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It’s all a Test
(#215 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
He turned their heart to hate His people, to conspire against His servants. (Psalm 105:25)
“This is just a test! This is just a test!” Should I make this announcement to you every day? Need I constantly remind you that it is a test; or rather, would it be more effective if I simply reminded you to believe Me? You do realize that I give liberally to all who ask, but not to those who ask with doubt in their hearts (minds). “Hmmm?” trials, testing, asking for wisdom, doubting, or better yet, “NOT DOUBTING!” Sounds just like James 1:2-8. What is it all for? It is so you will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Would you prefer a different type of Father other than Me? Is there one whom would serve you better? Not just for protection child, but for growth as well? What exactly is the race Shaul reminded you to run? What is My kingdom? It is perfection in consciousness I tell you! The race is for perfection, a race into My kingdom of perfection. Therefore we also, having so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
Stop proclaiming your deep love for Us, while you continue to cower at the first signs of affliction. How can you be perfect and yet fear man, or fear anything for that matter? Here is something deep to contemplate; how can you be perfect and doubt My provision and protection? Every time you doubt, you are telling Me, “I don’t trust You!” Every time you carry guilt and shame you tell My Son, “Your shed blood could not have possibly covered this!”
Stop and listen; think! Your enemies are merely tools to train you. Your suffering and chastening. . .tools to train you. Perfection is the pattern, and the testing assures its completion; perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4). You will not change My patterns, for how can one further perfect perfection itself? Yes loved one, My patterns are perfect already. There can be no variation to what is already pure in every way. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
I do tempt I tell you, but I Am not tempted by evil nor do I tempt with evil. I use set-apart (holy) tempting, which is nothing else than spiritual testing, so you can build your spiritual muscles (spiritual equity). My tools of temptation often come in the shape of humans, disguised as enemies. Why do I say disguised? Because I have already commanded that you leave your “enemies” to Me, while you pray for their blessing. Therefore, if in Me there is “no shadow of turning,” then how can you really have enemies?
Do you not know that those who run in a race indeed all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to obtain it. (1 Corinthians 9:24) “This is a test! This is a test from your emergency, save your soul, Spirit broadcasting system!” Perceive! Adapt! Grasp! Move forward, and win the race!
(#214 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Highlighting verse 8: “Your wrong is for a man like yourself, and your righteousness for a son of man.”
Brace yourself and answer a few questions for Me. Do I need you to stop sinning for My benefit? Is your righteousness going to make Me more Holy? Can you perceive why I ask these questions? Of course it is for your benefit alone that sinlessness and righteousness envelope your life. Is it not true that you are being brought to My level once all things are perfected? So you see, the entire scope of My word is your guide to become like Me and forever live with Me. My presence has nothing flawed near it. Can sin crouch at My doorstep? Must I master it? It is you who must! (Genesis 4:7)
The reason I illuminate these things is so that you do not lose heart (mental stamina for righteousness) when affliction visits your doorstep. Had you come willingly it would not be so. That’s right My child; your rejection of anything I desire of you is really your rejection of My presence. It is for your benefit that your punishment comes, and it is for you that there are rewards for obedience. Would I tempt you to righteousness? Of course I will! It is the only way for My stiff-necked ones. What I Am saying here inspires many reactions, many “attitudes” so to speak. I see them all! Some of you think that My longsuffering means I turn My eyes away from your sins. Would you really want Me to leave you in such a sad state? Others of you behave as if your sacrifice and obedience makes Me better in some fashion. No, I will not entertain this frivolity either.
It is for you My child. All of it is for your benefit: the life, the commands, the consequences, the blessings, and the resurrection, all of it. It is all so that you will become suitable to stand in My presence forever. Yes dear one, the painful valleys come; the times when I must force you to change. But remember always, I force you because I love you; and because I love you, I benefit you in every way. I promise to complete the work I started in you (Philippians 1:6).
So, if it is all for you, then what is the benefit for Me? It is the perfected child, which is why I sent My Son; this is where My glory resides.
Do you think this is right? Do you say, “My righteousness is more than that of the Almighty?” For you say, “Of what use is it to you? What do I gain more than if I had sinned?” Let me answer you and your friends with you. Look at the heavens, and see. And consider the clouds which are higher than you. If you sin, what would you do against Him? If your transgressions are increased, what would you do to Him? If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand? Your wrong is for a man like yourself, and your righteousness for a son of man. (Job 35:2-8)
Life to Death to True Life
(#213 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Let this mind be in you which was also in the Messiah Yahshua, who, being in the form [spiritual likeness] of the Mighty One did not regard equality with the Mighty One a matter to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and came to be in the likeness of men. And having been found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of a stake. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Obedience: following orders, commands, and instructions.
My Son Yahshua was obedient. He obeyed Me when I told Him to, “Go die.” I marvel at your limited perception of this act of obedience. Was the only price He paid His life, His physical life? Was that the great sacrifice which became the propitiation of your sins? No loved one. It was that He would be forever different, His position altered; and He knew it! He stepped out of Heaven knowing He could never again return the same, never! Yet, His reply was poetically simple; “Yes Father.”
I watch you daily in your praise of His act. I hear you in your weekly gatherings. Such wonder and awe you ascribe to Him. When He whispers in My right ear about you, may I tell you what He says? “How come so many of them miss it Father? They sing about Me; they worship Me; yet they don’t really know Me or the full price I paid. They know ‘things’ about Me, but they do not really know Me.” My answer to Him, “They have yet to escape their fear, anxiety, and pride; in one word, their idolatry.”
Idolatry: preferring your own beliefs over what Yahweh says about anything and everything.
Have I not spoken the very same words to you? “Go die My son, My daughter, My bride.” The hour has come; the pattern will be fulfilled. I ordered His death so that you would die as well. The religious love to proclaim how they are “new creations” without explaining why. The purpose and pattern are all right here: Romans 6:1-13. [And this is for you to read right now!]
From life: life to see your destructive ways, to see your transgressions.
To death: death to everything you have been made alive to see (your destructive ways and transgressions).
To true life: the new creation, the Spirit being which is both male and female. You were made alive to die and then to live. This is the pattern and there is no way around it.
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into the Messiah Yahshua were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His. 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—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:3-7)
Reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to Yahweh! Yes, life to death to true life.
Mark it Well
(#206 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
This is what happens when you forget about the patterns and blueprints for life (consciousness) I have given you. This is how it feels when you abandon My Covenant, forsaking My Law. So now that your misfortunes have reproved you and your afflictions rebuked you, will you turn back to Me?
How bad is it? How bitter is the feeling of the void that exists between us? Child, it is you who left, not Me. It is you who decided to go your own way. Mark it well, the feeling you feel this very moment (thoughts other than completeness in Me): “Bitterness?” “Hopelessness?” “Fear?” “Resentment?” “Doubt?” “Pride?” Have I created these in you? Do I destroy those whom My Son saved?
Your solution is in My word loved one. I have made it so that only one thing cures all ailments of the mind; there is only one antidote to the five-sense world. And that is. . .awe! Yes, a reverent awe of Me! If you had given Me proper position in your life–Me first, Me second, Me third, and Me last, then you would have already learned that your battles belong to Me. Have I not declared, “Seek Me first!” (Matthew 6:33) Do not seek things from Me; rather, seek Me! Either I Am the very thing that will fill every desire of your heart (center of intellect), or I Am insufficient and you need more than Me. It is good for you to wrestle with this reality loved one, for when you emerge from the battle, you will be free! Do you understand this pattern yet? I give joy, peace, love and more to those who follow the blueprint.
“Bitterness?” “Hopelessness?” “Fear?” “Resentment?” “Doubt?” “Pride?” Every manifestation of mind strife is also a pattern I’ve created. But, they are not intended for wallowing in by those who bear My mark, the mark of the redeemed. For those who claim I do not exist, all of these mindsets of bondage, and internal feelings of turmoil and discord, shall follow them into eternity. But for you, these “feelings” act as guardians! They are guardians given to you as a measure of My love, because the death contained in their emotional energy drives you back to the chief pattern; Awe!
Listen to words spoken to you through Jeremiah the Prophet: “Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you have forsaken Yahweh your Mighty One and have no awe of Me, declares Yahweh, Yahweh Almighty.” (Jeremiah 2:19)
Mark it well and remember My child. With each and every thought that enters into your mind’s eye, mark it well and remember!
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Here is the prayer I do daily every morning
narrated by Gerry Conway
(#205 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
What is it with mortals? Yes, I could mean you! This question is not an exercise in futility or for My amusement; I ask questions because I seek answers. Men are but a mere breath, mortals, illusions, that if placed on a scale, all together would weigh less than air. How does this make you feel; how might this fact affect your actions? Ponder this My child; scrutinize those words; “Men are but a mere breath…” Am I not the rewarder of those who diligently seek Me? (Hebrews 11:6) Won’t I “reward” all deeds, both good and bad? I see everything and I reckon all things, beginning with your thoughts. Remember, mindsets precede actions!
The complication, My child, is that you simply don’t believe My words; this is the crux of your pain. Your discomfort and your dis-ease are fruits of unbelief, your choice of unbelief. The irony is that so many of your choices require effort to not trust Me. They encompass decisions, yes decisions which are riddled with fear and pride, all because you choose not to trust Me. You expend more effort to not believe, when all I require is faith. The battle in your mind: To be or not to be, and this about Me! Simple faith–this will answer every question, solve every mystery, conquer every fear, and open new revelation.
Repent! Without faith it is impossible to please Me (Hebrews 11:6). Has not My Son set the stage for a direct line of communication between us? Listen to Me; My longsuffering allows you to continue in unbelief, yet My love empowers change. Repent of your unbelief and step over. What other creation of Mine has the opportunity to change their existence? Mortal, only you can become immortal. I give you the chance to be eternal. Repent of your unbelief; take Me at My word. It is not simply that you can bet your life (consciousness) on it; it’s that you must!
My Glory, My Way
(#204 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Is My glory best revealed in your strength; is it manifest mostly on the mountaintop? Of the many prayers I hear throughout the day, the preponderance of them are words of gratitude and thankfulness when times are “good.” Yes, I certainly receive praise when all is well in your world. However, let Me remind you of how My Kingdom operates. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) When you are weak, then you are strong, because only in your weakness can My strength manifest in you (v. 10). And “Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it.” (Luke 17:33)
Will you leave it up to Me to decide how I will be glorified? Would it surprise you that My glory is revealed (increases) when you become less (decrease)? (John 3:30) Yes child, I want you to rejoice when things go well in life, but My glory comes when you trust Me and rejoice in the valleys (Job 13:15). If I told you the valleys are really the mountaintops, would it help? My prophets have said to “rejoice always,” and specifically when you can’t see your way clearly. I, who created all things, receive joy when I reveal My strong arm on your behalf. Loved ones, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that is coming upon you, to try you, as though some unusual matter has befallen you, but as you share in the Messiah’s sufferings, rejoice, in order that you might rejoice exultingly at the revelation of His glory. (1 Peter 4:12-13) I allow “fiery trials” so that I can do miraculous things on your behalf, for My glory.
You are My greatest creation, and I delight in doing the “impossible” for you. Remember, you are more than conquerors; yes, you are more! (Romans 8:37) Know that I exist in everything and everything will bow to Me in time. Please enjoy the daily things I offer you as part of life on earth, but don’t forget My glory comes in ways that you do not have the ability to perceive, until I release My revelation. It is then that you will have your moment of awe and wonder.
(#203 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill. And My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them. (Ezekiel 34:6)
You build and build, seeking to expand. You have convinced yourself that the number of people (How many fill the building?) is indicative of My blessing. When did I ask you to do a census? My work is done in the wilderness; you desire plush carpets and air conditioning. Oh that I could get you to willingly focus on the power and not the position. The power I speak of is not what humans perceive. Shaul understood: “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of the Mighty One.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
My power births forth from the valley (the place of the broken ego). “[Shaul] was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.” (1 Corinthians 2:3) You seek to impress; I seek to restore. Is it you who saves? Do any of your efforts lead to salvation? No I say! You merely point to My Son, My salvation. I don’t need your agendas, your timelines, your festivals, or your traditions. I look and seek out the broken hearts (minds) (Psalm 34:18). My ministry is done in the valleys; yet you desire plush accommodation. Those I seek are in captivity, while yours dress for pomp and position.
You profess to search for the lost. Where is your prison ministry? Where are your homeless shelters? Oh Yes, I know, “I tithe to those ministries,” you tell others. Where is your pure religion, shepherds? (James 1:27)
When the buildings decay and agendas are disrupted, what is left of you? You were meant to build leaders, yet you have nothing but followers. Sheep guiding sheep; have you forgotten My decree that blind men lead blind men into pits? (Luke 6:39) Where are the real shepherds? Where are the ones who truly consider others better than themselves? Who will mimic My Son? Who will die for the benefit of others? You can barely handle doctrinal disagreements; how will you love your betrayers? How will you love those who spit upon you?
I Am looking for the shepherds, true shepherds for the Exodus to come. Who will join Me? Therefore, if there is any encouragement in the Messiah, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, one in being and of purpose, doing none at all through selfishness or self-conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each one should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:1-4)
Oh that these words would pierce you!
Mind Load 2
(#202 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Messengers: those sent on official business; the official messenger or “message” of Yahweh Himself. Because of the fall (the idea that you could choose rather than obey), even the messages need to be filtered through the Kingdom within (sifted like wheat). This requires the forsaking of all temptations of the ego itself. We spoke last time of the humility needed for the true messengers.
Some messengers speak directly to you loved one. “Are they not all ministering spirits [not flesh] sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14) They may whisper to your mind resulting in thoughts that, at once, cause a conviction to do what you would have never before considered doing. And of the malakim [erroneously called angels] He says: “Who makes His malakim spirits and His ministers a flame of fire [conviction].” (Hebrews 1:7) These supernatural implants are directly from Yahweh into the conscience of His redeemed, and those under His judgment. They are, at each specific instance, the malak of Yahweh.
In Hebrew the word malak (mal-awk’) means to dispatch a messenger. From Genesis to Malachi, the use of this word is understood as “sent message” planted into the conscience of the mind of man, redeemed or judged. Your tendency to only see (perceive) in the physical realm leaves you vulnerable, vulnerable to believe that the message must be delivered by a being, even a spirit being, on whom you must drape a physical form or likeness.
The Hebrew Scriptures never discuss malak as having any specific “form.” In addition, there is no word in the Hebrew language that translates into “angel.” It would not be until Grecian times that the word “aggelos” would even appear. And even then, the true intent of the definition of a malak, as denoting a “message” and not always a “messenger,” was better understood. Later on, a sent message, either individual or corporate, always seemed to take on a physical form to satisfy the human eye, rather than for the perceptions of the human mind. The choice was carnality over spirituality loved one.
This very message (malak) is being delivered to you, not from “angelic” beings, but from Yahweh Himself. He does this through His seed planting process within you, which always is expressed through the malakim. For instance, the malak “Michayl” (Michael) is that which has been placed within you that would elevate your wisdom of Yahweh. It makes you cry out, “Who is like Yahweh,” which is the very meaning of the name Michayl!
Through proper understanding of the visitations you’ve had since your realization of redemption, you can then appreciate the many accounts wherein Yahweh has visited you through a miraculous internal process. How many of you can be honest enough to confess that you have been trained to believe that some of the greatest miracles you witness will involve a visitation from some outside source, and yet, it rarely ever happens, thus leaving you wondering if maybe you are in the right place with your Creator? It’s a trap loved one; a trap purposely set by those who would deny the authority of Yahweh and have you believe in pagan rituals. But no more! Show yourself worthy to conform to the truth of the only One who gets to declare your worth.
For now, you are receiving the messages for yourself, and perhaps others, and the messages have the greater rule. You have been made a little lower than them (Hebrews 2:7). But, one day you shall rule over these messages. You will become One as they are One. And then, you become the message! Haven’t you already acknowledged this very process before? The word becomes flesh. In other words, the fullness of all of Yahweh’s commands manifest in the physical. Now it’s your turn!
“Go therefore. . .!” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Mind Load 1
(#201 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“Brothers, if a man is indeed overtaken in some sin, you who are spiritual restore him in a spirit of humility [gentleness], considering yourself [your own shortcomings] lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s trials and burdens and so fulfill the Laws of [Yahweh] through the Messiah. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each person examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. Each man shall bear his own load.” (Galatians 6:1-5)
Of course, the fruit of obedience to your individual calling has personal, and at times even private implications. Yet, many still fail to understand how to measure the fruit. This is because bearing fruit was never contingent upon, or measured by how others might react to your obedience. This is a crucial distinction to comprehend!
Actually, bearing fruit is often contrary to the opinions of others. He who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17) In essence, it rarely matters what others think or how they respond. Therefore, if you assess your fruit by the reaction of others to your obedience, you have neglected this scriptural blueprint. Consider Yahshua for instance; His disciples denied His call to obey His “personal” crucifixion (death of self), and so would have you. Yet, what magnificent fruit His obedience yielded, despite the opposition! Is it therefore too difficult for you to comprehend that no one is going to support you in yours (obedience unto death of self)?
As you fulfill your obligations to the Almighty Father, you would do well to seek your rewards within (mental poise, balance, peace, and joy), and not from outside (physical and verbal affirmation from other people or things). Why again is this so crucial? Because, if you are indeed a “messenger” of Yahweh, then like the Messiah, a great portion of your work of obedience will be to correct the errors of those you call brothers and sisters. In this appointed work, great humility and meekness is necessary.
Now, here is a notice and a warning! The notice is found on the surface in Galatians 6; “Let each person examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” But, to find the warning, we must go deeper. If your exhortations and corrections towards others sound like this, “How dare you!” rather than, “I love you; and no matter what, I would never forsake you,” then you are not fully prepared for the work of a messenger. There is still internal work to be done, before you can offer correction with the power of a lion and with the meekness of a lamb.
The messenger of Yahweh is one who has been sifted, purged, plucked, pruned, and quite frankly, stomped on by Yahweh Himself, just as He promised to do, and then did, to His only Begotten Son. There is no “self” righteousness among these, the messengers. Their work is a reverent one and their reward is very personal. It is private; it is singular; and it is quite often unseen by others.
Remember the pattern of the messenger loved one. It cannot be forced, only earned.