Monthly Archives: April 2015

Cleaving & Sagging: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Of all the subjects that I have touched on in my blog this is a topic I am probably most suited for dealing with. It is a touchy topic so please try to read through the entire article and listen for the Holy Spirit. He is the voice we should be listening for anyway. This is a problem that I myself have been guilty of taking part in, especially in my younger and dumber days. I had no clue how my actions impacted others, nor did I care, at least not enough to make the necessary changes. Today, with the fashion trends being as they are it is even more difficult to find appropriate clothing to wear that doesn’t accentuate areas that clothing was intended to cover. While the bible doesn’t speak in terms of how long your dress ought to be, or how far up your shirt should go or how snug it should fit, it does give us an indication of what the purpose of clothing was for. If clothing doesn’t first meet that standard than all the rest won’t matter.

Lately, current fashion trends would suggest that the purpose for clothing for adults would be based on fulfilling the lustful appetite of society. Catering to what makes us feel good, no matter how uncomfortable, inconvenient, or inappropriate it may be. However, we as believers are called to be our brother’s keeper and as such we mustn’t dismiss decency to give way to the fad of the day. There is a place for your creative and fashion trending unvarnished gear, and that is behind the closed doors of your home where your man can appreciate all that God has gifted you to have. What we deem as cute and acceptable is now infecting our youth, who seem to think that wearing pants down their leg and exposing their underwear is somehow cool. Cleaving and sagging are two sides of the same coin and until I address my desire to expose my bosom, then I am ill equipped to handle young men wearing pants displaying their undergarments.

Neither can be addressed until we have a clear understanding of one question, and that is, what was the purpose for which God created clothing?

Let’s look at the first time mankind recognized a need to cover up.

(Gen 3:7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Based on this verse alone we can see two things, one is that nakedness was a part of the original plan as they were naked before they had eyes to see it. This tells us that something happened to humanity after their eyes were opened that caused shame to occur. Consider a baby, children will go butt naked without prompting and unless we are completely twisted by the world no one thinks anything obscene, demeaning, or perverse concerning it. Babies have no inhibitions about letting lose, we because of the sick world we live in cover them up because we understand they have to be protected not just from the elements of the world, but from predators, who would target them for twisted purposes. As they get older their eyes are then open to the same reality that we have come to know, that clothing not only protects you from the elements of the air, but from the perverts of the earth.

So not only was innocence lost, but the eye opening experience of sin caused them to do something about their nakedness. The revelation of their being naked did something to each other concerning seeing themselves. They begin to see something obscene concerning their bodies, and so they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. However, it is very interesting to see God’s response to their designer wear.

(Gen 3:21) Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Now there are a lot of verses in between that are worthwhile reading to get an idea about how fast sin degenerates, and how our inclination is to blame someone or something else for our poor choices. A trait we inherited honestly from the first Adam that can only be appropriately corrected by the Last Adam. Notice that they made an apron of fig leaves, they took of vegetation to cover themselves, and here we see God took a coat of skin, which means something living had to give up something so that we could be covered. A foreshadow of what our Messiah did for us, He had to die so that he could cover our sin, but does the fact that He died for us leave us without any responsibility concerning our walk with him? Well, if you read my blog then you know the answer to that question. Does this mean we have to do something to be saved? Well yes, we do, we have to accept what He did for us, and intrinsic in that should be a desire to serve the one who laid down his life for us. Scripture tells us he died for the whole world, but since the whole world won’t be saved that tells me they didn’t receive what He did. (John 3:16; Lk 13:23-24) His sacrifice makes salvation accessible to all, but only to those who receive it will salvation be given.

How in the world could we be more ungrateful then to be callous enough to feel as though we have no responsibility after such an amazing sacrifice has been made for us? This is not as a matter of receiving the gift, but should be a matter of our loving response to the amazing gift that has been given to us. Think about it, even for holidays or birthdays, we don’t have to say or do anything when someone thinks enough of us to give us a gift, however, if it was something we wanted that we receive we typically have a desire to express our gratitude to the individual who gave it to us. This is a natural response to love, it is unnatural to not be grateful, or desire to reciprocate in some way love that is expressed towards us. We usually don’t do so out of obligation, or compulsion, but desire to show our love. How much more should one desire to express their love for someone who gave their life so that we could have life? In other words we should want to serve the one who sacrificed his life for us.

The very first thing we see is clothing only became necessary once sin entered in. Since we still live in a sin sick world this tells me that clothing is still needed. Our eyes are definitely open today and as a result we must practice discretion and promote it.

Please understand I speak as one who has been there, I have been heavily endowed with protruding areas that for the sake of my brothers I must keep under wraps, pun intended. I have had to give away lots of clothing and essentially will not wear button down garments because they tend to open around the bust line breaking that very rule of covering, in which clothing was intended for. I wear undershirts or Dickies under sheer shirts and sometimes have to buy clothing two sizes larger than my size to accommodate my bust line. There are two reasons this is important, one the primary purpose of clothing is to cover, secondarily because if I love my brothers, and in our world even sisters, then it is my duty to do what is within my power to do to make sure that the Gospel is accentuated, and not my breast. I don’t want to be the rock that causes someone to stumble or set someone back from hearing the gospel. How can we expect to make a lasting impact as believers if we are in the way of the Gospel being heard? Our goal is not to attract people to us, but to attract people to Him in us, and we can be a distraction to the Christ in us being revealed.

Until we as women see the impact our low cut blouses have we can’t help our brothers who wear sagging pants. Trust me ladies I speak from experience, I recognize I have not been saved my whole life, and even after coming to Christ I have found myself attracted to clothing that I think are flattering, but in actuality it is revealing things to others that should only be shared with my husband, and I mean only my husband. Clothing that should not be worn where my stepsons can see it, or anyone else who may be in or outside my home. Modesty is a biblical principle. Now do I believe you have to wear skirts down to the ground or turtle necks, no, that is an extreme, but I think clothes should fulfill their primary purpose first, and that is to cover, and we know what areas should be covered.

To men this is not said to give you justification for inappropriate acts like thinking it’s okay to rape or take advantage of a woman because she dresses this way, but rather it is stated because there is a lack of love that is revealed when we think it is okay to show parts of our bodies that should be reserved for one. First and foremost we are not showing love for our brothers who are visual and harboring all sorts of thoughts because they have been invited into a room that should be reserved for another. Secondly, we become a hindrance to the Gospel going forth because we are causing men and in some cases women to think about the very thing they need to be delivered from. This comes from a very serious misconception, a misconception that sex is our best feature when submission is. There is nothing more attractive to fallen man then a redeeming God, and our submission to God can reflect this picture of our Lord. Note, I don’t subscribe to uniformity or wearing clothing as a matter of religion because pure religion as defined by scripture in James 1:27 doesn’t state or suggest that what you wear is a part of it. I submit to you my sisters on the basis of love for people, a desire to see people set free not remain in bondage. A desire to have Christ be visibly seen rather than your body. I appeal to you on the basis of love being the motivating factor behind change, because while many things may fail us, love will never fail us and against love there is no law. This is a promise from the Almighty. (1 Cor. 13:8; Gal. 5:23)

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Food for Thought

How often do we stop reading the bible just before we get to our breakthrough?  I know we like to read the assuring promises of God, but few of us will endeavor to keep reading His conditions.  We want to hear all the things the Father says we are doing right, but we usually stop reading just before he shows us the areas where we need to be corrected and it is only in the area that we need to be corrected can we receive the answer to that which plagues us.  It is only until I am told that I am going in the wrong direction can my eyes be open to see and know there is a right direction that I can take to get to my destination.  I encourage my readers with this little side note the Lord dropped in my spirit today.  Keep reading!  Don’t just stop at the scriptures that give you comfort, but keep reading through the scriptures that give you conviction, so that you can receive the courage you need to follow through with God’s plan for your life.

Save the Hating for the World

This is just a short note, that is written to those who are the called out ones.  Those who have had their sins forgiven because they accepted the finish work of Messiah Yahushah (Jesus Christ).  Those who understand that like the world they were heading towards a serious judgment in which they had no covering for.  This is not for those who inherited their religion, who see it as a social club or activity that they do, or consider the building they attend on Sunday or once during the week to be their philanthropic duty.   This is for those who profess to have a living breathing real relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Yahushah Ha Maschiach).  If this is not you, you can happily ignore or read past this post because it is not intended for you.  The only thing attended for those who have no relationship with Yahushah is the Gospel. It is a message that the world has the opportunity to receive to be transformed.

However, for those who are believers this message is specifically for you.  STOP acting and doing the work of the world.  DON’T forget how you were saved, and just because you may not have the same problem someone else has doesn’t mean you don’t have any problems.  If you see a brother carried away in a fault or being led astray do what the scripture say do.

(Gal 6:1)  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Don’t go to the world telling their business, speaking about them behind their back, or taking advantage of every opportunity to tear them down.  How on earth is the world going to know who we belong to and what a walk with Jesus (Yahushah) is like if we aren’t imitating him?  If we aren’t walking in His character, in his love, denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following him.

Upstage

The script has already been written, all the actors are in place. The stage has been set and all that is left to do is to call, “Lights, Camera, and action.” But then out of nowhere one of the lead casting roles decides they have a better idea, and uses creative license on a script that has no wiggle room for it. This is what has happened in the case of Passover. Yah has already chosen His unblemished Lamb and has cast Yahushah (Jesus) in the star role for the position, when out of nowhere someone decides to carryout one of the biggest heists in history and remove the focus from the Lamb of God to the Easter bunny of fertility. The switcheroo has now been done and the supporting cast has chosen to go with the make shift script rather than stay true to the original. The wicked one is the mastermind behind changing truths to lies, and making people believe the lie is the truth.   There is no way we can get three days and three nights from good Friday to Easter Sunday, just as there is no way we can make a Passover lamb an Easter bunny that lays chicken eggs. Let’s keep the fairy tales separate from the living truth. I recognize these traditions make for fun activities for children, going on egg hunts and finding chocolate bunnies in hidden places, but these lies are no different than offering up our children to Molech. (Jer. 32:35) They are just as vile to the Father as KKK hunts for hanging people on trees as a form of amusement for their families to watch and parade around. That last statement may offend many but when you really study the history of where these eggs came from and the sacrifices that were offered to the Queen of heaven for them then you will see that my analogy is not farfetched. Passover is not a Jewish thing it is a Jesus thing.

Someone call 9-1-1 our Passover Lamb has been hi-jacked by a bunny. That’s right you heard me correctly for thousands of years the children of Israel, the people of the Most High. You know the ones who the scripture teaches YHWH inhabits their praises (Psalms 22:3) has been instructed for hundred’s of years before Messiah died on the cross for us to offer up lambs on the altar on behalf of the people has now been upstaged by a rabbit. An unclean animal not fit to eat, if offered on YHWH’s alter would be considered an abomination, now stands as the sacrificial lamb of choice by those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord. Yes indeed, I say another Jesus is being preached from the pulpit that resembles not the original story. (2 Cor. 11:4) Let’s see do you believe that the first born of Israel would have been spared if they had placed the blood of the Easter bunny over their household? Do you think finding buried chicken eggs would have compared with the riches of uncovering the unleavened bread which represents the manna that rested in the ark of God as an eternal reminder that the bread of life would give his life for us? We as believers have continued to perpetuate this farce because we inherited the lie as Jeremiah 16:19 foretold. We have believed what we have been taught just as we believed that tooth fairies give money in exchange for teeth, or fat men come down chimney’s bearing gifts for nice kids, or tricks would be given rather than treats if we don’t give candy to neighboring children wearing spooky clothing.

However, this upstaging isn’t anything new. The prophets clearly foretold about them, but in words that we gloss over in English because we don’t understand their meaning. The Queen of heaven being worshipped over YHWH is not just an Old Testament reality but is found in the New Testament as well. (Rev. 17) The famous question posed to the people then by Elijah concerning the two opinions that they must choose between was over this very issue. The word translated groves (1 Kings 18:19 – Hebrew word H842) is referencing the same goddess of fertility that we out of willful ignorance parade on Easter Sunday in mixed worship. We attach the word Easter which bears the name of this fertility goddess to the cross which is the last character of the Hebrew alphabet that represents the Sign of the covenant that Yahushah cut with his own blood for us. This is blasphemous, an abomination before our holy God that we need to repent of. It is equivalent to adultery, it wreaks of the same stench one would find if they came home to their spouse being in bed with another person. This defilement would be appalling and abominable to us. Placing Easter bunnies where only the Lamb of God should be allowed is the golden calf bringing us out of Egypt all over again. (Exodus 32) The Father is cleaning his bride up and we can’t afford to continue to walk in error.

I don’t expect that my exposition of the lie will result in making new friends, unless you have a love for the truth, just as Elijah didn’t receive praise from the powers that be for exposing this truth concerning these false prophets. Many of truth speakers have made enemies for sharing the truth. (Gal. 4:16) Likewise, I am sure that for those who are vested in the lie of Easter they will look for loopholes to make what they want to believe appear credible, my mandate comes from a higher source who says that your blood will be required at my hand if I don’t tell the truth. (Eze. 3:18) Thus this is my plea to all my readers, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, research what you do before you do it. Make sure that you are not perpetuating a lie in the lives of your children, you do not want to be the one responsible for putting the stumblingblock before them that will discredit you in the future. No lie is of the truth. (1 Jn 2:21) I encourage you my readers study to show yourself approved UNTO GOD, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed RIGHTLY dividing the WORD of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15) Do not be blind guides leading the blind (Matt. 15:14), but know the will of the Lord and stand for the truth even if you think that you are standing alone. For if we stand in truth we are never alone, Yah is always the majority in what is seemingly the minority in the situation.

Finally, for all that is holy do not let a bunny upstage the Lamb of God. Yahushah (Jesus) is the Passover Lamb, who fulfilled being the unleavened bread that took our leaven (a type of sin) to the grave, so that after three days and three nights he could be back in time to fulfill the Feast of Firstfruits as the first fruit of those raised from the dead which is why Mary could not touch him till he ascended unto the Father as THE Wave Offering of all times. This is the setting of the greatest truth ever told, these are the characters in the best script ever written, and YHWH is the producer and director orchestrating every word and motion.