Friday, 30 December 2016

Character- exact representation!

The denominational churches have as many interpretations of the Word of God and who God really is, as their multitudes of doctrines.

... but it is really very uncomplicated!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Pseudomai liar versus the Anointing

"Whosoever believes in the name of Jesus has eternal life" This is the central theme and message of John in his first circular epistle. 

He writes in reaction to false teachers bringing false doctrine against the Gospel of Grace to the early church. He preaches against intellectual and perverse interpretation of the Truth.

His message is for the church and is real and relevant even today.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Elijah's miserable run

Nothing we do on our own can cement our future or security or power or authority ... or salvation ... not even signs and wonders ... not even walking in the prophetic ... not even abstinence or spiritual warfare or compliance or non compliance.


There is only one Way.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Elevated to life!

It is easy to pervert a perfectly good and beautiful encouraging prophetic song, a poem like no other.

Psalm 133 has only 3 verses and is called "a song of elevation" written by the man God Himself chose to be king, to rule - the Beloved (David).

The sole purpose of this short Psalm is to lift up, to encourage and speak life into those chosen by God. 

The best is that it is prophetic.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Eating with the sinners AGAIN! - Mercy rather than sacrifice

There is this thing of intimate relationship and eating ... 

... mixing with the wrong people for the right reasons ...

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Jesus, your Filter ...

I love how Paul encourages the Philippians towards the end of his letter to them.

Very appropriately, this is a letter of triumphant joy in Christ and his finished work. 

Paul ends the letter in 4:23 saying: The grace of our Master יהושע Messiah be with you all. Amĕn.

God's grace - Jesus!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The Shepherd bowing down to the rebellious

Psalm 78 is a Psalm of Asaph.

Asaph means gatherer or receiver.

It is a Psalm describing the kindness of God in the wake of the rebellious nation of Israel.

It talks to us today and even spells out the Gospel in very fine detail in one sentence, one single verse.

let's see ...

Friday, 28 October 2016

NO law for you, madam. None for you, sir!

Sometimes we find that those caught up in the law, the law-preachers themselves would see it as their duty and mission to convince those who are free in Christ to do the law and keep the law.

First century church challenge?

Sadly, it is true even today.

But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. Act 15:5 

The age-old thorn-in-the-flesh scenario

Monday, 24 October 2016

Understanding Faith as co-heir

Need more Faith?

Have enough Faith?

Lost your Faith?

Grow in Faith?

If ever we wanted to understand Faith the book of Hebrews is the one we need to consult thoroughly.


Monday, 10 October 2016

... enters the wolf in sheep clothing...

I tend to be very focused on what the Holy Spirit teaches me during my early morning or late afternoon jogging - alone time ... One-to-one. 

And so, I was asked about the wolf in sheep's clothing ... 

I thought I was through with teachings about the sheep ... and that I knew this thing about wolves dressing up as sheep ...

... wonderful surprise!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Mindful of the Shepherd and sheep ... again!

Just as I thought I had the whole idea of the Shepherd and the sheep (see here and here), the Holy Spirit serves up a fresh message that totally lines up with the first two ...


Once again I am stunned!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Exact day of the birth of Yah'shua

In the next three months the season of feasts in many cultures will be upon us once again.

These will include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Muharram, Dasara, Mawlid an Nabi, Christmas, Diwali, Muharram, Ashura, Rohatsu and the like.

Since we now know that the 25th of December celebrates the birth of the evil Baal god, Tammuz, on what date then was Jesus Christ born? (see here)

... and as followers of the Truth, what is our role in all this?

To our surprise the date of the birth of Christ can be accurately determined from scripture itself.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Sheep - hook onto the power of life

Oh, I almost forgot!

Remember in my post on The Highest reveals Grace רעה Shepherd I promised to say something about the sheep (flock)?

Surely, if the revelation regarding the Good Shepherd is so powerful and awesome there must be something about the sheep as well?

Well, here goes ...

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Some will know the Mystery ... others not ...

There is a Mystery.

When Jesus spoke to the multitudes He always spoke in parables. 

Even today when reading what Jesus said to the multitudes, we are reading a parable.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

... being stalked by the law ...

What happens to Paul when the Truth is revealed to the people of Lystra and someone cripple from the mother's womb is instantly healed?

What happens when everyone, as a result, is awestruck and amazed?

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Highest reveals Grace רעה Shepherd

Jesus makes a lot of effort when He explains Himself as being both the shepherd and the door.

What is this all about?

Why the analogy?

The whole of the old covenant is full of prophets an prophecies showing Israel as a nation (sheep) scattered upon the hills having no Shepherd (Numbers 27:17, 1 Kings 22:17, 2 Chronicles 18:16, etc.) 

... until David reveals:
 "יהוה is my shepherd; I do not lack." Psa 23:1
There are two key words here we should take note of. It is going to totally blow us away:

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Job's quest ... God the same for all? DIY God?

I am amazed when I minister to people in hospital and they tell me that (their) God brought them there to teach them something or to make them slow down a bit or to teach their families something using sickness, accidents, physical discomfort, etc. 

What? 

... these are Christian people ... and I ask myself: Are we worshiping the same God?

Monday, 5 September 2016

Understanding - to put it all togegher!

Being brainwashed reduces man to a helpless, limited and restricted being ... pitiful and powerless in this world. 

Jesus said it so many times. The problem is our unbelief.

Our unbelief is the direct result of our so-called doctrinal heritage - the stuff we hang onto. 


The law incapable of justification

A rookie Paul preaches in a synagogue in Antioch. 

After the law was read he says: 

If you are dead you are dead. 
But if you are raised to live, you are wonderfully alive!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Healing - lifting up ultimate Grace

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine

Sometimes a word is used only once or twice in the Word of God, usually for a reason. 

Right there, we must expect to find a hidden treasure (see here), a very special message.

This time around the word has to do with healing, to be set free! Your medicine.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Immersed in Life!

I just love the verse that Peter quotes in Acts 11:16 that explains 'Emanuel' God with us all, Jew and Gentile, fool and freak, mister-cool and mister-not-so-cool, well-composed and exuberant extrovert, learned academic and unskilled worker, able-bodied and incapable, accomplished and needy, lovely and loveless, sober and drunk, ... clean and unclean ...

Then remembered I the word of Yahushua, how that he said,

Monday, 15 August 2016

Men of uncertainty are without identity.

Paul shows how someone can be truely without identity ... 

... without understanding (click here), knowing nothing ... lonely ... lost ...

Clueless!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Satiated with Grace! bebaioō

There is another condition of those in Christ Jesus called bebaioō.

It is an unavoidable condition brought about because of the given situation we find ourselves in ... something we didn't ask for ... something we didn't work for ... something not brought about by ourselves.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Dwelling Place בּית

There is a most beautiful prayer one can pray that finds its origin in the days of David, the Beloved.

... and it has to do with a house, a dwelling place for God ...

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Fruit of the Righteous - pârâh


How often, how easy is it to preach condemnation from scripture whilst the very scripture we preach is in fact intended to exhort us, lift us up and make us sing with joy.

Psalm 58 is such a scripture.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Eklektos - hand-picked with care!

Democracy in God's economy looks a bit different than ours. We all go to the election booths and vote for a person. In God's realm He went to the sacrificing booth (cross) to elect all of us.

Yet, you get to choose ...

Let's see how this works.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Does God strike the earth with a curse?

What is so significant about the last three verses of the book of Malachi?

Is God warning his people that unless they obey His laws and statutes and commandments, He would bring destruction to the earth?



Or does He really say something else?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Living sacrifice ... or available vesel?


I was recently shocked. 

A grace minister taught how that you have to give your body as an offer to God in order for Him use you - for Him to be able to work in and through you.

Is that not what the law says?

Friday, 8 July 2016

Because ... why?


Want to hear a really great promise concerning you?

It comes from an old covenant judge with the name Joshua (Yah'shua) and it shows God's heart towards his people - you. 

Monday, 4 July 2016

To seek and not find - pinō

There are those who will seek Jesus and not find Him, those who cannot find Him even if they tried.

Hopelessly ... and sadly these are those tormented by a spirit-of-self-righteousness-by-obeying-the-law ... or rather, those who allow that spirit to possess them.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Exhibit A - the Vine

When reading God's Word, how do we read it?

To find the laws of do's and dont's (that is to find myself)?

... or am I reading, engaging to find Jesus?


Someone once said that ALL of God's Word is about Jesus - not about me. When I read the Bible I make sure to find Him, hear straight from Him and encounter His finished work. It is arrogant to try and find myself in scriptures and apply rules and laws for myself to follow in order to become and work my own righteousness. No. I find Him first. He is my righteousness. He finds me. 

The scriptures says all of creation is not big enough to contain the greatness of God (will Elohim in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee 2Ch 6:18). Yet, in one Man - the Man Jesus, enough space was found to contain God in His entirety, to reveal ALL of God. And now He lives in me. Truely, All of God's Word is about Jesus, but all of Jesus is about me.  

Can you see the difference in approach?

... which brings us to the vine in Ezekiel 15:
And the word of יהוה came unto me, saying,
Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?
Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned? Eze 15:1-5
This scripture essentially talks about God becoming fully fleshed and in doing so, was subdued to earthy and manly circumstances and trails and tribulations, living as man in every sense. As a Vine, He was not any different than any other man. These passages even graphically describe how He went to the cross and yes, descended into the depths of hell so that the other trees in the forest do not have to. It also describes the nature of man where God, in his original design never intended for man to work his own righteousness. How much more so following the perfect work of the cross, the descending into hell and the glorious resurrection of the One who did it all on your behalf.

... but the vine ...

Jesus said: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Joh 15:1

Jesus is the Word of God. He is the True Vine. The word here in Ezekiel 15 is for Jesus, it is about Jesus and it is concerning Jesus. It even addresses Him as 'Son of man'. 

The word for vine is from an unused Hebrew root word which means to bend - it is YHVH (יהוה) who in His amazing Love and Grace bent down to earth and manifested in the likeliness of human flesh, revealing ALL the fullness of who God is in the Man, Jesus.

The pictograph for the word vine (gephen or גּפן) is: to convey (or lift up or trans-locate) the message (or the Word or what God says) of life (or original start or beginning or original design or original plan) - Convey the message of life!

Wow!

God's original plan for us was that we have life. Death was never part of the equation. He came so that we may have abundance of life and so that no-one should fall away. Look at the picture: the Vine (blood) transfers the very Gospel Himself, Life Himself (Jesus) to man. The Word that was from the beginning, of Life, is conveyed in Human Flesh to man!

We see this even in the pictographs of God's Name and in the Jesus's Name:

Yahveh (יהוה) is Yahushua (יהושע):

יהוה - the Hand by Grace nailed by Grace IS יהושע - the Hand by Grace nailed consumed perceived (exhibited for all to see ... conveyed and lifted up!)

The story has a perfect result, because God is contained in man, even today. 

Now He works in me. For it is יהוה which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phi 2:13

Then Yahushua said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood [receive the Vine], ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. Joh 6:53-54

Even the old shadow confirms eloquently in Leviticus 17:11 and 14: 

For the life of the flesh is in the blood (vine) ...

Friday, 24 June 2016

Does the truth matter?

Image result for picture of healthyWhy does John, who refers to himself as the beloved disciple of Jesus, place such great emphasis on Truth?


Because the truth matters.

Because the Truth matters.

Writing to his friend Gaius whom he "loves in truth" he says:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 3Jn 1:2-3
Why?

... that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3Jn 1:2

So that all things prosper.

So that you may be in health.

So that all things you set your hand to, collectively and individually may be healthy and prosperous!

Because He is the Truth. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Joh 14:6

Because Jesus says ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Joh 8:32

Know here is the word ginōskō which means to have an intimate relationship, an acquaintance, an intimacy such as that which exists between a man and a woman, lovers with the Truth (Jesus).

Here's a bit of free logic we sometimes overlook. If the intimacy with Truth will set you free then it is only logical that intimacy with the lie and deception (works of the devil) will place you in bondage.

Jesus is the breaker of the bondage. He is the conqueror of the cancer in your life, the victorious One over desolate and desperate and hopeless situations and He is the One Who has completely and utterly dealt with those things on the cross. Our responsibility ... is to receive, appropriate, apply this great salvation into manifestation wherever we go.

This is the Truth.

This is our Jesus.

What is the Truth concerning you and me?

You are righteous, spotless, blameless.
You are fully restored in God's image.

You are an joint-heir in Abba Father's Kingdom to take authority over sickness, setback, lies, adversity ...
You are utterly blessed and entitled to each and every good and perfect Gift from Abba.
You are healed and healthy in Christ.
You are prosperous.
You are rich.
You have everything.
You are blessed.
You are made whole.
You are a new being. The old is gone.
You are beautiful.

Why does it matter?

It matters because in this life you can make application of It (Him) ... and prosper!

What should we do with this great Truth?

Apply it! Mix it with conviction (Heb 4:2) and have intimacy with It! - Stir It into your cup (being) and drink deep (appropriate)! Relax! Rest! Apply the done deal wherever and whenever necessary ... and claim your victory in Christ!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Because of your innocence - zakah!

Have you ever experienced a total non-believer praising the glory of Jesus ... even making a law that all should worship Him and Him alone?

Unthinkable ... even today. But this was true in the time of Daniel of a certain king ...

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Emphutos Logos - All you need is the PLL!

Most law preachers have trouble discerning the words of James. 

No wonder some of the early 'church-fathers' moved for the removal of James from the Bible.

Corrupt translation?

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Sufferings of Paul (sic!)


Remember our previous post on the Damascus-road-experience?

Someone reads the subsequent part in Acts 9:29: and speaking boldly in the Name of the Master יהושע and disputed with the Hellenists, but they undertook to kill him and this someone says: "See, the words and prophecy of Jesus in verse 16 was coming true!"

... but was it?

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Hodos experience

How many sermons have you heard about the "Damascus-experience"?

Some law-preachers even teach that everyone should have a "Damascus-experience" before being fully converted.

So, what does it mean ... and what really happened?

In Acts 9:1-22 we read all about Paul's "Damascus-experience".

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Restored to take charge! katartizō and râdâh

There comes a time when those sown in confusion (us, born in Babylon) (Babylon - confusion by mixture ... mixture of law and Grace) will return to the position of peace and rest (Jerusalem) and live out the original God-given purpose for their lives ... to have dominion (Gen 1:26). 

Friday, 6 May 2016

Life secured by the Shepherd of Grace

Ready for some really loaded verses?

The Gospel is everywhere concealed in the old covenant and clearly revealed by Grace Himself (the new Covenant Himself).

The pictographs (in brackets), as the Spirit of God revealed them to me, just absolutely took my breath away.

Reading Psalm 106 verses 1 to 5 with picture analysis from the ancient Hebrew text and letters:

Praise ye יהוה. O give thanks unto יהוה; for he is good [ṭôb or טוב with pictograph: surround the secured house]: for his mercy [goodness or chêsêd or חסד with pictograph: bondage broken down to freedom] endureth for ever.

Who can utter the mighty acts of יהוה? who can shew forth all his praise? [The answer comes in the next verse ...]

Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. [Those that behold the judgement of Jesus over evil and He (Jesus) who does righteousness always]

Remember me, O יהוה, with the favour [râtsôn רצן, or pleasures, delight, acceptance with pictograph: the Highest captures you in life] that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation [yeshû‛âh];

That I may see the good [ṭôb] of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance [nachălâh or נחלה with pictograph (get this): life secured by the Shepherd of Grace]. Psa 106:1-5

...

... breathless!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Love-embraced-hypervictorious!

To be victorious in this life has nothing to do with our abilities, right living, being obedient to the law or how long or how right we pray.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of יהוה, which is in Messiah Yahushua our Saviour. Rom 8:38-39

Friday, 29 April 2016

Love-Cross-check!

Ready for a CROSS-CHECKING exercise?

1 Corinthians 13 is a perfect description of Jesus!

Does it have a shadow in the scriptures of the old covenant?

You can read the whole of this love chapter by substituting Love's other Name wherever the word "love" or "charity" (KJV) is used with the Word "Jesus".

It makes a whole lot of sense if you do, doesn't it?

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Who is Jesus? Lego.

Our confession of who Jesus is, is oftentimes tainted, twisted and corrupted because of our traditions and beliefs formed through the man-made doctrine of the institutional church.

So many times have I heard people saying that it was Jesus who allowed some devastating event to happen in our lives so that that person could grow in faith and emerge a stronger person.

That is sick!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Pesach again?

The Jewish feast of Pesach is on again [15 - 21 Nisan (23 - 29 April 2016)]. 

Easter-celebrating Christians will not be looking at these dates this year since the Passover is not aligned to the feast of Pesach (see here). 

How then, is the date for Easter determined on the Western calendar?



Thursday, 14 April 2016

Task-master or Close-Companion? Paraklētos

It is amazing how we sometimes attribute functions and characteristics to the Holy Spirit that are simply not true. These characteristics are far divorced and distant from the kind and beautiful character of our Abba and Jesus Himself.

The Holy Spirit is not the One who reminds you of your bad, sinful past!


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Thoroughly acquainted?

Paul is the apostle of Grace. Look how he greats the Colossian Christians by reminding them that they have a Hope, an Inheritance laid up in heaven for them. He says in Col 1:6:


It is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Do you have an icon - eikōn?

What is an icon?

Today we use the word icon mainly to refer to a person or thing held in high regard and/or as a representative symbol worthy of reverence ... or as an emblem for the very thing it signifies and gives value to. We have sports icons, heroes as iconic figures, iconic moments in history, etc.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Eating is believing!


Why did Jesus tell us to eat His body?

What is the significance of eating?

How did eating bring Adam to fall?

Is there a wrong and right way of eating?

... and what is the tree in all this?

Friday, 18 March 2016

Celebrate Purim? Hadassah and Grace

If there is one story in the Bible that you should never stop reading until the very end, it is the breathtaking story of Esther with its multitude of hidden treasures.

Esther is the drama and the shadow of another story at a grand and perfect scale - the Eternal King's redemption plan for all man-kind, a life-giving truth with joy unspeakable and pleasures forevermore!

Pûrîm is a lesser Jewish festival held in spring (14 or 15 Adar on the Hebrew calendar - 24-25 March 2016).

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

lâ'âh - weary ...

How many times have you been told in 'church' to do this and do that so that this or that might fall in place ... in order that you be obedient - law-talk "if this, then that" "if not, then something else"...

Computer programmers know this well as the syntax (computer language-code - law) that makes a program to respond in a fixed way. Legislation drafters know this mechanism that forces people to act in a certain prescribed way ...
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