Friday, 30 December 2016

Character- exact representation!

The denominational churches have as many interpretations of the Word of God and who God really is, as their multitudes of doctrines.

... but it is really very uncomplicated!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Pseudomai liar versus the Anointing

"Whosoever believes in the name of Jesus has eternal life" This is the central theme and message of John in his first circular epistle. 

He writes in reaction to false teachers bringing false doctrine against the Gospel of Grace to the early church. He preaches against intellectual and perverse interpretation of the Truth.

His message is for the church and is real and relevant even today.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Elijah's miserable run

Nothing we do on our own can cement our future or security or power or authority ... or salvation ... not even signs and wonders ... not even walking in the prophetic ... not even abstinence or spiritual warfare or compliance or non compliance.

There is only one Way.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Elevated to life!

It is easy to pervert a perfectly good and beautiful encouraging prophetic song, a poem like no other.

Psalm 133 has only 3 verses and is called "a song of elevation" written by the man God Himself chose to be king, to rule - the Beloved (David).

The sole purpose of this short Psalm is to lift up, to encourage and speak life into those chosen by God. 

The best is that it is prophetic.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Eating with the sinners AGAIN! - Mercy rather than sacrifice

There is this thing of intimate relationship and eating ... 

... mixing with the wrong people for the right reasons ...

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Jesus, your Filter ...

I love how Paul encourages the Philippians towards the end of his letter to them.

Very appropriately, this is a letter of triumphant joy in Christ and his finished work. 

Paul ends the letter in 4:23 saying: The grace of our Master יהושע Messiah be with you all. Amĕn.

God's grace - Jesus!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The Shepherd bowing down to the rebellious

Psalm 78 is a Psalm of Asaph.

Asaph means gatherer or receiver.

It is a Psalm describing the kindness of God in the wake of the rebellious nation of Israel.

It talks to us today and even spells out the Gospel in very fine detail in one sentence, one single verse.

let's see ...

Friday, 28 October 2016

NO law for you, madam. None for you, sir!

Sometimes we find that those caught up in the law, the law-preachers themselves would see it as their duty and mission to convince those who are free in Christ to do the law and keep the law.

First century church challenge?

Sadly, it is true even today.

But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. Act 15:5 

The age-old thorn-in-the-flesh scenario

Monday, 24 October 2016

Understanding Faith as co-heir

Need more Faith?

Have enough Faith?

Lost your Faith?

Grow in Faith?

If ever we wanted to understand Faith the book of Hebrews is the one we need to consult thoroughly.

Monday, 10 October 2016

... enters the wolf in sheep clothing...

I tend to be very focused on what the Holy Spirit teaches me during my early morning or late afternoon jogging - alone time ... One-to-one. 

And so, I was asked about the wolf in sheep's clothing ... 

I thought I was through with teachings about the sheep ... and that I knew this thing about wolves dressing up as sheep ...

... wonderful surprise!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Mindful of the Shepherd and sheep ... again!

Just as I thought I had the whole idea of the Shepherd and the sheep (see here and here), the Holy Spirit serves up a fresh message that totally lines up with the first two ...

Once again I am stunned!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Exact day of the birth of Yah'shua

Towards the end of each year the season of feasts in many cultures dawns upon us once again.

Ask yourself what are you celebrating?

These feasts include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Muharram, Dasara, Mawlid an Nabi, Christmas, Diwali, Muharram, Ashura, Rohatsu and the like.

They all celebrate something or some one ...

25th of December celebrates the birth of the evil Baal god, Tammuz ... not the birth of Christ!

(see here) The date was emposed on Christians by Roman emperor Constantine in the 3rd century AD.

The celebration of birthdays is a western culture thing. Nothing wrong with it ... but Jesus never said to celebrate His birthday ...

With all these feasts and celebrations going on and as followers of the Truth, what is our role in all this?

Is the day even important?

Well, Jesus didn't say it was.

Yet, to our surprise the date of birth of Christ can be accurately determined from scripture itself if we really want to.

If Jesus did not say to celebrate his birthday, then what's to celebrate?

There is only one feast that Jesus suggested to celebrate as often as we could - He Himself! Life! 1Co 11:26

But Daniel ...

The purpose of determining the exact date of the birth of Jesus is of mere academic value. Yet, it will also bring some perspective in terms of our appointed man-made feasts. That our feasts are pure religion and nothing more. That they are nothing but rituals. That it is all about the decorations, the bright lights and spending and fake giving and going to church, a mere fasade. It really is a compromised day taken out of context for the purposes of Constantine's own power-struggle and Babylonian mixture between corrupted Christianity and paganism. 

Instead, God calls us for intimacy and  relationship with Him!

What about our feasts?

What about our feasts?

He says about man's feasts in Isaiah 1:14:

Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

... and then goes on to explain, through out the whole of the book of Isaiah, that Jesus is the appointed feast!

Jesus is the feast!

Still in need of a date?

Let's get the date then
, if you really want a date.

In order to determine the date we'll go step by step:

Step 1: The Temple Duty Cycles

We can accurately determine the date of birth of Christ following the cycle of temple duties instituted by King David himself. We use that as a reference and look at the father of John the Baptist who was a Levite priest who had to do priestly service at the exact appointed times as determined.

The Bible is very specific with regards to the dates determined for temple duty for the Levites and these were strictly adhered to from generation to generation leading up to the birth of Christ.

According to scripture King David determined the set cycle of dates for Levite priest groups to perform yearly temple duty as per instruction of God (See 1 Chr 28:11-13; 1 Chr 24:1-4).

24 groups (courses) were determined to perform temple duty in a fixed sequence. These were according to 1 Chronicles 24:7-18

1. Jehoiarib

2. Jedaiah

3. Harim

4. Seorim

5. Malchijah

6. Mijamin

7. Hakkoz

8. Abijah (note that this course is in bold)

9. Jeshuah

10. Shecaniah

11. Eliashib

12. Jakim

13. Huppah

14. Jeshebeab

15. Bilgah

16. Immer

17. Hezir

18. Aphses

19. Pethahiah

20. Jehezekel

21. Jachim

22. Gamul

23. Delaiah

24. Maaziah

It is even accounted for outside of the Bible

According to historian, Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 7, Chapter 14, Paragraph 7) the distribution of the course were determined by lot, in the presence of David, Zadok and Abiathar, the high priest. The course which came up first was written down as the first, and accordingly the second, and so on to the twenty-fourth. This partition hath remained to this day.

How did it work?

Very specifically, each one of the 24 groups (courses) of priests would begin and end their service in the temple on the Sabbath. The length of duty was one week (2 Chr 23:8, 1 Chr 9:25). After group 24 had completed their duty the courses would start again at course 1, until course 24 (Maaziah) when it will repeat again ...

Yet, on three occasions during the year, all the men of Israel were required to travel to Jerusalem for the festivals of the Lord. For these three occasions all the priests were required to do temple duty. The three festivals were that of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles (Deut 16:16).

According to the Hebrew calendar - let's get technical

Remember that these events and temple duties happened according to the Hebrew calendar (see here for the Hebrew calendar). 

Note especially that the Jewish calendar begins in spring, during the month of Nisan. The first group scheduled for temple duty would be that of the Jehoiarib family serving for one week, Sabbath to Sabbath. The courses of temple duty will repeat over 51 weeks or 357 days, covering the Jewish calendar year (about 354 days).

A Jewish calendar year features twelve lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days, depending on the month. An extra lunar month is added seven times every nineteen years to make up and synchronize the twelve lunar cycles with the longer solar year. The beginning of each Jewish lunar month is based on the appearance of the new moon and had to be certified by witnesses (priests). This happened the very moment the new moon appeared and two or more agreed that it was seen. (the western calendar is a solar calendar, a Babylonian inheritance enforced by Constantine and the Roman empire) 

Notice that in the period of a year each group of priests would perform temple duty twice in addition to the 3 major festivals. This brings the tally to about five weeks each of Temple duty per group (course).

So, here we have a constant that we may now use to caculate our dates.

Step 2 - Zachariah's turn and how this accounts for the birth of Jesus

The book of Luke painstakingly goes to great length describing the temple duties of Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist. Is this so for a reason?

Check it out!

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. (Luke 1:5)

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, ... 
(Luke 1:8)

And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 
(Luke 1:23)

As soon ... meaning the very moment ... and what did he do?

And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived. (Luke 1:24)

Step 3 - Can we get the date and time here please?

Zachariah's temple duty, according to the Levite courses had to be in the spring (March-April), during the 10th week of that year. This is because he was a member of the course of Abijah, the 8th course.

Both the Feast of Unleavened Bread (15-21 Nisan) and Pentecost (6 Sivan) would have occurred before his scheduled duty. So, Zacharias' administration in the Temple is easily determined to have begun on the second Sabbath of the third month, Sivan (May-June). He would have completed his temple service on the third Sabbath of Sivan and returned home and then immediately conceived his son John. Scripture tells us that John the Baptist was conceived shortly after the third Sabbath of the month of Sivan.

Also, John the Baptist could not have been conceived any time before the temple duties of Zachariah since priests had to abstain to prepare themselves.

Step 4 - From here, how do you get to Jesus?

The reason why the information about John is important, is because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the sixth month of Elisabeth's pregnancy (according to the book of Luke). 

Let's continue in Luke 1 again and see if we can see it ...

And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
(Luke 1:24-27)

Context please

We have to note here that verse 26 emphasizes the sixth months of Elizabeth's pregnancy (not Elul, the sixth month of the Hebrew calendar, but six months after the conception of John as  clarified by the context of verse 24 as well as verse 36).

And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 
(Luke 1:36)

So, six months after Elizabeth, Mary conceived.

Step 5 - Still counting months ...

So, Mary stayed with Elizabeth for the last 3 months of her pregnancy, until John the Baptist was born.

And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son 
(Luke 1:56-57)

And John the Baptist was born.

Some biology please

Human gestational averages 38 weeks (8.74 months) from conception. 

However, pregnancy is customarily measured from the date of the last menstruation — about 2 weeks before conception. By this scale, pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, or 9.20 months. Counting then from the conception of John the Baptist shortly after the third Sabbath of the month of Sivan, a term of 10 lunar months (40 weeks), takes us to the month of Nisan for the birth of John the Baptist.

It thus appears that John the Baptist may have been born in the middle of the month, coinciding with Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th day of Nisan (first month on the Jewish calendar, early Spring - April). It becomes even more interesting to note that even today, the Jews in accordance with the prophecy in Malachi 4:5, would set out a special place at the Passover Seder meal in anticipation of the arrival of Elijah at this very time.

Elijah returns

Even Jesus identified John as the "Elijah" that the Jews had expected.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. Mat 17:10

And the angel that appeared to Zacharias in the temple also indicated that John would be the expected "Elias". Wow!

And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Luke 1:17

Step 6 - Counting months to the birth of Jesus
Now, let' do some simple mathematics ...

Since Jesus was conceived exactly six months after John the Baptist and we have determined the date for John's birth, we need only to add six more months to arrive at the date for the birth of Jesus.

Doing this simple math brings us to the 15th day of the 7th month (Tishri - September/October on the western calendar).

But is it significant?

What did you think?

Amazingly, we arrive at yet another Jewish feast, the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot! (see here and here and here).

The 15th day of Tishri is the beginning of the third and last festival of the Jewish year which all the men of Israel were compelled to attend in Jerusalem (Lev 23:34). On the western Greko-Roman calendar this brings us normally to the end of September or beginning of October (last days of Summer in Israel. Remember the dates on the western calendar differs every year because of the length of the Jewish lunar year being 353, 354 or 355 days, while a leap Hebrew calendar year can have a length of 383, 384 or 385 days, compared to our fixed 365¼ days.)

Also, Jesus was not born in the Winter since the Shepherds were out at night in the field.

Prophecy fulfilled!

The birth of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles starting on 15 Tishri in the Hebrew calendar (The feast of tabernacles or Sukkot - see here, here and here)

Almighty God came to tabernacle amongst man!

What is our role?

Focus on Jesus.

Not just the baby Jesus in the crib, the way the enemy wants the world to see Him ...

But the all-mighty, all-victorious, all-lovely, all-loving, resurrected and abiding Jesus, who resides within you right now!

Help people to celebrate Jesus, our King and lover, our precious Saviour, our wonderful Redeemer and Victor by celebrating His body and His blood as often as they can!

Why celebrate the beginning when you can celebrate the victory and restoration?

Also, now that you know what is celebrated out there and what Jesus said we ought to celebrate, you can make an informed decision what to celebrate and what not.

Let the real celebration start ...

All honour, all power, all glory, all praise to Him who sits upon the throne and onto the Lamb that was slain!


From before time was.

Forever more!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Sheep - hook onto the power of life

Oh, I almost forgot!

Remember in my post on The Highest reveals Grace רעה Shepherd I promised to say something about the sheep (flock)?

Surely, if the revelation regarding the Good Shepherd is so powerful and awesome there must be something about the sheep as well?

Well, here goes ...

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Some will know the Mystery ... others not ...

There is a Mystery.

When Jesus spoke to the multitudes He always spoke in parables. 

Even today when reading what Jesus said to the multitudes, we are reading a parable.
Matthew 13:34 says: All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them

We need to search, read and comprehend with a holy understanding that is freely available from the Holy Spirit, the One Jesus sent to teach us all things.

Again ... there is a  Mystery and It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Pro 25:2 Remember this post?

Better translated this proverb says that Father God hides (conceal or sathar) carefully a matter (dabar -His Word) [also to hide one self] in order that kings (us) may seek out (chaqar - to examine intimately) that matter (dabar - his Word, Jesus) - in the new testament we are kings, prophets and priests. We can seek it (Him) out.

So what's with the Mystery?

Jesus tells the parable of the sower in Mark 4 and how the Gospel would fall away amongst some who hear it, except where it falls in good (worthy or admirable) ground (occupants of land). 

He then explains to the disciples afterwards in Mark 4:11 that ... Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables, AND QUOTING ISAIAH 6:9 HE GOES ON FURTHER: so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn (epistrephō - turn to God), and their sins be forgiven them (aphiēmi - actually means, in the intensive form, to accept that their sins had been totally annihilated or sent away). That's the Gospel!

Jesus then explains that the parable of the sower is a key-parable to understand other parables.

So, again what is all this about the Mystery?

Jesus is the Mystery!

The Word Mystery or mustērion (from the Greek root word muo, conveys the idea that those who experience a situation (True Grace - Jesus) will be left completely speechless,  dumbstruck and to be utterly astonished (over His goodness and kindness and love and mercy). The word mustērion occurs 27 times in the New Testament, the bulk of which refers to Jesus Himself.

Let's have a look at some mustērion:

Eph 3:3 - How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery ...

1Co 2:7 - But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory

Rom 16:25 - ... Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began

Eph 1:9 - Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself

Eph 5:32 - This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church

Col 1:26 - Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints

Col 4:3 - ... praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ

He is the Mystery Lover ready to be discovered by the beloved ...

He is the Mystery Pursuer of those who wander in lost condemnation ...

He is the Mystery Contact to those of double-minded confusion ...

He is the Mystery, very present Comfort in the time of need ...

... our Healer ...

... our Redeemer ...

... our Restorer ...

... our Perfect Gift ...

... our every Need ...

... our Friend and Lover ...

Indeed, it is the honour of kings to search out the King of kings, the Great Mystery, Who reveals Himself openly in His Word By His Spirit!


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

... being stalked by the law ...

What happens to Paul when the Truth is revealed to the people of Lystra and someone cripple from the mother's womb is instantly healed?

What happens when everyone, as a result, is awestruck and amazed?

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Highest reveals Grace רעה Shepherd

Jesus makes a lot of effort when He explains Himself as being both the shepherd and the door.

What is this all about?

Why the analogy?

The whole of the old covenant is full of prophets an prophecies showing Israel as a nation (sheep) scattered upon the hills having no Shepherd (Numbers 27:17, 1 Kings 22:17, 2 Chronicles 18:16, etc.) 

... until David reveals:
 "יהוה is my shepherd; I do not lack." Psa 23:1
There are two key words here we should take note of. It is going to totally blow us away:

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Job's quest ... God the same for all? DIY God?

I am amazed when I minister to people in hospital and they tell me that (their) God brought them there to teach them something or to make them slow down a bit or to teach their families something using sickness, accidents, physical discomfort, etc. 


... these are Christian people ... and I ask myself: Are we worshiping the same God?

This is not the God I know!

My Abba is a loving Father, full of compassion, merciful, gracious, patient and overflowing with goodness and truth ... just like He declared Himself to be in Exodus 34:6 and numerous other times and by the actions and works of Jesus!

So, the Holy Spirit teaches me again out of the book of Job ...

In this blog post journey with me in the age old story of Job as we pick up on the meanings of words within the context of precious truth revealed:

Does Job have any relevance today?

The book of Job is essentially the story of the modern day self-righteous church and it's doctrinal deception. 

It is the age-old story of the false teaching of who God is.

It is the legacy of doctrine and tradition of man-made-religion ... and it is very relevant TODAY!

Who was Job?

God describes Job as "... a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?" Job 1:8

This is exactly how God sees Job ... how He sees man.

Yet, the works of self-righteousness of Job get the better of him in circumstances. In his mind Job did everything right. Just as is expected of him by those around him. Justified by self-doing - DIY!

... but, when tested by the devil ... is he? And does he escheweth (turn aside) evil?

Let's check out some names first

The man is named Job (or Hated) (what women names her child this name anyway?) and he is from a place called Uz (wooden) ... By analogy in the Word of God he is like in the wood, hay and stubble from 1 Corinthians 3:12 - the wrong belief (self-righteousness) that is tested (by the devil) and burned to ashes.

What is his position?

Job knows there is a God. He knows that He is a good God. He even knows His Name -YHVH.

However, he mostly refers to his God as El or Elohim, a generic term for ... God, any God ... a God of any nation and any origin, a true or false God ...

But Job seeks advice ...

During his quest to find out who his God really is, Job is advised by his three doctrinal friends:

Eliphaz the Teminite - whose name means "my God is fine gold", that is a molten image of who He thinks his God is. From a place in the south meaning "He comes from elsewhere";

Bildad the Shuhite - whose name means "confusing love" from a place meaning "sunken in wealth"; and

Zophar the Naamathite - whose name means "early departure" from a place that means "vanity" or "loveliness".

Can they be trusted?

These friends, of dubious character, all advise Job in accordance with their own twisted understanding of who (their) God is. I mean, just look at their names! They all speak elaborately. And Job listens to them attentively most of the time.

They philosophy and advise and come up with all sorts of clever explanations of who (their) God is. But these Gods ...

None can satisfy Job.

None can help Job out of the ditch.

None can heal him.

None can restore him ...

Enters the One Who says He sticks closer than a brother ...

... God Himself intervenes in chapter 32. 

Elihu (meaning "God of him" or "Who God is") the son of Barachel (God blessed) from Buzite (being despised. The Free Gift being despised. Didn't Jesus say this?) of the family of Ram (risen one) [doesn't this just describe the Gospel of Jesus?] then speaks up against Job who, in all his quest justified himself instead of God. Go on. Read the beginning of chapter 32 for yourself.

Amazingly, Elihu (the Revealer of Who God is) initially starts by referring to Himself in the third person (verse 6), but as the truth is revealed He gets ever the more intimate and refers to Himself in the first person. This is the author of the book Himself speaking now!

Elihu sets things straight. He declares the goodness of God, the very character of God, the core being of the one and only Almighty God. The very Name of YHVH is now the name being used in scripture and not just some generic reference to (a) "God"! He condemns self-righteousness and declares the majesty of the One True God, YHVH ... the one Jesus fully revealed as Abba, our Good Father! HalleluYAH!

What is the outcome?

Now, only when the Spirit of Truth reveals the Truth, can Job finally repent and admit:
"... therefore have I uttered that (that) I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee." Job 42:3-5
... the very essence of the book of Job. If you plan to read the book of Job, DO NOT stop until you have read this verse. The whole of the book works towards this verse.

Paul says it well: "let God be true, but every man a liar; ..." Rom 3:4

God is not who we think He is ... God is who He says He is!


Monday, 5 September 2016

Understanding - to put it all togegher!

Being brainwashed reduces man to a helpless, limited and restricted being ... pitiful and powerless in this world. 

Jesus said it so many times. The problem is our unbelief.

Our unbelief is the direct result of our so-called doctrinal heritage - the stuff we hang onto. 

The law incapable of justification

A rookie Paul preaches in a synagogue in Antioch. 

After the law was read he says: 

If you are dead you are dead. 
But if you are raised to live, you are wonderfully alive!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Healing - lifting up ultimate Grace

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine

Sometimes a word is used only once or twice in the Word of God, usually for a reason. 

Right there, we must expect to find a hidden treasure (see here), a very special message.

This time around the word has to do with healing, to be set free! Your medicine.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Immersed in Life!

I just love the verse that Peter quotes in Acts 11:16 that explains 'Emanuel' God with us all, Jew and Gentile, fool and freak, mister-cool and mister-not-so-cool, well-composed and exuberant extrovert, learned academic and unskilled worker, able-bodied and incapable, accomplished and needy, lovely and loveless, sober and drunk, ... clean and unclean ...
Then remembered I the word of Yahushua, how that he said,

Monday, 15 August 2016

Men of uncertainty are without identity.

Is it possible to be without identity?

Paul shows how someone can be truely without identity ... 

That is ... without understanding (click here), knowing nothing ... lonely ... lost ...


Friday, 12 August 2016

Satiated with Grace! bebaioō

There is another condition of those in Christ Jesus called bebaioō.

It is an unavoidable condition brought about because of the given situation we find ourselves in ... something we didn't ask for ... something we didn't work for ... something not brought about by ourselves.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Dwelling Place בּית

There is a most beautiful prayer one can pray that finds its origin in the days of David, the Beloved.

... and it has to do with a house, a dwelling place for God ...

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Fruit of the Righteous - pârâh

How often, how easy is it to preach condemnation from scripture whilst the very scripture we preach is in fact intended to exhort us, lift us up and make us sing with joy.

Psalm 58 is such a scripture.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Eklektos - hand-picked with care!

Democracy in God's economy looks a bit different than ours. We all go to the election booths and vote for a person. In God's realm He went to the sacrificing booth (cross) to elect all of us.

Yet, you get to choose ...

Let's see how this works.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Does God strike the earth with a curse?

What is so significant about the last three verses of the book of Malachi?

Is God warning his people that unless they obey His laws and statutes and commandments, He would bring destruction to the earth?

Or does He really say something else?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Living sacrifice ... or available vesel?

I was recently shocked. 

A grace minister taught how that you have to give your body as an offer to God in order for Him use you - for Him to be able to work in and through you.

Is that not what the law says?

Friday, 8 July 2016

Because ... why?

Want to hear a really great promise concerning you?

It comes from an old covenant judge with the name Joshua (Yah'shua) and it shows God's heart towards his people - you. 

Monday, 4 July 2016

To seek and not find - pinō

There are those who will seek Jesus and not find Him, those who cannot find Him even if they tried.

Hopelessly ... and sadly these are those tormented by a spirit-of-self-righteousness-by-obeying-the-law ... or rather, those who allow that spirit to possess them.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Exhibit A - the Vine

When reading God's Word, how do we read it?

To find the laws of do's and dont's (that is to find myself)?

... or am I reading, engaging to find Jesus?

Someone once said that ALL of God's Word is about Jesus - not about me. When I read the Bible I make sure to find Him, hear straight from Him and encounter His finished work. It is arrogant to try and find myself in scriptures and apply rules and laws for myself to follow in order to become and work my own righteousness. No. I find Him first. He is my righteousness. He finds me. 

The scriptures says all of creation is not big enough to contain the greatness of God (will Elohim in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee 2Ch 6:18). Yet, in one Man - the Man Jesus, enough space was found to contain God in His entirety, to reveal ALL of God. And now He lives in me. Truely, All of God's Word is about Jesus, but all of Jesus is about me.  

Can you see the difference in approach?

... which brings us to the vine in Ezekiel 15:
And the word of יהוה came unto me, saying,
Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?
Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned? Eze 15:1-5
This scripture essentially talks about God becoming fully fleshed and in doing so, was subdued to earthy and manly circumstances and trails and tribulations, living as man in every sense. As a Vine, He was not any different than any other man. These passages even graphically describe how He went to the cross and yes, descended into the depths of hell so that the other trees in the forest do not have to. It also describes the nature of man where God, in his original design never intended for man to work his own righteousness. How much more so following the perfect work of the cross, the descending into hell and the glorious resurrection of the One who did it all on your behalf.

... but the vine ...

Jesus said: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Joh 15:1

Jesus is the Word of God. He is the True Vine. The word here in Ezekiel 15 is for Jesus, it is about Jesus and it is concerning Jesus. It even addresses Him as 'Son of man'. 

The word for vine is from an unused Hebrew root word which means to bend - it is YHVH (יהוה) who in His amazing Love and Grace bent down to earth and manifested in the likeliness of human flesh, revealing ALL the fullness of who God is in the Man, Jesus.

The pictograph for the word vine (gephen or גּפן) is: to convey (or lift up or trans-locate) the message (or the Word or what God says) of life (or original start or beginning or original design or original plan) - Convey the message of life!


God's original plan for us was that we have life. Death was never part of the equation. He came so that we may have abundance of life and so that no-one should fall away. Look at the picture: the Vine (blood) transfers the very Gospel Himself, Life Himself (Jesus) to man. The Word that was from the beginning, of Life, is conveyed in Human Flesh to man!

We see this even in the pictographs of God's Name and in the Jesus's Name:

Yahveh (יהוה) is Yahushua (יהושע):

יהוה - the Hand by Grace nailed by Grace IS יהושע - the Hand by Grace nailed consumed perceived (exhibited for all to see ... conveyed and lifted up!)

The story has a perfect result, because God is contained in man, even today. 

Now He works in me. For it is יהוה which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phi 2:13

Then Yahushua said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood [receive the Vine], ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. Joh 6:53-54

Even the old shadow confirms eloquently in Leviticus 17:11 and 14: 

For the life of the flesh is in the blood (vine) ...

Friday, 24 June 2016

Does the truth matter?

Image result for picture of healthyWhy does John, who refers to himself as the beloved disciple of Jesus, place such great emphasis on Truth?

Because the truth matters.

Because the Truth matters.

Writing to his friend Gaius whom he "loves in truth" he says:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 3Jn 1:2-3

... that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3Jn 1:2

So that all things prosper.

So that you may be in health.

So that all things you set your hand to, collectively and individually may be healthy and prosperous!

Because He is the Truth. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Joh 14:6

Because Jesus says ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Joh 8:32

Know here is the word ginōskō which means to have an intimate relationship, an acquaintance, an intimacy such as that which exists between a man and a woman, lovers with the Truth (Jesus).

Here's a bit of free logic we sometimes overlook. If the intimacy with Truth will set you free then it is only logical that intimacy with the lie and deception (works of the devil) will place you in bondage.

Jesus is the breaker of the bondage. He is the conqueror of the cancer in your life, the victorious One over desolate and desperate and hopeless situations and He is the One Who has completely and utterly dealt with those things on the cross. Our responsibility ... is to receive, appropriate, apply this great salvation into manifestation wherever we go.

This is the Truth.

This is our Jesus.

What is the Truth concerning you and me?

You are righteous, spotless, blameless.
You are fully restored in God's image.

You are an joint-heir in Abba Father's Kingdom to take authority over sickness, setback, lies, adversity ...
You are utterly blessed and entitled to each and every good and perfect Gift from Abba.
You are healed and healthy in Christ.
You are prosperous.
You are rich.
You have everything.
You are blessed.
You are made whole.
You are a new being. The old is gone.
You are beautiful.

Why does it matter?

It matters because in this life you can make application of It (Him) ... and prosper!

What should we do with this great Truth?

Apply it! Mix it with conviction (Heb 4:2) and have intimacy with It! - Stir It into your cup (being) and drink deep (appropriate)! Relax! Rest! Apply the done deal wherever and whenever necessary ... and claim your victory in Christ!
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