Command, Commandment, Commandments, Law

Torah

The following are cherry picked Scriptures concerning four words: Command, Commandment, Commandments and Law, from the New Testament. When I read these four words, I understand it as them making reference to the Command, Commandment and Commandments from the Law/Torah/Instructions of the first five books of God’s Holy word. These are all New Testament Scriptures. If you feel that God has done away with the Law, consider the following verses. It is interesting that there are actually two laws spoken about in the New Testament. The Law or Torah/Instructions and the law small ‘l’ of sin and death. Jesus broke the curse of the Law/Torah, or the curses contained therein for breaking the law. He became the curse, the sacrifice for those who had broken God’s Commandments from the Torah/Law and enabled us to walk in grace (being forgiven for breaking God’s Holy Torah Commandments.) We are not under Law/Torah when we obey God’s Torah, but when we do break it, we come to God, confess to him that we have broken his Holy Torah, which is now written on out hearts, and we can receive forgiveness (grace) for breaking his Commandments. Without further ado, I now present my collection of cherry picked Scriptures.

Joh_15:14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Mar_10:3  And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

Joh_15:17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.

2Pe_2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

1Jn_4:21  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

2Jn_1:6  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Mat_5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat_19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Mat_22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Joh_14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Joh_15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Joh_14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

1Co_7:19  Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

1Jn_2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1Jn_2:4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1Jn_3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1Jn_3:24  And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

1Jn_5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jn_5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2Jn_1:6  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Rev_12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Rev_14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Rev_22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Law

Mat_5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Mat_5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Luk_16:17  And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Joh_7:19  Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

Act_7:53  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Rom_2:12  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

Rom_2:13  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Rom_2:14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom_2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Rom_2:18  And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

Rom_2:20  An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

Rom_2:25  For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Rom_3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Rom_3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Rom_3:31  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Rom_7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Rom_7:12  Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Rom_7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Rom_7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Rom_7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Rom_7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Rom_8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom_8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Rom_10:5  For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

Gal_3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Gal_3:12  And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

Gal_3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

1Ti_1:8  But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

Jas_1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Jas_2:12  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

1Jn_3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The Scriptures given here are from the King James bible. What’s interesting to note is that there are quite a few Scriptures here that are telling us that God’s Law/Torah is still in effect. No, the keeping of Torah commands does not warrant us a place in Heaven. It’s only when we appropriate what Messiah has done for us on the tree to our lives.

How does one do this?

First, repentance and baptism, come only after one hears the Gospel. The sad reality is that many people in Judaism, Islam and Christianity and most people on the earth have never really heard the Gospel that Jesus preached. The message Jesus preached came from the following passage in Jeremiah 31:31-34

The New Covenant

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

We see here that there are several parts to the Gospel that Jesus preached. He told people that he came to ratify the New Covenant. He would enact the Covenant when he resurrected and sent the Holy Spirit after he ascended into Heaven. The Gospel actually has to do with the Torah of God, it is written here that God would WRITE his Torah Commandments on our heart, and God (Holy Spirit) would teach us those Commandments. In addition to this when we enter into covenant with God, by hearing the Gospel, repenting of our sin (the breaking of God’s Torah/Law Commandments) and being baptized, God says he will remember our sins no more. He will not hold us accountable for breaking his Commandments (Sin) and will not impute the penalty of death (spiritual and physical) for breaking the Commandments, thus we are forgiven, the idea that we are forgiven through Messiah’s work on the tree shows God’s love and grace for us. We deserved the penalty for breaking God’s Commandments, which is death, but Jesus died for that sin.

Many people say that God’s Commandments are old and outdated and aren’t relevant to the believer’s life in this day and age. The reason why we are spiraling downwards as a planet has to do with failing to regard God’s word, his Torah/Law as Holy, Pure and up-to-date. Most people have no idea what God says in his Torah. Christians have picked which Commandments they will or will not keep. Jews have added so much to the Torah of God and Muslims, although they have the Torah in the Quran, show little evidence of following God’s Torah. That is the Issue with all three religions, we have forsaken God’s Holy Torah and are reaping the curses spoken of in the Torah for disobedience. God does not reward disobedience, he rewards obedience. If you will go to God and ask him if what is written here is true, he will show you the truth. God bless you. Paul Moore.

 

Why Are We So Angry?

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ARE YOU AN ANGRY PERSON? IS YOUR RAGE CYCLICAL?
DO YOU BLOW UP ON A REGULAR BASIS?

If you are anything thing like most people, your formative years may have been very difficult. With each failure in life, you may have grown angrier and angrier until you had the reputation of being a hot head or someone to stay away from. If that is you, I have very good news for you! You don’t have to take any more anger management classes, you don’t need psychotherapy, you don’t need to do any exercises like counting to ten or rolling your tongue around inside your mouth. The answer to overcoming being a rageaholic can be found in two words: Forgive yourself.

Let me explain. We all have made some serious mistakes in our lives. With each mistake, comes an element of shame. As more mistakes are made, the shame begins to compound, much like compound interest. The end result of compound interest is that you end up with more money that what you started with, and in some cases, a lot more money. Such is the case with compound shame, as each mistake is made, you tend to feel more and more shame until you are dealing with a mountain of shame. This shame causes a lot of anger in a person’s mind. We begin to lash out at others, especially if we feel threatened. This shame/anger/rage may also give way to anxiety and panic.

But how can forgiving myself deal with shame and anger? You might ask. Well, let me explain what happened with a friend of mine and his wife several months ago. There was a pattern developing between the two of them. Something would happen and he would go off like a fire cracker. It was happening about every two weeks. He would apologize, ask forgiveness and after a week or so, they seemed to be getting along great. But, by about the second week, almost to the day of the full two weeks, something would set him off and he would be raging again. The last episode, which was a little over two months ago, saw him pounding his fist on their kitchen counter and yelling at his wife. His wife was so dumbfounded by his violent behavior, he told me that she immediately picked up the phone book and started looking for doctors to get him help.

He was advised by a good friend that he needed to forgive himself. I must say, I have seen both him and his wife and they are getting along great. He hasn’t raged in about two months and has a lot more peace and acceptance of himself.

Another factor in alleviating anger is to make sure you are doing what God wants you to do. By that I mean, if you are a singer or some other type of artist and you are trying to become a counselor, or some other vocation, you may find yourself expending energy and time trying to be what you are not called to be. It’s like trying to be something that you are just not cut out to do. Let me explain. I know a gifted friend of mine who loved to make websites, yet made very little money doing so. This person was very good at writing stories and songs, but, because of his desire to make websites, he spent little time, ‘stirring up the gift’ that God gave him. He was growing more and more miserable until he lashed out at God, demanding to know why, after training courses, purchasing themes, plugins, etc., that he still had not made any money in two years.

God told him point blank that his gift was in writing and not in web design. That he could have written several books had he not spent his time trying to drum up something within himself that was not there. God went on to tell him that his sites didn’t look that great either.

So, here is a man who devoted two years to a non-working venture only to make himself upset and frustrated for doing something that he was not called to do.

If you are wondering what your purpose in life is supposed to be, look for what you are good at and enjoy doing and go for it. Make sure that it is truly what you are cut out to do. Don’t fool yourself by thinking that it is something you love, when doing so brings little or no income. We all have to survive on this planet and that requires money. Just thought I would share.

Attitude

Attitude

There is something on this planet that is extremely contagious. It’s more contagious than the common cold, AIDS, herpes, and Ebola all put together. This thing is so contagious that it can cost you everything in an instant. It starts as a thought in your mind and then progresses to an erroneous belief system and then finally, it’s end result is a great deal of pain and anguish. What is this contagious thing? Why, it’s our attitude!

Attitude is what drives ISIS. They have an air of superiority, or, if you will, an attitude of superiority. It drives people to condemn people to hell. It drives others to having their own select group where tradition is one of the main priorities and only a few are allowed in.

What’s the difference between a good attitude and a bad attitude? I think a good attitude is wrapped up in having an honest relationship with our creator, trying our best to observe his Commandments and following his ways, being quick to forgive, allowing God to avenge those who wrong us, instead of seeking revenge ourselves, trying our best to love all people, regardless of the color of our skin, our religious persuasions, and our lifestyles.

A bad attitude has it’s roots in holding grudges, seeking revenge for past hurts, being slow to forgive or not forgiving at all. Desiring to hurt someone because they hurt you.

I experienced this last week. I have a co-worker who I allowed to upset me to the point where I ‘caught’ his attitude. This happened last Friday. As time went by, my attitude began to fester where I wanted to avenge a whole bunch of people who had upset me from the past. Most of these individual’s behaviors centered around bullying. In my mind, I was going to avenge them all, after all, they really hurt me, just like my co-worker was hurting me.

I said to my wife yesterday that I can’t seem to get out of where I was emotionally and couldn’t see the forest for the trees. I was going to talk over things with my wife, but decided to call someone I knew a little further away. What happened next blew me away.

Not only was I holding past people and their derision of me, in unforgiveness, I went to a very dark place of feeling sorry for myself for all the bad things people had done to me. Well, my friend didn’t buy into my pity party, instead she called me on the wrong I did to my co-worker. Yes, there are always more than two sides to a story, there are three. My side, their side, and the truth. My friend called me to be truthful and I really didn’t want to look at the other side because my attitude had convinced me how right I was and how wrong my co-worker was.

What it all boils down is two adults, male I might add, acting like a couple of kindergarten students who are having a fight with each other. They’re squabbling over petty things that shouldn’t have even been spoken about, as it was so minor.

That being said, here is what I walked away with from the experience:

1) Attitudes, especially negative ones, are extremely contagious.

2) God uses the attitudes of others and ourselves to show us what is in our hearts, the good and the bad
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3) If I don’t get the message or lesson God is trying to teach me, I will be presented with the same issue again and again until I overcome it and learn it.

4) If I choose to hold onto the negative attitude, it will snowball into a greater offence and incorporate offenses from other people who should have been forgiven or were forgiven in the first place. Holding on to an offence will, in the end, cause me to lose my sanity, as all I will want to do is get even.

5) The battle belongs to the Lord. He will avenge me, in the big things and the little things. I have to give it all to him. He fights our battles, we’re called to love, forgive and to pray for our enemies and those who spitefully use us.

6) The more I seek to avenge myself against another, the more I separate myself from God. Then my wife, then my friends, and everyone else.

7) A festering bad attitude, coupled with the desire to get even, can cause a lot of collateral damage to our family, co-workers, friends and even God. I think the bad attitude was putting my job in jeopardy, as well as it was starting to affect the relationship with my wife. Had this gone on longer, I could have wound up losing everything I had worked for these past two years: A good relationship with God, a beautiful wife, a nice place to live, a good job, and the list just goes on and on. All this because I had a grudge against my co-worker.

I wonder how many people are living in perilous circumstances because they wouldn’t lower their pride and shift their perspective to see things as they really are instead of what they ‘perceive’ them to be. As my friend has said to their young children. “We can do this the hard way or the easy way.” Even though the children were given an option, sometimes they chose the hard way and things did not work out for them as they wanted it to.

So it was for me. I could choose the easy way which is to forgive, let go, and let God, stop playing the tapes in my mind and start behaving like a grown adult, or I could choose the ‘hard’ way and lose my job, my wife, my friends, God? and so many other things. It is just that serious.

If you are racist, a bully, someone who wants to seek revenge on others for things that are so old it has dinosaur doo-doo on it, you want to think it’s everyone else who is wrong and you have done nothing wrong, you feel somehow you are owed money or something else because you have been wronged, or simply having are having a pity party, then chances are you have a bad attitude.

A thought on the Islam issue and waking up.

Christianity Islam and Judaism
There were times when I watched a video about the Islamic way of life, beheading, cutting off women’s noses, bullying and all the other things that are written about in the Quran, that I would be filled with great anger and indignation towards my brothers and sisters in Islam. But, they are just that, my brothers and sisters.
 
The problem is that they have been lied to and they believe the lie. Mohammed was not a person that I would liked to have associated with, but just like with Constantine and the Roman Catholic Church, his heresy and lies have filled people’s minds. Many Born-Again, Spirit-filled, tongue-talking, Christians are still operating their lives under the false teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and they don’t even know it! Many are so steeped in the lies that only God the Father in his mercy will be able to bring them out of the darkness that surrounds them.
 
So, what do I do? Do I lambaste Christians and Muslims, and Judeans (Jews) because most are in darkness? I used to do that and I hurt a lot of people. I KNOW many Christians love Church and Jews love Synagogues and Muslims love Mosques, but what if I told you that there is another way of life out there? A life where one can be free from the teachings of a Pastor, Priest, Rabbi or Imam? Yes, there is, and coming to terms with that can be very scary. It’s a very scary thing to fall into the hands of the Lord your God and I believe this doesn’t occur until you leave these assemblies behind.
 
Why would anyone want to do that? You might ask. Well, if you leave religion several things are going to happen.
 
1) You will begin to question EVERYTHING that you have been told from the pulpit, and you may, or will start to become angry. No one likes being lied to.
 
2) You will understand that your time in these assemblies has been like a holding pattern for you. God was waiting to call you out. If you have been called out, consider yourself very, very blessed. There are billions of people who have not been called out and you are one of the few of who God calls the Remnant.
 
This is not a new religion, it’s a way of life. We become responsible for our own walk with God. Instead of trying to get to heaven on the coattails of our Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, or Imam, we take responsibility for our lives, truly take responsibility for our lives, and no longer view God through the filter of religion. This is a very exciting time for the infant in Messiah as that is what we truly are. I had been a ‘believer’ for 28 years when God started to call me out of the devil’s system of religion. This may come as a shock to you, but the devil, Satan, owns your religious system, regardless if you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu,or Messianic Jewish Believer.
 
3) You will start to cultivate a true relationship with your Father in Heaven through his Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). Right now, God is the unknown God to you as written about in the Book of Acts. As you are called out of the world systems, including religion, you will begin the process of becoming awake. Father, himself, will start to teach you things, things you know nothing about. You will no longer need a middleman like a Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, or Imam to teach you, as that was never their calling to do that in the first place. Father will teach you the things you need to know.
 
In addition to that, there will come times of testing. This can be a painful process if we don’t get the lesson Father is trying to teach us. He will take us around and around the mulberry bush until we get the lesson. Be thankful, he isn’t doing this with everyone.
 
4) As a result of Father’s teachings, you will begin to experience a rebirth in your life. Old things will pass away and all things will become new. You will begin to feel love in ways you didn’t know could be possible. Father will bring people into your life to help you and together you will start the process of finding out what pleases Father. God is Love, and the greatest joy we can experience is having a loving relationship with God, our spouse, our children, our co-workers and all of our friends and ourselves.
 
If you have ever watched a movie about deep space travel, you will see that people are a little disoriented when they wake up. You will be disoriented as well. Don’t worry, this is part of the process of waking up. God Bless you, If you have any questions about this whole thing of sleeping in darkness versus waking up, please contact me.

God’s Thoughts About the Orlando Shootings

I asked God what he thought about the Orlando shootings, and this is what he said to me:

“I love all people, gay or straight. I don’t like it when people show hatred against one another. Regardless if a person is gay or straight, many people on this planet are very sad and unhappy. The reason they are unhappy has to do with the reality that they aren’t following me. This can be said for Christians, Muslims and Judeans (Jews) as well. People want to do their own thing and care very little about doing things my way. My ways bring true peace and happiness, whereas doing things your way brings unrest and fighting.

There is nothing new under the sun and mankind is struggling to make himself the god of this world. In reality, there is only me, I am the only true God, yet, very few seek my counsel. If I tell you being gay is OK, people will be offended, if I tell you being gay is not OK, people will be offended. Life is much more important than advocating for a person’s sexual orientation. Life consists of caring for those who have nothing to eat or drink, those who have nowhere to live, who are in prison and have no one to visit them, who are sick and have no one to take care of them, who have no clothes.

People judge the external, I judge the heart. I condemn no one. All I ask is that everyone, Gay, Straight, Transgender, Bisexual, Christian, Muslim and Judean would come to me with their pain and hurts and allow me to heal them. I am your father and you are my children. I am a good parent. I sent my son to you not to start an argument, but to help humanity come to the knowledge of God. He paid the price for your redemption. I looked on his sacrifice for your sin and I accepted it. Will you not accept me, your father? If you are Gay, come to me. If you are hurting come to me. If you have any type of hurt I want to heal it. Many stand afar off from me because my name, and who I am, has been so poorly represented. No one knows what I am really like anymore, no one.

Would you like to know me? I tell you the truth, many will wake up one day to find out that they missed the opportunity to have a deep, wonderful and transforming relationship with me. Come to me now, I want to hold you, rock you to sleep while singing you love songs. I want to do this with each and everyone of you. I have nothing but good for you if only you would come to me. I am waiting. Your father, your dad, your friend. I love you and I understand you.”

A Prophecy From God

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To the members of the United States, to those in power, to those who have stolen power, to those who are about to be destroyed and that without remedy.

You think that you can mock me with your lies and deceit forever? The axe is at the root and I am about to swing it. You will long for one of the old days when you would sit idle, drinking the blood of my people. Your house is desolate, your building of lies is about to collapse. Don’t believe that your position is secure, for I have raised you up, like Pharaoh, king of Egypt, for such a time as this. The frogs will depart from your leaders and I will cut them to pieces. I abhor your secret assemblies where you plot to overthrow my people in exchange for money and power. Do you really think that you could get away with this? Do you think I would hold a blind eye to your deeds forever? What you have plotted against my people will soon fall on your own head! Your plans of evil will take you completely out of the picture. I will destroy you. I will bring you down. I will bring your plans down on your own head.

Don’t think that you will be able to trust in your money and your military might for I will soon transfer your money out of your accounts and give it to those who are worthy of it. Your military, who you think will save you is the same military I will use to destroy all of you and your evil works. You have secured yourself by listening to lies from Satan himself and his kingdom is about to be shaken as well.

You have grown bold, arrogant and fat. You tell lies hour by hour, minute by minute to those who have itching ears. You do what your father, the father of lies, dictates to you, thinking that he is the way and the answer. Fools! You are blind and delirious, you are drunk with the blood of my people, from those you kill in the womb to those you send off to be murdered. The blood of every person who has been murdered in the past one hundred years will be required of you, it will fall on your own head. Your henchmen will die terrible deaths while my people rejoice.

You have put your trust in your money for far too long and tonight it will make wings and fly away. Your moth eaten riches are soon to be no more.

Your blood is required for your transgressions. You mock and laugh at me, thinking that your place is secure. You will totter and fall and I, in turn, will laugh and mock at you. My people will see you for what you really are: depraved and insane. Look! It’s coming, complete and utter destruction that will leave your seat of power desolate, never to be filled again.

My man for the hour will be used to shake this country and jolt my people back into relationship with me. I am coming soon and I am calling my people and waking them up. The days of lack and want will soon be over. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.

The Cry of the Poor

The Cry of the PoorHere is a Scripture that caused a shift in the way I viewed the poor. It was spoken by our Messiah, Yeshua and what I perceived from his statement was that the cause or the cry of the poor was something I didn’t need to be concerned about. Here is the Scripture: 

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. Matthew 26:11 KJV (King James Version)

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. Matthew 26:11 ESV

Yeshua spoke this to his disciples and the way I perceived this statement was that a relationship with God was more important than taking care of those less fortunate than ourselves. Although there may be an element of truth to that, at the time Messiah spoke those words, but he also said in the Gospel of Mark,

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. Mark 10:21 KJV

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 ESV

It’s clear that the Messiah was trying to make a point about the poor on this planet and that they are a great concern for him. In helping them, we are going to be rewarded by God, in the present, and in our life after death. But how can someone pay tithes and offerings to their Church, Mosque or Synagogue and also provide help for the poor? I mean, we can only give so much money before we ourselves have to start eating out of food banks or going without. Is there a happy medium, a place that pleases God with our giving. For most of us, paying a tithe on our gross income, plus offerings leaves a small, if non-existent, amount for the poor. Where can we find the money to help the poor if our tithes and offerings have all but consumed that amount? Let’s consider another Scripture where we find the Messiah talking about who and who will not inherit the Kingdom. The whole discourse is very good to read, but we’ll pick it up in Matthew Chapter 25:37

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:37-40 KJV

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 
Matthew 25:37-40 ESV

What we don’t see anywhere in this discourse by the Messiah is an admonishment to give to well-to-do people of which some Pastors are, especially to those who have large assemblies. So, in giving to our Congregations, have we put the things of God on the back burner by giving to affluent individuals, instead of giving to the poor. Or, in other words, is giving to a Pastor synonymous with giving to God? Judging by the discourse in Matthew 25:31-46 we don’t see that. In fact, we don’t see that anywhere in the New Testament. Could this be one of the reasons why God is beginning to deal with religious organizations so strongly? That in our attempts to create elaborate ministries, we’ve all but forgotten the poor. 

If you want to be rich, give to the poor.

Messiah said nothing about rewarding a person for the amount of times they went to Church a week, or a Synagogue or Mosque for that matter. All he is asking us is this, “Did you remember the poor?” In this day and age mankind seeks technology to make its lives more convenient and entertaining, but have we lost the real meaning of what it means to have compassion on those less fortunate than ourselves?

We have all but forgotten what it means to remember the poor, widows and orphans. We’re so busy trying to make proselytes out of disinterested people that we have left the poor for dead. To be honest, we don’t want anything to do with people who need a helping hand because it’s too much of a bother. God help us, this is not the way things should be. If we think God is going to reward us by giving to a Pastor or other religious leader, then think again. The reward you get for giving money to an assembly is that you get a chunk of money from the tax man, at tax time. You have your reward in full.

How would one begin to give to the poor? It’s really very simple:

1) Stop giving so much money to your Church and give more to those who really need it.

2) Store up your rewards in heaven, by giving without your left hand knowing what the right hand is doing-give in secret!

3) Instead of giving your money to a ministry, create your own storehouse of money for the poor. Take the money you allotted to pay your tithes to your assembly with and save it for the poor. Who knows? There may come a day when you will need that money.

4) Give with a cheerful heart. If you don’t feel happy giving money to people, or if you’re giving a lot already, keep it for yourself. You still have to take care of you, don’t you? Do you really think the Church ministry will take care of you? In all things be wise and prudent. Don’t give unnecessarily, give and act when God shows you or tells you. I can assure you, he is not telling you to give it to a Church, or other assembly. If the man of God needs money to eat, let him work for his income and not live off the avails of another person. We are called to help the poor, not support Pastors or other leaders financially.

    

 

The Five Fold Ministry

Five Fold Ministry

The Five Fold Ministry – What is it all about?

This post is not a description about how each of the members of the five-fold ministry work, but how the Pastors of many congregations do not foster the involvement of the other four offices: Prophets, Evangelists, Apostles, and Teachers. In any given assembly in a Christian Church, there are many who possess these offices, yet because the calling or gift in them is not being stirred up or encouraged, these people sit week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, doing nothing but spending their time warming a pew.

Here is the problem I see with most Pastors in the modern day Church. They want to control everything. Nothing happens without their approval. The flow of God’s Spirit, the source of life is choked by the Pastor’s desire to run everything. No one knows what a real and true Godly assembly looks like because, as it has been said, no one is seeking God; we all have our own agenda. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. The devil has pulled the wool over the eyes of Pastors and their flocks by making us think that giving to a Church is synonymous with giving to God. Nothing could be further from the truth! Many Pastors fear losing their congregants because this will affect their tithe base. If membership goes down, so does the amount of money a Pastor makes. If the truth be known, Pastors, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers and Apostles have no command from the word of God to be compensated for the work they do for God. They all should be holding down jobs. Think about it, five offices, five people, yet one man, the Pastor, feels he should do everything. One man is trying to do the work of at least five people. This is why Pastors burn out and some may fall into temptation with pornography or other negative behaviors. Everyone suffers from this non-working modality. The Pastor, his wife, their children and the congregants.

So, what is it that needs to be done? How can we reverse this very toxic and devastating way of holding a gathering of people? Where does it say in the word of God to a Pastor, “thus you shall go into an assembly and rant and rave for an hour and a half, and thus you shall involve the congregation in all of your endeavors, and thus you shall…” No! It doesn’t say that. Pastors have missed the mark. They have sinned against God and against the congregants by promoting an agenda that does not have the will of the Father in mind. OK, enough about how wrong it is. How do we make it right?

Pastors need to let go of the reins of their assembly. They need to let go and let God. They have to allow God to take over and let him do what he needs to do. Pastors have got to stop living off the avails of other people. They need to share their workload with other members in the body, the other Pastors, Teachers, Prophets, Apostles and Evangelists. In doing this, they will free up time to work, take care of their families and the needs of others. Pastors are far too busy involving themselves in so much that eventually things go awry and the bottom falls out of it. This may not happen quickly as God is waiting patiently for a people who will listen to him and learn from him. A Pastor who desires to make copious amounts of money by preaching a false Gospel, a Gospel that says, “Give to me” is in danger of the lake of fire.

Many people in organized religion know that something isn’t right. Think about it: the devil only has the same amount of tricks up his sleeve that he had when he caused Adam and his wife to sin in the Garden of Eden. There is nothing new that he has to offer humanity, yet some people think, “Oh my! Look what the devil is doing around the world! He sure is a one big bogey man.” No, he isn’t a big bogey man at all, he is a liar and the father of lies, and he has done a very good job of misleading people in religion.

If you were to ask God the question: “Who controls the Church? Is it led by the Holy Spirit?” Brace yourself, God would tell you that the devil owns the Church, he runs it. Satan set up religion and many are doing the devil’s work of going nowhere, and accomplishing nothing.

Think about it: we are so apathetic towards the unborn in the womb who are being murdered every day in abortion clinics in our own city, maybe in our own neighborhood. Lately people were kicking up a stink over the sale of fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood. The sales are going forward, but no one is talking about it now. No one cares. Through his lies and deception, the devil has created a system for Christians where no one gives the slightest concern about anything. They are too splintered and separated to make any difference. I fear that we have passed the point of no return, that we are too far gone to make any difference on this planet. We are using a Church set-up that truly does not promote any intimacy with God at all. We’re too busy in our own lives and have too many cares of this world to make any difference.

Our only hope and prayer is to call on our Father in Heaven and ask him to show us where we are believing any lies and to deliver us from every lie we believe. As the layer of lies comes off us, we may be able to fight against the devil’s system of religion and come out of it. That means leaving Church, Mosque and Synagogue to cultivate a true and eternal relationship with our father in Heaven and appropriate the work his Messiah accomplished for us on the tree. Humanity is on a very slippery slope downwards. It’s like were all in a daze, not knowing who we are, where we are going, who runs the show, and what the storyline to this life really means. To be honest, it’s all about love, God is love, but Yeshua (Jesus) said himself, “The love of many will grow cold in the last days.” People are lovers of themselves, their only concern is the time they spend on their pleasures. Little thought is given to the homeless, the poor, the sick, the widow, the orphan, the naked, the hungry, those in prison, and all other people who society and our religious systems have turned their backs on.

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to make your life count for something? Listen to me: You will never fulfil your calling by sitting in a Church or any other religious institution. First things first: LEAVE your Church, stop attending any services, whether it be Christian, Muslim or Jewish. People used to say to me that when you leave Church it’s like being taken out of the fire and you, being the ember, will burn out. This is basically saying that one would be backslidden if they left Church and most likely would go to hell. This is a multi-faceted lie. One, you aren’t in a fire when you are in the Church, you are under a murky, polluted water of religion that has people treading water. Many are submerged in this vile concoction of man’s tradition, pride, conceit and spiritual vomit. Two, instead of being taken out of the ‘fire’ God is removing you from the filth of the devil. He is cleaning the religious slime off of you, (Just like what happened to Neo in the movie The Matrix) he will reprogram you and light a fire in you that burns for him and his Holy Torah – Messiah Yeshua. (The word became flesh and dwelt among us.) Three, you will NOT, I repeat, NOT be a backslidden believer. You will be one of the few people that is privileged enough to have God remove you from a non-working system and into his marvellous light. Four, you will not go to hell. God wants to give you an abundant life both here on earth and then in heaven. For once, you will be living in his will for you and humanity. This will be a very exciting time for you. There are others out there and God will put you in touch with them. We are called the remnant, a people God spoke about who would emerge out of the vileness of this world’s religious systems and other corrupt systems and are being brought into his Kingdom.

I can assure you, this may be a very lonely time for you. Christians are controlled by the devil, as are Muslims and Jews. They will make fun of you, harass you and put you down. They will criticize, judge and condemn you to hell; some may even put us to death while thinking they are offering God service, Messiah said this would happen. Unless the Father wakes them up, they will perish. God gets to decide who will and who will not have the privilege of being woken up and entrusted with his will to reach the lost – those in Churches, Mosques and Synagogues and anywhere else his children are being held in holding patterns.   

You will have to start spending quality time with your father in Heaven. This means going to him everyday for fellowship, reading his word and praying to him. Don’t share this ‘new-found faith’ with too many conventional believers – they will hate you. They really believe that they are the ones who are doing the will of God when, in reality, they are doing the work of the devil. Leave them, they are blind guides, lost in a world they know nothing about, brainwashed, lied to and swimming and breathing in every lie sent to them. Yes, the devil has done a very good job of controlling the masses. He has done this through the governments, the social system, and religion. I am not afraid of the devil showing himself to me as a big, ugly, terrifying entity, No, I’m afraid of falling for his lies. Humanity has accepted his lies into the very fibre of their being. That is why so many are sick physically, mentally and spiritually. If you have made it this far, I can assure you, father is working on you. May God bless you with intimacy and knowledge of him and his will for you. I love you, Paul. 

 

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Not Under Law, But Under Grace?

Not under law but under grace

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
WE ARE NOT UNDER LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE.

A few biblical scriptures from various translations.

New International Version
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

New Living Translation
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

English Standard Version
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Berean Study Bible
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Berean Literal Bible
For sin will not rule over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

New American Standard Bible
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

King James Bible
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

OK, so we’re not under law, but under grace. What does that really mean? This has confused people for years. Apostle Paul in one statement says, “We uphold the Law.” and in another breath, he is saying, “We are not under Law, but under grace.” I am going to reason with you as to what this scripture means. If I am wrong, please correct me. OK when does a person come under the Law? Let’s use an example, I’m driving down the highway going 60 miles an hour. The posted limit is 60 miles an hour. In my journey of 100 miles, I pass 7 police radar traps. That is, a police officer is in his car with his radar on me when I pass him by. At the rate of speed I am going, he is not going to stop me and give me a speeding ticket. Why? Because I am not breaking the Law. The Law says the maximum speed I can go down the highway is 60 miles an hour. So, in my journey, I pass 7 police officers who have their radar gun on me and nothing happens to me. I have not broken the Law and therefore I am guilty of no crime. I am not under the Law.

However, if I speed up to 80 miles and hour and another police officer clocks me at 20 miles an hour over the speed limit, he pulls me over and gives me a speeding ticket. I have broken the Law and I experience a penalty for breaking the Law, say a 250.00 fine and a few points added to my license. I am now under the Law. But thanks be to God that when it comes to the Law/Torah/Instructions/Rules of God, when I break that Law, and am under the Law, that is, I deserve the penalty for breaking his commands, which may mean losing my life or paying a very severe penalty, the Messiah provided forgiveness for that crime (Sin) I committed and because he died for my sins, I am not imputed the penalty I deserve. I am no longer under the Law, but under grace.

Does this mean that the Law has been done away with, or that we don’t keep the Law/Torah/Instructions/Rules? Heaven forbid! These Laws are what protect us and give us life. As the Messiah is the word (Torah) and he gives life to those who come to him, so it is that his word gives life to those who listen and obey. Messiah is the Torah as there is only ONE Torah and it spans from Genesis to Revelation, the whole Bible is the Torah. The Torah was given in the Old Testament and Jesus explained the Torah to his followers in the New Testament. Jesus was the only true Torah teacher of his time, right up until today. Why do I say that? Because we do not need men to teach us the Torah. If we draw near to God, God himself will teach us the Torah, as it says in Isaiah and was reiterated by Jesus in the Gospel of John, “They will all be taught by God.” The concept of a Pastor or someone else teaching us the Torah is a skewed teaching system. I really believe that the primary role of a leader is to teach the sheep how to read and understand the Bible themselves. Teaching them to rightly divide the word of God.

Christmas and Easter, holy days?

Easter

From Torah Babies, by Jeremy Hilton.

Traditionally in our culture many people celebrate Christmas and Easter to honor and worship God.  These two days are all most of us have ever known when it comes to Holy Days to honor God and his son.  Nearly every store, school, office, and church decorates and goes all out for these days every year.  Many people even spend months preparing for these days that are supposed to be set aside for the honor and worship of God.

Considering how the masses celebrate and hold these days so dear, I would like to pose a few questions for everyone to consider and challenge you in regards to these two days.

They are serious questions we should all be asking considering God states throughout his Word that He is a jealous God; we should be working out our salvation with fear and trembling, and that His people will perish for the lack of knowledge.

While looking for the answers to these questions myself, I was shocked by the things I found, and that’s why I’m now asking others to look as well.  I’m going to answer and explain what I’ve found in scripture, but also list several other scriptures that should also be considered.

Question 1:

Are these two days that so many people celebrate as a way to honor Him in our Bibles?

Answer:

Surprisingly, celebrating the birth of Jesus wasn’t observed or even instructed to be observed anywhere in our Bible.  Nor was His resurrection ever observed on the 1st Sunday after the 3rd Equinox.  After digging into what scripture tells us about the account of His birth, it’s not even likely His birth was even close to December 25 but more likely during or around either Passover or Sukkot, which are two of Gods feasts days or appointed times.  As for the celebrating and honoring of His resurrection, I found it was definitely in our Bibles, but not on the 1st Sunday after the 3rd Equinox that we know as Easter today.  Jesus died on Passover, which is always on the evening of the 14th day of the first month of the Biblical calendar according to the instructions given in Exodus.  It’s followed by the 15th day that starts the Feast of Unleavened Bread and last for seven days. Within these seven days, He also gave us a day called Firstfruits in which Jesus presented Himself to God after His resurrection.

These days can be seen throughout our Bibles in both the New & Old Testament, but are described in detail in Leviticus 23.  Doing a little research and looking at when they fall each year you will find that Easter and Firstfruits may not be anywhere close to each other.  While looking into this also be mindful that from Passover to resurrection has to be three days AND three nights.  Friday to Sunday is not three days and three nights.

Question 2:

Is this truly what God wants from us?

Answer:

Now that we know these two days are not in our Bibles, this is where it gets interesting and shocking when we see the examples and instructions that we do have in our Bibles.  Here are two that should be considered.

Exodus 32:1-10

Here we see that Aaron declared a feast day to God that was not instructed by Him, that man decided to pick his own day and way to worship, and it was not OK with God at all.

1 Kings 12:25; 13:10 and 14:23

Here we see it once again when Jeroboam declares a feast day to God different from that in which God instructed and again it was not OK with God at all.

We are told over and over in our bibles how God wants us to worship Him and how not to worship Him.  He laid it out for us in black and white and also instructed us not to add to or take away from His instructions.  Aaron and Jeroboam both took it upon themselves to add Feast Days or Holy Days to God, using Pagan traditions, and we see again and again how much God hated and despised this.  Isn’t this what many of us have done today with Christmas and Easter? He told us to be very careful that we don’t adopt the ways other people worship their gods or even use the things they use to worship their gods.  After looking into some of the things we do and use for Christmas and Easter, it seems we have adopted and incorporated many things that have NOTHING to do with honoring God.

As anti-God as the schools are getting these days I asked myself how they were still allowing these days in the school systems.  The answer shocked me even more!  This whole issue was taken to court and the ruling stated that they didn’t have enough evidence to remove them because there was little to no biblical/scriptural evidence to prove they were done to worship God in the first place and there was no proof of them in the Bible.  It’s because they were added and not part of Gods Holy Days that He gave us.  He gave us these Feast Days or Holy Days to gather together, worship Him, and love on one another, but the majority has overlooked them and accepted days that are not even in the Bible.  That is mind boggling in itself, especially considering how all the New Testament writings show and teach us that His days (found in Leviticus 23) were honored and celebrated after the resurrection and still should be today.

Please consider reading these verse and the scriptures surrounding them to see just how serious God was and still is about these things.

Exodus 23:23-33

Exodus 34:10-17

Exodus 32:1-10

Leviticus 18:3

Leviticus 18:21

Leviticus 18:29

Leviticus 20:23-26

Deuteronomy 7:5-11

Deuteronomy 7:25-26

Deuteronomy 12:1-4

Deuteronomy 12:8

Deuteronomy 12:30-31

Deuteronomy 18:9-12

Deuteronomy 20:13-18

1 Kings 12:25 – 13:10

1 Kings 14:23

2 Kings 16:4

2 Kings 17:10

2 Kings 17:27-41

2 Chronicles 28:4

Isaiah 1:14

Isaiah 14:8-11

Isaiah 57:5

Jeremiah 3:6 & 3:13

Jeremiah 10

Ezekiel 6:13

Ezekiel 8:14-16

Ezekiel 23:38-39

Amos 5:21-23

Here’s what we should be doing and how to handle things the way God wants and not the way we want.

2 Kings 22:8-23:27

Jeremiah 16:19

YHWH, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in a time of distress, the nations will come to you from the ends of the earth, and they will say, “Our fathers inherited only lies, worthless idols of no benefit at all.”