Moses said this to the people of Israel. But they wouldn’t listen to him because they were so discouraged, and their slavery was so cruel.
At this point in this historical story, Moses has already confronted Pharaoh once and hard-hearted Pharaoh refuses and takes away giving straw to the people for their bricks. The quota is unchanged, the work doubled. The people now see God as making things worse. And how could they not? The battle for freedom is always the most intense when God begins to cut the chains. The resistance can cause bitter discouragement, physical exhaustion can dull the senses; this the enemy knows. Yet greater does God know our weaknesses and infirmities! We must be convinced that we can not do what God has set out to. It’s not to “get us out of the way” so much as to give us different eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to trust. God set out to free the people of Israel, He did not set out to get them to free themselves. So, He hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and kept moving forward in His plan and timing. No resistance would deter Him. Not in His people, not in Pharaoh, not in the ultimate battle with the real enemy of slavery. We keep our eyes on God because He is always where victory is.
In sharing the Good News, we can often wonder how one can see the good of it when they are suffering so profusely! The ones who need it the most these days are so blinded by the outward circumstances. How can we make a difference?
We notice the way God works throughout history. He says: “go, do and say all I tell you, and trust Me.” The resistance will come, discouragement will attempt to assassinate, the enemy will work hard to disillusion. Fear not! Read these powerful words as your mission!
But Adonai said to Moses, “I have put you in the place of God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aharon will be your prophet. You are to say everything I order you, …”
The Israelites proceed to watch God do wonder after wonder! Proceed to watch resistance after resistance. Proceed to watch their deliverance! It took time, it took the resistance, it took miracles, it took hardening, it took everyone by storm; but freedom was given – God did what He set out to do! He always has, always will. There is nothing by which I can give you here on earth as an example of the kind of guarantee one can have in God. He is the surest, surest thing! The ultimate insurance, best lawyer, His contracts (promises) are never revoked and always honored, His timing without fail or error every time, His goals reached infinitely!
Resistance to our human eyes is a guarantee! But to the eyes being given by God, it is a sign that we should move more swiftly! It’s not futile to God, it’s the natural response from an enemy who won’t stop fighting Him. UNTIL…Yahweh’s time says, “Enough!!!” The time is rapidly approaching, the resistance is fierce! Futile against God, yes! But not futile in His hands! Everything He made has resistance as His signature. The ground (gravity) opposes the objects upon it. Thank God! Our very cells in our bodies oppose the bad elements that don’t belong! Praise the Father! Light opposes darkness! Great is the Light of the World!
In order to see resistance as a wonder in the hands of a God who created it’s very nature, we must look at Him! The great Resistor of all evil! The Victor of all opposition! Ruler and Master, not one thing slips past Him. Resistance is sure, but more sure is I Am, who breaks the chains that bind us all! In order for chains to be broken, they must be placed between two opposing forces and pulled. SNAP! Thus, they are broken!
You unfaithful wives! Don’t you know that loving the world is hating God? Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy! Or do you suppose the Scripture speaks in vain when it says that there is a spirit in us which longs to envy? But the grace He gives is greater, which is why it says,
“God opposes the arrogant, but to the humble He gives grace. “
Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against (resist, be stubbornly opposed to) the adversary, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and He will come close to you. Clean your hands (resist the dirt), sinners; and purify (yield to the flames that resist and free to purify hearts of stain), you double minded people! Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom! (Allow the resistance of your flesh to do its designed intent, not gratifying the flesh but making it wail to be forgotten). Humble yourselves before the Lord, (that Opposing Force destined for victory over the force of evil) and He will lift you up.
Resistance is not futile, so long as we are resisting the right things. The resistance that comes upon us when we are resisting the world and evil, will not win. Our victory has been won by God alone, our resistance to evil is our worship and praise to the Victor! The opposition that comes from our obedience is a sign that God is fiercely moving us into His plan. It will tune our eyes and ears to Him more acutely. It will build the character of Yeshua (Jesus) inside the furnace of purity within us. And we shall see our freedom, here – now on earth as it is in Heaven! To God be the glory!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
Love comes in miracles
Laced inside His breath
He inhales mercy
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 ♡
I was listening to a well respected, God fearing, wonderful pastor today. I will not name – not out of shame but so as not to give a finger to point at or hand to applaud. This pastor would agree any applaud belongs to God, and finger pointing can only and ultimately be resolved by approaching God as well. Listening to Him speak into things that rub us the wrong way, make no sense, or challenge our memory banks of beliefs, morals, and wisdom is the cure for finger pointing 🙂
The pastor was speaking about the church. He gave a list of things that should be found within it. All Biblically based, on both old and new testaments, all full of Wisdom. These pointed to the only Reliable Resource that exist. Elohim, Adonai, God, Yeshua, the Spirit of the Living God – I Am. There were 6 points made. The last was that the church should be a source of trustworthy, reliable truth. Who can argue with such? Not me.
The challenge for me is; what should the church encompass as reliable resources of truth? Just spiritual? As a matter of priority I’d say absolutely. Then question becomes;
“What effects and involves all things spiritual?”
I know of one church, one, that has found a list so expansive it is hard to argue that it thrives as it does. That’s not to say there are not more, I’m one individual, with, in true perspective, a very small view of the entire world. Though I try to be very thorough in my research and time spent “turning rocks over” in diligence to seek the truth, I’m human and therefore limited beyond reckoning.
The resources at our disposal today are so vast it’s mind boggling. Its safe to say we don’t have the time to make use of them all. Yet, still, if one desires to find out the truth about anything, it’s just a few hours and a click away from many many of us.
For those who Follow Yeshua (Jesus), most of whom attend some church, this should be a place where the truth about everything under the sun is available. Everything about the Son too. The latter the priority, but no less important as the former. If we are following Yeshua, we see His example and do as He did. He taught about everything emphasizing the heart in right standing with God, teaching who He is – this was first and foremost. But no less important than the things that effect our everyday living on this earth.
Here is where we find the gaping holes in the reliable resources given to those who attend churches today. It’s a “stay safe within the bounds of doctrine” mentality. Not without its importance this, but going nowhere outside of that is a weakness. The truth about the world’s and societal effects that we live in is crucial to the body of Yeshua. Where are the lies, all of them, that have bound us in our everyday living? What does God have to say about them? There are so many it’s overwhelming. Perhaps that’s why the church fails so dramatically. Things like:
– What does the effect of political and policy making within our governments have on our ability to discern right from wrong (or almost right)? This one gets hit on mildly but at best it grazes the out-skirts.
– Within the context of the above there are so many facets. The food industry. The medical industry. The standards for law making and keeping order in society. In American, these things effect everyone to such a degree that it effects our ability to take in spiritual truth. As Yeshua said, if we pray for someone but leave them hungry, sick, and needful, how can the truth of the Spirit be heard? Here’s an example.
According to a report released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008.
The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. And by their reckoning, antidepressants were the third most common prescription medication taken by Americans in 2005–2008, the latest period during which the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected data on prescription drug use.
Here are a few other stand-out statistics from the report on antidepressants:
23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants, a higher percentage than any other group (by age or sex)Women are 2½ times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men (click here to read a May 2011 article in the Harvard Mental Health Letterabout women and depression) 14% of non-Hispanic white people take antidepressants compared with just 4% of non-Hispanic blacks and 3% of Mexican Americans. Less than a third of Americans who are taking a single antidepressants (as opposed to two or more) have seen a mental health professional in the past year. Antidepressant use does not vary by income status.
What is causing such an epidemic? Is this not a legitimate question the leaders/shepherds of flocks should be asking? One out of every ten people sitting in the crowd on Saturday and Sunday are taking these medications.
Are we taught in the church how these drugs effect the ability for those taking them to hear and understand the Greatest Truth about the Great Physician who cures depression? Is this not a hugely important relevance to the body of Christ? Look at those percentages, one out of every 10 persons sitting in the pews at church are effected by this! Why isn’t this addressed as a reliable resource, relevant to our walk with God? Health and nutrition, how God designed the body and what He provided to make it functional? How can this be overlooked as relevant to the body of Messiah? What is going on in our governments to “pull the wool over our eyes” with basic stuff like how we eat, health care, and the industry that fuels these things? Why is this not spoken of in churches today? There is one as I said that I know of. One. Did not God address every detail to our daily living and interaction within the culture and society we live in in the Bible? Read Deutoronomy, Leviticus. Read Matthew 5 and 6, Yeshua did. Saul (Paul) went into great detail about such things. What has happened to our ability to discern what’s relevant to the body of Messiah? To learn these things one must go home and research these things outside the church. If a church is approached by such a question it responds with excuses and religious verbage that leaves the inquirer feeling shamed for their boldness for asking. If God is the Author of All truth, it stands to reason that in His house of worship and teaching all truth should be a topic for continual discussion, learning, exposing and therefore a place to release prisoners from the bondage of the lies that have snuck in and invaded the very basics of how people live. Right? Or almost right? I leave the question (s) in your very capable hands. Yeshua, the Father, and the Spirit all say “If you seek the Truth, you shall find it.”
Here is a piece of information that can help one see the relevance in connection to the information above about those on antidepressants. So when you look over to the tenth person from you next time in church you can ask yourself legitimately;
“How is this truth of the Messiah our Savior able to be taken in, if that person is on a drug that can literally block the message?”
《FDA Black-Box Warning
Over time, the FDA has examined many cases regarding the suicidal risks involved with antidepressants. Based on studies showing some link to suicide, the FDA has made several changes to the labeling of antidepressants.
FDA Changes on Antidepressant Labeling 1990 FDA considers risk of antidepressants increasing suicidality in public hearing, but does not find enough evidence to change labels. 1996 FDA researcher writes to Pfizer to note the increased frequency of reports of suicidality in young patients during Zoloft clinical trials. October 2003 FDA warns doctors that studies cannot rule out increased suicidal thinking in children taking antidepressants.December 2003 British drug regulators advise doctors not to use certain antidepressants in children. Oct. 12, 2004 Former FDA chief safety investigator testifies even before Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft were on the U. S. market, he believed these drugs could cause mania, leading to violence. Oct. 15 2004 FDA orders all manufacturers of antidepressant medications to add a black-box warning that they may increase suicidality in children and adolescents. 2005 FDA sends out a public health advisory, warning that all antidepressants increase suicidal behavior in adults and announcing that studies of the effects of antidepressants would be under review. FDA goes on to review 295 individual antidepressant trials of 77,000 adults with major depressive disorder. As a result, health care professionals are informed of risk of suicidality. 2006 FDA recommends that children should not take Zoloft, as it increases suicidal thinking or behavior in 1 out of 50 young patients. FDA advises doctors to observe pediatric patients taking antidepressants once a week, face to face. 2007 FDA adds to the black-box warning on certain antidepressants, cautioning that increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a possible side effect of the medications for adults ages 18-24 during initial treatment. 2010 A study of nine years of data, published in 2010, shows that the suicide risk is the same across SSRI drug types.》
Is the church really honoring God’s call to be a reliable resource for Truth today? It’s a question that weighs heavy on my heart. We have an enemy, whose sole task is to blind, and make lame in any way he can the people God has created to thrive in truth. He hates with a hatred that is inconceivable to mankind. He doesn’t stop. On the other hand, we have a God who says the truth can set us free, and He is that truth. He is bigger than the lies, and futile attempts to obscure Him. Yet we are called to be seekers of the truths that can free us. Love does conquer lies.Yet the information to do so must be made available to those for this to happen. If the church is where one is supposed to be able to go for such, why then does it skip such vital areas? We must hold ourselves accountable to such questions. Lives depend on it.
Rest assured God is in control, His plan is sure, and we need not react with alarm within the boundaries of such questions. But seek Him, and answer His call to act as He leads. This is a reliable resource, that He can speak right into our lives today and lead us in the way everlasting. There is no aspect of life He will not shed light into, if we seek, we shall find, and thereby be freed.
♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡