Destination – Holiness

September 2, 2015 at 11:51 am (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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We are not called to be “good people”. We are not created to be the most successful, educated, prosperous we can be in our means for income; nor the raising of our children; nor anything that promotes us or illuminates us in this world. All these may come, but they are not the first and foremost focus of our lives. As Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of heaven, and (then) all these things shall be added into you.” Our call, or goal our first and most passionate pursuit must be holiness! What is holiness? Sounds like a legalistic religious word these days, eh? It depends on Who’s eyes you are looking for the definition for through.

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The key words are what we are to hate and what we are to cling to or love.

Within the community these days there is a back tracking with the word – hate. “Christians don’t hate, they love.” – as the mantra goes. Really? That’s not what I read in the heart of my Father. Hate what is evil. If we are going to be Holy, the exact opposite of love must be held as a lifelong steady discipline in regards to anything anything evil.

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It helps to become like children. They have no hesitancy in rejecting what they hate. They resist it without giving up. Foods, chores, discipline, mostly – they are learning what their flesh bends like. We teach them to love those good things. But just focus on their single minded devotion to reject that plate of broccoli (or whatever each one may abhore). I remember working on a plate of broccoli for three days, until I ate it all. I didn’t eat much those three days. I was miserable, but I didn’t care, I hated broccoli. I was determined in my mind it was not good, would not be good and therefore it wasn’t good. (I love broccoli now, thanks mom!) I also remember avoiding it like the plague. If I knew mom was fixing it, I found ways to be at a friends for dinner instead of home, or I’d play sick. I rejected what I hated. I did it well. We all did. So why can’t we do that with evil? We celebrate Halloween and apply the scripture backwards. Attempting to glean some good out of a practice that has no root of good in it. The candy, and the tears of our children “feeling left out” entice us with compromise for sweets and new inventions to go along with it. Holiness, sees Halloween as just another calender day, it simply rejects the whole thing. If a donut had arsenic in it, mixed into the dough, do we eat just a little thinking the arsenic won’t effect us? The Word of God, says a little leaven, a little slip, a little compromise and the whole batch is ruined. We are called to hate, that which holds any degree of evil, to abhore and avoid it like we avoid pain. With everything in us. It starts by making up our minds.

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See where it says, “and become convinced of…”. I think this is where we go wrong. We are not fully convinced that a little joining in with evil practices will truly harm us. Many are not so in union with the Spirit that they can discern where evil lurks inside candy-coated, seemingly innocent things. It is impossible to cling to what is good and compromise with a little evil. You cannot say, “I love you”, to someone and have resentment, or bitterness towards them in your heart. So we see that the holiness always starts from within, to begin the process of convincing. We never convince ourselves, the Spirit of the Living God first convicts and teaches/instructs, then He shows us how to give up our way of rationalizing, to die to ourselves, and with nothing but blind trust move forward with the way laid out for us in scripture. Hating what’s evil is not coincidently the first part of the instructing. That is first. Then we can can begin to cling to what is good.

I hate. ..unkindness. So I am kind. – Holiness
It doesn’t matter if my feelings feel like being kind, I choose the kindness in trust in my Savior.

I hate. ..deception. So, no matter what it may cost me, I am honest. – Holiness

I hate. ..trying to get something for nothing also known as laziness. Which can come in disguise of entitlement. So I think nothing is owed to me, and look for where it will cost me something to obtain anything. – Holiness

I hate. ..resentment. Which comes in many forms, all of which centers on selfishness. Expecting others to do or be something for me. Unable to rejoice when someone gets something good. Choosing to be hurt and put distance between myself and another instead of choosing grace. So I choose grace every time, in all things, with all people. – Holiness

Do we begin to see? Ninety percent of Holiness is done from within. And without continued exposure to the mind and heart of God – His Word – there can be no transformation. No hating evil and clinging to what is God aka: good.

Our destination is holiness. Ninety percent of all our energy is to be focused on obtaining it. When we think that sending our energy into this more than others, will keep us from doing well in our jobs, our family’s, our missions, we get all backwards.

seek ye first. ..and then. ..

We test it and see. Pulling all our resources into this pursuit, only gives us all we need to do more than well with everything else.

As followers of Yeshua, we hate, abhore and reject any form of evil. Theres a time to hate, and a time to love. Not people, but often the things they choose, or the practices they invent. First inside our own hearts, then where we find it as a result of being in others. Evil is sly, sneaky, complicated, and disguised in anything but it’s own face. We can not discern it without the Spirit. We cannot be led by the Spirit without the Savior. We cannot know the Savior without knowing The Word; which He is. We cannot serve two masters. We will either hate the one and love the other or vise versa.

The first stop on the road of Destination Holiness, is hating what is evil. Rejecting, avoiding and turning away from it like a child throwing a tantrum about a plate of food they have determined in their mind is no good for them.
May we all reach this destination!

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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The Sin Within

May 28, 2014 at 1:52 am (Devotionals, Poems, Prayers, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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Romans 14:23

…And anything not based on trust is a sin.

O foul unholy you doubtful thought
That paints a picture where you ought nought
To slip inside a pure made gift
And play around as if sands don’t shift

For the Truth is found and forever
It’s gleam beyond your inky vista
The One who fashioned all has kissed ya
Clandestine and cryptic you allure and pull
But your wolvish skin burns away the wool
Revealing inside the attempt to subdue
The brilliant blaze that consumes untrue

O Father of Truth and undying Light
Behold my eyes and repair my sight
Build up in me a resistance to doubt
With the river Forgiveness to cast it out
I trust in Your Fire and walk into
Your heart of flame that will keep me true
And lay not my hand to any such act
That falls from Your grace and heavenly fact

Relent not to move any such thing
That gets in the way of honoring Your Name
And trust shall I choose with all that I am
In the roar of the Lion and the sigh of the Lamb

Titus 1:15

To all who are themselves pure, everything is pure. But to those who are defiled and without trust, nothing is pure – even their minds and consciences have been defiled.

Hebrews 11:6

And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches Him must trust that He does exist and that He becomes a Rewarder to those who seek Him out.

Matthew 6:22-23

The eye is the lamp of the body. So if you have a good eye your whole body will be full of light; but if you have an evil eye your whole body will be full of darkness. If, then, the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Behind the Veil

October 19, 2012 at 4:08 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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There was a Veil that held Your Glory
Behind it stored it up in a story
Names, places, peoples, and kingdoms
All in various stages of ruin
Yet, I Am, dimly muted
Holds the keys that all refuted

Sacrifices and incense flowed
Yet at the heart the blood just ran
Stinking up and heeding the need
For a purer Blood was the decreed
The fragrance of Your matchless grace
Kept preserved in time and space
Gave birth to the Lamb, the ceaseless intention
Of no man’s mind, all Your invention

Incredulous sin and a broken-hearted Father
Stuck on a hill for weaknesses barter
O Word of God could not have done more
As His blood poured on every soul’s shore
The sea turned red and split yet again
The people fled and the enemy spins
A crack and roar, the universe shaken
O the sound of that Veil in the breaking!

No more the entry blocked, even dimly
The temple rocked and moved right in within me!
You came to all, they had no aware
That all this time You are still there!
The vast amounts of endless chases
Within the people in Your times and places
All frozen here, before a veil
That entered hell and felt the flames
Yet walked He out, no heat, no smoke, no CHAINS!

No! None can keep You behind a veil!
None can persuade You to come out from behind
Your will is fixed upon Planned Perfection
A People, a Place, a Kingdom divined!

No more obscurity! No more need for a carnal voice repeating!
Full and loud, soft and flowing You speak now to the lowest or highest pressed right up to their ears!
From within! No more from without!  Now a People sings, with praises and shouts!
Hosanna! Hosanna!
The Highest has come!
Behind the Veil walked out the Son!
In Victory did He rip and shred!
Poured out in Life upon the dead!
No question here Who gets the Glory
But the One and Only, who started this story!
Always in front and behind the veil
You meant the unveiling of ALL Your Glory!
Hosanna! He has won!
Look! Look!
The veil is GONE!

October 2012

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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