These times…July 3rd 2015

I asked the Lord to share some scripture with me for this July 3rd 2015.  He revealed Jeremiah 16 and 17.  When I first began the scripture I thought to myself,  “how is this relatable?”…did not take me a minute longer to see its truth.

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[Sacrifice as the Passover to the Lord your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the Lord will choose as a dwelling for his Name. Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.]

Deuteronomy 16:2-3

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This scripture in verses 2 and 3 I’m sharing because I believe it covers the foundation of our walk.  Though I embrace our Jewish roots to this Faith, it initially seemed that the Passover offering was irrelevant. However, not the case.  We are being reminded here of the foundation of our Faith.  It is we who are the very Tabernacles of God.  He dwells in us.  We need to apply Yeshua’s Blood to the door of our hearts.

The yeast has significance as well, as this yeast signifies sin.  We are not to take part in sin. …only in the Lamb of God.  This separates us.  As stated in Galatians, a little leven levens the whole lump.  We must not eat of sins fruit.

Lastly we must remember where we came from, so we don’t go back!  We must remember what we’ve been delivered from.

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[And rejoice before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you.]

Deuteronomy 16:11

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We must not forget to rejoice! We are His dwelling place, let us not forget!  How honored are we?  We are the Glory of God.  Let His light shine for the whole world to see.  Show His gifts.  Allow the miracles, signs, and wonders of the Lord to manifest through us as a witness to unbelievers.

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Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

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This in many ways is self explanatory.  Though we are to respect authority, we must recognize we are not being ruled fairly.  We have judges that are perverted, showing favoritism, accept bribery,  as well as they themselves bribe.  We have come into a time that our rulers are not of God.  May we not be deceived in this.  If we allow them to bend our beliefs or break them, then we become the very thing we despise.  “Blinding the eyes of the wise and twisting the words of the innocent”.  Is this not what is happening to our Christian brothers and sisters?  This is happening because we are being covered by an ungodly judicial system.  We are not looked at in the way that we rightly deserve. ..but instead with distaste and disgust.  We are being made the enemy.  Yet, and thankfully, this is a lie.  We need to focus on the One true God. ..the authority,  who is sovereign and is just.  Claiming Him, not the lies of the world.

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You shall not set up for yourself pillars of any trees (wooden Asherah pole), which you make for yourself near the altar of Jehovah your God.  And you shall not raise up for yourself any standing image, which Jehovah your God detests.  Deuteronomy 16:21-22

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Asherah is a pagan diety, a goddess…”considered the moon-goddess, Asherah was often presented as a consort of Baal, the sun-god. Asherah was also worshiped as the goddess of love and war and was sometimes linked with Anath, another Canaanite goddess. Worship of Asherah was noted for its sensuality and involved ritual prostitution. The priests and priestesses of Asherah also practiced divination and fortune telling.”

The first thing I thought of when I read this was about the Satanic statue that is being prepared to be erected in the USA.

Yet also, and importantly, is we need to be careful what pagan things we place near us.  If we are the very tabernacle of God, is not then an altar of God within us?  Being careful to not set up pillars of ungodliness in our lives. Acceptance, tolerance, embracing that which is not of God and incorporating it in our lives, is dangerous and wrong.

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As you read Deuteronomy 17 you initially may think that the punishment is harsh.  That these times were harsh.  Let us for a moment look past the harshness and let’s focus on the lesson and the command of God.  The focus I have is on “you must purge the evil from among you”.

God is looking for a spotless bride.  A glorious bride.  He sanctifies us and sets us apart with His Word. We are in times that we are being called to choose.  This is not a coincidence.  Are we on the fence, are we choosing sides?  Are we “watering down” the Word, are we lukewarm?

His Love asks us to forgive, to share the Word, and be a good Samaritan to all…including sinners. We all fall short.  But we are not to become part of.  We are to purge sin, even within us.

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[If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant, and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars in the sky, and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death. On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death, and then the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from among you.]

[If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judge—whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults—take them to the place the Lord your God will choose. Go to the Levitical priests and to the judge who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict. You must act according to the decisions they give you at the place the Lord will choose. Be careful to do everything they instruct you to do. Act according to whatever they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left. Anyone who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the Lord your God is to be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel. All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again. When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.]

– Deuteronomy 17:2-20

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This next Word speaks for itself.

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[It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.]

– Galatians 5:1-26

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