Spit it out.


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The burden of the word of the Lord. That’s what real prophets of the Father said before they spoke.
Burden.
The Hebrew word is Massa and means doom or heavy load. The prophets today say things like you are going to get promoted in the month of November, a new car in September, a check in the mail in December and a huge blessing. False prophets and prophetic words of the day are the topics at hand. I am grieved by what I see and read from churches I have sat under.

We all enjoy getting a “good word” from the Father, but we must be careful.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.

I recently wrote a blog entitled “By His Stripes,” where I go into detail about a dear friend who was prophesied over and told she would “live” by many big names in Christendom. She died of cancer shortly later. Not only was she told she would live but also that her music would be heard across the world and that she would be a great musician for the kingdom. At the same time, she was prophesied over with this message, I was standing next to her and was told I would have a #1 bestselling book. This has not happened yet but it is possible. A prophetic word can come to pass and it may take years before it does but again, we must be careful.

Prophecy is something that has been with us since the beginning of days. What it is and what it isn’t are two different things. “Thus sayeth the Lord,” better be from the Lord Adonai or it comes from Jezebel’s table and Jezebel always charges money for prophetic words. These prophets, both men, and women, eat the food from Jezzy’s table and they prophesy out of their own hearts, and they do it for fame and fortune. And yes, they get thousands of followers on facebook!

In Isreal, they had a community called the Guild of the prophets and there was also prophets appointed by kings to help them makes decisions regarding wars, disputes, leadership principles, and famine. The odds? One true prophet of the Lord Adonai to four hundred false.

So the king of Israel assembled the prophets, about 400 men. “Should I attack Ramoth-Gil‘ad?” he asked them, “Or should I hold off?” They said, “Attack! Adonai will hand it over to the king.” But Y’hoshafat said, “Besides these, isn’t there a prophet of Adonai here that we can consult?”The king of Isra’el said to Y’hoshafat, “Yes, there is still one man through whom we can consult Adonai, Mikhay’hu the son of Yimlah; but I hate him, because he doesn’t prophesy good things for me, but bad!” Y’hoshafat replied, “The king shouldn’t say such a thing.” 1 Kings 22:6-8 CJB.
Same thing going on today. . .

“But there also came to be false prophets among the people, as also among you there shall be false teachers, who shall secretly bring in destructive heresies, and deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. .and in greed, with fabricated words, they shall use you for gain.” 2 Peter 2:1-3.
You might as well contact a fortune teller or tarot card reader because you are playing with fire if you seek them out.

No one in the Bible gave a prophetic word of the day. Many believe that Deborah just sat under a palm tree and people came to her so that she could read their tea leaves. I assure you Deborah was not doing that. She was a prophet but she also was a Torah scholar and was handling disputes just as Moses’ was. “She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.” Judges 4:5.

They went up to her to have their DISPUTES decided. Listen, to me when I say this, be careful what food you eat today and words you receive because just as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Our food today is dead, but it looks amazing and tastes even better. In order to get good healthy food you have to go to a farmers market, grow your own or seek out organic grown brands and meats not pumped with hormones that puff up the meat like these false prophets do to our own hearts. They pump us up! They offer food galore but it’s tainted. It’s not as easy to find those who are teaching and prophesying good food. A prophet speaks with authority. That’s why when Yeshua/Jesus stood up to read the people were amazed because he spoke as one with authority.

Today we have fortune tellers in the church giving itching ear words and they can do it on a dime. They’re so good at it they even can persuade the elect. People line up and wait for them to read their mail, but if their words do not line up with God’s Word, I can tell you He did not send them. Count it as truth. He would not charge money to give you His Word. And you cannot go to a “school of the prophets,” and become a prophet.

These ministers get people off course and feed them bad food. Why? Because they think they are delving into some mystery and undiscovered knowledge. Knowledge is good but it also puffs up. They entice them with smooth words. They feed them what they want to hear. Health, wealth, a spouse, a new promotion, a new home, a new door opening, a new career, fame, leadership positions and the worst one is they tell them how anointed they are or how gifted they are. They puff. They scream, “Satan you take your hands off me and my family!” Really? No one in the entire Bible said that, not even Job! He actually told his wife, ““You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10 ESV. Then at the end of the last chapter we read this, “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him,…” Job 42:10-11. Yes, it was the Father who sent the evil spirits to torment Saul. It was the Father who sent a lying spirit in the mouth of the prophets. Be careful who you listen to.

Jeremiah was one of the greatest prophets of his day but when the people came to him and asked him to go before the Father and get them a word, it took him more than one day, actually, it took him ten days to hear from the Father. TEN DAYS! And that was for God’s chosen people, and it wasn’t an itching ear word. It was a HARD word.

Read Jeremiah 42:1-3. Verse seven says, “Now at the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.”

Yes, we have the comforter and yes, we have the spirit of prophecy but what are we using it for? If we are charging people to tell them what the Lord Adonai has to say to them is this not sin? And does the Father not correct and chastise those He loves?

These so called prophets today prophesy out of their own hearts and they tell you lies most of the time and even if they tell you something and IT COMES TO PASS, that does not make them a true prophet. Let me show you:

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. Deuteronomy 13:1-3.

What they say can come true, but they still may be following another God. Their god may be themselves. I know you are thinking you could never get caught up in false doctrine or teachers and that you have discernment, but I am telling you it is happening before many people’s very eyes. Let me show you a couple more verses on this disease.

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3.

There is a well-known vision in the Bible given to Peter of a sheet with all types of animals on it.

Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.  But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground,  and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!”  But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”  Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”  This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.” Acts 10:9-16 NASB.

Peter has a vision and the Father tells him to get up kill and eat and he tells Him, “NO!” Why? Because he was testing the spirits. He knew that God created animals that He called food and other animals that were not considered food. God is not a man that He would lie and tell you not to eat a pig and then change His mind. These animals are garbage collectors and created and designed to clean up waste, whether it’s in the field or on the side of the road stinking and rotten or the bottom of the sea. Man did not create a tractor for the ocean. Man created boats, ships, and submarines for the ocean. God did not create the crow and the bat and shrimp to eat. Can you eat it today and get by without getting deathly sick? Yes, most of the time but that’s not the point.  Peter was not a Sunday morning Christian eating bacon and he was not going to eat a pig. He waited and then learned that the vision was not about animals but about the covenant and salvation going forth for all people, not just Israel.

“Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.” Acts 10:27-28.  This is after Jesus/Yeshua had ascended to the Father. Visions and dreams are metaphors for something else. Pharoah dreamed of fat cows eating skinny cows. This was not about cows but about famine coming. The problem is these men and women in the charismatic congregations have been giving these words and believing they are doing God’s will. They tell people their anointed and that they are going to do great things and prosper. They give them itching ear words. But what does Jesus say to these people in the charismatic churches? “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them,‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” Matthew 7:21-23. what church does the things listed above? The Assemblies of God and the Pentacostals!

Now I am going to present a problem for you who are still stuck in this type of church setting and you are going to have to make a choice. I am either not presenting the Bible correctly or they are not. Now if anyone can show me a prophet in the Bible giving a “Prophetic word of the day” let me know. Present me scriptures. I only find it once and that is when a young girl had a snake spirit called a viper and made much money off her predictions. The Apostle Paul finally got tired of her words that were actually exclaiming that he was a man of the most high God. He cast the spirit out and that young girl was unable to make money for the men who were working her for gain. That demon left, but sadly there are many in the church today who carry this spirit under the title of pastor, First lady, prophet and prophetess. Read Acts 16.
In the 27th chapter of Jeremiah, he warns the people about the destruction that has taken place and the captives, the silver, and the gold.
“Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of the LORD’S house will now shortly be brought again from Babylon’; for they are prophesying a lie to you. “Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! (serve Obama and live,) it might as well have said. . .  Why should this city become a ruin? 27:16-17.

But by the time we get to chapter 28 we have another prophet on the scene and he (Hananiah) says this,
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. ‘Within two years I am going to bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD’S house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. ‘I am also going to bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the exiles of Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the LORD, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’” 28:2-4.

Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke it. Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Even so will I break within two full years the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations.’” Then the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Go and speak to Hananiah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made instead of them yokes of iron.” ‘For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they will serve him. And I have also given him the beasts of the field.”Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. “Therefore thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This year you are going to die, because you have counseled rebellion against the LORD.’”

So Hananiah the prophet died in the same year in the seventh month.” 28:10-17.
The Bible says the prophets will cover their faces with shame.

“Therefore it will be night for you– without vision, And darkness for you– without divination. The sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them. 7The seers will be ashamed And the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths Because there is no answer from God.” Micah 3:6-7.

Be careful what you eat today. Bad food tastes good until you change your diet and start eating healthy, then you want good food. Spit out the sweet -n-Low packets and if you need a Word from The Lord Adonai, open His Word.

By His Stripes?


 

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Many years ago, my husband started a ministry that involved him and fellow officers going to the children’s cancer hospital and taking toys, visiting and praying over the sick. Some of the little children were able to get better and go home, others sadly became worse and died. They were innocent children whose lives were snuffed out too quickly. Many times we watch helplessly as our family or friends become sick and never recover. I had a dear friend get melanoma a few years back. She was in her early forties. I watched countless ministers and big name television evangelist pray over her and tell her she would live and not die according to Psalms 118. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” 118:17 KJV. Other prophetic ministers told her she would fully recover. They anointed her with oil and even made a copy of a cd with their prophetic positive affirmations of healing. She died months later as cancer spread through her body.

 

Does God still heal? Yes, I believe He does. Can we lay hands on the sick and find them recovered? Yes, we can but it doesn’t always end that way. Also remember, you can lay hands on the sick and pray for them but if they continue eating McDonalds, smoking, drinking too much and getting no exercise they may not recover.

 

You can lay hands on a sick person and bind a spirit and command a sickness to flee in the name of Jesus/Yeshua and you can call for the elders of the church to pray according to scripture, but it doesn’t always end well.

 

Any time a person gets sick or a loved one gets a serious health complication a couple of verses are used by mainstream Christianity. One of those verses is from the Tanakh or Old Testament.

“But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises* (stripes) we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.

 

This verse is one that needs way more study before blurted out. It is a scripture that is part of a whole group of chapters that are talking about a servant and that servant is Israel. It also needs to be addressed that the word stripes is not part of the original translation. We like to picture Jesus/Yeshua’s body being whipped with stripes for our healing, but we must also realize that at the cross we were healed from sin and death.  We were engrafted into the vine and became a part of Israel.

 

There is a dual concept going on here. Peter uses it. “…and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 1st Peter 2:24 NASB.

The whole nation of Israel will be healed. After HaShem (God) issued them a certificate of divorce due to their sin and adultery they were able to come back into covenant after the cross. That’s why we see over 3,000 souls coming back into covenant after Peter gives his well-known sermon in Acts chapter two and three.

 

Jesus is recognized by many as the servant in Isaiah, but the passages are also about the nation and people of Israel. Let’s look at that.

“But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,…” Isaiah 41:8 NASB.

“But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.” Isaiah 44:1 NLT.

“Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you.” Isaiah 44:21 NLT.

I could give you multiple verses declaring who Yahweh’s servant is but unless you try on your Jewish glasses you won’t see it. Could this verse be one for a future event? When the Messianic era arrives and all the nations see that Israel is Yahweh’s holy people (servant) and although they have been beaten, scorned, placed in gas chambers, driven out of their lands and rejected, the whole world’s eyes will be opened to them and their Messiah who will come and shake the nations? Yes, this is a passage for a future event as well.

 

Many servants in the Bible suffered. Moses suffered. King David suffered. Joseph suffered. Jeremiah suffered. Isaiah who wrote it was sawn in half. Jacob suffered and walked with a limp all his days. Today we would call a surgeon and get a hip replacement, but he walked with it out of the socket. HaShem was healing back then. We see healings and even lepers being made whole after dipping. We see a young boy come back to life after a prophet lies on top of him seven times. We witness Marion’s leprosy leaving and many other miracles but we also witness great suffering. Every one of Jesus/Yeshua’s men had to drink the cup he drank. They were crucified, boiled in pots, beheaded and died horrific deaths long after he had ascended to His Father.

 

This message is not a message to discourage anyone from being healed. This is a message I feel may help some more than others, like my friend’s daughter who was in her teenage years when her mother left this earth. Her trust in the ministers of the gospel, the ones who stood in front of the pulpit each Sunday or were well-known television evangelist told her that her mother would live and not die and that by His stripes we are healed. Now she knew they had lied to her. Yes, one day her mother will live forever in a glorified body. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:..” 1st Thessalonians 4:16. But the men and women who prophesied were not talking about a future event. One even told her the mass on her head was a cyst and not cancer and to not even go back to the doctor.

They had given her false hope. They had prophesied a message out of faith but it did not come to pass. Now she had a dilemma. Would she stop believing in the God they told her would heal her mother or would she become skeptical of any man of the cloth? The Bible calls these men false prophets.  “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken.” Deuteronomy 18:22 NASB. Taking the Lord’s name in vain is something that happens when one of these men or women begin to tell you something and they say, “The Lord says you will live and not die,” and you die. When these false teachers and preachers give you an itching ear word and it doesn’t happen they are false prophets. Could it happen in years to come? Yes.

Should we test the spirits? Yes.

 

Another verse used often when praying for the sick is “I am the God that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26 KJV. But when we read the whole passage we see a lot more going on here. My advice to Christians is to open your bible and study it. Most people don’t read their Bible unless it’s Sunday morning and they surely don’t study them for if they did they wouldn’t be teaching half the nonsense they are. Let’s look at the fullness of this verse that is spoken after the Israelites had gone without water for days and were bitter and grumbling.

 

“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26 KJV.

 

Looks like our Heavenly Father was placing diseases on the Egyptians. Yes, He had sent lice, frogs, locust, bloody water, boils, darkness, and even death. Sometimes sickness is a whole other matter, a matter of our hearts being turned toward our flesh, ungratefulness, ungodliness, bitterness, selfishness, jealousy, and all manners of pride.

When we look at sickness and disease we see it is alive and strong in the new portion of our Bible. For more information on sickness and disease check out my free chapter from my Doctrines of Demons Part 1 book. Just click below where is says “Free Chapter.”

*Free Chapter* Sickness & Disease

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Greater Works?


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Works= Strong’s Hebrew 5647. abad and means to serve, to be a servant. Let’s find out what Jesus/ Yeshua was really talking about in the verse below.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.”  John 14:12 NASB.

The verse above is used much in charismatic circles. It’s stated as a means of doing signs and wonders and healings, but is that what the verse is talking about?
A couple of things are going on here in the passage but let’s first delve into the miracles Jesus/Yeshua did.

He turned water into wine. He raised the dead, brought the man Lazarus out of the grave after four days. He opened the eyes of the blind and he walked on water. He healed the lepers, the demonized and even restored the soldier’s ear that was cut off. Not only did he do these amazing miracles, he also appeared to them after he had died and was resurrected. The Bible says he changed his form.
“After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.” Mark 16:12 NASB.
“… and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.” Mark 9:3 NASB.
I’ve listed a few items above but I think that if we really think hard about this we can see that no earthly fleshly man has ever done miracles GREATER than Yeshua/ Jesus the Messiah!

 
So what does this verse mean? When we look at this closely we see he uses the word “Works,” and he says at the end of the sentence, “Because I go to my Father.” So what is he talking about?
When Jesus was getting ready to ascend he told his followers that he was going to His Father and to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit to be poured out and that he was sending the Comforter. After all of this happens we see Peter giving a sermon and over 3,000 souls coming back into the covenant and then 5,000 souls. Another thought that comes to mind is the fact that the Apostles take the message throughout the world. The message of the Lamb of Yahweh, who takes away the sins of the world went forth.
Jesus was not talking about signs, miracles, and wonders. He was talking about righteousness, obedience, and the Torah going forth with grace and mercy for all people. Greater works came for all people, not just the children of Isreal but the dogs that ate the crumbs under the Master’s table! So why have we made it about signs?

“One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.” But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Matthew 12:38 NLT.

 
See, Jesus/ Yeshua was talking about works. Beware of false prophets who come to you with their magic tricks and their smooth words of prophetic prosperity and miraculous healings. Yes, our Father is so powerful He can do anything and He is still in the miracle working business but the Bible has been used at times for fame and fortune.
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” Mark 13:22 NASB.

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Drag them Home?


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How many times have we prayed for family and friends to come to the Father and His Son Jesus/Yeshua? How many times have we pled and asked our Father to save them? Many times people can try so hard to get those they love to come to their “church” or their meetings or see their beliefs that they offend them or cause them to become so uncomfortable they stop coming around. We mean well because we know they would have more joy and more peace.We want everyone to experience what we felt, but their journey will look different.

When we read a story in the book of Luke, we learn that there was a son who wanted his inheritance early so he could sow his wild oats and his Father gives it to him. He doesn’t tell him, no, and he doesn’t go chasing after him. He doesn’t email him scriptures or hunt him down at the bar or brothel to tell him he is going to burn in hell.

He lets him go!

Once the son goes off and spends his wealth on his fleshly desires, partying and sleeping with women he finally reaches a point where he has lost his wealth, his women, and his so called friends. Hungry broke and sitting in pig slop, finally, something happens.

At last, he came to his senses and said, ‘Any number of my father’s hired workers have food to spare; and here I am, starving to death! I’m going to get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.” ’ So he got up and started back to his father.” Luke 15:17-20 CJB.

He changed his mind! One morning I awoke and did the same thing. I ran back to my Father and I said I have sinned against heaven and against you. I’ve not been an obedient daughter but if you’ll have me back I’ll get back up, brush myself off and start walking in the opposite direction.

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.

When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24.

“for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity.” Proverbs 24:16.

Have you fallen? Get back up.

The son in our story got up and started back to his Father.

So can we.

We all have a journey and everyone’s journey is different. When the son came back home, we do not read of the father scolding him or telling him how ashamed he should be of himself. We don’t see or hear any guilt being put on him or any “shame on you” mentality.
What we do see is a Father bringing out a robe, a ring, and celebrating with a fat calf and making merry. This young man had a brother who was pretty upset that his father welcomed him in such a manner since he had never had a party for him and he had been faithful.

Once we look at other Biblical characters we see they all come home when it is time for them to come home. They all are enlightened when it is time for them to be enlightened. Saul was named Paul and was struck blind for three days, but when it was time for him to hear the voice and see clearly that Jesus/ Yeshua was the Messiah, the Father sent a man to lay hands on him and appoint him as an apostle.

David gets off track and the Bible explains to us that he went and lived with the Philistines for a while. He even acted like a crazy man at one point. Moses kills a man and goes off for forty years. Did anyone hunt him down and tell him to repent and get right or turn himself in and pay the price for murder? No, we don’t read about that. We all are on a journey and if we are seeking the light we will find the light.

How should we act around those we love who are clearly on a journey far from home and living in the pig pen? Paul tells us plainly. “I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:5 NASB.

“Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.” 1st Timothy 1:20.

This was the formula for those who had come into the covenant and obviously had some things to work out.

Have you ever heard anyone say, “They need to reach rock bottom?” Yes, and sometimes even after they do it doesn’t wake them up. Sometimes we get a report that they overdosed on heroin or died from some other substance of addiction. Sometimes they look for loopholes and get off course, but what is our job? I don’t think our job is to drag them to the altar kicking and screaming.

If you hand them over to satan they get so much of the flesh that it comes out of their nostrils. “ Therefore the LORD will give you meat and you shall eat. ‘You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’ Numbers 11:18-20 NASB.

He said, “Until it becomes LOATHSOME to you. . .”

After a while, gluttony makes you sick, and you want to vomit. No matter what our flesh man craves, it is going to cause issues. I am sure my flesh issues are more than likely not yours. I can think of a whole list of flesh issues and usually it’s easy to spot other peoples, but what about our own? What if we remove our plank out of our eye before trying to get their speck?

If a man or woman of Yahweh gets off course, leaves under the protection of his Father and goes off to Egypt to drink and partake of orgies, that man or woman can come back to their senses and make their way home. But it’s not our job to judge them for what they did when they get back home, and it is not our job to travel to Egypt and drag them home. How do I know this?
“”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44 NASB.

The son did not seem to need any help finding the word to say to his Father. He said, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you.”
Aren’t we guilty of the same?

So let’s pray for the Father to draw them to Him and also to help us remove the fleshly desires we all struggle with.

Paul sums it up, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:18-25 ESV.

Same Pair of Shoes?


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My husband has a hanger with slots on the back of his closet door filled with shoes, but he usually wears the same two or three pairs. If he is going for a walk he wear tennis shoes, around the house slip-on loafers, and then he has dressier shoes for meetings and dinner engagements.
Shakespeare said, “”All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances…”
My husband’s shoes reminded me of this.

 
We enter rooms, and we wear different shoes. For instance, if we are conversing with our child’s teacher, or our pastor/ Rabbi, Affluent business owner, or doctor we may act differently than when we are around some of our High School friends or colleagues. We may act even more different around our children and our spouses. We take a pair of shoes out of the rack and put them on. At least some people do, but what about Jesus/Yeshua. . . What kind of shoes did He wear? Did he change his shoes for anyone?
Did he act differently in front of the elite Teachers and preachers of his day?
“Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”
One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Luke 11:43-45 NIV.

 
Jesus still had on his sandals of truth. He was still busy “insulting” people by telling them the truth. He wasn’t worried about whether the truth of His Father would go down smoothly or if those standing around would accept him.
They said he cast out demons by the one in charge of them.
“And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” Mark 3:22 ESV.
How did he answer them? “How can Satan drive out Satan?”

Did he back down and remove his shoes and slip on some loafers when he was around these leaders? “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? Matthew 23:29,33 NASB.
No, doesn’t look that way.

 
What sort of shoes did he wear around his family? We all like to let our hair down in front of our families and friends, but what about our beliefs and their beliefs? Should we ignore and sit quietly while some have been persuaded by false doctrine and proceed to sit under those teaching such messages? Would Jesus/ Yeshua have compromised His Fathers instructions to fit in and become someone his family or friends approved of?
“When His family heard this, they set out to restrain Him, because they said, “He’s out of His mind.” They said, “He has gone mad!” Mark 3:21 HCS.
Let’s look at more verses about His family.

 
“Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:47-50.
What about His best men and those he taught?
“After this, many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” John 6:66-67 ESV. No soft words here.

He had the same shoes on when he was around family, friends, and the elite. He had the same shoes on when he was talking to the demon-possessed, the prostitute, and the blind. He even bent down to wash the feet of those he called his disciples. His own brothers were very suspicious of him. Let’s look at that.
“But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” John 7:3-5.

 

His own family did not believe in him. The ones he was trying to show the truth to said he was full of demons. The words he spoke were twisted. The men in charge of HIS FATHER’S house said he was a drunk and a friend of sinners and that He was mad, crazy even.
“And the Pharisees and their scribes were grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” Luke 5:30.
“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:34.

Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said.” Matthew 22:15 NASB.
He wasn’t taking his shoes off and acting like someone else in front of the religious people of his day. He had no time for fake appearances and polished shoes. He was reclining at the table having a glass of wine and talking to the people most deemed sinners. The ones they pointed fingers at, whispered about in their circles and isolated because they just weren’t as perfect as them. Why would they eat and drink wine with that lot? No righteous person would? The Son of God did and he didn’t change into some loafers for it. He kept the truth right there and the love. Balance.
A couple things I have noticed in my time in and out of “church” circles is this thing that doesn’t get mentioned much. It’s something so precious and yet it is rarely brought up in conversation. It’s unity. Read the passage below slowly.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever.” Psalm 133:1-3.

Sometimes peace comes later after the food is digested and the eyes and ears are opened.
This man named Jesus/ Yeshua was a Jew from the tribe of Judah. He did not need validation. With his mouth closed like a Lamb going to slaughter, he knew his time was coming. HIS MOMENT! He knew that very soon he would be sitting at the right hand of His Father.
Are you wearing Torah shoes and shoes that are shod with peace but also with love and obedience? You may be hated. You may be ignored. You may not be popular or even taken seriously. Many in your circle may leave because the word is too hard to swallow, but that’s okay, as you can see you’re in good company.
Change your shoes if you must. Put on some bright green Peter Pan slippers when you get down to the floor with a child to play. Put on some soft furry house shoes when you watch a movie with the kids. Wrap a pair of red sassy heels around your ankle when you go out with your husband or a pair of water shoes for the lake but continue to be who you are and announce it without shame. And more importantly, take off your shoes when you see a man who has none.

“Stand firm therefore,HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:14-17 NASB.

What Our Hearts Know?


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“If our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God” 1st John 3:21.

What do our hearts know? “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV. Yahweh searches the hearts of men to see whats inside them. He knows.

Simple. Short. To the point. Can you remember a time in childhood when you were uneasy about approaching a parent, or teacher or another authority figure due to some promises you failed to keep or something secretive you were doing? Let’s say you failed to wash the dishes, mow the yard, and take out the trash. You are in trouble for failing to do your chores, but your friends want you to go to a concert and even have free tickets. All you have to do is ask your parents. The problem comes when it’s time to approach them knowing that you failed to do what they asked you to. You do not have that boldness you need.

Perhaps they discovered that you have been secretly doing a number of things behind their backs that they don’t approve of. You are certain they are very disappointed over this but you need new gym shoes or money for a car repair and you have to approach them for help. Picture the same scenario only it’s our Heavenly Father. We need Him to smooth out a relationship with a child, sibling or dear friend. We need a healing or a financial situation is in dire consequences and we are desperate for our Father to come and help us.

“Here is how we will know that we are from the truth and will set our hearts at rest in his presence: if our hearts know something against us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God; then, whatever we ask for, we receive from him; because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him.” 1 John 3:19-22 CJB.
Hopefully, this is making more sense. The examples I used above may seem elementary but our issues at times with the flesh are very elementary. We indulge in too much of something good. Food can be good but too much is gluttony. Grapes on the vine can make for a good Chianti but too much of anything good is an indulgence. We all know the things we need to stop doing because our conscious tells us. If we gossip, spend money recklessly, lust after things with our eyes, or seek revenge and harbor unforgiveness, we get an alert from the Holy Ruach Spirit of Truth. But if our hearts know nothing against us we can come boldly before the Father. We also have a High Priest who has compassion and is interceding for us.
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 NASB.
Ephesians 3:12 says, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” NLT.
What a great feeling it is to have a parent you know is proud of you–one you can boldly meet with. And if perhaps you never had that relationship with your parents, know that you can have one with HIM.