Fall High Holy Days – Part 4

Sukkot – Ah!!! The Joy Of Camping

Maybe I should say, the adventures of camping. In my family, many a vacation trip was a camping trip. We have pleasant memories and stories of beautiful hikes and encounters with wildlife, singing around the campfire, eating smores and marshmellows, and waking up to some of the most amazing sunrises with a fresh cup of coffee. It is to be a time to rejoice and celebrate the works and beauty of God.

But there are also stories of not so pleasant encounters with wildlife, such as skunks, snakes, and bears, waking up in the soaking rain with half of your sleeping bag in a puddle, violent storms, running out of food down the wilderness trail, bug bites, poison ivy and being generally hot or cold and uncomfortable. As we get older we camp less even though the younger ones eventually talk us into it with their enthusiasm. “Come on," they say, "it'll be so much fun!”.

God’s Annual Camping Trip

"Why?," you ask. To remember and to rejoice.

You shall dwell in booths (temporary shelters) for seven days. All who are native Israelites (including those who are grafted in – Ephesians 3:6) shall dwell in booths, Why? …..that your generations may know Remember that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. ~Leviticus 23:42-43

A wilderness experience is a time and a place of learning, some but not all of it can be unpleasant. But still, we are to rejoice. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.~James 1:12

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our trouble, light and momentary (like a camping trip), is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, as we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18

But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. ~Psalm 51:11  Rejoice

Chag Sameach Sukkot!!!

Happy Feast Of Tabernacles -

Sunday, October 13

through Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Festival Of Sukkot - How to Celebrate

We Will Run/ Ani Ma'amin - Paul Wilbur

The Sukkot Secrets of the Spirit - Jonathan Cahn

Sukkot: You Shall Rejoice - 119 Ministries

Fall High Holy Days – Part 3

Yom Kippur – Tishrei 10, 5780/October 9, 2019

For the ancient Israelites, Yom Kippur was the one and only day of the year when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle to make atonement for the sins of the nation. This was to insure that the names of the individuals were written in the Lamb's Book Of Life (Exodus 32:33, Revelation 13:8). One bull, one ram and two male goats were to be offered. It was also to be a day of affliction and remorse for sin. (Leviticus 16)

In the days of Isaiah the prophet there was plenty to be remorseful about. The nation had fallen far from God, steeped in wicked idolatry and divided. The idolatry of Baal worship involved debauchery, sacrifice of babies and children, slavery and sexual rituals, (much like promiscuous sex, gender confusion, drunkenness, abortion, human trafficking and Satanic ritual sexual abuse and sacrifice of humans of all ages that are all taking place today). Their sacrifices to Yahweh were useless. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. ~Isaiah 1:14-15

Because of the intercession by Moses and other prophets for this people, Israel, that God had chosen to use for His purposes and plan, God as always in His infinite mercy, calls for repentance and obedience, and promises abundant life.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,“Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. ~Isaiah 1:18

The Scapegoat

The yearly sacrifice to Yahweh included two male goats. One of them would be offered as a sacrifice on the alter and the other would take the confessions of sin upon its head along with a scarlet cord and be set free into the wilderness. According the Talmud, another scarlet cord would be hung on the door of the temple, that would turn white when the goat reached the wilderness indicating that the sacrifice was acceptable. The scarlet cord continued to turn white each year until AD 30.

What happened around that time? The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As believers, we know that the sacrifice of animals was and is no longer necessary.

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’ ”
Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all. ~Hebrews 10:5-8

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”then He adds, Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. ~Hebrews 10:16-18

Rahab’s Scarlet Cord

Not only was Rahab a harlot, she was an idolator. She lived and conducted business in Jericho just before the time God called the Israelites to destroy it after their time of wandering in the wilderness with Moses. The stories of the miracles surrounding the children of Israel and their God had spread far and wide. They were coming to Jericho and because of the extreme wickedness (Baal worship) of the city, they were not taking captives. She hid the spies in exchange for her safety and that of her household marking her dwelling with a scarlet cord. (Joshua 2, 6:22-25) By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. ~Hebrews 11:31

She repented of her former life and sought to became one of God's people, eventually marrying into the line of Judah and becoming a direct ancestor to Messiah Yeshuah. Yeshua/Jesus Was and Is God's plan (Revelation 1:8) for the salvation of the whole world. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ~Hebrews 4:14-16

Today we have the same choice as we look forward to Christ's imminent return. That return could be today, tomorrow or 100 or 1000 years from now, but this life here and now is short and even the youth are not guaranteed tomorrow. God will not continue to tolerate the wickedness of the world, but he desires that people would repent and be saved.

Jesus became our scapegoat, and once and for all sin offering. However you choose to celebrate Yom Kippur, let it be a reminder of this gospel.

Cleansed/ Nothing But The Blood/Praise Break - Charity Gayle

The Year The Scarlet Thread Stopped Turning White

The Scarlet Cord

More on Yom Kippur- Hebrew4Christians

Fall High Holy Days – Part 2

Rosh Hashannah/Yom Teruah/Feast Of Trumpets 5780

Tishrei 1, September 29, the Feast of Trumpets, marks the beginning of the Jewish new year, 5780. Many believe that, some unknown year, the rapture will take place on Yom Teruah (Talmud, Rosh Hashannah 16b). Because the spring feasts fulfilled the first coming of Yeshua, it is expected that the fall feasts would be the time to fulfill the second coming. It is also considered to be Coronation Day for the King of the Universe, whom we know is Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Christ Jesus. It also marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, which are the last ten days of Teshuva/Repentance before Yom Kippur.

 

Shana Tova!!!

 

Dip Your Apple - Fountainheads Rosh Hashanah

 

Preliminaries of the Prophetic for the new Hebrew year 5780 | Troy Brewer | OpenDoor Church

 

More on Rosh Hashannah- Hebrew4Christians

The Shofar Call of Messiah’s Return

Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, so with Him God will also bring those who have fallen asleep in Yeshua. For this we tell you, by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of God’s shofar,  and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left behind, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air—and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. ~1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Behold, I tell you a mystery:

We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed—
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last shofar.
For the shofar will sound,
and the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we will be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruptibility,
and this mortal must put on immortality.
But when this corruptible will have put on incorruptibility
and this mortal will have put on immortality,
then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” ~1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Fall High Holy Days – Part 1

Teshuva

Teshuva (Hebrew) is a 40 day time of reflection and repentance which begins in the Hebrew month of Elul/September leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, with Rosh Hashannah/Tishrei 1 in between. It is preparation for the joyous celebration of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. It is considered a time of awakening for the coming of the bridegroom, Yeshua. The feasts are our dress rehearsals.

 

Yet everything exposed by the light is being made visible, for everything made visible is light. This is why it says,

“Wake up, O sleeper!
Rise from the dead,
and Messiah will shine on you.”

So pay close attention to how you walk—

not as unwise people but as wise.

~Ephesians 5:13-15

 

Psalm 51 Song - Create in Me a Clean Heart O God by Jason Silver

Turning Back To God - Hebrew4Christians

Photo by Kristina Tripkovic on Unsplash

Psalm 51

For the music director: a psalm of David,  when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
Be gracious to me, O God,
according to Your mercy.
According to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions
and my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are just when You speak,
and blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin
when my mother conceived me.
Surely You desire truth in the inner being.
Make me know wisdom inwardly.
Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness,
so the bones You crushed may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence—
take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and sustain me with a willing spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors Your ways
and sinners will return to You.
Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God—
    God of my salvation.
Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it,
nor be pleased by burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
A broken and a contrite heart, O God,
    You will not despise.

In Your favor do good to Zion.
Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

To Fear? Or Not To Fear? And Whom?

You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.~Deuteronomy 6:13

 


But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
~Luke 12:5


And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”~Genesis 26:24

 

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. ~Luke 12:32

So which is it? Guess what, it's both. Sin is serious business and Satan and Hell are real. All of us have sinned and the consequences of sin is eternal conscious death. BUT GOD, in His grace, mercy and love made a way for us to be righteous before Him through the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Yeshua/Jesus. And though we cannot live, being in constant dread of punishment, our initial reaction to God should very well be a healthy humbling fear, because otherwise no one would ever repent.

Fear Of Man

The fear of God is both complex and simple, but before we ease our minds about being God fearing, we should be real and clear about worldly human fear. Since this world is full of sin and trouble there is plenty to be fearful about, anything from what our friends, family and coworkers think about us to physical harm, loss of loved ones, health, possessions, and/or life. It can be a daily struggle that steers our choices, many times based on our own understanding. BUT GOD tells us to not trust the world which leads to destruction, BUT to trust HIM and follow His Way which leads to life, with the help of the Holy Spirit. (Proverbs 3:5-6, John 14:26, Matthew 7:13-14)

Do not be afraid of them (people), for nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing is secret that will not be made known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” ~Matthew 10:26-28

Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice. ~1 Samuel 15:24

When there is a conflict between choosing the way of men (the way of the world) versus the Way of God, as believers, we must choose the way of God. When we choose out of fear of what people or government will say or do to us, it is sin.

Make no mistake, If you are not covered by the redeeming blood of Yeshua, then you do have everything to fear. As we are moving closer to the end of days, “There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars. And upon the earth nations will be confused by the roaring of the sea and its waves. People will lose heart from fear and anticipation of what is overtaking the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, stand straight and lift up your heads, because your salvation (Yeshua) is near!” ~Luke 21:25-28

Therefore, since we have these promises, loved ones, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. ~2 Corinthians 7:1

Fear Of God

However, we are not meant to live, being always dreadful of punishment. Like any loving parent, God wants us to enjoy His company, loving, living, laughing, singing, dancing, playing, working, studying, etc. He tells us not to be anxious or afraid about the necessities of life, He knows what we need and makes provision for it. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~Matthew 6:33

God desires for us to know and be known by Him so that we can live to our full potential in love, in joy and in peace. What the enemy, Satan and the world, has for us is a lie that leads to our ultimate destruction. The ways of God are for our protection, like fences and guardrails. And when we learn about Him and begin to love Him, His ways become easier for us. “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and ‘you will find rest for your souls.’For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~Yeshua, Matthew 11:28-30

 

Yirah יִראָה

So, keeping in mind the vast complexity of the meanings in Biblical text, let's take a look at the word, fear. The Hebrew word is yirah יִראָה (yod, resh, aleph, hey - Hebrew reads right to left). The spectrum of meaning ranges from anticipation of punishment, dread, that which strikes terror to awe, reverence, amazement, worship, teachings, flowings. We will take the following verse and rephrase it to make it clear:

The fear (yirah) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding ~Proverbs 9:10

The flowings (Yirah - the teachings (torah) and character (ru'ahh)) of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom Hhakhmah - the ability to distinguish between good and evil.): and an intimate relationship with the special one is understanding. More on this lesson in the following helpful link: The Living Words: Fear

In other words, being mindful of the teachings and character of Yahweh is merely the beginning of the ability to distinguish between good and evil. A child of God lives to please Him and therefore desires to be free from sin. We learn His ways by studying His Word so we can know what sin is and how to avoid it and we pray for His help through the Holy Spirit when it gets difficult.

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands (prayer in fellowship with other believers). For God has not given us a spirit of fear (concerning the world), but of power and of love and of a sound mind (through the Holy Spirit). ~2 Timothy 1:6-7

Did you get that last part? A sound mind, unafraid and at peace. Shalom Shalom

Another helpful study on fear: The Awe Of The Lord

One of my favorite songs: Chris Tomlin - Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies] [Lyrics]

Photo by Christian Burri on Unsplash

Building A House: Journal – Part 8

Home Builders Prayer

We will tell of Your unfailing love; We praise You, Abba, for all You have done for us. You have richly blessed Your people because of Your mercy and constant love. (Isaiah 63:7)

Thank You, Abba, that You are the builder of our home, for You are the builder of all things (Hebrews 3:4), we acknowledge and praise You, so that You will keep our path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6) and so that we do not labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

 


 

 

It is happening. I cannot say it has not been stressful, but it is happening.  Some say, "if a marriage survives the building of a house, it can survive anything." Yep. The Lord is helping us through it though, and we are blessed to have great workers and faithful prayer warriors.

Teach us to number our days so we can apply our hearts to wisdom. (Psalm 90:12) Let Your pleasantness and favor be upon us and You establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)

Keep us filled with your Holy Spirit so that justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. Thank You, Abba, for allowing us this home, a peaceful habitation, a secure dwelling place, quiet and restful, even if hail comes down on the forest, And the city is brought low in humiliation. (Isaiah 32:15-19)

 

In the photos above we have the construction of a basement room and here we are pouring concrete into the insulated concrete forms. Boom!

Below is the finished first section of walls, piers and a couple of pretties from the garden.

Protect us and our workers, with Your wisdom and understanding, so that we will use discretion to be mindful of the cost and to prepare accordingly in finding and securing the proper materials and labor for establishment. (Proverbs 2:11, 24:3,7, Luke 14:28) Because we have made You, Adonai, Most High, our habitation we know that no evil will cause us to fall, neither will any plague come near our dwelling, for You give Your angels charge over us to keep us in Your ways. (Psalm 91:9-11)

We know that You, Adonai shall supply all of our needs according Your riches in glory by Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Now to You, our Abba, Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19-20)

The Food Processor – Biblical Worldview – Part 4

Political Food

Oh Dear Lord, just the thought and I need a snack and a nap. Do not worry, beloved ones, we are going to keep this simple and straightforward.  Our United States Constitution tells us so very much. Before we talk about its uniqueness, I would like to say this, that because of sin, there will never be a perfect system of government until Jesus returns to set up His kingdom here on earth.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace (within). In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus, John 16:33

Here in the United States the Declaration of Independence is the basis of our Constitution. So what is Biblical about it? Here is the truth statement:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Remember our Source: Jesus is the Creator, He is the truth, (John 1:1-5, 14, John 14:6) and He is our food processor.

Rights Come From Our Creator

First and foremost, we are all accountable to God our Creator whether we believe in Him or not.  If He is not our Source then no one has rights of any sort. If we declare that they come from any other source then they can be taken away at any moment.

The statement of truth mirrors the Ten Commandments that tell us how to love and give honor to God and to love and respect people (Exodus 20). The product of this perfect formula is Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness/Joy. 

In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. ~1 John 5:3-4

Sovereignty

We are discussing the Declaration of Independence. We are our own nation, separate from others....and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries (borders) of their habitation, ~Acts 17:26

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. ~Psalm 33:12

Life

We can have neither liberty nor the pursuit of happiness without life.

If life is not held in high regard by a nation, then no one people group will ever be safe.  “You shall not murder (take an innocent life away),” says it all, but in case we want to know how much one life is worth, King David, a man after God's own heart, expressed it so well, For You (God) formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are Your works; My soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; In Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. ~Psalm 139:13-16   I shudder to think what happens when we disregard this.

 

Liberty

A nation whose law is based on Judeo-Christian law, such as ours, is the most free that any nation will ever be when it is lived out correctly and righteously. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23

One cannot be free, if one cannot live in an environment of safety. Safety from crime, from slander, from slavery, from governmental tyranny, etc. This means we must lawfully pursue justice. It also means that those who come here from elsewhere do so legally with the intention of obeying our laws after they get here.

It is sin and the pride of sin that causes corruption and iniquity eventually bringing about tyranny, oppression and lawlessness in a nation. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness ~1 John 3:4

...law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers ~1 Timothy 1:9

So what about individuals who are not Judeo-Christian? It is true that one in this country should be forced to be such. God's love is not about force, if it were then it would not be love, however, laws exist to protect individuals from harm and God know better than anyone how to do so.

 

The Pursuit Of Happiness

One should not be hindered in their pursuit of the best that life has to offer, to live, to work, to be educated, to play, to rest, etc. Keep in mind that pursuit does not mean being given for free. The more successful people have opportunity to be, the more they can choose to bless those around them who are in need. Those who steal, intimidate, slander and stir up covetousness and strife are a hindrance to this pursuit.

Yes, there are selfish and self centered people who do not help others. So what did Jesus have to say about this? Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him,“Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?”And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” ~Luke 12:13-14

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~Matthew 6:19-21

Does it always work out fairly? Not necessarily. There will always be those less fortunate or poor. They are an opportunity for giving help (John 12:8, Deuteronomy 15:11). Not everyone gets paid the same wage for the same work (Matthew 20:1-12). We are commanded not to envy.

Turning Point

We are at a crisis turning point in the nation. We have an opportunity to live responsibly, being true to our constitution that is based on the Source, so that we can live free and safe or we can give in to the world "beast" system and allow lawlessness to take over. In the past we have been a leader among the nations where at least some of the other nations made an attempt to follow our example. Without The Source - Yeshua/Jesus, lawlessness will prevail, but only for a season. For His followers, all of this should affect our choices for future leadership.

Prior to Jesus' return to the earth there will be lawlessness and utter chaos, there will be a brief but false worldly peace under the anti-Christ and then complete tyranny and much death. But God will bring judgment upon the lawless and He will judge the nations accordingly. That is why now is the time to come to Him whether or not the nation does also.

Speak Comfort: One Whole Year!

Wow!

It is hard to believe

it has been a whole year up and running

for Speak Comfort.

Special thanks to all of you readers, prayer warriors,

and to our amazing support team!

God is so Good!

Now to Him Who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen ~Ephesians 3:20-21

The Food Processor – Biblical Worldview – Part 3

Spiritual And Cultural Food

My surprise as well as yours. This is what the Lord said to do next. A close relative sent me some awesome photos from a trip that I just had to share with you. They fit both subjects, spiritual as well as cultural. Ya'll already know I am all about God and Art together.

The photos are from Leonard Kight's Salvation Mountain  in the desert near Niland, California. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 82 after spending 14 years of his life creating this monument to Jesus.

Spiritual Food

There are many great teachers and we have been blessed not only with a choice of churches, but also with the internet we have access to just about anyone we would like to listen to. It is like a virtual salad bar. But with that comes our responsibility to use Godly wisdom and discernment to avoid being influenced by false teaching. So listen to the teachings, but always process that food through the Source.

For since there is jealousy and strife among you, aren’t you worldly and walking in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos, or your favorite Bible teacher or your denomination,” are you not mere humans? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? And what is your favorite Bible teacher? Servants through whom you came to trust—and to each as the Lord gave. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. Now he who plants and he who waters work as one, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. ~1 Corinthians 3:3-9

In other words, God's Word, the story and teachings of Yeshua (the Source) is more important than who you follow here on earth. So stay studied up in the Word, pray for wisdom and discernment and...when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine (in The Word) and declare it to you. ~John 16:13-14

Cultural Food

Culture: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group. 

Culture is how we celebrate life. We have grown up in a time when culture rules and sadly the negative kind tends to govern us more than we realize. The music we listen to, the movies, games, television and sports events are all influencers which also need to be processed through that perfect Source.

Even though we live in a modern world, The grass withers, the flower fades, But the Word of our God stands forever. ~Isaiah 40:8    Jesus said, “if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out." ~Matthew 18:9   This means we must make every effort to avoid activities that lead us in the wrong direction and we must be able to personally discern those areas for ourselves with the help of the Word and the Holy Spirit.

Negative culture is impossible to avoid, but what if we put our focus on creating and and using our gifts to glorify God and influence the culture around us as part of the command to go and make disciples of all nations? (Matthew 28:19-20)  And on top of that we have His promise that He goes with us.

Moses, as commanded by God, commissioned artisans Bezalel, Oholiab and others to build the wilderness tabernacle and all of its furnishings and vestaments. Later on, Solomon comissioned the most skilled artisans using the finest of materials to build the most impressive temple of all time for the worship of God, Most High.

Scripture is filled with singing, praising, dancing and lamenting so beautifully. David played the harp to soothe the rage of King Saul and later he danced and rejoiced before the Lord. He used his soulful creativity to write the Psalms which are so incredibly inspiring to us. So even when we sing, and make art about life in general, the Source should be our guide.

Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ~1 Corinthians 10:31

Helpful  And Inspiring Links:

Leonard Knight And His Technicolor Mountain

Lance Wallnau: Access To High Places  A great talk by Lance discussing Christian culture being a liberating force in a society versus the manipulating force of negative culture.

Hebraic War Dance

Beckah Shae: Heartbeat

The Food Processor – Biblical Worldview – Part 2

Informational Food – Journalism

I will get back to Spiritual and Cultural Food, but I talk about them regularly and feel that this is of critical importance considering all that is going on in the world right now. It is so easy for us to be slack in setting the Source (Jesus) aside when we consider Journalism and Politics, but as believers, we absolutely must process through Him. 

 Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us,  just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. ~Luke 1:1-4

Luke was not only a physician, he was a journalist. He interviewed eyewitnesses and carefully wrote an orderly account of all relevant details. This is journalism at its finest and even better with the help of the Holy Spirit. He did not have an agenda, he just wanted to know the truth and to share it with others.

It is a shame that mainstream media sources who are owned by corporations try to suppress  and ban citizen journalists from giving their own orderly accounts. It tells me that mainstream media is controlled, they have an agenda and they have much to hide from us. It is even worse that they feel it is their duty to tell us how to think about the information that they share. That is not an orderly account.

Truth has no agenda. For believers in Christ, all information needs to be processed through the Source/the Word/Jesus and we must always pray for wisdom and discernment. Disinformation does exist, but we have the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

Here are some useful questions we should ask ourselves when we hear the news: Is it true? Maybe I should do some extra research. Is it helpful? Are we in danger? How are my family, community, and/or country affected? Is an opinion included along with the information? Is there an agenda that is being propagated? Is it slanderous- meant for unfairly discrediting a person? Does the Bible have anything to say about it?

It is okay for a journalist to share an opinion, but it should be stated as such. Name calling and defamation of character are slanderous and are a sign of irresponsible reporting. God hates slander and so should we, especially against those with whom we disagree. We should also use our wisdom and discernment to separate ourselves from the opinions of others before making our own opinions. "The facts, ma'am, just the facts." ~Joe Friday, Dragnet

Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool. ~Proverbs 10:18

The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. ~Proverbs 11:9

Just for example, I would like to show the difference between useful information, opinion and slander: 

Useful, logical and factual information: 

1. A crime was committed yesterday at such and such a place. Several suspects are in custody. Details will be given as the scene unfolds.

2. .....ism is an ideology founded on a set of beliefs such as....

3. Historically, this kind of action has been disastrous, therefore it would be reasonable to consider a different way next time.

Opinion:

1. It would be a good idea to create a law that would........

2. So and so would make a great/terrible leader, because.......(factual details are important here)

Slander:

1. So and so is a racist and is unfit for his/her position.

2. People who support this person are deplorable.

"When we truly believe that some people are monsters, that they fundamentally are less human than we are, and that they deserve to have less than we do, we ourselves become the monsters." ~Andrew W. K.  My Dad Is A Right-Wing A-hole

Political Food is next, so put your big girl britches on.

Photo by Headway at Unspalsh