Where the Heart Is? ~ Part 3

June 20, 2011 at 3:39 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Where the Heart Is?

Part 3

 

Recap: In Part 1 – we looked into the physical heart and then studied a little about the definitions to the word heart in the languages the original text was written. In Part 2 – we contrasted the significance of blood to the heart both physical and spiritual. In both we can see that function in the physical is a representation of the spiritual. We see that because, what functions now in the physical, is dysfunctional because of sin – and that God‘s Word is pointing to a fully functional world in Him, because of Him. That we can experience the essence of function even here in a dysfunctional world. It starts with, ends with, and depends on our hearts. Lets look at specifically where and what Yeshua (Jesus) said about the heart.

Matthew 12:34 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking to the Pharisees

“You snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what overflows from the heart.”

Luke 6:45 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking

“The good person produces food things from the store of good in his heart, while the evil person produces evil things from the store of evil in his heart. For his mouth speaks what overflows from his heart.

So the mouth is focused in on here by Yeshua (Jesus)…Why? Here again is a physical thing but He is using it as a spiritual representation of the heart.

Its worth noting here: the proper English interpretation of the Hebrew Yeshua (Jesus) spoke in of the words good and evil are: good – function and evil – dysfunction. So good here means something that works within its intended purpose. Likewise evil means something that does not function within its intended purpose.

Now lets look at the mouth. It has two basic purposes. 1) to eat – consuming nutrition for the whole body. 2) to speak – to communicate the needs, wants, and desires of the body it represents. If we cease to eat our whole body will start to become dysfunctional. If we eat too much the same thing happens. If we never speak; confessing our errors and weaknesses, asking for prayer and forgiveness, stating clearly what we can and cannot do, speaking truth into lies (both to ourselves and others), speaking words of love, kindness, concern, and encouragement, correcting verbally our children and others in love and teaching the functional ways to live; then our hearts become dysfunctional and this effects our bodies and the “body” (fellowman) God places us in too.

Mark 7:18-23 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking – Emphasis mine

He replied to them, “So you too are without understanding? Don’t you see that nothing going into a person from outside can make him unclean? For it doesn’t go into his heart but his stomach, and it passes out into the latrine.” (thus He declared all foods ritually clean) “It is what comes out of a person, ” he went on, “That makes him unclean. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness…all these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.” (and/or dysfunctional)

Mark 12:28

One of the Torah (Law)-teachers came up and heard them engaged in this discussion. Seeing that Yeshua (Jesus) answered them well, he asked Him, “Which is the most important mitzvah (commandment – principle for living) of them all?” Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “The most important is, Sh’ma Yisra’el, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad. (Here, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one) and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.”

These words – speaking about the heart – come straight from Yeshua’s (Jesus’) mouth, and were spoken for the function and purpose of our hearts. Look back on part 1 – SEE that the word heart in the Bibles we read are often interpreted as soul, understanding and strength. He said the word heart first and reinforced the meaning of it with all the others! Now ask yourself: if from the mouth comes what dwells within the heart…what was in the heart of Yeshua (Jesus) by what we heard/hear come from HIS mouth?

 

Where the Heart Is? – Part 4 – coming soon 🙂

 

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

 

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~Courage~

May 20, 2011 at 2:14 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Courage: the ability to do something dangerous, or face pain or opposition, without showing fear. Bravery. to be brave enough to do what is right – to make yourself do something you are afraid of – boldness – confidence.

When I think of courage I think of Yeshua (Jesus). What is courage by His definition, by what He did, said, and lived? Well lets see…

I ‘d say it took a ton of courage to:

  • Believe, act, and move in a world that can’t be seen with human eyes – where He saw need – He saw the need met without needing money, medicine, or machinery. He didn’t even think being raised from the “dead” was a “miracle”! What did He say?   Matthew 19:26  Yeshua (Jesus) looked at them and said, “Humanly, this is impossible; but with God everything is possible.” Took courage to say it – much less believe it!
  • Speak based only on a Voice – not attached to a body or spoken with a tongue like that of His own and those all around Him. He followed that Voice, trusted that Voice – and LIVED AS THOUGH THAT VOICE WAS THE ONLY REAL THING ON EARTH!
  • Be “politically incorrect” and speak anyway. To be “religiously incorrect” and speak anyway. To hold fast to the TRUTH without apology – knowing it would offend, tweak, anger, make some uncomfortable, sad, and ultimately would only be heard by a few. To be “socially incorrect” and speak and live differently anyway.
  • Took courage to offer love and let those He loved walk away without either recognizing it or receiving it. Without begging or pleading…chasing…or punishing those who walked away. Wow – yep courage!
  • Took courage to know He’d be labeled every mean nasty thing like; freak, weird, crazy, odd, lazy, stupid, evil,  and traitor – and LIVE like they held no truth in them.
  • Took unheard of courage to speak in His Fathers house – though there was no “earthly” way to “prove” His Sonship. He just walked right in – no “credentials” according to the “accredited” – no “authority” according to those in “authority”. Yet in He walked – upturning tables, reclaiming His Fathers house – and running circles around the “educated” and “worthy” ones who thought they owned it.
  • Took courage to come here and announce the ownership of the “filthiest” souls, the “smallest” in stature, and the “weakest” in heart – in other words – He claimed the people – rather than the things they so highly valued.   Luke 16:15   He said to them, ” You people make yourselves look righteous to others, but God knows your hearts; what people regard highly is an abomination before God!”

  • Took courage to walk on Earth as it’s Creator as a Created! Never once using the power that was given Him to do one thing – save Love and be held by what He knew would hold Him. Wow!
  • Took courage to die for those around Him – most used Him (still do). Others mocked (still do). Others revolted (still do). Others plotted, manipulated and HATED (still do). The number of those who loved, and followed – so few…so few. Oh how He grieved (still does). His own family of “origin” (brothers, sisters, cousins, etc) avoided and misunderstood Him. His own People – that His Father spoke into existence called Him a traitor. Many started out following…many came to hear – few continued to follow – few had ears to hear. And He knew – He knew there would only be a few! Courage!
  • Took courage to obey His Father at every pivotal moment when called upon to “prove” His “God-hood” – to wait for His Fathers timing – to stare in the faces of lies as the BEST means of speaking the truth!

I could go on and on…I’ve seen a likeness of His courage in my few short 40 years. Soldiers in our army fighting for those that can’t even see them – or the cost. Yep – Courage! Countless people who smile and bring cheer to all who know them even though they work tirelessly and get “little” in return according to human logic. Single mothers, single fathers – courage! Countless recovered alcoholics, addicts, abuse-victims, thieves, liars, murderers – who find courage to stay sober – and live again – yep, courage! Many many brothers and sisters who go into places and literally get jailed, hung, stabbed, be-headed, burned to the ground, starve and lose limbs and function – just because they speak the name Yeshua – Jesus! COURAGE! People who stand up and speak the unpopular truth to a crowd of people only willing to hear lies – courage! But only One…only Yeshua the Messiah – Jesus Christ – the Son of God – Savior – Shepherd – Rabbi – Teacher – High Priest – Redeemer…only He – I say – IS, WAS, and always will BE courage! What was the power that turned Him into courage? TRUST – pure and simple – He trusted His Father no matter what – no matter the cost – trust is the key to courage!

Courage came over here and risked the severance of Dictatorship in human form – religiously, socially, politically. Courage placed our Declaration into the Hands of Divine Providence (God) – and put His name on our money in hopes that He would get the glory for even that! Courage used the Bible – Gods Word – as the curriculum we taught in our schools back then. Knowing that not only would the children learn to read – but think and question – and learn the values that make all man-kind equal and able to live in harmony. Courage stood up and said NO MORE – to power and money over people. Courage stood AGAINST the cowardice of living carnal lives – from one pleasure to the next. Courage is how America was born…Israel was born…any free nation is born. Cowardice, blindness, apathy, selfishness, and the “pursuit of power and money” – is how all nations have fallen – every one – throughout History. Cowardice creeps in on the tails of compromise – little by little – inch by inch – from within the heart of each human being individually – then spreading like a virus to the collective whole. Not much has changed since Jesus’ time…there are still fewer courageous souls – than cowards.

Trust is the key to Courage.

Who or what do you trust?

Hebrews 11:6

And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.

John 17:20 – Jesus speaking, actually praying for us…

I pray not only for these, but for those who will trust in me because of their word.

John 14:11-13 – Jesus speaking

Trust me, that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me. But if you can’t, then trust because of the works themselves. Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trust in me will also do the works I do! Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father.

John 12:44-47; 36 – Jesus speaking

Yeshua (Jesus) declared publicly, “Those who put their trust in me are trusting not merely in me, but the One who sent me. Also those who see me see the One who sent me. I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who trust in me might not remain in the dark.

 While you have the light, put your trust in the light, so that you may become people of light.”

John 3:21 – Jesus speaking

“But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”

John 11:25-26 – Jesus speaking

Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever puts his trust in me will live, even if he dies; and everyone living and trusting in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 8:23-24 – Jesus speaking

Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, “you are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. This is why I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not trust that I AM who I say I am, you will die in your sins.”

John 7:38 – Jesus speaking

“Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” (hmmm…wonder if that water contains some courage…)

Grace and Peace (and courage) in Yeshua the Messiah 🙂

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