Staying Pure in an Evil World

Excerpt from a book that I am reading:

(David), the psalm writer posed a question that all believers should ask: How can we remain pure when we live in a filthy environment? The answer is found in Psalm 119:9:

“How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your word and following (Your law).”

Yahoshua acknowledged the fact that He was leaving His apostles in a tempting environment, a place where evil threatened to overcome them. But He trusted that Yah would protect His followers from evil and keep them pure through the power of His word.  John 17:15-17 says:

“I’m not asking you to take them out of the world but to keep them safe from the evil one. They are not part of this world any more than I am. Make them pure and (qodesh) by teaching them your words of truth.”

Thoughts lead to actions. Thus, the first step in remaining pure is to focus our thoughts on things that are true. Philippians 4:8 is a powerful reminder to believers:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

The world is filled with impurity. Temptation surrounds us and at every turn we see new ways to disobey Yah, new paths that lead to sin. We desperately need to know how to stay pure. The first truth that must sink into our minds is the fact that we cannot remain pure on our own. We are weak to temptation. We are prone to sin. We are in over our heads. The second truth is that Yah can and will help us. His power is greater than the temptations that surround us. His strength in us can help us RESIST and OVERCOME evil. How? Yah’s Word is our best defense. (Yahoshua the living word and our example)

The only way to remain pure is to saturate our minds with Yah’s word. We claim Yah’s strength and power by reading His word and obeying it.

*This post is not speaking to anyone in particular, just a reminder to myself.

 

The Mercy and Love of Yah

Excerpt from a book that I am reading:

Yeremiyah 31:3 is a statement of love and restoration that comes after dark prophetic predictions of Yah punishing (our) people. Even when Yah allows us to suffer the consequences of our sin, He does not withhold His mercy.

Long ago the Most High said to Ysrayl: “I have loved you, My people with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself.”

Everyone deserves to be punished for sin but Yah’s punishment is always tempered with mercy because of his great love for us. Ephesians 2:4-5 explains that we are saved from our sin only because of Yah’s mercy.

But Yah is so rich in mercy and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Yahoshua from the dead. (It is only by Yah’s special favor that you have been saved, writes the author).

Although we do not deserve to enter His presence, Yah wants us to come boldly before Him. Hebrews 4:16 promises that we will find mercy and grace—all that we need, exactly when we need it.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious Yah. There we will receive His mercy and we will find grace (favor) to help us when we need it.

Yah loves to show mercy! He eagerly waits for us to repent so that He can shower us with forgiveness. Micah 7:18 declares:

Where is another Power like You, who pardons the sins of the survivors among His people? You cannot stay angry with Your people forever, because You delight in showing mercy.

One image of Yah pictures Him as judge and emphasizes His anger—as the righteous Sovereign, He judges sins and punishes sinners. Certainly this picture is true; Yah does reign supreme and just. And we should fear His wrath and obey His commands. This verse in Micah, however, emphasizes that Yah does not stay angry forever. In fact, Yah delights in showing mercy.

In this image, Yah is like a loving father with a disobedient child. Knowing that He must punish, He would much rather have the child repent so that He can show mercy and forgive.

The phrase “survivors among His people” refers to Yah’s true children…people of faith. That’s you, if you have trusted Yahoshua as Savior.

So hear the lesson: Your Father loves you and stands ready to show you mercy and pardon your sin. Don’t be afraid. Don’t run away in fear. Confess your sin and receive His grace. (Me: And never do that sin again).

Also read Romans 9:15-16, Yah shows mercy to those He chooses.

 

To Worship Yah

Excerpt from a book:

Worship draws our eyes off of ourselves and focuses our hearts on Yah. He alone is (qodesh) and awesome. He deserves our praise and worship. Hebrews 12:28 reveals that our worship pleases the Most High.

Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be destroyed, let us be thankful and please Yah by worshiping Him with set-apart (qodesh) fear and awe.  HalleluYAH.

Rebuke

I read the other day that the Hebrew word for rebuke is, ga’ar. So I can say, Yah ga’ar ha shatan in the name of Yahoshua ha Maschiyach. But how do you say ‘in the name of’ in Hebrew? I know ‘shem‘ would be apart of the phrase ‘in the name of’…hopefully Yah will send the answer…..

Oh yeah, I’m not saying that you have to rebuke in Hebrew. I already know that you can rebuke in any language. I just wanted to know how to rebuke in a full Hebrew sentence.

*Since saving this post yesterday (Shabbat), I have learned that the word ‘beit’ means ‘in’ according to Hebrew. ‘Beit’ forms the same (root) word as ‘Bereishit’ which we learned means ‘in the beginning’ (Genesis).

So the closest I can get to saying the rebuke sentence in full Hebrew is this: Yah ga’ar ha shatan beit ha shem Yahoshua ha Maschiyach. HalleluYah.

New Bible

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This is a picture of my raggedy bible. The pages are literally falling out. It’s in a turrible terrible condition but I still love this bible. It’s the first bible where I saw Yah’s name, the NKJV. It was $4.99 at Walmart when I was broke but wanted to see Yah’s name back in 2010. The spine (binding) on the book is GONE! I have to pick it up with ease so none of the pages falls out. I have all types of notes in the small margins…on the top of the pages…on the bottom…everywhere. I have other bibles now but for some reason I always come back to the NKJV.

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Today, I bought this new bible. It has my name ‘Ashantiyah’ printed in the right corner. Its binding is like an old fashioned ‘Reader’s Digest’ type book. It feels thick and sturdy. It’s a NKJV and Yah’s name is in Psalm 68:4.

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I love that I can now put notes on the sides. Click the image to get a better view. I just don’t know when I will have time to transfer all my notes from the old bible to the new bible…..

Study y’all.

Qodesh Bling-Bling Part 1

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The chain across my forearm with the menorah is 20 inches and the the chain across my forearm with the dove is 18 inches. Don’t worry about the sleep lines across my arm, lol, it was morning time when I took this picture.

A sista got some fresh new bling🙂 (ornaments). You know there were 7 lamps in the temple. The dove, Noah’s dove,  has an olive branch in her mouth. Did y’all know that Yonah’s name means dove? I’m sure you know. Something interesting that I was reading in Psalm 68:13 and Psalm 74:19 is that David knew the affection that Yah has for the turtledove and that Yah protects His people like a dove. Did y’all know that Yoseph sacrificed two turtledoves for Miriam in Luke 2:24 according to Levitical law 12:6-8 after Yahoshua was born? It almost seems like foreshadowing doesn’t it? Because later we all know that the Set-apart Spirit descended on Yahoshua like or as a dove (form). That or those dove(s) that went up to Yah came back down…And similar to how the dove came back to Noah…

This is what I have thinking about lately, the dove. Peace.

 

 

Having Shalom with Yah

I was reading this book lately and I liked what it said about having peace with the Most High. So I’m going to share this except with you of what I have been reading:

Yah gave Aharon and his sons this special blessing to pronounce on the people of Ysrayl to remind them of Yah’s care for them. This blessing, recorded in Numbers 6:24-26, shows that Yah wants to give us His peace, we simply must receive it.

“May the Most High bless you and protect you. May Yah smile on you and be gracious to you. May Yah show you his favor and give you his peace.”

We cannot escape the concerns of this world (at least 6 days a week) but  we can experience Yah’s peace in the midst of our troubles. Isaiah 26:3 is a wonderful promise for us to claim:

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

Peace is a choice. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that we will experience the Most High’s peace when we trust Him with all of our needs.

“Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell Yah what you need and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience Yah’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Messiyah Yahoshua.”

David must have often feared for his safety as he encountered enemies at every turn but he learned how to allow Yah’s peace to flow over him and fill him so that he could rest secure in Yah’s loving arms. He wrote in Psalm 4:8:

“I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone O Yah will keep me safe.”

For months, David had been harassed in the palace and then chased through the desert by King Shaul. Later, during his reign as king, David faced a host of enemies, both from outside Ysrayl’s borders and from within. Eventually, even his own sons Abishalom and Adoniyah tried to overthrow him. He could have been paralyzed with fear. But instead, David was filled with peace, confident in his relationship with his loving heavenly Father. He wrote that he could “lie down in peace and sleep” because he knew Yah would protect him.

You, like David, may be surrounded by enemies who are intent on causing you great harm. Perhaps even loved ones have turned against you. And, if you’re honest, you might have to admit that sleep has not come easily at night, with anxieties and fears filling your dreams. You may even fear for your life.

If so, check out David’s cure for insomnia—his recipe for sleeping “in peace.” The secret? David focused his attention on his Master instead of on his situation, remembering Yah’s power and love. And he prayed about his circumstances and his worries.

David knew that lasting peace comes from Yah alone. HalleluYAH. I hope this post helps someone but I do not know who, Yah did not reveal that to me…