation.

      Note: the word fire in the scriptures above refers to a “strong pressing down” that creates a burning off of sin. Like rubbing two pieces of wood together. The fire is often the hardness of circumstances… that consumes the wrong perspective leaving only ashes of the incorrect ways and God makes from those ashes the beauty of His Ways.

      Relationships are hard…because it always involves two unique and separate people coming together to walk a similar road together. Each individual is still meant to be separate and unique before God, yet in marriage there is a oneness of heart and mind of two who seek to serve Him together. We are not supposed to think exactly alike, nor even do the exact same services. My gifting for the body of Yeshua is different than Sam’s. We support each other as God, often, uses us differently; but to expect myself to “be like Sam” or Sam “to be like myself” is utterly contadictive to how God works. I value and encourage my spouses uniqueness and his call. If I become jealous, either that he would enter into mine or me into his, the fire (discomfort) begins its work and we learn…that though we are together – we are still Adonai’s to move and often it is in a different direction in the Kingdom. We then trust that He who called us will keep His end of our covenant and keep us together as He wills. Almost everything we experience in this life challenges us to turn hard into the wind of trust in a God who often does not show us what’s around the corner. Every relationship will be used to turn us towards our first Love, Adonai, the Father, the Husband of us all. Only He sacrifices everything for us. He shows us how He does it often in our marriages. Sometimes it gets shown by how we fail each other. So we then reevaluate our source of complete Faithfulness, not our spouses, children, friends and family, but the One who Created us all and has us in His hands and timing exactly as He knows we need, but often our limited views would disagree with Him. So we trust and obey and wait upon the God whose speciality is making unity, order and peace.

      Back when God gave the Words above, people literally made carved images and bowed down to worship them. Today we don’t do this quite the same. Now we make money and its “security” an idol, we make people our idols, we make our comfort our idols. Its hard work to carve such images and we have learned there’s no need to do so…but worship them we still do. By relying upon them to be what we think they should be and perform in ways we think they should perform. God is simply telling us He knows what we need and how things should work for us best. His instruction is to rely upon Him – the Reliable One who makes all things. His jealousy is protective not possessive as in mine, mine, mine, like a selfish child with a toy.
      But rather His voice rings out in a lovers sonata

      You are mine, My desire is for you, I can lead and direct you to My Kingdom! It’s full of possibilities you can not fathom, you are the one I long for…I desire to see you as I formed you in My mind far before you were conceived in your mothers womb. Trust Me! I will never fail you…ever! I am your Husband-Maker and I can complete your life, indeed you shall never die in My arms!”

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      Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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      Character

      June 10, 2013 at 3:40 am (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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      The above quote was a “line” in a movie I watched recently. I wrote it down…it grabbed the attention that ponders long after initial reception. It brought to mind a similar concept from another movie where this teacher had a class of resistant students, prone to give up out of a victim mentality than fight for what gifts were available for the taking. She gave the whole class an A and said, “But its up to you to keep it.”

      As I chewed on the above quote these questions fell like assembly line parts in my thoughts.

      What is character?

      Where does it come from?

      What defines its full development?

      As is my habit of late…I asked those questions…search my own resources for answers and then approached my Heavenly Father,  handed Him my “paper” and asked Him to “grade” it…then He tudored me in the correcting, teaching, redefining and settled my heart in what for now He would like me to stay firm on. I say for now, with emphasis on now, because He never stops expanding and developing truth in me. As I live He often settles me where I need to put to action a lesson, but later will move me again in correcting, teaching, redefining, refining that which He began at another “point in time”. Character is a constant state of development. Character is defined by a Who not a what. Character is Lived not a theory to adopt. Its structure is taught to the mind/heart; but its built on the movement of actions taken based on what He teaches.

      Example:
      Honesty is a character.
      God is Honesty/Truth. His person, nature, and every action He takes personifies this truth.
      As the Master/Maker/Origin of Honesty He alone can teach what its actions look like.
      He may teach, don’t cheat. Cheating is anything that says you know something you don’t, have something you don’t, don’t have something you do and so on; and making out for your advantage the implication of that which is untrue.
      Its lying, albeit rather indirectly at times. Often called a “little white lie”. Often explained by saying, “Well, its not all a lie.” Or explained as okay because one must protect themselves by doing so. Or excused because a greater authority “cheats” so “now you have to” to keep from being cheated. (I.E. cheating on taxes).

      Now where He asks us to stay and stand firm is that for a time…wherever you have cheated from the least to the greatest you Turn and do the opposite of cheating. This can take some time…but the development of this character will “move on” to all sorts of “lie lessons”. Until He has decided our honesty has been fully developed. If we still draw breath in our earthen fallen shells, we are in constant development. Our character of honesty forms and takes shape to reflect Him, yet we will always need to keep learning. There is no graduation from Character class. (This lesson teaches the character…humility)

      Jeremiah 10:23

      Adonai (Lord), I know the way of humans is not in their control, humans are not able to direct their steps as they walk.

      Mark 8:36-38 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…

      Indeed, what will it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? What could a person give in exchange for his life? For if someone is ashamed of Me and of what I say in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with holy angels.

      Romans 5:1-5

      So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom (peace/completeness) with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. Also through Him and on the ground of our trust, we have gained access to this grace in which we stand; so let us boast about the hope of experiencing God’s glory. But not only that, let us boast in our troubles; because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope; and this hope does not let us down, because God’s love for us has already been poured out in our hearts through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who has been given to us.

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      One of the simplest examples of the quote above is to reword it just so:
      If you are a virgin, the only way to “keep it” is to remain sexually pure. Once you loose it, it can not be “brought back”. The profoundness is obvious, it is easier to keep virginity than to recover it! Because once it is lost, there is no going back. Though keeping it may not be easy; compared to the toil of attempts to “recover” it – keeping is a cake walk!

      Likewise, the Commandments of Character, God gave by speaking, teaching, directing at the beginning. Then He gave them “character development time” in action…to prove the statement above. Its a whole lot easier to refrain from lying than to lie and try to regain trust. Not easy to do always but the alternative is harder! Again, a lie cannot be undone. Only exposed and repented of. Recovery of integrity is much harder work than the hard work of keeping it. We start with “A’s”; keeping them is never easy, but easier than bringing the grade back from an “F”.

      The Word of God and His ways are very elementary in concept. I praise Him for this!!

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      Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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