Torah

“Teach them the chuqiym (decrees) and the torot (plural form of torah – teachings) and make known to them the way they are to walk and the work they are to do.” (Exodus 18:20)

Here we see that chuqiym and torah are the “way”. The Hebrew word for “way” is “derek” and is literally a road and the Torah is a road that they are to walk. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father but through me.” “Torah is The Way” we are to walk or the work we are to do.

“Your righteousness is a righteousness forever and your torah is truth.” (Psalm 119:142) “Torah is truth”

“For it (Torah) is not an empty word for you, for it (Torah) is your life and in this word you will live long of days in the land there which you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy 32:47) Torah is life

John 14:6 Jesus answered him, “I am the way (Torah), the truth(Torah), and the life(Torah). No one goes to the Father except through me.( This sentiment is echoed in Exodus 18:20)

Yeshua was the true Torah and he is “the road and the way” we should walk. He is the example.

John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/50_way.html

A New Creation

I have good news! You can be made new! No I mean it really. Do you desire to feel the innocence of your youth? Do you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? Is there pain and suffering in your life that is physical or mental? I have the answer! You can have a chance at a new beginning that is Eternal! Sound too good to be true? There’s proof the man through whom this great hope comes has defeated death and ascended to the highest place. A gift he sends us to be made new like him. For a renewing of our minds and bodies he has sent us a friend. How has seeking to satisfy your desires fulfilled your life? Human Nature at charge in our lives leads us chasing every current satisfaction of the senses sometimes in despite of our convictions. Are you left feeling depleted, empty, or dissatisfied? Are you unhappy with who you’ve grown to be? I’m telling you of a hope and a promise of being made into a whole new being all together. One who inspires and makes a difference in their lives and others. A creation that is remembered and is in its NATURE good. It is a transformation no physician can replicate ; no amount of wealth can accomplish. It requires NO FORMAL education no down payments or difficulties. This promise of eternal life and a new creation belongs to those who are simply willing to follow after and place their faith and hope in the teachings of that very man who conquered death. He has gone before us and lived a blameless life and was awarded with abilities to command demons and heal illnesses. His life is marked from its very beginning with exceptional spiritualism. He is very wise and was from his youth. He knows the one true God and can be our doorway to him. If we are willing to follow this man and his teachings. See even the wicked know this man was real by they don’t live their lives the way he did and are not partakers in the promise to this man’s followers. This man his name is Yeshua he is the messiah that the Jews were told of by their prophets of old. He gave his life up without a fight without a single word of objection. He was beat beyond recognition. His adversaries cheered as they strung him up to die and for all to see the mockery they were making of his teachings of God and Love. His disciples and family placed him in a tomb in deep mourning. This man could not even be contained by death. Three days later he arose from his resting place and promised us to share in his inheritances of eternal life. All we have to do is agree to be his students and to follow his example. By placing our faith in his words and teachings he will repay us with eternal life and a life here on earth free of the burdens of sin and disease.

Exorcisim: How hollywood has distorted the truth.

The plainest simplest picture of a spiritual battle is the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other whispering in our ears.  God’s direction is found in the word of God and by learning to hear his voice. We either imitate God and love or we imitate the enemy and become selfish and hateful.  The enemy is cleaver. He understand human nature very well. He has observed it for the whole of humanity.  He knows how to manipulate. If he can get someone to act on a temptation and do something selfish and hurtful then he can use this to attack us.  Then he gets us to put the blame on that person. Yes that person chose to act on the temptation but did they understand the spiritual situation? Do they know it was the enemy tempting them? Or do they think it comes from their own feelings?  Learn to identify the enemy in your life and resist him. The word of God says to resist the devil and he will flee from you! Exorcism according to Peter comes from faith. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God. As our faith grows and we learn to discern and identify the acts of the enemy in our lives and learn to resist the devil he will flee from us. When you identify the acts of the enemy in someone else be kind and help them understand their situation don’t let the enemy draw you into conflict.

Seek Scripture And Pray When You Are Confused

It is time to stop blindly following after any and every person claiming to be speaking the truth.

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For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints.”      1 Corinthians 14:33 (ESV)

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.”    John 16:13 (NIV)

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”                 Acts 17:11 (NIV)

Confusion has the ability to rob us of the peace freely given by God.  It can rob us of sleep and distract our thoughts.  It causes mental stress and health issues, if a…

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Bloggerinspiringbloggeraward1 Award, thanks to Everything Else Thrown In  

I am very honored and must say that it truly caught me off guard. Thank you!

Part of accepting this award means that I am to tell 7 things about myself in this posting.

1.I love the Lord our God and my saviour Y’shua the Messiah with all my heart and all my soul.

2.Y’shua has placed upon my heart to NOT be an idol believer.

3. I am not always comfortable sharing the convictions of my faith.

4. I am a mother of 3 young children and a wife.

5.The first thing the Lord gave me was a horse when I was 14. (The owner GAVE her to me for no reason at all. He didn’t know that I had prayed for one. “Seek first…..”)

6. The second thing he gave me was my daughter Chailyn Nadine (we tried for over 2 yrs. her names mean living water, hope)

7.The third is my husband who has recently turned his life over to the Lord!

Not in any particular order I am nominating the following bloggers also…

1.StephenWhoElse

2.SR

3.Reality Of Christ

4.Josephus-Joppa

5.katierawlins

6.wordofgodspeaktome

7.Journey to Complete Joy

8.saartjie

9.Mustard Seed Budget

10.From Mark Mallett: The Near Occasion of Sin

11.In the Beginning

12.linesbylinda

13.bluephoenixrebel

14.motherofnine9

15.Jon Lilley

One foot in the world and One foot in his kingdom: Are you getting in

James1:8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.

What does it mean to be double-minded or to have one foot in the world and one foot in his kingdom?

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there is your heart also.

What are your treasures? Is it that new car you really need or want?         Is it a bigger house?       A diamond ring?        The right man/woman?        Is it your children:/ ?

Matthew 10:37
“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.

I chewed on this scripture for a long time and prayed very deeply about it. He is NOT saying don’t love them.

 My husband enjoys motorcycles and found himself dreaming of what he would do to his bike, how he could fix it up etc. Then Y’shua came to him and a dream and told him to sell it!

What do you spend your leisure time doing? What does your mind rest on? What are your goals daily and long term?

These things reveal our treasures and WHERE our HEARTS ARE!

More recently we have been looking at buying our first house. As this goal for our family has shifted a lot of our focus, God has reminded me Not To get COMFORTABLE here. “This is temporary, treat it like it is temporary.” He tells me.  Where our thoughts are is where our heart is! We are supposed to know that everything we need will be taken care of and we are supposed to pursue him not things or accomplishments! He desires our thoughts and attention .  We should desire his attention just as a bride desires her grooms attention.

When we shift our focus and start pursuing things other than God we have taken our eyes off of Jesus (Y’shua) and put them on that new thing. This new pursuit is where we are headed, so we have taken a jot off of the strait and narrow path.  We have DIVIDED our attention and our HEARTS!  We now have ONE FOOT IN GOD’S KINGDOM AND ONE FOOT IN THE WORLD!

Revelation 3:16 “And you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I am going to vomit you from my mouth.”

A tool the bible discusses frequently is life in the spirit and death through the flesh. This keeps us on the straight and narrow path with our eyes on God. Pursuing his desires rather than our desires. If you imagine that all of your earthly desires are desires of the flesh. Anything that can be offered to please you is a desire of your flesh. Things like food, clothes, social status, love, passion, etc are an example of the desires of our flesh. These often times become our pursuit and distract us from our straight and narrow.

Peter explains that through moderation and training we can live by our spirit and not be driven by the desires of our flesh.

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

When we live in moderation then we are less desirous of things. Food is the best example of this. When we eat moderately we are not driven by the desires of our stomach. When we begin to indulge in excessive amounts of food our stomachs desire to always be full. Then our thoughts are often focused on the fullness of our stomach.  We also can see that when we eat overly sweet and overly salty we then desire to bounce between the two, but when we eat foods that are moderately seasoned we do not have strong desires for real sweet or salty foods.  This same idea is applied to everything. Americans are used to being entertained most of the time and we desire entertainment.  I can think of a lots of these type of scenarios. The point is that moderation disciplines our desires of the flesh.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be worried for anything, but always in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known before God,
Philippians 4:7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 And the peace of God, Who is greater than every mind, will keep your hearts and your minds by Yeshua The Messiah.

People who grew up without having very much know how to be satisfied without having a lot.

Philippians 4:10 But I have rejoiced greatly in our Lord that you have come to be concerned for what is mine, just as you always were concerned, but you were not enabled; 11But I said it, NOT BECAUSE I HAVE NEED BUT BECAUSE I HAVE LEARNED THAT WHATEVER I HAVE WILL BE ENOUGH FOR ME. 12I know how to be humbled, I know also what it is to abound; I am trained in everything and in all things, in fullness and in hunger, in excess and in poverty, 13Because I master all things by The Messiah who empowers me. 14However, you have done well in that you have shared with my afflictions.

Loving God

1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God: to keep his commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome.”

What I heard most as a child…..
“God says, If you love me then you will obey me.”
My mom wanted me to obey Her and she had no idea the seeds she was planting with these words. I knew that my affectionate feelings towards my creator or savior didn’t mean much if I wasn’t willing to be obedient because IF I REALLY loved him Then I would obey him.

Matthew 15:8 These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

1Corinthians 13:13 For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which commandment in The Written Law is the greatest?
Yeshua said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God from all your heart and from all your soul and from all your power and from all your mind. This is the great and the first commandment.”And the second which is like it is, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commands depend all The Written Law and The Prophets.”

I love how all the law is simplified here. Obey God in his commands which is loving God and treat other people the way you would want to be treated.

Then we are reminded too…

James 2:8 And if you fulfill The Written Law of God in this, as it is written: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”, you are doing well.

Eyes on God

What is the law of God? The ten commandments right?

Matthew 22:36-40
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

If we are supposed to obey the ten commandments and ALL THE TEACHINGS OF THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS HANG ON THE 1ST 2 commandments then AREN’T WE SUPPOSED TO OBEY THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD?

Discipleship

In my discipleship training we were asked a question. When we died what were we going to say to Jesus if he asked “why should I let you into heaven?” The response was this “I believed in you Jesus.” then a small voice inside of me reminded me of something James 2:14 “Faith without works is dead.”  What I am coming to understand is this, true faith is accompanied by works. Jesus believed in in his father God and because of this he obeyed him and did his father’s work. John 6:38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

Matthew 6:9-13

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“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Luke 9:58
Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He did not worry about what he was going to eat or where he would sleep. He cast away all of his desires and relied on that faith to feed, cloth, and secure him. Jesus said…Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.  We have to come to realize that this time on earth isn’t about us or our lives. We have a short time here before eternity. Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Why are we supposed to deny ourselves our own wants and not store up treasures on earth? Because that is not what this life is for! It is to separate the sheep from the goats, the willing from the unwilling, those who truly love God from those who don’t. It is a time to be God’s messenger and to reach as many people as we can for the sake of their salvation. It isn’t about your career or a legacy you will leave behind. It isn’t about us at all.  We will have a time to enjoy ourselves, to reap the rewards of our labor. So can you be double-minded living your own life and get into heaven. I’m afraid not. Revelation 3:16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Simply believing that Jesus was the messiah isn’t enough. What does it mean for someone to be your Lord? It means they are your ruler and you will obey them. We need to believe everything he taught! When we come to truly believe the whole message then we understand that There WILL be a judgment and our faith better have produced results. John 15:1-2 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. Are you focused on producing fruit or on your own life? What will Jesus have to say to you? Come with me my faithful servant or depart from me I never knew you? Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

What will he say to me? Have I given everything I am to do his work…. It is a gut wrenching question isn’t it! Beware of the teachers of lawlessness. These are the teachings of the anti-christ (refernces: Matthew 2:36-40, Matthew 5:17-20,2 Thessilonians 2:7). Know what this life is for, to have faith that bears good works. Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,  Here are some more scriptures concerning judgment. http://www.openbible.info/topics/judgment_day