Leaning in Close

August 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Too often our spirits lean back, away from a scripture, for us to gain an accurate understanding. Mostly, when our pride is involved. Man’s pride can not be tested much higher than when we is in conflict. The scripture above has been notoriously misinterpreted and therefore taught wrong.

Lean in and note the key phrase that has often been reversed.

You remember there your brother has something against you.

Most of us read it…

You remember there you have something against your brother.

There is a huge difference between these statements!

Since the Temple is now within each of our hearts, and our gifts are often things such as our pride, anger, resentment, jealousy, rage, hurt, self-pity, self-absorbtion and so on. This reinforces what Yeshua (Jesus) said about the difference between cleaning the inside of a cup instead of worrying about the outside. (Matt. 23:26)

So…when we are in prayer, offering the Lord, all the things that don’t bring Him glory, and there remember that our brother or sister is angry with us, we are to leave off our offering and keep it at His feet, while we go seek out the person we know is angry with us and offer the olive branch of peace.

Why, I have often wondered, does this scripture so often get turned around? Well, for one it is far easier to retain some pride by going to someone we are angry with and confront them. But…it smacks pride right in the face to seek out someone we know is angry with us! Can your hear the refrain so often used by human wisdom?

I shouldn’t have to approach someone if they are angry with me, they should come to me. After all, they are the ones with the problem. Why should I go and say, “hey, I know your mad at me, let’s make peace.” I mean isn’t it their responsibility to come to me?

I know I’ve said something along those lines. This scripture seems to be backwards, counterintuitive, nonsense. Kinda like, offer the other side of your face if someone smacks you. Truth: Almost everything Yeshua taught goes against our thinking. Just read the gospels again and lean in, you’ll see it everywhere! To us this scripture must have been interpreted wrong, so we reword it to suite our wisdom. Otherwise it seems that we should expect a dentist to come find us when our tooth is infected!
Trust me, the Great Physician does indeed seek each one out, often before they even know they are sick, to offer a cure. Did not God send His Son before anyone knew they needed Him? Did He not, knowing we had issues with Him, seek us out to rectify the problem. We certainly did not seek Him first, with our offense. Left up to us, God would still be waiting for us to come to Him, and say, “Hey, I’ve got issues with You!” In other words, God never asks us to do what He, Himself, does not, has not, and will not do Himself – and first – so as to teach us how to do it!

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Perspective in the Kingdom of Heaven means, we are righted to conform to God’s way of thinking. Not that we all the sudden understand scripture in the light of our own rationalization. Isaiah says, “My ways are not your ways, nor My thoughts your thoughts.”. (Isaiah 55:8) A good rule of thumb for studying to show yourself approved, knowing you are beginning to “get it” is that we are ever being put out by the difference between the way we think and how God is teaching us He thinks. Our first instinct to truth will always be resistance, in our flesh. If, Gods Word is not brushing up against our sensibilities, we are gaining nothing. I love the truth, but I wrestle with it before I appreciate it. I’ve yet to meet anyone any different. Even when the truth doesn’t butt up against our pride in correction. For example: God says He loves us. This truth may not correct like the one above, but if we are honest, we can’t reconcile why God would love us the way He does. There is a resistance to this truth, albeit, with a different hue than our resistance to go seek out an offended party against us.

Leaning in close…what does this mean? A well respected pastor usually starts out his sermons with this phrase.

Holy Spirit, make the Book live to me, show me myself, and show me my Savior, and make the Book live to me.

In other words, we lean in close by asking for His perspective not asking for Him to make our perspective make sense with His Word.

Leaning shows us our bent. I remember the first time I rode with my husband on his motorcycle. When he would turn or go around a bend, I instinctively wanted to lean away from the ground or direction of the turn. He had to teach me, that I endangered us both by doing that. On a motorcycle, you lean into the turn or bend which meant that often you lean towards the ground! That was scarey. Also, too much, and we would crash! So he said, “Just stay with me, let your body become one with mine, no more, no less. What a beautiful picture to the unity we are to have with Yeshua the Messiah as Paul so often spoke of, and Yeshua, Himself in John chapter 17. Leaning in close can feel humanly scarey and wrong. But our feelings lie! In Matthew 5:23-24, we must lean in close to the One promised by our Savior to reveal all truth to us.

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Leave your gift, go seek out the one you know is angry with you, make peace and come back where I hold your gift in trust to be offered from a pure heart.

A pure heart is attained by obedience, conforming our actions and lives, to what God says is right. It proves that the gift we would offer with just words, will indeed be true with our actions. Words are easy.

God forgive me for being unforgiving.

Leaning in close, the Spirit reveals where indeed we have been, and where we justify it because the person is angry at us, and we have no idea why. Do you not know? Only the Spirit of God can remind you of any such thing that would bring about peace? Inwardly or outwardly, this does not come from us. So in this scripture we see that when we come to Him with our gifts, if there is anything that makes that gift unable to truly be given, He reminds us or reveals to us anything that taints our offering. And not only that, but shows us how to make the gift worthy.

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Those two scriptures say a whole lot more than what the mere English words printed on paper say. They are alive and active, cutting marrow from bone, breathing life into our own dead bones, making a new life thrive inside!

Lean in Close! You’ll be transformed, you’ll experience the whole ‘new creation’ we are made into when we lean in as one with Yeshua. Lean in Close!

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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The Kingdom Freedom

July 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , )

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In a crowd of weary of waiting people, one turned to the other next to them and said.

“So how long have you been here. I’m going on two hours almost! There were 6 people helping when I arrived. Three have since left! Just disappeared, gone to break or lunch with all these people stacking up like sardines! The last lady I sat next to waited for three hours and 22 minutes only to get up there and be missing a paper and told to come back! Hmphfft! If I wasn’t a “Christian” I’d give my mind to them! Anywhere else they can track your identity down to the pennies in our accounts but here one piece of paper and they say they can’t! Its ridiculous!”

The other listened and smiled and replied.
“I’ve been here a little over an hour. It’s certainly an opportunity to forgive when our patience wears thin and judgement kicks in, huh?”

The one looked at the other and rolled their eyes.
“Like I said, it’s a good thing I’m a Christian.” The one said with a chuckle.

“Yes, it is definitely the advantage to be under the control of Christ in situations like this. It’s an opportunity to put ones eternal muscles in action! Then I can give thanks for the time it takes for my number to be called! I find I need more time to give Him my sacrifice of offense and judgement almost every time!”

The one looked at the other and spoke with their countenance a great deal of confusion. The appearance on the outside was one of surprise.

“Sacrifice of offense and judgement?”, asked the one, “what does that have to do with this! There is righteous anger. And I’m not judging. .. like I said I’m keeping my thoughts to myself!”

The other was quiet. Leaning into the ones searching for answers and praying.

The one spoke again.
“Well. ..I told you but I forgive the workers by not complaining to their faces. I mean look at the people flowing in, I couldn’t just go off to break with so many people needing help! ”

Again the other listened and prayed and waited.

“I mean everyone has to do this or we can’t be “legal”… Yet they act as if we should just be okay missing work! I have bills to pay!” Continued the one.

The other smiled and looked directly at the one and said.
“Like I said we need the time for Him to show us how to live forgiveness. What we think we have a right to is always less than nothing.”

The one huffed and said.
“So you’re saying I don’t have a right to feel what I do?”

“No.” Whispered the other.

“No, you’re not saying that or no I don’t have a right?” The impatient one inquired.

“Yes.” Came the answer from the other.

There was a time of silence then. The one mawing and chewing,  squirming and stewing. The other waiting. A while went by and the one burst forth.

“So what do you mean about sacrificing offense and judgement? I assume you are a Christian to by your words but the way you put them is confusing.”

“Well. Jesus said we are to forgive. So I suppose it depends on how you think He means it. If He died for all offense and judgement, which is the by-product of unforgiveness, then by “right” He is the only One with the “right” to be offended or to judge. So I find that the application of the “old or former ways” in the Bible that are not thrown out but made complete by Him is that in my mind, my thoughts, is where His greatest work is done. I put my rights to offense and my tendency to judge as a result on the alter and offer them up to Him. It’s like the equivalent of 10 bulls, 20 spotless lambs, and 100 bowls of grain and incense. I literally give up my right to feel offense and think judgemental thoughts and then work my thoughts into all that which is of Heaven. Forgiving starts inside by acknowledging the truth. .. I really have no right to feel offense because if I’m a Christ follower, that “right” I have given to Him because I recognize that He purchased the “rights” by not taking up the right against me.” Responded the other.

“But. .. that would mean that unforgiveness the way you just put it is the end all be all of sin!” The one said incredulously.

“Name a sin that at its heart that isn’t the root of unforgiveness.” Replied the other.

“Oh, that’s easy. .. stealing. .. lying. .. cheating. .. adultery. .. Gosh I can’t see the connection in almost any sin and unforgiveness being the root as you put it! ” replied the one.

The other sat a moment and waited. Pregnant pauses often give birth to truth. Though admitably they feel awkward.

“If one steals. .. They likely feel offended that they don’t have and think they should – offense and judgement. If one lies they likely judge that they should because of an offense they perceive would be taken or given. If one cheats, is it not because they are offended by the work of not cheating and there-by judge that it’s excusable to cheat? And adultery! How often do you see an adulterer who isn’t at their root unforgiving and there-by fornicating as a result of offensive judgement?” The other spoke. 

“Oh.” Said the one.

At that moment the ones number was called and they went up to tend their business. The words of the other ringing in their ears so loudly that they forgot their offense of their original gripe and didn’t even notice that another hour had passed before their number was called.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Attraction

January 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Jeremiah 6:10
To whom should I speak? Whom should I warn? Who will listen to Me? Their ears are dull, they can’t pay attention. For them the Word of Adonai (the Lord) has become unattractive, an object of scorn.

~ We are often unable to tell people what they need to know, because they want to know something else.

The darkness knows neither the light nor itself; only the light knows itself and the darkness also. None but God hates evil and understands it.

Until a man has love, it is well he should have fear. So long as there are wild beast about, it is better to be afraid than secure.

It is because we are not near enough to Thee to partake of Thy liberty that we want a liberty of our own different from Thine.

It is when we are most aware of the factitude of things that we are most aware of our need of God, and most able to trust Him…The recognition of inexorable reality in any shape, or kind, or way, tends to rouse the soul to the yet more real, to its relations with The Higher and Deeper Existence. It is not the hysterical alone for whom the dash of cold water is good. All who dream life instead of living it, require some similar shock.

All the time it was God near her that was making her unhappy. For the Son of Man came not to send peace on earth but a sword, so the first visit of God to the human soul is generally in a cloud of fear and doubt, rising from the soul itself at His approach. The sun is the cloud dispeller, yet often He must look through a fog if He would visit the earth at all.

Complaint against God is far nearer to God than indifference about Him. ~
Quotes from George MacDonald, 1824-1905

It is those, whose voices cause you to think, see, and hear things differently than would occur in your own mind, that often carry you right up to that thin and elusive spot between where the Light begins to invade dark that can, at first feel the most offensive; but if one stays even for a moment they recognize His signature on the intent of His invasion! Its not to destroy Life, but death; not to give Life into our keeping, but to bring us into His! Where all of Life and Light find no shadow, but shining ever on! Blinding only whats dark, never to take away sight, but to give it! We take the offense, in order to be Free of the darkness!  ~ LRV (Hisimagenme)

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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