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.

 

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.

Shabbat Message: YAHUSHA Has The Power

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).

 

15 Years, 15 Encouragements: #2 Forget the Past & #3 See Change

We’d watched this movie before, but this time when we watched it, I felt like I had a bunch of fingers pointed at me.

Specifically one scene, is one that YAHUAH used to bring about change in my heart.  The movie was WarRoom and  the scene I am referring to is when the old wise woman, Mrs. Clara came back in the room and asked  Elizabeth “Did you finish your list?”

Elizabeth responds by saying that she had a lot more to say and how her husband had offended her so many times and she goes on and on!

Mrs. Clara then asked her how much she prayed for her husband.

Elizabeth admitted she really didn’t pray for him.

Earlier that week same week that we watched WarRoom, we’d had a spat again.  And once again, I ran upstairs, slammed the door and grabbed my journal and started writing.  After a few minutes of writing out my “prayer” I went back and read old entries.

They were nearly the same.

I had been writing the same sad words for years.  Why?  Oh sometimes the entries looked like prayers but really it was me having my own pity party complaining to YAHUAH.  Woe, is me…Why me..When will he…the same thing over and over.

So that night, I thought, if I am writing the same things, maybe I need to do something different.

Right at the end of that scene in War Room, YAHUAH directed me to get rid of all my journals.   He said that by writing my complaints in my journals, I was harboring unforgiveness towards my husband.

That hurt.

I thought I had forgiven him, but not really. Not from my heart.

See if I really had forgiven him, I wouldn’t be holding his past mistakes as ammunition for our next disagreement.  I wouldn’t be keeping a tally mark for what “I” saw as wrong.  So I shared what YAHUAH had said with my husband and I threw away my journals.  Now when I pray in my journals, I am not writing a list of complaints, nor “woe is me” entries but rather lifting him up and changing my anger in to prayers.

Which leads me to share #3 – See Change

YAHUAH also opened my eyes to see how much my husband had truly changed.  He really is not the same man I married nearly 15 years ago – and I am H-A-P-P-Y about that!  Praise YAHUAH.  YAHUAH began to show me his awesome qualities and things that I truly needed to be thankful for.  For example, he is not out running the streets with his “boys” he loves being at home – he is a “home hubby.”  He loves YAHUAH and worships Him.  He reads the scriptures to us.  He prays with and for us. He is crazy about me and an awesome father.  He is good with our finances – I don’t worry whether or not stuff is getting paid – I know he takes good care of us.  He is funny and is a good bowler.  He is self-sacrificing.

In the last year, I have come to love him more than ever.  I no longer magnify nor focus on his faults.  Instead I pray for him and try to honor him more.  I have also read many encouraging blogs and articles that have helped me to see things differently (I will share books and blogs in another post.)

So today, fellow wives, truly and continually forgive your husband and see how much YAHUAH has changed him and you.

Shabbat Message: Back to Basics

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.