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The Why and How to Test Translations

Zech 9 9

This is Why We Need to Test Our Translations:

The above verse is a fulfilled prophesy quoted in Matthew 21:5.  Although it is recognizable, you will notice a small textual variation can make a big difference.

“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” Matthew 21:5

The original Hebrew word, Tzeddiq means:  Righteous, Blameless.

The original Hebrew word Yasha means:  Salvation, Deliverance and Victory.

The original Hebrew word Anav means: Afflicted, Humble, Oppressed, Poor.

Notice all three words are translated into English as Gentle?

This is How We Test Our Translations To The Original Hebrew:

To gain better understanding of the original word meanings it is necessary to search an updated Lexicon, such as this one at http://biblehub.com/lexicon/zechariah/9-9.h

How blessed is the man who has made Yahovah his trust, And has not turned to the proud nor to those who lapse into falsehood. Psalm 40:4

 

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1 Corinthians we are the Temple

YHVH (He Exists) is, was and always will be Love, Wisdom, Understanding, Everything Good/Kind/Humble/Giving, Merciful, Compassionate, Just, Impartial, Unchanging, All-knowing, Everlasting/Perpetual, Infinite, Faithful, All-powerful, Incomprehensible, Unequaled, Invisible, Reality/Truth, Peace, Light, The (Spiritual) Bread of Life, The (Spiritual) Living Water, The (Spiritual) Tree of Life, He is a Life Giving Spirit and an All Consuming Fire.

These are some of the Spirits attributes that not everyone has eyes to see or ears to hear.  So how can we perceive if our Creators Unseen Spirit is dwelling within us?

Our Creator has set Eternity (everlasting Spiritual Reality) within the hearts of (all) mankind, Ecclesiastes 3:11

Everything the Maker of the universe has created declares His glory,  Psalm 19:1.  His invisible attributes, Eternal Power and Divine Nature can be clearly seen, (with our physical eyes) and understood by what He has made, so we (all people) are without excuse, Romans 1:19.

Yet YHVH chooses to remain a mystery and purposely allows the ego to blind the proud.  This Spiritual Mystery is reserved for the humble.  Only those who wholeheartedly seek Him will find Him, Deuteronomy 4:29  ; Jeremiah 29:13.

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and malice, it is humbly we receive the implanted Word which is our Salvation. James 1:21

The Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding and Truth is also called the Word of YHVH, Ephesians 6:17.

 

Moses wrote, “the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.”  Deuteronomy 30:14.  1500 years later  we see this Word is fulfilled in Y’shua, Romans 10:8,  The Word of YHVH,  John 1:1.  Also known as The Way, The Truth and The Life, which is the Hebrew meaning of Torah.

The religious leaders of Y’shua’s day had the Torah memorized yet their egos blinded them to what it meant to, “love your neighbor as yourself,” Leviticus 19:18.

The religious leaders didn’t understand  “neighbor” included everyone.  (See Y’shua’s answer to, Who is my neighbor? Luke 10:29)

Y’shua spent three years exposing the false doctrines these religious leaders added to YHVH’s Torah.  Both then and now religious leaders have added and taken away from the eternal Torah of YHVH, in spite of these clear instructions, Deuteronomy 4:2;  Deuteronomy 12:32.

So the real question isn’t who does the Spirit live within, it’s who does the Spirit reign within?

We can discern who truly knows and yields to the Spirit within them because everyone’s words and actions eventually reveal their heart, John 16:3Matthew 12:34.

Y’shua taught us to observe ourselves and others.  The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His Ways/Torah, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His Word, in him the Love of YHVH has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:51 John 2:6

Y’shua walked in Torah/The Way.  He did not come to abolish even the smallest letter but to fulfill and accomplish everything it says about Him, Matthew 5:17;  Psalm 40:7Hebrews 10:7Luke 24:27.

YHVH is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth/lasting reality.  John 4:24.

When we know The Spirit of our Creator lives within everyone we also understand why we must Love one another.  Y’shua taught us that everything we do to others, “you did it to Me. Matthew 25:40

 

 

 

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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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Bereans

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” Acts 17:11

Who were these noble-minded people of Berea?  From verse 10 we know they were Judean and met in a Synagogue in Berea.  Berea was located in South Western Macedonia, South of Thessaloniki and North of Kosovo, between Albania and Bulgaria.

What else do we know just from reading verses 10 and 11 of Acts 17?  The Bereans were not like the Thessalonians.

The Bereans examined the Scriptures daily to check to see if any new teaching was true or false.  They received Paul’s message of the Good News of God’s Kingdom eagerly.  Unlike the Thessalonians they were not fearful of false prophets because they knew how to check for Truth by holding it up to the plum line of YHVH’s unchanging Truth.

The Scriptures consisted of the Torah and the Prophets, those who spoke the Words of YHVH.

These were the Scriptures Y’shuah referred to as testifying about Him, John 5:39.

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”  Luke 24:27

You know we still have access to the same plum line of Truth that the Berean’s examined daily.  We do not need to fear being deceived by any new teachings, doctrines or opinions that don’t align with the Light of Truth.

“even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel (Good News) contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed” Galatians 1:8

“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles (all peoples) by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” Galatians 3:8

Still today we see how many, like the Thessalonians, are not open to searching out what is True.  To be close minded and opinionated comes from fear.   Whether we fear being deceived or we are just too proud to reassess some of our comfortable traditions and customs, fear shows itself in every indignant, prideful and hate-filled reaction.

“He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.”  Psalm 25:9

Are you confused, angry or just plain fed up with all the religious divisions in the world?  Truth tells us God is One, so there cannot be any division in Truth.  Yet I was being blown around like a wave in the sea by every influential teacher I heard.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.    Proverbs 3:5

For True Peace of Mind, Seek Truth from your Creator, do not put your trust in any human understanding. Psalm 118:8Isaiah 2:22

We are only teachable when we are humble, with a child-like attitude.  As adults we have a hard time letting go of the teachings, doctrines, traditions and human opinions we have grown accustomed to.  It requires great courage and trust to be Set apart.

The Way of Truth is Counter-Cultural.  The way of the world is not the way of Truth.  Following the Way of Truth is the difficult Way.

Truth is not an opinion to argue or defend, that would be like arguing gravity.  It requires only that someone hold up a Plum bob to show reality.  The Truth has been revealed to all mankind, like a light in the darkness, it always was, is and always will be Truth.

Truth seekers have no concern about which person to follow or whom to ask about Truth because YHVH has put His Spirit of Truth in each one of us, young and old..  He is the One we ask, the One we teach our children to seek diligently and the only One we trust.  We are no longer dead, (separated) spiritually because of our iniquity, check and see.   Jeremiah 31:33,34.

“AND THEIR INIQUITIES AND THEIR OFFENSIVE DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”  Hebrews 10:17

“HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” Isaiah 52:7Romans 10:15Isaiah 61:1Luke 4:18

.Y’shuah did not come to change one letter of the Torah and the Prophets but to fulfill what was prophesied and foreshadowed, in the Truth, about Himself, Matthew 5:17

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Love is Not Ethnocentric

God is Greater than religion because God is One, God is Love and Love is undivided. Love is greater than our cultural views and the comfort of our traditions.  Anyone searching for His Kingdom will find that it is Greater than any of our ethnocentric divisions.

Reevaluating Misconceptions

I could not believe it myself, there I was walking to the front of the church with tears streaming down my face.   Normally I would have been heading for the back door but it seemed like God’s Spirit was speaking directly to my heart.   Just the thought of His Love was more powerful than my self-consciousness.  I had never been to a non-denominational Christian church before.  Even though I had previously rejected religion because of its divisions there was something, all inclusive, about this message of love that was able to break right through to my inner most being.

That moment of clarity changed the direction of my life and was the beginning of my search to know more about the Unity of this new reality of God’s unmerited Love.

If I were born in another country I may have experienced and searched to know more about my experience by going to the nearest Temple, Mosque, Synagogue or whatever place I had been taught or observed to be the right one.

God’s Love is greater than our cultural views and religions.

I knew Christianity was based on the teachings of Christ so I devoted my time to learning about what Jesus taught.  The more I searched and began learning to spend time in prayer the further I noticed it was taking me from the traditions of the Christian church.  Our religious beliefs are only able to point us to God, it is His Spirit that leads each one of us individually to know Him, Jeremiah 31:34.

You will seek Me and find me when you search with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13 

For anyone who is not familiar with Christ’s teachings it may be enlightening to know exactly what Jesus really taught.   Jesus was able to sum up the entire Law (Torah) and the Prophets by quoting only two instructions: Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18: Love God with an undivided heart and Love others as yourself.  Matthew 22:37Matthew 22:39Matthew 22:40

When Jesus repeated Leviticus 19:18 we named it ” The Golden Rule”:  “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”   Matthew 7:12 NIV

By this everyone will know that you are my followers, if you love one another. John 13:35

God is Love.” 1 John 4:16 “If I view my religion as the only true religion but miss knowing God’s Love, then I gain nothing.”  1 Corinthians 13:3 

Leviticus 19:18 was known in Hebrew as the Royal Law;  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  James 2:8

God’s Spirit Dwells in People not Buildings.  1 Corinthians 3:16 

Jesus taught theses Words of God wherever people gathered, including the Temple, outdoors in the fields, on the water and in various homes.  The word Church simply means any place where people assemble.   Where ever it is we meet it is to encourage one another.  Hebrews 10:25  Anyone, anywhere, will find the Truth when they search with all their heart.   Deuteronomy 4:29     God’s Spirit is One and there is unity in His Love that does not show partiality, or any separation that divides or segregates.  His Spirit dwells in people, we are one Spiritual body with many parts, together we are the church.  1 Corinthians 6:19;  1 Corinthians 12:12

To Enter the Kingdom of God you must become childlike, Matthew 18:3.

Jesus showed us by an example of a child what Love looks like:  Love has a childlike attitude, it is humble, it has no arrogance, it does not hate or hold grudges, it is quick to give mercy, it gives generously, it is quick to serve, quick to laugh, it is pure, sincere, impartial and does not criticize.

Without knowing God’s Love it is humanly impossible to love Him or others with the same kind of Love.  

Humans have to pass from death to Life in order to love beyond natural Love. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” 1 john 3:14

Death is a separation.  Without Love we remain separated from God’s Spirit no matter what our cultural views have taught us to be true.  Baptism is a symbolism representing our death to this world and being raised to new spiritual Life in God’s Spirit. Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12

Following the Way of Love that Jesus taught is greater than religion.  

Ethnocentrism shows partiality, favoritism, bias, it makes distinctions and judgments between rich and poor, wrong and right, good and bad.   God’s Love is impartial, showing no favoritism, unbiased and non-judgmental.

The root of ethnocentrism is ego.  God’s Love requires a daily choice to forfeit the temporary for the Lasting.  It is only by yielding our right to be offended that the power of God’s Spirit makes it possible to love our enemies and bless those who insult or curse us.  When we obediently pray for those who mistreat us instead of retaliating we are able t humbly serve others the way Jesus did and then we are His true followers.

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Love is Humble

Is there a connection between Love and being humble?  I was amazed to find these two words both require the same transformation of  our thinking, Galatians 5:17Romans 12:2Philippians 2:2.  “Our natural mind is opposed to the Spirit of Truth.”   Could the Truth be as simple as discovering our pride-filled nature is the only thing separating us from knowing God’s Love?   Every prophet of God is referred to as a servant of God in the Scriptures, including Y’shuah, “Who made Himself a servant,” Philippians 2:7.  Y’shuah both taught and modeled for all to see that Love is Humble, Luke 22:26Luke 1:382 Timothy 2:24Joshua 12:6Psalm 36:1.

The Hebrew word Anav is where we get the original meaning of humble.   This word also translates into English Bibles as poor, meek and lowly.  Keeping this in mind while reading verses like; Isaiah 61:1, Proverbs 16:19 Galatians 5:23, it is helpful to discern the difference between being timid or weak and what it really means to attain a lack of pride.   “Making your life of no account,” when you are able to choose differently takes supernatural strength.  This strength comes from our knowledge that God has given us a Spirit of power, love and self-control, 2 Timothy 1:7.

Lasting Life is synonymous with knowing God’s Word of Truth, John 17:3, John 17:17.   The message of God’s Word is Spiritual, John 4:24.  Our Infinite God is greater than our finite five senses but He has promised all who seek Him will find Him.  We need to ask our Creator for spiritual perception and the ability to know Truth, Matthew 21:22.

God’s standard of Love and Humility are Spiritual

Naturally we can expect to deem God’s standard of Love and Humility as being humanly impossible.  The mind of the flesh and the mind of the Spirit are two completely differing mindsets, Romans 8:7.   The mind set on God is set on everything that is Good, Philippians 4:8.  He instructs us not to be proud, Romans 12:16, but to serve others, Galatians 5:13, loving our enemies, praying for those who persecute us, Matthew 5:44, blessing those who curse us, Luke 6:28, not judging others but being merciful as God is merciful toward us, forgiven as we forgive, Luke 6:37,  overcoming evil with good, Romans 12:21, not speaking evil or lying, Psalm 34:131 Peter 3:9, remaining thankful in adversity, Ephesians 5:20.  Y’shuah’s words rephrased, Love God and Love people, Luke 10:27.  This is the nature and standard of God, this is the Way that leads to Spiritual LifeColossians 3:13Matthew 7:12.

“Let your Conscience be your Guide”

I first heard these words as a child watching the Disney movie, Pinocchio, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOZzNOkcEgM

The author of this song, written back in 1940, understood a basic Truth that had been placed in the hearts of mankind, Romans 2:15.  We may call it our “gut instinct,” “intuition,” or “our guiding angel.”   Whatever you call it, it’s what lets us know when we are heading toward the way that leads to death or permanent separation form God’s Spirit.  In other words we all know what is right and what is wrong, and not one of us will have an excuse, Hebrews 13:18Romans 1:202 Corinthians 1:12, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

God’s Word Teaches Us to Be Humble in Parables

“I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, (mysteries since the foundation of the world, Matthew 13:35) things from before.”– Psalm 78:2

One parable Y’shuah taught His disciples about humility was; “Take my yoke (a crosspiece shared by two Oxen)  on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls/lives, Matthew 11:29

At first glance we can see the literal mental picture of two oxen attached by a wooden crosspiece or “yoke,” resting equally on each of their necks.  So what does this look like spiritually?  Y’shuah said to learn from Him, He is gentle and humble, His burden is light and this is the way we would find Rest, as in Peace!  (Light as in an undetectable weight)

The Yoke of the Flesh and the Yoke of the Spirit are opposed to each other! Galatians 5:17

Recognizing our need to be humble may have us trying in our own ability to mix our prideful nature with an outer appearance of peace.  Some people are very successful in this pretense.  This is what the religious hypocrites had learned to do when Y’shuah exposed them as being “white washed tombs.”  They were only play acting on the outside but inside, still spiritually dead, Matthew 23:27.

Y’shuah warned His disciples to watch out for the “yeast” of Religious Hypocrites, Matthew 16:12Ephesians 2:5 

Again He used a literal, physical substance to point to Spiritual Truth.  Yeast represents deception, phoniness, pride and everything that keeps us separated in death, Matthew 16:6.  We can clothe it with the finest material, pretend it’s not there or act like we have it pounded down beneath our feet, because it continues to puff right back up, 1 Corinthians 5:6.  It is impossible to remove yeast from dough just as it is impossible to remove pride from our fallen nature.  So how then can we be transformed from this “body of death,” Romans 7:24?

Truth is Only Revealed to the Humble, Isaiah 5:21

 Truth was purposefully concealed from the proud, the Hebrew word Ga Anav, the opposite of Anav, (those wise in their own eyes), Matthew 11:25, because God is opposed to pride; Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6 Matthew 23:121 Peter 5:5Proverbs 18:12 Luke 18:14.  (Isaiah 48:4 Jeremiah 3:3Exodus 13:9Exodus 32:9Deuteronomy 10:16Nehemiah 9:16Acts 7:51  “stiff necked” and “forehead” refers to heard headed, stubborn pride).

The finite, or flesh and blood (with all its pride) will not (and cannot) Inherit The Kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 15:50

It is our pride at the root when we feel offended, filled with malice, vanity, bitterness, bad-temper, irritations, arguments, fighting, estrangement, resentment, grudge holding, immodesty, self-consciousness, arrogance, making judgments like, “I’m right and you’re wrong,” or “I’m good and you’re bad.”  Pride is at the root of all religious divisions.  There is no division in the Unity of God’s Spirit.  God is One, Deuteronomy 6:4Colossians 3:11.  

God Revealed Himself to Moses, The Most Humble Man on Earth

Though God is Ineffable, He chose to make His Ways known to a Hebrew man named Moses, Psalm 103:7.  Approximately 1500 years before the birth of Y’shuah, Moses was taken as a baby to live in the palace of Pharaoh.  He had every reason to become proud, most likely dressing in the finest clothing, having servants wait on him, enjoying the best foods and highest education available in the land.  But Moses knew who he was and he didn’t forget his heritage of slavery.  It was because of this he was referred to as the most humble man on earth, Numbers 12:3.  (There are many parallels between Moses and Y’shuah, Deuteronomy 18:15.  Note here how both left their high positions and lived lives without pride).

Moses recorded God’s Words in the Torah, (the first five books of the Bible).  These Ancient Hebrew Words carry Spiritual meaning in physical symbolism, they were pictures foreshadowing the events to come.

Spiritual Meaning of the “Feast of Unleavened Bread”

We are told to “Clean out the Old leaven/yeast that you may be a New Batch”, 1 Corinthians 5:6,7.  This is what the Hebrew people were instructed to do before the first Passover in Egypt.  Every year since Moses led them in their Exodus from bondage, they continue to remember by riding their homes of every spec of yeast before the Passover Seder, Exodus 12:15.  This is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for seven days nothing enters their bodies or their homes that is made with yeast.  For more information here’s the link to my article on the parallels between the Passover Lamb and Y’shuah being our Passover Lamb, https://kaylened.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/meaning-of-the-passover-seder/

We begin our New Spiritual Lives as a New Unleavened Batch, a Batch Made without Yeast.  Y’shuah referred to this as being, “Born Again” spiritually, John 3:7

In Conclusion 

“Whatever controls us is our master.”  Keep in mind that we are under bondage, or “Yoked” to pride.  If you don’t believe you are in bondage to pride, try not to be offended next time someone hits one of your insecurities nerves.  We may feel comfortable with, or helpless against or justified in allowing  un-forgiveness and grudge holding to consume us, but this is the deception.

 Great Peace have those who love Your instruction, nothing can or will offend them, (because they have no pride to be offended) Psalm 119:165!

 There is a reason we do not to put “New” wine in old wine skins, or sew “New” cloth on old clothing, Luke 5:37.  “New” Spiritual Life comes from a completely different “root” than our natural “root,” Isaiah 11:1Revelation 22:16.  Y’shuah is that “Root,” Romans 11:16.  We cannot walk in light and in darkness, John 3:19, We cannot drink the Cup of the Lord and the cup of demons (evil), or the Table of the Lord and the table of demons, 1 Corinthians 10:21.  We can not enter through the narrow gate and drift down the wide path, they are opposites, Matthew 7:13.  We cannot be friends (loyal to) with God and friends with the world, they are adversaries, James 4:4.

The “Yoke” we now bow our necks under is a completely new “Yoke.”  We choose to obey our Creator and not our “natural desires.”  Because no one can serve two Masters, Matthew 6:24.

There is only “Life” promised to those who remain attached to the “Root” of God’s transforming Love,  John 15:5,  Philippians 3:21.

 1 Corinthians 4-8 There is no Love without humility as its root. 

To be rooted in His Love and not in our Pride, this is our only effort, “Let us therefore strive, (make every effort, persevere, endure) to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience,” Hebrews 4:10

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♥ Love takes a lot of swallowing pride and accepting people exactly the way they are.  Seeing them through eyes of grace, the way God sees us is very humbling and it also opens the door for peace.

Instead of judging people and thinking it’s our job to decide what their motives are or thinking we are justified to do what we decide is fair.  We have very clear instructions in God’s Word telling us not to judge or we will be judged by the same measure we judge.  Matthew 7:1-3

What if people that claim they have faith in God, actually did what His Word teaches?  What if when we pray the Lord’s prayer we actually do bring His will and His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven by actually doing what He has told us to do.  “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:9-11

What’s the most important instruction?

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-6 ; Matthew 22:36-38 ; Mark 12:29-31 ; Luke 10:26-28

That one sums up all the rest;  to Love is to give mercy, to forgive, to be compassionate, to care for widows and orphans in their distress, to share with the poor and needy, to welcome the stranger in our land, to bless those who curse us and to pray for those who persecute us and to give our enemy food and drink if they are thirsty or hungry.  Romans 12:19-21 ; Luke 6:27-29 ; Matthew 5:43-45

Those last three seem humanly impossible but  I have witnessed, first hand, God’s Spirit convicting the offenders heart as we are obedient to repay the evil done to us with good.  1 Thessalonians 5:14-16 ; Romans 12:20-21

Can you imagine living in a world that obeyed God and loved Him with a whole heart, mind and strength and loved others as themselves?   There would be peace on earth, no more divorce, no murder, no stealing, no more lying…no more fear of whatever man can do to us because we believe God when He tells us this life is not lasting, but those who overcome this life will inherit eternal life.   Matthew 19:28-30 ; John 16:32-33

Love is more powerful than any offense.  It covers over a multitude of sin!  Proverbs 10:11-13 ; 1 Peter 4:7-9

1 John 4:19-21 whoever says, “I love God” Whom they cannot see but doesn’t love their brother, whom they can see, is a liar!  Wow, are we lying to ourselves when we say we love God and then realize we are not loving the unlovable?

Do you feel justified in your offense?  God is also justified not to forgive us for our offenses toward Him.

“Judgement is merciless to the one who shows no mercy but mercy triumphs over judgement”   James 2:12-14

As we turn from our rebellious nature and take a step toward obedience, God’s Spirit gives us the ability to Love.  He has an abundance of anything we lack and gives generously to all who ask, James 1:4-6  wisdom and Love, Joy, Peace, Patients, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control.  Galatians 5:21-23

Our perception  of  “good”,  is like filthy rags to God.  Isaiah 64:5-7 ; Romans 3:22-24

Instead we need to Learn how to be Humble ourselves by recognizing the way our pride blocks God’s Spiritual Power from flowing in our lives. Isaiah 2:16-18 ; James 4:5-7

Hopefully someday, really soon, we, as a body of people, can finally live God’s Will on earth as it is in heaven.  Peace be with you:)

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