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How Do We Know We Are Walking in The Spirit?

(1Jn 2:16)  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

There are three areas in which our sin will fall under, for as it was in the beginning so it now is.  It is what the Serpent left in the world when he tempted Eve to sin against God.  Scripture says it best there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc. 1:9)  The three ways that the prince of this world used to take the authority that God had given mankind in the beginning fell under these three categories.  Genesis 3:6 reveals the effect of the enemies conversation, as she “saw that the tree was good for food” (lust of the flesh),  “pleasant to the eyes” (lust of the eyes), “a tree desired to make one wise” (pride of life).  The power of his subtil persuasion placed a deceptive thought such that she bought a lie of the enemy to indulge in that which would have catastropic effects on every seed she bring forth from that moment on.  As if the pain of childbirth wasn’t enough she will also leave the legacy of her children having to bear the pain of death because of her choice.  Not that I am picking merely at her, because her actions did start the ball rolling but Adam’s participation sealed their fate.

Fortunately, Yehoshua turned this all around for us and left an example we could follow in fighting the temptation of the enemy in his 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness.  He conquered all three of those temptations, but it started with denying the flesh. He had done a 40 day fast, putting away of the flesh when the temptation by the enemy to indulge in the lust of the flesh came forth.  His response was based on having full focus and faith in the written Word of YHVH.  The very opposite of what Adam and Eve had as they chose to eat of the tree they were forbidden to eat from according to the Word given them by YHVH.  In these three areas of temptation he conquered it reveals to us how to live a sinless life should we choose to follow the instructions provided.  A sinless life is not void of obstacles, but it doesn’t allow the obstacles to dictate the response, it allows the word of God spoken by the Spirit of God that dwells in you to direct the action. Knowing the steps that proceeded the temptation is key to our success, and ignoring those steps will be the reason we will fail.

Let’s consider what happened just before Yehoshua is taken into the wilderness to deal with the devil.  First he is baptized by John the Baptizer, publicly honored by His Father and the Spirit of God descends upon Him in the form of a dove.  Hence the sanction and the power of God must come first before we are in a position to deal with the temptation of the enemy.  This is why if all we do is lead one to the Lord but we do not empower them to deal with the enemy we set them up for failure. Because rest assured once you leave the camp of the enemy to join the camp of the Lord that the enemy is going to test you.   Not that Messiah was ever in the camp of the enemy, but rest assured he was empowered before he had to go toe to toe with the enemy in fighting the three temptations that we face daily with failure.  The empowerment of the Holy Spirit is an absolute must have before you enter into ministry. Don’t believe me then ask yourself why Messiah told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem?  See its one thing when you have the Anointed One on earth walking, talking, and sanctioning you to move in that sort of power.  But Messiah knew that when he left that they would not be able to do what he did without having the Holy Spirit dwelling within them.  He became that seed that he spoke to them in parables about.

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (Joh 12:23-24)

 

His death was expedient for us because had he not died the same Spirit that operated in Him when He was alive could not then operate in us.  He became that wheat that fell into the ground and was multiplied into much fruit, how?  This is where you need to understand a little something about agriculture.  Anyone who works in the ground understands that what fertilizes plants is basically compost, the return to the earth of that which couldn’t be used by us being recycled in the ground  this in return puts energy into the ground so that it can produce more trees which produce more fruit.  It is from one seed that a tree is produced.

Getting our Flesh in check!

Often times when Messiah shared with people he spoke in parables.  Many of those parables were relatable agricultural functions that he applied directly to us as people.  Upon pondering this thought it dawned on me that this is a critical component in our walk to understand as the remedy for NOT walking in the lust of the flesh.  Galatians reveals the antecdote to this problem is for us to walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:16) However, First John mentioned earlier reveals that there are three areas of temptation that we must conquer in order to leave the sin nature behind us, to which Gal. 5 provides the remedy to only one of, and that is the lust of the flesh.

In the Spirit of Yehoshua’s parable lets consider the answer for walking in the Spirit.  This is the question Yah put forth to me, how do we know what type of fruit tree we have?  My mother in law had a tree growing in her garden but she didn’t purposely plant it so she didn’t know what kind it was.  It took a few years before we could determine what it was as it didn’t bear any fruit the first few years but it steadily grew and put forth lots of leaves.  It was working hard at growing but its fruit took a long time to come forth.  Yet, one can’t know a tree accept by its fruit, and one can’t know if they are walking in the Spirit accept by its fruit.  The fruit of walking in the Spirit is revealed in Galatians, and if we be led of the Spirit this is readily identifiable because the fruit will be evident, if we are not led of the Spirit then the evidence of the flesh will be there.   Therefore we are either led of the Spirit or working in the flesh.  We get the fruit of the Spirit when we are born again, but it doesn’t fully mature when it first blooms.  It is only as it continues to grow until it reaches its full maturity that we can fully experience what walking in the Spirit is all about.  It is only matured fruit that can be satisfactorily eaten by others and enjoyed for its many benefits.  Premature fruit is not only less satisfying but less beneficial.  It lacks all the nutrition we need in order for our bodies to get the full benefit of its fruit.

There are nine fruit of the Spirit discussed in Galatians 5:22-23, and those who have matured in all of these nine fruit of the Spirit walk lawfully before their Elohim.  As verse 23 states against these nine there is no law.  Knowing what fruit the Spirit of God produces in your life and identifying its effectiveness in your life makes for a walking in the Spirit filled life.

I will be covering the nine fruit of the Spirit and empowering you with the scriptures you should meditate and fully understand so that you can have victory over the lust of the flesh, that you might walk in the Spirit in your life.

Be on the lookout for the articles that are to come:

  1. Love The Greatest Of Them All
  2. Joy Does the Heart Good
  3. Hold Your Own Peace
  4. Patience Has A Perfect Work
  5. Try A Lot of Gentleness
  6. Goodness Has Returning Power
  7. Faith Has A Pleasing Touch
  8. Meekness Makes For Prosperous Leadership
  9. A Little Temperance Goes A Long Way

 

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A Return To Respectable Femininity

In our politically correct culture there has been an assault on gender roles. Somehow it has become passe or a curse word to discuss gender roles and mostly pronounced by women then men.  For some reason both men and women have inadvertently diminished the prominent position women play in the family.  

Having an appropriate and biblically ordered family where the man is the head of the wife is associated with dishonor and is fought against with ill repute.  But for those of us on a rampage to erase these roles their seems to be a lack of thought concerning who will accomplish these very important tasks that still need to be done if we as women abandon them.  We sacrifice our children’s development on the table of institutional education which says career should come before love, being able to be “independent” is more desirable then trusting God.  Because it’s dependent on you to create wealth, although scripture reveals it is Yah who gives us power to create wealth. (Deut. 8:18) 

Yet all the women in our lives who we hold dear, albeit a grandma who raised us or an aunt who rescued us, or a mother who nurtured us, we respect and hold them dear not because of their education, but because of their presence, their sacrifices, and their love.  They didn’t give us lots of stuff but they gave us what they had.  However, we abandon their wisdom to follow our own path, make our own name, or to place the untested knowledge of book scholarship against the proven experience of a humbled life, then we’re surprised when scholarship failed us and our families suffer.  Marriages broken and children destroyed, we can’t figure out where we went wrong because our children received all the stuff our parents or grandparents couldn’t afford, but at the expense of the one thing that made a difference in our lives, relationship. 

Respectable femininity doesn’t have the new world perspective of success.  Its not quick to sacrifice its true assets for the paper substitute, nor the things that it can buy. It rejoices over teaching their children about God, sharing the importance of keeping their home, being there to share what’s important in life and willing to share both our failures and successes to protect and prepare children for life.  All of which can only be done by being present. 

This is the wife husbands should seek, a family man should be the husband a wife should want.  False understandings of security lead women to believe fat bank accounts will make them more secure, when the opposite is true.  In many cases more money attracts more women for men which usually result in infidelity and may end with you having some of the money, but no husband, thus no father in your home.  Interesting scripture doesn’t say a house is taken by freezing bank accounts, but by binding the strong man. (Matt. 12:29)  We foolishly believe we win in divorce if we get half of their assets, think nothing about how we’ve sacrificed our children’s security and how they lose their identity.

A virtuous bride, who desires to be a faithful and present mother is of greater value then riches. The world may never appreciate her, but the future is secure because of her.  She trains her children in the things of the Lord, and her reward continues even after she gets older.

Family Restructuring

While death has been as constant as life always, the older I get it seems as though funerals unite us more than weddings.  Times of mourning more than times of rejoicing.  Often many of us asking the question that scripture has already provided an answer for.  Why? From the time we enter this world we enter the race for the grave. Some choose to accelerate the race through suicide or suicidal choices that lead to homicide.  Others full of age having had the pleasure of experiencing all seasons of life give up the ghost to enter into either a place where time and aging doesn’t collide with aches and pains.  Others, in a place a thousand times worse then what this life could give.  Both wherever they are based on the choice they made while in this life.  To receive or not to receive the gift of eternal life made possible by Jesus Christ (Yehoshua Ha Machiach). 

The bottomline whatever their fate we feel the effects of their loss and our family’s must go on with the hole of that missing life within us. Many of us never asking the specific why question that is important, not why they died, for we all must walk this path, but why now? To which scripture also answers this question.  In the book of Isaiah Yah questions what we haven’t pondered through the process, the why now at least for the righteous

“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” Isa. 57:1

Most of us however will agree that things are getting worse in this world.  We are experiencing the shift scripture has told us about, understanding the blood of Jesus (Yehoshua) is greater then the umbilical chord of biology that connects us.  

Scripture speaks consistently of brother turning against brother, the enemies of a man being the members of their own household. (Matt. 10:21; Matt. 10:36)  We are living in that time where the righteous are entering into rest and the offspring are undergoing the test.  Whether they will continue to walk in what they were taught by their parents or depart.  Will we stand in truth or fall in disbelief?  While there is nothing new under the sun there is an intensity of the evil in this hour then the one before.  

The enemy of our God is getting closer to earth as he is falling from the second heaven with great wrath, and we find ourselves in the tremors of this growing storm. (Rev. 12:12)  Yet the Lord has told us how we will overcome, and should we take heed we’ll fair well. (Rev. 12:11)  

Expect betrayal

We have already been forewarned that a restructuring in our family will take place close siblings will betray one another being hateful instead of loving, having been seduced by this world they will betray their own blood.  Make up in your mind right now no matter what happens to stay with the Lord.  Let NOTHING separate you from the love of God.  (Rom. 8:39) As the family members you love more than life will be brought home in this hour and God won’t be asking your permission, nor will you necessarily have time to brace yourself for the blow. Have your heart and mind on one accord that you will follow Him no matter what happens.  

Despite the prosperity message we are getting from the Western church the scripture reveals entering into the day of the Lord is marked by judgment and persecution.  In fact joy will come through persecution, and not in our blessings or our college degrees will we boast but rather in our weaknesses and infirmities. (2 Cor. 12:6) The hour where the body decreases that the head of the body (Yehoshua) should increase in His glory through his body.  

Entering into this time can separate even that which Yah has joined together.  Scripture teaches us that forsaking for Yehoshua’s sake be it houses, brothers, sisters, or even spouses shall receive a hefty reward, even everlasting life. (Matt. 19:29) 

Hopefully it doesn’t come to that but we have seen in scripture in fact the book of Job is the greatest example of a wife who attempted to turn the heart of her husband against God because of the persecution they were facing.  Yet Job made up in his mind he would NOT turn on God no matter what he lost.  This is what Messiah was telling us when he said, 

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (luke 14:26)

This is the point, if we put anything or anyone before him that thing or person will be what we will betray him for.  Consider Judas who betrayed Jesus for money, or Peter who when faced with the fear of losing his own life denied Christ three times.  We mustnt only conquer the fear of losing our loved ones, but we may have to consider losing our own life. Bringing new meaning to my life is not my own.  

So the real question considering the earlier scripture in Isaiah as a Believer should not be why was our loved one taken, but rather why were we spared?  Why am I still here? What is my assignment?  For the spirit we should have is that of Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21)  Submission to Yah dictates who my sister, my brother, and who my mother is, and according to scripture these designations are based on those who have the same will as our heavenly Father. (Matt. 12:47-50)  

Don’t get too attached

The moral of this article is this don’t get too attached. Be ready to move with Yah, wear this world like a cheap garment and be ready for the restructuring. Ask not why this person but rather always consider why not you? Meaning why have I been spared? What is my assignment?  Because you are still here for a reason and if you are in the family of God recognizing he gets to decide when that family should be restructured whether through physical death or a death of a relationship. 

Allowing God to structure your family means you don’t have to be afraid of being hurt because your trust isn’t in man, but in God.  

Saints, it’s time to trust God to put our lives and our families together as He sees fit. To mature in our faith so that we can rejoice in the Lord, counting it all joy no matter what befalls us, because life does consist of more than the abundance of things we possess and the horizontal relationships we have been blessed by the Most High to enjoy.  Love family while you have them and continue to love God who allowed your life to be blessed by your loved one. Recognizing we lose nothing in Him.

Radical Femininity

Only in a society as twisted as ours is doing what is decent and right considered radical. Somehow loving God, loving our husbands or even desiring a husband for your child takes second, third, and fourth place to ourselves and our careers. So now obedience to God and His requirement of us to be help meet is considered radical. This is my challenge to the women of the word let’s be radical concerning the things of God and our role in his plan. Let us rediscover the fulfillment and satisfaction one should feel for successfully keeping their home, loving their family and bringing their children up in the admonition of the Lord. There are careers built around the role of women, but they fall short of the love that comes from us in delivering.  The things that truly matter are priceless to provide. 

The Believer’s Unbelief

It’s been a minute since I have written on this page and partially because life has happened once again and as a result my life has been restructured.  Nevertheless, this is the most important blog I own as it deals with the matters that address our salvation.  While most of my other blogs are focused on enhancing our quality of life in these bodies, at the end of the day these bodies will only take us so far.  Which brings me to the importance of today’s topic.  It’s an area that we all struggle in and I pray that this article both convicts you and encourages you.

As the title suggest this article deals with a paradox many of us, as believer’s don’t think we have but is very pervasive.  When we think of “unbeliever’s” we typically think of those who have not made a confession of faith in Messiah who is called the Christ, Yehoshua (Jesus).  However, the passage of scripture I will be sharing with you today reveals the least likely person you would consider to be an unbeliever, Moses.

Num 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

Many of you would say if Moses is an unbeliever where in the world does that leave us?  While this is a reasonable thought, we don’t want to get side tracked on the lesson before us, which is that a person can be a believer in unbelief and understanding the context of this scripture sheds that light.  The verse above is the passage of scripture surrounding Moses smiting the rock when God specifically instructed him to speak to the rock that we know having read the end of the book was Christ.

1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

This incident brings up two important points but for the sake of this article we will only focus on why God counted his action as unbelief.  If we are familiar with this scripture we know that there was once a command by God to Moses to smite the rock, (Exo. 17:6) however, in this instance the instruction to Moses was to speak to it.  Side bar if you are not familiar with this account in scripture I highly recommend reading it in its entirety because its important to pay attention to the details of God.  We never know how God is revealing Messiah through our actions as 1 Cor. 10 points out to us that the rock that they were drinking from was Christ.  Thus the significance of Moses unbelief in this area means that it painted a false picture of what the Messiah would do.  Jesus (YeHoshua) would only die once for all.  There would be no provision for him dying for our sin twice, and for Moses to smite that Rock twice distorts the picture.

Which brings up a very important point, if our obedience paints a picture of Messiah’s life to the world, what do you think a believing unbeliever’s disobedience paints a picture of concerning our Messiah?  I shutter to consider the thought, but the reality is whenever I disobey a direct or written command of the Almighty God counts it as unbelief and it’s a thought that should cause all of us to rethink how we sanctify God’s word in our lives.

It must be stated that Moses motivation however, was not to smite Christ, as this was not what was revealed to him concerning the rock he hit at the time but rather the context of scripture reveals that his anger concerning the murmuring of the people provoked him to wrath in such a way that he heeded not to the direct command of the Almighty.  This decision would cost him entrance to the Promised land on earth.  However, don’t make the mistake that many may be inclined to make that this flaw in judgment cost him eternity.  Here is where we can be encouraged because though we fail to follow God’s instructions fully our unbelief concerning him in areas of our faith doesn’t nullify our ability to have eternal life.  However, here is where the conviction should come because what this passage of scripture does make clear is that our disbelief does reap a temporal penalty that can cost us dearly.

Here is the lesson of Moses, while we as believers confess a faith in Jesus Christ (YeHoshua Ha Maschiach) in what ever area we don’t do what God has clearly instructed whether that is by his direct command as Moses did or by his written command as we see throughout scripture our failure to obey is considered in the sight of God as unbelief.  While for many of us entrance into the promise land is not the penalty we pay there is indeed a penalty for our unbelief.  What the example of Moses reveals to us is that it is clear that no man who saw God move in the way that God moved in his life and in the lives of others could be pegged an unbeliever in God, but it does reveal that we can be unbelieving as it relates to God based on our lack of belief in sanctifying him in certain areas of our life based on our obedience or disobedience to his commands and the leading of His Spirit.  While we may be doing so out of provoked anger or simply believing that his command doesn’t apply to us, or not understanding how a specific result can occur from keeping a specific command the effect is the same.

Finally, the end analysis of this particular story is this, it is possible for us to be a Believer in Messiah, yet not believe his word and the evidence that reflects our unbelief is based on whether or not we are keeping his instruction (written or spoken) or ignoring it, and doing things our own way despite his instruction.  Like Moses, our unbelief in whatever area of our walk with Christ may not cost us eternal life, but like Moses rest assured that it is costing us and that cost should not be taken lightly.

Happily Ever After

wedding-322034_1920There is a reason why the phrase “happily ever after” appears on fairy tales and not in wedding vows.  Yet, many who are married seem to think that somewhere in the fine print there is an understanding that another person is to be responsible for our happiness.  Having no scripture, no vow to substantiate the validity of that request means that its neither a requirement of our spouse to accommodate that request nor is it our responsibility to fulfill that for anyone else.  Happiness is a state of being that is predicated on our relationship with the Creator.

Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.  (Psa 144:15)

Another reason why we may find ourselves in a state of unhappiness may be because we are not keeping the laws of God.  According to the bible there are forty two verses where the word “happy” and sometimes translated “blessed” (strongs number H835) appears and only two conclude a form of happiness based on what another human being can provide and in that context it was related to having a child which was a response of a person not a command of the Almighty. (Gen. 30:13)  Another such scripture that eludes to happiness being directed towards an individual is once again based on children not the responsibility of a spouse. (Psa. 127)   The majority of the scriptures on this topic falls under three primary categories:

  • Those who keep the laws of God,
  • Those who seek after wisdom and understanding,
  • Those who suffer for righteousness sake

Many of us make happiness a requirement of another individual as though it is a commandment when in actuality if we keep the commandments of YHVH, God is stating to us that we would be happy.  Have we tested him in this?  Are we keeping the commandments of the Almighty?  This notion or expectation of someone or something else to bring me happiness is a tall order that is guaranteed to lead to a let down.  A lot of my unhappiness in other words was self induced because I had a wrong perspective concerning happiness and who was responsible for providing that to me.

There are laws that God established concerning the duties of a wife to a husband as well as the duties of a husband to a wife.  While we can have all the reasons in the world for being remiss in fulfilling those duties, no excuse will hold up in Yah’s court when we come before him.  So for this reason I am happy as the scripture states I would be for accepting the correction of the Almighty.  (Job 5:17)  Correcting poor behavior or habits obviously doesn’t happen over night, but the happiness I feel is like the relief you feel when you confirm the diagnosis of an unnamed sickness.  I don’t know if you ever had something wrong in your body and no one could tell you what it was.  You’ve been to doctors and they can’t tell you, you’ve prayed about it, and you still didn’t get an answer.  Not knowing what is wrong can be just as bad as figuring out what you got, and just as deadly.  The idea that what you are experiencing is all in your head and not real can lead to self doubt and make you feel like you are going insane.  Putting a name to it somehow brings about a strange feeling of calmness that comforts you.  Because now you can begin to address the problem, since it has a name.  We know that God’s name is above every name that is named. (Eph. 1:21)  But it’s hard to pray for a disease that has no name, it feels like beating the air or fighting the wind.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (Eph 5:22-30)

Many women become unglued with verse 22, but the bottom line is if this scripture didn’t end with, “as unto the Lord”, then I could see how this could be problematic.  We know that the Lord would never ask us to do something that is against his word, and therefore if we understand that our submission is not just to a man, but to YAH, man is fallible and as such we are not expected to obey  ANY MAN that would command us to commit a sin.  Submission is a heart attitude concerning authority, and through our submission in marriage we are able to reverse the Eve effect that exists in society.

We also see that he doesn’t make a condition that if your husband loves you, as Christ loved the church only then are you to submit to him.  The same way he doesn’t make a commitment to husbands that they are to love you, only if you submit to them.  Every individual is responsible for their role in the relationship and praise Yah that he is just and won’t judge us by others action, nor judge others by ours.  Each individual will be judged by their own actions.  Which brings me again back to why I am so happy.  Because it was the word that stated, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”(1Co 11:31)

In my actions I lived as though the principle of reciprocity was to govern my actions with my husband rather then the principles of scripture which is not depended or dictated on how another treats you, whether wrong or perceived wrong, but rather on your personal relationship with YHVH through his son YeHosHua the Maschiach.  If YeHoshua waited on His bride to rise to the fullness of His expectation of her to be obedient to Him in everything before he loved us, where would we be?  As scripture put it, we love him because he first loved us. (1 Jn 4:19)  He initiated the love and boy am I grateful.  This is where our happiness should lie.  People will mess up, Yehoshua knows this, which is why there is no scripture that tells us to trust man, any reference to trust in the bible is in relationship to God, but never to man.  We can trust God in man, but not man alone.  My confrontation on this topic was liken to a diagnosis of a problem that was causing me much grief in my own relationship, and though I still have not arrived, I am thankful to find my way back on the track, and praise God that my Happily Ever After is not dependent on humanity, but is found securely in Him.