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:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/self_examination

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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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Super Quick Bible Study: The Law Written on the Heart

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD. They will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with all their heart.

Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD. I will put My law in their minds and inscribe it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people.

Jeremiah 32:39 I will give them one heart and one way, so that they will always fear Me for their own good and for the good of their children after them.

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people.

Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.

2 Corinthians 3:3 It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

To write His Law (Instructions) on the heart is the Will of Yah He Himself puts into each believer’s heart. No two sets of Instructions are like anyone else’s. Jesus demonstrated this with the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30) by requiring him to get rid of his possession and follow Him. Giving up wealth was not a commandment given by Moses; the order was specifically for the young man.

Does anyone trust Father Yah to do this?

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Super Quick Bible Study: Do the Word, Not Just Study It

James 1:22-27 (ESV)

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

In modern-day vernacular:

Get up off your behind and go do something. Quit sitting around over-analyzing this stuff because your opinions and viewpoints change constantly. Quit debating. Seek the will of Yah and obey (listen and do). You see all these people who need help; go help them. Your life is a mess; go fix it.

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Jesus Is God’s Voice

John 1:3 Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.

1 Corinthians 8:6 …yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we exist. And there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we exist.

Colossians 1:16 For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Hebrews 1:2 But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.

Do believers really understand WHAT Jesus is? He WAS the Word of God before He became flesh. He was the WORDS Father Yah spoke to form creation. Jesus came to be (beget – came from) when Yah SPOKE, therefore, giving Jesus authority over creation before His blood was shed. Before the written word. That’s why Scripture says He was the firstborn of creation. His preeminence comes from being God’s Voice.

There is an awesomeness of that knowledge most refuse to comprehend or take to heart.

Also see The Personas of God.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Ask, Seek, and Knock

Matthew 7:7-11 (Luke 11:5-13) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? So, if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

No prayer, no power.

No seeking, no revelation.

No persistence, no results.

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