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Our Struggle is Not Against Flesh and Blood: Part III Who are the Rulers of the Darkness of this World?

If you think it is the current President, thought it was any previous ones, or firmly believe whoever holds the oval office in the next administration is the one, then your aim is far too low. No man having flesh and blood could be responsible for the darkness of this world. There are limitations we have in this flesh, especially as individuals, and while the intended purpose from the beginning was that we would have dominion over the things in this world we can thank Adam and Eve for the entrance of the ruler of the darkness of this world.

Men are mere puppets on the menu of the Serpent if they haven’t given both their heart and their will over to God. Here is why it is important that you must give over both, see the Roman road to salvation is two-fold, believing in thine heart that God has raised His son from the dead is only one part. We must confess with our mouth THE LORD Jesus. As Lord, this means he is master, and while many may have no problem believing in their heart he died for them, and are grateful, and that he arose from the dead, but where the rubber meets the road is, if he is Lord! Lord not in only lip service, but in life service.

For Him to be Lord of your life that means you must deny your flesh! You must ask yourself and make a conscious decision that your words and your ways will line up with what He said and speaks to you, not with what you say and think. There was a point where King David came close to failing this test of respecting God’s authority. When he met that crossroad his heart smote him even at the cutting off of cloth of King Saul’s garment. (1 Sam. 24:4-5) I would say his flesh was very much willing to cross this line and most of us in the flesh would have said he had every right to do so. After all, the bounty on his life was based on an unrighteous decision of this very King, he could have ended this tyranny and reign in his stead. Remember, he had already been anointed as such by the Prophet Samuel, but he understood, who was he to touch God’s anointed? We need to understand that when we are tongue-lashing daggers at those who are the rulers of our nation, that the face we are really getting in front of is that of the Almighty. Men this is also important to recognize that when you tear down national authority in front of your family, you open the door for your family to challenge your authority.

Opposing unrighteous policies is one thing, but speaking evil of our present ruler leads to leprosy. (Num. 12:1-10) While many may hold to respecting authority within ranks messianic leadership, then I would suggest you consider whose servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon was? (Jer. 27:6) I would suggest you reread Romans 13, Eph. 6:5-9 which tells you how you ought to obey those who have rule over you. As unpopular as this message maybe it is nevertheless needed, there is somebody reading this right now that are wondering why their prayers are being hindered and this could be your key.

King David was blessed with an amazing promise from the Most High that have stretched all the way till today, thousands of years since his reign because he understood respect for authority. Even when authority sought to kill him he remained submitted, first unto God, and secondly unto God’s delegated authority. Whatever King Saul’s faults were it was not David’s job to be his judge. He had one law to keep as it related to King Saul and that was to submit to his kingship and his faithfulness to doing that reaped his eternal rewards.

We are at a crossroads as a people under authority, are we going to continue to fight against flesh and blood or will we instead put on the full armor of the Almighty? David even as a wanted man by King Saul kept his armor, and knew how to use it, do you? The weapons of our warfare they are not carnal, they are not swords, guns, bombs, or slingshots, but the weapons we have are mighty! (2 Cor 10:4) Yah has given us some armor and instructions on how to use it so we are not without what we need in this present dark age. These weapons won’t miss when aimed at the right target. (Eph. 6:11)

Now, remember you need all this armor before you go out to battle. If you miss any, you will be exposed in that area. So here we go, first, we are told to stand. In this war you can’t be fearful the first ones who will burn in that lake of fire is, the fearful. None of this armor will work on a coward, so if there is a fear in you other than the fear of the Almighty then you need to first fill yourself with the word of God concerning this area until you receive the fear of God in you. A healthy, holy, reverential fear of the Almighty will help you conquer the fear of man. Matthew 10:28 tells us who we should fear and why, which makes it a good place to start so you can gain the conviction to stand. Now that you are standing its time to suit up.

The first piece of armor for the standing man is to have his loins girded with the belt of truth. Why would your loins be the first piece of armor? I believe it is because your loins are positioned in the center of your body. It is the part that surrounds your belly. Have you ever had a gut feeling? This gut feeling is powerful many who have the courage to act or not to act usually do so based on it. This gut feeling can be so compelling it can cause one to defy reason. This gut feeling will tell you to pack an umbrella even when the forecast doesn’t predict rain. It is in our gut or bowels we find ourselves moved with compassion for someone. It is important to remain centered because a person who is properly centered will only bow or bend purposely. Those whose faith is centered with the belt of truth is focused on the word of truth. When asked what is truth by Pilate, the answer was already written, His word is truth. (John 18:36; John 17:17)

After we are properly centered with the right source of information we are told to put on the breastplate of righteousness. When we are centered in truth it is easy to stand protected with the breastplate of righteousness. We have already established that in our flesh dwells no good thing, but because of the righteousness of God and our embracing of his truth we are washed in the blood and made righteous in it. Therefore, because we are in Christ, we are no longer held hostage to the dead man we were. The breastplate covers the heart, and the heart pumps the blood that goes to the rest of the body. Therefore, since the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit, offered himself without spot to God on our behalf, through him our conscience is purged from dead works so we can stand and serve the living God. (Heb. 9:14) So any sin under the blood of Christ is not free game for the enemy to hold against you. This doesn’t mean he won’t try, remember the believer wouldn’t need any of this armor if we had no enemies.

The next piece of armor is for your feet. We stand now, but soon we will have to walk, and having the right shoes on can keep you from stumbling. Our feet must be shod with the gospel of peace. It is important to remember that we are not the bearers of bad news that is what the world already has; we come with good news. Too often we approach the things of God like it’s something we have to hide or be ashamed of, the world would have us think liberating people from the sin that has them bound is something bad when nothing could be further from the truth. We have the news that will set the captives free. Many drug addicts want to be free, the gospel does that because it’s good news. Many alcoholics, sex addicts, slaves, prisoners of war, prisoners, sick people are all seeking for the truth that is girded about our loins. For freedom that our conscience has because of the pure blood through the eternal spirit we get to have on our chest, but haven’t heard the gospel of peace. Addictions are desirable because the addict has no peace. The gospel of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Maschiach) comes with that peace. Those who reject such peace will have the remainder of the dust from our feet to contend with as His peace leaves with us.

When the gospel of peace is rejected we need not fret God provided us another piece of armor, called the shield of faith. He has shielded us with a faith that can put out fires. The first place this word faith appears in the Bible is when Joshua was in battle against the Amalekites. When Moses was seated on a rock with Hur and Aaron on either side of him the word in Exodus 17:12 translated as steady to describe his position on that rock is the word for faith. It’s the perfect picture of God’s intervention in the hand of man with faith being used in the sense of a military tactic. When we know that we are seated in heavenly places with Messiah Yeshua as we stand against the darkness of this present age then we can boldly shield ourselves against the fiery darts of the enemy with every dart intended for us being wielded back to him like a boomerang. This is the effect our faith in the Most High has against the principalities of the darkness of this present age. Our steadiness in the Word and Will of the Almighty translates into a powerful witness of the truth of who he is.

Job is an example for us, that even at the admonition of his wife to curse God and die because of the fiery darts that were coming his way, he stood firmly on his convictions to trust God despite what it cost him. While Job as a man had his faults, he was unwavering in his stand to not curse God. While the enemy may throw our faith back at us as a testimony against us, our faithfulness to stand with God in the midst of the challenge will speak for us.

Because the enemy doesn’t stop, wherever he can find an entrance whether it is a door or a window he will try to find his way in, our Father gave us another piece of armor. This armor is for our head, and it is very important. If the enemy can’t wear your body down, then he will use mind games to take you out. Therefore keep the helmet of salvation securely in place. You know that you are saved, that your life has already been bought with a price and that you have the blessed hope that even if he can take your body out, your soul is secure in him. This was a tactic he tried twice to attack our Savior with, identity. If he can get you to question who you belong to, he can get you to willingly put aside all the other armor that protects you. Knowing you are a new creature in Christ is essential and keeping that helmet of salvation is especially important when going to battle.

Finally, we are given the sword of the Spirit, this is very important to know how to use. When fighting someone who is aiming to kill you it is important to know exactly where you will strike to get the job done. The sword of the spirit is the word of God, but there are two important things you need to know when wielding your sword. Since the sword we are given is the word of God we have to understand what word of the word of God we need to hit the heart. Remember, in this fight, we are looking to win the heart of those who have been deceived by Ha Satan. The right word fitly spoken has the power of conversion, we don’t want to be aimlessly cutting and we don’t want to miss the target. So knowing where you want the sword to strike and what word you need to penetrate that spot to bring about conviction is critical.

I wouldn’t want these spiritual weapons being misapplied, it is important to know that the war we are waging doesn’t start on a physical battlefield, but in a prayer closet. While we do not fight as one who beats the air we are in a battle against a principality who lives in the air. Yeshua understood this more than I think we who read his testimony. There is a lot being said in between the lines we don’t consider when He is speaking. Many times we see that Yeshua would leave the people and get away to himself to spend time alone with the Father. Every time we read that what we read came out of that time, but not necessarily all that was said in that time. This is the same thing we see with Moses when he spent time in the mountain getting the Ten Commandments written in stone. The people saw the stone; they saw the glory that appeared on him after his time with God, but there is a reason the scripture records that the people knew God’s acts, but Moses knew his ways. To know the ways of God requires spending time with Him. There is a lot we are missing if we are not spending that time. Many of us are just content with seeing the hand of God move in our lives, we are seeking the acts, but few desires to know the ways of God. If we forsake fellowship with God, we will always be prey for the enemies menu. We then find our weapons will be of the flesh instead of resting in the power of the Spirit.

Our Struggle is Not Against Flesh and Blood Part II: Know Your Enemy!

Know who your enemy is!
Remember what Ephesians tells us, we do not fight against the flesh (the color of one’s skin); or blood (those who are of your own household), but against principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world. Now let’s look at these three things because knowing your enemy is important so that you shoot the right target. First, he mentions, principalities, and this word principality is the word chief. It comes from the Greek word G757 (ar’kho) which means first. It is a political term. Coming from the west in our minds the President is the highest official, but the question is, is he? I submit to you that the highest ranking official(s) are those who are not subject to our laws, yet are the force behind it. There is a higher power responsible for our governing body that we neither vote for nor see, and the President is a player on the checkerboard.
Consider this, the President, is he not flesh and blood? Since he is flesh and blood how could he fit the description of being the “principality” that we fight against? Having said that, let’s look into this next word that describes who our enemy is, powers. This word powers is “exousia” which means privilege. This is a word that in our culture we are well aware of and we usually associate it with those who are of a particular flesh. Even so, I would submit to you that there is a greater picture that is being presented in this word.
There is a deception that the enemy has planted in the mind of those who have such a thought process. This deception is no different than that which occurred to Judas in Luke 22:3 when Satan entered Judas. There are always two forces at work and if you are not subject to the one then you will be open to the other. Meaning those who are not or will not submit to YHVH is fair game for Ha Satan. The Adversary is the master of deception and will sway you to believe anything your heart is subject to accept. Any demented plan your mind can conjure up is okay as long as it is in opposition to the Most High. This is why scripture admonishes us to understand what the will of the Lord is so that we won’t be pray to the tactics of Ha Satan. (Eph. 5:17)
Finally, we fight against the rulers of the darkness of this world. The whole world lies in wickedness and those subject to this world are not exempt from it, this is why we must walk in the Spirit to overcome the weakness of our flesh. (1 Jn 5:19; Gal. 5:16) This word “ruler” comes from the Greek word Kosmos which is where we get the world, and it means world ruler, HaSatan. If your slingshot is aiming at the President, Judges, or Congressmen, your aim is too low. They are puppets on a much larger string, and like Judas, if they are NOT walking in the Spirit they are food for the devil. Every man in authority is subject to the same failures and temptations. Politicians are not our problem believers who look to flesh and blood rather than using our spiritual artillery. Proverbs 21:1 says the heart of the king is in His hands and as the rivers of water he turns it whither soever he wills. David understood this truth, even with the King seeking to kill him, he refused to lay his hand on God’s anointed. When we grasp that all authority comes from God; we can understand this scripture in Proverbs. Our lack of understanding the will of YHVH and His authority subject us to the curses that we find ourselves reaping.
As bad as things may seem, we have yet to be the target of death threats by our paid politicians. So if this man David, can honor a king seeking his death, what then is our excuse? What acceptable excuse will we present before the Almighty, for our behavior? I shudder to think. Even Paul humbled himself before the Almighty when he spoke against the “ruler of his people” in his day. In his repentance, he received answers from the Almighty. (Acts 23:5) We must remember there is an unseen force behind every evil act, yet those who trust in the Lord prevails.

Our Struggle is Not with Flesh and Blood Part I

From the view of the underdog, it is very easy to believe that the fight we have is with flesh and blood, but the Bible teaches us of a more accurate truth. Our struggle is not with flesh no matter how dark or light their skin is, nor is it with blood, for though we know that the greatest enemy of mankind can often seem like those of our own household. The reality is we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph. 6:12) While the news will tell you the enemy is a woman or man, the posts on Facebook will tell you their black or white, the radio will tell you it’s the Republicans or Democrats. Whether it’s the internet or the television you can find someone who will feed to whatever your bend is. There is no shortage of sources that you can watch that could allow you to vacillate between the two, but the Bible makes this clear if this is your focus you’re wrestling with flesh and blood. If you can see your enemy, handle your enemy, put a name and face to your enemy then you’re fighting the wrong fight.  The enemy that Ephesians is exposing is unseen, the wickedness that exists in a higher place than where we are, we can’t reach it with our five senses. If we are using our manmade weapons of mass destruction we will miss the target.

The good news in this impossible situation just described is if we know who and what we are fighting then we can begin to consider what tools are available to reach the unseen enemy. Ephesians give us the answer on how we can fight this invisible enemy that operates in an area too high for us to reach. Ephesians 6:13 tells us to put on the whole armor of God. As King Saul did to David, so also the world wants to do to you, give you their artillery, even when it’s not working for them.  The world tells you the answer is a bigger gun yet those of us with the big guns still don’t feel secure against this war that is being waged on humanity. It is like Saul trying to suit up David for the run-in with Goliath. Yet, listen carefully to the response David had. He made it clear this isn’t going to work, I haven’t tried these things that you are trying to put on me. When I fought a bear and a lion I was successful with what I had. I’ve tried and seen that this works. (1 Sam 17:39) It is very important that you read up a few verses because you will see that David understood that the true power that he had was not in the physical weaponry, but in a clear trust through tried faith that YHVH would deliver him. David’s denial of King Saul’s armor represented a clear understanding that his tried faith in following YHVH using his slingshot and five smooth stones was more reliable than the untried armor that Saul’s soldiers used.

You don’t need what you think you need to fight the enemy of your soul, you need what God has faithfully used with you to get you through your battle.

David learned a lesson many of us have yet to learn, at an early age. Too often we discredit the gift God has given us thinking that our gift can’t measure up to the bells and whistles that the world would flaunt before us. Our gift of writing or our gift of music seems like a slingshot compared to Goliath’s sword, but the gift God has perfected in you is mightier then Goliath’s sword.

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.

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.

Hold Your Own Peace

In a world that is constantly getting worse holding your peace can seem impossible. However scripture doesn’t encourage us to embrace the temperature of the world for regulating our internal thermostat. Rather we are given something the world cannot have.  A peace that comes from out of this world, but like the garden of Eden our ability to live in this peace requires our willingness to embrace it.

Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

How good it is to know that as the world spirals out of control we can overflow with the fruit of peace in abundance.  One of the greatest benefits of eternal life is that the greatest fear of the world doesn’t have to be ours, death.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 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? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1Co 15:53-57)

Corinthians gives us comfort in knowing that we have victory over mankind’s greatest enemy on earth.  Those of us in Christ, while we aren’t rushing to our demise can take comfort in knowing that our demise on this end leads to eternal bliss on the other.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev 21:4)

Therefore when we see the end of the reign of tyranny of humanity we can rejoice in the beginning of the millennial reign and beyond of our Messiah.

In Hebrew the word for peace is “Shalom” and when you look at the characters of this word in the Ancient Hebrew it paints a very poignant picture for us of what peace does for us and to us.  The first character in Hebrew for Shalom is “sheen” and this character resembles two teeth, and it means to destroy or consume.  As it is the natural result of what occurs when we chew.

The second character is “lamed” which is the picture of a shepherds staff.  This character means authority as we see in the case of Moses who uses his staff to turn into a serpent, water into blood, and to dry up Red Seas.  No small wonder this is the weapon of choice by the Almighty to wield before the enemy to reveal His authority in the earth with.  The third character is “vav” which is the picture of a nail and with a nail we establish a wall, secure a building add on to an existing structure.  We know from our faith that our salvation was established by the nails that pinned our Messiah to the post that would be necessary to secure our eternal home.

Finally, the last character is “mem” which is the picture of waves.  This character for the Hebrew people was associated with the flood of Noah and as a result carries the meaning of chaos in addition to its principle meaning of waves.  These waves represent so many thing to us as believers as we see them in water, but science reveals that waves also exist in sound, and light as well.  These meanings when put together reveal that we have peace when we allow him, the King of Glory to “Destroy the Authority that Establishes Chaos” as we “Consume the Authority of His Established Word”.