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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      Seeds

      March 3, 2017 at 8:52 pm (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

      Reuben and Achim (A-keem) were walking home from a late morning trek out to fish at the small lake about 3 miles from the family farm. Reuben took his chosen path to swing wide around the Zac Farm to come home at the far end of their own homestead. There was a giant tree there, Achim’s favorite. The tree was said to be two hundred years old, though none could know for sure without cutting it down to count the rings. Reuben’s father, Abe, had carefully constructed a swing on the tree. Unlike most, who usually attached a rope to a sturdy high up limb, Abe had opted to do an addition to the tree. It was a grafted in limb of his making, attached to the main trunk of the tree; a brilliant set of pulleys, chains and ropes gave the swing it’s life. Abe had said to attach the usual way would wound the tree and weaken the whole thing, eventually the limb would fall off threatening to harm the precious child (or adult) who sat upon it to share it’s joy. Achim knew the story well as he had asked for Reuben and his wife to tell him nearly every year. It had become the father and sons special spot recently. Reuben was in the special forces of the military. Whenever he was about to be “shipped out” He found a way to make their way to the tree to tell Achim. He would part with his son, having given him a gift and a nice long swing session the day before he shipped out. Achim was now ten years old, hardly a child anymore. Yet still small enough at heart to carry the tenderness of years before manhood would begin to shape him. Achim was prattling on about the huge fish his friend Danny had caught just before they left the lake. Reuben smiled, ahhh…the freedom of youth with excitement filling all things. Well, most things. 

      Finally the big tree came into view and Achim exclaimed his joy, dropping his pole and running straight for the swing. 

      Reuben stooped to pick up the pole. 

      “I’ll set up the blanket and food”, he hollered. 

      Achim was fast and already swinging with gusto!

      So many memories here, Lord God, keep them ingrained upon my heart in the days ahead.  

      The meal laid out, Reuben enjoyed watching Achim and began to nibble on a carrot. He hadn’t realized how hungry he was till then. 

      “Come on, Keem, I’m starved, let’s eat!” He called. 

      Achim flew off the swing in midair, making a perfect ten landing at a run for the food. He came to a stop and plopped down. Reuben pulled out the chicken and salad, chips and veggies and they began to feast. The two o’clock sun was veiled by the giant protector they sat beneath. The day was perfect, blue skies and whispy clouds with a slight breeze to cool them down in the 85° Idaho sun. Father and son exchanged hungry looks and giggles as they consumed their lunch. 

      “Did ye have a good time, Keem?” He asked. Prepping the soil for words to sew the next segment of time. 

      Achim shook his head vigorously, bright eyes gleaming…”Mmmhuummm!” He munched. 

      They continued to eat until they were satisfied. Reuben allowed the silence to water the soil.

      “You’re going away again, huh, Papa.” It was a statement, not a question. 

      “Indeed, I am, Achim. How did you know?” Reuben pretended to be curious. 

      The boy shrugged his shoulders. “Just knew…” came the reply. 

      Again quiet breezes filled the air between them for a time.

      “So what will you be giving me this time?” Again it was more like a statement than a question. No bitterness colored his tone. Reuben thanked the Lord. 

      Reuben reached into his pocket and pulled out a small seed. Achim arched his posture toward his hands with curious aplomb. Reuben opened his hands and pulled the boys hand to him, placing the seed in his sons hand. 

      “It’s a tree.” He said, with a smile, a knowing thought, synchronized with his sons head, as it cocked to one side, unconvinced.

      “It’s a seed Papa, not a tree!” Achim said with youthful authority. 

      “Nope, a whole tree is inside that seed, it just needs to grow, son.” He added, with renewed enthusiasm.

      It was comically predictable when Achim’s head zoomed into the seed in his hand with a look of epiphany.

      “Wow, I never thought of it like that! A…whole…tree…well, of course it’s all got to be there in some way, huh?” Achim was an endless learner and open to big thoughts. He always had been. 

      “But – well it can’t all be in there, it needs the stuff from the ground and water and sunshine and stuff to be a tree, though.” Ten year old deduction flowed out of his mouth. 

      “Let’s think about that a minute. Look around, there’s one tree here. All around for quite some distance, no other trees. But soil and water and sunshine abound. So why do you suppose there are not more trees?” Reuben primed the pump. 

      Achim scanned the scene around them, looked up and down and back at the tree. Then his gaze fell in new wonder to the seed in his hand. 

      “Thank you, Papa, for my tree!” Achim wrapped his arms around Reuben’s neck. “You always give the neatest gifts! When can we plant it? Can we plant it out here next to Grandpa Abe’s tree?” The boy released his snuggle and looked into Reuben’s eyes. 

      Ach, Adonai, what have I done to deserve this son? 

      “Well…I don’t see why not.” He smiled. 

      “When?! When?!” Achim’s excitement was better than the meal they had just consumed. And Laura knew how to satisfy not just the hunger, but the palette!

      “Let’s plan it for the weekend after I return, eh? Sound good?” 

      Achim’s excitement faded and turned introspective. Silence hung and swung in the air like the swing on the tree. Reuben let it gestate. 

      “What if you don’t come home this time?” ‘The question’ wrapped a breeze around them both, cold and foreboding. 

      Reuben pulled his Keem into his lap and wrapped his arms around him. Placing his hands over the seed-filled hand of his son. 

      “We have talked about that possibility my dear boy, it’s true, Adonai could make that decision. But He tells us not to anticipate death, but hold on to life, dear Keem. So that we must do!” 

      Achim’s small head rubbed in the affirmative against his chest. Reuben sensed the tears before he saw one drop down into the now open palm with the seed. His heart broke. The tears of a child are a precious gift, but hard to want to receive. 

      “Do you know what your name means, Achim Kaleb Seth?” Reuben hardly realized the words were in his mind before his heart held them out to his voice. He smiled, and looked up to acknowledge His Makers mind.

      “Yes.” sniff. “It’s God made me, or something like that.” 

      “Well…close. Achim means; constructed by God. Kaleb means; to be faithful. And our shared last name means, Appointed One. So, in truth, your whole name means; constructed by God to be faithful to the Appointed One. Do you know what that means?” Reuben again primed the pump. 

      “Yes, it means God made me to be faithful to Him.” Came the half hearted answer. 

      Reuben turned his son around and sat him in front of him to see face to face. 

      “Not just faithful to God, but His Appointed One, Yeshua the Mashiach, God’s Son! You must understand fully, my son, that your name is your character. We chose it very carefully, eight days after you were born, we prayed to Adonai for the direction of the nature He shaped in you while you lived in your Mama’s tummy. You see we didn’t know all He was doing as you grew, like that seed, inside the womb of His construction. We prayed, asked Him for a healthy child, for a child with much heart, but we didn’t know until that eighth day what He wanted us to say to you everyday. ‘Constructed by Yahweh, let’s go fishing; constructed by Yahweh, have you learned your aleph-bet, I love you, constructed by Yahweh, faithful one to the Son of God, my son!’  These words continue to shape you everyday in agreement with Yahweh from the Beginning. It’s no small thing your name, Achim Kaleb Seth, you are constructed by the very words and breath of God. He will care for you with the same detail in every moment of your life. So don’t fear what may come. Only keep your eyes on this One, the One who made you, and all will be well. Do you believe this, my son?” Reuben held his face very close to Achim’s and waited. 

      Light was dawning in the mind of Achim as he let his father’s gaze penetrate his heart. 

      “Yes, Papa, I will remember what you say, and I will try to only think of you alive and just gone for a trip.” Came the world of enormous answer from the lips of this babe! 

      Reuben’s eyes swelled with tears. Again he embraced his child. 

      “We’ll all think the same with you, Achim, well constructed by God! As we all think of our Salvation, remember what He said and think only of Him as on a trip, coming soon, to take us all home! Yes, of course yes!” He laughed. Achim joined him. 

      “What does your name mean, Papa?” Achim pulled out of the embrace and curiosity regained it’s status in his spirit. 

      “Reuben means; see my son. Yashir means; God will answer and our shared last name means; Appointed One. So my name means; See! My son! God will answer His Appointed One! It’s an awesome name, it protects me, guides me, holds me, and shields me!” It had been a while since Reuben had pondered his name. He smiled as big as the tree next to them in renewed wonder. He would keep it in mind as he was away. 

      “It’s an awesome name Papa! I like it!. He will protect you while you are away! Mama says that Adonai hears His Sons prayers all the time and Yeshua always prays for our protection! She showed me the Scripture! I am happy grandpa Abe named you like you named me!” Achim smiled in wonder. 

      “Indeed! And listen! Our names together show us the way. See! My Son! God will answer! And constructed by God will be faithful to the Appointed Ones prayer! What joy we have to be named by Him and put together, eh?” 

      “Yes, Papa! I love that! I will write it down and put it by my bed so I can read it every time I see it and put my prayers with God’s! Thank you for my seed-gift, and fishing today. I love you, Papa!”

      The squeeze that embraced Reuben with those words joined it’s voice with praise to the tree that they sat under and the tree in the palm of Achim’s hand. They sat there for a while together, watching the sun shift it’s path around the veil of the tree until they felt the veil fall away and the sun full upon their faces.

       

      🔯 May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be with you in full measure 🔯

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      Escape Artist

      March 2, 2017 at 5:51 am (Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

      Matthew 24:3; 13; 42-46

      When He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, His talmidim (disciples) came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that You are coming, and that the ‘olam hazeh (this age) is ending?”

      But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered. 

      So stay alert, because you don’t know the hour your Lord will come. But you do know this: had the owner of the house known a thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore, you too must always be ready, for the Son of Man will come when you’re not expecting Him. Who is the faithful and sensible servant whose master puts him in charge of the household staff, to give them their food at the proper time? It will go well with that servant if he is found doing his job when his master comes.  

      It seems that people fixate on the day of the rapture today like they fixated on signs in the days of Yeshua. 

      I’m sure there are and were then those who truly desired to serve and know the Lord within these fixations. But for most, it’s a form of escapism. 

      How can we avoid…we don’t want to suffer…show us how to become immune…what can we look for to know our time is up…I’m tired of being here…

      The Scripture above shows a rather stark picture for escape artist. To escape from something indicates that one must be imprisoned or trapped. Hence the need at this point to ask oneself, “Have I been freed?” If we read Psalms 34 in its entirety we see a totally different picture of one who is called by God and waiting for His return. All the signs depended on, are already given, our relational progression and walk with Him, right where we’re at, at the present time. The hope held onto for a time we don’t know (exactly, though the timing we do) but have been promised. 

      In fact the only form of escape that comes close to being freed from a trap in scripture; is from the enemy. (Save one, though it’s misinterpreted, I’ll get to that one later)

      1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Peter 1:4; 2 Timothy 2:26; Ezekiel 7:16; 2 Peter 2:20; 

      Matthew 6:13

      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.  

      The above scripture is the closest Yeshua (Jesus) ever comes to such a line of thought.  Not exactly escape as some have in mind but it runs more parallel with the idea. He doesn’t say, “let us never have testing, and never face the evil one.”  So here, is not find such an endorsement to escapism. 

      The testing of our trust is how it grows, we’ll all deal with this or we won’t grow. As for the evil one, no one, including Yeshua Himself, escapes encounters with him. To be protected is far different than to be written a pass to get out of it. How do we discern evil from good if we never encounter evil? How does one know what they are saved from if they don’t feel the effects of evil? Escape is not an alternative. 

      Going back up to the first scriptures, fellow-sheep, notice the last sentence? We have work to do, work that we are to have as a natural response to our unity with the Lord, to be passionate and full of zeal to accomplish. Not this tapping of fingers type illusion of waiting. Looking around at all that evil out there and wondering when God’s going to smash the smithereens outta those evil people. No, instead we are quick to thank the Lord for His patience as we are still in no clean condition to meet Him for the Bridal supper He has prepared for those who endure to the end. Our else we’d be there, right now!

      Let’s look at some more scripture.

      2 Peter 3:11-15

      Since everything is going to be destroyed like this, what kind of people should you be? You should live holy and godly lives, as you wait for the Day of God and WORK TO HASTEN IT’S COMING. That Day will bring on the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt from the heat; but we, following along with His Promise, WAIT for new heavens and a new Earth, in which righteousness will be at home. Therefore, dear friends, as you look for these things, do everything you can to be found by Him without spot or defect and AT PEACE. And think of our Lord’s patience as deliverance, just as our dear brother Sha’ul (Paul) wrote you, following the wisdom God gave him.  

      So, we see here, that instead of being the kind that keep looking at the clock in order to “clock out”. We are instead to be looking at the clock as if those minutes are going too fast for there are more souls that need to be served in honor of Him, whose mission at His heart was to save the lost! And all of us have not exhausted the clock in search of Him to know Him more!

      Romans 13:11-12

      Besides all this, you know at what point of history we stand, so it is high time for you to rouse yourselves from sleep: for the final deliverance is nearer than when we first came to trust. The night is almost over, the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and arm ourselves with the weapons of light. 

      This scripture says get ready, war is upon us! Not pack your bags, it’s about to get tuff, we’re outta here! If this indeed be our heart, then we can have no part in the One who knelt down to wash the feet of those He sends, as an example of how we are to see our time here. 

      2 Timothy 2:3

      Accept your share in suffering disgrace as a good soldier of the Messiah Yeshua.  

      Hebrews 10:35-39; 12:25

      So don’t throw away that courage of yours, which carries with it such a great reward. For you need to hold out; so that, by having done what God wills, you may receive what He has promised. For,

      There is so little time! The One coming will indeed come, He will not delay. But the person who is righteous will live his life by trusting, and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. (Habakkuk 2:3-4)

      However, we are not the kind who shrink back and are destroyed; on the contrary we keep trusting, and thus preserve our lives!  

      See that you don’t reject the One speaking! For if those did not escape who rejected Him when He gave divine warning on earth, think how much less we will escape if we turn away from Him when He warns from Heaven.  

      Philippians 4:7-9

      Rejoice in union with the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice! Let everyone see how reasonable and gentle you are. The Lord is near! Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your request known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. Then God’s shalom (peace) passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and mind safe in union with Messiah Yeshua. In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, loveable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praise worthy. Keep doing what you have learned and received from me, what you have heard and seen me doing; then the God who gives shalom will be with you.  

      1 Corinthians 1:8 

      He will enable you to hold out until the end and thus be blameless on the Day of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.   

      Revelation 2:10; 12:11

      Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the adversary is going to have some of you thrown in prison, in order to put you to the test; and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain faithful, even to the point of death; and I will give you life as your crown. 


      They defeated him because of the Lambs blood and because of the measure of their witness. Even when facing death they did not cling to life.   

      Now I’ll bring up that scripture I spoke of earlier. 

      Luke 21:34-36

      But keep watch on yourselves, or your hearts will become dulled by carousing, drunkenness and the worries of everyday living, and the Day will be sprung upon you suddenly like trap!  For it will close in on everyone, no matter where they live, throughout the whole world. Stay alert, always praying that you will have the strength to escape all the things that will happen and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.  

      This scripture is endlessly used as a defense for the whole trapped/ escape mentality. But let’s look closely at what it really says. Those who say they are saved but are still practicing the unsaved life will be trapped, not those who are working with God to hasten the Day of the Lord! And the word escape in verse 36 is not used in the context of “stop the world Lord I want off!” Look closely, it starts by saying…STAY ALERT, this same feeling is behind Yeshua when in the garden before His arrest, He kept going back to His disciples, asking them to wake and pray. The escape being taught here is the deception that we are and will be subjected to in the last days. Also the apathy and lethargy that will come from running out of patience, thinking it is time for God to do His thing! Why would we need to pray for strength if the escape here meant the rapture? God in His strength will do that, no strength on our part will hasten or help Him gather His people at the appointed time of His coming. Every time we are told to stay alert/pray for strength it’s to endure, persevere, hold out, keep going. 

      We do know that there are things Adonai intends to keep His Bride from experiencing, but the severity of all of this time period is not in keeping with His history from Genesis to Revelation. Our testing, refining by fire, come through great oppression. Never has God kept us from learning the lessons of depravity. Then applying those lessons to perseverance then to character that leads to letting go of selfish wants to escape and instead changing our hearts to reach out and enter into the service of snatching those that are lost and witnessing and tending the wounds as we wait, trust and believe…in the darkest hour…He will come! Just ask any survivor of the Holocaust. Ask those who stood as Titus wrecked the 2nd temple, trapping and starving those in the city to the point that they ate their own children! (70 AD, after Yeshua had died and ascended). 

      The hour, dear brothers and sisters will be very dark this time as well, we will rend our garments and our knees will be bloody from the posture of prayer and kneeling of service to His sheep. But we will know to be looking “up”, we will know that His coming is nigh, and with our hearts fully turned upon Him we will wait patiently that all may know Him! The signs are already neon and blinking all around us, we don’t need more, nor do we need to fixate on the day He will come. This day won’t take us by surprise, only those who don’t know what it means to tend His estate, feed His sheep, keep our lamps full of His oil…(these will not be trapped and looking for a way of escape.) Those who do not will. Until then we are to teach and encourage these things He’s so graciously given us as directions to guide us through some very hard times. Sticking to His plan not trying to get Him to see the wisdom of ours!

      Don’t be an escape artist! Be the artist of His shalom! HIS LIGHT! Encourage! Lift up and help each other prepare for the times ahead, praying unceasingly and holding out the hope that is real – He’s coming! Coming soon! May we be found working, and holding tight to the fringes of His tallith until then!

      Go with God!

      🕎 Grace and peace be yours in abundance in union with our Messiah Yeshua 🔯 King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Amen 🕯


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      Truth, Justice and God’s Way

      January 19, 2017 at 4:38 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

      The following link (at the bottom) inspired this blog. Actually it and many other documentaries I’ve been watching for a while now. Honestly I was unsure what was driving me to watch these real life stories. Some were very inspiring and dealt more with acts of nature and the hardships people over-came to move on, most were, sadly, the moving forward after another human being caused harm and suffering to them and those they loved. These are called crimes. It took some time but Adonai has finally began to speak into His pulling me into this documentary marathon I seemed to have been running. 

      The documentary below is graphic in many ways, more in depth than most and longer. If you choose to watch it, please be aware of children who may happen upon you as you do. This film is the best film to put all the points I’m about to make into perspective. It’s raw nature has a stunning balance that is rare in documentaries and, of course, as I’m drawn to…God gets an amazing glory in the end. All the points here are capable of standing on their own without viewing it however. 

      I realize these question have been asked before; in multitudes of ways. The concept isn’t new, the answers…well no less complex…sort of. Perhaps sometimes God puts us in front of these questions in more intimate settings and has us write out the process to solidify it for our own walk in this life. I lean in this direction. Though He often asks us to share for the purpose of someone else, yes, even just one other person, His work in you will be used in His work in them. I pray these writings only do what He intended. 

      What would a society be like if: 

      ☆ The “old sexual code” of proper conduct was the norm and the only accepted method – legally, morally, ethically?  

      Definition: No sex before marriage. Sex is viewed as sacred and private between adult men and women (plural in context not in number of persons at one event). Sex is only sacred between those two individuals of commitment before God and man on their wedding day. Sex with a child, animal, same sex person, or family member is a CRIME, punishable by death. Why? Simply put, sex ANY other way kills something extremely valuable to God. 

      ☆ God’s rules of justice was adopted by society                          

      Definition: Don’t murder, don’t lie, don’t covet, don’t take lightly His Name – meaning His character, don’t dishonor parents, don’t commit adultery – unfaithfulness in marriage – this being considered a value BEFORE marriage; that faithfulness to one’s spouse begins the day they are born for the one God has set aside for them. Thus rendering experimental, recreational, better put, premarital Sex – WRONG.

      God is indeed God, no other God will be tolerated, not because of rules but because any other thing given His place will lead to the utter heartbreaking corruption of the person God created. All other instructions will be broken without fail if these two are not the focus – the beginning and end of all moral judgement. 

      Remember to give God one day. (Remember the Sabbath) Just to Him – rest for that day; the needs and cares of the whole world will be cared for by Him and only Him on this day. How can He prove it if we’re constantly in control? This builds our trust and proves further…God is in control. And for good reason!

      ☆ Questions and ponderings 

      Who was the first to introduce the death penalty?

      How does Yeshua (Jesus) without nullifing God’s previous dictates fulfill them all with justice? 

      What is the true sign of repentance?

      God knew that child abuses and societal influence of all kinds would be a factor in any crime committed in all those instructions from Genesis to Leviticus for balance and justice. What does this say about His methods of instruction?

      Trust and obey – God is the only One worthy of such from anyone. Only He knows the balance point between good and evil, right and wrong, lies and deceit and ignorance and naivety, innocence and willfulness, cause and effect. 

      Did God make/create murders, rapest, adulterers, cheats, etc?

      Haven’t we all murdered in our thoughts? (This is where all physical acts begin) He created me and you. We have all lied, cheated, adulterated. In our thoughts, when we lie, we steal from someone. Everyone is owed the truth as a standard of conduct in the Kingdom of God. And rape? Again starting in the thoughts, none sees and most will never show they existed. Rape is non-consentual sex. Has everyone consented to all our imaginings? Sound extreme or over-the-top? Again the questions are pointed at the possibilities of society if such things were viewed this way and acted on accordingly. Would porn have ever been born? Would any inappropriate sexual act or deed be subject to leniency or acceptibility which has indeed led to the corruption of society?

      ☆ Questions everyone should find the answers to. (Yes, the word “should” got used…without apology)

      What is the difference between God’s true ways and the many ways the church has distorted them? Ie: exorcism, branding, legalism, judgement.

      Why did Yeshua accept death on the cross? Keeping in mind, yes, He was innocent, but on that cross He took every sin ever committed and that would ever be committed on Himself! 

      How do all these things, these questions, these answers impact a life? Yours, mine, the neighbor, the community, society?

      ☆ Truths Indisputable

      God alone makes, creates, shapes. Man gets ahold of these and as soon as they try to change it, even ever so slightly, these things become dysfunctional. In other words, they can no longer be cherished and enjoyed as He designed them. 

      God made: man, woman, earth, space, marriage, Sex, relationships/family, balance, Justice, life, death, forgiveness, mercy, truth, grace, compassion, kindness, patience, long suffering, giving/generosity, hope, peace, love. 

      When anything He made gets altered they become the twisted polar opposite, they act against instead of for. 

      Only God can be troubled or sort out the details of something so complex as a human being, created in His image, so hated by His enemy. A human justice system? How can one expect perfection within it? There are more things we need not know than we need to know. So many things we need to simply be able to trust and obey, for there is no other way! Too many opinions, to many postings and publications of things we need not concern ourselves with. I wonder how much medication people would stop needing for anxiety if they just didn’t hear, see, and know so darned much these days. I know the jurors of the case below will never ever be able to remove the images and details of that case from their minds. It could be argued that it may be for good reasons, it could also be argued against all good reasoning! That is: if humans keep thinking of those things. God isn’t Teviah from Fiddler on the Roof, He’s not up there saying… “On the other hand…but on the other hand…”  He is capable, and by that it means, completely perfect and split-second fast, at knowing every second, every instant, every occasion, every event, of everyone involved in everything, taking all things into consideration and doing the right thing. Period. Only God. So what? if we just can’t let go of controlling things trying to “understand” everything…what if…what if we just did it God’s Way?

      We can. I can, I will by the grace given by Yeshua, the Holy Spirit. It begins with just one day, all those little choices, God’s Way, not mine. Society as we read in the Truth called the Word of God will not operate according to Gods ways, not right now. But…our homes can. These will effect other homes…which will effect our community…which may effect revival in some small section of society. BUT! The impact on our true Home, with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, where they have come to make their home in you and me…eternity ripples, souls praise, heaven is singing that tune as we speak (errr…or read 😉). As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

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      Grace and peace be with you in Yeshua the Messiah

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      The Great Exchange

      March 7, 2016 at 5:58 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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      1 Timothy 6:11-12
      But you, as a man of God, flee from these things; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you testified so well to your faith before many witnesses.

      What is the good fight of faith? This question is the foundation of our walk with God. Everyday I wake up to a fight. One that the promise of God to me is that He has provided the victorious walk of Yeshua (Jesus), in exchange for mine. He gave His Son so that I may live. In the general sense, that death may never have the victory, no final breath for me! But in the broadest of terms, everyday a life-giving replacement of thoughts and deeds has been given in exchange for what my flesh shall resume in death at the rise of my consciousness from sleeping to waking, the dawn of a new day in the good fight of faith.

      One of the greatest gifts God has given me is the wisdom and discernment of what that good fight “looks like”. It’s practical application to every minute of my walk and testimony of faith. Repentence is an exchange. I give my evil deeds in exchange He gives me deeds to produce life. Repentance is a life long exchange. It always starts in the mind, where evil deeds begin as lies, and root words, if you will, that produce the weeds of the actions. Not all the lies are persay untrue. Example: my thoughts of complaint about this or that may be valid (based on a truthful assessment) ie: “Life is so hard, that person is so difficult, this pain is so bad,” etc. These thoughts are not persay untrue. People can be difficult, life is hard, pain is hard to ignore. What developed from these thoughts is the need to express them in the form of complaint for me. The attitude of complaint turns true things into lies by saying that they are worthy of complaint, God is no longer in control, good can not be had in this or that or them, etc. What we give voice to states what we believe is true. We as a people are professional complainers! Almost everything we complain about has truth to it. How then do we fight the good fight with the tendency to complain (groan, mumble)? We must exchange at the thought level complaint for praise. It’s being transformed by the renewing of the mind that Paul talks about in Romans 12:2. So the thought begins with “that person is so difficult” and the great exchange is: I give that thought to God and ask Him to replace it with praise, in turn I take the outward and inward action of thanking God for that person and His work in them instead. It literally is the power of the Holy Spirit we are given to do such an exchange. If one is tempted to take something from someone, the exchange is to give something to them instead. We can take all sorts of things from people and not realize it. Their time, their resources, their energy, their hope, their encouragement, their courage, their trust, and the list can go on. To complain out loud to someone can take many of these all at once. It’s essentially how we bring one down rather than lift one up. Often the good fight in these cases ends and begins only in the mind. Where complaint gets exchanged for the praise of God in every situation. Often its there where the deeds or actions of evil are reverted or avoided. No one sees this place but God, the hidden fight is within. Sometimes this is why we don’t do it. We like to be seen, even if we need to repent. It’s a mystery for sure, but not mysterious. Hence why we so often do the things we don’t want to do and don’t do the things we want. All sin has its source at self display; the need for us to be seen, acknowledged, praised, felt sorry for, even encouraged in a not so encouraging way. This is why the Scripture repeatedly from beginning to end says to “give thanks to God for everything at all times. For if God is the pursuit of display, our goal for WHO gets seen, then our-selves are exchanged for Him.

      So we exchange every untrue, unworthy, unholy, unwise thing for His truth, His holiness, His wisdom, His worthiness. It starts first in the mind, but without taking action on the exchange it becomes fruitless. I stayed stuck at the exchange in my mind for years and wondered why I never seemed to change outwardly. It’s a wonderful thing to go from complaint in the mind to praise to God, no doubt. But the fruit must be produced. When I have a judgemental thought towards someone I know, in my mind, I praise God for them and His work in them that I can’t see at the moment (faith), but the Spirit gives fruit, and this is when I send that person an encouraging text (action) as a result of the exchange in my mind. (Now many will wonder how many times their text messages of encouragement was a result of a judgemental thought!) But, so what? The fruit of my good-fight walk with Almighty God is the point of praise, I never deserved praise in the first place!

      The same especially applies to truth, if I’m tempted to lie, I act on truth. If I’m tempted to be unforgiving, I act on grace and mercy. If I’m tempted to be impatient and unkind, I act on kindness and perseverance. When I’m tempted to react with frustration and anger, I act on the steadfast love of God for me. All of these things start with the good fight inside my head, where I exchange my thoughts for His. The experience of victory is found in the action that I take as a result of the battle that gets won in my mind. Every time I have a thought of complaint, it’s my goal (and first and foremost God’s goal for me) to exchange the complaint for praise of Him, then for the proof of its existence I act on the praises of my God. I watch myself transform into a doer of the Word, not just a mere hearer.

      Often complaint is towards circumstances, so the action is then to move into them with praise and thanksgiving, steadfast effort into the hope that God is working good in them, faithfulness to His efforts, His results, not mine. I take action on these instead of complain. Again, no one sees this process, but God. Hence the Scripture that says “the God who sees what you do in secret will reward you, in secret. Not hush hush, secret, but inside where peace is formed into formidable action and rest of soul. Where we cease our striving, and can be still and know that He is God – really know, faith becomes reality.

      All faith must be exercised in action or it becomes a system of our own perceptions of God instead of who God really is. It’s not about works, it’s about The Worker, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. The One who provided this Great Exchange-Market of our flesh for His heart. Without Yeshua we have no access to this “market place”. The currency of the Kingdom is the Spirit that changes us from within and makes it evident outwardly as a testimony of God’s goodness to the world around us. We are witnesses to God’s transforming power in us as well as those He directs their attention to us as we learn and grow in Him. We are never to display the work of God, that’s not our job, that’s His. We are to fight this good fight and allow the process of our transformation to become a beacon of light in a dark world. He directs the light as He wills, but His direction for our attention is ever upward. For us to become aware of the light He makes us is and can be a sign that we have lost the place of exchange. For we are never light without His goodness replacing our garbage first.

      It’s a Great Exchange to walk with a Holy God, whose thoughts and ways are so different than ours. The process of this invades every little part of our living, breathing, waking moments in this life. There is no place where the good fight does not take place in us. No where we can relax and say “I’ve got this.”. We never had it in the first place, we’ll never gain it to take ownership of it ourselves. The only thing that comes close, is that God gave it to us in the first place. We take hold of it, as a piece of armor, but never does it originate from us, ownership is His and His alone, always.

      Jude 1:24-25
      Now, to the One who can keep you from falling and set you without defect and full of joy in the presence of His glory – to God alone, or Deliverer, through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord – be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.

      1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
      May the God of shalom (peace) make you completely holy – may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. The One calling you is faithful, and He will do it.

      Be of good courage, take heart, the transformation of your whole being is assured and completely possible, thanks be to God. The good fight is where we are given eyes to see, a heart to understand, and turn to God. Every single battle is glowing with victory because He who is within you is greater! He can give us, in exchange for our inglorious thoughts and ways, a glorious mind and spirit and body. We are not doomed to failure, but to faithfulness! Enter the Great Exchange, and see the Kingdom of God within you!

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      ♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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