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.

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