Give All Diligence

 

In one of my morning devotions this week, 1 Kepha 5:8 was the focus but as a read it, I had to find out what “these things” are.  So then I backed up all the way to verse 5 and saw the list of “these things.” And then I began to think through verses 5-8 more carefully.

Do I have “these things in” me?

If I do have “these things in me” are they growing or are they stagnant?

If “these things are in me and growing” what fruitfulness do I have?

What kind of fruitfulness should be evident in me?

Okay, the fruitfulness is knowledge but knowledge of what?  Knowledge of history?  Knowledge of laws?  Knowledge of practices?

The knowledge that comes from the fruitfulness of “these things” is of Adonai YAHUSHA Messiah.

Why?

Because He expects me to have fruit in my life.  Just like the fig tree, He expects at any moment for me to be growing and producing more and more – not staying the same.  My fruit should reflect Him of whom I believe in.

Furthermore, I must be diligent (purposefully, carefully and persistently) seeking to add “faith, virtue (show high moral standards), knowledge, temperance (self-control),patience, the fear of YAHUAH, brotherly kindness (friendly, generous, considerate) and love” daily.

Right now, patience has been a big issue for me this past week.  I’ve had to remind myself that showing impatience will not produce the result that I am reaching for.  But showing patience takes time and I certainly won’t get immediate results, which is frustrating.    But through this time, my patience will grow and I have to choose to have faith that eventually the patience that I have shown now, will result in fruit later that reflects the knowledge of belief in YAHUSHA Messiah!!!!

 

 

 

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Shabbat Message: Great Is His Faithfulness

Where is my focus?
What kills my faith?
Why am I lonely?
Where am I casting my cares?
What can I choose to allow into my heart?
What must I believe?
What am I worried about?
Where do I get encouragement?
Who is my light?
Where do I put my trust?
Whose joy is in me?
Whose am I?
Where do I find strength?
What am I finding my joy in?

I know I have had the very same questions and maybe you have too. What are we to do with our questions? Where are we to turn?

Today’s Shabbat Message Great Is His Faithfulness, is straight from the heart. We all have faith but we are only flesh. In life, we all deal with Anxiety, Fear, Loneliness, Discouragement and Lack of Joy-but that is not the end. YAHUAH the Father and YAHUSHA Messiah (Christ) His Son is there with us. In fact, HIS word has many promises of hope.

I invite you today, to hear of our heavenly Father’s Faithfulness and His love toward You today, in Great Is His Faithfulness.

 

Shabbat Message: The Simplicity of Messiah (Christ)

Complicated.

That’s what salvation has become.

Simple, true salvation has become buried under Torah keeping, man-made laws, traditions, so -called “new” insights, classes for salvation, words that are always changing, do this, don’t do that, moons, new moons, calendars, clothing, reading, regulations of worship, prayers rooted in the Talmud…placing a yoke of bondage or completely blocking the free gift of grace.

Those things that complicate salvation suck the Joy Out of Grace and pollute our life in Messiah how it can truly be lived.

But when a person just reads the bible-the words of The Messiah for him/herself, they will find none of that.  They find freedom.  That’s what we need to get back to.

In this week’s Shabbat Message: The Simplicity of Messiah (Christ) – you will hear about salvation, plain and simple.  You will see clearly that Love is passed down through Grace and the life changing encounter that the Good News Brings.

I was particularly encouraged to hear and read a portion of scripture that shows a truly awesome testimony of a man who beat two followers of Messiah, but later found himself asking “what must I do to be saved?”  Salvation was presented to him and his house hold, immediately, simply, and they were baptized.

If you need water for your soul, if you need to hear the good news simple and uncluttered, if you want your freedom back, I encourage you to listen to this week’s Shabbat Message: The Simplicity of Messiah (Christ).

 

Recognizing YAHUAH’s Unseen Hand

Often I pray for YAHUAH to lead me in this or that.  I ask Him to show me His will.  I ask Him to speak to me.

When I ask, I expect to hear a voice loud and clear.  But more often than not, it’s the gentle whisper or nudging that I hear instead.  Sometimes YAHUAH speaks through different things as well (books, movies, other people’s blogs).

Earlier this week, our day started out a little rough with two kids unhappy with a breakfast I had made.  I started to fuss at them but since I have been praying to speak with grace so as to edify the hearers (Eph. 4:29 & Col. 4:6), I choose to follow the gentle nudging to let the issue go.  A short time later we had an interruption that was about 1 hour of our day.  Just when I thought we were headed in the right direction and as I was preparing some items for my husband all the power went out.

So further unexpected adjustments were needed in our day.  While we were on our way dealing with an issue, I felt a gentle nudge that we had forgotten something very important.  Instead of listening to the nudge, I reasoned it away, only to return for it an hour later.

Frustration continued to mount as I could not find the item.  While looking for it, I felt the gentle nudge to do something different.  I wasted 15 minutes not listening, but instead panicking.  Finally, I cried out loud “YAHUSHA help me!”  Then I felt a gentle nudge but it felt more like a weight on me giving the same direction again.  So this time I listen and victory was immediate.

I believe with all my heart that YAHUAH speaks many times but I choose to rationalize or think way too hard about what I am being lead to do or not do.  I have to make the choice to recognize YAHUAH’s unseen hand in every moment of the day.  Not just in the big moments but in the mundane moments too.  I might just avoid some frustrations/issues in life later.

Behold – Now It Shall

 

 

When I started working on this graphic, my focus was on the word BEHOLD, but when I typed the word “Now” I noticed something I never have before.  Now implies that there is a time for everything.  It wasn’t time for a change prior to this point but NOW-NOW is the that time YAHUAH is going to do something and guess what?  It’s not hiding, we don’t have to search for it, we just have to open our eyes and see it!!!

Shabbat Message: He’s Given You All Now It’s Your Turn

YAHUAH has done so much in our lives.  He has given us so much.  He doesn’t ask much of us, but like the master that gave his servants talents, YAHUAH has a purpose for everything in our lives.  That purpose is to bear fruit.

How can we bear fruit in our lives?  Why should we want to bear fruit?  Shouldn’t we keep what we have to ourselves?  Why do we choose to hold back fruitfulness in life?  Are we lazy?  Are we afraid?  What will be the end result of playing it safe and keeping blessings to ourselves?

Hear all the answers to these questions and a challenge in this weeks Shabbat Message: He’s Given You All Now It’s Your Turn

Who Was She? Miykal – Courageous, Wise and Witty

Most of my life I have only heard people focus on one aspect of Miykal (Michal) one of King David’s wives but recently as I was reading about King David with our children, I found several attributes of her that are awesome.  The story is found in 1 Shemu’el (Samuel) 19:8-17.

The last time that Sha’ul threw his javelin at David, Sha’ul sent messengers to watch David at his house and to kill him in the morning.  When Miykal learned of her father’s plan, she encouraged David to save his own life immediately.  She helped him by letting him down through a window and then she made it look like David was in the bed sick.  Even when her father asked her why she did what she did-she changed the story to seem like David was trying to save her by leaving.  Miykal knew of her father’s jealously and his wrath no doubt, but still she chose to help David.  She could have gotten killed herself by her own father, yet she risked her life to help him.

How many of us wives, will choose to risk ourselves in order to help our husband?

How many are able to give wise council to help our husbands?

How many can help in whatever ways our husband needs?

There is a scripture I read long ago, that says:

Miykal did not hesitate to be courageous and comfort (help) David.  Rather Miykal choose to be courageous in spite of the danger she faced.  She was courageous.

She was witty and quick thinking.  There was no time to think and make an plan-action!  Action needed to be taken immediately and she did it.

She used wisdom.  Even when dealing with her father, she doesn’t appear to have went into a disrespectful rant.  While we don’t know the complete conversation between David and Miykal prior to him leaving, she made it seem like David had chosen to save her life by leaving, when she answered his question.  Every father would want his daughter to be protected and not be put in a position of being hurt so this reason seemed somewhat okay to Sha’ul.

How can we support our husbands better?

One of the best ways is through prayer.  We can pray for our husbands.  We can stand against the attacks of the enemy and war in prayer on behalf our husbands.

Another way is by making healthy choices.  If there are health issues, we can choose to find ways to be a helper rather than a hindrance.  For example we can choose to fix foods that bring health to our husbands rather than increase sickness upon them.

We can support them in their efforts of work.  We can support them by speaking carefully instead of carelessly.  We can support them by giving ourselves in intimacy.  We can support them by just being a listening ear, instead of a critical one.

Long before I was married I read a book and it said that when most people are listening to another person talk, they are formulating answers or thinking about other things, and they usually miss what the other person is trying to communicate.  Since then, in most cases, I try to turn my “thinker” off and truly turn a listening ear to the speaker.  In most conversations with my husband, I am not formulating what I am going to say.  I am just listening.  Not judging him.  Just listening.

Everyday we can make choices that are courageous, witty and wise.

 

Trust In YAHUAH

The above verse was one that I memorized as a teen.  Recently it has been in the forefront of my mind and here are some key points that are making this verse living for me right now:

Trust – which is the opposite of worry.  Worry that’s what have been doing.  But here, I need to trust “in” “YAHUAH” – not the problem, circumstance, issue or more importantly – myself.

With ALL – not a little a part, not a crumb, but all – TOTALLY open to YAHUAH

Your Heart – this is the what I need to trust YAHUAH with.  Our heart harbors our feelings, fears, hopes, dreams, expectations, disappointments, hurts and pains.  I must choose to allow YAHUAH into all those places…

Lean Not Unto Your Own Understanding– I cannot depend on myself.  My understanding is limited and clouded by all kinds of stuff.  My own understanding can lead me in the wrong paths.

In All Your Ways – just like the heart – in every area, in every way – thought, action, word, deed – everything I must choose whether to follow YAHUAH or myself.

Acknowledge Him– Change of focus, away from my own understanding, trusting in YAHUAH.

He Shall Direct your Paths – in response to me placing my trust in Him, giving Him access to all, and by my choice to focus my all on Him and away from the situations or  circumstances – clearly directing all of my focus toward Him –  YAHUAH will control my paths in life.

Shabbat Message: Ready To Obey

10 were outcast.

10 were unclean.

10 were separated from others.

10 men had leprosy.

Today we still have leprosy; but it is spiritual.  Some of the spiritual leprosy might be:

  1. Disobedience
  2. Fear
  3. Procrastination
  4. Unforgiveness
  5. Hatefulness
  6. Judgemental-ism
  7. Anger
  8. Jealousy
  9. Unloving
  10. Self-Righteousness

These may be the things that are separating us from others and from YAHUAH Moving In Our Lives.  Yet, like the 10 leper’s we must recognize Our Own Uncleanness, then Cry Out For Help and be Ready To OBEY.

“For it is through our obedience to His Word, that we can get the victories in our life.”

If you would like to have victory in your life again, I encourage you to make time to hear this week’s Shabbat Message Ready To Obey.

Shabbat Message: Teaching The Truth In Love

Safe. Comfortable. Reasonable. Predictable. Air Conditioned.  Life as many of us live today.  But is that what YAHUAH wants?

What is all the knowledge that we believe, we have attained, when others need so much more?  Others are needing salvation through Love In Action; yet we – sacred namers and other flavors of The Religion, those who have come to know the unchanged name of the Father YAHUAH  and name of His Son YAHUSHA  Messiah -do nothing.  We do nothing but search out more knowledge through word pronunciations and self-taught righteousness all the while looking down on others who Do Show Love through Teaching The Truth In Love.

We have become the 21st Century Pharisees and Sadducees.  We look down on others who do not have the knowledge of The Father’s True Name and His Sons True Name but  yet who Do Possess Love.  We Lack Love.  We may be rich in knowledge and self-righteous yet we are poor in spirit because we are “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” to The Truth of Love.

We’ve become comfortable in our knowledge, sitting in our homes with all our understanding without showing the Love of the Father to all who are in need.  We put down people who ARE showing Love and Changing Lives, because in Our Eyes they lack the knowledge of truth (or haven’t been shown) the Father’s True Name or His Son’s.

Most of us have been so self-righteous with our knowledge, even our family members won’t listen.  We’ve turned them away by spewing the truth with Hate instead of Teaching The Truth In Love.

We pray our pompous prayers filled with “I” yet YAHUSHA Messiah declared to people that More IS Needed.  We must give up our comforts (dying to self) and help others.  We must stop glazing over His words and focus on what is Really Important.

Though this week’s Shabbat Message: Teaching the Truth In Love is not easy to listen to, yet it IS Necessary.  We can choose to listen or we can choose to ignore it, but one day YAHUSHA Messiah will ask what have we done.  Have we fed the hungry, visited those in prison, clothed the naked and/or wept with those that weep?

 

 

Who Was She? Avigail

Recently in our morning devotion, we read about Avigail (Abigail), the former wife of Naval and one of King David’s wives.  Avigail’s story is found in 1 Samuel 23. There are two aspects of her story that have been on my mind daily.

The first is that she was known to be a woman of good understanding.  People knew that if they came to her with a problem she would understand.  They knew that she wasn’t foolish and could be trusted.

The second is that she wasn’t selfish.  When the servant came and told her that David was going to kill everything due to her husbands foolishness, she didn’t hesitate to take action.  Immediately she instructed her servants to take from what they had and sent it David.  She had on had what was needed to help.  She didn’t have to wait or plan for it and she definitely wasn’t selfish.

So while meditating about these two aspects of Avigail, I think about myself. What am I known for?  Am I known for the laws I can repeat or for the good common sense that is evident to all?  Am I known for outward beauty (that this world glorifies) or for a heart that fears YAHUAH and worships him?    Am I willing to listen to the plea of others when they are in distress or am I too self-centered to see others?  Am I too wrapped up in my own house that I can’t help others?

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be known according to the worlds standards.  I want a heart that follows passionately after YAHUAH and fears Him.  I want my ears to be open to hear and recognize when YAHUAH is leading me to help others.  I want to have some extras not for my own needs but for others.  I don’t want my hands to be tightly closed unable to extend Grace and Mercy to others.

For me this means letting go in some areas.  Letting go is not easy though.  It is necessary if I want to follow YAHUAH’s will.  Over the last few months I have been lead to make many changes in many different areas of our life.  At the time I thought the changes were small but now I believe that YAHUAH was slowly preparing me for what He is moving us into doing soon.

I highly encourage you to listen to today’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy and allow YAHUAH to speak to you today.

There are still more lessons from Avigail coming soon!

 

Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy

We have been given many rich and immeasurable gifts from YAHUAH.

The gifts of Grace and Mercy are some that are new everyday and YAHUAH never runs out of them.  There is nothing we can do for these gifts.  We can’t keep enough laws to receive them.  We can’t do enough good deeds to keep them.  We can only stand with our arms open and our arms raised to His Glorious love and receive them.

These gifts are not for us to take for granted nor abuse.  They are for us to receive and give to others.  Sometimes though we can get in the way of receiving YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy as a result of our own thoughts and ways of doing things or self-righteousness.  Yet even still in our stubbornness, YAHUAH extends Grace and Mercy to us time and time again, without fail.

What ways can we show Grace and Mercy to others?  What does the Bible say?   What changes do we need to make to allow YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy to shine in our lives to be imparted to others?

This week’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy, is one that you must listen to if we expect to live  with purpose and passion for the Father YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA Messiah.

Who Was She? Sarah: Prayer, Trust and Fear Part 2

I am finally ready to finish Sarah.  It has taken me awhile because for nearly a year, I have carefully thought and lived some parts in my own way.  It has been a great challenge to say the least.

Before I tell you about another prayer of Sarah, I want to give some background story with Avram (later Avraham).  Avram was no stranger to dealing with the wicked one.  When he was about 14 years old, he went among the people noticed that they were having a problem.  The problem was that satan, caused some ravens to come and eat the seeds that the people tried to sow when they were planting them.  Avram saw the birds coming and 70 times he commanded them to go away and they did.  Then Avram showed the people how to sow and cover the seed up.  Yovheliym (Jubliees) 11.

Later on when Avram is observing the stars (Yovheliym 12) and talking to YAHUAH, he prayed, ”My Elohim, El Elyon you alone are my Elohim, and you and your dominion have I chosen.  And you have created all things, and all things that are the work of Your hands.  Deliver me from the hands of evil ruachot who have dominion over the thoughts of men’s hearts, and let them not lead me astray from you, My Elohim.  And establish me and my seed forever that we go not astray from henceforth and forevermore.” (Yovheliym 12:19-20) So he knew that wicked ruachot (wicked spirits) can have control over a man’s thoughts and he asked YAHUAH to not allow him to be lead astray by them.

Years, later Avram-now Avraham, came face to face with his enemy, but YAHUAH knew all the time what Avraham would do.  In Yovehilym 17 and Yashar 22:46-55, satan came before YAHUAH and just like Iyov (Job), thought that he could challenge the faithfulness of Avraham so he insinuates that Avraham won’t serve YAHAUH if YAHUAH were to tell him (Avraham) to sacrifice his son.  YAHUAH knew Avraham’s heart because he had been tested 10 times and found to be faithful each and every time.  Now you know most of the rest of the story, YAHUAH told Avraham to go and sacrifice Yitschaq.  Of course Avraham is obedient and tells Sarah he needed to take Yitschaq to go and learn about worship from Shem and Eber.  We will come back to Sarah in a minute.

While on the road to the place that YAHUAH would show him (Yovehilym 23), satan appeared to Avraham in the form of “a very aged man, humble and of contrite ruach” and began to question what he was doing.  Avraham recognized him and knew that satan was trying to stop him from being obedient to YAHUAH.  So he rebuked him.  Satan, not easily discouraged, appears to Yitshcaq in the “figure of young man comely and well favored.”  Now he tries to get Yitschaq to doubt his father-even calling Avraham “a silly old man.” Yitschaq immediately tells Avraham and he again rebukes satan.

Finally now back to Sarah.

Avraham did not tell Sarah that he was going to sacrifice Yitschaq.  He told her that “My son Yitschaq is grown up and he has not for some time studied the service of his Elohim, now tomorrow I will go and bring to Shem and Eber his son, and there he will learn the ways of YAHUAH, for they will teach  him to know YAHUAH as well as to know that when he prays continually before YAHUAH, he will answer him, therefore there he will know the way of serving YAHUAH ELOHAYU (Yashar 23:5).”

Of course Sarah is supportive, but she asks that Yitschaq not go too far nor be gone too long because her soul is bound within in his.

I know that many people will say that because of this Yitschaq was a “momma’s boy” but between reading about the mom/son relationship between Rivqah/Ya’aqov and Sarah/ Yitschaq, I believe these mothers had a good healthy relationship with their grown sons.

So all that night (Yashar 23:6-19), she showed affection to Yitschaq and talked with him all night-weeping the whole time.  In my opinion, it appears as though she believed he may die and she may not see him again.  This was her greatest fear.  In the morning, she gave him fine garments that she had received from Aviymelek years ago.  She put a turban on his head and enclosed a precious stone in it.  As Avraham, Yitschaq and the servants begin their journey to leave home, Sarah continued to weep.

Some days pass and after satan tried to stop Avraham from sacrificing Yitschaq (Yahsar 23:70-75), he then turned his attention to Sarah.

Next, in Yashar 23: 76-90 satan appears to her in the form “of an old man very humble and meek” speaking to her greatest fear and mixing it with lies.  He tells her that Yitschaq her son is dead because Avraham had sacrificed him and that Avraham didn’t even cry.  For great impact he said these things to her two times and then left her.

She thought perhaps this man was one from among those that went with Avraham who had returned to tell her these things and she beings to wept and cry out bitterly, throwing herself on the ground, casting dust upon her head.  But let’s read her words carefully, particularly her words to YAHUAH:

 

 

Speechless.

That’s how I feel every time I read her words.  She’d waited so long-nearly her entire life to have one son and now he is gone (at least she thought so)?  But even in great sorrow she believed that if this happened that YAHUAH was in control of it all.  She didn’t say that this was unfair and how horrible of a Father YAHUAH was for allowing this to happen…she said “You are just.”  She had some serious faith to be able rejoice in great and immense sorrow, saying that her heart rejoices through her tears.

To honest, I don’t know if I could do that.  I don’t know if I could say those words and see that YAHUAH’s will is greater than my heart’s greatest hurt.

So eventually, she gets up and begins to make inquires, sending servants here and there, but Avraham was one where to be found.  But who do you think comes back again-satan.

This time he says that he spoke falsely saying that “Avraham did not kill his son and he is not dead (Yashar 23:86).”

So exceedingly excited violent was her joy, that her soul went out from her and she died.

Satan spoke to her deepest fear and stirred it (her fear) up against YAHUAH and against Avraham (saying that he didn’t even cry).  What she could have done first, was say that Avraham would never sacrifice Yitschaq without a care.  Then she could have prayed that YAHUAH would help her find them and then went looking for them.  But that was not what happened.

Satan is still stirring up fears today.  He gets us all worked up and them removes himself as we explode in fear, strive, arguments, toil, worry.  Often we don’t recognize him because he comes in forms that are non-threatening.  Chuah was threatened by the serpent-she had no reason to question his words at the time. Here Sarah was not threatened nor alarmed by “this old man.”  In fact, he looked familiar as if he were one of the people who went with Avraham.

So satan comes up to us in ways we don’t recognize but we have to ask YAHUAH to give us discernment-so that we can see the “wiles of the devil.”  We have to ask YAHUAH like Avraham to guard our thoughts from the control of evil spirits.  We must use logic and know the facts – like Avraham loved his son, he would not sacrifice him without a care.  In fact, when reading Yashar 23, you will see he struggled a great bit and was in great anguish.  We have to know facts about the person or situation, before getting upset.  If we don’t know we have to find out.

I kept the above in my mind a few months ago, when I found a lump on my left side.  I have many of the markers for breast cancer (family history and tubal ligation) so I am always being diligent to watch for any issues.  So for few weeks while waiting for my diagnostic mammogram, I had moments of great fear.  But my husband and I prayed, and I tried to say that if this is YAHUAH’s will then His purpose will be done.  Thankfully nothing was found though the mass is still there.

Whether it is fear, a disagreement, a disappointment, a concern or worry, we have to seek YAHUAH first, know Him through His Word and trust that He is in control no matter what. We must also stay on guard, because just when we think we are aware of the wicked ones tactics, he changes them and we can be left to figure out what has happened in our lives.

Alright, I don’t know who or when the next woman will be, YAHUAH willing won’t be too long.