Growing in The Way

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Sharing what Yahushua is teaching us as we walk with him, for the purpose of helping the body of Messiah go from milk to meat.

Hello, hello everyone.

I've been finding a new place and moving, at the same time of starting up training for new career, so it's been very hectic.

I'll be back to a more harmonious life here in a week or two.

Please stay seeking Jesus.  We ARE in a new era, and the only way to get through what is already here is to be so close to Him (read - to have such an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with Him) that you hear Him very clearly.  We are going to have to hear His Spirit within us in order to know where to go (if anywhere), when to go, with whom, or who we need to no longer associate with, etc. etc.

And in case y'all haven't noticed, I try to make you hungry for more Word so that you start feeding yourself, searching yourself, letting God's Word separate what shouldn't be there, clean what is dirty, water what needs to grow, and nourish you, the real you.  We all need to get to the point where if it's just the Word of God in print and His Spirit guiding us and giving us revelation and living Word (Rhema) as we read it, we could get everything we would get  and more than if we had someone preach the Word to us.  That said, we HAVE to have fellowship with the rest of the body of Messiah because it's encouraged in the Word, because we need to confirm prophecies to one another, because when we come together as a body, something greater happens than alone.

Anyhow, just a quick note - Kevin

Thank you KevinRZ for all you write and share its beautiful .

Hello everyone.  It's been a couple of weeks of spiritual battle in the area of my emotions.  As always Elohim is faithful and has already given me the victory.  So I'll share a few of those scriptures:

First, I had to, many years ago stop loving the world. Really, it was hours and hours in scriptures, reading and studying the Word in desperation for answers, for comfort, for anything and everything, that led me to one day realizing that I no longer remembered a bunch of the names of songs and artists that I used to know, same with cars and trucks, etc.....the love of the world was fading and my heart was changing.  1 John 2:15 "Do not love[Agapate] the world or the things of the world.  If anyone loves[Agapa] the world, the love[Agape] of the Father is not in him."  There's a lot more in the scriptures about Agape and heart change, in future posts....

God fights our battles: Deuteronomy 20:4; Isaiah 42:13; Joshua 23:10 (and 11-13 as a warning - therefore do not love the world),

We overwhelmingly conquer through Him: Romans 8:37; 1 John 5:1-5

Elohim just gives us the victory through Yahushua: 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14,

Elohim already gave us everything for life (including handling spiritual attacks) and godliness: 2 Peter 1:1-11; Luke 10:19; Matthew 18:18; Ephesians 1:15-23, 2:4-7, 3:14-19, 6:10-18

If have submitted ourselves to God, we simply resist and the devil flees: James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9

By the blood of the Lamb and our testimony the devils are defeated!  Revelation 12:10-11; Hebrews 2:14-15

Greater is He who is me me than he who is in the world: 1 John 4:4,16; 1 Corinthians 2:12

Based on above scriptures and more, if we are truly new creations per 2 Corinthians 5:17, that is, if we truly are Messiah's, then He has sealed us with His Set-Apart Spirit and there's no reason why we need to put up with spiritual attacks.  They may still come, but as we stand up to the devils using scriptures and the Blood of the Lamb, they get tired of getting beat up (by the Word).  And eventually we learn to preemptively get up in the morning, pray in the Spirit, pray scriptures, pray the Blood of the Lamb, all as the Spirit leads.  As we do that, we beat the living daylights out of any darkness that was even thinking about coming against you or your family that day.  At least, that's what I've learned and works for me.  Do with it what you will.

Have a blessed weekend!

FOUNDATIONAL 1

I will be using the most commonly known names of books of the Scriptures instead of the Hebrew names to make it easier to access to even a brand new follower of The Way.  For example, the book of John, instead of Yohanan.  I will refer to the Messiah in both languages, Jesus or Yahushua. I will also mostly avoid the generic use of "God", rather, I will do my best to use Elohim or YHWH, depending on what is originally written there.  I will mostly use The Scriptures translation, and I will include others where I think it would help.

Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning ELOHIM.  First, ELOHIM is plural, as in "They".  No further explanations on that, other than, that is what is written.  The Most High has always been and is outside of time.  This is why the finished work of Yahushua, which He did once for all, can be accessed by all humanity, because He is outside time, in eternity.

In the same beginning verses we are shown how the Most High does everything.  In verse 2 the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters, other translations say hovering.  Then Elohim released His Word - He said....  It sure seems that the Spirit of Elohim was waiting for the Word of Elohim to make it so.  Interesting that, having been made in His image, and having been sealed with His Spirit (2 Cor 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14), we are told in Mark 11:23 "For truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says, shall be done, he shall have whatever he says.  Because of this I say to you, whatever you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them."  There's also forgiveness involved, but that's all later.

1 John 4:7 forward - Elohim is Agape love.  Just to be clear, this is NOT the same as saying that love is God(as I've heard some people on television say).  Love is always relational, so although the finished work of Yahushua allows us to accept the new covenant (stronger than a contract) and gives us position in His Reign, He wants RELATIONSHIP.  In my opinion, this is why we have been given marriage and families, as very crude example of how we should relate to our Heavenly Abba (Father).  We must cultivate that relationship so that we do not find ourselves at the other end of "Depart from me, I never knew you" (Matthew 7:21).  And by cultivate that relationship, I mean be obedient to The Most High, which Jesus repeats over and over in John 14:15, 21, 23-24, 31(Jesus obeys The Father because He loves Him), 15:9-10, 12(the commandment He is talking about), 13-14, 17.  Basically read John 14 and 15. No, seriously, go read!

The finished work of Yahushua.  John 3:16 "For Elohim so loved the world, that He gave His only brought-forth Son, that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life."  Yahushua willingly gave himself as a sacrifice, once, for us - Hebrews 10:10-14.  The Most High gave us the highest example of what it means to Agapeo, to love others.  There was an old covenant, and now He is our Mediator to the new covenant(Hebrews 8:6).  For old/new covenant read Galatians 3 and 4 - yes, both CHAPTERS....but wait there's more!

Paid for by Yahushua - 1John 2:2 "And He Himself is an atoning offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for all the world;"   Acts 4:12 "And there is no deliverance in anyone else, for there is no other Name under the heaven given among men by which we need to be saved;"    Ephesians 1:7 "in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of trespasses, according to the riches of His favour."  But it's a free gift to us  - Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the favourable gift of Elohim is everlasting life in Messiah Yahushua our Master," and that NOT BY WORKS, so that no one may boast - Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by favour you have been saved, through belief, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim, it is not by works, so that no one should boast."  I will repeat this verse in a couple of different translations: Galatians 2:21 "I do not set aside the favour of Elohim, for if righteousness is through Torah, then Messiah died for naught;"   From NASB translation "I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness (comes) through the Law, then Christ dies needlessly."

That's it for this Foundation 1.  Going from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word will take the effort of looking up each scripture, then look up other verses containing similar words or concepts and keep studying as His Spirit leads.  But I don't try to study large quantity, rather, whatever I can go in depth and UNDERSTAND.  I must understand it and have it go into the good ground of my heart.  And I say "good ground" of my heart by faith.  I keep asking my Abba to make sure my heart is good ground.  This is part of the process of being TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind. A new creation (2 Cor 5:17) with a transformed mind won't steal, won't lie, won't ....it will become easy to love Jesus (obey His command to love others), which is to follow the Way, which is to walk in the narrow way.

 

I learned some good lessons tonight.  I learned that just as Elohim looks at the heart, I am not to get stuck on any one thing a brother or sister in Messiah may say, rather, I am to look at their heart, the best that I can discern.  As Ephesians 5:1 says, become therefore imitators of Elohim, as beloved children, and walk in love, as Messiah also loved us...

What I just did, going to a specific scripture, is grounding myself in the Word, reinforcing that I am rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17).  Which is also how I do battle.  When I start to get angry, no, I am rooted and grounded in love, I am an imitator of God and I walk in love.

Greetings and salutations to anyone who is reading this :-)

I just wanted to post the first post for Growing in The Way.  This group is just to document your walk in The Way, The Truth, and The Life.  It's for us to sharpen each other and encourage each other in our walk.  I wrote 3 pages of the basics of what my walk with Yahushua looks like, in case it helps anyone. I am not sure yet how to post them, but you'll be seeing them soon.  it's mostly scriptures with a little explanation here and there, but I do encourage you to dig into each verse and each chapter because that's how I went from drinking spiritual milk to eating spiritual meat.

Laugh like you used to, Love like you've never been hurt, Live like you don't know if you'll have tomorrow, truly live.