To Hear and Obey

In this day and age there are many voices clamoring to be heard. Everyone has an answer and an opinion. But what if there were only one voice to be heard? Only one opinion? I along with other like minded people have been seeking, knocking and asking. For a surety there are two voices speaking in the world today. One voice is saying "take your life in your own hands as you see your own needs". The other voice is saying "give up your life, follow me, give me control of your life". The first voice mentioned here seems to be the most popular. So the obvious decision here is to hear the second voice "give up your life" and go with the minority. For with this voice if we follow will lead to a very narrow road. This road is not the scenic route either. Most maps will tell you that it doesn't even exist. In fact if you travel this path everyone around you will do everything in their power to get you off of it. I sincerely hope you have already made a decision to take this road, and since so few choose it may we see each other often in the fellowship on it. If you have not made this decision I pray that you would follow this journey. Shalom, Chris

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wholehearted? part 2

In the post I wrote regarding being "wholehearted" I never really got around to the "whole" part of the word. Now I know why. Wholehearted does not appear in the english as far as I can find. Neither could I find a word in the Hebrew that had a picture of being "wholehearted". Of course it may be there and you might know what it is. So if you do i would appreciate a little help.

The first post I looked at the word "lev(heart)". In the ancient Hebrew we can see that "lev" is the picture of "the authority within".

In the next post we looked at David and a man after YHWH' own heart.

So back to The Scriptures. I began to search out the word "lev(heart)" and I found something interesting. One particular word appeared along with it many times. The word is "return". So I was off to the races after that. The strongs concordance said that this word appeared only "263 times in 239 verses". So I read most of them. Then I went to the Hebrew to find the word "shuv", it means "to turn back to where you came from".
In the ancient Hebrew I'm still not sure but the letters are (shin-teeth, vav-nail or peg, vet-house or family). The only picture I could see that was in context is to grab something with your teeth to secure yourself to the family. I'm not sure that is right so don't take my word for it. Anyway as I was looking through the definitions I noticed that the numbers didn't add up. The word "shuv' it said appears 1066 times? I know I'm not a mathematician but this one doesn't add up. Here's why.

Shuv appears 1066 times as
return 391, again 248, turn 123, back 65, away 56, restore 39, bring 34, render 19, answer 18, recompense 8, recover 6, deliver 5, put 5, withdraw 5, requite 4,
misc 40 times as (in any case, at all, averse, call to mind, cease, certainly, consider, continually, convert, deny, fro, go out, hinder, let, see more, needs, be past, pay, pervert, recall, refresh, relieve, rescue, retrieve, reverse, reward, say nay, still, surely, turn.

To me it looks as if someone was confused. Rather than look at The Scriptures for what they say men decide to interpret them and some if not all of the meaning is lost. Or can it be possible that our Elohim wants to confuse us? So what, do we need someone to teach us the meaning of individual scriptures? Sometimes entire doctrines are written with just a part of a verse. I don't believe our Elohim wants to confuse us, for the scriptures tell us.

1Jn 2:26  I have written this to you concerning those who lead you astray.
1Jn 2:27  But the anointing which you have received from Him stays in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as the same anointing does teach you concerning all, and is true, and is no falsehood, and even as it has taught you, you stay in Him.

This verse does not mean that we are all that smart and therefore do not have a need to be taught, rather that YHWH has given us His word and His Ruach HaKodesh to see for ourselves THE TRUTH.

So anyway back to the subject at hand.

1. Lev (heart) the authority within,             who is the authority within us?
2. A man after YHWH' own heart,            how do we get there?

Deu 30:1  “And it shall be, when all these words come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you shall bring them back to your heart among all the gentiles where יהוה your Elohim drives you,
Deu 30:2  and shall turn back to יהוה your Elohim and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your being, you and your children,
Deu 30:8  “And you shall turn back and obey the voice of יהוה and do all His commands which I command you today.
1Sa 7:3  And Shemu’ĕl spoke to all the house of Yisra’ĕl, saying, “If you return to יהוה with all your hearts, then put away the foreign mighty ones and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts for יהוה, and serve Him only, so that He delivers you from the hand of the Philistines.”
1Ki 8:48  and they shall turn back to You with all their heart and with all their being in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and shall pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the House which I have built for Your Name,
2Ch 6:24  “And if Your people Yisra’ĕl are smitten before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and they shall turn back and confess Your Name, and pray and make supplication before You in this House,
2Ch 6:38  and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their being in the land of their captivity, where they have taken them captive, and they shall pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, and the city which You have chosen, and toward the House which I have built for Your Name,
2Ch 30:6  And the runners went to all Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah with the letters from the sovereign and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the sovereign, “Children of Yisra’ĕl, turn back to יהוה Elohim of Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yisra’ĕl, so that He returns to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the sovereigns of Ashshur.
2Ch 30:9  “For if you turn back to יהוה, your brothers and your children shall be shown compassion by their captors, even to return to this land. For יהוה your Elohim shows favour and compassion, and does not turn His face from you if you turn back to Him.”
Job 22:23  If you return to the Almighty, you are built up. If you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,
Job 36:10  And He opens their ear for discipline, and commands that they turn back from wickedness.
Psa 90:3  You turn man back to dust, And say, “Return, O children of men.”
Isa 6:10  “Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and shall turn and be healed.”
Isa 10:21  A remnant shall return, the remnant of Yaʽaqoḇ, to the Mighty Ěl.
Isa 10:22  For though your people, O Yisra’ĕl, be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return – a decisive end, overflowing with righteousness.
Isa 19:22  And יהוה shall smite Mitsrayim, smite it and heal it. And they shall turn to יהוה, and He shall hear them and heal them.
Isa 35:10  And the ransomed of יהוה shall return and enter Tsiyon with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isa 44:22  “I shall wipe out your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist. Return to Me, for I shall redeem you.”
Isa 45:23  “I have sworn by Myself, a word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, so that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue swear.
Isa 51:11  And let the ransomed of יהוה return. And they shall come to Tsiyon with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. Let them attain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isa 55:7  Let the wrong forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to יהוה, who has compassion on him, and to our Elohim, for He pardons much.
Jer 3:1  Elohim said, “If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him and becomes another man’s, does he return to her again? Would not that land be made greatly unclean? But you have committed whoring with many lovers. And would you return to Me?” declares יהוה.
Jer 3:12  “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, ‘Return, O backsliding Yisra’ĕl,’ declares יהוה, ‘I shall not look on you in displeasure, for I am kind,’ declares יהוה, ‘and I do not bear a grudge forever.
Jer 3:13  ‘Only, acknowledge your crookedness, because you have transgressed against יהוה your Elohim, and have scattered your ways to strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares יהוה.
Jer 3:14  “Return, O backsliding children,” declares יהוה, “for I shall rule over you, and shall take you, one from a city and two from a clan1, and shall bring you to Tsiyon. Jer 4:1  “If you do return, O Yisra’ĕl,” declares יהוה, “return to Me. And if you remove your abominations from My presence, and cease straying,
Jer 5:3  O יהוה, are Your eyes not on truth? You have smitten them, but they have not grieved. You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive instruction. They made their faces harder than rock, they refused to turn back.
Jer 8:5  “Why then has this people, Yerushalayim, turned away in a continual backsliding? They cling to deceit, they refuse to turn back.
Jer 12:15  “And it shall be, after My plucking them out, I shall return, and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his inheritance and everyone to his land.
Jer 15:19  Therefore thus said יהוה, “If you turn back, then I shall bring you back. Before Me you shall stand. And if you take out the precious from the worthless, you shall become as My mouth. Let them return to you, but do not return to them.
Jer 18:11  “And now, speak to the men of Yehuḏah and to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, saying, ‘Thus said יהוה, “See, I am forming evil and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your deeds good.” ’ ”
Jer 23:3  “Therefore I shall gather the remnant of My flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and shall bring them back to their fold. And they shall bear and increase.
Jer 23:14  “And among the prophets of Yerushalayim I have seen a horrible matter: committing adultery and walking in falsehood. And they strengthen the hands of evil ones, so that no one turns back from his evil. All of them are like Seḏom to Me, and her inhabitants like Amorah.

As I see it in the Scriptures a man who has YHWH as "the authority within" is a man after YHWH' own heart and he remains there as David did because YHWH is a loving and compassionate Father. His kindness is so great towards me I can't possibly measure or fathom it. It shames me for all the times I have found something else more important than Him. But He will not tarry forever. As always I write specifically to the men. Where are the men? In the last week there were 4 men that i spoke with. All claim to be christians in some way shape or form. One doesn't want to take another breath, He has no will to live. The other three didn't want to talk after I brought up scripture. What else can we possibly have time for? I hear the Ruach HaKodesh whispering "repent, wash yourself, make yourself clean, as a bride pure and spotless. I don't want to be outside the city, I want to touch His face. Right where they ripped out His beard. He allowed them to do it for YOU and me. I can't even imagine what seeing THE MESSIAH will be like. But I want to be there.

I pray that all those who love YHWH with all their heart, soul and might be strengthened for the times ahead; that YHWH create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us; that we be discerning of the spirits and only listen to the voice of YHWH our Elohim. And that we may see and love all as YHWH sees and loves. Shalom blessings to you in the name of Yahashua HaMashiach.

2Ch 16:9  “For the eyes of יהוה diligently search throughout all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect to Him. You have acted foolishly in this, so from now on you shall have battles.”
Jer 23:20  The displeasure of יהוה shall not turn back until He has done and established the purposes of His heart. In the latter days you shall understand it perfectly.
Jer 24:7  ‘And I shall give them a heart to know Me, that I am יהוה. And they shall be My people and I shall be their Elohim, for they shall turn back to Me with all their heart.