Disciple of Messiah: Live Your Belief

by John and Ruth Greene

drifting-nationalism-300x227In a modern economic world that has come to expect both knowledge and trinkets for free, without cost or obligation, many Christians have come to expect that their faith is free and without cost. They fail to live what they claim as their “faith”. How easy it is forget that “faith” is personal conviction – personal trust. Yet, for many, life has become an unending series of cheap experiences where little is learned and nothing is really gained. Wealth, abundance and a sleepy spiritual attitude created a similar reality in old Israel under King David. (“Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“; “Living in an Apostate World“)

In his pride, King David had rebelled against YHWH, made obvious by his words in 2 Samuel 23. He had commanded a census of the fighting men of the nation despite the resistance of his commanders. After nine months, the numbers were reported to David, just as he realized that he had a stronghold of overweening pride in his life. That night, his prophet came to him, giving David three options of punishment from Deuteronomy 28. David chose the punishment that came the most directly from YHWH, a plague that killed 70 thousand. He preferred punishment as a son to punishment through agents of the world. Good choice. (“Putting Down the Titanic Pride of Man – Placing Satan Under Your Feet“; “The Politics of Pride“; “The Idolatry Factor“)

threshing-floorDavid knew that he was answerable for the terrible plague that had been brought against the nation. He repented, asking His Father to save the nation, while casting the curse on himself and his family. His prophet came with a message, commanding that David was to build an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. YHWH stopped the plague short on the threshing floor as the death angel was ready to strike Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 24; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “Knowing Where You Stand on YHWH’s Threshing Floor“)

Araunah was honored at the presence of the King, offering the land, wood and oxen for the offering. David knew his personal answerability in the matter and that nobody else could rightfully bear the cost, no matter how honest the spirit in which any ‘gifts’ were given. At David’s insistence, David bought the threshing floor and built the altar at his own expense.

king-davidDavid was willing to accept his personal answerability to YHWH. He invested in his faith and his Father. Why? King David knew that his personal trust, his faith wasn’t free. He didn’t seek to gain or benefit at the expense of others. He knew that his offering, his apology to YHWH, would be meaningless to him if someone else paid for it. A free offering cheapened and nullified his faith and obedience to his Father. Despite his lapse of judgment earlier, David truly believed and loved YHWH. He was committed, not swayed from his love and devotion by the prospect of punishment for his lapse into rebellion. (“Counting the Cost of Obeying the Messiah“; “YHWH’s People Walk by Faith and Obedience to His Word“)

The nation of Israel and many kings that followed David paid the price for rebellions, a general wandering from YHWH, as well as huge lapses in judgment, even through the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. This was because of national and religious pride, as well as the refusal to believe in the Messiah beyond what they demanded. The Jews demanded a warrior king. The Messiah was not here to rule amid all the nations of darkness, even as the Jewish kingdom had become dark. So YHWH’s presence left the Temple Mount when Yahshua [Jesus] was crucified, and the physical Jewish nation. (Matthew 15:9) The Jewish people have been cut off unless they receive Yahshua [Jesus] as their Savior. (Matthew 27:25; Romans 11, Acts 2-10; Galatians 3:29; “Tribulation of Israel: The Great Escape“)

pharisees-3smThe Jewish nation’s wholesale rejection of Yahshua [Jesus] caused them to lose out on their inheritance, their birthright. That inheritance has passed on to all that accept Yahshua [Jesus] as their personal Savior through YHWH’s grace and personal obedience. This personal obedience is exactly what Jews had abandoned. As disciples of Yahshua [Jesus], each disciple has been grafted into the Jewish spiritual olive tree. Disciples can be cut off as surely as unbelievers in the Jewish nation were. (Rom. 11:21, 22; “Foundation of Salvation“; “Roots of Salvation“; “Redeemed Through Obedience & Faith“)

While Christians are not Jews, they are equally answerable before YHWH for what they do, based on the same scriptures. Through history, YHWH has left nations and billions of people to their own decisions and rebellions, many times to reprobate minds for their own destruction. What nations and peoples reap, they sow based on the laws of YHWH, whether these laws are recognized or not. This is truth, not the fiction that most of mankind believes. (“Are You In Danger of a Reprobate Mind? Sexual Sin and the YHWH“; “Destruction Is Satan’s Intent“)

reprobate-mindIn a world of “modern faith,” faith is always seen as without cost and easy. If you receive free, you should give free is the mantra, a distortion of the words of Yahshua [Jesus]. (Matthew 10:8) Yet nothing worth having is truly free. Obedience was and is rewarded. Rebellion is rewarded by curse, confusion and rebuke. (Deuteronomy 28:20) That is what the “old Bible” used to say in the eyes of many. Yahshua [Jesus] came to complete the law, not to nullify it, counter to the claims of many. (Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:14-44) Therefore, the commandments and how YHWH feels about sin still applies to all children of Abraham and all grafted into his line as disciples of the Messiah. Where salvation is concerned, Yahshua [Jesus] is required always, not simply an option or whimsy. (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:4; John 5:39) We are to keep the commandments given by Moses. (Matthew 22:35-40; 19:16-19; Luke 10:26-28; John 14:15) In the same way, humans are to expect either blessings or cursing based on Deuteronomy 28. The difference is that with Yahshua [Jesus], all are now under the same law. All promises are now fulfilled through spiritual Israel, those that believe in and obey Yahshua [Jesus] and scripture. (“Understanding Sin“; “The Unpardonable Sin“)

“He was in the world, and the world came into being through His hand, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become sons of Elohim, to the ones believing into His name” – John 1:10-12, HRB

biblepointDo you take personal ownership of your belief as a disciple of the Messiah? (Psalm 139:23; Revelation 1:5) While many proclaim ownership of accurate belief, the results have borne fruit of another kind. Instead, most Christians have come to support a system of cheats, a way to circumvent any kind of obedience as they set up their own gods as the Almighty. Then, you have emboldened modern nations that loudly proclaim their enlightened cultural Christian history to the world. The fruit that has been borne is much the same. Unlike any time before, modern nations and people reap what they have sown in line with what Moses wrote down for our benefit. (“Messiah Teaches about Fruit in the Lives of People“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “How YHWH Marks His People“)

bear-stearns-downfall-finance-2008Today, the proud nation of the United States has reaped the curses of Deuteronomy 28 in great abundance. The nation has declined while seeking after gods of mammon, resulting in sudden ruin because of worshiping at the altar of international bankers and national debt. Because of corporatism and politics run amok, the nations reap curses, even in the breadbasket of America. The nation is full of drought, rejection, madness and crime. (Deuteronomy 28:22-24, 34, 36) The nation is being plundered and pillaged, full of abomination, murder and war. Even our own children are being raped, kidnapped and abused as a common occurrence. Despite seeking after health and abundance, the nation reaps wasting disease like no other “prime” nation of the world. The aliens that live among the nation have risen above the rest of the people. The enemy has come to have more power within the nation than the nation itself. (Deuteronomy 28:43-44) The nation has become defeated before its’ enemies, thoroughly defeated except through our own nationalistic pride and systemic greed. The United States has become something of a horror to the rest of the dark kingdom, blind and confused. The nation gropes like a blind man in the dark, unsuccessful in virtually all things, robbed and plundered by others in all senses. The nation is at war, under siege on all fronts, while consuming itself and the people within. You don’t need to look any further your television to confirm the facts. (“Foundation of a Global System of Greed“; “News: Investment & the Black Horse of Famine“; “Modern Mammon: Power of the Fractional Reserve“; “Video – A Lifestyle of Mammon: Is Gain Always Godly?“)

Faith is not a free trial. You either own belief in YHWH and His Kingdom or you don’t. The nations murmur relentlessly without truthfully seeking YHWH. The multitude have become a calloused people with hardened hearts. It’s not a pretty picture. (“Do You Live a Lifestyle of Greed?“)

“ If you will not take heed to do all the Words of this Torah, written in this book, to fear this glorious and fearful Name, YAHWEH your Elohim, then YAHWEH will make your plagues remarkable, and the plagues of your children shall be great and persistent plagues with evil and long lasting sicknesses.” – Deuteronomy 28:58-59, HRB

Even when nations and terrorist groups demand national ruin, the future of the nation that proclaims to have a “great Christian heritage” is in question without question. Why? You “did not obey the command and decrees” that Elohim [‘God’] gave you. (Deuteronomy 28:45) That is the cost of lip service and lies. (“Culture: Prompting Falsehood Through the Lie“; “Approved: Lie Cheat & Steal“)

Most in the nation have made the mistake of assuming that because it claims to serve the existence of a modern secular Israel, that it will be blessed, while abandoning the righteousness of YHWH. Like the nation of old Israel, not a single modern nation holds to the teachings of Yahshua [Jesus] or actually lives the Word from the Bible. Instead, most give it lip service, if that. (Matthew 7:21-27)

strongholds-chainsInstead of truly reforming personal faith, most have continued to cling to the past. The gods that we held dear were never expunged. Today, most people have forgotten the Will of YHWH or what it means to them, and as a result, have debased themselves through a reprobate mind. This is not a popular message to be certain, nor one that anyone desires. However, popular or not, the truth of the matter is unquestionable. As a people, mankind has confused the political and the religious. We have confused the religious and real Word of YHWH. We have confused the Will of YHWH for the will of men. We have been deceived, distracted and broken, by those that have sought advantage over us and by self. The mildness of self-deception is often preferable to cunning harshness of a lifestyle of outright hypocrisy. Instead, most choose to make a claim and to believe that claim despite evidence to the contrary. We hear, but fail to obey. The vast majority are in bondage. (1 John 1:8; James 1:22-26; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “Pursue Righteousness“)


“For no one is able to lay any other foundation beside the One having been laid, who is Yahshua Messiah. And if anyone builds on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw, the work of each will be revealed; for the Day will make it known, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire will prove the work of each, what sort it is. If the work of anyone which he built survives, he will receive his reward. And the one whose work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he will be delivered, but so as through fire. [in context, alluding to disciples]… Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks to be wise among you in this age, let him become foolish, that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with YAHWEH; for it has been written, ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness.’  And again, ‘YAHWEH knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.’” – 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 18-20, HRB

People, even Christians usually slide into self deception in tiny steps. Each step is so small that you may sense that you can ignore it and that others won’t notice it. Self-deception always holds a quiet element of shame, always beginning quietly. You select the available details that are consistent with the beliefs you want to achieve without looking at details that aren’t consistent with those beliefs. You rationalize. (“Foundation of Salvation“; “Roots of Salvation“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“)

imitation-justiceYou give greater weight to the evidence that supports what you want to believe. You discount evidence that points in the other direction. Evidence that supports personal self-interest is seen as logical and compelling. This is big in media, politics and advertising. (“What You Say: Evidence Of What You Believe“)

Your attention focuses on bits of evidence that confirm false belief. Anything that confirms those beliefs becomes significant, remembered and justified. Anything outside of this reasoning is considered insignificant. You never take a step or leap that is too large because a large step is difficult to deny to others and to self.

You do not examine yourself and refuse to. Resting in unbelief is a trick of thinking and judging that becomes habit forming. You lose the benefits of evaluation and fall into patterns of permanent spiritual sleep. (“The Abomination That Causes Desolation“)

deceive blind leading blindSelf deception is a social art as well. Deception is validated through a partnership with someone else. In this way, you imitate the attitudes and beliefs of those around you, continually supporting your delusion and continued spiritual sleep. Deception is fostered and nurtured. An entire society can easily be built around a delusion. Take as an example, the nation of Germany in Hitler’s time. For a modern example, you only need to look at the United States of America. (“Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)

The prime nations of the world have inherited a form of Christian life which has been motivated by centuries of power and wealth that originated in Europe. What many call Christianity is a coping strategy of self-deception created to enable you to live as you do without the pings of conscience or condemnation.

“Brothers, if any man among you goes before you in error, you who are in the Spirit restore him by the spirit of gentleness and beware, lest temptation also comes upon you. And you carry the excess load of one another, and thus complete yourself in the instruction of Messiah. For if anyone thinks to be something, he deceives himself, being nothing. But let each one examine his own work, and then let him glory to himself and not among others. For each one will bear his own normal daily load.” – Galatians 6:1-5, HRB

Self deception in the world today has passed into a state of mental illness, a sort of spiritual schizophrenia that speaks out of two sides of its mouth. A man or woman of faith cannot be double-minded. (1 Kings 18:2; Hosea 10:2; Matthew 6:24; 2 Peter 2:14)

“My brothers count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the proving of your faith works patience. But let patience have its perfective work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask from Elohim, who gives to all freely and with grace, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, being driven by wind and being tossed; for do not let that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Almighty; he is a double-souled man, not dependable in all his ways.” – James 1:2-8, HRB

“Draw near to YAHWEH, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners! And purify your hearts, double minded ones!” – James 4:8, HRB

“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without natural feeling, addicted to lust, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good, traitors, hasty, boasters, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Elohim, having a form of righteousness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these.” – 2 Timothy 3:2-5, HRB

hourglass-timeIn these times, action is called for. A personal decision is required, a decision to press forward in trust. This isn’t the morality or ethics that most of mankind parades, but YHWH’s track of righteousness. If you continue to follow traditions of men and do not listen to the Word of Elohim, you will be judged accordingly on YHWH’s threshing floor. (Deuteronomy 12:30-32; Matthew 15:3, 8-10; 2 Peter 3:3-4; Acts 13:41; Matthew 24:12-15)

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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