Love is Patient

One of the goals of Believers in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] is to show Biblical love to others.

But showing love to others can be difficult at times.

Love, which is like a jewel because it many facets. One of these facets is patience.

In 1Corithians 13 [The “Love Chapter” of the Bible] we are told:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; love is not arrogant” (1Corithians 13:4).

To love someone is to behave with patience. This is one way we show Biblical love to others.

Patience is waiting – waiting with an expectation in our heart for God’s goodness.

Patience is a vision for waiting to the end.

Patience waits.

Patience waits by continuing to persistently plant another seed each day.

A farmer waits as the seeds lie buried in the soil — seeds that are unseen, and appearing as though dead. So also LOVE patiently waits.

Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain. (James 5:7b)

The farmer waits silently for the precious fruit of the earth. Every seed he plants is hidden and buried. But the farmer’s eyes are focused on the unseen realm. He looks not at the bare soil where the seed was just planted. His eyes are looking toward the harvest.

So it is with you and me.

Every day, we plant a seed of God’s Word, trusting it will take root and prosper (Isaiah 55:11).

Every day, we plant a patient (and persistent), hidden prayer — a prayer for more understanding, or a prayer for healing, or prayer for the return of a wayward child, or prayer for a change of heart — a change in others, or a change in ourselves.

Oh how often we all need of this loving, hidden, and often silent, patience! Just as King David, we patiently wait: “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation!” (Psalms 62:1)

It takes patience (and persistence) to remember that God’s timing is not our timing (Isaiah 55:8-9).

It takes patience (and persistence) to remember that Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] wants us to focus on the unseen, eternal realm (2Corinthians 4:17-18).

It takes patience (and persistence) to remember that our heavenly Father will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him, of those who look to Him, hoping in His mercy (Psalms 145:19 and 147:11).

It takes patience to remember to BE patient:

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience . . . (Hebrews 10:35).

The Holy Spirit often reminds me that I have need of patience!

This “Fruit of the Spirit” — patience — is so very necessary:

•  It is through patience that we bring forth good fruit (Luke 8:15).

•  It is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:12)

•  It is through patience that we can run the course that Father sets before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

•  It is through the comfort of the Scriptures and patience that we obtain hope. (Romans 15:4)

•  It is through patience that we can become mature and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)

•  It is through patience that we learn to keep Yahuwah’s commandments and the faith of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. (Revelation 14:12)

•  It is through patience that we learn to possess our souls. That is, we patiently learn to keep ourselves disciplined, sober-minded, and responsible, maintaining our fear of God with vigilance. (Luke 21:19)

Spiritually Handicapped

Have we yet realized the importance of having patience?

Without patience, we would be spiritually handicapped!

Without patience, the promises and rewards that Father has for His children would not be obtained!

We need great patience (and persistence) to diligently seek Father, so that He CAN reward us!

We need great patience (and persistence) to read and study the Scriptures, so that we can grasp the hope of eternal life.

We need great patience (and persistence) to wait on Father’s timing for His answers.

Consider this: it takes great patience for a mother to wait for, and endure, the birth of her baby.

So it is with our prayers!

We need great patience to pray daily, persistently, regularly, crying out day and night unto Yahuwah, so that we can eventually receive ‘the baby’ — that is, receive the answer to our pleas (See: Luke 18:1-8 and Matthew 7:7-11).

Our crying out for answers waters our heart with more patience. We cry and groan with sounds unclear and mysterious.

Our tearful anguish works patient waiting within us out of necessity.

With our own strength, we cannot succeed! We need Father’s strength to hold us tightly, and keep us near Him, reminding us of His loving care, encouraging us with His Word (See Psalms 139)!

Another day brings us once again to the patience of waiting. Another day for Father’s mercies to be renewed! Father’s hope and joy is restored every morning! (Lamentations 3:22-23; Psalms 30:5; Psalms 143:8).

And so, we wait . . . because we love!

Love can wait, wait a long time, wait until the end. Love never becomes impatient; it never wants to hurry things up and force them. It deals with long periods of time. Waiting, having patience, continuing to love and be kind, even where it seems entirely to miss the mark — this alone wins people over; this alone breaks the bond that chains every person…. Kindness often seems so completely inappropriate, but love is patient and kind. It waits….” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We wait with patience and endurance and persistence because this is how we show Biblical love. We continue to look to Yah, every day, waiting and trusting Him for answers (Micah 7:7).

Love endures! Love hopes! Love perseveres and persists and waitsto the end, to the promised harvest (1Corinthians 13:4-8).

We persistently plant our prayer seeds – though hidden and often tearful, yet precious in Father’s sight:

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him! (Psalms 126:5-6)

God is love! And our enduring, persistent patience is the expression of HIS love . . . because love is patient!

Thank you Father, for Your lovingkindness to hold me close to You. Help me to endure patiently, to wait with expectation for Your goodness, and to not give up my prayers nor my commitment to honour You in all I do. In Yahushua Messiah’s name I pray. Amen.

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Five Simple Facts from God’s Word

Often the facts of a situation are clouded.

Because of our attachments and emotions, facts can sometimes be hard to grasp.

If a situation stirs up our emotions, making us upset and offended, then evaluating the facts can be frustrating.

Facts can seem like hard, cold things. But many times, it is simply the FACTS we desperately need to rely on, instead of our emotions.

In order to clearly resolve a difficult situation, and come out of a foggy condition, we simply need The Facts.

This is the way it is in our walk with Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

The Facts of God’s written Word [the Bible] are what we need. This is the secret to walking by faith, and not by sight (2Corinthians 5:7) and 2Corinthians 4:18).

Our Emotional Feelings

If we base our walk with Father God on our feelings, then our feelings are ruling, and we are letting our senses determine our behaviour. But feelings go up and down. They are inconsistent.

If we are absorbed by our senses and by our ‘own’ understanding [that is, what I think, what I see, what I hear, what I feel], then we are not really walking by faith.

What the written Word of Yahuwah actually says [not our emotions, not our imaginations] is our authority, our standard of behaviour.

The Bible is The Standard for what is right, true, and relevant! The Bible is where we find The Facts for what we need for determining our attitudes and behaviour. The Bible contains God’s instructions, insights, and wisdom, given to us for our good, for our benefit, and for our entire lifetime! The Bible gives us the guidance we need for every decision we face, whether it be major or minor decisions

Yahuwah has told us many facts in His written Word regarding His love for us, and His desires for us! The Facts we find in His Word are His promises of His commitment to us. These are The Facts we can trust to help us choose the best direction of conduct.

When we learn The Facts of Father’s love for us, then our understanding of His ways increases. Learning The Facts of God’s written Word, and then behaving according to those facts, helps us mature and grow in Father’s grace.

I am not saying we must deny our emotions.

Father God created us with emotions. Emotions can be very helpful at times. As we mature, we begin to recognize the strength of our emotions to help us fulfill The Facts of Father’s Word, the Bible.

But if our emotions and feelings determine much of our behaviour, and cause us to doubt Yahuwah’s Word, then we are still a ‘babe’ spiritually.

As we begin to mature spiritually, we begin to act more according to The Facts of the Bible, rather than relying on emotions or feelings. A sign of spiritual maturity is to use our emotions as a positive means for obedience to Father’s written Word.

We are growing in maturity, when we become sensitive to utilize Father’s grace [His enablement] to obey Him, in order to be able to walk by faith, and serve Father in an acceptable manner:

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. (1Peter 2:2; 2Peter 3:18)

. . .we have received grace . . . for obedience to the faith… (Romans 1:5)

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28).

Yahuwah’s grace is given to us to enable us to serve Him acceptably. By His grace we are enabled to obey Him, to mature in our understanding of Him and His Word, and to know His will for our behaviour.

Five Simple Facts from God’s Word

Let’s consider only five, very basic, Facts from Yahuwah’s written Word [the Bible].

Fact #1: Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you (James 4:8a).  When we humbly and honestly pray [talking to Yahuwah], it is a Fact that Yahuwah will draw near to us. If we want a closer, more intimate walk with Father God, then we will adjust our lifestyle, and make time for His Word, and for talking to Him.

Fact #2: 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 [complete and sincere] toward Him (2Chronicles 16:9a).  When we sincerely give our heart to Yahuwah, and commit our life to Him, then it is a Fact that Yahuwah will bless us, support us, and supply what we need in order to honour Him in all we do.

Fact #3: In all your ways acknowledge Him [Yahuwah], and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). Acknowledging Yahuwah in everything we do, helps us to be of a humble heart, and helps us maintain sober-mindedness regarding our activities. When we acknowledge Him, our relationship with Father is strengthened, and it is a Fact that as a result, He will guide our steps and direct our path.

Fact #4: If we confess our sins, He [Yahuwah] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9).  If we have sinned against Yahuwah by disobeying His written Word (1John 3:4), then it is a Fact that when we sincerely confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!

Fact #5: Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Jesus] said to him, “…Whoever has seen me [Yahushua], has seen the Father” (John 14:9).  As we pointed out in a previous posting, if we want to know what the heavenly Father is like, then all we need to do is study the characteristics of His Son, Yahushua Messiah. Many times, Yahushua was moved with compassion among the people! It is a Fact that Father will be moved with compassion toward His own children (Matthew 14:14 and Mark 6:34).

Feelings: Leading or Following?

Yahuwah [the LORD] desires that we would mature, and begin to recognize our emotions, and then not allow our senses [emotions or feelings] and imaginations to determine our behaviour. Instead, He wants us to learn The Facts of the faith — and then walk by faith, not by sight.

If we want to mature, then we need to make a conscious, determined decision to seek Father’s help, so that we can recognize the difference between what our emotions are shouting at us, and what The Facts of God’s written Word are.

Yes, there are times when our thoughts and emotions will conflict with Yahuwah’s written Word. The conflicts can be difficult, and are very personal battles!

But those are moments when we must ask Father’s help to overcome the battles. Those battles are moments when we must use our faith.

In the heat of these battles, we may not fully understand Father’s purpose. But that is when we must trust in Father’s good and loving character, and trust The Facts of His written Word!

Moments of conflict are times of testing.

Who will we trust? Will we rely on our loving heavenly Father, and trust His Word? Or will our feelings dominate and cause us to doubt The Facts of God’s Word?

When we grow in our knowledge of God’s written Word; when we learn The Facts of His Word, and stay close to Him by telling Him our fears and struggles, then little by little, we will begin to trust Father and The Facts of His written Word (Matthew 13:12). In this way, we become more faithful and strong, by His grace, to walk by faith!

But our commitment to study, and to know and obey the Word of Yahuwah, is key to our maturity. Our commitment helps us endure the testings. And with Father’s help, we will come forth from the testings as gold (Job 23:10)!

So let us determine to walk with Father by His grace, through our faith in Him, according to The Facts in His written Word! It is The Facts of our faith, not our feelings or emotions, that must be relied upon for fulfilling the Word of Yahuwah.

We need to let our feelings follow, not lead!

Our emotions are good things whenever they confirm Yahuwah’s Word. Our love and passion for Yahuwah and His written Word are especially helpful in walking by faith with courage and boldness!

Let us seek to line-up our emotions with Father’s Word, and not depend so much on how we feel, to determine our obedience to Him.

The more we follow [obey] The Facts of His written Word, the more we will grow in our relationship with Him, and the more we will grow in His grace!

Thank You heavenly Father, for giving us Your awesome Word as a lamp to guide our way, and as a light for our path. Help us every day to draw near to You, storing up Your Word in our heart, that we may know how to walk in Your Ways. Help us Father to order our way, according to Your Word. In the name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah, we pray. Amen.

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They Tried To Outsmart God

What? Outsmart God?

To outsmart someone means to use cleverness or intelligence to defeat someone, or gain advantage over someone, by trickery or deceit.

The prophet Daniel describes how the chief rulers and senior officials [those in authority] tried to outsmart God (Read about this fascinating bit of history in Daniel chapter 6).

Their attempts to discredit Daniel, God’s righteous servant, were actually plots against Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:

Then the presidents and rulers sought to find occasion (an accusation, a complaint) against Daniel concerning the kingdom. But they could find no occasion or fault, because he was faithful. Neither was there any error or fault found in him. (Daniel 6:4)

The wicked always behave this way:

The wicked plot against the righteous, and gnashes his teeth at him, but Yahuwah [the Lord] laughs at the wicked, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword… to slay those who walk uprightly. (Psalms 37:12-14).

For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me (God’s righteous servant): they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. (Psalms 109:2)

Yahushua [Jesus] said,… “He that hates me, hates my Father also“. (John 15:23)

Trying to outsmart God, and His righteous servants, is complete foolishness:

The foolishness of man perverts (subverts) his way: and his heart frets (rages) against Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Proverbs 19:3)

He [God] spoils the plans of even the smartest people so that they will not succeed. He [God] catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps, and brings to an end their evil plans. (Job 5:12-13)

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Proverbs 21:30)

For it is written, I Yahuwah [the LORD], will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (1Corinthians 1:19)

The written Scriptures teach us that the wisdom of Yahuwah Elohim is immensely superior to any human wisdom. God’s wisdom is as great and as high as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9)! Yahuwah’s wisdom far surpasses all human counsels and imaginations.

God is vastly bigger than you and me, in every way!! In comparison to God Almighty, we are little in power, and little in knowledge. We are little creatures — mere dust and ashes (Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19; Genesis 18:27).

Servants of the Living God

Who are the servants of the Living God? They are those who choose to honour and obey God’s written Word [the Bible].

And as a loving Master, Yahuwah’s favor and wisdom is upon His servants. Yahuwah is well able to protect His humble servants, and to deliver them when falsely accused:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1)

When I cry unto You [Yahuwah], then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. (Psalms 56:9)

The prophet Daniel was of an ‘excellent spirit.’ He was a man of integrity, a faithful and upright servant, serving the Living God, while in service to King Darius. Daniel’s life was devoted to obeying the written Word of God. Therefore God’s superior wisdom and favor was upon him.

The wicked men surrounding Daniel could find no fault in him (see above Daniel 6:4). Yet they were determined to outsmart Daniel by tricking the king into destroying Daniel (see Daniel 6:12-15).

Those hard-hearted rulers foolishly thought their human wisdom and reasoning were greater than the wisdom that was upon the servant of God. Those men had an exaggerated sense of their own self-importance. Sadly, they chose to walk in the imagination of their own heart (Genesis 6:5).

What was the outcome of those wicked rulers of Daniel’s day?

Their end result was not good. When King Darius realized the motives of his officials and counsellors, he was furious over their trickery and deceit:

And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. (Daniel 6:24)

There is no future to those who use lies and deceit, as a means to accuse the servants of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]:

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his place. (Proverbs 11:8)

Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies. (Psalms 108:13)

God is very aware of the wicked, and their evil plots. The hard and stubborn heart of the wicked make their punishment even greater in the Day of wrath (Romans 2:5).

A very significant Day is coming (2Corinthians 5:10), when God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and He will reward everyone according to what they have done:

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. (Isaiah 3:11)

No one can ever outsmart God!

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Lead Me In Your Truth: Part 3 – The Person of Truth

Searching for Truth is a major issue these days. But how can we know what is Truth?

How can we know what is error or deception?

How can we discern Truth from lies, what is true from what is fake or false?

And, does Truth change over time? Does Truth change from century to century? Does Truth evolve, like societies, cultures, and customs evolve?

The answer to all these questions is found in the Bible, the written Word of God.

According to the Bible, Truth has its origin in God. Truth is unchanging, and is absolute. But best of all, Truth is available to us. When we have the Truth, we can avoid deception.

Discerning Truth From Error

This is the 3rd, and final, Part in our series entitled, Lead Me in Your Truth.

In this series, we have been looking at the questions, “What is truth?” and “How can we find truth?”

As we saw in Part 1, we are living in a time when there is a great need for discerning truth from error. Very few have the necessary discernment for what is Truth, and is a safe-guard against deception and lies!

We saw that deception describes much of what happens today. This is just as Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] warned, that deception will be a dominant feature of the End-Time Days: “Beware that no one deceive you! … many shall be deceived!” (Matthew 24:4-5).

We also discussed what is the doorway into deception, and the two steps we can take that are as safeguards against deception.

In Part 2, we discussed the great importance of the foundation of the ‘Ancient Paths‘ as written in The Torah. We saw that Our Creator, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], did not leave The Standard for Truth to man’s invention or imagination! We looked carefully in great detail, at the evidence that the Torah is The Standard for Truth that God gave from ancient times — from the beginning!

Here in Part 3 we continue to further explore this prayer to God: Lead me in Your truth (Psalms 25:5). But in order to fully understand what is now presented in Part 3, it is essential to first read Part 1 and Part 2, because both articles cover foundational concepts of Truth.

Finding God’s Truth ranks far above all other claims on Truth. God’s Truth is authentic and indisputable, because God’s Truth is the origin of all Truth, and is founded in the nature and character of the Creator of all things.

As we begin Part 3 of this series, let us again be reminded of this one important Truth:

The Creator of the universe [Yahuwah Elohim – The LORD God] is the only Righteous, Living, Eternal, All-Mighty God, Who is gracious, loving, and merciful, and Who is unlimited in His abilities, and is infinitely superior to all human wisdom and reasoning.”

As we consider the concept of Truth as a person, our first question is, “Who is Truth?

Who is Truth? — A Mysterious Question

Can it be that Truth is a person? To our finite minds, that idea seems hard to imagine.

How could such a question be considered, that Truth is a person?

Again we find the answer to this mysterious question, “Who is Truth?“, is found in the Scriptures [the Bible]. Notice what Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] tells us:

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 Messiah spoke to John saying… “To the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the True One [Yahushua Messiah], the One having the key of David, the One who opens, and no one can shut; and who shuts, and no one opens” (Revelation 3:7)

And we know that the Son of God has come, and He has given us an understanding so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him that is true, in His Son Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. This is the true God, and eternal life. (1John 5:20)

If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Yahushua [Jesus]. (Ephesians 4:21)

Yahushua [Jesus] answered, “… Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37b).

Yahuwah Elohim [The LORD your God] will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me [Moses]; unto Him you shall hearken… (Deuteronomy 18:15; see also Deuteronomy 18:18-19)

Yahushua [Jesus] said,… “For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” (John 5:46)

Pilate therefore went forth again, and said … Behold, I bring Him [Yahushua] forth to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him. (John 19:4)

When we look very carefully at these verses, we gain great insight for “Who is Truth.”

From the above verse in John 14:6, Yahushua Messiah tell us three things about Himself. He said:

  • I am the Way.
  • I am the Truth.
  • I am the Life.

Can we grasp what He is saying? He is telling us the answer to our question: “WHO IS TRUTH?”

He, the Person, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] is The Truth!

We also see from the above Scriptures, that Yahushua Messiah is:

  • the Holy One,
  • the True One,
  • the Way to the Father,
  • the Way to Eternal Life,
  • the One in Whom there is no fault, and
  • the One Who is The Prophet, like unto Moses, in Whom we are to hearken to [listen to and obey].

The Mystery of Yahushua’s Identity

Yahushua Messiah, though in the form of God (Philippians 2:6-7), laid aside His glory, divine power, and majesty, and came to this earth, in the likeness of men.

As a man, Yahushua Messiah humbled Himself and became obedient unto death. He came down from heaven to give Eternal Life to those who will believe in Him (John 6:33; John 3:15).

His mission and His message represented the true nature of Yahuwah Elohim! Yahushua Messiah was the Living Word of God, manifested in the flesh.

In the article, Messiah: The Word Made Flesh, we discussed in great detail the mystery of Yahushua’s identity as “the Word” of God made flesh:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14)

The above Scripture reveals that the Word of God was made flesh! Yahushua came to the earth, and completely demonstrated the Torah, God’s Standard for Truth, as the pattern and example for those who would believe in Him.

Just as the written Torah is the Light for our path, so also Yahushua is the living Light of Life:

  • For the Commandment is a Lamp; and the Torah [law] is Light (Proverbs 6:23a).
  • Your Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105).
  • In Him [Yahushua] was Life; and the Life was the Light of men…. He [Yahushua] was the true Light; He enlightens every man coming into the world (John 1:4,9).
  • Then spake Yahushua [Jesus]… “I am the Light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life (John 8:12).
  • The Dayspring [Messiah] from on high has visited us, to give Light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78b-79).

The Word of God became the man, Yahushua Messiah.
The Person, Yahushua Messiah, became the Living Torah!
The God of the Bible, Yahuwah Elohim, was revealed in the flesh,
through Messiah Yahushua!

Death Could Not Hold Him Down

The Scriptures tell us that after His time of ministry on earth was complete, Yahushua Messiah was delivered unto death for our sins. But death could not hold Yahushua down:

Him [Yahushua] God raised up the third day,
and showed Him openly; not to all the people,
but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us,
who did eat and drink with Him
after He rose from the dead.
(Acts 10:40-41)

Now the God of peace,
that brought again from the dead our Lord Yahushua [Jesus],
that Great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant
(Hebrews 13:20)

And what is the exceeding greatness of His power
to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power,
which He worked in Messiah,
when He raised Him from the dead,
and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places…
(Ephesians 1:19-20)

These, and many other verses, tell us that Yahushua Messiah shed His blood as payment for our sins, on our behalf, and was then raised up from the dead. He was delivered unto death, but death could not hold Yahushua down!

Yahushua was raised up from the dead, and is now seated at the right-hand of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], (Romans 8:34b; 2Peter 1:10-11)!

Yahushua is alive and continues forever! And He is able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, making intercession for them (Hebrews 7:24-25).

Messiah Was Not an Ordinary Man!

Messiah Yahushua was not an ordinary man!

The man, Messiah Yahushua, never committed any sin — He did not transgress the Law [Torah] (1John 3:4b; 1John 3:5b; 1Peter 2:21b-24a; Hebrews 7:26)!

Yahushua was innocent, unstained, righteous, and holy, in every way, therefore death could not hold him. No other person in all of history can claim to be sin-LESS and alive forever more!!

When we honestly and objectively examine the Words of the Bible, the only logical conclusion is that Yahushua Messiah is Who He said He is!

Yahushua Messiah came to this earth to demonstrate Who the Powerful, Eternal God is, and to demonstrate God’s great love for us!

Yahushua Messiah is God in the flesh! This is why Yahushua could say, “I am the Truth.”

“As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life that ever lived on this planet.” — Kenneth S. Latourette

Finding Truth: Our Starting Point

Messiah and the Scriptures are our Starting Point, our foundation for finding Truth.

The Person of Messiah, Who is Truth, and the written Scriptures that are His Words for us (as we saw in Part 2), give us all we need for discerning what is Truth.

The wonderful thing is that we can have a relationship with a Person Who loves us, Who is unchanging, merciful, and Who wants what is best for us!

The Person of Yahushua Messiah, through His Holy Spirit, wants to guide us into all Truth (John 16:13-14).

He will guide us according to Yahuwah’s written Scriptures; He will not contradict His own Words. His guidance will always be in harmony with the written Word of God.

Many modern-day saints have experienced the presence of Yahushua Messiah, the Living Torah. As a result, their lives have been joyfully changed. Encountering the Living Messiah, Who is Almighty God, is a tremendous, life-changing event, and is possible for whoever comes to Him!!

He Calls Us to Come to Him

Yahushua Messiah urges us to “come” to Him, to “open up your heart” to Him, and be in “fellowship” with Him:

Yahushua said,… “Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Yahushua said,… “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of His Son Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] our Lord. (1Corinthians 1:9)

That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. (1John 1:3)

These Scriptures teach us the steps to take for Messiah to become ‘birthed’ within us [become ‘born-again’], as His Word urges us:

“… You must be born again.” (John 3:7b)

How do we become ‘born again’ — how does Yahushua Messiah become ‘birthed’ within us?

    1. Come to Him;
    2. Open up our heart to Him — Begin to obey His Words;
    3. Be in Fellowship with Him.

If we are genuinely seeking Truth, and if we want to live our life according to Truth, then we will come to the Person, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]! It is then, that we will find the answer to what is Truth. It is then, that we can be confident of finding truth because, as we saw in Ephesians 4:21, “The Truth is in Yahushua [Jesus]!”

Come To Him

What does it mean to “Come to Him?”

It means we humble ourselves by bowing our heart before Him, and talk to Him, asking Him for the answers, and for guidance. Yahushua, by His Holy Spirit, will hear our cries for His answers and guidance into Truth.

He is much closer to us than we think, by His Holy Spirit present with us. And even though we do not see Him, He is exceedingly real!!

When we become born-again, then we are not alone any longer. We will have Yahushua Messiah living within us, by His Holy Spirit. We will have the Living God, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], through His Son, Yahushua Messiah, to be our personal guide and friend, by His Holy Spirit.

As we saw in Part 2, the Holy Spirit will lead us into all Truth that is in complete harmony with God’s written Word. Obedience to the Holy Spirit’s guidance means to walk in [live according to] God’s Word.

In My Name

When we talk to God, it is important that we come to the heavenly Father in the name of His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. Through Yahushua Messiah we have access to Father’s presence, if we come in humility of heart.

We come to the Father with a humble heart, knowing that Yahushua, the sin-LESS Son of God, can enter the presence of Father God, Who is the Pure and Holy One of Israel.

Because Messiah is innocent, righteous, and holy, we bring our requests to God in the name of His Son.

Messiah, whose love for us transcends all understanding, is able and willing to stand before Yahuwah on our behalf:

For through Him [Yahushua Messiah] we both [Jew and Gentile], have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)

Therefore He [Yahushua Messiah] is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrew 7:25)

We come to Father based on Messiah’s merits, trusting Messiah’s righteousness and mercy to lead us, revive us, cleanse us, and deliver us (see Psalms 143; Titus 3:4-7).

As we saw in Part 2, prayer — talking to our heavenly Father — is of great importance!

The Scriptures teach us that we talk to the heavenly Father, in the name of His Son:

Yahushua [Jesus] said, “… And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

Yahushua [Jesus] said, “… You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you.” (John 15:16)

When we seek God’s guidance to “Lead me in Your Truth“, in the name of His Son, we are asking the Person of Truth — God Himself, the Living, All-Powerful, All-Knowing God.

We will not always understand His Ways, but we now have the starting point for finding what is true and righteous.

Conclusion: The Reward

As we saw in Part 2, we found “What is Truth” — it is The Torah, which is the written Standard for Truth!

And now, as we have seen here in this Part 3, we know “Who is Truth” — it is Yahushua Messiah, the Person of Truth, the Living Torah, the living Standard for Truth!

When we search diligently for God’s Truth, through prayer and through the written Scriptures, we are greatly rewarded:

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Yahuwah [the LORD] is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. (Psalms 145:18)

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)

Father promises to reward those who seek Him diligently. He will reward those who sincerely ask Him, “Lead me in Your Truth.”

He promises . . . to draw near to those who call upon Him in truth!

See the companion articles: Lead Me In Your TruthPart 1 and Part 2.

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