A Long-Standing Action to a Prayer

A couple of Sundays ago, I awoke early, knowing I had need to pray before doing anything. Instead, I grabbed my Kindle in order to check the weather. The second it left its stand-by mode, a fit of hiccups hit me. I hate hiccups!

Tossing the Kindle aside, I stood and apologized to Our Father for not reaching out to Him first. I left the bedroom and sat to the top of the stairs as to not awaken the others, pleading, “I can’t pray and have hiccups at the same time. Please take them away.” They stopped, and I praised Him.

Why would I praise Him for that?

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer…

Years ago, I asked Him to correct me whenever He needed to and not to give up on me; I will get it in time, and You will get the credit. I have refreshed that petition many times since.

1 John 3:21–22 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

Father has interrupted my impure thoughts in many different ways: my phone ringing off the hook; shifting my mind onto something else, like a past memory; unexpected human interaction; etc. He has stopped arguments (my favorite is the interruption), reassured me when a rare panicked state touched me, and gotten on my case if He felt I wasn’t praying enough (usually through some physical issue).

James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

If you are having trouble interacting with Him, maybe He waiting for you do ask for things that He wants before blessing you.

Psalm 34:4 I sought YHWH, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 27:8 My heart said, “Seek His face.” Your face, O Yah, I will seek.

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The True Meaning of “No Respecter of Persons”

The often-quoted passage of “…God is no respecter of persons…” has been used to remind people that in the grand scheme of things, good or bad, they are equal to everyone else in Father Yah’s eyes.

Oh, really?

Acts 10:34 (KJV) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons…”

(ESV) Then Peter began to speak: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism…”

(Literal) Having opened then Peter the mouth, he said “Upon truth, I understand that the God is not taking faces…”

Let’s break down the Greek word, prosópolémptés (taking faces). It is a compound of prosopon (face, surface, appearance, mask) and lambanó (with certainty, to take or receive). Prosopon can be further broken into two words, prós (going towards) and óps (eye, face). This word led to the words persona (Latin) and person (English), which both can mean a character. Even if we use the phrase “receiving characters” it still does not clarify its meaning. At first, I thought it meant “not taking people at face value,” but it did not jive with the next verse:

Acts 10:35 (KJV) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

(Literal) …but [rather] in every ethnic group, the [one who] fears Him and works righteousness is acceptable to Him.

Since Peter was a Jew, we must search the OT for uses of the word face. Every noun and verb in Hebrew have active symbolic meanings. In this instance, the phrase “seek [insert noun or possessive pronoun] face,” which appears hundreds of times, means to pursue Yah’s (or someone’s) attention or favor. The whole of Acts 10 revealed that it was time to reach out to the righteous non-Jews, so that the promise made to Abraham could be fulfilled. See Genesis 12:3, Genesis 18:18, Genesis 22:18,Genesis 26:4, Genesis 28:14, Psalm 72:17, Acts 3:25, Galatians 3:8.

The favor of YHWH now also belongs to the Gentiles for as long as they seek His Will and do it.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Father Yah Wanted You

Psalm 139:13-16 (NASV)
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You,
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 22:10 From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother’s womb You have been my El.

Jeremiah 1:5a (ESV) [YHVH said,] “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”

Isaiah 44:2a (ESV) Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you…

Job 31:15 (ESV) Did not He who made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion us in the womb?

Isaiah 49:1 (ESV) Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. YHVH called me from the womb, from the body of my mother He named my name.

Luke 12:7 (NASV) [Yahshua said,] “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. [Matthew 10:30] Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

Matthew 6:26 (and Luke 12:24) [Yahshua said,] “Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren…

Ephesians 1:4-5 (ESV) …even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will…

Ephesians 1:11 In Him we were also chosen as God’s own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will…

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Our #1 Pastime

I am convinced that our primary form of entertainment should be Scriptural analysis with prayer sprinkled throughout, whether alone, as a family, or in a group setting. Notice, I said primary, not only. Yah doesn’t mind our leisure time, just care about His Desire at all times. Wouldn’t that be a form of “entering into His rest?”

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A Title for an Article on Sanctification

If I were to write a detailed post on sanctification, I would call it: From Coal to Diamonds – The Process of Refinement. The inspiration comes from two factors.

First, English words for Biblical concepts tend to water down how dynamic those concepts are. Sanctification in both the Greek and Hebrew means the process in making one’s self reject the world’s (common existence) things and influence, and then cleave unto Father Yah, His Word, His Will, and His Desire over an entire lifetime. Whatever He either deems cleansed or precious is of great value to us, since He set this realm in motion. This could be an act, a ritual, an instruction, a fast, a prayer, etc. which is designed to help us learn of Him and His modus operandi. The definition to make holy is far too vague and doesn’t encourage believers to seek Yah’s Will and Desire on their own, trusting other humans and religions without testing the spirits first.

Second, the term refinement is a more powerful word. The Bible has various passage describing sin and the sinful as dross. Dross, according to Scripture, can mean either the pollution that rises during the refinement of metals, or the base metals alloyed into precious metals. Fire, continuous and hot enough to liquefy metal, symbolizes the trials of life that Father Yah allows to get our attention and cleanse us.

Since it take years (now months, thanks to technology) under great, constant pressure to convert a lump of coal into a diamond, our “pressure” comes from life itself and our reactions to it. Even as a fresh diamond still needs cutting and polishing, this will happen for us at our glorification.

Numbers 31:22-23 Only the gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, and lead—everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean; and it shall be purified with the water of purification. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water.

Job 23:10 Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Psalm 66:10 For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us like silver.

Proverbs 17:3 A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but YHWH is the tester of hearts.

Proverbs 25:4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a vessel for a silversmith will come forth.

Isaiah 1:25 I will turn My hand against you; I will thoroughly purge your dross; I will remove all your impurities.

Isaiah 48:10 See, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Jeremiah 9:7 Therefore this is what YHWH of Hosts says, “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do because of the daughter of My people?”

Jeremiah 6:27 (Literal Translation) [As] an assayer I have set you among My people; a fortress (stronghold of His Will) that you may know and test their way.

Daniel 12:10 Many will be purified, made spotless, and refined, but the wicked will continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand.

Ezekiel 22:19-20 Therefore this is what the YHWH Elohim says, “Because all of you have become dross, behold, I will gather you into Jerusalem. Just as one gathers silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin into the furnace to melt with a fiery blast, so I will gather [you] in My anger and wrath, leave [you there], and melt you.”

Zechariah 13:9 This third I will bring through the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, “They are My people,’” and they will say, “YHWH is our God.”

Malachi 3:3 And He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present offerings to YHWH in righteousness.

1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fire among you taking place for a trial to you, as if a strange thing were happening to you.

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Father Corrected Me

I had been running into teachings about Israel having multiple messiahs (anointed ones) and a theory about two Messiahs (a servant who will die for Israel, as the other saves Israel from the Gentiles). When I woke up this morning, I praised Yahshua, “the Mashiach of Mashiachs.”

The response came while drifting back to sleep—verbal and visual, “Mashiyim.”

Now wake, I did a search for confirmation. For Mashiyim, Spanish sites appeared along with the word mashitim, the plural of mashit, or destroyer. Mashiim gave me Japanese sites, lol. Psalm 105:15 uses משׁיחו mashechu, as the plural. I will go with the one He gave me, but the rest is yet another confirmation that I need to learn Hebrew, not just study it.

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New Questions

What do dishes and utensils symbolize in Scripture? I had a microdream: one of my tangerine-colored dinner plate had a two inch crescent shape broken off its edge. Does it mean service, since that is what plates are designed to do? Is there something wrong with my service to the Father?

Although the land was a constant theme in the OT, Yahshua never mentions or eludes to it. He told the woman at the well that no long would people worship Yah on that mountain or in Jerusalem (John 4:21). He paid the price in order to bless the world, but why not mention Israel? Does the land in the OT actually symbolize sanctified people in the NT?

I will seek, read, and wait for the answer.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Personal Meaning of the Name ‘Immanuel’

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a man are ordered by YHVH, and He delights in his way.

Proverbs 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the reply of the tongue is from YHVH.

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his course, but YHVH determines his steps.

Proverbs 19:21 Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the purpose of YHVH will prevail.

Proverbs 20:24 A man’s steps are from YHVH, so how can anyone understand his own way?

Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O YHVH, that a man’s way is not his own; no one who walks directs his own steps.

Yah wants to come along as we walk the path to Him that He has laid. Although we may desire to be willing “vessels… fit for the Master to use.” [2 Timothy 2:21], our mission is to become like Christ so we can rule alongside Him [2 Timothy 2:12, 1 Corinthians 6:3, Revelation 3:21], meaning we have to make decisions through reasoning.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV) In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.

James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly receive the word planted in you, which can save your souls.

Reasoning correctly is a practice; He promised to help us achieve it and give grace when we make a mistake—which is not always a sin.

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How to Fight against Pride or Haughtiness

The weapon against self-pride is self-examination with a repentant heart. Here is a link to over 100 passages about this tool:


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Super Quick Bible Study: Spirits Have Assignments

We focus so much on the passages about the heavenly (and earthly) messengers, we forget that there are other beings subject to the Name of All Names, the Authority of All Authorities:

1 Samuel 16:14 After the Spirit of YHWH had departed from Saul, a spirit of distress from YHWH began to torment him.

1 Kings 22:20-22 (ESV) “…and YHWH said, ‘Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. Then a spirit came forward and stood before YHWH, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And YHWH said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And He said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’”

Judges 9:23 Yah sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the leaders of Shechem and caused them to treat Abimelech deceitfully…

Isaiah 19:14 YHWH has poured into her a spirit of confusion. Egypt has been led astray in all she does, as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear [cowardness, timidity], but of power, love, and self-control.

Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of YHWH will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of YHWH.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

1 Corinthians 2:12 We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.

Every positive and negative emotion (or action) can come from things outside of ourselves. These beings (including what we call demons) can only influence us, if we allow them to. This is why seeking His face daily is vitally important. Why would Yah allow for such a thing?

Isaiah 45:7 I form light and create darkness; I bring prosperity and create calamity. I, YHWH, do all these things.

Isaiah 42:16 I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on unfamiliar paths. I will turn darkness into light before them and rough places into level ground. These things I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.

Lamentations 3:38 Do not both adversity and good come from the mouth of the Most High?

Because of the corruption in the world and the flesh, YHWH uses everything, even our good and bad choices, to get His will done. Remember, this Earth is our crucible of refinement. He is not going to trust anyone with spiritual power and authority (ruling with Christ) without testing and cleansing. We must experience the bad in order to desire, appreciate, and encourage the good.

Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

1 Corinthians 6:2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?

2 Timothy 2:12 …if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us.

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