What Are You Thinking?

What are you thinking?

Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in YHVH. Psalms 104:34

Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!

We are created as a tri-part  being in the Image and Likeness of the Creator. Our Manufacturer has put His Divine Attributes in us! When we operate our lives according to the instruction Manual (The Holy Scriptures- The Entire Bible) we will live fulfilled and powerful lives!

God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 TLV

Attribute# 1Creative Thought and imagination

Location- Heart and Mind

Attribute#2- Sound and Speech

Location- Vocal Chords, Tongue and Mouth

Attribute#3Breath and Movement

Location- Lungs, Innermost Being (Soul) and Body

When we take a look at the list above we can clearly see some things:

  1. We are created  a tri-part being of spirit -soul-body.
  2. All our three parts interact and affect one another.
  3. If one of the parts malfunction it causes a dis-ease or a mal-function in the others as well.
  4. Nevertheless each part can function separate from the other.

We are such an exquisite  Work of Creation that we are designed to keep going, to keep functioning even when some capabilities are broken down. Of course, it will not be ideal, but some of the parts will compensate for the handicap of another.

Example 1:

A deaf and dumb person cannot hear or speak with a voice (Attribute #2 but he will still be able to think creatively (Attribute# 1 and to breath and move (Attribute # 3).

Example #2:

A paralyzed person cannot move freely (Attribute #3) but can still think freely (Attribute# 1) and speak freely (Attribute# 3).

One very enlightening fact is that though our movement capabilities or voice capabilities, which  are more mechanical, can be impaired and non-functional, our Thought Life can never be paralyzed!

People can be sick in their minds, but they still THINK.

People can have down Syndrome but they still THINK.

People can be in coma, but they still THINK and FEEL and even MAKE DECISIONS!

This sheds light on the following Scripture:

As he thinks in his heart so is he! Proverbs 23;7a

Our Thought Life determines who we are and what we become in life! Our thoughts and imaginations are the rudder of our entire Being. This charts the course of our lives!

Then Adonai saw that the wickedness of humankind was great on the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of their heart was only evil all the time. Genesis 6:5 TLV

There was a time when the Creator, Elohim destroyed ALL of His Creation except one family and a selected quantity of animals. But why did He choose to take such a radical step? What had become so PERVERTED that it was beyond repair?

So Adonai regretted that He made humankind on the earth and His heart was deeply pained. Genesis 6:5

Their THOUGHTS and IMAGINATIONS had become evil.

So Adonai said, ” I will wipe out humankind whom I have created from the face of the ground, from humankind to livestock, crawling things and the flying creatures of the sky, because I regret that I made them.”Genesis 6:7 TLV

We can see this situation in all suicide cases. People self-destroy because their Though Life is is evil and sick.

We can see this in all murder cases. People destroy others because their thoughts are evil. We can see this in all rape cases, in all theft cases, in all adultery cases, in all deceptions, in all depression and so on. People do terrible things to themselves, to other humans, to animals, to plants and even to things, because their THOUGHT LIFE IS PERVERTED!

Attribute# 1- Thought and creative imagination will affect the way we speak (Attribute # 2) and the way we act (Attribute #3).

If we FIX our Thought Life, our lives can be blessed, positive, fulfilled and a blessing to others even if we are impaired in our bodily functions!

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; If there any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things (centre your mind on them and implant them in your heart). Philippians 4:8 AMP

What we think will determine who we are and how we function!

Out of the abundance of what we think in our heart, our mouth speaks!

The (intrinsically) good man produces what is good and honourable and moral out of the good treasure (stored) in his heart; and the (intrinsically) evil man produces what is wicked and depraved out of the evil (in his heart); for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart. Luke 6:45 AMP

Notice that speech does not come from our vocal chords, but from the HEART (the seat of thought and imagination). Even if you had no sound your mouth can still utter word! Whatever is in your heart, your Thought Life will direct those words!

Out thoughts will also direct our movement. When you think that you can only jump up and down 50 times, you will not attempt to jump 51 times.

Try this exercise: Write on a piece of paper how many times you THINK you can jump up and down in 30 seconds. Then put a time for 30 seconds, start jumping and compare your results counting every jump. Once the time beeps stop jumping and compare your results with what you THOUGHT they would be. Undoubtedly, they will not match. In most of the cases people think TOO LITTLE and thus all of their lives they aim for too little.

Moses, who became the Great Deliverer of Israel from Egypt, was such a person. When ELOHIM called Him, his answer was:

” I cannot speak.” That made YHVH very angry!

”Who created the mouth in man,” He said?

So Adonai said to him, ”Who made man’s mouth? Or who makes a man mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, Adonai? Now go! I will be with your mouth and teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:11

In other words, He was telling Moses, your limiting thinking is PERVERTED and rooted in UNBELIEF!

Ten of the twelve spies came back with an evil report about the Promised Land. This evil report was rooted in the evil thoughts of INFERIORITY and UNBELIEF.

We also saw there the Nephilim. (The sons of Anak are from the Nephilim.) We seemed like grasshoppers in our eyes as well as theirs!” Numbers 13:33 TLV

We seemed like grasshoppers in our sight and in theirs and the people of the land are Giants!

Only two thought straight. Joshua and Caleb saw themselves as People of the Covenant with a Great God behind them!

Only don’t rebel against Adonai and don’t be afraid of the people of the land.  They will be food for us. The protection over them is gone. Adonai is with us! Do not fear them. ” Numbers 14:9 TLV

They were the only ones that survived in their generation after 40 years of punishment in the desert! And even at the advanced age of 85 they were strong enough to lead the People of Israel to war and possession of the Promised Land!

Fix your thinking and you will fix your LIFE!

Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem (and all His people). That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you? Jeremiah 4:14 NASB

DO NO LET WICKED, UNBELIEVING, BITTER, HATEFUL, DEFEATING, SELF PITYING, VICTIM THOUGHTS DWELL IN YOU!

Wash your mind thoroughly with the Water of the Word! Ephesians 5:25,26

Here are a few instructions:

This book of the Torah should not depart from your mouth. You are to meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will make your ways prosperous and then you will be successful. Joshua 1:8 TLV

 

 

 

 

 

Jerusalem-The Heavy Stone

JERUSALEM- The Heavy Stone!

Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!

Last week 151 nations in the UN voted to DISAVOW Jerusalem from Israel and the Jewish people, 9 nations abstained and 5 voted against this anti- Israel and anti- Messiah resolution.

We grant a standing ovation to the following 5 nations that are standing with Israel and her God given right to the Holy City of Jerusalem as her eternal, undivided Capital:

  1. USA with 323 million inhabitants
  2. Canada with 36 million inhabitants
  3. Micronesia with 104, 000 inhabitants
  4. Marshall Islands with 54,000 inhabitants
  5. Nauru with 10,000 inhabitants

The truth is that although it seems pretty logic, people can do nothing but LAUGH at the nerve of the United Nations playing God. Truly, people believe that Israel and all the 5 nations that stood with Israel through this ridiculous vote should EXIT, leave the UN for good. We believe that the God of Israel was done with the UN, as He had already prepared from the beginning of the time another UN, His own United Nations; The United Nations For Israel!

Let me tell you how ridiculous and roaringly preposterous this resolution is, which I believe will lead to the dissolution of the UN,  just like Elohim stopped the building of Babylon (see Genesis 11).

Jerusalem is mentioned 788 times in the Bible ALWAYS in conjunction with Israel! Israel is mentioned more than 2500 times in the Holy Scriptures, so do you really think that the Author of the most important Book ever written is really impressed? In fact let me share with you what He thinks about it:

Why are nations in an uproar and the people devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ” Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us! ”He who sits in the Heavens laughs, YHVH scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, ”But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My Holy mountain. ”Psalm 2:1-6 NASB

YHVH scoffs or mocks them, He is laughing! Do not be misled, this resolution is an ACT of Babylon Rebellion against the One who dwells in Zion!

Zion and Jerusalem are interchangeable in the Bible! Jerusalem is His earthly address!

His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! Psalm 135: 21

Then you will know that I am YHVH your God, dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, and the strangers will pass through it no more. Joel 3:17

Thus says YHVH, ” I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth and the mountain of the Lord of Hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.”Zechariah 8:3

There are many scriptures on this, but you get the idea?  Jerusalem, or actually the real name YERUSHALAYIM, is the physical address of the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Yerushalayim has been connected  with Israel since the first time that it was mentioned in the Bible as Salem, then Mount Moriah, then as the threshing floor of Arauna the Jebusite, that King David purchased and finally King Solomon built the First Temple to YHVH on Mount Zion, the Temple Mount, which is the heart and focus of all of Jerusalem!

What will the Almighty do to those nations that have had the nerve to contest His Word and Covenant with Israel? Let us found out!

Thus declares YHVH who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him, ”Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. Zechariah 12:1-2

He said Jerusalem will be a difficult ”cup” and that when the nations come against Jerusalem (151 of them!) they will come against Judah or the Jewish People. In other words this terrible presumptuous act of the UN is an act of hatred and direct attack on the Jewish people or what people call ANTISEMITISM. It is an absolute lie that all these countries are opposing Zionism or what they call the ”occupation”. This is the same old hatred of the Jews that brought on the Nazi Shoa (Holocaust) during the Second World Wa! The only difference is that this new hatred is more sophisticated and thus even more lethal!

It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severly injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. Zechariah 12:3

All who lift Jerusalem and deal with it as if they can pass it around like a cup of wine, will find, it is a very heavy stone. They will be SEVERELY INJURED by dealing with Jerusalem as if it belongs to them, as if it is theirs to decide its fate and who it belongs to! 151 nations, plus the 9 that abstained, have a Bible Promise that they will be severely injured!

Why the 9 that abstained also? Because neutrality is much worse than definition! Neutrality means COWARDICE to do what is right! Those 9 nations know better, but they chose to fear men and to play the political game. The fear of man is a trap, a snare!

What does it mean when YHVH says that the nations that deal with Jerusalem  will be SEVERELY INJURED? That means His judgement and His curse and terrible occurrences of devastation, catastrophes and disasters are on their way to those 151+ 9 nations!

He will strike the horse which represents the MILITARY MIGHT, the POWER and the WEALTH of these 160 nations with blindness. This means that there is havoc coming to these nations, a real chaos is waiting to happen and their military might will be in confusion and unable to operate in order and effectively. This will make these 160 nations susceptible to enemies from within and without and especially to terror, yes to Islamic Terror. They have sided with the Islamic- Palestinian cause against Israel, now they will suffer at the hands of radical Islam!

However, YHVH will watch over the house of Judah, the Jewish People and the Military Might of Israel will be solid and stronger than ever! It will be like at the time of King David, but many times STRONGER!

In that day YHVH will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them. Zechariah 12:8

To make sure that we understand what I am writing here, the Almighty sharpens this word against the nations that have dealt wrongly with Israel and Jerusalem:

And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:9

That sums it all up, He is set  and completely bent on destroying ALL the nations that have come against Jerusalem by disavowing the Jewish people from it by negating Israel’s God-given Capital!

For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgement with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and they have divided up My land. Joel 3:1-3

160 nations are now deep down in the valley of Jehoshaphat, the Valley of YHVH SHAPAT or YHVH the JUDGE!

If you are reading these words and you are a true believer, a God-fearing person, you should be asking yourself, ”What can I do in this situation since my nation is about to be destroyed by the God of Israel? Can something be done about this? Is this the end of the story and the end of the world?”

It definitely could be! However, in His immense mercy YHVH also promised the following;

Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst, declares YHVH. ”Many nations will join themselves to YHVH in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. YHVH will possess Judah as His portion in the Holy Land and will again choose Jerusalem. Zechariah 2:10-12

He promises that MANY NATIONS will become His people! At the same time that the Jewish People are restored to the Land and to the City of Yerushalayim, many nations will join YHVH! This already happened in 1967! after the Six Day War, Jerusalem was reunited! But where are the MANY nations that will become His People that will honour Him, His Word and His People Israel? Only 5 nations have stood with Israel in the UN, all the others 151+9 are against Israel, Yah’s Word, His Covenant and those are clearly not His People!

So where are the MANY nations?

UNITED NATIONS For Israel for such a time as this!

This is why the United Nations for Israel has come forth for such a time as this! So that this terribly devastating situation of overwhelming destruction to the nations, due to rebellion, can be overturned! But it is COSTLY, beloved ones and it demands a staunch commitment and determination to DO what is right in Yah’s (God’s) eyes!
Every member of the United Nations FOR Israel represents His own emerging Sheep Nation out of the wickedness, rebellion and deception of your present government that has sided with the Anti- Messiah agenda of the UN! As you join the United Nations for Israel, You become a nation by doing what is right in the eyes of the God of Israel!

Is that possible, that each person begins to form a NEW and GODLY nation? It is…

”The smallest one will become a clan and the least one a mighty nation. I YHVH, will hasten its time.” Isaiah 60:22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!