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.
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).
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:
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.
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?
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.
Every week, the Shabbat Message is given and every week I take notes for my own-self. A small portion of the notes I have taken are shared in the Shabbat Message posts. The brief posts are just snipet of what the messages truly are about. To get the full and complete blessing that I get, I encourage you to take an hour or less, to get water for your soul, a breathe of fresh air, strength for your journey or whatever YAHUAH desires to give you, I encourage you to listen the Sabbath Message(s).
Think back…have you ever had that experience?
That experience that happens when you have a hard set goal, a focused mind, or thought that pattern one or belief of a certain understanding that is “the one and only way” and then…
YAHUSHA Messiah crosses your path and gives you instruction.
A Damascus Road Experience.
A Street which is called Straight Experience.
One that changes your life so unbelievably that it may affect the lives of others.
YAHUSHA Messiah Has The Power to cause us to have an experience that brings change in our lives and those around us. YAHUSHA Messiah Has The Power to change any and every area of our lives; But it is up to us to recognize the change that He is working to bring to us – no matter how it comes. Through pain, sorrow, joy…even other people who just happen to be in the area, Remember The Father YAHUAH’s ways are limitless and boundless.
Today’s Shabbat Message: YAHUSHA Has The Power is just what we need to encourage us to look for our own ________ Experience or to follow instruction and help someone on the Street called __________ (the name of your experience will be different).
We don’t even know her name. Most of the time we probably glaze over her part of the story. But without her, he may not have gotten the healing he so badly needed. Maybe he didn’t even know he needed healing. Maybe he thought it was just his lot in life and stopped letting it bother him.
But one day, a maiden girl (2 Kings 5:3) who served his wife – a maiden who was taken captive by the Syrians – living in a foreign land away from family, friends and familiarity – spoke up.
She spoke up in hope.
She spoke up because she had a piece of information that might help someone else….
Her words were passed on quickly and Na’aman was healed.
Her simple words were the beginning of the healing Na’aman needed. She did nothing more. She didn’t pester him to go. But she saw him when he returned-healed.
She knew that healing came from YAHUAH through the prophet Eliysha.
Sometimes we too have some information that another person could use. This information could change the course of their life. But we must speak up and we must also accept that if the person doesn’t listen or follow the suggestion, it is not our fault. We must speak up though – that is our part.
As I thought about this maiden girl, I thought about another young lady who just recently married. A few weeks ago, I thought of sending her a note with some basic general information that she might find helpful. But in my shy nature, I have found excuses as to why I shouldn’t send the email. I don’t want to come off telling someone else what to do, nor seem as if I know what is going on in her life.
Yesterday YAHUAH reminded me that I am not given experiences and information to keep to myself, but to pass along. I am not responsible with what is done or not done with the information or suggestion.
When opportunity arises, even in less than ideal situations, we must speak up! What we say might be the beginning of the answer to another person’s problem.
When did faith and salvation get so complicated? Rules, man made imposed laws, twisted view points, regulations, genealogies, words and knowledge have all become stumbling blocks to faith and salvation.
Salvation is not technical, it hasn’t changed, it doesn’t get upgrades, it doesn’t expire, it doesn’t get old, dusty, or dirty.
Salvation is simple – YAHUAH the Father loved us so much that He gave His only brought forth son YAHUSHA Our Savior and Master to all who believe. YAHUAH extends His mercy and grace as a choice and those who choose to receive it, live in the power of newness of life with the resurrecting King YAHUSHA Messiah.
Salvation is simple – Confess, Repent, Receive Grace, Exercise Faith
It is time to get Back To Basics of our faith and live in the joy of salvation! Today’s Shabbat Message Back To Basics is just the refreshing word we need.
Sometimes in our walk of faith, we are going along just fine and then the trials in life, other people or fear cause us to stop growing. We take our eyes off of the Messiah and focus on the distractions. Fear begins to sink us and cause us doubt. Fear paralyzes us from moving forward and hinders growth.
In the midst of every storm, every trial or problem – The Father YAHUAH and His our Savior YAHUSHA Messiah are there with us. Sometimes we will have to break through the opinions of other people to get to YAHUSHA, like the woman with the issue of blood did. We will have to move beyond our fear to live a life of freedom in faith in YAHUSHA.
Sometimes YAHUAH allows situations to happen so that we can get back on track and to grow us again. These situations maybe so desperate according to our earthly wisdom and hope isn’t even on the radar. But by one word, one command – Messiah YAHUSHA can return our joy to us. With one word YAHUSHA Messiah can stop the storms of our life.
We may need to step out in faith, pray and seek His face, but with just one touch, we can grow again.
If you’ve been stagnant, if you feel trapped by your situation and you want to grow again, I invite you to listen to this week’s Shabbat Message: Stop Being Afraid to Grow.
Do you ever feel like you are stuck? Do you ever feel as if there is something holding you back? Maybe there is.
Maybe there is something in your past that needs to be dwelt with.
One day it might show up, then what do you do?
Do you deny it? Push it under the rug? Pretend it doesn’t exist? Run away? Or…
Humble yourself, acknowledge the issue/problem, allowing the Pain to EXPOSE your heart so that YAHUAH can Heal and Create a New Heart in You. That’s what YAHUAH wants anyway…Our Hearts. Not our Self-Righteousness-but a heart that is BROKEN before Him.
This weeks Shabbat Message is encouragement for all because we all need to be continually asking YAHUAH to Create In Me A Clean Heart
At the end of our rope.
Life’s storms billowing and tempestuous.
The Father YAHUAH has you right where He wants you at this point in time. YAHUSHA Messiah had a path He had to walk and so do we. YAHUAH is there with us and we must maintain our expectancy eagerly and with much patience despite what we see and feel.
No matter the storm, we must expect YAHUAH to Come To Our Rescue, believe His word and ask for help when we know that we are lacking. Nothing-troubles in life, fear, crisis, trials, persecution nor tribulations-can separate us from HIS Love and HIS purpose, nor is any valley Too Low where HE Cannot See or Hear Us.
If you are in need of some encouragement, listen to this week’s Shabbat Message: Come To My Rescue
I don’t know about you, but this has been a rough week. Like extremely rough. Daily fires, battles, tempers flaring, arguments, hurts, misunderstandings…for what? Why? Alone and forsaken I felt. Somethings have seemed like thorns that keep getting deeper and deeper.
But the truth is…
YAHUAH was right there every moment. He has a purpose in everything. When we are at our weakest point, in our worst state, in what looks like impossible circumstances, YAHUSHA Messiah’s strength is perfected. Through all of it YAHUAH implores us to seek Him in Spirit and Truth. To seek His face. We must be born again and receive the Set-Apart Spirit and turn our focus off of the wrong things – realizing that these things are for HIS Glory.
This week’s Shabbat Message For His Glory was strength for my discouraged soul and I pray it will be for yours too.
Cornelius was a faithful man, he fasted, he was a giver, he prayed to YAHUAH, he feared YAHUAH and had a good report with others but…
He was not saved.
He was not saved by his own righteousness.
YAHUAH sent a messenger to tell him he needed something else.
He needed to hear.
He was saved by hearing the words of Kepha!
While Kepha was speaking the Set-Apart Spirit fell on Cornelius and his household! Kepha immediately immersed them.
This instance was so powerful that when Kepha recounted the story to the brothers who were extremely skeptical-they stopped criticizing the new believers and began to praise YAHUAH.
So what saves a person? Torah? Knowledge of words? The Torah of Words? Find the answers to your questions and more in this weeks Shabbat Message: Salvation Through YAHUSHA Messiah.