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Leaning in Close

August 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Too often our spirits lean back, away from a scripture, for us to gain an accurate understanding. Mostly, when our pride is involved. Man’s pride can not be tested much higher than when we is in conflict. The scripture above has been notoriously misinterpreted and therefore taught wrong.

Lean in and note the key phrase that has often been reversed.

You remember there your brother has something against you.

Most of us read it…

You remember there you have something against your brother.

There is a huge difference between these statements!

Since the Temple is now within each of our hearts, and our gifts are often things such as our pride, anger, resentment, jealousy, rage, hurt, self-pity, self-absorbtion and so on. This reinforces what Yeshua (Jesus) said about the difference between cleaning the inside of a cup instead of worrying about the outside. (Matt. 23:26)

So…when we are in prayer, offering the Lord, all the things that don’t bring Him glory, and there remember that our brother or sister is angry with us, we are to leave off our offering and keep it at His feet, while we go seek out the person we know is angry with us and offer the olive branch of peace.

Why, I have often wondered, does this scripture so often get turned around? Well, for one it is far easier to retain some pride by going to someone we are angry with and confront them. But…it smacks pride right in the face to seek out someone we know is angry with us! Can your hear the refrain so often used by human wisdom?

I shouldn’t have to approach someone if they are angry with me, they should come to me. After all, they are the ones with the problem. Why should I go and say, “hey, I know your mad at me, let’s make peace.” I mean isn’t it their responsibility to come to me?

I know I’ve said something along those lines. This scripture seems to be backwards, counterintuitive, nonsense. Kinda like, offer the other side of your face if someone smacks you. Truth: Almost everything Yeshua taught goes against our thinking. Just read the gospels again and lean in, you’ll see it everywhere! To us this scripture must have been interpreted wrong, so we reword it to suite our wisdom. Otherwise it seems that we should expect a dentist to come find us when our tooth is infected!
Trust me, the Great Physician does indeed seek each one out, often before they even know they are sick, to offer a cure. Did not God send His Son before anyone knew they needed Him? Did He not, knowing we had issues with Him, seek us out to rectify the problem. We certainly did not seek Him first, with our offense. Left up to us, God would still be waiting for us to come to Him, and say, “Hey, I’ve got issues with You!” In other words, God never asks us to do what He, Himself, does not, has not, and will not do Himself – and first – so as to teach us how to do it!

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Perspective in the Kingdom of Heaven means, we are righted to conform to God’s way of thinking. Not that we all the sudden understand scripture in the light of our own rationalization. Isaiah says, “My ways are not your ways, nor My thoughts your thoughts.”. (Isaiah 55:8) A good rule of thumb for studying to show yourself approved, knowing you are beginning to “get it” is that we are ever being put out by the difference between the way we think and how God is teaching us He thinks. Our first instinct to truth will always be resistance, in our flesh. If, Gods Word is not brushing up against our sensibilities, we are gaining nothing. I love the truth, but I wrestle with it before I appreciate it. I’ve yet to meet anyone any different. Even when the truth doesn’t butt up against our pride in correction. For example: God says He loves us. This truth may not correct like the one above, but if we are honest, we can’t reconcile why God would love us the way He does. There is a resistance to this truth, albeit, with a different hue than our resistance to go seek out an offended party against us.

Leaning in close…what does this mean? A well respected pastor usually starts out his sermons with this phrase.

Holy Spirit, make the Book live to me, show me myself, and show me my Savior, and make the Book live to me.

In other words, we lean in close by asking for His perspective not asking for Him to make our perspective make sense with His Word.

Leaning shows us our bent. I remember the first time I rode with my husband on his motorcycle. When he would turn or go around a bend, I instinctively wanted to lean away from the ground or direction of the turn. He had to teach me, that I endangered us both by doing that. On a motorcycle, you lean into the turn or bend which meant that often you lean towards the ground! That was scarey. Also, too much, and we would crash! So he said, “Just stay with me, let your body become one with mine, no more, no less. What a beautiful picture to the unity we are to have with Yeshua the Messiah as Paul so often spoke of, and Yeshua, Himself in John chapter 17. Leaning in close can feel humanly scarey and wrong. But our feelings lie! In Matthew 5:23-24, we must lean in close to the One promised by our Savior to reveal all truth to us.

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Leave your gift, go seek out the one you know is angry with you, make peace and come back where I hold your gift in trust to be offered from a pure heart.

A pure heart is attained by obedience, conforming our actions and lives, to what God says is right. It proves that the gift we would offer with just words, will indeed be true with our actions. Words are easy.

God forgive me for being unforgiving.

Leaning in close, the Spirit reveals where indeed we have been, and where we justify it because the person is angry at us, and we have no idea why. Do you not know? Only the Spirit of God can remind you of any such thing that would bring about peace? Inwardly or outwardly, this does not come from us. So in this scripture we see that when we come to Him with our gifts, if there is anything that makes that gift unable to truly be given, He reminds us or reveals to us anything that taints our offering. And not only that, but shows us how to make the gift worthy.

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Those two scriptures say a whole lot more than what the mere English words printed on paper say. They are alive and active, cutting marrow from bone, breathing life into our own dead bones, making a new life thrive inside!

Lean in Close! You’ll be transformed, you’ll experience the whole ‘new creation’ we are made into when we lean in as one with Yeshua. Lean in Close!

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Holy Contrast

March 20, 2015 at 2:18 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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“What is the difference between God and man? In Hosea, God said He’d stop loving and no longer forgive. This seems contradictory to me” asked Toby to a friend.

“That’s a good question, Tobe. I almost forgot God said that through Hosea to Israel. The best I know is that God is God. There is no sin in Him, even when He “stops loving and forgiving”. But, man cannot stop loving without sinning. And I’ve never seen a man refuse to forgive without becoming bitter or resentful. It’s hard to understand I ‘spose. But the thing is, there are things we just don’t “get”, aren’t meant to “get” that God does and doesn’t do. He often seems to give breaks and leniency to some, and as far as I can see – it does them no good. Yet I’ve seen Him press down on some that I see as needing some kind of break, some of that leniency I see Him give another, yet He seems to be unrelenting. It makes no sense to me. He often tells me “It’s not meant to make sense to you.” Yet the Truth is, God can do or not do anything without a shred of sin or its effects – man can not. God is God, man is His creation. I’m not sure God truly stopped loving as we think of loving, or stopped forgiving as we think of forgiving Israel. Truly though I just don’t know. If He wanted me to know, I would. And so would you. God is God and can not sin, ever. Man is man and can not do anything good without Him – ever. So we are then called to just trust, and not always understand. I admit it’s really difficult to do. Yet when I do, I have peace.” The friend looked up at a flock of geese honking as they flew over head; he smiled.

Toby watched his friend, saw the words his friend speak came from some deep place of serenity Toby had never really experienced. All his life he asked questions and expected answers, answers that made sense to him. If they didn’t or no answer was forth coming he felt his spirit pout and would brood. He wanted what his friend had but had no idea where to begin. He had been reading the book Hosea as a result of a series his church was doing on God’s love verses man’s love. It kept poking at the question center of his mind.

Could I love someone who would not love me back? Could I continue to hold and cherish a woman if she always went to other lovers?

God’s love seemed impossible. But then there were those seeming contradictions. As he mentioned earlier about God saying he would cease to love and forgive. It confused him. Yet the words his friend spoke were true. Man can’t stop loving without sinning, and if God is all He says He is perhaps He could. Perhaps the “ceasing of love” mentioned in Hosea was different than what he could understand. Another passage came to mind. From the 1st chapter.

“So what about where God told Hosea to tell them that they were no longer His people and He was no longer their God? But then not long after that He then says He’d no longer consider then ‘not His people’ but change the name to His people and change again their name from ‘not loved’ to loved. Does God always contradict Himself?” Asked Toby.

The friend was quiet for a length of minutes that made Toby wonder if he’d heard him. Yet the way he looked at him in stillness left little doubt he’d been heard.

“Toby, the same thing seems to apply here. Only God can disown without abandoning. Only God can withdraw His person, His character without withdrawing His presence. It’s so hard to understand to us because we are incapable of disowning without sinning a.k.a. ceasing to love. We cannot withdraw our person without cutting someone off from our presence. Read Romans 12, it talks about how God corrects or disciplines those He loves. Then go to Isaiah chapter 53, in verse 5 it says “the disciplining that makes us whole fell on Him” meaning Jesus. Whenever you read about God passing judgement and causing things to happen that seem “unloving and rejecting” to our mind to His people we must keep this in mind. Love is discipline. And only God can discipline perfectly, fairly and lovingly. Hosea is a love story of God’s undying love and commitment to us as people who constantly betray and turn away from Him. How He is not like us and will never turn away from us.
When we discipline our children, it’s love that causes it and fuels it. It seems unfair to them, and at the time of correction we can come across to them as though we have ceased to love them. But they will learn in time that perspective. Not right away. It takes time. Correction, plus time soaked in consistent love teaches this. Not words, not “understanding” as we think but as Love teaches with time, correction, and faithfulness.
Love does not make us comfortable to be unloving, unfaithful, selfish, abusive, self-centered, revengful, and so on. Love makes us uncomfortable doing that, too our benefit, our good. But that brushes up against us as unloving and unkind much of the time. Hence why we must not lean on our understanding to follow God. The passages in Hosea you’ve been referring to are loving discipline passages. You must ask a question every time you read God’s Word. It’s not a question that seeks to make your understanding feel good. It is a question that asks the opposite. It is this:

Lord, would You give me eyes to see, ears to hear,and a heart to understand what YOU are saying here. Give me, YOUR perspective, Your understanding?”

It’s more a request, a plea than a question as we understand questioning. But it is the best question anyone can ever ask of Him.”

The friend again, looked up into the sky. No birds were flying and honking, but the cloud that had been shielding the Sun from its full brightness was moving off to the west. The full light and heat of the Sun became a physical thing to the eyes and the body. Again his friend smiled. The smile seemed to say “thank you God”.

Again Toby was drawn to his friends words but also how he seemed to be part of them, it wasn’t just head knowledge, it was where he was moved and had his being.

“God, I want that! I want to know You like that. I want to be part of YOUR understanding, and not my own! I want to know how to receive YOUR love and so be able to love like that. I will continue to read Hosea, and ask or plead the question this friend has shown me. Thank you for bending down in this moment to teach me the Holy contrast of man verses You.”

The two friends continued to sit in silence, but having very real and intimate conversations with the God of Hosea. And it was good.

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Literary Freedom

April 13, 2013 at 1:19 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

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Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in Adonai (the Lord) with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him; then He will level your paths.

Have you ever asked why God willed it that His Word be written? That the Bible has endured, with all the propensities for human error in translation? Or perhaps the better question may be, for you, do you believe its by the will of God that this thing called learning to read and write, indeed is from God? Consider carefully. Though man has in effect seemed to take all the credit for the novel idea of “no child left behind” and pumping the importance of education (which in effect begins with reading and writing); it has never and will never be to human-kinds credit that now 97% of the worlds population can read. In the 1500’s very few could read. Now the promise of learning as a child to read, is almost synonymous with learning how to walk.

Sadly with all the modern day advantages, reading any book is falling out of favor. What is my point? It’s with a heavy heart that I write tonight. For now more than ever, the reading of the Bible by any person is so easy; and so avoided.
Here is a list of common reasons why:

~ Its boring.
This breaks my heart above all reasons.

~ I don’t like to read.

~ I don’t have time.

~ I can’t understand it.

~ I’m not a “reader”.

We live in a culture that hinges and  unhinges upon what’s comfy and enjoyable. Thereby the amazing honor of having learned how to read has been lost. Its no accident that God had His Word written down and this evidence alone is why we know that its His will that anyone should be able to know Him by reading it.
Just like the only way to the Father is through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ); the only way to learn what He is like, how He works, and what He has done…is through the door of reading His Word. The complaint of not understanding it may be valid. The excuse of not liking to read? Sorry there’s no cure for personal discomfort. As to having time?? Anyone with half a conscience can answer…make and take the time because everything else you put time into depends on it. If you count yourself not a “reader”… I pray by that you mean you literally can not read anything. Yet even in this category you fail, for now the Word can be listened to via MP3, CD, or likely you know someone who can read. As to it being boring…my guess is you have failed to be bored to death with all else this world has to offer for entertainment. Though this may also be the same ailment of not understanding what you are reading. This too, has a cure…ask God on the faith He gives you to read it to you. 90% of lack of understanding comes from our lack of ability to understand the meaning of anything because we are unwilling to unlearn the wrong ways to view things and relearn the correct ways. We are a proud people who now more than ever pride ourselves on “what we know”.
We can’t read the Word of God and think we know anything. It may sound redundant but its wisdom is ancient and – if you stay still enough, long enough – something inside you will hum with the truth of it.

On the other hand its possible – somehow its possible that some would – having been exposed to and read it all their lives; think they know the One who wrote it so well that they have become immune to it. Such paradoxes I leave to the only One who can grasp it to decipher. Yet the birds of the air know their Maker more than these. Most often this disease comes from another ancient mantra;

Know thyself.

This corrodes the path by which anyone can ever truly know anything.

Show me who You are O God!

Just for the sake of knowing Him – not yourself or others or to understand a thing He’s made – but just to know Him. If this be a readers heart when they open those thin pages of their Bible…they will not be bored, will be shown how to understand by Him, Himself. Its a promise He made…He has never failed to keep it. And then…then – ahhhh – the doors of our very souls are opened to mysteries far beyond what we have ever seen or ever known.

Help me to Love You Lord!

In such a pursuit our love for anything or anyone  becomes divinely corrected and perfected without one effort on our part. For fountains of true love flow from Him and Him alone – we have none of our own. I have heard it said and likely you have to;

“Well so-n-so loves so-n-so in their own way, as best they can.”

I tell you, if someone loves another in their own way, sooner or later this “love” translates to hate. Yet if I love anyone as God loves them and myself, it is the very article of genuine love and produces the fruits of it. These fruits lay in a garden not produced in earthly soil; but the very breath of God from whence all things came – even man in which God used both! (Breath and earthly soil)

The Word of God, which He has always breathed can not be over-exposed to one who longs to know the Breath that breathed it. But, one who wants to know themselves better and make this earthly life work and thereby reads an army of scripture a day – only for that purpose – will become immune to the oxygen of life from whence the Words come. Atrophying the soul and eclipsing the light by which they were meant to grow. The Word of God can ONLY be used by Him. The man or woman who seeks to use it – will find they read the words right enough but they never get read by the Word. There is an awesome metaphysical and spiritual reality that is found; more solid than the ground beneath our feet when the Word reads us! Each word becomes volumes and volumes of more than words but Life! There are so so many reasons why eternal life is necessary to God’s children! One word contains enough volumes to stretch to the farthest reaches of a million years!

It would only take one word perhaps two for a person to know thyself.
Sin
Fallen
We become short-lived inside the “wisdom” of “know thyself”!

Know the One who created you!
Seek the One who created you
Serve the One who created you
Listen to the One who created you
Read the Words from the One who created you

You will find no thoughts for yourself there to trip you up in the pursuit to simply know God, Yeshua (Jesus), the Father, the Spirit…the Living Word! He spoke the first word, He wrote the first word…and He has willed that all should not be held by the excuse that they can not read them!
I have seen people, willing to do the most unenjoyable and undesirable things for empty and fruitless pursuits. But for the amazing privilege of reading…the purpose for which you have learned to do so is just one. Yes, just one. That we may know the Truth and that He may set us free. Every other perk to learning to read is added bonuses. A long time ago, only the wealthy and upper class of society learned to read. Now, the homeless can. Even the blind. Some blind learn to read and never see. Some homeless learn to read, never change their “homeless status” but find their true Home within the pages of a Book, for which all mankind was taught to read. God “wrote the book” on every single thing worth knowing…I pray His Spirit move again in people with humility and gratefulness for the honor of learning to read. May He be known in every Word!

I will list scripture references below for further study on the Word which for all “my” words can be summed up in His, expounded, and enlarged should you wish to read them.

Matthew 6:33; 19:29 ~ Deuteronomy 4:29; 10:12 ~ Psalms 119:2 ~ Colossians 3:16 ~ Isaiah 33:6 ~ 1 Timothy 4:8 ~ Proverbs 8:18 ~ Matthew 7:7 ~ Jeremiah 29:13 ~ John 15:7-16; 10:4, 27 ~ 1 John 1:10

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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A Light on the Other Side

January 9, 2013 at 2:40 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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~~ A glimpse into my quiet time ~~

What keeps God at the back door?

Where one one can enter into the front of the house, and upon entering find the whole home decked out in the “things of God”; but upon staying for a while one gets the sense that He has never been there.

How can this be??

As one gathers up the flat things of Your treasure and builds up a shrine but still keeps You out? Can eyes be so drawn to Your Light, gather You in like a fire-fly in a jar?

“Ahh-ha at last I’ve caught a little bit of You, O Divine! I shall make this enough for me!”

Then builds on what little they find – having been blinded by a more sinister lie; that just a little is all there is to find.

How can this be??

Oh, the hesitation to follow Your Son into a new word being written upon our hearts! Into the heart of ‘Hallelujah’!

Believing??

I hear Your voice…
“Even the demons believe…”
If one can look up at the sky and call it blue; one is capable of believing in You!
But! Capture the sky and bring it down…collectively liquid – and walk upon the fluid of belief!
The stars twinkle a little brighter at the invitation!!

And all in opposition to You shrieks and twist that one just one of “those dirt-born, God-breathed, weak creatures” may alight and Obey! (I hear them)
“Not even the Bible guarantees a safe crossing!” They scream.
“See, Peter begin?! And fail!!” They accuse.

But its a distraction!!! For there is a possibility that someone may keep their eyes on Yeshua (Jesus) and SEE! Fixed on Your Beloved and HEAR!
“The laws of Creation – obey Me!”

And Lo! The first thing Peter did as the water began to encompass him; was cry out to You! You who divided waters from waters, You who stood before him upon the obedient fluids beneath Your feet! This was Peter’s success! We can not make the wind and waves obey us – but we have the Ears of the One who can!!!

O Lord, I have thrown out all the decor! Now I ask only for Your Son – the Water-Walker, the World-Maker, the Star-Namer, the Complete-Healer and the All that is Possible!!!
Help me to see!
“Open Your servants eyes, Lord!” This Elisha prayed!
Hear his prayer again O God, stretching through time to today!
Open my eyes, my ears, my mouth as unto Your perfect will!
I ask and know You are answering!For with You and with me, only Your presence will do!!

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Genesis 1:6-7
God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.” God made the dome and divided the water under the dome from the water above the dome; that is how it was,

2 Kings 6:17
Elisha prayed, “Adonai, I ask You to open his eyes, so that he can see.” Then Adonai opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw: there before him, all around Elisha, the mountain was covered with horses and fiery chariots.

Matthew 13:13-17 (Yeshua speaking)
Here is why I speak to them in parables: they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding. That is, in them is fulfilled the prophesy of Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) which says,
‘You will keep on hearing but never understand, and keep on seeing but never perceive, because the heart of this people has become dull – with their ears they barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, so as not to see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and do t’shuvah (turning), so that I could heal them.’ (Isaiah 6:9-10)
But you, how blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear! Yes indeed! I tell you that many a prophet and many a tzaddik (righteous one) longed to see the things you are seeing but did not see them, and hear the things you are hearing but did not hear them.

Matthew 14:25-33
Around four o’clock in the morning, He came toward them, walking on the lake! When the talmidim (disciples) saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “Its a ghost!” they said and screamed with fear. But at once Yeshua spoke to them. “Courage,” He said, “it is I. Stop being afraid.” Then Kefa (Peter) called to Him, “Lord, if it is really You, tell me to come to You on the water.” “Come!” He said. So Kefa (Peter) got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Yeshua. But when he saw the wind, he became afraid; and as he began to sink, he yelled, “Lord! Save me!” Yeshua immediately stretched out His hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “Such little trust! Why did you doubt?” As they went up into the boat, the wind ceased. The men in the boat fell down before Him and exclaimed, “You really are God’s Son!”

Luke 18:27 (Yeshua speaking)
He said, “What is impossible humanly is possible with God.”

James 2:19
You believe that “God is one”? Good for you! The demons believe it too – the thought makes them shudder with fear!

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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