Shoeless Leadership

In China it is a sign of respect to take one’s shoes off upon entering a household. All around the world, I am sure there are folks who must produce charismatic phlegm in order to endure a friend tromping through their home with shoes on.

Why though? Why is this the case?

Here are two instances in The Bible where God commands a man to take off their sandals in His presence.

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Exodus 3:5: Moses

<Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”>

Joshua 5:15: Joshua

<And The Captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.” And Joshua did so.>

I am absolutely positive that the reason God requires such intense respect is not simply for formality. It is not because Our God turns up His nose snobbishly saying “I, sir, am so much better than you, that you must bow down and worship Me.”

No, no, no, that is not God.  You see, man seeks to be worshiped for his own benefit. Usually. Why? Because Satan has twisted the reasons for worship from selfless to selfish.  

We all know the human body is covered in absorbent material called the skin. I want you to take a guess at what the most absorbent part of the skin is. That is right, it is the sole of one’s foot.

Maybe, this is why God so lovingly commands a man standing before Him – on holy ground – to please, for your sake, soak it in. The rest of your skin has glands that produce sebum. Sebum is an oil that protects the skin from absorbing things too quickly. Not only are there no sebaceous glands on your feet’s souls, but there are no hair follicles either. Within 20 minutes of a material being placed on your foot’s bottom, traces of that material (if absorbent) can be found throughout the entire body. The bloodstream soaks it up almost immediately. In the case of our forefathers in faith, it is holy ground that is being soaked into the bloodstream and dispersing throughout all the organs, including the brain and the heart.

 

 

 


I doubt this guy is Christian; However, it is unclean birds that brought Elijah meat. Simon begins lying when he talks about evolution but the idea expressed in his video is still mostly right.  God is using Simon to teach people to fall better into the track of what leadership is truly about.  Why are things like respect and bare feet important information to good leaders?  If to you it seems unrelated, pray about it and God may very well take you on a journey that will turn you into a better employee, boss, or friend than you already are.

 

 

Bitter Sweet

Revelation 10:10

{And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.}

Why do you think this is important enough to make it into The Bible?  I have found that it reflects the nature of the way that The Word in truth is taken in by human kind.

  • Many of us love the sweet way The Word rolls off of our tongue and the way it sounds.
  • A great lot of us begin to live the way it tells us to only to find that the world becomes very bitter with us for doing so.  Our bodies soon begin to suffer while our spirits grow in Him.

The Parable of The Sower describes this pretty well.  This description is of a truth that is laid up in the heart of a person who already has other foundational characteristics of the Word within them.  When the seedling grows, (the works of the person’s faith being displayed) the person finds that the world treats them in a draconian way for their  faith (the bitter part of the sweet scroll or the thorns that ignorant or prideful people unknowingly display).  Because of the draconian way faith is treated sometimes (persecution), the unworthy of Him stop acting on the truth they know in their heart is right (evil, effectively choking the works part of faith out, literally slaying faith to a state of being dead.  Satan wins when faith dies.)

Many sinners are polite, church going, career focused people who are good in many ways.  There is nothing wrong with being successful and caring for yourself.  There is a wrong way to care for yourself though.

“Many will say to me in that day Lord, Lord did we not do many things in your name?  He will say to them depart from me you who practice lawlessness, I never knew you.”

What the scriptures of The Bible propose is that there is something fundamentally wrong with displaying a lack of faith in focusing on yourself (your need for food and clothing).  When you focus on your needs, you are showing that you lack the faith to act according to the scripture that promises you what you need as a result of seeking Him.  The Holy Scriptures that are given to us divinely, of God, through His servants give us a better way:  focus on His kingdom, and He will ensure that you are being cared for as is necessary for your relationship with Him.

Ultimately, it is your relationship with Him that is being tested when you are persecuted.  It is your actions (works) that will indicate where you will end up sometime after you shed your current vehicle.  He wants you to be alive long enough to learn what you need to learn in order to pass from the evil world to the good kingdom.  Do you not think, loved one, that He will provide everything you need for all the decades of this life to such a degree that you will pass on with an abundance of faith, ensuring you are able to stand before a Holy God?  He cannot do it all for you.  He plants, you grow.  If you refuse to grow you will be THROWN INTO THE FIRE, with lawlessness stamped on you, forever damning you from the kingdom.  If you do not hate trespasses, you are not covered.  Please, trust Him.

What is important is that we remember that The Lord has commanded us to seek  first the kingdom of God with the promise that all these shall be added unto us.  It is an almost unnoticeable change when a person becomes a decent, church going, Yeshua focused person.  Their vocabulary, actions and many other things remain the same.  Now though, their hearts intention is no longer to attend a church to surround themselves with a decent crowd, but to whole heartedly serve Yeshua, The Lord.

It is time to reconsider the genuinity of your conversion.  Yashua’s opinion of your worth to Him is dependant on your reaction to Him.  Are you displaying Him, or some false egregore?

Having an Edge

                Hi reader, I hope that today is filled with love and light.  I have faith that God is blessing and calling you.  That today, He will show you favor and draw you to Him.  This post is a bit tangential however, such is the way of the connection of the spiritual world to the physical world.

The tongue is the tool that we use to describe to others what is going on within us.  Our tongues are the edge of us, the mind is within us, and the heart is deeper.  The heart is the base or root.  No man can know the heart as The Lord tells us that only He can know the heart.  This goes for our own hearts too!  Next is the mind.  The mind is a different story: man can know the mind.  I would say that only a very close friend can search out another man’s mind, but a man can know his own mind pretty well with some practice.  Following the mind is the tongue.

If our bodies are a ship the tongue is the rudder and the sails, the mind is the crew, and the heart is the reason for the journey.

The edge of the land is the shore or the beach.  In Genesis 41:17, we learn that Pharaoh was in a dream standing on the banks of the Nile.  In Exodus 2:3, Moses’ mother acted in faith by putting the child in a basket and placed the basket among the reeds by the river bank.  In Exodus 14:30, we learn that after the Israelites had been saved from the Egyptians, the Israelites saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

In Exodus 6:30 Moses is presenting his limited audaciousness by making excuses for why he cannot complete the task set before him: {But Moses said to The Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips.  How will Pharaoh listen to me.?”}  By now you must have recognized that there are some words underlined.  The words that are underlined are all things that represent the edge of something.  In the case of river banks and seashores we are talking about physical edges.  In the case of the word lips, we are talking about the edge of a man’s soul and personality:  Who a man is, who they have been, and who they will become is all told on the edge of their person with their speech.  In Hebrew the word for lips, speech or language, and edge are all the same word: Sephah.  Each of the underlined words above are written in Hebrew as Sephah.

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The first time we hear about language in The Bible is at the Tower of Babel: Genesis 11:1 {Now the whole earth was of one sephah and the same words.}  In this scripture the word sephah means language.  At the beginning of the story the whole world spoke one sephah.  By the end of the story there were many sepheth.

We hear more about these different languages in Acts.  Acts is written in Greek, though, and the word for language or tongue in Greek is glossa, which does not share the same interesting and sapid word play as sepha, shucks.  Glossa means 1.) An organ of the body as of taste or speech 2.) Metaphorically speech or language 3.) Figuratively for anything resembling a tongue in shape or derivatively a person speaking a tongue other than one’s native tongue.  In Acts 19:6 {When Paul laid His hands on them, The Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in glossa (a tongue not native to them).}  At Pentecost The Holy Spirit caused many to have greater faith because {both Jews and Proselytes, Cretans and Arabians – we hear them telling in our own glossa (language) the mighty works of God.} Acts 2:11.

In every example of a person speaking in tongues, the person with The Holy Spirit on them is sharing truthful and coherent knowledge of God with a person who is a native to the language.  The interpreter (1 Cor 14:27) is the person being spoken to (when a person speaks in English to me I interpret that language to myself).

There are examples of this in the world today:  There are preachers who suddenly no longer needed a native translator as their speech became that of the listener’s.  Like with Jeff John’s of Whitehorse Christian Center.   The examples God has given us in reference to people speaking in tongues are here: Acts 19:6 ; Acts 10:46 ; Acts 2:11 ; Acts 2:4 ; Acts 2:3.  What does this tell us about the edges of Our Savior?

We have learned that Hebrew’s word Sephah means edge, lips, speech, language or tongue.  Remember when Yeshua was in a crowd and He literally stopped everything to find out who touched the hem (edge) of His garment?  Does that scripture not feel like the woman sort of violated a cultural line?  Yeshua acted like, and the woman reacted like what she did was over the line.  This is why: In those days most people had what would be kept in banks and lock boxes in the hem of their garments: gold and silver, signet rings, deeds, all the important stuff was right on the edge of a person’s clothing.

In Numbers 15:38 God commands His children, the Israelites, to {make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations…} These tassels are worn on the edge of the garments.  They are there { for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart… }

Everything about a man and his dynasty, his palace, everything he “works for”, everything his life is summed up by could be found on the hem of his garment.  For Yeshua, His kingdom, His dynasty, everything He works for is defined by the law in the Torah:  The commands that keep us walking in the kingdom.  When Yeshua was touched by the woman on the hem of His garment, she touched Him with faith knowing that if she only touched Him her flow of blood would cease.

The very edges of Yeshua’s being can be described by The words that are recorded in The Bible.  Coming close to Yeshua’s edges, many people are healed, drawn in, and spend the rest of their lives seeking to know more about Him.  Yeshua’s sepheth are fantastic: whether it is looking upon the shores of the seas from the land or seeing land after a long journey, whether it is the historical accounts of things He did for people, or the words that came from His mouth, whether it’s a language He spoke or a language He created, the sepheth of Yeshua are experienced in full by becoming His servant and living within His kingdom here on earth and the life to come.

The Chameleon, The Ninja, God is a Quantum surfer


Key For Psalm 110

  • {King David wrote the words in brackets}.
  • I wrote the words in bold.

Psalm 110

{The Lord says to My lord:

“Sit at My right hand

until I make Your enemies

a footstool for Your feet.”}

Yaweh said to Yeshua sit at my right hand (Jesus sits at Yaweh’s right hand.  Mark 10:37 Matthew 20:21)

{The Lord will extend Your mighty scepter from Zion, saying,

“Rule in the midst of Your enemies!”

Your troops will be willing

on Your day of battle.

Arrayed in holy splendor,

Your young men will come to You

like dew from the morning’s womb.

The Lord has sworn

and will not change His mind:

“You are a priest forever,

in the order of Melchizedek.”}

God The Father just gave God The Son ruling power over all people who have sworn allegiance to Him, not just with their mouths but, with their hearts.  Not just one time, but day after day, morning after morning, for years.

{The Lord is at Your right hand;}

Yeshua Just Became Yaweh, and Yaweh just became Yeshua.  Yeshua sits at the right hand of The Father and The Father sits at the left hand of The Son.

Immediately Yeshua (who is now Yaweh) begins giving power back to His Father (Yaweh):

{He will crush kings on the day of His wrath.

He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead

and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

He will drink from a brook along the way,

and so He will lift His Head high.}

Dynamai – Greek For Works

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Prayer:

Today, I ask God: “Will you use me to brighten and enlighten my readers?  I appreciate You, Yeshua, for causing Your knowledge to flow through the hearts and minds of my readers.  Your helmet of salvation and belt of truth are worth more than precious stones.”

Gleaning:

We live in a world that is filled with tasks.  Life is often one task followed by another and then when it is time to sleep, it will not come!  That is a fun cycle to be in!  Sometimes we get to choose the tasks we fill our days with, while at other times our circumstances will wrestle us into a submissive state where we have no choice but to move into a task.

Sometimes these tasks are onerous.  These weights in life can leave us feeling under the weather, even dismal; but as my Dad has said, “It is not the task you are in that makes you.  How you deal with it is what counts.”

When He (Yeshua) returns, we know that the heavens and earth are going to pass away and that He will replace them with a new heaven and a new earth.  Sin and Satan are going to be bound and mostly non-existent for about as long as Adam lived.

We may see that all of the works of the world will amount to nothing:  Not only stuff like buildings, baby bottles, and beepers; But, the thought processes too.  The skills that we acquired and the day-to-day habits we have are not tangible; However, their reality manifests themselves.  If those intangible things are not beneficial to the will of God, they will also be burned up.  The Bible tells us that everything that is not of God will amount to a wisp of smoke surrounding the New Jerusalem (the New Earth you know, square and all that).

In James 2 The Bible asks us: {What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?}

Stop, and pick James 2: 14 apart a little here.  First of all, every man has works.  It is impossible to be alive and not to have works.  You see, after He has already come again and we are living in the new universe, all things not of God are burned up, remember?  In that case if a man never did anything for Yeshua he really has no works, just like our passage in James describes.

This leads us to the word “nothing”, especially in passages like this one:

{do not turn aside from following The Lord, but serve The Lord with all your heart.  And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.}

He teaches His children that if they do not love Yeshua they will turn to “idle things that are nothing”.  In some versions of the Bible it says they are “vain”.  The point remains the same:  All the hardship, skill getting, and habit forming that is not of God is vain. Presently, it seems like everything, but it is going to become nothing.  Nothing is a wisp of smoke surrounding The New Jerusalem.

How can you be so sure of this?  Here is another clue.  In previous, the original writing was in Greek.  There is more than one form of the word “no” in the Greek language.  The different forms I know of are used in different circumstances.  There is “me”, one form of negation while “ou” is another.  The “me” form is a less heavy negation, whereas, “ou” is an absolute denial: much more solid.

Example: “There is “ou”(pronounced “ov”) way that Jesus will not return.

Example:  A man who has no faith has “me” works.

God is telling us that a man who has “me dynamai (no works)” had works at one point, but from His perspective, when He sent The Holy Spirit to write that, the works weren’t there.  Yeshua reminds us that if we do not saturate our lives with what matters, He will allow the adversary to saturate us with what really, in the end is completely vain.

 

Greek Footnotess:

Me (may): A primary particle of qualified negation

(whereas ο (G3756) expresses an absolute denial)

-μή mḗ, may; a primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether:—any but (that), × forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, (can-)not, nothing, that not, un(-taken), without. Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also G3362G3363G3364G3372G3373G3375G3378.

 

Ou (oo): A primary word, the absolute negative [cf μή (G3361)] adverb

-οὐ ou, oo; a primary word; the absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not:—+ long, nay, neither, never, no (X man), none, (can-)not, + nothing, +special, un(-worthy), when, + without, + yet but. See also G3364G3372.

Dynamai (doo-na-my) : I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can.

Cognate: 1410 dýnamai (a primitive verb) – to show ability (power); able (enabled by God), empowered. See the cognate-noun, 1411 /dýnamis (“ability, power”).

 

 

Abram

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Maybe I am drawing lines instead of following lines that are already there;  However, according to the way God is, not as told by the world but as told by God Himself, it seems as though these two events are related

Scripture tells us that God will cause the sin of a Dad to find it’s punishment on the generations of his loins for up to four generations.  Sin tends to perpetuate and build on itself.  If that sin is left unchecked, 8 or 12 or 16 generations later, that sin could be enormous and the punishment inflicted will need to be severe.

Genesis 15 starts like this:

{After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am Your Shield, Your Very Great Reward.”

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can You give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”  And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”}

400 years or so after Abraham was in that conversation with God, His children became incredibly enslaved.

In that conversation, God demonstrated His tender side.  He made Himself vulnerable, and Abram (probably completely unknowingly) didn’t even hear Him.  More accurately, Abram did hear Him but, what God said was brushed aside and the conversation was focused back on what Abram wanted.  He told Abram, “I am Your Great Reward”  Abram, without even blinking said ” but God, I want children”.

Children were not what Abram should have wanted.  God should have been what Abram wanted.  God was hurt by this.  Why? Because God loves us.  When we want things other than God, it hurts us.  God is hurt because His children want things that hurt them.  God used Abram to teach the generations to see how important it is to make God more important than even family or friends.  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Us followers of The Savior  know that God comes first.  My prayer is that God finds other believers like Abraham who are willing to be used by God in order to cause the generations to have a chance to know a deeper relationship with Him.

 

Twitterpated: I Love Jesus. Really? Are You Sure That It Isn’t Just That You Need Jesus?

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As young Americans we are taught that love is the overwhelming feeling one gets when one is around a special somebody. These feelings, we learn, can be powerful enough to shape the path of our lives.  I want to help you see the true definition and proper Biblical application of love.

Here is an example of an elder teaching a younger non-Biblical love.  If this describes the beginning of your relationship, I am sure you have either reached the point of divorce, or more likely have learned that love is actually all about sacrifice for the sake of your spouse.  Sacrifice, trust, and most importantly forgiveness while trusting The Lord.  We are learning these things together.

 

 

When people talk about “I love Jesus”  they think they are being honest because of the way kids are taught what love is.  By that definition  ^^^^^  , they are being honest.  Why, Jesus gives them a warm fuzzy feeling and they know they can count on Him for anything.  That is not loving Jesus.  It is liking Jesus a lot or just plain needing Jesus.

  Love’s definition is very very complicated.  I have rewritten this as I have learned that God did not show me all of what love is, just one facet or sliver of it.

I have learned that this is only a small part of love’s definition: To love something is to sacrifice time, energy, etc for the object of your love.  Sounds simple, until it is practiced.  By that definition we all love sleep, food, being sheltered and entertained.  These basic needs sculpt our daily habits because we sacrifice to ensure we have them in our lives.

Today, I drove something like eight miles out of my way for coffee. ” I love (misnomer) coffee” would be a common reason for my choice. Correctly stated would be “I need coffee”.  In reality, I do not really like coffee.  To be honest, I wish I did not drink coffee; none-the-less I am living in a state where I go out of my way for it.   We are learning that like a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square, sometimes love and need are the same thing and sometimes they are not.

The perceived outcome of having a need in one’s life is to better one’s station.

To truly love, the perceived outcome is to better the station of one or many around the person doing the loving.  

If you love enough in this world, people will begin to need you.  How wonderful it is when a person loves, and receives love in return.  There is a lot of love going around in the book of Ruth:  Love given and love returned.  It is beautiful and is the beginning of the consummation of the Davidic line:  The line Jesus is born into.   Am I about to take the scriptural definition of love and turn to Christ?  Yep.  He created love.  He created the owners manual for our lives.  It is focused on Him and He is the best at loving.  He intended for us to love Him.  In loving Him we learn how to love those around us.

Here is the sad truth followed by good news:  In the case of The Lord,  most of us do not go out of our way to love Him.  We may have once or twice, or once or twice a month, or every so often throughout the week, but most of the time we are busy surviving.  Very seldom do many of us meet people who are loving Jesus day in and day out.  If you replace what you just learned about love with need, then yes, most Christians love (need) Jesus.  The question is does He need you?  Jesus needed the apostle Paul and Paul loved (sacrificed for) Jesus.


 

     

 

     

 

     

 

      Yeshua is like a good Dad who continues to love us even though we are constantly tugging at His coat tails and throwing His name around to better our station.  We want Him to carry our weight.  He is an awesome Father as He does carry most of the weight and He always will.

Here is a great way to love Jesus:  It is very, very small, but does show Him love.  Hold down the shift bar anytime you begin a title that is referencing Him:  Yeshua, Jesus, God, The Lord, Him, They, Him Who Created The Universe, The Best Father Ever… etc, etc.  Just be careful when typing God that, if you mean Satan, you type in lowercase.  Satan is the god of earth as Christ has given him that power.  It is because He loves us that He allows him to be used as a chastening tool so we can learn how to better glorify Him!  It can frustrate you to see such a simple way to show God’s importance overlooked.

Our job is to choose what to sacrifice for and more importantly to give Our life to Jesus so He can reveal to us things about ourselves and others that will aid us in loving Him according to His wishes.  Jesus speaks to us all through His word:  “God, who at sundry times and divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets.  Whom in these last days has spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed Heir of all things.”  You guys have a good day today and love you some Jesus.