Trusting the LORD: 4 Tips

Trusting the LORD is an action — an action of faith.

The Bible exhorts us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7).

When I am trusting the LORD, I am ‘Walking By Faith’. Yet at times, trusting and walking by faith are mysteries to me.

It should be no marvel that we would struggle with understanding the ways of the LORD, whose name is Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. Yahuwah Elohim is our Maker, the Creator of ALL things, and many things He does are “great and too marvelous for people to understand; His wonders are without number!” (Job 9:10).

Furthermore, the ways of our Maker are mysteries to the ‘natural’ man. The natural man cannot discern the things of the Spirit of Yahuwah (1Corinthians 2:14). Therefore, trusting in Yahuwah [the LORD] is a spiritual action that is totally mysterious to our ‘natural’ way of thinking.

One great attribute of Yahuwah is His generosity! Anyone who desires to know Him can know Him, just by asking! Yahuwah is not stingy in any way! He encourages us:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all men liberally [bountifully], and upbraids not [reproaches not]; and it shall be given him! (James 1:5).

Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

This simple, yet profound, action of trusting Yahuwah [the LORD] is an action of faith — an action of living our lives based on His written Word.

Trusting Yahuwah means we will seek to learn to avoid letting our senses (our feelings or intellect) determine our actions. It means we will try to avoid descending into the pride of ‘leaning on our own understanding’. Trusting in our ‘own understanding’ means we consistently decide to pursue our own will, rather than conform to God’s written Word!

But trusting Yahuwah means we will keep our heart focused on the unseen, eternal realm of God’s kingdom, and seek to live our life according to the principles and standards of God’s Word (2Corinthians 4:17-18).

Trusting God is not a feeling. It is a decision! We cannot always change our feelings, but we can exercise our will. We can decide with our will to trust God [no matter what] – trust Him with our concerns and fears, and then seal our decision by declaring it out loud with our voice!” — Lydia Prince

Walking by faith begins with a solid commitment to learn to live according to God’s Word. That means we will want to learn to trust Father’s Word completely, and trust His great love for us. Walking by faith means that we choose to believe God will enable us by His grace to obey His will, so that He can lead us “in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).

Walking by faith means our actions will begin to be in agreement with Yahuwah’s written Word – the Bible! This means we can immediately dismiss any thought that would encourage us to violate God’s Word! Anything we discern to be the voice of God, will always be in agreement with the Scriptures!

If we desire to live a life that is pleasing to Yahuwah, then we will learn to ‘Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight’. We will begin to obey His written Word, and resolve to follow the guidance that is according to His Word. Our heart will delight in walking by faith because we know it is the only way to please Father: Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6a).

As a child of Yahuwah Elohim, there will definitely be times when we need to determine to trust in the great goodness of Yahuwah and His loving care for us, and firmly believe in the Trust-Worthiness of His Word:

Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those that fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You, in the sight of the sons of men! (Psalms 31:19).

So let’s look at some tips for helping us learn to walk by faith and to begin to trust Yahuwah [the LORD] with all our heart.

Here are four tips that have helped me:

Tip #1: Know His Name

Remember, trusting Yahuwah is a mystery to the ‘natural’ man. But as we become more spiritually-minded, we begin to understand that walking by faith is simply trusting the written Words of Yahuwah [the Bible], and behaving according to those Words (Romans 8:6).

Those who believe in Yahuwah [the LORD] and in His Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], begin to understand that trusting Him starts out with knowing the meaning of His Name (Psalm 9:10).

When we begin to learn about Yahuwah, and learn what His Name means, then we begin to know His character! This is essential! It is His eternal character that makes our heart want to trust Him. Notice what He said:

And Yahuwah [the LORD] descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the NAME of Yahuwah [the LORD]. And Yahuwah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahuwah, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:5-7)

As this Scripture passage teaches us, Yahuwah is as He has described Himself:

“merciful, gracious, longsuffering, ABUNDANT in goodness and truth, and forgiving of sins!!”

God’s character remains constant and everlasting! And just as we easily trust those whose character is honest and good and reliable, in the same way, we can trust Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], our Maker, with all our heart!

As His Name reveals, Yahuwah Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, the merciful and compassionate God, is completely Trust-Worthy!

Your Lovingkindness Is Excellent!

How excellent is Your lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness (abundance) of Your house; and You shall make them drink of the river of Your pleasures. (Psalms 36:7-8)

As the above passage shows us, Yahuwah’s children want to trust Him, because they know that His lovingkindness is excellent and enduring!

When we begin to know Father, learning about His character [His goodness and kindness], and what He is really like, then trusting Yahuwah becomes easy.

Yahuwah is good and faithful and full of compassion! He wants what is truly good for us. His heart’s desire is for our well-being!

Tip #2: Acknowledging Him In All Our Ways

The following Scripture is a gold mine for us, as we become more spiritually-minded:

Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

These verses give us clear instructions on how to trust Yahuwah with all our heart!

One vital way to trust Him, is by simply acknowledging Him in all our ways!

When we acknowledge Yahuwah in all our ways, thanking Him, and proclaiming with our words that we want His guidance and direction in all our ways, then He promises to [He wants to] direct our path.

The above passage from Proverbs teaches us a major way of trusting Yahuwah [the LORD] is to obey this simple direction of acknowledging Him in all our ways.

We acknowledge Him by thanking Him for His abundant mercies. We acknowledge Him by committing our way to Him each day. This is a total relief and release for us! We can stop trying to figure out what to do to make things turn out well and good.

In order to trust Yahuwah all we have to do is obey His Words; and more specifically, obey these simple directions to acknowledge Him in all our ways!

Acknowledging Yahuwah

I began doing this simple action of acknowledging Yahuwah in all my ways when I first became a Believer.

Now, everyday I say something like this to Yahuwah, my heavenly Father:

I acknowledge You, Yahuwah Elohim, Maker of heaven and earth. I look to You. I thank You for Your abundant mercy toward me. I thank You for Your great salvation through Yahushua Messiah, my Saviour. I ask You to direct my thoughts, my words, my steps today. Cause me to know the way wherein I should go today. Help me to walk in the path that You have for me today. Help me to be in the right place at the right time. Hold me close to You, and establish me in Your ways. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit to guide me according to Your plans for me today. In the precious name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], I pray. Amen.

To acknowledge Yahuwah, asking Him in prayer for His help and guidance, is one clear and definite action of trusting the LORD.

When I acknowledge Him everyday, and even throughout the day, by asking His help in all I do, then I can rest [and trust] in His initiative, in His intervention, and in His enabling grace, to guide me.

When I do this simple action, I am trusting Him with all my heart! And, I’ve learned that Father is interested in ALL I do, so I talk to Him about the smallest of details!

As a result, I have noticed that my inner-most being is refreshed, energized, and confident of Yahuwah’s lovingkindness to lead me “in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).

Begin each day by letting God hear your voice. Lift your voice to God in prayer; lay your requests before Him. Set out before Him the things you are going to have to do that day. Commit to Him the problems, the difficulties you anticipate, and then, like David (Psalms 62:5-8), you will be able to wait in expectation. You won’t be worried or fearful. You will be expecting the answers to those prayers that you committed to God in the morning!” — Derek Prince

Tip #3: God’s Word is Talking to You

We may study and know in our minds what God’s Word says, but to truly trust Yahuwah we must read/study the Scriptures, and then act upon what God’s Word says.

As we are studying the Word, our time of reading the Word offers the Holy Spirit opportunities to speak to us. By reading/studying the Bible, we become more open to hearing the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, and knowing His guidance.

The more we read and study Yahuwah’s Word, the more we are taking in His truth into our minds and heart. Taking in and then acting on the truth of Yahuwah’s Word enables us to trust His guidance.

You see, Father God is really speaking to us and guiding us all the time, through His written Word! His Word is truth (John 17:17), and His Word is His primary way to guide us.

If you wish you could trust Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart, all you need to do is begin to read the Scriptures for yourself, and then do what it says!

Notice what Charles Spurgeon said on this subject:

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

As Charles Spurgeon said, studying/reading the Scriptures is a way of hearing the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. This has happened to me many times. Studying/reading the Scriptures increases our personal understanding of Father’s Ways, which will always be a means of building up our faith and our obedience to Father.

Tip #4: Constant Practice of Walking By Faith

The heavenly Father has given to every one of His children the ‘measure of faith’ that fits our abilities:

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)

When we exercise the measure of faith that Yahuwah has given us, then our faith is strengthened. But I believe God wants us to grow up to maturity, and seek to increase the measure of faith He has given us. To do that we must practice walking by faith.

Learning to ‘walk by faith’ is a risky endeavour. Yet that is the nature of walking by faith! It is risky because we are not sure. We continue to ask ourselves, “Am I hearing the Holy Spirit’s direction for me, or am I just listening to my own thoughts and desires?” Sometimes we will not know until after we have made a decision!

When we call upon Yahuwah for His guidance, His protection, His wisdom, then BY Faith we trust His Word and His character that He will answer, no matter how silent the answer may seem to be. Many times, it is only with hindsight that we begin to know and understand that Father did guide us by the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice, and He did answer our prayers!

At the time of our prayers, we may have thought that all we heard in answer was silence. But with our constant practice of walking by faith, trusting the Holy Spirit to give us the direction we need, we begin to mature, and can confidently discern God’s guidance.

Then little by little, we begin to discern the ‘meatier’ things of God’s Word and ways, as He tells us in Hebrews 5:14 – But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

The important thing to remember is that Father’s guidance for us will not contradict or violate His written Word! The Holy Spirit’s still, small voice will give us a convicting direction that will always be in harmony with the written Word of God!

All of us would like to be at the same maturity level as Moses, to whom God talked to ‘face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend’ (Exodus 33:11a). But remember, Moses was 80 years old before he was ready to begin his ministry!

Conclusion – 4 Greats Along With The 4 Tips

Trusting Yahuwah with all our heart takes 4 Greats:

  • Great Patience
  • Great Determination
  • Great Devotion
  • Great Sacrifice

Trusting Yahuwah is a process that requires cultivating our patience, our determination, our devotion, and our willingness to sacrifice our own will for His will.

But this process takes time. It does not happen overnight. It takes time to mature and gain the discernment needed to recognize God’s direction. But if our patience, determination, devotion, and willingness to sacrifice is great, then little by little, we will be able to TRUST Father’s great love for us, just as He has told us in His Word.

That is why it is so important that we read/study Yahuwah’s Word, the Bible — that we saturate ourselves in His Word, so that we can know what He has said, so that we can know that He will answer our prayers, just as He has promised. Our faith is strengthened when we know the Scriptures, and thus our trust in our heavenly Father grows stronger, because we learn that He means what He says!

So let’s remember these 4 tips:

  1. Know His Name
  2. Acknowledging Him In All Our Ways
  3. God’s Word is Talking to You
  4. Constant Practice of Walking By Faith

By God’s mercy and grace, these tips will help us to become more spiritually-minded, and help us to trust the LORD with all our heart!

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your great love and mercy on me! Thank You for Your amazing Word that leads me into Your truth! I ask You to help me and enable me by your grace to draw near to You, daily seeking Your direction. Help me to trust You with all my heart, and to heed Your instructions in small things and in great things. In Your Son’s name, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], I pray. Amen.

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Messiah: The Prophet Sent From God

In Luke 9:18-20, we see Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] asking this question of His Disciples: “Whom do you say that I am?”

Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] continues throughout the ages to ask: “Whom do you say that I am?”

Some may answer this question with, “He is an honourable man;” “He’s one of the prophets;” or “He’s a good teacher, and nothing more.”

But these answers contradict the written Scriptures. He is much more than a prophet, or an honourable and good teacher, as we shall see below.

As we saw in Part 1 of this series, Messiah: Not an Ordinary Man, there are many details revealed in the Bible about Yahushua Messiah and His message. There are references to Yahushua Messiah in nearly every book of the Bible. The Bible’s recorded prophecies and messages clearly reveal that this man, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], is very different from all other men! He is not an ordinary man! In fact, He is a very mysterious person.

When we look into the Scriptures with child-like faith (Mark 10:15), then God’s mysteries no longer concern us, because we can accept the sovereignty and supreme greatness of His power, and of His wisdom and character.

In the previous articles (Part 1 and Part 2), we discussed Yahushua’s extraordinary birth — the virgin birth, which is indeed a great mystery (1Timothy 3:16). We also looked at Yahushua’s claim to be ONE with the Creator of the universe, the Mighty One of Israel, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. (John 10:30)

Also in the previous articles, we looked at His qualifications as the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29), and we discussed in detail the particular mystery of the identity of Yahushua Messiah as the “Word of God.”

Now let’s begin to consider what it means to be the ‘Prophet Sent From God’.

Prophets: True vs False

What is a Prophet of God?

First of all, a true prophet is someone who speaks by divine inspiration, and proclaims the message given to him by Almighty God. The great responsibility of a true prophet of God is to proclaim the foundational truths of God’s character and government.

The Holy Bible (the ‘Word of God’ as it is also known), confirms the messages of its prophets simply by virtue of the fact that their message is included in the sacred text. The prophet’s messages are divinely-inspired, authoritative, holy, timeless, and true. God has given us His superior guidance in the Scriptures [the Bible] through His messengers, His prophets, to guide us according to His sovereign plans and purposes. (2Timothy 3:16-17)

Across the span of history, Yahuwah has sent His messengers, His prophets, to reveal His truth and His character. Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] has promised that His Word, and therefore His truth and the words of His messengers, shall be preserved, and will endure throughout all generations. (Psalms 12:6-7; Psalms 33:11; Psalms 100:5)

Anyone who speaks (or writes) a message that claims to be ‘from God‘ must be very sure of what he is doing. God does not like it one bit for anyone to speak falsely regarding His character or His fundamental truths, or to speak any malicious designs against His people (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Deuteronomy 18:20; Jeremiah 23:32).

It is a solemn and serious matter for someone to say that he is ‘a prophet sent from God‘, because a prophet is supposed to be a spokesman for the Almighty God, Yahuwah Elohim. And because of the huge responsibility that a prophet has, only a few of God’s true prophets have actually stated specifically: ‘God sent me‘.

Many times we read in the Scriptures that God confirmed His prophets’ messages by stating, ‘God sent him,’ or ‘Yahuwah [the LORD] sent him,’ or ‘I (Yahuwah) send you.’

Being ‘sent from God’ is an essential criteria for true prophets of God. True prophets will not lie, and they will speak only what God gives them. Sadly however, there are many false prophets who have not been sent from God, and they have deceived multitudes (Matthew 24:11).

How can we discern a false prophet?

False prophets commonly have a message that is a mixture, mostly of truth but combined with a little bit of error (like a glass of water with a few drops of poison). False prophets, whether they are aware of it or not, are either overly presumptuous, or perhaps unknowingly, harbor in their heart covetousness and ambition. This is why the apostle John urges us to “… try (test, discern, examine) the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1John 4:1)

It takes time to discern a prophet’s message, therefore we should never be too hasty to accept a prophet’s message. The important thing about a prophet’s message is that it should always be in harmony and agreement with the written Scriptures, the Holy Bible.

Now we will look at the special mystery regarding the identity of Yahushua Messiah as ‘The Prophet Sent From God’.

The Prophet Sent From God

Being a prophet of God is a huge and solemn responsibility. No one can lightly say the words, “God sent me.” There is one man however, who said those words repeatedly! Over and over again, Yahushua Messiah said that God sent Him! In fact, centuries before His birth, one of Yahuwah’s prophets (Isaiah), who was a type (a prophetic picture) of Messiah, speaking as Messiah, said the words ‘God has sent Me’:

The Spirit of Adonai Yahuwah [the Lord GOD] is upon Me; because Yahuwah [the LORD] has anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of Yahuwah [the LORD]…. (Isaiah 61:1-2a)

These are the same words spoken by Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:16-21). Isaiah’s prophecy that God would send His Son was fulfilled by Yahushua Messiah.

Yahushua Messiah is the One Person who repeatedly, over and over again, said that God had sent Him! In the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, Yahushua said God ‘sent Me38 times! (I have listed these 38 verses below.) I believe the two most significant of these 38 verses is John 7:28-29 and John 8:42:

Then cried Yahushua [Jesus] in the temple as He taught, saying, You both know Me, and you know from where I am: and I am not come of Myself, but He that sent Me is true, whom you know not. But I know Him: for I am from Him, and He has sent Me. (John 7:28-29)

Yahushua [Jesus] said unto them, If God were your Father, you would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me. (John 8:42)

Here Yahushua is saying specifically that He proceeded forth from God, that He came from God, and that God sent Him! For any other man to say such a thing would seem preposterous, absurd, and laughable! But for Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] to repeatedly say this, we are content to accept His claim, because upon careful study of His life we know that He never lied to anyone.

Of the 38 verses in the Gospels, where Yahushua used the specific phrase Him that sent Me (the ‘Him’ referring to God), Yahushua said this phrase 14 times! Among the 38 verses, He also used the phrases, ‘the Father who has sent Me’, ‘the Father Himself, who has sent Me’, ‘the living Father has sent Me’, or ‘My Father has sent Me’.

There are other verses scattered throughout the New Testament, that confirm Yahushua’s claim of being sent by the Father. Notice the following:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.(1John 4:9-10,14)

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1Timothy 1:15)

That Prophet

In the days when Yahushua walked on the earth, everyone understood what the phrase “that Prophet” or “the Prophet” was referring to. It refers to a promise found in Deuteronomy:

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,… 17) And Yahuwah [the LORD] said unto me, … 18) I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you (Moses), and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him. 19) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. (Deuteronomy 18:15,17,18-19; see also Isaiah 19:20)

This is the promise that the children of Israel clung to for centuries, because they believed this was the promise of the coming of the Messiah. The apostle Peter, when preaching to the crowd, confirmed the fulfillment of this expected promise right after the healing of the lame man at the temple gate:

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me (Moses); Him shall you hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you. 23) And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear That Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24) Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 25) You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, “And in your seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.” 26) Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Yahushua [Jesus], sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. (Acts 3:22-26)

Yahushua Messiah was indeed ‘That Prophet‘ whom God raised up from among His brethren. Many of the people believed Yahushua was The Promised Messiah, ‘That Prophet‘, for when He was teaching during the Feast of Tabenacles, “many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is The Prophet.” (John 7:40)

Over the centuries, multitudes have read the Bible and have concluded that Yahushua was, and is, the Promised Messiah, ‘That Prophet’ whom God raised up to be the Saviour of the world (Revelation 7:9-10; 1John 4:14).

The Tender-Hearted

There are many written Scriptures that clearly reveal that Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], was sent to this earth by the Creator of all things, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. And the Scriptures confirm that Yahuwah’s Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], is God in the flesh (Isaiah 43:3a; Isaiah 45:21b; Titus 3:4-6 ; see also Isaiah 60:16; Titus 2:13-14; Jude 1:25).

The Words of the Bible are the true and eternal Word of God. A tender-hearted person will receive the wisdom and testimony of the inspired-by-God Scriptures, regardless of the mysteries! And, the tender-hearted will also gladly embrace the full testimony of the One Person who was not, and is not, an ordinary man — the One Person who said over and over that God, the Creator of the universe, had sent Him to this earth!

Yahushua Messiah was not an ordinary man! For Him to say repeatedly ‘God sent Me’ means that each one of us must choose what we will do regarding Him:

“Either this man Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” — C.S. Lewis

Therefore if we:

  • honestly humble ourselves;
  • are truly objective;
  • yield ourselves to believing the Words written in the Bible;

Only then will we:

  • avoid deception, and gain a true understanding of God’s Word;
  • be able to acknowledge our urgent and eternal need to give ourselves to this amazing man who said:

Yahushua [Jesus] said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father [God] but by Me. (John 14:6)

Let’s be honest with ourselves, and accept the fact that we are little — little in power, little in knowledge. We are simply little creatures — dust, ashes, worms — in comparison to God Almighty, the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Genesis 3:19; Genesis 18:27).

We are incapable of fully understanding the Creator of the universe, no matter how high our IQ, no matter how much ‘brain-power’ we might possess.

But by honest and objective humility, we can begin to understand the Bible’s marvelous, merciful message, and this unique, extraordinary man, Yahushua Messiah — The Prophet Sent From God!

Father in heaven, I thank You for sending Your Son to this earth. Thank You for Your Word that enlightens my path and reveals the Truth of Your Son to be the Saviour of the world. Help me to seek You diligently and learn Your plans and purposes through Your Son. Help me to make Your Truth first place in my life. In the precious name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], I pray. Amen.

See the Companion Articles:
Messiah: Not an Ordinary Man
Messiah: The Word Made Flesh

Receive Yahushua Messiah as your Saviour:
Good News! – 3 Truths to Finding Peace With God

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The 38 verses where Yahushua [Jesus] said God ‘sent Me’!

  1. Matthew 10:40
  2. Mark 9:37
  3. Luke 4:18
  4. Luke 9:48
  5. Luke 10:16
  6. John 4:34
  7. John 5:24
  8. John 5:30
  9. John 5:36
  10. John 5:37
  11. John 6:38
  12. John 6:39
  13. John 6:40
  14. John 6:44
  15. John 6:57
  16. John 7:16
  17. John 7:28
  18. John 7:29
  19. John 7:33
  20. John 8:16
  21. John 8:18
  22. John 8:26
  23. John 8:29
  24. John 8:42
  25. John 9:4
  26. John 11:42
  27. John 12:44
  28. John 12:45
  29. John 12:49
  30. John 13:20
  31. John 14:24
  32. John 15:21
  33. John 16:5
  34. John 17:18
  35. John 17:21
  36. John 17:23
  37. John 17:25
  38. John 20:21

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Demonstrating Love For Him Who IS Love

One of my favorite quotes is by Thomas Merton. It is an excellent description of our heavenly Father:

“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved.”

This sums up the Father’s love for His children — He wants only what is good for us! He wants things to be ‘be well’ with each one of us! He wants things to ‘go well’ with each one of us! He wants us to know His provision, His protection, and His peace, which are so abundant that they are beyond our ability to comprehend (Philippians 4:7; Job 22:21). This is the very nature of the All-Mighty Creator, Yahuwah Elohim (the Hebrew name for the LORD God).

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. (1John 4:7-8)

And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. (1John 4:16)

God IS love and He seeks only one thing: our good, our well-being, and what is eternally best for us.

The word ‘well’ in the Hebrew language can also have other meanings. The often-used phrase, “that it may be well with you” can also mean, “That it may be good, pleasing, merry, cheerful, or better with you.” All of these words pretty much describe the meaning of the word ‘well’.

The Scriptures reveal Father’s heart about how we can learn the necessary steps for demonstrating our love for God and thus experience His promise for things to ‘be well’ and ‘go well’ with us. These Scriptural steps are described in many verses throughout the Bible. Do we have the child-like faith to receive Yahuwah’s Word as it is written?

Here are 5 of the verses that teach us Father’s love and heart desire for His children:

1. You shall keep therefore His statutes, and His commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days upon the earth, which Yahuwah your Elohim [the LORD your God] gives you, for ever. (Deuteronomy 4:40)
2. Honour your father and your mother, as Yahuwah your Elohim [the LORD your God] has commanded you; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you, in the land which Yahuwah your Elohim [the LORD your God] gives you. (Deuteronomy 5:16)
3. O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (Deuteronomy 5:29)
4. You shall walk in all the ways which Yahuwah your Elohim [the LORD your God] has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess. (Deuteronomy 5:33)
5. And you shall do that which is right and good in the sight of Yahuwah [the LORD]: that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which Yahuwah [the LORD] sware unto your fathers. (Deuteronomy 6:18)

From these Scripture verses, God teaches us 4 steps necessary in order for things to ‘be well’ and ‘go well’ with us:

4 Steps Necessary for Things to ‘BE well’ & ‘GO well’ with us

  1. Keep the commandments of Yahuwah Elohim;
  2. Honour our parents;
  3. Fear Yahuwah Elohim;
  4. Do that which is right and good in Yahuwah Elohim’s sight.

The above instructions call upon us to be “doers” of the written instructions in the Scriptures, and they are in harmony with what the Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] teaches His followers:

But He [Yahushua] said, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28)

And Yahushua [Jesus] said unto him… “if you will enter into Life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)

Yahushua [Jesus] said… “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)

Yahushua [Jesus] said… “For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:50)

Yahushua [Jesus] said… “He that loves Me not keeps not My sayings: and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.” (John 14:24)

The above passages all appear in the New Testament Gospels. But when Yahushua spoke the above words, we should understand one thing…

There was NO New Testament
yet in existence!

Thus we know that in the above passages, Yahushua was referring to obedience to the written instructions in the Scriptures of His day, what is now referred to as the ‘Old’ Testament!

Keeping The Commandments

Let us recall that the only commandments the early disciples had when Yahushua spoke those words were the ‘Old’ Testament writings.

Any elementary Hebrew student at that time would have understood that the phrase “keeping the commandments” referred to obeying the written commandments, teachings, and instructions in the Scriptures existing at the time, known as the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings.

These Scriptures, also known as the Tanak, are commonly known today as the ‘Old’ Testament writings. But the ‘Old’ Testament is not really ‘old’! It is the Word of God spoken by the pre-incarnate Messiah.

The ‘Tanak’ is an acronym consisting of the first Hebrew letters [T-N-K] of the names of the three subdivisions of the Hebrew Scriptures:

Three Subdivisions of the Hebrew Scriptures

  • Torah [the Teachings or Instructions];
  • Nevi’im [the Prophets];
  • Ketuvim [the Writings].

Let us recall that in Deuteronomy 13:1-5, we are told that if a prophet should arise in our midst, and speak any words that would contradict Torah, or teach people to turn away from obedience to Torah, we should not hearken to that prophet.

We know that Yahushua did not speak any words against obedience to Torah. For if He had, He would have broken that command in Deuteronomy 13:1-5. He would have transgressed or disobeyed the Torah, and would be guilty of sin! From this we know that Yahushua did not teach that the Law [Torah] had been destroyed or done away, nor did His disciples, as this too would be a sin.

Scripture defines transgression of the Torah as ‘sin (1John 3:4). If Yahushua had transgressed the Torah, if He had promoted any disobedience to the Torah, He would have been ‘lawless’ – a sinner – and He would have deserved to die! He would have been disqualified from being the true Messiah, and He would not have been the perfect sacrifice required for our redemption and forgiveness.

But we know Yahushua did not sin (1John 3:5)! He never violated the Torah! He kept the commandments! We also know that He was the perfect sacrifice, one without blemish (1Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 7:26). And, because of the precious Blood of His sacrifice on the cross, we have forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 1:7).

We can conclude therefore that when Yahushua spoke of ‘keeping the commandments’ He was proclaiming obedience to the Torah — obedience to the ‘Old’ Testament commandments, which is the will of the Heavenly Father (Matthew 12:50).

Father’s Loving Instructions – The Torah

For centuries, many Believers have been taught that the ‘Old’ Testament is not necessary spiritual food, but that the ‘New’ Testament is all we need for our growth in grace, and for our growth in the knowledge of our Master and Saviour Yahushua Messiah. But let us remember the nature of our Mighty One, the Almighty God:

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and (against those) that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith Yahuwah [the LORD] of hosts. 6) For I am Yahuwah [the LORD], I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3:5-6)

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8; see also Isaiah 9:6)

Yahuwah Elohim, the LORD God, does not change! This is why the Holy Spirit is moving mightily today, restoring the understanding of the everlasting nature of Yahuwah, and of His Word! We are learning the Heavenly Father’s full and complete Truth of His Everlasting New Covenant.

Yahuwah is calling us to a greater level of maturity and understanding of what it truly means to know Him, and to love Him. He is calling us to understand His Word, and to know Him “from the beginning” — this phrase is used nine times in 1John and 2John!

As we saw in Thy Torah is My Delight, the word ‘Torah’ means Father’s loving instructions, teachings, and guidelines. The word ‘Torah’ also often refers to the entire body of the Scriptures.

It is in the Torah that we find the written instructions, teachings, and guidelines of God, the “House Rules” He has given for all of His children, for all who have been born-again into His family. If we desire to demonstrate our love for Yahuwah, and if we desire the many blessings for things to be well and go well with us, we need to search the Torah, so that we may discover — and learn to follow — His instructions.

The ‘New’ Testament writings explain, enhance, confirm, and follow the teachings from the ‘Old’ Testament. However, a proper understanding of the New Testament requires a correct understanding of the Tanakh. Thus in order to truly understand the details of the New Testament, we must begin to learn for ourselves what is written in the treasuries of the ‘Old’ Testament Scriptures, just as the noble Bereans did (Acts 17:10-12).

By Grace Alone Are We Saved

It is ONLY by Yahuwah’s Son, Yahushua the Messiah, and by Yahushua’s own blood, that we obtain justification and salvation. By His grace alone are we saved through our faith in God’s Son (Ephesians 2:8-9), because He, Yahushua Messiah, our merciful High Priest, entered once into the Heavenly Holy Place, and obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:11-12).

Our salvation is not about Yahuwah’s requirements for “burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin.” Our faith must be firmly established on the fact that by our Saviour’s sacrifice, He offered one sacrifice for sins forever, and He sat down on the right hand of God… and by one offering (of Himself) He has perfected forever them that are sanctified” (see Hebrews 10:1-22).

Thus our obedience to Torah can not earn us redemption, salvation, or justification (Romans 3:20,28). The awesome blessing of salvation comes only through our faith in Yahushua’s sacrificial death!

Nevertheless, all the promises of blessings — for things to be well and go well with us — are greatly magnified when we begin to understand the details of Father’s Torah, His loving instructions, His ‘House Rules’ for His family. And even though there are some things in the Scriptures that are hard to understand (2Peter 3:14-16), we must have the commitment to be ‘doers’ of the Scriptures that we do understand. And the more of Scripture we understand, the less we will be deceived by the lie that some of God’s Word has been ‘done away’ (Matthew 5:17-19)!

Personally, I have a genuine desire for things to be well and to go well with me. Dear Reader, do you have such a desire? He first loved us, and He desires that we in return would love Him — that is, that we would demonstrate our love for Him by our actions.

Here is where that love must begin:

If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15)

“If you keep My commandments, you shall abide (remain) in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide (remain) in His love. (John 15:10)

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. (1John 5:2)

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

Keep yourselves in the love of God… (Jude 1:21a)

The fulfillment of our desire for well-being must begin with our personal love relationship with our Saviour, and our willingness to demonstrate our love for Him by obeying Him.

He Has Given Us His Grace

If we truly desire to show our love for Yahuwah [the LORD]; if we desire the rewards of things being well and going well with us, then we will be tenderhearted to receive the entire Word of Yahuwah, as it is written, and we will be willing to walk in it by His enabling Grace! It is not hard to do, for Yahuwah has given us His grace, His divine power and enablement, and all the things that pertain unto life and godliness (2Peter 1:2-3).

Father is restoring the Truth and the relevancy of His entire Word to His children! Father God is restoring the great importance of learning and following the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments for His family. This is the pathway to knowing God’s goodness, His protection, and His blessings! This is the pathway to demonstrating our love for God and for His Son.

If we are already a part of His family, then learning to walk according to His ‘House Rules’ (the Torah) is part of our expected maturing process, our growth in grace and knowledge of our Master and Saviour.

For things to truly and abundantly be well with us, we must begin to love and honour our Heavenly Father’s ‘House Rules’ by observing His instructions regarding His Sabbath days, by following His guidelines for our diet, and by living according to His established Biblical calendar of events.

These, and other ‘House Rules’ for Yahuwah’s family, are found throughout the honourable Torah (Isaiah 42:21)! These instructions are the desires of Yahuwah [the LORD] for His family!

It is His ‘House Rules’ that He wants to put into our hearts, and write upon our minds, as part of His New and Everlasting Covenant:

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:16-17; see also Jeremiah 31:31-33)

Demonstrating Our Love

A Believer is a DO-er of God’s WORD. Being a DO-er of God’s Word includes learning and following His Words from the beginning.

The importance of obeying Yahuwah’s commandments ‘from the beginning’ is an on-going, significant and vital part of Father’s plans, purposes, and protection for His children. And Messiah’s teachings confirm Father’s plans for His children.

Knowing what Father’s loving plans are for His family begins in the ‘Old’ Testament, and specifically in the first five books of the Bible (the Torah). Therefore the ‘Old’ Testament [which is not really ‘old’], is foundational for understanding all of Scripture.

We demonstrate our love for Yahuwah, and for His Son Yahushua Messiah, by keeping His commandments (John 14:15), and by following His instructions — including those He gave to Moses, from the beginning. Our obedience is the evidence of our love for Messiah!

How can we begin to demonstrate more fully our love for Yahuwah Elohim, the Mighty One of Israel, and His beloved Son?

We can begin by adjusting our lifestyle wherever necessary, so that we may be more in harmony with all of Father’s guidelines and instructions. When we do the necessary adjustments, then we will begin to know more fully Father’s immense love for us. And we will begin to know without a doubt that the heavenly Father seeks only one thing: our good, our well-being, and what is eternally best for us.

Yahuwah, who IS love, has clearly revealed how we can demonstrate our love for Him — by keeping His commandments:

O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (Deuteronomy 5:29)

Thank You Father, for Your Word that is true from the beginning! Thank You for loving me in so many abundant ways! Father, I ask You to give me a willing heart to fear You and to keep Your commandments. Help me to trust Your Word, Your instructions, and Your promises of blessings. Keep me near You and hold me tightly to Your pathway always! I pray in the name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. Amen.

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