What manner of man shall we be in these unprecedented times? Should we continue business as usual or is there something YHVH wants us to learn in this time of isolation and reflection? I submit to you that there is and that this is a time of introspection and retrospection concerning our choices and the direction in which we are heading. I pray that this video will challenge you to research some of the traditions we hold dear and hold them up to the light of truth for examination by the Word of God.
While the world is watching to see what will become of the Jewish Democratic State there is much raucus and press concerning the current status of the election. The uncertainty of the political future of Israel is causing great unrest and turmoil. While in the last election there was little doubt that the Likud party with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a given this second election is proving to expose a sincere divide in what citizens of Israel want the future to look like. Should the longest standing Prime Minister lose his position in office what will happen to Israel? Is it time for the next move of God in the land to take shape? Will it still remain a Jewish Democratic state or become like the Western democratic world?
Like its political ally there is certainly a shaking taking place as we push for this upcoming 2020 year. However, with Israel in a state of political limbo and it’s major Ally preparing for its entrance into the dance, Israel both in and outside of the land needs more than ever to press into the Most High for direction. There are no clear answers as to how this thing will play out, but the Word of God has already foretold us of this time we are approaching and make no mistake what has been written will come to pass whether we believe it or not. Now it is just a matter of when, and could these elections be a greater picture of the Spiritual shift of the people? Are we being given a long rope in which to hang ourselves on? Time will tell, but one thing is certain the political and religious world is emerging on the world hotseat and is now being analyzed for its shortcomings. The religious unright who stand on the right side of the Sabbath is being called on the carpet because of the wrong views they hold on issues as it relates to their treatment of their fellow brothers, and sisters who don’t share their background, and attempts to get them to take part in the IDF keeps them from joining with their former allies. One thing is for sure change is coming ready or not.
It is unconscionable to believe that a people who have suffered from being abused because of their heritage could be guilty of holding the same such views against others but make no mistake it is possible. As the remnants of hatred brews it is not only possible but plausible that we as a people who have and continue to suffer from unjust laws, and modern slavery in America as so called “African Americans” are capable of harboring and holding the same views and carrying out the same acts of bigotry if given a chance. It’s because the issue isn’t a white thing or a black thing, a right or a left wing, nor a orthodox, liberal, or zionist thing its a sin thing and only one is exempt from it, and his name is Yeshua. The one who became all things to all men that he might by all means save some, and has empowered by the Holy Spirit His followers to be able to do the same. (1 Cor. 9:22b)
Make no mistake whoever gets in office regardless of their agenda they are a part of the Master plan to bring to the surface the hearts of the people. This is what the test does, as sure as it did when Abraham in obedience chose to follow the instructions of the Most High, offered his son, his only begotten son on the altar of wood, YHVH knew then that Abraham could be trusted in the earth, and his obedience produced favor. What we vote for and where we stand likewise is a test of who we trust. Are we choosing YHVH to be king or do we seek another? Are we making our choice based on voting according to our obedience in Messiah Yeshua or our own personal interests? Bottom line is who are we trusting, seeking, and looking to for our deliverance. Because ultimately what this political hot potato is really revealing is that we cannot trust in the stability or the ability of mankind to bring about a perfect system that will benefit the whole. We cannot look to ourselves as the answer to our problems, and any past successes that we have in the wake of this turmoil only reveals all the more that the favor of God and the will of God is what has brought us thus far.
So finally, as I watch and pray concerning both the choices I have to make for our upcoming elections here at home, and keep my eyes on that which is the apple of His eye, the land of Israel I am watching as that one thread that holds both of us where we need to be is both shedding the weak fibers that keep it strong, yet miraculously it is growing and positioning new threads to take its place. So, does this mean the end of the long lasting Likud party or Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure? Will our own country foresee another four years of pursuing the “Making America Great Again” plan under President Trump? Only time will tell, but what I do know is whatever the political shift and shuffle looks like it won’t change the fact that the Sun will come out tomorrow, and set the same way and the one who makes it so never sleeps, nor slumber, and His plan for us has never changed. In this I can watch, pray, and sleep sweet and if you know your God I encourage you to do the same. Love you all, standing with the God of Israel, and the Israel of God!
Not knowing what will happen next from the standpoint of man is a great motivation to why programmed services are so comfortable in the Western Church. The goal of the Holy Spirit for believers is that the whole body comes to maturity. This is why gifts were given and positions provided to the leadership so that the body would be perfected to do the work of the ministry. Working is what the Holy Spirit does, and He does it well with his biggest hindrance being us the vessel He uses. Unfortunately, the wineskin we use lends itself to the quenching of the Spirit and by its rigid format discourages the body of Christ to mature in its gifting.
The Teacher is Always Present
We in the body of Christ need to understand that the Teacher in us is always present and ready to lead and guide us. So with that being said how is it we miss His lessons? We are distracted by the pomp and circumstance, ritual, protocol, and man-made orders of service have either stifled the move of the Spirit or contained it. Isa 55 reminds us that His ways are not our ways, nor are our thoughts His thoughts. His ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts as the heavens are higher than the earth in comparison. We cannot program the Holy Spirit, He will not succumb to our rigid wineskin, but if we are willing, He will give us a new wineskin that can hold the new wine He has to give. There is always and will always be priority in the body, but what the word of God says is this if you are a true Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, or Teacher then where is your fruit? (Eph. 4:11-12) Yeshua said wisdom is justified of her children, and if we have offspring, are they the children of our flesh (our making, after our image, and likeness) or are they the children of the Spirit (operating, hearing from, and moving by the voice of the Holy Spirit)? If we are producing children of the living God, then we know that the Spirit of God dwells within them because the scriptures tell us so, yet, even with the soothing words or the jovial hand in which we victoriously walk out of our congregations, special meetings, and the like our people still walk out into a world where they are deficient in handling the day in day out challenges of life nor clear on understanding when they are hearing from the Spirit of God or not. This should not be.
I get that the wineskin we use in the Western church is foreign to the culture of the scriptures we read, and I understand that this is the greatest problem to its success. Are our leaders seeking the Most High for guidance concerning instructing our people on how to operate in the Spirit? Is the church under the great deception spoken of in the bible that is supposed to overtake the world? Is it possible that our greatest challenge is we are trying to find away around what is written to bring about the glory of the Most High and we refuse to see that it doesn’t work. We experience trickles of glory under the old wineskin, but trickles when God is looking for floods to pour in is equivalent to Yeshua only being able to lay hands on a few sick in Nazareth, yet could do mighty works that the world couldn’t contain all that he did everywhere else. Our people are ill-equipped, having only flickers of victory, and unaware of who they are in Christ to walk in victory, and even with no lack of ministries on every corner this reality still remains. I am not talking about walking in victory amidst no challenges, but being able to hear and see God in the challenges we face. Being a believer doesn’t mean we will be exempt from challenges, in fact because the world hates our Lord it only stands that we will have more challenges. The issue I am addressing is knowing and being able to discern that the Father is with us through the challenges.
In the book of Samuel we see that despite the gross errors that Eli made in raising his sons, he was very clear on being able to help young Samuel discern the voice of the Almighty and train him in how he was to respond to that voice. Samuel was equipped for the role in which YHVH was calling him to. This is the responsibility that leadership has in the body of Christ today and sad to say many of us are doing what Eli did with his physical children with the Spiritual children God has given us. We have a responsibility to train our people to operate in the gift YHVH has given them, and to do so as if they were being called to replace us, holding nothing back for ourselves, or trying to hold on to our position; to do so is the very spirit of Saul and will lead to you being replaced. If God gave the position to you, He also has the right to take it away. Do not overlook the fact that Saul lost the anointing though he was able to hold on to his position until death. The gifts and the callings are without repentance, but the anointing is by selection and as it is given it can also be withdrawn.
As the Prophet Isaiah revealed, His ways are neither our ways nor His thoughts our thoughts. We don’t get to choose who God will or won’t use; we are not called to stop them from blossoming into their purpose even if that purpose is to replace us. As faithful servants, we are called to serve the Most High reserving nothing for ourselves, but giving it all to Him and trusting that He will reward our faithfulness. For some what that may look like in the natural is a demotion, but remember like Joseph our Father will give us a coat of our confirmation only to allow it to be dipped in blood, and us to be thrown into pits, enduring through slavery, and dropped into a place of punishment called prison before we are promoted to our position of authority seated at His right hand in His Son Yeshua.
So this message today is to the leadership of the body of Christ. To those who are called out to call Yah’s people in. Let loose the reigns and allow the gifts to operate, expect God to speak through his body and like anything that is not exercised expect that at first it will be weak and correction, instruction, and direction will have to be used until it matures but don’t give up. Don’t allow fear of mistakes to stop you from doing what Ephesians 4 says you are here to do, train those Samuel’s, prepare those Deborah’s, encourage those Joshua’s because we are in the hour where it is vitally important for the body to become comfortable hearing the voice of God and moving in the Spiritual Gifts that His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension paid for us to have access to.
In the wake of so many acts of terrorism and in uncovering past terrors of the seed of Joseph there has been a resurgence of anger and the spirit of James and John wanting to call down fire and brimstone on those who have oppressed us. However, the message that I received loud and clear is to turn on the light, not to focus on the darkness. If we look at our forefather Abraham we will discover that he was told that he would be a blessing unto all nations, and indeed that is what we have fulfilled. More nations have prospered from our free tumultuous labor, and even today our natural talents, gifts, and abilities continue to be admired, admonished, and recognized worldwide. However, the danger of allowing the atrocities of our past and in some cases our current situation to influence us we fall prey to failing to live up to our purpose. Abraham was never purposed to curse anyone, this is something that we would be best served in leaving in the hands of YHVH who is the righteous judge on our behalf, or the enemy HaSatan whom YHVH turns his enemies over too. Either way it is not a domain that we will be blessed in focusing on. Remember it is YHVH who will bless those who bless us and curse those who curse us. (Gen. 12:3)
I firmly believe that YHVH will avenge all the righteous bloodshed that has been shed since Abel, but our position is to turn on the light. One of the key scriptures that more and more YHVH reminds me of is Proverbs 4:7.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
If we gain the understanding that our forefather Joseph did we can then focus on the purpose of our tragedy, rather than the pain of it. It is our tragedy that makes us the seed of Joseph, the fact that we can go through the past of our brothers throwing us in a pit, being sold into slavery twice over, only to leave slavery and be wrongfully incarcerated, to one day find ourselves being the chosen of Yah to deliver the world from a coming judgment. Yet, all that I have mentioned doesn’t complete the picture of our past, but rather how we respond when we are in power, how we respond to those who are responsible for our demise, do we only look at the darkness that their choices led us to or do we also look at the light that we have been called to as we were humbled through our circumstances? If we are looking at the misery, the harsh bondage, and the abuse, but not looking at the Deliverer then we are going to make the same mistake that our forefathers made in Egypt the first time. Rather than rejoicing in the fact that the deliverer had come, they focused on the here and now and the hellish situation they found themselves in. This mistake caused them to suffer through the first three plagues that came upon Egypt.
So here’s the question what is it going to take for us to focus on the Light? How many plagues are we going to have to endure before we realize that our persecutor isn’t our issue, our disobedience to the command of YHVH is our issue. We have yet to fulfill the purpose to which we were created because we are too busy looking at our enemy and trying to please them. Turning to the world system to bail us out or deliver us from our current circumstance. Listen to me in 2019 Pharaoh is going to once again have a dream, a dream that only Joseph is equipped to decode. The Pharaoh of this world system is going to be looking for a Hebrew to walk them into their destiny. We cannot be distracted by hate, Joseph’s animosity over his circumstance cost him two more years before the opportunity presented itself to come into his destiny. It was a dream that brought him into bondage, but also a dream that got him out of it. The word for this hour for those who have been oppressed, mistreated, abused, and cast aside is to stand still and see the salvation of YHVH. (Exo 14:13) We will not only be dreamers but we will be called to interpret dreams and develop solutions to avoid future nightmares.
Don’t rehearse the darkness of our day, stand in the light of the truth. The enemy will use the facts of our past to keep us from the truth of God’s word. Don’t miss your hour of visitation. Do not allow the injustices of today to keep you from pressing in to receive your purpose. Look at the sufferings that we endure as only further evidence to who we truly are, and count it all joy as you suffer persecution for righteousness sake. We need not look to the left (Democrat) nor to the right (Republican) because our salvation will come from YHVH. The butler will forget our contributions, until the time our contributions are once again needed. Our gifts are for a reason and a season, and we must remember it’s not until it is pitch black, and eyes are open that one recognizes the crucial importance that light brings.
In this life, we go through many different changes, yet we can often be oblivious of the flaws in our own armor. This makes it increasingly more clear why Paul, though he fervently asked God to remove had to live in this life with this “thorn” in his flesh. Sympathy is something many of us lack the ability to comprehend until we are the ones in need of it. The two scriptures that have inspired this article reminds us to walk in the same compassion with the same perspective of ourselves while considering others.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3)
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (Col. 3:12-14)
What an interesting way to see yourself; as the prisoner of the Lord and as the elect (chosen) of God. Consider the manner of man Paul is exhorting us to be? A man so changed by the Gospel of Christ, a man who was once persecuting and killing believers is now the prisoner, bondservant, elect of God and encouraging us to be likewise. In our busy world taking the time to walk with someone in humility, lowliness and a meek in manner, with longsuffering (patient) forbearing (understanding) one another in love is rarely seen. We easily forget that we have the same need that our brother or sister now possess. In our right now, immediate gratification world this truth can be very easy to forget. But there is no getting away from the love of the Most High. He has compassion for us and he fully understands the challenges that we are afflicted with in this life. As Messiah Yeshua pinned so well, “in the world you shall have tribulation,…” This statement alone is a mouthful, but in this instance, we can thank Yah for the but, “but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Marriage is a constant reminder of this word “forbear” which is strongs# G430 (anechomai). This word means to “put up with” or “hold oneself up to”. Realizing this what exactly does marriage do for us? It’s a constant exercise in the fruit of the Spirit for we will learn love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, and even some of those more difficult fruit of the Spirit like patience, meekness, and self-control. We learn to put up with our spouse’s ways that seem foreign or tedious, at times even annoying. Why? Because at the same time we should also be looking in the mirror at ourselves and if we are not, we can count on our spouses to point out our imperfections. The revelation of which should humble us so that we can “put up with” or “forbear” with them as they too must learn obedience through suffering, walk from faith to faith, and glory to glory. Understanding that we are being made perfect, we have not yet arrived, and as we extend the same compassion to them that we demand we gain the riches of growing closer to looking, living, and walking in the path of the one our hearts truly long for, our Messiah Yeshua!
The advent of exposure of police corruption and the disparaging evidence of the minority only “coming to justice”. The thought came to mind that while I am not here to debate the existence of “white privilege” because its existence or lack of existence has little affect on any man’s ability to hinder the plan of God. Throughout scripture we see examples of how Yah takes His people who are unprivileged in the natural or in the world and their faithfulness and humility brings them into privileges unimaginable. If we understand that the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof then we understand that our destiny is not determined by any man, be it black, white, or other. (Psa. 24:1) Yah decides where His rain falls and where His sun shines, if we can capture a glimpse of that truth we will be set free from the bondage of belief that a privileged group of people has power over our destiny. Our choices choose the bed we lie in. There are so many scriptures that we don’t take heed to yet they give us ammunition to live a privileged life because indeed it is a privilege to be on the narrow path that few ever find.
It has always been the minority who have done extraordinary things that have left the majority befuddled. Having the mind of Christ means having the privileged mind. Because you then tap into the mind of God and with God all things are possible. You are not subject to the rules and regulations of the world because you operate on a much higher level. You have special clearance and diplomatic immunity everywhere you go because you are on assignment from heaven. Does this assignment mean that you can’t lose your life fulfilling it? No, it means the very opposite that it will cost you your life to complete it because you are not of this world. If you were of this world then you would be received, but because you are of Messiah YeHoSHua you are not going to be respected or accepted by those who don’t have privilege to the classified files that you have been given in His word. Those who don’t belong to Him read this book from cover to cover and all they get is figurative tales, a puzzle missing pieces, a parable with no clear meaning. However, the privileged ones were the ones who got the interpretation of the parables, the missing pieces to the puzzle, and the literal meaning behind the history they erroneously label as tales.
Do you embrace or deny being in the privilege of the few?
This is a challenge really for those who are people of color to rise to their true identity in Christ. Those who benefit from being in the minority are those who embrace this as a gift from Yah and not as a curse. While the world sees it as a curse the Lord labels only those who choose to walk away from their destiny to which he has called them and thus choose to become the accursed ones. Being in the right earthly family doesn’t necessitate access to the inheritance of the heavenly one. If nothing else is clear in scripture then this should be clear enough that it is not the flesh that profits anything, but it is the Spirit that does.
There is something deep about having that minds eye open to the wisdom of the Almighty. The hearer is the doer which is the reason why an atheist can read and not understand the bible but a follower can get the revelation that the Apostle John received, and the Immerser John received. Because those who hear, do, but those who listen without hearing, have the parable without the interpretation. No perception, no change, no privilege of revelation knowledge.
Worldly wisdom becomes our greatest distraction to fulfilling God’s plan for our life. Policies won’t change what only a regenerated heart can do. To change a nation you have to change the heart of that nation and only love can do that. What our nation need is not another policy to add to the millions already in existence, but what it needs is the Gospel. Only a changed heart can change a man.
Our privilege is not based on a Greek mindset that is based on outward appearances, but a Hebrew driven mindset based on doers of His word. Why? Because God looks at the heart and a heart that is right towards Him He will in no wise turn aside. Don’t believe me, consider King David. King David is a man after God’s own heart, despite his mistakes God saw a man who respected authority and repented when He was wrong. He didn’t continue in His error to save face, he faced his errors to save his relationship with the Creator.
True privilege really is not a white thing, or a black thing it is a right thing and an eternity thing. Because in the end its only those who are made right through the blood of YeHoshua that will have privilege to an Eternity in the presence of the King of Glory. In the end we will all be judged by our lack of love for others. This is why King David is my example in this article, in the face of persecution and a targeted assignment by the King of his own people to kill him he remained loyal to the King and walked in love towards him even in the end. This he did not because of King Saul, but because of the One who placed King Saul in his position.
If Yah has called you to be in the privileged minority then the question we should ask is not why us, but what would you require of us? What would you have us to do? How can I be like Daniel in the face of an adversarial system? Show me how I can have the courage of Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego in the wake of a fiery furnace set before me. Speak to me as you did Daniel in the midst of judgment placed upon my people. Humble me as you did Esther so that I can be used as a unifier of my people to you and gain the voice of the King of my land that I might overturn the appointment of death against my people.
YHVH is setting us up like Gideon’s army to show forth his glory, the real question is will we accept the true privilege or chase the after another? Will we sell out the dream of Joseph which led to the pit before gaining the crown or will I settle for the American Dream that has proven to lead to broken promises and smoke screens? There is a greater cup that the Father has placed before us, and it is both bitter and sweet. Bitter because the world won’t receive you because you don’t belong to it, but sweet because he who the Son sets free will be free indeed. Not a bone that belongs to him will be broken, it may get out of joint, it may be out of place for a season, but rest assured it will return home and be reunited, none unaccounted for.
(Mat 13:31) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
(Mat 17:20) And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
(Mar 4:31) It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
(Luk 13:19) It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
(Luk 17:6) And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Today’s meditative scriptures is on “Mustard Seed Faith”. In Matt 17:20 Jesus tells his disciples that if they had the faith of a grain of mustard seed they could tell a mountain to be though removed and it shall be removed. While customarily when we think of this scripture we think of it in light of the size of faith it takes to move a mountain. We recognize that a grain of mustard seed is very small and while that is a part of what he is sharing we must look at the entire text around this verse to get all he has for us. I don’t even think he wants us to focus on the size so much as he wants us to recognize that like a seed a promise is a deposit. A deposit is a beginning of a process that has to reach a level of maturity. Like a grain of mustard seed we have been given a deposit in our account that will one day mature. But if we are going to have a complete understanding we have to go even deeper we have to read what else Yah says about a grain of mustard seed to then understand what he wants us to understand.
Another understanding of this is that a mustard seed knows what it is and what it is called to do. Do we know who we are and what we are called to do? A large part of the reason we don’t produce as we should is because we don’t have the faith of a mustard seed which knows what it is supposed to produce. How can we produce adequately after our own kind when we are too busy trying to produce after another kind? A pear will never be fruitful at producing an apple tree, but no apple tree can produce a pear tree. From the very beginning the problem with mankind is that we haven’t been satisfied with being who we are or who we were called to be. Part of what made that tree of knowledge appetizing to Eve was that it represented being something other then what she was. The lust for being something “other then” what she was called to be was alluring. This is why scripture says those who compare themselves among themselves are not wise. (2 Cor. 10:12) The gift that is in us God can use to make us rich and add no sorrow with it. (Prov 10:22) If we are unwilling or unable to use that gift that was placed in us then we lack the ability to have that mountain moving faith.
Finally, no mustard seed becomes a tree overnight. Microwave faith produces fast but doesn’t last. Mustard seed faith produces enough so that those who eat of its bounty is able to benefit from day to day. Mustard seed faith means we have to be faithful where we are planted until we reach full maturity, that is come into full bloom. We can’t expect that the gift God has put in us matures the minute we realize it no more then Abraham could expect the promise to come to pass the very moment it was given. It took time and maturity for that seed to come to pass, but in due season it did reap a harvest and we are still reaping from the fruit thereof.