Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bringing Yeshua into the Fold


I have been faced with a question that bothered me over the last few days. This question is: Is it right to bring Yeshua in the fold? It would seem correct. We have Christian run businesses, churches of different denominations, Messianic synagogues, Christian and Messianic homes and ministries, etc.

I was told that it is impossible to interpret the scriptures correctly without the understanding of the Talmud, Mishnah and other Jewish Historical Writings. The same would be true to the various Christian doctrines that are out in the world. I was told that it was a necessity because it teaches us how to do the things in the Bible and brings cohesiveness and unity to the Body of Messiah.

Still, this thought has bothered my spirit. Why?

Am I guilty of doing the same thing?

Generally speaking, if you have to ask a question, you respectively know the answer to that question.

So…yes, I do the very thing that bothers my spirit.

I don’t do this very often, but I will share part of a dream with you to give you some insight on why this bothers me so intently.

In the dream, I am in the ocean and there is a boundary that separates the open ocean waters with the waters that are safe to swim in. I was encouraged to go out into the open waters. I remember being very wary of these waters. I did cross over the boundary, but I kept my right foot on the ocean shelf. You see, I could see all the way down to the bottom of the ocean. My right foot was touching the safe part and the rest of me was out in the open water. Suddenly, the water receded as if a tidal wave was about to hit. I remember that it went so far back that I could no longer see the ocean, only the ocean floor. I remember trying to get my people to safety.

After much prayer, the Holy Spirit showed me that the ocean was God, our Elohim. The safe waters are the world. He was showing me a double-mindedness that was in my spirit. You cannot be in the world and in the Kingdom of God at the same time. It doesn’t work that way.

That’s what bringing Yeshua into the fold of our lives does; it creates double-mindedness. It’s wrong to “bring Him into the fold”.

Why?

Well, for starters, It’s not our life. When we say yes to Messiah, we no longer belong to this world. We belong to Him. God has invested in us and bought us with a price. That price is the atoning blood of Yeshua.

The verses in John 15:1-11 remind me of how we abide in Him.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He [a]prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already [b]clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit [c]of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so [d]prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Two: When we leave the ways of the world, we go into the arms of Yeshua. We abide in Him. When we choose to abide in Him, He abides in us and the world has been left behind.

The key phrase is “go into”. There is no bringing Yeshua into the folds of anything. We go to Him. We must let Him completely consume us. However, it takes trust to let go so He can consume us completely. When we are consumed, Yeshua is able to send the promised helper, the Ruach HaKodesh.

When Yeshua is made the “center” of our lives, the door is opened to self-righteousness and self-justification. I have heard and given all the excuses in the world to allowing this door to stay open. Excuses from: “He knows my heart.” to “ I follow the rules of Halacha because I need an explanation of how to keep…” It’s nonsense! It’s being double-minded. We are trying to belong to Yeshua without letting go of the world. We like the world because it’s safe and comfortable. It’s keeping our foot on the safe side of the ocean.

James 1:1-27

 James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes who are [b]dispersed abroad: Greetings.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various [c]trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces [d]endurance. And let [e]endurance have its perfect [f]result, so that you may be [g]perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and [h]without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a [i]double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

But the [j]brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like [k]flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with [l]a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has [m]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted [n]by God”; for God cannot be tempted [o]by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin [p]is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be [q]deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [r]shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [s]a kind of first fruits [t]among His creatures.

19 [u]This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all [v]that remains of wickedness, in [w]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [x]natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [y]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [z]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [aa]what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [ab]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [ac]by the world

Don’t be double-minded. I know that I won’t anymore because I choose Yeshua to be my all in all.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lesson of the Broken Air Conditioner




I am amazed at how quickly we lose heart and faith when trials come our way. I am amazed at myself for quickly loosing heart and faith over trials.

Matthew 13:1-23

13 That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. And [a]large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell [b]among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, [c]let him hear.”

An Explanation

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 [d]Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 [e]In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

[f]You will keep on hearing, [g]but will not understand;
[h]You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
15 For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Sower Explained

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the [i]word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the [j]word, immediately he [k]falls away. 22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the [l]world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”



Our family is currently going through a trial of a broken-down air conditioning unit. We live in Texas and it gets hot. I spent the day observing myself and my spirit this past week. I took notice that my joy faded. I became worried about money. I was obsessing over how hot the rooms were getting…and so on. Is this the kind of behavior that is displayed in a believer in Yeshua? I think not!



The verses in Matthew (13:2-21) spoke volumes to my spirit. 20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the [j]word, immediately he [k]falls away…



I asked myself, “What does it mean to have no root in himself?” In prayer, the Lord spoke to me about being riddled with anxiety, no trust, fear and doubt. Taking ahold of faith and drinking of the Living Water are not possible when I have no firm root in myself. Think about this. Do you have a firm root?



Then the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) spoke to me and had me remember verses that are foundational for faith..

  

                                           John 14:6-- Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;                                              no one comes to the Father but through Me.
                                           Deuteronomy 6:4-5-- “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is                                                    one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all                                                    your soul and with all your might.
                                           Galatians 5:22-- 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,                                                  kindness, goodness, faithfulness
                                           Matthew 6:33--But [s]seek first [t]His kingdom and His righteousness, and                                                all these    things   will be [u]added to you.

So, what was birthed out of this lesson. Faith! I now have faith to always pray with expectation. That’s the way we should pray. I now have faith to know that our God hears and will answer. I now have the faith to be patient and to wait for His perfect timing and not pursue my own timing. I DECLARE IT! THIS IS TRUTH!

I was speaking with my husband regarding the matter of our A/C, and he said that we will take care of what we can and let God handle the rest. I believe that this is how most people look at life and situations. This statement is wrong.

It’s wrong because it can be compared with giving Yehovah our left overs.

                                           Matthew 7:6-- “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your                                                     pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and                                                       tear you to pieces.

We would never think of giving an animal the choicest of steak and food and then turn and give our children and family the left overs. So…why would you give your Creator your left overs? What does getting someone’s left overs do to you? I know what it does to me. Take your feelings and apply those to our Elohim.

Elohim is the one who provides. Elohim is the one who heals. Elohim is the one who defends. Elohim is the one who comforts. Elohim is the one who brings peace. Elohim is the one who loves us completely.

                                           Matthew 7:7-11--  [c]Ask, and it will be given to you; [d]seek, and you will find; [e]knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you [f]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [g]will give him a stone? 10 Or [h]if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Remember:

                                           Proverbs 30:4-9--Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
                                           Who has cupped the wind in the palms of his hands?
                                           Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak?
                                           Who established all the ends of the earth?
                                           What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
                                           Surely you know!

                                                                        Every word of God’s is pure;
                                           he shields those taking refuge in him.
                                                                        Don’t add anything to his words;
                                           or he will rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

                                                                        [God,] I have asked two things of you;
                                            don’t deny them to me as long as I live —
                                                                        keep falsehood and futility far from me,
                                           and give me neither poverty nor wealth.
                                           Yes, provide just the food I need today;
                                                                        for if I have too much, I might deny you
                                           and say, “Who is Adonai?”
                                           And if I am poor, I might steal
                                           and thus profane the name of my God
.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dream



The dream that I had early this morning was very clear. I dreamt that I was teaching a CPR class to a person who needed it for something. As I am trying to teach this class, I realize that I had forgotten just about everything needed to teach him…paperwork, certification card, manikins, you name it and it was forgotten. As I proceed to make copies of the things that are needed, I notice that the paperwork is not paperwork. They are drawings copied onto very expensive paper. I go to apologize to this man for not realizing that I was copying things onto this paper. He asked me for the reason for my apology. He says that they are beautiful and that this is what I need to be doing. These drawings are how Yehovah will allow me to share truth.



I do not draw, but I write. Yehovah speaks to me and fills me when I write. I feel full and overjoyed when I write. He tells me His word in the Bible when I write. I feel an amazing shalom when I write. This is my connection with Him.



I confess that it is too easy to get caught up with the worries of this world. Sometimes I make this world to be bigger than our God Most High. 



How can the created thing be bigger than the Creator? This is a question that puts thoughts, emotions and situations in the proper perspective.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seek First the Kingdom



I have had the song called Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God in my head and in my heart all morning. I love this song! The words of this song bring shalom because I am reminded to always seek first His Kingdom.

Did you know that His Kingdom is at hand? Do you know what that means?

It means that Yehovah’s Kingdom is here! NOW!

My friends and I took a trip down to south Texas because of what Yehovah wanted to show us. I was amazed! We witnessed a congregation that is trying to live in His Kingdom, without the King! The people are blind to this spiritlessness. They are ignorantly approaching the throne of Yehovah on their own.

FOOLISHNESS!

Readers, before you judge and laugh at these people, ask yourself this question. How are YOU approaching the throne of God?


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Water and Living Water




Writing has been very difficult today. I have so many thoughts regarding wisdom, never thirsting again, organizing my thoughts and making life simple as Yeshua was simple. I don’t know where to start.



My biggest thought has been comparing water and how vital it is to our daily needs to spiritual water. Yeshua stated that He would give us the water of eternal life and we would never thirst again.



John 4:7-30

The Woman of Samaria

There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “[b]Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

15 The woman *said to Him, “[c]Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” 19 The woman *said to Him, “[d]Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is [e]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

27 At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?” 28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and *said to the men, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not [f]the Christ, is it?” 30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.



I looked up what water actually does for the body. It’s very interesting. This is what I found from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/07/17/wondrous-ways-that-water-can-improve-your-health.



1.       Water Keeps You Hydrated

2.      Water Makes You Feel Full

3.      Water Flushes Toxins from Your Body

4.      Water Keeps You Regular

5.      Water Helps You Sweat

6.      Water Helps You Exercise

7.      Water is Better Than the Alternatives



Now…compare the benefits of water to that of the Word of God Most High. Taking care of your soul (nefesh) is more important than your body.



1.      The Word of God is refreshing.

2.      The Word of God fills the spirit with instruction, guidance, encouragement, etc.

3.      The Word of God shows us how to rid our nefesh of spiritual toxins

4.      The Word of God is truth. It isn’t easy to hear. It tries us, stretches us, grows us and convicts us.

5.      It is far better than anything the world has to offer.



Can you imagine having this living water? Feed yourself this living water. Feed others this living water. It was given to us by God and fulfilled in His Son, Yeshua. We have the Ruach for guidance and counseling.



Luke 10:25-42

And a [l]lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? [m]How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

The Good Samaritan

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [n]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two [o]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [p]the same.”

Martha and Mary

38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with [q]all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Holding Resentment


Resentment

Resentment is a powerful word. Resentment makes free people captive. Resentment is the opposite of what Yeshua came to do...make the captives free.



I am truly remorseful for holding my husband captive. I have resented the fact that he had another love before me. NO…not another person, but a thing. How can he be free the way Yeshua intended when I hold him captive and pray for him at the same time. If I hold resentment over my husband, then my prayers for him become useless.



Abba, I am really sorry for doing this year after year. I confess my resentment. I know that I am free, but I desire my husband to be free.



              WHEN YESHUA MAKES YOU FREE; YOU ARE FREE INDEED!



Readers, I am sitting here imagining my husband free. Two scriptures come to mind when I think of his freedom and my freedom.



Jeremiah 29:10-20

10 “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans that I [h]have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your [i]fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’

15 “Because you have said, ‘The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon’— 16 for thus says the Lord concerning the king who sits on the throne of David, and concerning all the people who dwell in this city, your brothers who did not go with you into exile— 17 thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am sending upon them the sword, famine and pestilence, and I will make them like split-open figs that cannot be eaten due to rottenness. 18 I will pursue them with the sword, with famine and with pestilence; and I will make them a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse and a horror and a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations where I have driven them, 19 because they have not listened to My words,’ declares the Lord, ‘which I sent to them again and again by My servants the prophets; but you did not listen,’ declares the Lord. 20 You, therefore, hear the word of the Lord, all you exiles, whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.



Isn’t that what Yehovah does? He pursues us with His Word and consequences until we yield so that we will hear Him.



Dear readers, resentment not only binds us and sends us into exile, but it binds and sends into exile those that we resent. 



Matthew 7:7-12

[c]Ask, and it will be given to you; [d]seek, and you will find; [e]knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you [f]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [g]will give him a stone? 10 Or [h]if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

12 “In everything, therefore, [i]treat people the same way you want [j]them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.



Have a beautiful day in Messiah Yeshua. May He who is in you reign for all eternity.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Birthing Wisdom


The birthing process is interesting. When a woman becomes pregnant, she goes through various stages of sickness, imbalance in emotions, imbalance physically and spiritually. She feels an uncertainty of life as these changes take place.



When the baby arrives, everything that she went through changes in an instant. The joy that is felt is immense. Nothing can accurately explain this joy.



Wisdom is birthed. It is not obtained through gaining knowledge. We can have all the knowledge of the world and no wisdom. Knowledge is useless without wisdom.



I imagine that the process of gaining wisdom is the same as pregnancy and giving birth to a child. The only difference is this process is spiritual.



Currently, I feel very overwhelmed as I ask for the Father’s wisdom. He has already shown me the things He wants to change in me so that wisdom can be birthed. I know that deliverance happens at the right time and will be deeper than anything I have yet experienced. Don’t be mistaken, I have had deliverance from strongholds that have kept me bound for years. This deliverance will be different. I’m excited and scared at the same time. Hence, it’s like founding out that I am pregnant.



Please pray for me as I go through this process. If you are going through it as well, let me know and I will pray for you.



Shalom.