Here is a prayer for all who are working their audit to locate their path in the darkness that has encompassed all; polish their internal lens and brighten the light within so it may shine forth for those remaining in the dark may see and come forward. “Heavenly Father I come before thee as a humble servant seeking the strength to bring your light into this dark world, that I may share what thou has bestowed as a gift. As your humble servant Lord, I have placed my foot in your footprint. And ask you loose unto all who step into this footprint the spirits of discernment, understanding, courage, grace, pardoning mercy, goodness, kindness, and mercies towards all who enter their life’s journey, deepen their conversations that they are Godly and holy. I pray for this Father, so your children who Love Cherish and Honour your Deity will not cease in this world. This I place before thy throne for you to hear as a petition for your mercies to be upon us Father as we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Amen and Amen in the name of Yeshua I pray.
OPENING COMMENTARY by Robert
In the closing comments of “FINDING YOURSELF IN THE WILDERNESS.”
I related to the condition of the world and the society we live in. I believe Matthew Henry (Oct. 18, 1662 – June 22, 1714) gave us a description of how far from God we as a society have drifted. Or you can say have allowed ourselves to be drawn into the conditions he described in 2Timothy3; “For men shall be lovers of their 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 God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.“
What comes to mind here is the warning God spoke to the Israelite’s do not fall into doing what is right in your own minds. I will ask you again “HAVE YOU BEEN COMPLETELY HONEST ” in your assessment, I pray you have because in this footprint we are going to find truths which I know are going to definitely change your walk and ultimately your persona as a believer following Yeshua.
The lessons we are about to receive are coming from Yeshua’s answers to questions brought to Him by the Pharisees and his disciples. As I have always maintained we must, and I emphasize the must, develop and seek after a very personal relationship with Yeshua. Again, I ask you to imagine we are in the presence of the Lord, and He is speaking to us directly. I believe this is the real church and as proof cite Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. We don’t need to be in a huge building or group to learn how to draw nearer to Yeshua. In John 8:12 Yeshua states his position. Then spake Yeshua again unto them saying I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Matthew Henry (Oct. 18, 1662 – June 22, 1714) comments on Yeshua’s declaration Christ’s doctrine was from heaven it was copied out of the counsels of infinite wisdom, and the kind intentions of eternal love. Yeshua states I speak that which I have seen. The discoveries Yeshua has made to us of God and another world are not grounded upon guess and hearsay but upon visual inspection so that he was thoroughly apprised of nature, and assured of the truth, of all he said.
We hear from Yeshua what he is teaching comes directly from Yahweh and should not be questioned because it is what he has seen and knows to be true and is sharing it with those who are drawing near to hear and believe. Matthew Henry (Oct. 18, 1662 – June 22, 1714) continues The Lord recognizes virtue has gone out of him and turns his discourse from the proud Pharisee’s. Addressing himself to those weak believers. When he had denounced wrath against those that were hardened in unbelief, then he spoke comfort to those few feeble Jews that believed in him. How carefully he cherishes the beginnings of grace and meets those that are coming towards him. These Jews that believed were yet but weak, but Yeshua did not, therefore, cast them off, for he gathers the lambs in his arms. When faith is in its infancy, he has knees to prevent it, breasts for it to suck, that it may not die from the womb. In what he said to them, we have two things, which he saith to all that should at any time believe.
The character of a true disciple of Christ if you continue in my word, then are you, my disciples, indeed. When they believed on him, as the great prophet, they gave up themselves to be his disciples.
Now it is becoming clearer why Yahweh was calling us to return to following His laws and placing our foot in the footprints Yeshua left behind for those who like the Jews drew nearer and believed. Once committed to doing the audit and cleaning up our walk and recognizing how much we really don’t understand why the need to draw near to Yeshua developing a permanent desire for learning and how to develop a deeper relationship with Him.
John Gill (23 Nov. -1697 – 14 Oct. 1771) I believe puts it in words we can understand and know what it is going to take to chose and devote ourselves. As well to creating a profound, lasting relationship with Yeshua: John Gill relates that: Yeshua says if ye continue In my word, meaning the Gospel, called his because he was both the author, and preacher, and sum, and substance of it. Stay in it, is having cordially received it, to abide by it, and hold it fast, and not to be moved from it. By the temptations of Satan; the cunning of those that lie in wait to deceive; nor by the revilings and persecutions. The frowns and flatteries of men; and when men continue thus steadfast in it and faithful to it. It is evidence that it has come with power, and has a place in their hearts, and that they are true followers of Yeshua. Then are ye my disciples indeed. There are two sorts of disciples of Christ. Some are only nominal, and merely in a profession such; and these sometimes draw back from him, discontinue in his word. And go out from among his people; which shows that they never were of them, nor are the true disciples of Yeshua. For the genuine followers of Yeshua continue in his Gospel, hold fast to him, the head, and remain with his people; which to do to the end, is evidence, of their being disciples indeed.
Remember I identified the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I really didn’t know much about my relationship with Yahweh and what it was going to take to walk in Yeshua’s footsteps and I suspect many others found the same.The Holy Spirit also asked if I was prepared to receive truth and then asked what was I going to do with it once I received it? His next question was, did I really understand what it truly stood for and its power?
After listening to Mr. Gill’s commentary, I am understanding better what is expected of me in this pursuit to draw nearer to Yahweh through my personal relationship with His Son Yeshua. I have always asked anyone who stated they wanted to walk in Yeshua’s footsteps if they knew what commitment was expected of them? I think Mr. Gill has explained quite clearly what it is and how difficult it is to walk in those footprints. I for one am prepared to do so knowing the Lord is there with me guiding, supplying answers and uplifting me because I truly have him in my heart and totally believe in His promises and teachings.
What I am about to share is a caution to those who question and think they are already free from the bondage of the world and the darkness enveloping it and them. Yes, we have received and believe we are living and walking under Salvation. The caution here is not to become haughty like the Pharisee’s who answered Yeshua “we be Abraham’s seed, and as such believing, there is no need to commit to an audit; as you have received Salvation through faith, believing your walk is secure and pure with Yeshua. For those who are working on their review and stepping into Yeshua’s footprints heeding Yahweh’s call to return to the law and committing to Yeshua’s teachings through the Holy Spirit here is a strong message you really need to hear. The following is from the Mount of Olives delivered by Yeshua cited in John 8:13 The Pharisee’s, therefore, said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. V14: Yeshua answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true; for I know whence I came, and whither I go, but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. v15: Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. v16: And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. Then said Yeshua to those Jews which believed on him, v31: If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. v32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
I believe John Gill’s (23 Nov. -1697 – 14 Oct. 1771) comments ring true as he explains what is in store for those of us who have committed to the audit. Are now seeking to draw closer removing the false teachings returned to following Yahweh’s Laws and are moving into a profound personal relationship with Yeshua. I believe here is where we discover what truth is and its powers over us.
And ye shall know the truth,….. Either the truth of the Gospel, the truth as it is in Yeshua. Meaning, that they should have a larger knowledge of it. While others are ever learning, and never come to the knowledge of the truth. But the spirit of truth should lead them into all truth, and cause them to grow and increase in Gospel light and knowledge, or Yeshua himself. Who is the way, the truth, and the life, and the sense is, that they should know more of him. Of the dignity of his person, of the nature and usefulness of his offices; of the efficacy of his blood. The excellency of his righteousness, and the fulness of his grace, and that for themselves: and the truth shall make you free. From ignorance and error, and the prejudices of education, under which the whole nation labored, and from the thraldom (slavery) of the law.
What is becoming more and more apparent of this particular journey is the need of a guide which I see as the Holy Spirit. The commentator Matthew Henry (Oct. 18, 1662 – June 22, 1714) comments relate to this as a journey comparable to the Israelite’s following the column in the day and resting in assurance they were protected by the pillar of fire at night. As we grow spiritually deeper into our audit it is recognized there is a strong leadership required as we have no clue where we are being led but know our final destination. The Israelite’s were venturing into uncharted territory knowing their destination just as we are now journeying into uncharted territories also knowing we have been set free from ignorance and error, the prejudices of education and slavery of the law having a destination to work at achieving being with Yahweh.
John Gill (23 Nov. -1697 – 14 Oct. 1771) says if ye continue In my word, meaning the Gospel, called his because he was both the author, and preacher, and sum, and substance of it. And to continue in it is having cordially received it, to abide by it, and hold it fast, and not to be moved from it. By the temptations of Satan. The cunning of those that lie in wait to deceive; nor by the revilings and persecutions, the frowns and flatteries of men. And when people continue thus steadfast in it and faithful to it, it is evidence that it has come with power, and has a place in their hearts, and that they are true followers of Yeshua, then are ye my disciples indeed;
We now have a better understanding of how truth works in our lives and a knowledge of what makes one a disciple of Yeshua devoted dedication and complete commitment. However, John Gill (23 Nov. -1697 – 14 Oct. 1771) points out there is more than one type of disciples Indeed there are two sorts of disciples of Yeshua, some are only nominal, and merely in the profession such;. And these sometimes draw back from him, discontinue in his word, and go out from among his people. Which shows that they never were of them, nor are the true disciples of Yeshua; for the genuine disciples of Yeshua continue in his Gospel, hold fast to him, the head, and remain with his people; which to do to the end, is evidence, of their being disciples indeed.
So now I see again even deeper how much I really didn’t know of my relationship with Yeshua “Oh,” sure I was coasting along believing my relationship was deep and I was doing everything I thought I needed to do to follow and draw closer to Yeshua. However when the Holy Spirit revealed I wasn’t where I thought or hoped to be in my relationship with Yeshua I wondered at first then submitted to his musings and began to dig deeper. Quickly realized I was bordering on believing in my mind I was right with God, and promptly understood I had started to slip toward walking in Pride, Vanity, Luxury, Sensuality.
Matthew Henry (Oct. 18, 1662 – June 22, 1714) also confirms It is implied that there are many who profess themselves Yeshua’s disciples who are not his disciples indeed but only in show and name. Then goes on to relate those that are not strong in faith to see to it that they be sound in faith that though not disciples of the highest form, they are nevertheless disciples indeed.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert:
The common excuse I’m so busy making a living time is precious (Luxury), then if I make these changes, I won’t be accepted socially (Vanity). Besides, I know God been baptized and declared my love for Him and always let everyone know I’m a good Christian (Pride). The real game breaker is how important the feel of a velvet shirt against my skin is. Recognizing certain fragrances heighten sensual experiences and will attract the opposite sex to have an opportunity (Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.) to appease my fleshly desires (Sensuality). Without realizing it, I was falling into this worldly trap and slipping away from building my relationship with Yeshua as three of the four temptations were growing in my life I had sensuality under control. It is not wrong to present yourself professionally. However when you begin to allow these factors to dictate your walk you have enabled the five natural senses touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing to become the primary factors of how you will approach your walk instead of hearing the Holy Spirit guide, teach, chastise, and lead. Putting it bluntly you have become carnal and gather information about the world around you instead of about Yeshua which is a stumble but in some cases, it’s a drastic fall. What was coming to my mind was the warning not to fall into doing what is right in your own minds, which I believe is carnally defined in Websters Dictionary as the capacity for the effective application of the powers of the mind as a basis for action or response: intelligence. Which Yahweh sees as idolatry. Romans 1:21-22 Apostle Paul relates how God deals with this form of belief v21: Because of that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. v22: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
Now remember we are learning about truth’s power to set us free but physics tells us where there is an action there is a reaction Yeshua describes the reaction which I believe many do not realize the power of sin has over those who commit sin, if they did possibly they wouldn’t commit sin. This is Yeshua’s message to all in John8: 34-35 v34: Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. v35: And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
I’m closing with the following comments which I firmly believe those reading these writings if doing the audit and following the Lead of the Holy Spirit will through these teachings know in their hearts what Yeshua meant when He said the truth shall set you free. If it doesn’t then, I believe Mr. Gill described you perfectly as one of the two Disciples, and you will know who you are. Mr. Henry stated what your position is as well, many who profess themselves Yeshua’s disciples who are not his disciples indeed but only in show and name.
My question to all if you are not doing the Audit and cleaning house why not? Yahweh has given us a chance to return to His flock. He is offering a pathway to Him through Yeshua’s Footprints, and as we have learned tonight, it is going to be “TRUTH” which is going to educate us and bring us closer to Yahweh and Yeshua. I can see we are being offered an opportunity to know the truth and all that is needful and profitable for us to know, confirmed in the belief of it and definitely know the certainty of it. The blessing I received through writing this article is knowing I am in the darkness of the world but God’s truth will feed me as one of Gods children will bring me into His light and freedom from the darkness forever. I will first be a beacon reflecting His light into the darkness so as a disciple I can share His truth and Love.
As a 71-year-old man, I cannot understand how anyone would pass up this tender offer to do what God has called us to do which is simple once you take the time through Yeshua and the Holy Spirit’s leading to hear Yahweh say “ I JUST WANT YOUR LOVE AND OBEDIENCE.”
From this day forward when I say God Bless or God’s Speed they both will have an entirely different meaning to me as both now represent His Truth.
May you be blessed by this writing God Bless