Prospering Your Family

by John and Ruth Greene

happy-union“Bless YAHWEH, O my soul, and forget not all His rewards; He who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with kindness and tender mercies; who satisfies your desire with good; your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” – Psalm 103:2-5, HRB

You must know by trust that this is your Heavenly Father’s loving-kindness when His people are obedient, abiding in Him and His Word.

“Come, hear, and let me recount, all you who fear Elohim [‘God’], what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, and exaltations were under my tongue. If I had regarded iniquity in my heart, YAHWEH would not have heard. Surely, Elohim has heard; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be Elohim, who has not turned away my prayer and His mercy from me!” – Psalm 66:16-19, HRB

But are you willing to believe it because YHWH says it? (Philippians 4:13; Romans 3:20-24; 4:2-3)

bible-trust-YHWH-1YHWH’s Word is clear that at least a few disciples will remain set apart to Him, living among whatever cultures are in the world of man. (2 Chronicles 36:20; Romans 11:5) Even so, the continual upheaval in society and the constant spiritual pressure of Satan’s system to find its way into Yahshua’s [Jesus] gathering of believers have been realized because denominations of professed Christians have been lulled to sleep spiritually. (Matthew 8:22; 13:15; Ephesians 2:1; 5:14; Romans 13:11-12; Revelation 3:1) They have been spiritually compromised and separated from YHWH. They have ceased to have a real impact for YHWH’s Kingdom, or even worse, used as a vehicle for centuries to teach a false gospel. This false gospel is full of the world’s pride and self-centered motives. (Hosea 4:6; Psalm 119:105) For these, discipleship in professed Christianity has lost its meaning. Multitudes of those that think of themselves as ‘God’s people’ have become victims of inaccurate knowledge and lack of trust in His Spirit.

church-ruin-300x225So many that think they are ‘God’s children’ live in ignorance or a state of perpetual spiritual destruction. It’s a difficult topic. Sadly, many that claim to be Christian are not salt and light that Yahshua [Jesus] talked about. (Matthew 5:13-16) They do not stand steadfastly in His truth, in fellowship, in community or in prayer. (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-16) They have become or always have been dirty salt, spiritually broken and divided, as full of Satan as the world. Professed Christianity calmly accepts this reality as status quo or makes excuses for it. They don’t seek their Heavenly Father or His Kingdom, but rather themselves and the fables of men. In the meantime, a brotherhood of seeking believers has continually suffered through the ages, and along with it, the families that seek to represent YHWH’s Kingdom in this age before That Kingdom. (“The Truth About YHWH’s Wrath“; “Foundation of Salvation“; “The Miracle of Living Water“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“)

Certainly, every disciple makes mistakes in his or her spiritual walk, but disciples are not to be steeped in eternal guilt and condemnation unless we choose that way of life at our own peril. Neither can disciples be justified by unbelief. YHWH’s truth-centered people continually seek Him, personally engaging their faith and living that faith obediently in their lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; “Is Your Forgiveness Real?“; “YHWH’s People Walk by Faith and Obedience to His Word“; “Redeemed Through Obedience & Faith“; “Condemnation, Dogs & Hogs“)

“ Then watch how carefully you walk, not as unwise, but as wise ones, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. For this reason, do not be foolish, but understanding what the will of Elohim [‘God’] is. And ‘do not be drunk with wine,’ in which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit,  speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and praising in your heart to YAHWEH, giving thanks at all times for all things to YAHWEH the Father in the name of our Master Yahshua Messiah. Submit yourself one to another in the love of the Messiah.” – Ephesians 5:15-21, HRB

roman-battlement-smThe Apostle Paul lays out the whole of spiritual relationship with brothers and sisters that are united in Messiah. This foundation is designed by Elohim to be the foundation for ALL other relationships in earthly life. This same truth applies to each sanctified husband and wife in the covenant of marriage. In these modern times, this important spiritual truth is often forgotten or ignored. Even in intimate relationships, husband and wife are spiritual brothers in Messiah first and foremost. (“Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“; “The Garden of the Marriage Relationship“; “Submission in Marriage“)

brotherly-loveThis spiritual intimacy is not failure; the scary stuff that so many profess through broken relationships and attitudes from the world. Submission is respect and love, filtered through the measure of humility that Yahshua [Jesus] says His people must have. This humility is never through the pride of the world that so many professed Christians have learned from cultural influence, business craft and political manipulation. (“Humility: Do You Need It?“; “Putting Down the Titanic Pride of Man – Placing Satan Under Your Feet“; “The Politics of Pride“)

“And lifting up His eyes to His disciples, He said: Blessed are the poor, for the kingdom of YAHWEH is yours. Blessed are those hungering now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are those weeping now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they cut you off, and will reproach you, and will cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man; rejoice in that day, and leap for joy; for, behold, your reward is much in Heaven! For their fathers did according to these things to the prophets.” – Luke 6:20-23, HRB

government-kosmosYahshua [Jesus] was with a multitude, including His disciples, as He told them the truth about their lives when they accepted Him and lived for the Father’s truth. The heads of most professed Christians spin at truly contemplating the Words of our Messiah. Contrary to popular belief of many Christians, the world would not see them as truly prosperous, smart, desirable or powerful. Why? The world sees those that are lowly of heart and mind as cursed. (Matthew 22:37-38; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 3:19) In the eyes of the world, genuine disciples that stand firm in Elohim’s truth are handicapped, a foolish brood. They are to be used and taken advantage of. This is worldly wisdom. (“Bible: Wisdom 101“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“; “YHWH’s Revolution

worldly wisdom 1The gathering of Messiah is not to be full of worldly wisdom, merely repackaging the wisdom of the world for YHWH’s Word, as so many have done and continue to do. The world hates disciples of Messiah that stand resolutely for truth. (John 15:18-16:4) Christians are often resented because they threaten the conformity of the world as rebels, much as Joseph refused to worship the Pharoah. (John 3:17-21) This is the humility, trust and strength that trusting believers live. They don’t live in the loveless ways of the world. They don’t betray one another and spitefully use one another as the world does. Instead, they look to YHWH, their pillar of trust through the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus]. (John 13:14; Philippians 2:3-11; Ephesians 4:1-6; “Do You Give Your Leftovers to Messiah?”; “Disciple: Are You Bearing Fruit?”)

This mission of divine trust must be in marriage and the family, despite all the potential for human imperfection or the possibility of interference by the world. This mission is grounded in brotherly love (agape). The world must not be brought into the marriage of disciples because the word of Satan dishonors and destroys the fellowship and brotherhood of YHWH. (“Real Love“)

“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to our Master, because a husband is head of the wife, as also Messiah is Head of the Congregation, and He is the Savior of the body. But even as the Congregation is subject to Messiah, so also the wives to their own husbands in everything.” – Ephesians 5:22-2, HRB

bound in covenant unityOnce the Apostle Paul lays the foundation of brotherhood, he points to the construction of the family. The gathering of believers, including husband and wife, are sanctified, devoted to Messiah. The wife is to love and favor her husband. This structure of answerability and authority was invoked at the fall of mankind and will not change until the Second Coming of the Messiah. (Genesis 3:16; Matthew 23:20; Mark 12:25; “Responsibility & Accountability“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man“)

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Messiah also loved the Congregation and gave Himself up on its behalf, that He might sanctify it, cleansing it by the washing of water and by the Word, that He might present it to Himself as the glorious Congregation, not having stain or wrinkle, or any such things, but that it be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25-27, HRB (“What is Washing by the Word?”)

remnant-covenantWhatever spiritual authority that a husband has, he gives over to his wife as her servant, just as Messiah did for every man and woman that would listen and reflect His love in obedience. The Master loved us unto death. As a disciple, a husband makes a serious commitment to operate in much the same way as the Messiah, as he cleanses his family with the Word of the Most High, purifying the hearts of his family through love and kind attention. It’s not a commitment for the faint of heart, but a man strongly anchored in Elohim’s trust. A man of Messiah doesn’t have time to live at the office, fear after pleasing men or act to compromise his life with demonic societal greed that seeks only its own means. Dependence on YHWH and His Word may indicate that he must separate himself to make his own living with only YHWH as His boss. (“The Spiritual Authority of Christian Women“; “Divorce: Modern Family & the Authority of Law“; “Living in an Apostate World“)

Whatever the case, if a husband or his wife compromise, they will reap the harvest of that compromise. The role of husband, as husband and wife cleave to one another, is one of great devotion and accountability. He sees his wife as holy and without blemish and she favors him in the same way, as they devotedly care for one another. That is what they wanted when they joined in marriage and that is what they promise while they live together as witnesses for Messiah. Husband and wife do not abuse one another. This is the foundation for marriage in the gathering of the Messiah. (“What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah?”; “Bible Truth that Many Christians Don’t Accept; Healing: The Beginning of Love”)

marriage hugHusband and wife submit to one another in brotherly love and humility. A husband completes his wife, much as Messiah does the body of believers, His devoted and sanctified remnant. At His Second Coming, at the close of this age, the sacrifice of Messiah makes his imperfect bridal remnant complete in the eyes of YHWH. A husband completes his wife in much the same way during life on earth. This isn’t done through the slaving of the flesh, but through being set apart in the power of the Holy Spirit. (“Christianity: A Crisis in Prayer & Spirit”; “Bible Truth: What Is a Christian?”; “Disciple: Living as Light”)

“So, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies, (he loving his wife loves himself), for then no one hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even also as our Master does to the Congregation.” – Ephesians 5:28-29, HRB

The Apostle Paul also speaks of disciples as a new creation, not as ordinary men. Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah is the head of this body of believers. All disciples are to be leaders, accountable to the Master in brotherly love. They hold the qualities that their unique character and spiritual gifts bring through the power of the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] The believer’s life must be filled with the Spirit. (“Holy Spirit 101“)

“For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery [secret to disciples], but I speak as to Messiah and His Congregation.” – Ephesians 5:30-32, HRB

marriage and faithfulnessIn the same way that the brotherhood of Messiah exists, husband and wife are separated from the past and joined together (kolle thesetai, glued together) as one flesh. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5, 9, 16-17; Mark 10:5-9) They are spokesmen, active advocates for the cause of Messiah. The close union between a husband and his wife is not to be dissolved for any cause. This covenant spiritual bond is spiritually stronger than the bond that exists between flesh and blood; parents and children, both in the past and in the future! Husband and wife are one, spiritually united, not to be parted. (1 Corinthians 6:16; 7:2, 4) What affects one affects the other as they grow ever closer together. That oneness in marriage doesn’t mean losing your personality or your uniqueness, but strengthens marriage through respect and relationship. This spiritual bond is not an act of carnality. (1 Corinthians 7:14; Matthew 19:6-8) Like all spiritual laws, this intimate spiritual bond rules over physical bonds of family and the rest of the world. In spiritual law, marriage is more than two lives joined as one! This covenant is a bond with the Most High. Only YHWH is above those that honor or reject spiritual law that He has created. Only He is above the marriage covenant set on earth while husband and wife live. (Matthew 19:9; 29) The Word of YHWH mends their brokenness as they submit to one another and to the Father, a holy tie of three. (Malachi 2:14-16; 3:5; Proverbs 2:16-17; Matthew 5:27-30; 31-32; “How YHWH Marks His People“; “The Truth About Anger“; “Are You Useful to YHWH?“; “Seductive Persuasion Breaks a Good Man“)

marriage-love-favorIn the same way, Messiah wants to be one with His people, His sheep, just as husband and wife are joined as one in Spirit. What the Most High has joined together through spiritual law no man should separate; a complete mystery to the world! (Mathew 19:4-6) Separation from the Master always destroys. Married couples are to work together using their gifts, instead of devising a tool of evil. (Romans 1:21-22; Acts 4:25-26; Jeremiah 7:24; Proverbs 6:18) Husband and wife do not need to fear when they trust YHWH, as they seek to anchor their children in Bible truth. Satan and the world splits. The Almighty unites and strengthens. (“Gifts of the Spirit & Speaking in Tongues“; “The Gift of Love in Marriage“)

family-policeThis is the opposite of the modern political world that has come to put children first above the parents, usually because doing so empowers the authority of government over the family unit founded by Father YHWH. (Matthew 5:21-22) In this way, once again, Satan seeks to rule over the human family, to mandate and dictate the Way of YHWH, promoting man-rule over Divine rule. Through this societal manipulation, a modern heretical attack has been launched against believer and unbeliever alike. A worldly court system seeks to publish all the filth of vain imaginings, (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) seeking to justify itself and the rancor of others so that it may have its way with the family as usurers. (Matthew 18:15-17; Ephesians 4:31; 5:11; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20) Families willingly give themselves over to this spiritual blight as they negate any witness they could have before the world. (“Modern Society and Obsolete Marriage“; “Family vs. Government: The Disagreement About Parenting“)

Children do not occupy the same spiritual position in life as the unity of marriage. Continually putting children first and foremost, ahead of the marriage bond is no less than idolatry. Growing children are to honor parents that operate under the Will of YHWH over all else in this world. That is the intimacy of the family. That is the spiritual order of YHWH that transcends nations and peoples. No family or nation can truly prosper when the Almighty’s order of spiritual family law is violated. This is why many modern nations have reaped a blight of destruction in family and society, even under the guise of health and propriety. (“Is YHWH In Your Marriage?“; “Marriage: Love Is Not Easily Angered“)

“Children, obey your parents in YAHWEH, for this is right. Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise, that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.  And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but nurture them in the discipline and teaching of YAHWEH.” – Ephesians 6:1-4

small-familyChildren, like parents, are to operate in the same brotherly love that must live in marriage, that must live in the body of believers. This is through the teaching and example of Messiah. They will not provoke one another to anger through unreasonable and unjust commands, through unjust reproach in private or public. Ongoing strife and contention is the polar opposite of the brotherly love that the Messiah commands of disciples. (Genesis 18:19; Proverbs 22:6; Colossians 3:21; “Discipleship is Renewal“; “Living the Good Life as Husband and Wife“)

spiritual-warfareLife in Messiah is spiritual warfare. Struggle in the world is common to man along with inner desires, as well as with powers of darkness which seek to destroy the believer, the anointed of YHWH. The Holy Spirit has supplied the weapons necessary for victory. The sword of the Spirit and the power of prayer are weapons against which Satan will overcome. (Ephesians 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 12:7) The Apostle Paul explains the armor of YHWH that disciples are to put on as they put on the new man in Messiah. (Ephesians 6:10-18; “Verbalizing Divine Protection”)

“Therefore, I say this, and testify in the Master, that you no longer walk even as also the rest of the nations walk, in the vanity of their mind, having been darkened by their intellect, being alienated from the life of YAHWEH because they have no knowledge, which is because of the hardness of their heart, who, having cast off all feeling, surrendered themselves up to lust, and to the practice of all uncleanness with a desire for more and more. But that is not what you have been taught in Messiah, if indeed you heard Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Yahshua [Jesus]. Lay aside all your former practices and put off the old man, having been degenerated with deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man, who is created by YAHWEH in righteousness and true holiness.” – Ephesians 4:17-24, HRB

Disciples must humble themselves. We must renew our minds, our spirits. (Luke 6:39-40) YHWH purposed much more for mankind than the corruption of the mind, body and soul. He has great desires for your good, including your deliverance from the old man of the past. You must be willing to listen to your Heavenly Father instead of man. Disciples must be willing to forgive, to open up to YHWH or risk eternal separation from Him. (Psalm 103; Colossians 3:2, 5, 8-9, 13-14; “Disciple of Messiah: Live Your Belief”; “Doctrine Is What You Do”; “Are You In Danger of a Reprobate Mind? Sexual Sin and YHWH“; “Sex is Marriage: Discipleship & Singles Ministry”) YHWH’s Presence rests on His people as they abide in Him. Even during the darkest times on earth, YHWH’s presence is always evident.

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:37-38, NKJV

“Only behave yourself worthily of the good news of Messiah, so that whether coming and seeing you or whether I am far away, I may hear of your good conduct, that you stand fast in one spirit and one soul, triumphing together in the faith of the good news, and not being terrified in anything by our adversaries, whose conduct is the sign of their own destruction, but to your salvation, and this from YAHWEH” – Philippians 1:27-28, HRB

nightly newsIn our culture today, many of us have become dependent on listening to the words that spring out of the mouth of man (or a man), often without considering the source. YHWH purposed that His people would outgrow the ideas of man through relationship with Him and His Holy Spirit. That personal relationship is designed to supersede your dependence on the society of man. (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:8; Romans 5:2-6; 2 Corinthians 5:16-18; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “Truth About the Modern Concept of Pastor“)

The Most High seeks to begin a good work in you and to complete that work. This can happen with your cooperation, as He promises. That work began when He gave His Son to come to the world to die for all sin, because of the fall of mankind. YHWH, Elohim  of Hosts put a mustard seed of faith in every man and woman, even if you didn’t know it. Forgiveness begins that work in your life, which will continue through your lifetime as you become more complete as a new man in Messiah. You must be willing to complete that process. Trust Him and begin a better walk with the Master Yahshua [Jesus] through the Holy Spirit. (“YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“; “Abiding With YHWH in Quiet Places“)

“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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