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If you have entered into covenant with the Almighty through the instructions (Torah) in his word, you have received of his Spirit. That Spirit is known in Scripture as the Spirit of Truth. He is God and he promises to lead us into ALL truth. If you haven't or do not know what God's covenant in the blood of Messiah is all about, we will gladly share those instructions with you so that as many of us as possible can prepare for the coming time of great trouble. There is true hope in these times, and it is all in knowing what YHVH has to say about all that is happening in the present-day world. We invite you to fellowship with us.
Francisco & Rosa Luna
Kingdom Thoughts March 13, 2011 Edition
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
The understanding of God's faithfulness to his word has increasingly been proclaimed by many over the past few decades. It seems that from the seventies on, and maybe because that is when I became aware of it, more preachers and teachers have been expounding the fact that God fulfills his promises; and the "prosperity gospel" that some vilify and others adhere to has grown out of that. It is neither my purpose nor intent to bash or contradict those who believe God means what he says. It is my desire to add some light to the subject of "how" we can avail ourselves of those promises and blessings.
We've all heard someone say, "take authority" over this situation or that circumstance. So I ask you, "What constitutes authority?" The word "reign" is authority in action. When Scripture speaks of "The Kingdom of Heaven" in the English language, it is speaking of the reigning authority of God. Once we understand that, we can more fully understand what the Scripture is saying every time it uses the term "Kingdom of Heaven."
How is authority established? It is established by means of law. There are the laws that govern the universe. The sun, moon, stars, and planets are all governed by laws that keep them in place and moving at precisely the perfect speed and distance from one another to keep the overall design functioning as intended. The Spirit of YAH tells us in the book of Hebrews that, "upholding all things by the word of his power" (Heb. 1:3), he has kept the vast expanse of creation moving in precise motion since creation. How did he do it? Let us listen to a witness:
YHWH possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
The witness we have listened to is Wisdom. She finishes this portion of her testimony by telling us to be wise by hearing instruction. What is instruction? It is the passing on of information of how something works. The printed instructions on a pamphlet that come with a bicycle we just bought instruct us on how to assemble the product according to the manufacturer's directions. Ignore those instructions and we may find ourselves having to tear down the product and start over again. Those instructions became laws that must be obeyed if we are to successfully construct this bicycle. That is the meaning of the Hebrew word "Torah." (Law, Instructions, Directions) God's word is Torah and it is known as the Bible.
If it is too much trouble to deal with the instructions that God has written, then perhaps eternal life is not a reality, or of great importance to us. What is more, we can "bind and loose" all we want to as we seek to pray for something, but we do not have the authority to effect that binding and loosing unless we understand and obey that authority. That is the true purpose of discipleship and discipleship is the true purpose of congregating. If the principle of discipleship is not being honored in the purpose of gathering for worship, then it is entertainment, social mingling, or people and money gathering that is the real purpose. These are all causes to satisfy someone's ego, not to edify those whom God has called. Emotion is not the basis of our faith.
The Master said, "Take my yoke upon you." That means, "Submit yourself to my authority." As we return to the instructions given to us by the bicycle manufacturer, notice how those instructions are given to us in steps? That is because there are things that must be assembled before others in order for this project to come together as designed. We have been given a completed foundation to build upon. If we do not understand the precepts (laws) that comprise that foundation, we cannot be sure we are building as we should or even where we should. This is tantamount to telling someone, "Go build one of the rooms of that house." Without knowledge of what else goes on this foundation, or what the rest of the house looks like, how can we do so?
What is my point in all of this? It is that Scripture (the word of God) has spoken to us and said, "There is but 'one faith' (Eph. 4:5)", and it is by this one faith that we are "justified with God" (Rom. 5:1), should we not therefore "pay closer attention to what we have heard"? (Heb. 2:1)
Authority is only available to those who are under it. Anyone who takes authority without being eligible for it becomes a usurper of it or a pretender. God has instituted the Torah that redeems us. His name is Yahshúa the living word of YHWH. He is the man who lived his days on earth "by every word that proceeds from the mouth of YHWH." He could have lived forever because he was of a bloodline that was not contaminated by the sin of Adam. He chose to lay down his life in exchange for our redemption. It is he who has said, "Take my yoke upon you." He marveled at the centurion who understood this concept. That man said, "I am a man under authority and I have authority over other men." (Matt. 8:9) Messiah called that faith. (Belief, Trust, Reliance)
The authority (reign) of heaven has been given to men by virtue of the Spirit that is the risen Messiah living in them; but there is an order that cannot be ignored if we want to be effective in the use of that authority. The better we understand the precepts of that authority, the more powerful we become in the spiritual world; where all spirits understand that authority. This is precisely what the word means by "For the kingdom (reign, authority) of God is not in word but in power." (1Cor. 4:20) As long as we have not aligned our understanding with the precepts of that authority, we remain powerless to a great extent because we live spiritually on the basis of unsubstantiated faith. In other words, we live by assumption; not by faith at all. We will never gain entrance into the covenant through someone else's faith.
All things pertaining to this faith are contained in God's Covenant in Messiah's blood. For those who would understand the precepts of this faith and learn to wield the power of the kingdom, they must first learn what it means to take his yoke upon them. That yoke begins at the moment men learn to obey the word of God that says, "Repent, and be ye baptized in the name of Yahshúa the Messiah for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) Notice he didn't say, "bow your head and repeat after me..." or "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." That's because he knew what the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is. It is YAHSHÚA! (YAH the SAVIOR) Men have corrupted their understanding of the message of salvation through their own traditions. God's word is immutable and it is life to all those who honor and obey it. To those who reject it and hold it in contempt, it becomes a stumbling block because their heart is not set up to humble itself before the word of truth. (2Thes. 2:10-12)
One can be religious, a churchgoer, or even the head of a religious organization or denomination; but aside from taking the yoke of Messiah upon one's self, there is no way to gain entrance into the covenant and as long as we remain outside the covenant, we remain at peril of losing our soul. That's why it is written, "For the promise is unto you, unto your children; unto all who are far off, even unto as many as YHWH our God shall call." (Acts 2:39) I leave you with these two portions and a question: "…and you shall find REST for your souls." (Mat. 11:29) "For we who have believed have entered into REST…" (Heb. 4:3) Is there any other way to salvation? (JN 14:6) Abba, may we all be able to say, "I know whom I have believed."