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Death of the Upright
(#231 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Balaam understood that even if it required death to partake in the promises of Israyl, it was an inheritance to be coveted.
“Who can count Jacob’s descendants, as numerous as dust?
Who can count even a fourth of Israyl’s people?
Let me die like the upright; let my life end like theirs.” (Numbers 23:10)
Balaam recognized that those who were chosen to become heirs to the name of “Israyl” were inheriting something greater than land; he was seeing the eternal. It was not through the law that Abraham and his descendants received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. (Romans 4:13) For not all who are descended from Israyl are Israyl. Those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of the Almighty; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. (Romans 9:6, 8)
Who are the children of the promise; who then is Israyl? Israyl: one who prevails with or overcomes with the Mighty One. What a legacy! Balaam was seeing with prophetic eyes, not just natural eyes. It was more than worldly protection that inspired him; it was the promise of their everlasting inheritance. Yes, what Balaam saw in the prophetic was the inheritance of those who would walk with Yahweh through the shed blood (life force) of Yahshua. And he claimed that he would gladly die for it. “Let me die like the upright; let my life end like theirs.” Can you imagine? It was as if he could have professed, “For [I] died, and [my] life is now hidden with the Messiah in the Mighty One.” (Colossians 3:3)
Israyl was a protected and supernaturally guided people who had a destiny to be envied. They were blessed coming in and blessed going out (Deuteronomy 28:6). Balaam declared, “There is a people that dwells apart, not reckoned among the nations.” (Numbers 23:9) Yes, they are a people raised so high that they are not to be counted among the gentiles. [They] are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the Almighty’s special possession, that [they] may declare the praises of Him who called [them] out of darkness into His wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9) And “they” means “you!”
Is your heart stirred like Balaam’s? Are you as excited about your inheritance as Balaam was desirous of it? Are you walking in the fullness of gratitude that you should when given such a spectacular gift, willing to die for it? Be honest; if you know you have diminished appreciation for what was offered to you by the shed blood of Yahshua, perhaps you might come naked and bare before the Father. Perhaps you might seek forgiveness for living as a pauper, when you really have royal (holy) blood (life force) coursing in your veins (pathways of thought).
Or, perhaps you are in danger of forfeiting your inherited identity because you, like Balaam, only claim a willingness to die for it, yet resist the actual death necessary to attain it. Balaam’s words and the true intent of his heart never merged as one, and this was a curse unto him (Deuteronomy 23:5, Jude 1:11, Revelation 2:14).
The journey to riches begins in the mind. Take some time today to contemplate your inheritance. You must first believe that you are royalty to become royalty. And royalty implies rulership; Yahweh requires much from His rulers. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48)
Rulers must also understand that they are called to worship in the valleys, just as on the mountaintops. Embrace your inheritance, and like Solomon pray, “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of Yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10) Then, take your rightful portion and rejoice in it. Rejoice I say, rejoice!
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(#200 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
www.sufferwell.orgImagine, if you will, a tuning fork. Its purpose, when struck, is to bring everything around it in tune with itself. Energy or vibration can be measured by what is known as frequency. The human spirit has a frequency as well and, although every one of us is gifted with a unique frequency, those of us who are born again, born of the Spirit of the Mighty Creator, are called to come into unison with Him. There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4)
He is the perfect Source, the Supernatural pitch. When we align with His power (Spirit, frequency), we then live in a perfect place and are perfectly positioned to do His will. Has it not been said that “in His presence is peace and joy?” (Psalm 16:11) It is in His presence that we are perfectly in tune and can hear the voice (Spirit, frequency, power) of our Heavenly Father.
As we are told, “He is in us and we are in Him because He has given us His Spirit.” (1 John 4:13) It is for this reason we can be in perfect pitch with Him and, furthermore, we can never truly stay away from the perfect source of our strength. Yes, though we may stray, we are never fully separated from that which makes perfect music together. Should I stumble that I should fall? Certainly not! (Romans 11:11) Nothing can separate us from the love of Yahweh which is in the Messiah Yahshua our Master (Romans 8:39).
We are called to be one unified energy (spirit people) all working together in a unified manner. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Master, one faith, one baptism; one Mighty One and Father of all [whom have been chosen], who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
All of this pitch, energy, vibration, and frequency talk is true, and yet you need to be careful about getting lost in the science of the many “new age” movements. We enlightened ones do this by acknowledging the shed (removed) blood (carnal life force) of Yahshua. It is His shed blood alone that gave us the right to shed our own, and therefore align with the only pure source of energy–the Holy Spirit. And it is through worship that we acknowledge our redemption. Listen for the will of your Father and daily tune your instrument (mind) to receive. It is then, and only then, that you can truly give the words of life to a dying world.
We are in a race and we must run this race to win and not give up. That is why we must do our best not to get distracted and pace ourselves to win the race. The prize is far greater than we can comprehend with our human minds. Eternity awaits us!
King of More
(#150 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
I met a man, a humble man. He was humbled by patterns of affliction. His wife, taken from him in a foreign country and jailed for reasons unknown to him. His four children, missing for months and only recently discovered scattered among friends and relatives. Yes, he himself imprisoned with no way of communicating with any of them. He says to me, “What can I do but trust? Every day I pray and wait, and that somehow I would hear some news. I pray that my wife is ok, and that she is soon reunited with the children. I pray that one day we will all be together again. Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope. (Psalm 119:116)” He looked me in the eyes; I could see the depths of his soul. The word “surrendered” came to my mind. Like Job, everything was taken from him.
It is “natural” to consider such suffering and be grateful for what we have. It is the way we have programmed our minds, almost like “being content with settling.” We have these thoughts; “Well if he can be hopeful and he has it that bad, I feel ‘guilty’ for feeling bad. I should be more grateful, even though I desire more. Yes Father, I need to be content with what I have.”
Is this what Yahweh has for us? Is this more than we can ask for, think or imagine? (Ephesians 3:20) I declare that I would be amiss if I did not proclaim the contrary.
“You are the Father of more. You are the great I Am. You are the infinite One. I know this because You planted it in the heart You gave me. You have shown Yourself to be this way. For these reasons, I cannot settle. I want fullness of life, not just getting by. I need to believe in the abundant more Father. You are the King of more, and I come to You in obedience.”
Yes, my soul screams out “Abundance!” and with that Father, I leave it with You.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Break it Down
(#143 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Note from the editors: take a breath; clear your mind; and enjoy the ride!
Blessed [favored] are those [the ones who follow the pattern] whose strength [power, provision, purpose] is in You [Abba], who have [without guessing, moving forward] set [like in concrete, steadfast] their hearts [minds] on a pilgrimage [advancing, moving, no rust, no moths]. As they pass [yes, they leave and move on] the Valley [low places] of Baca [weeping], they [the ones operating in Abba’s power] make it [create a new thing] a place of springs [life, abundance, real reality]; the autumn [falling] rains [Spirit outpouring] also [as well as, doubly] cover [sustain] it [the mind in the valley] with pools [abundant blessing, overflow]. They [the blessed ones] go [keep moving] from strength [trust in Yahweh] to strength [more trust in Yahweh, closer to perfection] till each appears [kneels] before the Mighty One [Yahweh] in Zion [un-obstruction, perfection, a pure mind].
Here is a powerful paraphrase for your edification:
Favored are the ones who follow the pattern, whose provision and purpose are in the Father, who move forward without guessing and with steadfast minds advance. They leave the lower place of weeping by operating in Abba’s power and create something new, a place of abundance; the Holy Spirit pouring out in double portion is what sustains their new thinking with abundant overflow and blessings. These blessed children of Yahweh continue to move from trusting in Yahweh to even more trust in Yahweh as they approach perfection, until each kneels before the Mighty One with a perfect, un-obstructed, pure mind.
Choose This Day, or I Will
(#139 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Please read Deuteronomy 28:1-12 before you continue:
If you fully obey Yahweh your Mighty One and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, Yahweh your Mighty One will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey Yahweh your Mighty One:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
Yahweh will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
Yahweh will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. Yahweh your Mighty One will bless you in the land He is giving you. Yahweh will establish you as His holy people, as He promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of Yahweh your Mighty One and walk in obedience to Him.
Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of Yahweh, and they will fear you.
Yahweh will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land He swore to your ancestors to give you.
Yahweh will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.
You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
If you fully obey…
Blessed above all nations.
Blessed in the city.
Blessed in the country.
Blessed in your womb.
Blessed with your crops.
Blessed with your flocks.
Blessed in your basket.
Blessed in your coming and going.
Blessed in victory over your enemies; they will flee from you, in seven ways.
Blessed in your barns.
Blessed with your hands.
Blessed in the land.
Blessed in holiness.
Blessed with prosperity.
Blessed from the heavens.
Blessed in lending.
Blessed as the head.
The key phrase among all these blessings is, “If you fully obey!” Do you see the beauty of it, the “it” being your obedience? Doesn’t it sound abundant? Yahweh says, “I have a special plan for you, a plan to bless you. I only want goodness for you.
Doesn’t My Son’s death prove that to you? I desire and I will have your obedience.
If you would you like to see how adamant I Am about blessing you, read about My curses for disobedience in Deuteronomy 28:15-68.
Yes, I will make sure you get your blessings. Soon My child, pleasing Me will be your only desire.
Worthy of Me
(#128 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his stake and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:37-39)
Do you “love” the gift more than the Giver? Do you take more pleasure in your family than the One who created not only the concept of the family, but your family itself? “The family as a concept?” you question. Yes, it is a pattern on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). The family was created as a shadow of My heavenly realm, My heavenly family. How then could you prefer the family I created for you over Me? May I expose your top three reasons? It is not that I don’t understand your decisions to place them above Me, even if unintended. I know your heart; it too is a creation of Mine.
#Three: You claim that loving them is loving Me.
#Two: My father and mother never loved me properly, so I vowed to do it right.
#One: We can touch them, hold them, feel them, and see them.
Love is also something I created so you could know Me, My character, and My nature (1 Corinthians 13). If you are “in love”, you are in Me. I Am love. If you are in Me, then you are not “in error.” Choosing family above Me is error. Once you have properly connected with Me, in love, only then may you properly love others. Again, you cannot love apart from Me. I Am love. I cannot be separated from love. All love contains Me. I define love; none of your ideas of love are correct apart from Me.
Here are My top three ways to help remedy your problem.
#Two: Open your heart (mind) to Me first.
#Three: Spend time with Me so you can learn how to love.
Soon and very soon, My child, you will realize that because of My love you are worthy of Me and all the love that I offer. I Am in love with you.
This I Know
(#122 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
When can you truly be “free?” It’s complex, yet so very simple. It’s merely a matter of “self” realization. Freedom can only come from the realization that the ego exists as part of your carnal nature, and that the carnal nature is one of total wickedness. Couple the awareness of this with the implantation of the Spirit of Yahweh into the conscience, and therewith, the idea of freedom becomes a realization, but not yet realized.
Paul speaks of “flesh vs. Spirit” and reveals, in part, the answer that is being elaborated here. Yes, the answer lies in this simple thought: “So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please the Almighty. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of the Mighty One dwells in you.” (Romans 8:8-9) I now realize that everything about my “self” (carnal nature) must decrease in order to become everything He desires for me. I must decrease! (John 3:30) This is most certainly a key component to the pattern of freedom, and must transform every thought within; but it is not the totality of the pattern.
The next step comes from obedience to step one; the realization that “On my own I shall never be good, ever!” By continually acknowledging this portion of the pattern, a new reality is birthed into consciousness, and it will sound something like this:
“Father, I am ready for the transformation, a complete shift from carnal to spiritual in all areas of my thought life. I believe that what first qualifies me is the presence of Your Spirit in me. And then when You do transform me and set me free, that the persistent recognition of it stirs this confession within; ‘I could have never done this, nor would I have ever wanted this goodness and purity apart from You.’”
It’s so very—perfect!
This is the only answer for a Coronavirus Cure.
I Need That
(#067 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Father, when a word I give helps another, I need that.
When I dream of how Your blessings are coming and someone confirms it, I need that.
When I pray to You and sense Your strong presence, I need that.
When friends and loved ones pray for me, I need that.
When my children can still find joy in You even while I suffer, I need that.
When my children desire to stay intimate with me, I need that.
When I pray and You answer, I need that.
When I ask You to show me the way and You do, I need that.
The faith to trust what I cannot see, I need that.
Daily hope, I need that.
Whispers from Your Spirit, I need that.
Words of affirmation, I need that.
Favor, I need that.
Forgiveness, I need that.
Wisdom and knowledge, I need that.
Humility and meekness, I need that.
The ability to sing no matter the circumstance, I need that.
The heart to continually worship, I need that.
Courage, I need that.
Strength to stand before my Goliath, I need that.
Peace and prosperity, I need that.
Father, you provide all we need because You promise that we shall not want (Psalm 23). You promise that through the knowledge and understanding of You we will have all we need for life. Please fill our hearts so completely that we would no longer are aware of what we need.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of the Almighty and the Master Yahshua Messiah, as His Spiritual power has given to us all things that pertain to life and being conformed to His Mighty image, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the spiritual nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4)