Someone To Blame

If you have followed our faith journey, you know Abba Father had me start a cleaning business in whatever area He has called Jerry and I to. In doing so, He has taught me to discern and identify unholy spirits so while physically disinfecting a space, I sometimes am also disinfecting the unholy germs from that space (if I sense any). In other words, while cleaning I may be praying for that couple’s marriage or asking the Lord for financial blessings for the client or to help them with addictions or depression or any other potential spirit. I do the same while cleaning for a faith-based pregnancy resource center. Additionally, He has had me discern unholy spirits holding larger body of believers in captivity. Consequently, He instructs me to lovingly correct and encourage sometimes individuals and or groups on how to be healed from toxic germs infecting them. The reactions vary, but one thing I have been taught by the Spirit is that it isn’t my problem so to speak with how people respond to His Spirit of Holiness, but rather my problem is if I will step out in faith and obey the Spirit by indeed sharing with that individual or body of believers what the Holy Spirit wants to bless them with.

Through it all, while comparing my own experience of allowing the Holy Spirit to disinfect me, I realize the biggest obstacle the Holy Spirit encounters in us is blame. Whenever confronted with some form of evil, we as individuals and a society since the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden have blamed others hoping to thwart the consequences of evil. In Genesis 2:16-17, God instructed Adam on not to eat of a certain tree in the garden for in doing so, it would be sinning against God and consequently introduce death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death.” Upon Adam being confronted by God about this grievous act of rebelling against God’s instruction not to eat of that tree, Adam blamed God Himself for giving him that woman, he also blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the deceiving serpent(Genesis 3:12-13). As a result of Adam, Eve, and the serpent going against God’s instructions, God’s command, God’s voice, all three suffered serious consequences, that still manifest today (i.e. woman still have pain in childbirth). By blaming one another, they had hoped to avoid suffering.

Out of a deceived heart, Eve and Adam rebelled against the instructions of God. How were they deceived? How are any of us deceived? If Satan can get us to doubt God’s word for us found in the Bible, we will reflect on Satan’s word, not God’s, and ultimately choose whom we will serve. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve chose to serve Satan, an unholy spirit, in that moment as do many of us today when we doubt and ultimately, reject God’s instructions for living. Adam and Eve violated God’s boundaries and had to live with the consequences. When God gives instructions for how to live and love, He means them. Tragically, due to deception conceived in doubt, mankind tends to violate God’s instructions thereby elevating themselves above God.

When God enforces His boundaries, which is still love, being tough love, designed to bless us, not harm us, mankind tends to blame others or other ideologies or even objects in attempt to avoid God’s disciplining love.

We create legislation or more boundaries as if God’s boundaries aren’t enough. We want to blame religions, blame theologies, or create counter theologies. We establish non-profits, ministries, and causes all striving to somehow feel in control when in reality only God is in control.

Rather than realizing it’s due to our own deceived hearts as the source of all evil, we prefer to blame others for in doing so it is easier than looking deep within. Due to our own spiritual captivity, we find ourselves held captive to the victim-mentality and so out of our pain we choose to blame.

Due to our own spiritual captivity, we find ourselves held captive to the victim-mentality and so out of our pain we choose to blame.

However, so long as we continue to deceive ourselves not recognizing the root source of evil, we will never truly be set free, we will never truly experience peace, wholeness, shalom.

By continuing to blame objects, others, or ideologies, all we are really doing is further putting ourselves and others into captivity.

When I was in my upper twenties, after living a decade of selfishness and rebellion to God’s instructions, I found myself in physical captivity. I was married to an abusive man. It is only by the grace of God hearing my desperate literal cry of, “JESUS, SAVE ME!” upon being suffocated and strangled by the hands of my then husband, that my eyes were opened to the unholy spirits lurking within my home and heart for at the very moment, my husband, full of an UNholy spirit, immediately let me go, saying in a different voice, “Don’t cry out to Jesus!”. It took many years, overall, with only the help of the Holy Spirit, to realize my own spiritual captivity led to that form of physical captivity. For I was like most other young ladies in my twenties, simply having sexual relations with men outside of the context of marriage. Deceived and unable to discern unholy spirits blinded by lust, in the name of love, I would dismiss the red flags subtly presented in the course of a relationship. Even if one relationship wouldn’t work out, I would find myself in yet another abusive relationship that violated my boundaries. I repeated this pattern of hooking up with boundary-busting men, not realizing that I too was a ‘boundary-buster’ because I would violate God’s boundaries as well as others’ boundaries it just manifested differently than these unhealthy men I was sleeping with. Perhaps you could say due to my deceived, boundary busting heart, I was sleeping with the enemy, an unholy spirit. Various variables manifested causing all sorts of twist and turns further leading me into an eventual dangerous captivity, but God in His goodness used it all, to reveal to me truth and love.

Once I was set free from that abusive marriage and received the Holy Spirit just weeks after our divorce, I eventually felt led to start a Domestic Violence ministry that specialized in helping pregnant victims of domestic violence housing. I had a 5 bedroom house at the time in the city in Pennsylvania so I took in pregnant young ladies fleeing from abusive relationships. Prior to doing so, I became a certified domestic violence advocate through the YWCA as well as a certified faith-based domestic violence support group leader through Focus Ministries, based out of Chicago. All of it was revealing and healing. One such critical issue I realized in time, through the Holy Spirit’s help, was that so long as I blamed my x-husband or my upbringing or whatever else, I was still not addressing what led to my captivity, which ultimately was my deceived heart. I also had to address the motive in establishing a 501(c)3 non-profit domestic violence ministry for I realized even though it was a very good thing and I sincerely wanted to help people, I was also motivated by my own hurt, fear of it happening again to others, as well as wanting to prove I am a good enough – I am a good person. In other words, my motives were not from a pure heart and I was still being held captive by a victim-mentality. In His time, Abba Father used it all to reveal me the unholy spirits rooted deep within that needed to be evicted. In doing so, His purpose was to make all things beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

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The Holy Spirit did what He usually does by first addressing the lie about sexual immorality being permitted outside of marriage. I argued with Him that I don’t have a problem, but He quickly showed me otherwise. Once my eyes were open to the truth of my deceived heart, I wept and wept genuinely repentant. Now the Holy Spirit was finally getting somewhere within my heart. By comparing myself to other young ladies I knew, my behavior seemed saintly. But we must stop comparing ourselves to others and instead compare ourselves to the word of God- His standards. Many don’t realize, upon initiating the new covenant, Yeshua/Jesus raised God’s standards of holiness, for He of all people could being He died so we can be holy, like God is holy. Notice, Jesus/Yeshua taught just looking at another lustfully is considered adultery and a violation of God’s commands versus simply the act of adultery as a violation.

Until there is a new heaven and new earth, evil will always linger. People will continue to be deceived and propagate deception. We cannot control other people’s deceived hearts. No amount of legislation, no amount of education, no amount of non-profits or ministries can thwart an unholy spirit. Not that various efforts to do so are wrong, but just realize only the Holy Spirit in each of our hearts can effectively thwart evil.

Do you want to quell abuse, violence, terrorism, anti-semitism, discrimination, pride, entitlement, unhealthy relationships, abortion, and other evils manifesting in the flesh? Allow the Spirit of Holiness to uproot the unholy spirits hiding deep within your deceived heart. It’s an ongoing ‘horribly-amazing-purification-process’, a term I often use in my blogs and vlogs, but until each of us do so, we will always experience evil. May we cry out, “Jesus, Save Me! Abba, create in me a clean heart.” ‚̧

Shalom and Amen.

Carrie R. Turner, 10.23.19

Fashioning Idols of Faith

We are meant to worship. 1 Peter 2:9 says we, those who believe Jesus is Messiah and have received Him as such, the redeemed, are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, called out so “that we may proclaim the praises of Him” who called us out darkness into His light. We are created by our Creator to be in relationship with Him…to be in covenant with Him…to worship Him and Him alone. Why? Is He some egotistical God that needs to be puffed up all day long? No. Rather, He understands we become what we behold and He wants us to be holy like He is holy presented by the Apostle Peter earlier in 1 Peter 1:16. Unfortunately, there are many unholy spirits infecting our hearts causing us to fashion and worship idols of faith.

I have been to countless places of worship full of numerous doctrines, but mostly still full of themselves. In each place, Abba Father (God) uses it all to reveal to me not just unholy spirits haunting the halls of churches or congregations, but the unholiness still pulsating in my heart as well. This is why the Lord provides us HIS Holy Spirit, also known as the Spirit of Holiness, because He specializes in removing the unholy and replacing it with holy! Perhaps that is the most accurate type of Replacement Theology – ha ha! ūüėČ

Through my travels since being sent out or called by God to go wherever His Spirit says to go and say whatever He says to say – mostly to His people in a variety of settings, what I have discovered is we are still fashioning idols like the ancient Israelites did when they fashioned a golden calf to worship (Exodus 32). It is fascinating how we can turn anything, even godly things, into a god in of itself, an idol. People of faith often unknowingly fashion an idol out of some spiritual truth they have gleaned, or out of a spiritual gift, or we take our ministries, mission, our causes, etc. and those very good, God-given gifts or blessings become idols we worship rather than God Himself. We are guilty of worshiping these gifts instead of the Gifter. Instead of fashioning a calf out of gold, we have fashioned idols out of theologies, our spiritual gifts, our callings, our ministries and so forth. What makes it especially difficult to discern is they can actually be good things, but elevating our beliefs, practices, or ourselves above our God is obviously not a good thing. I have seen people put the gift of prophecy or their role as prophet or apostolic calling above God as if they ARE God. I have seen the concept of grace elevated so high permitting people to commit any sin abusing God’s grace putting grace above The Gracious God. I have seen believers strive to obey the laws of God and become Torah Terrorists to those who don’t as if THEY are the Lawgiver themselves. I have seen people put their identity or their own Jewish blood above Yeshua’s atoning blood. I have seen people elevate their own ministries above other ministries and even above the Ministry of Messiah. I could go on and on for we ALL do it. I am guilty of it as well – particularly if we come under various teachings or authority in whatever body of believers we align ourselves with we are subjecting ourselves to whatever that “head” thinks and instructs. For what the head thinks, the body will follow. What the eyes perceive, the vision will manifest. What you behold, you become.

For what the head thinks, the body will follow. What the eyes perceive, the vision will manifest. What you behold, you become.

I myself have been zealous for grace, zealous for the Holy Spirit and His gifts, zealous for the roles of the body of believers, zealous for accepting the whole word of God including Torah, zealous for authentic worship, zealous for embracing Jewish/Hebraic roots for more accurate revelation, etc. How easy it is for our hearts to be deceived by putting whatever spiritual truth we have gleaned as well as even false doctrines we have aligned with, whether knowingly or unknowingly, above the Discerner of Hearts.

Today, I invite you to allow the Spirit of Holiness to examine your heart and it’s motives as it looks for and uproots any unholy spirit trying to elevate themself above the Holy Spirit dwelling within you.

Shalom and Amen.

Carrie R. Turner, 10.21.19

Worshipful Wednesday | Yom Kippur

“Create In Me A Clean Heart” seemed to be an appropriate song for Yom Kippur, this Day of Atonement. Thank You, Yeshua/Jesus, our Messiah, for shedding your blood and providing us Your Holy Spirit to justify us, to seal us, and disinfect the unholiness from our hearts. ‚̧

Torah Portion: Korach

While there always is so much wisdom gleaned from the various Torah, Haftarah, and Brit Chadesha’s portions, notice in these passages the theme of rebelling against God’s prophets, a type of spiritual leadership, Korah (and others) rather desired to have power and control. Later, in the Book of Samuel, we read how the people also didn’t want a prophet to lead and judge them, rather they sought a kingly carnal type of leadership in Saul. The people of Israel crucified Moses, Aaron, and Samuel with their ongoing complaining and rebellious words. And yet, when the ultimate prophet and king, being Yeshua, The Messiah, manifested, the descendants of Israel, repeated history, feeling threatened by their desire for power and control, rejecting the voice of God through a man, and crucified ‘The King of Jews’, the ultimate king they and their ancestors had longed for!

What Does Worshipers of Spirit & Truth Mean?

If you’ve been in the Christian culture, then you have probably heard the expression of being “worshipers of spirit and truth”. But if you are like me, perhaps you have yet to hear a clear explanation as to what Jesus, or Yeshua in His original Hebrew name, meant in John 4 when He says to the Samaritan woman that God is looking for “worshipers of spirit and truth”.

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 (NKJV)

Such a statement seems to elude most believers as a mystery. In order to properly interpret anything recorded in the New Testament, one has to understand the only “Scriptures” Yeshua or His Apostles had access to was the Tanakh, or Old Testament; hence, why they often referred to “the law and the prophets” in their teachings. Keep in mind, the Apostle Paul tells us the Tanakh, the only Scripture he and others had at that time, is useful for reproof, correcting, and instruction in righteous and makes us complete.

“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by the Inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NKJV)

http___scrolls4all.org_scrolls_wp-content_uploads_sites_6_2014_09_lithuania.clearJPGIn other words, the Apostle Paul was writing to Timothy saying what many refer to as the Old Testament, which includes the law of God, the books written by various prophets, the psalms, etc., are an excellent resource if we want to understand the spiritual matters of Abba (‘Abba’ is Hebrew for Father God). So when we seek to interpret the meaning of various things spoken of by Yeshua or matters penned by His followers, all of whom were Jewish, we need to let the Old Testament interpret the New Testament. In other words, let Scripture interpret Scripture. Just as the Holy Spirit will not approve or lead you to that which is UNholy, the New Testament cannot contradict the Old Testament for if truth is truth, then it is absolute and cannot change; otherwise, it wasn’t truth.

With that said, let’s see what Scripture says about spirit and truth.

What Is Spirit?

According to Scripture, the Spirit that Yeshua referred to in that passage, is God’s Spirit (John 4:24 ; Romans 8:9), the Spirit of Holiness, also known as the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-6; Acts 2; 8:14-17; 19:2-6; Romans 1:4), and if you’re willing to go deeper, the Spirit of life (Romans 8:2), the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15-17), the Spirit of Jesus/Yeshua (1 Peter 1:11), the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29; Zechariah 12:10), the Spirit of truth (John 14:15-18; 15:26), all of which are the same eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14; Romans 8:1-17). In various records of the Tanakh (Old Testament), we learn that God’s Spirit came upon a select few people (Here are a few examples: Numbers 24:2; Judges 6:34; I Samuel 10:6,10; 2 Chronicles 15:1; Ezekiel 11:5) and the Holy Spirit used His prophet, Moses, and signs like a cloud by day and fire by night to lead the Israelites through their wilderness journey (see Isaiah 63:10-14). In the days of the Apostles and today, the Holy Spirit still leads us(Romans 8:14). Interestingly enough, the Holy Spirit also filled Elizabeth, John the Baptist’ mother (see Luke 1:39-45), before it was poured out during the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) in Acts 2. As we can see from Scripture, the Holy Spirit has been influencing and communicating the will of God to people and through people for thousands of years. In fact, THAT is the Holy Spirit’s purpose: To influence people to live a lifestyle of holiness for we are called to “Be holy as He is holy” (Leviticus 11:45; 20:26; 1 Peter 1:13-19) and moreover, to do the will of God. Part of the ‘better promises’ (Hebrews 8) prescribed in the New Covenant is that after Jesus’ / Yeshua’s death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven though, the Holy Spirit became prevalent and available to receive that is to anyone¬†(not just a select few) who believes Yeshua is the Messiah, according to Acts 2:38-39, which reads:

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During the Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost, which celebrates the giving of God’s laws, the Holy Spirit was poured out on that same day in Acts 2. [As a side note, if the laws of God are irrelevant or done away with since the cross, as many teach today, then why were the disciples celebrating the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot), a command found in the law (Leviticus 23)? Because God’s commands are still for us today even after the cross.] So both the law of God AND the Holy Spirit were poured out on the same day just thousands of years later! How fascinating!

To those who believe Yeshua / Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah predicted by prophets of old, the perfect Passover sacrificial lamb of God, who died to pay the debt of our sin, our lawlessness, once and for all, they will at some point receive the Holy Spirit, a promised gift (John 16:5-15; Acts 1:1-8; 2:38-39). Receiving the Holy Spirit is a noticeable and distinct event in a believer’s life (Acts 2; 8:14-17; 9; 19:2-6 as a few examples). Just as the law and Holy Spirit were given quite noticeably, I assure you, you will know when you’ve been baptized in the Spirit, which is the same as receiving the Holy Spirit!

Unfortunately, many have been taught that not only is the Holy Spirit given as if in secret once you believe, but “to believe” means just believe that a guy named Jesus walked the earth, died and rose again and go on living your life like usual. In reality, according to the Bible, to believe is to repent, to turn from your sin, to turn from your lifestyle of being without God and His ways. In other words, in the Hebraic mentality, which is inspired by God, to believe is to do. And yet, we can do nothing lasting apart from God’s Spirit of Holiness! God is tired of a people that only profess Him with their lips but their hearts, their lifestyle is far from Him and His will (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8), which is why in the New Covenant, He promised to put a Spirit of Holiness within us all the time which will help us know truth and that which is holy (Romans 7:12) causing us to do them! Check out these promises of the New Covenant found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) describing the purpose of God giving us this Spirit of Holiness dwelling inside us.

  • ‚ÄúBehold, the¬†days are coming, says the¬†Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah‚ÄĒ¬†32¬†not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day¬†that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the¬†Lord.¬†33¬†But this¬†is¬†the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the¬†Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their¬†hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jeremiah 31:31-33 (NKJV)
  • “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take¬†the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,¬†20¬†that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them;¬†and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.¬†21¬†But¬†as for those¬†whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations,¬†I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,‚ÄĚ says the Lord¬†God.” Ezekiel 11:19-21 (NKJV)
  • I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do¬†them.Ezekiel 36:27 (NKJV)

Now that we know that being a worshiper of Spirit is receiving the Spirit of Holiness within our hearts so that we may lead an empowering lifestyle of holiness, which is obeying the commands of God, let’s see what the Scripture reveals truth is.

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What Is Truth?

Truth is God’s word, all of it, including the parts some modern day preachers say is “done away with” or “not relevant” or “barbaric”. Quite specifically, the Tanakh reveals the law of God, His commandments, statutes, or judgments are truth!

  • “I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid¬†before me.” Psalm 119:30 (NKJV)
  • “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law¬†is truth.” Psalm 119:142 (NKJV)
  • “You are¬†near, O¬†Lord, And all Your commandments¬†are truth.” Psalm 119:151 (NKJV)
  • The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” Psalm 119:160 (NKJV)

Additionally, truth is Yeshua! In the same chapter where Jesus / Yeshua describes the purpose of the Holy Spirit (see John 14:15-18), He described Himself as The Way, The Truth, and The Life.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am¬†the way,¬†the truth, and¬†the life.¬†No one comes to the Father¬†except through Me.’ ” John 14:6 NKJV

But did you know upon using those phrases, He essentially was saying He IS the perfect Torah (the law of God, the law of liberty- Psalm 19:7;-9; 119:45; James 1:25)…the Living Torah in the flesh for all the world to read (John 1)? How cool is that?! Here are verses about the way reference:

  • He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to¬†the children of Israel.” Psalm 103:7 NKJV
  • Blessed are¬†the¬†undefiled in¬†the¬†way, Who walk in¬†the¬†law of¬†the Lord!” Psalm 119:1 NKJV
  • “Teach me, O Lord, the¬†way¬†of Your statutes, And I shall keep it¬†to¬†the end.” Psalm 119:33 NKJV
  • “And see if there is any¬†wicked¬†way¬†in me, And lead me in¬†the¬†way everlasting.” Psalm 139:24 NKJV

So we’ve seen what truth is as well as what the way is, but what is life?

  • “I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.” Psalm 119:93 NKJV
  • “and he said to them: ‘Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your¬†children to be careful to observe‚ÄĒall the words of this law. 47¬†For it¬†is¬†not a futile thing for you, because it¬†is¬†your¬†life, and by this word you shall prolong¬†your¬†days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.’ ‚ÄĚ Deuteronomy 32:46-27 NKJV

It’s been my experience and something I have witnessed in other believers that first the Holy Spirit woos you unto the Father through the Son and even often goes through great lengths to prove to you God is real and personally knows you and your circumstances. Once you accept such factual, spiritual truths, you then begin to trust and obey Him. At some point, the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32), which is why Peter preached REPENTANCE because to repent is to obey. In His time, as you submit to truth (Luke 8:18), the Spirit of Holiness reveals to you more and more truth through God’s word as well as through your experiences. The Spirit of Holiness guides you into that which is holy and true, cautioning you, correcting you, and causing you to obey all of God’s word. Out of a grateful, circumcised heart, you will want to follow Yeshua’s example, the Living Torah, so that those around you can also read and understand God’s love language pouring out from the pages of your life!

Summary

In summary, we have discovered and decoded to be a worshiper of spirit and truth means to be one who has not only received the Spirit of Holiness (Holy Spirit), but who also is led by the Spirit to live an empowering lifestyle of holiness as defined and described by the truth of God’s written voice, His word. In doing so, we will have lived and loved like Yeshua, like sons and daughters should!

 

 

 

 

An Important Response

http___www.hebraic-roots.com_wp-content_uploads_2017_01_writings-paul-warningRecently, a Facebook friend posted his opinion on G-d’s law and another Facebook friend shared it; hence, how I happen to see it in my news feed. Now that I have seen such erroneous thinking/teaching, I am required to speak up (Ezekiel 33:8-9).

I have copied and pasted his post to speak the truth in love as toxic viruses can quickly spread throughout the body of Messiah and unfortunately, has been since the 4th Century when the Roman Catholic Church persecuted Messianic Jews and Grafted-In Israelites (former Gentiles) for being worshipers of Spirit AND truth according to God’s whole word.

You will find the Facebook friend’s comments in blue italics and my response in bold red lettering. Until Jesus/Yeshua Himself returns, we will continue to teach and correct one another in love (Hebrews 8:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Then Yeshua teaches us all (Isaiah 2; Micah 4). Amen!

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The Facebook Post:

7 Signs that a church may be law minded and not grace minded

They insist you must try your best to keep the Big 10 in order for God to be pleased with you.

A Spirit-led believer or body of believers, who acknowledges the sanctity and holiness of G-d’s laws/commandments (John 17:17), acknowledges and respects His authority and His omniscience. Those willing to humble themselves by repenting from sin or radically turning away from sin by obeying G-d’s written word understand that the definition of sin is lawlessness/without G-d’s laws/rejection and rebellion to G-d’s authority. “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” I John 3:4

lawlessBreaking G-d’s law is to sin and the consequence to breaking G-d’s law is eternal separation from being in covenant with Yahweh. But just as G-d provided grace over and over again to His people throughout the ages (i.e. parting of the Red Sea, Noah’s Ark, saving of some prophets, etc), He provided the blood of grace and His Ruach HaKodesh / His Holy Spirit or put another way the Spirit of Holiness within our hearts/minds. G-d made a way to restore His family. If one indeed believes in the salvation of Yeshua/Jesus,who died for our lawlessness/sins, and if they have received His Spirit of Holiness/Holy Spirit ,and consequently becomes circumcised of the heart (Deut. 10:12-22; 30:6-10; Romans 2:28-29), then the Spirit writes G-d’s Torah on our hearts and causes us to walk in obedience to G-d’s ways (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 36:27), which is His will and His written voice – His laws (Deut. 30; John 10). For the Spirit of Holiness brings us into more and more truth (John 14:15-18; 1 John 2:24-27). What is truth? G-d’s laws…G-d’s word (Psalm 119:30,42). For YHVH/G-d does not change nor lie (Malachi 3:6), but culture and man’s doctrines do.

First problem as gentiles ( non Jews ) we were never under the law , so why now? The only covenant that we were ever offered was the new covenant of grace. Ephesians 2:12-13

  • ¬†“The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.” Exodus 12:49
  • ¬†“There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.” Numbers 15:16
  • “You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the sons of Israel and for the alien who sojourns among them.¬†” Numbers 15:29¬†

In fact, G-d frequently tells His chosen people, those in covenant with Him (Deut.7:6-11; 1 Peter 2:9), to not learn the way of the Gentiles (other nations), rather, learn His ways, His will, His truth, His heart: His commandments/His Torah.

  • “not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;” 1 Thessalonians 4:5
  • “And do not pray like the Gentiles…do not be like them..” Matthew 6:7-15
  • “This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations…” Jeremiah 10:2 (also see Deut. 12:4,29-32; 13:1-8)¬†¬†
  • “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and LAWLESSNESS, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14 {Note the antithesis to being right with God (righteousness) is lawlessness (not obeying God’s laws).}
  • “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord,¬†that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the¬†futility of their mind,¬†18¬†being¬†darkened in their understanding,¬†excluded from the life of God because of the¬†ignorance that is in them, because of the¬†hardness of their heart;¬†19¬†and they, having¬†become callous,¬†have given themselves over to¬†sensuality¬†for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.¬†20¬†But you did not¬†learn¬†Christ in this way,¬†21¬†if indeed you¬†have heard Him and have¬†been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,¬†22¬†that, in reference to your former manner of life, you¬†lay aside the¬†old¬†self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the¬†lusts of deceit,¬†23¬†and that you be¬†renewed in the spirit of your mind,¬†24¬†and¬†put on the¬†new¬†self, which¬†in¬†the likeness of¬†God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.¬†” Ephesians 4:17-24¬†

Again, if you have accepted G-d’s grace for your lawless deeds/sin, then you are no longer a disobedient rebellious Gentile, but rather an immigrated citizen of spiritual Israel/ an Israelite GRATEFUL for His grace and therefore, you will not want to take for granted or abuse that grace nor grieve the Spirit of Holiness (Ephesians 4:30) by continuing to defile yourself with the unclean/unholy deeds (sin). Or as James says, don’t just look in the mirror (G-d’s Torah) and then walk away, but be doers of the word..keep the law!

Second problem . The law is the ministry of death and condemnation. Why would I want to be under that kind of ministry?

2 Corinthians 3:7-9

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

Why not be under the ministry of faith righteousness instead of the law? One brings condemnation and death and the other brings peace and greater glory !

When reading 2 Corinthians 3 in it’s entirety, it is repeating what the Prophets all spoke of regarding the new covenant – we will have the Holy Spirit who will cause us to walk in G-d’s laws for the law in of itself cannot save you – the purpose of the law is to teach us what Abba (Father G-d) considers holy vs unholy, what is love vs hate, what is good vs evil, what is clean vs unclean. Why does Romans 8:5-9 proclaim that the carnal mind or flesh rejects God’s laws (out of a rebellious hardened heart), but a heart circumcised by the Spirit of Holiness will embrace the spiritual, holy, and good laws of Abba and therefore, need not be in fear of His discipline or wrath for some.

Furthermore, according to Romans 8:15, when we receive His Spirit, our hearts cry out “Abba, Father”. Why? Because we accept His authority as our ultimate Father figure and are in relationship with Him. The parable of prodigal son infers similar sentiments – notice the rebellious-know-it-all son lived an unholy lifestyle even dwelling with swine (an unclean animal forbidden by G-d to even touch or handle let alone eat – see Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 or how Yeshua feels about swine when He returns – see Isaiah 65-66). Upon coming into any father’s house, but especially Abba’s House, we must submit to His household rules // kingdom constitution. Likewise, anytime we enter another nation or kingdom, we must obey that nation’s laws.

It is interesting in 2 Corinthians 3:17, the Spirit is referred to as a Spirit of Liberty for we see these same references to obeying and doing G-d’s Laws as liberty in James 2:12 and Psalms 119:44-48. Why? Because being Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered children of G-d or Bride of Yeshua/Christ betrothed/in covenant with Him, we will want to obey or honor our wedding vows for in doing so, there is true liberty. Torah was meant for our GOOD and not burdensome (Deut 5:29; 6:24-25; 10:12-13; Romans 7:12,14; Matt.5:17-19; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 John 5:3). Rather, disobeying G-d’s laws is bondage to sin or as us sailors say, stuck in irons (Read my post ‘Sailing in The Spirit’!).

Third problem. The law is an all or nothing deal . It wasn’t try your best and God will understand.

No ! It was Keep it all (613 laws) or be cursed ! Jesus delivered me from the curse of the law .. so why go back to a curse ? Galatians 3:10-13

torahWhile it is true if you break even just one law, you have sinned or missed the mark and therefore, cursed yourself, for the context of all of Scripture is that you would be cursed by various consequences to your rebellion including eternal death or eternal separation from God (see Deut. 30 and pretty much all of Deuteronomy, for example). Afterall, Torah means “to hit the mark” and “instructions for life”.

Grafted-In Israelites, those adopted into Abba’s household, do not obey G-d’s commands/His laws/His written voice/word to EARN their identity in as His kid; rather, BECAUSE we’ve been adopted into His family, BECAUSE of His grace, BECAUSE of His Son’s shed blood, and out of heart of gratefulness, we WANT to obey G-d’s instructions for life for He is a good, good Abba, who loves us and does not want to see us suffer unnecessarily by thinking we know best and our ways trumps G-d’s ways for our lives (Isaiah 55; Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).

Also, we know (because we take the time to study and abide in His word) that the Torah is for our own benefit not for our harm and certainly aren’t burdensome (see above references). Rather, the 613 commandments are Laws of Love – each law falls in the category of love God or love others or both (Mark 12:30-31). Most legit believers follow much of the Torah without even trying simply by loving. The Torah teaches us what love is and what love looks like; hence, Yeshua, the Living Torah in the flesh (John 1). This is the fruit Jesus referred to (Matthew 7) for the law is not evil as some have been deceived in believing thanks to the roots of the Roman Catholic Church and ultimately Satan, but the Spirit and truth of the law produce love, joy, peace, patience, etc.

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We believe as the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Holiness guides each of us into more truth of God’s word, we will bear fruit of obedience to God’s ways (word) reflecting our circumcised heart (Deut 30).

¬†It is a sad day when so-called believers view G-d’s instructions for reproof and for righteousness as evil and cursed or put another way, fail to believe G-d is true to His word. Remember, the only Scriptures the Apostles had access to was the Law and Prophets (2 Timothy 3:12-17; 4:2-4; 1 John 2:4-7), which they encouraged one another to continue in.

Moreover, our covenant relationship with Abba/Yeshua comes down to a circumcised repentant heart. For if one is truly circumcised of the heart through repentance for their lawless deeds/sins, they will not want to go back to that same sin for that would be intentionally sinning and nullifying God’s saving grace bringing on a worse judgment (see Hebrews 10:26-39).¬†

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“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Hebrews 10:26-27 (but please read the rest of the passage as well)

Ponder this: How can you embrace grace while rejecting the law defining what is holy and what is sin? What is right and wrong? You can’t. So to do away with the laws of G-d, you have nullified your own doctrine. By saying anything before the cross is irrelevant or done away with, then you have made Christ’s testimony, His sacrifice on the cross, and His victory over death, useless – a waste of time, ink and paper, moreover, a waste of perfect flesh and blood. For without G-d’s holy, spiritual law and the human element of failing to fulfill/uphold/establish/honor it, there is no need for a remedy. No need for a Savior. It’s all or nothing.¬†

Fourth problem. The law makes Christ of no affect in my life .. why would I want Christ severed from my life ? Galatians 5:3-5

False. See last paragraph above. When reading Galatians, Romans, and all the epistles, written by a Messianic Jew, within context from a Hebraic mindset verses a Western Greek mentality, Paul distinguishes that there are two primary “laws” he is speaking of the holy, good, and spiritual “law of God” (Romans 7:12,14) and the consequence/curse of breaking God’s laws, which he often refers to as “the law of sin and death” or “the curse” (Romans 7:22-25; Galatians 3). In fact, Paul specifically clarifies, in Romans 3:31 that the law is NOT done away with due to our faith in Yeshua, but rather, we uphold and establish the law. Furthermore, Galatians 3:15 and vs 17 bluntly says you cannot undo a covenant or add to it. If that were the case, then all the covenants would be dismantled – do women still have pain in childbirth (Adamic Covenant), do you have an ark built (Noahide Covenant)? Because if God’s covenants are done away with, by man’s opinion, rather than being built upon for better promises, then the entire world can flood at once.

  • “Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.¬†” Romans 3:31

Yeshua/ Jesus even demonstrated this to us by raising the standard on the adultery commandment saying if you even look at another lustfully you have committed adultery; Yeshua also reprimanded religion for ADDING to G-d’s laws, something the rabbis over the centuries did through the oral law. Likewise, Scripture and even Jesus/Yeshua rebukes those who take away from G-d’s word/ G-d’s laws (see Deut 12:32; Revelation 22:18). Jesus/Yeshua declared not one part of the law will be done away with until there is a new heaven and new earth and anyone who teaches G-d’s law are irrelevant, done away with, or evil will be considered LEAST in His kingdom (if they even are there in the first place). Have the new heavens and new earth been created yet? Of course not! See Matthew 5:17-19.

In fact, in the millennium reign of Yeshua/Jesus, He TEACHES US the Torah/God’s Laws, see Isaiah 2, Isaiah 51, Micah 4, and notice in Zechariah 14 (after Christ returns), we keep the Feasts of Tabernacles. Ezekiel 36 – 48 corroborates such truth – the laws, the Holy Holidays (feasts of the LORD), and the Sabbath – even the sacrifices are reestablished in the millennium!

So is it possible that G-d’s word is true when it says over and over again that He doesn’t change nor lie and that His commandments are forever? Not to mention, Amos 3:7 says, G-d does nothing without telling His servants the prophets first and there is no record of any true prophet of YHVH/G-d predicting G-d’s laws will be done away with. However, there is plenty of Scriptures warning of false prophets and false teachers in the latter days deceiving people into thinking G-d’s laws are done away with while leading others into error and even destruction.

  • 2 Peter 3:15-18 :”¬†Also, regard the patience of our Lord as an opportunity for salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him.¬†16¬†He speaks about these things in all his letters in which there are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable twist them to their own destruction,¬†as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.
  • 17¬†Therefore, dear friends, since you know this in advance, be on your guard,¬†so that you are not led away by the error of lawless people and fall from your own stability.¬†18¬†But grow in the grace and knowledge¬†of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.¬†Amen.”

Fifth Problem . The law wasn’t t given to help us overcome sin, but it was actually given to help sin overcome us!

The law gives strength to sin not freedom from it . Only grace sets us free from the dominion of sin .. Romans 7:9-11 Romans 6:14

WHAT?! False. The law defines what is good verses evil – breaking G-d’s law is sin (I John 3:4). Again, totally twisting Scripture and misapplying which law Paul is referring to – context is everything (see previous comments).

The Spirit of Holiness, if one has it and submits to it, will obey what is holy: G-d’s laws. See above Scriptures provided and below.

Sixth problem .We are suppose to be dead to the law not alive to it! We cannot bear true fruit unless we see ourselves dead to the law and married to Christ.Rom 7:4. Also flirting with Moses is cheating on Jesus !

WOW. Again, false and twisted. This is why Peter warned that people who do not know the law and prophets will twist the word leading people to error. Please study the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Ezekiel and actually all the prophets for they **repeatedly** express that cheating on G-d is not obeying His commandments taught by Moses! In fact, He calls out and significantly reprimands Israel for doing so (See Proverbs 1 – 7; Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 9:13-16; Jeremiah 11; Book of Hosea; Ezekiel 16,20,22,23). That’s why it is called a new or renewed covenant with Israel and enlarged Israel (those grafted-in through their faith in the Yeshua The Messiah) for through Jesus/Yeshua paying the penalty of breaking the law by shedding His blood on the cross as the perfect Passover lamb, the Israel (as well as Gentiles/Grafted-In Israelites) can be back in and participate in the holy covenant (as the Book of Daniel refers to it as). See Romans 7-11. Therefore, upon believing Yeshua is the Messiah (Isaiah 53) who died for our lawlessness and therefore, the consequence of said lawlessness, we are considered dead to the law of sin and death aka the curse – freed from the bondage of sin and now given an empowering life or gift called the Holy Spirit who will cause us to obey G-d’s laws by teaching us them to us and reminding us about them if we are in covenant with Abba Father through Yeshua. Or put another way, if we are betrothed to Yeshua, whichever analogy one prefers, they both convey the same message: relationship.

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See Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 36:27; Hebrews 8:8-13.

Furthermore, notice not only is the “renewed/new” covenant NOT with the Gentiles, but only the House of Israel (including us grafted-in Israelites) and House of Judah generally referred to in the apostolic writings as simply “Israel” or the Jewish people. Second, notice the job of the Ruach/Spirit (the Holy Spirit) is to write G-d’s Torah/law on our hearts and minds causing us to obey Him. Otherwise, we walk in a spirit of UNholiness or an UNholy spirit… in bondage.

Seventh problem . The law was given to point us to Christ, but once in Christ then we are are no longer under the law , for we are now in Christ and Christ now lives in us. We are under a new law called the law of the spirit of life in Christ. The law was for the old nature , not the new .

Again, false. The law was given as a tutor..as instructions – all of which points to Christ and our failure to obey, a need for a Savior a need for a solution making a way for us to be in covenant/relationship with G-d.

Ever since the fall of mankind..ever since Satan twisted G-d’s word/command making Eve (and Adam, by default) believe in a twisted version of G-d’s word, much like the false teachers of today do, people have believed G-d’s commands aren’t to be obeyed and there are no consequences to our rebellion. Thankfully, with the Spirit of Grace, we not only have forgiveness, but true repentant, obedient hearts respectfully want to honor our Heavenly Father..Abba. Not to earn sonship or daughtership, but because we have been graciously adopted in, we want to abide in Him, His House, His Kingdom as His will and word repeatedly speak of. Jesus/Yeshua says to those who think they know Him to depart from Him, you who practice lawlessness (Matthew 7). 1 John 2:4 says if you know Him and don’t keep G-d’s commands, then you are a liar.

Lastly, consider this:

how-to-know-god_833_460_80_c1Why is the Anti-Christ/Anti-Messiah and THAT spirit referred to as the “lawless one” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)? Why does the “lawless one” or beast /harlot system/mentality spoken of in the Books of Daniel, Thessalonians, and Revelation persecute the saints who KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF G-D AND HAVE FAITH IN YESHUA (Revelation 12:17 ; 14:12), but don’t mention any other group? Why does the Book of Revelation refer to “saints” as those “who keep God’s commands and have the testimony of Jesus”? Why doesn’t it read the “lawless one” makes war with those who believe in Jesus, but who refuse to obey TORAH? Rather, the beast/proverbial Babylon/the proverbial adulterous world (remember cheating on G-d/Yeshua above) just want to persecute those saints/those spiritual virgins/spiritual Israel/the spotless Bride of Yeshua who recognize they’ve been saved by grace from lawlessness to a lawful lifestyle of holiness! Because true saints, full of the Spirit of Holiness, have both the Torah and Jesus in their hearts. Because when we are worshipers of Spirit (John 3:3-6) and truth (Psalm 119:30,42), the atmosphere changes..the world is turned upside down for the glory of the One True G-d, YHVH, our Abba! The 12 Apostles changed the world because they understood the importance of G-d’s law and grace..His truth and Spirit transforms people! THAT is the good news and the ultimate true love story. That is what grace is about.¬†

To learn more, explore the various articles penned on this website under the “Carrie, Did You Know?” page and Flip Flop Fellowship’s YouTube channels.

And do yourself a favor, rip out the man-made page that says, “New Testament” for it all is relevant and critical to your soul.¬†

Shalom.

(updated 10.2.19)

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Plagues Called Forth By Prophets?!

plaguesIn this teaching episode, Carrie reflects on how the two witnesses (two prophets) and the false prophet have the ability to call forth the plagues in the last days. In this teaching, you’ll also learn how to tell the difference between prophets of God and false prophets, which can be difficult to discern when prophecies manifest!

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Background Music By: Ira Malone
Album: “Melodies of Philos”
Songs: “Face to Face”
“Memories Made”
“Days Like These”
“Last Summer’s Day”
“The Blessing”