The Bible places a huge emphasis on us learning the ways of YHWH, but I think as was the case then as is now, we place an even bigger emphasis on a different type learning. I really believe that we are reactive learners, we learn because A causes B (stimulus causes a response), we generally learn like this over time by being exposed to particular stimulus which causes a particular response over and over again. An example of this can be found in the book of Proverbs, which speaks of the rod of correction which is used to turn the foolish and stubborn into wise and obedient people. The implication here is chastisement for wrongdoing will teach orderly and proper conduct over time, but what happens when we learn bad habits and attitudes through this process.
I’ve come to realise that all sin originates from fear, yes even the sin committed by Eve and her husband. For a long while it was a close contest between pride and fear, but I believe that even pride comes from fear. Although Adam and Eve were created perfectly they were not created infallibly, they had the potential to be corrupted. Satan must have spent a long time observing them before deciding on his plan of attack, who to go for, when and how to do it. Satan planted seeds of doubt in Eve by questioning her on what God had said about eating the forbidden fruit. The Bible tells us that God actually commanded Adam not to eat the fruit prior to Eve being formed (Genesis 2: 16) and then Adam repeated the commandment to her. When the serpent confronted her about whether she was allowed to eat of the fruit, she could only communicate what she had heard and nothing more, this was the basis of her uncertainty and doubt. Continue reading
John 9 focuses on the story of the blind man who is healed by Yahushua, a single chapter which encapsulates what is hidden to sight, what is darkness and what is truth.
It starts off with the disciples asking Yahushua quite a controversial question:
“Rabbi” they said, “who sinned, the man or his parents, that he should be born blind?”
As Rabbi, means teacher, it is obvious that they wanted Yahushua to teach them something which they were confused about or didn’t know. This got me thinking, what has blindness got to do with sin? Obviously as the disciples has been born into the Jewish faith their understanding of sin and blindness would also originate from this, so I decided to look at what the Old Testament had to say about the relationship between blindness and sin. Continue reading
What can we learn from Jacob’s journey as Believers?
This teaching explores Jacob’s journey from a Jacob to an Israel and what this meant for him and what this means for us as Children of Israel and Sons of God.
We look at benchmarks on his journey, the footsteps of his journey and the revelations of Jacob’s journey from a Hebraic perspective for greater insight into our own journey.
Relevant Hebrew terms and names
- Yacov = Jacob
- Esav = Esau
- Shabbat = sabbath
When I came to faith in Messiah the gulf that separated me from God no longer existed however there was another very real gulf between Him and I. That gulf was me.
You see, because of my life experiences to date I couldn’t accept that:
- I now had full access to YHWH God. I was no longer separated (nothing could separate me from His love through and in Messiah – Romans 8: 38-39)
- That God was truly loving and good. Because of the consequences of my sin, inherited sin and the sin very much present in the world I had experienced so much pain and illness from myself and others a such I found it difficult to believe in the complete love and goodness of YHWH God towards me. My thoughts were, ‘if God was so good why did I experience all of this, especially when I tried my best to be a good person‘.
- That God’s desire for me to experience life to the fullness was unlimited. Even when I finally came to understand my faulty thinking with respect to the first two points, I struggled here because my understanding of what God had finally achieved for me on the cross was faulty and limited. Continue reading
We hear a lot about different types of stress but rarely about spiritual stress, why should this be the case?
- Maybe because spiritual stress doesn’t exist?
- Maybe it does but not many people know about it or understand it?
- Maybe it could be that it’s not considered as real or valuable as understanding other more physical types of stress?
As I mentioned previously, I didn’t know about Spiritual Stress until YHWH began to talk to me about this and I found that spiritual stress is indeed very real and it does exist however it is not very well understood. I don’t claim to be an expert in spiritual stress, I only can share the little that I have experienced and have pieced together through my experiences and what YHWH God has shown and taught me. Continue reading
The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD [is] the strength (stronghold) of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 AV
As I was meditating on these words I was stirred in my spirit to begin writing this healing meditation and reflection which so far has fed and blessed me and everyone who has heard it. I know that it will feed you too as the enemy has tried hard to stop me from settling down even right now to write it, but I can see past His tactics and claim victory in Messiah Yahushua (Christ Jesus).
This is a very powerful reflection and meditation especially for people facing a time of difficulty or in a place of anxiety, so say these words to yourself by reading them aloud over and over until it penetrates into the core of you. Continue reading
When you hear the word ‘self-love’ what is your first response?
If you had a negative reaction then you probably fall into the group of Believers who view self-love as selfish, self-centred and ungodly. Unfortunately, this probably puts you in a position of not loving yourself as much as you should possibly because you are confusing self-gratifying and glorifying self-love with true godly self-love. Last week’s post was about people-pleasing and compliance, and the cause of both of these behaviours can be rooted in not enough self-love. there is even a term for this type of behaviour ‘Church Lady Syndrome‘!!! Continue reading
I probably wouldn’t have said that people pleasing was one of my problems until God led me to begin seeing myself and some of the obstacles and barriers that had been holding me back through His eyes. This year I have been particularly challenged in the area of relationships. You see you can’t escape or lose hold of something if you don’t know that you are captive, yet knowing that you are captive doesn’t make it any easier to be free, what I’m saying is this: Continue reading
Balance and harmony are very important concepts within my life, I can never forget one particular event that really stamped in the concept of balance into my psyche. One night as I lay sleeping this was at the onset of the illness, God visited and spoke to me. In my sleep state everything He told me made perfect sense, I could feel my spirit and soul nodding in agreement as He began to reveal to me His Healing will. On waking up, all I could remember was a single word “balance”. Ever since that time, nearly 5 years later I am still discovering what balance truly means. Continue reading