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Righteousness

“In the way of righteousness is LIFE, and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”  (Proverbs 12:28 HRVS, emphasis mine)

Noah Webster defines ‘righteousness’ as “Purity of heart and rectitude of life; CONFORMITY OF HEART AND LIFE TO THE DIVINE LAW. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is TRUE religion” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, emphasis mine). 
The ‘divine law’, as WE know it, is usually interpreted to mean TORAH, the first five books of what is generally accepted as the ‘completed’ Bible.  However, TORAH has also come to be known as ALL of the completed Bible, since All Scripture is written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, fo…

Touchy

“{Love}… is not TOUCHY or FRETFUL or RESENTFUL…”  (1Corinthians 13:5 Amp, insert and emphasis mine)

Noah Webster defines ‘touchy’ as “peevish; irritable; irascible [easily provoked]; apt to take fire”.  ‘Fretful’ is defined as “disposed to fret; ill-humored; peevish; angry; in a state of vexation”.  The word ‘resentful’ is defined as “easily provoked to anger; of an irritable temper” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, insert mine).  All three of these words represent symptoms found in those individuals that have been offended, and very possibly live with unresolved bitterness and unforgiveness.
Messiah Yeshua warned us that offenses would come (Luke 17:1), but in the verses following this warning, His instructions were specific concerning forgiveness (Luke 17:3-4).  Yet how do we recognize offenses?  How do we know when we are offended?  May I ask you this:  Who are you irritated at?  Who has hurt your feelings lately?  Who do you hold a grudge against?  W…

LIGHT of the World

“Listen to Me, My people, and give ear to Me, O My nation, for the Torah goes forth from Me, and My right-ruling I set as a LIGHT to peoples.”  (Isaiah 51:4 ISR, emphasis mine)
“And again Yeshua was speaking to them and said, ‘I am the LIGHT of the world.  He who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will find for himself the LIGHT of life.’  (John 8:12 HRVS, emphasis mine)

I have heard ‘darkness’ described as the absence of light, a description I thought appropriate. In the blackness of the adversary’s domain, the absence of the presence of Messiah Yeshua is very evident by the absence of any love, mercy and compassion – all manifestations of the fruit of HIS Spirit.  Even the smallest flickering candle brings a measure of warmth and hope to the darkest hole in the ground; one hand, extended in kindness, is seldom forgotten.
Many, many years ago, we rented a house that was infested with roaches.  We could hear them at night, in the walls, under the floors, in the attic.  I will NEV…

On Being KEPT

“Holy Father, KEEP in Your Name [in the knowledge of Yourself] those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We [are one].”  (John 17:11 Amp, emphasis mine)
““My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. And no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”  (John 10:29 ISR)

Some years ago, I taught a home Bible Study series, titled ‘A Firm Foundation’, covering basic foundational principals that are necessary to all of us.  While going through the section concerning the ‘Father’, the Spirit of YHWH began to remind me, from these two opening verses, about the ‘keeping’ power of God.
We perhaps do not meditate on this aspect of YHWH enough: the ‘KEEPING’ power of the Father, our Father.  The word ‘keep’, according to Noah Webster (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828) is defined as “to hold; to have in custody for security or preservation; to preserve; to retain; to preserve from falling or from danger; to protect; to guard or sustain;…

Not My Own

“… Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking …” (1Corinthians 13:5 Amp)

Many political, social, and economical organizations worldwide have their foundations from biblical principals; humanitarian injustices, with the United Nations as “watch-dog”, SHOULD not be tolerated, and should be brought under scrutiny.  The United States, in past decades, has been an example of democracy and equal rights, and the American Civil War was fought for just that reason: an end to slavery, bringing freedom to approximately 4 million black slaves.
Our United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, was written - based upon biblical standards - to protect our individual rights from tyrannical and dictatorial control.  There are many that would say that our present government is trying to take these rights away from us; I am not here to discuss or debate this issue.  BECAUSE of these times that we are now living in, many have develop…

By Hearing

“Therefore, faith is by the HEARING of the ear, and the hearing of the ear by the word of Eloah.”  (Romans 10:17 HRVS, emphasis mine)
“HEAR, O Israel: Yahweh our Elohim Yahweh is one:” (Deuteronomy 6:4 WOY, emphasis mine)

The “Sh’ma” is considered THE most important prayer to everyone of Jewish descent, having received its name from the first word of Deuteronomy 6:4: “Sh’ma”, which loosely translated, means “HEAR”.  I understand that it is recited twice daily, and is the first prayer that a young Jewish child learns.
But “Sh’ma” means more than “HEAR”; it means to hear, believe, and then to DO.  Simply ‘hearing’ the Word of God, which includes the Torah, is not enough.  Included is the sense of careful, attentive listening, with the desire for obedient action.  We must be faithful DOERS of the Word that we hear; the Apostle Paul knew this well when he wrote the opening verse to the Romans, as did James, the brother to our Adon Yeshua.
Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a d…

Repentance

Much is made of the parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35) as a lesson on unforgiveness, and of the inherent dangers in not freely offering up forgiveness toward others.  There is, however, another lesson YHWH has been showing me from this parable. 
We find 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 his 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.  …

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 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.
However, what…

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 and trust, “For by it the elders obtained a good report” (Hebrews 11:2 WoY). 
Let us look momentarily at the other side of this coin.  What IF, 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 had 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 having made a commitment to honor YHWH’s TORAH (and especially His diet…

Gardening ...

“Give ear, O Israel: TODAY you are going forward to the fight; let your heart be strong; do not let uncontrolled fear overcome you because of those who are against you; For the Lord your God goes with you, fighting for you to give you SALVATION from those who are against you.”  (Deuteronomy 20:3-4 BBE, emphasis mine)

In March of 2011, my husband and I moved from one side of the state of Wyoming to the other, a distance of over 350 miles, to a new home that YHWH Elohim had hand-picked for us.  Behind the house was a garden plot; I eagerly anticipated a bountiful harvest of fresh garden veggies.  However, this garden area had not been worked in about three years, and had been vigorously invaded by weeds.  There are weeds here that I have never dealt with before (horrors!), and coming from a different area, and I had to enlist the help of the local Extension Agency in identifying what is what. 
Added to this, an additional ‘invader’ was a four-legged one: DEER!  Our home is in a very secl…

Worship

“But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshiper will worship the Father in spirit AND in truth, for indeed the Father seeks worshipers who are like these.  For Eloah is spirit, and those who worship Him ought to worship in spirit AND in truth.”(John 4:23-24 HRVS, emphasis mine)

Noah Webster defines ‘worship’ as “to adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828).  The biblical verse that Mr. Webster quotes as an example in his definition is Exodus 34:14:  For thou shalt WORSHIP no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (KJV, emphasis mine).
We were created to worship.  Everything else we do in life is an overflow from our worship.  We should receive our instructions, our marching orders, our directions, following our time of worship to our Creator, our Father, our Elohim, and our God.  He is always our source, and He is worthy to receive all honor, pra…

The Measure of Love

The ‘measure of love’ is love without any measurement.  Unconditional love cannot be measured by any standard of measurement known to natural man, for the natural mind cannot understand a love that has no conditions attached to it.  Only by the life of one man, THE man, Messiah Yeshua, can we begin to comprehend the depths of unconditional love.
“A renewed command I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this shall all know that you are My taught ones, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ISR98)
“Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and SHOW IT BY OUR ACTIONS.” (1John 3:18 TLB, emphasis mine)
Unconditional love has no strings attached to it; it is a picture of giving without expecting anything in return, and it is totally self-less in its giving.  The challenge is to walk FULL of YHWH’s love toward that “particular someone” who may not be the easiest person for us to be aro…

When Truth Prevails

“{LOVE}…does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.”1 Corinthians 13:6 Amp, insert mine)

The Book of Esther relates to us the story of the near annihilation of the Jewish people, brought about by one man:  Haman, a descendant of Agag, the Amalekite King, who indirectly began the downward spiral that resulted in King Saul’s loss of the throne of Israel (see 1Samuel 15).  Because of this Haman’s hatred for the man Mordecai, and for ALL the Jewish people, he plots to have all of the Jews killed.  Queen Esther calls upon her Jewish brethren to join her in a time of fasting and prayer, after which she approaches the King to reveal Haman’s wicked plot.  The tables are turned on Haman, and “righteousness and truth prevail” (Esther 7).
Truth and righteousness begin with our “El Emet”, the God of truth (John 1:17; Psalm 31:5; Psalm 33:5).  Because Messiah Yeshua is “THE way, THE truth, and THE life” (John 14:6), truth means victory, when we walk…