Six Little Things That Make a Big Difference

six flowersWe all desire to reap the fruit of our labours.

We prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water the garden, and wait patiently.

We set up a fence, weed the garden, and then expect to receive the results — the fruit of our labours. We expect to receive the seed’s promise of fruitfulness.

In our spiritual garden of life, we also desire to receive the promise of fruitfulness, and to inherit God’s promises.

But just as Abraham and Joshua had to walk or ‘tread’ through the land of promise, one step at a time, we too must do the same (Hebrews 11:8-9; Joshua 1:3).

We must walk/tread through our life’s journey with Messiah, patiently, one little step at a time, in order to be fruitful, and to inherit what God has already promised.

“And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:11-12).

“…for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20b).

It is our little mustard seed of faith — our heartfelt faith-FULL-ness — that moves Father to show Himself strong on our behalf. He strengthens us to walk with Him, day by day, as we see in this next verse:

“For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect [fully committed] toward Him” (2Chronicles 16:9a).

If we desire Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] strength, we must remain fully committed to Him.

But how can we maintain a ‘fully-committed’ heart?

Here are six little things that will help.

1) Tenderheartedness

Simply being tenderhearted makes us a favorable and likely candidate for Yahuwah to HEAR and answer our prayers! Making the simple decision to be tenderhearted [humble] can make the difference between the strength to follow Yahuwah, honouring Him in all we do, or the lack of strength to follow Him, as these verses teach us:

Because your heart [King Josiah] was tender, and you did humble yourself before God, when you heard His [God’s] Words … I have even HEARD you also, says Yahuwah [the LORD].  (2Chronicles 34:27)

And if we know that He HEAR us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. (1John 5:15)

Be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, but God gives grace [His enablement] to the humble. (1Peter 5:5b)

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2) Prayer

Simply talking to Father, and seeking His guidance each day, and in every circumstance, makes it possible for Yahuwah to direct our path, and makes us more open to receive His guidance and His peace! Seeking Father by simple, sincere prayers can make the difference between knowing God’s guidance, or fumbling around ‘in the dark’ for direction, as these verses teach us:

In ALL your ways acknowledge Him – Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] – and He shall DIRECT your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)  

Then [King] David enquired [asked] of Yahuwah [the LORD] …. And Yahuwah answered him …. (1Samuel 23:4a) 

in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. (Philippians 4:6-7)

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3) Study of God’s Word

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 these verses teach us:

Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You [Yahuwah]. (Psalms 119:11)

The entrance of Your Words gives light [truth and wisdom]; Your Word gives understanding unto the simple [the meek and humble]. (Psalms 119:130)

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4) Obedience

Simply obeying what the Scriptures say purifies our soul, and keeps us on Father’s pathway to the goal of inheriting eternal life! We discover a verse or a passage that we need to begin to obey, and then we begin to walk in it.

We adjust our lifestyle so that we can live according to Father’s desires [His Torah], because we understand that His Word is our supreme authority. Obedience to God’s Word can make the difference between walking confidently in Father’s pathway, or missing Father’s very best for us, as these verses teach us:

Seeing you have PURIFIED your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit (1Peter 1:22a)

… by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory and honour and immortality, and He will give eternal life (Romans 2:7)

Be faithful unto death, and I [Yahushua] will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10b)

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5) Crying Out

Simply crying out to Yahuwah in our troubles has the promise of being delivered and rescued out of our distresses! When we cry out to Father in the midst of our troubles, concerns, or questions, asking for His help, it can make the difference between a divine intervention on our behalf, or a situation that could sadly become worse, as these verses teach us:

Then they cried unto Yahuwah [the LORD] in their trouble, and He delivered them, He saved them, and He brought them out of their distresses. (Psalms 107:6, 13, 19, 28)

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon You. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You: for You will answer me. (Psalms 86:5, 7; see also: Psalms 30:2; 34:6; 120:1; 138:3)

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6) Loving and Serving

Simply loving those in our midst by serving them, makes us qualified to receive rewards from King Yahushua Messiah, when He returns in His glory! Loving and serving others in the name of our Saviour can make the difference between receiving Father’s favor, or being separated from Him, as these verses teach us:

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ . . . the King will answer them and say unto them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40).

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have showed toward His name, in that you have ministered to [served] the saints, and do minister [continue to serve them]. (Hebrews 6:10)

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Conclusion

When our heart is devoted to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], and we desire to love and honour Messiah in every way, then, with Father’s grace, it will become easy for us to do these six simple things.

These six things will help us to maintain a fully-committed heart to Yahuwah. These little actions are as simple as watering our spiritual garden, and then reaping the benefits!

Though small and simple, these six little things can make a big difference in our own life, and in the lives of those around us.

Thank You Father, for Your amazing Word that guides me according to Your lovingkindness and wisdom. May I always be open to receive Your grace to do these simple things, and to live a life that is pleasing in Your sight. In Yahushua Messiah’s name, I pray. Amen

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The Greatest Among You

Are you among the Wise Virgins — among those who are Bride-Candidates, whose desire is to love and honour Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]?

Loving and following the Saviour is a great honour, for it is by His choice that we belong to Him (John 15:16).

If we belong to Messiah, then we will naturally desire to be like Him — pure, holy, meek and lowly (Matthew 11:29).

The best way to honour Him, and to be like Him, is to learn to imitate His heart attitude of servanthood:

“… I [Yahushua] am among you as He that serves.” (Luke 22:27b)

At all times, our Saviour exhibited a heart attitude of serving others! Yahushua served those He was ‘among. This is an important example for us!

Yahushua encourages His disciples to follow His example:do as I have done” (John 13:15). 

To be like Yahushua is to be as a servant to those we are ‘among‘.

The Greatest Among You

Some may think that being a servant is a humiliating business. But that is far from the perspective that God has of servanthood. Our heavenly Father considers servanthood a very great occupation!

Yahushua tells us:

“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

Consider this: the great occupation of the Holy Spirit is servanthood!

The Holy Spirit is given to us to be our constant companion, and our helper. This is a basic description of a servant. (Oh how we need the great work of the Holy Spirit in our life!)

The Holy Spirit helps us and serves us in countless ways, as we saw in The Holy Spirit: Our Amazing Comforter! The Holy Spirit’s primary duty is to glorify Messiah, and to help us to glorify Messiah in all we do!

And how can we glorify Yahushua? By humbly imitating Him and walking as He walked (1John 2:6). This is one significant way that we please the Father.

Pleasing The Father

We know that Yahushua always pleased His Father. He declared, “I do always those things that please Him [the Father]” (John 8:29).

Being “a servant” was a major way that Yahushua pleased His Father, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:

Yahushua made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, … Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him (Philippians 2:7-9).

Because our Saviour accepted the role of a servant, the Father highly exalted Him, and gave Him a name that is above every name!!

Yahushua obeyed His Father’s will by humbling Himself and serving others.

This needs to be our heart attitude as followers of Messiah — serving those we are among.

To be like Yahushua means we will have a servant’s heart on a very personal level, serving those we are in relationship with, serving those we live with and interact with every day. It means having a servant’s heart among our family members, our loved ones, our friends, and our fellow-workers.

We need to see ourselves as a servant, simply because ‘servanthood’ is one of our primary duties as a follower of Messiah (Luke 17:10).

Practice Being A Servant

A servant’s heart is willing to show mercy to those we are ‘among’, willing to serve them, no matter how menial the task may be.

As a follower of Messiah, we make it a practice of serving those we are in relationship with. This is a lifelong practice of being merciful, sensitive, and always seeking to BE a servant.

Serving is our calling — to give of ourselves to those we are ‘among’, as though we are representing the loving and giving heart of our Saviour.

Being a servant will mean breaking down our own will at times. It will mean turning from our own selfish ways, so that we can follow in Messiah’s footsteps. To do this, we must come to the point that we say, just as Messiah said, “Father. . . Not my will, but Your will, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Throughout history, all the great men and women of God were great, because first and foremost, they were servants! They denied themselves by loving and serving their Master and Saviour in the calling He gave them, and by serving those they were ‘among‘.

Those who love Messiah will imitate Him by being a servant to others. Such precious servants are called the greatest among you!”

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4 Tips for Keeping a Clear Conscience

What is our conscience? And what does it mean to have a clear conscience?

Our conscience is a very special, built-in part of our being.

The word ‘conscience’ comes from the Latin word ‘conscientia’ which means “knowledge within oneself, sense of right, a moral sense”.

Our conscience is the sense of right and wrong that our Creator has placed within each and every person.

Our good and clear conscience is God’s divine provision planted deep inside us to urge us and prod us toward His truth and His ways. It is our conscience that consistently causes us to perceive, and make us aware of, the many internal thoughts encouraging us to do good, and to avoid evil.

The Bible tells us how our conscience works:

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 20:27)

“…my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost…” (Romans 9:1b)

Our spirit, given to us by Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], searches and examines our heart.

Our spirit is Yahuwah’s intimate provision to help us search out our thoughts and motives, measuring these against what our conscience is telling us, as well as discerning the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Written On Our Heart

Our good and clear conscience, sometimes referred to as our “little spark of celestial fire”, is ours from the very start of our life.

From our very beginning, we have a conscience that is clean and clear, not marred in any way. We start out our life with a true sense of right and wrong.

The apostle Paul confirmed this God-given provision when he said that people who do not even know God’s laws will naturally do what God’s law requires, because God’s lawis written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them” (Romans 2:14-15).

God has ‘programmed’ us to have His standards for good behaviour designed into and inscribed onto our heart.

“We do not have to create a conscience for ourselves. We are born with one, and no matter how much we may ignore it, we cannot silence its insistent demand that we do good, and that we avoid evil.” —Thomas Merton

Yet when we are little, immature children, we begin to express our selfish nature, and thus we begin to violate our conscience. All too soon, our conscience becomes defiled by selfish and sinful actions, and we begin to lose the sensitive awareness of what our conscience tells us.

The immature have not learned to be self-LESS, which is the essence of loving others (see 1Corthinians 13). The immature demand to satisfy their consuming SELF-interest.

Parents who are diligent to help their children recognize their selfishness, and help them learn to be self-less, do a great service for their children. Such children have the advantage of growing up with a sensitivity to their conscience, so that as adults, they will seek to maintain their good and clear conscience.

When we violate our conscience and go against God’s standards, then our conscience becomes stained and hardened. This defiling of our good conscience requires a cleansing, a restoration.

Thankfully, our heavenly Father is loving and merciful, and has made provision for the cleansing and restoration of our God-given, good conscience through the precious blood of His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] (1John 1:9, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 10:22, and Hebrews 1:3).

When we sincerely repent and receive Yahushua Messiah as our Saviour, He ascribes to us the perfect and eternal blood sacrifice He made for us on our behalf. He forgives us of our sins, and purges and cleanses our conscience, and we become Born-Again. It is then that our conscience is returned once again to its pure state. From that point forward however, it is important that whenever we fail to follow His ways, we return to Father by confessing our sins and seeking His loving forgiveness.

Our Goal in Keeping a Clear Conscience: Love

The apostle Paul teaches us that Yahuwah’s purpose, or the goal of His Word and His commandments, is so that we become enabled to loveto love God, and to love others “out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith” (1Timothy 1:5).

In order to accomplish Yahuwah’s purpose in our life, we must maintain a clear conscience!

When we are living according to God’s Word, then we will be striving to keep our conscience clear. Our good and clear conscience helps us to BE loving — loving according to God’s definition for loving Him and others:

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous (1John 5:2-3).

Following and keeping Yahuwah’s Word/His commandments is the best way to learn to BE loving, and to keep our heart pure, our conscience clear, and our faith sincere. It is a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith that equips us with an inner strength and confidence, enabling us to grow in grace and maturity.

This is one reason why the apostle Paul admonishes us:

And above all these things put on charity [love originating from Messiah who lives within us], which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15)

When we let the peace of God rule in our heart, we are being sensitive to heed the whispering guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is how we learn to be obedient to Yah’s Word, and thus keep our conscience clear. These are major steps toward loving God.

So our goal and purpose for seeking to maintain our good and clear conscience is to BE loving — by first loving God, and then loving others.

Let us now begin to consider four Biblical tips that are helpful in maintaining a good and clear conscience.

Tip #1: First, there is a prerequisite for keeping our conscience clear — a commitment to Yahuwah Elohim.

Everything and anything that is worth doing requires a commitment!

Without the solid decision/commitment to bind yourself to a specific course of action, nothing will be accomplished.

This is true for every single endeavour/activity we attempt.

If we want the fruit — that is, the blessing of a clear conscience — then we must make the commitment to follow God’s Word, and heed the counsel of His Holy Spirit, who urges us to stay in harmony with God’s standards, i.e. His Word.

Such a commitment actually begins with our ‘Born-Again‘ experience.

Once we become a new creation through receiving Yahuwah’s Son, Yahushua Messiah, the Saviour, then we ought to have a deep love for Messiah. This deep love for Yahushua ought to result in a strong commitment to make any necessary changes to our lifestyle, so that we come into harmony and obedience with Father’s Word.

Thus, the prerequisite for keeping and maintaining our clear conscience is the spontaneous commitment that results from our Born-Again experience.

Coming into harmony with God’s Word requires our commitment to value and treasure the authority of Father’s Word, as it is written in the Bible. We show that we truly value His Word, when we make His Word the supreme and active authority in our life, by living in obedience to the Scriptures.

Keeping our conscience clear becomes easy when we respect Yah’s Word with the same respect and commitment that King David had: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” and “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.” (Psalms 119:11&101)

We make the commitment to treasure and obey Yah’s Word, so that we might not sin against Him — in other words, so that we might not violate our conscience.

And why do we do this? Because we LOVE Him!

Tip #2: Begin to cultivate and nurture a sensitivity to the internal whispers of the Holy Spirit.

To keep our conscience clear, we must begin to cultivate a sensitivity to the leading of His Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6 and Acts 2:37).

Sometimes we are not aware of the very small, quiet impressions from the Holy Spirit that we have within our thoughts. So it takes cultivation to learn to be sensitive to recognizing the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Cultivation is a process. It takes time, and it proceeds one-step-at-a-time.

Our focus in this cultivation is to nurture the growth of our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s whispers. How can we do this?

First of all, we can begin to downsize our activities, so that we are not clogged with too much busy-ness. We need to make an effort at slowing down, so that we can concentrate on what is important in fulfilling Father’s plans for us. We must determine to turn off the music, the videos, the TV, and the social media, so that we can focus on fulfilling God’s Word. These are examples of the many voices and worldly influences that distract us, competing for our time and attention.

It is especially important to set aside time daily, for 1) reading and studying the Scriptures, and for 2) secret prayer, asking Father to help us be more sensitive and willing to following His ways. These two things will help us know and obey the Word of God, which is essential for keeping our conscience clear, and for avoiding all kinds of misery (See Hosea 4:1-6).

In order to grow in our sensitivity to the internal whispers of the Holy Spirit, we must be diligent to notice the little thoughts and impressions we receive daily, and seriously consider them. If the impression is urging us to be in agreement with Yah’s Word, then we should be alert (sensitive) to this impression, and quickly begin to pray for insight and discernment.

One of the first things to consider is that our sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit can grow only as we learn to be honest with ourselves, as Yahuwah requires of us:

Yahuwah [LORD], who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart (Psalms 15:1-2).

Behold, thou [Yahuwah] desirest truth in the inward parts (Psalms 51:6a).

These and many other Scripture passages teach us that Father is very interested in our commitment to maintain our inner honesty. As we cultivate a growing sensitivity to our inner honesty and to small thoughts and impressions, we become more aware of any uneasiness we might have. When we sense any uneasiness or lack of peace about a particular matter, then we should not delay in examining ourselves, to make sure we are not violating God’s Word, and thus violating our conscience.

Tip #3: Begin to learn what our duties are, and be diligent to fulfill our duties.

Unless we are in the military, we do not hear the word ‘duty’ very often. But as a child of Yahuwah, each one of us has certain duties that are specific and particular to our own individual situation.

A ‘duty’ is a work that you are responsible to perform. A ‘duty’ is something that you alone are responsible for, and obligated to fulfill.

To keep our conscience clear, then we need to fulfill our duties.

Fulfilling our duties is one of the main whispering encouragements of the Holy Spirit. Often it is our conscience that urges us to perform our duties, and not neglect them, because Yahuwah desires this of us, as we can see in many verses in His Word:

  • Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another (Romans 14:19).
  • Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2Timothy 2:22).
  • Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves (Philippians 2:30).
  • For even hereunto were you called: because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps (1Peter 2:21).
  • He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does Yahuwah require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
  • Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

The above verses reveal some of the very basic principles of walking with Yahuwah. As believers and followers of Messiah, we have a duty to have heart-attitudes of humility, mercy, obedience, graciousness, and a variety of other virtues.

But most of all, we are called to follow Yahushua’s example of being a servant to those in our midst: “… but I am among you as He that serveth” (Luke 22:27b).

An important part of our servanthood calling is to fulfill our duties through obedience to our Master’s words! ‘Servanthood’ is a primary duty as a disciple of Messiah (Luke 17:10).

Some may object, saying ‘doing duties’ is a negative way of looking at our calling in Messiah. But I say that when we understand what our duties are [the activities which are our responsibility], then we are more inclined to willingly perform them.

Often, what our duties actually are, are a variety of very small tasks that, when fulfilled, help us to obey one of Yahushua’s most important commands: And He (Yahushua) said to them all, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

Fulfilling our duties helps us to practice steps of self-denial, thus avoid willfulness.

Everyone has his own specific realm of duties/responsibilities. Some general examples of duties might be:

  • A student must fulfill the duties of completing school assignments and being in class on time (Titus 2:6-8a).
  • A husband/father must fulfill the duties of being available to teach/train his children, of being responsibly aware of the needs of his family, of leading his family in God’s ways, and of responsibly providing for his family (Titus 2:2 and James 1:19-20 and 1Timothy 5:8).
  • A wife/mother must fulfill the duties of keeping and managing the home, of preparing meals and clothing, of nurturing her children, and of creating an environment for her family that is healthy and peaceful (Titus 2:3-5).
  • And as believers in Messiah, we ought to naturally have a deep love for the Saviour as a result of our Born-Again experience. Therefore, as one of our duties, we endeavour to represent Messiah with honour in all that we do. This ought to be the deep, abiding desire of our heart, gladly doing this ‘duty’ as a joy (1Tmothy 1:17).

These are just a few examples of the many roles we have, along with some general duties. But each role we have has particular, specific duties, required of us each day. Every day, we are faced with specific, individual duties that we alone are responsible to fulfill.

If we fail in fulfilling our duties, we create problems and unrest for ourselves, and for those we are associated with. But when we fulfill our duties, then our conscience will be peaceful.

When we do the things that are our specific responsibilities, then we reap the benefits of keeping a clear conscience, as well as maintaining peacefulness and good relationships within our family, friends, and co-workers.

Tip #4: Be faithful in the little things.

Yahushua exhorts His disciples to be faithful in the little, seemingly ‘unimportant’ things:

He that is faithful in that which is least [the little things] is faithful also in much [the greater things]: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (Luke 16:10)

Faithfulness in great, significant things is good.

But to keep our conscience clear, we must first learn to be faithful in small matters, the little, intimate things.

Faithfulness in little things is another way of looking at ‘fulfilling our duties’. But the important thing about faithfulness in ‘little things’ is that it reflects our character.

The way we handle little things is very revealing!

Our attitude toward little things reveals much about our character. Our attention to little things, or our neglect of little things, reveals either what is good about our character, or what is lacking in our character.

The way we attend to little, personal matters demonstrates either our faithfulness to honour and respect Yahuwah and others, or else our lack of faithfulness, thus exposing a leaning toward laziness and self-importance.

When we are faithful to attend to small matters [our small ‘duties’], we show forth an integrity of character, revealing a genuine love for Yah and for those in our midst — those we are in close relationship with.

Faithfulness in little matters begins with simply talking to Yah about all our decisions, no matter how small (Proverbs 28:6 and Proverbs 3:6).

Our faithfulness to attend to little things helps us to keep our conscience clear and tender, and helps us learn sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s nudges.

Maintaining a Clear Conscience

These tips are helpful reminders for learning how to maintain our clear conscience.

The goal for keeping a clear conscience is to BE loving, BE obedient to God’s Word, and BE genuine and authentic about our faith. Our clear conscience enables us to more quickly discern the leading of the Holy Spirit.

There are times that we may have an uneasiness in our spirit over something we did, or something we are considering doing. Whatever the case, the uneasiness is the moment to BE sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading. We should pause, and consider what the uneasiness is about.

An uneasiness or a ‘check’ in our spirit is a precious moment. It is a time to humble ourselves, be honest with ourselves, examine our motives, and earnestly seek the peace of God in the matter.

It can be difficult at times, to recognize the difference between selfish ambitions and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We must begin to accept the fact that we can not always trust what our heart may be telling us, because our heart is not reliable (Jeremiah 17:9).

It takes practice to heed the Holy Spirit’s guiding whispers to do the right thing. It takes practice to maintain our commitment to live our life in agreement with the authority of God’s Word.

Though we all fail, our failures should not keep us from returning to Father.

It is important that we not cover up our faults and sins, but instead, confess them, seek Father’s forgiveness by the blood of His Son, and begin to walk in repentance (Colossians 1:14 and 1John 1:9).

If we do not seek Father and His strength to remain honest and faithful, we can become insensitive. Our inner honesty with Him helps us to admit our failures and weakness. Once we repent, Yahuwah is well able to bring us through to a renewed sense of His care and tender love for us, and restore our conscience.

Conclusion

These four tips for keeping a clear conscience are simple, very basic tools. The very best thing to do however, is to earnestly maintain our intimate relationship with Father, seeking His guidance in all our ways. We must cry out for Father’s help — help to be humble, honest, and obedient to His Word, asking for courage and discernment to maintain our good and clear conscience, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult!

Let us remember these four tips for keeping a clear conscience:

  1. The prerequisite commitment to Yahuwah Elohim and His Word, by our Born-Again experience, through Messiah Yahushua, which results in cleansing and restoring of our conscience;
  2. Cultivate sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s whispers;
  3. Learn what our duties are, and fulfill them;
  4. Be faithful in the little things.

Keeping the wonderful treasure of a good and clear conscience belongs only to those who are committed to heeding the whispers and messages of the Holy Spirit’s guidance, which will always be in harmony with Yah’s written Word [the Bible].

“Keep your conscience good and you will always enjoy happiness, for a good conscience can bear a great deal and can bring joy even in the midst of adversity. But an evil conscience is ever restless and fearful. A good, clean conscience inspires great trust in God. Happy is the man who casts from him all that can stain or burden his conscience.” —Thomas à Kempis

Our clear conscience is the source of much joy, peace, and strength! Therefore, keeping a good and clear conscience is a worthy endeavour!

Genuine ‘Thirsty Souls’ are vigilant to protect and guard their clear conscience.

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Taking Hold of God’s Promises

In the midst of darkness, turmoil, and the storms of this life, we have a beacon to guide us safely to our destination: God’s promises to His people.

God has given us many promises of well-being, strength, and victory — promises that give us direction on how to come out of many difficulties. Those who diligently search God’s Word, to seek out and take hold of His promises, are greatly encouraged by the results.

Corrie ten Boom once said, “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” God’s promises shine as a ‘light’ in the midst of darkness, and are given to us to help us solve our problems.

We all need to ‘take hold’ of the promises of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

But what does it mean to ‘take hold’ of Yahuwah’s promises?

First of all, it means to understand that Yahuwah’s promises are His Words of commitment to His people — committing Himself to do [or not to do] something, for those who will trust Him and believe His Word.

Yah’s promises are His commitments to His believing children to show Himself strong on their behalf:

For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him [fully committed to Him]. (2Chronicles 16:9a)

To take hold of Yah’s promises is to seize them as though they belong to us!

If we take Yah’s promises as our own possession, then we will guard them, and value them as our own treasure! We will often say them out loud as a way of strengthening our grip on them!

But, for His promises to be valid and effective, as the above verse indicates, we must be committed to follow Yahuwah with a true and sincere heart.

When we make a sincere commitment to Yahuwah through His Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], then we can be confident that the heavenly Father will, in turn, commit Himself [and His promises] to us!

Yahuwah’s commitments — His promises — are deserving of our efforts to firmly ‘take hold’ of them, because they are ‘exceedingly great and precious’:

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2Peter 1:2-4)

This Scripture passage teaches us that it is by Yah’s exceedingly great and precious promises that we become partakers of Messiah’s divine nature.

We first receive the seed of this divine nature when we become Born-Again through Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], who is the ‘Seed’ of the Word planted within our heart. Then, as we study His written Words, pray, and diligently seek Him, the Seed begins to grow and take root within us.

It is in this way, that we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Saviour. It is in this way also, that we learn how to apply [take hold of] the precious promises to our lives, and to receive the abundance of His divine nature, His character in our own lives (2Timothy 1:7).

The heavenly Father encourages us that all of His promises are available for all of His children through Messiah:

For the Son of God, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in Him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him [Messiah]. That is why it is through Him [Messiah] that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. (2Corinthians 1:19-20)

As this passage reveals, if we are IN Messiah, through the New Birth, then we, as Believers in Messiah, can take hold of any one of Yahuwah’s promises personally, and trust Him to fulfill His Word to us. What abundant love!

He Goes With Us

One of Yahuwah’s promises is His presence WITH us, wherever we go:

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD thy God], He it is that goes with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

This promise is repeated in several places throughout the Scriptures. Yahuwah wants us to know, and take hold of this: that He is with us!

If we personally apply this promise to ourselves, and to the fulfilment of Father’s plans in our life, then we will know His strength and good courage. With His constant presence with us, and with Him on our side (Psalms 56:9), then we can be confident that Yah’s purposes for us will prevail: He will not fail us, nor forsake us!

Can you and I grasp the enormity of this promise? Can we firmly ‘take hold’ of this promise of His Word?

What would it be like to truly take possession of this promise?

It would be like having a unit of military soldiers assigned to us personally, to stand with us at all times, and to support us everywhere we go — to warn us of the many dangers along our path, and to guide us through times of darkness and uncertainty.

Who would not be confident with such a company of support?!?

The Word of God on Good Ground

Oh dear Thirsty Souls, may the truth of Yah’s promises take deep root into our heart and soul! May His Word be so rooted within us that we would be like ‘good ground’ — those who hear the Word of God, keep it, hold tightly to it, even through all opposition, and thus bring forth fruit:

But that [the Word of God] on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)

As this verse teaches, we need an honest and good heart to begin to ‘take hold’ of Yah’s Word. Only then can He begin to produce within us, the good fruit of righteousness — our works of obedience to His Words, after our New Birth (Philippians 1:9-11 and Proverbs 31:31).

If we are to mature in our faith, we must be of an honest and good heart, seeking to walk in the Light of God’s WORD. We do this by praying for God’s mercy and grace to help us (John 14:13), and by learning for ourselves, and applying to ourselves, what Father has promised us in His Word.

And the promise – that He is with us wherever we go – is a promise that insures confidence and strength in the midst of difficulties.

The Angel of Yahuwah

This promise, that Yahuwah is with us, is repeated often and with different wording in other verses:

  • The angel of Yahuwah [the LORD] encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them. (Psalms 34:7)
  • For He [Yahuwah] shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. (Psalms 91:11)
  • And he [Elisha] answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Yahuwah [LORD], I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And Yahuwah opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2Kings 6:16 -17)
  • Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him, innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. (Daniel 6:21-22)
  • the angels … are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:13-14)
  • Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

These verses remind us that the promises of Yah’s strength and presence, and His ministering angels, are for His children, for those who love and trust Him, for those who are walking in the Fear of the LORD.

And though we may have to go through sufferings and persecutions as Daniel did, and as his three friends did (see Daniel 3); and though we may be rejected, or even killed because of our trust and devotion to Yahuwah and His Word — yet we will trust in Father’s plans and purposes, because He is with us!

And we will take hold of His promise that He will be our guide, even unto death (Psalms 48:14 and 1Peter 3:14).

No trials or tribulations will separate us from Yahuwah’s love and commitment to us. He will not forsake us in life or at death, or even on the Day of Judgment because. . . “this is the will of Him that sent me [Yahushua Messiah], that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)

They Did Great Things

If we will think honestly about Father’s astonishing promises, then we would never refuse to follow Him whole-heartedly! He has made us to be more than conquerors through Messiah because of His great love for us!

“All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God. . . because they believed that God would be with them.” —Hudson Taylor

Yahuwah has given unto us His exceedingly great and precious promises so that we, His beloved children, might be a partaker of His divine nature — a divine nature of courage, confidence, triumph, and joy!

Oh Abba Father, I thank You and praise You for Your great lovingkindness and mercies toward me, and all of Your children! May each one of us always trust You, and truly believe, with all our heart, Your precious promises, and most especially – that You are with us! In Messiah Yahushua’s name I pray. Amen.

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