Into the deep blue
I seem to notice a different hue
Pulling, reaching, calling out –
a Holy Halt
His Voice cries out…
Its not a halt like a Hitler cry
To stop and never question why
It’s a “what now” considerth thee
Everything this day belongs to Me
Everything for the last six days
You were just a branch part of the Vine
But today, My Child do nothing your way
Dedicate these twenty four hours to The Way.
Let nothing come in to distraught or distract
Be viligent and steadfast sure
Upon My Word and the Sabbath cure
I’ve worked within your mindless days
Reflect and ask Me where I am
Make Me your only pursuit, Me – The Lamb
Seek My sacrifice and it’s resting place
And live this day be filled with My Grace
For six days you pursue to fulfill “your” needs
Now let Me teach you to need your knees
Bent and totally prostrate and prone
To seek My Face and Mine alone
See, My Child how far you go
When a Sabbath day heart beats with strength to grow
Six times more I give in one day
If only for twenty four hours you’ll come My Way
Yes, I see you seek Me throughout
The six of work and worldly route
Yet see the difference on this day set apart
I’m not interested in your work – it’s time for Me to win your heart
Can you not give to Me just one day?
To dive down deep in heavenly play?
To look about with different eyes
To look for more – that sanctifies
To look into your family’s faces this day
And look for more than you do every day
To seek to serve from deep within
Not with your hands and the strength of your limbs
But with My heart as the lead that sets everything apart
Trust My Word that your body needs rest
Ignore your antsy limbs and restless mind – take the test
Don’t seek “rest” with zoned out activity
Games and TV and routine proclivities
Be open and pause to let Me in
Where shalom can come in and reveal your sin
Then the miracle of My clean white Love
Can restore and recover what’s been lacking in the push and shove
See this day, or determine to see
How tossed and driven the world has robbed of thee
The six day toll needs My counsel and time
The seventh day slumber is for Me and Mine
See My Holy Halt
Is a trumpet of Love
With healing and restoration
In a language Above
Higher than your thoughts
Higher than your ways
Can you not take twenty four hours and reach only for how I pay?
Don’t let the illusion of “your life” become a lover
That woo’s you into her bed only to discover
That nothing is yours and never shall be
All is Mine for eternity
Today remind your lungs they draw upon only My breath
Speak to your mind and tell it to think on My Best
Refresh your ears to hear My Words spoken directly to you
I’m intimate and drawn to pay attention to you
Will you lift your eyes to Me
As I cup your precious face
Within my Holy hands and lavish your soul inside My grace
Just one day, one day a week is all I ask
Oh, how My heart breaks that My beloved responds as if it’s a burdensome task
Resisted is My flow of Life – to give away
To fill up, to revive, to restore
On My Sabbath rest
You can ask Me for more!
Hear My Holy Halt
It’s whispered on the morning dew
Your every care and thought
Can be set free and made anew
Remade into the things that seem small and powerless
Within My eyes they become empty and your soul remembers this:
“My yolk is easy and My burden light”
Enter in to this and see the whole world full of Light.
Now hear My Holy Halt
With different tones and different hues
It’s an oasis of Love
Not a call to fill the pews
Enter into My Rest
And find the Substance of your soul
And I will call a Holy Halt
To all that doesn’t make you whole!
I Am Adonai your God; live by My Laws, observe My rulings, and obey them. Keep My Shabbats (Sabbaths) holy; they will be a sign between Me and you, so that you will know that I Am Adonai your God.
If you hold back your foot on Shabbat from pursuing your own interest on My holy day; if you call Shabbat delight, Adonai’s holy day, worth honoring; then honor it by not doing your usual things or pursuing your interest or speaking about them.
If you do, you will find delight in Adonai – I will make you ride on the heights of the land and feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Ya’akov (Jacob), for the mouth of Adonai has spoken.
Then He (Yeshua/Jesus) said to them, “Shabbat was made for mankind, not mankind for Shabbat; so the Son of Man is Lord even of Shabbat.”
John 7:23-24 (Yeshua speaking)
“If a boy is circumcised on the Shabbat so that the Torah (Teachings) of Moses will not be broken, why are you angry with Me because I made a man’s whole body well on Shabbat? Stop judging by surface appearances, and judge the right way!”
♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
This is an invitation to exercise the faith muscle; our true trust in Adonai the Lord God of All. The idea of expectation when rightly directed produces Life. Expectations always point to our needs. Do we trust and depend only on God to meet our needs – every single one only by Him? The right direction is always up. .. not to the sky but the One who made it. When wrongly directed it produces death. The wrong direction is any other direction but up. This exercise requires that one commit to directing their attention to what is going on inside while one is doing something on the outside. Before one begins they must discern 2 things will happen.
1) The enemy will attack us. He will attempt to obscure what’s really happening inside. In so doing we give him control of outside, should we fall prey to the deception he will attempt inside. Therefore a prayer that first submits to Adonai in Authority to protect and guide us is key. Yet, note we must be sincere in our desire to see where we are bound up (correction) and be willing; no matter how offensive or hard the changing may be to do it, act on it.
2) That we will be tempted to think the exercise ends and we are done. Once you do this it will change everything.
So, what does this look like?
Begin to recognize what expectation feels like. It is sometimes very subtle and often seems innocent. Such as: when it’s direction is pointed at a loved one; spouse, child, parent, friend, coworker. Remember direction. Even the expectation of love horizontally is aimed in the wrong direction (except where we are giving it. Not getting). In relationship the expectations are numerous. Love, understanding, appreciation, being valued, being seen, recognized, needed, wanted. None of these are bad just directionally challenged.
Anything can pull and tug on our expectations! Objects, such as computers, cell phones, cars, traffic, traffic lights, buttons, food, TV’s, weather, programs, and the like. Things that we do routinely everyday that we expect to go according to our expectations. Projects at work, schedules, and… time! Notice our expectations always revolve around us, our convenience, our need, our hope, our comfort. There is a big one. Expectations of ourselves. Very sneaky and often tricks us into thinking it’s the way “we keep ourselves in check”. Beware this one! Remember the direction, not in, across, down, over or beside, in front, behind… only up.
Wow! How does this work? It will take all day! Lots of concentration! Yes. Now beware how even this exercise will try to divert our expectations! How does one go a whole day without expectations to or from anyone or anything but God? Sounds absurd and impossible. Nothing is impossible with God. So there, we see how we redirect the flow of expectation. If we notice it start to go in a direction other than up we redirect it.
Example: One is about to hug a spouse (child; anyone). Expectation? Returned affection. Check, there it is. Prayer: Adonai I give my expectation of this to You, only You need to hug me back. I recognize that I’m to love, not expect to be loved in return. I place all my need for love in You and praise You that You do! Without my expectations You always love me. It is enough.
Repeat this pattern for every single person or thing. Just for today. Then please, come back here and share the experience in the comment section below. Know there are no expectations from me or anyone in what you share or if you do. The results are truly between you and Abba. He is the One who will change and transform in the process. The sharing must be prompted by Him for the benefit of His body (the fellow-sheep).
May Adonai bless, protect and defend you. May the redirecting of all things bring you face to face with Him and may all your redirecting bring you closer to Him.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah
Do we ever out-grow “little” lessons?
Example: When we are young we are encouraged not to give into peer-pressure. Most of us can remember something that invited some person or some influence to encourage us not to give into this spirit that seeks to please ourselves by giving into people around us or to go against the pressure to do things like “everybody else” because we don’t want to be so different or ridiculed.
The lessons of youth has many faces. But what does it look like in the “adult world”? No much different really if we think about it. The voices of those who pressure us have the exact same ring at thirty and older as thirty and younger.
“Come ooonnnn! You gotta come out and hang with us/me at least here or there! You don’t have to do such and such just come be part of me doing it”
Or inner responses don’t change their tune much either.
“Well… maybe I’ll just go and x (fill in the blank). It won’t hurt if I don’t do what they do and just hang out with them. I can control myself and maybe I’ll even be setting a good example to them too.”
Yep. .. exactly the same from five years old to ninety five. There’s the choice to do what God says, exactly the way He says to do it or to revamp and revise what He says with our own way of rationalizing. In fact, the older we get the more in danger we become to this conundrum. Why? Because the older we are the more we think we know and apply what we know to what to us can sound an awful lot like sound wisdom. At least when we’re young we can claim ignorance or naivety. Young or old though set-apart is set-apart. Going against the flow, standing out while convincing ourselves and trying to appear to others like we’re standing up. When we’re older we can feel more confident in ourselves because of areas we’ve gained ground over temptations. Whereas, when we’re young almost every temptation is fresh and new and a lesson to be learned.
God’s instruction to separate ourselves from even the appearance of evil is not meant to protect us like some back-boneless imp. It’s meant to protect everyone involved. Go back up and read the peer-presured lament. Particularly the last line.
“Just come be apart of me doing it.”
What our human ears hear (young or old) is: “hey, I like you. I want to be with you. It’s about relationship really.” Its a lie. Relationship is about honor, encouraging others to do the right and pure and good things, based on truth not fudging. What they are really saying is: “hey, I like you but you need to be more like me so when I’m with you I won’t feel the weight of the fact that I know I could be better than I am.” The motive comes from the pit of hell – quite unbeknownst to the pressurer. “God is no fun. Give in a little, then you’ll be liked more and accepted. Show how strong you are! You don’t need God to keep you set-apart! You can be set-apart using what God says but changing it up a bit. .. no need to be so religious and goody-two-shoe’d! God said ‘be in the world just not of it.’ So be in it, just do it your way. That’s just as separate as His way! Look at all the experience you have, all God has brought you through! Your love for Him will protect you. Your over-coming in this area and that area will give you strength this time.”
We do not know that the second we compromise this cancer called leprosy of the soul begins to make your heart a petri dish. We will buy a lie in exchange for God’s exact truth everytime we make revisions to it. We become numb to its subtle slip into a picture that corrodes both the peer and everyone we say we love; first and foremost God. The second we step into the pressure and give in we will not even feel where the slip begins. Because it begins under the auspices of “relationship” between us and another. The damage that will ensue will decay our real relationship with God and all those we claim to have one with. We can not go with someone to be a friend when the very going with them will encourage them to do what is harmful to them. That which is not right but wrong. No matter how restrained we may be we have just entered into relationship that is not relationship but a show encouragement to their destruction and potentially our own. We begin to doubt God and His reign begins to feel like rules and we will begin to question Him. Or perhaps there are those who encourage us in the Lord and we will begin to place them in a light makes them feel to us, like they put pressure on us and we will slowly pull away. Slowly, but surely peer-pressure given into (at any age) kills our ability to have true relationship and love with anyone. Because the first compromise of relationship happens with God. There is no relationship, true relationship; fulfilling, life-giving, love sustaining relationship with out Him who made the very substance of it. He does not and did not compromise with or for us; and never will. Not because He is rigid and a rule monger. But because He is right and true and the way He made all things to be the best they can be; is truly the way all things work to be the best they can be.
The one who designed a doorknob, designed the keyhole to have a specific key to be put into it in order for it to open. It can only be opened without that specific key by breaking it. Truth is about function not performance. With peer-pressure the temptation is always to challenge the heart of God’s love, not ours. Ours means nothing if we do not get it from Him.
Let’s look at where Yeshua (Jesus) experienced peer-pressure. Remember how often he was goaded to show people a sign? Go count them! Many many times. Do we think He didn’t feel like it? Do we doubt that He was tempted to just to prove He was who He said He was? Do we think that only the “bad guys” pressured Him and not those He loved? Did He at any time give in? No. Why? Because then He would not have so loved the world and every person before and after that moment would have been utterly lost. Because to do so would have been to not love His Father first and thereby be unloving to every single person He ever knew or would know. He loved those “bad guys” and He loved those followers who thought they knew what He should do to take over the Kingdom and rule and reign, those closest to Him who were as blinded by man’s limited view as the “bad guys”. Loving God’s ways instead of ourself, our feelings, and even more than others will always be the maximum potential of Love. We follow Yeshua’s example because it will be the ultimate good for ourselves and everyone we know every time. Always.
The next time you are goaded. Young or old. Remember! True relationship, friendship and love applies God’s ways to our own thoughts and actions first like a wall around our hearts for Him. And in so doing this; He makes sure that all those around us; whether they think well or ill of us (or we be tempted to think well or ill of ourselves because of them and their influence on us) never has the power to come between us and Him.
No. Peer-pressure is never out- grown because we must always come and become as little children. Never grown up so as to graduate from any evil that can corrupt our hearts before our Lord. Children and young ones have far less to fear with their limited experience in life. We adults will battle pride harder and harder as the years go by. Because we think “we’ve got this. Know that. Understand.” The second we think we have outgrown any lesson we become ingrown and will find ourselves without excuses that come with the advantage of youth. Be grafted in, not grown up! To the glory of God!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah
Repatence drew herself up from her knee-strewn posture with suppressed moans. She had been “at it” for hours. She had her “unclean self” in the stocks… willing the impurity from her thoughts to submit as she threw various “objects” of reticence at her wayward self. As she arose she took in the “scene”. Her rebellious nature glared back at her with a slight curve of laughter in her features. She let her shoulders drop and sighed.
“Well Father, it seems it did no good to take myself captive. This part of me has nine lives and grins like a cat the more I try to expose it to Your discipline” she said aloud.
“She does seem rather amusingly immortal, huh? ” A voice spoke from beside her, bending down He began to message her knees.
Repatence jumped and gasped aloud. Falling to the bed under shock and relief at the same time. It had been a while since her Lord had appeared so vividly. Though she never told a soul He appeared to her. Who would believe her. It was 2014 and noone testified to having “seen Him” anymore! Much less did they speak of His speaking to them! It was tantamount to being considered qualified to move into the psych-ward in a local hospital.
She leaned back against the stone wall of her humble room which framed her bed on two sides. Closing her eyes she giggled and blew out a alleviated breath. Yielding to His hands which “spoke” healing to her knees.
“Is it possible my Lord, that my bad self keeps being resurrected by your enemy? The unkind and selfish thoughts don’t seem to be “killable”! She decided to just go with the flow and pour out her heart since He “was there” and she could not deny her knees now seemed to have forgotten their vigil upon the stone floor.
He smiled and it went from His face to her eyes and into the very core of her being. How she loved Him!
“No, I do not believe that power is the enemies to use. Look closely, she never died.” His voice was gentle with a touch of humility and splashed with humor that settled the dust of peace in the world around her.
She looked closely as instructed. Her bent form in the stock, head turned towards a hand poking out of its captive hole, as if observing a hang nail quite content in its imprisonment. It was ridiculous, of course, as the image was only in her mind. One drawn up to help her in her determination to “beat down” the inpure thoughts that came as a result of her afternoon encounter with Mary-Margret, a sister in the shelter she worked with. Mary’s harsh words failed yet again to produce the humility that had been intended over her spacey-ness while serving the afternoon meal; resulting in an upturned tray and a burn on her hand.
The hand He now held in His and administered the same language through His fingers as He did her knees a moment before.
“Am I crazy Lord? I was just trying to ‘die to myself’ and the image helped.” She began to tear up.
His beautiful hands, holes and all embraced her face and brought it in line with His own. She followed its path and meet His eyes, now full of their own tears.
“Let’s take her out of the stocks dear one, she doesn’t need to ‘die’ as you understand dying. I did that. Within you, Repetance, is both light and dark and this is the path you walk with Me. Your desire is known to the One who knows you best. That’s why I’m here.” His words were more than residents of His mouth, they became!
The image in her mind dissipated and faded as she watched a tear roll down His scarred cheek. She reached a finger to touch it as it followed the path to His chin. Wonder filled her hand and vibrated up her arm and found expression in her throat in a awe-struck tremble. How she loved Him!
“Why do You cry my Lord? She asked.
He caught her hand and kissed it.
“Because it breaks My heart to see you try so hard to do a thing I’ve done. Give your wayward thoughts to Me as a gift, dear one, and I shall show you My grace.”
“But, how can I consider them a “gift” my Lord, they are unworthy of You!?!” She cried.
“Because you give them to Me, sweet one, they become a treasure of priceless worth to Me and the Father! We can make them into Love, I don’t require you to understand, just to trust.” He said, looking deep into her eyes.
The word ‘but’ began to form on her lips. She “grabbed it” and frowned.
He began to laugh out loud with delight. A laughter that intoxicated without humiliation, and she joined Him. Knowing without knowing why He found such humor in her action, unseen and unspoken but known!
“What a fitting name Abba gave you, Repetance, so much like repentence! You do embody the character! What delight you are!” He said with the affection that spun stars into existence.
“ Why don’t You do this with everyone Lord? You know, appear and talk and laugh and heal just like this.” She asked
“Why do you think I do not? He asked, seriousness replaced His demeanor.
Repetance turned red at the thought of her ignorance. She looked down. Immediately her face was brought back up to meet His gaze. Those other worldly eyes holding her captive now in the freedom of His love.
“Because noone talks about it, I guess. I mean noone! I suppose it’s natural to assume You do not. Though I realize it may not reflect the truth. Am I correct in keeping these moments to myself? She explained with the heart of yearning.
“Perhaps, at least until you are prompted again to share. There are moments that I keep just between us. Yet, remember yesterday when the gentleman asked you if God talks to you. And you withdrew, unsure and afraid.” He said and inquired.
She remembered well, nodding her head. Embarrassment creeping up her neck again.
“Those are times you must be bold and unafraid and speak dear one. You will know and must act when prompted and let Me deal with what others think, say or even do to you at such times. Many are spoken to just like this but they, just like you, are afraid. It breaks My heart and keeps My followers weak. Which can be made into strength, but it is the heart of Abba that His children witness to My aliveness and realness to others.” His eyes were sad and held no blame. Repetance could see the grace alive in Him!
I will speak next time my Lord, if You will help me. I will speak.” She threw her arms around Him.
Again His laughter rang out against the walls of her room and His arms returned her affection.
“That is all that is required dear one.” He said, “And no more stocks, eh?” He whispered as His fulness faded. Repetance looked down at her hand and smiled at the tear that had not yet dried on her finger.
“Yes, my Lord, I understand. No more stocks, and I will speak and give my many many “gifts” to You. And follow You like this finger followed Your tears. .. straight into Abba’s heart. I love You!”
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah