Part 6: Thoughts to Consider

Something has been going through my mind the past couple of days, so I thought i’d share it with y’all and see what your thoughts were on it. :-)

We know that we are members in the body and we’re told that we are to bear much fruit and he who doesn’t bear fruit, that branch will be cut off (see John 15).

We also have one example after another in scripture of how people knew what part they were to play in the work of the Kingdom, and they poured their lives and hearts into accomplishing that assigned job/task. For an example, as I’m reading and studying John, I love how his job was to prepare the way for Yahshua. He was the forerunner, so to speak, and he did his job beautifully.

But, what I wondered as I read scripture is, are we to figure out our part and then build our life around accomplishing that part, or are we supposed to just do “whatever” and work on the side, so to speak?

For an example, my brothers and I have been talking a lot about jobs and different lines of work, as they are now at the age of trying to figure out what they are going to be doing with work related things.

So this is my question: Does Yhwh care what job they get, or are they supposed to figure out which job, based around the job/task that He wants them accomplishing in His kingdom? You see the difference? One is focusing on the vision and goal, talents and gifts, using their work as a means of not just survival, but with a much larger goal in mind. One sees the end goal or results and where they need to go, then figures out how to best get there. The other uses it mainly for survival, and more or less separates the two tasks…the physical from the spiritual. But it made me wonder watching and reading the lives in scripture, if we’re really supposed to be separating the two goals?

I see this with our own lives, as daughters of the King, too. Why do we do the things that we do? Is our goal in life to simply to eat, drink, and enjoy ourselves? Or is it supposed to be a lot more?

I guess what I wonder is, looking at the world and learning how the communist have gotten where they are (which you have to admire the fact that they do know how to accomplish things, albeit unrighteous as they may be!) and how it is simply because of the fact that they had a vision way beyond simply living their day to day lives. What if we applied that to our own lives? How much would the body of believers, I wonder, be able to accomplish if they had this type of vision? The scripture verse which keeps playing through my mind says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. What is our vision? Do we even have one or should I say, does Yhwh have one for us? And if He does, are we constantly living our lives in such a way that we are constantly planning and working at accomplish it? Or do we simply go about living in hopes that we can someday? Do we have a plan we’re working on to be able to achieve what He has placed in front of us to do?

Sisters, I realize we don’t hold jobs like the men, but Yhwh has still given you gifts and talents and needs you using your part of the body, for the Kingdom and the betterment of the body. With each person that part will be different or look different. But are you accomplishing what Yahweh wants you accomplishing? Are you investing your gifts and talents, and being the part of the body He has called you to be? Are you advancing and becoming better at them? Do you even understand what your gifts and talents are? Or are we just living from day to day with no vision at all?

I fully believe that He prepares and equips us, so that we can be the part that He needs us to be. The question is, Do we know what part that is and how we can use that part effectively, where He has us? Or, are we suppose to just live our lives with no vision and no goal beyond today? I think it is definitely worth thinking about and praying about.

I need to run along now, but I will try to share more as I’m able to. I did want to let you all know that I am leaving either tonight or very early in the morning to go out of state and serve an elderly couple for over a month, so if the articles slow down, you know why. :-) I’ll try to keep posting and writing as I’m able, but I thought I’d warn you in case it’s a little while before you hear anything. So until then, may Yahweh richly bless you and keep you all!

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Part 5: Marriage, the Family, and Being Laborers in the Kingdom

Part 5: Marriage, the Family, and Being Laborers in the Kingdom

This morning as I was reading my Bible, Yahweh brought something to my mind, a correlation between the family and being laborers in His Kingdom…and I wanted to share that with you. I know this past week we have hit many different topics as He’s brought us down this journey, but I really felt like that was where He wanted us to go. Like I have said countless times before, I am learning right along with you. I had no idea this was where He was going to lead us when I first felt Him tell me to write about it, but it is with an exceedingly thankful and grateful heart, that He did! We truly serve an awesome God!

Okay, before anymore addo, let’s dig in, shall we? :-)

I was reading in John 4 where Yahshua is talking with the Samaritan woman at the well about living water, while waiting for His disciples to come back with the food that they went to go purchase. When they come back to Him and offer Him food, He tells them in verse 32 that “I have meat to eat that ye know not of”, he then goes onto explain to them in verse 34 that “my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”, then he continues to tell them what that work was. “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”

But He doesn’t stop there. He continues and this is where I’d like to bring your attention to. Starting at verse 36 going to 38, “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”

When you think of a garden, what is the process that one must take? You must till the ground, you must plant the seeds, weed, harvest, and then care for that harvest. The same is in the spiritual realm of laboring in His harvest/Kingdom.

But now I’d like to bring your mind to the marriage of a man and woman, and the family (their offspring).

In a marriage, we can see how each person plays a different role, yet if they pull and work together (rejoice together), they can accomplish much! Yet, if they are constantly fighting or not willing to fulfill the roles Yahweh has given each of them individually, they get no where, do they? Atleast not in the most productive way that they could have.

The same is in the Kingdom of Yahweh! He has made us many members, of just one body. Each of us has a role to play. Like the analogy above with the different aspects of the garden, so we see in the body. And we know that in Ephesians Yahweh tells us that He isn’t speaking about the family (husband, wife, and children), but He was referring to Him and his bride, the church…the body of believers. He uses the physical to point us to the spiritual.

So when I started thinking about the different roles of marriage and how one can’t do it all, it always takes both to make a true marriage, Yahweh brought to my mind that it isn’t just the bringing the harvest in that He is concerned with. That is when the work just really begins. But there is work that has to be done both before and after that point.

Think about what He tells us about children being the strength of their father. We are arrows to be sent out. It made me think about how there’s a lot more work that needs to take place after the harvest is brought it…there’s the nurturing of one’s faith. The caring of the flock. The processing of the harvest, so to speak.

Yet, now go back to the marriage. One of the jobs and purposes of marriage, is to bring forth children. We can see how families are dying out, because this command to bring forth, is being ignored. Now think about the new believers. If we only think about the planting or harvesting, yet not the caring of the actual believers who are produced from the harvest, what happens? They die off. They can’t be ignored or neglected, just like the planting of the seeds, or the weeding, or the harvesting can be ignored.

Do you see precious girls, how we must work together to accomplish Yahshua’s plan? We can’t try to do it all on our own…it’d be impossible! It HAS to take us all pulling and working together, like He designed, in order for it to work! And yes, sometimes (a lot of times) we may never know what our planting will produce. Like John, we may be the ones that Yahshua sends out ahead of Himself, to prepare the fields. Did that mean that John couldn’t still rejoice with Yahshua? Of course not! Did it mean he should have become jealous or envious of Yahshua’s job, because he did a lot of the forerunning for Him? Of course not! He was partnering with Yahshua’s ministry, although he understand clearly what his job was. He realized it was a multi-step process. He embraced his part of that process, and rejoiced with those who took up where he left off, or those who had other steps to complete within that process.

This is why I think it’s so important that we realize that we are many, many, members of the same body. We have to embrace who Yahweh created us to be…and realize that just because the person next door maybe doing something differently, doesn’t make them wrong. They are simply a different member and you need that member, just like they need you! The hand isn’t the foot. The mouth isn’t the ear. The ear isn’t the eye. The heart, isn’t the lungs. The legs aren’ the arms. Yet, can we function to the fullest capacity, with just one or two members? Could we have the leg, without the lungs? What kind of body would that be? It simply wouldn’t be.

The same is concerning the harvest. There are different aspects of the harvest, too. Different aspects of being laborers in His Kingdom. But we have to know what part we have, and give everything we have to fulfilling that job…building that part of the wall that is infront of us! We don’t need to be envious of anothers job, thinking that it’s more glorious than our own. We need to embrace them and what Yahweh has them doing, and know that what Yahweh has us doing, is just as important and just as needed.

And this also brings to mind how we need to be willing to learn from each other. The hand doesn’t necessarily understand how the leg works. It doesn’t have the same insights as the eyes, mouth, nose, lungs, etc. I’m not saying we are to accept every wind of doctrine, sisters. Yahshua gives us a clear command to weigh the spirits, to compare what people say, to His word, to see if they line up. None of us are without sin, no matter how hard we may try to be. But, at the same time, I think we need to start being willing to learn from others and what Yahweh is teaching them…and stop trying to be the entire body. Encourage each member. Pray for each member. Rejoice with each member. It’s so important! We are such a divided body of believers right now, and before Yahshua comes back, I really believe the division has to be taken down! He wants a spotless and pure bride. And it starts with us, not the other person.

This is why I believe He had us stop mid-way through this series to take time to pray, confess, and seek His face. To realize that revival has to start within our own hearts. When you look at the divided body, what you can generally see is people looking for the sin and needle in the other persons life, instead of their own. Yet, is that really what Yahshua teaches us to do in scripture? Isn’t scripture constantly telling us to look within our own heart, first? To get the sin and dross out of our own life? We can’t even begin to minister to others, and use our member to the fullest capacity, until we have gotten the beam out of our own eye. So I challenge you to please continually seek Yahweh’s face in your own life, don’t stop! Let Him cleanse you and purify you. Then He will be able to really use the member that you are, to bless and help another. What would the body be like, if we could strengthen and help each other, overcome what He has already helped us overcome? What would it be like if we could all gather on our knees, in prayer, together? The strength and power that would come! A three-cord fold is not quickly broken, my sisters! There is strength we when get on our knees and seek His face together, just as there is strength in a marriage when a couple is willing to get on their knees together in prayer! Don’t criticize and tear down each other. Pray for one another that you may be healed. And when someone comes to you with a struggle that they are having and asks for prayers, don’t look down on the fact that they are struggling or condemn them for it. Embrace them and realize that you too, struggle. Let’s help each other grow and be strengthened in the power and might of Yahshua! Let’s bend down and offer that weaker vessel, our hand, and help them stand back up. But again, we can only be this to the body, if we first allow Yahweh to bring us to the place that He needs us to be.

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Part 4: The Cloudy Pillar of Witness and the Storms of Life

Part 4: The Cloudy Pillar of Witness and the Storms of Life

I pray that this past week has been one that has been filled with conviction, as well as joy, as you humbly sought Him, and continue to seek Him in all areas of your life! I know that for myself, it has been a journey that has been so unbelieveable! Going down on our knees and allowing Yhwh to show us and convict us of our sin and where we have gone contrary to His law, but then watching as He forgives us, works in our lives, purifies us, and brings such victory over the sin…such healing, it’s been just an incredible journey to say the least and I really look forward to all that He has in-store for my life!

One thing that He showed me this past week, that I wanted to share today with you, was the cloud of witness with the Israelites and how He was in the cloud by day, and fire by night (remember He spoke from the middle of it!). As I thought about that in relationship to the storms of life and how they prepare us, cleanse us, and purify us…and how in the middle of a storm,  they call it the “eye of the storm” and how our eyes are supposed to be turned to Him, it was just incredible! Yhwh told us He was in the middle of the cloud/pillar…this is where He spoke to the children of Israel from! Then we see in James how we are to“Count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience”. It isn’t that we are to run from the storms in our life. This is how we grow. This is how we are purified. Remember the fire that purifies the dross? If you think about the pillar of fire, and how we must go through the fire to reach the middle of the cloud or pillar where Yhwh is, wouldn’t that seem to say that we are to embrace the storms (count them all joy??) instead of run from them in fear? It puts a whole new dimension on storms and trials in our lives.

Also something else to think about. When you have a cloud like the one on top of Mt. Sinai, its such a storm that the children of Israel were scared to death! That’s a mighty storm! Storms bring rain…and we know that rain cleanses. But also think of what scripture says about living water! The spiritual analogy of it was just incredible! Don’t become angry with Yahweh for allowing things in your life. Let those trials bring you ever closer to Him and purify your heart. Go to the middle of the storm where He is and allow Him to walk with you through it, and teach you all He has for you to learn through it. Let His rain, His living water, cleanse you and make you clean…spiritually. Just had to share that with y’all! :-)

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Part 4: Examining Ourselves

Part 4: Examining Ourselves

Once again I felt yhwh tell me He’s not ready for us to go on to the next point yet. Before we can move on and be all He wants us to be, I think we desperately need to heed 2 Chro 7:14, my sisters. And I will explain why, but first, let’s read it together.

“If MY people, which are called by MY name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

My precious sisters, this is us He is speaking to in this passage. When is the last time you have come into the presence of your God, humbled yourself, prayed and sought His face to show you the sin that was in YOUR own life? He tells us that until we turn from our wicked ways, He will not hear our prayers! This is so serious.

I can hear some of you saying (or at least thinking) that you’re not so wicked, so how can this apply to your own life? I mean, you dress modestly, you’re conservative, you read your Bible, you even try to keep Torah, you believe in Yahshua…so certainly you are fine, right?

Girls, this verse wasn’t written to the world. It wasn’t telling us how to deal with their sin. It was written to us. Don’t compare your life to that of another and think that since you don’t sin like them (or appear to), that you must be holy and righteous. Yhwh standards are holy, pure, righteous and exceedingly high!! Remember, Satan comes to us as an angel of light! He would LOVE for us to think we’re fine and that we can keep on living the way we have been. But, can we? I beg to differ with him. Yahweh said until we get on our knees, repent, turn, and seek His face, we will not have the blessings He’s promised to us. He won’t even hear our prayers.

I want to challenge you to compare and examine your life against His word, not your neighbors life! We must get down on our knees and start examining where we have allowed satan to rule in our lives. Where have we willingly or unwillingly allowed him in? Where is the sin in our own lives? Examine and confess them before your God, for He is a holy and just God! We MUST stop comparing our lives with others, if we are to be fruitful in His kingdom and live in abundance of life!

This morning I read a verse that connected the passage above to this one below. Here is what it read…

John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Sisters, this isn’t an option. We MUST worship him in truth! That means we must have a life freed of sin. I love how one person put it. Our life (mind) is like having two radio frequencies that we can tune into (ever wonder why the two ears??). One frequency is Yhwh’s and the other is Satan’s. There isn’t a third frequency. We either live and think the truth, or we live and think the untruth. We either are sinning, or we are living righteously. There isn’t this “grey” area that people often think about. We’re either serving God, or serving the enemy…there are only two kingdoms. What I want to challenge you to do, is search within your own life and figure out in each area of your life, which one have you been tuning into and serving?

Sisters, if we don’t first cleanse our own life, we can not serve Yhwh and worship Yhwh, the way He demands. He is a holy God and He must be served in holiness.

So before we move on to talking about which member in the body we are and how we can serve Him in His kingdom, I want to take a couple of days and ask that you take time out and truly lay your soul bare before your Maker. Ask Him to examine your heart. Seek His face like never before. Pray, like never before. Don’t look for the sin in the other person’s life, simply take time to look for the sin in your own life. Let Yhwh examine your heart. And don’t be afraid to let someone be that mirror in your own life.

James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

May we become a nation of truly healed believers, whose prayers are fervent and effectual, availing great and mighty things in His Kingdom!

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Part 3: Bridging the Gap

Part 3: Bridging the Gap

I wasn’t really sure what to call this part of our series, and although I was originally going to talk about how we are many members of the same body and how it correlates to marriage (or should I say how marriage correlates to the many members working together), I really felt like Yahweh wanted me to share this message with you, first.

I know this message is an hour and a half, but truthfully, it is one of the most powerful messages I have ever heard! It is one of those messages that leaves you on your knees crying out before your God, convicted, challenged, and encouraged. Sisters, please take the time from your busy lives and listen to this. Let the truths sink deep within. This is an important aspect of being laborers in the harvest. And I think you will find, as I have, that you can’t just listen to it, once. There is a lot of truth in this message. A lot of conviction. Yet, it is filled with such hope, too.

May it richly bless your life, draw you ever closer to His throne of grace, and find you standing up, willing to breach the gap that is before you. We all have a purpose, have a work, that we need to be doing it. What does Yhwh want you doing? How can you be meeting not only the needs of the body, but the needs of the world? Can you, too, be an intercessor? Never in the history of this world, do we need it more so.

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Dealing With the Tempter: Yahshua vs Eve

Wow! As I continue on with my study on identifying the enemy in my personal devotions, it never ceases to amaze me at all I’m learning! I feel like I’ve hit a huge breakthrough in my own life this morning, and I wanted to share with you all! (So sorry, you’re going to have to wait for Part 3 of our series!)

I started going through the book of John, and after I was finished this morning, I just really felt Yahweh impress upon my heart to go to Matthew 4, as there was something that He wanted to show me. I’ve been pondering that chapter for awhile now, but really felt like there was more He wanted to show me through it this morning.

But let me back up. I mentioned that one of the reasons I was doing this intense study was because I felt like I was missing a huge piece of the puzzle. One of those missing puzzle pieces, was on dealing with the Tempter (i.e. temptation). So often I found myself giving into temptation (and sin), time and time and time again, and I hated that. Yes, I would cry out to Yahweh for strength and help, but I found myself constantly giving into it. Why? What in the world was I doing wrong? Why weren’t my prayers for strength, being answered? Why wasn’t I able to be the overcomer that I so longed to be? Have you ever felt like this before? Have you ever felt helpless or lost on how to break that chain of sin that so easily beset you? I have.

I share all this, as I pray that through my sharing with you my own struggle, you too, may learn how to become an overcomer and live a victorious life, in Him. Regardless as to what temptation you are facing,within your own life, I really believe the same truth applies. We CAN be an overcomer. We CAN live a victorious life! Here’s what Yahweh showed me this morning on why I so often am not and where I was going wrong.

As I read through Matthew 4, here is what I saw.

Matthew 4:1-10 “Then was Yahshua led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Yahshua said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Yahshua unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Satan came tempting Yahshua. But what do we see Yahshua’s response was? “It is written”. Now I’d like to go to another temptation we see in scripture and compare how the person (Eve) handled Satan’s advances.

Genesis 3:1-6 “Now the serpent (Satan) was more subtil than any beast of the field which Yahweh God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Now as many times as I have read these two passages, I have never put them together. But here is what Yahweh showed me.

When Yahshua was being tempted, he quoted only the word…He used the truth to set Him free. (John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”) He did NOT have a discourse with Satan. He didn’t got back and forth with him. Satan tempted him, trying to twist the truth to make sin look pleasant, yet Yahshua was set free by the truth, and by knowing what the truth said. He simply quoted the truth…the Word…and no more.

Eve, on the other hand, allowed Satan to pull her into a discourse. She didn’t quote the truth. She didn’t simply counter the attack with the truth of the Word.

Now I’d like for you to think about something. How does this apply to our own life?

The huge breakthrough I had was in realizing that I had been allowing Satan to do exactly this same thing with me! He was using the very same tactics he used on Eve. He was getting me to go into a discourse with him, instead of simply countering the temptation with “It is written”…period, end of story.

His goal is to make sin look pleasant to the eye and something to be well desired. By going back in forth with him (he attacks us mostly through our thought life) he was able to breakdown the wall. If he could get me to think about it long enough, he had me, and he knew it. This was the puzzle piece I was missing. Yahshua tells us not to go there with him. Not to allow him to drag us into thinking something we shouldn’t. He warns us time and time and time again in scripture that what we think, so are we. That sin is first conceived in the mind, then is carried out into action. And thus, we must first stop the thought process, and if stopped, it will take care of the action (sin).

But something that I think we need to realize is, the temptation will come. Not may. It came to Yahshua, it will come to us. So how can we deal with it? By following Yahshua’s, not Eve’s. Let the truth set us free! He’s give us a way to escape. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Sisters, His truth is that way of escape. We have to be willing to use it to ward off the firing darts of Satan. It’s not that He doesn’t give us the strength and the means to be an overcomer. He already has. The problem that I had was, I wasn’t using it to defend me like He told me to! I wasn’t taking the means of escape He had left me with. I was trying to escape on my own strength, and it simply wasn’t working! I’m not strong enough. Eve wasn’t strong enough. None of us are. But His TRUTH is strong enough!!

I’d like to leave you with another passage He brought to my mind this morning. May it be the encouragement to you, that it was for me.

Ephesians 6:10-17 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in Yahweh, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, (Why???) that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

May each of us learn how to use that sword, the Word, in our own life so that we can stand in the day of temptation, so that we can quench all the fiery darts that Satan will try to throw at us!

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Part 2: Loving Like He Loves

Part 2: Loving Like He Loves

I mentioned how Yahweh convicted me that the root sin in my life, and thus the struggle that I have in sharing the gospel, is loving like He loves (or the lack thereof). And I truly believe this is the root sin. If I loved like He loves, fear would not hold me a prisoner…for “perfect love, casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18).

But what does His love look like? How can I learn from Him what true true love is?

John 15:12-13 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

1 John 3:16-18 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

I spoke a bit in the James series that I did last week, about how our faith was dead, if alone. How we have to have works to go along with our faith. (Now you know why this passage meant so much to me!) I wrote a bit about their physical needs, but today, I want to speak about their spiritual needs…for how much greater is it a sin, if we, who have the answer to their need of salvation, keep our mouth shut, and do absolutely nothing to meet that need? (and remember that there are twelve tribes in Israel who were natural born brothers…and only one has returned home to Israel, Judah. If they are brothers, and we’re apart of them (–click here to learn more), doesn’t that make them our brethren already, since Yahshua knows who is and will be apart of them? So even if they haven’t yet accepted the Messiah, I think this verse can still apply to us sharing the gospel with them and meeting our lost brothers needs.)

This hit home hard, girls. Talk about conviction 101. Meeting physical needs is good, sure. But what we don’t often think about is how to meet their spiritual needs. Yet, doesn’t that apply as well, and probably all the more so??? Isn’t that the truth that would truly set them free?

Yahshua in the above passage is talking about the love of God, about laying down his life, and then about shutting up our bowels of compassion…and how if a person does this, His love does not dwell within them! This is pretty serious!

Yahshua explained that his love was a sacrificial love. It caused Him to willingly deny his life, willingly choose to die, to set us free! This is what love really is. It is denying ourselves, for the greater good, of another. Do we love like this?

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as the anointed also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, (Why?) that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

This is why Yahweh gave up his Son and allowed Him to go through what He did. It was so that we could have life…that the world, through Him, might be saved.

Sisters, I know most of you, do not have children. But I would like for you to think about yourself having a son. Try to picture it, if you could. If you knew what he’d have to go through (and it’d be the same as what Yahshua went through…all to the point of you not even recognizing him being your son!), so that those who hated you, and hated him, might come to a saving knowledge…would you willingly offer him up? Yahweh did, because He loved you and me and THEM that much! Talk about an unconditional love. How much clearer picture could we get of love?

Yahshua is love. His love is a sacrificial love. It is an unconditional love. It is an enduring love. It is a forgiving love. And He wants the world to know His love. To be apart of His love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4 love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Love suffereth long (is patient), is kind, envieth not, vaunteth not itself, isn’t proud, doesn’t behave unseemly, puts others first – not yourself, isn’t easily provoked, thinketh no evil, doesn’t rejoice in sin, rejoices in the truth. It bares all things, believes, hopes, endures all things. It never ever fails. Wow. What a list!

Romans 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Isn’t working ill to our neighbor, not telling him about the greatest gift that has ever been freely given, to one and all? That he too, could receive this amazing gift of love? Isn’t not sharing the gospel with them, doing them a great ill? The greatest ill that you can do to them? Isn’t that not loving them?

1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Oh, if we’d only love Yahshua, the way He told us to! Girls, it is beyond our furthest imaginations on what Yahweh has prepared for us, if we love him! We can only see in part, and isn’t it truly worth it all? We were bought with the highest price that can be paid. THEY were bought with the highest price that could be paid! Is it too much for Yahweh to ask us to love Him back, by loving those around us? Is it too much for Him to ask us to go tell our neighbors about His love? To show our enemies His love?

Matthew 22:37-40 “Yahshua said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Girls, I’ve often thought about the importance of the first couple of verses in this passage and how important it is for me to love Yahweh my God with all my heart, soul, and mind. Yet, what I haven’t dwelt enough time on, is how I can love my neighbor! Girls, Yahshua said this was so important, that He places it right up there with loving God with all your heart! The entire law hangs upon these two commands. Have you ever stopped and taken the time to really ponder what this means? When you are tempted to become short with someone, do you stop and ponder how you could love them instead? Have you ever thought about the aspects of 1 Corinthians 13, and how that applies to our daily life…not only with those we come in contact with, but also the believers around us?

1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Yahshua tells us that if we don’t love our brothers, we don’t know Him! As I read His word, I realize how often we as believers, claim to love, but I think we are so far from realizing what true love really is. I’ll ask the question again, how can we love our enemies, if we struggle loving our brothers and sisters in the Messiah? And if we can’t forgive them, how are we supposed to be forgiven? If we can’t forgive those we love, how much more so will we never be able to forgive our worse enemies?

If there is one way I believe Satan is out to destroy us, I believe it is here, where true love reigns…for is that not the greatest commandment of all? To love Yahweh, and then to love our neighbors? If love is the greatest command, and is really the essence of why we are here…wouldn’t that tell us that it will be where Satan is going to attack us the most in this life???

And yet, what have we given into the most? Where is Satan gaining the most ground in our lives? Believers are fighting and bickering amongst themselves, disassembling with each other, marriages are breaking constantly, people are refusing to forgive each other, or work through or ignore their differences…the list is endless. We don’t know how to endure. We don’t know how to put others first. We don’t know how to be truly loving and kind. Yahweh says in Proverbs 10:12 that, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” and Proverbs 17:9 says, “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”

Sisters, we are so busy uncovering sin and looking for the mote in the others eye. I love how Yahshua puts it in John.

John 8:4-11 says, “They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Yahshua stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Yahshua was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Yahshua had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Yahshua said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

My precious, precious sisters. Are we so without sin, that we can cast the first stone at another? Do we not see the mote that is within our own eye? I’m not saying to condone sin. I’m saying to love the sinner. There is a difference. But way too often, I think we are so quick to throw the stone, when we are just as guilty as they are!

Something that has hit me hard is how James 5 tells us to confess our faults one to another, and pray one for another, so that we may be healed. He tells us that love covers a multitude of sins. We are all sinners, who have fallen short of the glory of God. Where we should feel the most love, forgiveness, and receive the most help and prayer, we see just the opposite happening within the realm of believers. We don’t want to share where we struggle, for fear of what the believers will think, say, or do.

Even tho deep down we all know we are sinners who fall constantly, we refuse to accept others being imperfect. It’s like we feel like we have to put up a front so that people don’t see who we truly are, sinners who fall short of the glory of God, all the time! Have you ever thought about the fact that we are just like the sinners of this world with one change? That change being that we have Yahshua walking with us, who has forgiven us, and shown us mercy, grace, and love? We all still sin. Sure, we are striving to become perfect in Him. But the truth of the matter is, we still sin and we need help, not condemnation. We need love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy. We need prayer, accountability, and encouragement from those who have become victorious in the very areas we struggle in. But instead of this, we receive just the opposite and give just the opposite. Is this truly the way Yahshua loved us? Yahshua looked up at this woman and told her He didn’t condemn her (she knew she was guilty…she didn’t need condemnation). He told her He forgave her and to “go and sin no more”.

What would life be like, if we learned to love each other, like this? How much ground would Satan lose, if we lived life like this? Oh, the power we would have to be overcomers, and not subcomers! But instead, we keep it to ourselves, feeling alone and thus Satan has all the more power to attack us, because we don’t have the love of the brethren where we should be able to go, to help us, knowing we are safe and will be loved unconditionally, regardless….for they know they themselves are so imperfect and struggle, too.

And sisters, is this not what the world needs to see, too? They can see through the fake front we put up all the time. What they want to see is how it is Yahshua who makes all the difference! That through Him, we are truly forgiven! How it is through Him that we can become overcomers! That it is only by His grace, mercy, and strength we can love and be loved. That when we are weak, HE is strong. When we fall, it is HE (not we) who pick us back up, helps us stand, and gives us the strength so that we can stand.

I love the verse we read earlier, about how Yahshua did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. He will be coming back to judge this world. But that is not why He came the first time.

Sisters, this is the first step I think we need to take. We need to get on our knees and ask Yahweh to forgive us for not loving the way He has told us to love, not only each other, but the world around us. We need to seek His face about where we have allowed Satan to take ground that does NOT belong to him. Ask Him to show us where we have failed in loving those around us. Where we have allowed strife to rule within our hearts, instead of His abiding love. Let’s use 1 Corinthians 13 to examine our own heart. Examine the difference between Yahshua’s love, and our own. And ask Him for His strength as we learn to love like He does. Ask Him to give you such an overpowering and overwhelming love for not only the brethren, but also for your enemies. To give you such a love that the world comes to you and asks you what makes the difference in your life.

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Part 1: Being Laborers in His Harvest

Dear precious Girls,

I told you that I would write about being laborers in the harvest and I will, but I have to admit, I tremble as I write this. If there is something that I am so passionate about, it is this. If I had to describe one thing over another, as the cry of my heart, it is this. And yet, I realize how far I, myself, am from where I need to be in this. I know how vulnerable this makes me, and I hate that. I wish I were ten times better at this, for if there is something that I think we need to be so bold in, it is proclaiming the gospel of Yahshua and sharing His love with this dying and sinful world.

When I look back at the life I was leading 19 years ago this month, before He saved me, and realize because of His love for me, where He has brought me to today, it humbles me greatly. I know I didn’t and don’t deserve His love. Yet, sisters, He loved me that much! He wasn’t done writing my story…I feel like He was just beginning!! And knowing what He saved me from and saved me to, should give me the boldness to proclaim His love to each and every person He brings my way. I should be shouting His love from the rooftops! Proclaiming and exclaiming what He has done and continues to do in my life! Oh, how I should be sharing even more so, how amazing and loving my God really is! My life and the love I have for my Saviour, my Lord, my Lover, should make this world so jealous over Him not being theirs, that it drives them to Him!

And yet, so often, I feel like I am such a failure in this and truthfully, I wonder why He has laid it on my heart, to write to you about this. Yes, it is the cry of my heart. But I want you to know as I go into this series, that I am learning right along with you. In no way do I have this down, as much as I wish I could tell you that I did. But I do pray that as I share this with you, that somehow, in some way, it would encourage you onto a boldness that you have never known before. May we truly learn to love those around us, like our Saviour loves us. And may your hearts cry, become the cry of my own heart (and that, which I believe is the cry of our Master and Saviours!), and that is; for those who don’t yet know Him, or realize His love for them, to get to know and to accept His love for them, before it is to late! To realize what living in the freedom of Messiah, really means! To realize what it means to be soooo rich and sooooo blessed, even while being poor!

Part 1: Being Laborers in His Harvest

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Matthew 9:36-38 “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Luke 10:1-3 “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”

John 12:44-47 “Yahshua cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

Have you ever thought about these verses and what they truly mean? A lot of times we dwell on the commandments and how we are supposed to be keeping them, which I believe wholeheartily, that we are supposed to. But I also believe that this is as much of a commandment, as keeping the Sabbath day holy, is. I have even heard some go so far to say that because Yahweh chooses who will and will not be saved, we are not supposed to be evangelizing those around us. I can’t disagree more so. Yes, I believe ultimately, He decides. We can only plant the seed or water. Whether that seed brings a harvest or not, isn’t up to us to decide. But does this change a command that we have to go? Some also say to be separate from the world, in the sense that we are not supposed to be around the world, so to speak, so often feel like we have to wait until they come to us, and that we aren’t really to go to them. Yahshua tells me differently. He tells me He is sending us right in the middle of the wolves! Yes, we are supposed to live a set apart life unto Himself. But we are to live that life, around the “world” so to speak. Yahshua didn’t come to save those of us He has already saved. He came to save those who haven’t yet accepted Him as their personal Lord and Saviour. This is the harvest. But sadly, there are few of us willing to work in the harvest. And this should absolutely break our hearts…and convict our hearts.

As I was reading through James, Yahweh convicted me on so many accounts. And He showed me so much. I shared some of that with you, especially about how it’s because of His love for this world, which we were once apart of, that He doesn’t come right here and now and put an end to all the suffering, all the death, all the sin. Girls, not one of us was born a believer. He had to personally save each and every one of us. He could have come to this earth years ago. But He loved us this much, that He wanted to suffer and watch His children suffer, to bring in the harvest…to save us and give us eternal life with Him! How much more so, those around us? His love is the same for them as it was/is for us!!

It brings tears to my eyes as I think about this next verse.

Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

Have you ever thought about what true love really is? Girls, it is being able to truly love your enemies enough, that no matter what they do to you, you pray that Yahweh would bless them by saving their very life! It is being willing to suffer to share with them, His love, His gospel, and be willing to pay any price to do it!

Yet, how many of us have trouble even loving our brothers and sisters in the Messiah, who yes, like us, will sin? Let alone, learning to love, forgive, pray and bless our outright enemies who are constantly persecuting and cursing us?! Yet, is this not the love He commanded us to have? A love willing to sacrifice all, for their sake? Is this not the love that Yahshua had for us? He gave up His very life, in the most horrible way possible, because He loved us that much! And at the same time, prayed asking Yahweh to forgive us!

Precious sisters, why do we find it so hard to share His love with those around us, who are dying in their sin??? Why do we find it so hard, to be willing to give all, if need be, for His sake (and theirs)? Are we too proud to humble ourselves and share with them, who Yahshua saved and continues to save? Are we too proud to accept, but unwilling to give back? Are we like Jonah, afraid that these very people who have persecuted the church, will get on their knees and repent of their sin? Remember who each us were before salvation! Look at Paul. No one is beyond Yahshua’s salvation. No one! Sin is sin. Our sin, is just as bad as theirs. It equals death without Yahshua. So shouldn’t we love them, like we were loved and want to be loved?

Recently, I had a dream. It shook me to my very core. It was so vivid. My husband and I were sharing the gospel. We were going to be put to death for our faith…but it wasn’t that which shook me. It was watching the very people who were putting us to death, walk away with our young son. I woke up.

Yhwh knows children mean the world to me. Putting me to death is one thing. Putting my husband to death before my very eyes, is one thing, as hard as I know it would be. But walking off with my child, our son, is another story.

But I felt at that instant Yahweh ask me, “Would I love Him enough, to trust Him, completely? That wasn’t my son, it was His. Would I live in fear over what could happen, or live in boldness, loving even my dearest enemies, with a love so unconditional as this? Could I look those same men in the eyes and tell them that I (and Yahshua) loved them so very much…and pray that very same prayer Yahshua once prayed saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”?”

That dream shook me in more ways than one. It convicted me in more ways than one. Yahweh showed me that He loved us so much. He was watching this happen all the time. His children were being marched off, all the time! His children are being slaughtered left and right! But He loves the very ones who are doing this, so much so, that He longs for them to come to know Him, too! He prayed that very prayer as they were crucifying Him, to show us what true love is. It isn’t getting angry. It isn’t shaking our fists up at heaven asking (or shouting!) “why?!” It is reaching out to a lost and dying, and desperately sick and sinful, world. Yes, it often includes us humbly praying and crying “Father, forgive them, for they truly do not know what they do!”

But sisters, should this realization of who our enemy is, and what they are doing or could do, hold us in fear of not sharing His love with them? Or should this make us want to share it with them, all the more so?

I am ashamed to admit this, I really struggle with sharing the gospel, especially in Israel, not to mention the struggle I have with sharing it within my own native country. Being a perfectionist (which often is ends up being the sin of pride), holds me back so often and I hate it! “Will I have the right words?” “Will I say the right thing?” “How will they take it?” “What if I say the wrong thing?” The list of questions Satan throws at me, are endless! Sharing the gospel, His love, isn’t a cookie cut thing! With each person, they will need to hear something differently. I know as I hear more and more testimonies of how Yahweh saved others, each one of us have a different story. We needed to hear a different thing. It isn’t a matter of whether “we” have the “right words” or “know the perfect way of sharing the gospel with them” as it is “HE” knows what they need to hear, and can walk us through what to say. It’s not a premeditated type thing. Yes, we must be prepared to share His word and have an answer ready for the faith within us. But, it also means we have to be constantly on our knees, seeking to know who and what He wants us to say or do…but is that so terrible? I dare say, it isn’t!

I think the root problem is that I do not love, as He loves. I do not see the world as He sees it. This is where my sin lies. This is where I need to be in constant prayer. Oh, how I long for a love like He has!!! A boldness in proclaiming that love and in sharing that love!

And this is what I would like to share with you in this series. What I have learned, and am learning through His word, what His love requires, what it looks like, etc. As well as ways that we, as His children, can reach out to the lost of this world…to hopefully help trigger more ideas and prayers, as you seek to know what His will is for you, in how you also, might reach out and share His love with those around you!

For girls, I honestly don’t believe it is a matter of whether we feel like it, as it is a command to do it. I think the question we need to be asking is “how” “who” and “where” to do it, not whether we are supposed to be doing it or not. He tells us plain as day to “go”. He tells us the harvest is ready, but He’s not finding the laborers to bring it in! This is we, He is talking about! It’s because there is a lack of obedience here among His own children, that we have this lack of people willing to work to bring in the harvest…and any one who has a garden or orchard, knows it is a lot of work bringing in the harvest…and even more work processing and caring for that harvest!

So, will you join me in praying and seeking Yahweh’s will, in how He wants us working in His harvest? What job we, as individuals, have in His harvest? Will you join me in praying for boldness to love like He loves? Boldness, not fear, for sharing with others what He has done in our lives and what He longs to do in theirs?

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James 5: The WOW Moments

Okay, I did not mean for that last post to be a teaser, although I know it ended up being one! But honestly, my sisters, it was simply because I ran out of time to write! But I do apologize for that!

So, are you ready for the first “wow” moment of my day? :-) It was found in James 5:6-11, but mainly verse 7. Let me copy it here so that you can read the entire passage.

James 5:6-11 “Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

This was the first thing that stuck out to me in this passage. Yahweh allows things to happen, even for Satan to kill the just (us), because it isn’t time for Yahshua to intervene…the harvest isn’t yet fully ready. But the awing moment was when I realized that Yahshua doesn’t just tell us to patiently endure to the end…He himself, says that He has to be patient, too! Girls, it’s not that Yahshua is ignoring what is happening today…it isn’t that He stepped off His throne…it’s simply that it isn’t time yet for Him to judge what they are doing. Do you know how much Yahshua truly loves you? Do you realize how it breaks His heart to watch us suffer? Yet, because He looks at the big picture, and knows what must happen before He can return, He simply has to be patient, too! But just the fact that He has to be patient, tells us that He doesn’t want to sit by and watch this! He doesn’t enjoy watching His children being slaughtered! But this has to happen for the precious fruits of the harvest to be gathered in.

It was so comforting to me…I know that He has never left me, no matter what He has called me to walk through. He has always been there, holding me through it. But to know, really know, how much He longs to come back here and stop the suffering, really touched my heart. To hear Him whisper He’s drawing near and asking me to be just as patient as He himself has to be, was…wow. It was amazing. Talk about love!

But He didn’t leave us with this, if that wasn’t enough! He tells us to look to the example of Godly men and women who have patiently endured. He wants us to learn from them, and precious sisters, we really need to! The persecution is ramping up. We need to know how to stand…faithful…to the end. But again, He doesn’t stop here! He tells us how pitiful Yahshua is and how He is so full of tender mercy! I think back to the missionary stories and their testimonies. Mainly, Jim Elliots. Yahshua allowed him to die a horrible death, so that others might be saved. Girls, do you not see the simularities between his story and that of our Saviours? Yahweh allowed Yahshua to suffer the most horrible death humanly possible…so that we might be saved! Death, or suffering, isn’t the end! It may be the means of something far greater than we will ever realize here on earth…but Yahweh allows things, to achieve what needs to happen. Are you willing to suffer, for the sake of the gospel? Are you willing to love those around you…this much? Are you willing to love your enemies this much? To willingly lay down your life, so theirs may be saved?

The second main passage that I have never really seen before, was James 5:15-18. It is on prayer. Here James is talking about the effectual fervant prayer of a righteous man availing much…but he doesn’t stop there! He goes on to leave us an example of what type of prayer he is talking about. He went onto say how Eliyah prayed earnestly for it to not rain, and it didn’t…for 3.5 years! Then he prayed likewise for it to rain, and it did.

Am I the only one who has never really thought about Eliyah’s prayer life before? Sure, I knew about the miracle…but here Yahweh is showing us…this is what He is talking about! This is the type of fervant, earnest, effectual prayer he’s talking about. Eliyah was a righteous man, and his prayer life showed just how much so.

So when you ponder the power of prayer, look at Eliyah’s life! Not just the prayers that were answered, but the life in which he lived so that they were answered! An ungodly person, no matter how fervant they may be, will not have the “prayer that availeth much”. We must life a righteous life, for our prayers to be powerful…and sisters…this is the type of life Yahshua calls us each to live! We all can lead a life of powerful prayers being answered…it’s not a goal that is unattainable. But will we reach to attain it, is the question.

My prayer for us all is that we will…with Yahshua’s help!

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Bible Study and How I’m Doing It

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Wow, wow. WOW!

Yes, that is exactly what I felt this morning after going through James 4-5! Yahweh never ceases to amaze me!!

But, before I go on to explain the amazing things He showed me this morning (which you’re going to have to wait for), I figured I better share a little bit more on the bible study I am doing! :) And yes, I know I am getting a little off track, and I am working on an article about being laborers in His harvest and Yahweh willing, I will post it soon. But for now, I really wanted to share with you some truths that I guess I have never really thought about, and some I “knew” in my heart, but I guess I needed the reminder and to understand more of what it implied and know it in my “mind” too. Or maybe it was vice versa! Regardless, I sat there completely awed by the truth of it this morning! :)

But, before I go on…

What am I studying and how am I going about it? Glad you asked! ;)

As I’ve mentioned before, the study I am working on is on identifying the enemy, how he works, ways he tries to defeat us, warnings and examples Yahweh gives us on overcoming them, etc. It’s been one of the most fascinating studies I have ever done and I am learning things about the whole spiritual warfare that I have never really seen before. But, not only all the “negative” attributes of Satan and his army, but just all the truths that Yahshua lays out for us in scripture…how it is possible to live a victorious life in Him! It’s just been one of those studies that after you are finished for the morning, you can hardly wait to sit back down and read more! So as slow as it is going through the scriptures verse by verse doing a study like this is, I have gotten more from doing this, than I have from simply reading through my bible at a medium to quick pace. And yes, can you tell I am loving it? :)

Okay, how am I doing this? I’ve had a couple people ask me this, and I pray I can hopefully explain it in a readable format. First, let me back up to the why I am doing this.

For years, I have been told that we can live a victorious life in the Messiah, to take every thought captive to His obedience, how we are in a spiritual battlefield, but I’ve never really understood what it meant to be in a spiritual battlefield, how I could fight, ways Satan fought to defeat us, etc. I understood how we were to obey and be subjected to Yahshua, but I just knew I was greatly missing a huge piece of the puzzle. How were we to take each thought captive? What did that even mean? And I mean, I knew Satan caused us to sin…but Yahshua tells us that he comes hoping to deceive even the most elect believers! He comes as an angle of light…which means it’s going to be hard identifying his moves in our lives! Yet, if I don’t know how the enemy works, how was I ever to live a victorious life in the Messiah? I felt almost lost in my efforts. This is when I realized that I must be able to identify which was Yahweh working in my life, and which was Satan trying to defeat my life/soul. So with this in mind, I prayed and started digging into His word for answers.

Now for the how. :) After spending some time in prayer, I realized that I needed to use a color code system, to make it a bit easier for me. I needed some code that I could use, so when I looked at my bible, I knew what each passage was talking about, at a glance. Although I have used color codes before in my bibles, I went one step further and also included highlighters…which is a first for me.

I also knew that I needed to start with a clean text, because I am a huge note taker and this study’s notes was being lost with all the others. So, after searching for a bible that would work, Yahweh blessed me with a used cambridge bible, that didn’t have more than a couple verses highlighted in it, with wide margins all the way around the text. This makes it so that I can take notes, as I work my way through the text. I could hardly believe that I was able to get this treasure for less than $40!

For the color code system and notes, I use my Prismacolor pens (005…you can’t beat these pens for note taking in Bibles!), along with a set of Bible Gel Highlighters. As you can see from the picture below, I combine different pens with different highlighters. For an example, red pen with yellow highlighter is warnings and examples from Yahweh/Yahshua. Red pen and blue highlighter is righteous living (ways we can live a righteous life). Blue pen and pink highlighter is ways Satan will try to defeat us…warnings, etc. Purple and purple are different things I personally wanted to be more aware of in my own life, ways women in general will struggle with more so, etc. Green and green is general, or ways that men struggle with…although I will be honest here, I hardly use this color scheme. :)

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And as many times as I could use multiple color codes for the same warnings and examples, I just kind of let it flow how it flows. :) The note taking colors kind of flow with the text colors I’ve chosen, although sometimes they will differ.

So these are the “tools” I use for it. I have a plastic container that I keep all my Bible and journal pens/highlighters in, and so when I have my quiet time, you’ll find me with my prayer journal, my bible and my box of pens. This way, everything is at my finger tips. Before I begin, I spend some time in praise and prayer, and then spend time just praying that Yahweh will open my eyes to the verses that I am about to read and show me how I can live a more victorious life in Him. Then and only then, do I begin.

I mentioned that I am going through the Bible very slowly. There have been times that I have learned so much, have pondered so much, that I simply do not get through even a chapter a day. Other times, depending on how much time I have, I can make it further than a chapter. But I knew going into this study that I had to have an open mind and be willing to take it as slow as needed. It’s not a study you can whip through. It’s a verse by verse, praying as you read through a verse or passage, going back over it sometimes numerous times, etc.

I’m also not going through it from start to finish, but am just praying about which book to go through next. Thus, you’ll find so far I have finished 1 Peter and James. What next book Yahweh will have be dig through, is yet to be seen.

Also, when I am done with the book, especially these smaller books, I then go back through and outline the books and what I learned, putting the scripture verses under each question that I had going into it. Again, I was richly blessed with this Bible, as it has lined paper in the back of it, where I can summarize different bigger key passages that answer my questions. I don’t write many notes here…usually key phrases or words, along with the reference. So far, I’ve been using the notepad for a draft, then copying it to the paper in my bible. I’ll try to inclose some more pictures of the outline that I started with, although it has grown slightly from this…which is okay! :) After the “outline” in the back of my bible, is enough paper to dedicate pages for each question, where I can copy the above under the correct sections.

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I should also mention that I put the color code key system that I’m using in the front of my bible, as when I first began, I needed to remember which colors I was using for each thing…so if you’re like me and want to try something like this, but struggle with your memory, don’t be afraid to put a hard copy in your bible!!

I will warn you, this study has not come without its struggles. Satan doesn’t want us identifying his moves, he doesn’t want us living victorious lives in Yahshua…and girls, he’s out to destroy you…plain and simple! But, I can honestly tell you, never in my life have I enjoyed a study more so. It has been so convicting, so encouraging, and I just feel so much closer to my Saviour! As much as I know I have a LONG ways to go, I feel like I am beginning to see things that I have never understood before…and it’s really exciting for me, and so I press ever onward, knowing that it is worth even more than I know I even grasp right now.

So now that you know what I am doing and why, you’re stuck hearing about different things I am learning along the way! :) Of course I’m hardly scanning the surface with y’all, but writing helps me better internalize what He’s teaching me, so I guess you’re stuck with hearing about different things along my journey that stick out to me…but I pray in what I share, it will be as much a blessing to you, as it has been in my own life. And please realize that as much as I am writing about it, I am just as much in this learning journey as any of you, and I don’t write just to you, but to myself as much as anyone!! These are things Yahweh is teaching me and convicting me about, too.

So are you ready? :)

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