Friends, Enemies, and Spiritual Adultery

Spiritual Adultery Edited

Adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy.—James 4:4

I recently saw a picture that made me heart sick. It was the same picture as above only on the back of the black t-shirt were the words “The Law” and under the bench was the scripture address Romans 7:1-6. The implication of that picture is that the people who want to follow God’s Law are committing spiritual adultery. My first thought was, “Wow! How blasphemous!” How can the desire to walk as our Savior walked and follow the teachings, instructions, and commands of the Most High God be spiritual adultery? So, I did what I always do when something strikes me as off…I went to the Word (and I had a little fun with some photo editing).

First of all, Yeshua the Messiah is God’s Word from the beginning. (John 1:1) He is the Lawgiver. In Isaiah 33:22 it says, “The Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us. In James 4:12, it tells us, “There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. He gave the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. He taught and kept the law when He walked on the earth.

Throughout God’s Word, we see the consistent theme of natural and spiritual. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:45-47, “So it is written: The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam (Yeshua) became a life-giving Spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth and made of dust; the second man is from heaven.” Before Yeshua, obedience was about being obedient to the letter of the law (natural). After Yeshua, it became about being obedient from the heart (spiritual). That is what the prophecy from Ezekiel 36: 26-27 is about, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.” (emphasis mine) This is what the prophecy from Jeremiah 31:31-34 is about, “Look, the days are coming”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. This one will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant they broke even though I had married them”—the Lord’s declaration.“Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—the Lord’s declaration. “I will put My teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.” (emphasis mine). Romans 7:6 says, “But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law.” If we are true believers, we have His Spirit to write His law on our hearts…we have the privilege of obeying from the heart, not from the letter.

Yeshua’s teachings magnified the law. Isaiah 42:21 says, “The Lord was pleased, because of His righteousness, to magnify His instruction and make it glorious.” Yeshua revealed the full meaning of the Laws of God…that is why he rebuked the Pharisees…they kept the letter of the Law, but their hearts were not right. Reread the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Now, it’s not only about actually physically murdering someone, now if you hate someone, you have committed murder in your heart. Now it’s not only about committing the physical act of adultery, if you lust, you’ve committed adultery in your heart. By bringing fuller meaning to God’s Law, Yeshua did not nullify the need to obey the letter of the law. That would be ridiculous. It’s okay to actually murder someone as long as you don’t hate in your heart? But now, it has become a heart issue…because where do these physical acts begin?

The apostle John had a lot to say about true faith.

“This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.”—1 John 2:3-6

 “Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight. Now this is His command: that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commands remains in Him, and He in him. And the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit He has given us.”—1 John 3:21-24 

 “This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden.—1 John 5:2-3

Yeshua could not have been more clear when He said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commands.”—John 14:15 And…”The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I will also love him and will reveal Myself to him.”—John 14:21 And…“If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.”—John 15:10.

Are you following your own deceitful heart (Jeremiah 17:9) and the traditions of men (Mark 7:8)? Do you believe the lie that Yeshua nailed God’s Law to the cross? Do you really believe it is possible to commit spiritual adultery by obeying God? I would be more concerned with those that have one foot in the world and one foot with God…that my friends is spiritual adultery (James 4:4). Repent and turn from the lies. “But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship.”—Joshua 24:15

Why I Celebrate Passover

Step onto the path. Come with me on a journey…a journey that begins with creation itself. In the beginning God. God in the beginning…the creator of heaven and earth, the universe and all that is in it. From the beginning, the One True God had a plan of redemption, a plan of salvation for His children that were enslaved by a fallen world. Look through the shadow…see the Hebrew children toiling away under the harsh rule of Pharaoh in the land of Egypt. Chains. Bondage. Nothing they could do would free them from the slavery that held them.

Onto the shadowy stage of His Story steps a man…a man called by the Creator Himself to lead the people out of slavery…out of darkness into Light. A Battle. Good versus Evil. Light versus Darkness. The One True God versus manmade gods. “Let My people go so that they may worship Me.” “Let My people go so that they may serve Me.” Plague by plague the manmade gods are dismantled…discredited…disqualified. Until the last plague…the lamb’s blood on the doorposts…the vigil in the night…waiting. Finally, the chains are broken…the children are set free. Off they go following Yahweh’s chosen into the wilderness. Here is where the schooling begins. Here is where Yahweh teaches His children how to live in the Light. But ooohhhh how hard the lessons are…how great the temptation to return to Egypt…to what was familiar and comfortable.

Yahweh gives His instructions. This is how you are to live. This is how you are to worship Me. This is what you are to eat. These are My set times. These are My Feasts. These are My expectations for you. This is freedom…freedom to walk in the Light…freedom from darkness. The journey in the wilderness is long. There are many obstacles. Many temptations. Many frustrations. Many failures. But then The Promised Land; a land flowing with milk and honey.

Step forward in His Story a few thousand years. Look through the clear lens. See the children toiling under the sun with hearts of stone…enslaved by the world…enslaved by darkness. Nothing they could do would free them from the slavery to sin.

Onto the stage of His Story steps His own Son in the flesh. The Son of God ready to lead the people out of slavery…out of darkness into Light. A Battle. Good versus Evil. Light versus Darkness. The Son of God versus sin. A sacrifice. A death. A burial. A vigil in the night. A resurrection. The Lamb’s blood…on the doorposts of repentant sinners’ hearts.  Finally the chains are broken. The children are set free…with hearts of flesh. Off they go, following Yahweh’s Chosen through the narrow gate. Here He says, “Take up your cross and follow Me.” “Walk as I walk.” “Walk in the Light”. But ooohhhh how difficult the path, how great the temptation to return to sin…to what was familiar and comfortable. But then the crucifying of flesh; the laying of life on the altar…becoming a living sacrifice to the Most High God. And finally…The Promised Land.

Yahweh gives His instructions. This is how you are to live. This is how you are to worship Me. This is what you are to eat. These are My set times. These are My Feasts. These are My expectations for you. This is freedom…freedom to walk in the Light…freedom from darkness.

This is why I celebrate Passover.

Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch. You are indeed unleavened, for Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us observe the feast, not with old yeast or with the yeast of malice and evil but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.—1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Do You Know It? Then Live It!

“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you.  In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.” – Philippians 3:12-16.

These are verses with which I am very familiar…at least 12-14. These are often quoted and like all of Yahweh’s word have a good message. But, as I was reading this morning, verse 16 is what really popped out at me. I’ve read it before…but WOW! “In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.” In other words, do you know it? Then live it! Once we get the truth of His word inside of us, we need to walk it out.

While none of us has reached the goal, as we are all works in progress, we as believers should be striving to imitate our Master, and allowing Him to transform us more and more into His image. As we come to understand more and more truth from Yahweh’s word, we should be putting it into practice. It should become more and more evident in our lives. As we pursue holiness and walk out our salvation with fear and trembling we need to be doers of the word and not hearers only. He has given us the rule book to guide us in our race. Grasp it…get hold of it…run the race.

“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the recruiter. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer ought to be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” – 2 Timothy 2:3-5

Let’s live it for His glory!

Word

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. –2 Timothy 3:14-17

As I was pondering the Word of God over the last few days, not any particular scripture, but just the infallibility of His Word, several things came to mind. First what came to me is the beautiful continuity between the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament”. It saddens me when I hear people say that the old and the new testaments contradict one another. Take out the uninspired page in your bible and read His Word as one complete, whole unit. Some people think the Old Testament is not valid today because they think Jesus came to replace what was written there. Some people think the New Testament is not valid because it contradicts the Old Testament. Well…both camps should brush up on their interpretation of the Scriptures. If people really think God contradicts Himself in His Word, their interpretation is what is in error. The Old Testament is the firm foundation on which everything Godly is built. The New Testament brings deeper meaning and more clarity to the foundation. Notice verse 15 in the Scripture above…”And you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” What sacred Scriptures is Paul talking about? The only Scripture that Paul and Timothy had was the “Old Testament”. The new had not yet been written. And yet they are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ…Think on that for a few moments. Another confirmation that I keep returning to is straight from the mouth of Yeshua Himself…”Don’t assume I came to destroy the Law and the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill (to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise). For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18) And finally, did you know that the “New Testament” has more than 1,000 quotes, either direct or partial, from the “Old Testament”? It seems to me that the “New Testament” writers wanted to make sure that their readers knew the firm foundation on which their faith was built.

A second thing that came to me was the surety, or confidence, that we can have in Yahweh and His Word. We can have this assurance because our Most High God is eternal…”Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation. Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God. (Psalm 90:1-2)…and He does not change…”God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes his mind. Does He speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) His Word is forever as well…”The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of our God remains forever.” Forever…such an interesting word…what is forever? In the Hebrew, the word ‘olam’ is used over 300 times to indicate indefinite continuance into the very distant future. Some synonyms in English are: always, endlessly, eternally, permanently, evermore, and perpetually. Interesting…forever means………forever. The Word of our God remains…FOREVER! “Lord, Your Word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)

Thirdly, I realized how thankful I am to have His Word to guide me. He has given me everything I need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) His Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105) “For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.” (Romans 15:4-6)

Invited and Chosen

Preparing for a Banquet

Preparing for a Banquet (Photo credit: Rennett Stowe)

“Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the other seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city. Then he told his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests. But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are invited, but few are chosen.”—Matthew 22: 1-14

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” That verse has been coming to me a lot lately, since I wrote my previous post, Chosen. So I looked up the verse to see the context. The parable that precedes this verse really made me stop and think. The King (Yahweh) tells His slaves (believers) to tell the invited guests the feast was ready. The invited guests mistreated His slaves and ignored the invitation. The King sent his slaves out to invite everyone they could find for the wedding feast of His Son (Yeshua). And they did…both evil and good. (That’s our call to share the gospel with everyone…whether they listen or not.)

So, the guests arrived and the King came into the banquet and noticed a man that was not dressed in the proper attire. When He questioned the man, the man was “speechless”…without excuse. I wonder why the man came without the proper clothing. He knew he was going to a wedding…if he didn’t have the proper attire, I think he would have told that to the king…he didn’t have an excuse. Maybe he just thought he could go to the King on his own terms, and not the terms the King had set forth.

The invitation goes out to everyone (many are invited), after all, it is not the King’s will that any should perish, but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). But not everyone answers the call…and sometimes those that do accept the call aren’t willing to meet the King on His terms (few are chosen).

When the king threw the man into the outer darkness, it made me think of Yeshua’s words in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers.’

Are we willing answer the call and meet the King on His terms? Do we know Him? Does He know us?

Chosen

Sun Beams

Sun Beams (Photo credit: fdecomite)

“I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”—Jeremiah 1:5

“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.”—Ephesians 1:4-6

Have you ever stopped to meditate on these verses? Have you ever wondered why…? Why did Yahweh choose Mary to be the mother of Yeshua? What was so special about her? Why did Yahweh choose Abraham… Moses… David… Peter… Paul…etc.? What was so special about them? Why did Yahweh choose me? What’s so special about me? And here’s the answer…because He could. He is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. Not because any of us are more special than anyone else (Romans 3:23), but because He shows mercy to whom He will show mercy and He will have compassion on whom He will have compassion (Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15).

Yahweh chose us, we didn’t choose Him (John 15:16). He chose His before the foundation of the world…out of His sovereign grace…according to His will. Yahweh’s elect are chosen before they are born (before they do any good or evil–Romans 9:11)…not because of anything they would do in the future, not because of human will or effort, but because of Yahweh’s mercy (Romans 9:16).

And why are we called? Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 1:4 tells us we were chosen, “to be holy and blameless in His sight.” John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.” Because He has called us, redeemed us, justified us, we conform our lives to Him. We bring Him glory.

“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in this world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.”–2 Peter 1:3-11

Unless

 

There’s a list in His word

That says away we’ll be sent

Far, far to the depths

Unless we choose to repent.

 

As believers, we’ve chosen

This path and this door.

But what about those

Who don’t know Him deep down in their core?

 

We should be like Ezekiel,

A watchman at the gate…

Warning, warning

Before it’s too late.

 

It is our duty

With care and with thought

To tell them sin’s wrong

Whether they listen or not.

 

But do so with love

With compassion and care.

Show them The Christ

So they will not despair.

 

Say, “Crucify your flesh

With its passions and desires

Set your sights upon

His ways that are so much higher”

 

Do we love our neighbor enough,

That we are willing to say,

“Turn, turn from your sin

Please follow The Way.”

 

Unless we are willing

To speak up and warn

Their blood is on our hands

So weep for them, and mourn.

Stop! Look around you! There are people perishing every minute of every day. We need to have Yahweh’s heart. It is not His will that any should perish…but they are—people we meet and walk by every day. We need to have His eyes, His heart–We should be in anguish that there are people dying and going to Hell and we are so busy arguing unprofitably with one another, we don’t tell them. (Scriptures from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ezekiel 3, Galatians 5:24)

Revelation

As I have been digging in the word and pressing into Yahweh I am just so amazed by Him and His promises to us. I have always shied away from the book of Revelation, because there is so much that I don’t understand there…but my husband and I decided to tackle the book in our daily reading together. What an amazing book! Don’t get me wrong, there is still much in the book that I don’t understand, but one thing keeps jumping out at me…it is a book about good versus evil…it is about those who keep the commands of Yahweh and the faith in Yeshua versus those that don’t. Check out these verses:

“And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”—Revelation 12:17

“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”—Revelation 14:12

“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”—Revelation 22:14

Wow…and if that isn’t enough…look at Revelation 11:19, “Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.” Hmmm…what is in the ark of His covenant? …His commands…the very thing we will be judged by…

We each have a choice to make. There is no in-between. “Then Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow Him. But if Baal, follow him.”—1 Kings 18:21 We cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). Choose this day whom you will serve… (Joshua 24:15). Look at the warning to the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:14-16: “Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea: “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation says: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth.” We cannot be lukewarm…we must be on fire and zealous for our King…and not the way we want or the way the traditions of man tell us…it must be His way…Yahweh is holy and just…the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He alone is worthy!

Here’s the thing…we don’t obey God to be saved, we obey Him because we are saved. Obedience to Him and His commands is the manifestation of His grace in our lives. It is the evidence of our faith. 1 John 5:2-3 says, “This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden.” Yahweh wants us to keep His commands out of love for who He is and what He has done for us…because He alone is worthy!

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.—Ecclesiastes 12:13

Fruit Producers and Inspectors

Crabapples

Crabapples (Photo credit: camknows)

As I was making crabapple jelly a while ago, I began to ponder fruit in the Bible and some recent occurrences in my own life. So naturally the first verses I thought of were in Galatians 5:19-26,

“I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Wow! What power-packed verses. If we walk by the (Holy) Spirit, we will not carry out the desires of our flesh…we will walk in the ways of the Most High God…we will not be under the law…because when we are walking in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control, there is no law. We must crucify our flesh, allow Yahweh to circumcise our hearts, and strive to walk in a manner worthy of our Savior. He has given us everything we need to for life and godliness…are we using what He has given us?

We are known by our fruits. Which fruit are we producing…fruit of the flesh or fruit of the Spirit? Are we provoking one another or are we being peacemakers? Are we hating one another or are we loving one another? Are we gossiping and tearing each other down or are we encouraging and building one another up? What is coming out of our mouths, because out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Whose fruit are we inspecting? Are we examining our own hearts, or are we caught up in judging others? We ARE known by our fruits.

“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.”—Psalm 1

What’s Grace Got To Do With It?

“Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.” –Hebrews 4:16

What is grace anyway? Grace is Yahweh’s unmerited favor. It is Him withholding judgment (mercy) and extending blessings even though we don’t deserve it. It is His work for our good, even though we don’t deserve it. Grace flows out of Yahweh’s love. He is love and everything He does for us is by His grace.

Why do we need grace? Oh wait…it’s because we sin…which is not following the Law of God…which makes the need grace…which is needed because we sin…which is not following the Law of God…which makes the need for grace…which…Well, you get the picture.

In all seriousness, I have been meditating on grace…a lot…and I have come to the conclusion that grace has EVERYTHING to do with it. Not that I didn’t already know that, but what really brought it home for me was when I began studying the whole word of Yahweh and seeing His grace from the beginning.

You see, even Adam and Eve received grace from Yahweh. As a matter of fact, they were created in a state of grace by Yahweh. They walked with Him and talked with Him face to face, lived in paradise with Him, rested on the Sabbath with Him, had access to the Tree of Life…before they sinned. And Yahweh chose to create them with a free will…He gave them choices…to live His way or their own way…and they chose to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They sinned…they acted against God’s command…and because they chose to disobey Yahweh, they received His judgment. They were kicked out of the Garden of Eden and cut off from the Tree of Life. But Yahweh was still a God of Love and Grace…He foretold of the coming Savior…Yeshua…and the way back to eternal life (Genesis 3:15).

And He continued to extend grace to those who sought Him…Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Gideon, David, Hezekiah, Esther…and the list goes on and on. Read the great faith chapter, Hebrews 11. All of these and more received grace and mercy from Yahweh. What did all these heroes of the faith have in common? They sought Yahweh. They loved Yahweh with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their strength. They obeyed Yahweh.

And this grace is available to all today who truly seek the Most High God, who accept the atoning blood sacrifice of Yeshua, the Messiah. We NEED the grace of Yahweh…for our salvation and eternal life…for our daily walking out our salvation…for daily strength to obey Him…for becoming all that He has called us to be.

Grace has EVERYTHING to do with it!

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of or Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. –2 Peter 3:18