If The Righteous Scarcely Be Saved

Perhaps you are familiar with the many Scriptures describing the ‘Last Days‘ — also known as the Days of the coming of the Son of Man — the soon-coming return of Messiah Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Christ Jesus], also called Emmanuel, God with us, God manifested in the flesh, the One who is completely God and completely man.

Here are two of the Scripture passages regarding the ‘Last Days’:

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-27)

For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days, before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:37-39)

Before the flood in Noah’s day, people were going about their business as though things were normal.

But then … when the flood came, all were destroyed … Except For Eight Souls!

Only eight souls were saved in Noah’s day:

And Yahuwah [the LORD] said unto Noah, Come you, and all your house, into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before Me in this generation. … And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. (Genesis 7:1,7)

In Noah’s day, wickedness abounded, but only eight people believed God and accepted His offer of escape, His solution for deliverance — His salvation.

In Noah’s day, the multitudes arrogantly scorned and mocked and rejected the lovingkindness and the truth of God. Multitudes refused to be teachable, for they refused to receive God’s Word and His Truth. They refused to do the simple and humble actions of repentance — to stop their rebellion against God!

And just as it was in Noah’s day, so it is true in our day, in this 21st Century — in these days that are just as the days of Noah!

Many features of this present age are ripe for the coming of the Saviour. We are surely living in the days that are ‘as the days of Noah’.

The days of Noah, and also the days of Lot as well, were full of violence and debauchery and perversion. These same characteristics are rampant expressions of our current times. The signs are everywhere that we are nearing the end of the age, when God will usher in the final End-Time Days of tribulation and vengeance. We do not have much time left to prepare.

Only A Handful

In our day, only a handful of people will have the understanding needed for the End-Time Days and the coming of the Son of Man.

Only a handful will truly know what it means to walk the narrow way with God which leads to life and true righteousness (Matthew 7:14).

Only a handful will know the salvation that Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] offers through His Son (Psalm 14:2; John 3:17-18).

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?? (1Peter 4:18)

If the righteous scarcely be saved…

If the righteous barely be saved…

If the righteous hardly be saved…

… then how shall any of us escape, especially the ungodly and the sinner — those who refuse God’s offer of salvation and rescue?

ONLY A FEW will find the way of escape: Because narrow is the gate and constricted (difficult) is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it! (Matthew 7:14)

Warnings

The Bible is full of the warnings regarding the End-Time Days and the great tribulation:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:21-22)

For, behold, the day is coming, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, saith Yahuwah [the LORD] of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4:1; see also Isaiah 13:6-11)

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:25-28)

The End-Time Days will be a glorious time for those who are longing for, and eagerly anticipating, Messiah’s return because He is our Hope of Glory! At that time He shall send His angels to gather together His chosen ones” — “the called, the chosen, the faithful” (Matthew 24:31; Revelation 17:14).

But for those who reject Messiah, the ungodly sinners who have spoken against Him, the End-Time Days will be a time of fearfulness and tribulation (see Revelation 16; Jude 1:14-15; 2Thessalonians 1).

What Does It Take???

Question: What does it take to be one of the ‘righteous ones’, one of the ‘chosen ones’, who escape the wrath and are rescued from eternal condemnation?

Answer: Humble yourself, and repent — begin to walk in obedience to God’s Word, so that you may be forgiven of your past sins and rebellion. Yield your life to Yahushua Messiah, and become ‘born-again’ so that you may be found “IN Messiah Yahushua”:

But of Him you are IN Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus], who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. (1Corinthians 1:30)

… I also count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] my Lord, … so that I may gain Messiah and be found IN Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Messiah, the righteousness of God by faith. (Philippians 3:8-9)

The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. For to them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Messiah IN you, the Hope of Glory. (Colossians 1:26-27)

Only One Door

The righteous will scarcely be saved because just as the Ark of Noah had Only One Door, so also there is Only One Door by which sinners can be made ‘the righteousness which is of God through faith in Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]’.

There is Only One Door by which sinners can be transformed and can enter into heaven and eternal life.

There is no coming to the holy and righteous God if you are trusting in your own good behaviour, your own good intentions, or your own good works!

There is no coming to God the Father unless you come through the ONE DOOR — Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]!

Then said Yahushua [Jesus] unto them again, Truly, truly, I say unto you, I am The Door of the sheep…. I am The Door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:7, 9).

Yahushua [Jesus] said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me. (John 14:6)

Yahushua [Jesus] said …. Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again. (John 3:7)

We must come into God’s offer of escape by Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] who is The Door. By faith in Him, as the great Mediator between God and man, we come into agreement and fellowship with God. There is no entering into God’s heavenly kingdom but by being born-again through faith in Messiah Yahushua.

Do you know Him? He is the Son of God who willingly died, and shed His blood as the required payment for your sins and for mine. He was then resurrected and returned to the heavenly realm. Though He never sinned, He took the punishment for our sins because of His great love for us, so that we might escape eternal condemnation. (see John 3:16-18)

There is a day coming when the Almighty God will judge the world in righteousness by the Man, Yahushua Messiah — and He is returning soon.

God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man [Yahushua Messiah (Jesus Christ)] whom He appointed, having given proof unto all men by raising Him from the dead. (Acts 17:31).

Call Upon God In Truth

If you call upon Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God, the Heavenly Father], calling upon Him in truth – in the sincerity of your heart – then He will draw near to you, by His Holy Spirit! Yahuwah [the LORD] is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. (Psalms 145:18)

If you are humble, as a little child, and talk to the Heavenly Father from your heart, then He will hear your prayer.

Do not refuse God’s offer of salvation and rescue. Start to draw near to God today, by calling upon Him in the name of His Son Yahushua (Jesus).

Read His ‘love-letter’ — His words written in the Holy Bible, and purpose to be a “Do-er” of His Words.

Perhaps you may then be among the righteous who will barely be saved . . . and not among the un-saved, the ungodly and the sinners.

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How Can A Young Person Live A Life of Purity?

In Psalms 119, the psalmist asks a question of the heavenly Father — Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

How can a young person live a life of purity?? (Psalms 119:9a)

A life of purity is a beautiful and honourable life! A life of purity is a healthy, thriving, flourishing life, one that promises much fruitfulness.

Sadly, ‘the world’ will tell you that a life of purity is a dream, a fantasy – it’s impossible.

And yes, if you fall victim to ‘loving the world and the things in the world’ (1John 2:15-17), then purity is a fantasy.

But Father God gives an immediate answer to the question:

How can a young person live a life of purity?? – By obeying God’s Word (Psalms 119:9a&b)

Yahuwah Elohim tells us The Way! He tells us how a young person can live a life of purity:  by obeying His written Word!

An Eternal Design

Each one of us are created in the image of our Creator, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. (Genesis 1:27) Yahuwah created us according to an eternal design! If we choose to accept His design, and follow His instructions and guidelines [the Bible], then, even in the midst of trials and afflictions, Father will bless us and guide us by His Holy Spirit (Psalms 15:1-2; Psalms 128:1).

Yahuwah promises us that things will be well with those who honour Him with their trust and obedience (see Deuteronomy 28:1-14)! In other words, we will be eternally “blessed”. . .

Blessed [happy] are the undefiled (the clean and pure) … who walk in the Torah [the Law] of Yahuwah [the LORD].   Blessed [happy] are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. (Psalms 119:1-2)

These verses, and others in Psalms 119, are wonderful clues for helping us to be a mature and honourable person. Psalms 119 also gives us warnings on how to avoid the pitfalls of shame, misery, and disgrace. I would encourage you to read through Psalms 119, and look for those prayers that give insights on living a life of purity. Here are just two of such prayers:

O that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto [regard with favor] all Your commandments. (Psalms 119:5-6)
Let my heart be sound in [be complete and undefiled by obeying] Your statutes; that I be not ashamed. (Psalms 119:80)

Maintaining A Pure Life – Set Apart For a Special Purpose

A pure and clean life is the foundation of a life that is mature and respectable. Walking in purity is to maintain a ‘set-apart-ness‘ from the ways of this world. A life of purity is to be set apart for a special purpose, set-apart as one of God’s special vessels of honour! When we seek to live before God by preserving our purity, then we will have a clear conscience that is free from misery and shame.

But we need the heavenly Father’s help!! We cannot walk in purity in our own strength! We need to look to Yahuwah [the LORD] and pray for His salvation, His strength and grace. As we saw in The Pathway of Purity, we must rely on God, sometimes moment by moment, to help us maintain a pure life, help us to maintain a clean life that avoids sinful, perverted behaviours and words. We must cry out to our heavenly Father for His guidance and protection, to help us do what may seem impossible!

In order for a young person to live a pure life it is essential to have a daily prayer time with the heavenly Father, talking to Him about our most intimate concerns — talking to Him about the frustrations and temptations we all face! This world’s enticements and pleasures are very attractive to young people and Yahuwah knows this. That is why, over and over, Yahuwah warns us:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world… (1John 2:15a)
Be not conformed to this world…. (Romans 12:2a)
The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…. (1Corinthians 3:19a)
Friendship with the world is hatred toward God! (James 4:4)

Do not be taken in by the earthly, sensual, and temporary sinful pleasures of this world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Such things are defiling, corrupt, and will only hijack our innocence. (1John 2:15-17; Job 20:4-5; Titus 3:3; James 3:14-16).

There can be no true pleasure in sin, for there is always bitterness in the end.” — John Gill

To live a life of purity, we must fight the good fight of faith! We must be diligent to spend time in prayer every day to seek the help of the Holy Spirit to protect us and strengthen us against the sensual, perverted lusts that this world repeatedly throws at us. We must seek Father’s help to remain loyal to Him and to His Word, even when we walk, for a season, through ‘the valley of the shadow of death’ (see Psalms 23).

Our love should be reserved for God; and not thrown away on the ways of this world. If our love of the world prevails then our love for God dwindles and decays.” — Matthew Henry

Learning to Be Honest – Speaking Truth in Our Heart

Being young and energetic is a great blessing that is given to us by our Creator. He delights in our enthusiasm. Father God puts it on the hearts of the young to want the best, and to eagerly search out what is good and truthful.

But finding The Way of Truth and thus beginning to live a life of purity must first begin with having the right attitude within ourselves. If we are not truthful with ourselves, then we are easily led into deception and can violate our good conscience.

One of the most important ways we can begin to live a life of purity is to make the decision to learn to be honest with ourselves, as Yahuwah requires of us:

Yahuwah [LORD], who shall abide in Your tabernacle? who shall dwell in Your holy hill? He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. (Psalms 15:1-2)
Behold, You [Yahuwah] desire truth in the inward parts. (Psalms 51:6a)
I have chosen the way of truth: Your judgments have I laid before me. (Psalms 119:30)

These and many other Scripture passages teach us that Father God is very interested in our commitment to maintain our inner honesty!

I use the phrase ‘learn to be honest with ourselves’ because dis-honesty within ourselves is very common. Often, without realizing it, we are not inwardly honest with ourselves about our own behaviour.

Even though we may want to do what is good and truthful, we struggle to do the right thing. When we want to do what is right, many times evil lies close at hand” (see Romans 7:18-21), which is why every one of us have given in to sinful actions, whether small ones or big ones.

Yet, all of us have a tendency to cover up our humiliation, our confusion, and the truth of our faults and sins. Sadly, we are masters at denying and covering up our faults, blunders, and sins. We are masters at pretending that nothing is amiss, pretending that we are confident and secure about our condition. However, many times we simply do not want to face the truth about ourselves. It is too painful.

But if we do not recognize the truth about ourselves, and within our own thoughts, then we can become deluded and deceived, which results in closing our eyes to seeking truth in many other areas. But if we decide to honestly be obedient to Yahuwah’s Word, then our understanding of many truths will begin to be enlightened (Psalm 19:8).

It takes courage to be honest with ourselves within our own thought patterns. It takes courage to decide to not cover up our faults and sins. It takes courage to confess our faults and sins to God, and seek Father’s forgiveness by the blood of His Son, and then begin to walk in daily repentance (Proverbs 28:13; Colossians 1:13-14; 1John 1:9).

These courageous things are part of learning to practice speaking the truth about ourselves within our own heart.

A Personal Example

I know firsthand what it means to not be honest within my heart about my own behaviour.

When I was in high school as a young teenager, I was enrolled in a drama class. At the time, it was great fun and I made lots of friends. When the next semester came around and it was time to choose my new classes, I debated within myself about going to the next level in the drama class.

Something happened to me at that moment of decision – I think it was like an epiphany. As I thought about doing more drama skits and plays, I was struck with the fact that the drama class was teaching me to pretend — to pretend I was someone other than who I actually was. That thought really bothered and unsettled me.

The more I thought about all the pretending I was doing in my drama class, the more it frightened me. Why? Because I was already struggling with what kind of person I was. I was a typical young teenager trying to figure out my own confidence, my identity as a person, as a student, as a daughter, as a female.

I believe such struggles are typical for young people in this age of television, movies, and social media. There are tremendous pressures on young people to deny basic core identity issues — pressures to deny their place in their family, deny the wishes of their parents, and to go in search for something ‘more’, something ‘exciting’ — the ‘more exciting’ actually being the deceptive lies of the devil.

Thankfully, only by God’s mercy, I made a choice at that time, and I decided I did not want to learn to pretend to be someone that I was not. So I did not continue with the drama classes.

That decision was my first, major decision in Choosing The Way of Truth.

Of course, at that time, I was still far from the kind of honesty that God required of me. Pretending was a part of my inner thoughts, even outside of my drama class. Inwardly I was still very selfish, rebellious, and very ignorant. I was full of my own self-importance, and I thought I could figure out, on my own, the noble and exalted Pathway to Truth. How foolish I was!! (Jeremiah 17:9).

But that one little decision of mine back in high school was a baby step to move in the right direction. That one decision was a significant step in finding and loving the truth, which I more or less held to as I became an adult. And over the course of the next few years, after multiple blunders of trying to find the truth on my own (and barely surviving my quest for truth), I finally found what I was looking for, what I was thirsting for! I found the One who is the Living Truth (Ephesians 4:21)!

I had to learn the Very Hard Way that God’s Word — not my heart, not my feelings, not my closest friends, not my favorite public celebrity, but God’s WORD [the Bible] — is the only authoritative source for truth, direction, and counsel!

Satisfying My Thirsty Soul

As this blog title reveals, I was a ‘Thirsty Soul’ looking for pure, refreshing ‘Living Waters’. I was looking for a healing of my broken soul. As I have written in several other articles, I struggled greatly in my searchings for the truth. There were times when my searchings almost killed me.

Right after I graduated from college, I met a fellow student who was a Christian. I shared with her my struggles. She asked me, “Have you ever tried Jesus?” For me, that was an anointed question!! I thought to myself, “I’ve tried everything else. Why not try Jesus?”

So I began to read the Bible and some Christian-authored books. Within a few weeks, I had acknowledged the truth of who Jesus Christ [Yahushua Messiah, His Hebrew name] actually is, and I became Born-Again. Since that time, 45 years ago, I have been continually (with God’s help!!) choosing The Way of Truth, because now I know where to find truth — by searching God’s written Word [the Bible], and by praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance (John 16:13-14).

Men do not drop into the right way by chance; they must choose it, and continue to choose it, or they will soon wander from it. There must be study, consideration, deliberation, and earnest enquiry, or the way of truth will be missed. The commands of God must be set before us as the mark to aim at, the model to work by, the road to walk in.” — Charles Spurgeon

The Truth is IN Yahushua [Jesus]

With the help of the Holy Spirit, growing up and living a life of purity has become a driving conviction for me. I finally began to live a life that gave me peace and acceptance with who I was, and gave me respect about myself. By searching God’s Word, the truth I was desperately thirsting for began to be confirmed to me over and over:

Yahushua [Jesus] said unto him, I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me. (John 14:6)
Pilate therefore said unto Him, Are You a king then? Yahushua [Jesus] answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears My voice. (John 18:37)
If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is IN Yahushua [Jesus]. (Ephesians 4:21)
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1Timothy 2:3-4)
Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto sincere love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently. (1Peter 1:22)

Humility – The First Step

Choosing The Way of Truth is not always easy. All of us have layers of pretending within ourselves, keeping us dishonest and deceived about many things. As we saw in Lead Me in Your Truth, it is our own pride that keeps us bound up in deceptive spiritual darkness. This is why the Scriptures urge us continually to humble ourselves. This is the only way we can begin to see clearly, and to receive the truth that we are thirsting for.

Humility is the first step to safeguard ourselves against the darkness of pride and deception. True humility helps us begin to accept the truth about ourselves, no matter how ugly or painful (Psalms 25:9; Romans 12:3). True humility is the first step toward a pure heart and a right spirit (Psalms 51:10).

Pride is a barrier to God working in us. God can only work His will in those who humble themselves. As long as we remain proud, arrogant, self-sufficient, and attempt to maintain our independence from God, then there is no way God can work in us.” — Derek Prince

A Life of Purity and Honour

The most important step for growing into the beauty of a life of purity; for growing into the treasure of a life of contentment, honour, and truthfulness — is learning obedience to our heavenly Father, by obeying His written Word (Psalms 119:9). As discussed in many articles on this site, obedience to Father’s written Word, along with His abundant, enabling grace from the Holy Spirit, are the central ingredients for being a child of God who is truly pleasing to our living, eternal, and Holy God.

In our journey with Messiah, our goal is to walk by faith, and to be enabled to endure to the end with gladness, respect, and honour. Our destination begins with . . .

looking to, praying to, and trusting in, our Creator (Yahuwah Elohim) to help us maintain a life of purity, and . . .

to help us make the daily decision to “Choose The Way of Truth” by learning Yahuwah’s written Word [the Bible] for ourselves, and by obeying His Word, in the small things and in the great things!

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Scripture Phrases That Jump Out

Perhaps this has happened to you. I’m reading in my Bible, nothing particular going on in my mind, kind of ‘sleep-reading’. And then suddenly, I read something that seems to jump out at me!

It may be only a small phrase, but it seems to jolt me with an impact that hits me between my eyes. This has happened to me on a number of occasions during my daily Bible reading.

The phrase that jumps out is often just a few words, or sometimes a whole verse, but it seems to clarify my understanding of a specific concern, or a general subject. But in each instance, it is the reassuring fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, who guides us into all truth (John 16:13).

I would like to share a few of these phrases that have influenced me, and have become a faithful reminder at decisive moments in my life. These have been a constant message for me of the love our heavenly Father, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

Of course such phrases are not to be dissociated from the overall context of the passage. Phrases of Scripture should always be examined within the context of the passage, looking to see what is being said both before and after.

However, these small phrases that have jumped out at me, and have greatly impressed me, can also be understood as a single message.

So here are five of the phrases (in no particular order) that have impacted me and persuaded me of the truth of God’s Word [the Bible].

1)  Proverbs 3:5

TRUST in Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart; and LEAN NOT unto your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

This whole verse jumped out at me when I was a new Believer.

The admonition to ‘Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD]’ was followed by this simple direction to not ‘lean’ on my own understanding.

For me, this verse suddenly gave me a total relief and release! This Word helped me understand that I did not need to try and figure out what to do to make things turn out well and good. This verse helped me to trust my heavenly Father and set me free from much worry, anxiety, and fretfulness.

By His Holy Spirit, Father God revealed to me that I did not have to depend on my own understanding to support me and guide me. My own understanding had already proven to me that I could not depend on it. My own understanding had already led me into plenty of trouble and heartache!

Of course I knew that God gave me the ability to think, to reason, to understand, to plan. But what He showed me in that sudden moment was that He wanted His Words, His thoughts and His counsel to be my support, and my guide. Yahuwah [the LORD] wanted me to learn to ‘lean on’, rely on, and trust in His instructions — and to trust in His goodness and love for me!

I have written in more detail about this particular ‘sudden revelation’ in the articles: Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your HeartPart 1 and Part 2

2)  Psalm 119:130

THE ENTRANCE OF YOUR WORDS GIVES LIGHT; it gives understanding unto the simple. (Psalm 119:130)

This verse was like a strong confirmation for me of the importance of spending time each day reading God’s Word. The simple action of studying the Bible every day seemed to be strengthening my ability to avoid sinning.

The more I read the Bible the more spiritually aware I became. Seeking to understand things has always been a driving force with me. I began to notice that the Scriptures were illuminating my understanding. Understanding of many things was increasing in all areas of my life. I seemed to have a better grasp, more insight with whatever task I was doing.

As Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] said, God’s Word was becoming ‘life’ for me! This was inspiring me, and encouraging me to remain faithful to my heavenly Father (John 6:63,68; Psalm 119:93).

Simply studying God’s Word every day increases our ability to avoid sin! Studying God’s Word [the Holy Bible], orderly and carefully, and doing what it says, makes us more able to receive Father’s insight and direction. It is Father’s insight and wisdom that can make the difference between a certainty of action, or being hesitant and indecisive, as verses throughout the Bible teach us.

I have written about this particular Scripture in several of my articles, one of them being Enlightening the Eyes of Our Understanding: 5 Steps

3)  Deuteronomy 4:5-6

Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD my God] commanded me, that you should do so in the land where you go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for THIS is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. (Deuteronomy 4:5-6)

These verses were further confirmation for me of this truth — that Believers in Yahushua [Jesus] should maintain obedience to Torah!

That phrase ‘this is your wisdom and your understanding‘ jumped out at me. That phrase is referring to keeping the statutes and judgments of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].  In other words, keeping His commandments becomes our wisdom and understanding.

In the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (see Matthew 25:1-13), the Wise Virgins had wisdom, but the Foolish Virgins did not have wisdom. Perhaps the Wise Virgins knew that wisdom and understanding did not come to an end after the death, burial, and resurrection of Yahushua Messiah.

I have always believed that Yahushua’s Father is also my heavenly Father! He is also the same heavenly Father of Noah, Abraham, Moses, King David, and of all the prophets.

Therefore what He told His children from the beginning, is the same instruction for all of His children, including those who have been ‘grafted in’ through Messiah, to the family of Israel.

My heavenly Father is Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], and He has told us: For I am Yahuwah [the LORD], I change not… (Malachi 3:6a).

Several Scriptures have confirmed this truth to me, over and over! I have written about this particular truth in several articles, two of them being: Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation and The Torah: The Key to Unlocking God’s Word.

4)  Lamentations 2:19

All through the night get up again and again to cry out to the Lord; Pour out your heart and BEG HIM FOR MERCY ON YOUR CHILDREN – Children starving to death on every street corner! (Lamentations 2:19) (GNB)

This verse jumped out at me during a time when I was in great agony over our wayward daughter.

This chapter, even the whole book of Lamentations, is the mournful cry of the prophet Jeremiah over all the destruction happening in Jerusalem.

However, when I read this verse, all I could think of was my dear, precious daughter who had gone astray like a lost sheep.

Prayer for God’s mercy on our daughter is an on-going prayer with us, sometimes praying in the night seasons — praying for her to hunger for God and return to the protective, everlasting arms of our Saviour.

I have written about being faithful in prayer in articles such as: Continue Steadfastly In Prayer and Prayer: the Evidence of Patient, Persistent Love.

5)  Psalm 85:8

I will hear what God Yahuwah [the LORD] will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints: but LET THEM NOT TURN AGAIN TO FOLLY. (Psalm 85:8)

As I was reading this verse, I was at first comforted and encouraged. But then, when I read the last phrase ‘let them not turn again to folly‘, the phrase jumped out and I was suddenly frightened.

I did not understand it at first. It took me several months to begin to truly understand what Yahuwah meant by this phrase.

I knew it was a warning against folly, but what ‘folly’ was the Father warning me against?

Over time, I have come to understand that it is a warning to not turn again back to the folly of being a servant of sin — not indulging in the folly of things that are unclean or the folly of iniquity (violation of the law). The apostle Paul warns us that once we become servants to righteousness, then we are to remain free from doing those sinful things that we are now ashamed of (see Romans 6:17-22).

This means we are to avoid sinning. And after much searching, the Holy Spirit showed me the definition of sin:

Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression (violation) of the law. (1John 3:4)

This verse cleared up a lot of my confusion about how to please Yahuwah. I have written about this particular truth in several of my articles, two of which are: What is Sin? and A Way That Seems Right: Avoiding the Deceit of Falsehoods

“The reading of the Word … is a kind of hearing with the eyes, and faith will often come to men while they are reading the Word of God for themselves. … The reading of the Word is a quiet hearing of the still small voice of the printed page. Faith comes by the Word of God reaching our minds, and our knowing and understanding it. ‘The entrance of God’s Word gives light.'” — Charles Spurgeon

Perhaps this has happened to you too, a verse or a phrase of God’s Word that ‘jumped out’ at you.

When this happens, we become nourished by the Words of Scripture, and are made stronger in The Faith. Moreover, we are made aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit, who guides us into all Truth!

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The Proverbs – A Manual on Practical Wisdom

The Bible tells us that ALL of the Holy Scriptures are “able to make you wise” (2Timothy 3:15):

ALL (every) Scripture is given by inspiration of God (divinely breathed), and is profitable for doctrine (teaching), for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that each person who belongs to God may be perfect (perfected, complete), thoroughly equipped for every good work (2Timothy 3:16-17).

We thus understand that the entire written Word of God [the Holy Bible] is the only true source of Wisdom. It is the only guide that will help us learn how to obtain a wise and understanding heart. Only the written Scriptures will lead us into knowing how to receive the true and superior Wisdom of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:

The entrance of Your Words give light [direction, enlightenment]; it [God’s Word] gives understanding unto the simple. (Psalms 119:130)

Your Word is a lamp [guidance] unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)

A Practical Wisdom

Found within the heart of the Bible, the Book of Proverbs is a great Instruction Manual on Practical Wisdom! The Book of Proverbs is unique, in that it offers much in the way of gaining insight and understanding for many day-to-day issues and principles. It is a good place to begin learning God’s very practical Wisdom!

The Proverbs urge us many times, and in various ways, to “Get Wisdom!” Learning steps to obtaining Wisdom is one of the first things we need in order to grow up into a mature and responsible person.

For me personally, it was the Book of Proverbs in the Bible that led to my own awareness of my sinful ways, and the realization of my need for a Saviour. The Proverbs revealed to me the True, Everlasting Path that leads to Life and Well-Being (see Proverbs 3:13-18; Proverbs 4:20-22; Proverbs 6:20-23; Proverbs 8:32-35).

When I first began to read the Book of Proverbs, I was thirsting for honest, honourable direction. I was hungering for true and righteous counsel. Unknown to me at the time, I was thirsting for the Fountain of Living Waters (John 4:10). As I began reading the Proverbs, the excellency of the Words touched and stirred the deepest part of my being — my spirit.

I had already tasted of what the world offers [the devil’s influence through worldly inticements and teachings]. I had tasted the world’s bitter offers for direction and satisfaction. But instead of satisfying and answering my needs, what the world offered was terrible, evil, and destructive! (John 10:10; Revelation 12:9; Ephesians 4:14).

Helpful Guidelines

As we saw in Wisdom’s Call, Yahuwah is always calling unto us, by His Holy Spirit, to receieve His guidance and instruction, in order that we may enjoy this life He has given us, and walk in His protection. Wisdom from Yahuwah is His gift to us! When we heed Father’s Wisdom, then our understanding of His ways is enlightened, making our pathway with Him more sure and evident!

All of us are drawn to Wisdom. There is something profound about Wisdom. Everyone knows instinctively that by Wisdom, one may gain good direction and proper solutions, and may avoid problems and sorrows. That indeed is a treasure!

So what is so special about the Book of Proverbs in the Bible?

The Book of Proverbs is unique, in that it offers much in the way of gaining insight and understanding for many of the day-to-day issues and principles. As one begins to read through the Proverbs, he will discover many insights and guidelines into some of life’s basic principles.

Below is a brief list of some of the practical insights and helpful guidelines that are addressed in the Book of Proverbs, that will help us to walk in the Blessings of Yahuwah’s Wisdom:

  1. Our Attitude Toward Education
  2. Steps to Maintaining Humility
  3. Steps to Maintaining Friendships
  4. Guidelines into the Marriage Relationship
  5. Guidelines in Parental Relationships
  6. Guidelines on Raising Children
  7. The Importance of Obedience to God
  8. Insights on Trusting God
  9. Insights on Our Attitude Toward Authorities
  10. The Dangers of Pride
  11. The Importance of Our Words and Speech
  12. The Importance and Blessings of Wisdom
  13. Guidelines to Gaining Understanding
  14. The Dangers of Foolishness
  15. The Dangers of Slothfulness
  16. The Blessings of Diligence
  17. The Importance of Honesty and Purity
  18. The Importance of Our Clothing
  19. Insights on the Principle of Cause and Effect
  20. The Benefits of the Fear of the LORD
  21. Insights on Attitudes and Afflictions
  22. Guidelines on Food and Drink

From this list, we can see that there is a great deal of Wisdom we can learn in the Book of Proverbs. This list can seem overwhelming, but the good thing is that each Proverb has an average of about 20 verses. So if we read one-a-day, like taking our vitamins each day, we can digest one chapter of Proverbs at a time.

The Wisdom hidden within each of the Proverbs is so valuable, it is worth reading and re-reading many times over. Someone has suggested reading one chapter of Proverbs a day, each corresponding to the current day of the month. That is a good way to approach the Book of Proverbs. So, if the day of the month is the 3rd, then we read Proverbs Chapter 3 for that day.

Love God’s Word (Psalm 119)

When we begin to love God’s written Word [the Bible], and to follow His instructions and guidelines found throughout the Bible, we begin to experience the beginning of true Wisdom. Little by little, we begin to learn, that living by Father’s instructions is much more beneficial to us than living by our own reasonings or opinions!

We will find the Book of Proverbs is an excellent way to begin learning about the Wisdom from above — Yahuwah’s superior, eternal Wisdom (James 3:17), which differs from our own worldly wisdom, which we have all learned.

Living our life in harmony with Yahuwah’s Wisdom is the pathway to our well-being, and is a mighty shield that defends and protects us from the trickery of the devil.

We must also remember that our prayers are essential in our walk with our heavenly Father. Seeking His guidance in prayer in all situations we encounter is vital if we are to follow our Saviour’s command:

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Learning Yahuwah’s Word one-step-at-a-time, and having secret prayer times with Father, will help us to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must remember that the whispers and messages of the Holy Spirit’s guidance will always be in harmony with Father’s written Word [the Bible], as we have discussed in several other articles.

The Holy Spirit wants to guide us into all Truth (John 16:13-14), and His guidance is always according to the written Scriptures. The Holy Spirit will not contradict His own Words!

His guidance will always be in harmony with the written Word of God! And the more we learn what the Bible tells us, the better we can discern the heavenly Father’s direction for our life.

“Only the full treasure of the commandments of God can lead me securely through my life. I can be certain that there is no life situation for which God’s Word will not speak the necessary direction.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Book of Proverbs gives us great insight into basic life issues that we all encounter at various times throughout our lifetime.

So let us consider, that along with our other Bible reading, we would begin to read one chapter each day from the Proverbs — a Manual on Practical Wisdom.

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Heaven – A Prepared Place For A Prepared People

Traditionally, at the annual Passover Seder meal, there is a special cup and a table setting for the prophet Eliyah (Elijah). The table is set for Eliyah in hope that this powerful prophet will return at the Passover to announce the return of the Messiah Redeemer, and to make ready a people prepared for Messiah:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahuwah [the LORD] (Malachi 4:5).

We know that John the Baptist came “in the spirit and power of Elijah … to make ready a people prepared for Yahuwah [the LORD]“ (Luke 1:17).  John the Baptist was the voice crying in the wildernes Prepare ye the way of Yahuwah [the LORD]!” (Matthew 3:3)

Those who know Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], as the Risen Saviour, the Messiah Redeemer, are looking with anticipation for His second coming! But are we hearing the message that is warning us — to be a people ‘prepared’ for His return?

Preparation is a very important quality within God’s Kingdom! Preparing our heart to seek God and His ways is a principle found throughout the Scriptures. This is probably why D. L. Moody once said:

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people!— Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899)

Getting Ready For A Future Event

When Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] taught the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (see Matthew 25), He was speaking about preparation — speaking about the importance of getting ready for a future event:

They that were ready went in with Him [the Bridegroom] to the marriage. (Matthew 25:10)

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7)

We all desire to be prepared for Messiah’s return. But notice in the Revelation passage above, that we must make ourselves ready!

Thirsty Souls know that how well we make ourselves ready for Messiah’s return has eternal consequences!

We understand that the preparations of our heart is for the purpose of 1) walking in honesty before God, 2) of knowing the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit, 3) of learning to do those things that are pleasing in God’s sight (1John 3:22), and 4) of shedding those things that are wicked in His sight (2Chronicles 7:14).

It may be obvious to say this, and I know all of us are aware of this particular important step in our preparation, but as the apostle Peter said, “I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance” (2Peter 1:12) — that a key step to being prepared is to spend time in prayer with our heavenly Father, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Having a private time of prayer and reading/studying God’s Word for ourselves is an essential step for preparing ourselves for Yahushua Messiah’s return. Our secret prayer time is helpful in keeping us sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s whispers and guidance. In order to pray about every thing, we need to spend time with Him every day, especially at the start of our day.

Each day is an opportunity for us to present ourselves as living sacrifices unto Yahuwah Elohim (Romans 12:1-2). This is one of the secrets to being confident of His direction. Without times of prayer with our heavenly Father, we become shallow, and our walk with Father becomes foggy. But time in prayer will help us to shed the selfish motives that can creep into our hearts and help us acquire ears to hear the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Time in prayer, and in study of Father’s Word, both help us to have a heart that is yielded to Father’s will — a heart that is patient, and a heart that is willing to be repentant and obedient to Father’s written WORD. This requires that we apply effort, and give ourselves to the needed forethought, adjustments, and the time required to accomplish our goal of ‘being ready’. So we need to purpose to down-size our activities in order to have the daily time needed to be with our heavenly Father, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].

What Sort of Prayers?

What sort of prayers would be helpful at this critical time in history?

One helpful clue for our prayers is to learn to be intimate with Father on the smallest of details, as we learned from J. Hudson Taylor:

“Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength. The Father taught me in my helplessness to pray, even about little things, in which another might have felt able to handle himself.” — J. Hudson Taylor (1832 – 1905)

A few prayers taken from the Scriptures are worthy examples for our personal prayers:

  • Turn me unto You, O Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] of hosts, and cause Your face to shine upon me. (Psalm 80:19)
  • Turn me unto You, Yahuwah [the LORD], and create in me a clean heart, O Elohim [God]; and renew a right spirit within me. (Lamentations 5:21; Psalm 51:10)
  • Cause me to know the way wherein I should go, Yahuwah [LORD]. Teach me to do Your will, and give me ears to hear the joyful sound of Your return. (Psalm 143:8-10; Psalm 89:15; Matthew 24:31)
  • Let me be counted worthy, Father God, to escape the things that are coming on the earth. Help me to talk to You daily. Help me to not stray from loving You. Let me not wander from keeping Your commandments. (Luke 21:36; Jude 1:20-21; Psalm 119:5,10)

I Go To Prepare A Place For You

Let’s remember also that Yahushua Messiah is making preparations Himself:

In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2-3)

Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Matthew 25:34)

But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him. (1Corinthians 2:9)

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He has prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:16)

As He has told us, Messiah is preparing a place for us — a place where we can be with Him where He is (John 17:24).

For now however, Yahushua is waiting in heaven ‘until the times of restoration of all things’ is fulfilled:

And He shall send Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], who before was proclaimed to you, whom Heaven truly must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:20-21)

So before Messiah returns, a restoration must first happen. Part of our preparation is to see and know that this most important restoration is happening right now! This amazing, worldwide restoration is happening, even in the midst of all the turmoil and upheaval. It is a restoration movement that Yahuwah has been preparing for His children from the foundation of the world — a restoration engineered by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is restoring many of the hidden truths of God’s Word. Believers throughout the world are returning to the heavenly Father’s original pattern of obedience — to the up-to-date relevancy of the whole Word of God, from the beginning of the Book!

The Honourable Torah

The knowledge of the Word of Yahuwah is being restored, and now we are learning Father’s heart regarding The Torah:

Yahuwah [the LORD] will magnify [make great] the law [the Torah], and make it honourable. (Isaiah 42:21)

This Scripture reveals the Holy Spirit’s ‘Present Truth’ desire for us today — to recognize and accept the Torah, (a vital part of God’s written Word), as an absolutely essential and indispensable part of the Scriptures! As we saw in The Torah: The Key to Unlocking God’s Word, the Torah is foundational in understanding the heavenly Father’s plans for His children.

The Torah is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Timothy 3:16). When the apostle Paul wrote those words, the Scriptures he was referring to was the Torah, the Writings, and the Prophets, what is known today as the ‘Old Testament writings’! And this is all happening in our day — that Father is restoring our obedience to ALL of His inspired Word, which is true from the beginning!

More and more, born-again Believers are re-discovering Father’s Word from the beginning! This is the purpose of the restoration: that Father is making His people ready, holy (set-apart as special), and prepared for Messiah’s return, by enlightening our understanding and revealing the essential nature of His Torah — His teachings, instructions, and guidelines! Yahuwah, the Mighty One of Israel, is restoring the truths and the riches of His Word — including the TaNaKh!

[The TaNaKh — an acronym using the first Hebrew letters of the names of the three subdivisions of the Hebrew Bible: Torah (“Teaching”), Nevi’im (“Prophets”) and Ketuvim (“Writings”).]

The Shekinah Glory Cloud

To prepare for Messiah’s return, we must have a heart to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, just as the children of Israel followed the bright Shekinah glory in the pillar of cloud by day and in the pillar of fire by night. That very special cloud was the visible manifestation of the Presence of Yahuwah when the children of Israel were in the wilderness. Yahuwah’s children were continually watching the Shekinah glory, for it determined their daily guidance:

Moreover You [Yahuwah] led them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go…. 19) Yet You, in Your manifold mercies, forsook them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way wherein they should go. (Nehemiah 9:12,19)

These Scriptures confirm that following the guidance of the Holy Spirit leads us ‘in the way we should go!‘ And the Holy Spirit’s guidance will always be in agreement with the written Word of God.

Therefore let us seek to enter into this current and most-important moving of the Holy Spirit — this restoration of the eternal truth and validity of Yahuwah’s written Word, both Old and New Testament writings.

The message of this ‘Present Truth’ movement of the Holy Spirit is to make ready a people prepared for Yahuwah — a holy and obedient people truly doing those things that are pleasing in His sight. This restoration is evidence of Father’s mercy and lovingkindness! Let us embrace this restoration by learning to be obedient to the full counsel of God’s written Word!

As we saw in Preparing to Walk Into The Land of Uprightness, this awesome restoration is meant for us to learn Father’s Word for ourselves, and to pay the cost (make the sacrifices) necessary to live our lives in obedience to His Word, yielding to His direction in every area of our life.

A Few Examples

Here are a few very basic examples of walking in obedience to the full counsel of God’s written Word. These are examples of ‘works of righteousness’ according to the Scriptures, which will ‘set us apart’ and bring us closer into harmony with Yahuwah’s plans for His family:

  1. The 4th Commandment — observing the seventh day as God’s holy Sabbath Day;
  2. The 5th Commandment — honouring and respecting our parents;
  3. Being honest and honourable in all our dealings with others;
  4. Seeking Yahuwah’s Kingdom and His righteousness at the start of every day;
  5. Avoiding the observance of pagan traditions and pagan religious holidays, such as Christmas, Lent, and Easter;
  6. Understanding the great importance of the Second Commandment, and remove all forbidden graven images from our homes, and idolatry from our worship meetings;
  7. Observing the annual Sabbath Feast Days of Yahuwah.

Prepared and Made Ready

Let us be giving ourselves daily to secret prayer times. Let us be as the Bereans and earnestly search out the great importance of God’s Torah. Let us be of a humble heart, and begin learning what true Biblical holiness is all about. Let us be praying that each one of us may be pure and holy and prepared — prepared and ‘made ready’ as a bride, for the return of our Bridegroom-Saviour.

Heaven is our destination, to be where our Saviour is! It is a place wherein righteousness dwells (2Peter 3:13). It is a place that Messiah is preparing — for a prepared people!

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Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], Who is the Living, Eternal God, Creator of all things, Who can do whatever He pleases, came to this earth, born into this world through a virgin birth. He did this to communicate His character, His nature, His power, His purpose, and His plans. Only Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] could have accomplished this mission, because . . . He was not an ordinary man!!

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