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Monday, April 5, 2010

The Scriptures are a like puzzle

Searching the Scriptures is like a great adventure. A scavenger hunt for truth. Abba hides things, and reveals things as we can handle it. He gives what we need according to our hunger and maturity.

Job 12: 22 (NASB)
"He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deep darkness into light.

Daniel 2:28 (NASB)
28"However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.

He makes us scratch our heads, and pursuit Him. He wants our attention, our time, our allegiance, our devotion our commitment. For those who press in... and ask for revelation and wisdom...He grants it, with great satisfaction. How awesome is it....that the Creator of the WHOLE universe would share his secrets with little old me????

Luke 8:10 (KJV) And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Proverbs 25:2 (NASB)
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Matthew 13:11 (KJV) 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

I see the luke-warm church all around and I want scream and shout to them. I want to plead to them...My dear brothers, my dear sisters....We must pursuit our Creater with passion. We mustn't allow ourselves to be distracted by the many pleasures and distractions around us. The workers are few and the King wants YOU!

This can be overwhelming at times. I know I'm not suppose to "hide it under a bushel" and I also know this:

Luke 12: 42 And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall set over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath. 45 But if that servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many'stripes ; 48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few'stripes . And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more.

The reality of this can be daunting if we think about it too much! So I trade my "thinking" in for "TRUSTING" and continue in the things He has revealed to me and assigned to me...no matter how crazy...not matter how different I may appear to others...or no matter logical it isn't... My faith is strong, a gift from YHVH, I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world and it grows stronger each day as I become more rooted in His Word and learn to walk in His ways.

I think of Noah...how crazy must it have been for Him to build a huge "boat" because a flood was coming - before their was ever EVER rain on the earth??? THAT is faith. I think of Moses, when He started a venture with Millions of disheveled, wining and complaining people across the desert to some yet to be determined destination, on one simple promise. I think of Abraham, who had no written Torah, no Messiah, yet He had faith in the Creator! The list goes on... these men are imperfect, sometimes impossible (two things we have in common) Yet, YHVH used them and walked with them. I think of what they endured...and well - my lot is not so big after all....

1 Corinthians 4:1
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God

Over a year ago YHVH made me a Watchman. I am continually learning the depth of what that really means, as YHVH always reveals layer after layer of His ways. He is showing me the mistakes of our fore fathers, be they Jewish or Christian...it is the same story, the same pattern - History repeating itself. Man repeating his sin nature of adding and taking away from the Scriptures to the point where, it takes on a whole identity of it's own....we have come so far from His teaching and precepts...so far....from YHVH's heart and plan....I am so thankful He has given me ears to hear and eyes to see....I am in awe of His mercy and grace and pray it never leaves me! We must stand account for our choices...we must be honest.

Romans 11:25 (NASB)
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

Open your eyes to His plan...Read the Scriptures from beginning to end, in context. YHVH is a jealous God who wants to be loved.

There are layers to Scripture; Spiritual, physical, historical and prophetic. All existing at the same time in the same verse. (And that is just scratching the surface!) YHVH reveals himself in patterns through the Scriptures. Hebrews 13:8

Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NLT)
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.

We do all this while we walk in humbleness, adoration and reverence to YHVH; Knowing that if we lived to be older than Malchilzadech, searching with all our skills and resources daily without ceasing, and given revelation by the Ruach Ha Kodesh all the way....we would only know a small part of who He is...yet we still chase after Him like a moth to the flame.

1 Timothy 3:9 (NLT)
They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience.

1 Corinthians 13:2 (KJV) And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

We also learn how to balance the hunger for the Scriptures, and our desire for wisdom and the knowledge of Him with the practical application of all that lies between these pages. The DOING of His word, the walking in right relationship with HIM and others. Living a life of worship, making ourselves the offering with no less abandon than the forefathers of our faith and our greatest example Yahshua.

Hebrews 5: 11Concerning him (Yahshua) we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

John 15: 1"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. 2"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8"My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9"Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

The whole point of learning YHVH's Word is to be equipped to obey Him. To walk in His ways and be His ambassadors. Through the Scriptures, we learn of His glorious Name (i.e. reputation/character), so that we may choose HIM over the world and He will be glorified. At the "end" when we answer to Yahshua, we will be judged according to YHVH's standards, and rely solely on His Mercy and Grace, because we are impossibly human....However, if we have hidden His Word in our hearts and we have made ourselves a living sacrifice (obviously flawed yet fully devoted)...We will see the puzzle come together into a Divine picture of beauty for His glory!

Much Love,


Anonymous said...

I will have to come back to this post again, one puzzle piece at a time...thank you....

Valerie said...

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to have been led to your writings! So many questions and feelings I offered up to Him in the past few days are finding validation here. Thank you! It's so... peace giving... to not be sitting alone wondering just how odd you might be, what is 'wishful thinking', and what is a whole new level of expectation and responsibility to aspire to live up to!!!
Truly He is answering my prayers in letting me see where I am one small piece in a huge mosaic of Movement as His plan progresses!