Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Abundant Life

The enemy wouldn’t work so hard to convince you that you were nothing if you were not something. Consider this for every detour he sets up to keep you from hitting the target it is only proof that Yah has an awesome plan that the enemy is determined to keep you from knowing. He will use good or evil to keep you from fulfilling your purpose. To distract you from obedience to the one choice that will lead you to the Promise land. The enemy has no new tricks just new victims. That being said I want us to really re-evaluate the abundant life scripture teaches us that Yahushah came to give us. In order to do this we have to know how to approach scripture when we study. So the first trap of the enemy I am going to address is this business concerning questioning the word of God.

Questioning the word of God and asking questions as you read the word are not the same thing. One questions the words validity the other seeks answers. Asking questions as I read the word means chapters, verses, and books do not determine when I am done.  Acquisition of the answer determines when I am done. The bible says we do not fight as one who beats the air. (1 Cor. 9:26) Yet we can read as one who does. Aimless and without direction as isolated sound bytes providing no cohesive direction or instruction and many seek that path so they comfort themselves in Psalms and proverbs hoping to get all they need in a few verses to avoid the commitment that a bible study requires. Let me caution you that if you find yourself always needing encouragement from these books it could be your unwillingness to obey Yah in the convicting passages of the other books that has you in that position. In spite of what many may believe repentance is not a dirty word. It is humbling but cleansing, and freeing.

On most websites there exist a page called (FAQ) which means frequently asked questions. Many of us who find ourselves on a website that peaks our interest or is necessary for the provision of instruction in the use of a product we possess will find ourselves scouring this page for answers. The bible has all the answers we need for how to live a successful as well as an unsuccessful life. Those who live a successful life follow the instructions of the manual that leads to blessings. Those who seek an unsuccessful life follow the pages that lead to inevitable troubleshooting issues. When you focus on doing what the manual says you shouldn’t do you void the manufacturer’s warranty. Thus when our lives break down instead of blaming ourselves we blame the manufacturer. Taking the wrong path may get you to the desired position you want to be in, but usually at a considerable cost. The manufacturer knows this and thus we run the risk whenever we do that which is discouraged to be done with any product purchase we increase the chances that later on we will have a problem. That loss may even be shelf life, where you would have gotten twenty years you only have ten. The bible is our manual and to the degree that we ignore its warnings and take creative excursions from its instruction we decrease our shelf life.

Again, some of us may follow the instructions exactly and still find ourselves checking out early. In that case no worries, my scripture reveals to me that this was the path many of the Apostles took, yet they completed their purpose. I’d much rather die fulfilling my purpose early and enter into my rest with Yah, then to live a long life having not come close to it leaving with nothing but regret.

The goal of a product is to fulfill its purpose. The scripture teaches us in Hebrews of those who didn’t live the long plush life that many of us seek after as our goal. We have been erroneously in many cases taught that the acquisition of status and material things is somehow a sanction or sign of God’s favor upon us. Yet, what I read in Hebrews is how those who quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, who out of weakness were made strong, were waxed valiant in fight. It goes on to mention women who received the dead raised unto them, while others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might receive a better resurrection. (Heb. 11:32-40) God’s standards are not ours by any stretch of the imagination. Let’s not stop here but Hebrews goes on to tell us about others who were mocked, and scourged, moreover in bonds and imprisoned, some stoned and sawed asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword, wandering in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, and tormented yet their end was not said to be connected with those who were cursed of God. These are the believers and we know this because right after those who were afflicted and tormented it says of these the world was not worthy.  This is God’s cream of the crop. This flies directly in the face of those who would say the more abundant life that God desires for us to have is to seek after the riches of this world. The very example of the Father was emulated in the person of Abraham who had the mentality when offered riches after defeating five kings in Genesis 14 of refusing their spoils, making it clear that it would not be said of him that man has made him rich. (Gen. 14:23)

We clearly have the wrong focus. Yahushah himself stated for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth. (Luke 12:15) The book of Psalms tells us that the man who didn’t make God his strength trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthens himself in his wickedness. (Psa. 52:7) The focal point revealing that the issue is what he trusted in. See Abraham though he had things and riches didn’t trust in them, nor did he strengthen himself in it, but not so for the man who doesn’t make God his strength. Many people have all the food they could desire, yet Ecclesiastes tells us of a man who labours who whether he eats little or much sleeps sweet, yet the abundance of the rich can’t sleep. (Ecc. 5:12)

These scriptures makes me really have to go back and get a better understanding of a scripture I myself like to quote, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Could this abundant life be understood in the scriptures of the Psalms and Proverbs?

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. (Pro 3:13-18) Emphasis mine

Riches here come as a result of seeking wisdom, not seeking riches, interesting thought. Especially when we consider that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Psa. 111:10)

But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. (Job 28:12-21) Emphasis Mine

Now we should see just how significant 1 Corinthians is when Paul tells us, “who hath known the mind of the Lord (which without doubt is wisdom), that he may instruct him, but we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16) So what does that mean? In Philippians we see the following, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Php 2:5-8) Emphasis Mine

Notice this walk is going to cost you something, your life. Bringing even greater understanding of what it means to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice as we are instructed to in Rom. 12. The goal of life isn’t to live long, or to acquire things, or to make a name for ourselves, it is to make a name for Him. To take upon ourselves His identity as a wife takes on the identity of her husband so are we to take on the identity of Christ. To the point of death, to sum it up in one word we are called to be obedient. Our obedience reveals our wisdom and understanding, it is the treasure that will have the eternal value that all those substances that are compared to it has. Just as the word of God is eternal, having no expiration date hence heaven and earth will pass away before one jot or tittle does. Yet we understand that the world will be without end as a new heaven and new earth enters in. (Matt. 5:18; Eph. 3:21; Rev. 21:1). Just as gold may change form but never be destroyed, or rubies may be shaped and molded but never cease to be, wisdom and understanding continues on. It is the treasure we can only receive as we commune with God, as we get into that secret place where man can’t pervert it, and time can’t change it.

                Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. (Pro 8:10-12) Emphasis Mine

This scripture is outright telling us to receive instruction and not silver, knowledge rather than gold, that wisdom is better than rubies and nothing we desire can be compared to it. I hope I am painting a clear picture to my readers that the abundant life Messiah is talking about is a far greater substance than what backs our currency. How much of our lives is spent on acquiring money rather than wisdom? How is our nation suffering for it? So I will ask again, why are we willing to comfort ourselves in Psalms and Proverbs rather than seek the wisdom of the Torah (first five books of the bible)?

Why are we ignoring the convicting words of our Messiah who said clearly in Matthew not to even think that he has come to destroy the law or the prophets.(Matt. 5:17) I would submit to you it is because we’d rather believe there is more value in titles and status, and in the acquisition of stuff rather than in the wisdom of the Word. We’d rather be distracted by that which allows us to have a comfortable place to lay our heads rather than be led by the Head of the church which is Christ. We have outright ignored all the wisdom of the word of God to chase after that which has no value.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Pro 31:10)

                I shutter to think where Abraham would be without Sarah’s witness to him concerning Isaac had he not come back to remembering that Yah had declared that Isaac would be the promised seed. So often we as women have allowed the world to convince us that God either has no plan or has no value of us in his kingdom. This could not be further from the truth. I watch as so many of our sisters assume the abundant life requires us to compete with our men on every level. Equal pay, equal say, we are killing ourselves trying to fill shoes that were never given to us to walk in.

In studying the scripture on this topic I find it absolutely amazing that the only physical substance that is compared to that which has an eternal value is compared to a woman, but not just any woman a virtuous woman. This virtuous woman she is not your career woman, your independent woman, your prophetess, or apostolic woman, and certainly not your contentious woman.

His description of this virtuous woman can be read from the book of Proverbs 31 and though she does the work of many and has the strength, intelligence, and administrative skills of many men she is known by what she does behind the scene. It is the things that she does at home that allows her husband to be known at the gates. It’s the way she keeps her house that causes her children to praise her. It’s the delicate way she treats her servants that causes her to be a joy to work for. This man wants to come home at night because of her. He is satisfied with her such that nothing out in the world can measure to her. How many of us view these scriptures as the model for being a successful woman? How many of us see this model as the abundant life that we should obtain? If we don’t why aren’t we? Remember what I said from the beginning the enemy doesn’t want you to value what the word of God says concerning you. He wants you to disdain being the virtuous wife, he wants you to bypass and devalue the things and ways of God.

Sisters if we can ever get a vision for God’s plan for us we could win the world for Christ. Like this wife’s husband people will know our husband Yahushah at the gates because of what we do in obedience to Him. In a society that belittles and disdains motherhood and that is seeking so diligently to erase the roles of men and women we need to begin asking ourselves the question, why? Why is the enemy working overtime to keep us from embracing something that the scripture defines as virtuous? Again, we must begin asking ourselves questions as we read the scriptures this will echo through many of my articles so get used to it. Not to question the scriptures, but to ask questions when we read them, because in doing so we will find wisdom, and wisdom is much more desirable than gold. The fear of YHVH is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy understanding. (Prov. 9:10)  So I beckon you to have your mind renewed and your life transformed by His word.

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The Winking Point

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                There comes a point in every Believer’s life where they reach the winking point with God; where the stumbling baby must become the mature son or daughter. A time when the pacifier is no longer acceptable and the milk is no longer needful, but meat is on the plate and now we must eat it. Yes, now we must partake of the body of the Lamb and take up our own cross and follow him. It now becometh us to fulfill all righteousness in our walking out our own salvation with fear and trembling, trusting in Him to both will and do of His good pleasure in our mortal bodies. (Phil. 2:12-13)

                Even when I thought I was grown, out in the world no longer under the roof and security of my mother’s abode I recognized the shift in responsibility. While mother and father was there it was not their responsibility to pay my bills or kiss my boo boos. I was expected to imitate the example they set for me in the world. How much more responsibility do we have to follow the one who never failed, who never missed it, yet like us he came in the form of flesh and had to learn obedience through suffering. We are indeed without excuse. Technology is at its highest, and humanity has reached the pinnacle point of its greatest achievements, yet its most vile depravity and surely the remaining bones of histories failures in going against the Creator stands as a visible reminder of what happens when sinful man falls into the hands of an angry God. But instead we find ourselves surrounded by scoffers, those who see the events of our day and say that things are as they have always been and therefore they continue to remain in their sin believing that the Lord continues to delay his coming.

                Still I say, every person finds themselves at the winking point with God. The place where you can’t escape the sands of time or bat your eye lashes at the consequences your choices have cost you. This point for every individual may come at different times but nonetheless it comes. Let’s remember Yah is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but He is longsuffering to us-ward because it is His desire that none perish but all come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9) He is giving every opportunity for us to turn around. Consider the hundreds of years he gave those who lived during the time of Noah to repent because when the judgment is final the stakes are high and where the punishment is lasting it is important to provide ample opportunity for repentance. Even with the hundreds of years given during the time of Noah, only eight people were able to escape the flood.           Scripture tells us that the time we are in is like it was in the days of Noah. (Lk 17:26) Like every parent who has counted to three, or submitted the warning to a wayward child, at some point the sword must be wielded to bring about peace and at that point all eyes will be open and all enemies will be hushed. I encourage you, don’t allow His judgment to hit you before His eye blinks. Turn to Yah while it is still today, for tomorrow is not promised.

Sharing the Passover with Others

One such way you can share Passover with your loved ones is by having a home gathering to show the movie Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled.  This awesome film is a great introduction to the biblical holiday that reflects the Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection.  This fifty minute presentation will allow you to open up for meaningful conversation concerning the Feasts of the Lord.  I am placing a home made flyer that you are free to use to share via email or mail to invite your family and friends for a home viewing.  Feel free to customize it as you see fit.

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If you don’t own this video you can download it from Youtube here..

Of course every movie is better with refreshments so something light would be great to provide at your viewing.  Also a great idea for ministries to take advantage of.

Happy New Year 6014 is Here

ImageThe New Moon has been sighted from Israel so it is officially the beginning of Yah’s New Year!  Returning to Yah’s times and seasons brings about an interesting course of events as technology has paved the way for Followers of the Torah to be able to keep the biblical New Year as instructed by scripture even miles away from the place where Yah has made His name to abide.  Praise be to Yah for opening our eyes to the truth.  HalleluYAH!! 

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Making Passover Personal

This year as I prepare for Passover we have been keeping it approximately since 2005. Every year it provides a new revelation of who the Lord is and what he desires of me as I read his word and understand more about him and myself. But this year I am coming to a revelation that Passover is personal. One of the things that we are doing this year is focusing on the worth-iness of the lamb. For worthy is the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world. We are also focusing on the fact that he has also redeemed us out of the house of bondage; recognizing what he did for our forefather’s by bringing them out of the literal Egypt every year. This year we are incorporating the right now of God concerning what he has done in the lives of those who we have personally known or witnessed him bring out. Such Negro spirituals as “Go Down Moses” rings true to just how God brought us out of the clutches of Pharaoh, and how He is still bringing us out. This is taking place in layers because there still exist bondages that are enslaving our people and primarily that is because we have not trusted in God.        We have trusted in the arm of flesh rather than in the arms of Elohim. As a result we continue to find ourselves being reminded that only he can deliver us. Such reminders come when we look at Jena, Trayvon Martin, we look at so many scenarios in how our people are being imprisoned for the same thing that others are doing and yet we are not fitting into the system but becoming victims of it. We quickly discover when we play the world’s game we become the fall guy. The ones that get caught, imprisoned, killed. Now the inclination is to have our hearts embittered and make the same mistake of Esau rather than to look at the situation in the way that Yah looks at it. It’s not about us being able to get away with wrong on this end but rather pressing in to develop the relationship that the Father desires for us to have with him. In order to do that he is looking for a bride that is without spot, or blemish, or any such thing. He will not allow us to escape in an effort to get us to repent. Remembering that Yah chastises those whom He loves, and he has invested too much in us to let us leave earth without exhausting every opportunity to get us to return. All of this should teach us that if we desire to walk in the blessings of God we cannot do it our way.

                When I say buck the system I am not referencing the system made by man, but rather we cannot buck the system that God has ordained. The system I am referring to that we buck is the system of statutes, and laws, and judgments that he has established for us. He ordained this system when he brought our forefathers out of Egypt, then bringing us into covenant with him. He would not allow us to be like the rest of the world serving wood and stone. We would not be able to turn to the arm of flesh for our deliverance. He already revealed this to us but rather we must trust and rely on Him and Him alone to deliver us from the snares of death. As I share what is really on my heart this year it is about us coming back into covenant with the Creator. It’s about us recognizing that he has and will bring us out of the bondages that we have been encapsulated by. He is exposing the false coverings so that we can clearly see the evil. We will have to turn our backs on what is right in order to miss it.

                This year the focus is on taking out the old and bringing in the renewed. I say renewed because it’s not new it is just returning to the instructions that were revealed to us in Exodus. He stated that this Passover would be a statute that we would keep forever. He stated not only will it be commemorated but in Exodus twelve he reveals the year will begin in the self same month that we were set free. The phrase coined is “the beginning of months for you”, so that we know when his time begin. In fact this was so important that Paul reminds us that concerning his times and seasons we have no need that anyone writes to us in the first letter written to the Thessalonians. ( 1 Thess.5:1) Yet many of us have no clue of the times and seasons of the Lord because we have been brought up in a world system that believes the year begins during a Pagan month named “January” which is in honor of the two headed goddess “Janus”. This ignorance will prove to be important as many will be surprised by the things that will shortly come to pass just as it was in the time of Noah. (Lk 17:26-28)

                We are so off track that we have even gotten off track concerning when a day begins. Where from the beginning of creation we see that the evening and the morning constituted a day with the evening being the marker for night and the beginning of a new day and daylight being the last half of the day. This confusion leading to our own demise as we know that the day of the Lord that we are in is characterized by great darkness. A darkness many of us are aware of as we watch the news and behold the devastation and confusion that is taking the world by storm. The times we live in is certainly not the example of peace that Yah reveals to us in his word that we will experience when he returns. However if we study his word carefully we discover that he has forewarned us that the day of the lord will begin as a day of great darkness. (Joel 2:1-2) The context of Joel clearly reveals that this is descriptive of the coming of the day of the Lord.

                Having said that, the year that will begin in just a few days, is a time of restoring the ancient paths spoken of in scripture. We will surely regret not planting in the hearts of this new generation the truth. The days of Yah winking at our ignorance has certainly passed, and preparation for the kingdom is nigh at hand. We are in an age of personal responsibility for every choice that we make with ignorance not being a viable excuse we had better take the time given us to lead others to Him. Conforming to dead religious acts that deny the power of God will lead to us being held accountable before him.

                This year the conviction that I received is that I have gone all out in terms of my time, talent, and treasury concerning things that have absolutely no true lasting value. Yet how much have I invested in honoring the Lamb of God. My heart has been filled with more joy at the thought of incorporating this year a lasting legacy for the next generation to glean from to return to the ancient path of scripture that leads to the narrow path to the Father. This year I encourage my readers to do the same begin looking for ways to honor Yahushah by pursuing the Father for ways that you can make Passover personal. Look for ways to share the meaning of Passover with your family, friends, and loved ones. Take advantage of all the resources we have been given in this generation to point it to him.

                The Feast of Passover is all about the Lamb of God. It is the singular focus of the holiday and kicks off the feast for the year, along with marking the beginning of the year. Yah makes it clear in this feast that was celebrated for thousands of years before Yahushah came that it was going to be the blood of a sinless lamb that was going to save us from sin. This last Adam would correct all the faults of the first one in living obedient to the Father and suffering on the tree of death that we might have access to the tree of Life through Him. Passover is a beautiful story that highlights this awesome revelation and this year it is an honor to make His sacrifice for me personal.