Lessons in Set Apart (Holiness) – Part 2

December 9, 2016 at 7:05 am (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tiara stepped out to run to the store. She blew a kiss to her husband through the window of his office and headed towards the truck. As always her glance was drawn upward towards the sky, again it took her breath away. Clouds whipped and twisted like pixie dust and ringlets of gold and pink were like whispers of the Spirits heart at play and delight. The sun was falling faster towards the southern horizon, soon it would withdrawal it’s effects of warmth from the evening air. Venus, The Splendor; as God had taught the magi so long ago was holding a steady and beautiful course to follow the sun just over head. Tiara smiled and thanked Adonai (the Lord), once again for being the King of the Universe and giving her eyes to see it. As she walked up to the truck, her attention was drawn to the lights that had just came on across the street. Both houses seemed to be in sync for timing of the holiday affair of lights. One was distinctly christmas, a big Santa took up the center of attention with traditional icicle lights and candy canes scattered about. The other house was more to Tiaras liking, not traditional, classy and done with artistic aplomb! Still with signs of the traditional holiday but with things you don’t find in every yard this time of year. The mini hot air balloon was particularly pretty. Beauty abounded this evening in the form  of lights.  

As she opened the truck door to get in, Tiara sighed, keys jangling. Reminding her of the sounds she’d imagine of sleigh bells a bit from her many years of holiday recollections. The door closed and she started the truck, looking at her house, still with summer yard lights glowing, but faintly as the sun no longer provided the solar panels with the light, having a northern exposure. For the third year her house would only display the mogan David she had decorated with lights and the Menorah as the candles were lit each night until they melted down losing their illumination. The thought made her smile but with a slight sigh, she loved the lights of christmas.

Lord may this house be lit up for You by our every word and deed.  

It had been harder than she thought to let go of all things christmas. A blessing beyond words but also it came with much misunderstanding and inner turmoil. It would have been easier if she’d never celebrated the holiday in the first place. Many family members especially her children and her young nieces and nephews with their children never complained to her face, God was good; but in the air between them there was question and disappointment. Gift giving was another part of holiday making that had been given up for Tiara and Josh. It was hard, they were giving and loving at heart, it was hard to be the only two people who didn’t enter the family tradition. Tiara wondered what kind of memories her grandchildren would form at the decision they had made. Being set apart often felt alienating and hurt a bit too. 

Father forgive me for my longing to be seen different than You truly see me. Thank You for giving me this way and the eyes to see the Truth to follow. Collect these sighs likes tears in that bottle You have for me. May You bless my children, grandchildren, friends and family in a special way dear Lord in these days. Help me to hear and obey You with a whole heart.  

The truck in gear, Tiara began to pull out of her driveway. She pushed the button to listen to her favorite station. ‘Silver bells’, the famous song greeted her. She “leaned in’ to hear if the Lord would again ask her to refrain from listening. That still small Voice confirmed, and she tried four different stations, all were playing various holiday music. She turned off the radio. Another sigh…

It’s everywhere, dear Father of Lights. Can a little sweet music be so bad? Oh, Lord You know how I love to sing and worship you. That last one was Third Days rendition of ‘O Holy Night’…I admit I’m a bit unsure of the harm. But…not my will but Your will Master of my musical heart. Teach me what You will in this too. 

The impression of how this ‘having nothing, NOTHING, to do with evil’ instruction began to teach in deeper ways pressed in.  

My Child, this refraining should not feel so unfamiliar in many other ways in this world than just this time of year. Indeed “it’s everywhere” this theme is, in so many things in this world, yes? I tell you the truth, dear one, that what you say is true, to never have become part of the world, entered into the ways of small compromise would have made this separating much easier, indeed not hard at all. You don’t feel like you miss going to bars do you? 

No, my Lord, I do not.

Because the desire has no attachment of appeal that came with deceit. I’ve asked my people to avoid and hate evil and the ways of it for this reason. Confusion and heart ache come from the small seemingly innocent compromises. You can’t miss what you never knew. Yet all sin and fall short dear Child, and the contrast of longing and separating is my gift to You. That you may remember and with trust turn away so that My instructions for you may become more and more delightful to you as you obey. Do you see what joy you have to hear My Voice and heed it’s direction?

Oh yes, yes Lord, I would despair without it!

Trust Me now, then My precious Child, and remember, it’s the heeding of My direction that’s the key here. Do not be tempted to judge or condemn the lights, songs, and many elements of this holiday refraining. Just trust Me, come to Me, like this. What delight I have when you come to Me, and we talk and work out My will for you! Sing to Me a new song now My Child…  

Pulling into the parking lot of the store, Tiara began to sing. 

John 15:3-4

Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. Stay united with Me, as I will with you… 

~ Stay tuned for Part 3…~

Grace and peace to you in the Messiah, Yeshua ♡

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Workin’ It Out ~ Part 3

May 7, 2013 at 4:06 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , )

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I have many favorite “authors”. I am of the opinion that everyone one of them write from the same Source. This Source is the same Source that every human hand was inspired to write about in the Word of God. In Part 2, I said my Favorite Author is the Holy Spirit; ie: God. This is the most accurate statement; for within this view, every “sub-author” that makes my favorite-list always points me to Yeshua (Jesus). Was this not exactly what Yeshua said “the work” of the Holy Spirit was??

Among my sub-favorite’s list of authors George MacDonald is at the top of the list. He wrote fiction, poems, fantasy fiction (his was the inspiration behind Tolkien and Lewis), sermons, and plays. His books are hard to find but worth every penny and effort to “own”. There is more in a paragraph of words he may write than a book could fill. Yet, what puts “his” words in a class by themselves is how they send me straight to the Word. Whenever I read “his work” the Spirit immediately begins whispering Scriptures in my ear. I will give an example.

**Can it be any comfort to them to be told that God loves them so that He will burn them clean?…They do not want to be clean, they cannot bear to be tortured. ~ George MacDonald – taken from C.S. Lewis’s book George MacDonald; page 4 titled The Awakening.

Luke 11:39 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…

However, the Lord said to him, “Now then, you P’rushim (Pharisees), you clean the outside of the cup and plate; but inside, you are full of robbery and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t the One who made the outside make the inside too? Rather, give as alms what is inside, and then everything will be clean for you!” (See also Matthew 23:25)

John 3:19-21 ~ Yeshua speaking…

“Now this is the judgement: the Light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the Light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. For everyone who does evil things hates the Light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. But everyone who does what is true comes into the Light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”
(See also John 12:46)

Romans 6:20-23

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in relationship to righteousness; but what benefit did you derive from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end result of those things was death. However, now, freed from son and enslaved to God, you do get the benefit – it consist of being made holy, set apart for God, and its end result is eternal life. For what one earns from sin is death; but eternal life is what one receives as a free gift from God, in union with the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.

**When we say God is Love, do we teach men that their fear of Him is groundless? No! As much as they fear will come upon them, possibly far more…The wrath will consume what they call themselves; so that the selves God made shall appear. ~ George MacDonald – same reference; page 5.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18

“But,” says the Torah, “whenever someone turns to Adonai (the Lord), the veil is taken away.” (Exodus 34:34). Now, “Adonai” in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Adonai is, there is freedom. So all of us with faces unveiled, see in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into His very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit.

Colossians 3:10

and have put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator.

Ephesians 4:23-24

and you must let your spirits and minds keep being renewed, and clothe yourselves with the new nature created to be godly, which expressed itself in righteousness and holiness that flow from the Truth.

**Nothing is so deadening to the Divine as an habitual dealing with the outsides of holy things.

He will shake heaven and earth, that only the unshakable may remain: He is a consuming fire, that only that which cannot be consumed may stand forth eternal. It is the nature of God, so terribly pure that is destroys all that is not pure as fire, which demands like purity in our worship. He will have purity. It is not that the fire will burn us if we do not worship thus; yea, will go on burning within us after all that is foreign to it has yielded to its force, no longer with pain and consuming, but as the highest consciousness of life, the presence of God.
~ Both quotes by George MacDonald – same reference.

Deuteronomy 4:24

For Adonai your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Hebrews 12:26-29

Even then, His voice shook the earth; but now He has made this promise:

“One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!” (Haggai 2:6;21)

And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain. Therefore, since we have received an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. For indeed, “Our God is a consuming fire!”

Psalms 97:3

Fire goes before Him, setting ablaze His foes on every side.

Hebrews 10:31

It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living God!

As I read these quotes, these Scriptures fell into my mind. One served the other, and it is Adonai, the Spirit who is confirmed as the Author, of both. Learning how to discern what is God and is not requires the Holy Spirit. Without Him, nothing written in the Word or by any other so inspired author; nothing seen or heard or spoken will clarify the God that created the World and everything in it; the God who sent Yeshua to die and rise again from the consumption of His fire to become the fire by which all things are made clean, find freedom and live in union with Him.

This is just one of many ways God coaches me through a “work out”. As you can see, He is the One who does the “heavy lifting”…I just…follow. 🙂

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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