Backpedaling

Unnerving, scary, pagan, New Age, uncontrollable, pointless, not for today… These are some of the negative opinions surrounding the supernatural. Why? The spiritual is supernatural and cannot be quantified. It is not an abstract idea, for example happy or angry, for who gets to define what constitutes either happy or angry? Due to the Tree of Knowledge’s fruit polluting human DNA, mankind believes they can operate outside of the Catalysis of Creation, or deny His existence since the senses cannot behold Him on a measurable, consistent basis.

A paradox appears among the believers of Yah. They want His supernatural intervention during times of distress, but either reject or ignore the other aspect of the spiritual clearly listed in Scripture. For example, some believe that the Gifts of the Spirit were only for the time of the Apostles, but still request prayers for the sick or troubled. Some believe in supernatural events, but whether those events serve Yah and His Body are questionable. Others believe we need special humans and dead saints to intervene on our behalf. Even among those who accept the supernatural, there is debate to whether, or not, either the adversary or demons are real or myths to keep people in check. Everyone missed the entire point of the Word (the Bible and Yah Himself): supernatural guidance. As Yahshua said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) Without seeking, following, and trusting the Almighty on that level, we will not grow spiritually. We must get to know Him, Spirit-to-spirit.

For those who have taken that leap of faith to embrace the extraordinary Will of Yah, the adjustment is not simple. There is a reason the Heavenly messengers had to say, “Fear not.” People operate through the soul and senses the vast majority of the time; anything out of the ordinary can give someone a shock. Yahshua spent over 3 years training His disciples, preparing them to become vessels for Yah’s power and authority to flow through them. Some have been fortunate to go through this as children, since they accept things easier than wary, life-scarred adults. However the transition happens, Yah is patient and understands we need time to deal with Him directly.

Backpedaling (not to be confused with backsliding – rejecting Yah’s Will over time) is when a believer takes a step or two backwards on the path due to fear, doubt, or comfort level. It is not rebellion or sin, just a short time of difficulty. Dealing with the supernatural can cause this, and there are examples in the Scriptures to let believers know others have had trouble adjusting.

Moses at the Burning Bush – Exodus 3, 4:1-17 Moses tried to decline the mission Yah gave him due to feeling unworthy.

Barak’s Lack of Trust – Judges 4:1-24 Barak refused to go off to war without the prophetess Deborah at his side. She went, but announced that the glory for killing the Canaanite commander Sisera would go to a woman. Back then, it was a dishonor for a man to be killed by a woman or to let her have the honor of destroying an enemy (Judges 9:53-54).

Gideon’s Tests – Judges 6:11-40 Distrust, disappointment, and despair influenced Gideon’s decision to test the Lord. He survived the idolaters’ wrath after he had burned their pillars of worship, but he still asked Yah to perform one more task to see if His Word was true.

Manoah’s Distress – Judges 13:1-23 Samson’s father feared death because he and his wife had seen Yah, but she reminded him that the Lord had accepted their offerings and had a job for them to do.

Jeremiah Quits – Jeremiah 20:7-9 Weary of his horrible treatment by his own people, Jeremiah had wanted to stop proclaiming the warnings Yah had for them.

Paul Confronts Peter – Galatians 2:11-13 Peter ate with the Gentiles until some Jews James had sent showed up. He and the Jews in his group, including Barnabas, shunned the Gentiles as a result. Paul criticized Peter’s hypocrisy.

I can relate to Manoah a little. On two occasions, Yahshua tried to approach me, but I freaked out and disengaged from worshiping. I still kick myself for doing that.

A few years ago, supernatural things started to happen around me and through others close to me. I could not handle it and stepped back a bit. Yah, in His Wisdom and determination, decided to shake out any discomfort and fear I had by tossing me into the midst of serious spiritual warfare. Oh, what fun that was…

If you are planning to draw closer to Yah, brace yourself and ask Him for His Wisdom and strength to endure. You will adapt.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Heart of Clay

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O Yah, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Isaiah 29:16 You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—an earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, “What are you doing?” Or the thing you are making say, “He has no hands”?

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O YHWH, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Jeremiah 18:6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done?” declares YHWH. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am YHWH; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep [protect] My rules and obey them. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 36:25-26 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

2 Corinthians 3:3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written [inscribed] not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!

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What Biblical Inspiration Looks Like

Ever wondered how Yah delivered His Word to be written? Once upon a time, the Tanahk was written as one long run-on sentence – no spaces, paragraphs, punctuation, etc. Why? The information was relayed this way, although the writer still had the option to clean things up a bit. This has been my experience as well, although what I receive supports what is already in the Bible.

Occasionally on a random Saturday, I get a flow of words imprinted within me. I grab the nearest writing objects and get to work as quickly as I can. Sometimes, I ask the Lord to repeat Himself due to mind drift or external distraction. During the process of rewriting what was given for public consumption, He is still involved, correcting, clarifying, and adding to what He gave me earlier. This blog post will contain what He gave me last Saturday, but I will break it up so it is not a big wall of text inducing tl;dr vibes.

November 11, 2017

The mind is the eyes, ears, and mouth of the heart. You drink with your eyes and eat with your ears. Be careful what you eat and drink for you are feeding your heart. Jesus said, “My flesh is food indeed,” “I am the Bread of Life,” “My food is to do the will of My Father.”

Here, He had me stop and look up supporting verses:

Jeremiah 3:15

Jeremiah 15:16 – My favorite verse!

Job 23:12

Revelation 10:9-10

Ezekiel 2:8

Ezekiel 3:1-4

John 4:32-34

John 6:54-56

John 6:26-27

John 6:35-38

Then the Word resumed:

Drink – blood = soul = life; “…follow Me.” Do as I say and do as I do.

The symbol of the yoke – the old ox teaching the young ox by action – the rabbis training disciples by the disciples copying everything the rabbi who chose them did. Jeremiah wearing a wooden yoke to symbolize Israel’s future captivity. The false prophet broke it, but Jeremiah returned wearing an iron one that could not be broken.

Jesus shed His blood = we shed ours by shedding our old life daily, symbolized by the blood sacrifice of the animals. Burying the blood = burying our old life. Bleeding out the animal before consuming it = Christ’s dying and resurrection.

Everything in life is symbolic, everything…

Everything comes from Him; therefore, everything will return to Him. This is why He hates sin, trespasses, and lawlessness. Evil is good twisted. He humbled Himself to create us and continues to humble Himself to keep us live.

“Don’t worry about being right; worry about staying covered.” Yeshua’s covering, of course: Matthew 23:7, Luke 13:14.

Outside the camp – Hebrews 13:11, Exodus 33:1-11, instruction for purification. The Lord has me to stay outside the camp (church and religion) for His purposes, not by my choice (although I am grateful).

He reminded me of something I wrote back in 2009 about sacrificing myself to save those who hunger for Christ and His Word.

The truth is not subjective; the Truth is a Person. Seek Him above all else.

He gave me a short break. I found myself by accident listening to teachings about the house ecclesia in the early days of the Way. Is that in my future, I hope?

Why did the former pagans kick the Jews and their understanding of Yah from a practical standpoint out of the Way? Thank Yah, the Jews cared about legacy and kept records despite this, so we can now glean the historical context of what was written in Scripture. A blessing upon the Jews for this fact. Amen.

Rebecka was not devoted to her husband’s vision for their children, their legacy. Issak was blind to what his sons actually were (before he lost his sight). Both parents had the hard breath (the k-sound) in their names, meaning they only partially did what Yah wanted, verses Abraham and Sarah (soft breath names), who, despite their mistakes, fulfilled all that Yah wanted.

The Darkness (willful ignorance, can lead to deception) and the Hunger – His Word is food. His actions cleanse the Darkness, but only for a short time. We have to continue to seek Him and His will out to keep the Darkness at bay. See verses:

Ezekiel 2:4

Ezekiel 3:7

Ezekiel 3:9

Hosea 4:6 – my favorite verse on this topic

Proverbs 10:21

Isaiah 5:13

Hosea 4:14

Hosea 5:4

Job 21:14

Proverbs 1:29

Jeremiah 9:6

Zechariah 7:11-12

Matthew 13:15 (requoted in Acts 28:27)

Proverbs 1:24

Psalm 58:4

Isaiah 46:12

Jeremiah 5:3-4

Jeremiah 5:21

Nehemiah 9:29

Jeremiah 7:26

Jeremiah 8:5

Jeremiah 11:10

Isaiah 6:10

John 8:43

2 Timothy 4:4

Hebrews 5:11

Romans 1:28

2 Thessalonians 2:11

Facing east (like the entrance to the Tabernacles or Temple), something flows from south to north, similar to how Hebrew and some other Middle Eastern written languages flow.

And that was it. I dragged my feet on writing some of this up over the week, although I had asked what I should write in here. Sad, I know.

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Thought Splatters (Burble!)

The fear of deception is no excuse for not seeking revelation from Yah for oneself.

Do you love the Father, or are you in love with Him?

Submission = devotion

Everything can be a distraction; therefore, anything can become an idol, including family, church, religion, and our opinion of the Father.

If one claim to trust Yah to correct oneself, shouldn’t one ask Him for correction daily? See Psalm 139:23-24 (AMP), Psalm 19:12, Psalm 143:10, Psalm 5:8, Psalm 16:11

Sin is the debt Yahshua paid for us, but we still have to pay the price for unforgiveness. Forgive and you will be forgiven. See Matthew 6:14, Matthew 5:7, Matthew 18:35, Mark 11:25, Luke 6:37, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13.

If there is such a things as generational curses, then generational blessings also exist.

The Bible is His Word, but He—the inspirator—is the final authority. Seek Him for Scriptural clarification and correction.

For those who serve Christ and His Father outside of the church system, you are not alone. I am as you are.

The battlefield is also the prize—the minds and hearts of mortals.

High praise is singing God’s word and revelation back to Him.

The blood of Christ is our defense against the enemy (Revelation 12:11, Revelation 7:14). Apply it liberally.

Yahshua said, “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13, Mark 9:50, Luke 14:34) Shouldn’t we taste like the Father? Will other taste us and recognize His savor and sweetness upon us?

The more we obey His supernatural leading, the more we will get to know Him and His ways.

Remember, by the way you judge, you will also be judged. Whatever you dish out, you must be willing to take as well. See Matthew 7:2, Isaiah 33:1, Mark 4:24, Luke 6:37, Luke 6:38, Matthew 6:14.

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YHWH Will Remain Forever Mysterious

Trying to know and understand Father Yah completely from the soulish (mental) position will fail. The human mind is too puny to contain His Majesty. That is why we only “…know in part and… prophesy in part…” and why He spreads His Knowledge to various people (so-called niche anointings, for example).

To worship (serve) Him requires us to ask Him what He wants and not assume we know what He wants. Yahshua said He only does what He saw the Father doing (John 5:19-20); we must do the same. As we serve Him, we, in turn, will learn more about Him.

The Father is Spirit; therefore, His followers can only know Him in (or rather by) spirit and truth, just as Yahshua said in John 4:24. In other words, the spirit will get to know Him better than the soul. Sorry, soul (mind and heart), but you will never know all you think you need to know about Yah. Rest in that knowledge; ask Him to purge you of that desire.

The knowledge we should seek—the reason He created us and how to fulfill it. We will be judged according to how well we have accomplished what is written in our scrolls—what was planned before our creation.

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The Symbolism of Hair, Part 2

My interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Thank you for honoring me and the things I have taught you. But understand, you ultimately need to follow Christ by His supernatural leadings. The soul (life) must follow the lead of the Spirit. Christ gets His authority from His Father Creator, therefore follow Him; follow Christ’s example. Whoever operates from his own authority, insults Christ. The soul who talks about Yah or His Christ without His authority is in disobedience. You do not have to heed a disobedient soul; test everything said by this person with the Holy Spirit’s help. Let that soul understand they must be in subjection to Christ.

Let Christ’s glory shine from you, since you are now reborn in His likeness. Your soul (life) demonstrates Christ to others. You come from the Spirit, not the soul or Earth (the world). Your soul comes from the Spirit, not anything created on Earth. That is why your soul needs Christ’s covering, to protect His messengers (spirit or man).

Spirit and soul are under Yah’s covering. Both soul and spirit come from Yah; you cannot have one without the other.

By the Spirit within you, judge. Is it proper for an uncovered soul to pray to Yah? A spirit does not behave like a beast, being in his own will. A soul in the will of God has freedom to do things in His Will.

No argument, we do not practice this in the physical nor do the congregations under Yah.

With that as the backdrop, here is the revelation I have received today:

You can judge a woman’s spiritual life by her hair; how she treats it reflects upon her life. It has nothing to do with length or style, but her view of Yah in her life. If Yah makes a woman bald or grey, that is between her and Yah.

A wife is to reflect her husband’s submission to Father Yah, believer or not (1 Peter 3:1-2). The Mighty Creator divided His Nature between man and woman; the woman received the glory (the whole) of beauty on display.

1 Peter 3:3 ESV – Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

This is not saying you cannot do these things. You can, but it should be neither your focus nor criteria for judging others, for Yah wants His Light to be on display (see 1 Samuel 16:7, Matthew 23:25-28, Luke 16:15, John 7:24, 2 Corinthians 10:7, James 1:23).

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The Symbolism of Hair

Over the years, I had wondered about the symbolism of hair in Scripture. Recently, the phrase “the will of God” popped up in my mind. This seed got watered when I heard Ian Clayton teach that the Jewish mindset of certain words and phrases were as a function of use, not a literal one. That explains all the revelation Father Yah gave me as far as the Biblical symbolism of words like hand, foot, walk, etc. So, what is the function of hair?

Hair, simply put, is a covering demonstrating the will of Yah in our lives. Animals with hair (fur) usually have it covering most of their bodies. This symbolizes their lives run by the program Yah set into them (instinct) and by either the avoidance of, or submission to (domestication), humans, who are the images (or representatives) of Yah on the Earth.

Unlike animals, human have the choice on what they can do with their hair, representing Yah’s desire by design in wanting us to choose what He wants over what we want. The Nazarites performed a physical representation of submission to Yah by letting their hair grow long. Samson from the Book of Judges (chapters 13–16) is a great illustration of this. The Nazirite vow placed over his life before conception committed him to the service of the Most High. Although he was a sinful man, as long as he kept his hair, Yah could use him to judge the Philistines. This tells us that anyone, saint or not, can be a tool in His hands. The seven locks Samson styled his hair in came from the way the Philistine men fashioned their hair (along with his desire for foreign women) – his willingness to stay in the realm of selfish soul- and flesh-pleasing. Even at the end of his life, when his hair grew back, he still carried out his role as judge over the Philistines by causing many of their deaths.

The New Testament contains the most misunderstood and misinterpreted passages about hair. Much pain, intolerance, and religiosity has surrounded this letter from Paul without truly asking the Father Creator Himself what He meant by it.

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.

For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, in the Lord, woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.

Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

The final verse rendered everything Paul wrote prior to it as moot, but if we read it as a symbolism of function, the message he imparted to the Corinthians become clear.

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

My interpretation: Thank you for honoring me and the things I have taught you.

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ,

But understand, you ultimately need to follow Christ by His supernatural leading.

the head of a wife is her husband,

The soul (symbolized by the woman) must follow the lead of the Spirit (symbolized by man in the will of God).

and the head of Christ is God.

Christ gets His authority from His Father Creator and follow Him. Follow Christ’s example.

Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,

Whoever from his own authority (the beast, the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), insults Christ (his true head and covering, all authority comes from Him).

but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.

The soul (life) who talks about Yah or His Christ without His authority (covering) is in disobedience (out of His will).

For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short.

You do not have to heed a disobedient soul. Test everything said by this person with the Holy Spirit’s help.

But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.

Let that soul understand they must be in subjection to Christ.

For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God,

Let Christ’s glory shine from you, since you are now reborn in His likeness.

but woman is the glory of man.

Your soul (your life) demonstrates Christ to others.

For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.

You come from the Spirit, not the soul or Earth (the world).

Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

Your soul (life) comes from the Spirit, not anything created on Earth.

That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

That is why your soul (life) needs Christ’s covering, to protect His messengers (spirit or man).

Nevertheless, in the Lord, woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;

Literal translation: Furthermore, neither is woman separate from man, nor man separate from woman, in the Lord.

Male (spirit) and female (soul or life) are under Yah’s covering.

for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.

Literal translation: For as indeed the woman is from the man, so also the man is from the woman. Moreover, all things are of Yah.

Both soul and spirit come from Yah. You cannot have one without the other.

Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?

Literal translation: In yourselves, you judge. Is it proper for a woman unconcealed (not housed) to pray to Yah?

By the Spirit within you, judge. Is it proper for an uncovered soul to pray to Yah?

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?

Literal translation: [Does] not even existence itself teach you that indeed if a man styles his long hair like a woman, it is a dishonor to him?

The Spirit does not have to behave like a beast, being in his own will.

but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.

Literal translation: A woman, however, if she styles her long hair, it is [a] glory to her. For the long hair, in place of a covering, is given to her.

The soul in the will of God has freedom to do things in His will.

If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

No argument, we do not practice this in the physical nor do the congregations under Yah.

 

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The True Definition of Lukewarm

I had been casually pondering what Yahshua meant when He used the word lukewarm in the following passage:

Revelation 3:16 (Literal Translation) – Thus because you are lukewarm, and neither hot, nor cold, I am about to vomit you out of the mouth of me.

As I walked up the stairs in my home, a simple phrase spoke into my mind, “Lukewarm is comfortable.”I did a search on the ‘net, revelation bible lukewarm is comfortable and all kinds of links pertaining to this subject appeared.

I got a problem…

We humans strive for comfort, thinking that is the place we are supposed to be. No, we are to strive for His sake, for His Word, for His face (favor in resting in His perfect Will), that He gives us breaks from time-to-time.

Yeah, I am too comfortable…

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Why YHWH Loves Music

During a Bible study on Hebrews 6-7, the teacher-elder wanted us to think about our role as a kingly priest serving Christ and the Body. He used intercessory prayer as an example; we should consider the 5 Ws and 1 Hs about it. I am not completely sure what he was getting at, but the hows are arbitrary according to the Spirit.

A few mornings later, I asked the Lord, “How does our service—Your Will through us—manifests in an orderly way, although our human minds perceive chaos in being Spirit-led?”

The answer came quickly. “Music.”

Light-bulb moment… Why hadn’t I thought of that? True believers around the world, his instruments, deliver (submit) the notes He plays (works). We in the carnal cannot see or hear the total symphony, but He can and it is mostly for His enjoyment (delight, glory). Church and religion believe we need to order this symphony for fleshly and/or soulish comprehension (ritual, doctrine, tradition, etc.) He has stated more than enough times He does not need our help; all we have to do is seek His supernatural Will and do it.

Do you trust His supernatural Will? Will you let His “music play” through you and rest from your own “songs?”

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Thought Splatters (Spit!)

The best line in the Evangel that describes the true Sabbath: John 7:23 [Jesus said,] “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?” Ooo, can you feel the burn He gave the Pharisees with that? YHWH’s will never rests!

Laughable moment in the Book of Job: Job 8:20 [Bildad said,] “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers.” WRONG!!!!! Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil [affliction, calamity, displeasure, distress]. I YHWH do all these things.

Orthodoxy = spiritual immaturity

Our goodness is His work.

With increasing spiritual maturity comes increasing freedom in Christ. Never assume you have more freedom in His service than what He actually gives you. To assume is religion. Seek His will daily and often.

Am I the only person who eye-rolls at religious pomp being called “beautiful?” Did anyone bother to ask what He thinks of it?

Despite the witness of the Bible, believers tend to overlook spiritually gifted children and very little information is available for parents. The non-believers have plenty… how sad.

“I still kind of hate You.” Is that what we are saying by the sin hidden deep within our minds and hearts?

When James uses the term religion, he does so in a sarcastic way, telling lazy listens to get off their butts and go do something (see Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 3:6, 16:3, 16:9, 19:21, 20:24, Jeremiah 10:23). I have been guilty of this big time. Keep in mind, he does not mean doing good works to merely please the Father, but having the Spirit of Yeshua guide you so His Father’s will is accomplished. Being Spirit-led means He gets the credit (honor, glory). This is why we have “put on Christ” and refresh ourselves in Him daily.

I offer up the children You gave me to You so they will become men of valor worthy enough to serve You. Keep their hearts and minds open to Your Word so Your will shall become theirs. In the eyes of men, they will not be great, but in Yours, oh Father, may they find favor and reward with You. Amen.

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