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                                            Kingdom Thoughts Newsletter

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                                        Friday, March 15, 2002

Blessed be the name of Yahshua! Another week has come and gone and it is time for the newsletter to go out once more. I praise the name of our Redeemer, Benefactor, Provider, Defender, Protector, and Healer who reigns forever more! Thank you Father for allowing us another week of living in your presence and for giving us the privilege of knowing your mercy and experiencing your benevolence through the many ways in which you demonstrate to us your perfect and righteous goodness.


 

John 8:32-33

            And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

They answered him, we be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, ye shall be made free?

 

Presumption, Assumption, and Blindness

 

I can almost hear these people saying, in today’s terms, “what are you talking about? Don’t you know who we are? Why, we descend from Abraham himself and our inheritance is assured in him. Besides, there is no way for God to change his mind, seeing as how he is not a man that he should lie, or the son of a man that he should change his mind. Our heritage and lineage are things no one can ever take away. Our election is secure. We may be under Roman occupation, but we’re certainly not their slaves! So, what will your so-called truth free us from?”

 

We look back over two thousand years and can see their mistake with all clarity, but imagine being there at the time and not understanding what this Rabbi, who was really not accepted by the Sanhedrin or the majority of that day’s leaders, was imparting to those with the ability to understand. There is a reason that there were only 120 believers in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. It sounded as though this newcomer was attempting to invalidate their source of security. Who was he to call into question their birthright?

 

The tone of their question resounds with indignation. Sounds something like, “well, I never…!” or, “I’m proud to be…!” Hmm, where have I heard that before?

 They were so sure of themselves that their hearts were closed to any and everything that did not conform to their preconceived ideas.

The truth is that two major obstacles stood in the way of their understanding. First, there was pride. They were pretty proud of who they were, where they belonged, and what they had. They were the chosen people of God and everyone else was just a heathen to be tolerated at best. This was the land given to them by God and he was going to come and deliver them from these Roman soldiers’ oppression any day because they deserved it. They had the Law while all these other cultures and peoples had nothing but brute power or overwhelming numbers with which to enforce their tyrannical dominance.

 

Then there was fear. This was the second factor in their resistance.

In order to give credence to the Master’s words, they would have to take a closer look at themselves. They would have to examine their hearts more closely and they were afraid of change. What would the Chief priests say? Would they be expulsed from the synagogue? Would their neighbors speak to them anymore? They would surely become the laughing stock of their friends. Sure, this person made certain sense, but not enough to warrant exposing one’s self to ridicule and what-have-you!

 

You may be wondering how they could stand in his presence, the same presence that made a legion of demons come kneel before him, and not know without a shadow of doubt that he was speaking truth. The only reason I can fathom is their arrogance based on their perceived security.

 

And so, we come full circle in a period of two thousand years and find the body of Messiah scattered behind many walls with the names of men on them. Divided asunder by the many misconceptions sown as tares among the wheat. Because the misconceptions serve to keep the body competing against itself for a glory not of God, our true purpose is neglected and our true calling is misperceived. While those who should be diligently seeking the truth of God’s purpose and plan for his people are busy building kingdoms for themselves, the Kingdom awaits the manifestation of the Sons of God who will seek not their glory but His.

 

I have good news for you! That day is dawning. All over the world, the Spirit of God is raising up a new generation of believers. They are not interested in titles, positions, politics, and all the other impurities that the Harlot of Revelation purposely introduced into her version of Christianity. They couldn’t care less about how popular they become or how much wealth or fame they can pile up. To this generation of believers, God’s word is the ultimate authority. Not someone else’s interpretation of it, but the word itself and their conviction that it proceeds from the very mouth of God.

 

We are about to see the dry bones in the valley of decision come together and begin to acquire flesh. The walls that now divide us will come tumbling down just as surely as the walls at Jericho did. The sad part is that there are those who will resist this move because it doesn’t agree with what they have been taught or think they know. There will be those who will cleave to their denominational pride because theirs is one of the oldest ones around, or the biggest, etc. etc.

 

Mostly, they will cling to their presumed position in Messiah, without ever taking the time to research the word for themselves to see if what they believe is true or not. They will neglect to fill their lamps with oil and will not be prepared when the Bridegroom appears because they will not know what to look for. Their hopes will remain pinned to a fantasy produced by those who create fables to gain wealth or fame or a sense of accomplishment. It has been written for almost two thousand years that there are five virgins who will be foolish enough to forget about filling their lamps, but we all think that speaks of someone else, not us.

 

But the fact remains set in stone forever---You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free!

 

Now is the time to fill our hearts with the truth found only in God’s word. Now is the time to pledge our allegiance to that truth. Only the truth can serve as the foundation for our house of faith. We can play church all our lives and even have some preacher say pretty things about us when we expire and go to our grave, but the deep hope of our heart can only be ensured by obedience to the word of God and no one can save us from the coming wrath except the God of that word.

 

Beloved, this is a matter of life and death. Consider that if you are unsure of your election because you have depended on the man at the pulpit to shape your faith, your heart tells you so because it yet warns you by allowing you to fear that moment when you will have to meet your Creator. Yes, fear of death is a good indicator that something is lacking. Scripture says, “Perfect love casts out all fear.” It also casts out doubt because we understand that we do what He commands because He first loved us and gave us the ability to say, “I delight to do your will.”

 

I leave you with the fundamental terms of the Covenant, which our God has authored and perfected by His blood, and given to us as the key to the entrance of His Kingdom. Be advised that the Master said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No man comes to the Father but through me.” These, then, are the terms of the Covenant:

 

The key to this Covenant consists of a two-fold demand, and a two-fold promise.

Acts 2:38,39

Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Yahshua Messiah; for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

 

Grow in the knowledge of His Word and be blessed.

Shalom Aleikhem (Peace be unto you)  

Ydidyh Ben Yisrael

 

   

 

 

 

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