Awake! Quote of the Day

June 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , )

Acts 17:11

Now the people here of nobler character than the ones in Thessalonica; eagerly welcomed the message, checking the Scriptures EVERY DAY to see if the things Paul was saying were true.  

1 Peter 1:10-12

The prophets, who testified about this gift of deliverance that was meant for you, pondered and inquired diligently about it. They were trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of the Messiah in them was referring in predicting the Messiah’s sufferings and the glorious things to follow. It was revealed to them that their service when they spoke about these things was not for their own benefit, but for yours.  And these same things now have been proclaimed to you by those who communicated the Good News to you through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) sent from Heaven. Even the angels long to look into these things!  

2 Peter 1:19-21

Yes, we have the prophetic Word made very certain.  You will do well to pay attention to it as to a light shining in a dark, murky place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts. First of all, understand this: no prophesy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own; for never had a prophesy come as a result of human willing – on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoke a message from God.  

James 1:18

Having made His decision, He gave birth to us through a Word that can be relied upon, in order that we should be a kind of firstfruits of all that He created.  

2 Timothy 2:15

Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of His approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth.  

Isaiah 34:16

Consult the book of Adonai and read it: not one of these things will be missing, none will be lacking a mate. For by His own mouth He gave the order, and by His own Spirit He brought them together.    

Psalms 119:97

How I love Your Torah (Instructions)! I meditate on it ALL day!   

✡ Oh, God, may we seek You as diligently as we would seek shelter, peace, sustenance, and wages! For our lives depends on our willingness to find all truth in You alone! To search it our for ourselves, not relying on any human teaching and others seeking to make us transformed. For You alone in cooperation, that is relationship with us can bring us into Your Kingdom; where all things needful for every day we live will be found, as You promised. May You make us able to seek You more each day. Not for knowledge alone or self management, but for the joy of finding You! ✡

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Awake! – Part 16 – What does Transhumanism have to do with God’s Temple? 

June 13, 2017 at 2:38 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , )

This is one of my favorite videos. (At the bottom) Tom Horn is well respected in all circles and a firm Follower of Yeshua. It is well balanced. 

I believe this topic is crucial to the body of Messiah. It’s revelation comes in two parts: the abomination that causes desolation and the mark of the beast. 

It says in Matthew 12:30-32

Those who are not with Me are against Me, and those who do not gather with Me are scattering. Because of this, I tell you that people will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy, but blaspheming the Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit of the Holy One) will not be forgiven. One can say something against the Son of Man and be forgiven; but whoever keeps on speaking against the Ruach HaKodesh will never be forgiven, neither in this age or the age to come.  

It’s important to note some things. First Ruach in Hebrew means: breath, wind, spirit. It is this that brought man to life in the beginning – God’s breath! (See Genesis 2:7)  Our DNA came into being in this act. 

The word – blaspheme in Hebrew is – גדף – qadaph. Listen to its many faceted meanings. Speaking contemptuously, any act contrary to the will of God or derogatory to His power, to revile, cut off, hack, violate His norms, to repudiate, desperately wound or pierce through, a concept alien to biblical thought. 

Listed below are just a few scriptures that connect all these dots. There are many more. This video and these scriptures will help get you started, the rest is for you to test, search, and have the Lord reveal to you. As always I strongly encourage that one read the verses proceeding and preceeding the reference for context. 

Acts 17:24; Is. 66:1-2; Ecc.5:1; Rev. 21:22; 2 Thess. 2:4; Zach. 6:12; John 2:21; 1 Cor. 6:19; 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 2:19-22; Rom. 8:9; John 3:4-8; John 14: 22-24; 1 John 4:17; 2 Sam. 14;14; Heb. 9:27; Job 10:9-12; 12:7-25.

He who has ears, let him hear…


✡ May the grace and truth of Yeshua lead us and guide us into His arms of goodness and Life! As we raise our eyes to Him, whose throne is in heaven. As servants who look to His hand as our Master, so may our eyes turn to Adonai our God, until He has mercy on us. Have mercy on us, Adonai, have mercy; for we have had our fill of contempt, more than our fill of scorn from the complacent and contempt from the arrogant! Blessed are You, Adonai, who did not leave us to be prey for their teeth! Our help is in the Name of Adonai, maker of heaven and earth! ✡

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Awake! – Part 14 – The Powerful Exchange  

June 2, 2017 at 11:43 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , )

Hebrews 12:1-4

So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses (all those mentioned in chapter 11), let us, too, put aside every impediment – that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement – and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua – who, in exchange for the joy set before Him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God. Yes, think about Him who endured such hostility against Himself from sinners, so that you won’t grow tired or become despondent. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin.  

Do you think Yeshua (Jesus) knew what He was exchanging when He came here?

Philippians 2:6-11

Though He was in the form of God He did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force. On the contrary, He emptied Himself, in that He took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. And when He appeared as a human being, He humbled Himself still more by becoming obedient even to death – death on a stake as a criminal! Therefore God raised Him to the Highest Place and gave Him the Name above every Name; that in honor of the Name given Yeshua (Salvation), every knee shall bow – in heaven, on earth and under the earth – every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah IS Adonai – to the glory of God the Father.   

Indeed, He did! That last part, is what ‘the joy set before Him‘ is referring to in Hebrews. The Powerful Exchange for the Creation and man – which is pretty darn glorious – but even that is NOTHING compared to the glory of God, Himself! Now notice what it said in Hebrews why we are to think of Him – ‘so that you won’t grow tired or despondent’.   

To grow tired is well known to us. Fatique, the falling of eye lids, the state of being pulled into unconsciousness. Despondent, in Hebrew is: קצר – qotser –  which means: faint, cut down, shortness of spirit, disheartened. Two very applicable words to the state of being ‘asleep’ we are attempting to fight! What we have in these verses is the ‘smelling salt’ we are to apply to our ‘noses’ regularly to stay awake. 

Yeshua, gave up His ‘life’ in order to conquer death! The life He gave up was not the Life that is the Light of man, but the life of weakness held captive to sin. Often the life we mistakenly cling to. God is the ultimate in underhanding the enemy. The enemy thought he could kill Life, from the beginning he has thought this, and even now after Yeshua conquered death, he still seeks to convince us of the very lie he still believes! Sins greatest power is now transferred to Yeshua’s very Name (character)! 

2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; but He told me, “My grace is enough for you, for My power is brought to perfection in weakness.”   

Zephaniah 3:15-17

Adonai has removed the judgements against you, He has expelled your enemy; the King of Israel, Adonai, is right there with you.  You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen. On that Day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion! Don’t let your hands droop down. Adonai your God is right there with you, as a Mighty Savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, He will be silent in His love, He will shout over you with joy.” 

Colossians 1:11-13

We pray you will be continually strengthened with all the power that comes from His glorious Might; so that you will be able to persevere and be patient in any situation, joyfully giving thanks to the Father for having made you fit to share in the inheritance of His people in the Light. He rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.    

Hebrews 11:32-38

What more should I say? There isn’t time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Daniel, Samson, Jepthah, David, Samuel and the prophets; who, through trusting, conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, received what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, had their weaknesses turned to strength, grew mighty in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead resurrected; other people were stretched on the rack and beaten to death, refusing to be ransomed (deceived, swayed, bought by bribery or manipulation), so that they would gain a better resurrection.  Others under went trials of being mocked and whipped, then chained and imprisoned.  They were stoned, sawed in two, murdered by the sword; they went about clothed in sheep skins and goat skins, destitute, persecuted, mistreated, wandering about in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground! The world was not worthy of them! All of these had their merit attested because of their trusting. Nevertheless, they did not see what had been promised (Yeshua), because God had planned something better that would involve us, so that only with us would they be brought to the goal.   

Again in Psalms 119 we see King David as the example of all this. 

Psalms 119:107-112

I am very much distressed; Adonai, give me life, in keeping with Your Word. Please accept my mouths voluntary offerings, Adonai, and teach me Your Rulings. I am continually taking my life in my hands, yet I haven’t forgotten Your Torah. The wicked have set a trap for me, yet I haven’t strayed from Your Precepts. I take Your instruction as a permanent Heritage, because it is the joy of my heart. I have RESOLVED to obey Your laws forever, at every step.   

David never saw Yeshua in the flesh, but He knew Him! When Yeshua came, died, conquered, rose again, and anointed His church, sending them out…they brought the baton now being passed – onto you and me – the goal is now in sight! Let us not fall asleep! Every cloud in the sky is shouting for joy of Him whose feet will soon ride them to the finish line!

Hebrews 9:26-28

… But as it is, He has appeared once at the end of the ages in order to do away with sin through the sacrifice of Himself. Just as human beings have to die once, but after this comes judgement, so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to deliver those who are eagerly waiting for Him!  

It’s so important to understand our weakness in the Light of God’s Word. For many many out there are speaking truth but they are human, have weaknesses and therefore the enemy wants us to ignore their witness to the Truth. To disqualify them because their flaws become apparent. Let’s face it, we all have them. It’s often taught that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was some physical condition. It ignores the statement following which speaks of the adversary. This is huge fellow-sheep! I dare say that Paul suffered indeed in a physical way perhaps, but the manifestation of the flesh always comes from inside, where we think no one else can see, save God. A heart that cries out to God to remove all things that are sinful and ugly from within is wide awake, but falsely taught that it will then have no faults, weaknesses or constant struggle. This is a lie. There is no one on earth right now without some flaw in almost every arena conceivable! We are always wrong or in error or ignorant in some perception of God, of the world around us, of people we know, people we don’t…God takes His time and has a perfect plan in His correction. This is why Yeshua made it clear that He is the Way, The Truth, and the Life! Truth is our waking salt! We must learn to disconnect the message from the messenger at times! The Truth still applies even in the imperfect and weak human beings that seek it and speak it! Does not the Truth continue to teach in times and language of culture? The Truth about our government will not be found in the language of detail of America today in our Bibles, but the principle of Truth found in it apply to all kingdoms that rise and fall. Truth takes us to Himself, always leads to Yeshua! Just as all falseness leads to the enemy! In truth, each path is quite short but often with a labyrinth of paths that attempt to distract. Wits are essential but coupled with humility. Questions are pivotal to answers. From here, I will begin to expose the labyrinth. Some people will bother you, look passed them. The information I’ve chosen to use is fact based and easily able to be found by anyone who wants to follow the facts themselves. I’ve labored and prayed over each video. I’ve done my own homework. Homework is to me, to look into the facts myself and then prayerfully place the Word of God over it to see if it lines up. I asked questions like: are these truths essential to one’s walk with God? Will this completely change the choices one can make for Truth or for wickedness? Is this something You, God, think I should share? 

Some videos will be long, all are worth every second you spend on them. Likewise, wisdom, would have you share them. If we love someone we give them Truth and trust His hands to hold them, lead them, guide them. No one is more trustworthy!  

These are the cusp of every choice we make, every day. Sounds dramatic, truly I say, it’s not drama – drama is make believe/not real/entertainment. The Word of God is foundational, real, and serious! Remember what David said in Psalms 119? ‘I have resolved to obey Your laws forever – at every step!’  Every step is every decision, every choice, every day – forever! Truth is paramount to choice! No Truth – and sleepiness will fall upon one in such a way that one will not realize they are the walking dead. Funny how this theme is so prevalent in all forms of entertainment these days, don’t you think? Zombies, rabid infections, morphing humans into half animal creatures. We are not half anything dear brothers and sisters, we are fully human – beautiful in the eyes of God! His eyes are wide open though they may sting with the sight of us (truth) – shall we not trust Him to adjust our eyes to remain open though like so many before us, and Yeshua, Himself, we may weep uncontrollably at times because what we see is horrid, hard and seems hopeless. Is He not the One the Word speaks of? ‘Adonai is right there with you, Mighty to save!’ His hope will color the pictures we see! 

James 5:19-20

My brothers, if one of you wanders from the Truth, and someone causes him to return, you should know that whoever turns a sinner from his wandering path will save him from death and cover many sins!  

Those are words full of power! Full of wakefulness! Full of joy! The joy of heaven! May God grant us the strength in our weakness to face the Truth and brave to share it and enter in to the inheritance given us by Yeshua, Salvation for all who call upon His Name!

✡ Grace and peace be ours in full measure, with His Truth to set us on a firm foundation, opening the eyes to search for Him wherever He may be found, and ready to see Him coming again! Come soon, Yeshua our Salvation, come soon! Until then, keep us working in Your Kingdom to the glory of God our Father, Amen! ✡


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Awake! – Part 12 – Freedom of Choice

May 6, 2017 at 3:56 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , )

1 Chronicles 4: 10

Jabez called on the God of Israel: “Please bless me by enlarging my territory. May Your Hand be with me! Keep me from harm, so that it will not cause me pain.” God granted his request.   

God promised us the whole earth! He made the whole planet for us! Now take the perspective that the enemy has slowly reduced us to. Look at the map of Israel, The one with the largest borders, where God promised the nation. This tiny slice of land is roughly 1/100000th of the whole earth! Now I’m not saying what God promised Israel is insignificant, but look at Jabez’s prayer, God granted his request! Why? Because Jabez saw that God offers far more than we can ask for or imagine, He wanted all God has to offer! Don’t you?

For a moment, now, let’s look at the miracle of God giving us freedom of choice. To sum this up, attacking every question that can arise from this fact – God gave us freedom of choice because:

  • He wanted us to choose Him, knowing all the other choices. Or not, choose Him.
  • He thinks it’s far more important to have us, than to start over, taking all the other choices away, which would eliminate human kind made in His Image. He has no plan B, and will settle for nothing less than His original plan, us – humans and Him as a family He desired, with those of His host in heaven.  

This is why freedom of choice is such an amazing thing given to us by God! It involves letting us be able to choose very evil and awful things – yes – but also the best He has to offer! Which brings me to my next point. 

In order for us to have access to all God has to offer us, we must be rid of anything and everything that would place God’s all and put it in a container. Labels are good for things, not people. When we go to the store, labels help us define one thing from another. When we walk through life, labels on people close the doors to what God is doing and will do. We are central to God’s plan, this is why Yeshua took the label making question: “who is my neighbor?” and turned it on its head. Humans are our neighbor! Every shape, size, color, nation! There is only one ‘label’ for *God’s children and I just said *it. Hence why we are instructed by Yeshua to love our human ‘enemies’. To do good to those who hurt us. Not to be confused with His enemies! Today’s world puts such labels on people’s. 

Can you honestly say that all that can be found throughout history about the label “Christian” is what you want to limit your walk with God – THE MESSIAH (which means Christ, where the term Christian came from) to?

Most labels start out well meaning, AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) for example: this was a spiritual revival, started by men of God to reach a certain sector of people, trapped by the enemy of God by the poison of alcohol. The principles it was founded on were/are straight from God’s Word, the intent for which God inspired it was freedom. Yet now, it hardly resembles what it started out like. Man was led astray by the enemy of God who, as He does everything God makes originally, twist it by the causing doubt in/of God. So now, just chose your higher power, door nob, teddy bear, flower, anything, you’ll get sober! It’s sickening! Why would any of these things require accountability of action, they are inanimate objects! Likewise, being called a Christian used to stand for nothing but a follower of Christ, but throughout history, ‘Christians’ have followed the anti-Christ doing nothing that resembles Yeshua whatsoever! So when we choose – we best just choose God, the God of the Bible, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we can place many other names from that Word from which He has named Himself, but anything other than this, we stand to limit what we can know of Him, do because of Him and claim that He said is ours! We must understand that freedom of choice, does not mean we should make up our own choices. If we claim to be a child of God, we best reconsider any label we have assigned ourselves with. Catholic, Luthern, Baptist, evangelical, Calvinism, Republican, Constitutionalist, Democrat, conservative, traditionalist and the list goes on. Given a true study into any of these labels will prove to show where they all inevitably vere from the Truth the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth as defined by God. The enemy invades and has access to do so with anything man decides they can “hang their hat on” as a labeled sect of people. Have you ever wondered why God hated censuses? Is makes a number out of a person, the enemy of God loves to count his sheep, Hitler labeled his prisoners this way. God doesn’t need to count, He makes them part of who He IS! You and I are special, unique and wonderful, just because He made us. This takes the value of any label you or I could attach to our value and throws it into the pit of hell!

The saying: “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” is so true. These ‘good intentions’ are the stuff made up of what man calls good. The perspective must change for something to truly be good. That perspective must be God’s! Since we know our ways are not like His, our thoughts, not like His, it stands as true logic that before we call something good or innocent we might check in with Him first. Good and bad are labels too! We say, “that person is a good person. Or bad person.” Achhhem – we may want to ask Adonai about that! Most especially are we in danger if we label ourselves in such a way! Good according to God is functional. Bad is dysfunctional. This changes everything when taken from His perspective, and when we consult Him, we find our knowledge expands even more in definition making and it’s dangers. Knowledge, the quest for knowledge alone is the enemy of God’s number one temptation. God’s knowledge leads us to Himself, which gives growth to humility, not pride or confidence in ourselves. Labels classify so we can decide who we think is worthy of our prayers, attention, time, effort, etc. It’s best to side with God, and leave the fighting up to Him as to who needs to be ‘rearranged’ or not. He gives us judgement, the ability to assess and act on something, for our actions and thoughts alone! Not for everyone or anyone else. We may be told to steer clear of someone by God, but that gives no permission to judge them. We just obey, pray for them, love them as best as He directs us from a distance. 

I will wrap this up with a list of scriptures, that hopefully will be seen from a whole new perspective given what has been said so far. Then, as always, study, and consult Adonai for anything of value to be gained from this post. I’m no “authority”, to say I’m inspired is only to speak to my passion for Yeshua. But not to say, these words are equal to the Inspired Word of God. I’m His child, I claim this as the gift He has made available to all. I’m unashamed to be called a follower of Yeshua the Messiah. I stumble and lose my balance in my learning to walk with Him, as anyone else. Yet, He covers my every word, move and being with His blood! What an honor the choosing of Him is! It’s so much easier to stay awake, be awake, knowing the value and limitlessness that God gives with choice. 

Deuteronomy 28:9-14; 30:15,19

Adonai will establish you as a people separated out for Himself, as He has sworn to you – if you will observe the mitzvah (commands/instructions) of Adonai your God and follow His Ways. Then all the peoples on earth will see that Adonai’s Name, His presence, is with you; so that they will be afraid of you. 

Adonai will give you great abundance of good things – of the fruit of your body, the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your land in the land Adonai swore to your ancestors to give you. Adonai will open for you His good treasure, the sky, to give your land it’s rain at the right seasons and to bless everything you undertake. You will lend to many nations and not borrow; Adonai will make you the head and not the tail; and you will be only above, never below – if you listen to, observe and obey the mitzvot of Adonai your God and not turn away from any of the words I am ordering you today, neither to the right or the left, to follow after other gods and serve them. 

Look! I am presenting you today with, on the one hand, life and good; and on the other, death and evil

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants, loving Adonai your God, paying attention to what He says and clinging to Him – for that is the purpose to your life!   

Isaiah 54:5

For your husband is your Maker, Adonai-Tzva’ot is His Name. The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer. He will be called the God of all the earth.   

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. 

Malachi 3:10

Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in My house, and put Me to the test, says Adonai-Tzva’ot. See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you blessing far beyond your needs.   

Psalms 19:7; 103:13

The Torah of Adonai is perfect, restoring the inner person. The Instruction of Adonai is sure, making wise the thoughtless. 

Just as a father has compassion on his children, Adonai has compassion on those who fear Him.  

Proverbs 10:22; 21:1

The blessings of Adonai is what makes people rich, and He doesn’t mix sorrow with it. 

The kings heart in Adonai’s hand is like streams of water – He directs it wherever He pleases.  

I Chronicles 16:11

Seek Adonai and His strength; always seek His presence.   

Matthew 5:3-10 

How blessed are the poor in spirit! For the Kingdom of heaven is theirs. How blessed are those who mourn! For they will be comforted. How blessed are the meek! For they will inherit the Land! How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! For they will be filled. How blessed are those who show mercy! For they will be shown mercy. How blessed are the pure in heart! For they will see God. How blessed are those who make peace! For they will be called the sons of God. How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! For the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs!  

John 17:26

I made Your Name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I Myself may be united with them.  

Acts 17:26-28

From one man He made every nation living in the entire surface of the earth, and He fixed the limits of their territories and periods when they would flourish. God did this so that people would look for Him and perhaps reach out and find Him although in fact, He is not far from each of us, for in Him we live and move and exist. Indeed, as some of the poets among you have said, “We are actually His children.”  

Romans 8:33-39

So who will bring a charge against God’s chosen people? Certainly not God  – He is the One who causes them to be considered righteous! Who punishes them? Certainly not the Messiah Yeshua, who died and – more than that – has been raised, is at the right hand of God and is actually pleading on our behalf! Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War? As the Tanakh puts it, ” For Your sake we are being put to death all day long, we are considered to be sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are superconguerors, through the One who has loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.   

Ephesians 1:3; 3:20

Praised be Adonai, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who in the Messiah has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven.   

Now to Him who by His power working in us is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, to Him be the glory in the Messianic Community and in the Messiah Yeshua from generation to generation forever. Amen.  

✡ May the grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah be yours in full measure ✡

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Awake! – Part 11 – Salt

May 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Mark 9:49-50

Indeed, everyone is going to be salted with fire. Salt is excellent, but if it loses its saltiness, how will you use it? So have salt in yourselves – that is, be at peace with each other.   

Matthew 5:11-16

How blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow Me! Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great – they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.  You are the salt of the land. But if the salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on.  You are light for the world. A town on a hill cannot be hidden. Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way, let your Light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.   

Before I get to the main thread of this blog, I wish to add a side note. I, myself, as well as many others who have shared with me have had to learn the difference between being persecuted and being rightfully called a hypocrite for speaking truth. To be slandered and lied about, and persecuted for speaking truth is done whether a person is righteous our not. The Truth, these days is out of favor.  I’ve spoken truth unkindly, God can still use the truth, but the consequence of being without love in the doing nonetheless was warranted. This was not persecution. Just because we speak truth to people or are what some may term “brutally honest” doesn’t mean we are glorifying the Father. There’s a huge difference. For those who feel justified in ignoring a truth because it came from someone less than lovingly or they didn’t in your opinion have “the right” to say it, don’t feel justified all the more by what I’ve just said. Yeshua IS Truth, and if it comes to you in any way, we are capable of applying the truth and separating it from the messenger. For in truth, none of us are qualified to speak it. We are all learning it at all times, we are all in various stages of absorbing it at all times, we are all disqualified to speak it based on our humanity alone. So what’s the difference? What makes us called to be salt and light, revealing truth, teaching truth, testifying to THE TRUTH? Simple – Yeshua’s righteousness alone, His love, His example. His call to follow Him, do as He did/does. 

 In my own process of learning, I found that if I have not been broken by a truth I’m so eager to share, I’m not qualified to share it. A quick look at my motive, then asking God to show me what I can’t see all of them, so He then shows me my motives, proves to be effective. If they are anything but to give God glory and show that it’s the goodness of God that brings repentance, if there’s even a little nudge inside that desires to show someone how wrong they are instead of the beauty of how trustworthy God is, my lips remain sealed. Adonai is serious about us being careful, setting a guard over our lips. As we look to Yeshua’s example we see what we are aiming for. He rebuked the religious leaders, he rebuked demons. He overturned tables in the temple, but this was not a teaching moment. He was passionately angry for what was being done in His Father’s house. We notice He never once spoke about it. He did it. End of story. When He taught truth, He didn’t interject His opinion, He spoke it  (the worth dying for truth) straight out, not shouting, not pounding it in a zillion times. When He repeated Himself, His audience was vastly different, in that, He was always speaking it for the first time to the majority of ears. When He “repeated” Himself to His disciples, usually the repeat was addressing a different aspect of a certain truth. To really understand what it means to speak truth to anyone we must all have spent some time at Yeshua’s feet, showing those truths have changed us first. For then, we learn the loving-kindness of Adonai in teaching and guiding us through all truth. Then when we are pressed upon the Lord to share it with others, our hearts are ever aware of our lack of qualification to teach it, our lack of control of its reception, and our lack of any origin of it from ourselves. So naturally we are more mindful of: “How will my words bring glory to You my Lord? Give me Your words, give me Your heart, Your amazing love.” 

I pray that will help clarify much as we move on. 😊

Here are some things salt is used for:

It preserves from corruption. 

It irritates and hurts wounds. 

It softens water and skin

Enhances flavor. 

Cleanses and purify’s.

It can also be corrosive.

It enables water to conduct electricity. 

Melts ice/keeps water from freezing. 

It is like an electrolyte.

It’s a bleaching agent. 

It was used in all the offerings, incense, and sacrifices. 

It can destroy, overcome, and over take. 

Babies used to be rubbed with it just after birth.

Without salt, no life would exist. 

As I studied this list I found it amazing. It’s dual nature. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with it (Gen. 19). Yet covenants were preserved with it (Numbers 18:17-19; 2 Chronicles 13). Elisha purified water with it (2 Kings 2:18-22). The Dead Sea was destroyed with it. Yet in Ezekiel 47, we see that God will restore it. In Jeremiah 17:5-8, we see it represents trust! To be salt we must be a living trust in action and word in Yeshua – all He said, did, does, and will do. 

Salt irritates wounds. Yet applied correctly it will heal them. The application is always our choice. Even if it’s “dumped” on us, we can still make use of it. If we are awake, we are salt. Every single thing on that list above applies in a spiritual sense as well as a physical. Notice the Matthew 5 verse. I suggest you read the whole chapter. So often that salt part is selected out of its context. Yet it’s sandwiched between blessed are you if you are persecuted and you are a light for a reason. What might that reason be? To be awake one must seek this answer for themselves. Every single word of Matthew 5 is showing us what salt and lights function is and how it is to be used. Every single word Yeshua said was perfectly applied as salt and light. (Not just in Matthew 5). If any of those words become empty or inapplicable to us, our salt will lose its flavor, our light will dim. Notice the first place we are to adopt the Truths is in our own lives. Too many people are good at preaching what they themselves are completely dead to. When our salt loses its flavor something dies in us to the truth and it spreads like a virus to those around us. We are doubly accountable in this case. It’s one thing to be naive, not knowing the truth, it’s another to reject it. To clarify without any fuzzy lines – on Judgement Day – there will be not one naive human being standing before the God who reveals Truth to all in order that they might be saved. All will have had the chance to reject or be reborn (changed, transformed in the Image of God) by Yeshua, The Way, The Truth, The Life.

An interesting note: there such a thing as ‘smelling or waking salts’. You know, we’ve all seen them used in movies. Salts that awaken. In order to be changed into the glory of His likeness, one must first be awakened. These salts irritate. They snap someone out of one state into another. It’s offensive – hence why Yeshua said “blessed is anyone not offended by Me”. (Matthew 11:6) Who can argue that it’s much better to be open to Truth, no matter how hard, than to be offended (defensive) by it? 

Now notice how interesting the verses in Mark 9:49-50 are? Salted with fire? What is Yeshua saying here? Then it ends by suggesting that our saltiness will produce peace among people? These are very strange references. When considering the main by-product of saltiness in this day and age will be persecution. So what peace is Yeshua referring to here? It seems to contradict itself. Let me assure you He does not, yet again for this to be understood, one must seek Him for the clarity of the meaning here for themselves. Begin with every scripture from Genesis to Revelation where salt is mentioned. The Beginning and the End is where answers are found and Yeshua is both! 

There are four covenants Yahweh’s people can enter into. One is called the Salt covenant. Seek out and study these, you’ll begin to understand salt in a whole new light – pun intended. 

I hope I’ve raised curiosity here, caused a thirst or hunger to seek Yeshua and His Word for yourself. I wonder often, if we wouldn’t be more effective, not giving all the answers, but sending out questions that seek to be answered? For some this may be a smelling salt, for others flavor, for others cleansing, for others a bleaching agent, and yes, for some corrosive, irritating, even destructive (to all things evil). We are just told to be salt, God directs the function of it. We can be absolutely sure of His heart to love and save. An interesting note: it takes salt to make light 😉! 

✡ May the Bread of Life be salted with your tears of joy and sorrow for those who suffer from lack of salt, may His glory be the treasure we seek every day in ourselves and the world around us! His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!  Grace and peace be yours in full measure in Yeshua the Messiah.   

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