by John and Ruth Greene
A common sentiment is that “we have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning.” While these words sound noble and true to many, the reality is that mankind has been on the planet for some time without enacting the solution for a new beginning. This ‘new beginning’ doesn’t exist in culture despite a myriad of legal statutes and formulations. (“Are You Building With Sand?“) Instead, the modern family has been ravaged by these legal ideas through what is typically a clueless court system. Rather than building the ‘institution’ of the family up, the modern family is often torn apart through poor attitudes and unrealistic expectations, through lusts of the flesh and great discouragement. This drama is further compounded by authorities that claim to have the best interests of families and children at heart. This is the opposite of scripture, what our Heavenly Father expects:
“Do not worry at all, but in every matter, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim. And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Messiah Yahshua. For the rest, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is righteous, whatever is clean, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and if there is any praise – think on these.” – Philippians 4:6-8, ISR98
Genuine Christians have the divine power required, instilled within by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:2-3; Matthew 11:28-30, 13:22) This shows how separated from YHWH modern culture is; and why Christians must separate themselves from it. Authority and society is often double-minded. How often does national culture parade as a Christian nation when it is convenient to do so, portraying itself as helpful and good? Instead of peace and well-being, the harvest has been more stress and strife as separated parents tear at one another like wild animals possessed by madness. This is expected behavior which has been continually rewarded in the past. This is your right to behave in this way, you are told. The enraged entitlement mindset says: “I have the right to do anything!” Christians have allowed their families to be ravaged in this way.
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23-25, NKJV (see 1 Corinthians 10:14-22)
Secular society advertises and believes that stress, strife and anxiety are normal parts of life, to be relished and owned. They are proclaimed as a right of human life. (John 14:27, 16:33; Romans 8:38-39; James 1:12; 1 John 4:21; 1 Timothy 6:6; Psalm 4:8; Proverbs 12:25) This is part of the double-minded mental illness that pervades modern culture today.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Yahweh; having a form of holiness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-7, WoY
As individuals, most of us have learned to listen to worldly authorities that claim to have our best interests in mind. We may have learned to rise up to support a cultural call for ‘justice.’ We easily learn to be manipulated through the root of fear. Over time, this mindset of fear evolves into a somewhat complex array of symptoms that we call stress. It can be briefly said that these are reactions against what is happening around you. Stress can seem to be a highly individual experience, but has been common to mankind through the ages. How you react to this pressure can be a matter of choice. You are not required to be a slave to it. (1 Corinthians 10:13; Exodus 33:14) Fear springs from doubt through conflict, strife, health issues, the perception of danger, unmet needs and false beliefs. (“Wavering Between Two Opinions“; “Freedom from Spiritual Bondage“)
In life, you may face an onslaught of false accusation and persecution. Long ago, King David made a plea to YHWH in the face of false accusations and persecution. He held to his personal love for YHWH despite his own sins of the past. He loved close fellowship with his Father, seeking honest repentance for his errors. He turned to Elohim for his needs instead of the vanities of men. (Psalm 32 & 51) Through repentance on His track of righteousness, YHWH protects you through painful trials and circumstances that flash about you, just as lightning does in a thunderstorm. The lightning is a distraction, just as many circumstances are around you. We have lived this for ourselves and know this to be true. Don’t be deceived or distracted, but abide in the Spirit of YHWH. (Matthew 24:4-14; Galatians 6:7; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Colossians 3:9-10) As disciples, we are to put on the new man. (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:1; “Abiding in Trust“; “The Abomination that Causes Desolation“; “Spiritual Disease that Eats at Your Salvation“)
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of Elohim; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of YHWH. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of YHWH: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of YHWH, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of the Messiah.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, RNKJV
The true measure of contentment is by abiding with the Messiah though the Holy Spirit as your Counselor. You are grounded in the Father’s love and in doing His Will. This will always bring more happiness than by following after the fears and passions of men while becoming enslaved to them. The attitude of the world doesn’t recognize this.
“I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.” – Romans 12:1-2, ISR98
Christians can learn to develop trust in matters other than the things of YHWH. You aren’t purified by these things or by worrying about them. This is idolatry rooted in your heart. Removing the world from your heart is part of shedding the old man of the past, a process of purifying your heart and mind. (“Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“) That is the difference between being blessed and cursed as you seek an open heart toward your Heavenly Father. (1 Peter 5:6-7; Psalm 55:22-23, 131:1; Proverbs 3:5-8; Psalm 34:4; read Psalm 32 & 51; “Video: What Is Idolatry“)
“As for the deeds of men – by the word of Your lips, I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyer. My steps have held fast to Your paths, my feet have not slipped. I have called upon You, for You answer me, O El; incline Your ear to me, hear my speech. Let Your kindness be distinguished, You who save by Your right hand those who take refuge from those who rise up. Guard me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the face of the wrong who ravage me, from my deadly enemies who surround me.” – Psalm 17:4-9, ISR98
Those that come against YHWH’s people are sure to reap the rewards of Psalm 17:13-14:
“Arise, O Yahweh, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: from men which are thy hand, O Yahweh, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.” (WoY)
You can see how dangerous it is for a married couple to pit themselves against one another in mutual hatred through the trials of divorce. By bringing the world into their marriage in such a way and giving into earthly lusts, each disciple risks losing the prayer covering of YHWH. (1 Timothy 6:10-11; Proverbs 14:14) They risk the blood-guilt of each member of the family, bringing the curse of nations upon themselves and their children. (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Psalm 17:8; Deuteronomy 32:11) The contentment of a disciple of the Messiah is doing the Father’s Will – remembering that a couple yoked together through His love are brothers and sisters through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (Matthew 6:25-33; Philippians 4:11-12; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6-11; Psalm 16:11; Proverbs 28:25; “Power of the Right Hand“; “The Wheels of Ezekiel“)
“Submit yourselves therefore to YHWH. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to YHWH, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” – James 4:7-8, RNKJV
(Matthew 6:24; James 1:5-8, 22-25, 4:4, 5:16; 1 Peter 4:12-13; 2 Peter 2:22; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 4:32)
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