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Yahshua, You, Action!
(#078 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“For whatever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23) The word “of” used to describe what happens because of faith is a gross under-translation of the preposition here. It is not wrong; it just does not do justice to the power of faith. Something more tangible, even more primitive, needs to be elaborated. Whatever is not born from faith; proceed from faith; come out from faith within; is not the outcome of faith; from faith in the interior outward, or originate from faith, is sin! Faith must be the origin. Can you feel that now? What is being said is that whatever does not root itself in the depths of its source, in this case faith, and then extend out to create its impact, is sin. Now, doesn’t that have more of a bite then “of”?
What are you saying to us Father? Anything that is not produced through the life of Yahshua working in me is sinful? Under this mandate, I can see why You would say to men who claim to know You, “Depart from Me!” (Matthew 7:22-23) Every thought, and every act proceeding from that thought, must originate from faith. Father, this means that every single thing someone thinks, and then acts upon, must be according to this pattern: it originates in our minds; then we must measure it against Yahshua’s words and life; then it lands at our feet (mental stability in the law) for final approval, allowing us to take action. That is what a life would look like if every action came from its intended source. Faith is demonstrated as we emulate the repeated patterns of the life of Yahshua; we will be accountable for every word we speak (Matthew 12:36). It affirms why every thought must conform to this revelation. “From the abundance of the heart (mind), the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34-35)
Won’t you join each of us in this prayer? “Oh Father, would You, through Your Son, implant this in my heart and soul as a perpetual pattern? This is truly the transforming of the mind. Holy Spirit, I know You dwell with both Father and Son, and it is with Your guidance I will achieve this pattern of thought and action. This truth must invade my mind in order for my actions to be appropriate. Only by the Spirit in man can this be done. I submit to the pattern Father. Sear it in me. If I rebel, sear anyway. My life is Yours Father; take it! Yes, I will have this mind in me. I will follow the pattern, for it is the faith that You gave me that accomplishes this anyway. Magnanimous You are indeed.”
(#064 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Yahweh is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of Yahweh is the key to this treasure. (Isaiah 33:5-6) Fear of Yahweh makes Him your solid foundation! When you reverence Him, He becomes a vast storehouse of wellbeing for your soul. And He lavishes you with insight and understanding of His deep mysteries.
“If I called it treasure, then you would do well to pay attention,” says Yahweh. “Has there ever been a greater treasure than what is found in Me? Treasures are, of course, hidden and valuable mysteries. Yes, they take time and effort to find, but what is revealed will be well worth your search. Yes, it is deep revelation. As you sketch the map that leads to My treasure, “X” marks the spot. And the X is fear, holy reverence of Me My child. Where proper fear exists, there is a multitude of treasures. The bounty is yours for the taking.
What am I asking of you? What is a fuller understanding of proper fear of Me? It is many things My loved one, as every area of your life needs a specific application of fear. May I give you a few definitions?
Awe and wonder: a state of amazement.
Reverence: recognizing My holiness and Supreme authority.
To be afraid: dread of standing on My holy ground in an unclean state.
Yes My child, all of these apply, and all of these must be applied to every area of your thought life. What you think, and therefore, what you do, incorporates all of these applications of fear. It’s time to remind you that this is the path to the treasure you desire. It is the sure foundation for your salvation (soul wellbeing), wisdom (deep insight), and knowledge (spiritual understanding), and all of these you can have in abundance when you fear Me.
Be practical about this. Have this mind in you. ‘I have to make a decision Father. You are the magnanimous One, and I will not consider anything man has to say, nor will I be influenced by man, until I hear from You first. Though I may get counsel from many, I will wait upon You for the final answer. If I don’t directly hear from You and my peace remains, I will move forward in faith of good counsel. If I need to change course, please allow me to hear Your voice. It is You alone I follow Father.’
Yes My child. This incorporates all aspects of properly fearing Me. I can work mightily in you when you have this mindset. I desire to hand you the key to My treasures. Please allow Me the joy of doing so. It is what I Am due.”
(#061 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Yet I will rejoice in Yahweh, I will joy in the Mighty One of my salvation. Yahweh Almighty is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills. (Habakkuk 3:18-19)
Oh Father, bring us to the watchtower as You did Habakkuk. Allow us to see Your purpose for us from a perspective higher than ours. Would Your grace grant us the privilege of seeing the way which has been planned for us. Oh, how we long to dance on the heights with You. Show us the way my King. Why must the unknown still seem so—fearful?
You speak to us of the “sacrifice of praise” Abba (Psalm 50:5, Psalm 107:22). The reality is that You have ordained that we must worship while in pain, and more so, that it is by this process that all pain is removed. Give us a supernatural zeal for this process Father; make it so sweet to us, even as You form our minds (hearts) with Your chisel. You have thus spoken that You are our answer to everything, the fulfillment of “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:3-4), and yet, we still have questions. This too is part of Your process.
We must rejoice and praise in obedience to Your commands regardless of how we “feel.” It is in this that we cry out for Your strength Mighty Father. Even the zeal to praise You through our suffering comes from You. Where else can we go Father? Only You can increase our love for You, and we confess how much more of it we need. This is the mind You gave us and only You can define love. Where else can we go Father? Teach us to love You effortlessly and, in this, let us experience pieces of the joy of Your salvation until we are whole, complete, lacking no good thing (James 1:4). From the watchtower in our conscience we look for You every moment of every day. Be our beacon Abba. Show us the way.
How many of you are ready to put Yeshua first in your life?
These Sounds of a Captive
(#059 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Listen for the cries all you people of the earth. Listen for the sounds; can you hear them? A bitter day is coming for those who cannot hear. His call is a trumpet, but these are war drums, a battle cry for the masses. Pick whose side you are on. Man’s final battle is approaching, a battle that will not be won with guns and ammunition. Can you hear the sounds of the earth? Woe to those who do not listen.
For me personally, I hear my daughter cry to her mommy, yet I can only hear through the phone. In my mind I pick her up and I’m swinging her. She can’t help but laugh now that I have her. I hear my son’s laugh in the background. His voice is deeper than before, more baritone than flute; he’s my first born son, my little man. I grab him real tight; my mind holds him. My heart looks at them all; the words just come out. “Please don’t grow up without me.” Her voice gets softer, I know what that means. She wants to be strong, yet she needs me. No, I’m not there, but I’m kneeling beside her, wiping her tears with my fingers.
The sounds of my family are so sweet to me; it’s been so long since I heard them. All in one accord, each one of them is making their own noises. They are the most beautiful sounds anyone could hear. I could go on forever about the sounds that I hear, for even their whining is sweet music. A flame in me is burning to hear them, the sounds of my heart. Can you hear them?
All this is happening while there’s another voice calling. It’s the one that is saying, “Can I have them?” Like the whispering wind on a cool summer night, the voice of the Spirit continues. “Unless I come first, the desire to know Me, the desire that makes your bones ache; it will never be fulfilled. I must be your everything. Nothing can replace Me.” This voice brings new sounds. It brings sounds of my soul as it screams, “Abba, I don’t know how to do it.”
Will you lift up a sound with me, as I beg for His mercy? Say, “Yours is the way; lead us to it. For how could we not give You what has always been Yours. Forgive us Yahweh, yet hold us to it. The fact that we are here, cuddled in your arms, gives You permission to move forward. We are Your children; we know we must do this. Sing to us while Your work is being done. Sing to us, Your sweet, sweet sound. Sing Abba, sing.”
“He who loves his own father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me, is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:37)
(#058 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
You were manifest before eternity,
A sparkling pattern revealed to see.
Your light lit infinitely beyond the universe,
My point of reference, “all me,” how perverse!
A gift from heaven, far beyond mine,
Our two worlds collided at a moment in time;
The nations waged war for my soul, a vain past,
Then my children were born, was this new life at last?
But I tripped and I stumbled, and I asked when, what, why?
Something painful was birthing, and I still chose the lie.
But all in an instant my eyes made to see,
The veil torn apart, happened there on a tree.
Fighting so long to finally be free,
Each punch caused the shackles to tighten ‘round me.
It seemed many times I’d finally been won,
But this time, at last, a new heart has begun.
Dry bones once so brittle now taking on flesh,
Just talk to the potter, my lump was a mess.
My vessel reshaping, final form yet undone,
It’s taking some time, He’s making a son!
My heart is about to truly transform,
So, I SUBMIT to my Father; I reject what was norm.
As He changes, and mends, and molds, I pray please…
My appeal to Yahweh, “Connect my heart to my knees.”
“How will you make him?” heavenly hosts inquire,
“This one is so special; I’ll make him by fire.”
For it is here I will serve You the rest of my days,
If it’s fire You’ll use, please set me ablaze!
“How much more shall the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to the Almighty, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living Mighty One?” (Hebrews 9:14)
(#057 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Sometimes I think I have given everything to Him, whether by choice or being forced by His strong hand. Yet, I still dream of a new day with new hopes; I have plans. Of course, hopes, dreams and plans are biblical, but must be surrendered to Yahweh for Him to overrule at His good pleasure;
Unless we do this, we are really just setting up our own agendas and expecting Him to honor our vain plans for our lives. Even when we strongly believe that our hopes, dreams, and plans are from Him, we often struggle to persevere when tested. Fear of not knowing what the future holds clouds our confidence in Him;
Believing that the things we dream of shall come to pass is often the only hope we have throughout the day. Sometimes what we dream of is so magnificent, yet so unfamiliar, and the battle is so great, that all we can do is stand back and receive the words our ancestors did long ago; “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but the Almighty’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)
Mind over matter is a big piece of faith, as it is the constant renewing of our fleshly mindsets that allows us to take on Wisdom in all her beauty. It allows us to rethink our realities and to conform to those of our Creator’s, all while proclaiming, “Your ways are higher than ours.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
I will personally choose the path of the created, rather than the selfish mindset which considers itself sovereign or “self” created. Some of you might think that this is too radical, deciding instead to fuel your own agendas, framing them in your mind as if they are “convictions or directions” from Him. It is through compromise that we convince ourselves that our plans must surely be His plans, even while we never stop to ask Him if He approves, never inquiring if He who gives us breath and life actually condones our actions;
To You Yahweh, I lift up my soul. I long to trust in You alone. I hand You my hopes, my dreams, my plans, my fears, and my family. Yes Father, I admit there are parts of me that still don’t know and trust You fully. It is in those foggy areas of my mind that I tend to rely on only what I can see, touch, taste, smell or hear. Help me move beyond my false faith, which is fueled only by tangible things, to true faith which has substance founded on unseen evidence (Hebrews 11:1). May I even hope, dream, and plan for a new day when You permeate me so completely that even the unseen becomes tangible. I believe this is possible because there is nothing You cannot manifest as reality. Nothing is intangible to You!
What is the difference between our lives and animals lives? There is a big difference. Yes we all die, but, see this video to find out the difference.
The Way of Man
(#056 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there. I said in my heart, “The Almighty shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, the Almighty tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.” For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth? So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? (Ecclesiastes 3:16-22)
You believe He’s the truth just as I do; would you thank me if I told you the truth?
You say you have failed just as I have; would you forgive me if I failed you?
You once called me friend; if I repented for hurting you, would you call me friend again?
You rarely consider others; but if you needed my help, would you know you could ask me?
Would you stand with me if the gates of hell visited my doorstep?
Would you choose me over the love for money and things?
Would you stand in truth, even when that truth is tested?
Do you fear man more than you fear Yahweh?
“Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?” What makes you different from a beast? It is the work that testifies to your heritage as a child of light, a legacy of love that separates you from the beasts.
Beasts represent all thoughts that say “No” to Yahweh and His commands. They are ever-present and encompass every ugly, unruly, and unclean condition that depicts mankind absent the Spirit of Yahweh. Men minus the Spirit are loveless beasts. Now answer the question. What makes you different from a beast? There is only one thing beloved, His Spirit manifesting His love in you.
You shall love Yahweh your Mighty One with all your heart and with all your soul. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40) Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13)
It is the only way; all others are the way of man.
Standards of Yahweh
My flight got cancelled and I was able to do the devotional this morning but I decided to post this video as well.
Matters of Fact
(#050 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of the Messiah, for the sake of His body, which is the assembly [called out chosen], of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from the Almighty which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of the Mighty One, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them the Almighty willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Nations: which is the Messiah in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:24-27)
They will come, not with persuasive words of men, nor with anything suave or slick, but in the power of Yahweh (1 Corinthians 2:3-5). This is how you will know the “sons” for whom all of creation groans with eager expectation (Romans 8:22). In this final hour they are being raised up to release the Power of Yahweh into the lives of the chosen, and the power of judgment onto those deemed wicked by the Father.
The sons have secrets loved one, mysteries of the Kingdom of Yahweh to reveal (Matthew 13:11). They will share with you the patterns to the secrets; the signs on the narrow road, if you will. Expect a paradigm shift with every mystery revealed. Even those who are seasoned in the faith will have their eyes opened to these new vistas. Yes loved one, if your salvation (saved mind) was complete, you would be revealing the secrets rather than receiving them, no?
Let’s explore the deeper mystery of forgiveness. As a result, you will perceive its profound intent, purpose, and pattern. It all begins with an honest “self” assessment. Your “self” only cares about yourself. And through your faith, you have come to believe that your spiritual obligation is to forgive your oppressors, and in this there is a portion of truth. But your “self” skews the pattern. It looks something like this. “This was done to me and I know I am called to forgive; but, it’s just so hard.” And so you subtly convince yourself that forgiveness is yours to offer, rather than a heavenly gift received, which you then pay forward by His grace. It would correctly sound something like this; “I am the chief of sinners without the the Messiah (1 Timothy 1:15-16), therefore, all forgiveness must come through Him.”
Abandon the religious attempts at forgiveness and step into the mystery revealed about true forgiveness, the kind that keeps no records and seeks nothing for itself. It’s impossible to do this unless you are empowered by Yahweh, which first allows you to experience genuine forgiveness within. That experience is the Messiah in you, the hope of glory