Saturday, September 22, 2018

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TISHRI 13
Fear Not


“Fear not [there is NOTHING to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I WILL strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I WILL help you; yes, I WILL hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.  (Isa 41:10 AMPC, emphasis mine)

The two words “fear not” appear more than 300 times in the King James Version of the Scriptures; many times, our Elohim is the one that is speaking these words.  It would it be safe to assume He is trying to get our attention, that these two words are extremely important.

‘Fear’ is defined as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.”[1]  What I would like to call attention to is the fact that ‘fear’ is an emotion, a feeling, and, as children of the living Elohim, we are not to walk according to what we perceive, and our corresponding feelings (see 2Cor 5:7).  Our focus should always be on the One who has delivered us, redeemed us, and calls us by name (see Isa 43:1).

There will be those, our adversary haSatan among them, who will come and whisper to us, reminding us of what losers we are.  We are never going to amount to a hill of beans, they say, and we might as well give it all up.  We may even try to convince ourselves that we are whooped, beaten, that others have the upper hand, and that our Elohim has forgotten all about us.  Or perhaps the adversary will try to convince us there really isn’t a God anyway, because if there was, surely He would have come through for us by now …

But Yahweh our Elohim, the El Gibbor, the mighty Elohim, says, fear not, all of these voices are nothing but liars (John 8:44).  Yes, it may be a day or two before we see, in the natural, the deliverance we know is coming, but NEVER, EVER, let the devil see you sweat …


Be sober, WATCH, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in the belief, knowing that the same hardships are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” (1Pet 5:8 ISR, emphasis mine)

What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]” (Rom 8:31 AMPC)


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Friday, September 21, 2018

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TISHRI 12
Cling


“And having removed him, He raised up for them Dawiḏ as sovereign, to whom also He gave witness and said, ‘I have found Dawiḏ the son of Yishai, a man after My own heart, who shall do all My desires.’” (Acts 13:22 ISR, emphasis mine)


Years ago, when I first came to know and acknowledge Yahweh Elohim as my Creator and God, I asked Him to explain the meaning behind this principle, of being “after” His heart.  This simple, yet profound, illustration is one that I have returned to often, with both grief, and yearning:  grief, because it seems I still have so far to go; and yearning for more than a glimpse of the heart of my Creator.

Please visualize a small scroll, one that you recognize may have some value, laying just far enough ahead of you on a sidewalk.  You can discern that it is, in fact, a scroll, rolled up; the paper that is visible looks to have age to it.  You speed up, not fully believing what you are seeing!  However, just as you bend over and reach for the scroll, a sharp gust of wind comes and catches the object, carrying it along just a little further up the sidewalk.  You hurry to catch up, not willing to allow this item to escape.  The same thing happens again:  this sharp wind is keeping this scroll out of your reach, but right at your fingertips, always within sight.

Our pursuit of the Father’s heart is of a similar nature.  We desire to have a heart like His, in all its perfection, full of His love, His gentleness, goodness, mercy, and tenderness, in fact, full of all of the fruit of the Spirit.  We chase after Him, follow hard after Him, cling hard to Him, and endeavor to become more and more like Him, that His light would shine through us to the world that is in need of it.


“Only, diligently guard to do the command and the Torah which Mosheh the servant of יהוה commanded you, to love יהוה your Elohim, and to walk in all His ways, and to guard His commands, and to CLING to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your being.”  (Ps 63:8 ISR, emphasis mine)


Most Holy Father, we chase hard after You, for we desire You, and only You.  You are our first love, our only love, and the very breath that we draw – there is no life without You.  Fill us, fill us, Elohim, with You, for we desire to be the vessels, Your vessels, Your light, and Your servants.  In the Name that is above every name, Yeshua HaMashiach, we pray!  Amein!


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

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TISHRI 11
A Firm Foundation


“But why do you call Me ‘Master, Master,’ and do not do what I say?  Everyone who is coming to Me, and is hearing My words and is doing them, I shall show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who DUG DEEP AND LAID A FOUNDATION ON THE ROCK. And when a flood came, the stream burst against that house, but was unable to shake it, for it was FOUNDED ON THE ROCK. But the one hearing and not doing, is like a man who built a house on the earth WITHOUT A FOUNDATION, against which the stream burst, and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”  (Luke 6:46-49ISR, emphasis mine)

Messiah Yeshua is painting a picture in these verses of someone who planned well in building a home, knowing that the foundation of the structure is the most important part of the building.  Without a solid, firm, square foundation, you do not have a building.  When asking the advice of any building contractor, we would receive the same answer:  our Master is completely correct.

The same is true with the Word of Elohim, what we refer to as “The Bible”.  The foundation that Messiah Yeshua, and the early believers stood on was called the Tanakh, what we know as the Old Testament.  Compiled of the Torah (otherwise known as the first five books of the Old Testament), the Prophets (see Mat 22:40; Luke 16:16), and what is called the Writings (those not included in the prophetical), these were the only Scriptures used by the first disciples to witness to the world about Yeshua.   A perfect example of this is found in the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch (see Acts 8:26-35). 

In 2Tim 3:16-17, the Apostle Paul is admonishing his young charge concerning the importance of Elohim’s Word for our lives:  All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.” (ISR, emphasis mine).  It is estimated that Paul wrote these words to young Timothy sometime around 66 CE, and history tells us that what we refer to as the New Testament had not been compiled and completed at that time (this was finally done around 390 CE).   It stands to reason that the “all scripture that Paul is referring to is the Tanakh.

The New Testament, or the Brit Chadashah, is built upon the foundation of the Old, upon the Torah and the prophets.  In fact, it is in our own best interests to become “noble” as the Bereans were (see Acts 17:11), and daily search the Tanakh (the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings), to verify what we find written in the Brit Chadashah!  If what we are reading in the New Testament is contradicting the Old, there is a problem.  There should be only confirmation, not misinterpretation. 

Yeshua, and all of His disciples, were Torah-keeping Jews.  Messiah Yeshua is still a Jew.  When He returns in triumph on the “Great Day of the Lord” (see Zec 14:3-4), it will be to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, not to New York City, or Los Angeles, Paris, or Tokyo.  Yeshua will still be standing on the foundation of the Torah, and the prophets, when He returns.  Is it not time that we at least understand what this foundation of Torah is?


Thus said יהוה, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves.”  (Jer 6:16 ISR)

As the whirlwind passes by, The wrong one is no more, But the righteous has an EVERLASTING FOUNDATION.” (Pro 10:25 ISR, emphasis mine)


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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TISHRI 10
The Bride


Messiah Yeshua is not only coming back for a bride without spot or blemish, He is also coming back for a bride that is mature and ready.  Yeshua is not an advocate of child-brides.  He has no wish to wed Himself to immature, self-centered and selfish people, who have no thought for His desires, and only concern themselves with their own wants and lusts.  Brothers and sisters, it is past the point in time to first, realize to whom we belong, then second, to whom we are betrothed, and then finally, begin to act like it.

“Having PUT ASIDE, then, all evil, and all deceit, and hypocrisies, and envyings, and all evil words, as newborn babes, desire the unadulterated milk of the Word, in order that you grow by it, if indeed you have tasted that the Master is good.” (1Pet 2:1-2 ISR, emphasis mine)

“… let US, too, PUT ASIDE every impediment — that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement — and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us ...” (Heb 12:1 CJB, emphasis mine)

“So that, my beloved, as you always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much rather in my absence – WORK OUT your own deliverance with fear and trembling …” (Phi 2:12 HRB, emphasis mine)

According to these three verses, it is our responsibility to remove, to cast away, to put aside anything and everything in our lives that would hinder us from coming into the maturity that our Master desires for us to walk in.  And this is our challenge for today.  Since He has given us every key to victory, what is holding us back?

“Therefore, as you accepted Messiah יהושע the Master, walk IN Him, having been rooted and built up IN Him, and established in the belief, as you were taught, overflowing in it with thanksgiving.” (Col 2:6-7 ISR, emphasis mine)


Most Holy Father, we come to You, and lay at Your feet all of our excuses, all of our selfish desires and ambitions, and submit to the washing of the water of the Word.  Cleanse us, YAH; we yield to Your will in our lives, that the image of Your Son, Messiah Yeshua, would be perfected in us.  We must decrease, we know this, that You, and only You, may increase.  Help us, Adonai, to become that bride that You desire to spend eternity with.  In the Name that is above every Name we pray, in the Name of Yeshua of Nazareth, Amein and Amein.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Tishri 9
Maturity


“Therefore, BE PERFECT, as your Father in the heavens is perfect.” (Mat 5:48 ISR, 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. 

One of the definitions Mr. Webster uses for the word “therefore” is “for that or this reason, referring to something previously stated”[1].  Using this definition, we can surmise that the entire chapter five of Matthew leading up to this verse is the “something previously stated”.  Neither do I believe it to be wrong if we were to take all of the instructions given to us throughout this chapter as the means for us to reach maturity, or ‘perfection’.  However, we will never be successful in this endeavor if we only hear, but never obey.

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 (Rom 13:11), and we no longer may play trivial games with our Elohim.  We need to clothe ourselves with Messiah Yeshua (Rom 13:14), and be the light that He has called us to be.


And the Elohim of peace who brought up our Master יהושע from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, MAKE YOU PERFECT in every good work to do His desire, working in you what is pleasing in His sight, through יהושע Messiah, to whom be esteem forever and ever. Amĕn.” (Heb 13:20-21 ISR, emphasis mine)

Avinu Malkeinu, we thank You.  We thank you that You are faithful to teach us, to perfect everything that concerns us.  We know that we are Your workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, and that You will complete that which You began in us.  Master, help us to remain pliable on the potter’s wheel, as You continue to shape us into the image of the Beloved, of Your Son, of Yeshua.  May we always remember that it is Your hand on the wheel, loving and caring, and always faithful.  In the name that is above every name we pray, the name of Yeshua, our Messiah King.  Amein.


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[1]American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828

Monday, September 17, 2018

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TISHRI 8
Beginnings


“In the BEGINNING Elohim …” (Gen 1:1 ISR, emphasis mine)

In the BEGINNING was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.  He was in the BEGINNING with Elohim.” (John 1:1-2 ISR, emphasis mine)


Everything starts with our Elohim, the Creator of the universe.  He is the starting point, the beginning of everything, for everything originated from and with Him.  People ask:  where did Elohim come from?  Elohim is; there has never been a time when Elohim did not exist.  His existence is not dependant on anyone or anything, and He Himself has never had a beginning, nor will He ever have an end.  He is the beginning, and He is the ending (see Ps 90:2; John 5:26; Rev 22:13; Isa 57:15; Deu 33:27).

“You did found the earth of old, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They shall perish, but You remain; And all of them grow old like a garment; You change them like a coat, And they are changed. But You are the same, And Your years have no end.” (Ps 102:25-27 ISR, emphasis mine)

The Book of Genesis, in the Hebrew, is named Bereishit, which means, literally, ‘in the beginning’, or ‘the point at which something starts’, for this is where everything starts, where it all begins.  This is where our foundation is found, this is the beginning of creation, of a human society, of the nation of Israel.  And this is the beginning of the promise of our Messiah, our Adon Yeshua, and of the life that we can live pleasing to Him.  This too, must be where we need to start, in our search of who our Elohim is, of His character, His ways, of what He desires from us, and what He requires from us:  at the beginning.

Birth is a beginning.  So too, when we come in genuine repentance, doing teshuva, to our Creator, with the heartfelt sorrow for having lived our lives in opposition to His Torah, so too we experience a ‘new’ birth and a new beginning.   As we progress and learn in our day by day walk, let us go back to the beginning of the book, to where it all began, to the foundation, and learn again who the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob really is …


“For I am יהוה, I shall NOT change …” (Mal 3:6 ISR, emphasis mine)

יהושע Messiah is THE SAME yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Heb 13:8 ISR, emphasis mine)


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Tishri 7
Called AND Chosen


“For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are CHOSEN.”  (Mat 22:14 AMPC, emphasis mine)

There is an annual event televised internationally, a gala pageantry, recognized as the “Miss Universe” contest.  Countries from all over the world participate in this pageant, choosing, then sending their most beautiful and talented young ladies.  A process of elimination brings it down to the eventual winner of the competition, the one who will wear the crown for the coming year. From several hundred attractive and stunning women, only one is chosen.

In the Book of Esther, there was a similar pageant, but the prize for this was the crown of a Queen.  There is no record of exactly how many virgins were ‘called and summoned’ to this contest, but according to the Scriptures, Esther was the one that won the king’s love and approval, and consequently was chosen to become Queen (Est 2:17).

There were ten virgins – attendants – who, with their lamps, were to meet the bridegroom (see Mat 25:1-13).  They were all “called”, or invited, but only five were chosen to go in the bridal chamber.

There were twelve disciples called by our Master, but only three chosen to accompany Him to the Mount of Transfiguration, and later, to the Garden of Gethsemane.

What do we have to do to qualify to be chosen?


“Yeshua answered him, "If someone loves me, he will KEEP my WORD; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23 CJB, emphasis mine)


Abba, Father, we love You, and we thank You for all that YOU have done for us, and continue to do.  We gladly lay down our lives, and bow our knees to You, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Help us to live our lives according to Your Word, Your Torah, and may we always bring You praise, honor and glory.  In His Name, Yeshua HaMashiach, we pray.



But you are a CHOSEN race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who CALLED you out of darkness into His marvellous light ...” (1Pet 2:9 ISR, emphasis mine)


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

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Tishri 6
Code of Conduct


Only CONDUCT YOUR LIVES in a way worthy of the Good News of the Messiah; so that whether I come and see you or I hear about you from a distance, you stand firm, united in spirit, fighting with one accord for the faith of the Good News …” (Phi 1:27 CJB, emphasis mine)

“For you are a set-apart people to יהוה your Elohim. יהוה your Elohim has CHOSEN YOU to be a people for Himself, a treasured possession above all the peoples on the face of the earth.”  (Deu 7:6 ISR, emphasis mine)


From the very beginning, the instructions set forth in the Torah – divine instructions for righteous and moral living – would mark the people of Elohim as ‘different’.  In the 3500 some years since the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the Hebrew nation has been the most misunderstood nation in existence, yet they are also the most recognizable, by their strict allegiance to this code called Torah.

Would that we, as born-again believers in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth, were that recognizable.  We are called to be citizens of a new country, with a new King as leader, and it is by His laws –Torah - that we must now be governed and controlled. 

However, by His own words, Messiah Yeshua admitted that He did nothing but what He heard from His Father (John 8:28, 38; 15:10, 15).  We know that Yahweh our Elohim was the giver of the Torah at Mount Sinai (Ex 19:16-20), and we know that Messiah Yeshua is the Torah made flesh (John 1:1), the living example of a Torah-observant, Torah-fulfilled life, and lifestyle.  Is it not this manner of life and conduct – the same that our Messiah lived – that is worthy of His Name?


I call upon you therefore, I the prisoner of the Master, to WALK WORTHILY of the calling with which you were called, with all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to guard the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace – one body and one Spirit, as you also were called in one expectation of your calling, one Master, one belief, one immersion, one Elohim and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  (Eph 4:1-6 ISR, emphasis mine)

“You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city to be hidden on a mountain. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines to all those in the house. Let your light so shine before men, so that they see your good works and praise your Father who is in the heavens.”  (Mat 5:14-16 ISR)


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Friday, September 14, 2018

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Tishri 5
Instruction Manual


“Poverty and shame come to him who REFUSES instruction and correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.”  (Pro 13:18 Amp, emphasis mine)


The bottom drawer of one of my filing cabinets holds all of the instruction and owner’s manuals for virtually every appliance and equipment we own – from toasters and vacuum cleaners, to lawn mowers and my husband’s welder. The common instructions found in all of these manuals is 1) read all of the instructions before attempting to operate, and 2) keep and save the manual.  Yet, how often do we purchase an appliance and discard the manual, believing we already know how to operate and use it? And how many times, because of this type of attitude, have we found ourselves in trouble, and had to go back and study the manual?

A brand new farm tractor can cost well over $100,000, depending on size and make.  That is a small fortune, and to not familiarize ourselves with the owner’s manual on this expensive piece of equipment is foolish.  There are safety precautions that need to be learned, and the ‘don’ts’ are just as important as the ‘dos’.  My husband’s welder, even though he has been welding for many years, had new features on it that he was not immediately familiar with.  Through studying the instruction manual, that issue was quickly resolved.

Our Creator gave us an instruction manual that 1) we need to read and do, and 2) we are to save, keep, and guard.  And for those instructions that we have trouble understanding, there are Elohim-anointed and appointed ‘service technicians’ that we can call for help.  Trying to live our lives without the benefit of this instruction manual is nothing but pride and stupidity.  We are of far more worth than a $100,000 tractor; we have been purchased with blood that is more precious than anything imaginable.  And yet we dare to walk daily without the guidelines given to us? I would venture to say that this is nothing more than rebellion against the One who formed us within our mother’s womb.


Abba, Father, fill us with a hunger, a thirst for You, and Your Word.  Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that yearns for Your truth.  Let us become Your living epistle, to be read by all that we come into contact with.  And may be eager, willing, to be obedient to all of Your instructions, at all times.  AMEIN!


Have you read your manual today?



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

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TISHRI 4
By Hearing



“Therefore, faith is by the HEARING of the ear, and the hearing of the ear by the word of Eloah.”  (Rom 10:17 HRVS, emphasis mine)

“Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!” (Deu 6:4 ISR)


The Sh’ma is considered the most important prayer to everyone of Jewish descent, having received its name from the first word of Deu 6:4: Sh’ma, which loosely translated, means “hear”.  I understand that the Sh’ma is recited twice daily in its entirety, 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 Elohim, 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 verse to the Romans quoted above, as did James, the brother to our Master Yeshua, as cited here from the book by his name:

Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror, for he looks at himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like. But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah.”  (Jam 1:23-25 ISR)

As parents, we are always pleased when our children are willingly obedient, not just ‘hearing’, but doing, and without our having to ride rough-shod over them.  So it is with our Abba Father too.  It is a delight to Him when we choose to live according to His Word and instructions, taught and led by His Ruach, His Spirit.  It is this ‘hearing’, followed by the corresponding obedient action, which increases our faith – step by step, line upon line.  Faith is always active, for without action, it will become stagnant, wither away, and die.  And yet, it must all begin with our hearing …



For not the hearers of the Torah are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the DOERS of the law shall be declared right.  (Rom 2:13 ISR, emphasis mine)

“…whoever DOES AND TEACHES them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.(Mat 5:19 ISR, emphasis mine)


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Tishri 3
Pure in Heart



"How blessed are the pure in heart! For they will see God.” (Mat 5:8 CJB)


Do we earnestly long for the presence of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?  Do we dare to be like Moses, during the forty days on the mountain top alone with Elohim, then descending with the shining glory of the El Elyon, the most High God, evident on our face (Ex 33:11; 34:30)?  What of Stephen, knowing death is imminent, yet looking into the face of his Creator with joy and peace (Acts 7:55)?  And yet, according to our opening verse, the first requirement of being able to ‘see’ our Elohim is a “pure heart”!  So how can we know if our hearts are pure?

“Examine and test and evaluate YOUR OWN SELVES to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves …” (2Cor 13:5 AMPC, emphasis mine)

We are responsible for this testing and examination of ourselves, for determining the condition of our hearts (and not anyone else’s).  What is the definition of “pure”?  According to Noah Webster, it is “free from moral defilement, free from sin; free from guilt; innocent, genuine, and holy”[1].  I can remember years ago, an elderly woman that I greatly admired, one that loved Elohim with everything in her, telling me that my ‘motive’ indicator was the surest test of the purity of my heart.  In other words, what are the motives behind my actions, my words, my thoughts, and yes, even my lack of action.  To whom does it ultimately bring glory to?  If ‘me, myself and I’ are anywhere in the picture, pushing our King off of His throne, and drawing most of the attention to myself, then perhaps my heart is not as pure as it ought to be …



“Teach me Your way, O יהוה; Let me walk in Your truth; UNITE MY HEART to fear Your Name.” (Ps 86:11 ISR, emphasis mine)

“Who shall ascend into the mountain of YHWH?  And who shall stand in His set-apart place?  He that has clean hands, and a PURE heart; who has not taken My name in vain, and has not sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive a blessing from YHWH, and righteousness from the Elohim of his salvation.  Such is the generation of them that seek after Him, that seek YOUR face, even Ya’akov.”  (Ps 24:3-6 HRVS, emphasis mine)


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[1] American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Tishri 2
Integrity


Judge me, O יהוה, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me.” (Ps 18:20 ISR)


One of the definitions of 'integrity', according to the dictionary, is “the quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity”[1].  Basically, in common sense language, integrity means doing what is right when no one is around to watch, because it is the RIGHT thing to do.  It does not necessarily mean perfection, but it does mean striving, trying, and setting a standard for yourself that you refuse to compromise on. 

David was a person who lived a life of integrity, even before he became king.  While being hunted down and driven from town to town, David had several opportunities to take matters into his own hands, and “get even” with the one who was ultimately hunting him.  King Saul’s desire was to see David dead, and when circumstances put Saul into David’s hands, integrity would not allow David to harm “the anointed of the Lord” (1Sam 24:6).  Saul recognized David’s righteous and honorable character (1Sam 24:17-19), as did our Elohim. 

What are our plans and our actions, when we think no one is watching, when we think no one can trace ‘things’ back to us?  Are the plans and actions we engage in able to stand under the microscope of the purifying agent of Elohim’s Torah, His Word?  Are the intents and motives of our lives, our hearts, as transparent and pure before Yahweh as we think they are?

“The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them."  (Pro 11:3 AMPC)

Brethren, our Master Yeshua plainly told us that we are “the light of the world and a city set on a hill” (Mat 5:14).  In other words, everyone is watching us.  Everything we do and say must be done with an attitude of integrity, with uprightness, with sound moral principle, as ambassadors of our Messiah King.  And He will reward us accordingly…


“… those who sow righteousness gain a true reward.”  (Pro 11:18 CJB)


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[1] Webster’s New World Dictionary, 3rd College Edition, 1991


Monday, September 10, 2018

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TISHRI 1
A Day of Repentance


“Therefore say to the house of Yisra’ĕl, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “REPENT, and turn back from your idols, and turn back your faces from all your abominations.  (Eze 14:6 ISR, emphasis mine)


Last night, at sundown, marked the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tishri; this date is also the first of the fall feasts of our Elohim (see Lev 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 Yahweh created Adam and Chavah, commonly known as Eve.  If we would 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 our Creator, 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 repentance is not guilt from ‘getting caught’ doing something wrong.  According to Noah Webster, repentance is “sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of His holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence.   This is called evangelical repentance, and is accompanied and followed by amendment {change for the better} of life”[1].  There is an anguish, a pain, and a sense of a trust being broken on the part of the one committing the sin.  True repentance will always accept personal responsibility for the sin and wrong-doing that was done, and will consequently turn away from the behavior that caused the sin problem in the first place.  This is teshuvah – turning away from evil, and turning back to our Elohim.

Messiah Yeshua made a way for us to come to the Throne of Grace, to cleanse our hearts in repentance, and to obtain mercy in our time of need (Heb 4:16).  Yeshua is the “Mercy Seat” we run to, where we find forgiveness for our sins on a daily basis (1John 1:9), and not just once a year.  During this time of Yom Teruah, together with the days leading up to Yom haKippurim (the Day of Atonement), let us make an effort to examine ourselves (2Cor 13:5; 1Cor 11:28), for Yahweh our Elohim is looking, looking, running to and fro….


“For the eyes of יהוה diligently search throughout all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those WHOSE HEART IS PERFECT TO HIM.”  (2Chr 16:9 ISR, emphasis mine)

I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see. As many as I love, I reprove and discipline. So be ardent and REPENT.”  (Rev 3:18-19 ISR, emphasis mine) 


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[1]American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, insert and emphasis mine

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