“Prepare the way for the Lord.” To this day the cry of the prophet rings clear and loud in the wilderness of this world. “Make straight paths for Him”. Calling for repentance and pointing the direct way to Messiah Yeshua and the salvation He brings. Those to whom this message is sent are wandering in the wilderness lost but searching for peace from the tyranny of the world. They are drawn away from the crowd in their desperation.
The prophet is also compelled by the truth and vision that he has been given. He is on a mission to proclaim the message that there is hope with the coming of Yeshua. He calls for repentance, turning from sinful ways and the path of destruction. This message is heard and received because it has Divine authority and power. The sin-sick people are weary of the deceitfulness of sin. It promises happiness and satisfaction, but it gives only thirst and pain, and takes away all peace and rest in its unending cycle of slow death.
The Lord of all is coming to proclaim good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. It is a mission of Love because He cares for His own and is their savior, redeemer and friend. The prophet knows this and that the Messiah will take away the sin of the world that has captured his people. This took place when John the Baptist proceeded Yeshua Messiah. Many in Israel answered the call of John and followed Yeshua.
Today, God Almighty is still sending out prophets to call all who have ears to hear the call of repentance from dead works and to turn to the living God. These messengers proceed the Lord by drawing people to the only source of life. It is out of His great mercy and grace that God sends a herald before Him, calling out to those appointed for life evermore. The Lord invites us to come to Him, He knocks on the door of our hearts. He blows the trumpet announcing His judgments. He calls and anoints prophets to foretell what is yet to come. In His great mercy He calls and waits with patience; He sends others and leaves no room for misunderstanding, lastly He sends His only Son.
One of the enemy’s best tactics is to foment the lie that we are worthless. Being weak, fallible and having a natural brokenness is not the same as being worthless. A precious stone may be encrusted with impurities and marred on its surface, but when the master grinds, cuts its facets and polishes it, the precious stone reveals a priceless gem hidden within. God made us to show forth His Glory, for relationship and to be members of His family. You are of great value; hear and obey the truth; respond to the Spirit’s call to repent, aligning toward the Lord, heading directly to Him. He is coming for you!
God raises people to authority for His purposes. He works His will through them. He grants riches to some that they may know that He is the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name, for His good purposes toward Israel, His people, even though they don’t acknowledge Him. He is God and there is no other. He made the light and darkness. He brings prosperity and creates disaster. The Lord does all things. “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have Read More »
Many drastic events can be projected with the acceleration of change. For example, a one world government, world War III and IV, break-through in energy storage and production, currency redesignation, catastrophic earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, weather events, etc.
However, the greatest event in the world’s future will be the return of Messiah Yeshua to earth. His return will be disguised, if possible by the revealing of the man of lawlessness, the Antichrist.
What happens in the secular physical world is inconsequential, because what is happening now has happened before, not in exactly the same Read More »
The emergence of the state of Israel once again after almost two thousand years in exile, yet remaining an identifiable and distinct people, is a remarkable physical achievement, as well as the fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophecy with many spiritual connotations. In these most recent years the Church has become a great supporter of Israel and the Jewish people. The significance of this is spiritual, in that, as the church begins to understand the importance of its Jewish roots, she is aligning more closely with the spiritual purposes that are articulated in scripture. Among these are a love for the Israeli people, as expressed by God in the Scriptures, a desire expressed passionately by Yeshua that His own people would accept Him as their Messiah, a recognition of the scriptural promises that were made to Abraham that God would bless those who blessed Him and His descendants and a recognition of the material Read More »
There are two realms in reality, the physical and the Spiritual, the temporal and the eternal, the secular world and the Church. God is Lord of all. We have a physical body and a spirit. This is simple, but also complex in all its ramifications. The physical does not comprehend the spiritual with its senses, nor the secular world the Church. Our body gets old and we die in seventy years or so, if we make it that long, but our Spirit’s live on. The Church has an eternal existence with God in Heaven as the bride of Messiah Yeshua. With this very basic foundation, let’s consider what we see today.
If you are a Believer you have the indwelling Holy Spirit, knowledge of God’s Word and a measure of faith (hence the term “Believer”) that gives Read More »
Why do I have this yearning to serve the Lord? “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2: 8-10). There are many men who will say, come with me and I will show you how and where to serve the Lord. I have done this, but much of it has not been satisfying to my desire to serve the Lord. I have seen others who were hurt deeply, even led towards heresy by following well-meaning men. We must live under authority in right relationship, but we must also obey the Spirit’s voice. I want to be a voice that encourages the children of God to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, in and among the family Read More »
The Apostle John said, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25). Many may consider this a figurative exaggeration by John. However, consider the depth of meaning that is contained in the entire Bible, symbolic, historical, prophetic and spiritual. The history alone spans over five thousand years of God establishing and choosing the descendants of Abraham to be His select people through whom He would demonstrate His very nature and character. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Rom. 15:4). Archeology has confirmed much of the Bible’s historical content, if any of it could be physically proven to be otherwise, the God haters would Read More »
God made us so that we eat to live, so He made a world of food for us. Yet, we are not like cattle or horses that graze the grass upon which they walk. We eat at a table, generally and usually. When Yeshua fed the multitudes in the wilderness there were no tables, so he ordered them to gather together into groups. This is a central part of the ordering of the Lord – that we gather together to eat and that before the Lord. We must work for our food, it’s there and in great abundance and variety, but it must be gathered, harvested, grown, hunted, shepherded, sown, prepared, caught, cooked, picked, mixed, milked, washed, soaked, sliced, etc. Even manna from heaven Read More »
An important thing I learned selling, is not to get satisfied. This seems strange, perhaps wrong, but it is right in this context. When you are selling, you have little control over actually making a sale, if you’re honest in your self-appraisal. So, when you make a sale or two or three or four in a short period of time, you have a natural tendency, at some point to be satisfied, take it easy and stop. The law of averages reminds us that every day is not a banner day, so we need those banner days in order to carry us through the lean days and average Read More »
My weakness and obscurity hide my true identity. Like a plain blade of grass I blend into the vast lawn of humanity. My true self is further concealed by the shadows of the great and powerful, caused as the light catches their image at angles to cast a tall and wide caricature of themselves. I lie down and bow low before my family, whom I serve at my Father’s request. The children and infants are small indeed, to whom this world seems populated entirely by giants who carry then about as a sack of potatoes. So I get down on my knees and see the small one’s eye to eye, and place my ear close to hear their soft voices. The simple wonder and delight of children is not foreign or beneath my interest. I share Read More »
God knows our thoughts.
“You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” (Ps. 139: 2-4).
“Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’ At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, ‘This fellow is blaspheming!’ Knowing their thoughts, Jesus Read More »
One thing about getting older is that you have more history to think about and more time to re-think it. A coworker once explained to me that he felt he lived his life in his head thinking about things. If your mind is not engaged in a particular activity, it will be filled with something. Trying to clear your mind is like trying not to think about a pink elephant, you are flooded with those same thoughts. We can influence our thinking patterns, but can we actually control our thoughts? If we can, we could likely control much more of our feelings, plans, opinions, and actions. However, controlling a thought Read More »
Thomas was a disciple of Yeshua and one of the twelve apostles. To many he is remembered as “Doubting Thomas”, based on an event after Yeshua’s resurrection. “Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’ A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out Read More »
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1). This scripture is deep in truth and power. I’m reading “Total Forgiveness”, by R.T. Kendall, which is an outstanding book so far. In it he describes a scenario that directly illustrates the significance of this scripture. “A few years ago two elders had the task of approaching a man in their church who was in an adulterous relationship. On their way to the man’s house, one elder said to the other, ‘Do you believe that you too could fall Read More »
“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isa. 61:3).
This is just one verse, but Messiah Yeshua read it in the congregation and proclaimed it fulfilled. I like to take God’s word literally, unless obviously figurative, and I like to take it as though it applies to me. I could occasionally be wrong in these perspectives and be disappointed, but the alternative is to risk unbelief and that is a very difficult Read More »
I recalled the words of a song, by Children of the day, “New Life”, that says, “I’m so glad you decided to turn your life over to Jesus. I’m so glad you decided to let Him in”. The Lord talked a lot about His Children being in Him and He in us. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev. 3:20). God is good beyond description, His glory and majesty are too marvelous for human eyes to behold. He is love, unlimited and unconditional. Therefore, without question having God come in and dwell in us must be desirable, but He stands at the door, knocks and speaks. Believer’s hear His voice and respond.
Consider the enemy, He is evil and wicked, bent on our destruction. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). He sets traps and snares seeking to capture Read More »
What do we know of Isaac? He was the promised son of Abraham and Sarah in their old age. He was to be sacrificed by Abraham, but God intervened and provided a ram. He married Rebecca whom God selected and was the father of paternal twins Esau and Jacob. He was tricked into granting the first-born blessing to Jacob instead of Esau. In each of these significant events Issac was a participant rather than the initiator.
Isaac was a well digger, like his father, who had dug wells all around the area of Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. “The Lord appeared to Isaac Read More »
All through the Bible we see Interactions with men initiated by God. God called Noah and Abraham, He blessed Issac abundantly, He gave promises to Jacob. God revealed Himself and conversed directly with Moses. God chose David as King and all the Prophets, giving them specific direction for the welfare of the people of Israel. Yeshua sought out those with responsive hearts, the disciples, the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and many more.
We are His people, He cares for us with an everlasting Read More »
Yesterday, The Lord gave me a glimpse of heaven. A glimpse is enough to see and recognize but not to behold in fullness, it is only partial. I was driving down the highway and remembered someone’s offense toward me; I didn’t want this thought, so I prayed, Lord please forgive this person and remove this offense completely. I confessed my offenses against others and asked for His forgiveness. I asked Him how would it be to be totally free of these wrongs done to me, and that I have done to others. Then in an epiphany I saw the light of this world as though it was a shadow, and it parted revealing the bright light of Heaven. I knew this was Heaven because my prayer was answered; I felt totally free, light as a feather and had absolute freedom from any consciousness Read More »
This morning I was a little tired and distraught by a night of frustrating dreams. As I started the day, my mind turned to my duty and my desire, which seemed alike – how can I love others today. With uncertainty about how this was to be achieved came more questions regarding my capability and resolve. I had no answers. Then some insight came, “I will leave it all with the Lord.” Be still and see the salvation of the Lord. I will surrender my reasonings, uncertainty, doubt and good intentions.
Turning to Him, I read:
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look Read More »
Where did we get this idea that God does not, nor will not, work within and upon His creation of which we are a part? Our physical senses are our primary connection to the world around us, but they are limited to the physical while God is Spirit. The interaction of God in this world is not limited to the physical. Does God make the sun rise and the earth spin on its axis? Does God cause seeds to germinate and plants to grow; animals to live and reproduce? Some will say that these processes happen independently of God. This brings us back to the original question, is the creation self-sustaining? We know Read More »
Everyone seems to agree that in chance there is hidden great power. The theory of evolution is based on chance events that happen randomly over millions of years. This theory is now generally accepted as fact and forms a basis for the origin of species. I was watching a nature show recently that cited certain animal species that evolved to live on land, but rejected it and returned to the sea. Perhaps this explains the large brain and mental capacity of dolphins that breathe air and are mammals like humans. Could they be the missing link? Might humans be the predecessors of dolphins? Did early men slithered upon shore, become upright, become apes, then a portion of them dove back into the sea and evolved into dolphins? Maybe the laughing sound they make is their laughing at us for remaining Read More »
I’ve read some books and watched some movies lately that got me thinking about worldly perspectives. The book “Three Cups of Deceit”, by Jon Krakauer, is an interesting book about the founder of Central Asia Institute which was organized to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The founder fabricated lies and fake events to concoct a book that would appeal to the good intentions of a guilt ridden public. The founder may have possessed good intentions as well, but the substance and reality was that he secretly robbed and defrauded the public becoming personally famous and wealthy, instead of building and operating schools in Asia. He was slapped on the hand by the liberal government and exonerated in the liberal courts, because we live in a society that exalts good intentions Read More »
What is God about during our time? He is bringing salvation to many, perhaps multitudes. Today is the day of salvation, and it began, perhaps with the coming of spiritual Elijah, John the Baptist, the forerunner of Messiah Yeshua. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember Read More »
Has this modern world in which we live failed us? Have we missed out on the processes that enable growth in virtue and wisdom? Have the baits of this modern society left us unsatisfied and longing for the substantial, the experience through which depth of meaning are found? The modern world is not just American, but largely world-wide, due to advances in communication delivery, transportation, and technology in general. These are not bad in themselves, but the snares that trap and enslave us are. We can not go back, and I’m not suggesting an Amish approach Read More »