by John and Ruth Greene
Many that profess belief in ‘Christ’ want an abundance of ‘God’s grace’ and His peace, but the same are unwilling to put out a real effort to get to know Him better through Bible study and prayer. They may or may not know the reality of the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. To fully understand and enjoy the truth of the Bible, you need to know the Bible for yourself, to make what is says your own. You own your ‘faith,’ your personal trust in Elohim [‘God’]. Grace is the period of time that you live, yes, even this moment! Your Heavenly Father’s grace is having the opportunity to abide in Him through Yahshua [Jesus] and the Holy Spirit. While you support and invest in Elohim’s Kingdom, you know that your salvation and trust in your Heavenly Father are your own! (2 Peter 1:2; “Foundation of Salvation“; “Roots of Salvation“)
Regardless of where you stand in your spiritual growth, this verse holds true:
“Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master Yahshua Messiah, He according to His great mercy having regenerated us to a living hope through the resurrection of Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in Heaven for you.” – 1 Peter 1:3-4, HRB
The power to grow spiritually does not come from within the spirit of man, from your own abilities and strengths. You are not your own strong man. Your power comes through YHWH, your trust in Yahshua [Jesus] and the power of the Holy Spirit through your continued obedience with a seeking and humble heart. You learn to be set apart to Him. YHWH invites you to renew your mind and heart to keep you safe from sin, as well as to help you live for Him. When you are born again in the Spirit of YHWH, you are empowered as long as you submit to Him in obedience. (John 3:6, 14:17-23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 1:22-23; “The Plight of the Strong Man“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“)
“Years ago when my family was attending ‘church,’ we were often greatly hurt and rejected because we looked different than a traditional family of the time. Mixing races wasn’t something you did in those days. When I was living in Puerto Rico, a pastor that we worshiped with had a heart for people. A spirit of rejection did not rule that smallish gathering of Messiah. They had open hearts that allowed us to escape the corruption of the world. In this same way, the goodness of Elohim’s people through the Holy Spirit does not reject people because of surface differences, whatever those may be. Because of the witness of this body of Messiah, I began to develop the spiritual strength to begin to reach out to others through the knowledge that I had gained. This helped to complete me as a person.”
“And for this reason do your utmost to add to your belief uprightness, to uprightness knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control endurance, to endurance reverence, to reverence brotherly affection, and to brotherly affection love. For if these are in you and increase, they cause you to be neither inactive nor without fruit in the knowledge of our Master Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah. For he in whom these are not present is blind, being shortsighted, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his old sins.” – 2 Peter 1:5-9, ISR98
“Even though I learned YHWH’s Word through His Spirit, this body of the Messiah allowed me to develop through relationships with people, a vital aspect for every disciple. We are not on this earth alone. With these qualities and through the grace of YHWH, I grew spiritually so that I was not ineffective. I became grounded in trust through relationship with YHWH and through His body of believers, disciples with humble and honest hearts. All of this came from accurate knowledge, grounded through prayer and YHWH’s Holy Spirit of love. I came to fully realize that Bible knowledge is the Word of YHWH. I searched the Bible myself and learned with the help of His Spirit. I was then able to press that knowledge into obedience! All of this required effort as I learned His love!” – quote from Ruth Greene
Don’t be fooled! Your trust in your Heavenly Father is more than belief in certain facts. Your trust in YHWH always results in action, growth in your spiritual character and the practice of spiritual discipline. False teachers often say otherwise! They say that self-control is not needed because deeds or works don’t help anyway. (2 Peter 2:19) While deeds do not save, they are the fruit of your trust in YHWH! As you grow spiritually to resemble your Savior, you grow to serve others as your spiritual character grows. Perseverance is needed, which the Holy Spirit will provide as you press into Him. You obey Him. This changes your life! You don’t return to living in the natural world in the same old ways! (“The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard“; “A Matter of Grace“)
Each disciple is answerable to grow in faith. YHWH empowers and enables you, but makes you answerable for what you do. Your spiritual life extends into all that you do, part of the sanctified process of YHWH, your Heavenly Father. Your trust is a dynamic active extension of everything you do. Any person that claims the Father’s salvation while remaining unchanged does not understand ‘faith’ or what YHWH has done for him or her. Complacency is not part of Elohim’s [God’s] Spirit.
When teachers do not teach the Bible to the spiritual body that follows them, they are false teachers. When the spiritual body does not crack their Bible, they cannot triumph over their old lifestyles. As a result, they do not belong to Elohim.
Let’s put this directly again. Your spiritual fruit backs up your claim to be a son of YHWH, a disciple of the Messiah. This fruit is not always obvious, so a disciple can simply follow people that seem good. They must follow the life of the Messiah and the Word of YHWH, focused through lens of the Holy Spirit. Two kingdoms exist. You are a slave to one or the other.
“There exists a great competition in the world of Bible scholarship. A Hebraic roots initiative says that Christians must become like Jews. This is the same kind of thinking that tried to propel itself in the new Christian congregation in the first century…wholly condemned by Scripture.”
“There is also a scholarly movement afoot that is actively promoting old Aramaic texts as wholly superior to the current understanding that is possible through the existing knowledge of YHWH’s Word. These proponents say that YHWH’s Word will be revolutionized. The opposition, which supports the tradition of current knowledge, rises up in fear.”
“Both the fear of any small change in understanding and the pride of presenting new knowledge are polar opposites, spirits of the flesh. Neither opposite is correct or likely to be true. The Bible itself tells the disciple that knowledge will increase in the ‘last days.’ (Daniel 12:4; Proverbs 1:23, 4:18; Jeremiah 5:24; James 5:7; 2 Peter 1:16-18) This is not simply a surge in secular knowledge that is obvious, but spiritual understanding.” (2 Chronicles 16:9; Jeremiah 5:1; Amos 8:12; Zechariah 4:10)
“And we have the prophetic word made more certain, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture came to be of one’s own interpretation, for prophecy never came by the desire of man, but men of Elohim spoke, being moved by the Set-apart Spirit. ” – 2 Peter 1:19-21, ISR98
“The origins of YHWH’s Word are pure, even though they have been handed down through the ages. The endless debate over which text came first does not necessarily indicate good scholarship or Bible truth, nor does it necessarily change that truth. Through the inner workings of the flesh, there is a movement afoot that seeks something new. There is also a movement afoot that always seeks tradition, the lack of spiritual growth. While new understandings are not necessarily wrong, they must always stand up to the scrutiny of Scripture, the Light of YHWH’s Word. They do not reinvent the Bible for their own means or stand up as an antichrist movement. New understandings always reinforce YHWH’s Word. Prayer and the Holy Spirit will guide you.” – quote from John Greene
You will not be led astray by false teaching, competitions and glamorous sins. (2 Peter 3:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 4:3-4) None of these are part of YHWH’s fruit. Outstanding coaches constantly review the basis of the sport with their teams. Good athletes can execute the fundamentals consistently. A disciple must not neglect the basis of trust in the pursuit of deeper understanding. Just as a good athlete needs continual practice, you need constant reminders of the fundamentals of your trust in YHWH and how you came to believe in the first place. (2 Peter 1:10; 1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1; “Beware of False Teachers & Disciples“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“)
Don’t allow yourself to be bored or impatient with messages on ‘Christian life.’ The ‘church body’ (or spiritual gathering), even ministers of the Word, need this advice very badly. Instead, the minister of the Word must take the attitude of an athlete that continues to practice and refine the basics, even as he or she learns more advanced skills. This applies to understanding and growing spiritually in the Word of YHWH. (2 Peter 1:12-15)
The Bible is the Light of the disciple. The Holy Spirit guides the disciple to seek truth with a renewed heart and mind. (Luke 1:78; Ephesians 5:14; Revelation 2:28, 22:16) YHWH’s Word is not a creative work of man, but inspiration from YHWH, the Heavenly Father. The message is authentic and reliable. It isn’t like the world of man. You don’t need to worry about a crash or disaster of any kind in the Kingdom of Elohim. Where are you making your investment? (“Disciple: Live Your Belief“; “A Survival Kit for Christians“; “The Christian Prepper: How Prepared Are You?“)