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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah…

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Predictions or Promises?

October 21, 2019 at 1:10 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , )

Acts 1:9-11

After saying this, He was taken up before their eyes; and a cloud hid Him from their sight. As they were staring into the sky after Him, suddenly they saw two men dressed in white standing next to them. The men said, “You Galileans! Why are you standing, staring into space? This Yeshua, who has been taken away from you unto heaven, will come back to you in just the same way as you saw Him go into heaven. “

All about us, in earth and air, wherever the eye or ear can reach, there is a power ever breathing itself forth in signs, now in daisy, now in a wind-waft, a cloud, a sunset; a power that holds constant and sweetest relation with the dark and silent world within us. The same God who is in us, and upon whose tree we are the buds, if not yet the flowers, also is all about us- inside, the Spirit; outside, the Word. And the two are ever trying to meet in us. ~ George MacDonald ~

~~~~ ~~~~~ For T-do ~~~~~ ~~~~

The horizon was still flamed like eye liner in brazen fire hues but as the eye moved up towards the dome of evening celestial azure fought with the stars to hold dominance.

Shamar sat with her Papa, in the evening tradition of watching a new day dawn. At 16 years, the flames of youth seemed to be the horizon matched in flames in her mind, but like the azure sky her heart fought with pin pricked realities that competed with her heart.

Papa, is it wrong to want good things when we know that Yeshua is coming?”

Naham’s gaze broke from the night tapestry to look at his daughter. So aptly named, he thought, Shamar – to observe, to keep, to watch, to preserve. He could see the burdens and blessings of this name sake was like a blanket on her soul. Both protecting and perhaps, obscuring – as Hashem wills.

He chuckled, “Good things? Your mind is attempting to clarify in a way, I’m sure. Yeshua’s return is the most good thing there can be. What good things are you referring to?”

Shamar’s lower lip slipped up between her teeth. A small sigh escaped. “I mean, yes, Yeshua’s return is the best good! I was thinking of Amar, we are betrothed. Marriage, children… you know good things…”

Naham let the clarification saturate the moment. Indeed, all good things. The balance of living now yet for eternity… things hoped for… things unknown…a prayer began in his mind for words to form as the answer to her question in real time.

No, these good things are not wrong, Shamar, good they are – all. Why do you ask for more than what you can see already?”

The flood burst.

To marry, and have children is a dream only beheld in my mind as what we’ve always known. Yeshua said there would be no marriage in heaven. I makes me feel torn. To be fully invested in His will for me in marriage and family here, when His return is imminent – feels contradictory. I don’t want to desire Amar more than Him, but I do desire to marry him and have children. I look at these stars that speak of His coming, promises and predictions… tell me Papa, how do you divide your heart aright in such times? Tears were small pools about to burst in her brown tawny eyes, one blink and they would follow the path to her chin.

Naham gathered Shamar into his arms. Again I am praying Creator of all, create discernment here and give it life in my answer…

Shamar my treasure. Your Ima and I are giving you in marriage to Amar. Here and now, marriage is a legal and binding contract, because of sin, it is needed. In heaven or in the millenial Kingdom, we won’t give our children into such covenants. Elohim alone shall do so, like before the fall, remember? He made marriage perfect, not contractual. Yeshua was speaking to those fools trying to trick him, remember? The widowed wife, who would be her real husband in the resurrection? (Matt. 22:23-32) He ends this debate with the promise that He is the God of the living not the dead! Your heart frets over words that I fear an enemy is trying to rob joy from you in.” He pulled her face up to meet his gaze. “Shamar , we do not know many things about how our glorified bodies will be but there are things we do know. They will be without illness, disease, dysfunction. They will be as He made them in the Garden. We know He made them for a soul mate. We know He honors our marriage covenants more than we do. We know children are a gift from Him. What we know far out weighs any fears we could have about what we don’t. Because His predictions are promises. He said we can not imagine the good He has for us, waiting for us that shall never be parted in or with death. I fear not, losing your Ima, because death shall not part us. If death is the only thing that can separate us from good we have His promise that even that shall not separate us from His love. His love formed Adam and Havah in the garden, His love told them to be fruitful and multiply. Before the fall. Dear one. His promise is to set things right… back to when He called all things good. We need not fear or stretch out towards this life thinking His heart is not still here. You will marry Amar at the appointed time… if Yeshua comes before that it will be He that gives you away or to Amar if that is His will. If it is not, would you want differently?

Shamar’s tears had began to wane. She looked into her Papa’s eyes and let the question fling about inside, like a thing with wings. Certain that right now was a moment of trust building decision. Do I trust Yeshua no matter what? She straightened up and gazed back up at the stars. So… even if…El Shaddi You would not have Amar and I be as one… do I trust You? I suppose it is really more a matter of giving him or my idea of him and us back to You before we are married. I can see why so many might rush to do things their way, especially now. Oh, Abba, my Adonai, I will trust You.

Naham watched his daughter. Watched the Ruach (Spirit) of Hashem work on her heart. He knew the answer was not for her to answer to him but was, now, being answered to Adonai.

Shamar looked again at her Papa… their eyes met. They smiled and embraced.

“I am looking forward to Yeshua’s return, and Amar and I’s betrothal. However Elohim wills it. I am His servant first and He is my husband. I will trust Him, Papa. Like the angels…I will trust Him.

The dome of heaven, now cast with only the light of stars…a new day…twinkled in the joy of its Maker and shone down upon His children with delight. Father and daughter sat… for just a few more minutes. Each thinking of what it will look like to see Yeshua, coming on a cloud… the best good thing… predicted and promised. In heaven, there’s no difference.

Grace and shalom in the name of Yeshua the Messiah… to Him be the glory!! May He come soon!

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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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