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He Gives More Grace
Have you ever considered any of the following questions?
1. Who created us?
2. Was His capacity in that creation perfect?
3. Were Adam and Eve perfect – before the Fall?
(In the day that you eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you shall die).
4. After the Fall, was mankind changed? (Imperfect, chained to sin).
5. Were we changed to a particular “nature,” a way of “being,” a “propensity” of behavior? (We were born into sin, and in need of salvation).
6. In what ways are we ALL the same, as products of the Creator? (We all think, we all feel and we all act out of our feelings). For as he thinks within himself, so he is, Proverbs 23:7.
7. What is sin? (Not thinking upon, not feeling about, and not doing Yahweh’s will,His Law, but thinking, feeling, and doing OUR will – and making our own laws and traditions).
In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1 NKJV.
Baree'shiyt baaraa' 'Elohiym 'eet hashaamayim wa'eet haa'aarets, Genesis 1:1 ITB.
The Universe was created by Elohim. “Elohim" is a plural Hebrew word meaning, “Most High,” and translated into English variously as “God,” “gods,” “magistrates” and “judges.” When the Old Testament uses “Elohim” to point to Yahweh, the Heavenly Father, “Elohim” is preceded by the article, “Ha,” meaning “the” - theŻ Elohim, or “HaElohim.” Genesis 1:1 is not pointing to the Father alone, but to the Father and the Son. In the beginning, the Father and the Son, Yahweh and Yahshua, created the heavens and the earth. Yahweh, the Father, gave all power to His Son, Yahshua, Who set the Universe into being.
Yahshua and the Father are perfectly One, and the Son had made Himself known in bodily form to Adam and Eve with whom He walked in the Garden. He made Himself known to Moses, to whom He spoke on Mount Sinai. He made Himself known to Abraham, to whom He presented Himself as Melchizedek [Malkitsedek, which means “Righteous King], King of Salem [Shalom, King of Peace]. He made Himself known to Manoah, Judges 13:2, and his barren wife, to whom He prophesied the birth of Samson, who would conquer the Philistines. He made Himself known to Jacob, with whom He wrestled and re-named him “Israel.” He made Himself known to Gideon, who defeated the Midianites and the Amelikites with the help of Yahweh. And, He made Himself known to the people in the land of Israel about 2,000 years ago, when He offered His Life as a propitiation for our sin, in the City of Jerusalem.
The Hebrew 'elohiym (el-o-heem'), plural of OT:433, gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative,” B&IBT.
The commentary, Barnes’ Notes, discusses Genesis 1:1, and states, “The root [of the word, “Elohim”] probably means to be ‘lasting, binding, firm, [and] strong.’ Hence, the noun means the Everlasting, and in the plural, the Eternal Powers [emphasis is mine] ... Its indirect applications point with equal steadiness to this primary and fundamental meaning. Thus, it is employed in a relative and well-defined sense to denote one appointed of God to stand in a certain divine relation to another. This relation is that of authoritative revealer or administrator of the will of God.”
Now, Who could be better summed up as the “authoritative revealer or administrator of the will of Yahweh”, if not Yahshua Messiah? I bet my life that there is none other!
Yahshua answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are “gods”'? If He called them 'gods,' to whom the word of ‘God’ came — and the Scripture cannot be broken— what about the One Whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse Me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am “God's” Son'?” (John 10:34-36 NIV.)
I said, “You are ‘gods’; you are all sons of the Most High,” Psalm 82:6 NIV.
Out of the ground [Yahweh Elohim] caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Genesis 2:9 NASU.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die, Genesis 2:17 KJV.
For I joyfully concur with the law of Yahweh in the INNER man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members, Romans 7:22-23 NASU.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul, 1 Peter 2:11NASU.
1. What is OUR will? (pleasure)
2. What is pleasure? (feelin’ good)
3. What are some good feelings? (worth, empowerment, innocence, safety and security, connectedness and bondedness, satisfaction)
4. So, is it WRONG to DESIRE these feelings? (No, it’s wrong to obtain these feelings in ways that are contrary to the Law of Yahweh).
5. Does Yahweh have a means to provide for our desires? (Yes, through His Law):
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Yahshua said to him, "You shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart [cardia – brokenness, passion], with all your soul [psuche – life], and with all your mind [dianoia - thoughts].” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it [homoia from homou – the same, or together]: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets, Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV.
It is in our loving of others that we achieve the Lawful desires of our hearts. But, there is a cost. For the righteous, the cost is worldly pleasure. For the sinful, the cost is eternal life.
There is a battlefield in which the Law of Yahweh wages war against evil, AGAINST the fulfilling of the desires of our hearts through sin. That battle takes place in the field of RELATIONSHIP. Sin is the fiery arrow that creates conflict and destroys relationship(s). Righteousness is the Sword that destroys conflict and builds relationship (That is the double-edged aspect of the Sword of Righteousness).
Sin is the act of intending to cause emotional pain in another person (The fact that we INTEND to cause emotional pain is usually hidden from us – only when we see the CONSEQUENCES of our words or our actions do we know this for sure). Righteousness is the act of LIFTING UP the spirit, the emotional joy, the righteous pleasure, of those around us.
Sin, though its PURPOSE in the individual is to obtain feelings of power, worth, satisfaction, intimacy and security – all positive emotions – (are they not?) invariably and ultimately creates the opposite. Righteousness, having the same PURPOSE in the individual – to obtain feelings of power (or strength), worth, satisfaction, intimacy and security – invariably and ultimately creates those feelings in both parties. It’s a double-edged sword in that it destroys guilt, shame, and fear and, at the same time, builds feelings of innocence, worth and security.
Is Yahweh’s ultimate desire for us that we should feel guilty, ashamed, worthless, powerless, hopeless, and afraid of others? If that were the case, then why did He allow His Son to suffer FOR US? Why would He command us to care for others? Why would He even HAVE a plan of SALVATION? And ... Salvation from WHAT? ... Salvation from a sinful existence.
Weapons of War Against Satan
Are you skilled in using the weapons of war against Satan? Are you equipped and trained in the art of destroying CHAOS and disorder? Do you know how to wield the Sword of truth to restore joy to the hearts of those you love? Or, are you skilled in the crafts of Satan, acting to create guilt and shame and fear and worthlessness in the hearts of those you INTEND to love? Sadly, I know, only too well, how well-equipped the world is in training us to use fiery darts to hurt others for our personal gain. I have used them all my life, and I resort to them at times, when I feel ashamed, afraid, alienated, powerless or worthless. All of these feelings turn into ANGER; then we act out our anger, attempting to restore the positive; but failing – for a lack of knowledge.
What are these crafts of the Devil? It would be useful to know these, wouldn’t it? Then, we might be able to avoid them. But, that’s only half the battle – the other part is learning the tools of Righteousness: gathering together in harmony, “putting away lying one unto another, speaking truth,” “being angry – without sinning,” showing compassion, and pushing past the ruts of familiarity that keep us chained to sin.
Well, back to the methodology of Satan. Here they are, and in giving them to you, my hope is to destroy the works of Satan, so that Righteousness might prevail among the brethren. Ready? There are 8 ways that we have been taught by the world to destroy relationships:
# 1 – JUDGMENT(S) – Not discernment, but condemnation. How many times have we uttered through our own lips, or even thought words like, “You are nothing but a ... (expletive deleted)!”? Or, “What are you, stupid?” “You idiot!” Now, what is the purpose for issuing these judgments? One of the things I’ve noticed about myself, and it seems to be true by others who have examined themselves, is this: “My destructive actions are founded in the negative state of my own mind and heart.” To clarify: I tend to threaten or attack someone, verbally, when I am feeling afraid. I tend to issue commands or make demands when I am feeling powerless. I tend to blame others for my plight when I am feeling guilty. I am trying to restore security by preventing someone from doing something which scares me. I am trying to restore a feeling of power by making someone do something *I* want them to do, not what *they* want to do. I’m trying to restore INNOCENCE in myself by trying to get others to take the blame.
These actions are FIERY DARTS (even though my attempt is to acquire those good feelings that Yahweh wants me to have) because I’m trying to obtain them at the expense of others’ innocence, security, empowerment and worth. We end up destroying those we have committed ourselves to build up, to lift up. Our adversaries are not our parents, our spouse, our children, our boss, our friends – or, our brethren. We have only ONE adversary. ... Let’s not think evil about any other human, especially those we’ve promised Yahweh to love and honor.
#2–THREATS–Whenwe promise to inflict pain (physical or emotional), if they don’t do what we want them to do. Our attempt is to create fear within the other person. “If you don’t (do what I want you to do), then I will (do something to cause you pain)!”
Other is the list are:
# 3 – PUT-DOWNS,
# 4 – GUILT-TRIPS,
# 5 – SARCASM,
# 6 – BLAME,
# 7 – COMMAND AND DEMANDS, and
# 8 – SILENCE.
OK. These are the “crafts” we have been taught in the world: by our parents, our teachers and other authority figures – about how to act when we are angry and when we are not getting OUR desires met. But, the consequence of getting our desires fulfilled in this way is finding ourselves on the pathway to destruction – of ourselves and others. It is Satan’s way of defeating Yahweh. But we all know who wins the war. As Yahweh has often announced, referring to the end of times, “Then they shall know that I am Yahweh!” So, how do we overcome our worldliness? How do we know that something is right? How do we know that something is wrong? I submit to you that if what you’re doing does not result in the lifting up of all whom you encounter, then it is wrong. (Are we not commanded to love those, even those, who would do us harm?)
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful, Luke 6:35-36 RSV.
Are we capable of choosing right and wrong? We did eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil! So, yes, we are capable of choosing.
Can we, mankind, change our nature? No, only Yahweh can do that, and He WILL do that some day.
Can we change our thinking? Yes.
Can we change our feelings? Yes.
Can we change our behavior? Yes.
For, if we cannot change these things, what can it possibly mean to “endure to the end”? Or, “Fight the good fight.” And, if we cannot change these things, then exactly who are the “overcomers”? Repentance means to turn around, to stop acting or behaving in sinful ways. Turn! Change! However, its primary meaning is to have a change of heart, to feel sorrow for our behavior. To repent means to recognize that we’ve done something wrong, and then to feel guilty. It means to recognize that “there is something ‘wrong’ with us” – and then to feel ashamed – so that we will change our behavior.”
“Repent” is the translation ofthe Hebrew - OT:#5162 – nacham, to sigh, i.e., breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, i.e., to pity, console or (reflexively) rue.
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, Matthew 3:2.
This is the irony: through the understanding of Scripture we discover what sin is, feel guilty and ashamed, then turn and do right. However, when WE act with the INTENT of creating these negative feelings in others, we create ... a mess.
What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? (James 4:1 RSV.)
Another translation says, “Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” (NKJV)
“Passions” is the translation of the Greek - NT:2237 hedone (hay-don-ay'); from handano (to please); sensual delight; by implication, desire: KJV - lust, pleasure.
They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 2 Peter 2:15 NKJV.
“Wages” is the translation of the Greek NT:3408 misthos (misthos'); pay for services (literally or figuratively), good or bad: KJV - hire, reward, wage.
You desire and do not have; so you kill [not just the body, but the spirit]. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. Unfaithful creatures! [literally, adulteresses, as in the Assembly, the Bride who abandons her first love, Yahweh, and worships falsely]. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim. Or do you suppose it is in vain that the scripture says, "He yearns jealously over the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"? (James 4:2-5)
He YEARNS ... He craves! ... desires! ... aches! ... covets! ... and He longs to witness our works of Righteousness.
Why does He do this?
For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away, Matthew 25:29 NASU.
His desire is to give; not money. This is not about prosperity; this is about love. His desire is to give us more capacity to love. Even within His perfect loving kindness, He does not desire to keep forgiving our iniquities, only to see us turn our backs on Him. That’s why verse 6 of James 4 says:
But He gives more grace; therefore it says, "Elohim opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
When we pray for grace, are we praying for more forgiveness, because of our vast iniquities? Or, are we praying for the gift of an increased capacity to love – more of that kind of grace that only He can give, because our desire is obedience?
Submit yourselves therefore to Elohim. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to Elohim and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. Humble yourselves before Yahweh and He will exalt you. Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the Law and judges [condemns or punishes] the Law. But if you judge the Law, you are not a doer of the Law but a judge. There is One Lawgiver and Judge, He Who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbor? (James 4:7-12.)
Also, the prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 57:15 NASU,
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose Name is Set-apart, "I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
In Matthew 22:36 Yahshua was asked:
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?
Yahshua gives the answer in verse 37:
Yahshua said to him, "You shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart [cardia – brokenness, passion], with all your soul [psuche – life], and with all your mind [dianoia - thoughts].”
Yahshua is quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 (And thou shalt love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.), which differs slightly in the Old and New Testament. “Heart” and “soul” are translated the same. However, “Mind” in the New Testament is “Might” in the Old. “You shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your ... MIGHT.” [“might” means “vehemence (strength, vigor and enthusiasm) or ardor (zeal, devotion and commitment)”]. Interesting. Perhaps the combination of the Old and New is telling us that our “Strength is in our Mind,” or that “Our Mind IS our Strength.” Else why would Yahweh invite us to, “Come, let us REASON together,” in Isaiah 1:18?
In Matthew 22:36, Yahshua is telling us to Love Yahweh Almighty, with ALL of our THINKING (mind), with ALL of our FEELING (heart) and ALL of our ... SOULING? Hmmm. Now, we have a pretty good idea of what “thinking” and “feeling” are. For example, if I read the Scripture and discover all the things I’ve done that are called “sin,” and read a little more about the punishment for sin, I might think, or decide, “something terrible is going to happen to me,” for it also says that “all have sinned” – and then, I might feel afraid. (That’s why it is written, “Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh,” Psalm 112:1). I also might think, or believe, “I did something wrong;” and feel guilty. Or, I might think, or come to perceive, “There’s something wrong with me.” And then feel ashamed.
That’s easy. But, exactly how does one ... SOUL? If we are to love the Father with all of our soul, how shall we come to know that we are in fact doing so? Well, “soul” ... or “psuche” (in Greek) means “life” or “LIVING.” So, how do we examine how we are LIVING? Well, we LOOK at our BEHAVIOR. What are we DOING? I submit for your consideration that, once you know what you are DOING in your LIFE, you will know to WHAT you are devoting your SOUL.
For where your treasure is, there will your HEART be also, Matthew 6:21 KJV.
In other words, Your “treasure” is the physical evidence of what you are DOING. What you DO, you do out of your FEELINGS.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life, Proverbs 4:23 NASU.
“Heart” - OT:3820 leb (labe); a form of OT:3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything.
Loving Our Neighbor
Yahshua continued His answer in Matthew 22:39,
And the second is (the same): “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. (NKJV)
When Yahshua uses the word translated as “LOVE,” what is the Hebrew understanding? To Think, Feel and Act toward others in the GRACE that He gives us as we contemplate His Word.
Why do you THINK we are called “Believers”? Because, we “meditate,” we THINK about the Word of Yahweh, and we BELIEVE what He is telling us. Now, is it useful and beneficial for us to think this way; and to feel ... afraid, guilty and ashamed? Of course it is! How else is it even possible to REPENT, if we do not think these thoughts and feel these emotions? Repentance is the ACT, the BEHAVIOR, which is required to return to Yahweh, walking in the footsteps of Yahshua.
Do you see the connection between THOUGHTS, FEELINGS AND BEHAVIOR? Scripture clearly tells us how Yahweh designed us. I submit for your consideration: IF we were not designed this way, AND IF we do not understand this design, then we could not be REDEEMED. I am NOT talking about “Salvation” here. Salvation is a free gift to the world. Redemption, in my understanding, occurs to choose. On the Last Great Day, those who choose Truth will be redeemed. All others, including Satan and his own, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. As James says,
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20 KJV)
We BEHAVE out of our FEELINGS. We FEEL out of our THOUGHTS.
For as he THINKS within himself, so he IS, Proverbs 23:7.
The THOUGHT of foolishness is SIN: and the scorner is an abomination to men, Proverbs 24:9.
THINKING outside the realm of Yahweh’s Truth.
What is Yahweh’s promise if we Think, Feel and DO these things?
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of YAHWEH thy Elohim, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that YAHWEH thy Elohim will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of YAHWEH thy Elohim. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. YAHWEH shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. YAHWEH shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which YAHWEH thy Elohim giveth thee. YAHWEH shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of YAHWEH thy Elohim, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of YAHWEH; and they shall be afraid of thee. And YAHWEH shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which YAHWEH sware unto thy fathers to give thee. YAHWEH shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And YAHWEH shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of YAHWEH thy Elohim, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: and thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other elohim to serve them, Deuteronomy 28:1-14.
He Gives More Grace
Is that ALL? (Well, THAT’s awfully pretentious of you, John! What more do you WANT?) [While here at the altar, sometimes my “alter-ego” makes his presence known]. I mean, apart from the physical blessings He promises? James 4 verse 6 says: “But He gives more grace; ...." Maybe there is something BEYOND the physical that He gives us. Maybe He gives us PEACE.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid, John 14:27.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world, John 16:33.
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, Romans 2:10.
“Peace” is translated from the Greek eirene (i-ray'-nay); # NT:1515; probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
And the peace of Elohim, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your HEARTS and MINDS through Yahshua Messiah. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, DO: and the Elohim of peace shall be with you, Philippians 4:7-9.
The question of how we use this understanding, or its PRACTICE, is a topic for another discussion. There is much to understand if we are going to be successful in loving others. But, it is all in Scripture. Search the Word diligently. I suggest you pay attention to the myriad of references to thoughts, feelings and actions – and especially to how they are connected. In this understanding is wisdom, not the wisdom of the world; for the world is flesh ... and will be destroyed. “Let Yahweh be true and all men liars,” Romans 3:4.
Yes, consider this: if we, out of our guilt and fear, bring ourselves into alignment with Yahweh’s (and hence, Yahshua’s) commandments, doing righteous works to those around us, what will we THINK concerning ourselves? We will KNOW, we will have CONFIDENCE, that we are doing what is right. Believing that we are doing something right, creates what feeling inside of us? Guilt? No! The feeling of ... innocence. Now, in which of these two feelings would you be experiencing Yahweh’s “Peace?” Innocence, of course.
If I am walking the righteous path of Yahshua, will I think that a terrible thing is going to happen to
me? No, my hope ... my thoughts will be of being welcomed into the Kingdom, and hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Will I feel afraid when I think these things? No. I will feel secure and safe, no matter what befalls me in this life. Which of these is “the Peace that passeth all understanding?” Fear? Or Safety and Security?
When I look around me, at the conflicts, chaos, abominations, and plagues that surround us, I know that the world does not at all understand that which has been given to us through His Word and through His Spirit. I praise Yahweh for the understanding that He makes known to us; and how He guides us in our lives to deal with adversity, trials, persecution and the “love that waxes cold through iniquity.”
Since “love” means to Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness, put that definition in place of the word, love, in the following quotes:
If ye [Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness toward] me, you will keep My commandments, John 14:15. (And vice-versa)
He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [Thinks, Feels and Acts in Righteousness toward] Me; and he who [Thinks, Feels and Acts in Righteousness toward] Me will be [Thought of, Felt for and Acted for in Righteousness] by My Father, and I will [Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness toward] him and will disclose Myself to him, John 14:21.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My [Thinking, Feeling and Acting in Righteousness]; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His [Thinking, Feeling and Acting in Righteousness], John 15:10.
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the [Thinking, Feeling and Acting in Righteousness] of Elohim has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked, 1 John 2:3-6.
We [Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness], because He first [Thought of, Felt for and Acted for in Righteousness toward] us. If someone says, "I [Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness toward] Yahweh," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not [Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness toward] his brother whom he has seen, cannot [Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness toward] Yahweh Whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who [Thinks, Feels and Acts in Righteousness toward] Elohim should [Think, Feel and Act in Righteousness toward] his brother also, 1 John 4:19-21.
For this is the [Thinking, Feeling and Acting in Righteousness] of Yahweh, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome, 1 John 5:3.
And this is [Thinking, Feeling and Acting in Righteousness], that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it, 2 John 6.
May His Peace be with you, or in Hebrew, “Shalom Aleichem.”
In the Name of Yahshua, the Messiah, Prince of Peace; or in Hebrew, “B’shem Yahshua, HaMeshiach, Sar Shalom!”
And, I say, Praise Yahweh, or in Hebrew, “HalleluYah!”
-Elder John Fisher
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