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Your Thoughts Are Affecting Your World

"Death and life are in the power
of the tongue" (Prov. 18:21)


 I am sharing a portion of a word with you that the Lord gave me for the congregation at OTC.  Our congregation received parts of this message on New Year's Day.  To me, one of the most fascinating subjects in the Word is the study of the human mind.  Every part of your life, your circumstances and the situations you find yourself in are the fruit of your thinking/your mind.  Whatever thoughts are controlling your mind are controlling your life.  Your thoughts and mindsets affect cities, churches, marriages, work environments and, of course, your future.

We must first understand there are two Hebrew words used for the word "mind" (Nephesh and Lev). This is important to know for the sake of your progress.  In the beginning, Genesis 2:7 tells us that God formed man of the dust, breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living "soul."  "Soul" is the word "nephesh," which means man became a breathing creature with a MIND.  As I learned from Hebraic scholars over the years, "Nephesh" is a state of innocence without corruption or death and with no concept of sin.  

Dr. Doug Wheeler, a Hebraic leader, states in a conceptual writing on the Love of God, that "After the fall of Adam, the soul of man was no longer referred to as 'Nephesh', but 'LEV.'"  "LEV" is the other Hebrew word for the mind and heart.  Dr. Wheeler also states that "The journey that we call salvation is simply the process of going from a condition of LEV to a condition of NEPHESH."  Simply put, now that we have received Jesus as Messiah and have been born again, we are progressively able to return to the state that Adam enjoyed before the fall.  Our soul/mind/heart can become NEPHESH and our thoughts can become God's thoughts.  Our thoughts can become pure, without mixture.  We can daily think like God.  As the Word states, "We have the mind of Christ" ( I Co. 2:16).

CHANGING YOUR THOUGHTS CHANGES YOUR WORLD

There are many studies on how many thoughts we think in a day.  One interesting study by Jennifer Read Hawthorne reveals that we think anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day.  According to other research, as many as 98 percent of those thoughts are exactly the same as we had the day before.  She teaches that 80 percent of our thoughts are negative.  We know from the Word of God that we have power to think right thoughts because of the work of the cross.  We even have spiritual weaponry to remove wrong thoughts that are poisoning us and every one within our circle of influence. 

  1. "For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds" (2 Cor. 10:4).  A stronghold is a place where a particular cause or belief is strongly upheld.
  2. We have the ability to "pull down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor. 10:5).
  3. We can bring into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).
  4. We are punishing disobedient thoughts, and our obedience becomes a weapon of warfare against the enemies' strategies. (2 Cor. 10:6).

THOUGHTS/WORD CAN KILL OR BRING LIFE

Many of us have heard of the study of Dr. Masaru Emoto revealing how our thoughts affect our lives and life in general. "Dr. Emoto photographed frozen samples of polluted water before and after exposure to various kinds of music, ranging from heavy metal to Beethoven.  He also taped written words to containers of distilled water such as, "You make me sick; I will kill you" and "Love and appreciation."  The energies from beautiful words and thoughts, even if only written, created exquisite microscopic snowflake-like patterns in the water.  The less uplifting words created images of disorder that even appeared toxic.  Even a simple "thank you" produced a lovely crystalline pattern." 1  This is a practical example and even a proof to us that God's Word is true, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat the fruit of it" (Prov. 18:21).

The words we speak originate in the heart/mind. The mind is the seat of all spiritual and carnal conflict.  For some of you, you may be being driven by a repeated behavior from which you seemingly cannot break free.  The first step to freedom is to remember, there is a root cause for this behavior located in your belief system.  I sincerely believe that God wants to get to the core of all our faulty beliefs about our own selves and set us free to walk in our true identity.  The enemies strategy is to continue to poison our thoughts, lie to us and rob us of our true identity.  We all know that there are difficult consequences for repeatedly thinking wrong thoughts. 

OUR THOUGHTS ARE AFFECTING EVERYONE ELSE

To prove how serious our thoughts are and how much they affect the family of God, the church, the city, pastors and leaders, we must study the whole chapter of Joshua 7.  God's heart has always been for the family/body as a whole. This concept of family and community is very Hebraic.  "But the children of Israel committed a sin in the cursed thing" (Jos. 7:1). " For Achan..of the tribe of Judah, took of the thing which was cursed.  And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against the sons of Israel" (Jos. 7:1).  Though only one man sinned, God said the children of Israel sinned.  The commentator Albert Barnes states this succinctly:  "The 'trespass' was the act of one man, yet was imputed to all Israel, who also shared in the penalty of it" (Jos. 7:5).  This is not to be explained as though ALL the people participated in the covetousness which led to Achan's sin (Jos 7:21).  "The nation as a whole was in covenant with God, and was treated by Him not merely as a number of individuals living together for their own purposes under common institutions, but as a divinely-constituted organic whole.  Hence, the sin of Achan defiled the other members of the community as well as himself and robbed the people collectively of holiness before God and acceptableness with Him.  Israel had in the person of Achan broken the covenant (Jos. 7:11); God therefore would no more drive out the Canaanites before them."

My heart in sharing this with you is to show you that one wrong thought within our core can affect the progress of other peoples' lives.  We must trace the core thought causing the perpetuation of our faulty behavior.  This can only be effectively done with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Let's look at the story of Achan while we concentrate on our own thought processes.  Joshua had to find out what caused the defeat in the Battle of Ai, when previously they had had a major victory in Jericho.  It was, in fact, ONE man's faulty thinking.  Once the thought was traced to the root, it was discovered that Achan had coveted exactly what God had said not to touch.  Achan's covetousness began with a thought.  The Lord told Joshua that Achan had tried to hide his sin and that he had pretended falsely (Jos. 7:11).  The fruit of this thought cost him his life. "Joshua said to Achan, My son, I pray you, give glory to Jehovah, the God of Israel, and make confession to Him.  And tell me now what you have done.  Do not hide it from me.  And Achan answered Joshua and said, 'Indeed, I have sinned against Jehovah, the God of Israel and this I have done.  When I saw among the spoil a goodly robe of Shinar, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, I COVETED them and took them.  And behold, they are hidden in the earth in the middle of my tent, and the silver under it'" (Jos. 7:19-21).  As sobering a notion as it is, our thoughts, which may be well hidden in our hearts, are affecting the entire community of God for good or evil.

We, as the Body of Christ, have power to change our thoughts and change the world in which we live.  This year is the year to truly walk closely with the LORD and learn to effectively use the weapons of spiritual warfare He has given us.  We first start thinking God's thoughts by yielding ourselves to His Spirit (Rom. 6:13).  We allow this transformation to begin by renewing our MINDS with the daily washing of the Word of God (Rom. 12:2).

Though this is only a brief study, please remember that through Jesus the last/second Adam, we can return to the garden and walk as Adam walked in a state of NEPHESH. 

Blessings and honor,

P/Karen

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  1. www.jenniferhawthorne.com/articles/change­_your­_thoughts.html

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Understanding The Key To Change

"And God said to Jacob, Arise, go
Up to Bethel, and live there."  (Gen. 35:1)

This word today is directed to the believer who wants the keys that open the doors to change.  Lately, we are hearing many prophetic words coming from tested sources regarding "transition" and "change."  In seeking the LORD and asking for wisdom and revelation, much has been revealed to me about the changing of the guard, transition and shifting.  We see one shift happening right here in our nation through the election of our new president.  Change can be exciting.  On the cautionary side, some may be aching for change so desperately that they are tempted to take drastic measures to obtain that change.

In both man and woman, believer and non-believer, there seems to be an explosive cry for change.  We can go to great lengths to change the external world we live in.  We can move into a new home, buy new clothes, have a makeover, lose or gain weight; yet still feel empty, void of true peace and contentment.  The change the LORD desires for us is the change within our minds.  This can only happen one way, and that way takes much diligence and discipline. 

Effective change requires motion and action.  To change beneficially, we must start with something small.  God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and live there" (Gen. 35:1).  Jacob had to take this first step.  He had to get up and stir himself to action. The Apostle Paul instructed his spiritual son, Timothy, to stir himself.  "Wherefore I put you in remembrance that YOU stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands" (2 Tim. 1:6).  The gifts of God in our lives are as logs in a fireplace.  If the fire is not tended and occasionally re-kindled, it can die out.  For some, you may only have a tiny ember left in your life, and no energy to stir the ashes or re-kindle the flame.  Today the breath of the LORD is here to re-fire your flame and breathe His stirring breath upon your weary soul. 

From Shechem To Bethel

Jacob had been living for many years in Shechem (the place of burdens).  At a certain time, the voice of the LORD called him to return to the place where he had a dream.  In his dream he saw a ladder that reached into heaven. This ladder connected heaven and earth and is the place where angels ascend and descend.  The ladder is Jesus Christ, The Messiah.  In the place Jacob called Bethel, "The House of the LORD," the LORD told him He was with him, and would keep him wherever he went (Gen. 28:15).

The LORD promises all of us that He is with us and will never leave us, that He is our ever present helper (Heb. 13:5-6).  Perhaps, because of many years of trials and burdens, you may feel the LORD HIMSELF has abandoned you, forgotten you and left you in a hard place.  The thought of taking a step out of that trouble/Shechem, may seem exhausting or even impossible.  The carnal mind is hesitant to change because of fear of the unknown; a false security with familiarity, and the fear of not being able to manage the change.  Change, in fact, requires us to think differently.

Change Your Garments

Once Jacob takes the first step out of Shechem, he is able to advise his family and company to follow him.  He gives them these instructions:

  1. They are admonished to "put away strange gods among them" (Gen. 35:2). Some of those strange gods were the belief that amulets and charms could protect you from evil and even cause you to know the future. Isaiah the Prophet warned strongly against these practices. "In that day the LORD will take away the beauty of the ankle-bracelets, and the headbands, and the crescents, the pendants, and the bracelets, and the veils; the headdresses, and the leg ornaments, and the sashes, and the houses of the soul, and the amulets" (Isa. 3:18-20).  
  2. "Be clean and CHANGE your garments" (Gen. 35:2). Change is the Hebrew word chalaph. Chalaph means to be pierced, changed, altered, renewed, to sprout.  Are your garments soiled from hard testing, trials, disappointment and discouragement?  Is the temptation to doubt God shouting in your ears?  

How To Change

The first thing we must do to start the process of change is to take the first step.  Abraham took his first step when he left the Ur of the Chaldeans.  He obeyed the voice of the LORD by faith and walked into the world of the unknown.  He totally trusted the LORD and His ability to lead him forward.  Moses took the first step into becoming a deliverer by obediently taking off his shoes.  David became a King by first obeying his father's instruction to check on his brothers' welfare.   

Jacob is told to ARISE, GET UP and DWELL/ABIDE.  Jesus says the  same thing, "Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me" (John 15:4). 

The key to change is found in the Hebraic understanding of Isaiah 40:31.  They that wait (qavah) upon the LORD shall renew/chalaph their strength.  Qavah is a beautiful Hebrew word meaning to be twisted together strongly like a rope.  For us to change and develop strength of character in our lives we must bind and tie our lives to Jesus.  We must have a personal, face-to-face relationship without performance or any form of insincerity.  In His presence, you are free to be yourself, and in that place, He changes everything in and around you that needs to be changed.  Those who are bound to a relationship with the LORD WILL chalaph/change.  This change brings a renewing of life, a sprouting of hope, and the fruit of your labors that you have been longing for.  

We desire change, Lord. May we twist our lives together with You in the secret place and allow You to change all that needs to be changed. 

I pray renewal of strength for all of you.  May you come out of your trouble/Shechem and enter into your Bethel, the place of abiding with Him.  

Blessings and love,

P/Karen

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Is Bitterness Affecting Your Assignment?

I will stand on my watch and set myself on the tower,
and watch to see
what He will say to me
and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
Habakkuk 2:1

We all have dreams and goals that we would like to fulfill in our lifetimes.  Many of us have received prophetic words over the years about what the LORD has called us to do.  As the years progress and we wait for the fulfillment of those God inspired words, it is necessary at times for a prophet or someone who operates in the gift of prophecy to reaffirm and encourage us with an additional word so we don't lose hope. The LORD appeared to Abraham several times during the 25 years He and Sarah waited for Isaac.  

Taking stock in ourselves we should ask what happens within us when we see others around us prospering, stepping into their destiny while we seem to be barren?  Without constant affirmation from the Holy Spirit directly or through others, we may find ourselves becoming bitter.  What happens when a person experiences seasons of waiting with no fruit in sight?  Recognize this, that each assignment will always have an enemy to hinder its fulfillment.  Remember, the enemy is not greater than God. The enemy is not flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12).  The enemy makes mistakes and can be defeated every time.  Until his defeat, he taunts aggressively and misinterprets to us what is actually happening to us or around us.  

I want to show you today how your enemy can be used to cause you to turn a corner, and start seeing the fulfillment of your dreams. God turns the planned evil against you to be used for good (Gen. 50:20). First we need to recognize what is happening within us.  There are times when we must be confronted by those we love because we cannot accurately see ourselves.  We must personally take responsibility for the matter at hand and learn how to fight back.  God has given us every tool we need to win this war against the enemy and his personal assignments against us.  "Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles (methods) of the devil" (Eph. 6:11).  "The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force" (Matt. 11:12).

Description Of Bitterness

Bitterness can be described as anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly, causing resentment.  In Hebrew the word for bitterness is "marah" meaning "rebellion."  "Key components of bitterness include unresolved anger, the inability to grieve, an inability or unwillingness to face the reality that a certain relationship is never going to fulfill all of one's needs or hopes, and a lack of control (Clinton and Hawkins, 2007).  Bitterness can manifest itself in a number of ways, such as obsessive thoughts of revenge, resentment, sarcasm, self-righteousness, unkind or critical comments, conflicts with others, controlling behavior, aggressiveness in relationships, and hostility." 1  Bitterness is so destructive it can actually erode your physical body, your emotions and your spiritual well-being.  

The Bible has many examples of people who yielded to the work of bitterness.  Esau cried out in bitterness when he realized his blessing had been stolen by his brother, Jacob. (Gen. 27:34)  Joseph's brothers were so jealous of him they were called "archers" who shot against him with bitterness and hatred. (Gen. 49:23)  The mother-in-law of Ruth wanted to be called "Marah" (bitter), instead of Naomi. (Ruth 1:20)  She was upset because of her circumstances and blamed God for her desolate state. Job complained that he was weary of life and spoke out of the bitterness of his soul. (Job 10:1)

Identifying Bitterness

There are many signs that reveal bitterness.  I will identify six (6) signs that I learned from www.happyhometherapy.com.  As you do your own research, you will find more signs than these.  Charisma Magazine has an article online revealing 10 signs that a woman is bitter:  

  1. Talk negatively about other people.
  2. Compare yourselves to others and get jealous.
  3. Become apathetic and avoid people.
  4. Take things personally that aren't even about you.
  5. Complain a lot about the same thing, and over generalize negative experiences.
  6. Think the world owes you something.

Keys To Freedom From Bitterness

God knows our story from beginning to end.  "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord" (Psalms 37:23).  Our assignments will have seasons of waiting, pain, misunderstanding, attack, discouragement and delay.  This does not sound encouraging, but if we can recognize that this will happen, we can prepare ahead of time, and not fall prey to the enemy's poison of bitterness.  Yeshua the Messiah himself anticipated attacks and adversity.  He is our example of one who poured out his heart to the Father with loud crying and tears, prayers, and pleas.  He was heard by God because of His reverence. (Heb. 5:7) 

In I Samuel 1:1 we are introduced to a man from the tribe of Ephraim named Elkanah.  Elkanah had two wives, one Peninnah and the other Hannah (grace).  Peninnah had many children and Hannah, the beloved wife of Elkanah was barren.  "Hannah's rival (the enemy through Peninnah) would taunt her bitterly to provoke her, because Adonai had closed her womb" (I Sam. 1:6) (TLV).  Peninnah in Hebrew means "a pearl."  If you have ever studied the origin of a pearl you know that a grain of sand is responsible for the formation of a pearl inside the shell of an oyster.  This tiny irritant is called an "intruder."  In the deeper Hebraic root, Peninnah's name means "to turn."

Though Hannah does not understand the depths of what is happening, Peninnah is actually being used to reveal the core of Hannah's soul, causing her to turn to the LORD.  Because of her inability to see the desired fruit in her life, bitterness began to take root in the soul of Hannah.  As stated above, bitterness can take root when there is conflict with others, aggressiveness in relationships, hostility and jealousy of another's success.  Although Hannah was able to enter the Temple of God with her husband and receive worthy portions, she was still discontented.  Her husband  confronted her.  "Then her husband Elkanah would say to her, 'Hannah, why are you crying?  Why won't you eat?  Why is your heart so sad?  Am I not better to you than ten sons?'" (I Sam. 1:8).  "And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore" (I Sam. 1:10).  

Here is the first key in freedom from bitterness.

  1. She poured out her heart to the LORD.  This is exactly what Yeshua did (Heb. 5:7).  We must go before the LORD personally and pour out our complaints in reverence.  We must confess the bitterness before we can see the solution.  
  2. She vowed a vow and asked God to look at her state of depression. (I Sam. 1:11)  She does not deny the misery and depression she is experiencing.  I have made many vows in my walk with God that resulted in supernatural breakthrough.  We must rightly divide the word of truth. (Psalms 50:14)  
  3. She asked God to REMEMBER her. (I Sam. 1:11)  God remembered many people and gave some of them their specific requests; Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Rachel, Joseph, Gideon, Elizabeth. Can God remember you? 
  4. She made a promise to give back to the LORD, if He would remove her barrenness. (I Sam. 1:11)  Her act of confession to the LORD, released her bitterness and complaint, setting her free.  She was remembered by GOD and given her heart's desire.  
  5. She learned the secret of thanksgiving.  "And Hannah prayed and said, My heart rejoices in Jehovah, my horn is exalted in Jehovah.  My mouth is enlarged over my enemies because I rejoice in your salvation."( I Sam. 2:1).  Thanksgiving is a very effective weapon of warfare against the enemy.  

In light of the season we are entering, THANKSGIVING, let this be a reminder that thanksgiving to God spoken from the heart and with the mouth, causes the enemy to be silenced.  May all bitterness be exposed and removed from our souls. It is ungratefulness that stops the flow of continual fruit in our lives.  Ungratefulness blinds us.  May we all be turned to the beauty of the LORD in thanksgiving and praise and see the frozen areas of our lives thaw.  May God bring forth large fruit in your life in this season. 

With love and honor,

P/Karen
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1. Clinton, Timothy E., and Ronald E. Hawkins. The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
Eugene, Or.: Harvest House, 2011. 180. Print.

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MOTIVATION AND MEDITATION

"Study this Book of Instruction continually.
Meditate on it day 
and night
so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.
Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do."Jos. 1:8 (TLV)

I've never met anyone in my life who has deliberately chosen to be a failure.  Almost everyone I know and especially those whom I mentor wants to be a success.  They desire to walk in the blessings of God and see their dreams fulfilled.  The LORD Himself wants you to succeed.  The Word of God holds the key to your future success and forward movement.  This key is available to every single believer without respect to their status, other than that of a humble heart.  This key is found in the Book of Joshua.  Jos. 1:8 "This book of the Torah (Instruction) should not depart from your mouth - you are to MEDITATE on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  For then you will make your ways prosperous and then you will be SUCCESSFUL" (TLV). 

Meditation understood from the Hebraic perspective can bring great change in your situation and attitude toward your circumstances.  Hebrew meditation was not a silent act, but a speaking forth and uttering of sounds and words.  The Hebrew word for meditation is "hagah."  Hagah means to speak out, talk and utter.  This word implies that the  scriptures are to be spoken out loud and contemplated, not just read silently.  

The Book of Psalms opens with the exact same theme as the Book of Joshua.  The blessed man is one who delights in the Torah (Instruction) of God and meditates on it day and night.  Meditating on the Word of God will cause you to become like a tree planted by water, bringing forth fruit, not withering and prospering in EVERYTHING that you do. (Psa. 1:3) 

MOTIVATION

Have you ever awakened to find yourself drained of all energy and motivation, when the day before, you were energized and determined to tackle the world?  How does this happen, and what is the root cause?

I will share a personal story about this very phenomenon.  Our offices are in our home.  Our home is kept quiet during the day from all distractions, televisions and outside influence so we can focus on our work.  When the elections were under way last week, I wanted to know what was happening, almost by the moment.  I turned on the television to watch the news.  One hour of news-watching turned into a day of watching and being enthralled by the election process and prospects of its outcome.

I lost hours of sleep, as my focus was turned away from my usual daily mode of operation.  I became fatigued.  My usual high energy level was lacking.  After the election results were in and the new president-elect was announced, I was exhausted to the point that I even felt paralyzed in my planning.  Needing to prepare for a weekly teaching seemed almost impossible.  When I sat at my desk to get quiet before the LORD, I was drained.  I knew I had to identify the influences that brought me to this place.

Distraction completely affected my motivation.  I know from studying the Word that fatigue can cause fatal errors.  King David understood this very well when his former Attorney General, Ahithophel, betrayed him and gave counsel against him.  He knew David well enough to know that when David was tired, he could be overcome.  "And Ahithophel said to Absalom, please let me choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David tonight" (2 Sam. 17:1) (MKJV). " And I will come upon him while he is WEARY and weak-handed, and I will make him tremble. And all the people with him will flee.  And I will strike the king by himself" (2 Sam.17:2) (MKJV).  We have an adversary that knows this strategy all to well.

After identifying the influences that drained me, I re-focused on the Word of God.  The re-focusing caused my energy and enthusiasm to return.  Shortly thereafter, I received a very powerful and life-changing word for two different groups of people that I mentor.

We must learn how to stay motivated.  "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David ENCOURAGED himself in the LORD his God" (I Sam. 30:6 KJV).  We all have a responsibility to stay self-motivated.  Every person you associate with is either causing you to stay motivated or is draining you. An unhealthy, or toxic relation will drain you mentally and spiritually. Attempting to do too many things at one time will also negatively affect your motivation. Trying to please everyone will reduce your energy, and can ultimately break down your resistance which may lead to physical problems.

Focusing on the Word of God and speaking it out loud will bring noticeable, positive changes in your life, if you will practice it faithfully. If you can stay motivated in this way, you will become successful - God's way.

PROTECTING YOUR RESTING TIME

We can never under estimate the power of rest.  Jesus said it: "Come unto me, all you that labor (are fatigued) and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28 KJV).  In another place, Jesus says, "Let's go off to a quiet place and rest awhile" (Mark 6:31 NLT).  Also, we are instructed to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exod. 20:8). Sabbath means: "to cease from working, desist from exertion" (Strong's Concordance).

There are mysteries hidden in the weekly Sabbath rest. Through resting in the Lord, you can experience the beauty of the mysteries for yourself.  I hope you are beginning to see that in order to protect your motivation, you must protect your resting time.

There are many medical studies on the dangers of an exhausted brain. "Brain fog, also commonly known as brain fatigue, can be a mild to severe episode of mental confusion that can strike without warning.  When this occurs, it is common to experience a lack of focus, poor memory recall and reduced mental activity." (www.nutrex-Hawaii.com/common-brain-fog fatigue-causes).  The world turns to prescription drugs to stimulate or depress the mind in an attempt to alleviate brain fog.  But as a believer, you have an Hebraic key/code and mystery to eliminate brain exhaustion.  Through the use of the key (meditation on the word), we can embrace Paul's words to the Corinthians that tells us that "we have the mind of Christ" (I Cor. 2:16 KJV).

HEBRAIC MYSTERY CONTAINED IN THE WORD MEDITATION

As most of the people whom I mentor on a weekly basis know, I place great importance on the study of Hebrew, the Hebrew alphabet and the root meanings of Hebrew words.  In the word for meditation, "hagah" the letter "g" is the third letter in the Hebrew alphabet.  It's called the "gimel."  Let's explore a mystery contained in this third letter.

The gimel (no. 3), written in Hebrew, is shaped to look like a camel, and represents blessings.  Hebraically, a camel is called gomel chesed, literally "a performer of kindness."  A camel is a tall animal and must kneel down for men to be able to load it with cargo.  To be blessed and successful through Hebraic eyes does not mean that you are keeping all the blessings for yourself.  The camel kneels to be loaded with cargo/benefits.  Once he is loaded, he rises and then transfers the goods from one place to another; moving the goods from those who have to those in need.  This image of a camel is a picture of a truly blessed and successful person.

"Gird up the loins of your mind" (I Peter 1:13 KJV), comes from the idea of 'hobbling' your camel.  The Arab headgear is called a 'caffiyeh.' This is a scarf worn on men's heads and held on by a rope called an 'egal.'  This rope is placed over the knobby knee of a kneeling camel at night to prevent it from rising up and wandering away.  Peter says to let God's Word be to your mind what the rope is to the wandering camel." (Camel information taken from the Timothy Program Hebrew Alphabet, pg. 5, Dr. Karl D. Coke).

Lord, help us to keep that rope around our minds tight enough to prevent our minds from wandering.

May you be blessed, prosperous and a distributor of blessings.

Blessings and honor

P/Karen

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 KNOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT, The person (Ruach HaKodesh)

Know you not that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (KJV)

As I have sat before the LORD, desiring to hear His voice, I was directed to a verse in Revelation, "I came to be in the Spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega (Aleph and Tav), the first and the last and, what you see write in a book." (Rev 1:10-11).  (KJV)  These words were spoken by Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, to the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos.  As he heard the voice of The Spirit, he was instructed to write.  He also had his eyes opened to understand and see the details of the future.  This revelation to John occurred at the end of his life-long walk with God and His son, Yeshua.  Understanding the work of the Holy Spirit takes a lifetime; He is God and He will answer all our questions, teach us and guide us always with our best interest in mind.  

SYMBOLS DESCRIBING THE HOLY SPIRIT

There are many symbols used to describe the Holy Spirit: a dove (Matt. 3:16), fire (Matt. 3:11); oil (Isa. 61:3), dew(Psa. 133:3), rain (Hos. 6:3), a seal (Eph. 1:13), a voice (John 16:13), and wind (John 3:8).  These are all beautiful symbols to describe Him, but we must remember He is not just a symbol, but a PERSON.  He has a personality.  First and foremost we must remember one thing.  He can be grieved.  "But they rebelled, and troubled His Holy Spirit; therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them" Isa. 63:10 (MKJV).  The Apostle Paul confirms the prophet Isaiah; "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption" Eph. 4:30 (KJV).

I cannot think of anything more terrifying than to have the Holy Spirit fight against me.  I know we can all look back at times when we were not respecting Him and lament the fruit that came from our disrespect.  What is even more dangerous is to have known Him and then desert Him. The more we understand the person of the Holy Spirit, the more eager we will desire to respect and please God with our obedience.  We will be more cautious of every thought and word.  A short time before she went to Heaven, I was privileged to see Kathryn Kulman in one of her meetings.  The respect for the Holy Spirit in the auditorium was unprecedented.  When she appeared on the stage, she begged the audience not to grieve the Holy Spirit.  I remember her saying, "He is all I have."  You could have heard a pin drop. People were healed and I remember one rising from their wheelchair that night.  

THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

When Jesus was instructing the disciples about what was going to happen when he left the earth, he told them He would pray to the Father and He would give them another Comforter that would abide with them forever (Jn. 14:16).  Blessed be the name of the LORD!  We have this Comforter dwelling within us for eternity.  He helps our sufferings (Rom. 8:26), guides us (Jn. 16:13), sanctifies us (Rom. 15:16), searches all things (I Co. 2:10-11), teaches us (Jn. 14:26), speaks not of Himself, but testifies of Yeshua (Jn. 15:26). It is the Holy Spirit who instructs ministers as to what they should share with their congregation (I Co. 2:13).  The Holy Spirit also warns ministers where not to preach (Acts. 16:7).   

NAMES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Spirit has many names and titles, of which I will list only a few.  

  1. Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Isa. 11:1-3;
  2. Spirit of life. Rom. 8:2;
  3. Spirit of adoption. Rom. 8:15;
  4. Spirit of prophecy. Rev. 19:10;
  5. Spirit of grace. Zec. 12:10; Heb. 10:29;
  6. Spirit of glory. I Pet. 4:14;
  7. Spirit of the Son. Gal. 4:6;

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOUR ASSIGNMENT

I want you all to be encouraged today.  Each of you has a special assignment from God.  We are not the ones who decide our gifts or assignments, but by the work of the Holy Spirit we can discover our personal mission.  "But all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will" I Co. 12:11.(KJV)  Acts 13:1 tells us that in the church in Antioch, there were prophets and teachers.  As they ministered to the LORD and fasted, the Holy Spirit spoke.  He said, "Separate Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them" (Acts 13: 2-4) (KJV).  Man does not call us, position us, or even know the depths of what we personally were created for.  We must depend on the Holy Spirit to speak, or risk the damage of letting our human logic cloud His accurate instructions or interpretations.  We have to depend on the Holy Spirit for ALL of the instructions needed for our assignment. 

Please take some time to review the scriptures I have listed above.  No matter how long we have been walking with the LORD, what the news media is saying, the times we are in, the outcome of this year's election, our genders, our ages or any multitude of circumstances, we must personally get to know and respect the Holy Spirit.  

Some of you may be asking, "What do I do next?"  The Holy Spirit is the author of the Word of God.  The Word of God is the mind of God.  The Holy Spirit inspired chosen men to write the Word.  "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (KJV).  This is how you will know Him and know what to do:  Sit quietly with the LORD; read and study His word.  You WILL hear His voice and He will bring you answers. Is. 30:21 "And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left" (MKJV). 

Blessings and hope,

P/Karen

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Who is today's teacher?

Here is the final conclusion,

fear God and obey His commands. (Ec. 12:13)

 

"Teacher was wise, He taught the people everything he knew.  He collected proverbs and classified them.  Indeed, the Teacher taught the plain truth, and he did so in an interesting way.  A wise teacher's words spur students to action, and emphasize important truths.  The collected sayings of the wise are like guidance from a Shepherd.  But, my child be warned, there is no end of opinions ready to be expressed.  Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting!  Here is my final conclusion:  Fear God and obey his commands, for this is the duty of every person" (Ecc.12:9-12 NLT).

If you are feeling fragmented by what is happening in our country today, there is a way to be made whole again.  It is by obeying the voice of the LORD and guarding His words.  Doing so is what makes a whole man or rather what makes a man whole:  Receive the words of the Teacher for they are goads and nails sent from the LORD to spur you on, to set things in order in your life, and to prepare you for things to come.   

COMMON SENSE

"Listen, as wisdom calls out!  Hear (her words) as understanding raises her voice.  She stands on the hilltop and at the crossroads.  'I call to YOU. Let me give you common sense.  Let me give you understanding.  I have excellent things to say and everything I say is right.  I speak truth and hate every kind of deception.  My advice is wholesome and good.  There is nothing crooked or twisted in it'" (Taken from Prov.8:1-9 NLT).

OUR DAILY REQUIREMENTS

"Blessed is the man that hears me, watching DAILY at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors" (Prov. 8:34 KJV).  The word "daily" in this sentence, as written in the Hebrew scriptures appears twice "yom yom." Translated, it means day by day. "Yom yom" connotes something to be done perpetually.

You may say, "I don't have time to daily come into His presence,"  but I suggest we don't have the "luxury" to not come before the LORD every day.  We are all reaping consequences because we have not allowed the TEACHER to teach us how to daily work with HIM.  I know this from experience, because I pray for people everyday who are reaping consequences from their daily choices.

Each day we are presented with gifts.  These gifts are the voice of the LORD and the DAY itself.  We can miss the voice of the LORD and not realize our failing until later.  If we continue to chart our own course without His wisdom, we will continue to fail. "God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David's psalm, centuries later than the original invitation.  Today please listen, don't turn a deaf ear" (Heb. 4:7 MSG).  We are not to be stiff necked and obstinate, walking forward without His counsel.  Wisdom tells us that those who seek the LORD early will find Him (Prov.8:17 NLT).

Our lives can change dramatically for the better this coming year by understanding the word "YOM."  Only the Spirit of the LORD can teach us how to understand the importance of a day and how to apply our hearts to the wisdom of living in that day (Psa. 90:12).  It is His Word that daily spurs us to correct action and the appropriate timing for that action.

"He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap"(Ecc.11:4 AMP). You may be waiting for an opportunity to arise that may never come, or ever be better than the one at hand, because you did not understand how to work with the LORD in the DAY. His desire is for us to hear and increase in learning.  John Maxwell said it simply in his book, Today Matters,"You will never change your life until you change something you do DAILY.  You see, success doesn't just suddenly occur one day in someone's life.  For that matter, neither does failure.  Each is a process. Every day of your life is merely preparation for the next.  What you become is the result of what you do today."1   Wisdom is crying out and lifting her voice. 

GETTING STARTED

God never forces anyone to come to Him on a daily basis, or at all for that matter.  He does, however, give us a daily personal invitation to step into His world of revelation and mystery.  Once you take time to quiet your soul, sit with Him and read His Word, you can enter into a dialogue with Him. You can ask Him questions.  Take time to listen to His answers.  HE WILL ANSWER.  "Call to me and I will answer you. I'll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own" (Jer. 33:3) (MSG).

Through this process of sitting with Him early, He begins to reveal to you your true self, and all you need to become a fulfilled person.  If you make seeking Him your new habit, you will sense Him working in your life, training you, directing you, comforting you, and admonishing you. You will learn how to operate in grace.  Grace is never ending. Grace gives you full rights to sit before Him, and then be rewarded with the wisdom necessary to abundantly succeed in every area of you life.

May this be your year of wisdom and understanding.  May it be sweet and prosperous for you.

Blessings and honor,

P/Karen

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  1. Maxwell, John C. "2." Today Matters: 12 Daily
    Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success. New York: Warner Faith,
    2004.19. Print.

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The Feasts as Teachers

The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them:
"These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord,
which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies."

Lev. 23:1-2

As Jesus' earthly ministry was coming to a close, he gathered his disciples (talmidim) to him and gave them these instructions "Go therefore, make disciples (students) of all nations…" (Matt. 28:19). This is also our commission, to make students and immerse them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Ruach haKodesh); And "teach them to KEEP (be observant) all that I have commanded you" (Matt. 28:19,20).

If we do not know the Hebrew scriptures from the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, we will not be able to properly demonstrate the whole counsel of God. The Feasts of Jehovah are found in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23. They were given to God's people in order for them to understand the first and second coming of the Messiah. The Feasts are "set times" revealing the main events of the Messiah's life carried out on specific days in specific seasons.

My desire today is to cause you to become hungry for greater knowledge of Him, to understand the depths of the personal relationship that the LORD wants to have with you as He teaches you all things concerning Him. Remember the Samaritan woman at the well? In a conversation with Yeshua, she said to him, "I know that Messiah comes, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us ALL THINGS" (John 4:25). Another way to say this is, when he is come he will interpret all things correctly.  The Spirit of the LORD is here today to lead you into a deeper revelation of Him through understanding the FEASTS.  To understand the richness of the FEASTS would take many months, but as I said, this is just to awaken your spiritual taste buds.  

WHY THE FEASTS ARE TEACHERS

The Apostle Paul instructed his student, Timothy, to "Continue in the things you have learned and been assured of; for you know from whom you learned; because from your childhood, you were taught the SET-APART books which can make you wise to life by faith in Y'shua the Mashiyach.  All SCRIPTURE that was written by the Spirit is profitable for instruction and for decisive refutation, and for correction, and for deep extensive learning in righteousness; that the man of Elohim (God) may become perfect and complete for every good work". (2 Tim.3:14-17) (Aramaic English New Testament, Roth).

The Feasts are part of the SET APART books from which the entire church needs to learn. The Feasts are part of the Torah and instruction of God. The Apostle Paul said in Gal. 3:24 that Torah was "a tutor for us, going towards the Mashiyach that we, by faith, might be made righteous" (Aramaic English New Testament, Roth). The Feasts point exclusively to the Messiah, his plan for redemption, and our daily instructional walk with him. We cannot walk forward without His teaching us. He is the TEACHER/Holy Spirit.    

AGRICULTURAL CONTEXT

If you have ever planted a vegetable garden, you can understand the FEASTS, The Kingdom of God and the Messiah quite clearly. "And so it is written, 'The first man, Adam, became a living soul,' the last Adam was a life-giving Spirit.  But not the spiritual first, but the natural; afterward the spiritual" (I Col. 15:45,46).

When you understand the natural, agricultural context of the FEASTS, you will understand the personal spiritual application that brings you to maturity. The Feasts reveal times of the rain patterns in Israel; the Fall rains and the Spring rains. Former rain represents the rains in the Fall (October/November)  and latter rains speak of the Spring (March/April).

"In the East the former rain falls at the sowing-time.  It is necessary in order to germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers, the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain, and prepares it for the sickle.  The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit. As the dew and the rain are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth. The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God's grace in the soul. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ" - (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 506).

In Joel 2:23, understanding the term, "former rain," will be life-changing for you. The Hebrew word for former rain is "moreh," meaning TEACHER. Joel 2:23 says that the Lord will give us the "former rain moderately." "Moderately" is the Hebrew word "tzedakah" meaning "RIGHT". Examining these explanations, and through the understanding of the FEASTS, we are actually being mentored by the "RIGHT TEACHER."  

THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS/ROSH HASHANAH

We are about to experience a set time of Jehovah, Monday October 3, 2016 (Hebrew Tishrei 1, 5777), called the Feast of Trumpets.  The Feast of Trumpets is known by many names and themes. This day is called 1.) Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year, and Birthday of the World; 2.) Yom Teruah (the Day of the Awakening Blast); 3.) Ha Melech (the Coronation of the Messiah); 4.) The time of Jacob's trouble and the birth pangs of the Messiah; 5.) The last trump; and many more.  

In present times, how does the Feast of Trumpets apply to us spiritually? This Feast is a time to "shema"; to hear the calling of the Spirit in our lives. It is the time to be awakened from any spiritual slumber. "Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Eph. 5:14). May we not forget that God gifted Moses and Israel with the Torah accompanied by the sound of the shofar (Exod. 19:19).  The sound of the shofar is a call to repentance (Isa. 58:1). John the revelator saw a door opened in heaven: and the first voice which he heard was as a trumpet/shofar talking with him.  The voice he heard sounded as a shofar saying "Come up here, and I will shew you things which must be hereafter"(Rev. 4:1). 

Heaven is appealing for us to come up higher. May all the obstacles, injuries, soul wounds, wrong teaching, prejudices, etc. be removed.  May we be awakened today to HEAR the RIGHT TEACHER.  

We will be celebrating Rosh HaShanah this upcoming Sunday at OTC with apples and honey and decreeing a sweet and prosperous year ahead. We hope you will join us and invite a guest.

Blessings and honor,

P/Karen

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Enduring The Contradiction

Looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and sat down at
the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him that ENDURED SUCH CONTRADICTION
of sinners against Himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.

Hebrews 12:2-3

 

Are you in a contradictory position right now? Do the fabrics of your life seem to be opposing each other? If so, I have some encouraging keys today to help you understand what is happening, why it's happening, and how to reach the finish line in victory.

The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who received promises and dreams from God, yet temporarily their situation was in direct opposition to their prophetic word. What happens in a contradiction can be likened to the "transitional" phase of a pregnancy. Jesus tells us in John 16:21 "A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for JOY that a man is born into the world." Contradiction must be faced with endurance.  The two must work together to help us cross the bridge.

The transitional phase of a pregnancy is the most serious and most painful, yet the woman must endure in order to bring forth life. Our greatest model is Jesus. "Looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that ENDURED SUCH CONTRADICTION of sinners against Himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds" (Heb. 12:2-3)

Contradiction And Shame

We must always remember that at the end of the contradiction, there is joy. Contradiction has an end, IF we do not try to work things out in the flesh.  Abraham was given a prophetic promise from God that nations and kings would come through him, yet over two decades passed before the promised son was born.

Perhaps the most painful part of our contradictions is the accompanying shame. We all hate shame, especially when we are in God's perfect will and others do not understand what we are going through or why we are going through it. Abraham and Sarah obviously despised the shame when after ten years they tried their plan to make God's promise come to pass, and as a result, created an Ishmael.

One of our greatest temptations is a tactic of the enemy; to get us to quit "in the middle". In the middle of contradiction our minds can become weary and too often cause us to faint. The good news today is that your endurance will weaken the enemy and turn the shame onto him.   Your endurance inflicts pain upon the adversary and brings you to victory every time.

Finishing What We Start

A powerful example of finishing what we start and the plots against us from the Kingdom of Darkness can be found in Nehemiah 4:6-11.  In this portion of scripture, the wall that was being re-built was half-finished. They were in the "middle" of the work. The strength of the laborers was giving out. They even confessed that they were not able to finish.

Throughout the scriptures, the Spirit of the LORD shows us how the enemy thinks. It is important to have this information in order to stay the course and endure the contradiction. Looking at Neh. 4:11 we see the enemy's mindset. Neh. 4:11 "And our foes have said, They shall not know, or see, until we come IN THE MIDDLE of them and kill them, and cause the work to cease."  Nehemiah and team were in the middle of the work. This is where the battle became heated. Endurance and standing are the two major keys for victory.

Standing In The Middle

2 Sam. 23 teaches us of King David's three (3) top warriors called "The Mighty Men of David." To encourage you further today on endurance we refer to the story found in 2 Sam. 23:11 introducing us to one of the mighty men named "Shammah."

In Hebrew Shammah has several meanings. One meaning is to be "ruined."  Another is to "become numb." Have you been in a trial for so long you have become numb and even indifferent because you don't think God is going to perform what he promised?  Let the story of Shammah encourage you today to stand up and have your faith increased. Alone, Shammah was surrounded by a troop of Philistines. 2 Sam. 23:12 says that he STOOD IN THE MIDST of the ground (lentil patch) and defended it. Because he stood in the middle, the Philistines were defeated and God wrought a great victory.

You may be facing devastating medical reports, financial woes, ministerial disappointment, family crisis or any number of other difficult situations. If this teaching speaks to you today and you are one that is experiencing some level of "ruin, devastation, astonishment, numbness," stand and watch God bring the help you need and the victory you long for. Having done all to stand, STAND (Ep. 6:13,14). 

May you always be encouraged to stay the course and see the joy set before you. Look for the victory!

Blessings and Hope,

P/Karen

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THE COVENANT AND OUR ROOT SYSTEM

The secret of the Lord is with them

that fear him; and he will shew them his Covenant. (Ps.25:14)

The Lord our God has called each of us into Covenant with Him. Because this Covenant is so important, the relationship it describes must be well guarded.  In any covenant relationship, the stronger partner is responsible for setting the terms of the covenant.

Once two people enter into Covenant, each participant has a specific responsibility. The stronger partner in the relationship (the LORD) is responsible for the weaker partner(us, the body of Christ). So the weaker partner may and must do the will of the stronger. If you can understand the responsibility of the stronger partner's part, you can be set free for ever.

You cannot fully perform the will of God without His total provision. His provision includes physical, emotional, and financial support, all enabling us (the weaker) to perform His will (Phil. 4:19).  From the weaker partner, the Lord expects respect, honor, love and acceptance of His terms. Giving Him what He requests will keep you hedged-in and guarded from the assaults of the wicked one. Jesus said in John 17:12 "While I was with them (the disciples) in the world, I KEPT them in Your name. Those that you have given me I have KEPT, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled."

If we as the weaker partner do not adequately understand His provision and terms, we can be tempted to stop trusting Him and consequently lose our status of being KEPT. We may turn to outside help apart from our primary relationship with Him and take our eyes off of His Covenant Terms. No matter what chronological year it is or what the current headlines are, His Covenant is eternal.  

Through his Covenant, we have not only been freed from the world's system and its bondages (Egypt), we are endowed with a fourfold purpose:

  1. Spiritual as well as physical freedom.  (Exodus 6:6)
  2. To serve God (the Hebrew word for serve is the word avodah) Avodah is defined to mean work and worship.  All of life, in fact, is worship.  (Exodus 3:11-12)
  3. To enter into betrothal (Heb. Erusin) with God.  (Exodus 6:7)
  4. To receive the document of marriage (Torah) known as the ketubbah (Exodus 19:7-8)  (The Timothy Program, International)

Presently, we are in the betrothal stage. This is the time we study and learn the marriage documents (our Bible) in order to grow and mature into a presentable bride of Christ. If we separate ourselves from the marriage document (Covenant) in deed or in thought, we become unfaithful to the terms of our stronger partner, God.  

The Root System

The condition of our lives and the health of our root systems are a direct result of what we have chosen to focus on.  Keeping our eyes on the Covenant document and doing as the agreement demands, keeps us pure and separated with the ability to bear good and healthy fruit. We, like trees, have roots. If we are guarding His words, our roots are strong and deep and our tree becomes healthy. If we take our eyes off of His word and distrust him or doubt Him in any way, our roots weaken and our tree becomes unhealthy and produces bad fruit or no fruit at all.

Sadly, but surely, distrusting Him and His terms of Covenant causes something dark to begin to grow inside of us that can, and left unchecked, will destroy us. We are admonished in Deut. 29:18 not to let our GUARD down, and get sidetracked or we face the danger of a poisonous root growing within us that produces gall and wormwood. This kind of root not only poisons us, but everyone in our path. The New Ungers Bible Dictionary describes wormwood as "a bitter plant that grows in waste, usually desert places, and also an emblem of calamity." (pg. 1341) A recent report says that Wormwood has been banned from many countries, including the U.S. (WebMD)  

The Word of God is water from Heaven for our life-producing root system. John the Revelator was given a vision of what was and is happening in Heaven. He was shown "a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb" (Rev. 22:1). This water is available for all of us today. God fulfils His Covenant promises EVERY day. The Hebrew writer says that "the earth drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth plants fit for those by whom it is dressed receiving blessing from God" (Heb. 6:7).

We must also take heed because the writer also says that "that which bears thorns and briers is rejected and is a curse, whose end is to be burned" (Heb. 6:8). We must continually see both the benefits of obeying Covenant terms and the consequences of not. Too much focus on the benefits can make us complacent and thus find Gods disfavor; too much focus on the consequences of breaking Covenant, we may become discouraged and displease Him in our lack of faith.

The word of God called "Torah" in Hebrew, means instruction. The ROOT of the word Torah is the word "Yarah" which means to flow like water, that is to RAIN.  Without rain, nothing can produce fruit. This rain from heaven is our manual for everyday life. When we follow the lessons of Torah, as if were  mini-farms we produce good things. Respecting the water of life will bring reward (Prov. 13:13).

Repentance and the Month of Elul

At the time of this writing, we have entered Elul, the 12th month of the Jewish Civil Year. In the Hebrew language, Elul is an acronym for "I am my beloved and my beloved is Mine." This phrase paints a picture of an intimate relationship. The first day of Elul begins a 40 day period of repentance called Teshuvah, a time of inspection, examination, soul searching and a turning from incorrect ways of doing things. This season of Repentance ends at the most holy Feast day called Yom Kippur on Tishrei 10. Tradition says that this is the time that the King is in the field and one may walk out and speak with him. We as believers in Messiah can celebrate because we have the King in the field everyday. John 1:14 "The Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us."

For any of you who feel you have mistrusted Him, taken your eyes off of the  eternal holy Marriage Covenant, and strayed too far, the Lord's arms are open to you today. You can still turn around and find forgiveness as you face the Lord Almighty. The King is in the Field today waiting for you. May any bitter and deadly roots within us be removed by our receiving His word/message. "I am the True Vine, and my Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away. And every one that bears fruit, He prunes so that it may bring forth more fruit. NOW, you are clean through the Word/Message which I have spoken to you" (John 15:1-3).

Blessings and honor,

P/Karen

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The Power of the Two-Edged Sword 

"For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12

Understanding the "two-edged sword" can change your life, as early as today. We are all familiar with Heb. 4:12 that tells us that God's Word is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.  A two-edged natural sword can cut both ways and be used for striking an enemy and defending one's self from the same.  The two-edged sword of the LORD is describing a spiritual principle and a realm that all believers can operate in.  There are four scriptures in the bible which give reference to the two-edged sword.

Psalm 149:6  Let the high praises of God be in their MOUTH, and a two-edged sword in their hand.

Prov. 5:4  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

Heb. 4:12  For the word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Rev. 1:16  and he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength.

What Is This Two-Edged Sword?

What is this two-edged sword?  It is the quickened word out of the mouth of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus, the Son of God.  Jesus tells us that He does nothing of Himself; but as His Father has taught him, He only speaks the things He hears from the Father (John 8:28).  The enemy is never threatened by our words, only the words that proceed out of the mouth of God.  Jesus said that he had only given to the disciples the "words" that God gave him and they received those "words" (John 17:8).  

We are all called to walk exactly as Jesus walked; that means we must be dialoguing with heaven and reading the Holy Scriptures.  To get these words, we must enter into our spiritual closet, shut the door behind us and take our seat in a secret place (Matt. 6:6).  The Lord wants to lead each person into green pastures of revelation knowledge, not into pre-digested, second-hand truth from a source other than God Himself.

This doesn't mean we don't have teachers, pastors, prophets, etc., but each leader must be speaking from the Word of God and not from personal bias or opinion.  Such speaking will not transform anyone.  We are transformed by the re-newing of our minds (Rom. 12:2), and washed by the water of the word (Eph. 5:26).  

In the Greek language, a two-edged sword comes from two compound words distomos.  Di means "two" and stomos means "mouth."  Together this forms the word "two mouths."  How can we have two mouths?  We operate with two mouths when we receive the rhema quickened Word of God personally and repeat it verbatim.  When you speak the quickened Word from God, it becomes supernatural and filled with power.  It affects your circumstances, your mind-set, your health, and confronts demonic assignments against you.  

The Prophet Elisha and Two-Mouths

Before the Prophet Elijah was taken into Heaven, he spoke to his protege' Elisha, and said "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" (2 Kings. 2:9). "Let me inherit a double portion of YOUR SPIRIT," Elisha replied (2 Kings 2:9).  "You have asked for a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see ME when I am taken from you, it will be yours-otherwise NOT" (2 Kings 2:10).  Elisha passed the test of seeing Elijah in the spirit realm.  He saw Elijah as THE chariot containing fire.  Being a chariot for God's fire separated Elisha from Elijah just as God's fire separates our spirit from our flesh. (Timothy Program, Dr. Karl Coke) Elisha at that moment, inherited the double portion from Elijah.  In this Hebraic usage, double portion means "twice the mouth."  

The Two-Edged Sword and Hope For You

This two-edged sword is a potent prophetic weapon of warfare.  Today, many believers are in confusion about their identity and their authority. The enemy has been able to come in to distort God's message, deceive them and lead them astray.  The strange woman in Prov. 5:3 can represent the false teachings/philosophies of the enemy,resulting in bitter wormwood (Prov. 5:4).  The enemy counterfeits all that is of God.  

The fruit of our trying to think for ourselves apart from Scripture will only and always lead us to bitter wormwood (a dead end).  I perceive the LORD appealing to us to pick up that firey sword and allow Him to pierce through the darkness of the soul (ours first then on behalf of those to whom He directs us).  

Expect breakthrough this month, as you pick up your sword.  Release God's power into whatever is before you.  Watch Him work for you and through you.  

Blessings and honor,

P/Karen 

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