I am humbled when I consider how YHVH has privileged me in this day and hour to know both who I am and what time it is. Living in a generation where counting to three has proven to be difficult, we have managed to effectively get wrong the one sign the Messiah has given to a wicked and adulterous generation. (Matt. 16:4) The sign of yet another prophet, Jonah. Whose life was a prophetic picture of what the Messiah would go through. From sleeping on the boat during the storm to spending three days and three nights in a place associated with Sheol. We have not only observed the wrong day, but the wrong feast. Yet, this day Yah is opening the eyes of those who have a love for the truth. Whereas through time, bits and pieces of the ancient paths have been metriculating through various individuals we are now beginning to see the flood gates of information opening. As knowledge is increasing and men going to and fro the lines are being drawn and as it was in the wilderness, those who will stand with the Lord will be the remnant and not the majority.
This year our brother Judah will celebrate 50 years of Jerusalem being in the hands of Israel this Passover, and 70 years of being in the land that was promised to our forefather Abraham. The name which was fittingly chosen for this land which is called Israel was given to Jacob by the Almighty. (Gen. 32:28) Who in turn named this name upon Joseph’s two children Ephraim and Manasseh. (Gen. 48:16) This fiftieth year celebration is not only a Jubilee for Judah, but it is also a Jubilee for the ten lost tribes who are the bearers of the name, Israel. The name that was given to them by Jacob and in this day they who were scattered and lost are now being set free by the Gospel that was sent specifically to them. (Matt. 15:24) So as promised in Gen. 15:13 now is the time that YHVH is ready to grant us freedom from the servitude and affliction that has been 400 years accomplished, and a transfer of wealth is going to take place, just as it did in the physical Egypt, so shall it be in the spiritual one. The nation responsible for such affliction is going to experience judgment, and for that reason we should be making sure that we have taken off the pagan garments that we have sheltered ourselves with for so many years, and begin to yoke ourselves to the truth of Yah’s word. Even as Messiah delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were, due to captivity, clothed in the clothing of their captors, thrown into a fiery furnace yet experienced no harm to themselves, but found themselves purged of the garments that clothed them of sorts in a consuming fire found themselves purged of the pagan attire, and found unharmed from the furnace, but to the wicked it shall not be so, they shall be consumed. (Dan. 3)
Now, many of us have been told the truth and due to the power of tradition we continue to wear the pagan garments of Easter (Asherah) and Christmas (Baal), while others of us hungry for the truth find ourselves conflicted and slow of heart to change. Nevertheless, scripture makes it clear that those who will escape in this hour are not simply going to acknowledge the truth, but love it. To love it means to live by it, and because of the passion we have for it we are willing to throw away those singed garments desiring rather to be adorned in the apparel chosen for us by the Almighty. I didn’t say it would be easy and like the three Hebrew boys mentioned earlier it will be a narrow walk which will bring about scorn and ridicule until YHVH openly rewards you with victory for your faithfulness to him. As we read in Revelation many will rejoice at your demise, again only to have the Almighty raise you up in victory.(Rev. 11) So, how then shall you live realizing these things? Well, scripture says it best and I will leave this article with such words,
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (Rev 22:11-15)
It has been a while, but I haven’t forgotten the series, just enjoying the Feast days provided by our Heavenly Father. A break from routine can be refueling for the Soul. So we are now on Day Three and there is much to learn and much to see. We will dissect and digest every morsel the Father has provided for us in this day of Creation to see how it impacts His Will for Our lives.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Throughout scripture we see this theme being carried out rather for good or evil. At the tower of Babel people gathered together, in opposition to Yah, yet even He recognized the power in their unity. Thus His response to confuse their speech was predicated by the statement, because they are one, nothing shall be impossible for them. (Gen. 11:6) It’s when the body reaches unity in the faith that it reaches maturity. (Eph. 4:13)
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
The theme of dividing, the element of two gatherings with opposing ideologies, directions, and functions. Before fruitfulness can take place there must be a separating and gathering of the waters. Like wheat from the tares, or authentic and counterfeit money it is only after the dividing of that which is evil is separated from that which is righteous, then and only then can effective fruitfulness for the kingdom be achieved. It’s when we gather with those who have the water that we realize how dry we were without it. It is in the presence of those with the same motivation and who are walking in their purpose that we begin to discover our own, and it is out of that discovery that we begin to find peace with ourselves and others around us, and can genuinely rejoice with others who fulfill theirs. Remembering Yah’s desire is for us to be fruitful and multiply and He is not looking for any type of fruit but quality fruit. This is even evident in the distinction between how he received Cain and Abel’s offering. Any kind of fruit, any kind of way is not acceptable. He wants good fruit, and abundant fruit. This can’t be achieved retrieving mixed teachings, only that pure wisdom that comes from above will provide the direction needed that is put in place by Yah’s built in organized family structure.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Every seed yielded fruit after its kind. What kind are you? We can’t begin to understand the will of God for our lives if we don’t know what kind we are. You can spend your entire life trying to become an orange tree when your seed is that which came from an apple. What ends up happening if you do that is you will stifle your fruit and you will be barren instead of fruitful.
The days of Creation are ordinal for life, meaning every detail put in place was essential to preparation for the next. Shooting out as a star, or having your brightness shine forth as the noon day requires separating from that which is dry and congregating with that which hydrates and nourishes, and cleanses the body like water. It’s hard to get all the nutrients your body needs if it is clogged. Understanding the order of God in the creation week helps us understand the order we should have in life. Recognizing that every piece to our particular puzzle has a specific place it needs to be and some pieces won’t be readily identifiable until other pieces are in place. I can’t expect to read well without knowing the alphabet. Understanding Yah’s order, and understanding what seed you are in His garden is key to unlocking the mystery of His will for your life.
Take some time to find out what “kind” you are. Ask the Father for understanding as to what He put you here on earth to do and access if the things you are doing are preparing you for that or hindering you from completing that. It would be a terrible thing to have spent your life following your own will, thinking that this was the will of God for you. Which is why we are covering this area. The more we understand who we are and why we are here the better it will be for the entire body of Christ. Every joint supplying what the body needs require every joint knowing what it is supposed to do.
It excites me to see people living our their purpose and fulfilling God’s will, it serves as an example and motivation to know that He has one for me, and if for me I know for you. He desires for us to be fruitful, and you don’t have to have children come out of your body to achieve that. As the scripture have said more are the children of the barren. (1 Sam. 2:5) If you have raised up seed to fulfill the “kind” that the Lord has called them to be, then you have bore seed unto Yah which is far more precious then just bearing seed in the natural. Many bear seed in the natural and cast them aside, whereas those who don’t bear in the natural, take in the natural seed and birth them in the Spirit such that they know who they are and what they were called here to do. For which is better to be born in the natural or to be born in the Spirit? Or should I say which is of greater profit to the Kingdom of God, to be born in the natural or to be born again in the Spirit?
In day three this is what you will discover, and I encourage you to ponder each question, chew on it, and let it regurgitate and chew some more, for there is much the Father has to say about His will for your life, but until now many haven’t been listening. This is the time to take out and meditate on His word and get instruction and direction.
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As stated last week we are going to take a journey through the men and women of faith in the scriptures and find out through their examples how YHVH revealed His will. When I started this study I thought I would start with Abraham, after all, He is the picture of the Father of our Faith, but upon further thought it made more sense to me to start this discussion with Cain and Abel. I could have started with Adam and Eve, but I chose not to because Adam and Eve’s story presents humanity in a state that from the beginning was in the image and likeness of Elohim and we inherited the fallen Adam’s state, until we are born again where we then enter back into the Kingdom of God. The text is clear, that Adam wasn’t deceived in the transgression he knew quite well what the will of God was, and it was simple enough you can eat from any tree, but one. (1 Tim 2:14) Once he made that decision his eyes were opened and fear entered in. A man, who was once naked and unashamed, became fearful and riddled by shame. His liberty became tainted because of sin. A man, who was once confident in walking in obedience with God, became fearful when outside of that. Which is the same today, when we are walking with God there is confidence to come before Him, when we are not then there is fear to come before Him.
This sentiment is what we see in the story of Cain and Abel. It came to pass in the process of time that both of them offered an offering unto YHVH. Though it is not implicitly stated the context reveals an understanding that scripture doesn’t spell out for us.
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. (Gen. 4:2-7)
We know that one tilled the ground and the other kept the sheep. This used to puzzle me because I thought it only made sense that Cain would offer based on what he had to offer and since he tilled the ground he only had a grain offering to give. I have heard many people say it was because he didn’t give an animal as an offering and while I agree from the stand point of the only acceptable sin offering that can cover us is that which comes from an animal, it is also debatable that there could be another reason why his offering was not acceptable. I believe the issue is revealed in the specifics that are stated concerning Abel’s offering versus Cain’s offering. Notice that Cain’s offering was an offering of the “fruit of the ground” and Abel’s offering was “the firstlings of his flock with the fat thereof”. Cain’s offering appears to be just something he gave not necessarily the first of what he had. It’s the equivalent of giving God what you have left after a check rather than the first of your check or simply not giving him your first. It’s almost like saying you should be happy with whatever I give you, it also reveals whose first in your life. As Yahushah put it in Matt. 6:21 and Luke 12:34, Abel’s offering was clearly an offering from the heart and reflected a heart that wanted to serve God before himself. Many of us give God what’s left of us, hence we pray in the evening after we have spent our day the way we wanted, but give him no time in the morning to direct our day. In essence we are offering him what we have left and we are putting what we want first. Lord knows I am convicted, my morning prayer life has been many a day hit and miss, less faithful than it ought to be, but rest assured those days indeed my blessing was missed.
Questions to Ponder this week?
1. Are you giving Yah the first of your time, talent, and treasure or does He get what you have left?
2. Like Cain do you find yourself envious of others who are prospering in their walk of faith, and do you secretly desire that somehow they would stop prospering? If so repent, this is the Spirit of Cain and that was the response the Almighty gave him. (Gen. 4:7-8)
3. Assess the time, talent, and treasure that God has given you and start with committing to give God time every morning when you wake up. Read his word and ask for his counsel in directing your day. By doing so you are giving Him the first of your life and the fullness (fat thereof) of your life to direct.
This poem is written for the peculiar treasures that YHVH has made. Embrace your uniqueness, that signature of God that makes you, you.. The world will try to make you conform to it’s ways, but know that you have been called out of the world and into the marvelous light of Christ. I pray this poem will liberate you to feel comfortable to walk in your purpose.
My style defines me, what you may see as tacky
Is Yah’s unique signature on my life which makes me free
Why must I be bound because you have a crisis of identity?
Quiet as kept my hardwire is perfectly in depth
Not one stroke out of key, but in complete harmony with my King
So love me or hate me
I’m not an off the rack type chick
You’re going to have to dig a little deeper in the pudding jar to get my mix
Just a little below the surface
You’ll find me attached securely to my purpose
A peculiar treasure, I wasn’t made to fit in
Like Lauryn Hill I get out of all your boxes
I’m like a train without brakes when it comes to the word, in a word
I am attached at the hip to my destiny
I refuse to let the enemy get the best of me
Using those close to me like heavy artillery, but I keep my heart clear by forgiving them
Identify the puppet strings and cut off all ties with unrighteous means
That operate like liens on a car trying to bring me to a halt
Like I said, I’m not an off the rack type chick
I was created to be different
You can’t define me by your limited definitions
Trying to make premonitions on what my end will be
I’m not for show
I’ve been bought with a price paid in red
So that my black and blue scars could see white again
I’m embedded in the thread you can’t erase me
I’m like the running man so catch me if you can
The devil can’t hold me cause I am set free
I will make my boast in the Lord because He owns me
Signed, sealed, delivered and due to eventually return to the Sender
Cause I am only on loan
The world didn’t make me so it can’t brake me
Dead man walking, maybe, but it’s better than being the living walking dead
It’s been said, death where is your sting?
Oh, hell where is your victory?
For the sting of death is sin, but the gift of God is eternal life by the One who took my place
Now that right there is Amazing Grace
Written by: Torie McLaughlin
We have known for thousands of years now that the King of Glory, Son of God (YHVH) was crucified for our sake. Took the penalty for our sin upon himself and like a lamb dumb before its sheer mumbled not a word in His defense, (Acts 8:32) but always spoke the truth. Every sign under heaven aligned every prophecy spoken of by the prophets concerning his first coming fulfilled, yet many having him in the flesh before them still denied him as their Messiah. So here we are milleniums removed from the event, his disciples, and the Apostles in which letters and testimonies we read and hold dear, even if we don’t follow still resonate off the worn and tattered pages of our leather bound bibles.
So what are we doing about it? While we who profess Christ as our Savior celebrate holidays that were foreign to him, not a one kept nor sanctioned by him, we justify our ignorance, by saying, “well that is for the Jews” we say to the Jewish Messiah that wears the blood bought stains for the pain that our sin paid the wages for. Yet, every quoted page that says the “Feast of the Jews” originate from something said in the first five books of scripture that doesn’t record such a message. So again, as the title of this article suggests, now what? We can still remember the day that He snatched our lives from hell, and the freedom we felt as his words comforted us from our past sins with the promise of new life. Yet we hearkened not to Paul’s warning concerning sinning, the more that grace abounds (Rom. 6:1-15) and so we relish in our failures and create traps like a magician depending on him each and every time to help us make the great escape, which is tempting God.
For how can we knowing the agony our sin caused this just man Christ to suffer on our behalf live any longer in the fallen state he brought us out of? Are we really new creatures in him? Do we really want a new life in Him? Only you can answer that question, but I leave this thought with you today, Is Christ just an incantation on your lips that you chant when you find yourself in a self made bed of deception, or is that name that is above every name that is named, holy to you?
If it is then what are you doing?
How are you living?
Are you still in bondage or free, are you fulfilling your God ordained destiny or merely content with just being? Or for you to live is Christ, and to die is gain is that your claim to fame? (Phil. 1:21) Let’s live our lives for Him, no longer on this whimsical ride because we have decided to hold on to the truth. Walk with Yahushah (Jesus) in spirit and in truth, study to show yourself approved, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.
Blessings to you all this day as we count the Omer Day TWO (Leviticus 23:15):
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psa 90:12)