From one glory to the next, God is shaping me. The glow of His glory cast a shadow over my unruliness, but I must remember that I, myself, have been brought into His Light. In union with the Messiah, I stand upon the precipice with only Him as an anchor. But what an anchor! He who calls the Light to reveal what doesn’t belong in Him, and therefore in me. Sending forth a shadow to highlight where the Spirit given as a gift can put my spiritual hands to the task of taking out the garbage. It’s this gift that changes everything. I, alone, can change none of it. Of myself, should I reach for it with the intent to throw it away without Him, I shall find myself playing with it and desiring to keep it. What a bizarre nature I have apart from Him! Oh, how I praise Him for breaking into my comfort and lighting up the room I often sit in, thinking a light is on. I praise His invasion, intrusion, and intervention!
I, repent, O Holy Father, never let me be unbroken over my stubborn heart to call the shots in the life YOU have given me! Cut me off in my futile attempts to paint Your name with a false piety of repentance! Let no untrue motive be allowed to make a home in my heart! For to truly LIVE is to know You, to fellowship with You without interruption! Repentence is the pathway of peace that opens my ears, eyes, and heart to receive You and let You cover me with all that You are! Yeshua, You are the gate I walk through, I acknowledge there’s no other way. Take my hand O Holy Brother, Savior and Friend and show me the way to die that You may live inside me! Take over this vessel and make it straight and unrelenting as You are for the work of the Kingdom of heaven! I have nothing, nothing without You.
The gift of is repentance precious, I set my heart of the pathway to peace. Not for myself, or for my fellow man, though You certainly grace us with these by-products of turning and returning, but that the Glory of the Source, which is You alone, may become known. Truly known, real, alive and full!
Behold what manner of Love the Father has given into us! The power to run from sin and into His arms!
♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
I come bent in absolute worship
Bowed face to the dust I am made of
All else that is of me bent to You who made me
And everything this soul had ever seen, touched, smelt, or known
Can I bend down lower?
Oh Father is there any part of me that won’t submit?
Root it out! Those weeds that defy You.
Shrink the tumors of self guidance
Radiate the cancer of self agrandousment
Creat in me a completely new heart
One that I’ve never known before
Like a child in awe of You for the first time.
Oh to be released from the bondage of all knowing that isn’t You.
To be completely taken up in the Wonder of Wonderful
To be inside the intimacy of Counselor
To forsake everything but Mighty God!
Oh how I bend in relinquishment, abandon, and humility.
Doubts chase me relentlessly
Hounds that circle the You in Me
Sinister questions that twist and distort
Surround sound arrows that point in both directions
In and out
Shading and shadowing every solid thing
But You are the Son shining bright in this shell
Remind me that it starts from the inside out
I can only follow the path of Your shining
The shadows tell the story of You too.
The insane sounds to my reasoning are proof that Your ways are not mine
Nor can they be found by touching and grasping at all that Your Light shines on. You spoke; and there was Light
What more need I know to trust?
Perhaps You know now and the answer awaits eternal
A perception too big for such a temporal frame.
Or perhaps it’s in the new morn dawning.
Just beyond the dimmed view
So then You say
“Just keep on seeking… the morning My Child, is where all things are new. ”
So here I am Bright Morning Star a’shinin’
Bowed and bent within this frame
All I have to offer is this giving
Giving up my own domain
My rights to own the slightest twinkle
The sparks they fly from the fire of Your Son
They move along the breeze of Your speaking
And find their purpose in what He’s done
No matter what I believe He’s still doing
The things You’ve planned where victory’s won.
I trust my all to Your simple leading
And give all the glory to Your Son.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah
The conversation finally began…
Words had flown about the room for well over an hour…but nothing communicable had really occurred. Eight souls had gathered to study the Bible. At least that was what the title was called; a Bible Study. Various theologies had been discussed, springing from a few words pulled from the Book intended to be studied. Philosophies of forgiveness with the clanging symbols of rhetoric popular among “the gatherers of the Book”. Words flung out with the tree of knowledge of good and evil as it base. In essence it could all be brought down to “what does forgiving do for me“.
One silent soul, up to this point, found their lips and their vocals found wind.
“But who is forgiveness really about? For that matter…who is this Book really about?”
Seven pairs of eyes fell to the one who had almost been forgotten. This one being the “least educated” and newest member of the group. The sounds that came from their person floated like a feather…slowly drifting down as if from nowhere…the room fell still.
The brave soul suddenly felt odd. And gave an almost apologetic smile.
“Hmmm…well, a good question” said the “leader”. “Perhaps it will be a good topic for next week.”
The other six, gave a sigh of relief and nodded their accent to the leader.
Again the new one was compelled to speak.
“I’m confused. I thought this was supposed to be a place where I could ask questions and get help finding the hidden truths the Bible has to offer according to the Apostle Paul? If I mistook the agenda I ask forgiveness. It would be the highest offence to me that I would offend my Father in heaven by derailing that which you had intended. Most of what I heard you all sharing…well quite frankly went over my head. I know I am new and have much to learn. Yet as I have been reading in Matthew chapters 5 and 6, I have felt as if I was right there at Yeshua’s (Jesus’) feet…listening to Him. He spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven a lot and how forgiveness works…uh…at least to me…what it is supposed to look like in action. And it seemed to me to point without exception to the Father, who is forgiveness…upon which the “children” – if you will – are grace and mercy and truth. I don’t know all the “learned” lingo or language but again I found Yeshua speaking in such simple terms that anyone could understand Him. If I am in error, please would someone correct me? I really don’t want to go another 7 days thinking in error to wait for next week’s study. To do so seems to me would be even greater foolishness than to speak up and seem as fool.”
The words carried such humility and honest inquiry, again the room was aloft in stillness. Impregnated with the Light that had just now began to shine.
Again the new one began to feel awkward and shifted in the silence uncomfortably.
The “leader” cleared their throat.
One by one each other member looked between the leader and the new one. None finding a voice of their own to lend to the subject. Suddenly what they thought they “knew” seemed a square peg attempting to be put in a round hole. (Indeed this was the case)
“Perhaps,” said the leader with an authoritative air. “You could share what it is that you have heard us speaking about that has caused your confusion?”
It was spoken framed in invitation, but the true portrait of its spirit was condescending.
The new one didn’t respond to the latter.
“Well, all the words sound right but don’t fall into the spirit with which I sense in Yeshua as He speaks about forgiveness. To Him all things are about His Father. The One who Forgives. Without Him there is no such thing. So to forgive is to simply attest to the One who makes it possible. You all spoke much with many words I didn’t understand and can’t remember now…but to put it in terms I understood you to be saying…
To forgive is to be set free from being unforgiving. Again this seems right and I find it hard to say exactly what seems not right about it. I have been reading an author who said, “Discernment is not about knowing right from wrong, but knowing right from almost right” This is the best I can describe my struggle. What you all say sounds almost right but not right.” The new one paused and resumed a moment later. The awkward silence prevailed.
“As I have spent time talking with God and Yeshua, reading His Words…I have come to understand that forgiveness is something I do that gives away what He does, did and completed with Yeshua on the cross. That when I forgive, its sort of like taking the bread and wine in remembrance of Him. Yeshua said Himself that when we forgive it not only effects this world but heaven! That’s power!! Unseen power to be honest!”
The new one was so lost within the wonder and awe of the One who forgives they seemed to start to fairly glow…it became contagious. All ears were held hostage by the enthusiasm and worship.
“When you all were speaking about letting go of unforgiveness it seemed to me that it was as if – if we forgive we benefit from our own forgiveness. Yet it seems contrary to what Yeshua said, though in a way we do, but that’s not the intent for which we are asked to do so. Though you all quoted scriptures that could – by themselves taken the way you frame these theologies with them – could seem to support them. Again its the sense of right verses almost right that perplexes me. I don’t know much about theologies but I do know Yeshua, the Father and the Spirit who is sent to counsel and or guide us into all Truth; which is to say Yeshua Himself and things don’t “lineup” if you will between the two. Mankind is always systematically trying to attain knowledge from God into a pattern of prescription that methodizes our behaviors, but does nothing to transform. I think forgiveness is what one does as an identifier of Who they now belong to. But how can they forgive if they don’t know the Forgiver? How can release come from an action based only on sentences in a book? Are we not supposed to be seeking the One who wrote it and obeying the One who made all things? Because He knows how best all thing work functionally? In other words because He is trustworthy?”
Abruptly the new one was finished. The words hanging in the air like a balloon waiting to be popped.
At last…the conversation began to take the shape for which The One who wrote the Book that they were desirous to study…intended. The Book got opened, and together all those present sought to seek that they may find…no one at that point was “leader” or “new”, all were brothers and sisters of the same Father. Becoming children of God…not wise ones of learning. The next week more “new” ones were added to their number, and The One who wrote the Book was the final Authority in what was right. Theology’s still came up but were taken under the microscope of Yeshua’s Words alone. As a result He became The Way, The Truth, and The Life…and they followed Him.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Proverbs 1:5-6
Someone who is already wise will hear and learn still more; someone who already understands will gain the ability to counsel well; he will understand proverbs, obscure expressions, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
By God’s Grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before Him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua. God put Yeshua forward as a kapparah (atonement/pardon) for sin through His faithfulness in respect to His bloody sacrificial death. This vindicated God’s righteousness; because, in His forebearance, He had passed over (with neither punishment nor remission) the sins people committed in the past; and it vindicates His righteousness in the present age by showing that He is righteous Himself and also the One who makes people righteous on the ground of Yeshua’s faithfulness.
Now to God, who can strengthen you, according to the Good News, in harmony with the revelation of the secret truth which is the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, kept hidden in silence for ages and ages
…and of letting everyone see how this secret plan is going to work out. This plan, kept hidden for ages by God, the Creator of everything, is for rulers and authorities in heaven to learn, through the existence of the Messianic Community, how many-sided God’s wisdom is.
1 Corinthians 17-31
For the Messiah did not send me to immerse but to proclaim the Good News – to do it without relying on “wisdom” that consists of mere rhetoric, so as not to rob the Messiahs execution-stake of IT’S power. For the Message about the execution-stake is nonsense to those in the process of being destroyed, but to us in the process of being saved it is the power of God. Indeed, the Tanakh (Old Testament) says,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.”
Where does that leave the philosopher, the Torah-teacher (teacher of the Teachings), or any of today’s thinkers? Hasn’t God made this worlds wisdom look pretty foolish? For God’s wisdom ordained that the world, using its own wisdom, would NOT come to know Him. Therefore God decided to use the “nonsense” of what we proclaim as His means of saving those who come to trust in it. Precisely because Jews ask for signs and Greeks try to find wisdom, we go on proclaiming a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal! To the Jews this is an obstacle, and to the Greeks it is nonsense; but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, this same Messiah is God’s power and God’s wisdom! For God’s “nonsense” is wiser than humanities “wisdom”.
And God’s “weakness” is stronger than humanities “strength”. Just look at yourselves, brothers – look at those whom God has called! Not many of you are wise by the worlds standards, not many wield power or boast noble birth. But God chose what this world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what this world considers important; so that no one should boast before God. It is His doing that you are united with the Messiah Yeshua. He has become wisdom for us from God, and righteousness and holiness and redemption as well! Therefore – as the Tanakh says – “Let anyone who wants to boast, boast about Adonai.”
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
Because you are not to bow down to any other god; since Adonai (the Lord) – whose very name is Jealous – is a jealous God.
For Adonai your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
“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)
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!”
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤