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   There is a Scripture written by Paul which is so good that it is hard to believe it could really be true.
  Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love Elohim - to those who are called according to His purpose. (The ISR Scriptures are used throughout.)
   Would Yahweh really set things up so even a situation that looks very bleak would come out as a great blessing for certain people?

Yes Indeed!
   If you have read the book of Genesis, you will remember the accounts of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who were each abundantly blessed because they loved Yahweh. It works throughout the Bible.
  The story of Joseph is especially striking. He was disrespected by his family; most of his brothers wanted to murder him; he was sold into slavery; accused of trying to rape the wife of one of the most powerful men in Egypt, and thrown into a high-security prison. But it all turned out for the best. He was able to save the lives of the entire population of Egypt and his own large family! Since that time, Yahweh has used this situation to bless you and me by the results of Joseph’s work!
  When Yahshua was executed, His disciples thought it was the worst thing ever. It looked to them like it was all over, and no good could ever come of that. (John 21:3) But now we know that all of that situation works together with other things that seemed bad sometimes, for good to those who love Elohim.
  If you have been blessed to be in a congregation of Yahshua’s followers, then you have enjoyed the blessings of this principle. In spite of the distortions of Yahshua’s teachings, many millions have been blessed and many have been led to Yahweh’s truth.
  There are a few important details to keep in mind to get the most benefit from this principle.

Loving Elohim
   What does it mean to ‘love Elohim’? A few Scriptures will help us understand the principle better:
  You do not bow down to them [idols] nor serve them. For I, Yahweh your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me AND GUARD MY COMMANDS, Exodus 20:5-6.
  If you ask anything in My Name, I shall do it. If you love Me, you shall GUARD MY COMMANDS. And I shall ask the Father, and He shall give you another Helper, to stay with you forever – the Spirit of Truth, which the world is unable to receive, because it does not see it or know it. But you know it, for it stays with you and shall be in you. I shall not leave you orphans – I am coming to you, John 14:14-18.
  He who POSSESSES MY COMMANDS AND GUARDS THEM, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and manifest Myself to him.” Yehudah – not the one from Qerioth [not Iscariot] – said to Him, “Master, what has come about that You are about to manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Yahshua answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he shall GUARD MY WORD. And My Father shall love him, and We shall come to him and make Our stay with him. He who does not love Me does not guard My Words. And the Word which you hear is not Mine but of the Father Who sent Me,” John 14:21-24.
  By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of Elohim, that we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: and His commandments are not grievous, 1 John 5:2-3.
  GUARDING THE COMMANDS OF THE FATHER AND YAHSHUA THE MESSIAH means to carefully obey ALL of them. Guarding is not a trivial responsibility. Guarding certainly includes not letting them be changed or diminished. They should also be protected from misuse or improper application. Their commands do not contradict one another. As Yahshua said, He spoke the Father’s words (John 17:8).
  Yahshua also made it very clear that He did not come to teach anything different from what we see in the Old Testament. He said:
  Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. (Note: The Law and the Prophets is a term used for the pre-Messianic Scriptures.) For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done. Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign (kingdom) of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens, Matthew 5:17-19

In Conclusion
   If you are reading this publication, then you are probably being called according to His purpose. You can decline to answer the call, but then you would not receive those great blessings:
  See to yourselves, that we do not lose what we worked for, but that we might receive a complete reward, 2 John 1:8.
  The amazing reward of Romans 8:28 is there for all of us who lovingly obey the commandments of Yahweh the Father and Yahshua the Messiah.
  “For look, the day shall come, burning like a furnace, and all the proud, and every wrongdoer shall be stubble. And the day that shall come shall burn them up,” said Yahweh of hosts, “which leaves to them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My Name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings. And you shall go out and leap for joy like calves from the stall. And you shall trample the wrongdoers, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” said Yahweh of hosts. “Remember the Torah of Mosheh, My servant, which I commanded him in Ḥorĕb for all Yisra’ĕl – laws and right-rulings. See, I am sending you Ěliyah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh. And He shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with utter destruction,” Malachi 4:1-6.
  Besides the great reward of Romans 8:28 for lovingly obeying the laws of Yahweh and Yahshua, we will automatically have a better life. That is because those laws were given to us by Yahweh’s super-intelligent super-love. They require us to do these things because they know that keeping these laws is the way to our best possible life. Having created the “laws of nature” and created mankind, Yahweh and Yahshua know exactly what is best for us. The scriptural laws are the owner’s manual guide to a happy and successful life:
  The Torah of Yahweh is perfect, bringing back the being; the witness of Yahweh is trustworthy, making wise the simple; the orders of Yahweh are straight, rejoicing the heart; the command of Yahweh is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of Yahweh is clean, standing forever; the right-rulings of Yahweh are true, they are righteous altogether, more desirable than gold, than much fine gold; and sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. Also, Your servant is warned by them, in guarding them there is great reward, Psalm 19:7-11.

-Elder Tom Schattke

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