Who Was She? The Well Encounter

 

It has been a while since I have posted a “Who Was She?”  For a few weeks, as I have been reading through the book of Yahuchanon (John) the woman at the well has stuck out in my mind.  I started to think about this unique life changing encounter and now am ready share.  This encounter is found in Yahuchanon (John) 4:4-30.

YAHUSHA had an appointment-He needed to go through Shomeron (Samaria).  He knew she would be there.  There was something He needed to do and He didn’t need others around, so He sent them on an errand.  This was to be a personal encounter.

As it was with most women at the time, it was her daily practice to go to this place.  A place to get the water needed to complete her tasks of the day.

The Well.

Sure enough here she came.  The woman-getting her daily need of water.  But it is still not enough.  She doesn’t tell anyone what she needs is more than this water.  Inside she is thirsting for more and she looks for what she needs in other ways, only to keep looking, never finding what she needed.

But today was different.  Little did she know today her life would change.

Sitting at the well is a man.  This man didn’t seem to pose a threat, in fact He seemed ordinary.

Then He asks her a question.  She responses with more questions.  I think they were excuses.

Water is not really what He is really talking about though.  He knew all along what her need really was and He knew the answer.

YAHUSHA spoke directly to her heart.  She had a heart that wanted to worship but seemed to be hindered by rules, location, and  social status.

His words pierced her heart – freeing her and telling her that worship is a matter of the heart.

Then He speaks to the problem of her heart.  He knows the longing she has had.  The emptiness she has tried to fill.  He speaks to the hurts of her heart.  He speaks to her shame…

And yet, He doesn’t judge her.

She knew this was no ordinary man.  This Man was different.  How could anyone know her true heart.  Throughout her life she was judged for her bloodline and her mistakes, but here in the presence of One who could judge her, He pointed her to eternal life.

Her direction in life now changed, she ran to tell others.  Free of the guilt and shame. Her hope restored.  She spoke boldly proclaiming …there is a Man at the well who changed my life.

The people knew her.  They knew all about her.  They might have even been the ones who judged her.  They may have seen her struggle in life.  They may have been the ones who looked down on her because of her lineage.  However this woman who may have normally been quiet, trying hard not to be noticed-ran down the streets boldly proclaiming “Come see a Man…”

The change in her, quickened their hearts.  Could He do something for them?  They just had to see.  So they did.  And they were changed too.

As I have reflected on the Shomerniy woman at the well for several weeks, I have pondered many things:

What ordinary moment in my life, will be changed to extraordinary?

Am I too busy to see the moment of change in my life?

What excuses am I making when a deep need is on the verge of being met?

Am I allowing some things or the opinions of others to hold me back from receiving what YAHUAH has for me (bloodline, job/career, location, knowledge, pride)?

What are the hidden issues of my heart?  What am I truly searching for throughout my day?  What hurts of my heart are waiting for a healing word from YAHUAH?

When I have been healed, will I share my freedom by telling others or do I return to my own dwelling and keep things to myself?

How many young ladies and young wives need to hear about the One who can give eternal life, without cost, incurring debt, shame, or strings attached, by hearing my testimony?

I pray that YAHUAH will help me be more aware of these things everyday.

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I Still Believe It

For about half of this week, I was low state.  I was deeply disappointed and in great sadness.  This sadness was beginning to turn to anger toward YAHUAH.  Sometime on Friday, I began to see that my attitude was wrong but still I felt like I was so right in the way that I felt.  Now my feelings weren’t wrong.  We will experience disappointments in life, but the way that I choose to respond and not walk in faith believing YAHUAH’s word over what I saw, was wrong.

So today, I was listening to David and Nicole Binion and I was trying to replay “Doxology” when another song started playing.  I was about to hit the back button, when I heard the words “When I cannot see it…” As I continued to listen, I knew this was my song today.

So if you are down in your faith, if life’s challenges have you challenged, I pray this picture I created below, will encourage you to hang on.

 

Here is the song:  All Things – Nicole Binion

 

 

Where is Christ in Halloween 2018 WTF? (Worth The Fun)

This is the question we truly must ask ourselves:

Is celebrating Halloween Worth the Fun?

One day my husband and I were outside and a neighbor was walking by taking a basket of Halloween candy to another neighbor. When my husband asked her why she was doing it, since it was not of Christ, she said “We do it for the candy!  For the kids!”

Have we who believe in the bible, dropped so low in our faith that we are willing to participate in wicked celebrations, just for some candy?

I could write a thousand more words about why we should be avoiding candy to begin with but the deeper issue is, why are many people excusing and taking part in what is clearly known as a celebration that is against the bible?

In this special message, Where is Christ in Halloween 2018 WTF? (Worth The Fun) you will be challenged with The Word and invited to “put on the Truth of Holiness” instead of giving way to envy and falling into sin.  It is time to climb out and be set apart.  The church, the body of Messiah “needs to stop acting like the world and be holy.”

If you are a believer in the bible, and are willing to allow the Messiah to dwell in you, then listen to this message, Where is Christ in Halloween 2018 WTF? (Worth The Fun)

Also here is the Message Scripture Guide –
http://ExaltedLifeFellowship.Faith/Halloween_2018_WTF_Worth_The_Fun.pdf

 

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!!!!

 

 

 

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.