by John and Ruth Greene
“Now belief in truth is the support of trust, proof of things not seen. By reason of it the elders testified. By belief in truth we understand the age, thoroughly completed by the word of Elohim, not seen but brought to light.” – Hebrews 11:1-2, direct translation
No matter what Bible translation you read, you come to understand that ‘faith’ is trust in a certain belief based in trust. A person can have faith or trust in most anything, including barren beliefs that bear no benefit to anyone. This is the case for any person. As a disciple of the Messiah reads scripture and takes it to heart, it becomes apparent that personal belief is expressed through the expectation of promises made, created out of what is not always seen in the world at a given moment in time. In this way, a disciple of the Messiah reciprocates (to the degree possible) the love of the Father with his or her love, as well as devotion and commitment based on His covenant of grace through true friendship and openness. (Matthew 24:45-46; Luke 7:2-10; Hebrews 11:1-2; James 2:14-26)
This side of YHWH’s Kingdom all people are grounded in iniquity of the past and imperfection of the present. Messiah died for the forgiveness of that sin. You may think that this is nothing new to you. Consider this information deeply and reflect on it. Relationship with YHWH requires a response. The only way that you can be made right or completed in the sight of Father YHWH is through your personal conviction and attention, your trust in the redeeming value of the Messiah and the power of the Holy Spirit. Your trust, however new, begins your personal relationship with YHWH, as you come into righteousness with a new life before Him. That new life is not the result of any man or organization, but by what you learn from scripture as the Word of YHWH and through the counsel of the Holy Spirit. This is based on what you willingly allow and apply in your life. Reviewing the basics will help to keep you firm in your trust. The life of a disciple is not abstract, nor is life in Messiah about what is considered to be ‘good’ in the viewpoint of the world. Much of what is considered ‘good’ in the world is not the righteousness of YHWH. To be a disciple of the Messiah is real and practical, evidenced by what you do and how you choose to conduct yourself. The Bible is YHWH’s message to you. The Word of YHWH is the expression of Him, of His Spirit, which is required to begin personal change in your life. In this way, you are able to be transformed into a spiritually mature disciple, which comes through the counsel and power of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 17:20; Mark 4:24, 9:23, 11:23; Luke 1:37, 17:5; John 1:1, 10:38, 12:45, 14:9, 11, 20:28; Romans 8:31; Joshua 23:10; Deuteronomy 32:29-31; “How YHWH Marks His People“; “Spiritual Growth or Spiritual Death“)
Sin cuts you off from YHWH. Sin causes you to want to live your own way or follow after the traditions of men rather than following YHWH’s track of righteousness set out in scripture. Personal sin and imperfection point out the need for forgiveness and spiritual cleansing. In His kindness, YHWH [Elohim] reaches out in personal provision to you. You bear the fruit of that provision only through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:12; 1 John 3:9) YHWH is perfect and fair. Sin is by His definition. Every person has sinned and only the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah saves. However, this is only the beginning. The process of growing in your own personal Christian understanding starts with knowing sin and recognizing your need for salvation. This is followed by personal spiritual growth and covenant friendship, evidenced by a personal expression of love and concern for others. (John 3:16, 8:24; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 4:8, 18; Romans 13:8-10; “Spiritual Disease That Eats at Your Salvation“; “Blind Leading the Blind“)
What will happen when you don’t give YHWH your trust? Scripture says that Father YHWH will give those that fall away and the unrepentant over to a debased mind. (Romans 1:28-29) Why? His Spirit has no power in their lives. People tend to believe lies that reinforce their own selfish personal beliefs and desires. With TV, music, movies, etc, often present sinful lifestyles and unwholesome attitudes. You are constantly bombarded by attitudes and beliefs that are in opposition to the righteousness of YHWH and scripture. The wicked or unrighteous are separated from YHWH’s track of righteousness, ultimately doomed to the judgment of destruction. They choose to reject Him and He allows them to do so as free agents. He allows all persons to declare their independence from Him if they choose. In time, rebels against YHWH become slaves to personal rebellious choices, losing the freedom NOT to sin.
Are you aware of YHWH’s death penalty? You know, the penalty that few really want to talk about. The penalty that is often quietly glossed over. Human beings were created in YHWH’s image. Each of us has inherited imperfection from our parents. As imperfect people, we have a basic nature that is generally understood beyond Bible understanding. For example, the science of psychology says that a person without a ‘conscience’ has a serious personality disorder, a disorder that is extremely difficult to deal with. Most people instinctively know when they do wrong, but they may not care. Other people will risk an early death for the freedom to indulge their desires of the moment. They may consider any danger worth the risk. For others, part of the ‘fun’ is going against YHWH’s law, the ‘moral standards’ of a community, common sense, or even by challenging their own personal sense of right and wrong. (Romans 6:23) Does life without your Heavenly Father look like freedom to you? There is no worse slavery than slavery to sin and an aimless dead future. (Romans 1:24-25, 32, 6:23; “What You Should Be Optimistic About“; “Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“)
Part of growing in spiritual maturity is giving credit to YHWH for His power and completing work in your life. You learn to be centered on His Word. Serving Him unifies true believers, allowing them to be sensitive to the needs of others. We are to be disciples and apostles, sent to do a work of YHWH, work that really matters. This is both provision and great answerability for those that trust in Him and actively seek to do His Will. This is a new life where vigorous activity is needed. You have been personally invited by Yahshua [Jesus] to be reborn with a new Spirit! (Psalm 16:4, 40:6-10, 118:22; Isaiah 11:1; Zechariah 9:9-11, 12:10; Malachi 4:1-6; “Seeking a New Spirit“)
Every person sins by rebellion or by ignoring YHWH’s Will. No matter your background, nobody is able to earn salvation or remove the stain of sin except through the Messiah. By the power of the Holy Spirit through your life in Messiah, you are continually sanctified. This is the foundation of your spiritual growth and daily walk in Him. This expression of your love sets you apart from sin, as you are enabled to obey and become more like the example of the Messiah. When you are growing in your trust and relationship, the Holy Spirit frees you from the demands of the Law and judgment, under YHWH’s grace or love. In this way, you have been released from sin’s control and fear of punishment. The Holy Spirit is active and real in the life of a disciple of the Messiah. Without the direct and promised counsel of the Holy Spirit, you have the wrong teacher.
YHWH oversees and cares for His people: past, present and future. His ways are always just and righteous. He has set out His track of righteousness because He loves you. That is His foundation of provision. Because of His love, all those of the nations and converted Jews can be saved. He is sovereign above all. Allow Him to reign in your heart. Grace and peace comes only from Him, separate from all circumstance. (Romans 1:7, 18-19, 21-25, 28-32) You are free from the grip of sin by applying the ‘law of faith.’ You alone conduct your life through your conviction, your assurance, your trust. (Romans 1:16, 18-25; Habakkuk 2:4) Through the faith that He gives each disciple, He carries them from death to life. Your trust is the thread that must run throughout your life as a disciple of the Messiah. (“Moving Mountains in Your Life“; “Mind Control of the Beast“)