3 Keys to Receiving God’s Guidance

I often need guidance, and I have found that the best guidance comes from God.

Receiving God’s guidance ranks far above all other forms of guidance, advice, or counsel. That’s because God’s guidance originates in the nature and character of our Creator, the Eternal, Loving, and Unchanging God, whose name is Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

Having Yahuwah’s guidance is the genuine desire of those who, through the New Birth, have come out of spiritual darkness and have thus become ‘Children of Light‘:

For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8)

Then Yahushua [Jesus] said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spake Yahushua [Jesus], and departed, and did hide himself from them. (John 12:35-36)

This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. (1John 1:5)

These verses teach us that when we seek God’s guidance and live according to His Light we will not walk in darkness.

To walk as ‘Children of Light’ is to follow Yahuwah’s guidance 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. The children of Israel 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 the Light of Yahuwah’s guidance leads us in the way we should go!

Genuine seekers of Yahuwah [the Children of Light] desire the Light of His guidance through His written Word: Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)

Genuine seekers of Yahuwah want to hear and know the ‘joyful sound’ of Yahuwah’s guidance, so they can walk according to the Light of Father’s countenance — His favor and fellowship: Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Yahuwah [LORD], in the light of Your countenance. (Psalms 89:15)

When we are weary with solutions that only lead to more frustrations, or when our own efforts have failed and disappointed us, then it is time to look for guidance that is outside human counsels and imaginations.

—We need the guidance that is not subject to the whims and imaginations of human wisdom.

—We need the guidance that is far superior to all human advice and wisdom.

—We need the true guidance that comes only from the Eternal One who is merciful and gracious, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth (Exodus 34:6).

Notice this quote by Leonard Ravenhill:

Men give advice; God gives guidance.” — Leonard Ravenhill

But how do the Children of Light receive the guidance that comes from Yahuwah Elohim?

In this writing, we will look at 3 keys necessary for genuine seekers to receive Father’s guidance.

First Key For Receiving Father’s Guidance

The first essential KEY held by genuine seekers of Yah’s guidance is their complete dependence on the truth and authority of Yahuwah’s written Word [the Bible].

Those who recognize the authority of the written Word, are those who turn from their current lifestyle, and become “doers” of the Word. They simply hearken to Messiah’s words, and follow Him (John 10:27), by doing what He did, and avoiding what He avoided.

When we are following Messiah by “doing” what the Word says, we display our obedience, and our dependence on the authority of God’s Word.

According to the apostle James (James 1:22), those who “hear” the Word [or “know” the Word], but do not “do” what the Word says, become deceived. Thus when we are “not doing” what the Word says, we display our disobedience, and are in danger of being deceived.

Because we have written about this principle of God’s guidance previously, here, here, and here, we will not go into further detail here. Please refer to these other articles for further insight on this first essential KEY for receiving Father’s guidance.

It is this first essential KEY, that opens the door to the next two keys.

Second Key For Receiving God’s Guidance

The second essential KEY necessary to receive Yahuwah’s guidance is commitment — the commitment to become a ‘living sacrifice’ unto Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

The above verses from the book of Romans tell us that becoming a ‘living sacrifice’ unto God is the pathway to discovering the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. This is the pathway that leads to seeking and receiving Father’s guidance for us. But what does it mean to be a living sacrifice?

To become a ‘living sacrifice’ is to give up our own will, in order to do Father’s will. This sacrifice is the evidence of one’s commitment. Without this commitment to God, there will be no understanding of what Father’s guidance is for us.

The book of Hebrews (Hebrews 10:6-10) reveals that this sacrifice of our own will — in order to do Father’s will [Father’s desire, Father’s purpose] — is a New Covenant requirement, and was practiced by Messiah Himself. These passages explain how the ‘first’ Old Covenant animal sacrifice brought by the people is superseded by the ‘second’ New Covenant sacrifice of our own will.

We see the ‘living sacrifice’ illustrated in the continual, daily sacrifices offered on the altar at the tabernacle:

And you shall say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which you shall offer unto Yahuwah [the LORD]; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. 4) The one lamb shall you offer in the morning, and the other lamb shall you offer at even; … 6) It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in Mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Numbers 28:3-4,6)

This passage has many meanings for those who are redeemed by the blood sacrifice of our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ].

One meaning of this daily offering can be seen as applying to Yahushua’s disciples. This daily sacrificial offering is a picture of us as a ‘living sacrifice’ unto Yahuwah. This daily offering is a picture of denying ourselves, daily presenting ourselves to God by surrendering our ‘SELF’ life, so that we may say the same words as the apostle Paul:

I am crucified with Messiah [Christ]: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Messiah [Christ] lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

As a living sacrifice, we make the commitment to surrender our ‘self’ life so that Messiah-in-me can live His life through me, that the life of Messiah can be manifested in all we do and say (Colossians 1:27).

As a living sacrifice, we make the commitment to be completely devoted to the written Word of God, giving up our own agenda, trusting completely in the truth of Yahuwah’s love and care for us (Proverbs 3:5-7).

As a living sacrifice, we make the commitment to allow a Death-to-Self to occur, in order to be raised up to walk in the newness of the resurrected life of Messiah-in-me (Romans 6:4).

As a living sacrifice, we make the commitment to daily ‘set Yahuwah always before me’, and to daily keep ‘our eyes ever toward Yahuwah’:

I have set Yahuwah [the LORD] always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalms 16:8)

Mine eyes are ever toward Yahuwah [the LORD]; for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalms 25:15)

But mine eyes are unto You, O Yahuwah my Master [GOD the Lord]: in You is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. (Psalms 141:8)

As a living sacrifice, we make the commitment to lay down our own self-interests, lay down any offensive behaviour or resistance to God’s written Word, so that we can obey the Word of Yahuwah. We make a genuine, intentional commitment to deny ‘self’, seek Father’s guidance, and walk in obedience to God’s written Word.

This is what the commitment to live a ‘sacrificial’ life is all about. Such a commitment is a KEY to receiving the joyful assurance of Father’s guidance and light. Such a commitment makes us tender-hearted, and open to receiving the gentle and loving whispers of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Becoming a living sacrifice is the evidence of our commitment. This KEY is a day by day, sometimes moment by moment, process of yielding our will to Father’s will, thus following the example of our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah (Ephesians 5:1-2).

“The way we relate to God determines the way He relates to us.
God will commit Himself only to the one who is committed to Him.
There is no substitute for total commitment to God.”
— Derek Prince

Making the foundational commitment to become a living sacrifice leads us to the next key necessary to receive Father’s guidance, as He makes known His will for us through His written Word, and through the whispers of His Holy Spirit.

Third Key For Receiving Father’s Guidance

The third essential KEY for receiving guidance from Yahuwah Elohim is to have the heart attitude called meekness:

The meek will He [Yahuwah] guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way. What man is he that fears Yahuwah [the LORD]? him shall He instruct in the way he should choose. (Psalms 25:9,12)

Seek Yahuwah [the LORD], all you meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be you shall be hid in the day of Yahuwah’s [the LORD’S] anger. (Zephaniah 2:3)

Yahushua said . . . Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly (humble) in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet (peaceable) spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1Peter 3:4)

As the above Scriptures instruct us, meekness is vital if we desire to receive instruction and guidance from Yahuwah!

It is only ‘the meek’ whom Yahuwah will guide and teach. Only ‘the meek’ will have the necessary ‘fear of Yahuwah [fear of the LORD]’ to receive instruction from the heavenly Father.

Only ‘the meek’ will have the kind of heart that sincerely desires to diligently and continuously seek Yahuwah and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

Only ‘the meek’ will find rest for their souls as they learn to imitate Messiah’s characteristics of meekness and humility (Matthew 11:29 and 1John 2:6).

But what does it mean to be meek?

Meekness in Scripture is not the same as the modern understanding of the word meekness. Instead, meekness in Scripture is a characteristic that encompasses great strength, humility, perseverance, but most of all, yieldedness to God’s Word! Biblical meekness also includes sincerity, patience, openness to Yah’s instruction, and an intense love for Yahuwah.

Having Biblical meekness is key to having a faith-filled walk with God, a Spirit-filled walk of obedience to God, and a walk of living in constant communion with Him. When we possess and exhibit genuine meekness, we are making way for Father to guide us, teach us, and show Himself strong on our behalf (2Chronicles 16:9a).

The Courage of Meekness

Unfortunately, the ‘modern’ meaning of the word meekness has evolved into a somewhat negative meaning, implying weakness and lack of courage. But that is far from true in the Biblical sense of the word!

The Scriptures reveal to us what meekness really is:

Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth! (Numbers 12:3)

There could not be an ounce of weakness or lack of courage in a man that led the cantankerous children of Israel out of Egypt, and then through the wilderness for forty years! Moses showed great meekness through his courage and humility throughout the years in the wilderness.

Notice three ways Moses demonstrated his meekness:

  1. His persistent determination to spend time with Yahuwah Elohim;

  2. His willingness to yield to the authority and wisdom of Yahuwah Elohim regardless of the opposition;

  3. His boldness to declare Yahuwah’s truth in the midst of a resistant people.

These three qualities are the essence of meekness. This is why Moses was ‘very meek, above all the men upon the face of the earth’. His actions consistently revealed his heart attitude of meekness.

A Beautiful and Rare Characteristic

We can see the essence of meekness demonstrated in many of Yahuwah’s people:

  • King David revealed his heart attitude of meekness by his consistent habit of calling on God in his times of trouble (Psalms 40:1 and Psalms 116:1-2 and Psalms 55:16-17).

  • King Josiah revealed his heart attitude of meekness by his tender-hearted-ness in submitting to God’s written Word (2Kings 22:19 and 2Kings 23:3).

  • Queen Esther revealed her heart attitude of meekness by her courage to enter the king’s presence without his permission (Esther 5:1-2).

  • The apostle Paul revealed his heart attitude of meekness by his determination to declare the truth of Yahushua Messiah in the face of great opposition (Acts 20:22-24 and 2Corinthians 4:11 see also 2Corinthians 11:23-30).

  • Hudson Taylor revealed his heart attitude of meekness by the surrender of all he had in order to labour and pour out his heart in intercession for China’s multitudes. “An easy-going, non-self-denying life will never be one of power.”J. Hudson Taylor: God’s Mighty Man of Prayer.

  • Adoniram Judson revealed his heart attitude of meekness by the patient endurance of his 13 month confinement in a loathsome, wretched, Oriental jail. “If I had not felt certain that every additional trial was ordered by God’s infinite love and mercy, I could not have survived my accumulated sufferings.”Adoniram Judson’s Imprisonment

  • Mary Slessor revealed her heart attitude of meekness by her bravery among the heathen tribes of Calabar to rescue twin babies from being murdered. Mary Slessor, Among the Cannibals of Calabar

  • Smith Wigglesworth revealed his heart attitude of meekness by his deep intimacy with the heavenly Father and his bold, unquestioning faith in God’s Word which brought spectacular results among the sick and suffering. Smith Wigglesworth: the ‘Apostle of Faith’

There is something very special and unique about meekness! It is a beautiful and rare character quality. In God’s eyes, meekness is very precious and extremely valuable (1Peter 3:4)! Which is why Yahuwah will beautify only ‘the meek’ with His salvation.

He Will Beautify The Meek With Salvation

Meekness is the essential character quality for receiving the beauty of Yahuwah’s salvation:

For Yahuwah [the LORD] takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psalms 149:4; see also Psalms 90:17)

As this Scripture teaches, it is ‘the meek‘ whom Father will beautify with salvation. That word ‘salvation’ is the Hebrew word ‘yeshuah’ <Strong’s # 3444>, and it can mean deliverance, health, help(-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.

Yahuwah Elohim imparts the beauty of salvation, as well as deliverance, rescue, health, and welfare to ‘the meek‘! The beauty that Father imparts to the meek is a beauty that is more attractive and more beautiful than we can imagine:

I will greatly rejoice in Yahuwah [the LORD], my soul shall be joyful in my Elohim [God]; for He has clothed me with the Garments of Salvation, He has covered me with the Robe of Righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)

As this Scripture reveals, to beautify us with Yah’s salvation is first of all, to be clothed with the very honourable and glorious Garments of Salvation, and then covered over with the glorious and majestic Robe of Righteousness. Yahuwah Elohim is very insistent that His people wear the beautiful and ‘royal’ Garments of Salvation and the Robe of Righteousness!

But in order to wear such glorious and beautiful clothing, we must qualify for this honour by acquiring the character quality of meekness. We first begin to acquire this essential character quality when we accept Yahuwah’s offer of salvation through the sacrifice of His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], which is the first step to being Born Again.

After we have been Born Again, then we begin to cultivate and imitate the character qualities of our great God and Saviour, Yahushua Messiah (Matthew 11:29 and Titus 2:11-14).

In cultivating meekness, we begin to deny ungodliness of every sort, and live soberly, righteously, and godly. We begin to ‘put on’ the beautiful character qualities of humility, compassion, mercy, strength and honour, patience, and agape love.

These are glorious and beautiful ‘clothing‘ in the spiritual realm! These garments are the result of Yahuwah’s careful and meticulous dealings with us in helping us to imitate His Son by cultivating the beautiful quality of meekness!


In order to discern and walk in the Light of Yahuwah’s countenance and guidance; in order to truly understand Father’s will for us, then we must begin to seek God, search for God, inquire of God, with all our heart.

Receiving God’s guidance becomes easier as we begin to fully trust Father’s many promises to those who do seek Him:

But if from there you shall seek Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God], you shall find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
And they that know Your name will put their trust in You: for You, Yahuwah [LORD], have not forsaken them that seek You. (Psalms 9:10)
Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. (Psalms 119:2)
For thus says Yahuwah, … And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
Yahuwah [the LORD] is good unto them that wait for Him [look to Him], to the soul that seeks Him. (Lamentations 3:25)
For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:8)

As we begin seeking Yahuwah’s guidance, we will discover that He truly is a ‘Wonderful Counsellor’ (Isaiah 9:6). And, we will discover that His direction is clear and definite, shining brighter and brighter as we draw near to the time of our Saviour’s return (Proverbs 4:18).

The confident receiving of God’s guidance and counsel comes only as the result of:

  • earnest, patient prayer;

  • keeping current in our relationship with Father;

  • the study of His written Word; and

  • truly loving to obey His WORD!

Let us therefore remember these 3 keys to receiving God’s guidance:

    1. a complete dependence on the truth and authority of Yahuwah’s written Word [the Bible];

    2. the commitment to become a living sacrifice unto Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God];

    3. cultivating the very precious, rare, and extremely valuable character trait of meekness.

These 3 basic keys will be helpful in seeking, discerning, and receiving God’s guidance.

Thank You Father, that You want to guide me and lead me in Your ways. Help me to have a willing and obedient heart in all that You show me. In Messiah Yahushua’s name, I pray. Amen.

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Discerning Heart Motives: Mercy vs Hatred

How should we respond to our disappointments?

What should our attitude be, when things do not go the way we would like?

I have written about this topic before, but it is a topic worth repeating!

In the Bible, the prophets of old went through many difficulties while learning the ways of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. Sometimes they had to make attitude adjustments in order to maintain their faith and obedience.

Their experiences, recorded in the Scriptures, are examples for us, so that we too might learn to make attitude adjustments while going through life’s difficulties.

The testings and trials, failings and victories of the prophets are written for our instruction. Thus through patience and the encouragement from the Scriptures, we gain in understanding and hope, and eventually obtain “a good report” (Romans 15:4 and Hebrews 11:1-2).

One of the prophets of old was Jonah (See Jonah 1:1 – 4:11).

What Jonah went through, and his efforts to obey Yahuwah, reveal some important insights for us. The events recorded in the Book of Jonah contain many lessons for our instruction.

One of these lessons teaches us the importance of maintaining proper heart motives.

The Lesson From Jonah

The “Word of Yahuwah” [the LORD] came to Jonah, and told him to go to the city of Nineveh, and warn them of God’s coming judgment because of their wickedness. But Jonah’s first reaction was to run away:

1) Now the word of Yahuwah [the LORD] came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2) Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3) But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of Yahuwah [the LORD], and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Jonah 1:1-3)

Jonah was afraid of the Word of Yahuwah, so he fled. As we shall see, Jonah’s fearfulness revealed a deep-rooted problem.

A Well-Known Attribute of Yahuwah Elohim

Yahuwah [the LORD] wanted Jonah to proclaim a warning to the people of Nineveh:

Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. (Jonah 1:2)

Jonah did not want to obey this Word of God, and as a result, he ended up being swallowed by a ‘great fish’!

After being in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights, Jonah, being in great distress, began to cry out for God’s mercy. God heard Jonah’s prayer, and caused the fish to spit out Jonah onto dry land.

After Jonah’s deliverance from the fish, Yahuwah told Jonah again, to go to Nineveh to preach the warning. This time Jonah obeyed, and went to Nineveh to give the warning:

And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. (Jonah 3:4)

The fact that Yahuwah sent Jonah to warn of coming judgment, is an excellent example a particular feature of Yahuwah’s nature:

For Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] is a merciful God (Deuteronomy 4:31a).

Yahuwah the LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. (Psalms 103:8)

Let us fall now into the hand of Yahuwah [the LORD]; for His mercies are great! (2Samuel 24:14a)

With the merciful, You [Yahuwah], will show Yourself merciful! (Psalms 18:25a)

The above verses are just a few of many Scripture passages that teach us that having mercy on others is one of the heavenly Father’s primary characteristics!

In the matter of the city of Nineveh, it was very merciful of Yahuwah to send Jonah with the warning of soon-coming destruction!

We should not overlook the fact that Yahuwah Elohim is absolutely righteous, good, and holy! He is the God of truth, knowing the end from the beginning, and He does no wrong! (Deuteronomy 32:4)

However, it is Yahuwah’s abundant mercy toward us that continually astounds us, drawing us to Him more and more!

But Jonah had a problem with showing mercy toward others.

God Was Merciful and Turned Away His Anger

When Yahuwah saw that the people of Nineveh repented, turning from their wickedness, He then displayed His merciful nature:

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. And God repented [out of compassion, He turned from] the evil that He had said to do to them, and He did not do it. (Jonah 3:10)

As a result of Nineveh’s repentance, God turned from the calamity He said He would do, and He did not do it!!

But Jonah was exceedingly angry at this expression of Yahuwah’s merciful nature:

1) But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2) And he prayed to Yahuwah [the LORD], and said, “O Yahuwah, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in kindness, and repenting [out of compassion, turning from] doing evil!” (Jonah 4:1-2)

Jonah knew that God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger and abounding in kindness! Yet Jonah was angry that God was merciful and turned away His anger. Jonah was angry that God did not punish the people of Nineveh. Jonah did not want mercy given to those wicked people!

Yes, the people of Nineveh were extremely wicked, but they repented! Nevertheless Jonah had an attitude problem — anger and resentment. Jonah did not like it that God decided to spare the city, and turn from His ‘fierce anger,’ as the king of Nineveh had hoped and prayed for.

We do not know if Jonah ever repented of the anger within his heart, but thankfully, he did eventually obey Yahuwah’s Word, and went and preached repentance throughout Nineveh.

Blind To God’s Mercy

Jonah was very angry and greatly disappointed that destruction did not happen. As a result, Jonah went out of the city, fuming with anger, pouting like a spoiled child.

Jonah was angry that his proclamation of soon-coming destruction had resulted in Nineveh’s repentance. Jonah wanted vengeance and punishment to be poured out on Nineveh!

Jonah’s anger blinded him to the great mercy of Yahuwah. Jonah seems to have completely forgotten God’s great mercy toward him by rescuing him from the belly of the fish!

Sadly, many of us are like Jonah — blinded to the mercy of God that surrounds us in countless ways!

Like Jonah, many of us tend to angrily demand vengeance and punishment to the wicked!

But Jonah’s problem was deeper than mere anger.

Hatred: A Prevailing Heart Problem

There is a root problem within anger that is often hidden: the problem of hatred.

Anger and hatred, within the hearts of many, is a prevailing problem within our culture. Such a problem is a direct violation of the Scriptures:

You shall not hate your brother in your heart (Leviticus 19:17a).

Without realizing it, we can behave toward others with an intense hatred that is hiding deep within our heart.

We are all capable of deceiving ourselves into thinking we have no hatred toward anyone. Yet we can probably think of a specific ‘someone’ who really irritates us, who we secretly hate, perhaps without recognizing it.

If we are truly honest with ourselves, and examine our behaviour, we will see that hatred is the root cause of why we think and say and do certain things toward someone.

Hatred within our heart can cause us to be impatient, demanding, and arrogant. Through our hatred we justify our behaviour and evil words as being the right response to offences.

If we deny the hatred within our heart, then we will have no sense of guilt for our behaviour. Our hatred prevents us from having any remorse or empathy for those we are hating. Hatred makes a person blind and insensitive to the abundant mercies from the heavenly Father that surround and protect each one of us.

Hatred is very dangerous to hold within our heart:

Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1John 3:15)

Hatred is the same as murder! And it disqualifies us for obtaining eternal life. What a dreadful, fearful prospect!! Do we really want to harbor a hateful spirit within ourselves?

Notice the result of two other examples of hidden hatred.

First, in Matthew 18:22-35, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] described an ungrateful servant who angrily refused to have compassion on his fellow servant. The ungrateful servant would not be forgiving and extend mercy, even though the Master had been merciful to him. As a result, the ungrateful servant was delivered to “the tormentors”!

Second, in 1Chronicles 15:25-29 and 2Samuel 6:16-23, Michal, the wife of King David, “despised David in her heart”. She did not like David’s joyful expressions of “leaping and dancing before Yahuwah”. What was the result of her hidden attitude of hatred? “Therefore Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no child unto the day of her death”.

Oh Dear Reader, may our hearts never be so full of anger and hidden hatred!

Patient and Merciful is He!

We all need Yahuwah’s mercy and forgiveness, repeatedly!

Each one of us can probably remember a great remorse when we completely ‘messed up!’ — when we angrily lost our temper and said things we deeply regretted!

But think of how patient and merciful the Father is toward us! He does not immediately punish us whenever we ‘mess up’ and do an ugly, sinful blunder, especially if we are sorrowful and quick to repent of what we did!

Whenever we do some sinful ‘mess-up’, we naturally expect mercy and forgiveness from God whenever we fall short of ‘perfection’, because “Hey, I’m not perfect!” But, would we extend that same mercy to others??

We should open our eyes to Yah’s abundant mercies that surround us! Yah’s mercies toward us are not to be taken for granted! As we saw in Turning From Darkness to Light, we must guard our heart against the darkness of pride and hatred, and not think so highly of ourselves! We need to be grateful for every bit of Father’s mercies that come to us.

Be As He Is

Yahuwah wants us to maintain a humble, merciful attitude, learning to BE as He is — extending mercy to others, as Yahushua taught us:

“… But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45) that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45)

There is no one who is free from sin, and yet the heavenly Father extends abundant mercy to each one of us, the evil and the good.

All of us are FAR from perfect! Yet, the Father loves us, has mercy on us, and forgives us multiples times!

Can we not be patient and merciful toward others, and be merciful as He is merciful??

We exhibit the loving nature of the heavenly Father, when we do for others what He has done for us:

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)

Can we be a testimony of the great mercy given to us, through Yahushua Messiah?

Discern Our Heart’s Motives

I do not deny that there are definitely times for instruction in righteousness, for giving correction, reproof, discipline, or counsel!! Correction or chastisement are needed expressions of our love also (Proverbs 13:24 and Proverbs 3:11-12 and Proverbs 27:5).

Yet we must not harbor hatred within our heart and try to justify our behaviour as though we are entitled to being critical, angry, and hateful. We must discern our heart’s motives, confessing any hatred and seek to eliminate it completely!

There is only one remedy for deliverance from the ugly and dark spirits of hatred and anger!

The only remedy for such sinful behaviour is honest, heart-felt repentance, and the cleansing power of the blood of Yahushua Messiah. We must cry out to the merciful heavenly Father, asking for His forgiveness and for complete cleansing from such wickedness, in the name of His Son, Yahushua Messiah:

3) When I kept silence, my bones waxed (grew) old through my roaring all the day long. 4) For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. 5) I acknowledged my sin unto You, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Yahuwah [the LORD]; and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. (Psalms 32:3-5; see also Psalms 51)

7) But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:7-9)

These Scriptures teach us of our need to confess and forsake the secret sin of hatred.

Thankfully, Yahuwah is tender-hearted and quick to forgive us, when we come to Him with a genuine heart of sorrowful repentance. Experiencing His mercy and forgiveness is indeed humbling, liberating, and restoring!

Oh let us be so very thankful for Yahuwah’s great, great mercy toward us!!

The Aroma of Life

Giving mercy and forgiveness is an aroma of life, not only for us, but also for those who never expect mercy from us.

Extending mercy, or withholding mercy, can be a tipping point in a person’s life. Let us therefore extend mercy to others, showing ourselves to be merciful and forgiving, especially to those within our own family.

Perhaps the greatest challenge for us in offering mercy, is showing mercy to our own family members.

As much as we love our family members, it seems at times, that they are the ones we find hardest to tolerate and forgive. Yet they are the ones we need to extend mercy to the most!

Family members need to experience God’s mercy and forgiveness through us. This is one way to be a testimony of the ultimate mercy given to us through Yahushua Messiah.

We All Need Mercy

None of us are without faults! We all need mercy and forgiveness.

Yahuwah is consistently merciful toward us. His mercy surrounds us, envelops us, guards us, protects us!

Father’s mercy toward us is expressed in countless ways, including the many warnings He gives us in His written Word:

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. (Psalms 37:8)

He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool. (Proverbs 10:18)

Harboring hidden hatred is opposed to the Spirit of Messiah that lives within Yahuwah’s children.

We are called to walk as Messiah walked (1John 2:6), allowing Messiah to live His life through us! That includes extending mercy to others, even to the unthankful and the evil!

May we all seek to avoid hatred on every level, and seek to be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful.

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