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How to Acquire the Peaceable Life

In the wake of another shooting here in Louisiana where three officers were murdered, I would like to share my thoughts from the scripture as a citizen of Louisiana. As a citizen of color, I have just watched the press release from our officials, and was impressed with one particular speaker who hit the nail on the head concerning the issue we have in this nation. He made it clear the issue is not the ability to carry a gun, but the heart. I have heard people on both sides of the issue from black lives matter and blue lives matter, but what I am not hearing is how we can all live our lives in peace.  Which is clearly the agenda of both sides.  Yet scripture gives us instructions on how to obtain that.

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Ti 2:1-2)

 

I don’t know why there are people who believe that prayer is either doing nothing or being passive, but prayer is the most important weapon we can use in this hour. Before one of the greatest warriors went to battle and won victoriously he sought YHVH in prayer. This man even in the face of unjust threat of death by the King of Israel, didn’t pursue the death of the King. Not because of his respect for King Saul, but because of his respect for the Giver of the authority the King possessed. He didn’t just talk to God, but waited on God to give him the answer necessary to proceed.  This man’s name was David, and he would become King of Israel, and it was said of him that he was a man after God’s own heart.  (1 Sam. 13:14)  I perceive this is not just because he respected authority, but the reason he respected authority.  He respected the authority of the Almighty and that is what God is looking for.  Our love for Him. Jesus when questioned by Pilate stated he wouldn’t have no power except it was given to him from above. (John 19:11)  Once again recognizing that even in the face of an unjust system that the authority of that system comes from above, and as Messiah makes clear in that same context that no unjust deed on earth goes unpunished or unnoticed from our heavenly Father.  Thus, He tells us vengeance is His, and He will repay. (Rom 12:19)

No injustice on earth goes unchecked by the Almighty!

Realizing the severity of the punishment when He begin to repay should produce in us the same Spirit that was in Christ on the cross or Stephen who was being stoned.  In one word “prayer”.  It takes more strength to pray for someone who is doing you wrong or who you perceive is doing you wrong then to retaliate.  To hate them that hate you is as easy as it is to love those who love you.

This scripture in 1 Timothy is setting in place that order is important. Notice who these “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks” are to be made for first, “all men” and then specifically, “kings, all that are in authority”.

Is it possible that we are seeing the intensity we are seeing because we stop praying for those who are in authority?  Because we are exhorted to give our supplications (requests), prayer, intercession, and thanks for “all in authority” so that “we” might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  That word all doesn’t stop at just praying for the President, or for your own personal pick in congress, but requires we pray for those who we voted for and those who we didn’t vote for.  This includes our military and our police.   If we don’t do this, what you think the outcome will be? Turn on your news, we are seeing the product of neglecting to follow this exhortation.

Finally, there came a time where David did take out the authority of the world, we see this in him taking out Goliath, but under the authority only of YHVH could he be victorious. We don’t get to pick and choose who is taken out, this is only within the hand of the Almighty and based on His timing. King Saul was told to wipe out all of the people of the Amalekites, this included the King of that land. However, this was only based on the Lord’s clear instructions. Which is why it is so vitally important that we have the Spirit of YHVH operating within us. How do we know what we are seeing before our eyes is not of YHVH? God didn’t send his people on suicide missions.  When the children of Israel obeyed YHVH they didn’t lose their battle. Their victory was clear, and their loss of minimal if at all.  The only time the children of Israel lost a battle is when they went without the permission of YHVH. Without the Spirit of YHVH we will find ourselves outside of the will of God, and in opposition to Him. This is a dangerous place to be, yet where unfortunately many of our people are finding ourselves.

Let’s direct our anger against injustice, cry out for righteous rulers. Pray that the heart of the king will submit to the Almighty so that they will rule the land in justice, mercy, and right rulings. Pray for husbands and Fathers, local, state, regional, and national leaders, ministers, and our young men who will one day fill these positions of leadership. Our greatest strength will be in our submission to the will and word of the Almighty. Outside of this we are in danger, and we cannot fulfill His will without knowing what it is and who He is.

 

There are some principles in scripture that we as a nation better began to understand.  While we may pattern our military wisdom from studying the playbook of Alexander the Great.  The serpent was who our Messiah told us to turn to for wisdom as believers.  In this hour believers who don’t understand what Yahushah (Jesus) meant by this will be completely shaken by the world and the battle to come.  Isn’t it interesting God didn’t say be ye as wise as Solomon, though he was given wisdom unlike any other man.  Think about it, we are in the situation as humans that we are in because a serpent was able to deceive Eve.  We need to tap into the wisdom of a serpent from a heavenly perspective, so that we would be able to defeat the enemy of our lives with the wisdom that God has made available in the earth.  I will be sharing what I received from my study in my e-book. This e-book will show you:

  1. How the characteristics of a serpent can translate into wisdom for a believer and how we should walk in that wisdom.
  2. How to extract Spiritual principles from  understanding the natural character traits of how God created the serpent.
  3. Often times we don’t get what we need in our walk with Christ because we don’t ask the right questions.  The right questions in how we study can make a tremendous difference in its benefit for us.  It is insightful in that it will ask questions at the end of each chapter so that you can reflect on them and gauge if you are using this wisdom in your life.

The e-book is currently in pre-production, but you can fill out the form below to let me know that you are interested in reserving a copy.  The cost will be $5.00.  I am making e-books to save on the cost of printing.  If you would prefer a hard copy please let me know as you submit me your contact information, if enough people are interested in a hard copy I will provide print on demand, but the cost will be more.

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There Will Be Blood

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. (Heb 12:4)

In this hour more than our feelings will be hurt in this battle against unrighteousness. The true believers are going to have to stand in the face of danger just as our Messiah had to, the prophet’s of old, the multitude of unnamed, as well as named Martyr’s in our own not so distant past. We too will have to decide whether or not we are going to enter the battle, suffer with our Lord, or cower under pressure as Peter did. What we have counted as persecution, name calling, slandering, accusing, will pale in comparison to what it will cost to stand in this hour. Rachel of Columbine High School understood that cost when she said she would not renounce Christ as her Savior. How many of us would have the same response? How many of us know in our hearts we would betray Yehoshua to save ourselves? How many of us in that moment of temptation would in our first reaction, and second chance back down from embracing our Bridegroom? Oh yes, there will be blood. Will you choose to die once or twice?

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Rev 2:11)

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Rev 20:6)

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Rev 20:14)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Rev 21:8)

Friends we do not want to be apart of that second death that is surely coming, and for many it is right at the door. Like Peter, many of us would easily answer I would never deny you Lord, and we would even tell the Lord that, but the question is when you are put to the test, how would you fair? It’s easier to say what you will and won’t do when the chopping block isn’t behind the door you are assigned to.

Live Dead

                 The Apostle Paul had some great advice for the mental preparation we will need to have for the coming reality.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (Rom 6:8)

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Rom 6:11-13)

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Co 5:14-17)

The more we identify with Messiah the less compelled we will be to try to save our own lives.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Mat 10:38-39)

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18)

We better make sure that the response to our lives is the same as Paul’s was,

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Php 1:21)

In this hour you will be tested, but thankfully we have the textbook with all the right answers, and if we follow the script then all will be well. Because in the pages of reality our Lord did have victory over death but not by circumventing it but passing through it.   That’s right the hero in this story dies, but He is not dead. He is not raised from the dead because then that would make him subject to death again, but was resurrected from the dead no longer subject to death, in fact taking the keys of death and hell.

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Rev 1:18)

Let that sink into your brain for just a moment, death has no victory over us, because the hero in the real world has victory over death. So Beloved, why is your heart troubled, and why are you afraid? Why isn’t the peace of Yah resting in you, when you know the end of the book. I’ll tell you why. Because we are not living dead.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (Joh 14:1)

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. (Joh 14:27)

We have not offered our bodies as a living sacrifice, we are not dieing daily and the greatest preparation for the coming test of faith is living our lives reckoning ourselves dead. Dead to the lusts of this flesh, the deceitfulness of riches, and desire for other things. Being that good and fertile soil that yields hundred fold returns because we have sold our riches for the pearl of great price. (Rom. 12:1-2; Matt. 13:46; Matt. 13:18-23)

What will you esteem more in your life? Everyday you prepare for death in how you live, how you love, and how you walk. Is your heart failing you for fear of the things that are to come or are you praising Yah because you know that His redemption draws near? Are you boldly preaching the Gospel to every creature, and some as though snatching them out the fire knowing that your obedience to Christ command can be the difference for someone between eternity with Yah or eternity in hell? (Jud 1:23) If not ask yourself the question, why am I not resisting unto blood? What doth hinder me? Do I still count my life as dear to me, or reckon myself as dead in Christ? The boldness of Apostle Paul, or even John the Baptist to speak the truth in the face of threat of harm to oneself comes only when you have surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Died to your own selfish desires and embraced the will of the Almighty.

There is an eternal destination for everyone and if Messiah, Yehoshua is not on the throne of our heart’s then someone else is. We are preparing for eternity every day. Someone is King in your heart, and if that King isn’t the King of Kings then that King whoever he maybe will be dethroned, because every knee will bow and every tongue will confess when the King of Glory appears. And at that time, there will be blood, even to the bridle.

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Rev 14:19-20)

Cleaving & Sagging: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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