Awake! – Part 14 – The Powerful Exchange  

June 2, 2017 at 11:43 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , )

Hebrews 12:1-4

So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses (all those mentioned in chapter 11), let us, too, put aside every impediment – that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement – and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua – who, in exchange for the joy set before Him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God. Yes, think about Him who endured such hostility against Himself from sinners, so that you won’t grow tired or become despondent. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin.  

Do you think Yeshua (Jesus) knew what He was exchanging when He came here?

Philippians 2:6-11

Though He was in the form of God He did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force. On the contrary, He emptied Himself, in that He took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. And when He appeared as a human being, He humbled Himself still more by becoming obedient even to death – death on a stake as a criminal! Therefore God raised Him to the Highest Place and gave Him the Name above every Name; that in honor of the Name given Yeshua (Salvation), every knee shall bow – in heaven, on earth and under the earth – every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah IS Adonai – to the glory of God the Father.   

Indeed, He did! That last part, is what ‘the joy set before Him‘ is referring to in Hebrews. The Powerful Exchange for the Creation and man – which is pretty darn glorious – but even that is NOTHING compared to the glory of God, Himself! Now notice what it said in Hebrews why we are to think of Him – ‘so that you won’t grow tired or despondent’.   

To grow tired is well known to us. Fatique, the falling of eye lids, the state of being pulled into unconsciousness. Despondent, in Hebrew is: קצר – qotser –  which means: faint, cut down, shortness of spirit, disheartened. Two very applicable words to the state of being ‘asleep’ we are attempting to fight! What we have in these verses is the ‘smelling salt’ we are to apply to our ‘noses’ regularly to stay awake. 

Yeshua, gave up His ‘life’ in order to conquer death! The life He gave up was not the Life that is the Light of man, but the life of weakness held captive to sin. Often the life we mistakenly cling to. God is the ultimate in underhanding the enemy. The enemy thought he could kill Life, from the beginning he has thought this, and even now after Yeshua conquered death, he still seeks to convince us of the very lie he still believes! Sins greatest power is now transferred to Yeshua’s very Name (character)! 

2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; but He told me, “My grace is enough for you, for My power is brought to perfection in weakness.”   

Zephaniah 3:15-17

Adonai has removed the judgements against you, He has expelled your enemy; the King of Israel, Adonai, is right there with you.  You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen. On that Day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion! Don’t let your hands droop down. Adonai your God is right there with you, as a Mighty Savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, He will be silent in His love, He will shout over you with joy.” 

Colossians 1:11-13

We pray you will be continually strengthened with all the power that comes from His glorious Might; so that you will be able to persevere and be patient in any situation, joyfully giving thanks to the Father for having made you fit to share in the inheritance of His people in the Light. He rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.    

Hebrews 11:32-38

What more should I say? There isn’t time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Daniel, Samson, Jepthah, David, Samuel and the prophets; who, through trusting, conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, received what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, had their weaknesses turned to strength, grew mighty in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead resurrected; other people were stretched on the rack and beaten to death, refusing to be ransomed (deceived, swayed, bought by bribery or manipulation), so that they would gain a better resurrection.  Others under went trials of being mocked and whipped, then chained and imprisoned.  They were stoned, sawed in two, murdered by the sword; they went about clothed in sheep skins and goat skins, destitute, persecuted, mistreated, wandering about in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground! The world was not worthy of them! All of these had their merit attested because of their trusting. Nevertheless, they did not see what had been promised (Yeshua), because God had planned something better that would involve us, so that only with us would they be brought to the goal.   

Again in Psalms 119 we see King David as the example of all this. 

Psalms 119:107-112

I am very much distressed; Adonai, give me life, in keeping with Your Word. Please accept my mouths voluntary offerings, Adonai, and teach me Your Rulings. I am continually taking my life in my hands, yet I haven’t forgotten Your Torah. The wicked have set a trap for me, yet I haven’t strayed from Your Precepts. I take Your instruction as a permanent Heritage, because it is the joy of my heart. I have RESOLVED to obey Your laws forever, at every step.   

David never saw Yeshua in the flesh, but He knew Him! When Yeshua came, died, conquered, rose again, and anointed His church, sending them out…they brought the baton now being passed – onto you and me – the goal is now in sight! Let us not fall asleep! Every cloud in the sky is shouting for joy of Him whose feet will soon ride them to the finish line!

Hebrews 9:26-28

… But as it is, He has appeared once at the end of the ages in order to do away with sin through the sacrifice of Himself. Just as human beings have to die once, but after this comes judgement, so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to deliver those who are eagerly waiting for Him!  

It’s so important to understand our weakness in the Light of God’s Word. For many many out there are speaking truth but they are human, have weaknesses and therefore the enemy wants us to ignore their witness to the Truth. To disqualify them because their flaws become apparent. Let’s face it, we all have them. It’s often taught that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was some physical condition. It ignores the statement following which speaks of the adversary. This is huge fellow-sheep! I dare say that Paul suffered indeed in a physical way perhaps, but the manifestation of the flesh always comes from inside, where we think no one else can see, save God. A heart that cries out to God to remove all things that are sinful and ugly from within is wide awake, but falsely taught that it will then have no faults, weaknesses or constant struggle. This is a lie. There is no one on earth right now without some flaw in almost every arena conceivable! We are always wrong or in error or ignorant in some perception of God, of the world around us, of people we know, people we don’t…God takes His time and has a perfect plan in His correction. This is why Yeshua made it clear that He is the Way, The Truth, and the Life! Truth is our waking salt! We must learn to disconnect the message from the messenger at times! The Truth still applies even in the imperfect and weak human beings that seek it and speak it! Does not the Truth continue to teach in times and language of culture? The Truth about our government will not be found in the language of detail of America today in our Bibles, but the principle of Truth found in it apply to all kingdoms that rise and fall. Truth takes us to Himself, always leads to Yeshua! Just as all falseness leads to the enemy! In truth, each path is quite short but often with a labyrinth of paths that attempt to distract. Wits are essential but coupled with humility. Questions are pivotal to answers. From here, I will begin to expose the labyrinth. Some people will bother you, look passed them. The information I’ve chosen to use is fact based and easily able to be found by anyone who wants to follow the facts themselves. I’ve labored and prayed over each video. I’ve done my own homework. Homework is to me, to look into the facts myself and then prayerfully place the Word of God over it to see if it lines up. I asked questions like: are these truths essential to one’s walk with God? Will this completely change the choices one can make for Truth or for wickedness? Is this something You, God, think I should share? 

Some videos will be long, all are worth every second you spend on them. Likewise, wisdom, would have you share them. If we love someone we give them Truth and trust His hands to hold them, lead them, guide them. No one is more trustworthy!  

These are the cusp of every choice we make, every day. Sounds dramatic, truly I say, it’s not drama – drama is make believe/not real/entertainment. The Word of God is foundational, real, and serious! Remember what David said in Psalms 119? ‘I have resolved to obey Your laws forever – at every step!’  Every step is every decision, every choice, every day – forever! Truth is paramount to choice! No Truth – and sleepiness will fall upon one in such a way that one will not realize they are the walking dead. Funny how this theme is so prevalent in all forms of entertainment these days, don’t you think? Zombies, rabid infections, morphing humans into half animal creatures. We are not half anything dear brothers and sisters, we are fully human – beautiful in the eyes of God! His eyes are wide open though they may sting with the sight of us (truth) – shall we not trust Him to adjust our eyes to remain open though like so many before us, and Yeshua, Himself, we may weep uncontrollably at times because what we see is horrid, hard and seems hopeless. Is He not the One the Word speaks of? ‘Adonai is right there with you, Mighty to save!’ His hope will color the pictures we see! 

James 5:19-20

My brothers, if one of you wanders from the Truth, and someone causes him to return, you should know that whoever turns a sinner from his wandering path will save him from death and cover many sins!  

Those are words full of power! Full of wakefulness! Full of joy! The joy of heaven! May God grant us the strength in our weakness to face the Truth and brave to share it and enter in to the inheritance given us by Yeshua, Salvation for all who call upon His Name!

✡ Grace and peace be ours in full measure, with His Truth to set us on a firm foundation, opening the eyes to search for Him wherever He may be found, and ready to see Him coming again! Come soon, Yeshua our Salvation, come soon! Until then, keep us working in Your Kingdom to the glory of God our Father, Amen! ✡


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Truth and Consequences

February 11, 2016 at 4:25 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I wonder…at the simplicity and complexity of the truth at times.
To ponder it too long it would seem, can send it further out into a boundless place, mankind was never intended to fully grasp, yet could never escape. The tree of knowledge of good and evil. Yet at its most simplistic level, God, Himself, was always enough. That prefect balance that we need, always have, always will. Knowing a truth, for knowledge sake, this is the abominable forsaking of it. How many of us, (only the truly insane of human kind being the exception), how many of us don’t know a basic truth: lying is wrong. The only time we excuse it is when we’ve lost the ability to apply it to ourselves. To lie, for example, to “protect someone” from the truth; this is the ultimate oxymoron. Why in heavens name would there be an ounce of sanity involved in the mind of man to think it’s protection to keep the truth from someone; especially someone we love? Everyone knows lying is wrong because we don’t like to be lied to. Yet somehow, we make exceptions for someone else when the truth then becomes a matter of the free will God gave for everyone to accept it, let it live in them, remake them. It’s not our job to protect or defend the truth. It NEVER will be. We do many many things out of this false sense of protecting people, especially those we love. Nature gives us every clue as to Who the job of protecting belongs to. Look at the earth, such a tiny layer of protection God has given it from the vast enemies from space to kill her. That layer is, if you will, His “skin”. Nothing can kill God. Or break His “skin”. In fact there’s is only one thing God has given to us that we can break, this is His heart. His heart is Truth. His Son. Which bled out on a stake, broken for us. I begin to understand, which is to say, like Paul, through a mirror dimly, what a delicate line the Truth draws between sanity and insanity. Why, to so many, the One True God just doesn’t make sense. They are, of course, trying to use that “knowledge” intellect alone to grasp it. I know many truths, but none of them have ever done me any good until they’ve broken me, became a matter of the heart and soul, not just my head. Truth made alive, begins and ends in brokenness. Our ability to grasp that it – in and of itself – can not be held in the head for profit, but must reflect the Heart of it, that which has broken from the beginning of time, because just having Him, wasn’t enough. Can we not relate? Who among us at our very core can honestly say, that this at its very core is relationship essential: To know that just us, all that we are, good and bad, is enough for someone who says they love us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only and unique Son, so that everyone whoever trusts in Him (Him alone)may have eternal Life, instead of being utterly destroyed. – John 3:16

How often has this verse been repeated? Used? Notice how the very last part seems to always get chopped off in the quoting so famously of it? You see, the truth has blessings, but denied it bares consequences. I almost forgot, myself, that this last part was included in the famous verse. Everyone can quote it, followers or wayward, by now everyone can quote that very first part by heart. We avoid truth because of its consequential nature, not because we can’t see the benefits of it. Everyone agrees, to be lied to hurts, it’s benefits are are acknowledged on a selfish level. We don’t like to hurt. Selfishly at the same time we throw away the benefits of the truth, to lie to ourselves first and then others, in the efforts to “protect” – ourselves. Even when we say we’re trying to protect someone else, at the very core of it, we are trying to protect ourselves first. Ever notice the lack in the Bible of any concept of our duty to protect…anything? We were told to, be fruitful, care for, but not protect. Cherish, value, teach, exhort, admonish, forgive, love, be compassionate, encourage; conspicuously the word protect is missing. There is one word that could be mistaken for it; guard.

Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life’s consequences. Proverbs 4:23

But guarding in this sense is not the power given to direct and defend as if the sole responsibility is left in our hands. Guards can’t keep the heart beating as God can. They can only attempt to keep an outsider from entering in to try to kill, but the life beinging guarded is only directed by God. He counts the days of each child on earth. Many of them have been guarded, but ultimately not “protected”.

You who live in the Shelter of ‘Elyon (The Most High), who spend their nights in the shadow of Shaddai (The Alimghty), who say to Adonai (the Lord), “My refuge, My Fortress! My God, in whom I trust!” – He will rescue you from the trap of the hunter and from the plague of calamities; He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His truth is a shield and protection.
Psalms 91:1-4

See David, who “got it”, he knew protection only came from God. That truth broke him first. He fled for years of his life, had many guards, but only One Protector. I love the CJB version of this verse. Notice why we are to guard our heart? Because it’s the source of life’s consequences. We are told the heart is deceitful above all things! Where does Life come from? If God, Yeshua, lives in your heart, its protected – the Way, the Truth, the Life can dwell within. If they do not, well enough said. My heart can now, no more be deceitful with Messiah living in me, than the ground can cave in our heave without the breath of God to move it. I can now, being given eyes with the power of Truth, see where the lies shall come to enter in to my heart and attempt to rob the truth with illusion. I can bat them away, now. Before I could not. But the protection within, is still God, Himself. Please don’t misunderstand, we in no way protect God from lies, or ourselves. The Spirit (Truth) is the power given, we just choose it, and that ability to choose only comes from one being saved/rescued by Yeshua – the Truth. NOTE: verse 24 of Proverbs is about lies and deceit. Not coincidental.

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through Him, the world might be saved (protected). Those who trust in Him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the One who is God’s only and unique Son (protector). Now this is the judgement: the Light (truth) has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the Light (truth). Why? Because their actions were wicked. For everyone who does evil things hates the Light (truth) and avoids it (protects themselves), so that his actions won’t be exposed. But everyone who does what is true comes to the Light ( truth – surrenders, makes themselves vulnerable) so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.
John 3:17-21

Self protection is an oxymoron too. But a choice to be sure, we can accept God’s or choose our own. The truth protects, anything other than truth in its purity, no dilution, no variation, attacks! The “consequence” of truth is vulnerability, exposure to great hurt, great pain, great rejection, great loss but also great peace, great joy, great love, great passion, great perspective and first and foremost a great life lived in the presence and relationship with a Great God.

Truth: we can not live within a deep and abiding relationship with God, and not know great pain. This pain is the constant open eyes to the consequences of our own and others rejection, avoidance and blindness to the Truth. Everyday, my closeness to Messiah, brings with it a brokenheartedness over His absence as the Way and Truth in lives all around me but especially mine. The lack of Life. Yet on the same string of brokenness, comes increasing joy, for His protection. That thin layer on the world? It protects everyone, those who love Him AND those who don’t. Grace and Mercy is God’s “molecular DNA to His skin”.

When we guard, we stand watch to only stay true to the truth that’s been given to us. We don’t protect it, or defend it. Truth, itself, does that for us. We have no power in this way, none. The watchful guardianship we are given is with eyes only on its application to us in all things, not others, not selfishly used for our gain, or as a measure of our worth.

The Word of God is protection and Truth, all by itself. It never returns void – ever. Even if we don’t choose it’s protection for ourselves, it will move beyond us into someone else. We just won’t know how. Blindness is the first symptom of truths rejection. One may ask: “how then, will I know if I’m blind?” God will be sure to send an agent to attempt to remove the scales, this is His job, and why He chose this particular application in Paul for us to learn from. Someone was sent by God, faithful as He is, to remove the scales from Paul’s eyes. They came with vulnerability, humility and truth. God is the great scale remover of all eyes. His promise never fails.

I wonder…how lately these thoughts roll down and up the halls of my mind, causing great flows of tears to fall down their walls. What purpose do they serve? I see the reflection of so many beloved faces in there, fallen, blind, beloved, prayed for with bloody knees, and (only because of the God who lives here in me), speaks the truth to each without regard to its rejection of me by them. What compels me to write this night is that brokenness, those tears, that heart that shares in Abbas suffering and hurt. Not some strange ability to know the truth, or indignation for it, or even a great grasp of it! It’s expanse is still so far beyond my ken. Unless the Truth keeps hold of me, I’m completely beyond its reach. God never gave mankind the ability to hold it in their hands, only to invite it into their hearts. Every time I’ve tried to lay hold of it in any other way, it has nearly severed every “appendage” I’ve attempted to hold it with. Remember the Scripture? It’s a double edged sword. Metaphorical – yes, but still accurate. Function is the key to understanding God’s Word and His speaking. Man is like dust, for example, what is the function of its application? Unless the Spirit (truth) guide you in the study insanity will ensue to try and grasp it. Leaving so many of the lessons making so much of dirt on the ground as we know it. The dust being referred to is that which is held in the hands of a living God at the very beginning, when He breathed His Life into it and formed the first of us. We always start at the beginning to get to the end. There are no short cuts.

The ultimate test of true bonds of love in any relationship is that the truth is always held at the center of it. Any variation, any slight shift or severe, will bring a sad illusion of strength of bond, but in truth, it will be bondage instead. Then God will send the scraping scouring agent to remove the scales, for relationships are His specialty. His invention, idea, and dedication. Not ours, and most certainly the design of His enemy and ours plainly seeks to destroy any resemblance of it or hope of it. Noone has a relationship with the devil. They are prisoners, there’s is no relationship possible with him. A relationship by God’s definition, is a total surrender to Truth, it’s direction and it’s product. He walks and talks and listens and teaches ands guides and comforts in relationship, yet there is still our ability to acknowledge we are willing slaves to Him who sets us free. What sets us free?

you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Notice it doesn’t say, love, empathy, compassion, only truth. Which when one walks with God, we learn, all those other things only come as a result of a surrender to the Truth first. In 1st Corinthians 13, is a portrait of God, Himself. The chapter of all chapters on Love. Everywhere we see the word love in it we can replace it with – Yeshua, the Way, the Truth, the Life -.
There’s no Way to the Truth without Him, and thus no Life. There’s no Love apart from Him. No love, is no love. There are no degrees to it. We are never sort of in love, kind of loving, almost loving, we either are or we are not. We put degrees and levels on things like truth, love, grace, mercy and justice and most grievously forgiveness. God does not.

The truth in its very nature repels a rebellious heart. This is why it’s said to cut. In the Hands of a Loving God, it’s like pruning sheers. Removing the dead, lifeless, limbs, making room for the new, full of life, truth and promise to…(key word here)…grow. It’s a process, limbs get cut and it takes time to see the fruitful product of such a pruning. Many reject the truth due to the lack of ability to wait, feel the loss of the old dead unproductive thing that held life back. In time, we don’t count it as loss, as Paul spoke so well. Without the time, all we will feel is loss. Hence God doesn’t stop the suffering we often have instantly. Yet the truth to live at this point is, trust…wait and trust that God is growing something new within it. It takes time to remove scales.

Here is how we will know that we are from the truth and will set our hearts at rest in His presence: if our hearts know something against us, God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God; then whatever we ask for, we receive from Him; because we are obeying His commands and doing the things that please Him. This is His command: that we are to trust in the person and power of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and to keep loving one another, just as He commanded us. Those who obey His commands remain united with Him and He with them. Here is how we know that He remains united with us: by the Spirit whom He gave us. – 1 John 3:19-24

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March 19, 2015 at 10:45 pm (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , )

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How Deep do You Dig?

December 7, 2014 at 12:18 am (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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CHARLES SPURGEON
QUOTES ON CHRISTMAS

We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).

When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty. (from Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.)
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For the last five to seven years God has brought so many hard truths around; placing them right in our (Sam, my husband and I’s) lap. Leaving us with a choice, believe and turn from what’s “always been”, or turn away from the gift He has just given in much correction and continue on as we always have. So many; and every one of them have challenged the way we were taught to believe and more importantly presented us extreme changes in our thoughts and actions. What you find here is one of them. There are links below: the first is a shorter version and far less precise than the second. I highly recommend the second though it is two hours long it digs the deepest and is uncontested in its accuracy. I, myself, have spent the last 72 hours digging around to “fact check” Jim Staley’s Truth or Traditions video. I no longer am content to watch a video or read an article and “take the word as truth” without checking into both the author and each crossroad of facts they present. While Pastor Staley had a few “marks” to be found within the media available for one to peruse via the Web, I found no solid validity to the claims – as in, solid foundational facts. Having experienced myself how when one becomes bold and begins to “shout fire in the house” or stand boldly for the Truth (which is a Person not a thing – Yeshua the Messiah – Jesus Christ) accusations without validity and attempts to discourage by marring ones “reputation” are expected. Yeshua, Himself, was dealt with thusly to the point of being called a “servant of satan”! But as I said, not being able to stand for Pastor Staley personally due to my recent introduction to him; I can stand by the Truth(s) he teaches and in so doing stand for the real Author and Revealer of all Truth (Adonai, Elohim, Yahweh, God the Father, Yeshua the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit – The One True God)

I truly believe that if we are learning from God we are in a constant state of learning things we didn’t know before and unlearning some things that we were taught that were not of Him – hence we are always growing deeper and deeper in our knowing God Himself and our relationship with Him becoming nothing short of miraculous and mind-blowing. Yet to say that it is easy would be the worst kind of deception! God is simple and direct but there is a reason Yeshua called us to die to ourselves using such extreme terminology – followers of Yeshua are not called to easy being defined as comfy, carefree, trouble free, never taxing. We are told to come to Him because His “yoke is easy and His burden light” But the word easy here is not how the typical human mind defines easy. It is the kind of ease that comes from the difference of doing a new thing and having someone with you who has done it all before, and can guide you through it; thus making it not as hard as if we were to go out all on our own, not having the benefits of someone being able to tell us “nope that way is a dead end, don’t turn here, it looks like it may be easier to go that way but trust me, I’ve been that way and it’s looks are deceiving, this way is better”. Almost every single picture that was painted about God in what I was taught from youth to my mid-thirties has been completely changed by God, Himself over the last 12 years! Not all, but 90%. Some of which is due to what I did with what I was taught some because the teaching was simply not the whole truth. No blame is indicated here, it’s just a fact. It has happened to everyone and will continue. Adonai will continue to make sure He, Himself makes sure those who truly want the Truth shall find it right from His own right hand. I pray that the information that anyone decides to dig on here, that they may be kept and protected by Elohim and His glory be revealed!

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The quote by Spurgeon above was quite confounding to me! It was quoted in the second link below (Truth or Traditions) and took all of about two minutes to prove, sure enough Spurgeon said those very words and never did celebrate Christmas. I know that most the brother and sisters in Yeshua (Jesus) I know would be shocked to know that – as I was. We are called to study and unearth the truth, digging, testing and discerning at every turn.

God never said “read the Word, He has rather said study, search out, meditate, feed on, lean on and depend upon the Word. His Word is not meant to be read like the newspaper; it only has life changing power for those who live it. Yeshua said “if you love Me you’ll keep my commandments.” putting His Words in the proper context; the Commandments He was referring to was the Old Testament content. The New Testament was not available to anyone at the time Yeshua or even those who wrote it and received the letters written by the disciples and apostles. This would come many many years later. So every time Yeshua and any of the New Testament writers referred to the Word of God, Scripture, the Word of Truth they are referring to that which Yeshua fulfilled (Old Testament) and if one wanted to know Him and serve Him, they needed to read about Him from where He began and showed up in the life of mankind from the beginning. We are highly favored of God to have the Word so full of Life with both the Old and New Testaments we enjoy today. But to focus only on the New and eliminate in any degree the Old we can not know the God who wrote the entire thing, created everything and did everything for us. The Christian church today suffers most because it has stopped living the Word and keeping the instruction of God from the beginning. But also because we have become complacent about really knowing the Truth about everything we believe, everything we act on, everything that effects our integrity and more importantly reflects God’s!

The changes in Sam and I’s walk with God are “radical” as some say, dramatic and extreme for sure. Yet the more we conform to the Image of His Son the more we are told by His own Words we will stand out and the “flow” of most of those around us will be against us; not tracking with. The signs Yeshua gave to us that prove we are truly following Him are delineating, dividing, separating… standing out most often unpopularly. Not doing what everyone else does just because we were taught that it was the way God says to, or because it feels good and right to us to do so. We are to see for ourselves, straight from God Himself, the what, why, how, and Who of everything we do and say we believe.

Throughout all of history, those who thought they knew everything about God and followed Him have been challenged by Him to seek the truth, dig and see that what they thought was true was not. From the garden of eden to the present day. .. satan distorts the Truth. That’s his job, and he is perfect at it! As perfect at distortion as God is at its invention and clarification. There is no such thing as a follower who never falls prey and becomes deceived. Those who listened at the very feet of Jesus, being spoken to in plain direct speech still did not understand what He said and the very Words of God they “cut their teeth on” until after Yeshua had risen! And even then it took every breath they breathed on earth of taking what “they thought they knew” to the feet of Yeshua every day often still being corrected and thereby challenged to change the track they were traversing. How can we ever feel so assured that we can retire our shovels and just “go with the flow”? This is especially dangerous for those who claim to follow Him, we are individually accountable for what we say we believe and how we carry out those beliefs into our actions and practices. We can no more blame the church as we can our parents when we stand before Adonai,because He has promised that each of us will have had all we needed to find the Truth and apply it to our lives, backed by the very power of God because of Yeshua and His Work. In essence He has “installed” a “shovel app” into every single soul and much like our devices we’re so fond of, they can not be uninstalled unless you “root out” the device. In spiritual terms. .. unless we turn a complacent and blind eye to God, Himself. We are all called to be archeologists, digging, seeking and confirming the truth using only God’s Word both written and spoken directly to us as the bottom line for where we “settle”; i.e. how our lives, practices and behaviors take shape.

Here is an opportunity for you to dig. An opportunity to: do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of His approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because He deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15) Many versions of the Scripture put it as study to show yourself approved. May His Word rule and reign in our hearts and be reflected in all we do.

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The Truth has a Name ~ Part 1

April 16, 2013 at 3:01 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , )

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1 John 2:21

It is not because you don’t know the truth that I have written to you, but because you do know it, and because no lie has its origin in the truth.

John 14:6 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…

Yeshua said, “I AM the Way – and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:15-18 ~ Yeshua speaking

“If you love Me, you will keep My commands; and I will ask the Father, and He will give you another comforting Counselor like Me, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees nor knows Him. You know Him, because He is staying with you and will be united with you. I will not leave you as orphans – I am coming to you.

John 16:12-14 ~ Yeshua speaking…

“I still have many things to tell you, but you can not bear them now. However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on his own initiative but will say only what He hears. He will also announce to you the events of the future. He will glorify Me, because He will receive from what is Mine and announce it to you.”

It bothers me…
At Barns and Noble and other bookstores they put new age, Mormon, Muslim, Hindu, Jehovah’s Witness, and every other manner of “spiritual” things all in one section.

Right there with the books that say…”Yeshua (Jesus) is the only Way to the Father, the Truth, Life eternal.” It offends my spirit. Yours?
As if we as humans have manufactured and now mass market truth. Sadly, in a matter of speaking, we have. The mass market/manufacture of religion…but never Truth. There is nothing in truth as originality that has ever come from mankind. We didn’t even know we were liars till God told us not to!! But let us go back to where the evidence is unequivocal and undeniable.

In Exodus, where we find God giving us our first set of guidelines/instructions; we find 10 commandments. 1-9 manifest themselves outwardly, eventually. But number 10 gives us the first undeniable ability on our part that God sees the inside, where no one else may be able to see.

Exodus 20:17

Do not covet your neighbor’s house; do not covet your neighbors wife, his male or female slave, his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Most would not be able to see the difference between a person admiring verses coveting. Its typically invisible! It may become visible…but when the point of origin of covet happens…only the Truth can see it. And that’s where it counts. This is true of all the commands…the place where we begin to lie inside ourselves, well before we “send it out” into the visible world with our lips. We must first lie…inside to ourselves to disobey any of the commands! True too, if we keep the first one…all the rest stand assured to be kept. If you break it, the rest will follow.

The most difficulty anyone faces with any of the words above is when the finality of the truth must be spoken without any “softening”.
The Truth is a Person, God Himself, it ends and begins there alone…no exceptions.

So over the years, as prophesied by every writer/speaker of Truth, humans have tried to “integrate Truth” in with all the counterfeits. This is the spirit of the anti-christ we are warned about time and time again. We think our friends are “good” people so we attempt to “soften” the “blow”…rub it down a bit. We think…”oh, so-n-so seems to know Yeshua, professes Him, seems to love Him…I don’t need to be black and white about small stuff…that’s nagging”. Really? Does not every lie begin in some little tiny seemingly harmless or excusable way? Which lie is more devastating the small one that snowballs into a whole lifetime, or just the ones that seem to us to be worth mentioning?

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I remember as I taught my kids to make their beds; we were doing the Right from Wrong series by Josh McDowell . One morning I did an unscheduled inspection. Bed one, top cover pulled over a rumpled mess – bed two, a little better but much the same. I remember thinking…”well they are trying and learning…perhaps I will let it slide…grace ya know.” The Spirit pressed in. “Don’t let it go.” So praise and thanks to the Truth, the lesson of “what’s seen that alludes that all is well but what’s underneath is what matters to the Truth” got taught. Not to my credit, as you can see above, I was gonna let it slide under the assumed name of grace. The Truth is not popular, and often sounds, feels, and is offensive and revealing.

It becomes more and more obvious to me that every lie big, small…no matter – takes the Lord’s Name in vain!

I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life“…

The Truth is a Person, and that Person is the God of ALL, Maker of Heaven and Earth! The God of my fathers, the God who Saves me, the God who is REAL! ALIVE! ACTIVE! DETAILED! Very very involved in His Creation, very attentive to His Children, their hearts, minds and all that concerns them. Hence He leads them into ALL Truth!

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