After pleading for GOD to move speedily on his behalf, Psalm 39 laments the brevity of life. In this season of praying the psalms, Psalm 39 stands out as an imperative to heed our ways and hold our tongues. We begin with part 1 of this message; Psalms 39, verses 1-4.
The Tehillim, David’s Book of Praises, is a collection of David’s passionate prayers for deliverance and salvation, his urgent plea for help from the sanctuary; from those that sought to provoke, taunt, mock, and haunt his day, his ministry, and his life.
One of the most powerful things David left in his legacy for us, is teaching us how to praise GOD in spite of the pain, disappointment, rejection, etc., especially during the times that appear to be some of the darkest days of your life.
Who among us is able to thank GOD, for even the darkest days of their life… and still praise like a King, like a David?
My take on the writings of the Sefer Ba’al Shem Tov, Kedoshim 23
It’s so good to be back! I received a few notes from readers who have been wondering why I have not posted in so long. First, Thank You All for Your Messages and YES! Even though I haven’t been posting, the site is still active! I will make it up to you, I promise.
As some of you know, the one book turned into two, and now we’re at five+ **Praise The LORD*** In addition, I have been dedicated to several projects which required attention these last few months, along with fasting and prayer on a major scale for 2023!
So much needs to be covered in 2023 for so many, that I am sure you all see that too! On that note, I am going to invite you each to fast with us this January— 23 days this month for 2023. I want each one of you to walk upon the high places of this earth, in safety, peace, security, grace, protection and abundance. I want doors to open that are planning to be shut, and doors shut that are nothing but invitations to slippery places.
I am fasting and praying for every viewer, student, family and friend of my teachings to be strong and very courageous this year! To walk without compromise, to stick closer than ever to GOD, to regain territories and to experience unprecedented splendor during the next 365 days (Psalms 71). Amen.
The Books are nearly done. I am so please that several of you are looking forward to them. But what would be more important to me than the books, would be receiving your questions and feedback on the posts.
I really would like to hear from you and open up discussions. GOD Bless you all. I pray that the sounds of music and joy increase around you and that you each increase in Songs of Praise this year…
Among Your Many Anticipated Rewards This Year, let the Remnant be Rewarded with their Own Song! Halleluyah.
For Aleisha, in response to the question that you posed a few days ago, please refer to the information and diagram provided below and please let me know if you have any further questions. Thank You for the question on Habukuk 2:2.
FIRST: One of the most important things that I would want you to know is that when GOD speaks in the imperfect tense in Hebrew, He is leaving room for you to meet Him in the future!
Vision is a BIG word in Hebrew.
Chazah means to see or behold as GOD sees, which means you have to be able to operate in the anointing, aligning your vision with the vision/will of GOD. (Reference the 1st few times in scripture the Word chazah is used).
Reference EXODUS 18:21 “Moreover, you shall seek out of all the people, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place[such] over them, [to be] rulers of thousands,[and] rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers oftens.”
Chazah is about operating in truth.
There is no way to seek out able men such as those that possess awe and reverence, and knowledge of the LORD without being submitted and committed to the anointing yourself and possessing a relationship with GOD.
Chazah is about operating in the Spirit of GOD, seeing Him...
Take a look at the 2nd time the word chazah is used in scripture.
Reference EXODUS 24:9-11 “Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: 10 And they saw the God of Israel: and [there was] under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in [his] clearness. 11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.”
Chazah is about following the Spirit of GOD
Let’s look at the 3rd and 4th time chazah is used in scripture; Exodus 24:4, Numbers 24:4, 16: Both times, we find that Baalam sees the vision of GOD.
Chazah is about being teachable, having a desire to be taught…
In the book of Job the pattern continues. In particular 8:17, 15:17, 19:26, 27, 23:9. Even as Elihu criticizes Job (34:32), he asks that GOD teach him, so that whatever it is that he can not see, God would reveal.
Chazah is Insight
Ask GOD for the mantle of vision. You need the ability to choose out those that have a heart for GOD, genuinely. You need to be mantled by GOD to seek out men and women of truth, those that deal in honesty and integrity, possessing the ability to operate in truth- at all times. Note that the very first-time GOD uses this word in scripture, the Holy Spirit is letting us know that Jethro is counseling Moses to seek out those that reverence the LORD and operate in truth.
Moses has to operate in the vision of GOD in order to achieve this.
Habukkuk is using the same word for vision (2:2). GOD has given Habukkuk the vision that he must follow and pursue with all his heart. But, not only that! Habukkuk is speaking into the generations to decree and declare the same exact impartation over you that will allow you to impart vision to others, and he is telling you how to do it!
Habukkuk is leaving you the opportunity to walk in the same anointing that resides in the word GOD gave to him. I see by the work that you are doing in the earth and the events that you put together in order to bless the children, His children, you are imparting that vision to others! Amen.
This was an excellent passage of scripture to speak over their lives. I come into an agreement with you that they will abide within the pages of scripture that GOD has placed on your heart to cover, guide and protect them with His Word, throughout the days of their lives.
Thank You for the question about this verse of scripture. I hope I have helped to increase understanding! Amen.
“for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7b
I pray that you all will be perpetually mantled with the vision of GOD.
I am rereading, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg with everyone and I came across a passage in the book I fell in love with a long time ago and saw it again today. Thought I would make a quick post from the teaching in Mark 12:17for everyone!
The issue of loshon hara (wicked speech) continues to arise lately. I have not spoken on the topic of loshon hara in a long time. I have had to wrestle with my own flesh in order to subdue this deadly, destiny destroying behavior. The temptation has been rearing its ugly head with several people lately, including myself, which tells me it’s time to address it again.
The Chofetz Chaim teaches that it is forbidden to praise someone in the presence of anyone who is known to dislike them. They are just waiting to pounce!
It opens the door for anyone listening who dislikes them, to seize an opportunity to say something negative about the persons shortcomings.
There are times when you are acutely aware that the person in question has enemies all around. There are also times when you may not know. They best course of action is to constrain your tongue, even if you want to offer praise. Why?
Because it leaves a pit for the adversary to fall into and this pit dies damage to their own soul. It’s just something that we do not want to be a party to.
The Praiseworthy Person…
The praiseworthy person can wait for you to seek a better moment in time to extend your gratitude or praise when the adversarial soul will not be in ear shot and tempted beyond their ability to resist speaking loshon hara.
So, What Do We Do About Philippians 4:8?
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Be wise. Pay attention in the moment. Be vigilant. We always need to remember that we have to know those that we labor among. Paul tells us to, “Think on these things…“, which means we can save those lovely things for another time. We do not always have to blurt out everything we think at the time.
Be aware of the atmosphere you are in at the time and be slow to speak. The right time for praise will present itself and the person to whom you would offer praise will not have to suffer their moment being snatched away by negativity, insults or another person’s pride or enmity.
Remember: loshon hara affects the souls of at least 3 people… In this case Yourself, the person you’re speaking about (or trying to praise), and the people or persons that are listening.
We are in the business of caring for souls. Let nothing come between you reaching the highest pinnacle of power in your comprehension of GOD and His Word. Especially, our own tongues.
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Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:13-15
Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus ~ How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life by Lois Tverberg
Pirkei Avot 1:4
Let thy house be a meeting house for the wise; and powder thyself in the very dust of their feet; and drink their words with thirst.(Sefaria.org)
Our most cherished goal in bible or torah study is to follow so closely behind Jesus that we are covered by the dust of his feet, as we follow after him. This imagery is not just literal. We are easily like Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus while he taught (Luke 10:39), or we might envision Paul, as he stated in his own words that he was, “…educated at the feet of Gamaliel” (Acts 22:3).
Many times, I have heard a number of Christians say that the “Old Testament was replaced by the New. I have seen too many treat the Hebrew Scriptures as if their only purpose is that of a reference book. Simply as if we are carrying around 39 books of outdated info. It’s not their fault. This is a fallacy that any Christian could easily fall victim to. But we do not have to remain that way, and you do not have to spend another day in the dark.
You can draw much closer to GOD when you accurately knowwhat He was actually saying.
Fortunately, Tverberg’s work brings to light many teachings that were overlooked in our earlier biblical studies in the church. She does a great job of reconnecting us with our Hebrew Roots in the Scriptures. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus highlights key words, phrases and expressions from the Hebrew that are misunderstood through the lens of our western mindset. We have some catching up to do!
I’m sure you have noticed that I am continually setting before you a series of books that increase your knowledge of the Hebrew language. This is because I earnestly desire that you hear the Word from its Hebrew origins, culture and times.
I hope you take hold of these insights as they have the power to increase your wisdom, knowledge understanding. This is essential, because this is the kind of wisdom that has the potential to increase your power in prayer… If by hearing you hear, and by seeing you see.
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