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Jul
9

On Sacred Names and Holy Days and Whatnot

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Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am Yahweh your Elohim.

Leviticus 20:7

On our journeys through this life, things can change; when you walk with Yeshua, it is a certainty. This path of sanctification we travel leads us to truths that transform our thoughts and our actions. We do not travel this path at the same speed or learn the same way so patience is a requirement – with ourselves and with each other.

We spend too much energy fighting and fussing over who is right instead of just doing what is right. We spend too much energy putting others in their place only to find we are out of ours. Satan loves this discord among us and he wants it to stay just that way; personally, I believe he gets his way much too often.

I want to explain some things because the entirety of my life I have been misunderstood. When speaking, I am the least articulate person in the world and I often misspeak creating more confusion. As the last couple of years have worn on, things have been said about me that were crushing. At first I thought people were just being mean with their small town gossip; then one of my friends on Facebook, someone I had known for over a decade, chimed in with a private message that echoed the same sentiments. Now after some time isolating myself, tending to and forgiving the hurt, I have come to realize all of their comments were borne out of arrogance and ignorance. The ignorance I can help change with my writing if they are willing to test it all to the scriptures; the arrogance I can do nothing about. The hardening and softening of hearts is Yahweh’s business; all I can do is forgive as I have been forgiven. For those who just simply do not understand the changes, this is for you. And I would ask that you simply extend the grace to me that I extend to you so we might learn the truth of scriptures together.

On Sacred Names

I am not a sacred namer. I believe there is just as much power in the name of Jesus as there is in Yeshua. For me though, there is something about calling Him by His name that is pleasant and pleasing. Let’s be honest here, He is not the one who is confused about who He is. Whether we call Him Jesus or Yeshua – He knows when we are calling on Him and He knows just what to do.

YWHW or as I have been writing YaHWeH or Yahweh, is God’s name. Elohim is the same as God and is a title. In the King James version of the Bible, when it says “the LORD” it means YWHW. So when I type, Yahweh your Elohim it means the same thing as the LORD your God. I just prefer to call Yahweh by His name instead of by His title. Just like Yeshua, whether you call Him God or LORD or Yahweh or Abba (Father) or Adonai (title for Lords), He knows who you are calling on and exactly what to do. We are all just doing the best we can with some consonants.  I am sure one day, He will set us all right because I feel certain none of us are saying it correctly. And now I am not a betting girl, but I think that is a pretty sure bet.

On Holidays and Holy Days

In our household, we no longer celebrate Christmas or Easter. There are many people who believe they are pagan in origin and maybe they are; I am not going to debate those things. I simply see no basis in Scripture for them to be celebrated. They are man created and instituted traditions, and Yeshua Himself taught against traditions that took the place Yahweh’s doctrine (Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7).  I don’t celebrate Purim or Hanukkah either although for different reasons.

In Leviticus 23, Yahweh gives us Holy Days to celebrate and we celebrate them to the best of our ability. For example: During Passover and Unleavened Bread we don’t slaughter a lamb, but we do remove the leaven from our home and eat unleavened bread for seven days. On Day of Atonement, we fast and pray. During Tabernacles, we camp out for eight days. We keep the seventh day Sabbath as commanded from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. At the point in history when Yahweh gave these commandments there were no jews; there were only Hebrews – or those who had “crossed over” to follow Yahweh. (This will be a topic we will cover later on.) The point is that we are not to be like the world; we are to live set apart. Yahweh gave these Holy Days and His commandments to create in us holiness because He is holy (Leviticus 20:7, 1 Peter 1:15-17), so the world would know to whom we belong.

I also want to note this: I see nothing wrong with worshipping on Sunday. I think we ought to be worshipping everyday; that is how the apostles did things. But there is a command to keep the seventh day set apart and holy (Exodus 20:8). The seventh day Sabbath has not been replaced nor changed to the first day of the week; we need to understand this and obey the command given by Yahweh to keep it holy and set apart.

On Food

We adhere to the Leviticus 11 diet. He gave it to us for a reason – so we would be healthy. Period. So don’t be offended if you have a low country boil or bake a ham and I don’t partake. I know most people believe that Acts chapter 10 gives us authority to eat all things, but my studies have led me to believe this is a misconception. And we will discuss this in greater detail in another blog post.

The Torah

I am learning the doctrine of Yahweh and applying what should be applied. The Torah is our instruction for righteousness.(John 7:16, Proverbs 4:2)  Yeshua said it would not pass away until Heaven and Earth pass away and last I checked they are still here. (Matthew 5:17-19) Often times, we are following the traditions of men created by the church fathers and don’t even realize they contradict what scripture says. Yahweh was clear when He told us not to add to nor take away from His word.(Deuteronomy 4:2,Deuteronomy 12:32,Revelation 22:18) If we educate ourselves with learning Torah, then we can spot false teachers and false teachings, and we can better understand what Yeshua and Paul actually taught.  It seems to me people seem more concerned with what they think Paul said instead of what Yeshua plainly said. I think we need to study these things because anyone who has spent time in the New Testament knows Paul loved Yeshua, told us to imitate him as he imitated Christ(1 Corinthians 11:1), so does it seem He would contradict what Yeshua taught? If you have not thought about this before, I urge you to consider it now and pray about clarity to understand.

In closing, I will leave you with this…

I think not one of us ought to get too high and mighty about things…we all can be wrong about anything and we need to remain humble enough that Yahweh can mold us and teach us His wisdom and His ways and His truth. If our time is spent with our noses in our Bibles learning the ways of Yahweh and Yeshua, and our time is spent serving as Yeshua taught us, we will not  have time to be arrogant for we will be too busy spending the time at Yeshua’s feet being the servants and the disciples He calls us to be.

 And Yeshua said to them, “Come after me, and I shall make you to become fishers of men.”

Matthew 4:19

Jul
15

Earning Love and Forgiveness

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The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

My God, My strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will call upon the Lord,

who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.

~ Psalm 18:2-3 nkjv

I learned some valuable lessons this week as I sat at Jesus’ feet.

When I tie my worth to the misunderstood opinions of others,

I lose sight of who God created me to be.

When I waste time trying to prove my heart is pure and holds no ill-intentions,

I spend too much time on my external self instead of my spirit.

When I live within another’s unforgiveness,

I forget that the only forgiveness that matters comes from Christ and the conditions are simple:  

I must only ask once with a humble and  repentive heart,

and forgiveness is gifted.

When love is conditional and required to be earned,

I will never have success in achieving that love.

Jesus does not make me beg Him for forgiveness

nor must I aspire to unreasonable requests

or perform unrealistic tasks to achieve it.

Jesus does not make me feel unworthy.

Jesus does not require His love be earned nor does He withhold it from me.

Jesus does not show arrogance or pride.

Jesus chooses kindness and love and whispers truth to my heart.

Jesus loves me in spite of all my unworthiness and accepts me just as I am.

And in the raining down of anarchy and the chaos of another,

His reigning

will ground me and right me in the direction

He leads me

granting

peace to my world.

Sep
27

Psalm 33

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Today, I thank God for my friend Mary, who taught me about the life of a Monarch Butterfly.

Happy Birthday friend!

May God bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you and sing sweet songs to your heart every day. I love you and treasure you beyond measure.

Peace and Love,

your friend,

‘Lizbeth.

Psalm 33

A Psalm of Joy

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!

For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.

Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth.

He loves righteousness and justice;

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;

He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast.

The Lord brings the counsel of nations to nothing;

He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the He has chosen as His own inheritance.

The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.

From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;

He fashions their hearts individually; He considers their works.

No king is saved by the multitude of an army;

A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

A horse is a vain hope for safety, neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,

On those who hope in His mercy,

to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;

He is our help and our shield.

For our heart shall rejoice in Him,

because we have trusted in His holy name.

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

~Psalm 33, nkjv

Aug
11

Island Time

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Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. {Psalm 29:2}

Aloha!

Beach, Big Island of Hawaii

 

Randy and I have returned from our beautiful vacation in Hawaii.  It was amazing and I am looking forward to sharing some of the wonderful experiences we had there.  During the next few days, I will be revealing all the new things about A Quiet Chaos’ new home.  It had been planned for this week, but I am having a little trouble shifting from Island time to Northern Virginia time.  Then to top it off, I had some crazy reaction to something in the air and I have been taking Benadryl for four days.  So I am a little behind this week to say the least.

 

Between bouts of scratching and unpacking, I literally stumbled across my journal and opened it to find some scrap pieces of paper I had written on during the overnight flight home.  So I thought, what better way to kick off the revealing of all things new, is to tell you one of the many places I found God.

 

Each Friday, I will reveal my favorite place that I found God during the week and I will ask you to share where you found God.

 

This week I found God in a thunderstorm.  The plane hums  in the darkness and a thunderstorm brews in a velvet sky full of stars.  The lightening strikes and illuminates towers of clouds. The one in the middle looks like a throne. The lightening strikes so quickly, it appears as sharp flickering lights – as if many people have their hands on light switches, flipping them up and down, on and off, over and over again.  We are flying on the edge of the storm.  It stretches for miles and more; mere glimpses of God’s almighty power.  It is mesmerizing and I sit in awe as a shooting star falls from the Heavens to the Earth below me.  A gift, as I fight sleep like a toddler who is not quite ready for bed, waiting for one more sliver of beauty before I relent and close my eyes to accept sleep.  The plane rocks on the turbulence , lulling me and I count stars and write words.  I love to fly because I feel a gain a glimpse of what the earth below must look like from God’s view.  I feel closer to God as I fly through the midnight skies as if it only has to do with proximity, but it is so much more.  I am present to feel God’s creative power with wonder like a child, reaching out as if the shorter distance might allow me to touch Heaven for a moment – just one ephemeral moment. I want to close my eyes, but the insomniac in me says, “no,” so I continue to write words, slow down my mind, empty it to just exist for a few moments in stillness.  I doze and awaken to dawn begging to make her entrance as the pale morning light washes away the velvety darkness and the twinkling stars.  The half moon hangs on, luminescent, pure. An orange ball of fire rises in the east lifting the fog from the slumbering earth, and the coolness of the night clings to my skin in a chill as I exit Dulles into the waiting morning sunshine.

 

Now, it is your turn so leave please leave a comment below and tell me…

 

Where did you find God this week? 


Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you,

Elizabeth

Jul
31

Hawaii Awaits

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I wanted to welcome you to the new home for A Quiet Chaos.  I would love for you to spend some time this upcoming week to explore the new site while I am away with my husband in Hawaii. If you haven’t already, take a moment and sign up for the e-mail delivery of  new blog posts.  There are lots of new things on the horizon and I am sure you won’t want to miss a thing!  If this is your first visit to A Quiet Chaos, take time to read through the archives and if you are an old friend, take some time to revisit your favorites.  I look forward to sharing all the places I find God in Hawaii…I am certain the crashing waves will inspire me.  So until we meet again, Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you, Elizabeth

Jul
9

On Sacred Names and Holy Days and Whatnot

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am Yahweh your Elohim. Leviticus 20:7 On our journeys through this life, things can change; when you walk with Yeshua, it is a certainty. This path of sanctification we travel leads us to truths that transform our thoughts and our actions. We do not travel this path at the same speed or learn the same way so patience is a requirement – with...
Jul
15

Earning Love and Forgiveness

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, My strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. ~ Psalm 18:2-3 nkjv I learned some valuable lessons this week as I sat at Jesus’ feet. When I tie my worth to the misunderstood opinions of others, I lose...
Sep
27

Psalm 33

Today, I thank God for my friend Mary, who taught me about the life of a Monarch Butterfly. Happy Birthday friend! May God bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you and sing sweet songs to your heart every day. I love you and treasure you beyond measure. Peace and Love, your friend, ‘Lizbeth. Psalm 33 A Psalm of Joy Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is...
Aug
11

Island Time

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. {Psalm 29:2} Aloha!   Randy and I have returned from our beautiful vacation in Hawaii.  It was amazing and I am looking forward to sharing some of the wonderful experiences we had there.  During the next few days, I will be revealing all the new things about A Quiet Chaos’ new home.  It had been planned...
Jul
31

Hawaii Awaits

I wanted to welcome you to the new home for A Quiet Chaos.  I would love for you to spend some time this upcoming week to explore the new site while I am away with my husband in Hawaii. If you haven’t already, take a moment and sign up for the e-mail delivery of  new blog posts.  There are lots of new things on the horizon and I am sure you won’t want to miss a thing!  If this is your first...

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