Friday, January 18, 2019

MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY


Many of us have had at times the need to receive hospitality. I have had this need many times since I have become a born again believers and traveled to many places for ministry and other reasons.  I have experienced some good and pleasant people, and some bad ones. This one I am speaking of is one of the bad experiences that I have encountered lately. But by all means not the only one. 
Without mentioning the location or the name of my friend, I will briefly speak of my experience. But I will not speak about everything that took place because it would take too long to explain every detail.  I will try to speak only about a few things that hopefully will help someone in their own lives.
While living in my favored state in United States, I was unable to find a suitable place to live. Therefore I returned to the same city that I had lived in the past. I came to this place because I knew a “close” friend who connected me with the manager of her apt complex.
When I called the manager she assured me that she would have one apt available for me in one month. I left that state in about a week’s time, and flew here. I would be staying temporarily with this person that I thought was my friend. I gave her the money to pay her rent for one month thinking it would be enough.  
I actually needed to stay with this friend a maximum of 3 weeks.
However, soon after a few days she insisted that I needed to give her more money. I realized that she did not want me in her apartment. She only wanted me to give her more money, but without my presence!
 I was sleeping in the living room floor and I was not allowed to make any noise when she was in her room. I could not put on the lights because she said she could not sleep and eventually told me she has a rare disease. She became very irritated with me for anything that did not suit her. I did not expect much, but some kindness considering the fact that she was my friend!
 I was living there and buying and cooking my own food. At times I bought her food that she requested, but she did not pay me back. She seemed very mad at times and I felt abused and taken advantage. This situation had to end.
As a believer in Yehoshua I realized she needed deliverance from demons. I had difficulty sleeping at night and so did her.
She wanted more money, but I would not give her anymore. I felt I gave it more than enough. After all I paid her rent, and I felt I did enough. She expected me to clean her house and possibly cook her food. But when I did she did not appreciate it, and complained therefore I stopped. She continually found something to accuse me! Finally she found a solution.
Evicted!
On the morning of the 13th day of my arrival, when she came out of her room at about 10 in the morning,  told me very abruptly and very harshly  that that I had to live. She told me that she had to do this, as she also did the same thing also to another friend. That was not uplifting at all! 
She suggested for me to go rent a Hotel room. Frankly for a moment I felt shaky. I was not in a financial condition to spend money for one Motel room. I needed the money to buy my bed and as least a recliner, together with pots and pans!
 However, I had to leave and found a Motel room for 55 dollars pro day. I was there seven days. Then I was able to move into my apt.
Free at last!
When I arrived at the Motel and settled in the room and realized that I finally I had my own little place where I also had access to the internet! What a blessing! Now I was able to pray, sing, and dance to Yehovah and also listening to my favored speaker Kevin Zadai. This man has a tremendous testimony on YouTube. He died and rose from the dead. He sees Yehoshua (Jesus), and he sees and speaks with angels!  Those seven days had been almost like heaven on earth!
This last place had been the most challenging situation for me. But I thank Yehovah that it ended. Now I am free.  
Forgiveness is a necessity!
As a believer and servant of Yehovah we are commanded to forgive and to bless those who have hurt us. Yehoshua taught us to pray for following prayer:Bottom of Form
Mattithyahu 6:5  
Avinu Shebashamayim Yitqadesh shimkha, (Our Father in Heaven, Your Name be sanctified).  Because our Father in Heaven is Holy, and He has set us apart also to be Holy, we have to obey Him, and give Him all the glory in every circumstance. In verse twelve we read: “And forgive our sins and we forgive those who forgive who sins against us.”
Verse 14 “For it you forgive men their trespasses, your father of the shamayim shall also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your father forgive your trespasses.’ 
Forgiveness is a must if we desire to receive forgiveness from our Heavenly Father. When we release them, and pray for their wellbeing, we deliver ourselves from their wrong attitudes. We do no keep their sin.
Only Yehovah, who is the Judge, can judge those who offend us. Our duty is to immediately forgive them. We must under no circumstance keep a grudge against them. But if we do, we will suffer afterwards.  Our relationship with our Heavenly Father Yehovah would not be the same.
We must also pray for them as the Ruach haQodesh (Hoy Spirit), leads us to do.
Many times Yehovah will strengthen our relationships with such people and allow us to speak into their lives. But out attitude must me one to forgive their offenses and forget about them. 
Yehoshua said to love our enemies.
Mattithyahu 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, Hate your enemy.’44 But I say t6o you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.”
Continue reading the next four verses in your Bible, please. Because we are children of Yehovah, we must love and forgive as He loves and forgives us. Love covers a multitude of sins.
The problem for anyone who disrespects and takes advantage of another person is that they will suffer the consequence of their actions.
Galatiyim /Galatians 6:7 “Do not be led astray, Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.” 
This is the reason we must pray for such people. Yehovah loves them as much as He loves all of us. We must pray for their true salvation, and bring them before the throne of Yehovah asking Him to be merciful to them. None of us is perfect. We all miss in some way, therefore we must be generous with our love and continue to give it away to anyone we come into contact.
Yehoshua taught us to wash one another’s feet. Does it mean that we do it literally? Maybe so, but I believe He meant to forgive others and to serve one another. We are all equal in the eyes of our Father in Heaven. He knows us intimately. We all have faults and we need to humble ourselves in His Presence. Only He is the righteous Elohim.
I admit that I needed healing in my soul. I did not expect to be treated like her enemy, and not as a friend that I thought I was. But once again, I must say that only Yehovah knows her and me intimately, and only He can judge the situation. Al He wants me to do, is to release this situation to Him, and He can heal my soul, and her life. Actually I have experienced healing this morning during my devotions, and I thank Him for it. To Him be all the glory. He allowed me to go through this situation, and I hope I have learned a lesson to endure for the rest of my life. 
But now let us look at the biblical example of Abraham.
Bereshith 18:1-5 Then Yehovah appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and saw three men were standing opposite him. And when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, 3 and said, “Yehovah, if I have found favour in Your eyes, please do not pass Your servant by.
 4 “Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 “And let me bring a piece of bread and refresh your hearts, and then go on, for this is why you have come to your servant.” And they said, “Do as you have said.”  6 So Abraham ran into the tent to Sarah and said, “Hurry, make ready three se’im of fine flour, knead it and make cakes.”7 And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to the young man, and he hurried to prepare it.  8 And he took curds and mild and the calf which he had prepared, and put before them, and he stood by them, under the tree as they ate”
As you can see, Abraham knew how to minister to his guests. One of them was Yehovah, and the other two were angels.
May we all learn from him and become great man and women of Elohim. Let us be servants to one another. Let us be givers, and not takers. Let us be lovers and not haters.  Each one of us is a child of Yehovah, and we should honor and respect those whom He sends to us. They may need shelter for a time, or they may need help financially or spiritually. We must be ready to help as Yehovah helps us in time of need. All we have is His anyway!
Help with joy!
When we help others we must do it as unto Yehovah, and not unto men.   We must give with joy knowing He will reward us.
We must give the help without expecting anything in return for those we help.
Let us do everything in His Name and be blessed.
Let us run to the arms of our Creator, Yehovah! Yehovah Machsi! (Yehovah My Refuge.)
Shalom! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

OUR ACTIONS EARN A REWARD


Obadyah[i] 15 “For the day of Yehovah[ii] is near upon all the gentiles. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your reward shall come back on your own head.”
The book of Obadiah is very short, but in it we find this powerful word. Yehovah gave this message to Obadyah concerning one great enemy of Yisra’el, Esaw[iii]. Esau was the brother of Ya’aqov. Although he was the firstborn, Yehovah chose his brother Ya’aqov to receive the firstborn blessing. You may have read the account of his birth and subsequent problems with His brother Ya’aqov.
Rivqah[iv] was barren and Yitschaq[v] her husband prayed for a child.
Bereshith 25:21-23  And Yitschaq prayed to Yehovah for his wife, because she was barren. And Yehovah answered his prayer, and Rivqah his wife conceived.
22 And within her the children struggled together, and she said, “If all is right, why am I this way?” So she went to ask Yehovah.
 23 And Yehovah said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples shall be separated from your body. And one peoples shall be stronger than the other, and the older serve the younger.”
In these few verses we notice that Yehovah is all knowing, and before we are born He already knows how we will leave our lives.
Tehillim 139:13-16 For You, You possessed my kidneys , you have covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I give thanks to You, for I am awesomely and wondrously made!  Wondrous are Your works, and my being knows it well. 15 My bones were not concealed from You, When I was shaped in a hidden place, knit together in the depths of the earth. 16 your eyes saw my unformed body, and in your Book all of them were written, the days they were formed, while none was among them.
Yehovah has books in Heaven about our lives. There is the Book of the Living, (Tehillim 69:28,  and we read in Tehillim 139:16.
There also other books, such as the Book of Chai[vi], Chazon[vii] 3:5
 In this book are written all our works, or the things we do in this life.
Next is the Book of Tears, Tehillim 56:8. Finally we read about the
Book or Remembrance.
Mal’akhi[viii] 3:16-17 Then shall those who revere Yehovah speak to one another,  and Yehovah listen and hear, and a book of remembrance be written before Him, of those who revere Yehovah, and those who think upon His Name.  
There is special reward for those who think, or meditate and speak His Name. 
17 “and they shall be Mine,” said Yehovah of hosts, “on the day that I prepare a treasured possession. And I shall spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.
All those who refuse to speak of Him by using His Name Yehovah will not get the reward.
And now let us continue to our message.  We have read that Esaw is the brother I Ya’aqov, but even though is the elder, Yehovah did not chose him, but chose his younger brother Ya’aqov. If we continue to read the Scriptures we learn that Esaw did not care about His birth right and sold it for a bowl of lentils. (Bereshith 25: 29:34)
However when the Yitschaq was old he talked with Esaw and asked him to prepare him his favored dish, for he would bless him. (Bereshith 27:1-4).
But Rivqah heard him and knowing the Prophetic Word she made sure that Ya’aqov would receive the birthright blessing. So Ya’aqov lied to his father saying he was Esaw in order to get the blessing, and he did get it!  (Bereshith 27: 5-29)
Amazingly Esaw now forgot that he did not care about his birthright, and got mad at his brother because he got the blessing! He became so mad that made treats to kill him. (Bereshith 27:41)
Because of Esaw’s attitude Ya’aqov’s parents sent him away to his uncle Lavan for fear that his brother would kill him.  We can see that Esaw eventually reconciled with Ya’aqov. Please read Bereshith 32. However, Esaw’s descendants for some reason hated Israel.
Yehovah rewards
Obadyah 16-18 “For as you have drunk on my qodesh mountain, so do all the gentiles drink continually.  And they shall drink and shall swallow, and they shall be as though they had never been.”
 17 “But on Mount Tsiyon[ix]  there shall be a remnant, and they shall be qodesh. And the house of Ya’aqov shall be a fire, and the house of Yoseph a flame, but the house of Esaw for stubble. And they shall burn among them and they shall consume them so that no survivor is left of the house of Esaw.” For Yehovah has spoken.
The spirit of hate against the Chosen People is alive among the Gentiles. Great wars are going to be fought, but Israel will survive, for Yehovah does not forget the Covenant He made with Avraham, Yitschaq, and Ya’aqov.
The father’s blessing.
Bereshith 27:28-29 His father’s blessing: “See the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which Yehovah has barak.[x]And Elohim give you of  the dew of the shamayim, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine.  29 ‘let people serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brothers, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be those cursing you, and barukh[xi] be those berakhah[xii] you.
Yehovah’s blessing.
 Bereshith 28:12-16 And he dreamed and saw a ladder standing on the earth, and its top reached to the shamayim, and saw messengers of Elohim going up and coming down on it. 13 And see, Yehovah stood above it and said, “I am Yehovah Elohim of Avraham you father and the Elohim of Yitschaq. The land on which you are lying, I give it to you and your seed. 14”and your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall break forth to the west and to the east, to the north and the south. And all the clans of the earth shall be barukh in you and in your seed. 15 “And see, I am with you and shall guard you wherever you go, and shall bring you back to this land. For I am not going to leave you until have done what I have spoken to you.”
1-Yehovah makes a covenant with Avraham
Bereshith 12:1-3 And Yehovah said to Avram, “Go yourself out of your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house, to a land which I show you. 2 “And I shall make you a great nation, and barakh you and make you name great, and you shall be a berakhah! 3 ‘And I shall barakh those who barakh you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be barukh.”
Yehovah blesses those who bless Israel. It is foolish to curse them by trying to destroying them. There is no good reward for those who hate them. Life is too short to hate anyone. Let us be wise and love people instead of detesting and making war against them.
2-Yehovah makes a Covenant with Avraham
Bereshith 15:18 On the same day Yehovah made a Covenant with Avram, saying, I have given this land to your seed, from the river of Mitsrayim to the great rive, the River Perath. [xiii]
Yehovah continues to describe the nations that Israel will possess.
Yehovah does not forget our actions and He will give the appropriate reward.
Galatiyim[xiv]6:7 “Do not be led astray: Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap. 8 because he who sows to his own flesh shall reap corruption from the flesh, but he who sows to the Ruach[xv] shall reap everlasting chai from the Ruach.
Yehovah keeps a records. Let us not live our lives hating Israel, who are the Chosen People of Yehovah through Avraham.  We all have part in His Kingdom if we obey the Rules of His Kingdom. Let us work for the good reward, and not for destruction.
Shalom
Yevarekhekha Yehovah vehishmerekha
Ya’er Yehovah panav ‘eleykha vichunnekha
Yisa Yehovah panav ‘eleykha veyasem lekha shalom

 “Yehovah bless you and keep you;
Yehovah make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
Yehovah lift up His countenance upon you, and give you shalom.[xvi]


[i]
[ii] Translated  the LORD in English. But Names cannot be translated; they are pronounced  the same in every language.  We are forbidden to change by adding or taking away from the Word of Yehovah. Deut.4;d2; 12:32
[iii] Esau, the brother of Jacob
[iv] Rebecca
[v] Isaac
[vi] Life
[vii] Revelation
[viii] Malachi
[ix] Zion
[x] Blessed
[xi] Blessed
[xii] Bless
[xiii] Euphrates
[xiv] ‘Galatians
[xv] Sprit
[xvi] Peace, prosperity, wellbeing, calmness

CAUSES OF DEFILEMENT


Yehoshua defines defilement.
Yehoshua did not practice the traditions of the elders. Traditions are things handed down to us, but have no biblical value.  The Pharisees asked Yehoshua why His disciples did not wash their hands before they ate. (Mattithyahu/Matt.15:2)
Mattithyahu/Matt. 15:3-11 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of Elohim because of your traditions?
4  For Elohim commanded, saying ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ (Exodus 20:12), and “He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.” (Exodus 21:17). 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, ”Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to Elohim (God)”6-then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of Elohim of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Yeshayahu/Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
 8‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
I have to copy this whole passage because there is much misunderstanding concerning the next two verses.
Did the unclean animals become clean after the cross? 
10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, he said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
Marqos/Mark 7  speaks the same teaching as in the gospel of Mattithyahu, and he adds in verse 16 “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The next verse is the one people use to prove that now all kinds of animals are good for food.
Marqos 7:18-19 And He said to them, “Are you also without understanding? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside is unable to defile him,  19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is cast out in the sewer, thus purging all the foods?”20 and He said , “what comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 1 “For from within , out of the heart of men, proceed evil reasonings, adulteries, whorings, murders, 22 thefts, greedy desires, wickednesses, deceit, indecency, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 “All this wickedness comes from within and defile a man.”
Question
Was Yehoshua giving a teaching on food  as we read in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 11?
NO! He was rebuking the Pharisees for keeping their traditions while they were not keeping the Commandments. We must understand the ways Yehoshua spoke and taught. He was making an illustration.
Yehoshua spoke clearly when He declared that the food we eat does not defile us, what defile us is our disobedience and everything we speak and do. Sin is what defiles us, and if we do not repent, we will be judged. But food does not defile us.
However, if you can take the scripture literally and not as Yehoshua intended, then I urge you to check your house for unclean food, and please do not poison rats, roaches,  worms,  caterpillars, scorpions, pigs,  and eat all beasts of the earth. You are free do as you will.  Would they defile you? No, they would not defile you, but you will get sick and even die prematurely before your time. Yehovah has given us guidelines on the foods to eat to keeps us healthy. He is a good Father and wants the best for us, but we refuse to listen to Him, and to obey His commandments. We love to do what we please. This is not pleasing to Him.
Please do not take a verse out of context. Read the whole passage. Even the letters of Paul are not understood because the church has been taught a lie. The people have not learned the Scriptures from Bereshit/Genesis through Malachi. They have been fed only what is normally called the New Testament, and they do not realize that the New is not “New” at all. It is the Covenant renewed in the Blood of Yeshua.
Yehoshua teaches us Truth.
Mattithyahu 7:21Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My father in Heaven.’
Mattithyahu 5:17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven.”
If you beloved reader choose to eat pork and all unclean animals will not be defiled but you will suffer the consequences with your health. I rather do more than is required if it is possible, than doing less. You are free to do what you please, you do not have to please me, but Elohim alone. No sense getting angry with me. I choose to love you.
I choose to obey our Heavenly Father, Avinu Shebashamayim, and His Name is Yehovah. I choose to believe Yehoshua and keep the commandments.