Pivotal Question: #4

August 10, 2018 at 6:16 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

PQ #4: Did God really give people any indication that we should all be able to have free speech?

This question has bounced around my heart for a while now. I mean, I live somewhere (at least I have so far) where I can blog, talk, write a book, a song; use pretty much any form of communication I desire to talk about Yahweh (God the Father), Yeshua (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit, anytime, anywhere. The “right to freedom of speech” has awarded many profound freedom. Yet, as time moves forward, it’s apparent that this particular “right” got underwritten somewhere and is slowly eroding away. It is a hot topic. Recently a rather big name in what’s called alternative media got axed from Google and Apple, and Facebook. I won’t name individual names. This person was far from righteous, and frankly, I see that perhaps it was God’s way of shutting him up! Obviously, I’m not a fan. But several others that I do respect in this same genre of alternative news, they all spoke out about this incident. They all landed on this phrase: “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll fight for your right to say it. Because if we lose this right we lose our right to say what we want.”

Something stuck in my gut about this. God persisted on knocking my heart with it. So I went to His Word looking for answers. I was stunned that I could not find one scripture to back up such a thing called “freedom of speech”. I mean, this country was supposed to be founded on Godly principles, freedom of speech was one of them. This is taught and has been as long as we’ve been a country. So where in heavens name did the “founders” find this principle in Gods Word?

This Proverb is particularly insightful.

Proverbs 17:28

Even a fool, if he stays silent, is thought wise; he who keeps his mouth shut can pass for smart.

Proverbs 18:2

A fool takes pleasure in trying to understand; he only wants to express his own opinion.

Proverbs 16:1

A person is responsible to prepare his heart; but how the tongue speaks is from Adonai.

Proverbs 20:19

A gossip goes around revealing secrets, so don’t get involved with a talkative person.

In fact, I couldn’t find a single Proverb to support the concept of freedom of speech. I moved on.

Ephesians 4:29

Let NO harmful language come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them.

There are two hebrew words for harmful:

Mam – מאס – meaning blemish / nothing. Defined as: Anything that is considered useless or without value. A blemish that causes something to be valueless.

R’ah – רע – meaning grievous/ bad. Defined as: something dysfunctional, wrong, evil or wicked. Even a feeling from bad circumstances.

Benefit in hebrew is very interesting and sheds new light on its context here.

Gemal – גמול – means yield. Defined as: the ripening of a crop or the weaning of a child as one now able to yield work. Also, the production of a product as a benefit or reward.

So taken in this new light the verse would read:

Let nothing considered useless or without value; or anything that causes something to become valueless; anything dysfunctional, evil or wicked come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will produce a benefit or reward as one able to yield work, for those who hear them.

This pretty much takes anything you’d watch on TV out of the contending for talking points. Anything on the news, or being discussed in the rooms of politicians.

What!?” You say. “Then how can we teach the truth”?

The next question is then: ‘is the Truth a what or Who?’

If you lead someone to the Who, He will take over aligning all of what’s needed to follow Him. In other words, it’s not our job to make sure we point out all the falseness in everything… it’s the Spirits express purpose to “lead to all Truth”. Which makes sense why the next verse in Ephesians 4:30 is placed there.

Don’t cause grief to Gods Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), for He has stamped you as His property until the day of final redemption.

The next verse gives the details of all things that give rise in the human heart to speak out of one’s own agenda. We are not to confuse following God’s heart in feeling injustice and hate of evil, as executing actions to bring justice about.

Matthew 12:30-37 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…[note: what’s coming out of His mouth…]

Those who are not with me are against Me, and those who do not gather with Me, are scattering. Because of this, I tell you people will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy, but blaspheming the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will not be forgiven. One can say something against the Son of Man and be forgiven; but whoever keeps on speaking against the Ruach HaKodesh will never be forgiven, neither in the ‘olam hazeh nor in the ‘olam haba. (This world, this age nor in the world to come, the age to come).

If you make a tree good, it’s fruit (yield) will be good; and if you make a tree bad, it’s fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by it fruit. You snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what overflows from the heart. The good person brings forth good things from his store (yield) of good, and the evil person brings forth evil things from his store of evil. Moreover, I tell you this: on the Day of Judgement people will have to give account for every careless word they have spoken; for by your own words you will be acquitted, and by your own words you will be condemned.

It has been said that the justice system derived the “rights” read to an arrestee from this last verse. ‘Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law’. A gross misuse of the words Yeshua spoke if so. Though I’ll grant that in human reasoning the “right” can be made to sound very inspired.

Psalms 19:14

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in Your presence, Adonai, my Rock and Redeemer.

Psalms 39:1

I said, “I will watch how I behave so that I won’t sin with my tongue; I will put a muzzle on my mouth whenever the wicked assault me.”

Ecclesiastes 5:1-8

Don’t speak impulsively- don’t be in a hurry to give voice to your words before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; so let your words be few. For nightmares come from worrying too much; and a fool, when he speaks, chatters too much.

If you make a view to God, don’t delay in discharging it. For God takes no pleasure in fools, so discharge it. Don’t let your words make you guilty, and don’t tell the temple officials that you made a vow by mistake. Why give God reason to be angry at what you say and destroy what you have accomplished? For this is what happens when there are too many dreams, aimless activities and words. Instead, just fear God! If you see the poor oppressed, rights violated and justice perverted in the province, don’t be surprised; for a high official has one higher watching him, and there are others above them. (In other words, God has set up the accountability chain, don’t decide to add your name to His list, let Him do that)

From all my study I could find no God-breathed word to join a protest rally. To have a right to free speech as this world defines it. These are the only things I could find that He endorses as “go ahead say all you like” but He definitely doesn’t say you’ll have the freedom to do it, as in the world will have to ‘let you’. The Truth is: they can’t stop us from these things from one to another.

*Prayer. Pray without ceasing! Countless scriptures say this.

*Encouragement in the thing’s of the Kingdom of God.

Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in union with the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice! Let everyone see how reasonable and gentle you are. The Lord is near! Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. Then God’s shalom (peace), passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua. In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy. Keep doing what you have learned and received from me, what you have heard and seen me doing, then the God who gives shalom will be with you.

Why do we need to fight for things this world calls freedom? What is this fight for ‘rights’ from this world’s perspective? If we are persecuted to cease speaking of the Truth of God – are we still not free?

Amos 5:12-15

For I know how numerous are your crimes and how outrageous your sins – bullying the innocent, extorting ransoms pushing the poor aside at the gate. At times like these a prudent person stays silent, for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, so that you will survive. Then Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot (Lord God of Hosts) will take pity on the survivors of Yosef (Joseph).

So… you say – “How then should we tell when to say that God’s Word is being distorted?”

2 Timothy 2:14-19

Keep reminding people of this, and charge them solemnly before the Lord not to engage in word-battles. They accomplish nothing useful and are a catastrophe to the hearers! Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of His approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straighforwardly with the Word of Truth. But keep away from godless babbling, for those who engage in it will only become more ungodly, and their teaching will eat away at people like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are among these; they have missed the mark, as far as the Truth is concerned, by saying that our resurrection has already taken place; and they are overturning some people’s faith. Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands, stamped with these Words: “the Lord knows His own,” and “Let everyone who claims he belongs to the Lord stand apart from wrongdoing.

2 Timothy 2:23

But stay away from stupid and ignorant controversies – you know they lead to fights, and a slave to the Lord shouldn’t fight. On the contrary, he should be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and not resentful when mistreated.

2 Timothy 4:1-2

I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when He appears and establishes His Kingdom: proclaim the Word! Be on hand with it whether the time seems right or not. Convict, censure, and exhort with unfailing patience and with teaching.

Titus 3:1; 9-11

Remind people to submit to the government and its officials, to obey them, to be ready to do any honorable kind of work, to slander no one, to avoid quarreling, to be friendly, and behave gently towards everyone.

But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile. Warn a divisive person once, then a second time; after that have nothing more to do with them. You may be sure that such a person has been perverted and is sinning: he stands self-condemned.

I will let The Word and the Spirit of the Living God guide you into the answer with His Word.

Yeshua has already fought and won the battle for freedom, dear fellow-sheep! There is not one He calls us to fight for. I leave you with words from King David, the man after God’s own heart. May we encourage as many as we can with these words, in these days, for the time is near… where every word we say will either acquit us or condemn us on the basis of where our hearts are.

Psalms 119:41-48

May Your grace come to me, Adonai, Your Salvation, as You promised; then I will have an answer for those who taunt me; for I trust in Your Word. Don’t take away completely my power to speak the truth; for I put my hope in Your rulings; and I will keep Your Torah always, forever and ever. I will go wherever I like, for I have sought Your precepts. I will speak of Your instructions even to kings without being ashamed. I will delight myself in Your mitzvot (instructions), which I have loved. I will lift my hands to Your mitzvot, which I love; and I will meditate on Your laws.

🙏 The grace of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the love of God and the fellowship of the Ruach HaKodesh be with you all.🙏

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Pivotal Questions #3

July 26, 2018 at 6:37 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

PQ #3: Does the ultimate Anti-christ mentioned in the Bible know he or she is?

This thought occurs to me every single time someone tries to tell believers: “heres the anti christ!”

I truly believe that to start out with this person… if it be a person will not ever be aware they are. They will be the ultimate fool!! If they could fool the chosen then they must essentially be able to “fit the mold” of Yeshua (Jesus). To fool the Jews, the Messiah must fulfill the prophesies. To fool those that believe in Yeshua, every word of the Bible spoken of Him will have to look ‘just so’. To be the ultimate Anti-christ, they will have to ‘fit the bill’, so to speak, to those who follow Yeshua… now.

The enemy’s biggest task is to fool those who know Yeshua… for those who don’t… very little effort will be required to fool them as they are already fooled.

One might say; “But we’ll know because the real Yeshua will not come on earth performing miracles, He’ll be riding in the clouds.” I’ve said that. Which sets me and anyone thinking that up for being fooled in a different way. Those who need to be fooled the most will be looking for a righteous, glowing human man on something suspended in the air that looks cloud like. Considering technology today, this is scary to think of as very achievable in an illusionary sense. So even this thought now must be questioned. So how will we know!!??

I can only tell you that the key is knowing as much of the hebraic roots to Yeshua as possible is key. I’ve said it over and over, once again: Yahweh did not bring His Son to earth as a jew on accident or to shame that heritage or any such nonsense as that. The fact that the jewish heritage became from Yahweh simply naming Abraham a jew is a spoken thing. The blood lines at the time had, as far as we can know, nothing to do with it. Since then, God has directed the lineage… not man. This lineage has come from many bloodlines. So in a sense, DNA, as we know it, will have little to do with it. So beware, if that avenue gets brought up. Yeshua won’t be coming with DNA results to prove Himself – He doesn’t have to. Even if He did, we’d be unable to recognize it. Does God have DNA? If so, who has viewed it? At the very least His would be inclusive of every strand in the known universe. Of which, we most certainly have never seen. I say this only because the world today seems to be big on science of this kind for ‘proof’ of things. No accident there.

God has a calendar… do you know how to read it? Do you live by it? He gave it starting in the book of Genesis, Yeshua observed it while He walked here on earth prior to His ascension. If you don’t know what day God would place you on today… how will you know the season to be looking for Him. Yeshua specifically said we’d know the season. Just not the day or hour.

Heres the hebraic definition of the word day.

Day – yom – יום – the time of light between one night and the next one. Usually in the context of daylight hours but may also refer to the entire day or even a season.

I can’t stress the significance of solidifying the fact that the world we live in must be viewed spiritually first, physically second. The former should dictate the latter, not the other way around. Spirituality speaking… what is light? What is night? What is an hour? What is a season? All of scripture will teach you but not quite like the ‘old’ testament. Seeing as this is what Yeshua (The Light) fulfilled, if we don’t understand the Torah like it is Yeshua in the flesh, we will not know Him. These are the scriptures the disciples spoke of, and encouraged people to read and know. The ‘new’ testament is written in reference to the ‘old’. The old isn’t there to ‘fill in the gaps’ of the ‘new’. It’s pointing to Yeshua and Yeshua points back to the beginning. God chose a people, He called them Jews, they didn’t choose Him first. The Jews were spoken and chosen, not by petri-dish science… but by covenant… again spoken and chosen. God explains science, science will never explain Him. It will point to Him, but not explain Him. It will glorify Him, not get the glory.

The enemy will try to dissect everything God has made to point back to him. He’ll use it, but he can’t invent it or redo or remake it. He may be able to come….really really close though. Close enough to fool those truly looking for Yeshua.

Here’s a hint, look for Him in your heart, in your actions, in your thoughts being transformed by His Word. Look for Him being received and followed by those who are lost… joining the Kingdom calling to bring as many into the fold as possible. Don’t look for Him in some earthly manifestation. He’s sitting at the right hand of the Father… doing what He said He’d be doing… preparing a place for you and I. He’s living inside the Temple…our heart… not a building made by human hands. Never again! These are the Words Yeshua spoke… trust them!!

John 8:58

Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! Before. Abraham came into being, I Am!”

John 12:34-36; 46

The crowd answered, “We have learned from Torah that the Messiah remains forever. How is it that You say the Son of Man has to be ‘lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” Yeshua said to them, ” The Light will be with you only a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light, or the dark will overtake you; he who walks in the dark doesn’t know where he’s going. While you have the Light, put your trust in the Light, so that you may become people of Light”.

I have come as a Light into the world, so that everyone who trusts in Me might not remain in the dark.

All of John chapter 14, 16

✡ The grace of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the love of God and the fellowship of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) be with you all. ✡

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Pivotal Questions: #2

July 25, 2018 at 1:41 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Matthew 24:21-25

For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again! Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, it’s length will be limited. At that time, if someone says to you, ‘Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or, ‘There He is!’ don’t believe him. For there will appear false messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles – amazing things! – so as to fool even the chosen, if possible. There! I have told you in advance!

PQ #2: Can you be fooled?

The language Yeshua (Jesus) is using in this passage is strong and completely solid. Notice the past tense of its phrasing, even wording ( ‘had’ instead of ‘is not’). ‘Will be’… not even something so illusive as ‘could be’ or ‘pray that there won’t be’. Which in verse 20 He does phrase a ‘pray that…’ which suggest that our prayers could change some sense of timing here. He’s direct, affirmative and speaks as One who has and is seeing exactly what He’s talking about (past, present, and future). He talks about the trickery in terms of ‘amazing’! God’s Son says it will be amazing. That’s not a little swayed… that’s pretty astounding!

Now let’s talk about the enemy of God. He repeats and only can attempt to do what God has already done. He can’t invent something new. Adonai and Yeshua are big on unity. They talk about it from the beginning to the end. A oneness, of sorts is always in view of God’s ways. So the enemy is repeating…again. Global, One World, United, Internet, World Wide Web… company or corporation names: UNIsef, UNITED Nations, and the favorite… anything with the word UNION.

There’s a reality we must accept. WE are all included in Yeshua’s statement – ‘fool even the chosen‘. If you are chosen you CAN be fooled. Think about that. Chosen is also definitive. He’s not talking about those ‘on the fence’ or deceived already. He’s talking about His kids that walk and talk with Him daily, study their Word, seek His will, desire to please Him and live a life of His character. Those who have the Spirit that has rebirthed them. Those who are SAVED.

Below is a link to a YouTube that will have a link to a new release movie now available. If you want to see how it could be possible as Yeshua put it… watch these. People don’t get deceived because they are stupid, ignorant or naive. We all have moments of these, saved or not. Yeshua said the Truth would set you free. He wasn’t just talking about what’s contained between the binding of the Bible. The Bible doesn’t talk about culture as we know it today. It uses imagery because it is timeless. So those who seek the Truth will know it… just like He promised.

For those who raise the argument: “But if you’re saved you can’t be deceived!” I offer this scripture and beg you to find a way to interpret it in such a way that would do anything but deny what the passage is saying.

2 Peter 2:19-22

They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for a person is slave to whatever has defeated him. Indeed, if they have once escaped the pollutions of the world through knowing our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah, and then have again become entangled and defeated by them, their latter condition has become worse than their former. It would have been better for them not to have known the Way of righteousness than, fully knowing, to turn from the Holy Command delivered to them. What has happened accords with the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit.”

Our “vomit” if you will is, our thinking we know better, and live in a state of anything other than reliance on God. For further clarification. Messiah means annointed/consecrated – false means vain (because to be vain one must be self absorbed. Satan’s origin of falling), lie, deceptive. So a false messiah is a deceptive/vain/lying one who has been annointed/consecrated to be vain/deceptive. Yeshua means salvation His anointing is to save, lead to the Father, consecrated to the Truth. A prophet is one who speaks or sings by inspiration from a spirit. A false prophet therefore is one who speaks or sings under the influence of a deceptive/vain spirit. It is the ultimate goal of Satan to deceive… trick… cause one to be fooled. Don’t be fooled into thinking he’ll use Yeshua’s name to point to false messiahs. He’ll point to anything that seems like it could “save” us. (Time, money, energy, health, sanity, love [false of course]). Satan ‘annoints’ his own. He’s just trying to be God by doing so. Nothing new, his mantra is: “anything You (Adonai) can do, I can do better.” He’s always saying this to Adonai…

Satan’s the author of “seems like” for anything good. If it seems like a good thing… question it. Don’t use your brain to come to a conclusion. Go to Adonai/Yeshua and ask Him… is this YOUR good. Its never, ever, how things ‘seem’ to us that matters, but what it actually is to Adonai. What He thinks is our bottom line. Since Adonai can only do good… He is the only One who knows when something is not. He sent His Spirit to lead us into all Truth… but He will never ever violate our choice to follow what we find – a lie or the Truth. He can make us see, but He won’t make us act on what He’s revealing. He asks us to because He loves us, but forcing is not love. He convicts, never condemns. Convincing only ever comes from acting on the Truth He reveals. If we want convincing before trusting action, we’ll be sorry. This is what Yeshua condemned in those who need ‘signs and wonders’. The enemy of God therefore will wonder and awe first, then demand allegiance. But he’ll rarely have to demand as our own desires take over. What entices you that seems innocent? What blows your mind in the world today that seems good? There are certain things we all can name, and some of which would appear on all our list. I’m typing on one right now. We must guard our hearts with ALL diligence! Now more than ever… may God be with you.

Link: https://youtu.be/1ekkwAyNf1w

✡ Now, to the One who can keep you from falling and set you without defect and full of joy in the presence of His Sh’khinah (Divine Presence) – to God alone, our Deliverer, through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord – be glory, majesty, power and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen. ✡

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Darkness Highlights Hope

March 30, 2018 at 11:37 pm (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , )

Hebrews 10:23

Let us continue holding fast to the hope we acknowledge, without wavering; for the One who made the Promise is trustworthy.  

With each passing day, my heart cries out for Home. Whether it’s because of my own hurts and sufferings or watching loved ones hurt and suffer. Watching the world in heavy labor. One would have to be lethargic to just be happily going about their life as if the air isn’t fairly cracking with spiritual energy that snaps it’s fingers by an ear and it rings for hours. 

Passover…a very special festival. One that Yeshua (Jesus), Himself, became! The church sleeps in the Easter Bunnies nest, making merry and turning the knobs to appropriately sober for the death and resurrection of their Savior. Yet, Yeshua didn’t say celebrate my death and resurrection. No, it was Passover He was observing, as commanded by God, when He said “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Not Easter, not Resurrection day. Why do we change things? 

I’m heavy with the disturbance it causes to ask such questions. So simple, yet uncomfortable. Why? The same Bible I read, is the same most my brethren read. Why is the fact that Yeshua is a Jew/Hebrew, who followed the Hebrew ways that God instructed from the beginning, why is this so full of controversy? I know more people willing to go blind over a neighbors skin color, sexual orientation….yada yada…but everyone must turn the Savior into their own personal preference for safety? I’m unsure what others call that, but in my book, if someone wants to paint me other than I am in order to “like” me, they really have no interest in me. From my 47 years of experience, 90% of those on earth feel the same way. So why do we make the Savior – God, different than He is and call it loving and serving Him? 

Let’s look at Passover, put in ‘christianeese’. God commanded the festival to be observed in perpetuity. They were to bring in a young male Lamb, and kill it on the third day. Why command them to bring the Lamb inside before they killed it? It’s important for the life you get out of a life to mean something to you. Ask any farmer and they’ll tell you, they keep their distance from their “food animals”. In other words, they don’t get brought inside. 

Then God commanded that they eat the entire lamb, nothing was to be “left over”. An odd command? Not if you think like a Hebrew. To eat something completely is to accept the WHOLE offering. Leaving nothing out, it becomes a part of you, living on in you. You then take this offering/sacrifice with you always in your spirit. Humility. Thankfulness. It marks you on the inside. When you bond with a young lamb and then eat it entirely, it changes you. 

Everyone focuses on the lambs blood on the door post. The outside. I can count on one hand and have fingers left over, how many times I’ve heard a sermon about the topic above, the inside stuff. As always, humans focus on the outside. Not to negate the importance of that blood, it’s what the spirit of death looked for to ‘pass over’ the house – spare it.

Yet here we come to Yeshua, the Passover Lamb Himself. If our hearts and minds are not covered in His blood, the same thing happens to us. God makes physical everything He aims to hammer in spiritually. Which is why He commanded the perpetual observance of this festival. He knew we needed physical connections to Him. If you have never experienced a real Messianic Passover sedar you are missing out! It is so full of meaning upon meaning that the perpetual need to observe it is absolutely needed! 

The darkness is closing in dear fellow-sheep. The hour draws near. The temptation is to thank God He’s coming soon, or beg Him to so that our world can be made right. But it’s HIS world, He’s correcting, not ours. Every minute and hour, day and week, week and month, month and year was planned very careful by Adonai to bring Egypt about…the whole Israeli freedom movement…Moses story….

Meaning upon meaning was what He built the mechanism that drove the time wheels forward to that first Passover, the same to the one Yeshua became. The same to this one. Are you full on the riches of it all? You can be. We all can be…like Yeshua…having consumed every part of Him, leaving nothing out…full of His Likeness. Passed over by death again and again…

It’s then that we understand this present darkness illuminates the Hope, it doesn’t darken it. 

Today is the first day of Passover. Follow Yeshua, Jesus…let Him show you from the beginning what it means. Why it is commanded of us to observe. It’s not a jewish thing. It’s a God thing. It’s His thing. It’s WHO He is!

✡ May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be with you…always…He comes soon!✡

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His Question

February 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Jeremiah 15:18

Why is my pain unending, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You be for me like a deceptive vadi, which is only sometimes filled with water? 

I’m willing to bet that this question has passed through the heart of every human being – ever. You see, Jeremiah is conversing with God. Now I’m not saying that this question has been asked directly to God by each human. Hence, why so often the question goes unanswered to many. Just a little common sense: you don’t ask a dentist why your toe nail won’t grow correctly. Or the post office delivery driver why your faucet is leaking. The human condition – any human condition can only be answered by the One who MADE humans. Yes?

In the verse above Jeremiah asks, will You be for me like a deceptive vadi? Do you know what a vadi is? It’s a ravine meaning a place of refreshing, calm and peaceful. In essence he’s asking is this peace I find in You real? He’s asking because there’s no difference between his world and the content of confusion and chaos in it than ours today. The assault on the mind from without makes one wonder if that peace that surpasses our understanding given by the Spirit is real sometimes. It’s hard reality to be purposed inside for a Kingdom and physically live in another. Hence, the latter half of the question: which is only sometimes filled with water? One minute the strength of God flows from with us like a steady reliable current, the next it feels like our ravine enter drought territory and a sand bar has hung us up. 

I think everyone has that thorn, like Paul, that we ask God to remove persistently. Why is my pain unending, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? For some it’s the tendancy to sin in general, in whatever form it creeps in or out. For some it’s mental, fear, insecurity, anger, frustration, anxiety. For some it’s physical, illness, disease, chronic pain. 

It’s hard not to want to find that doctor or counselor or program or life style or diet or hobby or….to fix it, change it, alter it’s course at the very least, here on earth where we see, touch, smell, feel with our physical bodies. It’s hard to really believe the One who created us would counsel, instruct, and have all the answers we need. It’s even harder when His answer is like Pauls: My grace is sufficient, My power made perfect in your weakness. How does one accept that The Maker of our person would purpose us to have weakness, those that cause pain and confusion? 

What was His answer to Jeremiah?

This is ADONAI’S answer:

“If you return – if I bring you back – you will stand before Me. If you separate the precious from the base, you will be My spokesman. It will then be they who turn to you, not you who turn to them. Towards people I will make you a fortified wall of bronze – they will fight against you but not prevail against you; for I Am with you to save you and rescue you,” says ADONAI. “I will free you from the grasp of the wicked and redeem you from the clutches of the ruthless.”  (Jer. 15:19-21) 

Jeremiah’s thorn? To be God’s physical mouth piece in a world that didn’t want to hear from Him. What is God’s answer, “no problem let Me take you to those who want Me”? No. Only the promise that He would be with, save, rescue, free, redeem and strengthen Jeremiah to do what God made him for. He didn’t color coat the reality, (yep, they will fight against you, they will even come to you, still resistant, but they’ll come to you) 

It’s a rather interesting calling, eh? Not unlike each of ours. Ever had someone come to you repeatedly with the same woes, you pray with and for, give scripture for encouragement and strength, listen and shine with your words the Light of Life: and they keep coming back – even display all sorts of human madness in their behavior towards you? At times belittling, gossiping, slandering you, but to your face they seem a friend? At times distancing themselves from you, and you wonder, will they ever really want to know ME?  At times angry at you because you won’t “come their way” in your thinking? Is there any of these that God, Himself, doesn’t know far more intimately in experience with every human ever created? Including you? So how can He have the audacity to ask it of us? And not only ask us to experience all that but to forgive and remain faithful!? The question is, do we want to become more like Him or like the us we can be without Him. He is faithful and forgives beyond reckoning to our finite minds. It is possible to do as He does – but not without Him. 

For this mitzvah which I Am giving you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach. It isn’t in the sky, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ Likewise, it isn’t beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ On the contrary, the Word is very close to you – in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, YOU CAN DO IT!  ~ Deuteronomy 30:11-14

In all the search for purposes and meanings to one’s life, the search will end only when they find what Paul, Moses, Jeremiah (and the list goes on) found. That every thought, every function, every action – everything depended on the constant communication and obedience to the One who made them. That He was at the center of every question, and His answers were THE only answers. That doing as He did, does and what He tells them is THE purpose of their existence. That the vadi wasn’t deceptive – or only sometimes filled with water: the world around them is. Yes, that includes those “good things and people” in that world. Nothing can be completely relied upon but Him. Not family, not friends, not that great feeling of accomplishment in any thing on this earth, not romance, not adrenaline rushed fun, not hard work and persistence, not anything here, no concept of man for lasting peace and happiness. And heres the real kicker: not even your own process to having that relationship with God. He will change it up just to remind you: you don’t have what is needed to live life to the full here on your own. It’s all Him, dependant on Him – let Him go for one second and see how far you fall. Yet He’s faithfulness to teach us, His patience and great desire for us to be that connected to Him never ceases. We fall, always into His hands, we fly, always in His Spirit, we run, always in His strength, we forgive, always on the measure in which we receive His forgiveness, we speak His Truth, or we speak lies, we offer kindness, always on the kindness we experience from Him alone, we have compassion, always on our ability to see His compassion for us….we exist with purpose only based on the finding of that purpose IS Him! 

It may sound boring or even incomprehensible to some. It is not, but the job of convincing is not ours. Jeremiah’s question is our question, his answer – our answer. It will not change with time, generations, cultures, fads, society, conditions on this earth. It has and always will remain the same: 

Who do you say that I Am?”

How can one answer such a question without knowing Him? Common sense alone teaches: to know something or someone, one must drive thru the halls of that thing or person forever, without quitting to really know them or it. They must have actual experiences with that thing or person. It is not something you can draw a conclusion to and categorize and file away. It’s living, moving, constant experience. Or it’s dead. Sacrifice comes in the form of giving up your right to define everything from your perspective. Sacrifice is love! The first and most important instruction from God?

“Sh’ma Yisrael! ADONAI Eloheinu, Adonai achad  (Hear, Israel! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one); and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. These words, which I Am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you travel on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, and write them on the door-frame of your house and on your gates. ~ Deuteronomy 6:4-9 

Notice the total consumption that this entails. It’s not once a day, once a week, even once an hour. It’s constant, continual. 

For those who have a hard time undertaking the old Testament is one with the new. 

“Rabbi, which of the mitzvot in the Torah is the most important?” He (Yeshua – Jesus) told them, “You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  ~ Matthew 22:36-37   

If sacrifice is love, as defined as above, then this first and most commandment would definitely demand an all consuming nature to constantly be giving up our perspective for His, in everything, in every second, in every circumstance, with everyone and everything we encounter, Forever! 

What kind of depth do you allow for the kind of peace and contentment in this world in your living for God? How consuming is it? Is Jeremiah’s question your question? Are you asking the One who can answer? Will you accept with joy and purpose His answer no matter if it’s the one you want? Are you looking for your purpose for existing?

May you be found by Him, and know…

✡ Grace and peace to you, in the Name and person, Yeshua the Messiah, now and forever! ✡

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