Distinctives

August 22, 2014 at 4:09 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Recently I embarked on a new way of eating. Diet is a concept set up for temporary experimentation; sadly. This concept of food; what’s good, what is not, is so akin to the concept of sin it quite frankly amazes me. Have you ever googled quotes about sin? How about quotes about animal protein? The main stream of Web-based information is strikingly simular. Weak and paltry at best in helping one get at the heart of the matter. As with all things God leaves plenty of room for us to formulate our own opinions or adopt His as He created all and knows best how to advise how life can be lived to the fullest. Man’s opinions are as countless as the stars. .. with plenty of options to choose from. God’s are simple. .. but not easy. The options are few in order to keep it simple; which we need in all honesty. In man’s mind God is marrow minded. Yet look what He has created! If that’s narrow minded. .. then perhaps man is projecting!?! The most narrow minded God can be comes from man’s mind dulled by his own intellect and pride. We are just lazy, pleasure seeking fools with comfort driven desires to kick God out of the very universe He creates. Praise be to God, we’ll never be able to think and therefore it becomes! Not like Him. In Him the possibilities are endless, apart from Him our thoughts produce vapor and mist!

So. .. this new lifestyle of food consumption has really revealed much in the spiritual nature of my condition. .. perhaps more so than my physical. I begin to understand why diets are so short lived. One cannot begin to deprive the body of the previous poisons it has called “food” without it revealing the true nature of its need and depravity. After a time it becomes a question of “Why do this, with all its ‘misery’ and die anyway?” Ahhhh. .. man’s logic, it stupefies the heart. .. or as God calls it. .. hardens. Discipline is hard. .. endurance with it is down right extenuating! When I began down this road it was exciting and new. I knew in my head that it would be hard but the newness of it for the first 30 days kept me from feeling the difficulties. 60 plus days and I’m still inspired because the body really does begin to reveal the amazingness that God created it to be by now, but the world has shrunk in its options! There are two restaurants we can eat at that adhere to this way of eating. Two! We make our own snacks, meals, condiments. .. everything. The shelves in my cupboards are bare. .. My frig. .. poor little thing, is about to burst at the seams! I miss quickie meals. I miss spending an average of 1-2 hours in my kitchen (including clean up) verses the 4 plus it seems I spend in it now. My forty plus years of living has plenty of recipes to draw from in the “old” ways. I love cooking and cherish creativity in meal making… always have. But the new way leaves me feeling like all the “old” experience helps about as much as if I only spent 10 minutes worth of experience before.  It’s humbling! Do you see the spiritual overtones in the language? The few options the world presents verses before the world was my oyster! The knowledge of the former way being useless to the new! The need to dig deeper to find the source of my discontent verses before the shelves of every aisle at the store held a temporary “fix”. The concept that everything God gives does not have a “shelf life”; its not meant to be kept but consumed and lived! Here’s a real big eye opener! Try to find a product in the grocery store with absolutely no sugar, oil, or dairy! Its like shopping in the store of the heart trying to find one motive without self-centeredness or  self-need! I find God never points me in a direction physically that He doesn’t intend to work most on my heart in His hands!

By now, you are likely either drawing conclusions about the eating style I’m referring to or dying of curiosity! Forgive my vagueness. I’m simply not trying to endorse my food choices with this piece. I’m happy to share if you want to comment/question below but the main ingredient to this dish is not “food”. It’s Life, in the hands of a God who even told us how to eat food for our physical best, as well as made sure that the meal He emphasized was at the heart of our minds and thoughts being emptied for Him alone to fill. .. With His Word. True food. .. is His every direction/instruction.

Do I crave the old stuff? Sure, from time to time. .. but do I really miss it?  No. I miss the ease of the former. .. but I’m learning to love the work of the new. Waiting for that part in the process when it will no longer feel like work. .. it’s joy now but Everlasting joy too! The danger is always how we balance the earn/reward mentality. I could still get sick and die. There’s no promise of cancer free living just because I’m eating right now. A plus B does not equal C in the Kingdom of Heaven. .. not the way we do it. If your physical life is getting your attention. .. God is drawing your real attention to your heart in His hands. Notice this in the parables Yeshua (Jesus) taught with! Its not what the eyes see, and body feels that grants us knowledge. .. it’s been given only to draw our gaze up to His “big screen” of Life! The true question becomes the distinctive: “Am I trying to glorify myself or is my sincere heart for God and His ways to be glorified?”

I praise Him with my whole heart these days that His ways and thoughts are higher and so much unlike mine, yet so humbled that He makes them accessible to me! In the smallest of things He is the biggest of all! And in the biggest of things His simplicity is astounding! I’m in awe of Him! What a mind blowing God we serve! 

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Faith vs. Trust. ~ Part One

January 11, 2013 at 1:47 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Definitions:

Faith – complete trust or confidence in someone or something. ~ strong belief in God, gods, or doctrines of religion based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

Trust – Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something.

(The above are the first definitions you will see on a google search for the definitions for faith and trust)

From a Godly perspective; or perspective based on His original language – Hebrew, we find first that the word faith does not exist. (I will get to a more thorough explanation later, for now, please stay with me.) Neither is the word trust . Here are the words from this point of view.

Firmness – emunah – often translated to faith
The Hebrew root aman means firm, something that is supported or secure. This word is used in Isaiah 22:23 for a nail that is fastened to a “secure” place. Derived from this root is the word emun, meaning craftsman. A craftsman is one who is firm and secure in his talent. The feminine form of emun is the word emunah meaning firmness, something or someone that is firm in their actions. When the Hebrew word emunah is translated as faith”, as it often is, misconceptions of its meaning occur. Faith is usually perceived as a knowing while Hebrew emunah is a firm action. To have faith in Elohiym is not knowing Elohiym exists or knowing that He will act, rather it is that one with emunah (faith) will act with firmness toward Elohiym’s will.
(Taken from Ancient Hebrew Dictionary by Jeff A. Benner)

Three Hebrew words are translated as “trust”, but the word “trust” is an abstract word whereas the original Hebrew words are very concrete in their meanings. Hhasah, meaning to lean on something or someone (Ps.18:2)
Betahh, meaning to cling (Ps. 56:4)
Yahhal, meaning to know something will happen.

We can lean on God when things get tough, which is when we are most tempted to lean on other things/people than Him. Even though a melon is huge, just as our problems seem to be, the vine is very small. We may not “see” God, but He is our strength, the One who nourishes us just as the vine nourishes the melon; hence we cling to Him (trust). This carries even more meaning with it when we recall Yeshua (Jesus) named Himself the Vine! Finally the strength of our trust is found when we take action on what we know about God; that He exists, protects, supports, nourishes, and as the only One to which we can cling to, lean on and know without a doubt will not fail us.
(Taken from The Living Words Volume One by Jeff A. Benner; though I added the note about Yeshua/Vine, and abbreviated the section)

Definitions in contrast.
Notice how the general idea of faith and trust by the definitions from google leave room for where these concepts come from and cast a wide net for where they can be applied?? Now because of this diluted and flat out rearranged perspective, one can have faith in: a car, the goodness of humanity (people) anything. They apply trust to human beings as easily as they decide to stop trusting them. As if these were ever meant to have an on/off switch! How these words have been translated into our modern western way of defining has left so much room for confusion, just with people; God and these words combined become highly taxing to define!

For example:
One can have faith that someone will be faithful to them. They can swap the word faith and trust in this sentence. But, it becomes an expectation, as if it’s owed from human to human to be faithful. Mind you, while it is not wrong to hope for faithfulness and act with firmness to be faithful; the only One we can trust to be faithful without fail in all things is God. So its safe to say our expectations can only be safe in God. Not another human being, or a car made by a human being, or the “goodness” of humanity since God has been very clear…no one is good, no one is faithful, no one. Scripture from beginning to end teems with His voice telling us not to put our faith or trust in man/human beings or the things they can do, or make, or achieve. Look at how we use disguised language for this.

Believe, trust, have faith in yourself.
Believe, trust, have faith in the best of others, goodness of humanity.
You gotta trust your instincts.
Trust the one you’re with.
We say, “Trust me.”

While there is a little itty bit of truth to some of these sayings, They murk up the waters with the absurdity of their reliability. A parent says “trust me” to their child with good intentions. They also say, “trust your instincts, or yourself” with the heart of encouragement and love, but that leaves the child having to one day go back and realize the truth; That their instincts are tied to a flesh that often goes against their good and therefore, is not trustworthy. That one day we all realize that we are prone to take our cue’s about how good and trustworthy we are by how the world, and others reflect us back in the mirror. There is not one living soul, saved or unsaved, religious or atheist, no one who has not fallen face first into this! Herein lies the danger to such diluting of how these words get taught and applied.

Should a child listen when their patent says “trust me”? Yes most often they should. But! Why? Parenting, just like marriage is supposed to reflect all mankind with God. You teach a child in reflective action/teaching to “trust God” when He says “trust Me” by trusting Him in all you do as a parent. Those who do not trust God this way have no idea how to be trustworthy enough to say that! So faith and trust must end and begin with God, Elohiym, Yeshua, Jesus, the Spirit, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and Him only. Not the someone or something in which our paltry definitions apply. 

Note to parents; these definitions at the top (googled) are how your children are being taught to define them in school. 

Even if we teach the correct perspective at home to our children, the world around them will create the confusion by reflecting the wishy-washiness of its “dumbed down” definition. Which is stronger motivation to know Who it is we are to trust and teach as trustworthy. We as parents have the greater need to know these things in order to teach our children “the way they should go”. All the sudden the added “as you walk on the way, when you rise up and lay down” doesn’t sound so anal anymore! I hope 🙂

I have found that one can do no dis-service to reading their Word by replacing the word faith with trust. (the Complete Jewish Bible does)
One may ask; “Why? What’s the point? Won’t that just add confusion? Isn’t that “adding to or taking away” that is directly said not to in Revelations?”
My answer: No.
Trust is the best word in definition to what faith implies. Without trust in God, one can not act with firmness in His will. So, too is trust, a less “religious” word. Faith can seem so complex. People call their religions faith! Having faith often conjures up an image in ones mind of something one achieves or “gets” as a result of belief in God. How can this be if even the demons believe in God? Trust is harder/hardest to do, but easier to understand. Its just a suggestion, not a “do this or you’ll get it wrong” opinion here. Test it, and see for yourself, let God lead you here…not me. 🙂

Part two will take us into the human interactions of faith and trust, to better define the difference in concepts of these two very different ways of defining them. For the “wrap up” I leave you with the Word.

Jeremiah 9:4-6
Everyone, be on guard against your neighbor, don’t trust a brother; for every brother is out to trick you, and every neighbor goes around gossiping.
Everyone deceives his neighbor, no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongues to lie, they wear themselves out with sinning.
“You inhabit a world of deceit; deceitfully they refuse to know Me.”

Micah 7:5-6
Don’t trust in your neighbor; don’t put confidence in a close friend; shut the gates of your mouth even from your wife, lying there with you in bed.
For son insults his father, a daughter rises against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a person’s enemies are the members of his own household.

Psalms 118:8
It is better to take refuge in Adonai (the Lord) than to trust in human beings;

Isaiah 2:22
Stop relying on man, in whose nostril’s is a mere breath – after all, he doesn’t count for much, does he?

Psalms 37:5
Commit your way to Adonai; trust in Him, and He will act.

Isaiah 26:3-4
A person whose desire rest on You, You preserve in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.
Trust in Adonai forever, because in Adonai is a Rock of Ages.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5
Such is the confidence we have through the Messiah toward God. It is not that we are competent in ourselves to count anything as having come from us; on the contrary, our competence is from God.

Romans 1:17
For in it (the Good News) is revealed how God makes people righteous in His sight; and from the beginning to the end it is through trust – as the Tanakh (Old Testament) puts it, “But the person who is righteous will live his life by trust.” (Hab.2:4)

Romans 3:28
Therefore, we hold the view that a person comes to be considered righteous by God on the ground of trusting, which has nothing to do with legalistic observance of Torah commands.

John 12:44 – (Yeshua speaking)
Yeshua declared publicly, “Those who put their trust in Me are trusting not merely in Me, but the One who sent Me.

1 John 5:4
because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world; our trust.

1 Peter 1:5
Meanwhile, through trusting, you are being protected by God’s power for a deliverance ready to be revealed at the Last Time.

Hebrews 10:39
However, we are not the kind who shrink back and are destroyed; on the contrary, we keep trusting and thus preserve our lives!

Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Therefore, you are to store up these words of Mine in your heart and all your being; tie them on your hand as a sign; put them at the front of a headband on your forehead; teach them carefully to your children, talking about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up; and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates – so that you and your children will live long on the land Adonai swore to your ancestors that He would give them for as long as there is sky above the earth.

Romans 3:10-12
As the Tanakh (Old Testament) puts it,
“There is no one righteous, not even one! No one understands, no one seeks God, all have turned away and at the same time become useless; there is no one who shows kindness, not a single one!”
(Ps. 14:1-3, 53:1-3 ~ Ps. 5:9 ~ Ps. 140:3 ~ Ps. 10:7 ~ Is. 59:7-8 ~ Ps. 36:1 ~ Ps. 143:2 ~ Deut. 6:4)

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Unhiding

September 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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We are all bound up in the cross and the tomb, until our “unhiding” brings us to the heart of Yeshua (Jesus) and His Father

Then we are no longer bound to the cross or the tomb, but ever ALIVE!
Never to be touched again by the torture of not knowing the Heart of Salvation
Ever alive in Him, whose heart never dies
Never again prone to hiding – only Discovery!

September 2012

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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