☆ Treasure Hunt â˜†

May 21, 2016 at 11:52 am (Treasure Hunt) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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***This is a new category. When I come upon a scripture; which no scripture is ever just added for filler; yet it clearly requires the Spirit to teach beyond it. I’ll post them. Please share what the Spirit of the Lord shares with you.***

Mark 11:12-14
The next day, as they came back from Beit-Anyah (Bethany), He felt hungry. Spotting in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if He could find anything on it. When He came up to it, He found nothing but leaves; for it wasn’t fig season. He said to it, “May no one ever eat from you again!” And His talmidim (disciples) heard what He said.

That’s it, placed in the middle of the donkey fetching and His ride through Jerusalem, and His clean out of the temple, this seemingly odd thing is written. Notice, it wasn’t fig season. The fig tree was not supposed to have fruit. Did Yeshua (Jesus) throw some kind of fit? Of course, we know different. Name a fit that doesn’t involve sin.

We cannot throw what we think into this. The only way these little adds to the word gets filled in for context and meaning is by the Spirit of God alone. Hint: is there anywhere else in scripture where a tree is mentioned where the fruit or lack of it offended God? The Spirit most often takes us deeper into other parts of God’s Word to teach. This is an amazing little piece of gold dropped in Mark here. But wait! Lets look further.

Mark 11:20-22
In the morning, as the talmidim passed by, they saw the fig tree withered all the way to its roots. Kefa (Peter) remembered and said to Yeshua (Jesus), “Rabbi! Look! The fig tree that you have cursed is all withered up! He responded. “Have the kind of trust that comes from God!”

He goes on to say the famous: “your trust (faith) can move mountains”. All part of the teaching in this passage but not what it usually gets taught like in church. Fruit is highly important to God, all the symbolic/parabolic language is highly significant! Notice He cursed, it dried up. Where else in scripture does this happen by God? Very important when studying to go and see the “pattern”, if you will. In fact, everything God did prior to Yeshua coming, Yeshua did while He was here! This is one of the signs of Messiah! To prove Yeshua was sent by God and was God. To dive into the study of this will take a while but I promise the rewards are beyond treasure. Remember think function of all things, and dysfunction. What is each passage pointing to in regard to function and dysfunction? Good, in Hebrew is defined as functional, bad or evil is defined as dysfunctional. God made everything to function a certain way, if diverged from such way, it will be dysfunctional. Hence sin/evil, anything that doesn’t operate according to the Engineers plans. All fruit has a specific and designed function. What makes this passage so interesting is that it wasn’t “doing anything wrong”. It wasn’t fig season. Which begs the ultimate question: why did Yeshua curse it?

Time to treasure hunt! 🙂

2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it will be evident that such overwhelming power comes from God and not from us.

♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Sacrifice Defined

September 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Thanksgiving as a sacrifice…what does this look like?

Sacrifice means it cost us something to give; whatever the thing may be. Something that is hard, to the point of rendering one destitute. Lets look at the widow Yeshua (Jesus) praises in Luke (21:1-4) as she was poor, she likely had no way to know how she would pay for food or her bills, but God moved her to give all that remained of her money. Look at the depth of this story.

The widow knew the church (the body of people in the temple and it’s leaders) was corrupt. She could see very well that the money given to it was hardly being used to help the poor such as she, and likely most the people she knew. Yet, she obeyed, trusting God, not the church, giving her money to God, not the church. The sacrificial give here? Her own perspectives, way of thinking – rationalizing, she instead thanked God for what she had to give and gave it all to Him.

Verse 4: “…but she, out of her poverty, has given all she had to live on.”

She could have fallen back on the hardship of her widowhood, made her circumstances the terms by which she negotiated her thinking and giving. I’m sure times we’re hard. Instead she thanked the God who gives and takes away. The sacrifice of praise, even in circumstances that feel hard – don’t initiate praise inside; she chose instead to see her standing as unchanged in His sight. The outward circumstance may look different but the reality of her standing in the Kingdom was what she chose to live by. The sacrifice of giving up our own perspectives and praising God instead of pleading for help and staying in the sorrow – this is the greatest and most costly sacrifice we will make to God. It is most precious in His sight.
So she gave up everything she “owned” both in the physical world and in the inner world where transformation is done. We often make the people in the stories of the Bible inhuman, meaning above those human responses, just because they did indeed rise above them in the stories. The widow thought and felt just like we do, rationalized as best she could, as we do, but her knowing God, changed her choices. Isn’t this what it says?

John 17:3
And eternal life is this: to know You, the One True God, and Him whom You sent, Yeshua the Messiah.

Most don’t sacrifice with thanksgiving, because they don’t know God. Knowing about Him is not the same as knowing Him.

Do we teach our children how to do this? How young are they when they are exposed to the concept? When they scrape their knees and we tend to them with love, do we then pray with them saying,

“God we praise you for scraped knees, we don’t need to know exactly why they are given, but we trust You. May You open our eyes to look for You the most in painful circumstances. We welcome all opportunities for You to show Your love, healing and power as greater than anything on earth we experience and see. Thank You, Father, for scraped knees and the opportunity to praise You. Amen”

This contradiction to all our senses to think and act on such sacrifice is profound. Some may call it extreme, crazy and taking things “too far”. Some may, some do, always have, always will…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Yeshua praised the Father for what He was doing when Lazarus died. He waited to go, I bet He didn’t want to, but He waited till The Father told Him to go. Sacrifice is always what we give up of ourselves for another. We trade our desires, wants, needs, thoughts, perspectives, feelings etc…for God’s instead of our own. And we know that they will be strikingly different, as Isaiah was faithful to write it down – “My ways are not your ways, nor My thoughts your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8)

So read the first part of the Psalms above again.

“Whoever offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors Me…”

Then the next part comes into focus.

“…and to him who goes the right way, I will show the Salvation of God.”

The sacrifice of praise in all ways that seem contradictory, hard, and awkward…this sacrifices our view, our opinions, our perspective (which we know is always but a speck of the whole picture) and our lean or bent; this is what this Psalms is speaking of. Without the first, the second is impossible.

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Show us our Father, open our eyes, for great is the need for this lesson to be applied to us, cemented in our hearts. We depend on You to teach us, as we know this action takes You, Your Holy Spirit, Your Word to enable us in action. Our lean is to complain, fall back on excuses, run towards a “help me” prayer (though we know that we need help, and this is not wrong) instead of trusting that You are working as hard for us when the hits come as when all is well. To say, “Praise You God” for the broke down car, loss of a loved one, hurt and pain of those who misuse, abuse and mistreat us – this is not our first response, and without You it shall never be. We want to be like Your Son, our Master, and be able to turn our cheeks to those who smack them, to give without looking and calculating whether we have it “in our opinion” or not. To simply obey, without hesitation, praising You the whole way, knowing nothing will happen that You can not provide for. ..this is what we pray.

It’s easy to think of sacrifice horizontally (with people). But vertically? What is sacrifice for God? How could it be anything other than our ways, and our thoughts? It’s easy to praise Him, when things are well, or even in the “norm”, but in hard times? To actually say “thank You.” when we are in a tough spot, experiencing great pain, hurt and anger? What else could it be but the sacrifice being spoken of so often in the Word. Is this not what we watched our Lord do, to our own perplexity? That even, steady, consistent example of His inner world (very human) completely sold out to trusting the Father. Oh how all who watched Him, walked with Him, knew Him, we’re touched by Him wanted this that He had. Peace.
Those who walk with, watch, know, and are touched by Him still do. They bare the hallmarks of it as well, as it begins to change them from the inside out. It’s more than a simple “I trust You, Lord”, it goes way down deep and pulls up a “Hallelujah, glory glory glory to the Most High”. Joining the constant refrain of Heaven (read all the refrains in Revelation) at times when doubt, fear, frustration, anger, and resentment lurk around looking for the opportunity to steal from this joining in with heavenly discourse. Do we remember how our enemy is described? A thief, searching for someone to devour, rob joy, pull down and snuff out the light? It’s not his delight to do this because it brings us down. No! It’s because it steals from the glory of God, which resides in the praises of His people. Not just the kind of praise of a thousand voices ringing in song to Him, but most importantly the praise that comes from a child whose tendency is to become self absorbed focusing with earthly eyes; instead – those eyes track with the eyes of the Savior and begin to lift up with heart, mind and soul a “thank You” and chorus of “glory” that heaven itself turns towards and joins. Sacrificial praise, points us to the Way, and we can not help but see the Salvation of God. He has and always will ‘out-sacrifice’ us! Glory to God, in the highest! And Shalom – peace to His people on earth!
Selah – Amen!

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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More than Words

April 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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1 Corinthians 4:20

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.

Imagine everyone is born and given a box, a treasure box. Its old and musty, with the most unusual lock. Not opened by a key but by a working of mechanism’s that are found all over the box. Most are not inclined to notice the box until they become aware of their own culpability in life. At which point, we ask about it out of curiosity. Our parents were given the instructions for opening the box at our birth. The words written on the scroll are in a language written just for each individual for which each box is given. No one but the box bearer can ever read the instructions. Upon asking, your parents give you your corresponding scroll.

You unroll the scroll and find plenty of words, but even you don’t know what they say. Somehow you know the words are for you alone, but its all foreign language to your eyes! Frustration tempts you to think its all rubbish. What do you need in that box anyway?? So the box and the scroll get placed in a drawer for many years.

Alas, by experience you have met many who have said the box contains the specific instructions for each decision they would need to make in life. Finally you understand having made some foolish decisions, the box is The Answer. You pull the box out, blowing the dust off and wiping it down. It seems to have grown more beautiful with time. Jewels flash in places you never saw before, the intricate carvings intrigue you. You find the scroll and unroll it. The first sentence reads something like:

Ask the Interpreter to read the rest.

Odd. The rest of the words again seem to “call” you, but the language has no code on earth you can find. Who is the Interpreter? Becomes a consuming question. Frustration again breeds a lack of interest and the box and scroll find their drawer-home again. It doesn’t even occur to you to ask.

Again a series of decisions and their wounding and fruitless results compels you to retrieve the box and scroll once more. Again, the box has grown, not only in beauty but strength. The scroll has revealed another sentence:

Ask and it shall be given

Ask who? You wonder.
So you ask…everyone you know. No one can read your scroll. You can not read theirs. Finally, you ask the “magic” question.
Who is the Interpreter?
Everyone who has had their box opened knows this answer, but is told never to volunteer the information; it must be asked specifically. They say:

To the Glory of God! The Spirit!

Just as instructed.

You return to your box and scroll. It defies logic to you…so I just ask the Spirit, whoever this is to read this to me?? The box rumbles in response to the thought…leaving no doubt – either you will ask and take a leap or return to your wait until next time.

You decide its time…and ask:

Spirit, I don’t know you, but I need you to interpret these instructions for me.

The scroll flashes and momentarily blinds you. When your vision clears you see the first step of box-opening instructions, and begin. As soon as you are finished with the first. You return to reading and again…jibberish is all you see.
Must I ask for each step?? You think. The box vibrates again. So you ask again for this mysterious Spirit to interpret the next set of steps. Flash, and the next step is plainly written. This pattern repeats many times. Finally…the box is opened and your life is never the same again. The treasure inside is yours and Gods alone. The Spirit and you become partners in everything, in essence you become friends. After finally opening the box, you share with the first person you can! You show your box and unroll your scroll; but sure enough to all who see them the box is plain and the scroll blank.

You do, however, stop making “foolish” mistakes. Those that produce no fruit. Mistakes you make, but now they have meaning; especially when you ask the Spirit to “interpret” them.

So dear friends, I ask you. Were the words the power to open the box?
The answer, given that you have the correct Interpreter, is the meaning of the scripture above. 🙂 And indeed, every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Matthew 6:19-21 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…
“Do not store up for yourselves wealth (treasures) here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth (treasures) in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. For where your wealth (treasure) is, there your heart will be also.

John 14:16 – Yeshua speaking…

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.

John 14:26 – Yeshua speaking…

But the Counselor, the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you everything; that is, He will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 15:26 – Yeshua speaking…

When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father – He will testify on My behalf.

Matthew 7:8 – Yeshua speaking…

For anyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened.

1 John 5:14-15

This is the confidence we have in His Presence: if we ask anything that accords with His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – then we know that we have what we have asked from Him.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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So Busy Growing

January 22, 2013 at 3:35 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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The special discipline for some would seem to be that they shall never settle down, or feel as if they are home, until they are at home in the very fact in the quiet of their heart, no matter what their outward condition.
To be lord of space, a man must be free of all bonds to place. To be heir of all things, his heart must have no things in it. He must be like Him who makes things, not like one who would puts everything in his pocket. He must stand on the upper, not the lower side of them, where he controls rather than is controlled. He must be as the man who makes poems, not the man who gathers books of verse. He must be as the man who absorbs the truths of a book and brings its principles into his daily life, not the man who collects books for their bindings. Only so do the things, the poems, the books become truly his eternal possession.
God, having made a sunset, lets it pass, and makes such a sunset never again. God has no picture-gallery, no library, no collections, no monuments to the past. What if in heaven men shall be so busy growing that they shall not have time to write or read!

The miser he lay on his lonely bed,
Life’s candle was burning dim,
His heart in his iron chest was hid
Under heaps of gold and a well-locked lid.
And whether it were alive or dead,
It never troubled him.

Slowly out of his body he crept.
Said he, “I am all the same!
Only I want my heart in my breast;
I will go and fetch it out of the chest.”
Swift to the place of his gold he stepped –
But he was dead and had no shame.

He opened the lid – oh, hell and night!
For a ghost can see no gold;
Empty and swept – not a coin was there!
His heart lay alone in the chest so bare!
He felt with his hands, but they had no might
To finger or clasp or hold!

At his heart in the bottom he made a clutch –
A heart or puff-ball of sin?
Eaten with moths and fretted with rust,
He grasped but a handful of dry-rotted dust:
It was a horrible thing to touch,
But he hid it his breast within.

And now there are some that see him sit
In the tomb-like house alone,
Counting what seems to him shining gold,
Heap upon heap, a sum never told:
Alas, the dead how they lack of wit!
What he counts are not even bits of bone!

Another miser has got his chest,
And his painfully hoarded store;
Like ferrets his hands go in and out,
Burrowing, tossing the gold about;
And his heart too is out of his breast,
Hid in the yellow ore.

Which is the better – the ghost that sits
Counting shadowy coin all day,
Or the man that puts his hope and trust
In the thing whose value is only his lust?
Nothing he has when out he fits
But a heart all eaten away.

* He that would always know before he trust, who would have from his God a promise before he will place his confidence in Him, is the slayer of his own eternity.*

~ Taken from the book The Lairds Inheritance by George MacDonald

What we reap in growth, we sow in dying; that in the passing of all from our sight and our investing, we may open with the perfection of sight to see our treasure…The Son of the Living God as our measure! ~ LRV

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Weighed and Wanting

November 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Where is the pivot?
I don’t like these “swings”
The counter balance of lots of in-betweens
The steady mast of center
Steady as she goes
Tipping slightly empty then full
The Hand of God only knows

Full of self depreciation
Counter with Love undeserving
Creaking back to self analysis
The opposing side pulls hard towards mercy

Beauty is a place mark of both
Only Spirit eyes can see
Dark and lonely need Light and Presence
The core of mystery

Hiding absurdly
Calls out to nakedly unashamed
Placed on the surface of sameness
Yet uniquely all my name

Thoughts and inner circumspection

Waves of silent intervention
Ebbs the one and then the other
Completely different, yet together

Illumination frames each side
Even what the darkness tries to hide
One can not fall at the Lights sweet call
Both know its Master

Up and down
Teeter and totter
Flesh follows the fall
While its Shaper lifts up
Both cause completion

Where is the pivot?
The place of steady unwavering
The part that pairs these positive and negative poles
Endless in its magicians magic to hold each at bay from a permanent landing it seems

Gravity in its unrelenting pull
The updraft of air that refuses to let go if its treasure
Holding aloft the gifts
Letting go the garbage

Weighed on one side
Wanting on the other
The Pedestal faithful to reveal the measure
An Unseen Hand calls out the heavy, making “light” of it all

Yoked in the in-between
Burdens begin to build muscles of trust
Joy flies from one side to the other
Love builds the callous of beauty
Hard it may seem but anchored to the rub

Friction sharpens its contrast
Dismay and despair trade on devotion and prayer
Can’t have one without the other
Held in the Hand of the souls Lover

Weighed without wanting
Wanting without weighing
The illusion of comfort cries out
The realism of needing both wins the shout

The Right Hand of Righteousness
Died on the cross beams
And the Balance became both
Weighed and wanting finds its Home
The Home, the Pivot, the Mast of Redeemed

November ~ 2012

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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