Who You Are…

August 16, 2017 at 2:34 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , )

Who are you?

For what we are is only to Someone, never to something. A title, a certificate, a diploma, a degree, a licence, a number, a cause, an address, – no none of these will free you. 

Are you a Mother? Then be a mother, that alone. 

Are you a sister? Then be a sister, that alone. 

Are you a brother? Then be a brother, that alone.

Are you a Daddy? Then be a Daddy, that alone. 

Are you a husband, as wife, a son, a daughter, a friend, an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, a niece, a nephew, a neighbor, a co-worker? Then be that that alone. 

If your children are not with you, tend their wounds in your prayers. Feed them the Word everyday, as if they are still in your womb. Teach them courage with your life. Show them love to your neighbor. Embrace their weakness, comfort, encourage with the orphan, needy, downcast and forsaken. Be His Daughter, be His Son to all. Yes, to your enemy, lay down your offence and defence. To those who demand and expect of you, meet them. To those who slander and gossip and lie about you, be truth, be quiet love, be surrender and be loyal. 

Yet here is the everlasting, unchanging truth. You are a Daughter! You are a Son! Daughter and Son to to a Father in Heaven. His will in heaven as it is on earth. His Kingdom come, His will done. That and that alone. For if you are that Daughter and if you are that Son, then you will be exactly the Mother, Daddy, Sister, Brother, Neighbor… – He needs you to be. 

We are not and never will be what this world defines as valuable. We are a priceless treasure just because He made us, just because He loves us. He would look into your soul and extract all need to protect yourself, project yourself, defend yourself, invent yourself. He would tell you to surrender, to turn the cheek, to bless, bless and praise. To be the exact opposite as this world, it’s ways, it’s thoughts, it’s intentions. Give, if you are without material goods, give your time, your love – give. If you have plenty, buy your needs only and give the rest away. Give time, give ears to hear, give eyes to see, give a heart to understand, give compassion, give mercy, give grace, BE for-give-ness. Don’t forgive yourself, only receive His. Forgiveness of self is in opposition to its nature. Forgiveness only comes from God. See your needs as possibilities, either for a miracle or for a new direction of learning the need really doesn’t exist, (perhaps only in our mind). Pray without ceasing, tell Him your every thought, ask of Him and don’t stop until He answers or takes the thought away. Be grateful for all that is broken, for all that seems wrong – for one day nothing will break, nothing will be wrong, nothing will ever be thought of in such ways again. 

Don’t fear and you won’t be offended. Don’t fear and you won’t need to worry. See! He walks upon the stormy waters, He walks amid the torrent of humanity, He walks with the Authority of One who made it all, there IS NOTHING TO FEAR. To fear is NOT human, it’s from the evil one. Reject it, turn away from it, praise the One who conquers it. Give to all around you the gift of trust, first and above all in Yahweh, then in His Works, then in His power to do all things! Nothing is impossible with God. Everything means something, look for Him in all things and you will find Him..Focus on loving Him first, loving others – all of Life is held in the grasp of these. Did He not say so? Did He not prove it? The proof is in Him, not us. 

Don’t listen! Don’t heed! The call of mankind to stand against mankind! Don’t heed to store up treasures of this world to prepare for the World to come. Don’t listen to them that say get guns, ammo, food and gold! Prepare the heart, store up the treasure of heaven. What’s coming will not need the things of this world, they won’t save, they won’t love Him first and others. Be prepared to give your life for your neighbor, not a bottle of water. Do you trust Him who sent out the twelve with instructions not to take anything with them? Do you trust Him who brought bread from Heaven? Do you trust Him who brought water from a rock? Do you trust Him who has been faithful from the beginning? Then with all you have, or don’t have – live it! 

What’s coming He will do, and He will protect and He will accomplish. Remember, man lives only in every Word that comes from the Mouth of God. So place all your confidence in it, invest all your resources there, and live like it’s true no matter what the eyes see. 

Invest in His children, your brothers and sisters. Investments can mean loss. It hurts to be rejected, it hurts to be betrayed. Invest anyway. The Kingdom within you will not lose but gain. Train to hear His voice and obey it without delay. What good does it do you to train the body to be fit for a kingdom that is going to be destroyed? Will our physical bodies be fallen in His? Will our limitations here and now be there and then? Did He not say we would be given new bodies? If we can fly in His Kingdom now, what will we be able to do when the new comes? Our training in righteousness now will not die, will not cease in the New and undefiled. Strive and endure in the good fight, the fight to say no to this world – it’s ways, it’s thoughts, it’s acceptance, it’s value, it’s approval. Trade it all for His. 

Smile at the grumpy and rude. Do good. Say hello when you want to hide. If you see something needs done, do it – even if it’s not “your job”. Pick up the trash on the street, in the parking lot, in the park, on the trail. If someone cuts you off, praise the Lord for them! If someone says hurtful things to you, say something good to them. Give Yeshua what He paid for – all sin, all offence. All rights, all insanity, all the pain. Do you really believe He purchased them? Will we steal them back and hold back His Kingdom? LIVE what you say you believe! Make an action to each belief, trade a thought of praise for every evil. Build the muscle of trust in the face of fear. Sacrifice and circumcise your heart, pull humility in and hold it tight. Then you will embrace the Shepherd of souls! 

Who you are is a Child of ADONAI ELOHIM, Creator of all, The One and Only Good, Sustainer of Life, Forgiver of Sin, Judge of all evil, Justice that will prevail, The First and Last, King of Heaven and earth, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. BE who you are! BE WHOSE YOU ARE! 

Yeshua (Jesus) was not metaphorical when He spoke of His death. He’s not metaphorical when He speaks of His Life. 

John 1:4-5; 12-13

In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of mankind The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness had not suppressed it. 

But to as many as did receive Him, to those who put their trust in His Person and power, He gave the right to become children of God, not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.   

John 8:12; 51

Yeshua spoke to them saying, “I Am the Light of the world; whoever follows Me will NEVER walk in darkness but will have the Light which gives Life.

Yes, indeed, I tell you that whoever obeys My teaching will NEVER see death.”  

Did He not say He would dwell within you? Who you are is HIM! His hands, His feet, His comfort, His care. Did He not say we are united with Him and the Father? Did He not pray this very thing? (John 17) The body of Messiah is made up of us all, shall we not sacrifice as our only temple sacrifice? Sacrifices were made in the presence of His people in His temple with His Priest. Nothing has changed, except the walls are your soul and mine, the Priest is Yeshua and the body still meant as His children united with Him. 

Are we still stuck on “What do You want for me, God?” When the question is what do You want from us? Did Israel not repent as one? Did Nineveh not repent in unity? Does Adonai call lone rangers? No! He calls for a body, many of His children acting on behalf of His Kingdom. Will His churches physically march to help the poor and needy? Widows, orphans, and prisoners? It was never the government’s job to provide for them. There are hundreds of churches in each city, most with His Name attached! Why is there so few to tend His human beloved? Why are church budgets mocking the Savior? Would He throw out money exchangers in your church?Is the church marketing hands and feet, human sacrifice and love or CD’s and books and programs? Are they spending thousands on cards and pamphlets to advertise “unity” or are they encouraging the flocks to leave the comfort of their own homes just one night a week to feed the poor, not with money but with their own hands? Some sacrifice much to donate their feeble extra shekels. Yet honestly that is the easy way for most, no sacrifice is required. Why have insurance companies become a norm? Remember when they didn’t exist and neighbors sacrificed to help those who lost? The Kingdom of heaven is action and sacrifice, not checks and prayers. 

Why do I speak thusly? Because one failure is all our failure. One weakness is all our weakness. We are not counted separate from the Body. Yes, we will ALL stand and account one day. Remember what Yeshua said? Do you believe HE alone is the Way?

Matthew 10:32-33; 40; 42

Whoever acknowledges Me in the presence of others I will also acknowledge in the presence of My Father in heaven. But whoever disowned Me before others I will disown before My Father in heaven. 

Whoever receives you is receiving Me, and whoever receives Me is receiving the One who sent Me. 

Indeed, if someone gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My talmid (disciple/follower/student) – yes! – I tell you, he will certainly not lose his reward. 

Who you are is His to share. His to move through. His to bless others with. In so doing, we then are blessed. Our blessing unites His body, unites us with Him and the Father and the Kingdom of God shows up with power and might. 

It is important to know who you are. Not like this world defines, but as Yahweh transforms. You and I become a Kingdom! Part of each function of it, each glory! Let this sink in, let Him redefine you. Leave the corporate religious piety, and enter the Kingdom of heaven! Then we will see the need for government and ungodly aid disappear. Our prayers will be answered, our hearts circumcised our lives given up and found anew. Yet it starts by knowing the power of His Salvation, the renaming of you, the launching of His Kingdom within you by knowing Who lives and who dies. He lives, we die. Like a flower that dies, dries up and drops to the ground dead (seed), His Kingdom comes and He raises it back to life to become it’s own plant, not just a single flower, but part of a whole body. Then we are made whole, complete. 

For this is the time of this Word. 

Matthew 13:37-43

He answered, “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field  is the world. As for the good seed, these are the people who belong to the Kingdom; and the weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who sows them is the adversary, the harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up in the fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will collect out of His Kingdom all the things that cause people to sin and all the people who are far from Torah and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where people will wail and grind their teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let him hear!”   

✡ May Yeshua the Messiah who dwells richly within us, continue what He has started, for His Kingdom, His power and His glory – forever and ever! ✡  

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Shabbat Shalom! The Joy of Yeshua

May 25, 2017 at 11:07 pm (Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

Anyone who has followed me on this blog has likely picked up that I am fond of the Hebrew language and the beauty of the traditions our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) was brought up in and part of. 

There is a growing anomosity and misunderstanding in the believing community I’d like to separate myself from. This takes clarity on my part. First, I’m not what some would term part of the “Hebrew Roots” movement. Second, I don’t affiliate myself with any ‘movement’ in this regard. I simply asked one day, “who are You, Yeshua?” (Jesus at the time as that was the name I was raised to call Him by). I still call Him Jesus, and Yeshua. I am not of those who think the pronunciation of His name is cataclysmic to one’s walk with Him. God sees the heart, He has known when I said Jesus, who I was referring to every time. There are those who argue, insanely in my humble opinion, that His name should be said and spelled in various forms in Hebrew to the point of division within the body. I am vehemently against this kind of division! There are 100’s of languages spoken on this planet today. In every language Yeshua/Jesus, the Son of the Living God, God of the Bible, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the Father of Yeshua, has revealed Himself. God knows who is calling to Him and who is not. We are not to knock heads over semanitics. The only arguments I’ve entertained in a calm discussion format is the comparison that all gods in all religions are referring to God Almighty of the Bible, not true; and the subject of rigidity within the body of pronunciation of Yeshua in Hebrew. I simply refer to the Apostle Paul’s instruction for this not to be found in the body of Messiah (Christ). 

Moving on…I believe in answer to my prayer, God began to show me what Yeshua grew up with, the language and culture. This took me back to why God called Abraham out and made the Hebrew nation in the first place. So in getting to know Yeshua more, just like He said, I would see the Father more! The Hebrew language made the Word make sense in ways that it never did, and made it more than it was before. Not the forbidden ‘adding to” but the deepening of its richness. Example: in the hebraic perspective what is “in front of us” is what we have known/know – our past and present – because we can see it. What is “behind us” is the future – what we can’t see and don’t know. Now let’s look at a scripture that often confused me growing up. 

Luke 9:62

To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.” 

Now to put this in context: three people talk to Yeshua about following Him, one declares he’ll follow Him wherever He goes and Yeshua responds about the foxes and birds that have places to lay their heads but He does not. The second asks to go home and bury his dad first, Yeshua responds to let the dead bury the dead but tells him to follow Him. The third says, I’ll follow You but let me say good bye to the people at home to which the verse above is Yeshua’s response. 

His last response here was to all three of the people in the section of verses and all those listening to the conversations. There is no doubt theres alot to be taken from this section of scripture but I’m focused on the hebraic perspective above. I was always taught that “looking back” was the referring to the past. Taken from this perspective one can still gleen from scripture a good lesson. Not to let the past define your present and thus your future, not to get stuck in the past and so on and so forth. All good and worthy but not what Yeshua was saying! Yeshua spoke from the hebraic perspective, He is saying don’t get caught up trying to figure out everything; past, present or future, just follow Him! This perspective ties all three examples together and speaks a powerful instruction especially for those who would believe and follow Him when He returned to the Right Hand of the Father. Another example is the word peace, means completeness/wholeness in Hebrew, not absence of strife. It changes the way you understand what He means when He says this word! If you look in the books of Kings and Chronicles you will find this phrase in every reference to each leader/King…”so and so did what was evil/good from God’s perspective”  This is very important. Man is ever taking things and putting them in their own perspective and acting on that perspective. To Follow Yeshua, in other words, to do as He did, think as He thought and act as He acted on – one must submit to The Father’s perspective. It’s not how we think of things that matters it’s how God does. I don’t refrain from murder because I just think murder is wrong, I refrain from murder because God says it’s wrong. Let’s face it, many people refrain from murder because they just don’t like it or agree with it or even have the ability to see it as okay. Yet, there is a difference between them (driven by morality) and one who acts only on what God says is good and refrains to act on what God says is bad. It’s becoming a child of His Kingdom or just a nice child of this one. It’s like taking His mark, rather than being marked by this world. Every time my heart transforms into the image of His likeness it because it simply trusts God because He’s God. I don’t get the credit for being good in this case, God gets the credit for transforming me through trust/faith. 

So this is how my mind has been transformed the most. It’s not that I wasn’t a Believer before I embarked on learning the Hebraic perspective, it just grew me up more in Him, enabled me to Follow Yeshua. This is how God has moved me. It’s not a prescription to follow, it’s not personal to anyone but me and Adonai. It may encourage one to look into the things I say because they, too, find their hearts being drawn closer to the God who made them, if so, PRAISE ADONAI! If not, it’s not “sign” that God is not doing the same for anyone else but differently. (Not differently that theres any other way except through Yeshua, I must qualify this!) 

As a result, we celebate the Sabbath. Friday evening as the sun sets we light the candles, break bread, and drink the wine with their messianic hebrew blessings. Again from the hebraic perspective, one learns that God gave the instructions for these things for a very good reason. To act on something is to make it a part of you. God wants us to enter His rest, not our own. Yeshua never failed to do the Sabbath – not one time; and it was His joy! Let’s be honest, He could not afford not to enter His Father’s rest! Neither can I! There is something beautifully mysterious about acting on the ushering in and participation of the Sabbath. It’s not legalism, it’s worship and honor in my heart that motivates me. I don’t believe I’m better because I do it or I get special kudos from God. Except that which comes from being united with Yeshua and in turn with the Father as Yeshua says in John 17. 

Perhaps you may want to know what this ushering in of the Sabbath looks like?

I will tell you what we do, having learned from various Messianic (meaning those who follow Yeshua as Messiah) resources.

We have two candle holders, a kaddish cup, and plate for the bread (a simple glass and plate will do). At just before sunset on Friday night we say the following blessings, I light the candles, say a silent prayer, we then say the blessings over the bread and wine, and say a prayer over each other (my husband, Sam and I). If our children were there we would say the blessings for children. They are grown and not living near us but we still count them in our prayers. Here are the blessings. 

To usher in Sabbath, all present recite:

I then cover my head with a scarf as a symbol of my coming under God’s Authority. I light the candles, reaching with both hands out beyond the candles and pulling my hands forward to my face three times in honor and welcome of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to receive His light, resting my hands over my face in a silent prayer. Then together we recite this blessing:

We then recite the blessing over the bread, break and eat. 

Then we recite blessing over wine, and drink. 

(I apologize if the pictures are hard to read, but it’s alot to type, my prayer is printed out or zoomed in on,  its legible) 

We then say our prayers with and over each other, at times Sam will just pray over us, we don’t allow our personal hearts to become formal, we want God to move in us. Reverence is never to be confused with religious formality. 

We are still learning hebrew, so we follow the English transliterated and English. We are learning and have fun with it, again it’s not meant to be legalistic. 

I pray this encourages you in your following of Yeshua. May He come soon with the shalom of eternity!

✡ Grace and peace to you in full measure in Yeshua the Messiah ✡

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December 9, 2015 at 11:53 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , )

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Unity’s Requiem

August 26, 2015 at 5:34 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Love comes in miracles
Laced inside His breath
He inhales mercy
Exhales grace
And pulls us to His chest

Stars spin and freely fly
At the mere shadow of His passing by
Glee twinkles and strikes a tune
Of Sonshine in early June

The cosmos plays
While earth awaits
It’s resurrection at Edens gates
No lack of patience, no stir of restless
There’s only trust He’ll surely bless us

No toys of evil
Tempt to play
Upon the faithless in dismay
For all the victory
Has been played out
Upon the Savior when He bled out

No self obsession
Can draw a breath
Loves conception seals the debt
A covenant forged
In timeless reeds
No hand could mold it
But Abba’s creeds

Single Words conception
Formed flawless perfection
An aged-weary sigh
That awaits as He draws nigh

Hold not a sorrow
Grasp not a hope
In anguished marrow
For His breath has awoken you

To endless joy-beams
Crafting the sky
Teaching anew how to praise
More glorious than sunrise or sunset rays

A wondrous leaping
On inner limbs
Spirit-born reflections begins
Riding the waves
Of crimson flow
Blinding the need to know

Trust, O, the sweetest refrain
Trust breathes life into dry bones again
Oh, sweet the soar on trustworthy wings
That needs no feathers
To make the air sing

Oh chosen gladness
That gouges the eyes of dispond
That awakens sacrifice
The true heart longs

Reaching ever for more to give
Nothing to have
Nothing to keep
Oh Song of no needing
Sing Thou your tune
Awaken the cry of blessed tomb
Empty now for all time
The last stanza of human crime

Peace pulls out her palette
Paints the future
And impregnates with her fertile stroke
The weakened human knees of those the Father walks with
Again in the garden
Where the Son made the choice for all time and seasons

Balance plays on the lap of peace
Forever a child
Forged in the fire of timeless love
Holds out his hand to the Father above

Now at His side
The Keeper of trust
Pours out His armor
On human rust
Now blanketed in gold
And righteous crowns
Kept polished and ready
Where no sin abounds

Blades of grass promise
Peddles of flowers assure
Snow flakes refract and refresh
Feeding the truth in prisms
Barren limbs reach without doubt
So shall we, the ones so hard fought for!
So gloriously won! 
The Ones died for, now die daily
Flesh wrestles with cracked limbs
Breaking through with Spirit-soaked acclaim!
Shouting the Name of all Names!
Oh to be Holy, oh to be His!
The lovers kiss bids the wedding begun!

Sing, oh soul of redemption
His Kingdom Come!
Thy will is done!
On this earth-dusty, reborn soul, we are One!

♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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