Monday, December 11, 2017

Psalm 101

 ...choose for yourselves today whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serve YHVH. Joshua 24:15 
I will sing of lovingkindness (grace) and justice, to Thee O YHVH (LORD) I will sing praises. #Psalm 101:1
I love the pretty words of the valiant warrior, King David. These are the phrases that are easy to file away in the memory box of my heart. When shared with other believers they provide an almost patriotic feel for the Kingdom of Heaven. It isn't until the first shots of the enemy go hissing past my ear that the realization that they are not just pretty words snaps to the center of my soul. We are in a war with powerful and wicked beings whose food is hate. 

"You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you then He who is in the world. 1John 4:4
The call of the warrior is to hold the line, to stand firm against the unseen enemy. The bulk of Psalm 101 is a list of what that will look like, given in a series of "I will... " statements. Of first importance is to pay close attention to The Way. The physical instructions of Torah that can only be accomplished by the Life of the Son of God in your heart.
101:1 Give heed to the blameless Way.
How? Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of Truth. 2Timothy 2:15

101:2 walk (live) with integrity in the privacy of my own home.101:3 protect my eyes from visual evil101:4 not participate in what is evil101:5 destroy those who slander my neighbors 
The voice seems to change from that of King David to the Almighty at verse 101:6 with statements of a warriors reward.

101:6 His eyes are on you (He never leaves us Matt 28:20)101:8 He will daily destroy the wicked of the land 
But be careful how you live. 101:7 Speaking falsehood or decite will cause you to destroy yourself before the God of Truth (John 8:44)
Knowing myself, how is this life possible? Y'shua- Jesus Himself said, "...with God all things are possible." Stand firm dear warrior!
Debs in Everett, Washington

Psalm 75

 Psalm 75
Where does your strength, your power come from? Maybe, like Hannah in the book of Samuel, you do not think you have any power at all. Psalm 75 is for you. Don't take my word for it, open your Bible and read it.
Psalms 75:1 For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.We give thanks to Thee, O God, we give thanks,For Thy name is near; men declare Thy wondrous works. 
75:1 The primary activity of believers is thanksgiving. Why? Thanksgiving acknowledges YHVH's will and control of your life. Please don't skip this important element of prayer. 
Psalm 75:2-82 "When I select an appointed time, it is I who judge with equity. 3 "The earth and all who dwell in it melt; it is I who have firmly set its pillars.    Selah4 "I said to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn; 5 Do not lift up your horn on high, do not speak with insolent pride.' "  6 For not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; 7 But God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another. 8 For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams; it is well mixed, and He pours out of this;Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs. 
 Powerlessness is thinking you are in control. 
75:2-8 Power and judgement.
Power is not found in achievements we may boast about, pride is not where power is found. Nor is it discovered in an indulgent life of wickedness. On a personal note, I am tempted to feel despair when I hear about the wickedness of American political figures and the powerful abusers in Hollywood. Why are they constantly given a pass for their evil crimes, their sin? How can they leave a trail of broken lives, how can they be so wealthy while the righteous are shot down as they come together to worship the Almighty or as the innocent listen to a band?

Psalm 75:7-8 The Cup 
A cup is in the hand of YHVH. It is the cup of judgement. I do not understand much about this cup, except that the contents are deadly. The wicked are not getting away with anything at all. 
All of us have sinned and sinners must drink from the cup as the penalty of our sin... but God 

We who come to Jesus--to Y'shua, have an empty cup. Y'shua drank it for us. 
John 18:11b "...the cup which the father has given me, shall I not drink it?" 

This is the cup of Psalm 75:8. He had no personal sin to pay for, so He was qualified and willing to pay for yours. His life for yours, your life for his. (Take a look at Matt 20:22-23; 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 42:22)
Psalm 75:9-109 But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 10 And all the horns of the wicked He will cut off, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.  nas
75:9-10 The horn of the righteous is Y'shua. When you read 1Samual 2:1 you will see that Hannah declared her power was exalted in YHVH (The LORD) because her joy, her rejoicing is Y'shua (Salvation). The same as all believers. You think it doesn't say that in your Bible? The English word Salvation has been translated from the Hebrew word Y'shua! That is Jesus.

Feeling powerless? Call upon Y'shua. Tell me what happens next.
Debs in Everett, Washington.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Psalm 100

 ROO-AH! (The victory cry of the warrior)

Why do we spend time studying Scripture if it is written on our heart? (Ps 119:11) What is the point of memorizing passages if it is already in us? Here is what I think; We own what we study.

I own a yard but I did not really interact
with the yard before I planted a vegetable garden. It fed me as I tended it through the seasons. But this time of year, in winter, I can rest and rejoice in the harvest. ROO-AH

Sprouting seeds thrill me year after year. The beauty of blooms captivates me. The teeny-tiny beans and peas that come from those flowers fill me with hope, but until the garden is mature, until the harvest is put up, only then I can laugh at the coming winter (#Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet.). ROO-AH
Shout joyfully (ROO-AH) to YHVH, all the earth.
Psalm 100:1 is the victory cry. 
Serve (to work for the benefit of another) YHVH with gladnessPsalm 100:2 

We are His. ROO-AH
Why do we learn? The kingdom of heaven is the believers home. The entry password is our THANKSGIVING (100:4a) and the security code is our PRAISE (100:4b)
For YHVH is GOOD.His LOVINGKINDNESS (grace) is eternal.And his faithfulness is for every generation. (He is my hope for my children)
What do you seek from the Word today? The ALMIGHTY is seeking your heart.
Debs in Everett, Washington, December 10, 2017

Psalm 73

 Psalm 73
Envy and bitterness are like a train going straight to the heart. David saw "The pure in heart" and knew his heart was not pure. I suspect that conclusion is common, no matter who you are. Our goodness or lack of goodness is not what makes us children of the Almighty. David gives one sentence to his thoughts on the pure in heart, then writes 11 more verses about how easy life is for the wicked (have a look, 73:3-12)
Psalm 73:3-123 For I was envious of the arrogant, as I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no pains in their death; and their body is fat. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; nor are they plagued like mankind. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; the garment of violence covers them. 7 Their eye bulges from fatness; the imaginations of their heart run riot. 8 They mock, and wickedly speak of oppression; they speak from on high. 9 They have set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue parades through the earth. 
10 Therefore his people return to this place; and waters of abundance are drunk by them. 11 And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?" 12 Behold, these are the wicked; and always at ease, they have increased in wealth. 
Draw near to God
David's perception changed as he turned to the Almighty. Bitterness (73:21) made him senseless and he did not even know it (ignorant, 73:22) But hallaluja! God did not give up on him or toss him to the curb (73:23-24). Y'shua is the Way, the TRUTH and our Life. When I draw close to Him, He is all I want (73:25). When I look at the world and wonder, "why do I bother?" It is my Abba, my Pappa in heaven who holds as tight to me as I once did my children as we walked through crowded places with all sorts of evil around us. The wicked should "eat, drink, and be marry" if they refuse to turn to Y'shua, because today is the only ease they get before terror descends upon them (PLEASE! turn to Jesus! 73:27) 
Make the Almighty your safe place, He will keep your eyes open to truth (73:28)
Ps 73:21-28
21 When my heart was embittered, and I was pierced within, 22 Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before Thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with Thee; Thou hast taken hold of my right hand. 24 With Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me, and afterward receive me to glory. 
25 Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish; Thou hast destroyed all those who are unfaithful to Thee. 
Debs in Everett, Washington, November 12, 2017
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made YHVH my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works. Psalm 73:28 nas

Friday, December 8, 2017

Psalm 98

 Psalm 98 is a simple song celebrating the most complex spiritual transaction in the history of history. 
"O sing to YHVH (The LORD) a new song, for He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him." Psalm 98:1
And He came , and He took (the scroll) out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each One a harp and golden bowels full of incense, which are the prayers of 'those who have dedicated their lives' (saints). And they sang a new song, singing, "Worthy art Thou to take the scroll and break its seals; for Thou was slain, and did purchase for God with Thy blood (men) from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. And Thou has made them a kingdom and intercessors (priests) to our God; and they will reign upon the earth." The Revelation 5:7-10

Sin has been fully paid for. Y'shua paid the price. Because of our sin, the price we owe is our life, the draining (shedding) of our blood. Y'shua, the Son of God, never violated the Torah of God. He did not owe his own life for sin. Because of His love for you, He gave up everything to pay your bloody, excruciatingly painful, humiliating price. He gave YOU His life. You get to choose what to do with that gift. You can reject it (it makes me ill to even think of that option), you can accept it and still live for yourself (1Corinthians 3:15) or, in gratitude, you can invite Him to live His life through you. The new song (Psalm 98:1), will be your song. You will know His victory, His righteousness, His lovingkindness, and His faithfulness (Psalm 98:1-3), because you know Y'shua (Jesus our Salvation). Y'shua is coming back (Psalm 98:9). When he returns there will be joy for those who have dedicated their lives for Him. They will be judged "good." The rest will be judged according to how they followed Y'shua. It will not be about more good deeds then bad, in fact deeds are for reward, not for salvation. If you reject the gift of His life for yours then your only option is to pay what you owe. Live for Him! Your only other options involve fire, either the fire of removing dross (1Corinthians 3:15) or of the fire of eternal death. I say it again, Live for Jesus, by giving Him daily sovereignty of your life through prayer.  

Psalm 71

 Where did the Pharisees go wrong? How could men be so dedicated to their religion stray so far from the Almighty? Psalm 71 gives me a clue. As I understand the Pharisees, they were all about maintaining their righteousness. What does David say in Psalm 71?

71:2 in THY RIGHTEOUSNESS... The LORD who is my refuge, my safe place, delivers me in HIS righteousness. It isn't about me or how good I am. It is about me in HIM.

71:15 my mouth shall tell of THY RIGHTEOUSNESS... where is my hope, what do I brag about (praise)? David's hope and praise was The LORD. If anyone ever had a reason on earth to brag a little about himself, David did, but he was a man, and like the rest of us, personal righteousness could not blot out his sin.

71:16 I will make mention of THY RIGHTEOUSNESS, Thine alone.

71:19 THY RIGHTEOUSNESS reaches to the heavens... in contrast, David makes a strong statement about his own righteousness in 71:20 where he testifies that the best his righteousness can offer is the depths of the earth from where God brings us to Himself.

How far will good deeds or hard work get us? Six feet under, the depths of the earth. No matter who you are, you sin and fall short of the glory (the manifestation of God's deity) of God. He cannot be near sin (me and you). His love for us caused Him to send His beloved Son to pay the penalty of our sin, the death of the righteous. My death is the cost of sin, my eternity will be eternal death if not for the gift of Y'shua. He never sinned, that is how he can pay for my sin AND why God could righteously resurrect him from death for my sin and give me eternal life IN Him.

David's final word on the subject; 
71:24 MY tongue will utter THY RIGHTEOUSNESS all day long...
Debs in Everett, Washington 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Psalm 97

Did you know that the first judgement made by God was "good"? That was before the creation of man, things have gotten a bit complex since then.

The Psalm of the day is 97. Its placement tells me that it will reveal a little insight into judgement.
97:1 YHVH is King (The LORD reigns)...
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. there was no judgment on the empty earth. Then God said, "Let there be light." The light was judged. God said it was "good." I still do not see the earth coming under judgement. Gen 3:17 says the ground was cursed because of Adam but it did what God required of it and produced thorns and thistles... no mention of judgement. ...let the earth rejoice! (97:1b) But what of the rest of creation?

The 2nd commandment: Do not bow to an idol

God judges idle worship. 97:7-9
Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, who boast themselves of idols; worship Him, all you gods.
Zion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah have rejoiced because of Thy judgments, O LORD,
For Thou art the LORD Most High over all the earth; Thou art exalted far above all gods. Psalm 97:7-9
What are you doing checking your horoscope warrior of God? Why are you contorting your body into yoga poses? Worship YHVH and have nothing to do with the visual aids and teaching tools of rebel gods. Hate evil... 97:10 

Horoscopes, yoga, trick-or-treating and bowing at a christmas tree will not cause you to loose your Salvation. We live by grace, not by works. I'm jus sayen... The Almighty uses women and men who are sold out to Him. Warriors who are so in love with the master that they need nothing but Him... Christ alone!

In Him was life and the life was the light of men. John 1:4
The light was the first thing God judged. Life is in the Word of God, it is the light of believers in this present darkness John 1:5 We are under daily temptation to bring darkness into our life. We think that because we have the light, then the darkness must be redeemed because of our presence. But let me remind you sweet warrior, God is looking for women, for men whose hearts are fully His, who live His Way instead of their own. Live as Jesus lived. You will not be perfect but when you are judged, you will hear, "Well done thou good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your master." The rest will enter heaven, but look at 1Corinthians 3:15!
If any man's work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire. 1Corinthians 3:15 
Fire goes before Him Psalm 97:3a 
Love God, walk as Jesus walked, be a warrior!

Debs in Everett, Washington; December 7, 2017

Psalm 70

Psalm 70 
One of the subtopics of Psalm 70 is how we choose to see. The Hebrew letter AYIN is a picto-graph of the eye or eyes and all they imply.
Let those be ashamed and humiliated who seek my life; let those be turned back and dishonored who delight in my hurt. Psalm 70:2
The word "seek" in 70:2 is the AYIN word. This word speaks of "the evil eye," a phrase you may be familiar with. My family calls it "the stink eye." When I was a jr-hi teacher my students would give me the stink eye if I asked them to redo a paper we had gone over. They wanted to "do better next time" not do a rewrite of a paper they were done with. The evil eye is an attitude. In 70:1-3 those with an evil eye produced serious consequences in King David's life. I don't see David taking his own revenge, but he does ask the Almighty to bring their evil back upon themselves (l'm rubber, you're glue)

The good eye is found in Psalm 70:4-5.
Let all who seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let those who love Thy Salvation (Y'shua -- Jesus) say continually, "Let God be magnified."But I am afflicted and needy; hasten to me O God! Thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. Psalm 70:4-5
The same flag word, seek, is used. Amy Grant launched her career with a song called My Father's Eyes. Seeing life from God's perspective is "the good eye." That soul wants good for others because they love Jesus.... what? Where is Jesus you ask? The word translated Salvation is Y'shua which is Hebrew for Jesus. Even in affliction the believer seeks God, not hurt for others.

How are you doing? Do you want to get even with those you despise (start by looking at you response to politics). That is the evil eye. Believers can fall into that dark, muddy hole or, we can turn our eyes upon Jesus... You really do have a choice.

Debs in Everett, Washington; November 10, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Will of the Father Ephesians 1:7-10

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made know to us the mystery of His will according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times (that is) the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him

...He made known to us the mystery of His will...

Do I know what YHVH's will is? Paul reminds me that it is a mystery and I am not good at solving puzzles. I appreciate obvious clues to solve a mystery. (John understands me)

This is the will of Him... All He has given to Y'shua, He will lose nothing but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of the Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life; and I (Y'shua) will raise him up on the last day." John 6:39-40

He will lose none! Y'shua (Jesus) came to do the will of the Father. I was born a slave to sin. So were you. Y'shua came to pay our freedom from slavery price, his innocent blood, poured out (drained) for our redemption.

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13 Salvation is not an automatic deal that happens to everyone who was born after the resurrection. We need to choose salvation with our confession of sin (confession is agreement with the truth) and a life that reflects the walk of our Savior. Not one or the other but both. Salvation does not happen because we do all the right things (as if we could). It is the testimony of our mouth and the life that comes from our heart.

According to today's Ephesians passage, we, the redeemed, have our trespasses forgiven because He lavished loving kindness (grace) on us. What is the difference between sin and trespass? Sin is a violation of Torah (the Law). People who sin are slaves to sin. The end for them is eternal death. In English we call that death "Hell" For the born again (those redeemed by the blood) we are set on a path, The Way of the Lord. No matter how strong willed I am, no matter my determination I still break God's divine instructions (the Law). Is all the lost for me? No, that is when 1 John 1:9 shines. The will of God is kind, lavished with lovingkindness in Y'shua.

Have you discovered the will of God for your personal life?
Ask and you will receive, Seek seek and you will find, Knock and the door will be opened. Matthew 7:8
Debs in Everett, WA     September 8, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

"In Him" Exodus and Ephesians

Behold I Am going to send an angel before you to guard you along The Way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Be on your guard before him and obey His voice; do not be rebellious toward Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions since my Name is In Him. If you obey his voice and do all that I say then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.     Exodus 23:20-22

  While studying the book of Ephesians I could hardly help but notice that the preposition "in" is used again and again. It tells where in space, time or position something is located. In Him is the first of the phrases I came across. The "Him" is Y'shua/Jesus.

In Him... (Ephesians)

  • we are chosen by YHVH before the foundation of the world. 1:4
  • we are redeemed through His blood, trespasses forgiven because of the grace lavished upon us 1:7
  • the mystery of YHVH's will was made known to us which was purposed "in Him" 1:9
  • we have an inheritance which was predestined according to YHVH's purpose 1:11
  • sealed with the Holy Spirit, the pledge of our inheritance 1:13
  • we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him 3:12
  • we are taught in Him 4:21
Is the concept of "In Him" a new concept, something just for the church? There is a fairly easy way to find out, look up the phrase "in him" in the concordance. I actually found many uses of the phrase in the original testament but the "him: was not always deity. However, Exodus 23:21 was pay dirt. YHVH's Name is In Him!

John said of Y'shua/Jesus.... For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgement, that light has come into the world and men loved the darkness rather then the light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light so that his deeds may be manifest as having been wrought in God.     John 3:16-21

YHVH sent Him, first as an angel, then as his only begotten Son (Ben Elohim) The Name of the Father is In the Son. Like the angel sent to Israel, Y'shua "guards us along The Way and brings us to the place prepared for us" (whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life)

He will not pardon you transgressions (Everyone who does evil hates the Light)

Be on your guard before Him and obey His voice (He who believes in  Him shall not perish)

Was Paul teaching something new "In Him"? I do not think so. Before his birth into time and space he came into the world to guide us "in Him" to eternal life. To believe in Him (to A'men - to obey) is to never perish.

Are you in Him? Now is the time to know for sure.

Debs, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Glory of His Grace Ephesians 1:5-6

In love He (YHVH) predestined us to adoption as sons through Y'shua haMashich (Jesus Christ) to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the beloved.

To the praise of the glory of His grace.

Glory: four or five word study tools later, the best definition of GLORY that I can come up with is, "Manifestation of Deity." We talk about grace because we who believe are sometimes overwhelmed with the love of God that we do not deserve. But glory? Do you think of it much? My friend Barb studied glory for a couple of years. She discovered amazing bits about the word and might disagree with my simple definition, but for now it works for me.

In love YHVH predestined us. Technically "In love" is part of verse 4 but it is also part of this sentence, so I am including it here. The Almighty predestined us because of his love for us. How is that even possible? Honestly, I don't know, but somehow God knew me even before the foundation of the world. Don't get me wrong, I know about God being outside of time, I know it, but I don't really understand the wonder of it. The bottom line, before I was even a twinkle in my daddy's eye (or before he was one in his daddy's eye) the Almighty loved me and predestined me to be his own child. He already loved me.

To Adoption as sons. The first man the Almighty created, Adam, was a Son of God, just like the angels... but different. That was lost when he sinned. No one who is in the flesh since Adam has been a Ben Elohim, a son of God (Luke 3:38). Our everyday normal, like the normal life of everyone who came before us, has been separate from the Almighty. So complete is our separation that believers seem a little weird to us.

For us to be adopted to YHVH, our sin had to be paid for. The price was the death penalty. In love, God sent His only begotten Son, the second Adam. The Son of God, Y'shua-Jesus as the second Adam, another Ben Elohim, the Son of God in the flesh. Stop and think about that! God so loved us that He gave his only begotten  Son (John 3:16)! He gave Him because we needed a Ben Elohim - a Son of God, to pay for our sin with his blood. There is only one way to give the blood of redemption, death, it is a penalty, a price that must be paid... but that is a story for another day. For now it is enough to know that the Father accepted the blood, the death of Y'shua, on our behalf. The original proof was Y'shua's resurrection from the dead. He never sinned, so He did not owe the penalty. That is why he could pay it for us. It is why YHVH, the Father would resurrect Him.

Scripture declares Y'shua, "the first born from the dead," because of the resurrection. We who believe are also born from the dead. He was first, we will follow.

To the praise of the glory of His grace. Back to glory. When I was born again I did not become religious or join a group (church). I eventually did those things, but thousands of religious people who are not born again do those activities too. What makes being born again different?

We become a new creature in Christ. This is huge! We go from being a rather exceptional animal (which we were not created to be) to a Son of God! Think of Y'shua at his baptism. When He was immersed, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit came upon Him. He probably didn't look any different, but He was different. The Spirit of God filled Him. Y'shua knew what to do with that filling! Glory! The power to manifest deity. That is what happens when we are born again. We don't know how to use it or how different we have become. I knew that I was living my new life dependent on the five senses of my old life. There was a learning curve for me .

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding (5 senses). In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

To the Glory of His Grace which He has freely bestowed on us in the beloved. The grace of God required the glory of God. It was so simple for me to receive Salvation because "He freely bestowed (it) on us in His beloved." Because it was so easy for me, I did not often think about the high price of my adoption as a Ben Elohim. Unlike earthly adoptions, which are also expensive, being adopted as a Son of God is not just a simple matter of a change of name and location.

I am a new creature in Christ, a Ben Elohim! Can I describe that? What it looks like, what it feels like? I've tried before. It seems like my description is about as sharp as a pre-born infants description of life outside of the womb. My eyes have not seen the wonder of it all yet! An infant can hear momma's voice but until she is born into the light she has no idea about who mom is. We know her voice in the womb, but nothing else.

The Holy Spirit is YHVH's voice to those of us who have not yet come into His presence. We are learning daily from hearing, but...

Beloved, now we are Children of God (Ben Elohim) and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as he is. 1 John 3:2

Until that Day, Debs  August 23, 2017
All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Update (NASU)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Who are you? Ephesians 1:3-4

Blessed be YHVH (and) Father of our Lord Y'shua haMashich (Jesus Christ), who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,  that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
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What does the Almighty say about you?

Would it surprise you to find out that what He says about you is nothing like the thoughts you may have about yourself?

  • Blessed G2128, 
  • blessed  G2127, 
  • blessing G2129

When I think of "blessed" or "blessing" I tend to think of material things; like "blessed with a nice home," or "blessed with good health." I also "bless" my food, making me think that blessing is a kind of thank-you. It's funny how fluid a word becomes. Each of these uses of "bless" are close to how the actual word is used, but my not knowing what the word really means causes me to miss something amazing.

Bless is from the Greek word eulogeo G2128. It is a compound word (two words put together to make one new word). The first part, eu means "good" and the other part, logos means "word". Together they communicate, good word, specifically, praise! When talking about the Almighty it communicates that He is inherently worthy of praise! That is easy for me to accept, but what about ...has blessed us with every spiritual blessing... ?

Is it possible that the Almighty praises or even speaks well of me? I am sure my parents said positive things to me but I only remember hearing how I fell short of their expectations. God isn't like that (it probably isn't true about my parents either). If you, like me, are "in Christ," then you are "born-again." How did that happen?

The simple answer is Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth (verbal agreement) Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Salvation is not complicated. When you are born again, you are "in Christ." And if you are "in Christ" then God has good things to say about you! I just did a quick review of the phrase "children of God" and here are some things God says about us (the list is MUCH longer)

  • He calls us His children, John 1:12
  • He says we are one* John 11:52
  • He calls us His Heirs Romans 8:16
  • He declares us Free and Glorious Romans 8:21
  • He reminds us that we are children of promise Romans 9:8
  • He calls us blameless and innocent Philippians 2:15
Is this how you think of yourself? Blameless and innocent? If you are "born again" in Christ then it is how you should think of yourself, because that is what you are. (if you are not born again, what are you waiting for?) Christ paid a BIG price for you to be born again.

Maybe, like most of us, being "blameless and innocent" does not match up with your perception of yourself. Me either (if I am honest). The Way of Y'shua-Jesus is The Way of power to live the Torah, the Ten Commandments in particular. I'm just going to look at #9 for this blog. Do not lie. Can you, can I, live up to that? I have "stretched the truth," I've left out details that might make me look bad when telling something (sin by omission), and I have flat out lied to people. I am such a liar! Except that if I am "in Christ" then I am not a liar. If you are born again then neither are you. Let me tell you why.

Y'shua-Jesus paid the full price to pay for your sin and set you free. He set you free from the penalty of your sin. That includes all your negative labels, like liar. You have been given a new name, Child of God. You are blameless and pure! Hallelujah!

The conflict comes when we sin AFTER salvation. The Holy Spirit is quenched (I picture Him soaked with tears) and in loving kindness convicts me of my sin. Heart break! Could that be the end of my Salvation? NO!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

I've said before that 1 John 1:9 is the gift that keeps on giving. Children of God have the privilege of confessing our sin. When we do, God is faithful and righteous (just) to forgive us. Isn't that awesome!

So why is it so difficult to stop using negative labels? Satan, the prosecuting attorney, hates us. It is in his best interest to freeze us up with despair because of failure. He would have us forget whose we are and hang a label on us, like liar. Reject that label Child of God. You are clean because of Y'shua, the Word of God. When you violate "The Way" of life in Christ by sinning (like lying) you can apply 1 John 1:9 and be fresh and clean again. Praise God! Can I say one more thing about this?

Child of God you know that your Father in heaven loves you even when He convicts you of sin. He wants you to walk free with Him. But did you know that our enemy, Satan who hates us, also convicts Children of God of sin? How do you tell the difference?

When God convicts you of sin He uses a fine point pen, in other words, He is very specific about what you did. For instance, you come home past your curfew and tell you mom, "I'm sorry, my watch quit." You know it isn't true. (so does mom) The Almighty, by His Holy Spirit, convicts you of the specific lie you told your mom. You confess (agree with God) your sin and make it right with your mother (for the sake of your testimony) and it is done. You may have to "take your medicine" by not getting to go out the next weekend, or whatever your mom may choose as a penalty, but honestly, you are free, and still a Child of God. God does not stop loving or leading you.

When Satan convicts you of sin he uses a very broad brush to label you. He would have you believe that you are no different after your Salvation then you were before. His goal is to destroy you and if he cannot destroy you then he would have you frozen with shame and guilt. If I confess that I am a liar instead of confessing THE lie that I told, then I am denying that I am a Child of God. You cannot be close to God (a saint, see lesson 1, Ephesians 1:1-2) unless you are a Child of God. No Liar can even enter the Kingdom of God, Revelation 21:8. Satan wants you to accept a label that says you are no better then he is. But that itself is a lie!

If you accept and confess that you are a liar, can't you decide to just never tell another lie? Give yourself a day or two doing this and let me know how it works out for you. Even if you are able to never tell another lie, you would be the one who accomplishes this by your own effort. Never mind for just a moment that all the lies you once told still condemn you, what does God say about our personal effort, known as works, to be good?

  • ...all our righteous deeds (works) are like a filthy garment (rags)... Isaiah 64:6
  • So then it does not depend on the man who wills (determines) or the man who runs (effort-works) but on God who has mercy. Romans 9:16
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Choosing God's way is life! Choosing personal determination is slavery. I urge you to choose YHVH through Y'shua-Jesus and you will know the power of Paul's word to to the faithful in Y'shua-Jesus

...that we would be holy and blameless before Him! Ephesians 1:4

Debs, August 20, 2017

* One, in Hebrew is Echad is a very important word that I will talk about in a future lesson.
All Scripture passages are from The New American Standard Update.