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My Desire

And DELIGHT yourself in יהוה, And let Him give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37: 4 ISR, emphasis mine)

Mankind, just by being human, are by nature SELF-centered – focused entirely on having MY needs met, MY wants fulfilled, MY desires catered to.  However, once an individual enters into an intimate relationship with their Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the focus should then become completely opposite; WE (or ME) are no ), and included in the meaning is the essence of being soft AND pliable, delicate and longer the center of attention or importance.  It is no longer ‘all about ME’; it is now ‘ALL ABOUT HIM’.  As we turn our eyes on our Elohim, and allow our Creator and God to become the desire of our life and heart, then taking care of our desires becomes important to our ABBA Father.
This word ‘delight’translated from the original Hebrew, is the word ‘nag’ (Strong’s #H6026dainty of habit.  So not only are we to take exquisite delight and great pleasure in our F…

Daily Prayer

In this, my prayer, I continually ask the Elohim of our Master Yeshua Messiah, the Father of glory, to give me the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the full knowledge of HIM.   I pray that He will give light to the eyes of my heart, so that I may know and understand the hope to which He has called me, what rich glories there are in the inheritance He has promised His people,  and how surpassingly great is His power working in ME, as I trust in Him.
When I lack wisdom, I ask of my Elohim, who gives to me generously and without reproach; and it is given to me.  I ask in faith and trust, doubting nothing, for I strive NOT to be like a wave in the sea, being tossed and driven by the wind.
I continually pray that the Spirit of YHWH would rest upon me, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of revelation knowledge and of the reverential fear and awe of YHWH.  My delight IS in the fear of YHWH, and I strive not to judge by the sight of my eyes,…

His NAME is for all Eternity

O יהוה, Your Name is FOREVER, O יהוה, Your remembrance to all generations …” (Psalm 135:13 ISR, emphasis mine)

In the Hebrew language, a person’s ‘name’ is not JUST for identity purposes, so that others can recognize who he/she is.  A person’s name is a description of WHO, and WHAT, that person is; the name will say something about the character of the individual, and their reputation.  So, when our Elohim is telling us that HIS name is for all eternity, He is also telling us that the person BEHIND the name, His reputation, His authority, is of a continuous existence, and will never cease to be. 
The “El-Gibbor”, the ALL-Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6), will always be ALL-Mighty, for that is His character, and that is His name.  The “El-Shaddai”, the ALL Sufficient God (Genesis 17:1), will always be ALL-Sufficient, willing to meet ALL of our needs, for that is WHO He is.  He is the “El Yeshuati”, the God of our Salvation (Isaiah 12:2), for that is also His name, and from everlasting to everla…

Wise as Serpents

“Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; BE WARY AND WISE as serpents, and BE INNOCENT (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves.”(Matthew 10:16 Amp, emphasis mine)

Sheep, like doves, are meek, timid, and basically defenseless; they are easily frightened, and easily scattered.  Wolves, on the other hand, are by nature aggressive, fierce and ravenous, especially to sheep.  My husband and I, at one time, lived in a part of the United States where there can still be found large bands of sheep (1000 or more in a band).  Predators are an ongoing concern for those sheepherders year round.  These bands, or herds, are tended by a shepherd, and most have trained dogs to help guard and protect the sheep from wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and other predators.  And there are actually more wolves living in the wild than most people are aware of; though we have never actually seen a wolf when we have been camping in the mountains, we have seen evidence of them wi…

Promotion

There are several basic, standard requirements in the kingdom of YHWH that will put us in line for ‘promotion’:  humility, obedience, and the heart of a servant.  All of these qualifications walk hand in hand, and can even be called mirror images of each other.  A successful servant is an obedient and humble one, and a servant that has been proven trustworthy in their obedience will be rewarded.  However, it is difficult to cultivate the heart of a willing servant without BOTH of these other attributes.
Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did NOT come to be served, BUT TO SERVE, and to give my life as a ransom for many.(Matthew 20:28 TLB, emphasis mine)
The humble, obedient and willing heart of a servant is the heart-beat of our Messiah Yeshua.  Anything else that is not birthed out of these principles has its root in pride and arrogance – the opposite of humility - and will be the death of any promotion in the kingdom of YHWH.  The heart of servant is one always will…

I Do Not Change

For I am the Lord, I do not change …” (Malachi 3:6 Amp)

It has been about 34 years ago since I first came to the knowledge of, and acceptance of, Yeshua as my Messiah, Deliverer, and Redeemer.  During this period of time, I spent a ‘season’ devoting myself to the research of the origin of the Word of Elohim, the Scriptures, or what we call the Bible.  Of particular interest to me was how and when it was translated, though I do not claim to have found all of the answers.  Accuracy is always questionable, especially when we look at all of the many versions available today.  It is because of the research that I have done that I now limit my personal Bible use to a few select translations: THE SCRIPTURES (translated by the Institute for Scripture Research - ISR); THE HEBRAIC-ROOTS VERSION SCRIPTURES (by James Scott Trimm); the JEWISH STUDY BIBLE, Tanakh Translation; THE COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE (translated by David Stern); together with Jewish New Testament Commentary, also by David Stern.  …

My Support

“I took my rest in sleep, and then again I was awake; for the Lord was my support.” (Psalm 3:5 ERV)

Some years ago, on a trip to Las Vegas (involving a family emergency), my husband and I took some ‘time out’ to visit Hoover Dam.  Construction was, at that time, in progress on the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, which consisted of an ENORMOUS bridge a short ways downstream of the dam.  The purpose of this bridge was to eventually carry the bulk of traffic back and forth between Nevada and Arizona, diverting them away from crossing over the narrow dam.
The span of this bridge was awe-inspiring, and I did not envy the workers up there at that height.  I later learned (thank you, Wikipedia!) that the bridge is some 900 feet above the Colorado River (gives me the shudders), and is the longest concrete arch in the western hemisphere.  It is the first of its kind to be built in the United States – a concrete and steel composite arch bridge – and is the second highest bridge in the nation.
Without t…

No Account

“{Love}… takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].”  (1Corinthians 13:5 Amp, insert mine)

There is told to us a story in the Old Testament, of how ten brothers, jealous of the youngest one, sold THIS younger brother into slavery, never expecting to see him again (Genesis 37:12-36).  Elohim, however, had other plans, and worked all things together for the good of everyone concerned (Romans 8:28).  YHWH used these very circumstances for the deliverance of the entire family, teaching a significant lesson to all of us through the ages.  This younger brother, Joseph, rose from the status of a lowly slave in a prison, to that of prime minister of ALL of Egypt, never holding a grudge against his brothers for what they did to him (Genesis 45:5-9; 50:19-20).  Joseph’s trust was in his YHWH Elohim, knowing that God would turn all things around for good, because he trusted in the One who cannot lie (The Lord was WITH Joseph – Genesis 39:2-3, 21,23; 41:38)…

Draw Near

Let us all COME FORWARD AND DRAW NEAR with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22 Amp, emphasis mine)

In the Greek New Testament, the word translated for us in this verse as ‘draw near’ is one word: “proserchomai” (Strong’s #G4334), and has a rich meaning to it.  Within the phrase ‘draw near’, we find the concept of coming TO someone, approaching them, with the desire to have a conversation.  When used in reference to YHWH Elohim, the phrase implies “coming to God, drawing near to Him in prayer, sacrifice, worship, devotion of heart and life, with the intention of becoming His disciple and follower” (Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament ©1992).
However, there is a…

Truth

See, You have desired TRUTH in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You make me know wisdom.” (Psalm 51:6 ISR, emphasis mine)

̛Emet” (Strong’s #H571) is the Hebrew word translated as  ‘truth’, and it is a foundational word to LIFE.  In the Hebrew language, the word ̛ emet” is spelled with three letters, the first, middle, and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Ancient Jewish wisdom interpreted this to mean that truth bonds everything YHWH created together, from the first to the last, including ALL that is in the middle.  Truth denotes a dependability, a reliability, a trustworthiness, and something, or someone, that you can stake your life on.  And that is exactly what we do, when we take our Messiah Yeshua at HIS word:
“Yeshua said, "I AM the Way — AND the truth AND the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6 CJB, emphasis mine)
However, truth is also an intense light (see John 8:12), and will bring under inspection certain areas of our lives that…

GREAT was the fall ...

“And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell--and great and complete was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:27 Amp)


Several years ago, my husband and I suffered through a particularly severe storm, which announced itself with loud, howling winds.  One of our older cottonwood trees (it stood by a small creek that runs through the bottom part of our property) was snapped off approximately 6 feet above the ground, just like it was a tooth-pick. What was equally shocking to see was how rotten the inside of this tree was.  Most of the main part of the trunk was hollow with rot, while the upper part of the tree seemed firm and full of life, covered with leaves, and gave the appearance of health.
My husband and I contemplated this tree for about a week, where it had fallen: half on one side of the creek, and the remaining half on the other side of the creek, with many branches trailing IN the creek.We praised ABBA Father for the steep sides of th…

A Day of Repentance

Therefore say to the house of Isra'el that Adonai Elohim says, 'REPENT! Turn yourselves away from your idols, turn your faces away from all your disgusting practices!”  (Eze 14:6 CJB, emphasis mine)
Last night, at sundown, marked the beginning of the FIRST of the fall feasts of our Elohim (see Leviticus 23), known to many as ‘Yom Teruah’, the ‘Feast of Trumpets’, or ‘Rosh Hashanah’.  According to the Hebrew calendar, this marks the beginning of the CIVIL New Year, and ancient Jewish wisdom believes that this is also the day that YHWH began His work of creation, as told to us in the first chapter of Genesis.  If we have been following the “appointed times”, we would have spent the last 30 days, prior to ‘Yom Teruah’, as a time of self-examination and “teshuvah” (repentance) before the Lord, confessing our sins, transgressions and shortcomings.  “Repentance” is THE key to entering into the coming ‘New Year’, walking in the covenant of His blessings for the entire year.
True repen…

Ears to HEAR

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and DILIGENTLY shall find me.”  (Proverbs 8:17 Amp, emphasis mine)
"Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 CJB)

There is a fairly common saying, found throughout the ”Westernized” church, that the Father “knows how to get our attention when He needs to”, a saying that I have been guilty of using myself.  In reality, however, this phrase is a subtle form of arrogance, and certainly a sign of laziness and complacency in our relationship with the ONE who created us.  According to the opening verses above, it is OUR responsibility to seek YHWH Elohim, to seek HIS wisdom, HIS fellowship, HIS direction and guidance, and even HIS daily instructions.  We seek Him out because we love Him, because He is our ALL in …

The Best

“Love … is ever ready to believe the BEST of every person …” (1Corinthians 13:7 Amp, emphasis mine)

Noah Webster defines ‘gossip’ as “one who runs from house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828).  A very dangerous practice, as often what is told is the amended truth, and this ‘new’ version may destroy lives in the retelling.  Ancient Jewish Wisdom condemns this practice of gossip, even to the one who listens, for it is criticizing and maligning one that is made in the image of God.
A perverse man causes strife, and a talebearer separates close friends ... A revealer of secrets walks about as a gossip, so do not meddle with him who opens his lips wide.(Proverbs 16:28; 20:19 HRB)
When we walk in the love of our YHWH Elohim, we must CHOOSE, by a deliberate act of our will, to NOT listen to, or accept, the negative reports concerning people that we know and love.  Instead, we must choose to believe in the d…

WHO are you hearing?

“What has been is what will be, what has been done is what will be done, and THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN. Is there something of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It existed already in the ages before us.”   (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 CJB, emphasis mine)

When the serpent appeared to Eve in the Garden, his plan was to twist and pervert the TORAH, the divine instructions in righteous and moral living, that YHWH Elohim had given to these first humans.  This caused them to doubt the sincerity and integrity of the Father (see Genesis 3:1-5), and His Word.  When Messiah Yeshua was tempted in the wilderness by the adversary, it was the same plan and purpose that was used in the Garden.  Twisting and perverting the TORAH, the WORD of God (see Luke 4:1-13), the adversary tried to trick and trap our Master. 
Please understand, brothers and sisters, our adversary (the devil) is very familiar with the WORD of YHWH, and knows it backwards, forward, and inside out.  He has studied YHWH’s Word si…

Examine Yourself

“If we would EXAMINE OURSELVES, we would not come under judgment….” (1Corinthians 11:31 CJB, emphasis mine)

If we would stop, and take the time to be honest with ourselves, we always KNOW when we have done something wrong, something we should not have done.  The Spirit of YHWH, the Holy Spirit, will convict us of what is truth; this is one of the functions of the Set-Apart Spirit (see John 16:8,13 Amplified Bible).  However, it is OURresponsibility to test and examine OURselves; nowhere in the Word of God is there such a thing as a “Ministry of Critique”, where we are called upon to examine anyone other than ourselves.  We are to look at our OWN lives (no one else’s), hold them up and compare them to the standard that is found within the pages of the WORD, the Torah.  We are also to look closely at the life of Messiah Yeshua, the LIVING Word, for He is our example in all things.
Do we find ourselves lacking in some areas?  Are we successfully ‘walking the talk’?  Has the Spirit of YHWH…

Labor Day

This weekend, here in the United States, we have been celebrating ‘LABOR DAY’, a day specifically set aside to recognize and honor those that are part of the workforce, and ‘labor’.  For most, it is a time of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.  Yet what of those that labor tirelessly for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, receiving no earthly wages, and many times very little thanks?  Do we ever take the time to stop, and give THEM thanks and support, even if just in prayer?
Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those WHO LABOR AMONG YOU [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]—your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you. And hold them in very high and most affectionate esteem in [intelligent and sympathetic] appreciation of their work.(1Thes 5:12-12 Amp)
We will not ever get to know those who labor among us unless we are willing to spend time with them, interact with them, and …

Maturity

“Therefore YOU shall be PERFECT, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48 NKJV, emphasis mine)

The word translated as ‘perfect’ in the above verse (this final verse of Matthew chapter 5) is from the Greek word “teleios” (Strong’s #G5046), and refers to that which is finished, complete, perfect.  When applied to people, it signifies a total soundness, and includes the idea of being whole and mature.  If we therefore apply this principle to our lives in the sense of taking the total, all of the teaching and instructions we have received from Matthew chapter 5, it should, in truth, complete us, and step us up to the place of maturity.
We are accountable for how we live our lives, for all we say and do.  We can no longer afford to act like young, spoiled children, throwing ‘temper-tantrums’ when we do not get our own way.  As the Apostle Paul said, we know in what hour of history we stand (Romans 13:11), and we no longer may play trivial games with YHWH Elohim.  We need to …

Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, LOVE your enemies, BLESS those who curse you, DO GOOD to those who hate you, and PRAY for those who spitefully use you and persecute you …”(Matthew 5:43-44 NKJV, emphasis mine)

Love is not JUST a warm and fuzzy feeling; it is also a choice and decision that we make.  We CHOOSE, by an act of our own will, whether or not we will love our neighbor as we love and care for ourselves.  We may also CHOOSE and decide when we will no longer do so.  However, if we claim that we have been bought and paid for by the blood of Messiah Yeshua (1Corinthians 6:20) our will is no longer our own.  We do NOT have the option of ‘getting even’ with those that have done us wrong, that have hurt our feelings, or walked all over us.  WE are to be the example of the type of unconditional love that hung on the stake for every individual that has ever lived, because ABBA Father is not willing that any should pe…

Yes and No

Just let your 'Yes' be a simple 'Yes,' and your 'No' a simple 'No'; anything more than this HAS ITS ORIGIN IN EVIL.”  (Matthew 5:37 CJB, emphasis mine)


When called upon in a court of law to give testimony, we are required, by law, to ‘solemnly swear, that what we are about to say is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’.  For many years, this oath was taken while placing your hand upon the Word of God, the Bible, which many people recognized as being the Word of Truth.
Noah Webster defines ‘swear’ as “to affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to promise upon oath; to give evidence on oath; as, to swear to the truth of a statement” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828).  In situations such as a legal issue, we understand where ‘oath taking’ is necessary to protect the innocent, and there are laws to insure that those who bear false witness are severely pun…