The Head Turner

August 12, 2014 at 3:14 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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One of my fondest memories, and youngest in school was in kindergarten. I had a teacher. .. who taught. .. not only the material at the time for kindergardener’s but for every age and all of life. It was quiz time. We were instructed to do the best we could to answer the questions on our paper and be good and not look at our neighbors. The classroom grew quiet and all little heads looked down and began. The quiet disturbed me. .. and I don’t recall feeling like I didn’t know the answers but. .. curious. My head turned and sought out my neighbors paper. I felt a hand. .. gentle yet firm on top my head and it turned it back to my paper. I remember the heat of embarrassment crawl to my hair and saw my teacher walking on by out of the corner of my vision. I began again. .. answered my questions and set down my pencil. “There, I thought now she won’t think I’m cheating.” Again my head gravitated to the right. And again, without a word, the hand, the turn and the sight of my teacher out of the corner of my eye.  I stared at my paper for quite some time. Bored. .. Again my head turned to the right and again. .. the hand, the turn but this time no view of the teacher. She stayed behind me but I didn’t realize. .. My head began to turn, the hand corrected; my head turned again, the hand corrected. I got the point. The teacher gathered all the papers and class resumed. She never spoke a word. .. Never gave me a look of admonishment. .. she just taught. That memory stays with me always. I get a keen sense of that teacher in Adonai often. He doesn’t say anything. .. He just “turns my head”…stays behind me and keeps turning it until I get it and continues to teach. Sometimes He’s turning my head continually to keep my eyes on Him as I get bored and want to see what’s seemingly behind Him (usually it’s what’s ahead of me, the sense of wanting to see around Him for “security”). Sometimes it’s keeping my eyes and heart from comparing myself to someone else. .. so He turns my head back to “my own paper”. Sometimes it’s just curiosity about things. ..anything but what’s in front of me. .. and gently, lovingly, firmly He turns my head. Sometimes it’s because I’m being tested to sin. .. and the hand is firm so very firm and the grip last just a little longer than the turning of my head. At other times its that I’m focusing too much on my hurts and discomforts and the Hand tips my chin up to Him.

Elohim is a real “head turner” and I for one am grateful, for that teacher in kindergarten who prepared me well to understand the feeling of love from Above. .. how He used her to prep me for His Hand on my wandering head. .. His shepherding! Every single one of us has some place inside our memories that points to His prepping us for the Shepherd to herd us into His fold. .. ask Him today to show you where yours is. .. and watch the past become present and future in His presence!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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God Fed, Holy Spirit Led

May 24, 2013 at 2:00 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Romans 8:14-16

All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you again to fear; on the contrary, you received the Spirit, who makes us sons and by Whose power we cry out, “Abba!” (That is, “Dear Father!”). The Spirit bears witness with our own spirits that we are children of God;

Romans 9:1

I am speaking the truth – as one who belongs to the Messiah, I do not lie; and also bearing witness is my conscience, governed by the Ruach HaKodesh: (Holy Spirit)

1 John 3:24

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.

1John 4:6; 13

We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God doesn’t listen to us. This is how we distinguish the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of error.

Here is how we know that we remain united with Him and He with us: He has given to us from His own Spirit.

John 14: 15-17 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) 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.

What is the function/purpose of the Holy Spirit? You could say, in modern terms, to keep your “ears” connected to God’s Voice…by which He leads and guides His children every minute of every hour of every day. The key is to listen and act, without delay to what He says. I will try to bring this into a realistic picture.

You feel hungry. At the inkling of that desire your own voice in your head begins to “speak”. Based on what this voice says, you get up (act), walk into the kitchen (act), and proceed to “follow that voices” instruction (action) until you have consumed food and feel hunger no more.

When one is united with Yeshua and now His child, we still feel urges like before but have received and agreed to listen to a new Voice inside and act according to His instructions. This is called obedience, listening to His commands, keeping His commands. All His commands accord with those you find in His written Word thereby as “infants” we have a means of “comparison” in order to learn which voice belongs to who. The more we grow, the more we remember the Word and do not need to stop and consult the Word for comparison (only)…we know His Voice by obeying it over and over. Not by merely reading it and saying “Yep, that’s the right thing to do.” We still read The Word, but it becomes food! Something we know we need, and desire to be fully alive in Yeshua! The Spirit gives us a desire to read it because He is now teaching us what it means!

The Holy Spirit speaks right into our very lives, applicable to our situations, circumstances and issues. So in essence when we feel hungry, get up to go fulfill that desire; we can ask Him to tell us what we should do to fulfill it, instead of just doing what we always did before; which was listening to our own voice and acting. This is a very simple example, not the less true for its simplicity either. God knows us best. Say we feel hungry, but in Truth we don’t need to eat. If we ask Him, He will tell us yes or no. If yes, He will tell us even what it is we should eat! Its the equivalent of having a Personal Trainer. That is…if we let Him.

Romans 8:5-8

For those who identify with their old nature set their minds on things of the old nature, but those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Having one’s mind controlled by the old nature is death, but having one’s mind controlled by the Spirit is Life and shalom (peace meaning completeness). For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God, because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah (Instruction/teaching/guidance) – indeed, it cannot. Thus, those who identify with their old nature cannot please God.
But you, you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit – provided the Spirit of God is living inside you, for anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of the Messiah doesn’t belong to Him.

In truth – the word identify is listen to, act on, let lead; the voice of your mind which was independent of God before you received Him as your new Teacher, Trainer, Guide, God.

The word Torah has always been translated Law from Hebrew (the original language all Scripture was written in) to Greek. But in truth, the word Torah means Teachings. Teachings are way different than laws. Teaching is done with patience, interest in the person being taught, and grace for the learning. Laws are not. God gave instructions to Israel not Laws. Mankind turned God into a lawmaker, but He never agreed! He is, was, and always shall be a Teacher! His desire has always been to train, lead, guide not police!
So when we read Jesus’ Words “If you love Me, you will obey (keep) My commands.” He is saying, “follow My instruction, lead, teachings.” When we truly accept His Lordship, we get the Holy Spirit “installed” into our minds. So we can follow His Voice. Those who have said/say they follow Yeshua but ignore the Holy Spirit enabled Voice become what the Word refers to as double-minded and unstable.

To be God fed, we must be Spirit led. We consider ourselves no longer having the option to “take our own advise” anymore. This is a process, by which we serve a Teacher, who trains us as we go. Its a walk with a Patient God, who understands it takes time to renew/train the mind to listen and know His Voice. Not a police-god ready to write a ticket for breaking laws!
One is relational, the other is well…I don’t know many people who want to get close to a policeman. (Exception being made by those who are police officers and have friends and family but those who love them do not want to be close to their job, but their person)

It makes all the difference in the world to be united with Yeshua via the Holy Spirit. It changes…everything!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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