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I Cry Out For the Little Ones
(#138 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” All men are like grass and their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of Yahweh blows on them. Surely people are like grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the words of the Mighty One endure forever. (Isaiah 40:6-8)
Your Word shall endure forever Father. Yes, You have said to me, “Those who hope in Me will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
I listen to Your whisper Abba; You say, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths; I will guide them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
My soul clings to these words, these words of life, these words of redemption. I too am a dad. I need Your atonement so that I might return to my young ones. As I need You, they need me. As You are teaching me to need only You, I too will teach them that they need only You. So many things You need to teach my soul. So many things I need to teach theirs. As I finally come to You in a truly authentic way, a way like never before, bring me back to them to show them how to also be authentic before You. I know that You know what it means to be a Father who gives the only kind of love possible, the love that never fails. How will the little ones know what it looks like lest their dad teaches them? Because Your love never fails, I know that You will allow me to teach my children what that looks like. I rest in that.
Inner Peace, Acting Out
(#136 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Am I not He who guides and protects you? Did I not appoint Malakim (mind messengers) to minister to your going out and your coming in? (Hebrews 1:14) Let Me be perfectly clear with you. I will work on everything on the outside, while you work on the inside. “Seek first”, My Spirit has spoken to you (Matthew 6:33). Am I not your Almighty Father? Is My strong arm not sufficient to cast away all of your foes? Am I not adequate to orchestrate the outcome of every situation on your behalf?
Listen to Me child! Your decisions; your acting out; and all the things you do to influence outcomes on your own; are evidence of a lack of faith. You attempt to control relationships, dreams, business deals, and the results in all situations and circumstances of your life, shouts so loudly that you cannot hear Me saying, “Be still and know that I am the Mighty One.” (Psalm 46:10) How quickly you act and react. “Please let this (whatever ‘this’ is) fall into place”, you beg of Me, before you even seek My will. All the hopes, all the efforts, “all the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied.” (Ecclesiastes 6:7)
Here is another unchangeable pattern for you. Listen closely! I will work on outside circumstances; you work on the inside. Synchronicity is what I desire. If you believe that I have all things in My control, then you have but one duty. Find out where I Am leading you and follow. I Am talking about inner peace, peace in all your decisions. Will I not tell you all things to come (John 16:13)? Am I a man that I should lie? Let inner peace be the language between us. How quickly you’ve run off without Me in the past. When you get ahead of yourself you are really only wandering away from Me. I Am the source for all good things in your life. I have the answers for all of your desires.
When We Lift Our Hands
(#134 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
When we lift our hands to You Abba, what do we really intend? Are we worshipping? Do we really mean it? Is it possible to be filled with fears and doubt, and yet worship? Do You receive the worship of doubting people? How can we say we worship and adore You, but not trust You?
So very few of Your children live a life filled with power and grace. Is this why they hold up hands to You? Are they trying to pull something down from You, something deeply lacking in themselves? I ask again Abba; how can we worship You, but not truly trust You? Find me the man who says he does. Yes, Your Son is our comparison. How many raise their hands begging for mercy? This seems an appropriate reason to hold up holy hands. Is that worship Father? It seems like desperation. Is desperation power Father? Do we really believe Yahshua died for us? At times, it ironically seems more tangible to believe it was for Abraham, Moses or even Paul. Is it really for us?
Where are the ones who are anointed by Your touch Father, the ones who have lost their lives and found You? There are so few. Why Abba? Why? Your promises are for all of us who say we believe, correct? Forgive us for the mixed message we send, as we raise hands with doubt in our hearts. Help us believe, to believe in Your promises through Your Son and Your Ruach (Spirit). Grant us the faith of a mustard seed Abba (Matthew 13:31-32, 17:20). Birth belief in us Father, true belief. Make it real to us so we can move mountains (Mark 11:23). Prepare our hearts (minds) to suffer well for it. Help us to die to “self” so that we might offer genuine worship, for worship’s sake, and also for those who wonder about the faith of all who claim to believe what they so passionately preach, and seemingly, so strongly affirm.
There are believers in Yeshua, and then there are make believers. Only true believers understand what it means to die daily and deny yourself. Please see this video so you can understand what that truly means.
(#129 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
It is no longer possible for Me to have personal burdens; My resurrection granted Me the release from My own will. It is a burden for you, the one who still carries a stake that causes this moment in time for us. How many of you have missed what was intended when Shaul (Paul) proclaimed that one message mattered before all others; Me crucified? (1 Corinthians 1:23; 2:2) And so I have watched for a couple of thousand years now, and the same story resonates throughout a body (congregation of thoughts) of diminished power and capacity. The promise was that you would do “greater works” than I (John 14:12), and you haven’t. I have come to lift this burden from you, so that we could prepare for a wedding that I long for.
“Me crucified” is not only about My physical death on a stake; it is about how I crucified My “self” will, which was not always immediately obedient to the Father’s will. Nailing My personal desire to the stake, and forsaking thoughts of Myself was a greater death than what I suffered physically. I had to learn obedience. Hebrews 5:8 makes this quite clear; “Though [I] was a Son, yet [I] learned obedience by the things which [I] suffered.”
Every day I learned to say “no” to the things I might have wanted that My Father did not. And also to say “yes” to the things I did not want; “Take this cup from Me if possible.” (Matthew 26:39) At each moment I had to choose to submit My will to My Father’s will. Why would that be needed if We did not have separate wills? Do you see? I crucified Myself, so that you would learn how to crucify yourself (your personal will). This is what I intended with My words, “Deny yourself and take up your stake!” (Luke 9:23) I showed you the patterns of the removal of your personal will, and with this process comes power to do those “greater works” I promised. Perceive everything I did with the understanding that the Father is “greater than I” (the independent self) (John 14:28). I made it very clear! Although We are One in purpose, that purpose is that His will alone be done, and not Mine. He is the One who commanded My death for you. My death is the pattern of how your ego is removed.
Your burdens are leaving and His glory is entering in. Me crucified—so you to could be crucified (Romans 6:3-7). This is the summary of all that needs to be preached.
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6)
The Eastern Gate
(#126 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Then the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me to the East gate of the House of Yahweh, which faces eastward. (Ezekiel 11:1)
And they knew that it was he who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple; and they were filled with amazement and wonder, because of what had happened to him. (Acts 3:10)
Erroneously titled the “third eye,” or craftily diminished under “new age” philosophy, this Gate, the entrance into the Temple within, is the doorway that unlocks all patterns to the mind being perfected. Stolen wisdom once hijacked by “other religions” will now be reclaimed by its rightful owners! In Yahweh’s Name, we take it back and claim it as the “by invitation only” entrance into the perfect conscience (the Mind of Yahweh), granted to those He calls sons and daughters, and to no others.
Oh take me through your Beautiful Gate and heal my inner being. Let shame, guilt, and unworthiness be washed away in Your springs of love. Remove the lies that were seared into my soul since childhood. Create a manifest presence of Your Being inside me, which cures all that ails. Your Son is my freedom ticket to enter, to pass through, to be cleansed, and to find peace. Oh Abba, take me through Your Beautiful Gate so that I might bask in Your presence.
Remember the pattern that Yahweh has declared to be the “proof” that legitimizes everything that He has decreed; the proof is power! Stolen wisdom means corrupted power. Perfect wisdom brings power that is pure and righteous. The time on earth is now!
In Hebrew thought, east signifies “front, project, illuminate, meet.” He has opened the Beautiful Gate to His presence for such a time as this!
Yes, I said “All”
(#123 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
All the ways of Yahweh are kindness [love] and truth [faithfulness] for those who keep the covenant and His testimonies. (Psalm 25:10)
The greatest command releases the keys to My Kingdom. I have many doors of blessing for you to walk through, all of them leading to a spacious place. And what is the greatest command? Yes, obedience unto death sums it up. Would I lie to you? Is it possible? I cannot reverse the pattern, for I am Yahweh, and whatever I create, is perfect from the beginning. Look again at Psalm 25:10. Do you notice the pattern; the lovingkindness, and the truth and faithfulness? “For those who keep…” It is so fitting and convenient for the world to turn Me into the god of every desire; flesh or spirit. Oh, how longsuffering I have been. “If He, their “self” made versions of Me, was so loving…” How many times do you think I have heard that since Adam? My response is always the same; “If they (and that means you) would just keep My commands!”
Yes My child; activate My promises. Remind Me of My word. All of My ways are kind, loving, true and faithful—to the obedient! I don’t need perfection from you to get started. My Son handled that part for you. I’m watching your heart, as a willing heart (mind) overflows into an obedient heart, which becomes an obedient life. I need your heart. Let it be unto Me a heart that sacrifices praise under all circumstances at all times. Do this My child; do this and then sit back in awestruck wonder. I have more than you can ask, think or imagine waiting for you.
To know the love of Messiah that surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with the measure of all the fullness of the Mighty One. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine [think], according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the congregation and in Messiah Yahshua throughout all generations, forever and ever! So be it. (Ephesians 3:19-21)
The Oil of Gladness
(#121 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore the Mighty One, Your Mighty One, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. (Psalm 45:7)
“The oil of gladness!” These words Father, these themes You present to the mind, I never before understood what such a phrase could mean. It was not until I reached this new level of depravity, bone shaking depravity, gasping for air, and holding onto what life I had left that I could begin to understand. My prayers, Father, are for release. Everything I write is for Your eyes Father; the cry of my soul is for Your ears Daddy. My fears and hope, my pain and praise, are all for You.
As these words go on paper, I ache with thoughts of despair; I cry out, emptying myself. I’m a drink offering poured out, but like David, “I will present my thank offering to You.” Herein, have I found the oil of gladness in place of mourning (Isaiah 61:3)? And this much I know, and for this I must exclaim, “Though You slay me, I will trust in You always.” (Job 13:15)
I will sing to You a new song. I will sing words of gratitude released from a Spirit deep within, not from my flesh. A choice had to be made. Embrace the despair, or sing to You with praise and thanksgiving. I walked; I sang; and even as the pain longed to return, I read, “Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know the Mighty One is for me.” (Psalm 56:9)
It is as if I am afraid to say this, but the process has brought back gladness, like a doorway to an unknown place, an unfamiliar place. Can it be so simple? I must, I must test. I must testify. More Father! I will offer more thank offerings. Take Me to Your river of joy and wash me fresh and new. Show me the way everlasting, the pattern of joy and hope even when hell (my “self” desire) stands before me. Though You slay me…
Oh Yahweh, I have only drunk but a little. I still thirst Father. More Abba, more.
He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our Mighty One; many will see it and fear, and will trust in Yahweh. (Psalm 40:3)
They That Wait
(#120 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
But those who wait on Yahweh
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not grow weary,They shall walk and not faint.
Not one more step! Not one more thought of action! I know; I know. This is the place in between life and death. This is the place in which you must trust Me with everything you have. I put enough faith in you to do this. This faith must be put into action in order to please Me (Hebrews 11:6). However, in some instances doing absolutely nothing takes far more faith than doing something. It is in this hold pattern that you will grow far beyond what you imagine. Doing nothing can be a powerful way of doing so much.
When I breathed life into you, I knew. Men explain it this way; “it is utilizing both your left brain and right brain.” I call it My brain. Your zeal to solve what burdens you is My design. It is a trigger I put in place. I also designed the choice you have. It is the choice which allows you to transform the brain to a higher calling, a better purpose. Yes, proactive people are who I desire, but always in accordance with My will. For instance, how many problems have you attempted to solve on your own, only to find the problems increase? You see, I have designed it so that many times, in the waiting, the answer is revealed. The proper choice, when you know not what to do, is to submit and wait. I will solve it for you. I love doing so for My children. Glory is what I desire; glory I will have.
For your comfort My child, let’s do it this way, so as to not cause more anxiety. The next time you have a problem that is affecting your life beyond your ability to solve, make the choice to give it to Me—completely. I will then guide you into the solution, while drawing you closer to a mature relationship with Me. Your part? Praise Me during the process. Confess if you don’t know how, and I will teach you. Your most paramount problems are solved by Praise!
Trust me My child. Test Me; know Me. In the midst of waiting is where some of My best work is done. Remember who designed you. Remember who loves you. And remember it is with a love that never fails.
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:15)
My Voice is Your WILLingness
(#116 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
www.sufferwell.org“Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit. In other words, train yourself until what comes naturally to you expresses itself as reverence for the Almighty and all He calls sacred or worthy of veneration. This is what it means to truly seek of the heart of Yahweh (1 Timothy 4:7).”
Oh how much joy it brings Me, My plans being fulfilled. I always get what I want and what I want is always good (Romans 8:28). It is glory for Me and mercy and grace for you. I have a plan; it is a deliberate pattern. It is seen in the word, through My Son. It is also written in the word, through My Torah. I will sum it up; I know it will help you.
The stricter your obedience, the more distinct My voice becomes! The more effort you put into knowing Me, the more I reveal Myself. “Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” (Matthew 13:16) The more you give Me your heart (mind), the more I mold it to increase its capacity to love. “Draw near to the Mighty One and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)
I know you understand; it is My Spirit in you that I Am speaking to (Romans 8:9). My words are true and they will inspire your effort! Your reward: an everlasting conscience that is free of sin.
How much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to the Almighty, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Mighty One? (Hebrews 9:14)