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Love Divides

“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;” Luke 12:51

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword (known as the Word of YHVH).”  Matthew 10:34Ephesians 6:17

Love has an Adversary, an enemy, or opposition.  As different as Light is to darkness, Our Creator is Love, 1 John 4:16, Light, everything Life giving and Good, so why would anyone choose darkness and death?

“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love one another. He who does not love abides in death.” 1 John 3:14

Death and Life are two very distinct sides, one is referred to as perishable, the world, and the other is imperishable, The Kingdom of God, or YHVH.  1 Corinthians 15:50.

So Why all the Confusion?

When I find myself praying frustrated prayers, asking God to make the Truth more evident to the deceived.  I’m wishing there wasn’t so much grey area, making so many people vulnerable to man-made teachings and religions…

But then I remember the words of Y’shua, The very Word of YHVH, The Words of Life, John 1:1;  John 1:4.   He said, Light did come into the world, just as prophesied, but people still loved the darkness.  John 3:19

“When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken, or cease to be honest.” Unknown

We are either of the world or not of the world, any grey area or confusion is caused by deception.  Darkness represents death, separation from YHVH and Light is equivalent to Life, and knowing Him.  Hebrews 8:11 

All those who seek Truth will find it,  Jeremiah 29:13

“I will put My Torah within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know YHVH,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the YHVH, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”Jeremiah 31:33Hebrews 10:161 Thessalonians 4:9Romans 11:272 Corinthians 3:3.

When we live in the grey area of the world everything is confusing.  Division becomes more clear as we turn from the comfort of our traditions, religions, our own opinions, and follow the Way of Y’shua.  Those who walk in the Light of  Life, His Love, will clearly see a division between those who hate, (turn from) and those who are obedient to His law of love.  Leviticus 19:18

“I have given them Your Word, (the Sword); and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”  John 17:14Light Tunnel

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2002 --- A woman of the BaAka tribe, an indigenous hunter-gatherer group located throughout Cameroon and the Central African Republic, grooms her child while nursing. --- Image by © Martin Harvey/CORBIS

2002 — A woman of the BaAka tribe, an indigenous hunter-gatherer group located throughout Cameroon and the Central African Republic, grooms her child while nursing. — Image by © Martin Harvey/CORBIS

What is Modesty?Modesty2

I was surprised to learn that Modesty has much more to do with the way we think than the way we dress.  Although the way we dress reflects the attitude of our hearts, it also depends on where we live.

Modesty defined:

1.  freedom from conceit or vanity; the quality of not being too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities.

2.  propriety in dress, speech, or conduct; the quality of behaving and especially dressing in ways that do not attract sexual attention.

Breaking that down to Pride from #1 and Attracting Sexual Attention from #2.

You see in the picture to the right a topless Pygmy woman.  In her culture it seems to be normal to show skin and breasts in public.   I think it is safe to say she is not showing off and she is not trying to attract sexual attention.

The difference between Naivety and Knowing.

Like many young girls going through puberty, I was naive about the sexual attention I was attracting.  My adolescence was filled with insecurities and awkwardness.  I had trouble making friends because I was so shy, until the neighborhood boys began to notice me.  I fit right in as a Tom boy, they were so much nicer to me than the girls and they even began to fight over who could be my boy friend.

Little did I know about the way some of the adolescent boys were beginning to think.  Most of them were probably just as naive as I was but some already knew far too much.  I later learned that boys are more visual than girls.  This is why there are more men addicted to pornography than women.  A young girl has no way to discern between boys who discipline their curious thoughts and boys who are completely controlled by them, until it’s too late.

Pride is what gives an adolescent confidence to gratify their curiosity.

When a girl doesn’t know the value of her virginity she is extremely vulnerable.  Like a priceless unguarded treasure, a confident thief doesn’t even have to steal it, he can persuade, pressure and manipulate the girl to give it as if it were nothing.   He takes pride in doing wrong, because of his ignorance, even bragging about his conquest to make other boys envious.

Woman can also take pride in doing wrong.  Some women become confident from the attention they notice, from most men,

Men lookingespecially when they dress provocatively.  It is easy for them to take advantage of men who either choose not to, or don’t know they can, discipline their thoughts.

Others really don’t know, subconsciously or not, insecurities create a need to attract sexual attention.  This attention is mistaken for value, admiration and love, even though quite the opposite is true.

Modesty is only for the Humble.

There will always be those who take pride in doing wrong, they won’t be the ones reading this article.  But for those, like me, who are genuinely searching for the heart of God, our pride and insecurities eventually become exposed.  Just becoming aware of the lies that were holding us in bondage to them is enough to set us free.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

There is only One True and Lasting source of Security and it comes from knowing the Unfailing, Eternal Love of our Creator.  Placing our confidence in what is Lasting sets us free from needing any temporary approval of this world.

Modesty begins in the heart and its evidence overflows from our mouth, our actions and who we dress to please ❤

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.Proverbs 4:23

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.  Luke 6:45

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The Oneness of His Name

Echad

“…YHVH Echad,” is the original Hebrew phrase translated, The Lord, (YHVH) is One.  We see this phrase in the opening line of the Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4.  Quoted by Y’shua, (Jesus); Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27 as being the essence of all YHVH’s instructions.  He even explains the true meaning of Echad.

Holy Father, keep them in Your Name, the Name which You have given Me, that they may be One even as We are One. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your Name which You have given Me,  John 17:11,12

Y’shua’s prayer to His Father reveals the true meaning of Oneness as being Unity in the Name of YHVH.  Taking the Name or being in The Name represents being in Covenant. Those who, Shema/hear and do YHVH’s instructions are called His children, 1 John 5:2 and those who don’t are not. Deuteronomy 32:5

They (the religious leaders) replied, “Abraham is our father.” Y’shua said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, you would do what Abraham did.”  John 8:39

What did Abraham do?  Abraham wasn’t Jewish, Christian or Muslim.  He was a man who faithfully left his pagan cultural practices and obediently followed the Unseen voice of his Creator.

Abraham was considered Righteous solely by his loyal, faithful, obedience, James 2:23Genesis 15:6.

The Original Meaning of A Name

There was a time I did an exhaustive study on every Biblical Name, title and reference of God that I could find.   I learned the original Hebrew Name is synonymous with ones Character, Reputation, Authority,  and Attributes.  In other words, it’s who they are.

Our Maker addressed Himself to Moses as YHVH, (He Exists).  He said, it is My Name forever,  Exodus 3:15;  Exodus 3:14.  Originally appearing in the TaNaK (Old Testament)  close to 7,000 times before it was changed to Adonai meaning Lord.

Y’shua would have known the correct pronunciation of YHVH during His ministry yet He taught His followers to address the Unseen as their Father.

“Our Father who is in heaven, sanctified be Your Name.” Matthew 6:9

“The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new Name Which the mouth of YHVH will designate.” Isaiah 62:2

“…and I will also write on them my new Name.” Revelation 3:12

“…having His Name and the Name of His Father written on their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1

“they will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads.” Revelation 22:4

“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16

Why did the Scribes Replace YHVH with Adondai or LORD 6,832 times?

The scribes believed The Name was too sacred to speak, let alone to write.  So in order to protect The Name from misuse they were careful not to mark the middle and last vowels of the tetra-gram preventing anyone from knowing its correct pronunciation.

Y’shua would have pronounced YHVH’s Name every time He quoted from the TaNaK. Every Sabbath The Name was pronounced in the synagogues when reading the Torah portions.

 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord (YHVH) your God (Elohim) to the test.'” Matthew 4:7

“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD (YHVH) IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSEDLuke 4:18Isaiah 61:1.

Every time we see Y’shua, or any New Testament writer, quoting from the Torah and Prophets, the TaNaK, we can mentally replace LORD with YHVH.

“I have made Your Name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26 

Yehsua came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  Matthew 28:18Psalm 2:7Revelation 2:26
YHWH

Y’shua came “in the Name of YHVH,” Matthew 21:8-10.

Y’shua taught His followers to Set Apart, Sanctify, Make Holy, The Father’s Name:  Matthew 6:9 ; Luke 11:2

There will be a Revealing of New Names; Isaiah 62:2;Revelation 2:17

HalleluYah “And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of YHVH, and the song of the Lamb, (Y’hushuah,) saying, “Great and Amazing are your deeds, O YHVH Almighty! Just and true are Your Ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear YHVH, and glorify Your Name? For You alone are Holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your Righteous Acts have been revealed.” Revelation 15:3,4

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