be like newborn babies…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From 1 Peter:

1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people; 2and be like newborn babies, thirsty for the pure milk of the Word; so that by it, you may grow up into deliverance. 3For you have tasted that Adonai is good.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/1pe.2>

9Taste, and see that Adonai is good.

How blessed are those who take refuge in him!

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/psa.34>

In the fellowship groupings of Christ there should be no malice, deceit, hypocrisy, or envy.  There should be none of the ways men use to speak against people.  It is more effective to speak, if it is necessary, about what is good; that would be teaching  practice in the opposing values of malice, deceit, hypocrisy and envy.  Social media give an accurate picture of the heart of society with an abundance of what should not be. There is ample evidence of backbiting, malice, deceit, hypocrisy and envy.

This darkness can be fought by the same means that assist the believer in the process of growing in the spirit.  Peter says be thirsty for the pure milk of the Word for by it the believer will grow up into deliverance from these destructive ways.  Initial reuniting with the God of creation from the sin bound life brings a taste of Him that is good.  He intends that the believer get more than just a taste.

Malice is the “desire to cause pain for the satisfaction of doing harm.”  It comes in many forms: cattiness, hatefulness, meanness, spite, abusiveness, cruelty.  The opposite of malice then, which one would expect to see demonstrated in fellowships of Christ are: devotion, love, amiability, civility, cordiality, friendliness, hospitality.  The extent to which malice shows up in the social mainstream demands its opposing values  be in full force in the fellowship of believers.

Deceit is the inclination or practice of misleading others through lies or trickery.  It too comes in many ways, more subversive because of their nature. It comes or shows up as cunning, foxiness, dishonesty, furtiveness.  The opposites for which the fellowship of believers should be known are: candor, directness, frankness, openness.  These may make the believer seem childish or naïve in a culture full of deceit that is practiced without judgment.

Hypocrisy is the pretending of having virtues, principles or beliefs that one in fact does not have.  It can show up as insincerity, piousness, dishonesty, self-righteousness.  This is a term often used too loosely with the intent to attack.   Its opposites are truthfulness, artlessness, naturalness, genuineness and sincerity.  When truth is presented in a world that is used to judgmental statements, it often attracts the attack that calls the bearer of truth,  one who practices hypocrisy.  This term was used by Jesus to call out the need for correction among those who claimed to know God but followed the teachings of men.

Peter calls the believer to be like newborn babes who taste the mother’s milk and want more.  The believer will grow into honesty, candor, openness, truthfulness, genuineness, without an agenda other than to seek the truth of the Word of God, “thirsty for the pure milk of the Word.”

“Taste and see” leads to a vulnerable state of being, as a newborn open to criticism, cunning, attempts to discredit. The believer, however, can identify the unseen source of these attempts is the enemy who would destroy this babe.  The infant is not defenseless; it has a Father who has given an arsenal of weapons to use against the attacks.  This infant can “grow up into deliverance” by the Word of God.

Taste and see that Adonai is good.  How blessed are those who take refuge in him. – Psalmist.

Pray – Those who seek Adonai lack nothing good.  It shows in their lifestyle.  It shows in their relationships.

Repent – I repent for those times I engaged in actions that could be called malicious or deceitful.

Ask – I have tasted and the Lord is good.  Teach me the fear of Adonai.  Keep my tongue from evil and my lips from deceiving talk.

Yes – I will bless Adonai at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth.  Psalm 34

 

Source: 1 Peter and Psalms

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living water…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 4:

1When Yeshua (Jesus) learned that the P’rushim (Pharisees) had heard he was making and immersing more talmidim (disciples) than Yochanan (John) 2(although it was not Yeshua (Jesus) himself who immersed but his talmidim (disciples) ), 3Yeshua (Jesus) left Y’hudah (Judah) and set out again for the Galil (Galilee). 4This meant that he had to pass through Shomron.(Samaria)

5He came to a town in Shomron(Samaria) called Sh’khem, near the field Ya‘akov had given to his son Yosef. 6Ya‘akov’s Well was there; so Yeshua, (Jesus) exhausted from his travel, sat down by the well; it was about noon. 7A woman from Shomron (Samaria) came to draw some water; and Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “Give me a drink of water.”  8 (His talmidim (disciples)  had gone into town to buy food.)  9 The woman from Shomron (Samaria) said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for water from me, a woman of Shomron (Samaria)?” (For Jews don’t associate with people from Shomron(Samaria).) 10 Yeshua (Jesus) answered her, “If you knew God’s gift, that is, who it is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink of water,’ then you would have asked him; and he would have given you living water.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.4>

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Water gives life, without water there is no life.  What then is the difference between water from the well and water Christ gives?  One is temporal and one is eternal.  One is of the earth and the other is of heaven.  One relieves the physical thirst, the other relieves spiritual thirst.  Christ made it possible for mankind to once more be blessed in the spirit with life eternal.  This water, the Holy Spirit, fills up and satisfies mankind’s quest for spiritual life and completeness.

Christ was physically weary yet still had living water to give to this woman.

Pray – Fill me up, Lord.  I lift my cup, Lord; come and quench this thirsting of my soul.  Bread of heaven feed me till I want no more, fill me up and make me whole.

Repent – I repent for those times I relied on ‘physical’ water to satisfy spiritual thirst.

Ask – As the deer longs for running streams, God, I long for you.  I am thirsty for God, for the living God! Deep is calling to deep at the thunder of your waterfalls;

Yes – all your surging rapids and waves are sweeping over me.

John 4 and Psalms 42:2; 42:8

Spiritual sight…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3:

1There was a man among the P’rushim (Pharisee), named Nakdimon (Nicodemus), who was a ruler of the Judeans. 2This man came to Yeshua (Jesus) by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.” 3“Yes, indeed,” Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

4Nakdimon  (Nicodemus) said to him, “How can a grown man be ‘born’? Can he go back into his mother’s womb and be born a second time?” 5Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Yes, indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 6What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. 7Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! 8The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

*Words in parentheses are English for the Hebrew placed by author

There is sight and then there is sight!   We see and navigate about our space.  We don’t necessarily pay close attention if the territory is familiar.  When it provides a challenge our vision is more acute.  And if there is the potential for danger, it is sharp.

“unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  The vision is limited, in fact, it is non-existent in one moving through life without knowledge of God.  If this one is born of the Spirit, however, not only do they see the kingdom, they can now enter the Kingdom.  ” unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.  ”

Spiritual vision is likened to the wind.  We cannot see the wind; we do see its effects.  Spiritual birth is not seen with physical eyes but the physical individual can see its effects.  When an individual is truly born of the Spirit that will be evident to all who see them.

Ah, Lord we need to SEE!!

Pray – Born of the Spirit, I have vision greater than what I was physically born with.  Help me use it!!

Repent – I repent for times I move through my comfortable space without really looking.  I miss so much the Spirit would show me.

Ask – Wholeheartedly I am calling on you; answer me Adonai; I will keep your laws.  I am calling on you; save me; and I will observe your instructions.  I rise before dawn and cry for help; I put my hope in your word.  My eyes are open before night watches, so that I can meditate on your promises. Psalms 119:145-148

Yes – Give thanks to Adonai, for he is good for his grace continues forever.  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his grace continues forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his grace continues forever. Psalms 136:1-3

Source:  John 3 and Psalms

there stands One among you whom you do not know…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John:

Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.  “It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Always looking for a sign, a validation that is sought because the ears are stopped up, the eyes are blind to what is and the mind accepts only what the flesh desires.  They are functioning on a physical, temporal plane unable to move into the spiritual realm.

The path to the Spirit and the growth of humanity’s spirit comes through the Word both living in Christ and life-giving in written form.  The finite, physical self is restricted to that which is physical until the move is made through Christ into the spiritual.

There are other paths to spirit that are not of God and that spiritual realm is not beneficial to humanity, rather, it condemns them to eternal death.  Care must be exercised to know the difference.  Angel of light but bringer of death, the enemy is a master of deception.  If the spiritual ears, eyes and minds are not informed and aware “the very elect shall be deceived”.  Feelings are not the plumb line; Christ is, as revealed in the Word.  Word made flesh.

Pray – May I ever be available to you, O Lord.  May my spiritual eyes, ears and mind be open, seeing, listening, understanding as you reveal yourself to me.  May my spirit grow, my mind be renewed as I fill it with You, Your Word.

Repent – I repent for ears that did not hear, eyes that did not see and a mind being filled with the advice and counsel outside the Word.

Ask – I am Yours; save me because I seek Your precepts.  The wicked (enemy) hope to destroy me, but I focus on Your instruction.  I see the limits of all perfection, but Your commands (Word) has no bounds.

Yes – How I love Your Word both written and in the flesh, Christ.  I meditate on it all day.  I am made wiser than my foes(the enemy) whether they come as thoughts or actions of others, because Your Words and ways are mine.  I have more understanding than all my teachers, because I meditate on Your instruction.  I understand more than my elders, because I keep Your precepts.  I keep my feet from every evil way, in order to observe Your Word.  I don’t turn from your rulings because you have instructed me.  How sweet to my tongue is your promise, truly sweeter than honey in my mouth!! From your precepts I gain understanding; this is why I hate every false way.

Source: John and Psalms 119:97-104

God is NOT dead…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 10

 

 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

 The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

 

The wicked then and now remain and are the same. The deeds are the same. The oppression and poverty remain.

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

Therefore the prayer remains and is just as effective.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

There is no God is heard throughout the land accompanied by a push to remove all evidence in our language of His existence.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

The remnant of his people who believe remains. This said, let us pray with the psalmist and we will see the same results. God is NOT dead and he has not changed; nor is he hidden.

Believers, do we believe what we pray?  Our weapons are not weapons made by human hands.  Our weapons are weapons of the spirit and we are able to defend those who face the persecution perpetrated by the evil one.  We stand in the gap and fight for them with our prayers.  Raise the swords of prayer in their defense.  Pray and when we pray, believe!

Pray:   Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

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A Legacy…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 13:14-28

 

To the tribe of Levi alone Moses gave no inheritance. The offerings by fire to the LORD God of Israel are their inheritance, as he said to him.

 And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of the people of Reuben according to their clans.

 So their territory was from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and the city that is in the middle of the valley, and all the tableland by Medeba;

with Heshbon, and all its cities that are in the tableland; Dibon, and Bamoth-baal, and Beth-baal-meon,

 and Jahaz, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath,

 and Kiriathaim, and Sibmah, and Zereth-shahar on the hill of the valley,

 and Beth-peor, and the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth-jeshimoth,

 that is, all the cities of the tableland, and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses defeated with the leaders of Midian, Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, the princes of Sihon, who lived in the land.

 Balaam also, the son of Beor, the one who practiced divination, was killed with the sword by the people of Israel among the rest of their slain.

 And the border of the people of Reuben was the Jordan as a boundary. This was the inheritance of the people of Reuben, according to their clans with their cities and villages.

 Moses gave an inheritance also to the tribe of Gad, to the people of Gad, according to their clans.

 Their territory was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the Ammonites, to Aroer, which is east of Rabbah,

 and from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir,

 and in the valley Beth-haram, Beth-nimrah, Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, having the Jordan as a boundary, to the lower end of the Sea of Chinnereth, eastward beyond the Jordan.

This is the inheritance of the people of Gad according to their clans, with their cities and villages.

 

“This is the inheritance of the people of.” Some translations say “the descendants of.” Inheritance is defined as:

in·her·it·ance; inˈheritəns/; noun: inheritance; plural noun: inheritances; a thing that is inherited. “he came into a comfortable inheritance”; synonyms: legacy, bequest, endowment, bestowal, provision; More: birthright, heritage, patrimony.

 

The people of Israel are rewarded with an inheritance for their obedience to the commands of God. This inheritance is passed down to their children. As we receive our inheritance from God in obedience to His word, are we seeing that it is handed down to our children? Let’s explore this a bit. The passage describes the land given, its former ownership, and the placement of the land. All is done according to what God said to Moses. We have been looking at applying the conquest of Israel into the promised land as a type of our conquest into our promised land. We too are engaged in daily battles with real foes that are physical and spiritual. As we follow the commands and promptings of the Holy Spirit we are able to rid our lives of those things that hinder the work of the Lord for the building of His kingdom. We are becoming overcomers in spirit and in truth. What then is the legacy that we leave our future generations? Are we faithful to teach the children not only the words of the scripture but also the ways of application? Are we living examples of Jesus’ teachings; of the biblical principles of a victorious life? When we are gone will they be able to inherit the truths of the scripture into their lives? The question is what is our legacy? We have responsibility not only to the Lord but also to our fellow man. And so the commands come alive: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your fellow man as yourself.

 

“…[Mar 12:30-31 NKJV] 30 ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This [is] the first commandment. 31 “And the second, like [it, is] this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”…”

 

Take on the day in the name of the Lord. Let us walk in faith, overcoming and living by example as well as by word the Holy Scriptures.

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It begins at the top…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Ezra 8:1-20

These are the heads of their fathers’ houses, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylonia, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king:  Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom. Of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel. Of the sons of David, Hattush.  Of the sons of Shecaniah, who was of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah, with whom were registered 150 men.  Of the sons of Pahath-moab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him 200 men.   Of the sons of Zattu, Shecaniah the son of Jahaziel, and with him 300 men.  Of the sons of Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him 50 men.  Of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him 70 men.  Of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him 80 men.  Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him 218 men.   Of the sons of Bani, Shelomith the son of Josiphiah, and with him 160 men.  Of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah, the son of Bebai, and with him 28 men.   Of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him 110 men.   Of the sons of Adonikam, those who came later, their names being Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah, and with them 60 men.   Of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zaccur, and with them 70 men.

I gathered them to the river that runs to Ahava, and there we camped three days. As I reviewed the people and the priests, I found there none of the sons of Levi.  Then I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, leading men, and for Joiarib and Elnathan, who were men of insight,  and sent them to Iddo, the leading man at the place Casiphia, telling them what to say to Iddo and his brothers and the temple servants at the place Casiphia, namely, to send us ministers for the house of our God. And by the good hand of our God on us, they brought us a man of discretion, of the sons of Mahli the son of Levi, son of Israel, namely Sherebiah with his sons and kinsmen, 18;  also Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, with his kinsmen and their sons, 20;  besides 220 of the temple servants, whom David and his officials had set apart to attend the Levites. These were all mentioned by name.

This is a gathering of the leadership of the people of Israel.  Israel finds itself in bondage, slaves to the ruling kings of Babylon.  Their position is a direct result of their sin for they had left worshiping the Lord God Jehovah to worship the gods of the surrounding nations.  This sin included those in positions of leadership.  Now they are once again receiving favor of God and are able to return to Jerusalem.  The leadership is gathered first; for the return is not just physical but also spiritual. People look to leaders for teaching and guidance. There is a burden of trustworthiness laid on them.  These spoken of in Ezra are traced back to Aaron, brother of Moses, on whom was laid the responsibility of ministry in the temple.  Our leaders have an awesome responsibility.  They deserve our prayers.

 

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