I believe God. May God help me turn back when I don't. I thank Jesus for providing the way out of unbelief. Thanks to the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ for his loving presence, working to help me change into a vessel from which He can pour out His love to a hurting world.
It’s not that I think Yahweh doesn’t know or care about my trauma. I just don’t know that He should want to help.
Hey, nothing wrong on His part. After all that He’s done for me…ya know; the sufferings and all; His pain, my pain, and everyone else’s pain; I should know that He wants to help.
They say I can get through on faith. But faith is knowing, so how can I know that God should want to help me?
Now, I’m sure ya know this isn’t just about me. But it is about me too, and just as much.
Funny how one thing leads to another. In saying this is for me too, I’m led to scripture that answers my question: how can I know that Yahweh should want to help with my trauma?
So, it’s “keep on keeping on” for those who follow Yeshua (Jesus); and that, while under pressure!
I can use the pressure of trauma to press into Yeshua (Jesus) or to run away from Him. It’s up to me, one way or the other. Well, I’m a believer, so there’s only one way to fly. Hmm, the higher ya fly, the less atmospheric pressure you’re under.
So yeah, for me to know that Yahweh should want to help me, I choose for trauma to boost me to press into knowing Messiah Yeshua more. And Messiah Yeshua saves in many ways.
I fight against worldly outs and do all I can to press in and know Yeshua better. And in knowing Him, I know what He wants to do for me and those for whom I pray. This is faith. So little I have. But it grows as I press into knowing and serving Him.
Yes, I have chosen to fall miserably in the wrong direction at times. But though it doesn’t justify my wrongs, I have allowed pressure from the self-caused trauma caused by them to boot me in the direction of knowing Yahweh even better than I did before.
I can’t receive forgiveness and help that I don’t know or believe Yahweh wants for me. Without knowing, I’m at loss. But I can receive the little thet I know. With that, I can then press into His goodness and know more of the forgiveness and help that comes with knowing Him.
Faith is knowing Yeshua – the living Word and Son of the Father. The Father and Yeshua are here within the Holy Spirit. Together they are Yahweh God. He is here. We can take what we know of Him, and from there press in deeper to know more of Him and the things He will do for us and those for whom we pray.
I have had thoughts of God calling me to things beyond my circumstance or ability. I wrote them off because they were “impossible” instead of turning to Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) for His promise to make “all things possible” for those who believe and keep His word.
When personal time, knowledge, and power are given up to know and serve Yeshua (Jesus), and Yeshua returns them in multiples, the returns are from His Kingdom. In the Kingdom of Heaven, omnipresence replaces worldly time and space, omniscience replaces worldly knowledge and wisdom, and omnipotence replaces worldly power.
They who are united with Yeshua are being united with His omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence. Though they can see only a small portion of these things during this life, they can begin accepting them. They can begin learning how to tap into them and how to step beyond the limitations of worldly time, space, knowledge, wisdom, and power. When small portions of these are obtained, it is better than all of the “goodness” that is in the world.
In Every Way
The way, truth, and life of Yeshua Messiah come to the receptive with an invitation to enter His Kingdom and presence.
Reception and entrance into Yeshua Messiah is our first step beyond the limitations of this world. While in this world, we are called to live within the world but no longer from the world. Life from above carries with it things from above. Everything we think or do has the potential for freedom from earthly limitations since we can be changed into His likeness and image. All that we do can potentially glorify Him.
The least of life from above is impossible to achieve from worldly sources alone. In their right place, miracles are great examples of stepping beyond. But Love is King. Every small thing we do that comes to us from above adds to our love. And love is greater than all, for God is love.
Why do the impossible?
Concerning opposition to working miracles since the Apostles died, consider this: if doing the impossible that Yeshua spoke of in John 14 and 15 has already been fulfilled and is no longer relevant, the rest of His prophetic words, like bearing fruit, and loving one another would have been fulfilled also; and these would no longer be relevant goals. Many rip parts of context out of the Bible to suit their fears or protect their closed borders of understanding and biased opinions.
Counterfeits With Bad Motive
Sure there are and will be many counterfeits. But counterfeit does not prohibit reality.
The Bible says that love is more important than working miracles or anything else. Living the Way, Truth, and Life of Yeshua is love. This begins with keeping His way, truth, and life in ways that are earthly possible through each one’s measure of faith.
As we are getting love down, Yeshua may lead the willing beyond what is earthly possible into deeper aspects of His presence beyond earthly possibility. Why? See John chapters 14 and 15. Notice the meanings of “glorify the Father,” “bear fruit,” and “love.”
On earth, the limits of time, knowledge, and power are binding and limit our ability to love one another, bear fruit, and glorify the Father through miracles or otherwise. The attributes of Yeshua bring loss to the hold of earthly limitation.
Yeshua says that all things are possible for those who believe in Him and keep His word. How can “all things are possible” be possible? Oneness with Yeshua makes “all things possible.”
Please read John chapters 14 and 15 if you don’t know them well. See His call for those who are filled with the Spirit of Yeshua, to step beyond the possible and do greater works than Himself (His words) bearing fruits of love for others in ways that glorify the Father.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who is believing in Me, the works that I do—that one will also do, and greater than these he will do, because I go on to My Father.
Yeshua John 14:12 LSV
It is high time (pun intended) we understand that within the time/space, knowledge/wisdom, and power that our Father returns to us as we become one with Him, there is the ability to function within a small portion of the unlimited ways of Heaven.
Yahweh returns to us the things of life that we give up in trade for knowing and serving Him. Included in the return are brush strokes of Heaven. Understanding this is cause for works of faith to appear in His masterpiece that are from beyond this world; both within physical law and, beyond it.
They who truly believe in Yeshua can increasingly step beyond this world by learning more about what it is to be united with Him and by learning more about the good gifts from above that He returns to them.
By learning from the Holy Spirit of Yeshua, the understanding of His Kingdom is enhanced. Understanding enhances faith. By faith, as given by Yeshua, all works of Godly love are possible.
Do you see the keys? Portions of the omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent are within the rewards from our Father after we’ve given up our lives to know and serve Him. Reception of these enhances the faith in Yeshua that is needed to make impossible things possible for us. In other words, these gifts come after giving up personal time, knowledge, and power in trade for knowing and serving Yeshua the Messiah.
Greater love has no one than this, that anyone may lay down his life for his friends. Yeshua, John 15:13 LSV
Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season? Blessed that servant, whom his lord, having come, will find doing so.
Yeshua Matthew 24:45,46 LSV
Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did [it] to one of these My brothers—the least—you did [it] to Me.
Yeshua, Matthew 25:40 LSV
... as in Heaven also on the earth. Yeshua, Matthew 6:10 LSV
As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Yeshua Matthew 10:7,8 BSB
He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God, and to heal the ailing.
Yeshua Luke 9:2 LSV
Which of the above blessings should not be occurring today? Many say the commission was fulfilled within a few years, and after that, the commission is to evangelise without miracles. Where do they get that without taking scripture out of context to extract their doctrine? Is there full contextual teaching of that anywhere in the Bible? So much was given to us about living beyond the world in Yeshua, in every way, that it seems very solid contextual teaching would accompany cancelation of any one of the works of Yeshua that we should aspire to be doing.
“So Heavenly-minded, no earthly good.“
Be very careful repeating that phrase. It may be true for those with the wrong motive. But one can easily be placing stumbling blocks before the sincere, cause them harm, slow their growth, and reap what seed has been planted. We should encourage being Heavenly minded. Yeshua was the most Heavenly-minded and did the most good on earth ever done. Encourage others to be like Him. It’s better to expose pride or the wrong motive in love and humility rather than to discourage being Heavenly minded. The Heavenly-minded are more earthly good because of their self-sacrificing love. A more accurate phrase is “so worldly minded, little heavenly good.”
The Greatest Of These Is Love
...and now there remains faith, hope, love—these three; and the greatest of these [is] love.
All roads within Yeshua; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, lead to Love. For God is Love. Stepping beyond the world into the impossible should be a small thing in comparison to our dream to love God and our neighbor. If not for love, our motive for stepping beyond fails us. Be it love, freedom to step beyond the limitations of earth knocks on the door. Love never fails because God never fails. Stepping beyond is simply a box of tools we can use to love God and our neighbor. It is possible. We can do for others things they need and can’t do for themselves.
…in this will all know that you are My disciples, if you may have love one to another.”
So He replied, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
Yeshua Luke 7:22 BSB
We can be one with Yeshua Messiah doing the works He did and more. He never stopped. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Can you imagine the experience of knowing immeasurable love? I know; you do experience it because Jesus loves you. But I mean, knowing love immeasurably deeper
Unlimited love can be received, but after we give it away.
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Yeshua Lk 6:38
Yes, this applies to Godly love more than anything.
The unlimited kind of love is not cheap, and we must buy it to give it away. Though without cost in the monetary sense, it cost our flesh its self-centered life. It cost our preoccupation with self-gratification. The preoccupation gets laid down and left behind to care anout God and neighbor
Greater love has no one than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends.
Yeshua Jn 15:13
Hmm, to have this “greater love,” cost me the limited worldly life I had achieved, and which I wanted more of. But the return is deeper, unlimited love; love to give and to receive; love more satisfying than anything I could have achieved in a thousand years.
Yeshua (Jesus) shows us that one reason for little or no faith is a lack of remembering His miracles enough to know the signs of who He is and what He does for those who believe in Him.
The substance and evidence of living faith are the works of a life lived by it. This is the faith we address. Heb 11. Ja 1&2.
Remember the miracles throughout the word of Yahweh. All are for your salvation and life. Search them to understand their meaning. Saving Faith in action is knowing and living the way, truth, and life of Yeshua: the living word and teaching of Yahweh. The works of Yeshua reveal Him for who He is. They reveal that He is Yahweh, God, on earth with us as a Son of Man. And they reveal His love to provide for our needs of every kind. This includes our need for His power to do all that He has called us to do. See John 14&15.
Yeshua rebuked the Pharisees for their evil and blindness concerning the signs they demand from Him. He then leaves them with the sign of Jonah to remember, and perhaps come to repentance, and to faith in Yahweh.
Yeshua rebuked the disciples for having “little faith.” The opportunity for having more faith through the signs of the bread and fish were still fresh and very easy to remember. They were not remembering the miracles enough to understand the signs within them that reveal who Yeshua is and the provision He gives.
Remember the things revealed to you about Yeshua through the signs within the miracles. Focus on them. Faith is found in the revelations of who Yeshua is.
By faith, we can be recognized by Yeshua as one who has heard from Yahweh.
By faith, we can become a rock upon which Yeshua builds His Church, immovable against the enemy.
Faith For Miracles
Remember Yeshua working the miracles. See-through them to better know and understand who Yeshua is and what He is willing to do for us. We can only believe and have faith in what we know.
Remember the miracles in the scriptures. Find the signs of Yeshua within them. Each realization of a sign is an addition to faith.
These signs are bread and fish (manna from above and a catch from below) on the sea shore; fresh fish, roasted on (cleansing) coals by none other than Yeshua the Savior.
“Come and have breakfast,” Jesus said to them. None of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are You?” They knew it was the Lord. John 21:12
Out of every possible circumstance, Yahweh knows what our future choices will be. Within His gift to us of free will, He arranges for our past, present, and future circumstances to lead us to our self-chosen conclusions. To those who will conclude to believe Yahweh, He uses circumstances, good or bad, for leading them to believe Him and accept His provision for going to Heaven.
Through God’s grace and mercy, we are saved by faith. Faith is believing in God completely, without reserve for any kind of opposing beliefs. Through this kind of faith, Yahweh credits us with His perfect rightness through which we can enter the perfection of Heaven, separated from our imperfections.
What about present and future fails?
When we believe God without reserve and see our doubt and sin as a failure, our spirit maintains an unreserved belief in God and is divided from the sin of our flesh. For those who believe In Yahweh without reserve, the sin of their flesh died with Yeshua the Savior; the spirit is resurrected with Him. By unreserved belief in Yahweh God, we maintain faith in God. By faith, we are saved through grace and are accepted in Heaven
This reading is a circumstance that Yahweh has brought you into to encourage your will toward unreserved belief (faith) in all that He is, His Word, and what He desires for you to be: one who believes Yahweh God.
Please pray with me.
Our Father in Heaven, I choose this day to believe and have faith in you in every way. I hold nothing back from now on for all time and beyond. All of your ways are good and right.
I will struggle against the doubt and sins of my flesh and lower nature, confessing my sins to you for forgiveness and healing. Be merciful to me a sinner. I believe you, Father, help me from my unbelief.
I thank and praise you for providing the escape from my lower nature (flesh) in the spilled blood of Yeshua the Savior. Your love is unfathomable.
Does a legal document, ritual, or celebration make anyone more birthed? Do they add more spirit, soul, or flesh to a person? No, they may add to things surrounding birth, but nothing to its reality. The same is true with marriage. Reliance on its existence due to a legal document, ritual, celebration, or anything other than what Yahweh specifically says is suicidal towards marriage and murderous when imposed upon others.
What does Yahweh say?
Marriage is a birth of sorts and is born when a man leaves attachment to Father and Mother, mutually cleaves or attaches to his wife, and they become united as one. In other words, when they mate for life. This is when Yahweh says marriage is created.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Gn 2:24, Mt 19:5, Mk 10:7, Eps 5:31
Yahweh is very clear that marriage is created when a man leaves his father and mother to mutually attach to his wife. His word adds no further requirement. His word records weddings but does not teach that the ritual, document, or anything else other than the word of Yahweh, and the man, and his wife can can join them. The biblical record of wedding customs and what Yahweh said creates a marriage are two different things. Yeshua was at a wedding, but according to His word, the couple’s choice to mate and the word of Yahweh (Yeshua) is what joined them. The wedding ceremony was simply a customary time and place for the final moment in time of their decision to become one flesh. Though Yeshua was there, nowhere does He say that a ceremony or document was required to finalize the marriage.
What about the sex?
Sex is the bodily side of the union. The bodily side of the union is so powerful that it occurs if partners are married or not. But the most powerful side of a Godly marriage is the mutual decision and commitment. The body follows the decision.
Adding to the Wordof Yahweh
Lack of faith in the clear word of Yahweh, fear of loss, and lust for control are some of the reasons man has added law, custom, and tradition, to what it takes for a marriage to be birthed.
How Has That Worked Out?
Terrible! Just look around. Reliance on law and custom, in place of God’s word, has caused utter failure in Christian marriage.
The benefit of FaithIn Yahweh
Trusting Yahweh on how marriage is birthed will bring more of the needed education concerning the right decisions toward attachment relationships. Once the attachment is understood to be marriage, couples will be more cautious about bonding for life; frivolous and multiple marriages and their tragic results will be avoided.
How does that work?
Based on truth, marriage is free from the law and lived by love. How might that work out? GREAT!
From Truth To Lie
Yahweh gets ignored by men to instruct on how third-party man creates marriage through law and custom. Because of this, married couples hope in dead law and flounder for the lack of full honor to the one source of their union. And for the “unmarried” who are really married, the absence of knowing that they are married can harden their hearts against Yahweh.
This is some of the harm that a lack of understanding toward the creation of marriage does.
Being altered, the foundation, heart, and strength of marriage are weak.
Not knowing they are married, married couples suffer guilt and its many results, including avoidance of Yahweh.
Loving one another to nurture one flesh is minimized by dependency on law and ritual.
Being based on ritual and law (the lie) the marriage has no foundation other than what true love is there to survive its overlords.
Teachers suffer. The consequences of pride, teaching what is not true, adding to God’s Word, and placing stumbling blocks in front of others adds up.
Many are held away from Yeshua due to a misled conscience.
What To Do
We should be teaching what creates a marriageaccording to Yahweh:
To our children, so they don’t fall into marriage uneducated or unknowingly and suffer the consequence of bad choices.
To those who don’t know they are married and suffer the results of doing what they think is against God.
To the married who depend on dead law and ritual in place of Yahweh to solidify their marriage.
To the married, so they can understand the source of their oneness and turn to Yeshua for the nurture of their union by mutual oneness in Him.
To our children, so they can plan for a good and solid marriage.
To singles, so they can understand when marriage is created and avoid premature marriage.
To singles, so they can knowingly be married when circumstances, false teaching, law, ritual, and traditions would prevent it.
Father, Help us to see your word clearly and refrain from believing in the additions of men. Forgive us for doing so and the harm we have caused by it. Lead us to teach your word only. Where your meaning is not so clear to everyone, help us to see its meaning through clear contextual reference in your word. Deliver us from doubting you and trying to correct you by adding law, tradition, and custom to complete what you have clearly said.
In the authority of your name and Word, Yeshua, we pray. So be it, amen.
Children’s minds and will are being stolen on a massive scale. From the time they can watch a screen and then go to school they are being programmed to run from the control of God, parents, and self at the first opportunity. Beyond childhood, the seduction increases.
Who is doing this? All who do not believe and serve Yeshua. And, those believers who stray away.
Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour
1 Pet 5:8
We are tools in the hands of whom we believe. No matter what we do, it comes from believing either Yahweh or Satin, and it serves to accomplish the work of one or the other; Yahweh for life, or Satin for death.
Most of the world: corporations, governments, individuals, and even the so-called church, function from self-interest in place of believing in Yahweh God. Yeshua, (the Word of God) gets ignored or placed second to self. And so, most of mankind works for Satin purposefully or unawares. We serve one or the other.
For many are called, but few are chosen.
Sacrifice, myself, or the children?
Do I sacrifice my pursuit of self-gratification to be with the children to teach, protect, and train them in the way of Yeshua; or do I sacrifice the children to the media, schools, government programs, and way of the world to make it convenient for me to find gain and pleasure? Do I trust in Yahweh (the Father, Yeshua, and Holy Spirit) for peace and happiness? Or do I ignore Him and make excuses for putting Him on the ‘later’ list? Do I give my life to love the children with Yeshua kind of love that sacrifices my self-interest? Do I press into the high calling of God to be a tool in the hands of Yahweh preparing the children for a victorious life in Him, protecting the children from the seductions of Satin? Do I sacrifice my time to pray for them?
We are offered the banquet of the word, the oil of the Spirit, the talents, the pearl of great price, the foundation of stone, the good seed and ground, and mountain-moving faith. What is my first intention of use for them; myself, or the children and others?
Our children have most of the world against them. Satin prods their enemies to lead them away from our Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit. We are their first line of defense if we will pick up our cross and follow Yeshua to protect and nurture them.
Their faith had returned to Yeshua. He wanted them to see how that happens.
, “Where is your faith?” Yeshua (Jesus) asked the disciples. At that moment, He had their complete attention. At that moment, after seeing Yeshua suddenly calm the wind and waves that were about to sink the boat, their complete focus was on Him. At that moment, paralyzed by fear, apathy, exhaustion and now the impossible happening all around them, their beliefs that moments before had been in their troubles and their inability to solve them, was now in Yeshua. At that moment, with hearts fixed on Yeshua, they could see beyond time and space into what He could and would do for them. At that moment, their faith was in Him and He wanted them to see how that happens.
But they didn’t seize the moment and learn the lesson. They didn’t answer Yeshua’s question, “where os your faith?” but began questioning each other about who Yeshua could be.
The intensity of a storm can take us from the place of “letting the Teacher sleep,” to powerful cries for what little help we think He will give. When we move our focus away from the storm and back to Him, He will give more than what we ask.
During the storm, the disciples were focused on the wind, sea, boat full of water, inability to keep a float, frantic survival, exhaustion, and death. They knew their troubles and their inability to solve them. Their faith (knowledge, belief, and focus) was in their trouble.
And having arisen, He rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and there was a calm.
So, where was their faith now after seeing Yeshua (Jesus) calm the life-threatening storm? Suddenly all was calm. Their attention, focus, and faith were now away from the storm and in Him.
Because the disciple’s attention and faith had been on Yeshua before this boat ride, He was with them now, and their attention and faith found its way back to Him. Are you getting the drift?
Say, you’re traveling through life with Yeshua, but this huge storm rages. It seems that Yeshua is asleep and doesn’t care. You know He’s in the boat with you. How about you get up next to Him, touch Him with some intense prayer, asking Him for help. You will need to ask in faith though, that is, you will need to know without a doubt that He isn’t sleeping, but listening and willing to help. No worry, if you believe in Yeshua for who He is, you can rouse that much faith.
I may know that Yeshua will help bail water from my sinking boat if I get His attention. Yeah, that may be the limit of my focus and faith. But if I will at least put my little measure of faith and attention on Him, He will do much more than I ask. When we use the little faith we have, even if we think we have to wake Yeshua up, more faith is added to us. Focus and attention on Yeshua is faith at work.
Focus on Yeshua
Always find what you can believe without a doubt that Yeshua will do concerning the need. Seek, ask, and knock on His door. When we use the little faith that we have, more will be added. It is because, in using what faith we have, we see more of Him. Then, since we see more of Him and what He will do, He will do much more than what we asked of Him in the first place, as He did for the disciples over and again.
Got your attention?
Don’t forget the “get up next to Him” part like the disciples in the boat. That’s what it’s all about. That is when faith in God returns. When our focus returns to Yeshua, the gift of faith returns to us. The things we believe can be changed to faith in God
Answer The Question
The disciples didn’t answer the “where is your faith” question and missed the opportunity to understand Yeshua’s purpose, meaning, and reason for asking it.
Intense focus on Yeshua, though we may think He will only help bail water, “rouses” Yeshua from what we think is oblivious sleep, to gift us with faith from which he will do much more than what we think He will do.
Instead of answering the question, the disciples went backward into fear, awe, and questioning who Yeshua is, missing this great lesson. Later they asked Yeshua to increase their faith (Lk 17:5). With a story, Yeshua taught them about humbly using the little faith they have and that afterward they would be thanked. But they missed the hands-on lesson in the boat about how faith returns.
Do You Have A Moment?
You know, moments of learning faith don’t have to be giant events; Any moment of seeing the hand of God at work is enough to teach us.
Go back to a moment of seeing God at work and answer Yeshua’s question “Where is your faith?” See your focus and attention there, on Yeshua. See how trouble or need moved you to find enough faith to “rouse Him awake,” know He was willing to help, and then see what He was doing.
Remember your moment of focus on Him? Go there and find where your faith is. Let it move you to stay focused on Yeshua and to do the things, small as they may be, that you know by undoubting faith He calls you to do. Don’t be distracted by the distractions of the world, fearful or pleasurable as they may be. Stay focused on YESHUA and move in His will by the faith you found in your moment of focus.
Faith increases with its use. But you have to return to it first. Faith is found by an intense, undistracted focus on Yeshua.
Now, if you are saved, you HAVE had a giant event, not unlike the disciples of Yeshua: the day of your salvation. Your boat in life was sinking. You know the rest of the story. At that time you saw Yeshua calm the wind and waves on your troubled sea of life. You were focused on Him. From then to this day Yeshua’s question remains. “Where is your faith?” Analyze the moment. Nothing else mattered. Nothing could distract. In that moment there was no question as to who Yeshua is or what He is willing to do for you. Your faith was in Yeshua as you gazed at Him, and understood His willing sacrifice. There you found your faith, and there you can find more of it as you see Him awake and at work.
Go there and stop the distracting questions about what is impossible. Stop the fears and the wants for the things of earth from distracting you, focusing on Yeshua and what He is doing, as you did back then. Faith is knowing what God will do and entering in with it, you know, like Peter when he walked on the water. Well, until he looked from Yeshua back to the earth and its storm. In life, by focusing on Yeshua while He works, we can return our hearts to where our faith is, and work with Him in His power.
“Master! Master! We’re going to die!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. They stopped, and there was calm.
Stunned, they gazed across the flattened sea. It lay as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Something beyond time was happening.
Breaking the silence of sudden calm, “WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?” Yeshua asked. Instead of answering His question, looking back to time and creation, they questioned each other for who could do such things. They lost their focus on Yeshua and thus the opportunity to know this great lesson for how to have, maintain, and function in Godly faith.
The lesson is not that trouble brings us to faith. It is that focus on Yeshua at work reveals who He is and what He will do. We need not wait for trouble.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes—his eternal power and divine nature—have been understood and observed by what he made.
Time is visible by its process of change. We can look beyond time to the invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature of Yeshua to see our faith in Him. Time and the rest of creation are designed for helping us see beyond it all to the invisible power of God. By the visible, we can look, see and know the invisible things of God. Our faith in God is of God and invisible. We don’t have to have trouble to see faith. We can contemplate the creation to see and understand its creator.
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
The moment we focus on Yeshua as the source of the invisible things of God, with all distraction aside, our faith returns to being placed in Him; we can then see who He is and what He is doing.
The clock doesn’t stop when we walk in faith, but we can then see beyond the clock, and the universe, to the invisible things of God, and function by His power.
The very name of Yeshua (Jesus) means: “Yahweh saves.” Yeshua is presently at work saving those who believe and receive Him. He is saving them from all that opposes His Way, Truth, and Life, and the resulting torment. This includes anxiety. Yeshua is saving them from anxiety now as well as in the future.
Beauty For Ashes
I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give. It isn’t like the peace this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.
Yeshua (Jesus) John. 14:27
4Rejoice in the LORD always; again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your reasonableness be known to all men; the LORD [is] near; 6be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer, and by supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7and the peace of God, that is surpassing all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
PHP 4:4-7 LSV Paul – Written from a Roman prison.
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Cor 6:2
Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Among all other chains of Hell; Yeshua saves from fear and anxiety.
The Power Of Yahweh
See John chapter 14. See that Yahweh (the Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit) loves and lives within those who believe and keep His word. With Yeshua living inside of us, all things are possible, including amazing peace. See how giving up our distracted life to love and know Yahweh God and one another gives Yeshua cause to reveal Himself to us for who He is! FAITH IS KNOWING God AND WHAT HE IS DOING. By faith all things are possible.
You see, the healing knowledge and presence of God take us far beyond replacing anxiety with peace into healing and power for every need.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who is believing in Me, the works that I do—that one will also do, and greater than these he will do, because I go on to My Father; and whatever you may ask in My Name, I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in My Name I will do [it].
John 14:12-14 LSV
Ok, so how do I get this “healing knowledge” and “presence of God?”
It takes a revealing of God from His Holy Spirit. Yeshua spoke clearly when and how this happens.
21He who has my commandments and obeys them—he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will clearly reveal myself to him.” 22Judas (not the Iscariot) 23“If any one loves me,” replied Jesus, “he will obey my teaching; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Yeshua John 14:21-23
I strongly encourage knowing John chapter 14 extremely well. These are practically the Son of Man side of Yahweh’s dying words. They are overflowing with powerful truth for all who are willing to give up their life to save them. I hope you can see how to have the healing knowledge and presence of God in the above three verses.
Yahweh is not the author of anxiety. But He has likely used it to help you see more clearly for being enlarged in Him and His peace.
Psalm 4 is eight verses. See how David understood that Yahweh was working through the adversity (anxiety) that David experienced to enlarge him and bring him into peace.
…O God of my righteousness. In adversity You gave enlargement to me …And know that YHWH || Has separated a saintly one to Himself. YHWH hears in my calling to Him. …Together I lie down and sleep in peace, || For You, O YHWH, alone, || Cause me to dwell in confidence!
Why do we wait? Our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, is here with us. He is here within the living Word and Holy Spirit, sent to us from our Father in Heaven.
His life is before us to choose moment by moment. Each moment we are free to choose the way, truth, and life of Yeshua (Jesus). He can calm the terrible storms, keep us afloat, and guide us to our destination.
But we, in panic, bail troubled water from our little boat while torrents crash over the gunnels. Desperately we try to keep afloat in our way, placing our faith in worldly ways and temporal things, while Jesus walks calmly on the barrage of stormy waves, calling…
Where is your faith?
Yeshua Lk 8:25
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Yeshua Mt 11:28
“Keep on asking, and you will receive. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
No amount of good deeds, church, or rituals will be considered for going to Heaven. For any of these to matter as we stand before the Lord, they must be the result of death to the will to continue in any kind of sin, and a rebirth into the will and word of God (Jesus), not an attempt to bypass Him.
Faith (belief in all of His ways) in the Word of God (Yeshua)) is the only thing that will cause God to accept us. Otherwise, there is no separation from the will to sin. The will for sin will not be allowed in Heaven.
Entrance into Heaven begins now.
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of Salvation
Paul 2 Cor 6:2
The perfect goodness of Heaven is here with us. It is unseen without faith. But it’s doors are open for those who are willing to see and believe in it.
For the Kingdom of God is already among you
Jesus Luke 17:21
Entrance into the perfection of Heaven begins while still on earth, before a physical death of our body. It happens by a substitute death; the death of a want to believe and continue in any way against the will of God. A death accepted by Yeshua (Jesus) the Savior, and carried out with His body.
Like with Adam and Eve, by turning away from the evil of doubting Yahweh to respond to His call, we allow for our inborn faith to lead us back to fully believing in God. This faith holds no will to doubt any of God’s word. When we allow our faith to turn us from doubt to believing and responding to the full will of Yahweh God, He provides for our separation from sin. By our faith in Him, we join Him and die to sin with Yeshua on the cross. Yeshua’s blood is payment for the sin of all who respond to God’s call, turn from doubt, and fully turn to the truth of His word. In so doing, they join Him in every way, including His crucifixion, and share with Him His resurrection into His Kingdom.
Yahweh God, within His Word that was made into the flesh of Yeshua the Savior, died to take our will to sin away. But He had no sin of His own that Hell could hold. So He could rise from the dead. We who responded to His call to fully believe in Him died with him and rose from the dead with Him. In oneness with Him, we share His perfection. By His perfection, we can enter into His presence and kingdom while yet in this life, and continue with Him into the next.
They who refuse to recognize and gather with followers of Jesus, reject Yeshua Messiah (Jesus).
Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for me.
Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.
Jesus – Matthew 25:40,45.
Gathering together for ritual, duty, biblical knowledge, biblical philosophy, loyalty to a religious denomination, or a means to success in the world will never replace the gathering of true believers of Jesus Christ; believers who humble themselves before all of His words.
Stand before God to be corrected. Run to Him to be moved. Let nothing be unquestionable to God.
The lost silver, the pearl of great price, the treasure hid in a field; these are the true riches; they are not of this world; all of these can be found within the gathering of Christ’s followers, for Yeshua Messiah can be found within these.
Great Treasure is hard to find.
For many are called, but few are chosen. Ask and keep asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep seeking, and you will find; knock and keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Yeshua – Matthew 22:14, Luke 11:9
Two or three gathered in the name of Yeshua are more important to you than a thousand who are gathered to play Jesus for his benefits. Organizations can be mostly Okay, or not so. Find the few chosen believers who gather in the name of Yeshua, the Living Word of God.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.
Yeshua – Matthew 18:20
The riches that are of Heaven can give joy, peace, and other rewards that are high above the knowledge of this world. They can be found in Yeshua. And Yeshua Messiah can be found in His true people.
It is necessary and rewarding to walk with Yeshua one on one. But without love for one another in whom He lives, one cannot love Him. Loving those in whom Jesus lives determines how much one can love and walk with Him one on one.
Feelings of Godly love are good. But without action, reception is incomplete, limited, and loses power. Without correction, it converts into an insincere play for getting benefit from Jesus.
The cause? A blinding dependency on some other way than Yeshua Medsiah for relief or satisfaction.
The cure? Admission and confession to Yeshua. He promises forgiveness and a miracle cure. Are you slow to receive the forgiveness and cure? Yeshua,s promise to forgive and cure is good for all of the times in a day that are needed.
This is my commandment: love each other in the same way I have loved you.
Faith in Yahweh is to see, hear, trust, and believe Him. By the choice of practice, faith becomes more clear. By the choice of ignorance, faith will diminish.
Loss of faith in Yahweh is a loss to the soul.
With the choice to live what is known of God, success in faith increases.
The faithlessness of others may cause faith to glow brighter; just as darkness reveals a candle.
Darkness reveals a candle but does not increase it.
As the known will, life, and works of Yahweh are practiced, they become more clear. Ignored and left behind, they fade and become lost from sight and hearing. Loss of faith is loss to the soul.
When the truth hurts, it is seen and heard. Held closely and practiced, truth heals and gives eternal joy. If rejected for temporary pleasure or relief, truth gets lost from sight and hearing.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. Yeshua
Confession and repentance before God is the first step for holding on to truth; as practiced, God’s promised forgiveness brings sight, hearing, and faith back to the soul.
Faith and Joy come when Yahweh is seen and heard.
The thoughts of man or ritual will not reveal faith. Faith is a God-given knowledge of Him and his works. To those who live in their known faith, Yahweh gives the revelation of more faith. When there is no effort to live in known faith, the revelation of it is taken and given to another.
Your word is you, going out for your cause and effect. Yahweh’s Word is Himself going out to do His works. Yeshua (Jesus) is God’s Word, speaking His will to us personally, and doing His work.
Acceptance and practice of Yahweh’s word (Yeshua) opens eyes and ears to the revelation of more truth. Truth revealed is an increase of faith. Truth lived is the exercise of faith. Increase comes with exercise.
Chosen ignorance of Yeshua who is the way, the truth, and the life of Yahweh is a rejection of Him. Rejection of Him also rejects His mercy and payment for our sin. Without the payment and separation from sin, no man can enter into the sinless Kingdom of Heaven.
Though a faithful man fails a thousand times, his faith will continually bring him to repentance and confession of sin. His reception of God’s promised mercy, cleansing, and healing become renewed, and his soul is restored.
As with everything, there are different levels of experiencing the Lord God (YHWH or Yahweh in the original Hebrew).
We’ve all experienced the call of Yahweh. By inquiry to His call, an aroma appears from out of this world. It draws us to consider total belief in His perfection, goodness, love, and life.
We struggle against our imperfections and turn away from them to taste and see that life from Yahweh-God is good beyond all that could be gained from the world. We go all in to receive, believe and walk with Him. We accept all of Yeshua Messiah – His Way, Truth, Life, and His sacrifice for our sin by believing in Him completely. Now we experience God on a new level.
The world calls from behind. “I have perfumed my bed and sweetened my fruit. Oh, remember the relief I gave,” as it ravages our weak places. “God is too lofty for you!” she beggs. “You are too weak, you need my pleasures; you can’t survive without them!”
The storm rages, fear sets in, and like Job, we sink.
From the belly of the fish that carried us to inescapable depths, with corrosive slime and stench all about us, we again heed the resounding call of Yeshua: “Come to me all of you who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28). We turn back to Him. We find ourselves barfed up on a beach like Job, clean up, and get back to walking with God to do His will. While amused at the expression of the locals who saw our confounding arrival on their beach, we experience God on a new level.
Daily, we learn and hold on to our belief in all of Yeshua’s ways, admitting and confessing all indifference and failure, intent on overcoming. And so daily the Holy Spirit of Yahweh works with us, healing us. Daily we experience the beauty and glory of God on a new level.
As we grow within the Holy Spirit of Yeshua Messiah, whom is Yahweh with us, our eyes are increasingly opened to what He is doing. As we use what we see of Him, to do His will, more is revealed. And we continue to experience God on new levels.
Job heard God’s rebuke out of a fearsome whirlwind. He heard Gods favor during peace.
Jonah heard God’s rebuke while being swallowed into the slimy stench and discomfort of the belly of a fish. After being barfed up, He heard God’s direction in the comfort and joy of a beach by the ocean.
God got Elijah’s attention by the threat of Jezebel, a wind that blasted rocks lose, an earthquake, and fire. But to give Elijah direction and power to achieve greater things, God spoke in a whisper.
Yeshua uses the wind, quakes, and fires of life for moving us to give up trusting in our way and give our attention to Him and listen for his gentile and joyful Spirit to guide us on to greater service.
Our Father, no matter the conditions, we decide to be still, listen for your quiet counsel, and believe it completely. Give us strength when we do not.
Saving Faith is believing every word of God. The word of God was made into the flesh of Jesus the Messiah; God came to earth and spoke to us through Him.
“…blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.” Yeshua Messiah Lk. 11:28
The Gift Of Faith The things we do, or not, can be part of knowing that we’re going to Heaven. But there is nothing that we can do to qualify. By faith in Jesus, we qualify, but even that is a gift from Him. Jesus gives this faith to those whom He knew beforehand would choose to believe Him. He directs the circumstance that leads them to the choice of believing Him once and for all of eternity.
I can know that I’m going to heaven because I believe in God without reserve. I believe Him to the extent that I continually search for His Way, Truth, and Life, and call on Him for healing from every indifference to what He has said. This is having faith in God; this is what it is to receive his word, Yeshua the Messiah.
In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jn. 1:1
The Word became flesh and lived among us. Jn. 1:14.
Just as the word of your voice is you, vocalized, Jesus, who is the word of God, is God, vocalized. He was made into a man and spoke to us. Believing in His word is having Faith in God.
From such a faith, one searches and finds the way God has provided for imperfect man to be separated from his imperfections (sin), and allowed into His perfect Kingdom; separated, not because one achieves enough self-control, but because the spirit of a person has become willing to hear, believe and follow God’s Way, Truth, and Life. And to believe Him despite the battle with weak flesh that is overcome with God’s help and healing in time.
From the time of Adam and Eve, placing our complete faith in the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Yahweh God, and thus Jesus, has been our part for entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Let’s look at how Adam and Eve were given assurance to their hope of a return to the Kingdom of Heaven after placing their faith in the voice (Words) of Yahweh God. But first, we’ll review what having faith in God is.
Faith is knowing without a doubt. To have faith, in general, is choosing to believe what we know. To have faith in God is to believe all that we know about him. To know and ignore the goodness of God, and habitually stray from His word without repentance, is to oppose having faith in God.
Jesus Christ (the savior) is the voice (word) of God. He was God’s spoken word that created the universe long before he came into the world as a man and is God’s word in the world today within and through the Holy Spirit. Having Faith in God is to believe, receive and work at living His word – Jesus the Messiah. This is true for those who have believed in Jesus through reading the bible and it’s teachings, and those who have not heard of the bible or teachings, but believe his Spirit as Jesus speaks of His oneness and goodness through nature and conscience.
Adam and Eve
In the story of Adam and Eve, we can understand the process of a return to faith in God, and separated from imperfection (sin) and death, to be restored to life in God.
When Adam and Eve had doubted God and turned from him to follow the lies of Satin and enjoy the knowledge and flavor of the forbidden fruit (the good-tasting side of evil), God had to remove his Holy spirit, from their spirit. They were no longer willing recipients of his holiness. He would not force His Holy Spirit upon them. The spirit of evil and the spirit of God could not mix. The most important; God-given, God enlivened, God connecting, recipient of the Holy Spirit part of their being, their faith in the perfection of God, had died!
They had rejected: the word of God; the bread of life; the way, truth, life; and the chief cornerstone to the building of God’s people. God lives in his word, and his word lives in him. They had rejected His word, and so, rejected Yahweh God. Though forbiddance from the tree was only one of the countless things God had spoken, this one doubt and action had broken their faith and tie with God. From that time, they hid from God, and their sin multiplied.
But in his great love, Yahweh made a plan. He would make the word-part (voice) of his being, the word they had rejected, into a man. The man would be from his own seed, His only Son. And he would also be a son of man, from the womb of a woman, His only begotten Son. In his Son, God would present his holy word for all of mankind to believe and receive once again. He would make the Holy Spirit of his word available to receive through a renewed reception and full faith. His son would become a sacrifice that would suffer and pay the eternal death penalty for all who turn away from rejecting his word and turn back to believe and receive him. He would take their sins away to the abyss and leave them there. And because of his own perfection, he could rise from that awful place carrying all who receive and thus join him into his kingdom, leaving their faults be behind.
How Long Is Too Long?
We aren’t told how long the season was that Adam and Eve enjoyed the good-tasting fruit of sin. The fruit tasted good, and they may not have wanted to give it up for a long while. And since Yahweh is so fearsomely powerful, in their shame and doubt of his honesty and love, they could have been hiding from and ignoring His call for a very long time. The spirit behind sin is an expert at deceit, selfish pleasure, and convincing doubt of God.
What we do know is that eventually Adam and Eve responded to God’s call. Though their spirit of faith in God had died, Yahweh continued to approach their world and call for their return home to fellowship with Him.
After their fall, Adam and Eve still had their souls. And their dimming souls yearned for the spirit of God. The darkness of sin was quenching their soul’s light, and a deathly illness was upon it. Though the fruit of sin had tasted so good, it held no shadow to the Holy Spirit of God. They grew to become ashamed of tasting evil and were in fear of what God would do. They had tried to cover the exposure of their sin with fig leaves to become more presentable to God and restore some favor from him. But the sin that was part of them now could not be covered or mixed with the Holy Spirit of Yahweh.
Becoming more presentable by their efforts to cover their shame and doubt could not make them good enough for the holiness of God. They had chosen a different father to believe and follow. They could not cover up the exposure of his knowledge.
The call of Yahweh God
It was the cool of the day. Yahweh God strolled sadly through the garden calling for Adam. Hearing him, the man and his wife hid among the trees of the garden. Dread of more death overwhelmed them. ‘Adam, where are you?’ Yahweh called.
Adam now had to decide. Reject The call of Yahweh God (again?) and enjoy the pleasure of sin for as long as he would allow, or reason with him in hope of his mercy and a way back to the joy and glory of his favor. He decided to turn from the good tasting side of evil, answer Yahweh’s call, and reason with him. They would rather face the righteous judgment of Yahweh than continue following the deathly lies of Satin. Perhaps the loving mercy of Yahweh would provide a way back to truth and life.
Reasoning with God
Adam was only partially honest about why they had hid. Both were partially honest about why they had doubted Yahweh and disobeyed.
But Yahweh looked beyond the stain of evil that had caused their sin and dishonest excuses. He saw their renewed faith that made them willing to reason with him and receive his words. Because of their renewed faith, weak as it was, he made a way for them to be separated from their sin, re-enter his rightness, and receive his Holy Spirit. Their lifeless spirit could be re-born.
God proves his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We know that Adam and Eve returned to having faith in God because: they turned from sin to believe in what they had known about His goodness; they feared righteous judgment, answered his call, and allowed him to reason with them. They agreed that God had been completely right. They knew that their fearless disobedience had been wrong, and they admitted it.
Believing fear of God’s righteous judgment along with answering his call to reason with him, reveals faith in his word. By faith, we are saved through God’s grace.
Am I going to Heaven? Do I have the renewed faith that Adam and Eve had; the kind of faith that delights Yahweh into looking beyond my poor and dishonest excuses? Do I have the provided coverage that separates me from the good and bad taste of evil? Do I listen for God’s presence and answer “yes” when he calls for me to reason with him?
No man can be good enough for going to Heaven.
Goodness is a result of salvation. But salvation can not occur from being good enough enough. “Good enough” reveals residual sin. If the sinful self could enter Heaven, then Heaven would no longer be a perfectly good place. Sin is rightly banned. There is no way to be good “enough” to go to Heaven. Without the perfect goodness of God’s word being received through faith in him, the least of sin would prevent us from his Kingdom. Sin must be separated from us.
Escape from spiritual death.
Within their time of enjoying sin, Adam and Eve also experienced the death of their spirit and the emptiness of losing their walk with God. The taste of heir new master’s “good” fruit faded. They continually craved more just to calm the pain of their anxiety. Yahweh had been right. They were dead to his spirit and sought for a way to return. Their attempt to cover their shame with fig leaves to conceal it and look good enough for God did not work. The sinful nature of their flesh was exposed. It could not be present in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Though they had hidden from God in shame, they returned to believing all of His words (this is the beginning of the return to having faith in God). When they answered his call to reason with him (their faith at work), he covered them with a tunic that he made with the skin of an animal. This cover represented Jesus the Savior. Their sins were taken away; they could receive his Holy Spirit; their spirit was reborn and given life from the spirit of Yahweh. Though they now had to live in a world cursed by sin, through the Holy Spirit, they could walk with God again.
From the time of Adam and Eve, until Judgment day, unreserved faith in God is our way to receive God’s provision of Yeshua’s body and blood to pay for and cover our sin. Having faith in Yahweh is the only way He will apply the body and blood of Yeshua to us. He will not apply it to anyone who rejects his word (way, truth ,and life) to continue in sin after knowing better, thus trampling his blood under their feet. But he will forgive and cleanse us five hundred times a day as we ask for it out pf trust and belief in His way, truth, and life. Through God’s grace and mercy, like Adam and Eve, we’ve been allowed to turn from our sin, return to loving God, and have faith in him as many times as it takes in a day for us to overcome the “good” taste of sin. When we return to faith in him, he joyfully appropriates the body and blood of Yeshua to stand in place of our dead body and spirit. He covers our sin and accepts us into his kingdom. Every time we are forgiven of sin, we are forgiven and cleansed and become stronger to resist it.
How it works
God provided the way to be separated from our sinful human side so that we can enter into His Kingdom today and be accepted on judgment day.
How did Yeshua take our place in spirtual death?
While maintaining his place in Heaven as Father, the Holy Spirit of God placed his seed,he seed of His word, in a woman (Mary) to be born as the Son of God and also as the Son of Man. His name is Yeshua.
Yeshua came to earth as –
The living word of God (The way, the truth, and the life).
The son of God (God, within his spoken word, made into a man).
The Son Of Man (God, born of a woman, a man like us).
The sinless sacrifice for our sin. (In his death, Jesus took sin away from all those who have faith in, receive, and become one with him).
Yeshua came to regenerate the spirit of all who are willing to be in full agreement with him. He breathes his Holy Spirit into their dead spirit. They are re-born into his Kingdom.
Due to Yeshua’s goodness and perfection, those who believe in him have their penalties paid for by his blood. Their sins are dead to them. Their spirit is born again. They have the right to become the sons of God. They are resurrected with him and are now sitting with him in spirit at the right hand of the Father in Heaven!
Through a complete belief (faith) in the Lord Yeshua, and therefore God, we become engaged in marriage to him, us in Him and He in us. His life, death, and resurrection are effective in us. His spirit re-births our spirit. We are free from sin and death. We have entered his kingdom, and so long as we choose to return, we are of the chosen on judgment day.
How do I believe God that much?
Believe everything that you know about the one true God; everything, without exception. That’s all he asks. Start there. Determine to cry out to him for help and healing when you fail. See “Addiction, The sure Cure” on this site for God’s promised cure for any kind of sin. Miraculous help is promised.
Because of their desire and faith, Yeshua receives the faithful for engagement in marriage. The love is so strong that they are already becoming joined. His saving works of life, death to sin, and resurrection into his Kingdom become theirs as they live within Him.
Don’t know much?
God adds more working knowledge and understanding of Himself (faith) when we follow him according to the amount of faith that we already have, no matter the measure. To have faith in God is to believe what we know of him and to walk in it. As we walk in faith, the blood of Yeshua covers the sin that blinds us. As sin is covered by Yeshua, our eyes get opened. Then we can see and understand more about God. This is added faith. Seeing more of God, we see more love, love to have and use. As we apply our love to God and neighbor, God increases it.
I knowI’m going to Heaven because
Can you say this with me?
I fear God in a way that reveals faith in his judgment.
I listen for God and turn from my sinful life to answer his call and reason with him concerning my condition. (This reveals faith in his word).
Yahweh God looks beyond my sin to see my faith in him. Because of my faith, he provides a garment of rightness that he bought with the body and blood of his only begotten Son. The body and blood of Yeshua take my sins away to the grave.
I receive the Lord Yeshua the Word of Yahweh God who was made flesh and lived among us. I choose to trust and follow his words in every way. When I fail and sin, I will listen for his call to reason with him and believe his cleansing words.
Our Father in Heaven. I turn away from the good and the bad taste of my sins to listen for you, reason with you, and believe every word you say concerning my condition. Thank you for looking beyond my dishonest excuses, and all of my other sins, to honor my faith in you, and to clothe me with your life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Yeshua the Savior.
Faith in the one true God gives an assurance of the life in the Kingdom of Heaven that we hope for. The good work of love that faith produces is evidence of the Kingdom of Heaven in our life on earth; the kingdom that is not seen with human eyes.
Insight from Hebrews 11:1
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Am I reasonable? Can I calmly discuss differing opinions without turmoil? Am I able to consider them? And when I do consider the opinion of others, do I consider it from their viewpoint or strictly from my predefined understanding?
The answer to these questions determines the extent of my ability to reason with others, including God.
“Come, let us reason together, says the Lord.”
THE POWER OF REASON
The power of reason is power for healing and change. Change requires knowing our need for it, especially in the sense of being healed by God. Reason allows God to show us what is right to pursue and harmful to hold; and then with our knowledge and agreement, to empower us in our pursuit of his goodness, and heal us to let go of what is harmful. Nothing in this world is so sweet to feast on.
If I am unreasonable with finite people, how can I reason with God who is infinite? And, how can I expect God to reason with me?
Okay, so how can I become reasonable?
The Bible repeatedly says, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.” Besides eternal salvation, calling on Jesus is way the way to his help for being led into his goodness and saved from our daily weaknesses.
Admitting and confessing our sin of obstinance (being unreasonable) to God and neighbor, and calling on Jesus to save us from it gains his faithful and sure forgiveness and cure. 1 John 1: 9.
Being habitually unreasonable is an addiction. See the article “Addiction – The Sure Cure” on this site for detail on how to be cured.
TIME AND REASON
I must take the time to reason with God and man. All things on earth require time. How much of my life will I give up for making time to reason with God. And then to confess revealed sins to Him, and be forgiven, cured, and become more reasonable with Him and with man.
Taking time to reason With God and man can become a sweet and rewarding habit.
“No greater love has a man than this, that he lay down his life (including his time and opinions) for his friends”
There is no better time than the present. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation, now is the acceptable time.
No use, I’ll fail again soon? Don’t tell Yeshua his work is no use.
Yeshua said to forgive one another 490 times in a day. In other words, without limit. He does the same for us. Just confess your sin to Yeshua as many times a day that you fail. Each time he forgives us, our cure grows deeper, and so does our faith.
Lord Yeshua thank you for helping me see my need to be more able to reason with you and with man. I am excited to know that through your forgiveness, I am being healed. I look forward to times of reasoning; sweet, bitter, and both at the same time; because I know that I will grow in the knowledge of you and experience more living and giving of your marvelous love.
The unforgivable sin is the will to continue in sin that we don’t want God to remove. One can repent from that, confess Yeshua (Jesus) as Lord truthfully instead of merely giving Him the title of Lord, and be removed from the unpardonable sin.
God will not violate our will by forgiving, cleansing, and healing us from things we don’t want Him to remove. Violation of our will in this regard would make us mere puppets. If we continue to sin after knowing better, without care to overcome the sin, we are saying to God that we don’t want His cleansing or forgiveness. We are then rejecting part of the Way, Truth, and Life that He is. We are showing that we do not believe in Him completely. This is unforgivable because God honors our will.
For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the full knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains in reserve any other sacrifice for sins. There remains nothing but a certain awful expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which before long will devour the enemies of the truth.
Hebrews 10:26,27 WEY
It’s Our Decision
We can change our unbelief to a will to believe in God in all ways, and remove the unforgivable sin of unbelief from ourselves.
If we confess our sins, He is so faithful and just that He forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 WEY
From the time of Adam and Eve, the unforgivable sin has been to reject the full Way, Truth, and Life (Yeshua) and thus, the Holy Spirit of Yahweh God.
God has always made a way for us out of unforgivable sin. By turning back to Him and believing in his complete way, truth, and life (Yeshua), and thus the Father and Holy Spirit, we can be forgiven for all of our sins; we can remove the sin of unbelief, and it will no longer be attributed to us. Yeshua the Savior became the stand-in payment of sin for all who receive him…completely: that is, all who turn from their sins to believe the Way, Truth, and Life that Yahweh spoke of and presented to us in Yeshua.
Eventually, Adam and Eve reproached their sin (their will to reject God’s way and do another) and they answered Yahweh’s call to reason with Him. Their nakedness had represented their will to reject the Way, Truth, and Life of God. Buy now, because of their will to listen and believe Yahweh completely, He made for them a covering for their nakedness of animal skin. The blood of the animal that was sacrificed represented the blood of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. It would pay for and remove the sin of all mankind who turn back to God. The future blood of Yeshua provided a covering so that Adam and Eve could reunite with the Way, Truth, and Life of Yahweh God. With the nakedness of their unforgivable sin covered, they could again walk in and learn from the presence and friendship of God.
There is only one unforgivable sin. Simply, it is to reject the Way, the Truth, and the Life as given to us by God in his Son, Yeshua The Messiah. By rejecting any of this, one rejects Him. By rejecting him, one rejects his Kingdom. He will not force himself or his kingdom upon us in any way.
If I say that I received Yeshua but reject a full belief in his Way, Truth, and Life, then I deceive myself, reject his Spirit, and commit the unforgivable sin. But if I would turn (repent), receive and truly confess speak honestly) Yeshua to be Lord (leader, master) of my life, and follow him, then his body and blood covers my past of unforgivable sin and separates it from me.
This does not mean that we never again sin. The stain of sin still exists in our lower nature – or flesh. What it means is that the blood of Jesus provides a covering to separate the full believer from their sin. We become separated from the lower nature that we no longer choose to serve. Continuing confession and repentance of sin as it comes to the surface is proof that we no longer choose to serve it. We will still fail at perfection. But we believe in Yahweh’s perfection if we believe in Yeshua who then becomes our perfection.
Known and continued sins are symptoms of adherence to the unforgivable sin of rejecting the complete Way, Truth, and Life of God.
We must be separated from all sin before we can enter the sinless kingdom of heaven in this life or the life to come. By fully accepting the Way Truth and Life of God (Yeshua), his perfection becomes ours. Our sins are carried with him to the grave and left there, and we rise with him into his kingdom and glory. Then we get a foretaste of his glory in this life, and forever in the life to come.
Those who receive Yeshua still struggle against the sin in their lower nature. They aren’t perfect in themselves. But their choice to believe in the Way, Truth, and Life of Yeshua maintains their union with him. By this union, Yeshua’s work through death and the grave separates them from their sins. Being separated from their sins, they gain entrance into the perfect Kingdom of Heaven. Though seen little in this life for what it is, that entrance begins in the present.
Again, this his does not mean that we never sin. The stain of sin still exists in our lower nature – or flesh. What it means is that the blood of Jesus provides a covering to separate true believers from their sin. We become separated from the lower nature that we no longer choose to serve.
How to repent
1. As it comes to the surface, admit my sin to God in agreement that He is right and I am wrong. This is repentance and confession of sin.
2. Turn my heart, mind, and body away from the will to sin – to believe and receive His word, who was made flesh (Yeshua) and paid for the sin of all who believe. That is, believe Yeshua the Savior, the word and presence of Yahweh God, confessing every sin or way that is against Him as often as it re-occurs.
It’s that simple. With that, Yahweh promises to heal us through his work of forgiveness through the sacrificed payment of Yeshua for our sins.
But I turn around and do it again
Anyone can truly repent for a moment. Start there if that’s all you’ve got. Five hundred times a day if needed. Each time, you’ll receive more miraculous healing from God. Yahweh gives us all of the healing that we can believe Him for. That belief is our faith. When the little we have is used, He adds more.
If we confess our sins (to God), he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse (including to heal and save) us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Five hundred times a day?
Even when I quickly return to sin? Yes, each time I confess my sin to God and receive his forgiveness and healing, I am healed that much more and am less susceptible to falling into it again. Part of Yeshua’s message in his teaching about seventy times seven forgiveness is that He will forgive us as many times a day that we confess and ask for it.
The only way
The only way to prevent committing the unpardonable sin is to completely believe in the Way, the Truth, and the Life of God, as revealed to us in Yeshua our Savior. When we believe and receive him, he is our covering. And his blood separates us from all sin. Then, we can enjoy the presence of his Spirit (The Holy Spirit) and walk with him in the spiritual garden that is not of this world. It begins in this life.
When we are forgiven for all of our sins, we enter into a pre-taste of the kingdom of heaven in this life and will explore it throughout eternity.
Just as Adam and Eve eventually learned, a taste of Heaven is unspeakably better than all of the forbidden fruit of sin that the world has ever known.
“All” Is The Key. The first of the two great commands that cover all of the commands is, “Love the Lord your God with all…
Though the salvation of a true believer lies not in keeping the commands, a true believer is doing all he can to learn the Way, Truth and Life of God. As learned, a true believer does all he can to live within what he has learned.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus reveals the character of God for us to live within and to reproduce.
Jesus lived on earth to reproduce the character of His Father within His true followers. He gave up his life in many ways to do this. He loved them all the way. In doing so, he loved His father all the way.
One who loves God lays down the pursuit of his life so that he can receive and learn from Jesus, and reproduce in his neighbor what he has received.
The greatest love that you can have for God is to give up all of your life for serving God and neighbor. Not as in suicide, but to give up all distraction that prevents one from seeking and serving our Lord Jesus Christ and our neighbor.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus – Mark 12:30,31
“No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”
Jesus – John 15:13,14
Whoever wills to come after me-let him disown himself, take-up his cross, and follow me. For if you might desire to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and the sake of the good news, you will save it.
Jesus – Mark 8:34,35
In Matthew 19:16-30, Jesus speaks to those who believe being good enough will get them through the door into perfection on judgment day. Jesus turns the false assumption away to show that only by loving God and neighbor with self-sacrificing love can Gods perfection be applied to a man.
There are many forms of love. The kind we must have for God is that which gives up pursuit of self-interest for the pursuit of what will benefit God and neighbor, even at the cost of suffering or death. This is the greatest kind of love. And, though seemingly contrary, the greatest kind of life.
Tough as they are, our struggles can be good for us eventually.
Am I struggling for or against God? Don’t answer too quickly. We may think our goals are good. But we can easily find ourselves like Jacob, wrestling against God.
This part of Jacobs’s life is in Genesis chapters 31-33.
Was not Jacob’s wrestling a good thing? How can struggling against God be good? This was not a friendly wrestling match, just for fun. The man [Angel, God, or Jesus if you will] had a message for Jacob that Jacob wrestled against. Jacob pridefully thought that he knew better than what the ‘man’ wanted him to do; and that he needed a different blessing other than what the man had come to give. Jacob knew the man was a messenger from God with a blessing. Jacob wrestled against whatever it was that the man had told him; something like – “go and lead your family and meet Esau and then travel on to the land of your fathers. I will be with you.”
You know, Jacob wrestled as Jonah did. Jacob thought that he needed a different blessing. Jacob couldn’t see that what God had already told him to do, had the blessing and power within it to make doing it possible.
What did God want Jacob to do? Hosea saw it.
Hosea saw what God wanted Jacob to do, and what he wants all whom he calls to do today. Turn back to Yahweh. Trust Him. Have confidence and faith in Him. Act on the principles of love and justice. Live in confident dependence on Him. Hosea 12:3-7.
Trust in what he has already told you Jacob; the promises and blessings that you already have.(Gen 27:28, 28:10-17, 31:13). Now go. You’ve schemed and bribed all you can.
Now to us; go. Leave this country [of struggling against God] and return to the land of your fathers in the Lord. No longer allow fear to seclude you and stop your progress in the Lord. Have you, like Jacob, sent your whole life on ahead of you while you turn back and become the tail end of all you have accomplished? Do you hide, quivering behind your family in Christ? Are you at a standstill, struggling with God?
Seek your blessings [heavenly blessings, not earthly] from the position of trust in the direction God has given. Not fear, self-sufficiency, and hiding behind the success of your past, and the others you’ve sent ahead. Let go of struggling against God and allow Him to direct your path. You may think that you can prevail in your strength – or not. Trying fearfully in your own strength to prevail against God die to fear of His directives can leave you permanently lame, as it did to Jacob. How much more could you do with full use of your spiritual limbs.
Jacob’s fear and pride blinded him from all of these things.
1. Knowing that it was God with whom he wrestled. Jacob thought that he wrestled a man or Angel who could bless him; like Issac had blessed him. He didn’t know that it was God until after He was blessed.
2. Faith in God. Yeshua did what He saw His Father doing. Failing to trust in God’s directive blinds us from faith. Fear and pride blind us from seeing our Father giving us direction. Faith is seeing our Father at work and entering into it. Fear and self-sufficiency blind us from faith.
3. Seeing the blessing and power to do Gods will.
What is holding you back from Father’s call; God? No, he wrestles for you not against. He already gave you the blessing and ability to do all that has been revealed for you to do. Though you can’t see it, trust that he will be with you. Cross the brook of danger. Get ahead of your past success and those you’ve sent ahead to cushion your wrongly foreseen disaster.
It is time to stop wrestling against God, and patiently wait for him to open our eyes; see the work that he is doing; enter into his work: and walk powerfully toward any opposition in true faith.
Jacob struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him. Yahweh is the God of Hosts; Yahweh is His name. But you must return to your God. Maintain love and justice, and always put your hope in God.
Father, In Jesus, I come and ask you to help me understand the struggling I endure while trying to find your help. Help me to know when I am struggling against you due to the fear and the disagreement with you that fear causes. Strengthen me to return and trust in you. I want to lead those you have called me to help in this life to to the land of our fathers who trusted in you. I no longer want to hide behind them, using them to cushion the dangers ahead. Let your Kingdom come, and let your will be done in this life.
The cure for addiction is promised by God for those who believe in His ways and continually admit and confess to Him, their own ways that fall short of His glory.
If we confess our sin, he is faithfull and just to forgive us our sin and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness
1 John 1:9
Tried That, it didn’t work.
Did Jesus not forgive and cleanse you, or, did you return to your addiction and quit confessing? Jesus makes good on His promises. No matter how short our time of reception, Jesus grants forgiveness, cleansing, and healing to those who side with Him and confess their sin to Him, every time.
Do you confess to Jesus during, and after the act every time? What can you lose by continuing confession to Jesus after failure? Your addiction.
Engrain the words “seventy-seven times” (Mt 18:22) in your heart so much that every time you fail, you remember Jesus’ willingness to forgive and heal you.
Jesus taught us, his followers, to forgive one another 77 (unlimited) times every day. He will do much more for us when we confess our sin to Him. Though we may fall back many times a day, each time we turn back to believing God and confess our sin to Him, He forgives, cleanses, and heals us. Each time, our confession becomes more true; the healing – deeper; the temptation – less effective; the cure – more complete; re-occurrence – becomes less; and finally, the full cure – is accomplished.
Each time we confess, God’s promise to forgive and cleanse us is complete on His end, and at work on our end, providing faith, hope, and love which enables us to receive His completed cure.
Within the words ‘forgive’ and ‘cleanse’, Jesus offers us a miraculous work of healing from addiction and every other kind of disease.
Take these three simple steps and find yourself being changedby God. Perhaps you already have stepped here to some degree. But with God, there is always more to be found.
1. Believe God.
Make the decisionto believe that God is completely right in every way. Believe that He came to us in the form of Jesus Christ to give us His way, truth, and life; to pay the penalty for sin; and to set us free from the addiction curse that sin brings upon us.
When we believe God over our own contrary ways, we begin the first step of receiving His miracle of healing. Therein is faith. And by faith, all things are possible. If by faith we continually call upon Jesus to save us from our sin and its curse, He will save us. “All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Joel 2:32. Acts 2:21, Room.10:13.
2. Confess Re-occurring unbelief
Admit your wrongs to God, all of them, asking Him to forgive and cleanse you from them. Do this with past and present wrongs as they resurface. Every time you realize that you’ve sinned, even if you just confessed moments ago, and then turned around and to do it again, confess again for your re-occurred sin. God is faithful and right to forgive and cleanse us every time. There is no limit to how many times in a day that we can confess recommitted sin to God. He forgives and cleanses again and again. The result brings more healing and change of character every time.
Within forgiveness and cleansing, beyond the cleansing of our record in Heaven, Jesus begins a miracle work of cleansing to our spirit, soul, mind, and body. It’s a miraculous work that is far beyond what we can do for ourselves.
Admission of need
Admission of need, and confession of sin, enables us to receive from Jesus the forgiveness and healing that we need. We cannot receive from God that which we don’t admit need of. God will never force His will upon us. He will never make us His puppet. His love has given to us free will. He will never violate free will by changing what we don’t really want changed. Forgiveness and healing from addiction can be received from God only by those who truly believe God and admit their need of being changed.
When we admit and confess our sins to God, we are letting go of them. He takes them upon himself. Jesus is beyond the past, present, and future. He took our admitted sin upon himself and suffered its penalty. The penalty was – separation from God the Father, shame, suffering, death on a cross, and a sentence in hell; all of the things that we deserved. He was then raised from death and hell. He had no personal sin of his very own with which to be locked in hell. Jesus, in His perfection, rose from the dead and left our confessed sin in hell. This happened long ago, once and for all. But within Jesus Christ, every time we admit, confess, and release our sin to him, it is left in hell, and our deliverance from it happens in the now. If this sounds confusing, think about this. God is beyond our time restrictions. In time, his payment for our sin happened long ago. As we live within Jesus, who is beyond time, his release from hell happens for us in the now, when we confess our sin, every time. Jesus doesn’t go through crucifixion over and over, but his sacrifice continually functions for us every time we admit and confess our sin to him. When we confess our sin to God, he mixes our time with his attribute of being in the past, present, and future, and applies his payment to our time.
As we learn to receive God’s forgiveness through true belief and confession, the cleansing of the spirit, soul, and body takes place [1 John 1:9]. The more we practice admission and confession of sin, the more forgiveness we are enabled to receive. Received forgiveness gives us healing from our paralyzing condition, enabling us to walk in God’s rightness, and thus, deliverance from addiction.
Jesus taught that forgiveness can heal the paralyzed. The addicted have some paralyzed mind and character.
“Which is easier to say to the paralyzed man: ‘Your Sins are forgiven’, or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk?” (Mark 2:9).
Why stay paralyzed? As a true believer of the way, truth, and life of Yeshua (Jesus), practice confession of contrary ways to Him moment by moment as they surface. To the degree that we truly do this, He is faithful and right to forgive and cleanse our spirit, soul, and body. You will be amazed.
3. Walk in the Spirit of Christ
This step comes naturally as we practice the other two. Walking in the Spirit is the alternative to walking in sin. In the Holy Spirit, we hunger and thirst for knowing God’s words, presence, and the people in whom He lives. His love is the motivation for all that we do. In the spirit of Christ, we serve God and neighbor, helping to release the captives of all types of addiction, sowing seeds of healing.
One of the many marvels of walking in the spirit of Christ is, since we plant seeds that produce a harvest of release from bondage, we also harvest the same kind of release in abundance.
Lord Jesus, I can see my need to confess my sins of addiction as they occur. From the least to the enormous, I now confess them and choose to continue confessing them to you as they occur. Deliver me from my hardness of heart. Open my eyes and ears to your way, truth, and life more with each confession of failure. Your presence is healing, and I invite you to do your work of cure to all of my addictions, be they thought or deed, as I confess my failures to you.
Mary felt more empty than the tomb in front of her. Yeshua had been stolen. Mary’s last faint connection to him, his lifeless body, was gone. As she shook from her sobbing, her tears sprinkled the ground. She turned and saw a man through tear-blurred eyes, whom she thought to be a gardener.
The man said “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you seeking?”
She cried, “Sir if you have taken him, tell me where you have laid him and I will take him away.”
Then, between heavy sobs, Mary heard him speak her name! “Rabboni!” she cried.
“You stand there. Like Mary looking into an empty tomb, sobbing, wondering at what has happened; thinking that I am no longer with you. I am near, but you think I am only a gardener. I ask about your sorrow, but you don’t know it’s me. When you see who I am, you will begin finding the faith for which you seek. Listen carefully. If you do, you will hear me call your name; you will turn and begin to see who calls you.”
“Run to the empty tomb within you, run! Run like Peter and the other disciple, running to the empty tomb. Go inside. Find the wrappings. Look at them. Understand that I am not there. You won’t find me in the old creature, the old tomb within you where I was dead. Now come out of the tomb of the old you. Look for me outside of the old person that you were without me. See the new being that you are within me. There is no empty grave in the new being. Let the dust return to dust. I am revealed in the new man”
From John 20:3-8
“Liston for my call from outside of the tomb – the unbelieving you. Let the new you believe in me. From there you can hear my voice and know my love as I speak your name.”
From the heavens and the earth, I speak your name.
From the broken, sick, imprisoned, hungry, lost, abused, persecuted, poor, naked, and lonely; I speak your name.
Sorrow no more at the empty place. Its hold on the dead man has been fulfilled. Hear me say your name. Turn to me and know that it is truly I. Know that I am not dead, but alive and with you.
Liston for me to say your name. You may think of me as a gardener. But when you hear me call your name, you’ll turn and see who calls. You’ll know that I am with you.”
New Person To Whom Yeshua Calls
We can see the lack of faith and belief within our old self and mistake it for lack within the new creation that we are in Christ. Within our old self is a tomb where Yeshua (Jesus) lay dead and was resurrected. He is not there. No longer look for him there. As Jesus did for Mary Magdela, Jesus speaks to us outside of the tomb (the old being that we once were). Let the old being no longer plague you with its unbelief. Turn away from it. Turn away from your empty place where Jesus was dead to you.
Listen for Jesus calling your name. We may not recognize his voice at first. But as we turn away from the empty place (the old self) and see who it is that calls our name, we begin to see him better for who he is, alive and with the new person that we are in him.
Sobbing and apathy will be turned into joy and hope.
The coat (cloak) represents the earthly things that we depend on to keep us warm, comfortable and to protect us from life-threatening elements. The things that we depend on are what our hope and devotion get applied to. In his call for us to sell these things, Yeshua (Jesus) leads us to separate ourselves from dependency on the things of earth so that we have the time and means for pursuing the life that is not of the earth, but heaven.
When the call to separate ourselves from dependency on earthly things is answered, our true earthly needs are promised. We no longer need to devote ourselves to earthly satisfaction or survival. We cannot devote ourselves to serving the things of earth and the things God at the same time.
This doesn’t mean to quit our job. That would be like a bird that refuses to fly in search of the food and nesting that have been provided for him. He doesn’t plant, harvest, and store up provision, but he does search for what God provides; or like a flower that refuses to stretch its roots through the ground and its leaves to the sun. Simply put, the birds and plants aren’t so devoted to provision and want that they fail to enjoy flight, sun, air, nutrients, and doing their special jobs. They simply accept what is provided and live.
Yeshua is teaching us the importance and benefit of selling our devotion and service to earthly things (our cloak) to buy a very special sword. A sword that has spiritual power from heaven. A sword that we can depend on to do more for ourselves and our loved ones than the whole world of earthly things could ever do. A sword that does good things that can only come down from heaven and will keep us busy about our Father’s business.
The cost of this sword is our love, trust, devotion, and want for the things and ways of the world. We can sell them to God in exchange for the sharpest and most durable sword that ever was, is, or will be.
We cannot devote ourselves to obtaining this sword and the things of the earth at the same time. And we don’t need to try. When devoted to buying this sword, our earthly need is provided by God in the same way that He provides for the Raven and the Lilly of the field. It may not be the provision our old nature craves, but with our coat, we are buying a sword that our new nature can use for victory in every area.
The sword is the “sword of the spirit”. The sword of the spirit is the word of God, enlivened by the Holy Spirit of Yeshua (Jesus). The Holy Spirit is the spiritual presence of Yahshua on earth and in the lives of his people.
The written and the living word of God are different. One is knowledge. The other is the knowledge of God’s word with his Spirit revealing the meaning, removing all doubt, and turning it into the true kind of faith, activated within our deepest being. The smallest of true faith can remove mountains and trees of opposition with all of their roots.
Have you heard of the “treasure hidden in a field” or, “the pearl of great price? The living word of God (Yeshua, the sword of the spirit), brings the Kingdom of Heaven to earth to become engaged with and devoted to those who devote themselves to him.
This is the treasure hidden in a field and the pearl of great price. The living word of God is of such great value that we could never buy him though we sell all we have. But the Lord accepts what we offer when we sell to him our earthly wants from out of our eyes so that we can see the value of him. Seeing the vast treasure of his presence and provision eliminates the need for the treasures of the earth. Yeshua is the sword of the spirit. He, in oneness with His followers is the treasure. He provides all that is needed for us to answer his call. The value of his reward is beyond all of the cosmos.
Pursuit, accumulation, and enjoyment of the things of earth occupy the devotion and time that a man has in this life. Man generally depends on worldly things for protection, peace, and joy. To sell the cloak is to turn from these to pursue, live, and enjoy life through the living word of God. When we devote ourselves to believing, knowing, and serving Yahweh God through Yeshua, His living word and sword, all things we need like provision, protection, peace, joy, relationships, work, play, and rest are promised in ways beyond measure, and that without worry and sickly side effects.
Why don’t we see more of this kind of provision? Well, how much do we sell our cloak to buy the sword? And when we do sell our cloak, how much of our selling is truly motivated by the pursuit of the sword instead of a means to more earthly things as though we are buying the sword from an earthly King. How much of the cloak is truly sold to buy the Sword Of The Spirit? Generally, we the church score pretty poorly on these questions. If it wasn’t so, we would be seeing a much greater amount of victory in every area.
If you find yourself addicted to dependency and devotion to your cloak, please see the article: “Addiction – The Sure Cure,” on this site.
Please pray with me.
Our Father in Heaven, I confess the hold that I have on my coat – the things of earth that provide comfort and joy against the elements and adversity of this world. I determine to sell them and the time-consuming pursuit and enjoyment of them, to buy the Sword of your Spirit
I now look for the treasure from above, which is your Word, enlivened by your Spirit; your Word which was made flesh and lived among us; your Word – Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Savior); Yeshua, who returned to earth in the Holy Spirit to continue giving true life from above to all who place their hope and faith in him; Yeshua, the living word of Yahweh; Yeshua, the Sword of the Spirit.
Yeshua, Sword of the Holy Spirit, we deny our affections for the things of earth, so that we can use our time and devotion for becoming filled with the heavenly treasure of your way, truth, and life; to pursue you and become filled with you, the sword of the Spirit whom is sharper than any other; to be enabled to cut through flesh and bone to the marrow, and then through to where soul and spirit meet.
I sell my coat to buy this sword, and with it, to become effective against the enemy at speaking your life to the lost, miss-led, oppressed, sick, and dying.
I praise and thank you for providing my work and needs. I determine to commit the work of my hands to your glory, the glory of your sword, and the work it will do; reaching deep into the thought and intent of hearts; opening eyes and ears to see and hear who you are.
I give up my life (coat) to buy the sword of the Spirit, for your benefit and that of my friends.
In my need, I have drawn closer to the holy spirit of Jesus, and he has drawn closer to me.
Because of being closer to Jesus, I am made stronger.
I am learning that Jesus is sufficient for me and fulfills me in ways that humans can not.
I should not expect from a friend or mate what can only be found in relationship with God.
It is possible to be content with no friend near, but never without Jesus.
A person who is contented by Jesus makes the best friend or mate.
Loneliness subsides as contentedness in Jesus is found.
To be a friend who is content is more important than having a friend.
Contentment in Christ Jesus makes one the most attractive to another who is of the same mind.
For the redeemed, loneliness, like all kinds of trials, can be counted on to bring joy over time. Though God is not the author of sin (personal or that of others), confusion, or anything of the sort that can bring loneliness on, he uses trials to do wonderful work within the deepest part of the soul; things like patience, which gives trust, belief, and enjoyment of the true riches and good things (not those of earth) that come down to us from Heaven.
Make time to seek the true bread and riches from heaven.
Get our heart and mind mind off of bodily desire through the denial of its cravings.
Devote our time and interest to seeking God for the spiritual and physical needs of Yeshua and others instead of satisfying our wants.
Seek the bread from Heaven: the bread of life, the word of God, the Way, Truth, and Life of Yeshua, the kingdom that is not of this world in any way – never earthly bread or things.
Seek of the need of Yeshua and others before that of self.
Seek to become more like Yeshua.
Correct fasting is to seek the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It is to seek Him first above everything on earth. When we truly seek God, He makes Himself known to us. Faith is knowing God. When we truly know Him, He lives within us and He is the essence of our faith. The presence of Yeshua is why the smallest seed of faith can enable us to receive anything we ask of God. Rightful fasting is not done to impress Yahweh.
God reveals Himself not because we impress him or prove anything by our self-denial, but because we sacrifice our time and energy through fasting to seek, find and receive more revelation of Him. He reveals Himself to those who truly search for Him. His revealed word is bread from His mouth. We eat it and become nourished by His presence. His presence within us is our rightness, faith, love, and power, which exceeds this world.
Fasting, self-sacrifice, and self-denial to try to impress or purchase anything from God are useless, harmful, and in step with trying to obtain help from God by keeping the old covenant law. Living by the law, one does the right things and sacrifices to cause God to notice, have mercy, and perform. Yahweh desires for our belief and works to be motivated by love, not by keeping laws to cause him to perform.
God works for us motivated by his love for us. He keeps his law but he works because of love. We should do the same for him.
New Covenant law is the law of love. Within it, our first motive for all we do is love for God and neighbor, not to earn anything. Trying to earn Yahweh’s help assumes that He never paid, through the death and resurrection of his word (Yeshua) for us to have it. Yeshua (the word of Yahweh) paid for our reward with His life. Yeshua is free is to all who will come and dine at His banquet table. His table is set in fine detail, full of his wisdom. Godly fasting is to remove distraction, dine at Yahweh’s table, and eat His word. God is love; His word is love; to know Him and live nourished by His word is love. New covenant law is to love and live the way, truth, and life of Yeshua. Rightful fasting is to search, eat, drink, and be filled with Him.
The vessels on the table are full of delectable words which contain many exciting elements not previously known. Only with time and focus can these elements be revealed to man; time and focus that require a true love of knowing; love that will sacrifice other things that compete for our attention. By fasting, we turn to set our affections on things above; on the word of Yahweh, Yeshua, the Holy Spirit, life, and love.
We know that we need faith to receive anything from the Lord. If there is a shadow of a doubt, it’s not faith. Faith is knowing and understanding the word of God (Yeshua). As we know and understand Him, He lives within us and is Himself our faith. With Yeshua as our faith, we know His will and can do his will regardless of earthly impossibilities.
Yeshua, the word of Yahweh, reveals Himself to those who search, ask, and knock on the door for Him. Within them, He lives to be the understanding and revelation of His word. Fasting from the nourishment of earth to sit at the table of nourishment from heaven for the cause of Godly love is true Godly fasting.
Look at it. The paralytic raised such a noise that people were telling him, “shut up, you’re bothering the master (and us)”. But he continued to stake a claim for Jesus’s attention and was enabled to walk.
Yeshua knew what the paralytic was saying the whole time. The constant pleading brought the paralytic to the place where he could know it, and thus to the place of faith in God whom he knew to be true.
So, 1. Know God. Seek for Him and you’ll find Him. It’s that simple. 2. Keep up the pleading. Don’t worry what others or even what God thinks. Eventually, you’ll know that He has heard you and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Faith is knowing God and what He’ll do. The smallest amount of faith can move mountains and pluck up trees of resistance by the roots.
Finding my measure of faith and using it to cry out to God is priceless.
Out of my distress I cried to Yahweh and he answered me,
from the belly of Shoel I cried out; you heard my voice!
Through suffering; Jonah, Moses, the Israelites in the desert, David, Samson, Joseph, the Profits, and on and on into the new testament Disciples, and myriads of believers after, through their suffering, they cried out to God.
At times their cries included contempt for God. Yet while reproving them for their contempt, Yahweh lovingly answered their cries.
The value of answers from God far outweighs avoidance of suffering. God’s loving answers are eternal. Life on earth is less than a grain of dust in the universe compared to eternity.
We may not understand much about suffering, but we know so little about eternity, Heaven, and the need for us to cry out for God’s help. We desperately need his help for us to overcome the world so that we can enter to walk in the eternal Holy Spirit.
How does it work?
When out of desperation we cry out to God, we use our little measure of faith. When used, faith is increased. Faith is our communication trail to God. With use, the trail is cleared.
With little use, a trail returns to being the forest growing things, littered with fallen obstacles, hard to traverse. With little use, the trail of faith returns to the world.
Through faith in God, nothing is impossible. The suffering that causes us to know Yahweh better becomes valuable in that light.
What if we find our measure of faith and work at using it before the need of suffering? Though I do not claim to understand all about suffering, common sense tells us that the habitual use of faith for walking with God will help prevent the need for suffering as a cause for us to find and use it.
Since the need for a faithful relationship with God is a huge reason for suffering, then a faithful relationship of walking in the Holy Spirit with God eliminates a huge amount of suffering. Much is against us in this. Walking in the Holy Spirit is work, but a good one. Through faith in Jesus Christ, all things are possible.