What if it is both?
In life, we are often confronted by, questions such, as is the glass half full or half empty. We are told that the answer to the question depends on our point of view or our level of optimism. In the world of faith, a Scriptural belief of these types of questions can be even more forceful with the answer drawing lines and many times forcing those answering to choose sides. And these choices sometimes divide friends, congregations and even families.
To be sure there are certain truths that are not half full-vs-half empty type questions. Truths such as but not limited to there only being one G-D. That there is only one way to be saved. That all have sinned. That Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah.
But there are many things the Bible shares that can be legitimately viewed from different points and both points being accurate. For instance, the Bible says being Married is a good thing Proverbs 18:22:
22 Whoever finds a wife finds good, and receives favor from Adonai.
And it also teaches in 1 Corinthians 7:
8 But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them to remain as I am.
Another example is found concerning children. In Psalms 127:3-5, we read happy is the man whose quiver is full of children.
3 Behold, children are a heritage of Adonai —the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the gate.
Yet in Micah 7:6 we find:
6 For son treats father with contempt; daughter rises up against mother; daughter-in-law against mother-in-law: a man’s enemies are the people of his own house.
There are many other examples of topics where the Bible can be seen as showing that the cup can be half full or half empty. Are the above examples contradictory? Only if we are viewing them out of their context. Is finding a wife a blessing? Absolutely! Can a man also be blessed and be single? Absolutely. Are children a blessing? Absolutely! Can they also become enemies? Absolutely!
The truth is that once we go beyond the doctrinal absolutes of Scripture much of what we read depends on where we are viewing the verses from. Great divisions are caused in the Body of Messiah simply because we have been taught that the glass must be half full or half empty when the truth is many times the glass is both half full and half empty.
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, #ManWisdom, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians, and his most recent book God Has No Plan "B".
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PARASHAT KI TISA (WHEN YOU LIFT UP)
SHEMOT (EXODUS) 30:11–34:35
This week, we read of one of the most well-known, yet tragic accounts in the history of the people of Israel. It begins with Moses on Mt. Sinai, receiving the stone tablets, which were written with God’s finger. During that time, the people grew impatient because they thought Moses was “late” in coming down from the mountain. They gathered against Aaron and told him to make them a god that would walk before them since they did not know what happened to Moses.
The people’s impatience was rooted in selfishness, which caused them to take matters in their own hands. Often times we are also impatient! We don’t want to wait upon the Lord, and take matters into our own hands. And the results are the same as those of the children of Israel i.e. we make for ourselves a different “god” that we trust in and follow.
Aaron feared the people more than he feared God. This fear caused him to surrender to the people, and therefore, he collected all the golden earrings and turned them into a molten calf. He then blasphemously declared, “This is your god, Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!” (Exodus 32:4)
The blasphemy against the one and only true God did not stop there; Aaron built an altar and said to the people that, “tomorrow will be a festival to the lord”. The next day the people rose up to offer “burnt” offerings, to bring “peace” offerings and they sat down to eat, drink and to make “merry”. Most Bible translations translate the word “לְצַחֵֽק” Letzachek as “to make merry”, but a more accurate meaning would be the sound resulting from a licentious kind of debauchery. In other words, the children of Israel were engaging in a form of lewd idol worship!
God wanted to destroy Israel and rightly so! However, we once again see that despite their human selfishness, God was moved to compassion because of His love and His faithfulness. Moses “reminded” Him of His unconditional covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).
As Moses was coming down from the mountain he met Joshua, who reported to him in verse 17 “the voice of war (battle) in the camp.” Moses’ reply has a very significant meaning in the Hebrew, which gives us the key to understanding what was truly happening in the camp. Moses responds in verse 18, “It is neither the voice of signing (response) of victory (“עֲנ֣וֹת גְּבוּרָ֔ה” anot gevura) and not the voice of singing (response) of weakness (“עֲנ֣וֹת חֲלוּשָׁ֑ה” anot chlusha), but the voice of selfishness (“אָנֹכִ֖י” anochi) that I hear.”
I find interesting that Joshua heard the sound of war and Moses heard the sound of selfishness. I believe that both are true as what was happening was one big spiritual battle, due to the blasphemy that took place in the camp of Israel. Moses’ rage and anger caused him to throw the tablets that he was holding, causing them to break. He then burned the golden calf. Moses had no tolerance for idol worship, and neither should we followers of Messiah.
As I reflect upon this story, I am reminded of the words of exhortation from 2 Peter 3:3–8:
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
God is never late! Don’t allow your selfishness to cause you to take matters in your own hands — which will result in sin — but rather, remember all that He has done for you! He is faithful — take hold of His promises so that you can follow Him and walk with Him today. Do not grow weary in waiting for Him!
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel and is reposted with permission.
Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.
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Lasting, bonded relationship of love
What is life all about? That is a question that incalculable numbers of people have asked over the course of human history. The Bible provides an answer. The meaning of life is primarily found through succeeding in establishing lasting, bonded relationships of love. That love also compels us to extend the circle of love in the Kingdom of God by serving others and introducing them to the liberation of the Gospel and discipleship so that they also might succeed in the great task of establishing bonded relationships of love. This is easier said than done, especially for people who were raised away from any context of seeing this lived out in before their eyes. However, through the power of God in Yeshua, we can all find healing and establish such relationships.
The first bonded and lasting relationship the power of the Gospel leads us into is with God, where we discover – as the Reformers taught – that the primary purpose of our lives is to love God and enjoy Him forever. This relationship is a key to learning to love and to overcome self-centeredness.
The next most important bonded relationship of love for most people, is with their spouse, with the potential for an amazing depth of joy. I am privileged to know that joy.
Then for most people, the next bonded relationship is with their children. We go through the struggles and, for the wife, the great pain of childbirth and raising young toddlers, for the joy set before us of the potential of a lasting relationship of intimacy with our children.
Those not called to marriage and family are still called to deep bonded relationships with others. We have relationships with relatives and friends. God more than makes up for the lack of marriage and children for those who are called to a single life. God also gives us a heart to love people with great differences of interest and in many different stations in life. He broadens us.
The patterns of our modern Hi-Tech culture are arranged for fleeting relationships, for shallowness and trivia. They replace real intimacy with superficial information. They encourage zero or low commitment engagements and prioritize the immediate over the important. Many books have been written on this. I want to encourage you to stand against this trend. Internet Church is not Church. Facebook may be good for minimally keeping in touch, but can never be the relational basis for our lives.
Many years ago, I asked the Lord to give me a contingent of leaders who would walk with me in covenant love (bonded relationships of love) that would last a lifetime. God fulfilled that prayer, and I think the Tikkun story is largely a ripple effect initiated by those bonded relationships. We appreciate your connection to the Tikkun story and pray that your life would increasingly be given to establishing lasting, bonded relationships of love.
This article originally appeared on Tikkun International, February 5, 2019, and reposted with permission.
Dr. Daniel Juster, founder and director of Tikkun International, has been involved in the Messianic Jewish movement since 1972 and currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel, from where he serves and supports the Messianic movement worldwide. Dan was the founding president and general secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations for 9 years, the senior pastor of Beth Messiah congregation for 22 years, and a co-founder of the Messiah Bible Institute in several nations. Dr. Juster serves on the board of Towards Jerusalem Council II, provides oversight to 15 congregations in the USA as well as overseeing emissaries in Israel and the Former Soviet Union. Daniel has authored about 20 books on topics ranging from theology, Israel and the Jewish people, eschatology, discipleship, and leadership.
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Taking the bull by the horns
LOVE is a word much spoken of, but most often as a noun. Love as a noun becomes an abstraction of little use other than as a tennis ball to be bantered back and forth across a court of speculation. But love as a verb is love indeed, manifest in action on the real stage of life, not only in Heaven.
Love is real and may be felt and seen. If ‘love’ is the word spoken but is experienced as ‘loathe’, something fundamental has been lost in translation. Love is dynamic, not passive: “God so loved the world that He gave,” expressing His will on earth as in Heaven. Love is transmitted, and if the beloved does not know that he or she is loved, it is not love at all, but something less. For love to live it cannot lie inert. If love is not expressed it is a mere personal sentiment lodged alone inside one individual.
For Love to live it must find a language, and to be communicated it must learn the language of the beloved. If I were to say to one who knows only Japanese ani ohev otach (‘I love you’ in Hebrew) it will not be understood. But if I cannot soon learn Japanese, I may express my love by offering a cup of coffee or a sandwich. Love requires the investment of time and the very minimum of a cup of coffee.
Faith is not sufficient to prove love, as one may believe he is loved, but if it is not experienced, it is futile. I knew a young man who believed he was not loved and, when I told his girlfriend that he had tragically taken his own life she exclaimed, “But I loved him.” To which I informed her, “He did not know that.”
Real love when reciprocated from both sides with Heaven’s blessing forges bonds that are not fragile, but is a strong threefold cord not easily broken. If it quickly unravels like a single thread that is unable to bear any weight, it was not love, but its counterfeit. Love requited renders one naked and vulnerable to both pleasure and pain, but it weathers the storms that threaten to quell it and, forgiving, rekindles love from the coals. Love is not for the fearful but the brave, nor for snowflakes, who melt at the first unpleasant heat.
Love is not a mere ceremony of abstract symbols, but the reality to which the symbols point. Love is a voyage of adventure through rough seas and dangers as well as placid lakes and sunrises, through pleasures and pains, fully expressed and fully lived. It is taking the bull by the horns, nothing less.
‘Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue, but in deed and truth.’ – 1 John 3:18
Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.
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Sonship with our loving Father, Almighty God (Part 1)
God is Love. God commanded us to love our God and also our fellow man. Therefore our first step towards sonship with Almighty God is in our obedience to love God and also to love one another. God commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and also to love the stranger in our land as ourselves. (Leviticus 19:18, 34)
Yeshua also commanded us, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, & pray for those who spitefully use you & persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)
Matthew 22:37 Yeshua said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 22:38 This is the first and great Command. 22:39 And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 22:40 On these two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
To the degree that we disobey God and do not love one of our brothers or sisters in Yeshua’s Body, & are critical, or judgmental, or unforgiving toward anyone in Messiah’s Body by closing down our hearts towards anyone, or thinking we are better than another, then to that degree we are stopping the flow of God’s love from coming through us to others. The result is that as members of Yeshua’s Body, to that degree we are dying. We must repent and forgive each person and love them, in order for us to be able to live and to have Yeshua’s Life flowing again through us. This applies to us if we do not also love and forgive, & pray for all our enemies.
Matthew 6:15 “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Luke 23:34 Yeshua said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
1 John 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 4:21 And this commandment we have from Him (Yeshua), that he who loves God must love his brother also!
Matthew 23:8, “But you, do not be called ‘rabbi’; for one is your Teacher, the Messiah, and you are all brethren. 23:9 Do not call anyone on earth father; for one is your Father, who is in Heaven. 23:11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and teachers: different areas of servanthood. Yeshua clearly showed us by example what is really important.
Luke 22:26 “On the contrary, he who is greater among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. Luke 22:27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves!”
Yeshua, and Paul, and also Peter warned us about our pride, and our important titles, even what our teachings from God might do to us, anything that would seem to make us important, to puff us up, if we were not walking in humility and surrendered before God and to each other, by first obeying Yeshua, by denying ourself and by taking up our cross daily, and following Him?
Be on guard that your titles and your teachings do not become a snare. For each of us has been given special and different works from God in order to serve others to help build up Messiah’s Body in love, so that His Body will be able to come into full maturity.
Yeshua came to earth to restore mankind back into true sonship with His Father, Almighty God, through man’s born-again spirit. Sonship with his Father was lost when Adam sinned and fell in the Garden of Eden. When Adam’s spirit-man fell, then his soul took the control. (Luke 3:38 … Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.)
Yeshua is both the Son of God and also the Son of Man. He came to earth as the Son of Man to redeem mankind from all their sins, and to restore sonship with His Father back into mankind, the Almighty God, through man’s spirit being born-again. He also came to redeem the earth from the curse of God. Genesis 3:17
Yeshua will soon be returning to earth as the Son of God!
Luke 3:21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Yeshua also was baptized; and while He prayed, the Heaven was opened. 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a Voice came from Heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” 3:23 Now Yeshua Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age …
There is only one Way and one Path for us as Yeshua’s true disciples to attain to real sonship with our Father God in Heaven.
John 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to My Father except through Me.” That Way is the walk of the Cross! In order to obey Yeshua and to be able to follow Him into right relationship with His Father and our Father, we must daily crucify our flesh. For those of us who decide to be His disciples, we can only do this through the walk of the Cross.
True sonship with Yeshua’s Father only comes through being a disciple of Yeshua, which begins with the walk of the Cross!
Also the first step toward being a member of Yeshua’s mystery Bride is to be His disciple. To be Yeshua’s disciple you must deny yourself and take up your cross daily, and follow Him. After Yeshua died and rose again, having purchased for us Life & Sonship through His death & Resurrection, He said the following to Miriam while He was still in the garden.
John 20:17 Yeshua said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
We are truly all part of One Body, Messiah Yeshua’s Body!
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
If you only believe in Yeshua, and have not begun the walk of a true believer, make sure you are not playing a religious game with God. For you will remain a child before God. Yes, you may be saved, but you will stay as a child, and will not grow in God.
Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
It is only because our God actually lives in us, the Holy Spirit is always with us in our spirit, as He daily helps us, that we have the possibility to be able to overcome in this walk of the Cross.
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the Blood of the Messiah, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
John 14:17 “Spirit of Truth: dwells with you and will be in you.”
Colossians 1:27 Messiah in you, the hope of Glory!
Matthew 16:24 Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, & follow Me. 16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 16:26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 10:38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 10:39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Matthew 20:26 “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 20:27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave. 20:28 Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mark 8:34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 8:35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.”
Mark 10:43-45 “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 10:44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 9:24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and hate his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 14:27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple! 14:33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
Luke 17:33 “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives Life; the flesh profits nothing. The Words that I speak to you are Spirit, and they are Life.”
If we are still trying to please men, to get man’s attention and man’s recognition, we are in the flesh! We are seeking the crumbs that fall from our Father’s table. To seek honor from one another is just glorifying our flesh. This is not the walk of the Cross; this is a work of the flesh. We must put God first in every area of our lives. For we truly no longer have any time to waste.
Read John 5:44, “How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?”
Ephesians 4:15 but, speaking the Truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Messiah, 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the Body, for the edifying of itself in love.
We are all brethren, called by Yeshua to serve God and each other; hoping that one day soon we will hear the Lord say to us, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ (Matthew 25:21)
Revelation 21:7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son!”
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 2:4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Jesus, 2:6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 2:7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross!
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you. But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
1 Samuel 15:22 So Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Matthew 23:12 “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 8:17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 4:5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through the Messiah.
Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
If you are a pastor or minister, and if you have not been living the walk of the Cross in your congregation, or your ministry, and also in your personal life as well, to help teach your congregational members, or your staff to be disciples of Yeshua, than now is the time to begin learning, and also teaching the walk of the Cross to your congregational members and the people under your covering. For this is also a major part of building up Messiah’s Body in love.
Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their Salvation perfect through sufferings.
Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Ephesians 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 5:21 … submitting to one another in the fear of God.
1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells;
Galatians 5:16 I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 5:24 And those who are Messiah’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with the Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but the Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in (by the faith of) the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
John 12:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
Isaiah 4:2 In that Day the Branch of the LORD (Yeshua) shall be Beautiful and Glorious; and the fruit (sons of God) of the earth shall be excellent and appealing …
Hosea 1:10 “where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the Living God!’ ”
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 7:2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
John 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, & you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For My yoke is easy & My burden is light.”
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.
John 15:5 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing!”
John 14:23 Yeshua answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 14:24 He who does not love Me does not keep My Words; and the Word which you hear is not Mine but My Father’s who sent Me.”
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long & is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 13:5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 18:12 before honor is humility.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Luke 22:42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done!”
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first Resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of His Messiah, and they shall reign with Him for a thousand years.
Our King and Great High Priest Yeshua walked as the most humble and lowly of all men, as the Lamb of God. He is truly our example of the walk of the Cross. Because of Father’s great Grace and Mercy towards us, our walk of sonship and overcoming must also be the walk of the Cross!
RIchard has served the Lord full-time from Jerusalem since 1998, having made Aliyah to Israel in 1995. He been a writer for the Lord Yeshua since 1982. All of his books, including the newest one, ‘King Priest Yeshua from the Seed of David and Aaron’, along with other writings are free to read and download from his website.