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First Peter….

We always have hope…with the MESSIAH

I have recently come to understand Godly suffering, some of us suffer in Christ while others suffer for Him. When a believer suffers in order to do YHWH’s will, that is a cause for rejoicing, Peter 4:13 states “but in so far as you are sharing in MESSIAH’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His Glory is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph! AMP Saying no to self and suffering in the flesh leads to the death of selfishness, and that kind of hardship yields tremendous freedom and strength. I have recently been made right with YHWH thru the healing of a relationship which will bring  a harvest into my life from seeds planted seven years ago—

First Peter calls us to develop life styles that are holy and pleasing to our Creator, ELOHIM. This beautiful book in the Bible calls us to develop our behavior, our intentions, and causes us to examine our hearts so we can live from a place of pure motives. The words in this great Book gives us nuggets of truth to fight the spiritual war and overcome the traps and tricks of the enemy. It exhorts us to remember that everything about our lives is a witness that tells us something about YHWH, that we are to live humble before YHWH and that above all, we are to love one another intensely.  1 Peter 4:8 “All of you should be of one and the same mind, united in Spirit, sympathizing with one another, loving each other as brethren of the same household, compassionate and courteous and tender hearted” AMP

The true test of faith is how we behave during trials, especially ones we feel are totally unfair. Peter said that fiery ordeals will come to test the quality of our faith and that we are not to be amazed and bewildered. 1 Peter 4:12″Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange were befalling you” AMP So today instead of wondering why I suffer I have made a decision to get through it with a good attitude and I am seeing YHWH is working it all out for His good! One of my favorites scriptures the last few years while I have been waiting on the Lord ha been Romans 8:28  “We know to the ones loving ELOHIM all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose” HRB. YHWH gave His only Son and allowed Him to go through unspeakable suffering that He did not deserve, and He did it for us. I see now there are times when ELOHIM has allowed me to suffer greatly in my life and He has used it for good in my life later, He brought me through horrible trials only to use them for good for myself and others who witness my life. HE is the greatest Father I could ask for.

I have gotten angry with my heavenly Father so many times when things do not go my way and this is the worst thing we can do because He is the only one who can help us! First Peter 4 1:2 helps me to know how to face suffering. Suffering and sacrifice are not always popular words among believers because we as humans do not like to suffer, however they are biblical words. Spiritual maturity or “Christlikeness” cannot be obtained without dying to self, which simply put means saying yes to YHWH and no to our own desires when we are not in full alignment with our Heavenly Father. He rewards us when we are obedient, endure in joy the long suffering of what he has for us and when we study His word. 1 Peter 4:1-2 “So since MESSIAH suffered in the flesh for us, for you, arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose (patiently to suffer rather than fail to please YHWH) For whoever has suffered in the flesh having the mind set of MESSIAH is done with sin (has stopped pleasing him or herself and now lives to please ELOHIM. HRB

When I pray and speak to my Father in heaven he takes my mess and turns it into ministry, others learn from my trials and others can see the glory of He who is within me. I can be an example of the power of ELOHIM by the way I live my life. A light in a dark world.

In order to develop a balanced, healthy, God centered self image we can look to the Word. Incorporate the thoughts we are supposed to think about ourselves to get rid of negative self talk so you can step into the peace and love YHWH has for you-

  1. I know ELOHIM created me and He loves me
  2. I have faults and weaknesses, and I want to change to please YHWH. I know ELOHIM is working in me and for me and is working everything out according to His purpose for my life.
  3. No matter how often I mess up or fail, I will not give up because ELOHIM is with me to strengthen and sustain me, He has promised me never to leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5)
  4. I can do ALL things through MESSIAH who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
  5. I will not be controlled by this world or the people in it and their opinions of me, even if this world rejects me I will survive. ELOHIM has promised to never reject me or condemn me as long as I keep believing (John 6:29)
  6. I am nothing without YAHSHUAH MESSIAH…

 

Waiting on ELOHIM is not easy yet I know it is better than waiting on myself or forcing things in my time. Years ago I gave a person an ultimatum which cost both of us dearly, we both almost lost our lives–literally almost died because I thought I knew better than YHWHs timing…today I can see why I was wrong and why I have to wait on ELOHIM. To humble yourself “under the mighty hand of ELOHIM that in due time He may exalt you” means to ask EL SHADDAI for what you need and want and then WAIT on Him to provide it right when you need it, in His PERFECT timing. As I learn to humble myself by waiting on Him and trust in Him, I see that He really works miracles, moves mountains, mends the broken, opens doors that we think may be sealed forever shut –He loves us so much that He brings us our deepest desires if we really want them and come to Him with a Pure heart.

 1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of ELOHIM, that in due time He may exalt you, casting your whole care (anxieties, worries) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about all things concerning you.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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When did He Rise

Most believers seem to think that YAHSHUAH  (Jesus) was resurrected on a Sunday and attempt to use Luke 24:1-10 as proof and justification to change YHWH’s seventh day Sabbath to the first day. But is this a huge mistake! Where and when did God ever tell us that Sunday is now HIS Sabbath? The answer lies indisputably in the Bible which, when viewed from a “Hebrew perspective”, tells us that YAHSHUAH was resurrected at the end of the Sabbath; not early on a Sunday morning (the first day).

Man has debated the time of Messiah’s resurrection for the last two thousand years. Catholics and Christians have even based their Sunday worship on the mistaken assumption that “Jesus rose on a Sunday”. Rather than to view the Bible from ELOHIM’s perspective and the clear Scriptures He provided, we have used our limited, human mindsets to lead us down the wrong path and come up with the wrong conclusions – which means our view of the Gospels is skewed.
In order to back up this very serious allegation, we will use hermeneutics: allowing Scripture to intepret Scripture:
Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall NO SIGN be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall NO SIGN be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

What was the “sign of Jonas”?
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

The SIGN for which we are searching is “Three days and three nights” (Luke 24:21) 72 hours from death/burial to resurrection of our Savior.
Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began YAHSHUAH (Jesus)to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Matthew 17:23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Matthew 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

(See also Matthew 27:64; Mark 9:31; Mark 10:34; Luke 9:22; Luke 13:32; Luke 18:33; Luke 24:7; Luke 24:46; Acts 10:40; and 1 Corinthians 15:4.)

A thorough study of the Bible reveals that YAHSHUAH  was in the grave three days and three nights, and it tells us that He died just before the Passover which was during the High Holy Days (14 Nisan [see Leviticus 23:5]). This article will show that He was in the grave just before sunset on Wednesday night, according to Scripture (John 19:31); all day Thursday and Thursday night; all day Friday and Friday night, and all day Saturday (as Jonah was in the whale three days and three nights) until just before sunset on Saturday when He was resurrected.
To begin with, in order to discern exactly when our Savior rose, it is important recognize a few things – beginning with the fact that the “dawning of a new day” according to YHWH is at sunset as it is getting dark; not at first light in the morning!

Theology thoughts…

Tomorrow is, of course, Palm Sunday Which causes me too research and write….

Most Christians will celebrate this feast with two prominent features: the story of YAHSHUAHS triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the blessing and waving of palm branches.

This raises the questions: Why did THE MESSIAH enter Jerusalem on a donkey? Why not on a horse? Why not in a chariot? And why did the crowds greet him with branches? The answers to these questions can be found by exploring the Jewish roots of the Triumphal Entry, as revealed in the texts of the Old Testament.

Solomon’s Rides a Mule into Jerusalem

The answer to the first question is rooted in two texts: 1 Kings 1 and Zechariah 9. In the book of Kings, we learn that YAHSHUAH  wasn’t the first king to ride triumphantly into Jerusalem. Long before him, Solomon had done the same, immediately before he was enthroned as king of Israel:

King David said… “Cause my son Solomon to rid on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihop, and let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophetthere anoint him king over Israel; then blow the trumpet, and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ You shall then come up after him, and he shall come and sit upon my throne… So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and Pelethites, went down and caused Solomon to ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon [the spring alongside the Temple mount]. There Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent, and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” And all the people went up after him, playing on pipes, and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth was split by their noise. (1 Kings 1:32-40)

Notice that Solomon’s triumphal entry on the mule takes place after his having been anointed king in the waters of the Gihon and immediately before his enthronement. Thus, this is not just a triumphal entry, but a royal enthronement.

The Triumphal Entry of the Messiah

Moreover, this text gives rise to a prophecy in Zechariah, which speaks of the coming Messiah, the future king, who will recapitulate the actions of Solomon:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Lo, your king comes to you;triumphant and victorious is he,humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. (Zechariah 9:9)

Now, most readers stop here, noting the obvious parallels between this messianic oracle and the actions of YAHSHUAH But keep reading: What does the Messiah do when after he rides into Jerusalem on an ass?

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your captives free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope… (Zechariah 9:10-11)

This is a stunning oracle. In it, the future king not only rides into Jerusalem on an ass in humility, but establishes (1) a universal kingdom (‘to the ends of the earth’), which is characterized by peace, not war (the chariot is ‘cut off). Finally, and most stunning, (3) by means of a blood covenant, YAHSHUAH  sets Israel’s “captives” free from “the waterless Pit” and brings them hold to Jerusalem (the ‘stronghold’). This last line is particularly strange; since what is clearly in view isdeliverance from Exile in Sheol, the realm of the dead, which is frequently referred to in the Old Testament as “the Pit.” Zechariah clearly seems to expect the messianic return from exile to include those who had descended into Sheol, who would somehow be released through the “blood of [the] covenant.”

YAHSHUAHS  Triumphal Entry

Once this Old Testament background is in place, YAHSHUAHS  Triumphal Entry takes on a deeper significance. First, he is deliberately recapitulating Solomon’s royal entry into Jerusalem when he was enthroned as king. Second, he is performing a prophetic sign of the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. In other words, YAHSHUAH both a New Solomon and the long-awaited Messiah. Should there be any doubt about this, Matthew’s Gospel makes both very clear, since he not only cites Zechariah 9, but the crowds describe YAHSHUAH  as none other than the ‘son of David’, a title to which, above all people, Solomon bore the right:

And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then YAHSHUAH two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The MESSIAH has need of them’, and he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass.” [Zech 9:9]. The disciples went and did as YAHSHUAH  had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and other cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the ELOHIM ! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:1-9)

The Palm Branches of the King Who Comes to Offer Sacrifice

This leaves us with one key question: Why the palm branches? No palms are mentioned in 1 Kings or Zechariah . As Matthew’s account makes clear, the branches are tied to Psalm 118, the Great Hallel psalm, which the Jewish crowds are chanting as YAHSHUAH enters into Jerusalem. What is striking about this psalm is, when read in context, it too describes the coming of the king into the city. But in this case, the king enters not to be enthroned, but to ascend to the altar and offer sacrifice:

[King speaking:] “Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to ELOHIM. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner…

[Crowd speaking:] “Save us [Hosanna], we beseech you, O YHWH! O YHWH, we beseech you, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the YAH! We bless you from the house of ELOHIM.. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar!” (Psalm 118:19-27)

That this is the psalm chosen by the pilgrims to celebrate YAHSHUAHS  entry into Jerusalem is no accident….

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Listening…

listening. Something which was a challenge for me….over the last four years I have deepened my walk with SPIRIT and like to share my thoughts….as an author, lyricist, and duaghter of YAHSHUAH I offer my service….and this is what i find…
Perhaps one of the best ways we learn to listen to SPIRIT is by learning to listen to those around us. After all, how can we listen to someone whom we cannot see when we don’t listen to those flesh and blood people we see each day? This could be one reason why James instructs us to be slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). If we don’t listen to the person speaking right in front to us, it certainly will not be long before we are deaf to the invisible SPIRIT whom we cannot see. The adventure of learning to listen to SPIRIT will always involve us in becoming better listeners in our everyday encounters with people.

Pray your daily prayer request.
I USE PRAYER every moment of every day to quiet my mouth, hear SPIRIT speak and live my simple single joyous life.
I  Commit James 1:19 to memory – “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Think of one person today to whom you would like to listen deeply. Ask SPIRIT to help you especially today to listen to this person in a genuinely interested and caring way.

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may love flow from you
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Palm sunday

What is Palm Sunday?”

  Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of YAHSHUAH  into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As YAHSHUAH  entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of YAHSHUAHS earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of YAHSHUAHS WORK on earth.

Palm Sunday began with YAHSHUAH His disciples traveling over the Mount of Olives. ELOHIM sent two disciples ahead into the village of Bethphage to find an animal to ride. They found the unbroken colt of a donkey, just as YAHSHUAH  had said they would (Luke 19:29–30). When they untied the colt, the owners began to question them. The disciples responded with the answer YAHSHUAH provided: “YAH needs it” (Luke 19:31–34). Amazingly, the owners were satisfied with that answer and let the disciples go. “They brought [the donkey] to THE MESSIAH YAHSHUAH, threw their cloaks on the colt and put YAHSHUAH on it” (Luke 19:35).

As YAHSHUAH ascended toward Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him. This crowd understood that YAH was the Messiah; what they did not understand was that it wasn’t time to set up the kingdom yet—although YAHSHUAH had tried to tell them so (Luke 19:11–12). The crowd’s actions along the road give rise to the name “Palm Sunday”: “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matthew 21:8). In strewing their cloaks on the road, the people were giving YAHSHUAH the royal treatment—King Jehu was given similar honor at his coronation (2 Kings 9:13). John records the detail that the branches they cut were from palm trees (John 12:13).

On that first Palm Sunday, the people also honored THE MESSIAH verbally: “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ / ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of ELOHIM!’ / ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9). In their praise of YAHSHUAH , the Jewish crowds were quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the MESSIAH. The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to YAHSHUAH , ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’” (Luke 19:39). However, YAH saw no need to rebuke those who told the truth. He replied, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

Some 450 to 500 years prior to YAHSHUAH S arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! / Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! / See, your king comes to you, / righteous and victorious, / lowly and riding on a donkey, / on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). The prophecy was fulfilled in every particular, and it was indeed a time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but YAHSHUAH  had come to save them spiritually. First things first, and

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mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.

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medicine for day HOUR OF POWER (Jamie Sams) Ritual of joy

In 24 hours I will be on a 6 day vision quest in the Pennsylvania Mountains at a small humble 17 by 17foot hermitage with no internet or cell phone. I am choosing a 40 hour fast to connect and water and fruits for the remaining 4 days.

I often did these types of sabbaticals, retreats when I lived in Wisconsin to connect to Spirit.

As this is the first stay in the Pennsylvania hermitage it feels different and almost ritualistic. You see its been 2 months since I relocated to the Penn State area to be closer to the great university I have been accepted to. As I work towards my Masters in Psychology of Leadership a lot of doors have opened. I have loved horses since I could breath and equine therapy combined with my Psychology degree is an obvious choice for my career path.

I have started volunteering at Horses of Hope about 45 minutes from my lovely home in Centre Hall PA. The mission of the non profit is in line with what my life’s work is to be. I wish to be a part of it until I breathe my last.

Today as I drew a medicine card the hour of power came to me and I felt it necessary to share.

Hour of Power

THE TEACHING

All human beings have their own internal timing. Some are very quick to accomplish a daily task while others are more methodical. Some people have a slow metabolic rate and others have food seemingly run through their bodies. The thought processes of some are lightening quick and others are graced with the patience of examination. These examples of personal timing are some of the things that make us unique and different from one another.

So it Is that each person also has an hour of power during a days cycle. Every person feels more connection with a certain time of day or evening. For some it may be just before sunrise when the world is still and quiet and the fading darkness is about to greet Grandfather Sun. For others it may be 3:00 or 4:00am when the stirrings of life are totally quiet and entering the silence is easier. For some it may be high noon when Grandfather Sun is at his peak and is flooding his love and warmth on all Creation. For others it may be sunset, the days transition into starry wonder. For all people, their special time of day or evening is their hour of power.

My thoughts on the teaching

For me I love the cool darkness of night at midnight to two am or exactly at the sunrise whenever that happens in the year. In these moments I seek a moment to connect to that which is greater than me. The messiah, the mother the father…whomever.

As I start to mentally prepare for tomorrows trip to the hermitage I am filled with gratitude for my life today. I am in love with the same man as I was four years ago, we are not currently together but that does not change my feelings for him. I am two classes into my Masters Program at Penn State and I am living in a beautiful part of the country.

As I approach the silence for six days I want to let go of all expectations of what I am supposed to experience. I want to just be in each moment and each breathe as I experience it.

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Saturdays Seeds by MKSpryte…. keep moving

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A Harley Davidson revs outside my window. I live along a highway in Centre Hall Pennsylvania. A change from the quiet cul de sac I lived on in Green Bay Wisconsin. I like the change, I love the mountains which surround me. I am nestled in a valley between great Appalachians, Tussey, Mount Nittany, Bald Mountain, Broad Mountain, Spruce Mountain, and Little Mountain just to name a few. These gargantuan mounds of rock and trees which surround me. The site of the landscape along instills gratitude in my heart yet reminds me of how small I am. I think of my lover whom I separated from and wished to  marry. I think about the girls death and the choices in my life which followed. I settle on the present moment and witness the grandness of Penn State University as I study in the Paterno Library, named for its benefactor Joe Paterno. The short drive to the University is 11 miles from the two bedroom house I share with one of my best friends Lisa who travelled with me to this new State. I park my car about a mile and a half from campus and walk the distance to the University where I can be found studying most days within one of my favorite coffee shops or the long tables with the green lamps on the second floor of Library. A turn of events which led me here have been mulled over in my mind for days. The acceptance letter from PENN State, the lack of response from the man I love to stay, the house my mom gave to my step brother to rent that I wanted to purchase, the termination from my 50 thousand a year job. It all added to me moving here. Of course, the relationship with the man still may happen, only time will tell, the house can be bought here in PA and I have accepted a new job with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Association Agency to start in October.

A semi drives by down shifting from coming towards the mountain…..