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).

 

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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.

If…

This week, as I was reading the Purim story to our children, some of Ecter’s (Ester’s) words and actions jumped out at me.

By her position and her relationship, Ecter could have approached the King any kind of way.  Hear her impeccable wisdom.  She knew that her need was so dire that she must first prepare for her interaction with him.  She doesn’t prepare alone-but with the help of her people through three days of prayer and fasting together.

Then when the time was right, she went to see him.  She was dressed in her royal garment, standing in the inner court, waiting.  She wasn’t jumping around, pacing back and forth.  She waited patiently.  Her patience pays off because when the King sees her, he immediately favors her and extends his golden scepter toward her.

Then when she walked toward him, she touched the top of his golden scepter and he asked her what was her request-he was ready to give her anything she wanted.

Here is my part-she didn’t assume that because of her position, her relationship, nor even his words that he had just spoken that she should just bring the accusation against Haman.  She doesn’t even assume that his favor would grant any desire her in this request.

Humbly she says:

“If it seem good unto the king,”

Not:

“Well, King you need to do something about Haman…”

Not screaming:

“Haman is going to ……..”

Ecter’s(Ester’s) words remind me of a song on my heart right now by Tasha Cobbs Leonard called “For Your Glory.”  The opening words are this (the Name of the Father is corrected here):

“YAHUAH if I have found favor in Your sight…YAHUAH please hear my humble cry, I am desperately waiting…”

This is key for me.  A few weeks ago, during family prayer time, I prayed  a prayer stating all the things that we do/have done and saying that because we do this then YAHUAH must  answer the way that I wanted Him to.  Shortly after, I felt a nudging from the Ruach saying that this was not be an acceptable way to pray.  Yes I was desperate, I wanted and needed YAHUAH to move on our behalf but demanding anything from YAHUAH  as if this a relationship based off a game of tag..is wrong.

YAHUAH moves in un-explainable ways.  I surely cannot know or even pretend to grasp His thoughts.  So like the song and Ecter(Ester), I have chosen to take a different route in prayer.  Cry out for help yes, but I must often wait for His answer and not assume that just because I am His daughter that I can demand anything.

So unassuming, humbly I pray…

YAHUAH, if I have found favor in Your sight, can You please…”

and then I wait.

I wait and hope.

I listen for His voice, I know that He hears me and that His Faithfulness is Great.