This is a visit from past me, from 2015. I am exploring my past self by editing old entries and sharing them here. This entry was from 2015! Go younger me, go! I hope you all enjoy and are edified in some way.

Good day to you!  My friend at work is struggling.  He uses drugs.  He clings to the Lord though.  Everyone has their struggles.  Please pray for him.

Living in the new covenant can sometimes be difficult.  It is hard sometimes to discern if some one is doing good or evil.   We have a set code of morals and values to follow and descript rules yet sometimes in achieving a God given goal some rules are broken: our rules, our standards, our code. God’s rules are perfect and last forever.  I think the main point in the first eight verses of chapter six of Hebrews is asking newer believers to be patient and have faith in the actions of older believers as their actions are just, not debt to God, while the emotionally charged reactions of newer believers are often poor use of God’s resources, even when hemmed in by patience and worldly maturity.

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Messiah, let us go on to [a]perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this [b]we will do if God permits.

***You see in that verse, that eventually a believer comes to a point where they are no longer living in repentance. After a long struggle filled with various difficulties, coming out of the sinful lusts of the flesh has brought an old spirit, a mature spirit not to a point where they can rest now that they are no longer repenting, but to a place where they are building exponentially on their good qualities which have overpowered the flesh and taken authority over it.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 [c]if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

***Here we learn that if a believer is not constantly moving away from past sins and towards life abundantly, if they slip fully back into the pattern of the crucified man they are doomed just like it says in Ezekiel: a righteous man who turns to sin will be doomed while an evil man who repents will be saved.

For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. End Excerpt, NKJV

Furthermore, this Hebrews Scripture agrees with the following in 1 John. The gospel message itself agrees as well in that we have power over sin in Messiah. Ask yourself, is sin having it’s way with you or have you found your victory in Messiah fully blossomed? What vine are you cultivating?

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness (Hebrew: BeTorah: against Torah), and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. End Excerpt NKJV

We are being asked to have a lot of faith. Believing God’s word over the thousands, the myriads of new believers that have found a false security in being lukewarm: ignoring the curses and highlighting the blessings of the church of Laodecia.  It is hard to be lied to or tricked or to watch a claimed mature believer lie or deceive some one, for example, even if it is a white lie and then continue to claim that they are clinging to The Master Yeshua. The very pride that won’t admit fault proves them to be liar.  We must be patient and watch how the situation unfolds, trust in the relationship others have with Yeshua and enjoy the fruit of the family of the just.

Be blessed today.  God loves you.

For some additional reading, here is an excerpt on what being “of one mind with Messiah” is all about. Paul says “not that I have already attained.” I am convinced that he and others have attained, as the will of man is powerful, but the will of God is more so.

12 Not that I have already attained,[c] or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Messiah Yeshua has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have [d]apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Messiah Yeshua.

15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already [e]attained, let us walk by the same [f]rule, let us be of the same mind. End Excerpt NKJV