This week, Yahweh clearly corrected me in regards to my thinking towards a certain matter in my life. He was quick to teach me that just because something had come about years ago, and went a certain way, does not guarantee that it must look just like that again the next time. We must be people moved by the Spirit within whatever the circumstance unfolds to become - even if it looks familiar and we think we know best.
Can anyone really know if they are born of God? Is there any way to see evidence that one is in Him? Many would casually say "only God Himself knows". While this is ultimately true, we are clearly told in Scripture that there is proof and evidence of those who are His offspring. Today we discuss what this evidence is.
Living on a farm presents constant opportunities to glean spiritual metaphors. Yesterday was yet another example as I attempted to call my cows to do something out of the ordinary for them. Let's not be as stubborn as ignorant as mere animals in regards to how we respond to the call of our Provider.
Nearing the end of Yeshua's natural life He gave His disciples a "new commandment". We of course know that it was to "love one another as I have loved you." We who are called according to His name, presently within this command, on behalf of the Messiah, are failing at doing as He commanded. We are commanded to love as we've been loved. Today we receive a reproof to examine our hearts and be sure that we're walking out our days as 1) One's who continue to remember the love we've been shown by Christ and 2) We're thereby rightly stirred to love others in like manner.
During a time of prayer with my wife recently, the Lord brought me some correction that turned into encouragement. In this episode I share out of that time, in order to encourage you.
I often have fictional imaginations of random scenarios that involve very unique situations. This time, I decided to actually record one, as it unfolded live. What transpired was a very moving dialogue between myself and John "The Baptizer" in a modern-day coffee shop. My hope is that it creates some opportunities of thought for you and provokes us to be ready for the return of Messiah.
This episode concludes this short series examining the Church's present challenges in regards to how She welcomes others in and looks beyond Herself. My hope is that we who are "in" the Body are positioned willing to receive a correction, for our good. And most importantly, to prepare ourselves now for those who will come in.
After being on the outside of the organized Church for 15 years, we've quickly realized that we have some interesting perspective as the Lord has sent us back out to return to Her. Friends, if we're going to be ready in any way to receive the harvest in these last days, some things must drastically change in order to prepare ourselves to rightly welcome people in.
It's no secret that the Church wants the power and victory within the resurrection life of the Messiah. However, Paul tells us in Romans that walking in the likeness of His resurrection must be preceded by walking in the likeness of His death. Once again we see the power of two components. We must walk within the pattern of proper biblical instruction if we're to acquire biblical promises.
The account of the death of Lazarus, the death of Jairus' daughter - the Scriptural account of these two instances alone show us something that we ourselves are guilty of. We, if we're not careful, will also sit back and wait in mourning over a matter when we've been given the name and power of Yeshua to do as He did - and see the circumstance change! We need to practice becoming a people of faith and expectation! This episode will encourage us to do so.
In Ephesians chapter 5, Paul is telling the Church that there should not even be a "hint" of immorality among them. A quick word study will tell us that he was clearly saying that all of the things he listed should not even be mentioned in the vicinity of those within Messiah. It would do us good today, this far removed, to heed this instruction as we move along our journey of sanctification.
All throughout the Bible we see men standing up and taking responsibility for the actions of their people - even of entire nations. Kings, prophets, leaders - mature, spiritual men crying out to Yahweh to forgive the sins of their fathers. In this episode I examine why I feel that this has been almost entirely lost in our age.
Today concludes the series. We'll again revisit the biblical basis for unity amongst the brethren and pose some tough questions to ourselves to see if, in fact, we're walking in faith towards it.
The series continues as we begin to move further into looking at the mysterious unity of the brethren, within the redeemed people of God. Do we really believe that it is possible for The Church today?
Have you ever experienced true biblical unity with other Believers? Do you know? How would you know? I consider it a great mystery - one that most people have written off as impossible in our present age. I disagree. Today starts a 3-part series examining the mystery of biblically-defined unity.
Although this episode is primarily commentary along several lines of thought, I do examine the power within acknowledging my weakness. We must harness the power within the self-humbled lifestyle. In our weakness - not our power or abilities - He shows Himself strong.
I recently stopped and hiked out to the site where my wife and I were immersed just last Fall. As I watched the water, listened and talked to the Father, I meditated on several profound things that I share in this episode.
Friends, worldly culture has permeated God's people. "Eye for an eye" has returned and, from my vantage point, we're abandoning Yeshua's teachings and demonstrated ways. The Remnant must shake off Her slumber, stop eating Her indulgent diet of mainstream media ("conservative" or otherwise) and remember what we've been taught by those who have gone before us who "did not love their lives unto death".
In Isaiah, Yahweh speaks to His people and informs them that He will "do something new" and then asks, "will you not be aware of it?" Again, we land on the topic of awareness, looking, listening. We must be ones who will seek His face and be aware of what He is doing on the earth in this hour.