Monthly Archives: July 2014

Time – In The Beginning

YHWH has a biblical pattern for humanity that is sketched out from day one of the Creation week. Though he had to prepare the house (the earth and all that in them is) for our arrival he did so in a way that we can emulate him as our great father whose hand is in every right and perfect thing we do. In this series of articles my goal is to reveal these truths in scripture concerning the very amazing destiny that God reveals for how we should functionally live our lives in a way that is orderly and glorifying to him and immensely satisfying for us. I mean what can be more satisfying than pleasing our Daddy?

                That said, let’s look at day one of the creation week. The first three words reflect the greatest priority that God saw, that mankind is given, in a word, time, marked by these three words “In the beginning”. What are we doing with our time? This most precious commodity can’t be purchased, but rather is a gift given to all of us and the amount of it uncertain for both the rich and the poor. However, it is the very first thing God gives us stewardship over so if we are negligent in using it wisely it can greatly affect our effectiveness.

                Back to scripture, we see that in the beginning of time God created the heavens and the earth. Whew that’s a lot of work, but Yah didn’t waste any time from the beginning, he was busy creating something awesome, preparing for the future. As mother’s your child has a beginning as you were the beginning for your parents. From the point when that sperm meets that egg a new beginning for life has begun. God in his infinite wisdom gives you nine months to prepare for what only took him six days to do, and with that time as a body is being prepared parents are given a chance to do for their young ones what God did for them.

                Now, I don’t want you to think that time is only important for expected mothers, but rather it is the clearest example of how God graciously has a pattern for life that we can follow. Whether you are having children or not you have a new beginning everyday and what you do with it can either produce life for yourself and others or abort it. How we live and what we do doesn’t affect just us and neither was it intended to. We are called to make a difference in our sphere of influence, to touch lives, and to glorify our heavenly father.

                So I challenge you, what are you doing in your beginning? How are you numbering your days so that you are inclining your hearts unto wisdom? (Psa. 90:12) Who is ordering your footsteps? These are questions that we must appeal to the Creator who knows what we don’t and who can see what we can’t. We reveal our trust in him by giving him our beginnings. The beginning of our days, the beginning of our tasks, all the plans we make, and in all the ways we go. (Prov. 3:5-6; Deut. 6:4-9)

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Re-Evaluating Life

                Today, I want to write to you about the time that we have been given and whether or not we are evaluating life from the proper perspective. Like a car the designer determines its purpose and ultimately whether or not the “life” of the car was of good value is determined by its owner. I hope this article ministers to those who are young and in the valley of decision. To those who have reached the peak of their youth (in other words no longer a dependent in the eyes of the parents) and are now at the brink of approaching their dip under if you will into the lows of life. I call these the lows of life simply because up until this point your decisions have been directed and guided hopefully by wise parents, but when you reach the plateau in which you now are responsible for your decisions and though your parents can give you guidance you ultimately have to be the driving force behind it. Here is where we usually make the bulk of our mistakes especially if we were raised to be “independent” thinkers. The catch twenty-two of raising your children to be independent is that when they face problems they will assume that they only have themselves to turn to for solutions. In this process we as newly independent thinkers tend to make the most unwise decisions.

                Many will make unwise decisions beforehand but that is as a result of parents making unwise decisions. Proverbs 29:15 reveals it this way, “a child left to himself bringeth a mother shame.” The beginning of that verse says the rod and reproof give wisdom, which tells me that Yah intended for mothers to be a part of implementing that rod to divert the possibility of her being shamed. Since wisdom in scripture is usually in the feminine form and since the verse actually connects to the fact that it will be the mother brought to shame if a child is left alone, it is fair to conclude that mother’s were expected to be the ones primarily with the children. This makes sense, since scripture doesn’t count women and men able to go to war, but rather men, clearly identifying who was to stay and who was to go. Proverbs 29 explains why so many single parents find themselves in a vicious cycle of producing children who follow in their parents mistakes.  

                The single parent and the married couple both contend with the same issue because the same advice and mode of living is embraced in both instances. The single parent out of necessity the married couple by choice, but the same mode of thinking drives them both. What is this mode of thinking that is seen as a blessing but in reality is a curse. This mode of thinking is the necessity for our children to be independent.  Scripture doesn’t teach us to be independent. The motivation behind teaching the word to your children as they wake up in the morning, go about their day, go to bed at night that is instructed in Deuteronomy 6 is so that your children won’t become independent thinkers, but rather they will have the mind of Christ. I say Christ because he is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world, he is the word of God that they were hearing, and because scripture tells us to have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16) Deuteronomy 6:4-8 tells us how we get his mind.

                If we as parents have the mind of Christ then we will impart it into them, and thus the point in this article concerning re-evaluating life is to point out where does scripture instruct us that we can have too many kids. In my bible children were a part of the list of blessing in Deuteronomy 28, as the arrows in one’s quiver in Psalms 127, as a sign of favor, yet we treat those who embrace this reality as though they are the pariah of the earth. Absorbing more than their fair share of air, they are not preventing anyone else from exercising that right, others are willingly giving it up. But more often than not that is the way we approach them.

                Often times we think that just because society has cut off support once a child turns eighteen that we should do the same.   Biblically, a man wasn’t even ready to go to war or counted as being a man until he was twenty. If for some reason our son isn’t ready to be a soldier in the kingdom of Yah by then did he fail or we fail?   I submit to you that we failed. We failed from conception if we willingly slept with someone who wasn’t our husband and we failed interim if we neglected the important role of being mother in order to compete for the position of being provider. When both parents make the career their priority who is left to raise the children? These decisions have generational consequences because quite naturally our children are going to do and support the same lifestyle because they really don’t have any other example to compare it to. To the degree that we fail to present the proper example before them we are destroying ourselves.

                We have trained our children in the way the world goes instead of in the way they should go, causing them to become a burden rather than a blessing. Consider this, listen to the stories of elderly people who lived in the country and enjoyed the presence of ten or more siblings. They don’t have the horror stories of life that we have. My grandmother lost her mother at an early age and during a time when most farming families had ten or more children she was an only child. Her upbringing doesn’t riddle the horrors of molestation, abuse, or neglect, but rather the only regret she had was not having siblings to the whit she made her cousins the sibling she didn’t have and desired as a result herself to have a large family. Yah blessed her with five children of her own. They would grow up to have stories of their upbringing on the farm that was tales of enjoying supper together talking about their day. Using their imagination to make their own fun during a time when video games and the like were not around to rob them of their God given creativity. We have used machines as Nanny’s and children have been left to look to Hollywood as the examples of how husbands should relate to wives and how wives should relate to husbands. How children should relate to parents and how parents should relate to children, and all too often those examples have been destructive in their influence.

                The way we raise children it is burdensome, and bondage but this was not the design that Yah placed before us. The things we need to stay encouraged are the things he instructed us to teach our children. We were to put Him before our children day and night, His word was the entertainment of choice, the instructor, the tutor, and the bridge that facilitated healthy dialogue within family. (Deut. 6:4-8) Once you take Him out of the picture you create the curse that your blessing was designed to be.

                Though society has decided two kids are enough for a family, I have yet to see the command where Yah said to stop being fruitful and multiply especially for believers. I haven’t seen where he said after having two stop having kids. Rather what I see today in our society is instead of people enjoying the company of their children with far fewer children to enjoy than our ancestors they are overwhelmed by them. How is it possible that we can have fewer children, more conveniences (i.e. dishwashers, washing machines, etc…) than our ancestors, yet our ancestors could enjoy their families of ten or more and we are burned out by our family of four? Somewhere along the path we took a wrong turn and got lost.

                I think the greatest shift in our way of thinking came with the push for our children to go to college. Ironically enough it is after experiencing college that our youth begin to question their faith. Statistics states 70-80% of people who accept Christ before college renounces him after. This begs the question scripture asks of us, “What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?” (Mark 8:36)

                Our ancestors didn’t allow the challenge of covering college expenses to figure into their decision to have children. They had their children, they enjoyed their children, raised them to be useful rather than users, and trusted Yah for the rest. We kill ourselves to provide them with an education from a system which challenges everything we poured into them. So what returns to us are theory oriented children who reject the God of their youth to embrace the god of this world.

                The greatest sign that our children have become a curse to us is when we can’t wait for them to get out our house. Not because getting out is best for them, but rather it is motivated by what’s best for us. Think about it, how many people after reaching their financial goal says “Oh I don’t want no more money, that’s enough.” Yet, how many people who have children have said “Oh I don’t want no more kids, ‘x’ is enough.” We then push our views on those who do see their children as blessings and choose to have more than the status quo as though they are the ones with the twisted view. Believers are supposed to produce fruit, much fruit, and fruit that remain. (John 15:16) We are the ones who are supposed to populate the earth. The secular world understands this, and even those in other religions understand this that’s why they continue to have large families. We are causing our children to be educated towards death and no one on their death bed calls their accountant to their room, they call their family to their room.

                There is absolutely nothing wrong with a married couple in the Lord, choosing not to use an unnatural substance or device to stop conception for the purpose of being fruitful and multiplying as Yah instructed us from the beginning. As long as they plan to raise those children in the Lord, train them in the way they should go, and can provide for their needs this is the life.

                Now, let’s define what a need is, because somehow we think not being able to have cable tv, x-boxes, or fancy cars, and tripped out houses is a necessity for life. Therefore, we are going to return to true necessities, dish washers, washing machines, and the like are conveniences, but not necessities. Our ancestors had ten or more children having to hand wash dishes and clothes and none died as a result of having to do so. Electronic games, college education, vacations, these are not needs, the basic needs of life have not changed just as the command to be fruitful and multiply has not changed. Food, water, and shelter these are the things that we need to physically live.

                If you can afford to give your children the other stuff then that’s great, but at the point that you begin to view the stuff as a need then you will begin to burden yourself with responsibilities Yah never intended for you. It is no small wonder why children view families as optional and conditional rather than joyful and desirable. We’ve made it too hard. We’ve made the requirements too great, it is truly time to get back to the basics.

                It is not the government’s responsibility to train our kids, it is ours and therefore there is no reason for us to look at them neither as the problem nor to them for the solution. It was never in the jurisdiction of scripture for our children to be trained by government, but rather it was our responsibility to do so. Ultimately it will be up to parents and future parents to stop making decisions based on selfish ambition and evaluate decisions based on the will and word of Yah.

Be Careful Who You Roll With

Wilderness Lessons

                As we approach the “wildernesses of the people” spoken of by the prophet Ezekiel we would be mindful to consider the very first example Yah gives His people of the wilderness experience. (Eze. 20:35) When Yah brought His people out of Egypt the first time there was a mixed multitude, foreigners, and strangers in the midst of his people. While many of them willingly left after the greatest deliverance since Noah was delivered from the flood that took over the world, all left Egypt, but most didn’t let Egypt leave them. There came a point where Yah sent spies to check out this land that flowed with milk and honey. Having a cluster of grapes so great in size they had to be carried by two men. (Num. 13:23)

Even with all of that, ten out of twelve came back with a false report of the land and as a typical democracy goes the majority of man was the minority of God. We must remember that broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be that find it, and straight is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it. (Matt. 7:13) The minority of God who was the majority with mankind cost all to have to travel an additional forty years in the wilderness until their very death. Only two witnesses from that generation would enter in to bear witness to the full deliverance of the Lord.

Yah kept his promise to Abraham and delivered Israel out of Egypt, the house of bondage, but most of those who were called Israel never allowed the house of bondage to leave them and therefore they received full compensation for their decision. As scripture puts it the wages of sin is death and they chose the wages of sin over the gift of God which is eternal life. (Rom. 6:23) Who we role with can determine our ultimate fate.   Scripture gives us this warning:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Mat 6:24)

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Luk 16:13)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?   (2Co 6:14)

We cannot serve the world and Yah, and if we find ourselves in the midst of those who will cause us to compromise our relationship with our first love then we’d best find ourselves separating from that relationship. Scripture makes no bones concerning the direction of those who won’t align themselves with the agenda of the Almighty.

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. (Pro 2:21-22)

As in the wilderness the first time many of us do not have the testimony of having our entire tribe choose to be on the Lord’s side as did Levi, and therefore some of us may find ourselves having biological family members who are enemies of Christ. (Exo. 32:26) While our love should be never wavering always abounding through prayer for them, our devotion and our steadfast faith must always be without reproach concerning the One to whom we owe our lives too, Yahushah Ha Maschiach.

Where we stand in the word will divide us with the world. If we stand for the word the world will hate us, if we stand with the world we will hate the word. There is no neutral ground and those who think that there is, is deceived.

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (Joh 15:19)

 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Mat 10:35)

 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Luk 12:53)

Rest assured that as it was in Egypt, as it was when Yahushah walked, so shall it be for us, as much as you may want it, not all family is going to be onboard with Yah’s plan. This conversely means that if you are on his plan and they are not there will be division. As it stands the only example of complete unity we see in scripture is when mankind is in opposition to God, not on board with him.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Gen 11:6)

If we therefore find ourselves in the category of the majority we had better make sure that we are still in the boat with God. We can only have a community where there is a common unity in Yah.

Banana Berry Cream Supreme

Lactose Intolerant lovers special this will surely be a favorite delight for the whole family…

Okay, so as many of you know if you had a chance to read my review of the different blenders that I have been raving about the Nutribullet 900HP.  Well, after seeing in Wal-Mart an actual device that takes frozen bananas and make them into ice cream I decided to give my nutribullet a new task.  It was daunting and the outcome unsure, but if I could make my home famous dairy free banana ice cream in my nutribullet it would solve a whole host of problems, but I wanted to tweak my recipe just a smudge by adding some other healthy ingredients to actually make ice cream not only yummy but Ultra healthy as well.  Well, I am posting it because my experiment was a HUGE success.  So much so that I won’t have to buy another device but rather I can use my ole faithful Nutribullet which is proving to be a heavy contender for fully replacing my Vitamix 3600.  I tell you sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages or shall I say bullets.  🙂  So here it goes…

Trust me you will want to do this with the Nutribullet I have tried this frozen treat with both the Ninja Healthmaster and Vitamix 3600 and it just can’t cut up those frozen strawberries without taking lots of time and overworking the motor, but the Nutribullet takes it like a champ.  For the first time it took me less time to make the ice cream than to prepare it.  The time factor and the work that it required of my blender is what caused me to stop making this dessert.  Trust me the Nutribullet is worth its fractionated investment.  Especially when you consider portability, ease of use, time, cleanup, proportion, and expense.  This baby can still be purchased for far less than either the Ninja or Vitamix can.

 

 Organic Herb Mix

1 handful (big hands use half as much)

 
 1 peeled frozen banana (ultra ripe) for sweetest taste  
 Handful of frozen organic blueberries  
 3 frozen organic strawberries  
 Handful of raw cashews  
 1 scoop of Balance Complete

This can be purchased by clicking on the picture. 

 
 1/3 cup of old fashion oatmeal  
 7 organic Apricot seeds (Remember seeds not the pit)

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 2 tbsps of honey (local or raw)  
 1/3 cup of Almond milk or coconut milk  

Declaration of Righteous Dependence on Yah

 

                 This fourth of July we celebrate the liberty we received as a nation from British Rule. We acknowledge the twenty-seven reasons under which we sought separation from Britain and chose to establish our own government. This founding document clearly acknowledges that our sovereignty is based on the inalienable rights provided to us by our Creator.

                The Declaration establishes that we as mankind have inalienable rights, as well as to whom the Giver of those rights are. This being the introduction to what would be our governing document, the Constitution, would clearly reveal that the founders of the United States of America had an understanding of the priority Yah (God) played in their existence. The constitution separates the first ten amendments, which are called the “Bill of Rights” which mimic the same style of writing we see in the Bible when Yah proclaims the “Ten Commandments”. Is it mere coincidence? Like the Ten Commandments the Bill of Rights also do not constitute the whole of the laws given, yet they do set a level of priority and governing framework for which all other amendments are built from. Is this coincidence or divine providence?

                Just in case that wasn’t enough of a clue for us to see the hand of the Almighty involved in our founding the very first part of the ten amendments deal with freedom of Religion. Why would it be important for people to have freedom to organize or assemble according to their faith not be hindered by government intervention? This isn’t hard to understand if we just understand the history that caused the birth of this nation to begin with. Consider the interesting wording, it is clear just in how it was worded that there was a high regard for religion and a strong desire to protect the right of the people to exercise their religious convictions. Take note of the order established here. They could have started it a number of different ways, but the fact that they chose religion reflects the level of importance they considered it to have.

                Scripture defines pure religion and undefiled before the Father as visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27) Considering most of the writers had a Christian background and many were Abolitionists they would have understood the benefits of pure religion to free enterprise and recognized the exercising of religion could only benefit any society. I would submit to you that it is the anchor of the text and rightfully so because it is the one freedom that without it all the others become subjective, and thus without the freedom of religion you soon won’t have the other freedoms either.

                Is this not what we see today; the slow eradication of our constitutional rights. Circumstances and precedence is slowly but surely becoming the eraser of these very rights that as indicated in the declaration are God given. Having said that are we on the brink of approaching a time that we will find ourselves saying the same things that lead to our founding fathers declaring independence from the country of its birth? Are we finding ourselves at the place where the course of human events, shall make it necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and are we being forced to choose to side with the unjust laws of mankind over the laws of nature and natures God? How are we to proceed in light of a very real and deliberate act of treason being performed against us based on our constitutional rights? If we abort the Birth we destroy the life within it. If we destroy the Birth Certificate of a nation (The Declaration of Independence) we can destroy the nation produced out of it.

                The unmistakable truth that resides in both documents reflect that humanity must have independence from human rule so that it can be dependent on Yah to rule. We are a government that inspite of popular opinion is not based on the majority rule. Had that been the case many of us would still be forced to work on plantations and in slavery since the majority that ruled considered us as less than human. We are a republic form of government that is based on the laws of the land rule and no one, including those who are in government are above the laws that are written. If we ignore this truth we will abort the very documents that give us legitimacy as a nation and the United States will find itself inevitably becoming the Divided States and history once again will repeat itself. We can only declare independence from tyranny, if we have declared a righteous dependence on God.