Considering the promises of The Almighty Yahweh, this Sabbath. Every day presents different obstacles, hindrance, and opposition, yet they are from the same source. Obstacles, hindrances, and opposition can come from the enemy of our souls, Satan. They can be the natural order of life under the curse upon mankind from the garden. But they can also be self initiated and propagated.
But Messiah came to do away with the curse, and to destroy the works of Satan. That brings it all down to a personal level. Do I believe this? Am I willing to seek Him, on a daily basis, to remove obstacles, hindrances, and opposition – especially when that is all representative of my flesh at work?
We are all alike, in that we face problems in our lives every day. We worry and fret over our provision. We have problems in relationships, with family, friends, and co-workers. We deal with our own attitudes, and weaknesses. And sometimes, even oftentimes, our emotions get the better of us, because we don’t know what His promises are. Or we know and don’t believe. And for us who believe, we also have to recognize that we each struggle with belief. We have an element of unbelief in all of us. Belief is faith – believing what
Elohim has said – believing in the Son of Elohim who came to bring faith, and work grace in and through us, by His death, resurrection, ascension to the Father, and the sending of the Set Apart Spirit to live in us.
What is set up in believers is the battle Shaul (Paul) describes in Romans Seven. He found that there was a battle raging in him. It was the Spirit versus his flesh. He had to decide who to yield to – and to know and believe who would deliver Him. He came to same conclusion that we need to come to – it is Yahshua, the Messiah, who died for us. Who rose again, who ascended to Father to intercede on our behalf, and who sent His Spirit to live in and empower us to live and walk through this life. But in the heat of battle it seems we easily lose track of this Truth.
Back in 2001 Yahweh laid Mattithyahu (Matthew) Chapter Six on my heart and mind. I spent a few months looking at that portion of text. And He keeps taking me back to it, time and time again.
Here are some key verses, in Matthew Chapter Six, that will give you the gist of what I’m seeing.
Mat 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. And your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openl
Mat 6:9 “This, then, is the way you should pray: ‘Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart,
Mat 6:10 let Your reign come, let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 ‘Give us today our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13 ‘And do not lead us into trial,1 but deliver us from the wicked one – because Yours is the reign and the power and the esteem, forever. Amĕn.’
Mat 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
Mat 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.
Mat 6:24 “No one is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cleave to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.1 Footnote: 1Personification of wealth.
Mat 6:25 “Because of this I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you shall eat or drink, or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than the food and the body more than the clothing?
Mat 6:26 “Look at the birds of the heaven, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into storehouses, yet your heavenly Father does feed them. Are you not worth more than they?
Mat 6:27 “And which of you by worrying is able to add one cubit to his life’s span?
Mat 6:28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Note well the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin,
Mat 6:29 and I say to you that even Shelomoh in all his esteem was not dressed like one of these.
Mat 6:30 “But if Elohim so clothes the grass of the field, which exists today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more you, O you of little belief?
Mat 6:31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Mat 6:32 “For all these the gentiles seek for. And your heavenly Father knows that you need all these.
Mat 6:33 “But seek first the reign of Elohim, and His righteousness, and all these matters shall be added to you.
Mat 6:34 “Do not, then, worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall have its own worries. Each day has enough evil of itself.
You can read the words of the Master here. I have no need for much commentary on what He said. All I can say is this; Father help my unbelief! In these days that are filled with worry, and where evil is ever present, help me to remember Your Words, and to believe Your Torah, and cry out to you for my deliverance. It is my heart and my mind that are the battleground. But He said that He writes His Law on the heart of those who believe and enter into this New Covenant in His Blood. He says that, in this New Covenant that He puts His Law in out minds. That would mean we have the mind of Messiah, just as Shaul wrote. The problem is that we still have to deal with the mind of the flesh. The battle is on! But He purchased us, redeemed us. The battle belongs to Yahweh, in His Son Yahshua! I, we need to turn to Yahshua, who alone can deliver us. This is the conclusion Shaul came to in Romans Chapter Seven:
Rom 7:19 For the good that I wish to do, I do not do; but the evil I do not wish to do, this I practise.
Rom 7:20 And if I do that which I do not wish, it is no longer I who work it, but the sin dwelling in me.
Rom 7:21 I find therefore this law, that when I wish to do the good, that the evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the Torah of Elohim1 according to the inward man, Footnote: 1Ps. 119:16.
Rom 7:23 but I see another law in my members, battling against the Torah of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?
Rom 7:25 Thanks to Elohim, through יהושע Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself truly serve the Torah of Elohim, but with the flesh the law of sin.
A couple of days ago I was reminded that my Father, Yahweh, owns the cattle on a thousand hills. I opened the Scriptures to Psalm Fifty to see what this meant in context. It is often used in the prosperity gospel proclaimers pitch to get people to give them more money, or as a mantra to those who want to be rich, or who are in financial need. The “name it claim it” group has perverted the Truth for their own gain. But the Truth is that He does own everything. All the earth belongs to Him.
The context of Psalm Fifty is that Yisrael was trusting in her own self righteousness. They believed they were accepted by their animal sacrifices to Yahweh, when all the animal sacrifices were was an act of faith – obedience out of believing what He said to do. The blood of bulls and goats was not what He wanted. He didn’t need their sacrifices of animal blood. What He wanted was that they, and we, give ourselves as living sacrifices – sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise – that we cease trusting in our own resources, our own works, and allow Him to do what He wants to do.
Psa 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.
Psa 50:11 “I know all the birds of the mountains, And all moving in My field are Mine.
Psa 50:12 “If I were hungry, I would not speak to you; For the world is Mine, and all that fills it.
Psa 50:13 “Do I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
Psa 50:14 “Offer thanksgiving to Elohim, And pay your vows to the Most High.
Psa 50:15 “And call upon Me in the day of distress – Let Me rescue you, and you esteem Me.”
Today, on His Sabbath Day, I’m reminded that I am not to speak my own words, seek my own pleasure, or go my own way. This is what He desires for every minute, or every day of my life. May I remember and give thanks and praise for what He has wrought in me, and what He has provided for me. For in Messiah Yahshua is everything I need to live, both physically, and to walk pleasingly before Him.
Psa 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be pleasing before You, O יהוה, my rock and my redeemer.
Blessings and peace, in Yahshua!