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Cut to the Chase – Like a Flint
(#095 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)www.sufferwell.org
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not turn aside to the right or the left; keep your feet from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27)
A flint is a hard gray mineral quartz that produces a spark when struck by steel. When you set your face like a flint, you should expect “sparks to fly!” Sparks produce heat; without the heat, the flint is not displaying the depth of its full potential.
There is no turning back Father. Although both the road and the gate that lead to Your presence are narrow, and move in one direction, my face (conscious countenance) prays this: “I will not turn back! I will not stop seeking the One way, nor slow down on the road to it! Victory is my finish line and I will run this race for the ultimate prize. I will be conformed to Your likeness! It is right and it is true; my face is set like a flint, and the sparks and the heat are signs that I am close. Set me ablaze Abba!”
For the Master Yahweh will help me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I will not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50:7)
Bearing His Yoke
(#094 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for Yahweh has laid it on him… Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. (Lamentations 3:27-28, 32)
I wake up alone, no wife by my side. I hear the voice of my children, but only in my mind. Yes my Father, this yoke is different. This one is not easy. This yoke brings me so far from light, locked in with no direct sunlight, no direct SON light. I must work my way back. “Let him be filled with disgrace,” (v. 30) You said. Certainly, all Your words come to pass. All of what I thought represented freedom is gone. “Lock down,” my captors cry out. The doors shut. I am confined. My dwelling is no larger than a pantry closet. I am alone, in silence.
Your word says, “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked shall be brought down by calamity.” (Proverbs 24:16) Slowly, I rise. The enemy tries ever-harder to keep me down. Does he know You will not let me fall Father? Have You revealed to him that I shall not be put to shame, or condemned? Does he know that his minions will soon be at peace with me? Does he know I am one of Yours?
All of this pain, betrayal, and loss; “It is good,” You say. [I] know that in all things [You] work for the good of those who love [You], who have been called according to [Your] purpose. (Romans 8:28) Therefore Father, I will trust in You, for where else can I go? May I rise Father? Have I learned my lesson; this life lesson? Shall I bear more? I will do as You say. “Rejoice in Me alone, in Me alone.” These are Your words.
How many of you are ready to take ownership for your thoughts and actions and become new in Yeshua.
We Did This
(#093 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
You have learned about patterns throughout your devotion time. The patterns of Yahweh are perfect every time. They are always meant to bless you, always meant to advance. They are always righteous even when enacting judgment.
But, what about you? What about us? What about the patterns of man (ego)? Think about the patterns that pass from generation to generation. Consider the patterns that have us locked in our worlds of pain, even now.
May we explain something to you? May we present the hard fact? Peace, be still; it is a fact that ultimately leads to freedom. Whatever pain you are experiencing, whether from the past or the present, it is caused by the sin of man. Take a deep breath and slow your mind. Take it in. This is a very delicate issue and must be dealt with in the heart of all true believers, so we cannot push it aside any longer. There are no victims in Yahweh’s house. We say it again. There are no victims in Yahweh’s house.
Let us phrase it this way. Is there any sin that you are not at risk of committing? Can you truly say that you are not capable of the “worst” sins? Could you commit murder, for instance? Yes, you see, it begins in the heart (center of intellect). For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:19) Yes, you have murdered. Adultery? Yes, that too. Fornication, theft, lying, blasphemy, you ponder? If you think it, you have done it. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7) Yes, read Matthew 5:21-30.
This is the Kingdom of Yahweh. This is how He designed it; a perfect pattern. So, is the thought exactly like the act then? Actually, from a human perspective, in many instances, no. A murderer, who actually takes a human life, will sit in prison as a consequence. One who murders in his heart (yes, still murder), may or may not see a physical prison. But, the bars that surround his conscience, and defile it, will imprison him nonetheless. In Yahweh’s Kingdom (perfect thought and therefore perfect perspective), there is no variation of sin. Sin is sin, and all is forgivable. There is no variation. Be glad! All is forgivable.
So what are we saying? None are innocent! A child sinner turns into the adult sinner and sin has consequences. Consequences can be felt by all humans. It is man who creates victims, not Yahweh. Yahweh has no victims in His family. Death is a human experience; there is no death in His Kingdom. Pain is a human experience; there is no pain in His Kingdom. Violence is a human experience; there is no violence in His Kingdom.
Do not disengage from this exercise. Do not deny this pattern’s existence. Grieving is necessary, but grieving is of our kingdom, not His. Have this mind in you. “I am capable of the worst sins. This alone opens the door to my pain and the pain of those around me. Disease and death are caused by my sin. I shall sin no more.”
This is the mind that steps closer to the goal of perfection, the mind of Yahshua the Messiah (1 Corinthians 2:16). Have this mind in you. Teach it to your children and grandchildren. Whom Yahshua (Yahweh saves) sets free, is free indeed. (John 8:36)
(#092 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
I will know that you stand firm in One Spirit, contending in One mind for the faith of the good news without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved, and that by the Almighty. (Philippians 1:27-28)
I will not leave this battlefield! I will raise no white flags! It’s not man that I fear, although you might think the tears are a sign of weakness. I know that I am to fear only Yahweh; it has been ingrained into my conscience. You might think that time away from my family will change my course, and in Him I say no. No! I will persevere in the strength of my Heavenly Father, for it is only in Him that I live and move and have my identity (Acts 17:28).
I hide under the shadow of His wings. I cry out, “Be merciful to me, O Mighty One, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” (Psalm 57:1) I declare to mankind, “Your battle is not with me, but with Him, and therefore my calamity will pass at your expense. Your hopes will be dashed, your tactics exposed. You are powerless in the name of Yahshua. You are defeated in the name of Yahshua. Your lies are exposed in the name of Yahshua. Yahweh will cause [my] enemies who rise against [me] to be defeated before [my] face; they shall come out against [me] one way and flee before [me] seven ways.” (Deuteronomy 28:7) “Your end has come. Cry uncle right now O man; surrender. Ask Yahweh for mercy or your wounds will only be more penetrating. Victory has come for me. Victory has come and it is in the power of the Name; Yahweh!”
(#091 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Oh Father, magnanimous are Your ways. How intimate is Your touch. How thought provoking are Your patterns. You have shown us something, something grand, a life-changing concept.
May I share with you, the reader, what He has done? May I pose a question to enable you to experience the revelation of this mystery? How do you make an insecure person, who felt rejection his whole life, let go of his insecurity? Not yet; there’s more. This man spent his entire life gratifying his own needs and defending himself whenever he was not affirmed or felt rejected by others.
Let’s pose that question again in other words. How do you make a person, one whom could not accept rejection or disapproval in a positive way, into a secure and confident man? The answer: you lock him in a prison and have almost everyone he knows accuse him of wrong doing. And then you make it so that he cannot possibly respond to the accusations. That’s right, no phone and no personal visits, absolutely no contact at all. You stifle any ability for him to defend himself. You simply allow him to hear the accusations with no opportunity to answer. You stand by and watch him in complete agony for months. Then, all at once, he relives his childhood pain and memories of never being good enough. After that there is a resurrection, almost like a birth; he is stretched, contorted, pushed and squeezed; it’s a bloody scene. Just like the strain on the face of a newborn; it looks very painful. If you could see his pain you would know the truth, but the pain is private; no one will see it.
As time goes by you see calmness settle in, something new that has never existed before. This place of calm could only come to pass because of the forced pain, Yahweh’s intended, forced pain. You see a new creation developing. Revelation enters in. If he could get to you, you would hear the torn one say, “I did my best. I meant well. I made mistakes. That’s all I can offer right now.” But the accusers are not done. More insults, more accusations. And a supernatural interference will not allow him the opportunity to defend. Only what accuses him is allowed.
Still in a spiritual birth canal, this one who they shall one day believe, for now can only submit to the pressing, the pressing against all that cries out for “self” preservation. And then, new revelation; “Only what the Father thinks of me matters; I will not buy love anymore. It’s so real to me now. I know I am still young, but I finally understand His love. I feel new, fresh, and accepted. Because He say’s so, I am worthy.”
So now you can recognize this magnanimous pattern of Yahweh. Locked in a prison, He sets a man free. Still in prison but free. And I share with you, the reader, my tears, tears this very moment as I write. I write to you while I scream with my soul. “Only You Yahweh; only You could do this. Only You cared enough to do this. Only You cared enough to hurt me so You could heal me. Only You; only You! You did this; You did this! I see a new You! In love, You broke me; and then came supernatural healing. An entire life of pain is leaving. Yahshua, I love You for what You did. Your shed blood works; it really cleanses. The pain is leaving and love is its reward.”
(#090 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. (James 1:26)
Oh my King, I pray that a guard would remain on my tongue and that these lips would utter no deceit. If others curse me Father, silence will be my reaction. Remind me that I am but dust. Remind me quickly how my affirmation can only come from You. Yes, others may approve of me, but for how long and why? Only Your favor fills this soul of mine. Father, this Spirit You placed in me causes me to ponder many things, yet these three come to mind often:
1. First Father, is how remarkable it is that this Spirit you placed in me is not impressed with the praise of men. Yes, the Spirit that marks me is only truly energized by Your approval. Oh, how I treasure this new nugget of wisdom. I was created for love and only Your love towards me is the pure love the Spirit in me craves;
2. Second Father, is the depravity of men, even those who call themselves, “brothers.” How quickly they turn. You certainly did warn me that this would happen as they even consider it a service to You (John 16:2);
3. Third Father, is the reality that I am a daily target for the minions who would never consider losing their lives to find You; yes, because I bear Your mark. Their purpose is to destroy and harm Your children.
Again I say yes Father. Grant me the spirit of humility; may I be like dust to all men so that I might win some. Grace me with the wisdom to know when to speak and when to stay silent. I beg you My King, that you grant me this most precious of gifts. I will then serve You in silent adoration, waiting for my orders.
My (Your) Soul
(#089 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Show me the way I should go, for it is to You I lift up my soul. (Psalm 143:8)
And when I lift my soul (mind, will and emotions) to You Father, I leave it with You. I realize that taking back my soul leaves me with too many roads to travel, too many choices. This so easily removes me from the narrow path. How many times have I asked you to lead Father, only to change directions to serve my own desires? No more Father. No more I say! My own way leads to too many dead-end roads, too many accidents.
I have this vision Father; I see myself offering back to You the Spirit You gifted to me. I am longing for You to take back what is Yours and never let go. Never let it go anywhere, other than where You desire. Take over. I hand you back this Spirit in me, never again to alter its course in my own “self” desire. I want to be led in a way which overcomes the flesh mind so only the Spirit man can shine forth. Father, surround me with Your Spirit bubble. Immerse me completely!
Whatever you say Father, I will do. Every encounter, every decision, every plan of action, I will submit to You. Tell me what to do and it will be done. And Father, I do realize that at times I must step forward before You will speak. In these matters I will make a plan and proceed slowly, giving You full authority to change my course at any time. To You Father, I lift up Your (my) soul.
Arm of the Flesh
(#088 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Listen to Me, My precious little one; I would like you to consider My servant Mosheh (Moses) as an example of My absolute providence. I brought him up as a prince only to have his crown stripped from him. He would be a shepherd at the age of eighty, “an alien in a foreign land.” (Exodus 2:22) It was then that I called him to his true purpose, his created purpose. After forty years in exile My plan would begin, truly begin. Why did I strip him of his princely garb? Yes, he murdered, but I always knew he would. It’s what caused the murder that had to be removed. The arm of the flesh had to be removed, the desire to do anything other than what I purpose in his, and likewise, your life. If you pretend that whatever you want to do must be My will, you will wander in the wilderness. To get out, you must stay close to Me; you must stay connected.
The byproduct of the removal of the arm of flesh is humility and meekness, heavenly humility and meekness. From a murderer to the testimony, “What if they don’t believe me or listen to me?” “What if they say, ‘Yahweh did not appear to you?’” (Exodus 4:1) Please realize that the humility that I placed in Mosheh will also be placed in you. He would no longer be a man with murder in his heart. Now ready, prepared for every good work, Mosheh, a different man cries out, “O Yahweh, please send someone else by whose hand You may do it.” (Exodus 4:13) He was no longer supremely confident in his own ability. He was now a servant ready to be used. It was at this point that My chosen vessel was truly ready.
Know this My child; the talents you have are from Me. Have people noticed your attributes, the things that make you good at what you do? I will not waste those talents I placed in you. I will just make sure they are used for why I created you. If you are wandering in a foreign land right now, you might just rejoice. For it is here that the arm of flesh will be taken away and your new life brought to you. You do not need to wait forty years, however. Submit to Me now and enter your destiny My child. It is your precious predestined purpose.
True Children of Yahweh are to have NO fear or Anxiety! Fear and Anxiety are demons that try to attack us! See this video to understand more and learn how to release yourself from these demons. If you let fear in your life you are not using the gift that Yahweh has left you!
A Prisoner’s Request
(#087 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Father, this journey has been so long, and the road must still be traveled. Yes, You have shown me so much, so many things new. You whisper to me, “Don’t look back,” and I do my best to obey. You know all of my thoughts. Although I move forward at Your command, You know I have questions for You. These are questions in my mind (heart) and in my soul (conscious essence). I will ask them this one time, and not again if You give me courage to just ask only once, and then I will move forward as You say.
I wonder if I am supposed to have unspeakable joy while confined and away from my family and friends. Is it possible to have such a joy in my soul and be distant from the family I love so deeply? Can a man love his family too much? Is it a gift to have unspeakable joy while imprisoned, or must it be earned through constant praise and thanksgiving? What of those I am indebted to Father? Can I believe You have their best interests in mind and will you show me the path of restoration? Who do I owe Father? What shall I do to restore? What will I be Father? What will I do to provide for my family, to feel like a man? What is Your will for my livelihood? What of those who betrayed me Father? Do I forgive and forget, or forgive and find new friends?
I have been thinking about these things Father. I have learned enough to know that I can hand everything to You and trust You will guide me. As You know, putting these things on paper, these questions, was so I could move forward and practice this new faith. It is a faith that trusts that I can hand you all my hopes, all my dreams, and all my concerns, and that You won’t forget that I asked You what to do. For each question, I need Your answer and I will do as You say. I know if You ask it of me, You will provide the way to accomplish it. I don’t want to look back anymore Father. Today, I choose to move forward and trust in Your answers. I desire peace on every side Father, this is my request.
Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to the Almighty and the peace of the Mighty One, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your heart (mind) and soul through Yahshua the Messiah. (Philippians 4:6-7)
So few Words Needed
(#086 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
One Mind! And if One mind, then of course, One speech!
And how can an individual achieve this? “Yes Father,” and “May I Father?” no less, and no more.
We have talked about the ego and the “self” desire. Carnality, materiality, and sensuality, are all wrapped up in the mind of man. It will never make sense to that fallen mind that the patterns could be so “easy” and the yoke of Yahweh so “light,” but they are! It will take some of you forty years; others of you will go more quickly into the promise land and walk through your fears and find the gift of humility waiting for you. “Yes Father and this after, “May I Father?”
Could it really be so simple? What did He mean when He said His Son was “The final sacrifice?” (Hebrews 10:12) If we do some basic math, we would be correct in asserting the validity of an equation as such: “The amount of resistance from my own carnal self is directly related to my perception of how easy it is to be One with Yahweh.” If you believe Oneness with Yahweh is difficult, then you are fertilizing your carnality.
Remember, easy and light, not hard and heavy! This is how you succeed. Do you understand? If it is still not clear, let us remind you of the words of the prophet Jeremiah that we read yesterday in “Relinquish All.” They should help.
“O Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not his own; it is not man who walks, directing his own steps. O Yahweh, correct me, but with justice; not in Your anger, or You would bring me to nothing.” (Jeremiah 10:23-24)