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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.


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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.


Praise Yah

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.

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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.