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This is amazing LOVE!
This Is Amazing Love
I have a testimony; in fact, we all have a testimony. We were once lost in a lost and dying world, seeking to serve self and no else but self; but, now we are found. We were once blinded by the scales we placed over our eyes so that we could not see our disobedience to Abba or how much we were hurting one another, but now we see.
Elohim came to us, in our lost and blind state. He came to us and showed us how to love. He showed us how to walk in new life, full of Faith sight, and He showed us how we can obey in love.
Yochanan (John) 3:16--” ‘For Elohim so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.’"
Yochanan 15:12--” ‘This is My commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved You.’ ”
1 Corinthians 13:13--”But now faith, hope, and love remain-these three. The greatest of these is love.”
Ephesians 5:1-2--”Be therefore imitators of Elohim, as beloved children. Walk in love, even as ha-Meshiach also loved us, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to Elohim for a sweet-smelling fragrance.”
Yochanan Echad (1 John) 3:16--”By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”
This Is Amazing Grace
It Is Joy Unspeakable
As a noun, JOY is an emotion of great delight or happiness. JOY is caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. JOY is pleasure, and it is elation. JOY can also be the cause of this great pleasure or elation. And, because we can have JOY and/or are given JOY, JOY also becomes the expression of such great pleasure and elation.
JOY can also be a verb. Without an object, JOY means to feel gladness and rejoicing; with an object, JOY means to gladden.
The origin of joy can be found in Middle English, Old French, late Latin, and Latin. From 1175-1225, in Middle English, it was spelled joye, and in Old French, it was joie or joye. In late Latin, it was gaudia, which is neuter plural and takes on a feminine singular. For Latin, it was gaudium, the equivalent of gaud, which is the base for gaudēre, meaning, “to be glad”, plus the ending, -ium.
When you need a synonym for JOY, you can use “with great rapture” or “immeasurable bliss”.
The opposite of JOY is to feel misery, to be unhappy, to know sorrow, to befriend grief.
Yochanan (John) 15:11--” ‘I have spoken these things to you, that My JOY may remain in you, and that your JOY may be made full.’ “
Colossians 1:11--”Strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, for all endurance and perseverance with JOY.”
1 Thessalonians 1:6-7--”You became imitators of us, and of Adonai, having received the word in much affliction, with JOY of Ruach HaKodesh, so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia.”
Ya’akovos (James) 1:2-3--”Count it all JOY, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”
Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) 1:8--”Whom not having known you love; in Whom, though now you don’t see Him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with JOY unspeakable and full of glory.”
I’ve Got Peace Like a River
There is a huge difference between peace and peace.
When I am surrounded by peace in the physical realm, I am surrounded by quiet. No more noise. The chiddos are quiet and playing well with one another. The television set is either turned [way] down or is off. The washing machine and dryer are not humming and drumming with laundry. The highway traffic outside is non-existent. And, even all of nature outside my window is not heard (which is really creepy).
When I am surrounded by peace in the spiritual realm- in my heart, in my soul, in my mind -I can better understand the protection and provision provided to me by Elohim. I can hear Him speaking His words of comfort to me. I can feel His loving embrace holding me tight. I am not worried about the enemy. I am not worried about weapons that might be in the process of being formed against me. When I have peace with Elohim and the peace of Elohim, the noise of the world matters not because my focus is not on worldly things, my focus is on glorifying, honoring, and praising Adonai.
I have peace with Elohim- Romans 5:1--”Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace WITH Elohim through our Adonai Yeshua ha-Meshiach.”
I have peace of Elohim- Philippians 4:7--”And the peace OF Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Yeshua ha-Meshiach.”
Tehillim (Psalms) 4:8--”In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep, for You, Adonai alone, make me live in safety.”
Tehillim 119:165--”Those who love your Torah have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble.”
Yochanan (John) 14:27--”Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.”
Philippians 4:6-7--”In nothing be anxious, but everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim. And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Yeshua ha-Meshiach.”
1 Thessalonians 3:16--”Now may Adonai Who is peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways. Adonai be with you all.”
Three Minutes Is a Long Time
When I was in the ninth grade, I was on the Fountain Junior High School gymnastics squad. It was five of the most fun, most exhilarating, most painful months of my whole life, at that time! Practices lasted for about three hours after school every day. And, then the meets were noisy and crowded with up to ten schools competing each time.
Most of the time, I had only balance beam routines. I dare anyone to learn to do a cartwheel on the balance beam! Or even the splits, for that matter! Make sure your splits go with the balance beam and not against it. Yeah, ouch! This is why practices dragged on for three hours or more the way they did, and I endured the long practices and the painful bumps and bruises to the best of my ability; but, that three minute routine on the balance beam during a meet was not always worth the amount of torture I put my body through. I endured it, though, because it was a part of my life that gave me great joy and satisfaction. Even though I only placed in the top three just once.
We, Believers, are not of this world (Yochanan (John) 17:14). We must, however, endure, for just a while, just a little while. No matter the pain, no matter how we suffer, it is all just temporary, for on that Day we shall see His glory … Romans 8:16-17 says, “The Ruach HaKodesh Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of Elohim; and if children, then heirs: heirs of Elohim and joint heirs with ha-Meshiach, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him.”
Romans 5:3-4--”Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope.”
2 Timothy 2:3--”You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Yeshua ha-Meshiach.”
Mashiakim Yehudim (Hebrews) 10:35-36--”Therefore don’t throw away your boldness, which has a great reward. For you need endurance so that, having done the will of Elohim, you may receive the promise.”
Mashiakim Yehudim 12:1--”Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
Kefa Aleph (1 Peter) 4:12-13--”Beloved, don’t be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you. But because you are partakers of ha-Meshiach’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of His glory you also may rejoice with exceeding joy.”
It Does Not Take Much
Ur/Luqas (Luke) 10:25-37 …
25.) “Behold a certain Torah scholar stood up and tested Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’
26.) He said to him, ‘What is written in the Torah? How do you read it?’
27.) He answered, ‘You shall love Adonai Eloheinu with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’
28.) He said to him, ‘You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.’
29.) But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Yeshua, ‘Who is my neighbor?’
30.) Yeshua answered, ‘A certain man was going down from Yerushalayim to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31.) By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32.) In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33.) But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with COMPASSION.
34.) He came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35.) On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the host, and said to him, “Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.”
36.) Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?’
37.) He said, ‘He who showed mercy on him.’ Then Yeshua said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”
COMPASSION. Having sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. It really is just that simple.
V’yakra (Leviticus) 19:18--”’You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Adonai.’”
Mattityah-ha’Levi (Matthew) 9:36--”But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with COMPASSION for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Yochanan (John) 13:15-17--” ‘For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Most certainly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his lord, neither One Who is sent greater than He Who sent Him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.’ “
Yochanan Aleph (1 John) 3:17-18--”But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of COMPASSION against him, how does Elohim’s love remain in him? My little children, let’s not love in word only, or with the tongue only, but in deed and in truth.”
WEALTH vs. GENEROSITY
**Let me first make this disclaimer. I begrudge no one their wealth, and I begrudge no one gaining wealth.**
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose net worth is $90.6 billion, has the honor of being the richest man in the world for the year 2017 (“The Richest People in the World”, 2017).
Bill Gates is the world's most GENEROUS person; Mr. Gates has earned the title of the most GENEROUS person due to his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, of which he has given $28 billion (Knight, 2013).
And what is the most GENEROUS country in the world? The answer might surprise you … Iraq (“Which country is the most generous in the world?”, 2016). Researchers have found the citizens of Iraq, among all other countries, are the most welcoming and kindest to strangers; 91% of the citizenry have give money to charity- this is in comparison to the second most GENEROUS nations in the world, the United States of America, which has given 63% to charity (“Which country is the most generous in the world?”, 2016).
And what is the most GENEROUS religion in the world? The answer, again, might surprise you … atheism (Pellissier, 2011). Every godless person in this world … atheists, non-believers, secular humanists, and skeptics … have now emerged from the world of religion as the most GENEROUS benefactors of the entire planet (Pellissier, 2011).
GENEROSITY goes hand in hand with compassion. Read again Luqas (Luke) 10:25-37 … The Parable of the Good Samaritan. It does not take much at all to be compassionate and generous. You don’t need wealth and possession, you merely need a heart for Elohim. I know I’ve mention my grandmother and The Salvation Army before; but, let me tell you again what the motto of The Salvation Army is … “Heart to Elohim, Hand to Man”.
(Yochanan) Makabi ([John] Mark) 12:43-44--”He (Yeshua) called His disciples to Himself, and said to them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, this poor widow gave more than all those who are giving into the treasury, for they gave out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, gave all that she had to live on.’”
Ephesians 3:20-21--”Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the assembly and in Yeshua ha-Meshiach to all generations forever and ever. Amein.”
2 Corinthians 8:3-4--”For according to their power, I (Paul) testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the holy ones.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19--”Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be arrogant, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living Elohim, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to share; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.”
Ya’akovos (James) 1:17--”Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Abba of lights, which Whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.”
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If You Don’t Stand for Something You Will Fall for Anything
“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions … but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
― Albert Einstein
“The Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy ... Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.”
― Lillian Hellman
“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with INTEGRITY. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen to what’s behind the words.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
― Frederick Douglass
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“A quiet conscience makes one strong!”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:9--”Know therefore that Adonai your Elohim Himself is Elohim, the faithful Elohim, Who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.”
Mashali (Proverbs) 12:22--”Lying lips are an abomination to Adonai, but those who do the truth are His delight.”
Mashali 20:7--”A righteous man walks in INTEGRITY. Blessed are his children after him.”
1 Corinthians 1:10--”Now I beg you, brothers, through the name of Adon, Yeshua ha-Meshiach, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Philippians 1:10--”So that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of ha-Meshiach.”
abstemiousness - using food or drink in a sparing manner
backbone - firm resolute character
command - a position of highest authority
dignity - the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed
eschewal - the ability to avoid
forbearance - to refrain from
grit - unyielding courage
hold - to keep or restrain
incorruptibility - incapable of being bribed or morally depraved
judiciousness - exercising sound judgment
keening - being mentally alert
limited - staying within a set of boundaries
mettle - the quality of temperament
nerve - power of endurance or control
obduracy - unyielding
prudence - cautiousness or discreteness
quiet - calm, gentle, and mild
refrainment - to hold oneself back
sophrosyne - an ideal of excellence of character and
soundness of mind
teetotalism - a person engaging in complete abstinence from a [harmful] substance
uninebriation - having measured control
volition - the act or the power of making a choice or decision
willpower - a healthy dose of determination
xeric - characterized by or requiring only a small amount of a substance
yearning - a tender longing for, yet not partaking of
[to] zero in - to aim pointedly at that which has meaning
Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:6--”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-25--”Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win. Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.”
Galatians 5:17--”For the flesh lusts against Ruach HaKodesh, and Ruach HaKodesh against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire.”
1 Timothy 4:7--”But refuse profane and old wives’ fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness.”
Kefa Bet (2 Peter) 1:5-7--”Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control perseverance; and in perseverance godliness; and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.”
Your Ultimate Calling
Yochanan (John) 14:10--”Don’t you believe that I am in Abba and Abba is in Me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from Myself; but Abba Who lives in Me does His works.”
Romans 8:13-14--”For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by Ruach HaKodesh you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For as many are led by Ruach HaKodesh of Elohim, these are children of Elohim.”
Galatians 5:24-25--”Those who belong to ha-Meshiach have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.”
Ephesians 4:30--Don’t grieve Ruach HaKodesh of Elohim, in Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Titus 3:1-2--”Remind them to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.”
Your ultimate purpose is to share the PERSPECTIVE of Yeshua. This means to be humble and obedient. This means to be compassionate. This means to allow Ruach HaKodesh to transform and renew your mind.
Your ultimate purpose is to share the PLAN of Yeshua. This means to bring glory to Elohim. This means to restore creation to its original splendor. This means to point out salvation for all sinners. This is believing you are saved by grace through faith in ha-Meshiach.
Your ultimate purpose is to share the PURPOSE of Yeshua. This means to live a life under Elohim’s influence.
Shema Yisra’EL, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad. Baruch shem kevod malkhuto le-olam va’ed.
Hear, O Israel, the LORD your G_d is One L_rd. Blessed be His Name, Whose glorious Kingdom is forever and ever.