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Doing Righteousness

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. — 1 John 2:29 (ESV)

The Lord has really been opening my eyes of late. So many revelations of the righteousnessmeaning of His Word, and so many challenges to long-held beliefs.

For over 30 years of my Christian walk, I believed that I could never please YHWH, that all of my righteousness was as filthy rags in the sight of The Lord. I was taught that my righteousness was found only in Yeshua and that He, having lived a totally sin free, 100% righteous life imputed that righteousness to me when I believed in Him for salvation.

But the above verse says that I will know someone is born of Him because he practices righteousness. So, if I can practice righteous acts and they can be seen as righteous, they must be something other than filthy rags in the sight of YHWH. Indeed, they must be righteous.

So I looked back at the source of that filthy rags verse to see what it really says:

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. — Isaiah 64:6 (ESV)

It says, “We have all become unclean”, so it seems there was a time when they were not unclean. But when was that? And the answer is in the verses just above.

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.  You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.  Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;  in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? — Isaiah 64:4-5 (ESV)

If we read the verses in their correct order it is obvious that when those referred to (Israelites) “remembered YHWH in His ways they worked righteousness joyfully. It was when they stopped remembering YHWH in His ways that they became like one who is unclean and that their righteousness, no longer joyous, became like a polluted garment.

So yes, when we follow YHWH in His ways, our righteousness is a joyful thing and seen as righteous by The Lord. But when we forget the ways of YHWH, then all of our righteousness is profane, filthy, and unclean.

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August 18, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Righteousness, Worship | , | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – The Sabbath

There are lots of teachings from Hebrew Roots sources explaining why The Sabbath is TheSabbathfor Christians today and I find myself agreeing with those teachings.  But here is one I believe they may have missed.

The Lord created everything in six days.  This is recorded in Genesis, chapter one. And then, at the start of chapter two we read:

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/gen.2.1-3.kjv

So, as I see it, the idea of a day of rest is not just part of Jewish ceremonial law, and it is not just part of the moral law,, see the fourth commandment, the idea of a day of rest is literally woven into the fabric of creation.

I believe this is further exemplified by what the Lord commanded in Leviticus 25:

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.”
‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭25:2-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/lev.25.2-4.kjv

Not only was Israel commanded to keep a Sabbath every week, but to give the land a Sabbath rest every seven years.  And the Lord took this very seriously as He warns of the consequences of disobeying:

‘And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it. ‘

Leviticus 26:33-35
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LEV.26.33-35

Does not the Lord seem to say that the land needed its rest?  It seems to me this was more than just a custom that He wanted to impress on His people, but something deeper, that is, Sabbath, or rest, is built into the very fabric of creation.

Therefore, the Sabbath is not just for Jews, and not just for Jews and Christians, but for all people, whether people of faith or not.

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Worship | , , | Leave a comment

The Good Shepherd

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

That is Jesus speaking from The Gospel of John, Chapter 10, and verses 1-5.Jesus-Good-Shepherd-16

As followers of Jesus,we are to be so familiar with His voice that we can instinctively discern His voice and follow it, and at the same time discern the voice of a stranger and reject it.  And some glorious day, in a day when Sin is no more and we are all part of The New Earth, it will be so, but not today.

Today we find ourselves in bodies that were created in /sin and raised  in a corrupt world system.  Sad as it is to admit, following the voice of a stranger is all too easy.  That voice might be the voice of wealth, or power, or lust, or any of a host of voices that are part of this evil world.  If it were not for our God’s grace and mercy and His infinite patience with His children, we would not stand a chance.

Oh, what a blessing that we have a Savior who is able to identify with our temptations, and forgiving enough to forgive us as many times as we require forgiveness.

Thank you Lord Jesus that you have redeemed us from our sinful state and reconciled us to the Father by your incredible sacrificial love.  When I think of what you put up with from me, I can only bow my knee and give thanks!

March 2, 2014 Posted by | Christian, God's Grace, Worship | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Sacrament Of Life

“The Sacrament Of Life” is the title of the last chapter of A.W. Tozer’s book, “The Pursuit Of God” For anyone who has not read this book, I highly recommend it. It has provided so many blessings to me.prayinghands_6

But none greater than the last chapter. In it, Mr. Tozer describes the difficulty that many Christians have with the two areas of their lives, the sacred and the secular. As Christians we want to live in the sacred acts of prayer, fellowship, shared worship, etc. but we find ourselves living in a secular world which forces us to deal with such tasks of making money, maintaining our home and transportation, etc. Thus we are forced to switch back and forth between our inner spiritual life and our external secular one.

But Mr’ Tozer points out very eloquently how this view of two separate “lives” is nothing more than a misconception on the part of believers.

At the heart of Mr. Tozer’s argument are some of Paul’s exhortations to believers that point out how the Lord intends for us to approach our lives.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  —  1 Corintians 10:31

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  —  Collossians 3:17

Seeing these verses, and others like them, it is clear that God never intended for us to separate our lives into secular and sacred. Rather, we are to do all to the glory of God. Every act then, whatever it may be, is to be done as an act of worship to the Lord.

Another verse that should drive the point home is where Paul exhorts bond servants and their relationship to their masters. In our day we could think of this as how an employee should relate to his employer:

Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.  —  Ephesians 6:5-6

When we go through our daily routine at work, we should give our employers the same level of service as if we were working directly for the Lord.  And, by extension, when we are engaged in any of our earthly tasks, we should look to perform them as unto the Lord, glorifying Him in all that we do.

January 23, 2014 Posted by | Faith, Godliness, Uncategorized, Worship | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Thy Word Is A Lamp Unto My Feet And A Light Unto My Path

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  —  Psalm 119:105

A few days ago, I was reading Psalm 119 as part of my devotion.  When I came to this verse, the Lord pointed out something that I had never noticed before.

God’s Word is a light to my path, enabling me to see where I am going. I see this as me understanding God’s overall plan of salvation, so that I can understand my entire path through life and eternity, from my sin in Adam all the way to my glorification in Jesus when He returns, and beyond.  From the Light of God’s Word, I can see the overall path that God has designed for all believers.

But there is not only the general light, there is also a “lamp unto my feet”. I see this as much more focused. The lamp at my feet does not show me the broad strokes of God’s plan, but rather it allows me to see the next step that God wants me to take. Or maybe, if I peer deeply into His Word, I might be able to make out the next two steps. The lamp does not have a long-range, so it will not show me, except on rare occasions, what God wants for me a year from now, or five. But it will show me what He wants for me today. And, if I am living in faith and in trust of my Lord, being able to see today is enough.

I hope that you find this passage of His Word as much a blessing as I do.

God bless!

October 24, 2012 Posted by | Prayer, Scripture, Spiritual Commentary, Worship | , , , | 8 Comments

Worthy Is The Lamb

Revelation 5:11-14

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

This God, who is exalted above the highest heaven, is the same God who reached down into the depths of my sinful life and humbled Himself to the point of death, for me!

When the day comes, I will be there among those millions who worship His name for ever and ever.  Will you be there with me?  Are you worshiping His name today?

September 9, 2012 Posted by | Christian, Uncategorized, Worship | , , , | 2 Comments

Lord, This Blog Belongs To You

Recently, the Lord has been leading me to surrender certain areas of my life that I have been holding on to, so I have been placing those areas under His Lordship and acknowledging that He is Lord of all parts of my life and that it is all His to do with, to use, or to discard, as He wills.

So, in church this morning I came to realize as our Pastor was preaching on The Good Samaritan, that I had never surrendered this blog to Jesus’ Lordship.  I quickly jotted a note so as not to forget and so I could let go the thought and listen to our Pastor’s message.

The Lord has been speaking to me for some time about spending more time with this blog but I never knew how I might accomplish that.  I just have never had a steady stream of ideas coming that I should be able to write more frequently.  Until today.  The Lord showed me the way, and it had only to do with His leading, and was not dependent at all on me coming up with ideas.  And it was only after that revelation that I realized that I had never truly given this blog over to the Lord’s care.  It was always my blog.  I maintained it, and I was the one responsible for the writing.

So, today I write for the purpose of dedicating this blog to the Lord.  I will write as directed by the Lord, and respond to posts in the same way.

Lord Jesus, I bow humbly before you now as I dedicate this blog to You.  From now on, may You be solely responsible for its content, and may the work that I do for it be always in keeping with Your will.  Amen.

July 8, 2012 Posted by | Christian, Discipleship, Worship | , , , , | 6 Comments

God’s New Math: Addition Through Subtraction

This morning our Pastor’s sermon was on sanctification and his title was the same as this post.  He preached from two texts, which I quote:

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness andworldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13  waiting for our blessedhope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.  —  Titus 2:11-14

23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.  —  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

The best part of the sermon though was the illustration, which was about the purifying of silver.

Silver is mined from the ground in the form of silver ore.  The ore is pulverized into powder and then put into a pot or cauldron where it is heated to over 900 degrees Celsius.  As the silver melts, it sinks to the bottom, being heavier than the surrounding ore.  Once all of the silver is melted, the slag, or dross, is left on the top where it is scooped off and disposed of.  When the process is almost complete, the refiner will stir the molten silver to make sure that there are no pockets of slag remaining under the surface.  As these pockets are loosened, they too float to the top, where they can be disposed of.

The refiner knows the process of purification (or in human terms, sanctification) is complete when he looks into the surface of the silver and sees his own image reflected without blemish.

The analogy of God purifying His saints is perfect.  As God subtracts the sin from our lives, He replaces it with His holiness.  His work in us is complete when He looks into our being, and the reflection He sees is His own, perfect in holiness.

 

My daily prayer:  Lord, I ask that You remove from my life anything that displeases You, until all that You see when You look at me is You.

April 29, 2012 Posted by | Godliness, Revival, Sanctification, Uncategorized, Worship | , , , , | 9 Comments

This Is Who We Are

I realize this is a long video, but trust me, it is well worth it! Please, make the time to watch and be inspired!

April 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized, Worship | , , | 2 Comments

He Is Risen And Lives Forevermore!

No words are needed.

April 8, 2012 Posted by | Christian, Worship | , , | 6 Comments