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WHERE WILL YOU DECIDE TO LIVE?

THERE’S A CUSTODY BATTLE FOR YOUR BODY, SOUL, MIND, AND SPIRIT.
WHO WILL YOU GIVE YOURSELF TO? AND WHO WILL YOU DECIDE TO LIVE WITH?

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!

God Bless

WHAT DOES IT MEAN… “WALKING IN THE DUST OF THE RABBI?”: BOOK CLUB CHOICE FOR APRIL

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 Simply as if we are carrying around 39 books of outdated info.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 know what 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.

I hope you read this book with our book club and leave a reply or grace us with your comments below as you read. I would love to hear from you!

The Book is available from many retailers and publishers as well as Audible.com.

Enjoy.

BUILDING THE LINE OF YESHUA

Connecting the Dots…

“In the same way it took both Gentiles and Jews to birth the line of Jesus, it takes Gentiles and Jews to birth the Kingdom of GOD”, Rabbi Jason Sobel, Mysteries of the Messiah

Together we do great things!

Included in the Connecting the Dots Series – Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Pray

To find out more about the torah, see previous article: Why We Study the Torah

Announcing The Selection for Our Next Book Club Reading…

Between God and Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

Reading begins: November 24, 2021 Ends: January 7, 2022

Heschel puts forth the question, “Does the worth of wonder merely consist in its being a stimulant to the acquisition of knowledge? Is wonder the same as curiosity? He proposes to us that, knowledge is not the beginning of knowledge, but an act that goes beyond knowledge… it is an attitude that never ceases.”

Heschel suggests that our sense of wonder [and awe] has declined. I agree. However, I know we can recover it!

He concludes that, ” life without wonder is not worth living,” finding that, “What we lack is not a will to believe, but a will to wonder.”

As we begin our journey through his book, consider the level of awe from which you approach the world each day? Do you marvel at the creation miracle that we continue to experience day by day? Can you see and sense the hand of God throughout creation?

Are you able to cut past the noise, the indifference, and the difficulties and still gaze in radical amazement at the workings at the hand of God?

Would you agree with Heschel’s claim that the way to faith leads through acts of wonder and radical amazement? What are your thoughts?

Join us as we explore these depths and experience the awe of wonder between God and man.

In the Meantime….

Remember This Torah Training Assignment:

Look for the Awe, the Wonder, the Essence of GOD within every person that you encounter this week and during this Season of Hanukah. Practice finding the awe of God within every person, within every experience and discover for yourself whether or not wisdom increases, while blocks to insight are removed.

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ELUL, THE 29th DAY OF PRAYER, 5780

Rosh Hashanah 5781 – Dwelling in the Secret Place of the Most High

Rosh Hashanah September 18, 2020 is The Beginning of Your Sacred Journey into 5781. How excellent is it that we usher in the Eve of Rosh Hashanah with Psalms 91!

September 17th: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 91-97

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY! ELUL, The Month of The Search… Praying The Lord’s Prayer IN HEBREW & ENGLISH

PSALM 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Terror (pakh-ad) is disaster, We chose to fill our hearts with faith instead of fear. It’s a choice.

The arrow divides (khaw-tsats), and cuts in two.

Attacks are design to divide and conquer, husbands from wives, brother from sister, friend from neighbors, on every imaginable platform.

GOD says not to operate in fear. In fact, ‘fear not’ appears

Biblegateway.com shows us that the words, ‘fear not’ appears 170 times in the KJV.

The concept of fear is addressed over 500 times.

GOD is very serious about us NOT operating in the spirit of fear!

Fear disrupts our peace and impairs our ability to flow in the things GOD. Fear produces torment and manifest in faulty thinking.

Fear paralyzes, solves absolutely no problems and births out bigger giants that are much harder to fight than fear itself.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

“Shouldn’t I be worried, or afraid?”

Our level of love will only take us so far. Let difficulty arise, hardship in relationships, distress, pain, conflict, etc. and relationships of every kind are in danger of crumbling. It takes another level of love to get through it.

Love can only be made perfect through a relationship with GOD. We can hit a brick wall, operating in our level of love, and cry out, “I’m done!” The quality of love is so fragile, when handled with unskilled hands and limited by our own thoughts, ways and devices.

Once we hit a wall with our capacity to love… we are done. It takes the love of GOD in you to help you break through the walls and move forward. This is called dying to self…

When you’re sick of love, tired of love, broken by love, have no more love left inside you, anywhere… only the love of GOD can break you out of this cycle.

This is how you will know…

that you have been made perfect in GOD’s Love...

Should you ever have to endure a future crisis (GOD forbid), but if you do, another problem, complication, situation, instead of being afraid, you will find instead, that you can’t find any fear in you. You will search yourself for fear, and won’t find any at all.

Let’s start over…

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

pestilence (words that speak forth death & destruction, words that are like a plague to your spirit, speech that operates like a plague, words that cut off, destroy…)

waste (devastate, ruin, deals violently with…)

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Christians are quick to rejoice over grace and being free from commandments. But it’s observing and obeying GOD’s commandments that bring for the blessing. Yes, we are saved by grace. But in the present state of our enjoyment of grace, we have done more harm to our soul because we operate (as a community as a whole) in a constant state of privilege and disobedience.

We love to claim grace as if that absolves us of our behavior problems. Grace with no rules of behavior is dangerous.

The commandments show us how to get back to GOD and holiness. When we face ourselves in the mirror and deal with all of our compromise and complacency, we need a few commandments to reorient, retrain our spirit — we need discipline.

An undisciplined spirit, a spirit that makes excuses for our behavior- needs a few commandments to get back on the right track.

Some want to argue denominational teachings and legalism. This is not going to help a spiritual ailment. GOD is not denominational. Man invented that to separate, cut off, limit, prohibit, segregate, beliefs and create further distance between mankind. (I know this is radical, but bear with me).

I said before… as you study the WORD of GOD…to keep your eyes on what is happening to the soul. Our legalistic and separatist attitudes are corrupting our souls, and our world.

We see the damage in the world, but we act as if our souls are unharmed. They are not.

We are spiritual creatures first. We just can’t keep that in the forefront of our brains and go outside and live with each other.

Don’t Fear a Commandment, Embrace them. Grace will still be there. It’s more important to get our spirit in line with the image and likeness of GOD.

This is a personal spiritual soul searching issue, not a denominational one.

Love thy neighbor is the culmination of the commandments, the torah, the teachings, etc.

But if we have no sense of direction in how to accomplish that, the commandments are invaluable guideposts. i.e., don’t sever your connection with the erroneously labeled, “Old Testament”, The torah, the Hebrew Scriptures are LIFE and GODLINESS. There is nothing OLD or outdated in them.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Draw Closer to GOD and He will Draw Closer to You.

Tomorrow is the Eve of Rosh Hashanah. GOD’s New Year. GOD said to proclaim it throughout your generations, before there was such a thing as denominations. All our work in prayer means nothing, if we still enter the New Year according to GOD’s Calendar, with the same old attitudes and behaviors we came into the year with last year.

The Church has so much power to transform!

ELUL, is about Elevation and Transformation. Transcend denomination… transform your denomination into inclusiveness, kindness, forgiveness, love, oneness with GOD and Man.

Our faith is for everyone, our prayers are for everyone, our love is for everyone.

I know how hard it is to love the lovable and the unloveable. I have my issues too. I can be perfectly holy all day, as long as I don’t go outside, don’t talk to anyone I meet, and don’t take any phone calls.

Once I walk outside those doors, holiness is quite the challenge. Without a prayer life and a relationship with the LORD, only self would be with me on the other side of that door… and that is not a good idea.

Whatever you decide, know that I am praying for you and your household and will all year long. I speak blessings over all the nations that are represented on this blog, and those who are not. I give thanks for your lives.

As I pray for you this year, I will call you each by one name… aw’nah

It means to answer, to respond, to pay attention, to testify, to give account, to witness…

We were all created to be an answer in the earth. I pray we save, raise and nourish as many answers as we can.

I pray that we each bring solutions and benefits to each other. I pray we honor GOD in every conversation and every interaction. I pray that we lead with compassion, empathy and love.

LORD, I speak to the next 365 days, may they serve the people of GOD and lead your people to salvation. May we each walk on the high places of the earth, may we be in constant remembrance that we are spirit first, then flesh. May our spirits rule over our flesh this year as never before, and cause us to build, edify and encourage each other. May GOD rule above our legalistic mindsets (wherever that remains in us) and may we each set GOD’s WORD, His Way and His Thoughts above all the traditions of man. May we cast off and cast down all shackles that limit, divide, cause adversity, cast down all destructive words, language and thoughts.

May we each serve the One True GOD of Love, Kindness, Compassion, Empathy, Healing and Hope…

May we each strive to excel in at least One aspect of Your Character and Nature this Year!

I chose healing through prayer.

AMEN & Amen.

  • WELCOME TO Rosh Hashanah!

ELUL, THE 28th DAY OF PRAYER ~~ GOD look upon the Face of Your Anointed…

Remember me, O my God, for good! Neh. 13:31

September 16th: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 84-90

PSALM 84

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY! ELUL, The Month of The Search… Praying The Lord’s Prayer IN HEBREW & ENGLISH

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lordof hosts!

To truly be content and at peace, human beings find fulfillment in the presence of GOD.

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

It’s human nature to return to the place where you have kept those things most precious to you. Where do you keep those things that are most precious to you? And those treasures that were born out of your relationship with GOD… Where do you go to find them? Where do you go to connect with GOD again? to be close to Him again? Where are the treasures that you nurtured in your relationship with GOD?

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

The valley of Baca is the valley of thorns… There in that dry place you will dig deep until water is found! Until the anointing breaks forth! There is adversity on the path to find GOD. You will encounter it. Anticipate resistance. Overcome it, and your blessings will be cloaked by the rain… expect the abundance of rain…

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

Adversity only makes you stronger… sharper, purer…better… You are well able to take the territory… each day you draw closer to GOD, closer to His image and likeness, each day you take on His character and nature, each day you embrace humility, kindness, compassion, each day that you do whatever good, that is in your power to do.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Look daily for the MESSIAH to appear in your life… in your circumstances… Invite the spirit of GOD into every hard place, dry place, or good place… expect His arrival daily… be consciously aware of His Presence. Orient yourself toward the presence of GOD daily… You will hone your expertise in these matters and reap bountiful spiritual rewards.

Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

GOD will provide the Good, and Good will overtake you on the way that you go.

12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

May you live.. produce and reproduce life… life that contains the potential to produce more life.. May the seed that is in itself, produce seed after it’s own kind… Good seed.. that nourishes and lives to inspire others to create something, unique… something better than ever before…

Fruit is being gathered all the time, not just fruit here on earth, but spiritual fruit… Your fruit is being placed in baskets and being presented before the LORD. Fruit that is large, vivid, surreal and exquisitely perfect. Your spiritual fruit is being harvested, inspected for quality, character, nature and sound—ness. May GOD give you an understanding mind (a.k.a, a hearing heart) to hear and discern between the good and the evil (1 Kings 3:9).

I pray that you reap a bountiful harvest this season!

AMEN & Amen.

  • PSALMS 91-98 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17

ELUL, THE 27th DAY OF PRAYER

Your faith is worth more than gold
~ 1 Peter 1:7

September 15th: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 77-83

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY! ELUL, The Month of The Search… Praying The Lord’s Prayer IN HEBREW & ENGLISH

PSALM 77

 I cried unto GOD with my voice, even unto GOD with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.

In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

I remembered GOD, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

Hath GOD forgotten to be gracious? hath He in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a GOD as our GOD?

14 Thou art the GOD that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw thee, O GOD, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

AMEN & Amen.

  • PSALMS 84-90 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16
  • PSALMS 91-98 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17

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