Oh That I Had Wings Like A Dove!

One thing I like about King David — he seems to say out loud what everyone else simply thinks.

This verse in Psalms 55 is one example of King David’s boldness:

Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. (Psalms 55:6)

Is this a bold statement? Yes, it is a bold cry for escape!!adove flying

King David wished he could escape from something. He wanted to escape from ‘the windy storm and tempest,’ to escape from the ‘violence and strife,’ and from the ‘deceit and guile’ that he saw all around him (Psalms 55:9-11). Any reasonable person would desire to escape such things as David describes.

Escaping turmoil, violence, and wickedness remains a passionate desire of all those who long to walk in the true and righteous pathway of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

Psalms 55 tells it like it is! King David sees all around him, the wickedness of his day, and he wants no part of it! He boldly declares his desire for wings to escape, and flee into the quiet solitude of the wilderness.

King David is not alone in this desire.

The prophet Jeremiah wanted to flee the wickedness of his day (Jeremiah 9:2). The prophet Micah groaned over the wicked people of his day (Micah 7:1-4). Righteous Lot was vexed with the filthy, wicked behavior of his day (2Peter 2:7). Many of the prophets probably had moments of wishing for escape from the distressing evil of their day.

Truth is Fallen

When wickedness overtakes a land, it is as the prophet Isaiah declared:

And judgment [the doing of Yah’s ordinances] is turned away backward, and justice [righteous action] stands afar off: for Truth is fallen in the street, and equity [uprightness] cannot enter. Yea, Truth faileth [is lacking]; and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey: and Yahuwah [the LORD] saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment (Isaiah 59:14-15).

This passage describes the depressing conditions of Isaiah’s surroundings. But sadly, it also aptly describes the conditions of this 21st century.

This passage from Isaiah describes what happens when “truth is fallen”!

When truth is fallen, people have ceased from walking in the Truth of Yahuwah’s written Word.

When truth fails, people begin to walk in opposition to Yahuwah’s Word.

When people cease from walking in God’s truth, then righteousness, tranquillity, and safety begin to crumble. When people cease from walking in the truth of God’s Word, many things become perverted, and are out of order.

When truth falls, multitudes begin to live foolishly, having no shame, doing whatever is “right in their own eyes!” (Proverbs 12:15; Zephaniah 3:5; Judges 17:6)

When truth falls, leaders distort and reject the Words of Yahuwah. When truth falls, many begin to have no respect for, or fear of, the Living God.

And, when truth falls, those who desire to walk uprightly, seeking to live according to God’s righteous standards, then they become the focus of attacks, mockings, and persecutions.

It is perfectly normal, when Yahuwah’s people are burdened beyond strength, to wish for wings — wings to fly away and escape the perversity, the deception, and the wickedness all around them. Sadly, King David’s desire to ‘fly away’ will never be outdated.

Yes, there are troubles and trials in all ages. Afflictions in this life are so constant that we can agree with Eliphaz the Temanite: People are born to have trouble! (Job 5:7a)

But perhaps, in the midst of today’s troubles, in this 21st century, the desire to fly away and escape is the Holy Spirit’s whisper, warning us of what Father has told us through the prophets Hosea and Isaiah:

Hear the word of Yahuwah [the LORD], you children of Israel: for Yahuwah [the LORD] has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touches blood. Therefore the land shall mourn, and every one that dwells therein shall languish. . .  (Hosea 4:1-3a)

 

Come, My people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, Yahuwah [the LORD] is coming out from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain. (Isaiah 26:20,21)

The prophets’ words are a current, modern-day description — no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God!

Are we in that time when Father is about to bring the fury of His judgment on the land, and yet He urges His own people to hide themselves?

Or is it just a coward’s desire, to want to fly away and escape?

Either way, I will admit my secret desire: “Oh that I had wings like a dove, so that I could fly away!!”

King David was not ashamed to admit his anguish, and the fearfulness of being surrounded by wickedness on all sides. It takes courage to honestly recognize and admit our own weaknesses, our fearfulness of God’s wrath coming upon the land.

When King David admitted his intense fearfulness, he then began to remember something — the lovingkindness of Yahuwah. I suspect that David began to call to his rememberance the multiple times when Father had given David mercy, rescue, and help: For He [Yahuwah] has delivered me out of all trouble” (Psalms 54:7a; see also Psalms 18:1-3; 22:5; 34:4; 55:18; 56:13; 86:13; 116:8).

As For Me

David knew there was no safety within his own abilities (Psalms 33:16-19). So when he saw the surrounding turmoil, he eagerly acknowledged his one and only pathway of deliverance and hope:

As for me, I will call upon God; and Yahuwah [the LORD] shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. (Psalms 55:16-17)

King David called upon the Mighty One of Israel, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].

Calling upon Yahuwah, with a true and sincere heart, is how we will find the anchor of hope through ‘the windy storm and tempest!’

Calling upon Yahuwah helps us remember that the infinite, omnipresent, Almighty God, is well able to give us the grace, the help, and the safety we need: “You [Yahuwah] are the God who does wonders! (Psalms 77:14a); “God is able to make all grace abound toward you!” (2Corinthians 9:8a; see also Philippians 1:6).

There is no safety in our abilities! Our own abilities or our own righteousness will not deliver us!

So, as King David urges us to do, let us bow our knees before our Mighty One, and call upon our heavenly Father in these perilous times that we live in:

Cast your burden on Yahuwah [the LORD], and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)

 

Thank You Father, for Your precious and unfailing Word — my guiding Light through the storms. Thank You that You are with me, strengthening and upholding me with Your righteous right hand! You are my hope, my deliverer, my safety! I call upon You! Help me, and all Your people, to always remember to trust in Your faithful love for us. Help us to honour You in the midst of the trials and fears, and to admit our need for You. Have mercy on us, and lead us in Your pathway. In the name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah, I pray. Amen.

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The Way of Life

We can find the phrase “the way” in over 300 places in the Scriptures. Many of the way verses are very significant for those who desire to love the heavenly Father and walk in His Ways.

The Hebrew word for ‘way’ is ‘derek’ <Strong’s # 1870> and it means ‘a road (as trodden); and, as a course or direction of life, or a manner of action, in other words, a lifestyle’.

In this series of articles, we will be looking at this phrase – ‘the way‘ – and this word ‘way‘ and its meaning as a course or direction of life, or a manner of action, or a lifestyle.

‘The Direction to Life’

In this article entitled, “The Way of Life”, we could also title it ‘The Direction to Life’.

All life proceeds from the one and only source of life, the maker of heaven and earth – Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. He is the fountain of life! The ‘way of life’ will always lead us to the life that Yahuwah Elohim gives. His life, both natural and spiritual, is vibrant, vigorous, and brighter than the light of the sun (Psalms 36:9; John 6:63b).

This phrase ‘the way of life’, or slight variations but the same meaning, appears six times in the Scriptures:

1) So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)
2) For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (Proverbs 6:23)
3) He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuses reproof goes astray. (Proverbs 10:17)
4) The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. (Proverbs 15:24)
5) And unto this people you shall say, Thus says Yahuwah [the LORD]; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. (Jeremiah 21:8)
6) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)

In the above verse from the book of Jeremiah, we can see that ‘the way of life’ is contrasted with ‘the way of death’. This verse is very similar to a passage in Deuteronomy, where the children of God are called to make a choice between life and death, between blessing and cursing:

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live: 20) That you may love Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God], and that you may obey His voice, and that you may cleave unto Him: for He is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which Yahuwah [the LORD] sware unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

God the Father, Yahuwah Elohim, wants us to choose life! To choose life is to choose a direction or a manner of action, which leads to life. When we choose ‘the way’ which leads to life then, as verse 20 above reveals, we see three details about this ‘way’ which leads to life:

  1. It is ‘the way‘ in which we choose to love Yahuwah our Elohim [the LORD your God.
  2. It is ‘the way‘ in which we choose to obey His voice [His Word].
  3. It is ‘the way‘ in which we choose to cling to and be united to Him.

When we choose to walk in this ‘way of life’, it is ‘the way’ which leads to God’s abundant, superior life. We will thus have Yahuwah’s blessings and the life promised to us by Yahuwah’s Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] (John 10:10).

We can also see from the six verses listed above, that ‘the way of life’ is a narrow way and is a way in which we must maintain a teachableness to Yahuwah’s instruction. It is a strict and difficult way, even at times, a distressing way. Many leave this pathway because of the difficulties. But Yahuwah’s ‘way to life’ is the way that Father has chosen for refining us, proving us, and humbling us, that we may be brought forth as gold and prepared for glory (Job 23:10; Romans 9:23)!

The greatest example of someone walking in ‘the way of life’ is Yahushua Messiah!
By His example, He revealed ‘the way to life’, as He told us:
“I am the Way; I am the Truth; I am the Life.” (John 14:6)

There is much more that could be said about this ‘way of life’. There are related phrases such as:

  • the way of wisdom
  • the way of righteousness
  • the way of understanding
  • the way of Your commandments
  • the way of good men
  • the way of His saints
  • the way of truth

There are also other verses that give additional insights into understanding this ‘way’ – or the ‘path‘ – which leads to ‘LIFE‘, the life that God wants to give His children – His ever-lasting life (John 3:16; John 5:24).

For now, we will let this little bit be sufficient.

May each one of us choose, and find, ‘The Way‘ which leads to LIFE – God’s life.

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Looking to The Unseen Realm of God’s Kingdom

bridge over splashing waters

The Scriptures compare the rushing of many waters, to multitudes of peoples and nations (Revelation 17:1 and Isaiah 17:12).

The roaring, rushing sounds of many waters is a great description of the tumultuous events of this world.

If you have stood on the bank of a rushing, turbulent river, or gazed out over the expanse of a stormy ocean with its roaring waves, then you know how mesmerizing the sight can be. As frightening as it can be, the sights and forceful sounds of the roaring, rushing waters can hold us captive.

This absorbing sight of turbulent waters is very similar to the things happening in this world.

The disruptive and troubling events can hold us captive, dragging us into its foaming, fearful, splashing noises.

With all the turmoil happening in the world, it is very difficult to look beyond the earthly environment. The disturbing events of this life hinder our focus. It is easy to become disturbed and depressed by what is going on around us, and thus overlook God’s eternal purposes!

Much of the turmoil is so grieving! – causing so much heartache! Can anyone make sense of these days that are the ‘perilous times’  the apostle Paul spoke of (2Timothy 3:1-2a)?

Only a retreat into Father’s presence can bring any comfort. I must remember His call to fellowship with Him, or else I will wallow in depression and hopelessness.

We must remember that Father calls us to lift up our eyes to the unseen realm of His Kingdom – 2Corinthians 4:16-18.

Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] desires us to focus our vision upward, above the earthly events! Father desires His children to look at the unseen – the things that are above:

If then you were raised with Messiah, seek those things which are above, where Messiah is sitting at the right hand of God. Set your affection [your concerns, your interests] on things above – not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

As this passage teaches, Father tells us to set our affections — our concerns, our attachments, our heart — on the things that are above, where Messiah is, Who is seated next to the Father.

Father wants our focus to be on Messiah — Who is “above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion” (Ephesians 1:20-23).

King Jehoshaphat was a man who looked above to the unseen realm:

And Yahuwah [the LORD] was with Jehoshaphat,
because Jehoshaphat walked in the first ways of his father David,
and he sought not unto Baalim;
But Jehoshaphat sought to Yahuwah,
the God of his father, and walked in Yahuwah’s commandments …
Therefore Yahuwah established the kingdom in Jehoshaphat’s hand …
Jehoshaphat’s heart was lifted up in the ways of Yahuwah….
(2Chronicles 17:3-6).

As this passage shows us, Jehoshaphat’s heart was lifted up in the ways of Yahuwah [the LORD].

That means Jehoshaphat was focused on Yahuwah. His heart was courageous and eager to fulfill Yahuwah’s Word. Jehoshaphat’s eyes and heart were on the Ruler of the unseen, heavenly Kingdom.

Though Jehoshaphat made his mistakes [as we all do], overall he kept his heart and concerns on the Father’s Words. He rose above the swirling events of his earthly circumstances. His heart focused on the powerful, almighty Yahuwah Elohim (Jeremiah 32:17)!

This is God’s desire for all His children: that our hearts would be lifted up unto the ways of Yahuwah! This is how we begin to walk by faith, not by sight!

Father’s plan for our well-being is that we would keep our eyes on Him, the One Who cares for us and wants us to trust Him:

As the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters,… so our eyes look unto Yahuwah Elohim (Psalms 123:2).

We look to Him with anticipation, eager to hear His guidance. With our affections firmly on Him, our heart becomes determined to walk by faith, doing those things that please Him.

We look to the eternal, unseen things of Yahuwah’s Kingdom because He is our Keeper, our Protector, our Shepherd! We look to Him daily to receive His guidance and comfort! (Psalms 121:5; Psalms 109:31; see also Psalms 23).

If our affections and concerns are set on the unseen realm, we can begin to prepare ourselves for Father’s eternal Kingdom – we come into harmony with HIS plans and purposes.

When we are looking to the things that are UNseen, we begin to cast aside the things that hinder our fellowship with Father. The sweet comfort of the Holy Spirit follows us as we seek first God’s eternal Kingdom and His righteousness.

Chosen Out of The World

Yes, we do live in this earthly realm. But this life, with its troubles and shame, is not our goal.

Yes, we are in the world, but we are not of the world . . . because we have been chosen out of the world, as Messiah Yahushua [Jesus] told us (John 15:19).

God is very aware of the wicked things that go on in this world. And one very significant Day, He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness. His purposes will prevail: “for God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14; see also Isaiah 3:11; Psalms 33:11; Isaiah 46:8-10; Proverbs 19:21).

Father’s over-riding plans will triumph because He is the Judge of all the earth, and will do what is right (Genesis 18:25; Psalms 98:9).

If our heart is fixed on Yahuwah, trusting in Him to bring us to His heavenly Kingdom , then we will not be afraid of this world’s troubling events. Instead we will begin to see ourselves as we truly are — “strangers and pilgrims on the earth!” — ‘just passing through!’ (Hebrews 11:13; see also Psalms 112).

But it is not easy!

It is a battle to stay focused on the things that are above! Troubles whirl all around us. ‘Looking upward’ seems impossible.

But with Father’s help, we can fix our eyes on the unseen things – we can begin to have a sense of walking above the distressing, troubling waters of this earthly life. He will strengthen our resolve to “do that which is right in the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD]” (1King 22:43; 2Kings 22:2)!

We set our affections on the things above in order to understand Yahuwah’s ways and purposes. We set our affections on the unseen things, so we can depart from our selfish foolishness and prepare ourselves for the Day of our Bridegroom’s return. We lift up our eyes and our heart unto our Mighty One, crying out for His help to get us through this journey and stay faithful to Him.

Yahuwah is Mightier

When our focus is on the unseen things of above, Father builds within us a confidence in His almighty power:

Yahuwah [the LORD] on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. (Psalms 93:4)

The heavenly Father is mightier than the rushing, turbulent noises of this earth!

Looking to Him in every circumstance, keeping our focus on Him, taking hold of His promises – this is what it means to ‘set our affection on things above!’

Let us begin to look above to the unseen realm of God’s Kingdom! Little by little, we will learn how to love Him better, how to better endure, and how to know His strength on our behalf – 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 [committed] toward Him. (2Chronicles 16:9a).

This lifetime is a journey that requires our ever-present Comforter to bring us through safely, and reach The Goal of our faith — the salvation of our souls! We desperately need His help along the way! Setting Yahuwah always before us is central to knowing His help and comfort (1Peter 1:8-9; 2Thessalonians 3:3)!

“There are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul. He who concerns himself about things other than those things which lead to salvation is very unwise. Oh, the dullness and hardness of heart of a man who looks only to the present instead of preparing for that which is to come! Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul.” —Thomas à Kempis

Let us determine to lift up our heart and soul unto Him! Let us begin to acknowledge Him in all our ways, even in our confusion and pain. He will cause us to know His ways (see Psalms 16:6-11; 32:5-8; 143:8)!

Let us cry out to Him, the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, Who is high above all the earth!

Dear Thirsty Soul, set your affections above, and keep looking to the unseen realm of His Kingdom!

Abba Father, thank you for Your everlasting arms that hold me close to You! Help me to always look to You, seeking You first in all my ways. Help me, Father, to set my affections above, looking to the unseen realm of Your Kingdom! In the Saviour’s name, Yahushua Messiah, I pray. Amen.

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7 Tips For Enduring Trials

Those who follow Messiah are on a journey through the wilderness of this life. Before long, however, we begin to see that while on this journey, we encounter trials, adversities, and suffering.

Throughout the Scriptures, we are told that those who persevere and endure through troubles and trials will receive great benefit, even great reward. We must then ask, what is the benefit or reward for enduring the trials? And what are some tips that can help us to endure them? In this article, we will try to answer these questions.

Our Commitment to Follow Messiah

We began our journey as a step of faith in Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], through our belief in Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ].

As we continue our journey, we soon see in Scripture that we are called to a commitment to our Saviour, to follow in His footsteps, and to do the will of God. We see also that our commitment to follow Messiah will be tested many times, and in many ways.

There are times in our journey, when we encounter trials and afflictions, even suffering wrongfully “for conscience toward God.” Our conscience will move us to endure these trials, because of our Saviour’s example. With all our heart, we desire to follow Messiah. We desire to walk as Yahushua walked — which includes enduring trials and adversities. But as we strive to ‘walk as He walked’ and follow His example of obedience, little by little, we begin to discover the riches of His love for us, and His “Great Reward” (1John 2:6; Genesis 15:1; Psalms 19:11; see also Matthew 5:12; Hebrews 10:35).

Here are a few ‘tips’ that may help us to endure the trials, difficulties and sufferings that we all must go through (Acts 14:22), as we follow in Messiah’s footsteps on our journey.

Tip #1: Trials and Suffering — Part of Our Calling

Doing what is good and right in God’s sight, and then eventually suffering for it, is indeed a sad and grievous outcome of our good efforts. But this is part of the calling for those who love and follow Yahushua Messiah:

“Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered…” (Hebrews 5:8)

19) For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully…. 20) but if, when you do well, and suffer for it, and you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21) For even hereunto were you called: because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. (1Peter 2:19-21)

The Scriptures remind us that our calling — what we are destined for — is to follow Messiah’s example, not only in our obedience to the Father, but also, through adversity and enduring trials.

When we look at Yahushua’s life, much of His example includes a humble and meek endurance through the midst of opposition and hatred. This means, as Yahushua’s disciples, we will most likely be subjected to false accusations or unjust suffering.

Not that we would go looking for suffering! But if we love Messiah and desire to follow in His steps, then it will inevitably happen — we do well and yet, we suffer for it. This is not surprising. It is part of our calling. We endure suffering and grief for the sake of our love and loyalty to Messiah.

The apostle Peter advises us to expect such trials:

12) Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13) but rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Messiah’s sufferings…. 14) If you be reproached for the name of Messiah, happy are you; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…. 19) Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (1Peter 4:12-14,19).

As followers of Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus], trials are not to be considered unusual. They are part of our destiny. This is the way of God’s kingdom — to be tried and tested, which is for our benefit! And if, “for conscience toward God” we suffer wrongfully, patiently enduring, then such patience is gracious, acceptable, and is worthy of thanksgiving (see 1Peter 2:19)!

However, during any trails or wrongful suffering, we may well question our ability to be thankful and endure graciously! Yet many have done it. They endured graciously, and have maintained a meek and quiet spirit.

Tip #2: Meekness — A Necessary Characteristic

Meekness is a necessary characteristic that enables endurance through grievous trials. Meekness is vital if we desire to receive instruction and guidance from Yahuwah in the midst of trials!

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 (Psalms 25:9,12).

Only the meek will have the kind of heart that sincerely desires to diligently and continuously seek Yahuwah and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33; Zephaniah 2:3).

Only the meek will find rest for their souls as they learn to imitate Messiah’s characteristics of meekness and humility (Matthew 11:29; 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. The modern meaning of meekness has evolved into a somewhat negative meaning implying weakness, timidity, cowardice, and lack of courage. But that is far from true in the Biblical sense of the word!

In Scripture, meekness is a characteristic that encompasses great strength, humility, perseverance, and a yieldedness to God’s Word! Biblical meekness includes sincerity, patience, openness to Yah’s instruction, and an intense love for Yahuwah [the LORD].

As we saw in 3 Keys to Receiving God’s Guidance, the prophet Moses reveals what meekness really is:

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

When we study the actions of Moses throughout his dealings with the children of Israel, we can see that his actions consistently revealed a heart attitude of meekness. Moses persistently spent time with Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. Moses willingly yielded to the authority and wisdom of Yahuwah, regardless of the opposition. And Moses boldly declared Yahuwah’s truth in the midst of a resistant people. These qualities are the essence of meekness. It was Moses’ meekness of character that enabled him, over and over, to stand in the breach for the cantankerous children of Israel.

Also our Saviour’s meekness of character was a main quality that enabled Him to endure the injustice of His execution. Throughout His ministry, Yahushua was enabled to allow no corrupt communication to come out of His mouth, which is characteristic of meekness. Whenever Yahushua was reviled, whenever He suffered, He did not retaliate, He threatened not! (1Peter 2:22-23)

It is our meekness of character that enables us to humble ourselves when we have been selfish and have failed in our obedience. Meekness enables us to withstand injustices, for the sake of our Saviour. It is meekness that Father is looking for in His children. It is the meek He will beautify with His salvation. It is the meek He will teach His ways! It is in quietness and confidence [trusting in Him] that we find strength! And it is a meek and quiet spirit that is of very great value in the sight of God! (Psalms 149:4; Isaiah 30:15a; 1Peter 3:4)

Tip #3: Trust Father’s Oversight

Enduring under injustices and afflictions is never easy or natural for any of us to do. But, many have done it! History is full of stories of those who have endured overwhelming afflictions and eventually triumphed. Many saints were victorious by enduring and persevering through great trials of persecutions and tribulations. They maintained their patience and faithfulness, thus obtaining “a good report through faith” (see Hebrews 11:38-39).

Believers in Yahushua Messiah have the great advantage of Father’s enabling grace available to them. Believers who are serious in their commitment to Yahuwah Elohim, who seek to remain loyal to Father, are often the object of great sufferings. Yet they have determined to look beyond the temporal, and have set their heart on ‘things above‘. They call on Father’s help, moment-by-moment, to strengthen and rescue them, even in small, seemingly insignificant matters.

By Father’s great grace, such Believers are enabled to withstand the grief and humiliation of sufferings — not because they find any enjoyment in it [far from it!]; but because they confidently trust the heavenly Father’s love and wisdom, even in the midst of their pain.

They trust Father’s oversight of life’s circumstances. They trust in His permission of distressing troubles, because they know His plans and purposes are much greater than any human level of understanding!

“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

The character quality of meekness helps us endure and bear the injustices and trials that we all experience for Messiah’s sake. It is meekness of character that helps us be more forgiving. Meekness quiets us, helping us reconcile ourselves to the love and design of The Heavenly Potter. Meekness helps us accept ourselves and our situation, and surrender as the clay in His hands.

Without a doubt, wrongful suffering is a huge mystery! Human understanding of this mystery is beyond our finite brains. There must come a moment therefore, when we surrender our demand to understand. We must trust Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, Who knows the end from the beginning. We must trust His promises given to us in His Word. We must trust Him that He will turn our troubles to our good, just as He did for Joseph (Genesis 50:19-20; Exodus 20:6; 1Peter 1:7; see also 1Peter 5:10; 1Corinthians 2:9; Deuteronomy 8:2).

Tip #4: Cultivate Endurance

Acquiring endurance will not happen overnight. Endurance and meekness are qualities that require the process of cultivation over time. Just as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. We may put seeds into the ground and expect good fruit, but fruitfulness requires time and cultivation through hardships.

In my own life, my weaknesses and failures have often tended to discourage me. Learning to endure trials is not for the faint-hearted! Thankfully, Father is not discouraged or disgusted with my failures. Father knew from the beginning what kind of project I would be when He called me to be His child. His unfailing love for me remains faithful and unchanged! However, this is no excuse for me to sit back and coast, or give up. Father expects to eventually see the fruit of endurance in my life. My failures simply become the ‘fertilizer’ that will finally bring about the fruit of endurance He expects to see.

Our failures and sufferings are never an excuse for us to allow ourselves to deny our Saviour. Rather, such things are for us to learn greater patience and trust in Yahuwah’s love and wisdom, trusting that He knows about the tiniest details of our life. When circumstances occur that are grievous and humiliating, upsetting our plans and concerns [no matter how small the event may be], then it is our strength of character that will enable us to seek Father’s grace and mercy.

If we desire to continue within Yahuwah’s plans and purposes for us, then we need to accept the reality of a life of self-denial, and be willing to endure hardships and afflictions, as a good soldier (2Timothy 2:3). Learning to endure, while drawing on Father’s grace, comes, very slowly it seems, as we grow and mature in our commitment to Father.

Tip #5: No Retaliating

The great injustices that Messiah endured for our sake are for our example. The Holy Spirit urges us continually to follow the Saviour’s example, doing what Messiah did:

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously. (1Peter 2:22-23)

If we are faced with suffering wrongfully, or if we encounter slander, reviling, or a confrontation with a loved one — all because of our loyalty to Yahuwah — then as Messiah’s disciples, we must determine to keep our quietness and maintain a spirit of meekness. This is how we possess our souls: by patiently persevering, not murmuring or retaliating (Luke 21:19; Romans 5:3).

As Messiah’s disciples, we can do as King David did: personally proclaim, say or sing out loud, that “Yahuwah is always set before me! I keep Him at my right hand! I keep His guidance and instruction always near me in my thoughts, my heart, my focus.” When we personally proclaim Father’s Word, then we build our confidence and hope, which helps us to not waver (Psalms 16:8; Psalms 62:5-6).

We must also do what Moses did so often: And Yahuwah [the LORD] spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend (Exodus 33:11a). Moses knew he needed help from above, so he went to the Father in prayer, frequently! Prayer is our instant life-line to the heavenly Father! (See Numbers 11:2; 14:20; Exodus 32:11, 30; Deuteronomy 9:18-20,26-29; Psalms 106:23; Isaiah 30:15).

Tip #6: Trust God’s Righteous Judgment

The phrase in 1Peter 2:23, Yahushua “committed Himself to Him that judges righteously” is like an anchor for our soul. This is a key to maintaining our hope and our loyalty to Yahuwah, the Mighty One of Israel. We commit the keeping of our souls unto our loving Father. We resolve to trust that Father is holding us tightly throughout the trials and humiliation, trusting in our righteous God to ultimately do as He has promised:

He [Yahuwah] comes to judge the earth: He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His truth. (Psalms 96:13)

Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD his God]: which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keeps truth for ever: which executes judgment for the oppressed…. (Psalms 146:5-7a)

Let Israel hope in Yahuwah [the LORD]: for with Yahuwah there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. (Psalms 130:7)

Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1Peter 4:19)

As these Scriptures teach us, we commit the keeping of our souls to Yahuwah Elohim, the God of truth! We trust Him, Who is the One Who will execute righteous judgment for the oppressed; the One Who will judge righteously on that fateful Day when all things will come into the light of His truth! Yahuwah our Mighty One, through Messiah, is our hope of redemption, our hope of deliverance, and our hope of glory. He will be our guide even unto death (Psalms 48:14).

Tip #7: Be Prepared For Trials

The apostle Peter admonishes us: “Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you” (1Peter 4:12a). Peter is warning us, and encouraging us, to be prepared for trials and testings, and for suffering wrongfully.

If we are the object of ridicule, hatred, or unjust sufferings; if we have yielded to foolishness or temptations, then meekness of character and endurance go hand-in-hand. These two qualities will help us to fight our fight of faith. They will help us be repentant when needed, and help us to not give up our commitment to follow Messiah’s example! And if we will cry out to Father for His help in our time of need, then by His enabling grace, we can continue following in our Saviour’s steps! (Psalms 106:44)

Of course as it often happens, I ‘know’ more than I am ‘doing’! Knowing the right thing to do, and then doing the right thing, requires the mercy and grace of the Holy Spirit’s mighty power working within me: “Not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit!!” (Zechariah 4:6). Every victory that I have seen in my life is due only to Father’s intervention on my behalf.

To better understand the Holy Spirit’s dealings with us, we must maintain a teachable heart. We must be sensitive to His guidance. We must cherish the smallest impressions He gives us, and then be quick to humble ourselves. Our “growing in grace” while learning His lessons for us, begins with our commitment [and our many re-commitments!] to Him to keep His ways.

Our commitment to keep His ways requires personal study of Father’s written Word for ourselves, learning His Word intimately. Only in this way can we sincerely obey Father’s Word with all our strength.

One very great help for us in the midst of trials, is to pray in the Holy Spirit. When praying in the Holy Spirit, our spirit is praying, although in our mind we do not understand what we are praying. We can be sure, however, that Father hears these prayers, for it is the Holy Spirit Himself praying within us (see 1Corinthians 14:14-21). Praying in the Spirit is a significant tool for helping us to build up our faith, keeping us confident of Father’s love (Jude 1:20-21; 1Corinthians 14:4a). We are best prepared when we pray often in the Holy Spirit, praying in detail before things happen.

Conclusion

When trials come, if we will cry out for Yahuwah’s help (this is essential), crying out for help to remain loyal to Him, for patience to be of a meek spirit, then He will be faithful to hold us close to Him. He will give us the necessary grace we need to maintain our patience, meekness, and endurance, even through wrongful sufferings.

Let us set our heart and affections on God, with sincere loyalty to Him. Then if we are reproached for the name of Messiah, let us be brave and courageous, for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon us! (see above 1Peter 4:14).

Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD his God]: which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keeps truth for ever: which executes judgment for the oppressed…. (Psalms 146:5-7a)

Let us remember, when we do well and we suffer for it, and ‘if’ we can take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. This is part of our calling as Thirsty Souls who follow Messiah.

Therefore, let us not think it strange or unusual whenever we face difficult testings and trials, for our God tests and tries His children, but He will not forsake those who seek Him! (Proverbs 3:11-12; Psalms 9:9-10)

These 7 tips, when practiced, will be helpful for enduring trials.

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