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Preparing For Eternity

I created a podcast to share information and find solutions for the care of those suffering from Dementia related illnesses, as well as for reversing and preventing the disease. This podcast however deals with a much more important aspect of life, what happens after life. Planning for eternity is something we should all do. I hope this podcast inspires you to do just that.

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, A Heart 2 Serve: Preparing For Eternity https://anchor.fm/torie-mclaughlin/episodes/Preparing-For-Eternity-e2t72v

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Welcoming in 2019

For many of us last year was a year of embracing lots of change, challenges, and finishing.  There has been an intense battle, restructuring, and coming into acceptance of some things.  The political unrest has only added to the personal drama that has unfolded in the lives of those of us in America, or perhaps I will say my life.  Nevertheless, we mustn’t spend too much time focusing on what the headlines are screaming at us, but rather listen for that still small voice that leads us by cloud during the day and by a pillar of fire at night.  The thing about a pillar is it has presence, its steady, and you aren’t going to easily move it, you can choose to move around it or step ahead of it, but it would be in your best interest to first know what it its there to do before making that choice.  Many of us have experienced the pain and trauma associated with side stepping the plan God has had for our life and experienced the turmoil that occurs when we ignore or try to go ahead of that pillar.  Other’s of us have been instructed to make a move and that same pillar that lead us ahead because of our procrastination has caused us to lose our season of opportunity that God has for us.  Standing is only a bad thing when God has told you to walk, walking is only a bad thing if God has told you to sit, and sitting is only a bad thing if God has told you to stand.  Understanding what God is saying to us right now is highly important.  There are three lessons so far that I have been taught this year that I personally need to work on.  I pray this lesson for me also blesses you.  These lessons are not ordinal but all three are equally as important in order to be where you need to be in 2019 as we prepare for 6019 in the months ahead.

  • Taking Authority in Yeshua’s Name January 1 I celebrated the 16th year anniversary of marriage to my husband.  I am always excited as I think about how God brought us through another year.  Another year of growth, maturity, and challenges.  Anyone who tells you the two becoming one is a cake walk has lied to you.  Marriage is work, but it is worthwhile.  On this day I found myself with stomach pains and usually I know what the culprit is when IBS symptoms arrive but there was no reason whatsoever that I could figure out why I was experiencing this.  Then it came to me that this is the enemy.  I had just committed to my year of listening through the word of God.  Made a conscious repented decision to forgive all those that I might have been holding any resentment against, and essentially cleaned my slate for a fresh start.  When I came to myself and realized that the enemy had no angle by which he could justifiably bring this pain to me I just finally decided enough was enough and took authority in Yeshua’s name over the pain.  Did my due diligence of laying on of my hands with application of peppermint oil on my abdomen and prayer.  Put my foot down in the Spirit realm and told the pain it had to go, and chose to believe what I said.  I realized then that if we are where we ought to be in the one nine that the enemy has no authority to attack us.
  • Sticking to the pattern On day two I have been learning how to teach English to chinese students and every mentor has been very helpful at providing instruction.  What I have to say I appreciate about the process is their commitment to excellence and their approach to correction.  Their form of mentoring is much the way I believe the Father corrects us.  Especially when He sees that we are trying our best.  Rather then discouraging you from trying, they encourage you to keep going.  What the Father revealed to me through this process was the importance of sticking to the pattern.  I am learning through this process that we lose points in our walk with God when we ad lib or appropriate creative license.  One of the lessons they teach is because each student will likely come across many different instructors when you change the wording of a sentence you effect their ability to understand what you are saying and to progress in their development.  Spiritually this taught me that when we apply creative license to the pattern God has provided for our lives we affect the growth and development of those we mentor.  Remember its not all about you but all about the person you are teaching learning what you have to offer.  In the Kingdom of God it is all about us sticking to the pattern of God’s word our success and legacy is dependent on how we stick to the pattern established. Like an actor reading a script, you don’t get to pick the words in the script the director/producer does.
  • Knowing His Voice – I have read through the bible 3 times in my lifetime, but this year I have been impressed upon to hear the bible.  Sometimes we can read words and miss something, that if we are listening to it will jump right out at us.  I have begun the process of listening through the bible and allowing the Lord to determine where I start.  It is going to be important in this hour that we become more accustomed to hearing the voice of the Father and knowing when he is speaking and when he is not.

It has been a while since I have written an entry on Transformation LIfestyle, I look forward to the fresh manna YHVH will be sharing this year and praying that you have a prosperous New Year in 2019 and when the Biblical New Year of 6019 comes in a few months from now.

A Branch Detached From The Vine

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (Joh 15:5-7)

We have come upon a time that is like it was during the days of Noah where every man does what he think is right in his own eyes. Sad to say that those who call upon the name of the Lord have been carried away in the same unfolding drama. The quote above often times we as men quote it and particularly verse 7 without understanding the context, which is clear in verse 5. It is the vine that provides nourishment to the branch, and if we find ourselves detached from the vine then we will find ourselves unfruitful, unable to do anything, and withered. The end of such a man is to be thrown into the fire and burned.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (Joh 15:9-14)

So here is where many of us may get off course, if we don’t understand the message Yeshua is sharing with his disciples. So check this out carefully. Here at the beginning of this passage it sounds as though Yeshua is giving a new commandment separate from that of his father. He is stating that he has kept his fathers commandments and he is now telling his disciples to keep his. However, take note that he tells us how he has kept his Father’s commandments and then he goes on to say we are to love one another as He has loved us. So the question is how was his love expressed unto us? It was expressed to us through how he kept his Father’s commandments and therefore we are to do likewise if we are to express our love back towards him. If we understand that there are certain things that love does. Love doesn’t speak uncharacteristically against God, love keeps all its dates with the object of its love (the Sabbaths), love doesn’t dishonor those who brought them into this world, doesn’t have sex with someone elses spouse, doesn’t murder, lie, cheat, steal, or covet. Anyone who does these things we can agree is not walking in love. The commandments of God had to be hand written because the heart of man was and without God still is bent on doing evil. It has been that way since the first Adam and without a change of heart is destined to stay that way until the last breath.

When I started this study on what it means to be the branch on Yeshua’s vine I begin to better understand the very real illustration that Yah revealed to me a couple of weeks ago as I witnessed in the natural what happened to my peach tree that broke from its vine. When I finally was able to get my peach tree to grow I noticed that all my peaches were growing on one branch. It was so full, yet so weak that it broke from the vine. As it lay hanging on the ground, heavy with only a small piece still connected to the vine I watched it stop growing. It didn’t wither until I took it completely off but I didn’t see any progress in it either just barely hanging on. Which is exactly the point we have to be all in with Yeshua or we are stagnate neither growing nor dying. Sort of reminds me of another scripture where Yah says he would rather we be hot or cold, but because we are neither he spews us from his mouth. (Rev. 3:15-16)

So many of us in our walk with God are on the edge like that branch we are barely hanging on and just the right move in the wrong direction will break us from the protection and nourishment that comes from eating from the tree of life in Yeshua. The scary thing about that branch falling over is while the vine is what provides the nourishment it is the branch that holds the fruit. This may be why we are warned not to lose the fruit that we bare. (Rom 1:13, 7:4) The vine nourishes the branch, but the branch holds the fruit. This is also why we are admonished to pray for leadership as we do because if you smite the shepherd the sheep for sure will be scattered. (Matt 26:31) So many people leave the Lord not because the Lord did something wrong as He can never do anything wrong, but because those of us who represent him in leadership misrepresent Him and what is all us, He gets blamed for.

There is a greater work we are called to do as believers and with that work comes responsibility. It is important that as we lead others to the Lord that we do so in the same similitude that He led us. With compassion, patience, and a firm and unwavering hand. While we should never back out or down from the truth we are admonished to share the truth in love, considering ourselves and the frailty that we deal with in the flesh. However, with that in mind we can’t forget that we stand by the will and hand of the Messiah’s vine which holds us and if we should split or be broken from the vine then we will surely wither and any fruit on our branch will wither with us.

It Gets old

We are told in scripture to put on the full armor of God. What happens when your armor gets worn in the natural? Finding and assembling the perfect armor doesn’t come easy. David understood that armor wasn’t one size fits all and fancy doesn’t mean effective, nor guarantees comfort or function. Most things get worse with time.

I remember my first pair of SAS shoes and my first pair of skechers. They made me feel like I was walking on air and I wore them both until they could not be worn any more. Primarily because they were so comfortable, but I made the mistake many of us make after that first pair. I assumed that over time things would not change with them. That the same quality I received from the first pair would continue with my next pair.

Like a drug dealer things start out real cheap to get you started, but become real expensive once hooked. My skechers when I first bought them were $11, by the time I wore those out another pair would cost me $80. Yet the $80 shoe was not nearly as durable or comfortable as the $11 pair.

Start up companies tend to be that way they start out with the customer in mind, get you hooked then without notice it switches from customer focused to dollar focused. Not sure if manufacturer change as popularity increase or if companies really believe people are so stupid that if we’re drawn to a company based on quality that once the name gained fame the quality could diminish and we’d keep buying it?

Well I have been in search of that first pair of shoes from both companies, and my SAS shoes are way too expensive to make my first mistake twice so I have put them down altogether. Point I’m making is this, time doesn’t make things better not for people, not for products, not the world. A renewed mind can make for a better spirit man, but time insures that your physical state may increase, but your Spirit man doesn’t operate on that principle the potential for your Spirit to get better with time is great, as we build our armor with experience with God and understanding of his word. Your physical strength, your hair, your teeth, anything you use or have will continue to move downward. Yet we in the technological age would rather believe things are progressing. Contrary to scripture and nature itself we continue to believe things are getting better when the evidence just beneath the surface of the beautiful decor reflects the holes and cracks we so eloquently hide. Having no evidence to the contrary we believe the first millennium man was archaic and less advanced yet he lived 930 years when we barely make it to 70 and many of those who make it to that age suffer from health issues that suggests existence but barely could call it living.

The world needs Yah, a life without hope in Messiah YeHoSHua is just existence without purpose. We become days of output and put in like machines accomplishing something, but life having no meaning. We are lost, wretched and miserable without Yah. We are like those first pair of SAS shoes we start out floating on air in this life but with time we recognize we are in need of a new life and we make the mistake of thinking we can find that through our original supplier only to discover they are coming up short. Only the new man in Christ can have purpose, understand this nonsensical world and elevate to floating on air by a means beyond the natural man.

Thus we are admonished to put on the new man and to take off the old. Only in Christ is the remedy resolved by the new rather then the old, yet He has been the answer from the beginning and his remedy is not new, but we have to be renewed to see it.

Try A Lot of Gentleness

The truth of the matter is most of us can’t handle the truth straight, like our medicine we require a little sugar coating to make the yucky but effective stuff go down easier. For many to attempt to take it without it could choke us. This is the sentiment of so many scriptures that guide us in this area of being gentle. Letting our speech be with grace, seasoned with salt. (Col. 4:6) For many years my thought process has been to avoid taking the medicine if it couldn’t be sugar coated and this is not the will of God either. Equally as out of balance is to apply too much sugar such that it drowns out the medicine needed and thus your therapeutic purpose is diluted and becomes ineffective.

 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Pro 11:30) 

I am sure we can all agree that the fruit of the Spirit is definitely in the category of righteous and when we are matured in it the evidence of it is revealed in what it produces. This is why gentleness is so important, if you yank a piece of fruit off a tree you stand the risk of bruising it.  If you weren’t planning on eating it right away you just accelerated its ripening state and risk a greater chance of wasting its potential.   While Jud 1:23 warns us that there will be many that will be pulled out of the fire; hating even the garments spotted from the flesh there are many more who won’t have to be bruised to be set free.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (Jas 3:17)  

This last word in James is important to note and so often while trying to pull the mote in our brother’s eye we become blind to the beam that exist in our own. (Mat 7:3) This ought not to be, but rather we should consider ourselves whenever we speak to others. We should apply the same gentleness with them, considering ourselves, recognizing our own frailness and susceptibility to sin. (Gal. 6:1)

The outflow of a gentle heart is compassion. Compassion comes naturally to those who recognize that they were sinners who have been saved by grace. Those who have a forgetful mind that all their paths are not right and their ways are not straight foolishly believe their life of piety has exempted them from the need of an atoning sacrifice to rescue them from their sin. (Rom. 3:23) This is how you can have a self-righteous Pharisee who looks down upon a bleeding hearted Publican. (Luk 18:9-14) What the Pharisee failed to understand is YHVH doesn’t care about all the good we do until we confess and forsake all the wrong we have done and acknowledge, accept, and embrace the sacrifice of the Son He gave. We must first be forgiven before we can be rewarded. Repenting is our part, and as we do our part, forgiving is God’s part and He is always willing to do His part, waiting even. (2 Pet 3:9)   This is a revelation that Peter fully had come to understand about YHVH. As it was Peter that had to have the vision of unclean beasts and the confrontation of Paul later on to understand the heart of God for those who were not in the natural bloodline of Abraham. Like many of us it took a few encounters with truth to move him fully into the plan of God.

That is why gentleness is one of those significant fruits that has its seasonal benefits. When we experience it in its due season we can indeed taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Patience Has A Perfect Work

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (Jas 1:4)

When you really think of it joy, peace, patience and all of the rest of the fruit of the Spirit can only work by the fruit of love.  As it takes love to have patience, this is how a mother can withstand the constant and incessant cries of her baby feverishly looking for the cause of the eye leak until a solution is found.  Love is the vehicle by which the others can spring forth and blossom.  Today we will discuss the importance of letting patience have its perfect work in your life.

In our got to have it now generation. patience feels like pulling teeth, real slow with rusty pliers.  Yet the scripture above points out the importance of understanding that patience has a work to do within us.  Work as we know it can take at least 65 years before we finally retire, and in that time we are expected to save or accumulate enough wealth that will allow us to enjoy our retirement years.  How we spend those years are entirely up to us, but there is a penalty assigned for wasting time.  However, if we remain faithful and maintain our focus on Yah in due season we reap our reward if we faint not.

Patience is what is required to understand the ways of YHVH, as an impulsive person reveals a lack of trust in YHVH.  This is what Moses tapped into, this was how he could be entitled to being called humble.  Because his patience when the people was tempting to drive him crazy was his full reliance and close relationship with YHVH.  Patience is a part of the package just like it’s a part of the fruit.   Studying His word and praying for understanding of how to live out His word is how we allow longsuffering, another word for patience to have her perfect work in us.  Because we build our faith that the same God who brought out our forefathers from the clutches of death has redeemed us from having to fear death through His Anointed Son.  Then we realize we no longer have to fear death, but rather fear the One who can put both body and soul into the fiery furnace forever and ever.

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mat 10:28)

Longsuffering is exactly the way it sounds it means we are to suffer long and clearly having to wait, deny ourselves, deprive ourselves of anything is challenging.  But anything worth having is worth waiting for, I can’t think of anything being more valuable then the reward that is available for those of us who patiently await the coming of the Lord and His glorious appearing, can you?  What makes death scary is that it is apart of the unknown for the world.  However, for the children of the Most High it is a gateway to our reward if we are found faithful.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
(1Co 15:54-55)

This is the peace that every believer can walk in knowing and though eternal life is the beginning it is not the whole of salvation otherwise we wouldn’t have anything to workout.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Php 2:12)

We have a mission that has been given to us as believers that if we are on it God provides the roadmap to the goal.  This is why Paul having been afflicted in this life can have patience through troubled waters knowing he would come out on the other side because he understood that he can’t leave till mission complete.  He understood patience had a perfect work yet to be complete in him.  Abraham who could wait on the Lord until he was 100 years of age to have the son promised to him through Sarah could trust that the promise that he wouldn’t see in his lifetime concerning his seed would be fulfilled.    Consider Job?  We are told to have the patience of Job in James 5:11 a man who endured the struggle and the hardship of losing all but his life, yet still held on to the Lord in the valley of the shadow of death.  Patience like faith is not something you need until you need it.  For instance I don’t need faith to believe for something that I have.  I don’t need patience to achieve something that is already possessed.

So what is the work of patience?  Above are examples of patience, but lets really examine its meaning because that is key to how you get it.  The definition indicates its not something you master over night.  It’s not something that matures instantly but like any fruit its through work, toil, and time that it blossoms and matures.  Like faith, patience requires consistency, staying on guard and not giving up on following the path that leads to life.  It requires you not becoming weary in doing well through the process, but staying on task and fully vested.

I am still finding areas where I have to work on this in me, and what I am finding out is what patience is not, and that is impulsive.  When we fill hurried or pressed to make a decision we are easily in danger of falling prey to impulsive action.  This action is the result of moving before God in a given situation rather then waiting on him.  Patience is what is produced with consistent reliance on God in every situation not just in tight ones.  This is not to be confused with procrastination or complacency because one thing that both Abraham and Moses teaches us in their life is that in order to move in the will of God you have to be willing to move when he says move, and that moving is not always going to be when the environment is conducive to it.  It is clear that Moses decision to deliver the people from Egypt was not conducive to the need Pharaoh had to enslave them.  It was terribly inconvenient for Egypt, but right on time for the Father.  This is the difference between impulsivity and faith, impulsiveness is moved by circumstances and faith is moved by the spoken word of the Almighty.  When the Almighty moves us whether it takes forty years or forty days it doesn’t matter we will be ready to move forward, and we will have patience to wait until our change comes.

If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.  (Job 14:14)

The Hebrew word for patience is “YaChaR” and when you put the characters together they paint the picture of the “work of the outside man”.  Think of a Master Builder who may have a blueprint from day one of construction, but like Noah the fruition of the blueprint can take years to complete.  Both faith and patience is required to see the construction to its inevitable end. Where are we in our walk with YHVH?  This is why we are admonished not to give up, lose heart, to faint not, because the process of patience having her perfect work in us will not be an overnight success, a winning lottery ticket away, but through hard work, persistence, and perseverance we see the faithfulness of God in the challenges, through the trials.  He is maturing us and as tempting as it may be to take a shortcut, the shortcut will cause you to miss the blessing.  Lot took the shortcut, the path already taken the road already paved because convenience doesn’t require any commitment from you.  But the lesson we should take from Lot is that foregoing the process can cost you your family, and what it does salvage becomes perverted.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Gal 6:9)

The next fruit of the Spirit we will discuss will show us how to Try A Lot Of Gentleness.  While these lessons I had hoped to complete before Pentecost 2018, its truth is always right on time.  If you are finding yourself challenged with these fruit in your life, remember we are admonished that in all our getting to get an understanding.  Our lack of understanding can cause us to lose heart in the struggles of life and become weak in exhibiting strength in this fruitful venture.  Love you all and may YHVH richly bless every reader.

The Ugly Truth of American History

This video provides some facts that we just simply didn’t get in the history books. I encourage you to watch. Knowledge is powerful. I realize the topic is one that most of us would prefer to leave buried and hidden, but if we are ever going to understand the impact our past has on our present its going to require getting an understanding about the root of the sin of this nation and the biblical truth that the love of money indeed is the root of all sorts of evil.