Friday, August 23, 2013

Micro Teaching #1 - Don't let the adversary destroy your Shabbat!

 Q) What is it that keeps us away from the House of our Father? 
Is it our own issues (anger, depression, pain, etc...)? Fear? Or simply the need to relax? 

A) The only thing  that keeps us away from our Father's House (congregations, home fellowships, prayer rooms, etc...) is if there is discord in our own lives - the discord of leadership, deacons, elders, friends, or even new people or one-timer's should NEVER keep us from going to the Throne, nor does it carry the authority to interrupt our fellowship, worship, and devotions. 

The adversary has no G-d given authority; we, His creations  are the ones He died to give authority to.  Even the angels do not have our authority!  So why then, would we succumb to the fleshly desire to take rest in worldly environments? When we do this, we are (in essence) allowing the adversary to have his way with the amount of discomfort, anxiety, depression, anger,  sadness, or otherwise non G-dly thoughts and feelings we have... One of the surest signs that the voice you are hearing is G-d, is that He always speaks in positives!  He will never say a negative thing - and He will never tear you down!

When a voice (in your mind, heart, gut, or wherever you feel inclinations of such things) says to you: "Do not go to synagogue (or church), there are too many issues for you to deal with there! You need a break..." or "Don't go to church, there are too many people you don't want to see there right now..." These are never from G-d... G-d draws His children to His sanctuary, and even in times of trial will still draw you there!  Believe Him when He says, "...the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolation[ has] been decreed." Daniel 9:26, NIV. 

The adversary is the one who comes to steal and destroy... The L-rd will always draw His children in!  Be glad and rejoice, for the L-rd has kept His promise!  So Awake you sleepers, arise and shine, for the Light of G-d is upon us! (Isaiah 60).

So, gut Shabos, Shabbat shalom!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sonnet for the King

Mine eyes are rested upon You
Mine gaze upon Your Glory
Mine head rested upon Your shoulder

Mine sorrows, Your soul

And my love is upon Your lips
And Your Beauty, upon my mind...

For You, my rest
For You, my love
My L-rd

Your love is unparalleled

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

From Facebook 8/6/2013

"All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal." Psalm 119:160.

It doesn't always matter which human loves us the most, or if any love us at all. All that matters is that we know that G-d loves us enough to die - more than His job, He loves us for our own unique abilities and talents, and does not desire us to be a tool, but a loving and loved servant... one who willingly teams up with Him to accomplish a mission.

Sometimes in scripture, the L-rd will whisper truths into our hearts; we have to be willing to hear and accept these truths, or else they can be skewed. The L-rd loves us, and the laws of man mean nothing in the Kingdom - the L-rd only knows two words, "Life" and "Death" and He understands all the ways we say them... love, hate, smart, stupid, believer, witch, teammate, rebel... these are all life and death words that He knows exactly how to translate, even if we don't entirely get the impact of our own vocabulary. Another truth is that He is more powerful than any death word in existence. He is more powerful than any object, any fear, and any enemy we may accrue. Believe in Him, that He may defeat all of your enemies. Believe in Him, that they may be redeemed.

Thank You L-rd for Your word, that we will never be left in the dark; thank You, that You willingly become our light in the darkness, and that Your love transcends all iniquities, piercing the darkness, which pierced and wounded Your flesh.  You are the only magnificent Father, who is worthy of all praise - we praise You L-rd, that Your Name is highly exalted and lifted up.  We thank You that our burdens may be placed upon Your shoulders, for it is You that is strong enough to lift the weight of the world.