Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Blessed Man ~ Psalm 1

Psalm 1
1 How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don't stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! 2 Their delight is in the Law of the LORD (YHVH's Torah); on his Law (Torah) they meditate day and night. 3 They are like trees planted by streams -they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds. 4 Not so the wicked, who are like chaff driven by the wind. For this reason the wicked won't stand up to the judgment, nor will sinners at the gathering of the righteous. 6 For the Lord (YHVH)  watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.

   Well, readers, this topic has been on my list of "to-do" posts since the beginning of AWL (April 2012) So, be prepared to read (for perhaps the first time in your life) some things that may be difficult to accept - all I ask of those who are reading this, is that you please keep an open mind and have ears to hear. 
   Remember, this is all about serving Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, and our Lord to the best of our ability, obeying Him, and doing what is right in His eyes, not our own.


   I've read Psalm 1 ever so many times, and have had it memorized since I was 9, and I thought that the Blessed Man was delighting & meditating on the Ten Commandments, and I hadn't a clue about what the "way of the righteous" was. I thought God's Law was just ten commands......Goodness! How wrong I was! [There are approximately 613 commands, (though some have been taken out of their original context meant by God)]

   So, lets break down this chapter, and get the meanings behind it, before I explain a few things:

1 How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don't stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! 
~ Rejecting the advice of those who do not follow & who reject the Lord, keeping away from the way of sinners (what they do, how they live), and avoiding scoffers brings blessing.

 2 Their delight is in the Law of the LORD (Y-H-V-H's Torah); on his Law (Torah) they meditate day and night. 
~ The blessed people DELIGHT in the TORAH of GOD & they meditate upon it day and night. The Torah has a joint meaning of  both all of GOD's eternal Laws & the first 5 books of the Bible (which contain all God's everlasting Laws)

3 They are like trees planted by streams -they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds. 
~ Those who observe & keep God's Laws are like trees planted by streams. They bear GOOD fruit in season, they don't wither, & they succeed in what they do. How wonderful!!! By obeying God's Torah, we receive blessings in abundance!

   God tells us to keep His Laws in Lev 26:3, 26:15 & Lev 18:5 among other places. God even says that in the End of Days He will put His law in our minds and write it on our hearts - Jeremiah 31:33.
Yeshua (Jesus), and the apostles say that we know we are His children, if we keep His commands - Matthew 5:19, John 14:5, 1 John 5:2, 1 John 5:3, 2nd John 1:6, & 1 John 3:24 among others.

4 Not so the wicked, who are like chaff driven by the wind. 
~ The unsaved God rejectors do not bear fruit, rather they wither and are as chaff.

For this reason the wicked won't stand up to the judgment, nor will sinners at the gathering of the righteous.
~ The previous verses tell us why the wicked will not stand up to the judgement, but rather be condemned.

6 For the Lord (Adonai) watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.
~ Way of the Righteous = walking in observance to the Lord's Torah. So, God watches over (keeps safe) the WAY of the righteous, which is Torah-Observance, but the wicked (those who reject God and His Laws) - are doomed.

I realize that some of you may be a bit confused at this point (since many teach that God's Law has been made void), but allow me to explain a few foundational things to you with the best of my ability, so that you will understand where I am coming from:

~ Torah = The Laws, ordinances, commands of GOD Almighty as well as the 5 Books of Moses - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy (B'Reisheet, Shmot, VaYiqra, B'Midbar, & D'Varim - in Hebrew)

~ Torah is not just the Ten Words [or Ten Commandments - but in Hebrew it actually translates to "Ten Words"......D'varim = Words] but rather it is all approximate 613 commands (Laws = Torah) given by GOD through Moses to the Children of Israel in the first 5 books in the Bible, the 5 Books of Moses.

~ Jesus, his Hebrew name being Yeshua (Yahushua, Yehoshua), was a JEW, and will always be JEWISH.........He followed God's Laws from the Torah (as most Jewish people do) and he walked as God wanted him to walk - & - He called us to Follow Him, Emulate Him, Walk as He Walked......hmmmmm considerations, considerations....

~ Contrary to popular Christian belief - Yeshua did not abolish the law and prophets....He Himself said that He did not!!! Matthew 5: 17-19 "Don't think that I have come to abolish the Law (Torah) or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a jot (Hebrew letter yod - smallest letter in the Hebrew Language) or a stroke will pass from the Law (Torah) -- not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these commands (mitzvot in Hebrew) and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 
   Then, later in Matthew 7:12, Yeshua said,  "Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that sums up the teaching of the Law (Torah) and the Prophets (Nevi'im in Hebrew)." So, our Lord and Savior not only emphatically stated that He did NOT destroy, abolish, or do away with the Torah of GOD, but He taught the Torah!!! You are familiar with the Sermon on the Mount? Well, there, Jesus was expounding upon God's Laws found in Torah!

   Some would argue that when Jesus said he "completed" or "fulfilled" the Law & Prophets - that those words mean the same as abolished & destroyed, but, this just isn't true! 
~ First, if such were true, he would be contradicting his former statement in the verse and that would make our Savior a liar - which he absolutely cannot be. 
~ Secondly, he would be opposing what His Father had said - God said that we should keep His Laws, that His Laws are eternal (See - Psalm 111:7-8 & Psalm 119:152), and that He would write his Laws on our hearts in the End Times = *now* (which means His Laws are very important to Him). 
~ And thirdly, when he said that he completed or fulfilled the Law & Prophets - he was saying that He had accomplished/performed/executed the prophesies about Himself within the Law & Prophets.

   When you get a chance, I would encourage you to read (or re-read ;-) Psalm 119 [this is a version that is truer to the original Hebrew than most Bible versions]. A long chapter, I know, but it speaks SO MUCH of God's eternal Laws & how the writer delights in them. This blog's main verse is Psalm 119:2!
   Wherever you see instruction, commands, precepts, rulings, laws, regulations, or mitsvot - you can replace them with either "Torah" or "God's Laws" - because ALL those words refer to Yaweh's Law - HIS precious Torah! 

I leave you with a handful of video teachings that have a more in-depth explanation of the things I have been writing about. 119 Ministries does a great job of explaining these subjects in detail.
 I really encourage you to watch these great teachings which add up to less than 2 hours whenever you can find time to do so.

~ approx - 7 minutes ~
Most everyone that I know would agree that Christ fulfilled the Law. But what does that really mean? It seems this is the problem. Though many may be saying the same thing, their definition of "fulfill" proves they are meaning polar opposites. So what is YOUR definition of fulfill?

 ~ approx -30 minutes ~
Did the Law of God change after the cross? In Matthew 5:17-19, what does the passing of the first Heaven and first Earth have to do with fulfilling all of the Law and Prophets?  What relationship do Heaven and Earth have with our receipt of God's law?  How does Heaven and Earth relate to all prophecy being fulfilled?  Was Yeshua referring to the passing of Heaven and Earth just to sound cool, or was there a purpose? We review all of these questions and more in "Heaven & Earth and the Law of God."

 ~ approx -18 minutes ~
God abolished or changed His law because it was simply too difficult, right? Some teach this, many don't test this doctrine to His Word. If you find men telling you that the Law of Moses is difficult, perhaps we should consider what God Himself said about it.

approx -15 minutes ~
Is the Word of God forever, or can parts of it be abolished? As always, if we seek truth, we want to test these things to His Word, and not the doctrines of men.

~ approx -15 minutes ~
In Matthew chapter 5 verse 17, Yeshua said He came to fulfill the law, to PLEROO the Law of God.  The Greek word PLEROO means to fully preach.  This means that Yeshua said He came to FULLY PREACH the Law of God.  We submit that if Yeshua FULLY PREACHED the Law of God, then perhaps we should listen to what our Messiah preached.

~ approx -30 minutes ~
Does Acts 15 teach that we are not to still obey the Law of God as written by Moses, or just that we can not be saved by observing the law? To answer this, we need to know the debate and the groups involved. You may have always been told what to believe about Acts 15, now...let's test it.


   Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog today. I hope that you have been encouraged, or at least that you've been induced to seriously think upon these matters. 
I welcome any question you may have!

[You will see that I have added a page called "Torah" to my top-pages. 
On that page I have put many verses from throughout the Bible that are in support of Torah-Observance as a way to glorify, honor, obey, and submit to God & which show that our Holy God & Yeshua the Messiah want us to keep Torah.]

Monday, December 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Vs. Turkey Day

   Hey there! I know it's been awhile since I have posted, but I wanted to stop in and quickly post this short read for you. I know Thanksgiving is long over - but - I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and found time to remember & thank the Lord for what it is truly all about!

Question for you all:
   Does it really matter whether you call a special American holiday wherein the pilgrims were saved by God's abounding mercy & grace, Thanksgiving or Turkey Day? - please comment with your reply =)

While you are thinking about this, let me answer my own question:
   Simple answer: Yes it really does matter whether you call Thanksgiving what it really is or some off-subject name invented to take God out of it! 
More in-depth answer: See, if you take our Lord out of Thanksgiving - you cannot call it Thanksgiving - because it would mean you were being thankful to yourself; after all, most people have forgotten about the Indians in the first place, so who would be thankful to them? We weren't, by the way - we sent them to reservations!
   Isn't it sad, and irritating, that Satan (and people under his hand) so strive to separate God from His creation, historical events, important places, etc, etc?!
   Think about it, Turkey Day.......What? Are we supposed to salute all the turkeys as we eat them that day??? Is that to imply that we should give thanks to the turkey on our table? [thanks, little guy, for giving your life (though not willingly) so I could eat turkey today] Ma zeh? (what is this?) - Or, heaven forbid, does Turkey Day mean that Thanksgiving is all & only about - eating turkey?!?
   Is that how most people these days view Thanksgiving? *Formerly* the most God-honoring American holiday of the year? For shame!

   Romans 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 

   My friends, please remember that Satan is the father of lies - and thus, those following him lie. People are re-writing history, changing it because too much points to God and His Word - so beware - lest you fall prey to the lies!

This was just 1 question of hundreds that we can ask. Satan and those accomplishing his will are wrecking havoc on more than just this great holiday! 

 In many ways he tries to take the focus off of God.
This is just a short, comparatively minor example to get you to start thinking  about this serious matter.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pure White Rosebud - Emotionally

"Thou must purpose to be a white and pure rose - a bud that is still closed and one that will not give away the key to her heart until the time be right." - The King to his daughter 
[excerpt from Before You Meet Prince Charming]

   1 Timothy 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 

  2 Timothy 2:22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 

   1 Timothy 5:1 & 2  Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. 
[emphasis mine]

white rosebud

Emotional purity - the continuous act of keeping one's thoughts and intentions pure; as well as keeping one's mind from impure muses.

   Ah, at last we come to the very core of purity! All the information on this subject I have received has had great impact on me, and I am excited to be able to talk about it! I think the best way to be able to give more information on emotional purity will be to divide the bases of it into 4 parts and explain each one individually.   So, here we go:

Troublesome Thoughts:
   Keeping our thoughts pure is indeed a great task, but a most necessary one if we are to remain pure. Though I cannot speak for guys, I know that when girls think they "like" a guy, their thoughts tend to divert,  at rather odd times, from whatever task they have at hand, to that particular guy. "Does he like me? Oh, I wish he would talk to me more" etc. etc......I'm sure many girls would agree that this is annoying......Though the thought may not be wrong, they are most definitely distracting. No, it is not wrong that these thoughts arise, but what you choose to DO with those thoughts could be....
   In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we read, For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God's power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.
   When guy/girl thoughts arise, we must make every effort to take them captive! Random thoughts are not in control of us! Prayer is a powerful tool to get your thoughts away from the particular person you cannot seem to stop thinking about ;-)
   It may be easy to justify and say, "But my thoughts in this area are not bad!" Well, they may not be - but - what is the point of harboring thoughts that will just distract you? Sure, Harry might be the only person in the world you could possibly think of marrying, he's just so perfect for you - but, it's not up to you to "make something happen". If it's God will - He will bring about what He wants. So you can rest your mind from needless thoughts ;-)

Remember, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

Impure Intentions:
   Proverbs 20:5 tells us, The heart's real intentions are like deep water; but a person with discernment draws them out.
   Now, deep water has the potential to be a bad thing, right? Couldn't someone drown in deep water? A mild warning to us, don't you agree?
    Girls, we can defraud guys in numerous ways - and if that is your intention - I would seriously rethink how pure you truly are. Attention seeking, pleasure hunting, and fun (sin is fun for a season) riding, are not good intentions. Our intentions should be that we treat guys as we want to be treated, to be sisters in all purity to them, to be genuine friends with them, to seek their best interest - nothing less.

Think on this: Any intentions, whether good or evil, are deep water - choose your's carefully.

Miserable Mind: 
   When our minds wander, it can be a rather tough job to get them back. Although our minds wander onto different "thoughts" - wandering minds need their own section.  Most times, a wandering mind is a result of YOU allowing some random thought(s) to come in and settle down for a nice long internal chat with you, and then after they leave YOU (not some some random thought coming in now) purposely start coming up with YOUR OWN thoughts to dwell on that are along the lines of the initial thought. Whew! Long definition there!
   Our minds are powerful, they can help or hurt us. Allowing our minds to wander to, "I wonder if so-and-so would like a simple wedding or a more elegant one? Does my name sound good before so-and-so's last name?" etc. etc..... is NOT a good idea. It can lead to die-hard discontentment, and is in no way, shape, or form helpful to us! Actually, most times, you are setting yourself up for heartbreak if you continually allow your mind to go very far into thoughts like these!

   Remember, we [must] take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.

Cornerstone Convictions:
   Our convictions must be as solid as cornerstones if we are to remain pure! If you do not have convictions, you will find it as hard to be emotionally pure as to be physically pure. If your convictions are solid, and you hold firm to them - you will be much safer.
   Convictions are formed from the very base of your beliefs - on everything! So choose your beliefs and convictions very carefully!

Think on this: You will only be as pure as you want to be. So if you strive to be as pure as you can, you will do well.

   In closing, the other day I was reading my Bible, came across the verse below, and knew I just had to include it in my emotional purity post. Read it and perhaps you will see why...

Song of Solomon 4:12 - My sister, my bride, is a garden locked up, a pool covered over, a spring sealed shut.
[emphasis mine]
   This is an great purity verse, my dear readers! One that applies to both physical & emotional purity. 
~ Physically, we must keep ourselves undefiled, chaste, and saved for one - not many.
~ Emotionally, we must keep our thoughts pure, our intentions right, our minds focused (not wandering), and our convictions strong.
   I pray our gracious heavenly Father helps each one of you to be a garden locked up, pool covered over, and spring sealed shut until your wedding days!

Thank you for reading today, dear readers! I hope you have been blessed reading today!
I encourage you now to look to God's Word for what He has to say about purity. You might be surprised ;-)

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