Designed To Be Defined

For Adonai saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter and spared no one- whether bond or free- no was there a helper for Israel. 2 Kings 14:26 TLV

Shabbat Shalom dearly beloved:

There was a time in the Northern Kingdom of Israel when people were not clearly defined as to whom and how they were worshiping. They were so undefined that Elijah the Prophet confronted them on Mount Carmel about their lack of clear definition in their lifestyle and worship.

Then Elijah approached all the people and said, ” How long will you waver between two opinions? If Adonai is God, follow Him; but if Baal is, follow him.” But the people did not answer him, not even a word. 1 Kings 18:21 TLV

At that time in Northern Israel The House of Israel (as opposed to The House of Judah) was in a total Replacement Theology system. They were worshipping golden calves in Dan and Bet-El and they replaced the original Feasts of YHVH and the Temple worship in Jerusalem with OTHER feasts and with Baal and Ashera worship.

Jeroboam established  a feast in the eight month on the fifteenth day of the month like the pilgrimage feast in Judah, and he went up to the altar. He did this in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. He stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places he had built. 1 Kings 12:32

But many of them thought they were worshipping the God of Israel and, in their ignorance, they no longer knew the difference between the holy and profane! They espoused a mixed style of worship that had cultural elements from the dispossessed Canaanites, who Yah (God) judged because of their idolatry, and cultural elements from the Torah of Israel. The confusion (Babel) was so great that they could not distinguish right from wrong and wrong from right. They were like large portions of the Church today which contain so much confusion that they cannot distinguish between the Holy and the profane, between the true grace and false grace. This false grace is what we call ” cheap grace which is a licence to sin because ” God loves you anyways!”as they think.

Oy to those who call evil good and good evil, who present darkness as light and light as darkness, who present bitter as sweet, and  sweet as bitter! Oy to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21

The other day I heard about a preacher and one of his flock inquired if playing the slot machines and gambling very small sums of money was ok in the sight of God. This preacher answered that gambling is very addictive so that it is not good to gamble large sums of money, but if people are only playing the slot machines for pennies, it’s ok. If I paraphrase this answer, which probably  would be espoused by many in the Church today, I would say, ” Great sin is not good but a little sin”in measure” is ok. Is this really what the Word say? Can you imagine the Jewish Apostles like Paul, Peter and John giving that answer?

Everyone practising sin also practises lawlessness- indeed, sin is lawlessness. You know that Yeshua appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who sins has seen Him or known Him. Children, let no one misled you! The one who practises righteousness is righteous, just as Yeshua is righteous. The one who practises sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. Ben-Elohim appeared for this purpose- to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God practises sin, because God’s seed remains in Him. He cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:6-9

It was this kind of lack of definition in Northern Israel that caused the Prophet Isaiah to release such an earth-shaking statement that was a bit later followed by the greatest judgement and exile that the Northern Tribes were to experience.

For Adonai saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter and spared no one whether bond or free- nor was there a helper for Israel. 2 Kings 14:26 TLV

It was not that Adonai was unmerciful, for He is greatly merciful and He saw the affliction of Northern Israel. It was the Lack of DEFINITION, the unwavering between two opinions that caused them to be in a LIMBO of ”neither ”bond nor free”. They were so UNDEFINED in their worship that they lived  in a vaccum of PURPOSE  and GUIDANCE. They were not in bondage, but they were not free. Kind of like ”mediocre”, ”in the middle”. They tried pleasing the Baal and the Canaanites culture. They also tried to be ”religious” and worship YHVH.  They were ”not here nor there”. This caused them to received NO HELP from anyone! Baal obviously could not set them free in the same way that the Greco- Roman system of religious Christianity cannot set the people free with its pagan Replacement Theology celebrations and, men pleasing/tickling of the ears, messages. Also from the God of Israel they could get no help because He simply HATES wavering and lukewarmness, so His hands were tied and He could not be their helper.

For that person must not suppose that he will received anything from the Lord- he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, Yaakov (James) 1:8

Double minded people can receive NOTHING FROM YHVH! He loves DEFINED people and DEFINED WORSHIP!  The Word has very defined instructions of what is right and what is wrong and though we need The Holy Spirit to interpret some of His Torah to this culture, the basic Principles remain the same. His words are eternally established in Heaven and His Yes is Yes and His No is No. He created everything after its kind, a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman. He did not create transgenders, a transvestites or homosexuals or lesbians. Those are DEMONS that are manifesting through Men and Women that he created according to their kind who become victims of a terrible deception. They have believed a big fat lie and have influenced most of this society, many churches, included, to believe in it too!

Aborting babies has nothing to do with ”the rights of women over their bodies”. It has everything to do with murdering the babies in their womb because they do not want to suffer the results of their immoral sexual relationships or because it is not convenient for them to have a baby. This twisted rationalization says they can abort them or rather murder them! Do you realize that we are living in a society where anyone of us or the woman next door can be a MURDERER and the men that have encouraged this are ACCOMPLICES TO MURDER?

They shed innocent blood– the blood of their sons and their daughters, sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. So the land was desecrated with blood. Psalm 106:38

And to these kinds of terrible sins preachers are speaking ” do not worry about it? It is not a big deal?” Beloved one’s sin is A BIG DEAL! The Father sent the Son so we can be forgiven and redeemed, but we must REPENT, be broken about our sin and turn around to make restitution with our lives as a Living sacrifice on the Altar of Yah’s Kingdom.

I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice- Holy, acceptable to God- which  is your spiritual service. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

It is only true repentance and a defined walk of Holines and Truth that completely sets us free from GUILT. Guilt cannot go away with ” caressing words, guilt leaves when true recognition of the gravity of our sins and the magnitude of Yeshua’s sacrifice leads us to REPENTANCE- TESHUVA-TURNING FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESTORATION!

One who covers up his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13

When we realize the gravity of our sins we cannot be LUKEWARM in our walk with the Messiah, in our interaction with TRUTH and with His Will. We must be RADICALLY DEFINED! Otherwise we are not acceptable to Him beloved!

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. Oh, that you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spew you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15,16

When we are DEFINED in our walk, then we are FREE to be who He created us to be, then we have the boldness of the Lion of Judah, then we can preach the True Gospel to others calling them to Repent and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Freedom begets Freedom!

Then Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted Him, ” If you abide in My word, then you are truly My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free! John 8:32

His Word is the Torah! Yeshua is the Torah made flesh!

Designed to be Defined- A prophetic Word

Though He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered. And once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. Hebrews 5:8,9

Many of you who have been suffering and have been broken for many years are designed to be DEFINED! You have learned obedience by the things you have suffered just like Yeshua did. You have learned to fear YHVH alone and not to fear men that is a snare! You have been trained to be radical in your definition which is the opposite of legalism because it comes out of suffering and personal experience and you have Holy  Scars to show this. Yah is about to use you mightily as  His End Time Army of The Lion of Judah! He is about to descend upon His Army that has been DESIGNED TO BE DEFINED!

Pray With Me

Father in Heaven I repent for all my wavering, lukewarm and lack of definition. I renounce it today together with The Fear of Men and I arise to be part of the End Time DEFINED Army of the Lion of Judah! In Yeshua’s name! Amen.

 

How To Defeat Self-Centeredness

 How to defeat Self-Centeredness

Walking the extra mile




Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!

The Holy Spirit is leading us to repent from the prevalent self-centeredness in our day and age. Let us bring this subject to the Altar of Prayer so we can experience a powerful anointing when praying about this subject and it seems to me that if the snake is defeated, we can all experience  a Powerful Breakout of the Kingdom of Heaven into our lives, families, ministries, cities and nations.

The Dictionary Definition of Self- Centeredness

From dictionaries.com

  1. concerned solely or chiefly with one’s own interests, welfare, etc; engrossed in self; selfish; egotistical.
  2. Independent, self- sufficient.
  3. Centered in oneself or itself.
  4. Archaic. fixed; unchanging.

From Merriam Webster

  1. Independent of outside force or influence: self- sufficient
  2. concerned solely with one’s own desires, needs, or interests

What does a self-centered person look like?

Most of the time a self-centered person is preoccupied with one’s self, one’s life, one’s problems, one’s desires, one’s feelings. They take centre stage and manipulate the atmosphere and the environment to cater for their needs and desires. A spouse that is self-centeredness will not be aware of the needs of her spouse or children. If you have a self-centered worker, he or she will only do the minimum required, complain about how tired they are and moan about what they are asked to do.  You cannot expect them to take any initiative to improved your business or ministry, especially if it will take sacrifice on their part. They will take minimum responsibility or will be afraid of responsibility altogether.

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy.  2 Timothy 3:2

Walk the Extra Mile!

Yeshua admonished us to ‘‘walk the extra mile,’‘ even at the expense of our own wellbeing, to spare the hardship of someone else. Walking the extra mile rescues us from one of the main traits of self- centeredness, that of self-preservation!

The expression ” the extra mile” refers to acts of service for others that go beyond what is required or expected. The expression comes from the bible, when Yeshua declares this in His Sermon on the mount,

” Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. ” Mathew 5:41 NASB

The verse is a reference to the practice of ”impressment” which, among other things, allowed a Roman soldier to conscript a Jewish native to carry his equipment for one Roman mile (milion = 1,000 paces, about 1611 yards or 1473 metres)- no easy task, considering a Roman soldier’s backpack could outweigh upwards of 100 pounds (45.4 kg). The editors of New Oxford Annotated Study Bible have suggested that going the second mile would perhaps spare another from such compulsion. (Wikipedia)

Walk the extra mile in your job or ministry and you will become a leader!

Self-preoccupation makes you unhappy!

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Mathew 16:25

Self-Centered people are very tiring because they are constantly drawing attention to themselves. They are an attention ”junkie”, and very often it is negative attention.

Mark my words: A person that is preoccupied with his/her own happiness will never obtain it and will never be happy.

The American, and in general Western Society, is very self- centered. I recently read that in one American company the people were required to say to themselves ” I am beautiful” 100 times before going to work. In Japan, however, a company required the workers to say to other workers ”You are beautiful”.

Most of the American Society, is consumed with its own happiness, self- image and greatness, especially the generation that is now in their 30s who were raised without the Bible and Ten Commandments or prayer. They have been raised to pursue their own happiness and they never attain it. It is not attained, because they do not follow the Biblical Principles which show the true way to obtain JOY  and that is through sacrifice and self-denial.

I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice – holy, acceptable to God,  which is your spiritual service. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1, 2

Faithfullness brings Joy and Promotion!

Today’s generation wants to advance their careers more that they want to be faithfull at their jobs. They pursue money and position rather than faithfulness. They move from job to job to ” advance” without giving a thought of how much harm this causes in their work place or to their bosses and how much instability they bring. They want to be self- fulfilled more than they want to give themselves to a cause for the sake of God or others! True promotion comes from YAH! And He only promotes the FAITHFUL!  It may take more time, but it will be RIGHT and HEALTHY!

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ Mathew 25:21

Losing your soul

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Self-centeredness leads to self-destruction and that is the reason why there is so much depression and suicide during this day and age.

This is why abortions have murdered more people that any of the World Wars! The self-centerdness of a promiscuous, immoral society tells woman that they are the ” owners” of their bodies and therefore, have ”the rights” to murder their babies in their womb if the pregnancy is ”undesired”. Millions of women are walking around with the Spirit of Death in their wombs because of SELF-CENTEREDNESS and millions of men are accomplices to this terrible crime! This spirit of Death occurs especially in Western Countries.

There is less depression, suicide and abortions in countries where the young people need to provide and fight for the wellbeing of their families. In Africa, they sometimes walk many miles to bring water from a faraway well, they give up their next meal for their younger siblings and sleep on the floor.

Hardship never killed anyone but self-centeredness is a killer and corrupter in society!

Return to Love and Sacrifice

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. John 15:13,14

Self-centeredness is the opposite of Yeshua’s character and teaching. It is the opposite of Daniel, Jeremiah, Esther and Ruth’s lifestyle and if there is no repentance and returning to the basics of unconditional love, self-denial and giving of one’s self, the only thing we can expect is self- destruction like what happened in the hedonistic societies of Ancient Greece and Rome where MAN was in the centre and not the CREATOR of MAN.

There is nothing wrong with one’s self, but what is the VISION behind it? Is it our own happiness or is it so that we can fulfil the Will of the Creator and give our lives for a Higher Cause and for the sake of others?  I want to be healthy and well, don’t you? But let the purpose be higher  than ”our own wellbeing.” It reminds me of what the flight attendants say prior to take off: ”Buckle yourself first, then buckle your child or your dependent.” Yes buckle yourself”’, but seek the wellbeing of OTHERS! Yes! Stay healthy, but invest your energy in doing the WILL of Yah and bring LIFE to others.

We are not called to pursue a ”career” or our own happiness and to be successful at it. We are called to PURSUE THE KINGDOM of ADONAI and all these ”other things” shall be added unto us.

For the pagans eagerly pursue all these things; yet your Father in heaven knows that you need all these. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Mathew 6:32-33

Repent from self-centeredness for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

Thanking God

Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!

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The Bible is filled with commands to give thanks to God (for example Psalm 100:5, Psalm 106:1; Psalm 107:1; Psalm 118:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Most verses go on to list reasons why we should thank Him, for example:

“His loving-kindness endures forever”:

Psalm 136:3

Praise the Lord of Lords, for His lovingkindness endures forever.”

“He is good”:

Psalm 118:29

Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His loving kindness endures forever.

“His mercy endures forever“:

1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to Adonai for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.

Thanksgiving and praise always go together . We cannot praise and worship God without also being thankful.

Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants is to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us:

James 1:7

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from Him. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self- centred. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything  on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.

Giving thanks also reminds us of how much we do have. We tend to focus on what we don’t have. When we focus on blessings rather than desires, we are happier. When we start thanking God for the new things we usually take for granted, our perspective changes. We realize that we could not sure even exist without the merciful blessings of God.

The Word of God tells us we must, in any situation, always be thankful:

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua.

We are to be thankful, not only for the things we like, but for what we don’t like. When we purpose to thank God for everything that He allows to come into our lives, we keep bitterness away. We cannot be both thankful and bitter at the same time.

We do not thank Him for evil, but that He is sustaining us through it:

James 1:12

Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love Him.

We don’t thank Him for harm He did not cause, but we thank Him when He gives us the strength to endure it.

We thank Him for His promise that everything will work together for good for us as lovers of the Almighty.

Romans 8:28

Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.

We can have thankful hearts toward God even when we do not feel thankful for the circumstance. We can grieve and still be thankful. We can hurt and still be thankful.

Giving thanks to God keeps our hearts in right relationship with Him and save us from a host of harmful emotions and attitudes that will rob us of the peace God wants us to experience:

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything – but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the Shalom of God, which surpasses all understandings, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.

Amongst all of the blessings we are given from God, the one we should probably be most thankful for is that Yah sent Yeshua to pay the ultimate price for our sins and offer us everlasting salvation and eternal life.

May we continually offer God praise and thanksgiving, through Yeshua the Messiah:

Hebrews 13:15

Through Yeshua then, let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips giving thanks to His name.

AMEN!