One Foot In The Hole One Foot Gettin’ Deeper

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Today was interesting.  I usually do not write in the first person perspective, but I would like to share with you.  A thought crossed my mind today.  I was on a ladder.  You know, one of those straight, put em on the wall ‘cus they aren’t shaped like an “A” type ladders.  It was leaned against a wall, sitting about 15 feet up or so.  I was near the top, cutting a piece of rusty old pipe with a reciprocating saw.

So I’m up there, leaned over my work space (the rusty old pipe) and leaning hard into my work.  The saw would catch every once in a while and my whole body would shake, the ladder would shake, the pipes would jangle and wretch and whine and I would remember, hey, be careful, you are pretty high up and you don’t want to fall to a slow and painful crawl to the car, drive to the hospital, followed by months of rehab.  Thankfully, this thought crossed my mind the third or fourth time the saw caught and shook my little world all up.  I stopped, and thinking safely, I reasoned through what was going to happen when I finally got through the piece of pipe.

You see, the ladder represents the spiritual practices, relationships and food The Lord gives us that the world hates.  Conversely, those rusty old pipes, namely the one I was cutting down, is like the world that we tend to lean on, knowing if we are going to lead a somewhat comfortable life we unfortunately sometimes need to lean into what we know will pass away: The world and it’s practices, relationships and so on.

I reasoned,  and I thought, and I recognized finally that, hey buddy, you’re going to need to quit leaning on this rusty old pipe and put most all of your weight and trust on this ladder.  You see, I am pretty glad I put some of my weight on the ladder.  You know why?  Because once I got through that pipe, all 25 feet of it or so crashed down and if I had been leaning on it I would have fallen right along with it.  I was safely standing on the ladder, watching that old hunk of metal while it found it’s way to the ground.

You know what all this is a lot like?  It is a lot like the spies who went into the land promised to them in The Book of Numbers.  You see, the maelstrom of thought that day was “That land is awesome and has moreImage result for 12 spies of israel than enough to sustain us.”  When Moses and the other faithful folk began “readying the troops”  those same fellas who were just parading around the riches of the land were all “Whoa guys, that’s a little crazy.  We forgot to tell you that the people living there now are giants.  literally GIANT HUMANS.  We don’t stand a chance.”

You see the idea of wandering around in the wilderness and complaining that God was not giving them enough was their rusty old pipe.  The promised land was their ladder.   I’m gonna spoil it and just come right out and say something here.  I am so incredibly thankful that I had this experience today because I know that I Image result for 12 spies of israelam one small piece to a greater community of courageous men and woman who also learned the same lesson in their own ways.

Here is the key though.  The Israelites were living in a day to day “natural miracle” state. Elohim wanted them to trust in a “hidden miracle” or “open miracle” (either or, it’s arguable).  The faithful men and women recognized that each and every day God performed the same ol’ miracles to keep them alive.Image result for 12 spies of israel  The other folks just saw it as nature.  The faithful folks saw that God would perform a different type of miracle in order to get them from wandering in the wilderness to promised land.  The other fellas saw the promised land as unreachable.

God speaks to us all wherever we are.  If we let Him talk to us while we aImage result for Promised landre 15 feet in the air being jarred around by metal and crap during our daily work, we might be more likely to find ourselves thankful when we end up in the wilderness for a season.

How Wine from Water Teaches Us To Be Humble

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Take 15 minutes to read this article, watch the video, and learn how to apply these concepts to your life.  It will make things so much better in more ways than one.

 

5 things we can learn from the following verses:

1. A great way to show one another love and favor

2. Be honest with others about who you are from first meeting one another

3. If we do what Jesus commands we can perform miracles

4. Our subordinates help us to learn

5. Be humble

There is a quick video clip here for you to see, just a few scrolls down this page.

Let’s read the passage with these 5 things in mind.  If you have already read the passage skip down to where it says “Gleanings” in bold. The insight that this miracle affords just keeps blossoming.   You are gonna have fun with this knowledge for a while.  Each lesson leads to more.  It will help you to unfold your understanding of who Jesus is and how spirituality can be used to get closer to Him.  All praise and honor is Yours Almighty Father, we love You and thank You for loving us!

This is John 2;1-11 from the KJV

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2 And both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

4 Jesus saith unto her, woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

8 And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10 And saith unto him, every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on Him.

 

 

The Gleaning:

1.When Jesus performed this sign He did it in such a way that kept many of the people present out of the loop of knowledge that a miracle had even occurred.  This made it so that the bridegroom could take credit for having such a supply of fine wine.  Socially this must of had all kinds of implications for the bridegroom.  This is an example of how we can treat one another in Ha Mashiak’s (Christ’s) love.  By putting a lot of thought and effort into trying to get the people around us to show respect and favor to a friend, loved one, or an enemy we are doing Christ’s work.

2. We learn also something very simple.  You see, if we do as Christ commands, miracles will be performed by Him through us.  Jesus never touched the wine.  He ordered the servants to fill the jugs, then the cups.  The remuneration of these acts caused the water to be turned into wine even finer than the original wine set out.  We also learn that the chief servant was a drunk, as it was the third day of the party and he was still drinking and able to tell the difference between good and bad wine.  straight up professional drinker that head servant was!

3.This leads us to another lesson.  We can learn from our subordinates.  This message is in many, many of the scriptures. Sometimes subordinates know much more about what is going on than we do. Our Father has the power to put the scales over our eyes so that we don’t see something while everyone else does.  He is always allowing us the chance to become humble if we so choose to accept His offer.  It was the servants that filled the jugs with water and only them that knew what had occurred.  At the time of the event, nobody else knew.

4.Humbling ourselves is important as a heart set in pride is great soil for the seed of sin.  Pride hardens us in our ways, unfortunately.  Instead, we are to be ready to adapt to what Christ wants of us at any moment and at any time.  We are to be chameleons of action and our color is to be chosen by what we know is true and right through our daily devotion to prayer and readings in the Living Word.

5. As an example of how Jesus wants us to act among one another He purposely turned the wine into better wine than usual.  Imagine the social implications of this!  Most everyone likes to alter their state of being. Fermented wine was one of the only ways to do this.  Many people worshiped alcohol and therefore became like it.  The social implications of this act would leave people singing about how the bridegroom set out inferior wine before fine wine.  We are to consider allowing other saints to see who we are, good and bad, from the beginning.  This will create a situation where we are more forgiving of the errors and faults our brothers and sisters make.  We are to be forgiving and keep on trying when people pick up our fault like a knife and stab us with it.  This takes great strength and trust that we can only receive from having faith and believing in The Savior.  It will be hard and it will help you to believe more fully in The Savior.  Remember in Proverbs 27:6 it says:

<The wounds of a friend are trustworthy>
When you do what The Savior tells you to do and get wounded, remember that The Savior is your friend and can act through your friends and your enemies.

Our faith leads straight to the Father.  That Faith is reliant upon Him.  He is the tether that brings us to Him.

 

 

Bethesda: Who Knew?

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In Jerusalem, there was a public pool at Bethesda.  At this pool many of the cities crippled and maimed spent their time.  The people at that pool had no idea why they spent so much time there; The pool was just where they happened to be during a great portion of their days.

Every once in a while one of the people there would jump up healed!Image result for Seraphim Many people spent their lives at Bethesda but alas, would never find healing.

Some of the people at the pool didn’t know why somebody there would find healing from time-to-time, but there must have been a few who did.   The above is a short fan fiction piece on one of the many possible scenarios surrounding the historical origins of the place “Bethesda” from The Holy Bible. This is where we turn from a story that came out of my, the author’s, mind and asking you, my brilliant and prayerful reader, to ponder this question:

What was the buzz around Bethesda in the days of Jesus?  Was it wholly and totally known that the pool was a place of healing?  Was it wholly known that an angel from God was the messenger of that healing?  Was it a little more silent?  Did only a few quiet people sitting at the pool know that God sent healing when they saw the troubling of the waters?  OR …  was it a complete mystery:  Only a fluke that sick people spent a lot of time there and a fluke that whoever got into the pool after an angel came and went became healed from either very obvious infirmities or more subtle, mental and spiritual, or emotional scars?

Faith is Similar To . . .

Have you had a recent “Faith is Like Moment?”

What is a “Faith is Like Moment?”

Hear a “Faith is Like” moment I had.

Faith is like walking a dog through the suburbs without a leash.

How is faith like walking a dog leashless?  Have you ever had a good Dad, or a good boss? When they have to chasten us they end up looking like a virulent and unloving leader, when in fact the good boss or dad is a fantastic and loving leader, who was just circumstantially made to look bad.   It seems that the unfaithful have a view of God that paints Him as being angry and abusive.  Truth is, He is… towards our bad qualities.

When I was walking my dog leash-less today, every time I got close to an intersection and my dog was not near to me I had to put on my “man voice” and sternly warn him to catch up so we could cross the intersection together instead of my dog crossing an intersection alone, chasing me, after tearing himself from whatever corner he was sniffing.

There was a person about half a block behind me, walking at my pace.  To the person following me I maybe sounded like an angry, aggressive and unloving dog owner.  He probably thought things like “He should have that pup on a leash”  and “Listen to the way he yells at his dog!”  and “That guy deserves to be tarred and feathered, he has no business in decent society.”  Ok, maybe those were not his exact thoughts, maybe I was being paranoid.

When my dog came near to me after I called him (he is extremely obedient) I would praise him, quietly.  Why quietly? My dog was was right there next to me.  No need to yell a praise.  The person pacing me did not ever hear that.

Yeshua is my owner and I am His leash-less dog.  I do not care that people see My Father as unloving, I know that He loves me.  I know that He loves them.  Because I experience both sides of a relationship with The Creator, I know this.  He keeps me on the right path using both chastening and praising.

 


 

If you can tell us what your “Faith is Like Moment” is, describing it in a few sentences, that would be appreciated!  Thanks for visiting.

Be patient, you will have it and when it happens, post your “Faith is Like” moment in the comments on this article.  This post isn’t going anywhere and we cannot wait to hear about your “Faith is Like Moment!”  This article will be here and waiting for you.  Do not worry no one here is going to judge you, as a “Faith is Like Moment” is equivocal.

 

Focus: Good Characteristics or Bad Ones

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In Exodus Ch. 32 we find all the people of Israel donating their gold apparel with the intention of finding a thing to direct their worship to.  Many people see this and focus on it as if the Israelites only did wrong.  All the time.  They  were awful idol worshippers and nothing else.  That is not true.  Far from it.

Most people leave out and/or have no idea what they did just a few chapters ahead in the Exodus Chronicle:  In ch. 36, while building God’s Holy Place, there was a point when the artisans had to stop their work to go to Moses to tell him that the people had brought more than enough, and that they had to be ordered to stop bringing their gifts.  It says {So the people were restrained from bringing.}

This temple’s plans were contrary to denominations.  The plans to this sanctuary were written by God Himself for the purpose of bringing His people to The True Him.  Literally built under the instruction of The Holy Spirit: { He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work…}

If only I were a comic artist.  But since that is not my forte I will just make a list.  But try to picture it:

Slip Up:

Goal: Golden Calf

People gave: Gold

 

 

 

Nailed It:

Goal: Making a Sanctuary for The Lord

People gave: Gold, blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goat’s hair, red skins of rams, badger skins, silver, bronze, acacia wood, onyx and other stones, spices and oil.  All of this was a free will offering, except maybe the acacia wood.

When the calf was made, one man melted and hammered the calf, and then later denied he had even very much to do with it. {“So they gave it (gold) to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf”}.  “And out came this calf!”  Are you serious? That’s hilarious

When the sanctuary was under construction, all men and women whose hearts were stirred to do the work came and worked together until a beautiful sprawling sanctuary was built.  There were multiple people dedicated to attending to the daily worship there, and a dad and his son focused their lives on the sacrifices and services necessary to do in and around the holy tent.

There was a beautiful crystal lens over the eyes of The Israelites with YHVH’s name all over it in the building of the holy tent.  On the other hand there was a spec of sawdust that had Satan’s name all over it in the eyes of the Israelites when a half hearted golden calf was hamered out and we focus on that?  What a laugh.

Fire and Brimstone

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How do we build on a wild plot?  Put up walls and a roof and a safe haven for the tenants.  Yes, that is part of it.  First, though we need to do some destroying.  Some wrecking ball havoc is in order:  some fire and brimstone.  First, the lot is cleared, making room for the structures walls and roof and amenities.

In Jeremiah Ch, 1 we learn that Jesus is not just in the comfort game.  He is learned in the ways of destruction too.  Wouldn’t you want a warrior on your side when things get tough and the world wants to see you suffer?

 

Parallels: Adam and Abram

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In Genesis we learn about woman’s weaknesses, and man’s weaknesses.  Women have a tenancy to get tricked into doing things they knew, just a few seconds ago, are not good.  Men tend to falter and sit back, doing nothing, when the time is right for them to crack the whip and drive the peddler’s out of God’s house.

Adam was not off in some far corner of the Garden while Satan was tinkering with Eve’s mind.  Adam and Eve were shoulder to shoulder while Eve was being tricked into eating the fruit.  That is how it reads: They were together.

Evil unfolded in a two step process for Adam. While evil had his woman by the mind, blossoming a maelstrom of death that caused her judgement to be clouded enough to cause her to take a bite out of the fruit that was not for her, he said nothing.  She was beguiled.  She was under the influence of Satan when it happened to her.  She did not know that what she was doing was wrong.

Adam had his first chance to deliver on being courageous for God and his wife right before Eve took a bite of the fruit.  Delivering on courage would have looked like this: “Eve! What are you doing!  That is not right, honey, do not under any circumstance eat that fruit.”  While saying this Adam could have been fishing the snake out of the tree with a stick.  Then, smashing the snake repeatedly with his heel would have been quite appropriate.  Later, smacking the fruit out of Eve’s hand and calling out to God, “Father, Father, I am in trouble, please help.  Please!”  Something along those lines would have been preferable to the reality of what happened.

From that point, if Eve decided to take a bite anyway, after being warned, she would have been in the wrong, and since Adam warned her, he would have been in the right.  You cannot force anybody to do right, but you can warn them and continue to support their good qualities {Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.}  That does not say do not warn sinners.  Just do not stubbornly stand in their way is all.

Adam’s second chance to deliver was on faith and sacrifice and would have been after his wife had eaten the fruit.  When she turned to him, the silent sinner at this point, and commanded him to take a bite: “Take, eat.”  Adam chose His wife, and cowardice over God.  The fall.  A simple no, or even just “the look,” while turning and walking away to tell God what had happened would have changed everything.

 

Now we have Abraham.  Abraham is always being made the butt of jokes by most pastors in order to play the “I am on your wife’s side” card while standing behind the podium.  It is a tactic that works, but most pastors lack understanding because their judgement is being clouded by the love of money or some other evil thing.  They mean well, but our front line soldiers (pastors) are constantly being hit hardest when it comes to Satan beguiling people.

Abraham might as well have chained and shackled His wife, put her on a cart made out of gold and wheeled her into Pharaoh’s courts according to the way church makes the story sound.  That is not what happened at all, brothers, sisters and beloved pastors.

Abraham acted in faith.  Not to mention, he never lied.  The Good Book encourages us to withhold information from the enemy, which is exactly what Abraham did.  How dare sny of us encourage the blood bought family to spill the beans before the very people who would have them suffer for the sake of evil and selfishness.  Shame shame.

Abraham simply told Pharaoh that his wife was his sister and instructed Sarai to agree.  This, almost certainly, was an act that God not only condoned, but insisted on.  Abraham didn’t shackle, gag, and hand her over to the wolves.  Pharaoh stole Abraham’s wife from him.  Pharaoh took her.  Abraham DID NOT “hand her over.”

I know this is contrary to what most of us have been taught, but just hold on for a moment and I promise you the truth will increase your understanding of God and aid in your relationship to/with Him.  Let’s ask why.  Why would God insist on such a thing?  God did not want Abraham to fight against Pharaoh through fleshly means.  God had helped Abraham to fight in that way before.  Not this time though.  This time, Elohim needed Abraham to be obedient in order for God to show Pharaoh, a powerful occultist, that God is more powerful than even sorcery and magik.  Think about it.  Pharaoh lived in the shroud of heavy occultism.  Pharaoh was at the center of many layers of secrecy and power.  This was brought to light only thousands of years after the fall of Egypt.  There weer human sacrifices, and sorcerers and witches and warlocks that performed powerful magikal incantations.  It was going to take a lot more than just a few righteous words to prove to a man like Pharaoh how powerful God truly is, without showing Pharaoh God’s face and destroying him in the process.  Through Abraham’s obedient nature, God showered Pharaoh in His wrath so that Pharaoh would understand God was God, not him.

Abraham was blessed richly for His obedience to God, and Sarai was blessed richly for her obedience to Abraham.  They both learned that the most important things in life are to always have everything you have on the table for God to use as he sees fit.

In the end, every on of you preachers gets up there and plays that card, you are spitting in the face of Abraham, Your Savior’s greatest grandfather, a friend of YHVH and you are leading your flock astray, ever so slightly.  Tell Him you are willing to suffer any repercussions, dishonor, or hardship to be a true servant to Him.  Without that, you will not know grace, and you will continue to live under mercy while the rest of us carry you around as you refuse to mature.  The third commandment is not just for people who use the name of Jesus in times of stress.  It is for people who use His name vainly.  That commandment’s bulls eye is squarely on the back of anyone who uses My Father’s name for their own fleshly wants and desires.

All These Covenants

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God’s Covenant with Abraham – A promise made to one man to multiply and bless his seed.

God’s Covenant with Moses and the Israelites – A promise made to Moses and the Israelites.

New Covenant – Not with one man or one man’s multiplied family, but a promise made to the entire world.

You see the exponential growth here?  God started with a relationship with one man.  Abba then multiplied that relationship a few generations later to that man’s great great grandchildren and their children.  Then, something like 40 generations from Abraham, Abba revealed to the whole world what had been available to them all along if only one believes what is already inside of them.

What then is this New Covenant all about?

The New Covenant has two promises that are written in scripture.  The Covenant:

  • Is for anyone who chooses life
  • Affects everybody

The New Covenant is not only a promise to the obedient, but it also changes the way the world operates as a whole.  The Holy Spirit is poured out unto all flesh, causing the world to operate differently than before.  It might be safe to assume that this is why society is not as barbaric as it once was.

Satan’s Plan

YaHoVa had a 30,000 foot view of His situation on earth.  He knew that the Pharisees were easily controlled by Satan.  Their plan for Yeshua was easy:

(1) See Miracles.

(2) Ask where the power comes from.

(3) When He answers “from God” get Him to admit He is God.

(4) Kill Him for Blasphemy.

The pharisees did not realize that was their plan.  They just knew they were trying to get Him to show that He was certified to perform the miracles He was performing.  They wanted Him to show where His certification was from so that they could show that their certification trumped His certification.  Satan used the pharisees need to trump His power to edge them closer and closer to killing Him.