Can You Feel The Love?

Part One of a Five-Part Series

 

 

For by Grace Are You Saved, Through Faith; and Not of Yourselves

Grace ~ CariV (charis) ~ khar’-ece

Graciousness (as Gratifying), of Manner or Act (abstract or Concrete; Literal, Figurative or Spiritual; Especially The Divine Influence Upon the Heart, and its Reflection in the Life; Including Gratitude):—Acceptable, Benefit, Favor, Gift, Grace(-ious), Joy, Liberality, Pleasure, Thank(-s, -Worthy).


 

 

Saved by Grace

Chuck Swindoll Has a Book Out Called, “The Grace Awakening.”  We Are in the Last Age of the Church, and Every Denomination is Awakening to The, “Age of Grace.”

I’m Not Discounting Faith For as Ephesians 2:8 Says, “For by Grace Are You Saved, Through Faith; and Not of Yourselves, Emphasis On, “Not of Yourselves.  Are We Saved by Faith or by Grace?  By Grace~!  (See Also Acts 15:11).

What’s the Difference Between a Faith Emphasis and Grace Awareness?  To Stress Faith is Saying that if I Have Enough Faith, I Can Cause Something to Happen.  Grace Says I Already Have it.  Grace Says I Already Have it, My Part is to Believe and Receive.

Let Me Explain.  Recall that Ephesians 2:8-9 Says, “For by Grace You Have Been Saved Through Faith, and that Not of Yourselves; it is the Gift of Yahweh, Not of Works, Lest Anyone Should Boast”.

Focus On the Not of Yourselves.  Say For Example You Are a Single Adult Male Seeking a Mate.  Faith Might Say Five Times, “I Will Have a Wife that Fits the Description of Proverbs 31, and Because I Speak these Words in Faith, it Will Come About”.  Faith Does Talk, there’s No Doubt About that.

Faith Speaks as Mark 11:23 States, “For Assuredly, I Say to You, Whoever Says to this Mountain, Be Removed and Be Cast into the Sea, and Does Not Doubt in His Heart, But Believes that Those Things He Says Will Be Done, He Will Have Whatever He Says.  That Means For Faith to Work it Has to Be in Your Heart Also, (“for Out of the Abundance of the Heart His Mouth Speaks,” Luke 6:45).

But, to Speak ‘Faith Words’ and Call Them ‘Words of Faith’ is Not the Same.  It’s One Thing to Speak ‘Faith Words’ and Try and Get Something to Happen, it’s Another Story to Speak ‘Words of Faith’ From Your Heart, Because You Know it’s So.  For One Example, You Could Beg Yahweh to Send Forth Angels to Protect You or Even to Help You Pull Out in Traffic, (Click Here to See More On Angels).  Or You Could Just Relax and Trust Yahweh’s Word that Yahweh, Whom I Walk, Will Send Forth His Angels Ahead Me to Prosper My Way, (Genesis 24:7, 40).

 

 
Words of Faith

Words of Faith Can Be Implanted in Your Heart by Hearing Them Over and Over Again, So, there’s Some Merit to Repeating Scripture, (Proverbs 4:20-23; Romans 10:6-8).  I Think Faith is So Simple We Have overshot it.  Faith is Nothing More than Trusting Yahweh’s Word to Do What Yahweh Said it Would Do, and then Speaking Those Words Out of Your Mouth Just as Yahweh Did When He Framed the World by Faith Speaking Words From His Mouth, Hebrews 12:23.  You Have What’s in Your Heart, and Your Mouth echoes What’s in Your Heart. 

But, Once Your Heart is Persuaded or Convinced About What Yahweh Has Said, Grace Might Declare This, “I Believe For Yahweh’s Grace, (Yahweh’s Ability), to Work in My Life to Change Me So that the Yahweh’s Man or Woman is Attracted to My qualities,” (Click Here To See Some Attributes of a Man ~ Husband Surrendered to Yahweh, and Ephesians 5:25; 28 and Philippians 4:8), or Woman, (described in Proverbs 31:1-31; Wife ~ Ephesians 5:33), I Can Do ALL Things Through Christ Which Strengthens Me”.

The Movie, “Groundhog Day” is a Good Example of What I’m Talking About Where Phil Was Not Trying to Check Off the Right Things to Win Rita, But When His Character Changed, He Did the Right Things Without Trying.  It Takes Faith to Believe and Make Declarations that What Yahweh Has Said When it Seems Like the Opposite is True, But the Focus Difference Here is that in the First Example, One is Placing His Trust in His Works, and the Second Example Places the Trust in Yahweh’s Word, (See Psalm 91:1-3 About, “I Will Say” And, “For [then] Yahweh Will Deliver You,” {to See More On How Very Important Your Words Are Click Here or Click Here}).

We Are Saved by Grace Through Faith.  We Don’t Disregard Faith, But Implying that We Have to Use Our Faith to Move Yahweh is in Error.  Yahweh Already Moved When He Sent Yahoshua to the Cross.  It’s Our Part to Trust in What Yahweh Has Already Done.  It’s Not Like We Have to Have Some Special Ability to Convince Yahweh, Like if We Cut Ourselves, or Beg Loud Enough, or Make Him Feel Sorry For Us.

 
 
 

To Be Honest, You Could Whine and Beg, and Because Yahweh is So Loving that He Bears Long with Us; He Will Respond.  When He Answers, He Will Avenge Speedily, But the Question that is Really at Hand According to Luke 18:7-8, is When the Son of Man Comes Will He Find Faith in Us?

Will He Find Someone Who is Just Waiting Patiently, Confident that, “Yahweh is Able to Make ALL Grace Abound Toward Us, that We Always Having ALL Sufficiency in ALL Things, May Abound to Every Good Work?,” (2 Corinthians 9:8).  Will He Find Someone that Believes His Word?  We Should Use Our Faith to Believe in the Grace of Yahweh to Accomplish His Work in Our Lives.

Here’s Another Example that Will Enable You to Better Understand How Faith Operates.  Suppose One Day You Find in James 1:19-20 That the Wrath of Man Does Work Not The Righteousness of Yahweh.  The Very Next Afternoon You Find Yourself Driving in a Lot of Traffic and Someone Cuts abruptly in Front of You.  You Want to Holler, But You Are Reminded that Man’s Wrath Does Not Work The Righteousness of Yahweh, and You Remain Quiet.

It Did Not Require that You Say this Verse Out Loud For this to Happen. You Just Believed Yahweh and Acted in Accordance with His Word.  You Applied Yahweh’s Word to Your Heart and Remained in Peace.  You Might Go Further, and Find Out that, “a Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath, But Harsh Words Stir Up Anger,” (Proverbs 15:1), “There is a Way that Seems Right Unto a Man, But the End Thereof is Death,” (Proverbs 14:12).

 
 
 

This is Putting Your Trust in Yahweh’s Wisdom, But Faith is Much More than that.  Faith Moves Mountains, and Faith is Nothing More than Trusting Yahweh’s Word to Do What Yahweh Said it Would Do, and then Speaking Those Words Out of Your Mouth.

Faith is a Lot Easier than We Have Made it Out to Be.  Because Faith is Invisible, (Hebrews 11:1), We Seem to Think that Those that Got it Have Tapped into Some Mysterious Illusive Force that We Don’t Understand.  Then When We Try to Work Faith We Have No Idea How to Make it Happen, So We Try to Believe Harder and Try to Convince Ourselves that We Must Have No Doubt.

Here’s Some Steps that Will Help the Faith Walk.  Faith is Nothing More than Trusting Yahweh’s Word to Do What Yahweh Said it Would Do, and then Speaking Those Words Out of Your Mouth, and Also Faith is the Opposite of Walking by Sight.

How Can You Walk Opposite by What You See?   You Can’t.  So, You Have to Get Your Heart Set On Another Picture.  You Will See Two Images in Your Mind.  One View is the Physical of What You Can See, and the Other Will Be What Yahweh Said About the Dilemma.  Now Remind Yourself Who is Speaking the Words of Yahweh.  Is it Yahweh?  Can Yahweh Lie?, (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:2).

Did Not Yahweh Make the World and ALL that it Contains Including You and I.  Is Yahweh Faithful to Do What He Said that He Will Do, (Jeremiah 1:12; 1 Kings 8:56; 2 Samuel 22:31; 1 Corinthians 1:9) Faith is Nothing More than Trusting Yahweh’s Word to Do What Yahweh Said it Would Do, and then Speaking Those Words Out of Your Mouth, Which Compels Us Not to Walk by Sight.

 
 
 
Trusting Yahweh

I Saw a Real Clear Definition of Faith in the Movie, “Searching For Bobby Fischer,” Where the Chess Master Instructed His Young Pupil, “Don’t Move Until You Can See it”.  The True Definition of Faith Should Be Trusting Yahweh’s Word to Do What He Said it Would Do.  I Have Seen So Many People Try to Move Before.  They See it in their Heart, and then they Crash and Burn And Blame Yahweh.

This Also Reinforces their Belief that Faith is Somehow Mysterious and Illusive and Some Folks Have it, and Some Folks Don’t.  Since I Cannot Get Anything to Happen, then I Must Be One of Those that Doesn’t Have Faith.

This View Also Holds the One that We Deem as Having the Faith in High Esteem, Thinking that Somehow or Another that they Have Gotten Yahweh’s Favor, or Yahweh’s Ear.  It’s Pretty Insolent of Us Not to Trust Yahweh’s Words, (Mark 8:38, John 12:47-48), But Most of the Time the Reason What We Desire Does Not Come to Pass is Not Because of a Lack of Faith, But Rather Because We Don’t Know What Yahweh Says.

Faith is Actually So Simple that Even a Child Can Activate it And According to the Scripture, We ALL Have Been Given a Measure of Faith, (Romans 12:3).  Believe Yahweh’s Word is For Now, For Today, For You, and Know that Yahweh Wrote it, and that He Cannot Lie.  End of Story.  If You Cannot Believe Any of these Points, Don’t Be Afraid to Tell Yahweh So.  Yahweh Likes Honesty.

If You Don’t Have the Faith to Believe Something then You Can Still Obtain the Promise.  Go Join Up with Someone Else Who Can Believe, Matthew 18:19-20

19   Again I Say to You that if Two of You Agree On Earth Concerning Anything that they Ask, it Will Be Done For Them by My Father in Heaven.

20   for Where Two or Three Are Gathered Together in My Name, I Am there in the Midst of Them.” (NKJ).

 
 
 
Faith Can Grow~!

Go to the Ends of the Level of Faith that You Have and Expect Yahweh to Supply the Rest.  Maybe, they Can Believe Yahweh’s Word 95% and ALL that You Have Faith For is the Remaining 5%.  You Will Find that if You Do This, You Will Grow in Faith.  Faith Can Grow, (2 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 10:15)~!

All that it Means to, “Grow in Faith,” is that You Have Begun to Trust Yahweh in Some Area of Your Life More than You Did Before in that Same Area of Life.  It Doesn’t Mean that the Circumstance Changed.  It Doesn’t Mean You Have More of Yahweh’s Eye or Favor.  It Means that You Have Grown More Confident of His Word to Work. Several Things Can Weigh in on this Decision to Trust Yahweh, But Chiefly it is Past Successes of Seeing Yahweh’s Word Work Even in a Different Area of Life.

After ALL, there is But One Faith, (Ephesians 4:5).  Experience is Only Gained by Growing Older, or by Hearing the Story or Testimony of Someone Who Has Gone Through Something Themselves, {“And they Overcame Him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their Testimony, and they Did Not Love their Lives to the Death. (Revelation 12:11 ~ NKJ)}.

So, if You Do Not Have the Same Level of Faith as an Older Person Who Has Walked with Yahweh Longer than You, Please Do Not Feel Inadequate.  You Are Normal.  You’ll Get there.  Ask Yahweh What You Should Do Now.  What’s Your Next Move Based On Your Current Level of Faith?

 
 
 

Whereas Faith Should Be Used to Change Our Hearts~!

Actually, Faith is Being Applied to Try to Change Externals, Whereas Faith Should Be Used to Change Our HeartsHebrew 11:6, States that this is in the Context of Coming Before the Presence of Yahweh, “Without Faith it is Impossible to Please Yahweh, Because Anyone Who Comes to Him Must Believe that He Exists and that He Rewards Those Who Earnestly Seek Him.

If You Come Before Yahweh, You Must Believe that He is there Hearing You Right Now. Yahweh is More than Enough.  Pleasing Yahweh in Hebrews 11:6, Has to Do with Faith to Believe that Yahweh Exists, and that You Will Obtain the Requests You’re Asking For.

Children Do Us this Way When they Want a Cookie, and We Have the Bag of Cookies, But Can’t Get Them to Stop Crying Long Enough to Open their Eyes and See that We Are Getting Them the Cookie Down From the Shelf While they Are Crying.

Yahweh is Right Now Providing For the Very Things that You Are Crying About, For He Knows What We Need Before We Ask, (Matthew 6:8).  Faith Doesn’t Move or Not Move Yahweh.  Faith Moves Us to Believe Yahweh is Acting On Our Behalf.

“Whatsoever Things You Desire, When You Pray Believe that You Receive, and You Shall Have Them,” (Mark 11:24).  So, Apply Your Faith to Be Confident that, “Yahweh is Able to Make ALL Grace Abound Toward You, that You Always Having ALL Sufficiency in ALL Things, May Abound to Every Good Work,” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

 
 
 
Grace Explained

Well, Let Me Talk From the Scriptures to Explain Grace.  Isaiah 42:3 Says, “A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break, and the Smoking Flax He Will Not Quench; He Will Bring Forth Justice For Truth,” (See Also Matthew 12:20).  A Flax Was a Fiber Like Part of the Flax Plant Used as a Modern Day Wick For Lamps.  Whenever this Wick of Sorts Was Not Burning Well, it Probably Smoked, and Gave Off an Offensive Smoke Odor.  Think of How Repulsive Campfire Logs Are that Are smoldering Instead of Burning.

Since Smoke is Never a welcomed Guest, Most Folks Would snuff the Smoking Flax Out.  But Not Yahweh.  Yahweh Would nurse that Flax, and Perhaps Put His Hands Around it and Blow On it Until a Flame Appeared.  Same Thing For the Bruised Reed.  Think of a Shoot of Bamboo Cane that You Want to Use For Fishing.  Rigid and Straight, Hollow On the Inside, an Excellent Rod, Unless of Course, it Gets Bent.  Then, One Might as Well Break the Bent Cane.  But Yahweh Doesn’t Think So.

In Fact, He Takes Other Stalks of Cane that Comes Along Side and Reinforces the Bent Area and Fills in the Middle with His Spirit, So that it is Now Stronger than it Was Before it Was Bent.  Well, that is the Grace Message.  I Don’t Just Mean that How Yahweh Sees Us is the Only Way Grace is to Be Defined, But that is Also the Way We Are to See Others.  Forrest Gump in the Movie of the Same Name, Personifies Grace in the Way Things Happened For Him, and in the Way He Viewed Others Despite their Actions or Vulgar Words.  How Can We Love the unLovely?  With Determination?

Can We Grin and Bear it?  Paul Calls This, “Will Worship” in Colossians 2:23, Meaning that as Long as You Have, “Will Power” You Can Do the Works.  This Only Works So Long as You Have Enough, “Will Power” Determination, But What Do You Do On the Days that Your Will Power is Off?  As Long as You Have, “Will Power” You Will Stay Afloat, But When the Pressure Becomes to Great You Will Fall.  Only by Yahweh’s Grace Working in You Can You, ALL the Time, Love the unLovely.

 
 
 
Paul Dumps Mark

The Apostle Paul Saw this First Hand When He Wanted to dump Mark, Because Mark Had a flaw, (See Acts 15:37-39).  Recall that it Was at The Holy Spirit’s Prompting that Paul, (then Called Saul), and Barnabas Were Designed to Be a Team, in Acts 13:2 Where, “As they Ministered to Yahweh and Fasted, the Holy Spirit Said, Now Separate to Me Barnabas and Saul For the Work to Which I Have Called Them’.” (Notice Also That Barnabas’ Name Was Mentioned First).

What Yahweh Had Joined Together Barnabas Was Ready to Divide, by Insisting to Take Mark Along, (The Scripture Tells Us in Acts 15:37-39 That Barnabas Was ‘Determined’, (the WeyMouth New Testament Words this as ‘’Whereas Paul‘).  THis Caused Barnabas to Go One Way with Mark, as Paul Went Another Way with Silas.  And the Rest of Story Follows Paul, Not Barnabas.

(Note that it Was Mark Who Later Wrote, “Therefore What Yahweh Has Joined Together, Let Not Man Separate,” in Mark 10:9).

Barnabas and Paul Were the Most, “Unlikely Pair” You Would Have Ever Thought to Go Together.  What We Would Have Dubbed, “The Odd Couple,” Yahweh Saw as Compliments to Each Other.  Each Person Fulfilling What the Other Lacked in a Symbiotic Joint venture.  Paul Was Extremely Goal Oriented, Ready to Complete the Task, And Barnabas, {Whose Real Name Was Joses, Was Named by the Other Apostles as Barnabas, Which Means, “Son of Encouragement” ~ (Acts 4:36-37)}, Was Kind and Tender-Hearted, with Emphasis On Relationships with Others.

But, they Are Both Strategically Placed in the Body of Christ.  As Proverbs 27:17 Says, “Iron Sharpens Iron, So a Man Sharpens the Countenance of His Friend.  Even So, Yahweh Chose to Put Together Barnabas and Paul When He Said, “Now Separate to Me Barnabas and Saul For the Work to Which I Have Called Them.

 
 
 

I Am Confident that it Was this Interaction with Paul And Barnabas, and Later with Mark, that Influenced Paul to See Things the Way Yahweh Does, and then to Write ALL the Letters He Wrote, Coupled with Paul’s Strong Desire to Walk in the Path of Yahweh.

Mediate and Compare this Portion of Scripture From Acts 13:2 1 Corinthians 12:18,The Holy Spirit Said, Now Separate to Me Barnabas and Saul For the Work to Which I Have Called Them,’ ~ Yahweh Has Placed and Arranged the Limbs and Organs in the Body, Each [Particular One] of Them, Just as He Wished, and Saw Fit with the Best Adaptation.

Luke Wrote About Paul in Back When Paul Was a Young Zealous Man On Fire with a Vision From Yahweh, (Acts 15:37-39).  Sometimes Paul’s Methods Were Not of Yahweh.  As Far as Paul Was Concerned, Mark Would Not Be Coming Along Ever. He Hadn’t Learned of Yahweh’s Ways at that Time.  Paul Probably Thought He Was Supposed to Be a Warrior, But Yahweh Wanted Us to Be More Like a Family with a Relationship to Know Yahweh.

Yahoshua Said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Take My Yoke Upon You, and Learn of Me; For I Am Meek and Lowly in Heart. Paul Was Neither Meek Nor Lowly of Heart When He Flat Out Refused to Take Mark Along, Causing Strife.  He May Have Been Low-Down, But He Wasn’t Meek Nor Lowly, Not Yet.  Or as Zazu Told Simba In, “The Lion King,” Not Yet~!

 
 
 

However, a Change Happened in Paul’s Heart, and Later in 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul Requested Mark, {Only Luke is with Me.  Get Mark and Bring Him with You, For He is Useful to Me For Ministry.  (NKJ)}.  Did Mark Change?  Maybe.

But, Maybe Not.  I Don’t Think Mark Changed Much.  I Think Paul Did The changing, and I’ll Tell You Why.  Paul Wrote Romans 12: 1, 3, 10, 16, & 18, and it Was the Same Apostle Paul that Wrote Ephesians 4:2, 32, Philippians 2:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:14 Through 1 Corinthians 14:1.

Later in Life as Paul Matured, Paul Learned of Yahweh and Wrote Romans 14:19 and Romans 15:7 And Galatians 6:1-2, and Many More Passages Like 2 Timothy 2:14 or Titus 3:9 or 1 Corinthians 8:1.  Paul Wrote Two-thirds of the New Testament, But Before He Wrote it, He Walked it Out, (See 1 John 2:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:15, John 15:13, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23).

When You Are Goal Oriented and Someone Quits On You, Yet You Want to Show Love to Them, this Can Cause You to Suffer Emotionally.  Paul Was Shown How Great Things He Must Suffer For Yahoshua’s Name’s Sake in Acts 9:16.  in Every Book Paul Wrote, He Talked About The Love of Yahweh and How to Walk in that Love, (for Example, See I Thessalonians 5:13-15).  Yahoshua Also Learned Obedience From the Things He Suffered, (Hebrews 5:8).

The Definition of Suffering is Doing or Not Doing Something You Can Really Don’t Want to Do or Do Not Doing Something that You Really Want to do for the Sake of Others.

 
 
 
Paul’s Choice

In Retrospect to Paul, I Find it NoteWorthy that Barnabas’s Home Town Was Cyprus, (Acts 4:36), and that One of the First Places that Barnabas and Paul Traveled to as a Team Was Cyprus, (Acts 13:4), Where there Were Many Gentiles.  After the Split-Up, Barnabas Took Mark and Sailed For Where Else, But Cyprus, (Acts 15:39).

Often Preachers Make Paul Out to Be the Hero, Always Doing Things Exactly Right.  However, I Think His Mistakes Were Shown to Us, So that We Can Learn from them and Were Given as Examples of What to do and also of What Not to do, Just as the Old Testament Story Tells of How Joshua Took in the Gibeonites Made a Treaty with them Without Seeking from Yahweh, (Joshua 9:14-15; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:6-11).

As Paul Journeyed, He Seemed to Be Trying to Avoid Cyprus, (Acts 21:3), Although the Holy Ghost Appeared to Want Paul to Lodge in Cyprus, (Acts 21:16).  I Wonder if Paul in His Old Age as a Prisoner On a Boat, Thought of Barnabas as He Passed Cyprus.  I Wonder if Paul Would Have Had to Be a Prisoner at All, Had He and Barnabas Remained as Partners.

The Gentiles Received Paul While He Was with Barnabas, (Acts 13:42, 46-48; Acts 15:12), But the Jews Did Not, (Acts 13;45, Acts 14:2,19-20).  What Significance is This?  Paul Had Not Been Called to The Jews, But Had Been Called to Go to the Gentiles, (Acts 9:15, Acts 13:46-48, Acts 22:21, Galatians 2:7-9).  The Jews that Were In Jerusalem, Not Gentiles, Yet Paul Was insistent on Going to Jerusalem~!

Was it Barnabas that Caused the People of Cyprus to Witness to the Hellenistic Greeks?  (Acts 11:20).  The Jews of Cyprus May Have Had a Heart For the Gentiles as they Were Far Away From Jerusalem and it’s Prejudices, and Yahweh Knew their Attitude Would Prevail and Rub Off Over Onto Paul.

 
 
 

Iron Sharpens Iron…, So Every Joint Supplies What The Other Joint Lacks, (Proverbs 27:17, Ephesians 4:16).

It Seems Very Likely that Paul Would Have Gone Back to Cyprus with Barnabas Had they Remained Together.  However, I Am Convinced that After Barnabas’s Departure, Paul Got Tunnel-Vision, and Determined to Go to Jerusalem Despite the Warnings of Yahweh’s Prophets, (Acts 21:4; 11-12), Even Though Yahweh Had Told Paul Specifically Not to Go to Jerusalem, and that He Would Not Be Received there, (Acts 22:18).

Only Once Was Paul Instructed to Go to Jerusalem and that Was to Confer with Those of Repute of Yahweh’s People, (James, Peter, & John), that He Was to Begin Ministry to the Gentles, Which they Confirmed, (Galatians 2: 1-9).  I Believe Paul Had in His Heart that He Was Willing to Die For Christ, Much Like He Had Seen Stephen Die, (Acts 7:58-59; Acts 22:20; Acts 21:13; Acts 25:11).

I Think Yahweh Wanted Paul to Walk Out The Love Walk, And Paul’s Task Oriented Perspective Delayed Yahweh’s Time Table.  Stephen Was Probably Not Supposed to Die at the Time that He Did.  Ask Stephen if Throwing Out Insults Was Worth Having Stones Hurled Back at Him, in Acts 7:51-59.

 
 
 
Same Body ~ Different Jobs

The Apostle Paul Reminds Me of the Gray Matter in the skull of Our Body.  He Was the Leadership.  We Depend Much On the Brain, For the Gray Matter Does ALL the Interpretative Thinking For Us.  The Brain Does Everything From Analyzing the Input From the Five Senses, and Regulating the Entire Rest of the Body Functions, as Well as Making Cognitive Decisions and Outputting Creative Ideas.  However, the Brain Itself Has Very Few Nerve Endings, and Can Be operated On While the Person is Still Conscious.

Unlike the Finger, Because of its Extraordinary Sensitivity, Can Sound the Alarm of Great Pain by Even the Smallest Paper Cut.  But, Without the Finger, or On a Larger Scale, the Hand(s), We Could Not Type, Play Musical Instruments, Drive a Car, or Even Take a Bath. The Hand is Similar to the Brain in that it Does Things For the Rest of the Body.  We Use the Hand or Hands For Everything.  If We Feed Ourselves, or Feed Small Children; We Use the Hand.

Or if We Comb Our Hair, or Scratch Our Nose, or Elsewhere; We Use the Hand.  The Hand Does ALL the Jobs Nobody Else Wants to Do Like Taking Off the Dirty Socks From the Feet.  Barnabas Reminds Me of the Hand, Bathing Mark with Love and Compassion, While Paul Was So Eager to Reach the World For Christ, that He Overlooked Nourishing Mark as Part of that Objective. I Believe the Task-Oriented Paul, Believed it ALL Happened at Once and Did Not Know that the Kingdom of Yahweh is Like Leaven.

Mark Later Would Write the Gospel of Mark, Which Would Be Read by the World Over, For centuries to Come.  I Can’t Help But Wonder if the Time that Paul Got Bitten by a Snake, (Acts 28:4-5); Was the Book of Mark Written, and Was it Yahweh’s Inspired Word in Mark 16:17-18 That Paul Had Put His Faith in and Survived.

 
 
 

Recall, Faith is Nothing More than Trusting Yahweh’s Word to Do What Yahweh Said it Would Do, and then Speaking Those Words Out of Your Mouth.  Or Maybe Paul Influenced Mark to Write that, and that is a Good Thing, as Many that Have Followed After their Footsteps Needed this Notch to Achieve Success. 

The Hand and Fingers Are Sensitive and Sometimes Are a Show-stopper For the Rest of the Body, Just Because the Water’s too Hot, or a Small Paper Cut, or Because of a splinter the Size of a Fine Pin.  The Brain Being Task Oriented, and Not Having Much Nerve Endings Might Say to the Hand, “You Guys Are too Sensitive.  You Get Hurt too Easily, and You’re Indecisive.

Whereas, the Hand Might Respond to the Brain with, “You Are too Hard-Hearted, too Callused, and You Need to Be More Tender and Gentle.”  Both Perspectives Are Not Right.  Only the Hands Can Become Callused as they Shovel or Rake, or as they Play a Guitar.  And a Hand Has Not the Capacity to Make Executive Decisions, Yet the Hands Can Detect a Minute Grain of Dirt and the Brain Can’t Even Tell When it’s Being Operated On.

Both Are Part of the Body, and Both Place their Values On The Other.  In Fact, the Body is So Diversified that Even the Hands Are Not Alike. One Hand Performs One Function While the Other Aides that Hand, Such as Putting On clothes, or in Playing a Guitar, Where Even Different Fingers Hold Down Different Strings, and On the Other Hand a Strum is Done to Produce a Sound that the Brain Dictates.  This Sound in Turn Soothes Our Emotions, and that Relaxes the Rest of the Body.

And Sometimes the Eyes Say Loudly, “Did You See that?” And the Hand Goes Up in the Air and Looks Around and Says, “I Can’t See a Thing”.  Later On the Hand Says, “Did You Feel that?”.  And the Eye Responds, “I Don’t Feel a Thing, Maybe You’re too Sensitive.”  However; Only by ALL Parts Working Together Can a Harmonic Sound Be Produced Such as Playing a Guitar, (Ephesians 4:16, Colossians 2:19, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 25, 27).

 
 
 
Repairer of the Breach

Is there a Place in Your Life Where Someone Can Be Called a jerk, or an idiot, or a Lame Brain, Crud, Dirtbag, Scumbag, Scuzzball, Skunk, Sleaze, Sleazebag, Sleazeball, Slime, Slimeball, Snake or Whatever Derogative Words You Want to Implore if their Actions Are an Offense To You?  If I Wanted to Run For, “Dip Squeak” in Your Book, What Would I Have to Do to Be Elected?  If it’s Possible For Someone to Be in Your Opinion; Inconsequential, then You Are Judging Based on Your Values that You Are Superimposing Onto Others and May Cause Strife.

What if You Know of a Preacher that is Abusing their Authority and Power.  Can We Talk Bad About this Person?  What if they Are a No-Good, Low-Down, Dirty-Rotten Scoundrel?  You Have to Remember that this is a Value Judgment by What You Have Decided is Acceptable by Your Standards.  In Yahweh’s Eyes, there Are No Scoundrels.  But What About.”  Read On.

Would You Think that a Good Intercessor Would Be Someone that Doesn’t Know ALL the Facts About What they Are Praying For?  In the Old Testament, a City’s Defense Was in it’s Exterior Wall.  Where there Was a Hole, or a Place Where Weather, or Decay Had eroded a Spot in the Wall Was a Breach or a Gap.  That Was the Wall’s Weakest Area in Regards to An Attack.

Suppose, You Were a Wall Repairer.  It Would Not Be Very Beneficial to the City if You Could Not Detect Where the Holes Were in the Wall.  To Be a Good Wall Repairer, You Would Have to Have the Ability to Spot the Punctures and Cracks Before they Became Big Problems.  I Think the Ability to Find the flaws of Others is Important to Your Job as Intercessor Also.  If We Only Point Out the flaws, then that Would Make Us Fault-Finders and We Are Only Doing Half of Our Job.

 
 
 

I Don’t Think We Should Condemn Ourselves if We, “Have an Eye For Spotting Someone’s Weakness,” But Rather, I Think We Are Supposed to Be Filling in the Breach or the Gap.  Isaiah 58:12 Puts it this Way:, “Those From Among You Shall Build the Old Waste Places; You Shall Raise Up the Foundations of Many Generations; and You Shall Be Called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”  (NKJ).

Ezekiel 22:30,So I Sought For a Man Among Them Who Would Make a Wall, and Stand in the Gap Before Me On Behalf of the Land, that I Should Not Destroy it; But I Found No One.” (NKJ).  (See Also 2 Kings 12:5, Nehemiah 6:1, and Psalm 106:23).  Francis Frangipane Speaks More of this in Detail in His Books.

Usually, We Judge Others by What We Do Best.  Perhaps, You Feel that a Man that Does Not Support His Family in the Way that You Prescribe as Acceptable, is Not Worth a Flip.  If We Happen to Be Very Analytical and Precise, We Judge Others by their Degree of Preciseness, or How Well they Maintain upkeep On their Car, or Maybe they Are too Boisterous.

If We Care a Lot About People, We Tend to Feel that Others that Don’t Show What We Consider in Our Judgment, Christ-Like Love, then How Can they Even Call Themselves a Christian.

 
 
 

Or if We Are Goal-Oriented, and Someone Can’t Never Seem to Get and Maintain a Steady Job, then they Are a Failure by Our Values.  Or if the Other Person is Not as Vocal as Us, We Consider Them Dull and Boring, or if they Are Not as Generous as We Think that they Ought to Be, or their Appearance is Not to Our Liking, We Cut Them Off.  You Won’t Have Four-Part Harmony if Everyone is Singing the Same Note.

Have You Ever Noticed that People-Oriented Folks Don’t Have Finesse with Objects.  They Force and Break Them.  The Very Same Accusations that the People-Oriented Folks Say About the Goal-Oriented Folks in the Area of Relationships Applies to the People-Oriented Folks in the Area of Things.  Would You Fly in a Plane Made by People-Oriented Folks?  Somehow We Don’t Think that What We Do Wrong is as Offensive as What We Perceive Them Doing Wrong.

The People-Oriented Folks Apply Value to Caring For One Another, and Someone that Doesn’t Show the Kind of Concern that We Think they Ought too, is Harsh, and the Object-Oriented Folks Probably Think the People-Oriented Folks Are Capricious flakes.  Everything is a Value Judgment Comparing Something We Probably Do Well at, and Setting that Up as a Standard that We Judge as Christ-Like Perfection. Relax.

Maybe, You’re Right in Your Assessment, and Maybe You’re Wrong, But it is Still Not For Us to Place Our Values Onto Others and to Judge Them.

 
 
 
Walk as Yahoshua Walked

When Paul Wrote Philippians 2:5, Where He Said, “Let This Mind Be in You Which Was Also in Christ Yahoshua,” (or as The Amplified Bible Classic Edition Says, “Let this Same Attitude and Purpose and [Humble] Mind Be in You Which Was in Christ Yahoshua: [Let Him Be Your Example in Humility:]).”

What Mind Was that in Christ Yahoshua? Verse 6 & 7 Explains, “Who, Being in the Form of Yahweh, Did Not Consider it Robbery to Be Equal with Yahweh, But Made Himself of No Reputation, Taking the Form of a Bondservant.”  Apostle John, in 1 John 3:16 Explains What it Means to Have the Same Mind or Attitude of Christ this Way, “By This We Know Love, Because He Laid Down His Life For Us.  And We Also Ought to Lay Down Our Lives For the Brethren.”

The Key Words Here Are, “Brethren”, and, “Know.  The Word Know Used Here Comes From the Greek Word Ginosko, (Strong’s Concordance #1097), and is Defined as Knowing Something Because You Have Experienced it.

Think of the Times When You Were Young, that You Were unaware that if You Turned abruptly Carrying a Tray at McDonald’s, that a Drink Would Tip Over, or that Chocolate Would Melt in a Hot Car, or that a Soda Would spew if Shaken, or a Million Other Things that You Now Take For Granted.  At this Present Time, You Probably Cannot Imagine Not Knowing this Because You Learned Them From Experience.

 
 
 

You Know it Now, Not Intuitively, But Because of Experience, (the Word Used For Know in Isaiah 49:23; 26 is Defined that You Will Know by Experience, and You Shall Know, [23 with an Acquaintance and Understanding Based On and Grounded in Personal Experience] that I Am Yahweh; For They Shall Not Be Put to Shame Who Wait For, Look For, Hope For, and Expect ME26 …with a Knowledge Grounded in Personal Experience ~ Amplified Bible Classic Edition).

We Have Experienced The Love of Yahweh When We Accepted Yahoshua as Our Lord.  Recall 1 John 3:16 Said, “By This We Know Love.”  We Can Now Know Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt What Love Is.  If Someone Were to Ask Us What Love Is... We Now Have a Working Definition of Love.  So, What is Love?

Love is Laying Down Your Life For One Another.  If I Were to Say that We Are to Lay Down Our Lives For Yahoshua, Probably Everyone Would Say, “Amen.”  But, that is Not What the Scripture Just Said.  We Are to Lay Down Our Lives For the Brethren. Yahoshua Said, “Greater Love Has No One than This, than to Lay Down One’s Life For His Friends.” (John 15:13).

How Do You Lay Down Your Life?  Do You Die?  Yahoshua Did.  Apostle John Said, “By This We Know that We Are in HimHe Who Says He Abides in Him Ought Himself Also to Walk Just as He Walked,” (1 John 2:5-6).  I Hear Many, Myself Included Saying, “We Abide in Him”.  John Said that, “He Who Says He Abides in Him, Ought to Walk Just as He Walked.”  How Did Yahoshua Walk?  Yahoshua Died.  Are We to Be Martyred?

 
 
 

Apostle Paul Understood this When He Said in Romans 12:1 To Become a Living Sacrifice.  How Do You Become a Living Sacrifice?  If You Are a Sacrifice, You Cannot Be Living, But Dead. And if You Are Alive, You Cannot Be a Sacrifice.

So, How Can You Be a Living Sacrifice?  The Answer is to Die to Self.  Yahoshua Said, “If Anyone Desires to Come After Me, Let Him Deny Himself, and Take Up His Cross Daily, and Follow Me, (Matthew 10:38-39; Matthew 16:24-25; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-24; Luke 17:33; John 12:25)”

You Have to Die to the Need to Be Right.  Die to the Right to Have Your Way.  Die to the Need to Correct.  Yahoshua Was More Spiritually Keen that Anyone in His Time, Yet He Did Not Parade Himself Around as Some Sort of pious Man to Be Honored and Admired.  Nor, Was He Consumed by the Need to Correct.

Love Always Believes the Best.  He Offered Love and Acceptance Rather Rejection.  Yahoshua Laughed, and Enjoyed the Company of Sinners, (Luke 10:21; Matthew 11:19).  He Behaved in Such a Way that People Walking in Sin Were Not Offended to Be Around Him, (John 3:17).

Do Lost People Feel Comfortable Around Us?  Do they Constantly Apologize For their swearing?  If You Have a Backyard Bar-B-Q For the Residents in Your Neighborhood, Can they Smoke?  Would they Feel welcomed?  Are We More Consumed in their Adhering to Our Sets of Standards and Values than We Are Concerned with Them?  What if they Are in Favor of abortion?  What Do We Do then?

 
 
 

Nobody Wants to Be Told What they Are Doing Wrong.  We ALL Want the Same Thing that the TV Show, “Cheers,” Cries Out For.  “A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name, and they’re Always Glad You Came.”  A Place Where they Are Accepted For Who they Are, with or Without a Cigarette, and they Don’t Have to Feel Like there is a List of Do’s and Don’ts that they Have to Abide by.

In Fact, a Good Definition of the Law is a Performance-Based system of Do’s and Don’ts.  This Can Even Include Rituals Accomplished Every Day Like Praying, or Reading the Scriptures, or Putting On the Whole Armor of Yahweh.

All of This Can Be Good, if the Motives Are Right, Understanding that Yahweh is Just as Pleased with You if You Never Win Another Soul to Christ.  I Believe We Could Drop the Monday Night visitation Program, and Win More to Christ by Showing Love to One Another, Having the World Come to Us, Seeing that We Have this Kind of Love, (Isaiah 60:3).

This Will Happen One Day in Yahweh’s Body as John 17:11; 21 Was Prayed in Faith by Yahoshua.  Or as Elton John Sang at the Close of the Movie, “The Lion King,” a Place Where the Very Best is Believed of Everyone, Whether they Be Kings or Vagabonds, (James 2:1-9).

 
 
 

Maybe this Will Help You See What I’m Talking About.  Imagine You Are at Church and We Are Singing, “I Love You Lord, and I Lift My Voice to Worship You Oh My Soul, Rejoice.  Take Heed My Lord in What You Hear.  Let it Be a Sweet, a Sweet Sound in Your Ears.”  I Can Hear the Harmonies of Music in My Mind.  My Hands Are Lifted Up in Praise.  Those ALL Around Me Must Think that I Am Really in Touch with Yahweh.

Apparently, I Am So Holy that I Am Able to See What Others Around Me Cannot See.  I Tell Yahweh How Lovely Are His Eyes, (Like I Can Really See Them).  It is Beautiful Music, it Stirs Our Heartstrings.  And Somehow or Another, We Make a Conjecture that this is Alms Offering Up a Sweet Aroma to Yahweh.  My Head is Lifted Up, But ALL I Actually See is the ceiling.

Yahweh Interrupts Us and Says, if You Really Love Me, Feed My sheep.  If You Really Want to Show Me How Much You Love Me, Go Over and Hug that Young Boy Over there.  He’s Not Been Taught About Hygiene, So He’ll Smell Some, But He Really Needs a Father’s, (or a Mother’s), Touch Right Now.

Yahweh Says that I Delight Not in Burnt Offerings, But in a Broken and Contrite Heart and Obedience, (1 Samuel 15:22; Psalm 40:6; Psalm 51:16-17; Proverbs 21:3; Hosea 6:6; Isaiah 66:2; Jeremiah 7:22-23).  Do the Things that Delight Yahweh’s Heart~!  (See Also Micah 6:8 & Jeremiah 9:24 To Find Out What Other Things Delight Yahweh’s Heart).  Now, We Can Go Back and Praise Yahweh in Song with the Young Boy in Tow.

 
 
 
Imitators of Yahweh

I Like What Paul Said Just Before He Said to, “Let This Mind Be in You Which Was in Christ Yahoshua,” in Philippians 2:2-4, Where He Stated, “Fulfill My Joy by Being Like-Minded, Having the Same Love, Being of One Accord, of One Mind.  Let Nothing Be Done Through Selfish Ambition or Conceit, But in Lowliness of Mind Let Each Esteem Others Better than Himself.  Let Each of You Look Out Not Only For His Own Interests, But Also For the Interests of Others.”

The Amplified Bible Classic Edition Puts Verse Three this Way, “Do Nothing From Fractional Motives [Through Contentiousness, Strife, Selfishness, or For UnWorthy Ends] or Prompted by Conceit and Empty Arrogance.  Instead, in the True Spirit of Humility (Lowliness of Mind) Let Each Regard the Others as Better than and Superior to Himself, [Thinking More Highly of One Another than You Do of Yourselves].”

By Giving Honor and Preference to One Another, this Allows the Individual’s Dignity and Self Worth to Remain Intact. To Walk The Love Walk, How Many Things Can You Do From Selfish Motives?  None!  No Thing.  Do Nothing From Strife.

The Same Concept is Said at Both Romans 12:10 & Philippians 2:3 When it States, “Love One Another with Brotherly Affection [as Members of One Family], Giving Precedence And Showing Honor to One Another.”  Again in 1 Corinthians 12:25, Paul Says, “So that there Should Be No Division or Discord or Lack of Adaptation, [of the Parts of the Body to Each Other], But the Members ALL Alike Should Have a Mutual Interest in and Care For One Another.”

 
 
 

Paul Probably Wrote that at the Same Time that He Wrote to the Ephesians When He Said, “With ALL Lowliness and Gentleness, with Long-Suffering, Bearing with One Another in Love.  Paul Went On to Say in that Same Letter, “And Do Not Grieve The Holy Spirit of Yahweh, by Whom You Were Sealed For the Day of Redemption.

Let ALL Bitterness, Wrath, Anger, clamor, and Evil Speaking Be Put Away From You, with ALL Malice.  And Be Kind to One Another, Tender-Hearted, Forgiving One Another, Just as Yahweh in Christ Forgave You.  Therefore Be Imitators of Yahweh as Dear Children.  And Walk in Love, as Christ Also Has Loved Us and Given Himself For Us, an Offering and a Sacrifice to Yahweh For a Sweet-smelling Aroma,” (Ephesians 4:30-32 Through Ephesians 5:2).

Kindness, One of the Forgotten and Much Overlooked Fruits of the Spirit, (Called Goodness in Galatians 5:22), Be Kind One to Another,” (Ephesians 4:32), Yahweh is Kind,” (Luke 6:35), Even to the unThankful.  It Just Blows Over My Head, But Doesn’t Seem to Sink into My Heart.  It Sounds Like Something a Small Child In Kindergarten Would Say, But Not Something I’m Supposed to Do.  Squeezed in the Dictionary Between Kind and Kind-Hearted Are the Words Kindergarten and Kindergartner.

 
 
 
 

What is a Kindergartner?  Do Some Folks Treat their Plants Mean?  That is Where We Are Assumed to Have Developed a Kinder Heart Towards One Another Like a Garden Growing a Crop of Love.  But Did it Work?  I Wonder What it Means to Bear with One Another in Love?  Have You Ever Given Much Thought to Being Long-Suffering, or What Gentleness Is, or How About TenderHearted?

According to Ephesians 4, It Grieves the Holy Spirit When We Harbor Bitterness, Wrath, Anger, Clamor, and Evil Speaking with ALL Malice Intended; and When We Are Imitators of Yahweh as Dear Children, Kind to One Another, TenderHearted, Forgiving One Another, Just As Yahweh Forgave Us and Gave His Son For Us, This Comes Up to Yahweh Like a Sweet-Smelling Aroma.  Just to See if You Got it, Here’s a Test Question.  What Grieves the Holy Spirit?  (See Also Colossians 3:12-14; Galatians 5:13-14).

As a Bonus Question, Do You Know What is Very Precious in the Sight of Yahweh?  (Answers in Micah 6:8; 1 Peter 3:4; 9; & Jeremiah 9:24).  Do You Know Why it Pleases Yahweh?  (Yahweh Doesn’t Have to Patch Up the Turmoil Started, and I Am Preaching to Myself Again ~ Isaiah 30:15).

Modern Folks Aren’t the Only Ones Wanting to Usher in a Kindness Initiative Towards One Another, (1 Corinthians 13:4).  Like Glen Campbell Used to Sing in His Song, “Less of Me” ~ Let Me Be a Little Kinder, Let Me Be a Little Blind er to the Faults of Those Around Me.  Let Me Praise a Little More.

 
 
 
And They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

One Tell-Tale Sign that You Have Small Children in Your Home About the Age of 3 or 4, Are Smudged Handprints On the Refrigerator Door, or Perhaps the Crayon Marks On the Wall in the Hallway. Maybe, this Why We Call it a Hallmark.  A Hallmark of a Disciple of Christ Should Be Our Unqualified Love For The Brethren.  Such Love That Offers UnConditional Acceptance Among The Followers of Christ is Called Fellowship, (or Koinonia, in the Greek).

The Amplified Bible Classic Edition, in 1 John 1:3-7, Calls this Fellowship, or Koinonia, “a Distinguishing Mark of Christians”.  I Used to Sing, “And They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love; yes, They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love.”  It’s Not Just a Song; this is the Pathway of Yahweh’s Plan of Reconciliation For the World, (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

By This We KNOW That We Have Passed From Death Unto Life, that We Love The Brethren, (1 John 3:14).  Yahoshua Said, “A New Commandment I Give You, that You Love One Another,” (John 13:34).  Romans 13:10 Says We Have Fulfilled ALL of the Law When We Love, For Love Works No ILL to His Neighbor.  We Shouldn’t Have to Tell Someone that We Are a Christian.  They Should Know it by The Love We Have.

By This Shall ALL Men Know You Are My Disciples, by the Love You Have For One Another, (John 13:35).  Note, Yahoshua Did Not Say Some Men Would Know, Nor Did He Say ALL Men Might Have Some Enlightenment.  Yahoshua Said, “ALL Men Would KNOW, by the Love You Have For One Another.  Once Again, the Word For, “Know” is the Greek Word Ginosko, (Strong’s #1097), and is Defined as, “Experiential Knowledge.

 
 
 

All Men Would Know From Having Experience It That We Are Followers of Christ When We Love One Another.  Yahoshua Also Said Here that You Have this Kind of Love, (“By The Love You Have”).  We Have this Love of Yahweh in Our Hearts~!  Galatians 5:22 Says that the FIRST Fruit of the Spirit is LoveRomans 5:5 States that, “Hope Does Not Disappoint, For The Love of Yahweh Is Shed Abroad in Our Hearts by the Holy Spirit, Which is Given to Us by Yahweh.

By This Shall ALL Men Know You Are My Disciples, by the Love You Have For One Another, (John 13:35).  Not by the Tracts, Not by the Programs, Nor by Even the Yahweh-Sized Tasks of Faith, (Faith Can Only Work by Love, 1 Corinthians 13:2; 13 & Galatians 5:6).  Yahweh is Love! (1 John 4:8). Yahweh So Loves that He Has Written the World a Blank Check of Forgiveness, (Isaiah 43:25-26).  You Are Yahweh’s Ambassador When You Offer Pardon to Your Brother or Sister in Christ, (John 20:23).

You Are The Light of The World, Not Just Your Community.  Yahweh Did Not Say that You Should Just Be The Light Where You Are. Yahweh Said You Are The Light of the World.  You Don’t Get a Yahweh-Sized Task than to Be Told to Be The Light of the World, (Matthew 5:14).  That is Our Yahweh-sized Task~!  It’s Than You and Me Both. 

How Do We Pull it Off?  By Starting with Those We Come into Contact with And Showing Them the Agape Love of Yahweh; Showing Them Acceptance, Not Rejection Because they Do Not Obtain to Some Performance-Based System.  Then Watch this Kingdom of Yahweh Grow Like Leaven, or Yeast Until it Affects Every Corner of the Globe, (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21).

 
 
 

Leaven is Applied to that Which, Though Small in Quantity, Yet by its Influence Thoroughly Pervades a Thing by Affecting the Dough Around the Leaven, and that Leaven Affecting the Dough Around it, Until ALL is Leaven, (Galatians 5:9).

I Met a Young Man that Was a Christian and I Asked Him, “What Brought Him to Christ.”  His Reply Was, that He Saw these Folks Meeting at His College and Knew they Were a Group and He Wanted to Be Treated the Way that they Treated Each Other~!  He Said that He Saw, “Such Love,” and Wanted this Sense of Belonging, (Rejection is Big Thing in the Life’s of Most Folks).  It’s Not When We Love the World that they Will Know, it’s that the World Will Know by the Way We Love Each Other, (our Own Brothers and Sisters).  Who Wants to Be a Part of a Group that Back Bites and Slanders One Another, (Click Here to See More About Strife and How it Works).  Click Here to Read More On the Subject of Rejection by Charles R. Solomon.

To See the Contrast of the Power of UnConditional Acceptance and Approval Rather than the Performance-Based Acceptance, See the Movie, “Searching For Bobby Fischer.”  Click Here to See More Scripture Verses About Love.

 
 
 

Chasing the Anointing Rather than the Glory

As Stated in 1 John 4:12,No One Has Seen Yahweh at Any Time.  If We Love One Another, Yahweh Abides in Us, And His Love Has Been Perfected in Us.”  What is Yahweh Saying Here?  Is Yahweh’s Hair Red?  It is Purple?  Does Yahweh Have a Mohawk?  What is Yahweh’s Favorite Color?  What Color Are His Eyes?  We Were Talking About Seeing Yahweh, and the Next Thing We Hear is that Yahweh’s Love Abides and is Perfected in Us When We Love One Another.

Did Yahweh Change the Subject?  What Does Loving One Another Have to Do with Seeing Yahweh?  If You Really Want Some Way to Show Yahweh How Much You Love Him, He’s Telling You How.  Yahweh is Saying Go Love Someone with a Face On Them.

Go Love Someone with Skin On Them, “And the King Will Answer and Say to Them, ‘Assuredly, I Say to You, Inasmuch as You Did it to One of the Least of these My Brethren, You Did it to Me.’,”

 (Matthew 25:40).  Further Down in the Passage, John Expounds On 1 John 4:12 This Way, “We Love Him Because He First Loved Us.  If Someone Says, I Love Yahweh, and Hates His BrOther, He is a Liar; For He Who Does Not Love His BrOther Whom He Has Seen, How Can He Love Yahweh Whom He Has Not Seen?  And this Commandment We Have From Him: that He Who Loves Yahweh Must Love His BrOther Also,” (1 John 4:19-21).

A Brother is a Fellow Follower of Christ.  Yahoshua Is In Reality Your Big Brother~!  By Loving Your Brother or Sister in Christ, You Are Loving Yahoshua, the King~!  Yahweh is Saying Go Love Someone We Can See, {that is Not Invisible as Yahweh Is, (Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17)}~!

I Think We Have Gone After the Anointing When We Should Have Been Going After the Glory.  The Anointing is Given So that We Might Be Effective in Ministry.  The Anointing Allows Others to Receive Us.  So, Often Times as We Minister the Anointing Flows, Which Means that Someone is Receiving Us And drawing the Anointing Out of Us, and We Mistakenly Think this is Yahweh For Us.

Often We Are Heard to Proclaim, “I Can Feel the Holy Spirit” or, “I Can Feel the Holy Ghost,” (if We Were a Baby Bird, We’d Open Our Mouths Thinking that it is Our Feeding Time, if We Were a Cat, We’d Purr).

 
 
 

We Can Become Addictive to this Feeling of Anointing, and Not Realize that We Are Self-focused, and True there is Ministry Going On, But Only So Long as We Are the Main Ones Doing the Ministering.  Sort of an Arrogant Way of Saying, “I Have Come to Minister to and Not to Be Ministered to,” (But What is Really Being Said is Unless I Am the One Doing the Ministry, I Do Not Receive Others).

Then When Someone Else Besides Us is Ministering, We Feel Nothing and Think that the Holy Ghost is Not Showing Up, and We Do Not Receive Him or Her.  Yahoshua Said it is the Opposite, that if We Would But Just Receive Even a Small Child in His Name that We Would Receive Yahoshua, (Who is the Anointed One), {Matthew 18:5}, and that this Receiving Should Draw the Anointing Out of that Child that Can Minister to Others and Us.  We Need Others, and We Need to Start Mastering the Art of Receiving From Others, Because We Are the Body.

If You Want ‘Jil’, (Yahoshua is Lord), Bumps, then Go Out into the Streets and Minister, and You’ll Get ALL the Anointing that You Can Stand, and Much More So~!  The Anointing is For Others.  Read About How Yahoshua Was Anointed and ‘went About’ Doing Good and Healing the Sick, For ‘Yahweh Was with Him’, {Acts 10:38}.

It Didn’t Say, “He Was with Yahweh,” But, “Yahweh Was with Him,” {Joshua 1:9}, So that Means that Yahoshua Was Traveling About Searching For People to Minister to, Not Just Waiting For Them to Come to Him~!

 
 
 

So, Why When We Get Anointed and Feel the Holy Ghost, Do We Want to ‘stay and Soak’.  You Want to Minister to Yahweh, then ‘go’ {Matthew 28:19-20} Love Someone, and You Will Be Directly Ministering to Yahweh.

I Believe it’s Going to Get to the Point Where We Walk in to Wal-Mart, and People Are Going to See Yahweh’s Glory On Us So Strongly, and The Love We Show that they Will Approach Us.  And the Anointing Will Probably Be So Strong that We’d Like to Just Soak in Yahweh’s Presence, But We’re Going to Have to Learn to Work Under the Anointing and Minister as Fast as We Know Possible.

The Glory On the Other Hand, We Can Reside in Day and Night, and it Has a Residue, (Like Paul’s cloths, {Acts 19:11-12} or Elisha’s Bones, {2 Kings 13:21}).  This is the Kind of Thing that When We Walk Past Someone they Are Forever Changed.

I Think that We Have Just Begun to Understand Yahweh’s Glory.  Read Yahweh Chasers, (by Tommy Tenney), to Catch a Glimpse of Yahweh’s Glory.  I Pray that We Begin to Receive One Another So that Isaiah 60 is a Reality in Our Lives~!

 
 
 

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