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In general, people feel safe and secure belonging to a group or institution which thinks and does what they believe is correct and proper. This is mainly a result of their basic education, whether it be Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Communism, Socialism or any other religion, or order of human structure, of society, of which there are many hundreds in the world. This form of “conditioning” creates a set pattern in the minds of the people, tribe or nation, namely their traditions, or “way of life,” which we could call a “preconceived idea.” The trouble amongst us humans is that it automatically gives us a table to “judge” others who do not belong to our way of thinking. That “table” becomes the preconceived “set of judgments,” and many will never budge from it! As Father’s Word states, all this will end in death,
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of Yahweh is eternal life through Yahshua Messiah our Master, Rom 6:23.
The outcome is very apparent when we look around and see the history of man. Need I go into the statistics of its results, from petty crime to all-out international wars?
Man does not know the way to peace nor ever will, as long as he is without the Almighty Father’s Spirit.
Their feet run to do evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction is in their path. The way of peace they know not, and there is no judgment in their goings, they have made themselves crooked paths: whoever follows therein shall not know peace, Isaiah 59:7-8.
And the way of peace they have not known, Romans 3:17.
Read also Ezekiel 13:16, and Matthew 10:34.
Many of these groups which I have mentioned profess to have one guiding “line” or “table of conduct.” They even have it resting on a shelf besides them, or even set upon the altar of their place of worship. Yet, when they read this “Table of Conduct” they seem to find many contradictions, and that could be because of their basic teachings, or “preconceived ideas.” I am referring to one of the most publicized, and the most translated set of Writings in the world, the Sacred Scriptures, the BIBLE! I have no doubt anyone reading this possesses a copy of the Bible, maybe they have two or three translations of it in their own home.
With all this in mind, a question arises. How can so many have so many different answers, or come to so many different conclusions, when they say they are applying Scripture, and what is the duty of the individual to overcome this predicament?
The answer to the first part of the question is that Scripture is Spiritually discerned, and it is not being revealed to the human mind without the mind being opened to that understanding by our Creator’s Spirit,
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned, 1 Cor 2:14.
He only reveals His Spirit to whom He, The Almighty Father, calls,
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day, John 6:44.
When the worldly read His Word, they, with their natural human character, tend to either read words into, or out of, the text to suit a particular thought or doctrine they have in mind. Even though there are contradictions to that doctrine in Scripture, man will cling to it as long as his mind is not open to the Almighty Father’s Spirit, therefore breaking a law which is written in Deuteronomy 4:2, in Jeremiah 26:2 and is repeated in the last book of the Bible in Revelation 22:19, which also places a condemnation on those who do such a thing.
Secondly, our first duty is to seek, be after, follow, go gunning for, go in pursuit (quest) of, hunt, inquire after, look for, search for, aim for, aspire to, endeavor, strive towards, try, entreat, or request the Kingdom of Yahweh. And everything else which is of far less importance will be granted unto you in the Almighty’s time,
But seek ye first the kingdom of Yahweh, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you, Matt 6:33.
Our only physical tool at this age for seeking the Kingdom is by reading the Words which have been preserved by the power of Yahweh within the pages of the Bible, with a mind of meekness and a willingness to change (repent) when we obtain correction through His Word. Very few understand the Biblical meaning of being meek, and it is far from being fragile, coward like or a doormat, or even a weakling. No! It means to be easily guided into knowledge of the Truth, an ability to receive instruction on how to worship and pray to the Almighty, and have a willing mind to learn in humility and patience.
Did you not know Moses was meek, and he was far from being a weak character? (Numbers 12:3, Psalm 22:6, 25:9, 37:11, 76:9, 147:6, 149:4, Isaiah 11:4, 29:19 and 61:1)
Matthew 11:29 says, Take my yoke upon you and learn of me….
Matthew 21:5 says Messiah was regarded as meek, being submissive to law.
1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us, For who knows the will of Yahweh, that he may be instructed? But we have the mind of Messiah.
We gain this through the study of His Word.
By the reading of His Word we learn to know His law; by applying the Word, we know His promises to His people shall always stand firm; and by doing so we will begin to know Him. But those who say they know Him, and do not apply His law, the Scripture points out that they are liars, and the Truth of Yahweh is not in them. Read 1st John 2:4 and Matthew 28:18-20.
Messiah’s instruction to us is that we are to speak out to all nations of the world and teach them to observe all things which He has commanded us, including news of the kingdom which Yahweh shall set up, and to baptize those who come forward in repentance under the authority of the Son’s Name.
There is nothing wrong for Yahweh’s people to have goals in life. After all, He encourages us to strive to obtain that which He has set before us, claiming all the wonderful promises He offers His people.
Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in good health, even as you prosper in life, 3 John 2.
But we dare not approach His throne unless we go to Him in a true repentant attitude, applying His commandments as carefully as we can, constantly improving as “New Truth” is revealed to us. This truth is “New Truth” because it is only “new” to us as we get rid of our preconceived, or deeply ingrained ideas, and receive Yahweh’s Truth into our minds and hearts. That Truth, The Sacred Scriptures, has always been there! Keeping in mind Messiah’s Words in Matthew 5:18,
For truly I say to you. Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Note: the earth and the heavens are still in existence, are they not?
Nowhere in Scripture does it command you, or I, to join a church, or organization. But we, as His people, who are like minded, are instructed to assemble together at His appointed Feasts.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so doing much more, as you see the day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses. How much sorer punishment do you suppose you shall receive by treading upon the sacrifice of the blood of the covenant offered by the Son of Yahweh, by which he cleanses us, and then you consider It with disdain and have ignored the Spirit of grace (free pardon) which was given to you? (Hebrews 10:24-29)
This includes the Sabbath day, especially as we see the Day approaching. Read Leviticus 23.
Finally, I shall use the words of a king whom Yahweh inspired to be the wisest ruler ever to govern over His people of Israel, David’s son, Solomon.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Yahweh, and keep His commandments: For this is the whole DUTY of man. For Yahweh shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil, Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14.
-Elder Lionel Gets
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