“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”
Proverbs 15:3, 5, 10, 22-23, 28, 32-33 KJV
As the school year is well on its way, I am given many opportunities to think about discipline. Without it is a room full of chaos and long unfruitful days, but with it is peace and growth. So, I meditate on the proper methods to elevate challenge that would cause long days and I realize a method of correction that I was taught in the worlds classroom that was hindering my peaceful mind in my daily dealings with my students.
In the public school classroom, we were taught to figure out the best way to tolerate foolish behavior. We would set up warning systems and reward based chastening that made the students mentally weak in controlling emotion, but strong in justifying their wickedness. I recognized this as I would catch myself talking too much by giving warnings and systems of prolonged tolerance of foolish behavior to the point in which I sound like a broken record. Then establishing reward systems to encourage positive results from righteousness characteristics that should be their reasonable service. I realized the wickedness of myself in encouraging this behavior because it is easier to do than the way of Yah which is to rebuke sharply and put the evil away from the child quickly.
Pastor mentioned in his message how he was wicked for continuously presenting the faith to those that Yah is not dealing with when the word says to turn away after one or two admonitions. That really caught my attention. We are wicked when we distort the way of Yah to ease the pressure of the flesh to embrace the ways of Yah. If I rebuke sharply, it causes me to deal with how they think of me later and how they may respond to the correction when I should care less on how they feel and focus on pleasing Yah and Him alone. I am wickedly depriving them of the sharpening of character that Yah requires of me, the keeper of the home. Basically, it is easy to warn, but a challenge to give a strong rebuke. Then I have to be consistent and firm, not caring how it is perceived or how I feel about it because it is not about my comfort but about the desire of Yah. His way should always be the first and only choice of correction in my mind.
So, I realized as I understand that open rebuke is better than secret love, that as I rebuke sharply with the rod of correction, that it brings the evil behavior under subjection. When a child gets that painful connection to a wicked deed the first time, he/she will have a strong reminder of what choices to make the next time they are tempted to act out, but when the chastening is made abstract through a system of soft repetition then the wicked mind stays the same and brings strength to the flesh as they learn to manipulate and justify actions instead of correcting them and changing the wicked way. Therefore establishing iniquity in the heart that will be harder to correct later. See the wickedness of the enemy at work?
In summary, I learned that strong correction with the rod of correction caused my students to be more aware of their choices when wickedness is presented to them. It gives them the opportunity to understand what is right and what is wrong. Gives them the chance to be concrete in understanding their emotions and not allowing the enemy to set crooked ways in them that are justified by thought and feeling instead of intent and action. I thank Yah for opening my eyes to see yet another crooked way to help prepare me ahead of time for kingdom living. Removing another spot off my garment. What a loving Yah he is and I magnify His name. HalleluYah! Yet another day as I continue Living Like He’s Coming…. Shalom 😉
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
1 Peter 3:1-4 KJV
As I seek the face of Yah to find all the wicked ways inside of me, I recognize something that opens my eyes to another way I need to get rid of. When I saw this about myself, I had to dig deeper to understand the behavior. I withheld good when I know I could have done it to help another sister, but I didn’t. So I questioned myself as to why, and realized that I was trying to define my place instead of allowing the works of obedience in Yah to define my good for me. When I try to define my place, I always come up short because I define it by the world’s status. The world has taught me to define by things instead of character. In the world a successful person is portrayed by the outward adoring. How their hair looks, what clothes they are wearing and seat they are sitting in at the table of their peers or the watchful eyes of others. But Yah looks at the heart. He defines your good, or worth, by the things I am willing to give up and do for the greater good. He could care less about what I have on. He is looking to see how I treat my sisters, brothers, children and submit to my husband. How I submit to the still small voice of the spirit that continues to test me to show me my wickedness. He wants us to see through his example on how to allow my value to be defined by the content of my character. Anyone can put on fine apparel and look nice, but it takes character to do good to each other without withholding service. Anyone can sit in a seat of worldly defined high status but it takes character to give it to someone else to help them out when they have need for it. To give it up for the greater good. That is were my value lies with Yah. It is in what I do, not how I appear. Anyone can look the role, but it takes real character and value to actually be the role. I can put my head covering on, long skirt and quiet countenance all day long, but until I act out the role of a servant, I’m just another woman with modest apparel. The character of a servant has to define me. The obedience of a vessel has to define me. The works of my hands have to define me, so that I do not look to the eyes of men to say well done and show me my status, but I look to the only one I should to define my worth and that is the all mighty Yah. Then as his glory shines in me, others will see my value and follow after that lighted way. Nothing I do is just for my benefit, but it is so I can become a light on the path, or a lamp to the feet, of someone else that is following after me as I am an example for Yah. That is how we are light to the world of darkness. That is what makes life worth anything. Being a light unto the feet and a lamp unto the pathway of those that follow behind us in our footsteps doing the will of Yah. So, I take heed to the correction and learn of my true place of value in Yah. This takes one more tool away from the enemy, and puts it into my tackle box. Making my a fisherman of “men” through my silent conversation of words defined by action. Thank you Yah for the understanding and I strive for true servant status and great value to my Yah as I continue Living Like He’s Coming…. Shalom.
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Titus 2:3-5 KJV
In my devotion time with Yah, I was meditating on my teaching habits. How I learned lessons versus how I teach those in my care. I realized that I learned little sayings, idioms and practices that helped me remember certain math and phonics rules, but I was not teaching them to my children. In my mind, I had convinced myself that if I taught them this proven way, it may confuse them, so I kept it to myself. That I should let them find the little idioms and sayings that worked for them. As I pondered on the wicked ways that are still within me, I realized how wicked that thought pattern was. If I have tested and tried out a way or thing and it has proven to be profitable for me, no matter how big or small, I should be willing to present it to my students, or anyone, that may have something to consider. If it is something they keep, great! If not, still good. I should at least give them the option to choose.
That concept is the way of the world. There is such a, “I got mine so you get yours” mentality in the American western mindset of women in this day. There may be things that women have tried and proven in work, marriage, education, child rearing and so on that she will not take the time to invest in the younger women. It is such a selfish way. Holding that talent in wickedness. Taking it and burying it, instead of investigating it in the next generation to come. Therefore making them go out to learn and opening the door for the world to teach them what they should be learning at home. I see how the enemy has jacked up the mind of the women today. In the former times, the older women would take the time to teach the younger how to operate as a women. They would show her how to build her husband’s house as a chase keeper of the home, but in today’s time, the enemy has the woman so distracted in selfish behaviors and desires that her focus becomes career and personal status and the real joy of life suffers. This produces broken and lacking young women that have to go to the world to figure out how to function in her role. It gladly swallow up the innocence of her character and creates a mistress mouth monster that rules the home through manipulation and witchcraft. Then she tears down the hope of any man that attempts to be tender hearted towards her and fixes her energy on reducing him to become a pleaser of her rather than a pleaser of Yah. Therefore perpetuating a cycle of evil as the children see her actions and follow in the same path of foolish behavior. Thus perpetuating the curses… that are given from generation to generation. BUT… if I chose the wise counsel of the word, seek Yah and follow in His way… his blessings make rich and add no sorrow. As a woman, my focus should be on learning the desires of my heart from the man that I desire to please, then teaching that same concept to the young women I come into contact with because I have proven it through trial and error. At least giving them the chance to avoid some of this dirt that I gathered then have to work to clean off to understand my role. Freely understanding has been given, so freely I give. Learning to invest in the generation to come should be the glory of a woman as she is presented of great value in the eyes of Yah. Just a little food for thought as I meditate on His way, day and night. I am still striving for perfection as I continue Living Like He’s Coming… Shalom 🙂.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:21-24 KJV
I woke up this morning with a song in my heart as I thought on how good the Most High Yah is to me. Sometimes I take for granted the ability to see a new day. Some one didn’t awake this morning and see the beautiful orchestration of Yah’s creation as the sun rises and the night disappears. As the feast days draw nigh, the anticipation of gathering to meet the king is in the air. I understand the sentiment of David when he said he was glad when they said unto him, let us go into the house of YHWH. It is also a time in which the enemy is ever present and ready with all his tricks to devour as much of us as he can in any way that he can. That is why we have to take heed to the warnings of our leadership as they tell us to purge out all the wickedness and be on guard for the tricks of the enemy. For he is still walking to and fro from this earth to heaven seeking information that he can present to the judge to devour us. But the beauty of it all is that Yah’s mercies are new every day. Everyday we have an opportunity to seek after Yah with all our being. Drawing nigh unto Him. His mercies are new to us everyday.
As a teacher, I walk into the classroom everyday with a new outlook on the class. My students’ slate was wiped clean from the activities from the day before and they got an opportunity to have a new start everyday. I did not bring their activity from the day before into the new day. These mercies allowed me to be refreshed and renewed as well. It kept me from burning out of the school year by holding on to the things they did the day before. It kept me from allowing bitterness to settle into my heart towards any student and therefore dragging my year on. Instead, I chose to speak life into them, wipe their slate clean and give them a chance and environment to grow in. Yah does the same with us. He gives us new mercies everyday as we wake up with breath in our body and joy in our heart. His judgment goes forth, our slates are wiped clean, and we are able to walk in the newness of life. He has no desire for anyone of us to fall by the wayside, for all souls are His, but it is up to us to chose life. When I awake, I have the choice to do it with a song of praise or a heavy heart. It will dictate how my day will go. Will I allow Yah to get the glory from this day, or will I allow the distractions of this world and the enemy rise up and disrupt my environment with his many tricks? Will I recognize the traps the enemy sets for me as there is nothing new under the sun, or will I enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart and His courts with praise? I choose to say this is the day that Yah has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. I thank Yah for His new mercies everyday. I recognize that I don’t deserve any of it, but because of His love, freely He gives it to me. Rejoice with me and magnify the works of our soon coming king! Unto him I give all glory. Just a word of praise within my grateful spirit this morning as I continue Living Like He’s Coming…. Shalom 😊
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”
Ezekiel 18:30-32 KJV
As I was reading Yahs word this morning, it was brought back to my mind the difference in the ways of Yah and the ways of man. I think about how I was taught repentance in the Christian Church in my upbringing. I was taught to make a confession of my “sin” and to ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus. Then God would forgive me and I was made new in His sight again. By His grace, I was covered and I lived to sin another day. Then Pastor Dowell did a teaching on sin and how it affects the mind, body and soul of us. It is our very nature, but we do not have to walk in it by willfully subsiding to its temptation daily. He taught what really transpired in Heaven when we are guilty of disobeying the commands of Yah. If Adam lost the life that Yah planned on Him Living forever because of his one act of sin, who are we to think that a few words rids us of our sins? The judgement that Adam received not only severed Him from Yah, but affected all generations after him. BUT… because Yah loved us so much, he sent Himself in the sinful flesh of corruptible man to redeem us back to himself. Giving us the healing weapon of His blood to restore our hearts back to Him if we truly repent for our sins, iniquities and transgressions. So what is this repentance and what does it look like? Pastor always pushes us to search the word for our answers of how to live according to the desires of The Word, YHWH, the Most High, so I did just that.
Yah gave Ezekiel that witness when He explained the ways of Yah vs. the ways of man. His requirements of repentance are to change your mind and be renewed to the desires/commands of Yah. Then we will be established under the heart covenant that Yah desires with His betroth bride. He wants us all to turn from the ways of our fathers and walk in His way. We learned the way of the nations from our fathers because they were rebellious, stiff-necked, and a hard hearted generation. They walked in the way of the heathen and it is breed in our corruptible flesh to do the same, but if we see the crookedness of the way, listen to the truth of Yah, and choose to change our mind, walking out our repentance, then we will not be punished for the crookedness of our fathers, but have a new established relationship with Yah. He now knows us. I have learned now that repentance is seen, not heard. I show repentance in my actions, not just my words. Change should happen in my members because of the renewing of my mind. Yah’s way is concrete. The results are seen, not just heard. Like Pastor says, you can say a lie and write a lie, but by their fruit, you may know them. Father I praise and thank you for the opportunity to show fruit, meeting the criteria of repentance. Just some thoughts this day as I continue Living Like He’s Coming… Shalom 😊
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
James 4:7-8 KJV
As the feast days are upon us, I began to examine myself in preparation for the invitation to be in the presence of all Yah’s children on His set aside days. I noticed, as every year, when feast time is in the air that the enemy is right there as well. He is faithful in distracting, attacking, and doing his best to keep the Saints of Yah from purging all the wickedness out of them to present themselves spotless before the glorious YHWH. So as I meditate on these things I think about the resistance that is in the air. As I adjust my workout plan, I learn from my Husband that resistance to the muscle makes me stronger. It tears it and rebuilds it to a better state of being. It makes it stronger. That is the way Yah does us spiritually. There is resistance that we have to endure in tests and trials that make us stronger. As we resist the temptation of the enemy, we become better servants and vessels of use to the father. He taught us in His word that if we resist the enemy, that He will flee. That means for us to push through the temptation and chose not to give in. As I add more weigh to my workout, I have to push through the pain of the added weight to get a better result. I cannot focus on the soreness of the muscle or else I would never reach my goal. If I stop every time I feel tension, I will not gain muscle mass. It is the same way with this walk with Yah. If I continue in the same way, not resisting the temptation but going with the way of it because it is a familiar place, then change will never come. If I want to improve, I must make it through the resistance. That way I come out stronger in the end. And just as muscle has a memory, I will remember what level of resistance it took to pass that test, so when it comes around again, I know just what it takes to keep my pace and make it to the end of the race. I am just occupying in this labor, looking forward to the kingdom coming. So until then I will continue Living Like He’s Coming… Shalom 😊
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
Hebrews 12:1 KJV
As Pastor preached such a profound message on how we are witnesses against our sisters and brothers when we slander their name, I meditated on that thought. In a courtroom, there are two sides. There is the side of the prosecutor, the accuser of the brethren, and the defendant. When we slander we are being a witness for the prosecutor, but when we pray for our family, we become a witness for the defense. We strengthen their case by making petition for each other in prayer and supplication. This is why the Father lays them on my heart as I pray. It’s like being called to the witness stand. When I am obedient and pray for my family, their case is strengthened and the Judge hears the evidence that is stacked against the accuser. This is why the enemy wants to keep us distracted and not sensitive to the spirit of Yah that is within us. He wants to keep us at war with each other in the mind. He knows that if I send up petitions for my sisters, the judge (YHWH) shall hear my cry and take head to that evidence. The case will be strengthened in favor of the blood of the ultimate salvation and he will cover a multitude of sins. My heart should be pliable to the voice of the Holy Spirit in making intercession for my family, and as I learn how to get out of my selfish view and mind frame, I strengthen Israel. The word says let another man’s lips praise you. Why? Because it is a greater witness to hear the view of your works by an eye witness, than the intent of your labor from your own mouth. People speak of what they see. When we uplift each other for our works that we see, and pray for strength in areas that have need, the judge is able to grant those petitions. He said to put him in remembrance of His word. His word says to ask and we shall receive, so if we ask for the blessings to be bestowed on our family, they receive strength in those things in which I am given to pray for them. That strength helps another body part function in the perfect order of Yah and His body benefits from it. We are made whole. We got to get this concept as Israel, and I pray that we do. Just some thoughts this morning as I continue Living Like He’s Coming… Shalom…