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Feb
9

Truth or Consequences: What do you do with Truth?

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Yahweh looked down from the heavens on the sons of mankind, to see if there is a wise one, seeking Yahweh. ~ Psalm 14:2

IMG_3443_2It all started with the dream. Scripture waving around like a flag.

And it was lost on me. A friend gave good counsel…“Right there in your Bible. Write it down. Date it. So you don’t forget. Otherwise you will.”

So I did.

And often as I flipped through pages wearing, worn with study, there it would be. The note peeking. It’s meaning as elusive as ever like some endangered wild beast.

Years pass by fluttering into eternity and I wait for clarity, but never ask for wisdom. All the while a lifetime of questions about Yahweh wait for answers, but no one I ask seems to have them.

There is this element to truth though; its very nature is tenacious and haunting, nagging at the fringe of your consciousness until, its presence undeniable, it is unable to be tucked away into the recesses of your mind to be forgotten.

And when the discernment of truth comes hurdling toward you like a freight train bearing down…..part of you wants to avoid it, side step it because truth has this way of making you uncomfortable, making you squirm. You can try to filter it or color it to make it look presentable or even soften it with sweet sounding words. But in the end, the truth is what it is and it is never what it is not.

IMG_3459What is crucial for us to understand, is there is always ever only one truth: Yahweh’s truth. Perceptions and feelings don’t matter much because when we look at truth we filter it with emotion and fear; emotion and fear taint it unrecognizable until the truth becomes a lie lived in ignorance. For too many years, I drifted in and out of church because what was taught from the pulpit did not always align with what I read during the week in my Bible.  For too many years I dwelled in ignorance believing the problem was me and an inability to understand.

I needed deliverance from my ignorance because that is where satan wanted me to remain, nourished by emotion fed strife and the soul destroying turmoil of doubt, with my skewed perceptions sucking me down like quick sand. And it is from this sinking pit, my questions were birthed amidst panic and doubt instead of a seeking of wisdom. Then one day Yahweh illuminated this verse for me:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask Elohim, who gives generously and without reproach, and it shall be given to him. But he should ask in belief, not doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ~ James 1:6

I was astounded at the depth of my doubt. Where had it come from or had it always been? And why was it there at all?  I knew what I believed, but not why I believed it. I couldn’t defend one belief I had; I simply believed because someone else told me what they preached was true.  Wasn’t I supposed to be ready to give an answer to anyone who asked why I believed what I believed? Everything I believed and everything I acted on was based on a feeling and should it not be based on a scripture? It all seemed too ambiguous.IMG_3553

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. ~ Acts 17:11

It was then I asked myself…

Am I defending my beliefs or am I am seeking wisdom and truth? Is there a possibility my beliefs are wrong even though the majority of the Christian faith believes them too? Could I back up everything I believed with scripture? I had to look at mainstream Christianity and evaluate whether it reflected a narrow path or a broad road. What I saw reflected was division in every denomination over issues scripture is clear on. One would hope through these fissures the foundations of truth would rise up, but congregates are too busy shouting and making noise and satan sits laughing because he knows the scripture better than most of us; he knows what Hosea says, that Elohim’s children are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

IMG_3543There were things I knew to be truth: Yahweh does not change. His word stands forever. Yeshua was my savior and the only way to the Father. Everything else had to be tested, questioned, proven, but not necessarily thrown away. I needed to know why what I believed, if it was wrong, why it was wrong because only then could I properly create an argument for the truth. And isn’t that what apologetics really is at its core – understanding all sides and defending what emerges as truth. Otherwise, aren’t we just defending our opinions?  I knew with certainty the Bible held no contradictions and therefore if there appeared to be a contradiction, it must be a misinterpretation. I knew I had to entertain the possibility that my beliefs were wrong otherwise I would not be seeking truth; I would be defending opinions and defending those opinions would blind me to the truth. I read a lot about what scripture said concerning the seeking of knowledge and wisdom and how Yeshua spoke in parables saying, “He who has ears, let him hear.” I wanted ears; ears that could hear and recognize truth. And I prayed Yahweh would give them to me. I became a Proverbs 2 girl and prayed it over and over and over again. I thought about Jeremiah 33:3 that says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”  I wanted to know those great and hidden things. I read again and again John 8:31-32, “So Yeshua said to those Yehudim (Jews) who believed Him, If you stay in My Word, you are truly My taught ones, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” And I wanted to be a disciple, taught by Yeshua and I wanted to be free. But how could I truly know Him if He is the Word and I lacked wisdom to understand what it said?

So I asked. I asked for Truth. I asked for wisdom to recognize it. I asked for it to fall from above like rain on parched soil. And Yahweh answered.

And like a dog leaning into a good ear rub with a deep moan, I leaned in to Abba’s truth with shouts of joy.

I was utterly unprepared for what happened next. I foolishly made assumptions others would share my eagerness and excitement in this new knowledge. Instead I was shunned. I was gossiped about. I was called a heretic and a Judaizer.

IMG_3563What do you do when satan double dog dares you to keep seeking as you sit confused and wondering how things could have taken such a drastic turn?

Knowing it will cost you friends.

Knowing it might even cost you family.

Knowing it will cost you everything you once held in esteem.

Knowing people are gossiping.

Knowing satan will use people to undermine everything Yahweh is calling you to be.

You take the dare. You follow wherever He leads, whatever the cost. You put it all in perspective: these are people and their opinions whom satan uses for the noise they create for the purpose of your distraction. Yahweh has called you to be set apart; to be holy because He is holy. So you turn down the noise, put your nose in your Bible, and you meditate on His Word day and night because that is how you learn who Yeshua is and how to walk as He walked. You pray. You pray often and with great zeal. You pray to be a light fueled by Truth to a broken and dying world. You focus on Yeshua. You make changes in your life by applying Truth, one truth at the time as you learn each one. And slowly, surely, you find the narrow path. You stay the course because we are called to set an example and we can not exemplify a life we do not live and we can not reflect a Savior we do not know.

In the end, it comes down to the words you want to hear when we all stand before Him: Depart from me I never knew you or well done good and faithful servant.

Choose wisely, my friends.

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. ~ Paulo Coelho

Feb
6

The Slippage of Time

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…being persuaded of this, that He who has begun a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Yeshua Messiah. ~ Philiipians 1:6

IMG_1653The Father has been working on me for a while now, spurring new thoughts and understandings, molding me and shaping me to closer resemble His vision of me. To some of you it may seem possibly I fell off the edge of the world or gave up writing or decided being a hermit was a better option than living among society. The truth is Yahweh has turned my entire world upside down and shown me truths about Him, about His Word, about myself, I could never have imagined. And as each new day dawns, when I think I could not be any more amazed, He reveals more truth, more depth of understanding, more wisdom.

There was a time when I believed that salvation was the end goal and afterwards I ought to just do my best to be a good person. And then if I did something wrong or Yahweh wanted me to do something for Him, I would get a feeling – a nudge, an idea, an intuition – and it would just seem like the right thing to do; that obedience was turning those feelings into actions. But feelings flow from the heart and Jeremiah tells me my heart, above all things is wicked and deceitful and none can know it and Solomon tells me to guard my  heart because all I do flows from it. These warnings are imperative because I am a carnal being, my flesh self-serving.

And The Father put me here to serve Him and not myself.  Because it is never about me; it is always about Him. There is only one truth: His truth. The only way to learn that truth is to come before Him in stillness and humility with an ear trained to listen, an eye trained to see, and a mind trained to meditate on His word. He has revealed truth to me no man can teach and His word tells me that if His word abides in me, I have no need for a teacher because He will teach me.

When I walked away from the altar and was baptized, it was the beginning, not the end. The goal is not salvation; the goal is sanctification. And sanctification is a process that never ends. Salvation is the pivot point, the opening door, the beginning of an intimate relationship with Yeshua, our Messiah, who because of His gift of grace allows me to be in fellowship with The Father. It is then Yahweh is able to mold me into a vessel for use by cultivating my fruits reflecting the gospel message to the world. Because truly the best sermons are lived, not preached.

I will not sit here and write to you that sanctification comes easily. I have fought Him as much as I have delighted in fellowship with Him. I have questioned and doubted and prayed pleading prayers. I have told Him, in great detail, how much differently I would be handling things. And yet, I can look back and reflect on how perfectly He is teaching me and changing me.

IMG_1652A friend told me, just the other day while we sat drinking coffee, that we always look at things from our own perspective and we must understand we are not the only people Yahweh is working on – everyone we interact with is learning a lesson from Him too. And that has stuck with me. I have rolled it around and considered it and I realized something so profound that before had eluded me: this is why it is so important to be grounded in the Word. It teaches me how to behave and how to respond in every circumstance and if I follow its instructions for living, I can accurately reflect the gospel in everything I do, in everything I say, everywhere I am, and with whomever I interact.

I walked away from my Southern Baptist church just shy of two years ago and began a journey discovering the Hebraic roots of my faith. I entered this journey as simply desiring to live a Biblical life: learn the truth of the scriptures in the context of their writing by using the Bible as the sole authority. For a time I was a part of a group who I thought had the same intentions, but who have since gravitated to the Hebrew Roots movement. I have found them to be just as intolerant as my previous church to whomever strays from their own ideas or questions behaviors, doctrines, and teachings not aligning with scripture.

So I found myself in a time of isolation which turned into a time of daily sweet fellowship with Yahweh. This solitude has become a sanctuary of peace and stillness before Him. In 1 John 2:27 it says, “And you, the anointing that you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But just as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him.”  So now is the time for me to rest in Him and allow His Word to flood the places laid bare by questions and doubt and hurts inflicted by those claiming to belong to Him. It is a time to have gratitude for having man instituted doctrines and cultish ungodliness pruned from my life, for focus being redirected to where it belongs – on Yeshua. For in all things I serve either the world or Yeshua, it is one or it is the other, but I can not serve both. I will be known by my fruits. He has brought me to a place where I can choose on what I stand and who I follow. Always I will choose the Father’s doctrine and always I will choose to follow Yeshua.

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And what do I believe?

I believe every word of scripture is inspired and breathed by Yahweh (God) Himself.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Hebrews 4:12

I believe Yahweh does not change.

Malachi 3:6 Hebrews 13:8

I believe Yeshua (Jesus) is a gift of grace and the source of my salvation – a salvation that can not be earned no matter what I do. He is The Word made flesh – the walking, breathing, living Torah. He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life and the only way to The Father. He is coming again to reign as King.

John 3:16 John 14:6 Psalm 119:1,142 Proverbs 13:14 John 1:1-18 Revelation 19:13, 22:12

I believe that Yeshua is the Son of Yahweh and was born of the virgin Mary as prophesied.

Isaiah 7:14 Luke 1  1 John 4:9

I believe Yeshua died for my sins, laid in the grave for 3 nights and 3 days, rose again, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

Matthew 12:40 Mark 16:19 Psalm 110:1 Luke  24:51

I believe Yeshua is my intercessor.

Hebrews 7:25 Romans 8:34

I believe I am to be obedient to all Yahweh’s commandments; I may not pick and choose my way through them. I am not to add to nor take away from them. They are statutes to be followed perpetually, forever, and throughout all generations.

John 3:17 Leviticus 24:22 Exodus 12:49 Numbers 15:16 Deuteronomy 4:2

I believe the seventh day Sabbath instituted at creation is to be kept holy.

Genesis 2:1-3 Exodus 16, 20:10 Mark 2:27

I believe all persons entrusted to teach, preach, or prophesy must pass the Deuteronomy 13 test.

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I believe the Ruach Ha’qodesh (Holy Spirit) is my helper sent at Shavuot (Pentecost) so that the Torah could be written on my heart. The Set-apart Spirit guides me in walking as Yeshua did when He walked the earth setting the example I am to follow.

Jeremiah 31:33  1 John 2:6

I believe the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) is still to be followed and instructs me in being one of a set apart people as Yahweh instructs me to be. I am to be holy for He is holy.

Leviticus 20:26  1 Peter 1:15-17

I believe that Yeshua did not come to abolish the law, but magnify it and be my example of what it looked like to live it perfectly. I believe that Yeshua did not come to teach a new doctrine, but taught the doctrine of The Father.

Matthew 5:17-20 John 7:16 Proverbs 4:2

I believe that sin is transgression of the law.

1 John 3:4 Matthew 5:19, 7:21-23

I believe the law is not burdensome as is currently taught in church.

1 John 5:2-4 Deuteronomy 30:11

I believe Yahweh does nothing without first revealing it to His servants the prophets; His plan for this world and His created are perfectly and in-errantly contained within The Holy Scriptures.

Amos 3:7

I believe that Yahweh loves our unity as long as if is founded in His Truth.

1 Corinthians 1:10 1 Corinthians 12:27 Ephesians 2:17-19 John 17:17 Psalm 119

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A final thought…

In August, while still attending the Hebrew Roots fellowship, I was warned by the leader’s wife that I should not be writing because it was a form of teaching and women were not to teach. It came on the heels of my writing the previous three blogs. No one, not one pastor, not one person, had ever told me this before. I had to re-evaluate the purpose of this blog. It set me back and caused me to question whether I should be writing because above all I want to be aligned with the authority of Scripture. It forced me to go back and reread my posts, and while I found places where my understanding was incorrect and skewed by the doctrines of men, I found this blog to be what it was always intended to be: a record of my journey with Yahweh. It is a place where I hope you see His mercy and grace and infinite love, a place where I hope it causes you to reflect on your own journey. I am in no way attempting to hold any authority over you. I author this blog under the full authority of my husband and he reads everything I post prior to it being posted.  I am a disciple and a student of Yeshua. I am learning how to walk as He walked. I am doing my best to follow His example. He tells me to make disciples and to teach them His commandments; the only way I know to do this is to mimic His example and share what I am learning day by day as I spend time in His presence. I will not ever claim to have it all figured out and should you find error in my understanding I would hope you would contact me or comment and share your knowledge. It is important we help each other learn. This blog has only ever been about my journey walking with Yahweh and that is all it will ever be. It is my hope that what is displayed here in these pages is love and humility and through these words that I write you see light shined in darkness to illuminate His Truth.

Aug
12

Grace: the intersection between The Creator and the created

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Grace is the intersection where Creator and created meet to form an intimate and holy relationship allowing the created to walk in the image of the Creator, and that in doing so the Creator’s love shines through the created bringing light to a darkened world. Faith is the hope of the created in the Creator that secures this belief: along the path, regardless of what remains unseen and whatever may lie ahead, the creator is infinitely good and is to be trusted. Obedience is the created’s divinely inspired behavior; it is the willful adherence to the Creator’s Truth which bares fruitful evidence and honest witness of the grace that love has borne.

Elizabeth Marchman flower #15Most believe grace is simply Jesus’ gift resulting from His death on the cross, but grace has existed since the beginning.

The first place I see evidence of this grace is in the garden. God’s created have been disobedient to His commandment. He boots them from the garden as punishment, but He also makes clothes for them. He covers them so they will not be ashamed; He covers them because He loves them and because of this love, His mercy is great. And yes, it is grace -the unmerited favor, the lovingkindness, the giving of something unearned and undeserved.

So in the beginning, there was grace: a gift that can never, no matter what, ever be earned, and borne solely from God’s love for His created. Jesus is the manifestation of that grace. In Jesus, we have everything we need to live a set apart, holy life devoted to God.

We have a sin sacrifice.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~  1 John 4:10

We have forgiveness.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.~ Ephesians 1:7

We have salvation.

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.. ~ 2 Timothy 1:9

We have the Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. ~ John 1:1-3

We have a perfect example of obedience that produces holiness.

whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. ~ 1 John 2:6

Elizabeth Marchman flower #16After salvation begins the sanctification – the learning to be holy because God is holy.  Sanctification is the perpetual purging by God of our fleshly desires and worldly pursuits until when we are looked upon, it is not us that is seen, but Jesus.  There must be effort on our behalf to live set apart so we no longer mirror the world. It occurs through obedience; obedience begins by reading, studying, and meditating upon the Word. Jesus prayed for our sanctification long ago – Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. ~ John 17:17. And for us, it is a life long pursuit.

Jesus was the final sacrifice for our sins. And because of his death on the cross, we no longer must sacrifice animals in order to atone for those sins. There is a misconception that animal sacrifice was what saved those in the old testament from their sins and it is wholly inaccurate. It was their faith and love for God that was strong enough to create obedience to follow his instruction; their faith in and love for God were evident through their obedience to His law. God could see their righteousness and it was evident to those in their presence. For Christians today, it is the same: our faith in and love for God is seen through our obedience to His law. And his law is nothing more than our instruction of how to live, how to love and how to be holy.  Our obedience to God’s law is the only thing that sets us apart.  After all, even the demons believe and shutter; they believe, but they do not follow. Along the way, we will stumble and make mistakes, but this is where grace steps in and covers us because of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Grace must exist for faith to grow and faith is enabled when love is the center focus. We focus on love when we make God the center of who we are and all we do. Our faith undergirds our hope and our assurance that God is trustworthy in all He says He will do and who He says He is. And if obedience is the evidence of love, then faith is the rope we use to tie ourselves to God. It is faith that allows trust to exist between God and ourselves.  It is faith that allows us to hope and be assured that God is unchanging and loves us so much He would put Jesus on a cross for us, a provision created from the beginning. Faith is why Noah was obedient to build the ark before he saw the first cloud or felt the first drop of rain. Faith is why, when Isaac inquired about the sacrifice, Abraham told him God would provide one.

For without faith, we are incapable of obedience and without obedience, there is no evidence of our love. Grace is the covering which allows the pieces to fit together in such an intimate way whereby sanctification occurs naturally, instinctively as our relationship with our Father grows. In the end, faith, love, and obedience are all possible because of the lavish, unmerited gift of God’s grace. And that is the intersection where we all stand at every moment of our existence. It is a place of divine wonder and extravagant love in a town called Truth. These crossroads are first, the outstretched arms of a Savior, and beyond them lies the narrow path of sanctification and holiness we travel to become one with Him just as He is one with the Father.

Elizabeth Marchman Flower #17So now we take these first steps past those outstretched arms and onto the narrow path to follow Jesus. We take these steps in faith, in hope, and in obedience because we know He is the Word and the Word is Truth, and by it we are sanctified. And because of grace, God’s love is evident to us and in this, we can trust.

Aug
4

Questions for the Truth Seeker

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For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12

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I would like to pose some questions and allow scripture to answer them without any further commentary from myself at this time; in the weeks to come, I will be expounding on these scriptures. Understand, the scriptures I have given are not answers as a whole, but merely a starting point for pondering and further discussion in upcoming posts.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to not only walk in Spirit, but also in Truth; to be a disciple is to be a truth seeker. Without knowing and understanding truth, we are incapable of following Jesus’ instructions to “go and make disciples” for how will we teach truth, if we first have not sought the truth in its entirety.

So let us seek truth as hidden treasure….

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What is the purpose of scripture?

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Is God’s word eternal?

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. ~ Isaiah 40: 8

Does God do anything without first revealing it to His prophets?

“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. ~ Amos 3:7

Does God change?

For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. ~ Malachi 3:6

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8

Who is Jesus?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made …And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:1-3,14

He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God. ~Revelation 19:13

Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ~ John 14:6-7

Did Jesus preach a new doctrine?

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. ~ John 7:16

How do we show God that we love Him?

If you love me, you will keep My commandments. ~ John 14:15

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. ~ 1 John 5:3

Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” ~ John 14:21

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him. ~ John 14:23

By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. ~ 1 John 2:3

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love. ~ 2 John 1:6

How long are we to keep His commandments?

You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always ~ Deuteronomy 11:1

Who are God’s commandments for?

There shall be one law for the native and the stranger who sojourns among you.”

~ Exodus 12:49

As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the LORD. ~ Numbers 15:15

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Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. ~ 1 John 3:4

What happens to those who practice lawlessness?

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’~ Matthew 7:21-23

Did Jesus dying on the cross remove the law?

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:17-19

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth has passed away... Also there was no more sea. Then I, John,saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” ~ Revelations 21:1-4

Why did Jesus give us only two commandments?

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets..” ~ Matthew 22:36-40

Can we worship God in any way we choose?

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you. ~ Deuteronomy 4:2

Do not worship the LORD your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods. Deuteronomy 12:4

Does God allow us to create tradition that contradicts His Word?

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. ~ Isaiah 29:13

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” Matthew 15:8-9

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! Mark 7:8-9

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My son,  if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,  then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. ~ Proverbs 2:1-5

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” ~ Matthew 13:44

Feb
9

Truth or Consequences: What do you do with Truth?

Yahweh looked down from the heavens on the sons of mankind, to see if there is a wise one, seeking Yahweh. ~ Psalm 14:2 It all started with the dream. Scripture waving around like a flag. And it was lost on me. A friend gave good counsel…“Right there in your Bible. Write it down. Date it. So you don’t forget. Otherwise you will.” So I did. And often as I flipped through pages wearing, worn with study,...
Feb
6

The Slippage of Time

…being persuaded of this, that He who has begun a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Yeshua Messiah. ~ Philiipians 1:6 The Father has been working on me for a while now, spurring new thoughts and understandings, molding me and shaping me to closer resemble His vision of me. To some of you it may seem possibly I fell off the edge of the world or gave up writing or decided being a...
Aug
12

Grace: the intersection between The Creator and the created

Grace is the intersection where Creator and created meet to form an intimate and holy relationship allowing the created to walk in the image of the Creator, and that in doing so the Creator’s love shines through the created bringing light to a darkened world. Faith is the hope of the created in the Creator that secures this belief: along the path, regardless of what remains unseen and whatever may lie...
Aug
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Questions for the Truth Seeker

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 I would like to pose some questions and allow scripture to answer them without any further commentary from myself at this time; in the weeks to come, I will be expounding on these...

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