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Repentance

Much is made of the parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35) as a lesson on unforgiveness, and of the dangers concerning unforgiveness.  However, the Lord has been showing me another lesson to be learned here as well. 
In this parable, there is a MASTER who decides to bring all of his accounts up to date.  During this process, the Master realizes that he has a servant owing an ‘enormous’ amount of money.  When this servant is confronted and challenged about the debt, he begs for clemency, and for the opportunity to pay it off (even though the amount in question would probably take several life-times to repay).  Moved by compassion, the Master cancels the entire debt.
Is this servant/borrower ‘repentant’ over his debt?  Is there any shame at having taken such advantage of his Master’s generosity?  He is obviously sorry he has been caught, that the Master HAS called the debt due and payable, because initially, he thought the debt would NOT have to be repaid.  But how did he …

On Giving Your Word

“…a man had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' He answered, 'I don't want to'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to his other son and said the same thing. This one answered, 'I will, sir'; but he didn't go. Which of the two did what his father wanted?"  (Matthew 21:28-31 CJB)
I can remember my (natural) Dad telling me many times, “You are only as good as the ‘word’you give.”  As a young child growing up, I never really understood the principle he was trying to teach me, but the twists and turns of my life would often bring his words to mind.  For example, years ago, people were often able to borrow large sums of money simply on a ‘hand-shake’, because a man’s word was considered his bond, and could be trusted.  If a man, or woman, said they would DO something, you knew that it would be so: they had given you their word.  Sad to say, this principle seems to have vanished.
But what d…

Voice of Reason

But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by REASONING CONTRARY TO THE TRUTH].”  (James 1:22 Amp, emphasis mine)
We find many examples, throughout the Word of God, of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  Simply put, it is called walking in FAITH, “For by it the elders obtained a good report” (Hebrews 11:2 WoY). 
However, let us look at the other side of this coin.  WhatIF, instead of preparing the ark, Noah “reasoned” in his mind “I don’t know how to do this, I have never seen an ark before, let alone this thing called RAIN.  I am sure I can’t do this.”
What IF, instead of heading out to parts unknown, Abraham began to “reason” in his mind at the impossibility of what he was about to do.  What IFhe told YHWH, “I might loose my seat in the city gates!  Besides that, I have no idea what is out there!”
What IF, instead of making a commitment to honor YHWH’s TORAH, and especially His dietary rules, the four youn…

Sound Counsel

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who gives me sound counsel according to the path that YOU have chosen for me to walk upon.  I thank You, ABBA, that You choose to confirm Your word to me in many ways, but always lining up with Your Torah, with Your Living Word.  The Word of my YAH is the final authority – this IS the way, and I will walk IN it – for it shines the light of truth on every step I take …
Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah is truth.
Ps 73:24; Prov 8:14; Gen 41:32; Num 23:19; Isa 40:8; Isa 30:21; Ps 119:105; John 17:17; Ps 119:142 ©2012