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Temptation and Adversity

Be encouraged.

Whether we realize it or not, we are all dangling on the cliff of eternity, our soul in this human body, but this place is not our eternal home.

For those who trust Father God, Yahuah, He is our rock, and his son Jesus Christ, Yahusha Ha Messiach, is our lifeline.

Hold tight! He has got you in his grip!  Tune out the surroundings.  Fix your eyes on his eyes, and see and feel his out stretched arm as it embraces you, and tune your ears to the frequency of his voice.

Do not be afraid. Though this place is not our home, He is with you and He will hold you.  Like a child who trusts, trust him, he has a hold of you and will not let you fall.  He will support you through the adversity.  As you walk through life on this earth and the valley of the shadow of death he will hold you. He will deliver you out.  He will deliver you from evil.  Do not fear.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”  Mat 6:13

You will bring him glory because you trust him. Your testimony will shine as a beacon of light in a dark world and others will come to know him because of your faith in him to do the impossible, to do what no man or other god can do.  Only He can heal you, only He can save you.  When you trust Him to heal you and save you, you give him glory as the one true God.

I looked up the “verse of the day” this morning before writing you. I have spent all day asking Father God for the words to say in this moment, when you need to hear a word of encouragement from Him.

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12

Then my conversation with him went something like this: Wow, Father, this is a great verse, thank you, and I can’t wait to receive the crown of life and I love you with all my heart.  BUT how is “he that endureth temptation” a word of encouragement for this dear sister who is hurting and asking for prayer?  How dare I tell another Christian to endure temptation and wait for their crown?  Then he told me to look closer at the verse.  I realized there must be a bigger meaning to the words written there because I could not understand how “enduring temptation” applied to folks going through illness or difficulties that were no fault of their own.

Stumped, I went to the dictionary to find the meanings.

Dictionary meaning of “temptation”:

1. temptation is the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.
2. tempation is something that tempts, entices, or allures.
3. temptation is the fact or state of being tempted, especially to evil.
4. temptation is like the temptation of Christ by Satan, (Matthew 4).

Ok, so this is what I understood temptation to mean.  It is what I was taught.  According the dictionary, it means being tempted to sin, the act of being enticed and allured to sin, and it even references when Jesus was tempted by Satan to bow down to him.  However, this still did not make sense how going through an illness and a failing body organ such as a kidney, or someone loosing their job, or losing their home or their child, could be related to temptation…

Still stumped, I went to find the biblical meaning of tempation.  So I went to the Greek translation and Strong’s concordance for a biblical understanding.  Again, I prayed for the Holy Spirit to give me understanding.

My eyes were opened to the meaning of the word temptation. It has more meanings than what we are taught and different meanings than what is provided to us in our dictionaries.  Yes, it can mean being tempted by sin, as mentioned in the dictionary, but this is only one of several meanings that the dictionary neglected to give.  No wonder we as Christian’s miss the message so often.  We do not understand what is being said.

Biblical meaning of “temptation”:

Temptation is to “try” or to “test”
1. Temptation is to try or test one’s faith,
2. Temptation is to try or test one’s virtue,
3. Temptation is to try or test one’s character,
4. Temptation is an experiment, attempt, trial, proving, trial of man’s fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy, a putting to proof (by experiment (of good), experience (of evil), solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication, adversity.

Now when we read this verses from James 1:12 it makes sense:

Going through a difficult experience, such as an illness, can be a temptation or test of one’s character and constancy of our trust in him during the adversity.  When we love God and stay constant with our love and trust in him (to save, heal, deliver, provide)  as we endure the difficulty we will receive the crown of life that he has promised.

I prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide my words.  I have faith that when I pray and ask, he gives the answer.  In the bible, Jesus said the Holy Spirit will give us the right words to speak at the time it is needed.

Temptation is a trying of one’s faith.

Temptation is a test of one’s character.

Temptation is an experiment of good and evil.

Temptation is adversity and difficulty in our daily walk and proving of our character.

This is exactly what Job went through.  The devil, the accuser, who goes around the earth like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour and brings accusation against the followers of God.  He got permission from Father God to attack Job, to bring adversity, in many different ways all in an attempt to tempt, test, and “prove” Job’s trust in Father God as having all authority, and to prove Job’s character.

Who won? Who won the showdown between Father God and Satan?  Father God won.  Father God knew Job’s character.  He even told Satan, “there is none like Job.”  Job didn’t succumb to temptation during his illness and loss of family, wealth, employees, and friends.  He continued to say, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away as He sees fit.” He refused to play god in his own life, or to try to change the outcome or seek out someone else to try to change the outcome, and he refused to curse Father God for the bad things he was going through.

Satan lost the battle with Job.  He was only allowed to go so far to “try” to “prove” otherwise, but God knew that Job could handle this attack on his body, family, and wealth, and he knew when to end the trial and restore Job and everything Satan had tried to steal and ruin.  God received the glory, because of Job’s temptation and “trying of this faith” through this adversity.

Now we can have a better understanding in our life today. Temptation is the trying of our faith, it is the testing of who we place our trust in, and our love of Father God.  Temptation is our faith put on trial.  Temptation is the testing of our faith in who we patiently wait on to deliver us from evil in adversity and difficulty in our daily walk and temptation is the proving of our character.

Jesus told us to pray like this:

“After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”  Matthew 6 : 9-13

When we rely on Father God, he will provide a way through the temptation during adversity and protect us from evil.

May you be encouraged to put your complete trust in him today.

Be blessed!

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Passover Lamb

Jesus Christ, Yahusha HaMashiach is our Passover Lamb.

He is the only begotten son of Father God, Yahuah.  Our Father sent him to us because he loves us.  He lived a sinless life by the power of God in him.  He was born of a human mother, and he wore human flesh just as you and me.  He walked on the earth as a human for 33 years, day in and day out facing the same experiences each and every person goes through.  He over came temptations and lived a sinless life.  He spent the last three years teaching about the kingdom of God, forgiving sins, casting out demons, raising the dead, and healing the sick.  He taught us to walk with God is to love and obey God above all else, and to love our neighbor as we love our self.

Then, as the pure Passover Lamb, he gave his life for me and for you, so we could escape eternal damnation, so we can be forgiven of our sins, so we can be healed, and so we can walk in an eternal relationship with Father God.  Jesus Christ is our mediator between us and God.

To accept his free Passover gift of forgiveness of sin, healing, and eternal life, we must believe he is the only begotten son of God, and that he died for us, conquered sin and death, and believe he rose again on the third day, and ask him to forgive our sins, and accept him as our Lord and Savior.  We must confess our sins, and he will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

My prayer for you today, is that you will love Father God and accept his free gift of the Passover, his son Jesus Christ, Yahusha HaMashiach, and that Father God will be glorified and his kingdom will increase in all the earth!

Be wise and be blessed!

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Recipe for Fuitfulness

Would you like to bear fruit?  Would you like your children to bear fruit?

I came across a recipe in the bible.

It is a recipe for fruitfulness in our walk with God.

On judgement day, we will be examined.  Two specific things will arise and be examined.  First, are we a believer in Jesus Christ the Messiah and son of Father God and therefor have our name written in the Lamb’s book of life?  If our name is found in his book of life we will be sorted out from the unbelievers.  Those who believe will be placed on the right side as sheep, and those who didn’t believe will be placed on the left side as goats.   Next our life will be examined for fruitfulness in the Kingdom of God.  When he examines our life,  he will either say “well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of the Lord” or he will say “depart you wicked servant”.

According to Jesus in Matthew 24, he will examine us by our fruit.  We are expected to produce good fruit for the kingdom of God.  Some produce 30, some 60, and some 100 times increase from the kingdom of God seed they were entrusted with.

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Matthew 24:14-46

When he examines our life,  and he will evaluate if we were loving and loved our neighbor.  He will either say “well done” you gave me food when I was hungry, drink when I was thirsty, you cast out demons, set me free from bondage, you visited me when I was lonely, and cared for my needs”, or he will say “depart from me I never knew you”, because you did not have love, “you did not care for my needs, you did not give me food, nor drink, nor shelter, nor healing, nor compassion, etc”.

There is a process of maturing in our faith.  Father God did not leave us without a method for it.  He gave us the recipe for this maturing process.  It is like a young tree who after receiving water, nutrients, and sunshine it matures into an productive tree and it produces blossoms and then it is pollinated and then it’s fruit develops and ripens for harvest.  Our faith is also like this.  Our faith needs nurtured and matured so we can produce a harvest for the kingdom of God.

Father God gave us the recipe for producing good fruit. We are to first of all love and obey Father God with all our heart.  He gave us only 10 commands to live by and gave us the gift of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help us.  We are to believe in Jesus his only son who gave his life as a ransom for yours.  Confess your sins to Father God and ask for forgiveness.  Tell him he is Father God of your life and you serve no other gods.  Next, Love your neighbor as yourself.

Then we are to add one ingredient at a time, and then add the next ingredient, and the next and so on.  When we have added all of the ingredients, our recipe will be complete and our life will produce good fruit for the kingdom of God.

Recipe for Kingdom Fruit

  • Give all diligence
  • Faith in Jesus Christ the Son of Father God
  • Virtue
  • Knowledge
  • Temperance
  • Patience
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly Kindness
  • Charity
  • Produces FRUIT!

 

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Peter 1:5-8

May we know him, love him, and serve him with our life, and produce good fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Be wise and be blessed!

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Reprove Works of Darkness

Is it better to be politically correct or spiritually correct?

During my bible study today, this verse stood out to me.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11

Lets start our understanding with some definitions:

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary to “reprove” means to:

  • to scold or correct
  • to express disapproval of
  • to express rebuke

According to online Web Results, to “express” means to:

  • to put (thought) into words; utter or state: to express an idea clearly.
  • to show, manifest, or reveal: to express one’s anger.
  • to set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself), as in speaking, writing, or painting: He can express himself eloquently.
  • to represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula: to express water as H 2 O; to express unknown quantities algebraically.
  • to send by express: to express a package or merchandise.
  • to press or squeeze out: to express the juice of grapes.
  • to exude or emit (a liquid, odor, etc.), as if under pressure: The roses expressed a sweet perfume.
  • Genetics. (of a gene) to be active in the production of (a protein or a phenotype).

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says that “political correctness” is “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.”

Usually to be politically correct, we are expected to not express, not correct, and “overlook” darkness so we don’t offend others.  People are usually forced into political correctness by those in power.  Those in power usually control the financial rewards or punishment, such as  controlling the money or accessibility to resources, employment, raises for job performance, etc and are able to invoke financial punishment or removal of resources on those who don’t comply.

Political correctness might be in relation to a conversation that relates to a job, gender, school curriculum, sports, community programs, sexual orientation, or topics such as abortion, sexual immorality, rituals, holidays, marital affairs, worship of other gods and goddesses, etc.

So now we see that political correctness and spiritual correctness are not the same.  They are usually opposites of each other.  To overlook evil for the sake of not offending someone is not what we are instructed to do in the scriptures, and for good reason.  Political correctness is the opposite of love.  Though it may look like a loving thing to avoid offense, it is actually the opposite of true love.

As children of Father God and followers of his Son Jesus Christ, we cannot stay quiet about works of darkness.  Works of darkness are unfruitful and will lead to an eternity separated from God.  Our fruit will be judged, and we are warned not to participate in darkness, but to remain children of the light.

We are told to rebuke and correct works of darkness and lovingly pull our brothers (and sisters) from the fire ahead that results from sin before it is too late to save their souls from eternal damnation.  We are to lovingly and sternly warn them of what is up ahead at eternity so they can come out of darkness, repent, be saved by Jesus, and be transformed in to a new being.  They can be transformed by the Spirit of God and the renewing of their mind that is no longer in darkness, but now abides in light, the light of Father God and his Son.

When you read this verse in context, it’s meaning in this passage of scripture becomes even more clear.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

But fornication (sexual immorality), and all uncleanness, or covetousness (wanting stuff and wanting what others have), let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting (mock, idle tale, tease, or witty remark), which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger (sex outside of marriage, or one who has sex with a prostitute), nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater (one who has idols or man made gods or puts their trust in man made systems and creations), hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”   Ephesians 5:1-17

It is clearly wiser to be spiritually correct.

May we understand what it means to wake up to the truth, to walk as the wise, obey the commandments of Father God, reprove unfruitful works, walk in the light, walk in true love, and understand the will of the Lord God our creator.

Be wise and be blessed!

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

When I was a young girl, I learned this passage of scripture.  But it wasn’t until I was older, and went through life experiences where this verse became real to me and I truly understood what it meant.

I am thankful to have learned this verse when I was young, and tucked into my heart and memory, so when I was in the midst of living life, I knew the truth.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 23

This verse is comforting.  It is especially comforting when you find yourself going through a difficult time.  Having this verse memorized in your heart and mind helps you let go of fear and trust that Father God has everything in control and you don’t have to worry about anything.

Truly believe as a child of God that no matter what circumstance you go through, Father God will meet all your needs.  He will even meet your needs when you are in the midst of your enemies, Father God has made a way ahead of time and will take care of you even creating a banquet table prepared for you.

A few examples of when this verse became so real to me a few times in my life that I know truly who my Father God is and that he will always take care of me. These are only a few examples of the many that I could share.

During my Mother-in-laws battle with cancer and subsequent death, I saw first hand how Father God’s comfort and compassion in my life.  She was my best friend since I was 19 years old.  We talked daily by phone until her illness and then she moved in with me.  I took care of her 24/7 for the last year of her life until she died.  After a long and painful illness, she took her last breath surrounded by family in my home.   This was a very difficult time for me.  I was witnessing my best friend and the mother of my husband slowly slip away in this life.  My own father had died suddenly, on my birthday, the year before.  I was only 25 and these were the two people in my life who knew me the most, who I could call on to talk and lean on and they were my biggest supporters.  Now they were dead.  I could never hear their voices or call them for prayer and share something exiting that had happened.

Father God taught me to rest in him.  He helped me to put my trust in Him for guidance and trust Him for reassurance.   Father God taught me to be at peace and just trust him no matter what the circumstance I was going through.

Years later during pregnancy and childbirth (several times), I truly felt Father God was there leading me, and protecting me, even in moments that seemed like I was at death’s door.  I knew without a doubt that God was going to bring me through it, I didn’t need to fear death, and it would turn out exactly as he allowed it to.

Another part of this verse became real to me a few years ago.  At a time when things should have been great, and we had so much to look forward to, a man we thought was a friend and had gone into business with, stole nearly everything we had and stole the business and left us financially crippled.  It was a very hard time for our family.  It took a long time, several years, to recover from the financial loss we suffered by him, and we still have never been able to replace most of what he stole.   Father God wanted us to forgive that man for the evil he had done.  It was hard, but daily we prayed and asked God to help us forgive and prayed for that man to be blessed.

A few months after it happened, a local church knew we were going through a difficult time and gave our name to a local restaurant that each year gives a family a free dinner for the Thanksgiving Holiday.    We accepted their offer and went and enjoyed a wonderful meal.   We were blessed with so much kindness and food that it was overwhelming.  This was a very nice restaurant.   They had several staff wait on us, sometimes three and four staff at the same time as we have a large family.  The owner checked on us several times too, and we were treated so nice.  There were several courses of food, salad, bread, soups, entrees, etc.  They even brought a variety of deserts at the end of the meal.  The table was filled to overflowing, and we were treated as if we were some kind of royalty or something.  After the meal, they offered to show our kids around the restaurant.  They put aprons and hair nets on them and took them for a full tour of the kitchen where food is cooked for the guests and they were allowed to go into the refrigerated coolers where food is stored and to meet the chefs and shake their hands. They were also invited to come again anytime.   About a month later that restaurant blessed our family again and gave us several gifts of new clothes and toys for the kids.

I don’t know when during the meal that I started thinking of this verse, but my heart was filled with gratitude and this verse came to me.  I told my husband that even when we go through the most difficult times, our God is with us, leading us, filling our stomach, giving us drink, and protecting us.  At that very moment of gratitude, I saw a look on my husband’s face as he noticed something in the distance.  I turned and looked behind me over my shoulder.  There at another table, several rows away, was the very man who stole from us and had made our life so difficult.  I honestly nearly fainted.  It was so sureal to be in the whole situation.   I knew this verse had come true “He leadeth me” and “he prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies” right before my eyes.

What are the odds that the very man who caused us so much harm would be at the same restaurant at the very same moment in time?  Father God had prepared this a head of time.  How was this even possible?  Only God could do this.

I know this truth.  God is with us!  God will take care of us when we follow him and allow him to lead us in the way we should go.  He will protect us and provide for us.  He is our shepherd.   This is comforting.

The choice is ours to make.  How will we proceed in life?  Who will we follow?  Who will we place our trust in?

We can TRUST Him.

I would encourage you to memorize this passage of scripture and teach it to your children.

Be wise and be blessed!

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God Is Light, And In Him Is No Darkness At All

I came across this passage during my bible study.  God is light.  This is a message for everyone.

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all

This verse comes from 1 John 1: 1-9

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God wants us to be in fellowship with him and walk in his light.  But to do so, we must believe he sent his Son to us and confess our sins to him so that we can be in the light of his presence.  Forgiveness comes when we believe through faith in Father God who loved us and that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die in our place, and we confess our sins to him and accept his forgiveness.  The bible says he will forgive us when we ask and then we can walk in fellowship with the light who is God our heavenly Father.

It reminds me of another passage of scripture about the love of God and light: John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Be wise and be blessed!

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Word Of The Year 2018: Stand

The word of the year for 2018 is:

“Stand”

“Stand” is a verb.  “Stand” means to:

  • to stand still, stop moving, stop doing.
  • to tarry, delay, remain, continue, abide, endure, persist, be steadfast.
  • to be in an upright position on the feet.
  • to rise to one’s feet.
  • to present (one) before (king).
  • to appoint, ordain, establish.
  • to stand, take one’s stand, be in a standing attitude, stand forth, take a stand, present oneself, attend upon, be or become servant of.
  • a determined policy, position, attitude, etc., taken or maintained.
  • to stop or remain motionless or steady on the feet.
  • to take a position or place as indicated.
  • to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause.
  • to endure or undergo without harm or damage or without giving way.
  • to be in an upright or vertical position, be set on end, or rest on or as on a support.
  • to be set, placed, fixed, located, or situated.
  • to take up or maintain a position or attitude with respect to a person, issue, or the like.
  • to have, or to adopt a certain policy, course, or attitude, as of adherence, support, opposition, or resistance.   “stand” meanings from both Blue Letter Bible and Dictonary.com

I believe this prophetic Word Of The Year is for the entire Christian body of the Bride of Christ.  It is time for the Bride to STAND.  The Bride is to stand firm and set apart as a light in a dark world.   Standing requires unwavering faith in Father God.

One of my favorite verses is “Be still, (stand still) and know that I am God.”

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! ”   Psalm 46:10

Faith is standing in knowing 100% that God is in control. No matter what the circumstances around you look like.  You might find yourself in similar situations to people mentioned in the bible or in modern situations that look different from history such as being in a life threatening illness like Job, a king’s court like Esther, or a lion’s den like Daniel, or a death sentence in furnace for refusing to bow to another god like Shad-rack Me-shack and Abednego, or being tempted while on a 40 Day journey of prayer and fasting like Jesus, or in jail like Paul, or a drought, famine, hurricane, tornado, economic crash, job loss, ship wreck, car crash, illness, job promotion, cross country journey, etc.  No matter what situation you find yourself in, believe without a doubt that Father God is in control, and he will will never leave you, and will see you through the situation and he will finish the good work he began in your life.

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.”    Psalm 46

Faith is trusting in Father God to be the only God over all of my life.  I am not the provider, He is.  I am not the healer, He is.  I am not the one who created everything, He did.  I am not the one who controls the situation, He is.  This requires my faith to stand firm and trust Him without wavering or doubt.  It also requires my faith to stand firm and obey His commands, even when it is inconvenient and different than the culture around me.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to STAND your ground, and after you have done everything, to STAND.”    Ephesians 6:12-13

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart”   Psalm 119: 1-2

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:  These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.  I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.  I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.  Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.  The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”   Revelation 3: 7-13

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted (standing) by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, whatever they do prospers.”  Psalm 1: 1-3

Be encouraged.

Stand!

Be wise and be blessed!

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Keep The Sabbath Holy

Father God established His calendar in the beginning.  Specific events are listed during the first week of creation that show He set his calendar in motion.  On the first day, He established that “evening” and “morning” equal a “day”.  On the fourth day, He established the method of keeping track of days.  On the 7th day of creation, He established the Sabbath day.

Genesis 1:1-5  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Genesis 1:14-19  “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Genesis 2:1-3  “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Later, when he had chosen a people for himself to be set apart from the world, he gave them 10 rules to follow called “commandments”, and He told them to remember the special Sabbath day and to keep it holy.

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.

He wrote these rules into stone with his own finger, and He signed them with his name “Yahuah” as a covenant between them.  There are 8 “Do Not” rules and 2 “Do” rules.  He said if they chose to obey them, it would bring life and blessings.  If they chose to disobey them it would bring curses and death.  He encouraged them to teach their children these commandments and pass them on to each generation.

The 4th commandment is to remember to obey His Sabbath day and keep it holy.  This is His Sabbath Calendar.

#4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

When is Sabbath and how do we keep it holy?

Exodus 31:13  “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”

There are 4 Sabbaths each month.  A month is about 29 evenings mornings (days) long on Father God’s Calendar.

The sighting of the moon by two witnesses begins the month, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day) and repeat this cycle 3 more times to complete the month.

The next month begins with sighting of moon by two witnesses, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day), repeat cycle 3 more times to complete the month.

These are the cycles of the Sabbath Calendar!

We are instructed to keep the Sabbath day holy!

Exodus 20:11  “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

The scriptures tell us the New Year begins when the barley is ripe for harvest and the next sighting of the moon takes place (this usually takes place during mid March-April time of year on the Gregorian man-made calendar).  The first appointed feasts of the year begin during the first biblical month according to the barley harvest and the sighting of the moon.  The following  months of the year continue the cycle of the Sabbath calendar by sighting the moon each month to establish the days for work, Sabbath rests, and any appointed feasts for that month.

There are 7 appointed feasts that are to be celebrated on specific dates during the year according to the scriptures.  These are “appointed” dates Father God has scheduled and are not man’s calendars and man’s traditions for holidays.  One must understand and obey the Sabbath days to understand when to keep the appointed feasts.  We will go over these in the next story about Father God’s Calendar.

Faith in Father God’s only begotten son, Jesus, Yahusha (Yahuah saves) brings us into a right relationship with Father God, and because we are forgiven and have been adopted as his children, we can walk in a right relationship with Father God.   We walk with Father God as we love him, think about him, and obey his commands.

He established the calendar schedule for blessings and life.  We are to Work, Sabbath Rest, and Celebrate appointed Feast Seasons with Father God at the days and times he established.  We do not need a blood sacrifice, ritual, building, or man-made tradition to meet with him, because of the perfect gift of Jesus Yahusha.  He is Lord of the Sabbath.  He said the Sabbath was created to bring blessings into the life of those who keep it.  Obeying Father God’s commandments and calendar is where blessings and power flow into the lives of those who will believe and obey.

Jesus said that if you accept and obey him, the same spirit that dwelled in him will also dwell in you.   The Holy Spirit of God worked through him to do all of the miracles he did during his time on earth, and raised him from the dead on the third day.   This spirit is able to work through you and empower you to do even more miracles than he did.

However, I believe the reason the followers of Yahuah Father God today have very little blessing and essentially no power in their daily life to help others is because they don’t follow His calendar and obey the true Sabbath and appointed time for Feasts.  Instead they have put a different calendar created by men in it’s place.  They choose to worship on Sunday, or Friday, or Saturday instead of the true Sabbath.

Jesus told us to continue with the way he showed us freely giving in love because it had been freely given to us.

Are we doing the “great commission” Jesus gave us by healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, setting the captives free, and meeting the needs of those around us, and sharing the good news with all those we meet?

Or are we unable to fulfill his instructions?  Are we too far in debt, financially lacking, too physically feeble and weak in our own lives to meet this command of Jesus?

Why?  Jesus said “Man’s traditions nullify the power of God in people’s lives.”

We need to understand the importance of keeping the true Sabbath in honoring Father God.   We need to implement keeping the Sabbath day holy.   What does Father God want from a Sabbath?  The same instructions Jesus Yahusha gave us.

Read Isaiah 56-58.

Read Matthew 25:31-46

The sighting of the moon begins each month’s Sabbaths and the barley harvest begins each year’s cycle of Sabbaths and Feasts with Father God.  Check out the next post about the Calendar of Father God.

Be wise and be blessed!

Maranatha!

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As You See The Day Approaching

These encouraging words were in my bible study today.  The words “as you see the day approaching” really stood out to me.

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

and having a High Priest over the house of God,

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”            Hebrews 10:19-25

A few encouraging notes I gleaned from these verses are:

  1. We can boldly enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.  He is the living way, he is the door, he is the gate keeper, and he is our passport and ticket in to the holiest place with Father God.
  2. Jesus is our high priest and he gave his pure and sinless body as a living sacrifice, and one time ultimate payment, of our sin.  He cleanses us and forgives us.  When you ask accept his sacrifice with an honest heart, and ask him to be Lord of your life and forgive you of your sins, no further sacrifice is needed to be in a right relationship with Father God.  Jesus paid the price and is the high priest.
  3. We can have faith and fully trust in him because he is faithful.
  4. As we see the day of his return getting closer and closer, we are to consider each other’s needs, we are to meet together and spend time together, and we are to encourage one another and stir each other up in love to do good work.

His return is closer now than ever before.  His return is fast approaching, and as we see the day approaching, may we be ready and wise.

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Come, Ye Blessed Of My Father

If Jesus Christ showed up in your life today, at your church, job, or neighborhood, would you recognize him?

Would he stand out?

When he came the first time, he was of no reputation.  He didn’t stand out.

He didn’t hand out business cards.

He didn’t dress like a wealthy man.

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8

Would you notice him?

Would he look like the perfect gift to you?

Would you see the treasure that is in him?

Or would you ignore him?

If he asked for a drink of water from your water bottle, would you freely offer it to him?

If he asked you for money, would you walk on by or would you reach into your pocket and give him some dollar bills?

If he had no where to go, would you buy him a hotel room for the night? Or would you invite him to stay at your home on your couch for a night or a week or indefinately?

If he didn’t look dressed for church, or the office, or presentable to go to dinner, would you sit next to him?

Would you avoid him or try to prevent him from sitting in the most desired seat, where the wealthy in your community, or church, or the most esteemed in your job or neighborhood sit?  Would you willingly give him your seat?

Would you stop him from walking to the front of the church and taking the microphone to read the scriptures out loud?  Would you stop him from speaking from the pulpit, or leading the church in singing?

If he tried to share his gifts and talents would you let him?  Would you have eyes to see the perfect gift of God?

Would you have room in YOUR ministry for him?

Would you pass over his gifts, would your mind be clouded by his appearance and lack of degrees and fame?  Would you prevent him from handling the offering plate, or greeting others at the door, or even sitting up front in a noticable seat?

If he tried to speak up and tell you that he must share his gifts anyway possible, would you let him?  Or would you let him know he is not a good fit for your church, let him know you will pray for him, and wish him luck to move on and find a church he is a “better fit” for?

Do you even know the voice of the master?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Would you recognize him?

Would you recognize someone he sent in his place?

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to visit you?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”   Matthew 25:34-40

 

I pray that each of us can recognize each and every opportunity to be a blessing to those in need, and that we can see Jesus Christ in each person.  I pray we are found worthy and faithful servants, and we will hear those precious eternal words, “Come ye blessed of my Father.”

Be wise and be blessed!

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