Evaluating True Love

Since being on this peculiar path of sojourning to different lands, I’ve often said God may call you to do some ministry, or take some job, or marry that person, or move to an unknown land, or to buy a sailboat, or some other form of action in order to reveal and hopefully heal your heart. Living in a tiny studio, first on my own while my husband was still in Pennsylvania taught me I was putting too much trust or relying too heavily on my husband to meet my needs (i.e. financial, physical, etc.) rather than trusting in God to do so. During those few weeks of living in and remodeling that studio-sized beach condo, knowing not a soul, nor knowing what we would do for income in that foreign-to-me land, stretched my faith tremendously. I would not change that experience at all for I grew leaps and bounds in my love for Abba Father and life in general. Eventually, my husband and I were reunited and it was a learning curve adjusting from living in a 5 bedroom house back in Pennsylvania to a small-one room studio in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But we did it and most of the time enjoyed it and each other. After all, if an argument ensued, it was easy to go for a nice long solo walk on the beach to get one’s head and heart in alignment again.

Similarly, and yet differently, about 18 months later, we felt led by the Lord to sell that condo and eventually, per His leading, we bought a tiny 30 foot sailboat here in Texas to live on together full-time. The boat, like the small studio, for the most part has been an enjoyable experience; however, all the little unknowns and insecurities of being rookie boat owners and learning to sail combined with BIG confident personalities of Texas, has formulated an atmosphere of revelation. Remember how I said God loves to use our circumstances to reveal things about ourselves that need healing? Well, it all is part of what I call the “horribly-amazing-purification-process”. There are some amazing aspects as well as horrible ones to this ongoing, life-long, purification process. Additionally, since being in Texas, it’s as if Abba has truly opened my eyes and senses to the spiritual realm and battles going on among us and within us. I look forward to and can only assume He is revealing such things so that they can eventually be healed. But before having us help reveal and heal others, it appears, the Lord is focused on revealing issues within our marriage and one another first, rightfully so. It’s as if the bandaid has been ripped off or glasses have been put on helping me see more clearly things perhaps I did not want to see or could not see. Not just with relationships with friends here in Texas, but with our marriage, and with relationships with family too. Honestly, it can be overwhelming.

Ultimately though, I realize the purpose in such revelations is to heal, but God’s Spirit can only heal us if we are willing to cooperate with what He is revealing. So even though I can easily point the finger at my husband or anyone else for that matter, three more are pointing back at me as I evaluate my heart, my role, and my responsibilities. There are many variables to each relationship, but ultimately, I in of myself cannot change anyone – all I can do is change myself with the guidance and direction of the Spirit of Holiness. His Spirit longs to purify, to clean our hearts by prompting questions for us to ponder such as: Am I enabling x,y,z? Do I have any form of x,y,z in me? How can I be the catalyst to change? How I can I best love and serve my husband, neighbors, and family now having my eyes open to x,y,z? What type of boundaries could I establish to not enable x,y,z or to protect myself, as well as demonstrate tough love or enforce my boundaries or what I believe? What do I do, God, if those boundaries are violated? What are the consequences if authentic repentance doesn’t manifest? Moreover, how do I not only establish healthy boundaries for myself, but enforce those boundaries while still being motivated by love and being mature enough to respond in love versus hurt or bitterness should my boundaries be violated?

One thing I can testify of is we all have relationships marred by some form of sinful dysfunction and we all could take the time to evaluate our own heart while comparing it to true love, God’s true love and His holiness. This is not to say we should become doormats, punching bags, or weak individuals who misuse Biblical concepts of forgiveness or turning the other cheek as an excuse to not set or enforce healthy boundaries. Rather, we look at God’s boundaries of love found throughout His written word and allow it to help us establish and enforce our own boundaries. For God’s boundaries teach us how to love Him and how to love others. God clearly outlines consequences to violating His boundaries as well as a means to reconciliation should authentic repentance and active willingness to try to be in relationship with Him manifest. But He also demonstrates enforcing His boundaries by cutting off those who refuse to respect His boundaries and those who refuse to repent. In doing so, He actually is respecting their choice – their boundaries. Most people lack the courage to actually tell you what they genuinely believe, what they feel, or what they think about you and your relationship to them, but they WILL show you in their day-to-day actions. You too have to have the courage to evaluate such sometimes difficult truth, believe it, and then respond appropriately as God does and will continue to do. Moreover, when God enforces His boundaries by cutting off those who repeatedly disrespect and ultimately reject Him, God is still demonstrating love because love is inviting, not demanding. God does not demand you love Him – He invites you to love Him because He loves you; God cannot force you to accept His invitation to be in relationship with Him; He cannot force you to obey and honor His terms of His covenant; God cannot force you to receive Him and all the many gifts and blessings He wants to offer you; Likewise, God cannot force you to respect Him; Rather, God, out of His respect and love for you as well as others, chooses to respect your boundaries while also respecting and enforcing His.

On this Valentine’s Day, a day reminding us of love, I invite you to evaluate true love or lack thereof within you and those around you as well as how you can demonstrate true love while acknowledging healthy boundaries and how tough love is a form of true love.

This is a unique call to examine repentance, holiness, and moreover, true love.

Seabbatical | Bo

As I read this week’s Torah portion, I couldn’t help but ponder how God uses people, places, and circumstances to make Himself known. Thus far, we’ve seen how God used Joseph to bless Egypt, his family, the remaining Israelite families, as well as the surrounding nations when he wisely and accurately interpreted Pharaoh’s peculiar dreams regarding an upcoming famine. Through those harrowing, but victorious circumstances, God did many wondrous things, but through it all, He primarily made His awesomeness known.

In between the pages of Exodus, we see God repeating similar patterns as He longs to make Himself known not just to His people of Israel, but to the surrounding nations as well. Instead of blessing Egypt though as He did in Joseph’s day, He is using Moses and Aaron, to curse Egypt. The curses though are simply a result of Pharaoh’s rebellion upon God demanding Pharaoh let the Israelites go free from captivity. Each time a curse, also known as a plague, encamps the Egyptians as a result of their leader’s poor choices, Pharaoh repents, Moses intercedes on Pharaoh’s behalf, and God graciously forgives and therefore, rescinds the curse. This wrestling match of good versus evil has many rounds. Fascinatingly enough, God Himself is creating this match as Scripture reveals GOD hardens Pharaoh’s heart over and over again (Exodus 7:22-23; 8:15,19,32; 9:7,12,35; 10:20,27). But why?

In order to contemplate and understand further as to why God is creating these precarious circumstances between the oppressive leader of Egypt and His people, Exodus 11:9 provides a clue.

“But the LORD said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh will not heed you, so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.’ ” Exodus 11:9 (NKJV)

Similarly, when we study other areas of Scripture, we see the same pattern manifest for prophecy is cyclical relating to many different eras and many different souls. When adversity attacked Job and his household, which we can read about in the Book of Job, we see God was in control and ordained it all so that Job could be tested, Satan could be defeated, and God’s justice be known. For in the end, Job was blessed far more when it was all said in done. When the Southern Kingdom of Judah was taken captive by the Babylonians, Scripture reveals yet again, God was orchestrating it all by using the King of Babylon being Nebuchadnezzar and later King Cyrus of Persia (Jeremiah 27:6, 43:10; Isaiah 44:28, 45:1) to make His holiness and justice known to primarily His people of Israel, but also those around them (Jeremiah 29-31, 32:37-42; Ezra 1:1-2:1).

Likewise, prophecy reveals in the last days, another Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar type of leader will arise taking God’s people captive once again while killing too many to count (Daniel 7-12; Matthew 24:21-22; 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 12:13-13:18,17:17). But like all the incidents before, upon rescuing and resurrecting His people in those final days, Scripture tells us God allowed it to hallow Himself before His people and the nations (Ezekiel 36:23,32-38; 38:16).

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” Psalm 105:1 (NKJV)

Today, as you take inventory of your own personal circumstances, I invite you to reflect on how could God being using your circumstances to make Himself known to you and those around you.

Shabbat Shalom.

Carrie R. Turner, January 31, 2020

A Call To Worship the Way He Wants To Be Worshipped

With the passing of the holidays, many are packing up ornaments, carefully wrapping nativity scenes, and tossing out the dried up Christmas tree. This particular Christmas Hanukkah season I was struck with a call to worship the way our Abba Father wants to be worshipped, to be the light, and to cleanse our temples. The above graphic shared on a public Christian Facebook page compelled me to comment, which sparked many positive feedback as well as some seemingly foaming at the mouth. Truth changes the atmosphere as should our set-apart lifestyles.

Like preaching holiness while sharing the stage with a pagan Christmas tree or other pagan traditions re-marketed as all about Jesus. The Israelites did the same thing starting with the Golden Calf incident (Exodus 32) celebrating saying Yahweh was the reason for the season. Numerous passages throughout Scripture specifically tells us not to adopt the ways of culture/pagans/those who do not believe in the One True Living God (Deu 12; Jer 10; 2 Cor 6:14+; Eph 4:17+ are a few examples). May we test everything and be courageous enough to actually be set-apart, holy as led by the Spirit of Holiness (Holy Spirit).¬†ūüíĚūüďĖūüôŹ”

In response to those genuinely wanting to know more in addition to those whose Christmas traditions were challenged, I invited readers to re-examine traditions, worship, and lifestyles. I invite you, dear reader, to do the same. Blessings!¬†ūüíĚ


Truth is absolute and therefore, cannot change otherwise it was never truth to begin with.

The original graphic above poignantly speaks to so-called truth ever-changing with the times and so-called worshipers adapting to accommodate culture. Truth is absolute and therefore, cannot change otherwise it was never truth to begin with.

For those interested in worshipping The One True Living God, do we get to define what worship is? Do we tell Him how He wants to be worshipped? Or does God, the LORD of Lords, King of Kings dictate how He wants to be worshipped, how He defines love, and how He wants to be loved? Is He looking for worshippers of an unholy spirit and error? Or is He wanting worshippers of His Spirit and His Truth (John 4:23-24)? How culture defines “truth”, “worship”, “holiness”, etc. is irrelevant.

With that said, where is God’s truth, worship, holiness, etc. defined? In His Holy Word inspired by His Spirit of Holiness, correct? 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Does His Word talk about traditions, holidays, the birth of Christ, pagan customs? You bet!

I invite those authentically interested in being worshippers of His spirit and His truth, to examine their lifestyle, habits, traditions compared to what He says about the topics being presented. Before proceeding though, understand that I view this platform as teaching opportunity..an opportunity for each of us to be more matured in His love, His truth, His holiness so that we may bear His fruit and bear His Name as best as we can empowered to do so by the gift of His Spirit of Holiness dwelling within.

Let’s explore God’s Word, the source of truth. (This is by no means an exhaustive list of Scripture, but a few to seek Him on.)

1) Are traditions evil or not to be practiced just because it is not commanded? Not neccessarily. Hanukkah, also known as the Feast of Dedication, is a tradition not a commandment that Jesus evidently celebrated in the temple or at the very least did not rebuke (John 10:22-30). Surely if that tradition was offensive to God, He would have made it known (i.e. flipping tables). Rather, He used it as a teaching moment to reveal He is God and the Messiah. So, no, not all traditions are evil by default and they can be used to share God’s truth. Are we commanded to celebrate Hanukkah? No. Are we commanded to celebrate the birth of Christ? No. However, His word also says “Whatever is true, excellent, praise worthy, etc., to think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8). Is it a fact and praise worthy event that Jesus was born and the Messiah or that Judah Maccabees and his disciples persevered in honoring God’s commands despite the culture, overcame persecution, and reconquered and restored worship the way God defines it? Yes and yes! Those things are true, praise worthy, etc. So it would be acceptable to think about or celebrate such things.

2) Can we use traditions or other aspects of our lives to share God’s truth? Sure! We covered that above as Jesus used Hanukkah, physical objects, parables, etc. to convey truth.

3) Is it OK to mimic pagan practices, culture, or unbelievers and re-package it as a good thing..as redeemed…as holy…as worship…as truth as something of, from, or about Him? NO. God says over and over again to avoid any appearance of evil (1Thes 5:22), to not learn the ways of pagans/adopt their culture (Romans 12:2; Eph 4; Jer 10:2- Also, the Prophet Jeremiah specifically rebukes cutting a tree, bringing it in one’s home, and decorating it as the pagans do in Jer 10) and worship/celebrate Him that way even if you re-name or market it as having to do with Him(Deut 12:30-32; Exodus 32- the Israelites copied the pagans form of worship by putting up a decorated calf and celebrated it saying it was Him and all about Him..they made a feast/holiday of it), to not have anything to do with things that violate His Torah/commands/instructions/Word/lawlessness (2 Cor 6:14-7:1) and to not associate with anyone who claims to know Him and yet does not obey His word (1 Cor.5).

Please thoroughly investigate how you are celebrating/honoring/worshipping the Lord and His life for the practices of Christmas are undeniably pagan since atleast 500 BC repackaged in order to sell/promote Jesus. In theory, the customs in of themselves could have been OK had the pagan customs celebrating the birth of the sun god on Dec 25 the original winter solstice, human sacrifices being decorated on trees, gift giving to celebrate the sun god, partying orgies, lawlessness etc not been established first leading up to or surrounding that day. The church took the same exact custom practices and attempted to wrap it in Jesus’ Name to spread Christianity (in reality to spread their power and control). Another person attached (see link below) a thorough, non-biased, factual investigation about the history of Christmas. Please do watch it. I learned some things as well.

According to God, can we mimic pagan traditions attempting to celebrate or worship Him? NO.

4) Is it wrong to put a tradition or doctrine above or instead of obeying what God says in His Word? Yes. Jesus rebuked religious leaders for putting more emphasis on their tradition than God’s commands (Mark 7). Are you celebrating traditions like Christmas, Hanukkah, 4th of July, etc, but not God’s commanded holidays like Passover/Unleavened Bread (John 22) or His other feasts (Lev 23)?

I say again, dear brothers and sisters, may we have the courage to examine our traditions, forms of worship, and lifestyle in accordance to God’s word and cheerfully be willing to submit to God’s Spirit of Holiness as He longs to teach us God’s truth, holiness, and the worship He longs for! Ultimately, we each must answer for ourselves (Rom 14:10-12), but love as defined by Him speaks truth, especially to those who claim to follow Him.ūüôŹūüôŹūüôŹ

I invite you to watch this thorough, unbiased, historical investigation about the origins of Christmas. Blessings to you and yours as you evaluate how you can be
the light in this dark world!

Authentic Worship Every Season

This week I have been pondering¬†authentic worship and how what much of we label worship or honoring our faith is grossly offensive to God or so I have discovered in this 3 year ‘wilderness’ journey of traveling to different lands while engrossed in His Word. For example, Christians proclaiming ‘Jesus Is the Reason For the (Christmas) Season’ while celebrating, feasting, developing worship services, cantatas, etc all in His Name is no different than the Israelites of the wilderness fashioning the golden calf, celebrating, feasting, worshipping, saying it is all about and for Yahweh (Exodus 32). From beginning to the end of the Bible, God is clear.. He is a jealous, non-tolerant, holy, set apart, One True Living God who has specific terms of worship and does not share with other gods, nor desires us to take pagan practices such as decorating our homes with Christmas trees, etc, while slapping His Name on it in attempts to justify our desires nor does God instruct anyone to celebrate His Son’s birthday, much less on an inaccurate day with an inaccurate story surrounding it (i.e. the wise men didn’t travel to a manger nor met a baby Matt 2:11-nor did they give gifts to each other but to Jesus), but He does instruct us to celebrate many other holidays (see Leviticus 23).

He doesn’t redeem people just so they can continue being proverbial Egypt. He doesn’t lead us with His Holy Spirit just so we can remain unholy. We cannot take other gods or mingling pagan practices while slapping God’s name on it deceiving ourselves and those around us pretending we are honoring God. We cannot keep participating in darkness while convincing ourselves it is light whatever it may be.

We are designed by our Creator to worship, to rejoice, to feast, to celebrate, to fellowship, but we are not to fashion idols with proven historical origins in other gods under the guise of faith. Perhaps by being so eager to celebrate a non-prescribed holiday founded on fallacies wrapped in Jesus’ Name, in doing so we have proven we are no different than the forgetful, ungrateful, rebellious Israelites hungry or desperately impatient of a visible prescence of a Messiah type of leader like Moses up on the mountain for what may have felt like forever. So instead of actually doing what God tells us to do, we make up what we think is right in our own eyes while waiting for His return. We are not permitted to worship or celebrate Him however we see fit, no matter how sincere we may be for IF it is not how He defines worship, we are sincerely wrong (Deut 12; Jeremiah 10; 1 Cor 10:14-22; 2 Cor 6:11-7:1; Eph 5:1-21). Regardless of our intentions, we can still celebrate and worship in a false, unholy spirit.

Disciples or followers of Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah are called to be worshipers of His Holy Spirit and His truth (John 4:23-24), fulfilling His laws as He is the Lawgiver and teaching others to do the same (Matthew 5:14-19;28:19-20; Gen 49:9-10; Isaiah 2, 51; James 4). His instructions are not suggestions nor dissolved because we want to do it our way verses Yah’s way.. What law is like that? None. His boundaries are designed to reveal more of Himself to us, how He longs to be worshipped, as well as how we can love Him and others.

We cannot be the light as He was if we continue to participate in darkness no matter how many times we use His Name in vain. We cannot be set-apart people while apart of the culture that so easily entangles.

Jesus the Messiah, the Creator, is not just the reason for *every* season, but He is the reason for our redemption and resurrection from “Egypt”, “Babylon”, worldly, Gentile, common, unclean, unholy ways having the veil, the mask removed and being transformed each day in every season into His likeness, His creation, His worshipers of Spirit and Truth.

His redemption and resurrection are what we are commanded to remember and celebrate. There is a horribly amazing purification process that transpires from being redeemed to being resurrected…from entering The Promised Land. It’s not just about re-examining practices such as Christmas, but all areas of our lives. Come out of her, My people…lest you also share in her plagues. It’s not too late till it is.

Why I No Longer Celebrate Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, according to popular culture, but is it really? Surely you have heard, “Jesus is the reason for the season”. In reality though that is far from the truth. It could be more accurately stated as the holiday we justify using Jesus’ name in vain for capital gain.

Numerous years ago, before being Spirit-filled, much less led by the Spirit to go where He says to go, and to say what He says to say, I had been leary of Christmas and it’s ridiculous traditions, much of which are designed to commercialize the name of Jesus while promoting lies and pagan rituals. When my sons were small I refused to deceive them into thinking Santa brought them gifts for I could not understand why any parent or Christian would lie to their children only for them to be disappointed at a later age – not to mention learn not to trust their own parents. Such “traditions” directly contradict the simply stated commandment which reads, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices .” Colossians 3:9 (NIV) as well as many other Scriptures with similar sentiments. Nevertheless, I still proceeded with all the other typical traditions – mostly to go with the flow of everyone else.

Later, when I researched the origins of Christmas, I was not only surprised to learn it’s pagan history, but I was surprised to learn Christmas was illegal in early United States history for early settlers believed Christmas to be a Satanic, unholy custom:

Publick Notice

For the preventing of disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonour of God and offense of others. It is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like ‚ÄĒ either by forbearing labour, feasting or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offense five shilling as a fine to the county. Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1659.

as well as a second notice, which reads:

Publick Notice

The observation of Christmas having been deemed a sacrilege, the exchanging of Gifts and Greetings, dressing in Fine Clothing, Feasting and similar Satanical Practices are hereby FORBIDDEN with the Offender liable to a Fine of Five Shillings.

In fact, did you know the origins of Christmas actually have nothing to do with the birth of Christ Jesus, but rather have everything to do with the Roman pagan festival known as ‘Saturnalia’? According to the History Channel’s History.com site,

“Saturnalia, held in mid-December, is an ancient Roman pagan festival honoring the agricultural god Saturn. Saturnalia celebrations are the source of many of the traditions we now associate with Christmas.

Saturnalia, the most popular holiday on the ancient Roman calendar, derived from older farming-related rituals of midwinter and the winter solstice, especially the practice of offering gifts or sacrifices to the gods during the winter sowing season.

The Christian holiday of Christmas, especially, owes many of its traditions to the ancient Roman festival, including the time of year Christmas is celebrated…by the fourth century A.D., Western Christian churches settled on celebrating Christmas on December 25, which allowed them to incorporate the holiday with Saturnalia and other popular pagan midwinter traditions. ” Saturnalia, History.com

Did you also know the pagan holiday known as Saturnalia has been described by other sources likened to Mardi Gras with no morals, drunkenness, orgies, and other lawless activities? Did you know the reason we give gifts during Christmas isn’t because of the wise men, but rather because gift-giving was a custom of Saturnalia where the Romans gave one another gifts representing human sacrifices originally given to the temple god, Saturn?

“On the last day of Saturnalia celebrations, known as the Sigillaria, many Romans gave their friends and loved ones small terracotta figurines known as signillaria, which may have referred back to older celebrations involving human sacrifice.” Saturnalia, History.com

I strongly encourage you to research the origins of Christmas and Saturnalia as article after article I read portrayed nothing but pagan practices later repackaged as ‘Christmas’.

I know what you may be thinking, perhaps you are thinking, ‘Well, that’s not what it means to me, Carrie. It’s just a nice tradition my family has been doing for years…’

A beach-themed Christmas tree dominates the lobby of Hampton Inn of Myrtle Beach, SC. (2017)

In my opinion, customs or traditions, which could also be known as doctrines of men, are acceptable so long as they do not violate certain parameters:

  1. The tradition or doctrine cannot contradict God’s word, His written voice and instructions for our lives.
  2. The tradition or doctrine cannot have pagan origins glorifying other gods or pagan practices that encourage violating God’s word.
  3. The tradition or doctrine cannot supercede God’s word.

While the beautiful lights decorating homes are alluring, in addition to singing famous Christmas songs, as well being bedazzled by Christmas trees of various creative themes, these practices are designed to delight our senses. These sensual festivities on the surface seem harmless, but the fact is, they violate all three of the parameters above. We’ve already discussed their pagan origins, now check out what God’s word says about participating in pagan, Gentile practices. The prophet, Jeremiah scribes in Jeremiah 10, what sure does sound like a Christmas tree, a wooden idol:

“Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.

Thus says the Lord:

Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the peoples are futile;
For one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
They decorate it with silver and gold;
They fasten it with nails and hammers
So that it will not topple.

They are upright, like a palm tree,
And they cannot speak;
They must be carried,
Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them,
For they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good.’

6 Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord
(You are great, and Your name is great in might),
Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For this is Your rightful due.
For among all the wise men of the nations,
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish;
A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine.

Silver is beaten into plates;
It is brought from Tarshish,
And gold from Uphaz,
The work of the craftsman
And of the hands of the metalsmith;
Blue and purple are their clothing;
They are all the work of skillful men.
10 But the Lord is the true God;
He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble,
And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation….

25 Pour out Your fury on the Gentiles, who do not know You ..”

Whether you realized it or not, the custom of dragging a dead tree in your home is establishing a wooden idol and participating in pagan practices. I have heard others preach you are even offering sacrifices/gifts to it when you kneel down and place them under the tree, unknowingly.

According to an article titled ‘All about the Christmas Tree: Pagan Origins, Christian Adaptation, and Secular Status’ on religioustolerance.org, “During the Roman celebration of the feast of Saturnalia, Pagans did decorate their houses with clippings of evergreen shrubs. They also decorated living trees with bits of metal and replicas of their god, Bacchus.”

In numerous passages, the LORD says to not adopt the traditions or customs of the pagan Gentiles. As believers in Jesus, or Yeshua, in His Hebrew original name, we are apart of Israel spiritually, regardless of your physical DNA, according to Scripture, a type of adopted Israelite (Galatians 3:26-29; Romans 11), no longer identified as a Gentile, but having been born-again, having crossed-over, which is what ‘Hebrew’ means, we are a new creation in Him…no longer a pagan Gentile. To learn more, read https://flipflopfellowship.com/2019/04/23/walk-like-an-egyptian/

  • “And you shall know that I am the LORD; for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you.” Ezekiel 12:12 (NKJV)
  • ‚ÄúSo 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. ‚ÄĚ Ephesians 4:17-24

For me, in recent years, I avoid any resemblance of participating in the typical Christmas traditions like exchanging gifts, decorating trees, etc. for I now understand they violate God’s word, His call to be set-apart, and similar to Halloween, have pagan origins. But I welcome opportunities to spend time with family and friends such as sharing a meal similar to Thanksgiving around or on Christmas Day (unless exchanging of gifts will be present – pun intended). ūüėČ Even so, my parents still give me something for Christmas, but they would be highly offended if I refused to graciously receive them. So I have discerned for the sake of love, to pick and choose my battles. Being set-apart is designed to make you be a light to the world, not an explosive bomb, although it will most likely shake things up!

Being set-apart is designed to make you be a light to the world, not an explosive bomb, although it will most likely shake things up!

Furthermore, throughout the year, I celebrate God’s holy holidays prescribed in the Bible (see Leviticus 23, as one passage discussing them), since they are commanded, prophetic, and centered on our Messiah, Jesus/Yeshua. It is believed, but not proven, based off clues found in Scripture, Jesus may actually have been born during the ‘Feast of Tabernacles’, the final Fall feast known in Hebrew as ‘Sukkot’. It also is speculated for those same reasons, Jesus most likely was conceived during or near Hanukkah. In addition to God’s holy holidays, I also celebrate the tradition of Hanukkah since it meets the parameters discussed above, though that holiday is not commanded to celebrate like the others. However, even Jesus celebrated Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication (see John 10:22-23).

Keep in mind, coming to such observances was a long process of cooperating with the Spirit of Holiness dwelling within me for He specializes in removing the unholy and replacing it with holy, hence, God labeling His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. I respect your decision to celebrate Christmas even if you still choose to do so now knowing it’s pagan origins and what I believe are contradictions to God’s word. I hope you too can respect me as I choose to no longer celebrate Christmas.

To learn more about God’s holidays, Hanukkah, and my perspective regarding other holidays, click on the following links for various articles or videos I have published.

Holy Holidays: Why I Celebrate The Feasts of the LORD

Mom, Why Don’t You Say Happy Easter Anymore?

Halloween: Just Don’t Do It

Why I Am Celebrating Hanukkah

Regardless if you agree or disagree with my faith, I love you still.

Blessings & Shalom,

Carrie R. Tuner

12.8.19

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!