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How To Understand The Will Of YHVH For Your Life: Part VI Submission

Submission in our culture is looked at as one of those dirty little words, somehow it gets thrown in with feminism as a curse word of some sort. However, the greatest example of submission was modeled for us at the garden of Gethsemane where our Savior submitted himself to the will of God even unto death. Eve in her deception failed to understand that her decision caused her to be submitted unto the enemy and placed her in direct opposition to the one who made the command. Adam submitted to his wife, which caused him to be in direct rebellion against YHVH.

 

All throughout scripture we see scriptures that admonishes us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of the Almighty. To submit to God, for husbands to submit to God, wives to submit to husbands, and for the body to submit to one another. There is a divine lesson that is being taught, and that is if we desire to be exalted we must humble ourselves as servants.

 

In the bible the English word “submit” appears twelve times, but the original Hebrew and Greek words for the English translated word has various meanings and appear more times in scripture under different English words.

 

H6031 appears 89 times in scripture and was translated as “submit” in Gen. 16:9. The strong’s meaning is:

 

anah – A primitive root (possibly rather identical with H6030 through the idea of looking down or browbeating); to depress literally or figuratively. If you were to do a word search in Strong’s you will see this strong’s number appear 83 times, but translated as “submit” only once.

 

The next Hebrew word that is translated as “submit” is Raphas:

Raphas (H7511)- A primitive root; to trample, that is, prostrate: – humble self, submit self.

 

This word appears 3 times

 

Kachash (H3584) – A primitive root; to be untrue, in word (to lie, feign, disown) or deed (to disappoint, fail, cringe): – deceive, deny, dissemble, fail, deal falsely, be found liars, (be-) lie, lying, submit selves.

 

Total KJV occurrences: 22

 

Now this last one appears to have a completely different definition from the other two. Though it appears 22 times, the consistent definition seems to be for the word “lie”. This last one is the only one that doesn’t seem to fit its use. For the sake of understanding the character of God it is clear we can delete the last definition from our view of the Hebrew word for submit seeing as YHVH is NOT a man that He should lie, nor son of man that he shall repent. (Num. 23:19) That said we know that there is no characteristic of God that can lie or fail. The second one fits perfectly as this was the characteristic we see of our Messiah who humbled himself even unto death, the death of the cross. (Php. 2:8)

 

Walking in love and in submission is a very easy thing to do when people are moving in accordance to the plans we already have or in accordance to our will. The problem comes in when there is conflict with the person in whom we are submitted to that is in contradiction to what we think should be done or how it should be done. Submission is often thought to be synonymous with obedience, but submission is more of a heart attitude rather than an act. This is difficult for me sometimes because I can often obey what I am told to do, but my heart is not in it. No one else but God and I may know it, but it is the greatest challenge in life that I must submit to the altar of YHVH. As it relates to things like food this is no big deal, my body may want a Big Mac, but rather than obeying or submitting myself to that desire I will eat what I know my body needs. This becomes a problem when it relates to those who God has given as a covering for me. The enemy’s tactic is to cause me to question their intention, but what I have to remember is there is a way that I can have a heart right towards God without obeying what those who are in authority over me request. For instance, Daniel is a great example of this, Daniel didn’t obey the King’s command not to pray to his God, but Daniel didn’t disrespect the authority that was over him. He didn’t boast in what he was doing, nor defiantly rebel, he peacefully disobeyed man and when he was caught he didn’t go off on those who enacted the penalty for that decision. We have to remember that even when we are standing on the right side of the issue we will be faced with punishment when it goes against the demands of an evil government.

 

Today we see this blatantly taking place as it relates to the President of our country. People have no qualms speaking their minds in direct disrespect towards the authority who was voted into power. One can disagree with the policies of the President without disrespecting or speaking in opposition of him. The fallout of such behavior has led to the open unsportsman like cutting under the belt type tactics that we have witnessed during this political season. Instead of watching possible contenders for President of the U.S. debate the issues that the people face with a clear direct plan and focus on expressing that plan we have seen name calling, and childlike behavior, with lack of substance that will benefit the people. Yet, come January we as a nation will find ourselves under the authority of one of them, and if I hadn’t learned the test in my home on how to continue walking in what Yah has told me to do, even when those who around me don’t understand, who are in authority over me then how will I deal with it when the power that governs me on a national level impact me? These are things to consider, however, the examples in scripture reveal that it is always in order to submit to authority, and always in order to obey God, and when the two are not at peace with one another the response must be it is better to obey God rather than man, and be prepared for the persecution that may come as a result of your stand.

 

Thought the natural inclination of the flesh when it comes to impending or even potential pain is to flee, there is no scripture that promotes that sort of behavior. We are to remain humble before authority even if it is wicked authority, but with full obedience and unwavering allegiance to the King of Glory, and if that ends in stoning like Stephen, or stripes like Paul, or being cast into lion’s dens and flaming furnaces so be it. Obedience without question to YHVH with submission without waiver to the authority He has put in place. For the heart of the king is in His hands and He can turn it withersoever he wills. (Prov. 21:1)

 

Lack of submission to appropriate authority reveals weaknesses in our faith in Christ, and reflect the areas in our lives where we have failed to die to our own will. Forsaking all for the kingdom of YHVH requires that we lay aside our way of thinking and submit ourselves to His way of thinking. This is why we are to pray without cease, it is in praying without ceasing that we learn the lessons of yielding to His Spirit. I had a love test this week that I know I failed, in my own hurt and disappointment I chose to allow my flesh to be satisfied with walking beneath the level of love that the Father has put in me. When we see such blatant ugliness and hateful acts purposefully poised against us the natural response is to retaliate. As I stated earlier it is easy to submit to those who submit to you, to love those who love you, to obey those who obey you. The test of if YHVH is in you is how do you respond to those who do the opposite? To those who despitefully use you, speak evil against you, and take under the table pop shots against you. Do you share the love of God with them or do you find yourselves lead by the same level of evil that they poise against you? Know in advance that for those types of people your love may continue to be returned with hatred, your service may yield no return from them, but your obedience to Christ in the face of such treatment will yield much reward in the kingdom of Heaven. So sons and daughters remember in whose character you walk, and in whose authority you are under. Submit to those who are in authority and walk humbly before your God.

 

 

  1. In what ways are you being challenged to submit to those responsible for your care (home, government, world)?   What is your heart attitude towards those figures? If there is an area where you are failing read the stories of how Christ handled authority in the face of conflict and apply what He did to your life.

 

  1. Who is the authority in your life? Both direct and delegated. List them, and ask yourself if you are submitted unto them in the Lord?

 

  1. What is the difference between submission and obedience? Is it clear in your mind when you need to obey God rather than man? Remember the scriptural wisdom provided to us to battle the temptations brought to our mind, to first submit to God, resist the devil, so that he must flee! (James 4:7)

 

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How To Understand The Will Of YHVH For Your Life: Part V: Priority in YHVH

As detailed as God was in creating the earth we now live in and enjoy, but not just the earth, but the heavens also, we can’t help but appreciate the priority of Christ in scripture. As pronounced as his equality, and clear as his distinction, there is a supreme order to everything that He does. Like the numbers 1, 2, 3, while all of them are equally numbers, they are distinct in order and value, but when counting 1 is always going to be first.  This doesn’t diminish the second number, just means first things first. While every piece we put in place holds true it doesn’t negate the fact that there is a priority amongst equals. The Heaven’s and the Earth didn’t just come into existence by some cosmic mysterious bang, but rather by the will of the Father who willed the very beginning and whose Spirit moved over the face of the deep, spoke the words “Let there be…” A divine order of priority was set in motion at that very moment and that order is never disrupted, and because of that unity exist, equality exist, distinct functions of the Godhead exist, and understanding the priority makes it possible.

Consider the following analogy, boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy ignores the priority of marriage. Boy engages in sex, girl gets pregnant. Boy discovers characteristics about the girl he no longer deem desirable. Girl discovers flaws that made her once prince charming appear to be a toad. Boy moves on, girl left unwed with a child to support alone. This is a reoccurring story we see too often that plays itself out over and over again in the lives of families all across America. A unity bonding two together, almost making them inseparable, equal in their love and respect for one another and appreciated for their distinctive role in the relationship, neglect order and because they didn’t prioritize commitment before intimacy not just two but three lives are devastated as a result. Appreciating priority in your life will cause you not to put something that is to be done at a certain time out of the order it belongs in.

Imagine what would have happened if God created mankind before he created food for man to eat? Before he created even an earth for his feet to rest? As important as mankind is in the creation of God, mankind couldn’t be the priority in the order in which God placed things. Thus He made sure everything was done decently and in order so that Adam and Eve would have everything they needed that they themselves couldn’t provide to accomplish their mission. The disruption of that order is the cause of the fall of mankind. As long as Adam kept the instructions of the Almighty everything would have been kept in proper balance. However, at the point that he made the decision to prioritize the desires of his wife above the instructions of His Creator, he sealed the fate of humanity.

 

Negating the priority of the Almighty put’s lives in jeopardy. If humanity would have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying then husbands and wives could celebrate being on the same page. Fathers and Mothers could enjoy more freely the experience of shaping young minds to the glory of Christ. The spouse or parent who hears from God and obeys becomes the persecuted, or cause of division to the spouse or parent who doesn’t hear. Understanding priority helps keep everything in balance because then we are moving in harmony with the Lord, like an orchestra on key. No one likes the sound of musical instruments out of key.

 

How can we know if we are properly prioritizing our lives? Let’s consider David, before He would go to war he would ask YHVH if it was okay.

Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

1Sa 23:2

 

When what is written doesn’t clearly provide instructions on how to proceed in a given situation, then what? Consider Moses

Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,…

Num 27:1-6

Here we see there can exist circumstances where what is written doesn’t provide direction for a situation. This example is in scripture to remind us that the approach we need to have is to bring our cause before YHVH, and YHVH will speak. Priority in God dictates that when we don’t know what move we should make that we are to inquire of the Lord for direction. Failure to do that can cause us to do a good thing at the wrong time, making it the wrong thing.

 

Priority in Messiah suggests that if we find ourselves lost or at a stopping point that we remember the order established in the beginning. Before God speaks, and before he moved over anything he established time. This means we must make sure we have adequately prepared our ground before we make our move to act, or our mouths to speak. To do either of them without thinking and planning first can lead to devastation. Scripture teaches us that God had a plan for the ‘if’s’ that could occur. When? Not when they occurred, but before they occurred.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 13:8

God already having foreknowledge of everything that will happen and confirming that with us by the prophetic nature of His word let’s us know that God works his plan, do we? Do we have a plan for when things don’t go the way we want them to? Do we have the go ahead from the Almighty to proceed with the things that are in our heart?

 

Let us remember David had a heart to build a place for the Lord, but having the heart to do something wasn’t enough for him to proceed with his plans. There was a reason God delayed him. This is why it is important to know that just because we have something in our hearts to do for the Lord, doesn’t mean He always gives us authorization to do it. We mustn’t ever forget to seek the Lord for his approval before we proceed. We can also learn from this encounter that the Lord will not allow us to do something that is against his will without giving us fair warning. (2 Sam. 7)

 

Understanding the priority of God provides for us to have confidence and success in whatever it is we do. It may not mean you will receive worldly success, but you will have the confidence of knowing that you are walking with the Lord even if you must walk with Him alone.

 

  1. How often are you inquiring of the Lord before you make major decisions in your life?
  2. How well are you communicating the priorities of your household to your children? Realizing that the first understanding that a child has of a heavenly Father is provided within the home, it is very important that the priorities that the head of the household sets in the house is honored.
  3. As a parent does your children see your dependency on Christ as the one who sets the priority in your life? As we imitate Christ we provide the example by which those within our home can follow. If we are not showing by His example we are opening a door for the enemy to cause division and strife.

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How to Understand the Will of YHVH For Your Life: Part IV Distinguished by Distinction

Walking in the character of YHVH means we are a unified one, with three parts of our one being, that are equally important and now we learn created with distinction.  Even amongst equals there is a first, and we know that first is YHVH, the Father.  The will supercedes the words we speak or the actions we take.   The will is the driving force behind us, the motivation in what we do, which is why God takes it straight to the gusto with us bypassing the superficial things that mankind looks at and looks directly at the heart.  It is only at the heart of the matter do you get the truth of the matter.

In our world we have magnified equality to the point that we want to completely remove the importance of distinction.  It is distinction that is being attacked in the feminist movement.  The feminist movement proves that Eve still suffers from the same area of deception that she suffered from in the beginning.  To trust YHVH, who said that when He created us He did so in His image and likeness.  What did the serpent do?  He caused her to doubt God, and question her identity.

(Gen 1:27)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

(Gen 3:5)  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

(Gen 2:17)  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

So let’s just consider the course of events, God said we were created in his image and likeness.  What does the serpent convince her?  That only if she eats from this tree God forbid them to eat from shall she be as god.  The next point God said if you eat from this tree ye shall surely die, what does the serpent convince her?  Ye shall not surely die.  What is the point I am making?  The enemy is very successful for helping us answer the wrong questions and consider the wrong things.  For instance the question we should have been thinking is why do we want to know evil?  How is eating something going to give us what we already have?  So what are we doing today?  We are forcefully fighting for the equal right to fight in wars, yet we don’t see men fighting for the right to carry a baby for 9 months or breastfeed one?  The enemy has us fighting the wrong battle because he has successfully caused us to ask the wrong questions.  Which leads to us being at war with the distinction God created within us.

Our distinction when celebrated makes us a very pivotal part of fighting any war.  Every war requires healthy soldiers.  We are the suppliers of those soldiers.  We are the necessary part of the development process for men to learn and develop courage.  He gains confidence from the security he gets from his mother’s voice.  Her nourishment returns in him a courage that for her he will fight to protect.  Yet, this is only half of who he is, the distinctive role of the Father is where he begins to understand his purpose.  Having confidence with no aim is fruitless.  While mom helps him understand why and how, it is dad who helps him know what to do and when.  Together their distinction makes for an equipping team that when appreciated and respected will help a son or daughter confidently walk out their role in life.  You never send a woman to do a man’s job, and a man cannot do a woman’s job.  If we can learn to equally appreciate and respect our distinction then working together we can fulfill our God given purpose.  It is futile for us to expect that we can achieve peace among nations when we aren’t even at peace among ourselves.  Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should.  In this battle that is raging against the sexes and in our zeal to prove to men that we can do their job we don’t ask ourselves what’s the end to erasing the distinction?  The end is the perverted product we see before us, where men want to be women and women want to be men.  Where people are offended by being recognized as a specific gender.  Children being required to produce their own spiritual and physical nourishment.  While we are on a quest to fulfill missions we weren’t called to our children are being sacrificed to the wolves.  Confused about who they are and about who they are supposed to be.

Scripture reveals distinctions, distinctions among women and men, and between the Father and the son, and the roles we serve in the family, community, government, and world.  He also gives us examples of those who forfeited the victory for not appreciating it. (Jdgs 4:9) Those of us familiar with the one woman who was a judge in scripture.  When she does that which was the responsibility of the King in leadership she makes it clear that her involvement would come at a personal blow to him.  Because just as a woman takes on the identity of her husband, in a war a victory is given in the name of the one who conquers.  Deborah understood what this meant and though she accepted the position that was being given to her, she didn’t grasp for it.  YHVH can use man or woman to achieve His goal, as we have seen He can use a donkey too, none of God’s creation is off limits as it relates to him fulfilling His will, but it does come at a personal loss to the one to whom the responsibility was given.

There is a distinction in God, there is a distinction in God’s creation, a people who don’t understand that will inevitably self destruct.  So what can we do?  Women, celebrate who you were created to be in Christ.  Society doesn’t have to value you for you to be valuable.  A society that doesn’t value wisdom, will soon experience the error of that decision.  Because to oppose wisdom leads to folly as proverbs reveal.  Indeed we are valuable, we are compared to wisdom, when proverbs speaks of wisdom it speaks of her and she.  Our boys learn to be men, as mom’s appreciate being women.  As we become comfortable in being who we are they learn to be comfortable in being who they are, and as we do so we will see them rise to the occasion of being the warriors, protectors, providers, and the conquerors they are destined to become.


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Getting closer to the finish line on this book.  Too many of us are losing wars against the enemy of our soul because we don’t understand the war that is being waged.  We don’t understand the strategy that he is using to fight us.  As in this weeks teaching we see that the serpent was more “subtil” than any beast of the field. (Gen. 3:1)  Many wars in home isn’t sparked by blows to the fist, that is the reaction.  It starts with what thoughts we keep.  Notice, I didn’t say what thoughts you think, but the ones you keep.  Adam and Eve was given every tool they needed to cast down the thought the enemy gave.  But they didn’t.  Many of us are losing the war today for the same reason.  In this book you will learn how to use the wisdom of the serpent in achieving victory in your life.  You will be able to defeat the enemy with his own artillery, and learn how to apply the wisdom of the word of God in the practical way he presents it.  We can understand the invisible things of God by the things which he has made.  (Rom. 1:20)  It’s time we take him at his word.

 

Experiencing 40: One Woman’s Observations About Life

I knew turning forty would be different, I just didn’t know how different it would be.  In some ways it seems crazy that one should have such expectations in such a short period of time.  I mean the day before your birthday you were enjoying the frolicking of that time frame and you were clinching on to 39 for dear life, then suddenly the moment hits when you know this is the day. The landmark day that you would have been on this earth four whole decades.  In your thirties it seems permissible even in your late thirties to hold on to some of your immature ways and in some ways you still feel like you’re young and can do anything.  That is until like Cinderella the clock strikes twelve and your sugar plum dreams turns into a plethora of questions and fear of the unknown.  Experiencing forty was both scary and thrilling like getting on a brand new roller coaster that has seemingly unending twists and turns.  You can’t wait to get on as you sit in the line, but then the closer you get to it, the more you begin to question, is this insane?  What will happen if this thing isn’t sturdy, or has this thing been properly tested for security? I expected to feel different, more mature.  But much to my amazement I felt the same way I did when I was 39, looked the same, and can do the same things I could do then.  Nothing visibly changed but the number that corresponds with my age on this earth.

However, I will say almost three months now into this thing that there are some very pleasant surprises.  Now, I wouldn’t advise you test this out unless you are married this particular observation is not for everyone, and kids may want to close their ears, but for those of you with less of an appeal for the upcoming years I will say that sex has never been better.  Granted I did start pretty young but for the most part the experience has been hit and miss with a lot less home runs then I would desire to have.  But forty it’s like your body awakens, at least it did for me.  Which I suppose isn’t too surprising, usually the description of women and pleasure is typically delayed.  At least from my girl talk encounters, and all that you read or see on television about the topic.  However, like a brisket slow cooked and marinated to perfection intimacy takes on a whole new level of greatness at forty that it just never had before that age.    I suppose that is a sign that even though we can’t calculate the changes physically that our bodies are undergoing by the number of years we have been here, our body does recognize that a change is taking place.

The importance of leaving your mark.  In my twenties and thirties I was always hopeful that every request that I petitioned to the Father would be answered, and in favor of what I wanted.  At age forty there are still some things on my list that I have not received an answer on, but rather than feeling depressed, the way I thought I would, my energy is more towards leaving a legacy.  In my mind I always felt like a legacy was a tunnel vision sort of thing, that dictated that you would work your behind off to leave something to your children.  But what if you have no children?  I have found myself thinking more about what I want to leave behind and to whom I would want to leave it.  I have begin to understand that not all children that you impact will be those who you have birthed, but they must be those who you have embraced.  We have endless opportunities to love people and rarely take that opportunity before us.  At forty you pay attention to those things.  The stuff that your world was built around in your twenties and thirties and you had to acquire, have little value or significance to you.  They in the whole scheme of things lose their appeal.  Your perspective on life changes.  At least this was my journey into forty.  Don’t get me wrong I am still all over the place as it relates to my dreams, but my desire for things are not so much internal as they are external.  Having a desire to make an impact on peoples lives and make a difference in the kingdom of God is paramount to me.

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Finally, I am grateful above all else.  While I realize death is a reality that we all must face and in our day it’s a reality that both young and old are subject to.  I am most of all grateful to be forty.  See while so many can only see their lives as half spent I see my life as I have been blessed with another day to make a difference for the kingdom of God.  To pray someone into safety, to preach someone into the kingdom, to bless someone with nourishment, and to teach someone how to love their family and appreciate the value of what they have, which is right now.  We have nothing else promised to us.  I am so thankful for the breath  I have right now that I am able to see forty.  So often we get so caught up in the number that we forget that our life isn’t about us anyway.  We are on a mission, and it is a privilege not a right that we are still here to complete it.  Because there are so many who have died with their mission not complete, their purpose not fulfilled.  At forty, every lesson I have been taught matters and it is more important to me for that to get out then even my own life.   Too many of us at age 40 live in regret of what we didn’t accomplish before the age we are.  We either wish we would have traveled more, spent more time with our kids, would have settled down to have a family instead of pursue a career, and the list goes on and on.  We are so busy planning for the next season of our life that we never appreciate the one we are in.  Yah is teaching me how to appreciate the season of life that I am in.  Not to focus on the children I wanted but didn’t have, or the finances, or house, or business I wanted but didn’t get, or the places I wanted to travel but haven’t gotten there.  At this point in my life all those things seem so much less important than knowing that I fulfilled my purpose.  Because I could achieve all those things and miss the BIG picture.  I am learning to appreciate that some of the things that I didn’t get was because it wasn’t apart of God’s plan for me, and the things I did get are pretty amazing when I think about it.    Experiencing forty has taught me how to appreciate life for what it is, and not to spend the life I got being caught up in what it’s not.

How to Fight Darkness

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Many of us are engaged in a war in which we can’t see our opponent because we are fighting in the dark.  Instead of turning on the light we are trying to fight the darkness with the wrong tools and at a great disadvantage.  How can you effectively fight against something you can’t see with your human eye?  Like King Saul we suggest and use the wrong armor to fight the battle. Can it really be as easy as turning on the light? Are the behind the scenes questions we have injecting doubt in Yah’s ability to give us the victory with merely a slingshot and five smooth stones?  Human effort will cover the earth looking for solutions from without for an answer that begins from within.  We simply need to just turn on the light.  Light can drive out darkness better than your broom can sweep it out, or your weapons can coax it out.

Now one might think to themselves that sounds easy, but have you ever tried to turn on a light in a dark room?  How easy is it to find that switch or a nearby flashlight without even a flicker of light?  How many obstacles must you circumvent to get to that place where illumination resides?  It’s much easier to turn on the light when you have light to see, now add to the obstacle unfamiliarity with your location.  Let’s say it’s pitch black in a vacation home instead of your home.  How much harder now is it to see and to navigate territory that you have not had time to commit to memory?  Add to this the surge of adrenaline you get as you naturally begin to feel fear because the darkness becomes so thick that you can feel it.  It is no longer just external, but it is now amplified. It becomes very difficult, even paralyzing.  The only thing that could possibly break through is the power of love for someone else, like a husband his wife, or a mother her child.  Is this not the very story of the Gospel?  God so loved the world that He sent His light into the world to overcome the darkness we were to helpless to defeat.

Now we can have His light within us.  As the word of God He should be burning within us at all times, because His light within us can’t be turned off.  Isn’t subject to power surges, and does not dependent on daily hours to operate.  In fact His presence within us becomes that much brighter in the presence of darkness.  The amount of light we possess is directly linked to the amount of confidence we can have in the face of darkness, even strange darkness.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Gen 1:3)

Created in the image and likeness of God, He allows us to see in the natural the comparison of His spoken power.  Today we have voice activated lights that allow us to visually comprehend the spoken power of God’s word.  At only His word darkness was interrupted by the presence of His light.  Amazing, that God will allow man to make something that demonstrates His creative work in the beginning.

In life we often think we must do some great thing to do the works of God, when Christ was showing us all along that all we need is to believe God enough to speak to the mountains in our life for them to be removed.

 

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Mat 17:20)

Now don’t get me wrong speaking to the mountain is not the hardest part of this process.   Scripture reveals the hardest part of this process is believing, which is why Jesus doesn’t start this conversation with what they are saying, but correcting them on their unbelief.

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mar 9:24)

Realizing our weakness the Gospel records the thoughts that anyone who has experienced a trial in their life has felt in this very passage.   We have the benefit of this passage to see the compassion of Christ when healing this fathers child, because this man was sincere enough to admit what God already knew.  He needed help with his unbelief.  If we live long enough we all will have storms that we will measure God’s ability based on our limitations.  Like this man we must come before God in honesty admitting we need Him to help our unbelief.  We also need to realize that unbelief can be conquered, but it does require an interruption in our day.  Business as usual must come to a halt and like Christ we must separate ourselves from the circumstances of life so that we can hear the instructions from the Father.  To be still and know that He is God means we may have to find a quiet place, deny our flesh through prayer and fasting, and turn on the light of God’s word where we will receive illumination for our circumstances.

 


Scripture admonishes us to be as wise as a serpent?  What a curious statement that of all the animals God created the serpent is the one who God tells us to be like when it comes to wisdom.  How powerful is that?  In this book we will explore the characteristics of a serpent that translate into viable wisdom for us as believers to apply to our lives.  We will be challenged in our thinking so that we look at things from a different perspective.  There are many lessons in the bible and in the things God created that many of us don’t take time to consider.  This book will begin to help you to be more sensitive to the nuggets of wisdom that escape the one who just takes a casual glance at scripture and encourage you to dig deeper so that you can have all that God has for you.

 

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Equality In God

The very thing that makes them one makes them equal. They have the same agenda, no different plan. While it is the Father’s agenda that the son has come to do, they are together on one accord on that agenda.

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Php 2:6

So after reading this scripture the question for us would be, how do we achieve this equality that Yahushah had with His Father? The book of Philippians doesn’t leave us with out an answer. In fact the scriptures before it clearly indicate how we as believers can achieve such equality in God.

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Php 2:2-5.

So according to the text the components necessary for achieving equality include:

  1. Being like-minded
  2. Having the same love
  3. Being on One Accord
  4. Of One mind

Those are the things we are to have to achieve equality, but this text also lists something’s we have to put aside.

  1. Nothing be done through strife or vainglory
  2. In lowliness of mind esteem other better than self
  3. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Joh 14:10.

John 14:10 challenges us also in this vain, because it requires us to ask the question of ourselves, who’s doing the works in us? Is it us doing the works or is it Christ? We know that the Father doing the works in Christ produced fruit. Are we producing the fruit from above or strange fruit? Are we bringing life to the living or death? Just as the Father doesn’t do the will of the Son, we cannot expect the Son to do our will, but rather we are called to do His will.

So the question is how do we know if we are doing the will of God?

If we don’t know the word of God we know for sure we are not doing his will. The will of God is revealed, walked out, and reflected in His word.

The question that may be asked is what about those who receive the Gospel from hearing it but haven’t read the scriptures themselves. How can they be doing the will of God?

Notice I didn’t say you must read the word I said you must know the word. Knowing the word of God can be achieved through reading, and studying, but it can also be achieved through a personal relationship. Which is why the Word of God is described as being alive.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12

Throughout scripture we see hearts were pricked not just at the reading of the word but in most cases at the hearing of the word. One can read the word from cover to cover yet not hear what it has to say. A great example of this is in the book of proverbs, when we see wisdom is personified in the text as a woman. (Prov. 1:20) She is one who cries out, but not all who is within ear shot of her receives her. Yahushah and Isaiah connects that for us in their response “he that hath an ear to hear” and Isaiah informing us before Yahushah comes that there will be those who hearing shall not hear. (Rev. 2:7; Rev. 2:17; Isa. 6:9)

Thus our problem with achieving equality with God will not be a lack of physical reading or physical hearing, but will be a lack of a heart to hear, whether we are reading or hearing. One of my favorite scriptures to pray concerning myself in my private time with God is Psalms 51:10. Because the bottom line is there are things that are going to happen to you in life that will make your heart dirty and dull your ability to hear the spirit of God in you. This scripture reminds me that I can’t create a clean heart in myself, but I must depend on Him to create one within me. I can’t renew my own right Spirit, but must depend on Him to renew a right Spirit within me. It is a declaration of me submitting myself to Him and depending on Him to create and renew what I cannot.

 

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