Isaiah 29:13 Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, and Yeshua says in the New covenant, Mark 7:8 Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
One must feel ever so very sorry for the tradition of the Jewish people who have learned so much from their seminaries and have added so much to the word of God. It was exactly the same when Yeshua was here in flesh and blood, the elders were constantly at Him because He did not follow their tradition which they had made up and was not what God had commanded. They became blinded because of their tradition; they were unable to see the truth when it was standing right before them.
And after all these years since Yeshua was in our midst, not much has changed. There is a law that if one follows the teachings of Yeshua, they are no longer Jewish and cannot become citizens of Israel. How crazy is that. One can follow Buddha or Mohamed or any other false god but the one they fear is Yeshua.
I know that the God of Israel will eventually open their eyes but when?
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Have you ever pondered on the fact of ‘why’ they crucified Yeshua, Jesus? I do not believe it was solely because they did not believe He was their Messiah but mostly because they could not control His actions any more than they could control the disciples’ actions after they had been baptized into the Holy Spirit. With the exception of John, they all died a horrible death and even he was abandoned to the Isle of Patmos for the remainder of his life. Yeshua said it Himself at the beginning of His ministry here; Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
He also said that if they hated Him they will also hate you for the same reason, you cannot and do not conform to the things of this world. Galatians 2:20 says it very plainly, we are not of this world, we do not conform to the dictates of an evil dark generation. We actually belong to another dimension and are not for sale. We really are “aliens” whether one wants to admit it or not and this is not our home. Again, the Christian faith is the most hated of all the religions because we are not able to be bought. We know what ‘real’ love is and ‘real’ mercy is and ‘real’ compassion is and will not settle down for the false or watered down versions.
OK, I am a non-conformist and intend to stay that way. God has called me to be a witness to this world and I do the best I know how.
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Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
When it comes to science and technology, it is becoming aware that there are many dimensions to life on this planet that are unseen. The advent of Quantum Mechanics has begun to reveal the reality of yet other worlds within this one that we see and hear. There are “voices” that we hear in our mind that are not a part of a mental disturbance as some may theorize, but actual suggestions given to us from one of the other dimensions of the reality of our existence. A great example in the Bible is with Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. They were in one of those other dimensions that science is only now discovering and yet do not understand.
Just take a look around the world at all the death and destruction that is taking place let alone the ‘liberal’ attitude that is rising up to come against the Word of God (Who incidentally lives in one of these other dimensions and maybe all of them) and the fundamentals of a Christian life. It is a very real dimension that we all deal with every day and yet go about our daily routine totally unaware of. There are ‘unseen’ forces constantly attempting to guide us in one direction or another. The born again believer who is baptized into the Holy Spirit is very aware of this reality and of all I say today.
It is that unseen world that is moving us either toward the Creators Light or away from it into that very, very dark world of death and destruction. The Creator God has told us go throughout all the world and spread the good news of Yeshua, Jesus and how to avoid the traps of that vile enemy of the Kingdom of Light and Life. The war is on and it is a very real fierce battle for our souls. The Eternal perspective is so vast compared to this extremely brief moment that we spend here in this dimension of existence.
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