The Fall into Self Absorption 

December 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In Hebrew, the phrase ‘the eyes of both of them were opened’ can be correctly interpreted in our English comprehension today as:

‘Then they became aware of themselves.’

Before this pivotal moment awareness of one’s self was non-existent. That is phenomenal! Notice closely how the second half of this verse confirms this. 

So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths.’ 

First of all fig leaf was a ridiculous choice of covering. Neither hardy nor even comfy. Later in verse 21, God makes them fitting cloths to accommodate their new self aware self. Sturdy and comfortable. Yet it cost an innocent life. Self absorption always cost a life! Secondly, they had never before this moment even thought to ‘make something for themselves’. It simply wasn’t needed, desired, or known; this idea of making something for oneself or of one’s self. They did die in that moment. Not from our human perspective after the fall. Death means one ceases to exist, physically present to touch and be. Yet to Adonai, the death was that now we had the capacity to live like we were the most important thing to consider. True life has no need to consider itself. This is why Yeshua was able to say so simply: “Do not consider/worry about what you will eat or what you will wear.”  Really what He was saying was ‘don’t think about yourself.’ Self absorption kills life. Envy, jealousy, hatred, rage, greed; these things killed Yeshua, these things killed many and still do. These things are prime examples of how everything around one becomes all about them. Worry grows where contentment was planted. Considering oneself becomes the cancer, all of humanity was infected by it. There’s no scripture that says, think about yourself, not one. In every scripture that refers to a personal inventory, it’s God who is the one considering us, cleansing us, making us new. We are told to consider our actions, namely how they will – first of all reflect and effect Adonai, –  secondly how they will effect others. How they effect us is determined by the result of Adonai and others coming before or after one own self. Most of us know it’s usually ugly if it’s after.

Let’s fast forward to the next pivotal moment. Where Yeshua (Jesus) points out the key to following Him.  

John 15:9-14

Just as My Father has loved Me, I too have loved you; so stay in My love. If you keep My commands, you will stay in My love – just as I have kept My Father’s commands and stay in His love. I have said this so that My joy may be in you, and your joy be complete. This is My command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you.   

I say somewhat loosely that this is a pivotal moment. On one hand every Word that came from Yeshua’s lips was pivotal. Yet here we see Him adress the first pivotal moment in the beginning where self absorption took hold. No, He doesn’t mention Genesis 3. Not like we in our reference minded ways tend to do. From the Hebraic mind that moment was never needed to be recalled only on occasion. That moment was the focus of all misdeeds in the whole of history. It was never forgotten, always in the mind of those who sought after and followed the One True God. Yeshua spoke from history at every point in the present for the future. He covered every aspect of time in every Word He spoke. He is, was, and always will be infinite! Our minds do not naturally process this way. It requires the Holy Spirit to even begin to. Hence why so often Yeshua said, “He who has ears let him hear.” In essence He was anointing each soul at the moment to be opened, much like the eyes were opened at the fruit-fall but in reverse. To become more aware of one’s self will never be the goal of God’s Kingdom. Let your communion with God be where you get your revelation time for your own self – from His eyes only, who we are, what needs changed – there is no condemnation but more importantly – there’s no focus on one’s self.  Self help is evil as there is no such thing. We could no more help ourselves than we can dance and the rain pours. If man kind wants to be ‘bettered’, to improve upon what they are in and of themselves, it will take God alone to conceive a new perception in the heart and mind of us all. For only in Him can our love become true love, our kindness true kindness, selfless and unaccounting. 

I’ve known only a few people whom I would consider having been given the gift of love. It’s as natural as breathing for them to drop anything for someone without thinking of inconvenience or their own self. Without accounting what they do for who and especially with no expectation of any return. The majority of us, if honest, will admit that it takes work to weed those ugly things out with the help of the Spirit of God. Not that the joy Yeshua speaks of isn’t an instant reward. Most people I know really feel joy at helping another, giving to someone. Yet we must remember what the thief comes to steal in God’s Kingdom. Joy. How does he do it? By bringing back to mind awareness of self. Expectation creeps in, resentment erodes gratitude and begins to take account of time lost, energy expelled, feelings hurt, thank you’s not expressed, love not returned. In other words the fig leaves of self absorption begin to find their ways into our hands and not even a second has elapsed before we find we sew to cover what our God created soul automatically knows is shameful. 

Look at the difference between these two pictures. 

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. In application to what we’ve covered so far, what do these pictures say to you? It’s a lifestyle and total change in thinking in every way. The difference will astound you. One is community and selflessness. The other is convenience and self centered. One invest in the currency of the Kingdom of heaven, the other invest in the things that rust and moth destroy. One is the way of this world, my house, my life, my responsibilities, my needs, my timing, my opinion, my rights. One is the way of God in this world. Where we live, we have responsibilities, we have needs, we have time to give, energy to share. Where my heart is not settled until those around me are better fed than I. 

What would the world be like, according to the Father and Yeshua’s ways? The question has been asked, written about, talked about forever. Yet we can not read, study and listen our way into application. What can you do to enter in, now, where you are, today? This is always the purpose of the question. The purpose of such writings and talks. Action, trust in action, love in action, our walk with God evident by what becomes a natural flow from the Spirit from our union with Yeshua. His coming is imminent. Yet, the mission, the call, – has not changed. We wait, we look for Him. But we do so by looking at others. The church is failing in this. The average Believer is failing in this. So the world looks like a empty plot with cranes lifting heavy objects into place for one person at a time, for physical comfort and individual needs and wants. Completely clueless of the neighbor, unaware of the Father’s heart breaking. The Father who made all things, for the purpose of love. Not self reliance. 

I leave off with a small handful of the Word that shares this view. From the beginning of our Bible to the end, Adonai, over and over again, points to this fundamental element of His heart. It would be wise for anyone desiring to enter into that Heart to look every single one of them up and ask the Living Word to breath this life into their soul, to again go back to the garden – where self absorption was non-existent. Discovery of God and all He did, does and desires to do is the only thing that matters. May we all be shaped by the wind of His mouth in it! Again just like at the beginning – where He said: “Let there be Light!” And there was! 

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens – in this way you will be fulfilling the Torah’s true meaning, which the Messiah upholds.  

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves – look out for each other’s interest not just your own.   

1 John – the entire book.

Proverbs 21:21

He who pursues righteousness and kindness finds life, prosperity, and honor.  

Proverbs 28:27

He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who hides his eyes will get curses in plenty.  

Proverbs 29:13

The poor and the oppressor have this in common: Adonai gives light to the eyes of both.    

All of Matthew chapter 6.

All of Isaiah chapter 5. 

Deuteronomy 10:12-21

So now, Israel, all that Adonai your God asks from you is to fear Adonai your God, follow His ways, love Him and serve Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being; to obey for your own good, the mitzvah  (general principles for living) and regulations of Adonai which I am giving you today. See, the sky, the heaven beyond the sky, the earth and everything on it all belong to Adonai your God. Only Adonai took enough pleasure in your ancestors to love them and choose their descendants after them – yourselves – above all people’s, as He does today. Therefore, circumcise the foreskin of your heart; and don’t be stiff necked any longer! For Adonai your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God, who has no favorites and accepts no bribes. He secures justice for the orphan and the widow; He loves the foreigner, giving him food and clothing. Therefore, you are to love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. You are to fear Adonai your God, serve Him, cling to Him and swear by His Name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which you have seen with your own eyes.  

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

If someone among you is needy, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which Adonai your God is giving you, you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from giving to your needy brother. No, you must open your hand to him and lend him enough to meet his need and enable him to obtain what he wants. Guard yourself against allowing your heart to entertain the mean-spirited thought that because the seventh year, the year of sh’mittah (release) is at hand, you would be stingy toward your needy brother and not give him anything; for then he may cry out to Adonai against you, and it will be your sin. Rather, you must give to him; and you are not to be grudging when you give to him. If you do this, Adonai your God will bless you in all your work, in everything you undertake – for there will always be poor people in the land. That is why I am giving you this order, ‘ You must open your hand to your poor and needy brother in your land.’  

Micah 6:8

Human being, you have already been told what is good, what Adonai demands of you – no more than to act justly, love grace and walk in purity with your God.  

I will forever be grateful the Lord led me to Mr. George McDonald’s writings. The best thing I’ve ever read about ‘Self’ has been written by his hand. See link below. 

https://hisimagenme.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/self/

✡ May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be found in us, dying to ourselves and living fully in Him with each passing day in 2018! ✡



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Buying Character

January 20, 2016 at 2:35 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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Hello again, Word of God, speaking incomprehensible wisdom to this wait weary soul!

Where do trials end? I wonder. ..
The wait for forward movement to a long and obscure process, moves forward. The answer is given, “wait no more”. For those just coming on board to this story, it’s been spaced out and my post have significantly reduced over the last 2 1/2 months. The reason? We were given the green light to move by Adonai. The desired destination in Sam and I’s heart went north, back to Montana. God pointed to Albuquerque NM. We thought about it for about 5 seconds, and obeyed. Found a house that seemed to have just been waiting for us. Every single thing on our end lined up, checked out, and flowed. The house? No so much. Complications arose that stunned everyone involved. My lender said they had never encountered such unusual circumstances in 14 years. It was far from what can be called “typical hang ups” in the whole house buying process. Then God after saying “wait, hang in there with Me, I’m doing something here.” Finally said, “Enough, move on.” With the relief that comes with tension that alters the structure of bones, tendions and ligaments in a limb that has been forced to hang on, release happened but it came with little reward. We don’t have to wait on that house anymore.

I’m back here in Albuquerque about to launch on house hunting again tomorrow. I’m not excited. In fact, I’m tempted to call and cancel tomorrow. I’m tired. I’m tired of houses, I’m tired of looking at temporary things! I’m tired. The business we just started still taxes our reserves. We’re bone weary. What was the purpose to that whole senario? We may never know. We lost money, we lost time, we lost sleep. But we didn’t lose our trust in God. We’re wealthy people, indeed! The above scripture tells the tale. At least in some very small measure. We were buying truth, character, not a house. It was never about buying a house. In these cases usually one of two things happens. Either one buys the illusion of this world. House, home, security, financial betterment, something to put ones personal touch to. Which amounts to a house buying them. Or a house is obtained and the inner character of the only home that matters (inside ones soul) grows beyond the square footage of the structure one just moved into.

How does one buy, truth? To purchase something one must pay something to obtain something else. Most transactions use money to get the thing, whatever it may be. Trading isn’t really a method anymore. With a few exceptions like vehicals and in some cases houses. But these are more upgrades than trades. Either way theres an exchange of “goods”. The drastic difference in buying truth is we bring absolutely no goods to the bargining table. We exchange lies for the truth, upgrade selfishness to service, purchase humility and throw away the old pride rags we once wore like a good broke-in pair of shoes. In this case, we purchased integrity over shelter. People were considered more valuable than the house. It’s still perplexing everyone involved. Us included. People who failed royally to do their jobs, were prayed for in blessing, and we dove in to do their job without a second thought. Where did this come from? I mean, we’re still as human as anyone. It stung. It annoyed. It wrung us out with frustration. But when asked to move forward, through that, trade it for gratitude –
we simply dug in with joy. Many people involved bought the truth and didn’t sell it. Not just Sam and I. The end result seems deflating. Well. …if looked on with human eyes. God’s glory is blinking all over the whole thing. Just because we don’t see it as humans understand victory, doesn’t mean it’s not there. That is truth. Bought and sold, no regrets, not changing my mind. So what, so we don’t come away with the house. The home that matters has been remodeled, expanded and appraises far greater in worth than the most expensive piece of property on earth! The foundation is laid on Yeshua (Jesus), who bought no house, but owned them all. Who slept more in the wilderness but deserved the finest bed known to man. He was at peace because His Father’s house followed Him everywhere and made everyone else welcome, nurtured, and cared for. This was/is His delight. Therefore it is in Him that these character changes come to be formed, no credit can be accounted unto our account. We simply bought the truth and didn’t sell it when everyone else said “sell it, move on!” (Well not everyone, but most). God said “don’t, stick with it, trust Me!” We did. That is all that matters. Then when He said, “Enough, move on.” The same action is being applied as we speak. Still no idea what He did there, and what He’s doing now. More to be revealed.

I’ve never ever thought about this whole life as being one long transaction of buying Character, purchasing truth. Now I know. What a difference that perspective brings to all things. I’m not looking forward to house hunting tomorrow, but I am curious. ..what transformation of my character is about to be done? Not only in me, but everyone involved and watching once again.

Oh how I pray the glory of God continues to sparkle around every inch of the journey. Character and Truth can only be bought from the Maker of them. We never get the deed to sell off when we see fit. It’s our inheritance to value or plunder, but its given – never depending on the knowledge of which we’ll choose – by Him. And we’ll give an account of it, whether we plundered or valued it. But we were never able to get ‘rid of it’, sell it, once given, it is and always will be ours to account for. We can’t be fooled into thinking our weakness cancels the investment. Or anyone else’s weaknesses involved. The results don’t guarantee what seemingly to us was the goal. We don’t have to read God’s Word for long to figure that out. His ways are not ours, but they are always right, just, true, and best. The real results I’m awaiting come only from His lips – saying…”Well done!”

In the above verse, there are three more things we are instructed to “buy”. To expound on them at great length with words is pointless, except with these. ..”If you don’t buy the truth, the three that follow can not be purchased”. They all go hand in hand. Buy the Truth, and the rest come as a package deal. But try as we may to purchase wisdom without truth and chaos ensues. Discernment bought without truth is pure folly. And how, how can discipline be bought without truth? If you lack any of the following three, it’s pointing to the first as the deficiency. The Truth is a person, it’s God Himself and His greatest Character.

We serve God from the overflow of our relationship with Him, not as an aside to it. – Wayne Stiles

♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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