This week has been dedicated to learning about CHANNAH-grace as taught by Paul to the Romans. In today’s passage, Romans 11:33--12:21, he urges us to put it all together (the Greek word translated “For” in 12:3 is Lego which means ‘put the ideas together, take a moment to stop and just think-meditate). You know that when you are born again, the Almighty gives you his Spirit. His breath to you (Spirit means breath and wind). You become alive in him instead of dead. He gives you CHANNAH-grace, which we have seen through the pictograph of the Hebrew letters for grace. (protected within the hedge of thorns, growing and moving on The Way-with insight from above). CHANNAH-grace is not just kindness for believers, it is a way of living worthy of the blood of Y’shua-Jesus.
|Par ici et par la|
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For
WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF YHVH, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? (Isaiah 40:13f)
WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? (Job 35:11, 41:11)
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
It is appropriate to warn you that, even though you will not lose your Salvation (or that Y’shua-Jesus which means Salvation, will not lose you), it is possible to step outside of the protection of CHANNAH-grace. Take a moment to open your Bible and read about the Prodigal Son. Luke 15: 11-32. This, in part, is the story of a beloved son who left the kingdom of his father and the fellowship of his brother for the things the world offered (1 John 2:16). The Father let him go. He was never anything but a son to the father, nor was he forgotten by the father. The fruit of his life, of living as a friend of the world, was shame. The father did not shame him, but the world devoured everything he had and reduced him to poverty, until he came to his senses.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Oddly enough, the words translated “sound judgment” or “think soberly” in Romans 12:3 is the same word used to communicate that the prodigal son came to his “right mind”.
For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving YHVH; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Beloved, if you are living in the protective hedge of CHANNAH-grace, you have constant access to a generous measure of this “sound judgment”. But, if you find that you have lost your way, lured like some stupid fish chasing a pretty thing or a bright tid-bit and fear you cannot release yourself from the hook that is controlling your life, let me encourage you. Turn to Y’shua-Jesus. When we confess our sins, he is faithful, and just, to forgive us of our sin and lead us in the everlasting way. (1 John 1:9) He pulls out the hook. Instead of dragging us, he leads and guides us as a shepherd. It starts with humble repentance. The result is Glory! You can do this!
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written,
"VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," (Proverbs 20:22 and 24:29) says YHVH
"BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD." (Proverbs 25:21-22)Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. nasu
May 13. 2016