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How To Understand the Will of YHVH: The Plurality of YHVH – A Unified One

One of the most attractive things to see is a man in uniform. Personally, I have come to realize that it’s not the uniform that I am attracted to, but the union that is attractive. The ability for all of them to come together as One, being many. Such a refreshing contrast from the division we see in the body of Christ today. Years ago I wrote an article called the Original WWW.  Many of us are familiar with the term trinity. It is a word we use to explain how our God being one is still plural, yet one. As I shared with you in the above analogy this is what Yahushah was attempting to explain to His disciples concerning God. He and His father are One. If you have seen him, then you have seen the Father. (John 10:30; John 14:9-10) What is he saying exactly? He is saying that since he only does that which please the Father just as those who do the will of His father are the same as his mother, brother, and sister that they are in perfect harmony. (Matt. 12:50) As members of a band, as an orchestra in symphony, as soldiers in the service and yet like those examples every member being one band or one orchestra, or one army have different instruments they play or different positions they hold, but to complete one unified purpose. If we understand the role of each then we not only understand the triune nature of God, but also our role as husbands, wives, children, or as men and women.

Which is where the www comes in understanding that each member in God has a specific function. The Father wills it, the Son words it, and the Holy Spirit does the work. You will find this pattern consistently through scripture. The Father doesn’t do the will of the Son, the Holy Spirit doesn’t do the speaking, but the working. In fact it wasn’t until the Holy Spirit descended upon the Messiah that he began to do the miracles he did. The water into wine, the healings, the multiplication of loaves and the raising of the dead, all of these things take place after the baptism and the Holy Spirit descending upon him.

 

Why is this important to you? Families don’t function the way they should because we fail to reflect the image of the one who we belong to. We want the Father to do the will of the son, the mother to be the word of the son, and the Holy Spirit to have limited movement or range because it makes us uncomfortable when we can’t control the work He is called to do in our lives. A lack of order in the natural creates a lack of understanding of the Spiritual. Yahushah followed His father’s script and if we are going to be successful and walk in the plurality that Yahushah describes we have to do what he did, follow the script. He couldn’t marry someone because that was not in the script for him. He did what was in the script, and whatever we are doing if we are saying it is for God, we need to make sure that it is in the script for us. Operating outside of the script, and outside of His spirit no matter how good it sounds or looks can lead you outside the will of the Almighty. That is not a place you want to be found when it is all said and done.  Thus, understanding the plurality of God as described in Genesis when Elohim said “let us make man…” (Gen. 1:26) has to do with God being a unified one, is this what we are endeavoring to do in our homes and our lives? Can a mother do things a father can do, this is not the question we ought to be asking, the question is should she? I can tell you no father can do what a mother can do, nor should he be expected to. If we make it our business to do what a man can do who will fulfill our role? Who will be the voice of femininity? If what we did had no value then why would God have created us? He could have stopped with Adam. Eve was God’s decision, and she was created for Adam’s good. The lack of appreciation for the work of the wife, and mother has lead to increase in auto-immune diseases, the increase in obesity, the increase of children being insecure in who they are and who they were intended to become because of the detours our absence creates.   It opens the home to rape, incest, abuse, confusion, plain and simple the enemy. There are multiple ways the enemy can bind the strong man, but the bottom line is once you take him out the house the devil can do his work. A woman having to do the job of a man because a man is absent leads to unnecessary stress on both the parent and the child. Are there exceptions, yes, but exceptions are not the rule. In scripture we see the exceptions, Deborah was an exception, but you can count on one hand how many exceptions there were. But when the exception becomes the rule you create a paradox in society that offsets the balance and creates an atmosphere of chaos. I think we can all agree that we see the chaos in our midst. Let us however, endeavor to be that unified one speaking the same as our Father, and having the same mind, because we are fulfilling the same will, that is, the will of our Father.

I did a series on Matt 10:16 focusing on the characteristics of a serpent that we as believers should apply to our lives.  Isn’t it interesting God didn’t say be ye as wise as Solomon, yet 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 am making it available as an 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 understand how Spiritual principles can be extracted from getting a natural understanding 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 hask 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 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 more than likely be more than $5.00.

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How To Understand The Will of YHVH For Your Life: Part II Oneness

A Name Correction

Before we go into the meat and potatoes of our bible study this week, I would like to make note of something the observant reader may have noticed. The name correction in the series.   We are constantly being tweaked in our walk with the Lord and it is important that as we consider what He says and what He doesn’t say that we pay close attention to the words that He uses and say likewise. The basis of this series is on Ephesians 5:17 which states “understanding what the will of YHVH is”. While to many there is a subtle distinction between the two I would like to point out the sharp contrast in their meaning.

Knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, but understanding is wisdom’s closest cousin.

Wisdom is the principle thing, but in all thy getting, we are instructed to get an understanding. (Prov. 4:7)

In that verse the word knowledge doesn’t appear, why? I believe it is because knowledge is like the base or foundation of wisdom, but understanding is what builds the walls which takes us to the roof which in this analogy would be wisdom.   Wisdom covers a house while knowledge keeps it.  Knowledge is the alphabets, understanding are the words, and wisdom is the action, that is produced when you get the other two.

Knowledge doesn’t motivate you to action, but understanding does.

There are people who know scripture backwards and forwards, but still have no power to live a holy life. How is this possible? The same way you can teach a child to call words but they still have no understanding of the words that they called. Understanding helps you understand the mess in your life, and in this context from a Godly perspective. It is what helps you hang on for dear life when the storms come to blow you away, understanding that God has you. Understanding gives you perspective and with perspective you can weather the storms that occur without jumping ship. Those with knowledge don’t ask “the what” question. Those with understanding don’t ask “the why” question, and those with wisdom don’t ask “how”.  It is lack of understanding why that prevents many of us from acting on the plan of God for our lives. Stick with me in this series and that is exactly what you will get, the answer to that question.

Back to our series on Oneness

Just Follow The Script

In a play everyone knows all the lines but they are intimately familiar with their own. Messiah made it clear that he was following the script the Father had already written concerning Him. He didn’t ad lib or use creative license.

And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luk 4:21

For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Joh 20:9

These are only two out of many scriptures that reveal that he was following a script, and past the gospels you will find that those who followed him were following the same script, just a different role.

This brings me to why it is important that though we are one, we must understand our divine call in God’s plan. Rather than allowing our differences to divide us, we should allow the common script we follow to unite us. God created us different and has given us different roles for his purpose. If we appreciate that then we won’t have the Peter syndrome. Worrying about what will happen to John rather than following the script that was laid out for him. (John 21:20-22) John had a different role in the same script, as do we. Like in television today when a casting call goes out for a specific part a certain look is required for that role. If the part is looking for a slim, white woman with blond hair then that is what the role calls for, if it is looking for a tall, dark and handsome man then that is what it is looking for. The differences that divide us are differences that were created by Elohim, in which we have no right to judge those things. The only thing that should divide us are those differences that man has made that stands in opposition to God’s word and His Spirit.

Despite the belief that we all are God’s children scripture makes it clear that this is not true. (1 Jn 3:10) We are all God’s creation, but identification with Christ is based on being born into his family, through the unified experience that all believers have. The born again experience which brings us into a unified life in Messiah. We are all apart of the script rather we are for or against him, as much as Judas was. It’s just that we get a different role once we are born into the kingdom.

Our oneness in Christ can make room for our differences in life.

It takes many different spices to create a tasty dish, and the absence of any of them changes its flavor. Our unity is necessary, our uniformity is not. If we change our expectation we can change the outcome. I shouldn’t expect you to be me and I shouldn’t be expected to be you. Like Christ I should embrace the will of God, the inheritance He has given me and not covet that which belongs to another. In Christ we inherit a rich heritage, our coat of many colors are unified under the same blood that He shed for us, and if we do the will of His Father then we are his brother, his sister, and even his mother. (Matt. 12:50) Our distinctive roles are based on the same unified plan, let’s just walk that out.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. Gen 11:6-7 

Notice in this verse that the power came in them speaking the same language, not looking the same way. We don’t need to make uniformity the brass ring we grasp for, or the focus of our fellowship. Which is why confounding their language was the means of dispersion. We see this in reverse in the book of acts.

Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

What did that power look like?

 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. Act 2:4-6

 

We are called to oneness in every relationship we have within the body of Christ. We should speak the same and think the same as the one we are following, Christ. Just as we are instructed to have the mind of Christ, and since we know Christ’s mind wasn’t divided neither should a believer’s mind be divided.

Even in marriage we are called into unity, thus the proper picture of this oneness is reflected when a wife takes the last name of her husband. Hyphenated names reflect the distinction between the two and shows division, whereas the wife assuming the identity of the husband is a reflection of us as believers assuming the identity of our bridegroom, Christ.

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. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Eph 5:22-31 

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Rom 12:5

But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 1Co 8:6

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:28

All these scriptures reflect the same one truth that we are one body in Christ, our distinctions don’t determine our position nor give us an extra edge.  We are seen as His body as a collective whole and thus when one hurts the body hurts, when one rejoices the body rejoices because what happens to a member effects the membership altogether.  The kingdom of God doesn’t operate like an episode of Survivor, we operate like an ant.  Each one of us have a part to play which effects the well-being of the colony.

Food For Thought

  • Are you walking in the oneness of Christ?
  • Are the things that divide you based on his word or your preference?
  • Are you judging according to the appearance or righteous judgment when analyzing your brothers and sisters in the Lord?
  • Are you endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace?
  • In your prayers make sure that you are daily praying for understanding of the will of Yah for your life. Commit to do nothing different without His instruction. Meaning submit your plans to YHVH, and don’t move forward until you have clarity of His will in the situation.

Next week we will look at the Plurality of God.  He is a unified one, yet he has three dimensions to His presence.  We will get a better understanding of the term “trinity” and how like Him we are created in His image and likeness.

Did you miss the last series, Be Ye Therefore Wise As Serpents?  Well, don’t fret if you are enjoying this series you will want to get the other one.  I am working on an e-book now that can be used for small bible groups and is designed to be application oriented.  This simple and thought provoking series will challenge you in your study and in how you walk to harness the wisdom of the serpent who was able to through subtlety strip us of the inheritance we received from YHVH in the garden of Eden.  If you would be interested in this series please fill out the form below. It is currently in pre-production and the projected cost will be $5.00.

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Take A Selfie?

I was going down my Facebook wall when I saw a profound photo visual of someone taking a selfie and attached to the photo was a scripture. To be exact 2 Timothy 3:1-4 and it was such an accurate scripture to convey the times we are living in. This got me to thinking am I taking a selfie, spiritually speaking?

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2Co 13:5)

 

When I saw that photo and started writing this article this scripture came to mind. Because the bottom line is 2 Timothy deals with what we will see in the world, but 2 Cor. 13:5 deals with what we will see in us. What image are we reflecting and more importantly what is the condition of our heart? Do we know if Yeshua is in us, and if so how do we know? The part of us that can’t be seen through the lens of your smart phone, the part that the selfie stick can’t extend itself far enough to zoom in on. The part where no angle on the outside can possibly cast a shadow on, but it is the part that Yah sees in us. It’s the part that he is addressing when he is dealing with the religious leaders who should have known better.

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. (Mat 15:16-20)

 

It’s the thoughts we think on long enough rather than cast aside that cause the problem. Because the thing is if you don’t cast it aside you begin to marinate on it, and as it begins to coat the inside of your heart, it eventually finds it’s way into the hot spot of your mouth and the next thing you know you’re speaking what you were thinking. Rather than casting that thought aside you are now allowing it to make and shape you and your actions. If Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Maschiach) is not in you, rest assured that there is something taking residents in you and all it takes is the right circumstances to bring it out. Even marinated meat can’t be eaten until a fire is kindled. Trust me as sure as the circumstances of the disciples hands not being washed according to their traditions was just enough fire for the religious leaders of Yeshua’s day to grab hold to, there is a circumstance that will bring out what is in you, if it is in you.

Don’t sleep on the fruit of the Spirit

We ought to be abounding in the fruit of the spirit. Our inner man should be like a fragrant garden that reflects the beauty and fragrance of the Almighty. If it isn’t what is it that we are holding on to that is becoming rottenness in our bones? What toxic thoughts are we holding in rather than allowing it to pass through the dross of our waste disposal? Too many of us are swalling bones with the meat of God’s word and allowing it to be the primary source of our nutrition. Wake up my friends this is not the time to be caught sleeping. This is the time to be vigilant for our adversary is using our ammunition against us, we must clean out even the residue of demonic artillery and arm ourselves with the Rock of Ages. For we have been given weapons to deal with the enemies arsenal, but we have been lazy in using it. Don’t let the enemy confiscate your joy, don’t let him rob you of your peace. Do what ever you can not to let the love of the Lord wax cold in your hearts. Persevere through the trials of life, let gentleness be your knife, and kindness your shield of defense. Allow your faith to be the bomb that opens every door to your destiny and allow your longsuffering to be the bow that the arrow of Love rests upon. It is in you to love those who hate you, speak every manner of evil against you, and despitefully use you, because our God is love and He resides in us. Know which battles to fight with might and which ones must be fought by His Spirit. Become intimately aware of the Spirit of God’s voice and the only way you will know if Christ is in you is to take a selfie, examine yourself. Allow the lens of His word to take a shot of your heart, and if he doesn’t like what He sees He is well able to fix all imperfections. So have you taken your selfie today?

What does Yah expect of Mother’s?

 

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            The full revelation of this expectation has yet to be experienced by me, but I long to experience it in its fullness. To fulfill this picture would be the completion for me of a journey of learning how to love that which Yah has entrusted into my care. Nevertheless, until such time shall come I am thankful for this time to explore and practice this role as a rehearsal. The Mother in hebrew is (ma) that is to say (AM) in English. The first character (aleph) is the picture of an ox and means strength. The second character (mem) is the picture of waves which carries the meaning for liquid (water, blood, etc…) but also by extension carries the meaning of waves as in (light, radio, sound) in which Yehoshua compares words to water (Eph. 5:26). Another interesting parallel to water is that it is the most covalent bond for making things stick together and thus produces the most powerful picture for the function of a mother.

The Strong Glue

The most beautiful picture of understanding the role of a mother is when like glue she brings things together. In this case we are focusing on family. The mother is like the hub of the house there are few places that people gather in groups in a home, and that central place of gathering in any home that functions properly is the dinner table. The kitchen is like the heart of the home, and thus this is the place where the entire family has full access and has the opportunity to enjoy one another’s company along with a meal made with love. While the bedroom is reserved for use by at the most two with a temporary extension to newborn’s, the kitchen is the place where memories are made. The absence of lively conversations around the oval or rectangular table will echo its silence for generations to come. Laughter, learning, and bonding takes place here with the ability to carry through to the living room, but starts in this place. In most homes today the living room has become a place of family rest and recreation where games are played and television sets are the source of amusement and bonding, which all the more makes the kitchen an important place of fellowship and learning hospitality.

The Strong Water

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. (Pro 1:8-9)

The law of the mother is like the nourishment that comes from the umbilical chord that sustains the life of a baby. The remembering of her words are like the crown that protects the seed, because the law she provides is like the placing of a crown upon the head of a child. Their confidence to lead, their ability to understand a loving God who will never leave nor forsake them will come from understanding a mother’s love for them. If that crown of grace that only she can provide to her seed is not given it is like the curse of the serpent, the stepping on the neck, and the bruising of the heel.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Gen 3:15)

Just before a woman transitions to motherhood a gush of water comes forth before the baby comes out. To the degree that we are prepared for that strong water, that is the degree that we will either experience the joy’s of conception or the birthing pains of unpreparedness. During the time that child is being prepared in us, we must prepare from without. Make room not only in our bodies, but in our beings to enlarge our capacity to love someone else more than ourselves and our own desires. To put someone else first and make space in our lives for that new life. To the degree that we have done that we will either encourage or hinder the process of growth for our little ones and that strong water will be chaos instead of deliverance. It will be the flooding waters on the head of Pharaoh rather than the parting seas of protection for the children of Israel.

What Does Yah expect of you?

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
(Mic 6:8)

A reasonable question to ask, being that like anything we create there is a purpose for which we intend it. Yet, it is a question that is best answered in picture form, in fact the picture that Yah has given us in nature itself. For Romans 1:20 reveals that the invisible things of Yah is clearly seen by the things which he has made. We are fearfully and wonderfully made so much so that he compares us to the beauty which we see in flowers. (Matt. 6:28; Luk 12:27) For which of the birds of the trees or the lilies of the field did our Messiah willingly lower himself from the throne to save? He came as a man to redeem humanity from the utter destruction we have doomed ourselves too.

This softly poignant question was breathed ever so gently into my spirit like an archaelogist on a quest to discover some valuable artifact, or like the merchant man who found the pearl of great price, in which he willingly sold all he had to buy it. (Matt. 13:46) Until a few years ago I didn’t have a clue how to answer this question which only speaks to the timing of Yah that this question would be in my spirit only when I had the tools and understanding; how we all as human beings were created to point to the Messiah Yehoshua.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
(Ecc 3:1)

This verse begins a series of truths that is based on serving YHVH who has already declared a purpose for everything that he has created. Do we really believe we who was formed at the crown of creation was left out? Encoded in the ancient Hebrew language is the function for everything and everyone that Yah has created. Deep within the relationships between us if perfectly carried out we see the dimension of Yehoshua (Jesus) worked out in our lives who perfectly walked out these roles in His flesh, and as the bridegroom who currently is preparing that perfect place for his bride.

Journey with me through this study in understanding how the ancient Hebrew language reveals the function of God’s character in us through the words that reflect our purpose in relationship. Discover why the Father is the strength of the house and the Mother is the strong glue that holds the family together. Understand the duality of how this definition not only reveals our function, but also reveal our understanding of how we are created in the image and likeness of Yah our Creator.

Respect the Office

I am becoming more sensitive to the vocalization taking place against the authority in our land. This message is to believers not to the world, because Yah made it clear he will judge the world, we are called to judge matters from within. (1 Cor. 5:12) Having said that this is the problem, regardless of the state of affairs that is taking place Yah’s word makes it clear that we are NOT to disrespect the authority that He has put in place. Whether you voted at all, or voted for or against the current men in our current administration is irrelevant, the point is they are in office and once they take that oath and fill that position, any criticism you may have of them (not their policies) needs to be done between you and Yah. Social media, or personal pot shots amongst family and friends dishonors Yah.

Just imagine if Yahushah would have said some of the vial things that I see being stated against the current administration today to Pilate? I mean afterall he was being brought up on capital punishment charges not being guilty, if anyone deserved to have a grievance it was Yahushah, but instead he makes a very clear statement to Pilate that we should take heed to because it applies in our current administration.

Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. (Joh 19:11) Emphasis mine

Please recognize that the power (position) a man holds in authority over people is allowed him by the Father. If Yah wanted Pilate out of the equation he could have done so without a vote. As sure as Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead where they spoke. (Acts 5) However, he didn’t stop Pilate from carrying out this act though he could have a number of ways. It is also important to note who God said had the greater sin. Consider when you vote or don’t vote how God views your decisions. What exactly is motivating your voting decision? Are you seeking his will or your own? Because in many instances while we are looking at the man in office, Yah is looking at the people who put him there.

There is a mandate that is given to believers as it relates to how we should respond to authority and it is in 1 Timothy.

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. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (1Ti 2:1-3) Emphasis mine

I have heard from believers ridiculous reasons why they can justify ignoring this command that points to the fact that they believe he is the beast. Yet, concerning the Angels, God says this,

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.” (Jud 1:9)

Now certainly if Yah wouldn’t allow Michael on his own accord to rebuke the devil, what makes us think that even if we believed the President to be the devil that we would have justification to speak against him? But rather we begin to fall under the category of those mentioned after this verse,

“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.” (Jud 1:10)

Please understand that it sickens me when I see what this country is becoming from a spiritual perspective. I see the headlines just as many of you do and it doesn’t look good. I have been guilty of saying and feeling the same way you do but I am increasingly becoming convicted that regardless of how valid my issues are that this doesn’t give me the right to speak against our President. But scripture teaches us its okay to be angry but we are to sin not. (Eph. 4:26) As much as I hate the murders of millions of innocent babies, the legalization of covenants that are not within the governments domain the forcing of our children in schools to be taught that such abnormal affections are normal, none of these things give me the right to put my mouth on the man who holds this position of authority. As Paul who was being smitten contrary to the law stated,

Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. (Act 23:3-5) Emphasis mine

We need to REPENT! We cannot expect that Yah is going to hear our prayers for healing our nation while we are speaking boldly in opposition of a man whom he has allowed to hold that position. It just doesn’t work.

David was a man after God’s own heart because he respected authority, even in the face of authority wrongfully pursuing him to kill him. Beloved, it should be our desire to have a heart like David that even in the face of being wrongfully abused or misused by authority we still respect the position that Yah has given him. We must recognize that this is Yah’s anointed. David asked Abishai, when he was in a position to take out King Saul a question that we need to be able to answer.

1Sa 26:9  And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?

Notice David doesn’t even mention the man in the position, he keeps his focus on what’s important, and we likewise would do well to do the same.  Why, you ask?  Because it is not about the man, it is about the position the man was given, this position is of God and we CANNOT put our mouth on him, period.

Finally, speak boldly against the atrocities you see going on today because like Ezekiel warns us if we see trouble coming and warn not the people their blood will be on our hands. We are commissioned to tell people to stop their sin and we can aim all of our spiritual artillery straight in its direction knowing that all of heaven will back us up as we preach the Gospel and share the truth of God’s word. But here me clearly DON’T PUT YOUR MOUTH ON THE MAN WHO HOLDS THE POSITION OF AUTHORITY. If Yah permits you or leads you to say, The Lord Rebukes you just as David also said He was coming against Goliath in the Name of the Lord, that is how you do it. But please beloved let it not be flesh initiated. Because what is flesh initiated will be spiritually investigated and I assure you, you don’t want to deal with Yah’s internal affairs department, you will be found wanting. The authority thing is so serious with Yah that children were stoned for rebellion against their parents. (Deut. 21:18-21)

Please understand me clearly, we see what a “man” is doing, but notice that God is focusing on the “position” and what we are doing with that. The command concerning parents is on their position, the commandment concerning those who are rulers of your people is on the position. Not because of the man, but because of the position. Now mind you I am not talking to those who have an issue with the President because he is black, because if that is your issue, you may not be saved. I’m gonna be completely honest with you, there is absolutely NO scriptural justification for someone having a problem with someone because of the color of their skin. I am communicating this message to those who have VALID frustrations and grievances based on scriptural principles being violated and usurpation of authority that is not given to the office.

Our responsibility as believers is to pray for Him, not against him. Pray for all men everywhere, and why you say? That WE might live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. I can’t say it better than the book of Timothy did. Your peace and quietness depends on it.

An Opportunity for Greatness

What does it really mean to be great in the kingdom of God? As women Yah has given us a unique opportunity to experience what it means to be great in His kingdom. However, this position is not for the faint of heart or those who have not exercised themselves to endure till the end because it will cost you your life to achieve, but the reward of it is out of this world.

As I was painting the floor in my in-laws home I could hear part of this scripture in my head, “the greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all”. Well of course I am always ecstatic when I hear the Father’s words echoing through my mind, but I didn’t realize how close to home that scripture was to where I am at this time in my life. It revolutionized how I viewed my role in the home.

Let me explain, I have been blessed not to have to work in the secular world since I married my husband in 2003. Instead, I became a home builder so to speak, one called to build a family instead of someone elses business. So after saying “I Do” I went from being independent woman to being a homemaker for my husband and stepchildren. It was the transition of a lifetime and though it was right where God wanted me to be it was an adjustment of going from being accountable only to God to now being accountable to my husband and three children who needed me. It was one thing to be a nutritional laboratory scientist as it related to finding out how to keep myself healthy, and something completely different to have to learn how to adjust that to now satisfying the palate of a family of four, complete with producing appropriate ratios. Now had that been my only challenge it might have been an easy win/win, but I quickly learned that stepping down from being one brick worker working in collaboration with a huge team of brick workers to build the empire of a company was a much easier position then building the empire of a family. My work position was like wearing a temporary hat eight hours a day five hours a week in which I could leave my work at the office, but family is a twenty four hour job in which you have to be on duty for at least sixteen hours a day and on call for the other eight. Nothing in my upbringing prepared me for this important evolution and I found out that my on the job training was a slow progress in the making.

Now, fast forward to my painting project which is years after homeschooling, I finally began to get a glimpse of what the Father was giving me. This understanding was right on time because as I begin to look at the things I always wanted and the things that I received let’s just say that after years of doing the same ole thing, but feeling as if my life was at a standstill and as though I was being punished or neglected in the trenches this word was dropped in my Spirit that revolutionized my view concerning how the Father felt about me and the mental torture I was going through at this juncture in my life. See you have to understand I didn’t just enter a blended family, but I entered a family that I wasn’t just a stepmom, but I was also the teacher and the counselor and at the time though I didn’t think about it until after they left the house time was continuing to tick, yet I had not had my own children which I desperately desired, and it didn’t dawn on me that the very energetic and vibrant man I married at the first was advancing his biological clock right along with me, and that the sixteen year gap between our age could put us at different places in our life and desires.

For the past year I felt trapped, trapped in this body that wasn’t working, trapped because here I want my husband to relive daddy days when he is ready to retire. I must say I am not happy about the thoughts that have pervaded my mind, but I will say that though resentful I affirmed to remain faithful to the process that the Father was taking me through, and this painting project was the moment that revitalized my hope. It was this scriptural phrase that didn’t change my circumstances, but changed my outlook. I took this extra long detour through my life because it was the necessary foundation to understand the main point of this article. What I couldn’t see was that Yah was preparing me to be great in his kingdom. So as I looked up that word in scripture the first one that came up in my search was Matthew 18:4 which says,

“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 18:4)

Now keep in mind this is different from the phrase that I saw, but interesting because in His kingdom the “greatest” is the one who is humble. See the tendency when we see this scripture is to focus on the child, but the child is not the focal point because in this analogy he is clearly referencing a specific child as it says “as this little child”, thus Yahushah is focusing on the action of the child he is using as an example of what he wants. Yet at the same time he is also teaching another lesson, as a child is called to be subject to their parents, submitted to authority, having the least amount of control or influence over his circumstances and the direction his life will take, but has to submit himself to his parents, so likewise are we supposed to be submitted to Christ in like manner. A child’s circumstance makes him humble because he has to be completely submitted to others for his wellbeing. We see now why Moses was considered to be the meekest man during his time and how that mentality positioned him for greatness. (Num. 12:3)

Consider all the times that Moses made it clear he couldn’t do it without God, he wouldn’t bring God’s people into the land without him, he was completely dependent on Yah to keep the promise he made. In fact what caused him to not make it into the promised land is when he walked out of that and operated out of his flesh instead of staying in step with Yah. He allowed his emotions to carry him out of the will of God, and this is a mistake as women we are very guilty of making, but can cost us our destiny to be great in our Father’s house.

My study on this topic of the greatest was focused on the Gospels and the next scripture that came up was Mark 9:34-35, which says the following:

“But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mar 9:34-35)

So here we go, contrary to the heavy weight boxer who exemplified neither humility in his strength, nor saw himself as last in any category scripture paints a different picture concerning those who will be great in His kingdom which is unmatched and unparalleled to any temporary glory we may receive for our talents on earth, that if we desire to be greatest (first) in his kingdom then we must be last of all, and servant of all.

This was the opposite of what I was striving for, and in the loving way that only the Father by His Spirit can do, he corrected my thinking about my life, and helped me to see that it’s not about what I get out of life that makes me great in his kingdom, but about how I serve others in Him in this life that makes me great. I was being mentally tortured by the enemy thinking that God was punishing me for my past mistakes or that I was out of the will of God because I desired a godly thing, but was being denied this honor, when in reality he was grooming me for greatness. I have for a while been doing the right things for the wrong reasons, because it was based on a wrong premise. Asking God for things I wanted instead of asking him how I can serve him or to make me a better servant. Desiring to be first and foremost instead of embracing the opportunity he was giving me to be last so that I can lift others up in him.

Is this not why he told the Ephesian church he gave some to be Apostle’s, Prophet’s, Evangelist’s, Pastor’s, and Teacher’s? For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body. Their role was to serve others not to be served. (Eph. 4:11-12) Contrary to the example we see in the Western church in which the flock is expected to serve the minister instead of the servant (which is the meaning of the word minister) feeding his flock. Amazingly we see in scripture where the disciples first fed the multitude before they ate, in our congregations the ministers are rushed to be fed before the masses. (Mar. 6:41) Servant’s (ministers) are rushed to be served before they serve, and with that in mind there is no wonder our flock has the mentality that God is our bellhop that we can command in His son’s name all sorts of things and act as if we should be able to get them. Because we are under the false allusion that our serving a man of God affords us the right to ask of God what we will and he must answer, rather than understand that we are called to serve God, trusting that as a good parent he will provide what we need and knows before we ask. Imagine if our children did to us what we do to God. If our children commanded us to do this or that what our response would be? We would teach them humility and that approach would open the door for such a lesson to take place with an appropriate rod.

Our role as women naturally puts us in the position to be greatest but the world’s definition has caused us to despise this position. In this hour it is vitally important that we get this lesson that he is preparing us for so that in the hour that it will be desperately needed we will fulfill our purpose. Are we ready to be the Harriet Tubman of the world or the Corrie Tin Boom of the world? Or are we looking for our reward where moth and rust does corrupt? Are we willing to make our robe in this world bloody standing for righteousness that we might receive the white robe that the Father has promised to His saints? As the woman was created last, and called to serve Adam, so now is the bride being called to do the same, but the natural picture hasn’t changed. Are we willing to humble ourselves to build His kingdom that bears his name, having no name of our own remaining or are we going to continue to fight for recognition by man which disqualifies our honor by Yah?

It’s a humbling position to say the least that requires that we die to ourselves, what we want, and what we think we deserve, and say not just with our head, but with our heart that we will lift others up without thought to ourselves because we know that he who we can’t see with our physical eye, sees us and is faithful to reward us for all we do in Him. Our God misses nothing, not a shred of hair unnoticed, or a tear lost.

So, will you take your opportunity for greatness? Will you dare to make your prayer life one where you ask the Father to show you, who you can serve today? Will you submit yourself under his hand not seeking recognition from the world, but seeking his will for your life? If so there is an opportunity for greatness available to you in which the riches of this world can’t compare.