If thou, therefore, will worship me, all shall be thine.” And Yeshua answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and he only shalt thou serve. Luke 4:7-8.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Yeshua. (Col. 2:8)
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
The following defines what I call “MIND CANDY” it’s a quote from “Placing My Foot In Yeshua’s Footprint” published June/17/2017 and I believe it fits our current spiritual atmosphere. ” The teachings being received in many of what are being called churches today, represent weekly entertainment centers or gathering places for like-minded fellowship and edification of the worldly [god] most have come to worship. An image made like to corruptible man which involves issues affecting the environment, as well as political and social. They give the appearance of being an assembly (Church) and in reality, are headed up by a hireling teacher leading a flock of deluded followers. Each week the hirelings attend a meeting of hireling teachers who participate in a group meeting usually a Thursday, to lay out and agree on their collective sermon to uplift their worldly [god] of love. They reap from those who have become merchandise in the name of their worldly [god].
In reality, it only personifies the worldly image they have created and accepted as their [god] (Romans 1:21) Because 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. Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Which gives no edification to their spiritual relationship with Yeshua nor does it prepare them for any spiritual battles which may lay ahead.
Yeshua taught in parables because it made the instructions easier. Parables can be used to convince our adversaries to step down and brings reproofs closer, causing us to become more aware and to reprove ourselves. Yeshua knows our weaknesses, however, and wants us to recognize them and fervently change them. Remember there can be no enmity before God, not one. Check to see what Political Correctness has brought into your assemblies and the presence of God, as Sin. 1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man, love the world. The love of the Father is not in him.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert.
Heavenly Father, receive our cries and pleas for your righteousness to be with us so we might not accept the delusions, trappings, and allures of the world. Bring
Discernment to us, Lord, through the Holy Spirit that we might bolster our walk within your word. Fill us with wisdom so we might face our enemies crafty ways, subtle trappings and rebuke them through it. Open our eyes, Father to the evil hidden behind the beauty being presented. Bless us with heavenly fruits and sustenance that we may go on in your foot-steps. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Is it wrong to look into the stars and wonder about our origin? Are there other life forms in the universe? Are we descendants of an alien race? Have you ever wondered about the validity of evolution or questioned creationism? How did the Egyptians build the pyramids?
The world is full of “MIND CANDY” offered as Philosophies which feed into conceitedness, complacency, fantasies, deceptions, behaviors meant to fool or trick, as an example, Climate Change, Globalism, Socialism, and many other misleading frauds too numerous to name.
My question, “why do we need to know the answers,” other than to satisfy our human curiosity?
What benefit does having the answers to these questions bring to our spiritual walk into Eternal life or in developing our relationship with Yeshua? Would we not reap more benefit from this amount of wasted time spent chasing after those answers? By seeking more profound discernment in Yeshua’s words allowing us to draw closer in our personal relationship with him? Learning from Yeshua’s examples and teachings through the Holy Spirit how to apply what we have learned in our daily walk through this life into the eternal Life ahead.
I see the opening questions as Satans diversionary tactic using our human shortcoming called curiosity. I call it “MIND CANDY” pure and simple, a mental diversion from seeking the truth, and leading nowhere but to the broad path of destruction and satisfying our curiosity under the guise of gathering worldly wisdom.
The enemy plays on complacency within the ranks of Believers. Satan uses our humanistic traits against mankind with little effort and is usually successful in those temptations placed before them.
The one trait which is entirely predominate, many believers stumble on is their pride in the fashion of their walk. Some are puffed up, many are learned and able to discern, but closed to learning or furthering their walk as they believe they have arrived and are at heavens door. Thus their personal relationship with Yeshua becomes stagnant. I see many who think they walk with Yeshua falling into a routine of service, believing this makes them Holy and Pious.
Please, we have no guarantees, in the article, NARROW IS THE WAY! ARE YOU UP TO IT? (Published July 29, 2017). Paul revealed this when he called for his followers to be constantly working out their salvation. As even he feared not being recognized by Yeshua. “Paul had another reason namely, “that he might be himself a partaker of the benefits he taught” (1 Corinthians 9:23). Apostle though he was, he had his salvation to work out. He was not himself saved by proclaiming salvation to others, any more than the baker is fed making bread for others, or the physician kept in health by prescribing for others.” Paul also pointed out as believers developing our personal relationship with Yeshua we will discover the promise of salvation and walking under grace encourages us to continue seeking the truth to work out our Salvation and recognize what our future position in Eternity could be with Yeshua.
Matthew Henry in his commentary on Luke 22:28 describes what lies ahead and what to expect “How unbecoming is the worldly ambition of being the greatest, to the character of a follower of Yeshua, who took upon him the form of a servant, and humbled himself to the death of the cross! On the way to eternal happiness, we must expect to be assaulted and sifted by Satan. If he cannot destroy, he will try to disgrace or distress us. Nothing more certainly forebodes a fall, in a professed follower of Yeshua, than self-confidence, with disregard to warnings, and contempt of danger. Unless we watch and pray always, we may be drawn in the course of the day into those sins which we were in the morning most resolved against. If believers were left to themselves, they would fall; but they are kept by the power of God, and the prayer of Yeshua.”
Like Yeshua who knew the Samaritan woman was in need, we will experience those coming into our lives, who have been drawn by our light, who have a need as well.
In the article, NARROW IS THE WAY! ARE YOU UP TO IT? (Published July 29, 2017). I alluded “the Holy Spirit was revealing, which I believe is very important to discern when dealing with those who are being drawn out of the darkness through our light. “The Holy Spirit in John 1:9 that was the true light, which lighteth “everyman” that cometh into the world. He relates, not just those who come to Salvation have received the “light of Yeshua” but “all men do“ they just don’t recognize it, John 1:10 (He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not). When Yeshua took the time to minister to the woman from Samaria it was on a personal level, he set the multitudes aside and focused on this lost soul. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) relates to this “How the preventing grace of God sometimes brings people unexpectedly under the means of conversion and salvation. He is found of them that sought him not. We are being exposed to the same teaching Yeshua brought forward to His disciples How glorious an achievement it is to help to save one soul from death. And we have that template right in front of us to practice.
Now having a clearer vision of what to expect from our walk as “Modern Day Disciples.” And having been shown how Satan will attack and what and who he is going to use as his allies. In the article “IF YOU KNEW WHO YOU WERE TALKING TO?” published Aug 8, 2017, I made the following statement “I have always maintained that no one comes into our lives by accident it is always for a purpose, we just don’t know what that purpose is until exposed by Yeshua.” These events will occur because Yeshua knows we are now informed, equipped and ready to deal with them.
The realization every person born into the world has the light of Yeshua in him, some not understanding, but some knowing and not excepting that fact. I believe our task as “Modern Day Disciples” through being living examples and living what we speak, as Yeshua has set as the example, will reflect Yeshua’s light through us into the darkness to awaken His light in any who see it through our example.
However, we must heed the departing message Yeshua left the disciples before passing to the outer life. We find it in the Expository Commentary “Yeshua pauses in this Gospel, to correct certain dissonances of mind and soul, of thought and feeling, which put us in a wrong attitude towards our fellows. He forbids us to sit in judgment upon others. Yeshua says “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: and condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned.” (Luke 6:37).
This does not mean we close our eyes with voluntary blindness, working our way through life as moles; nor does it mean we keep our opinions in a state of flux, not allowing them to crystallize into thought, or to harden into human speech. We must be cautious that in our unconscious judgment we pass upon the actions of others, with our condemnation of the wrong, we pass our sentence upon the wrongdoer, mentally ejecting him from the courtesies and sympathies of life.
There is another judging that the command of Yeshua condemns, that is the hasty and the false judgments we pass on the motives and lives of others, How apt we are to depreciate the worth of others who do not happen to belong to our circle!
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) reveals the answer which will settle our unconscious judgments, “Yeshua’s commendation of his disciples for their faithfulness to him and this was honor enough for them. They needed not to strive for any greater. You are they who have continued with me in my temptations, you are they who have stood by me and stuck to me when others have deserted me and turned their backs on me. What many don’t realize the disciples committed many mistakes and were guilty of weaknesses, they were defective in their duty. They were very dull and forgetful. And often blundered. Yet their master passes all by and forgets it he does not upbraid them with their infirmities but gives them this memorable testimonial, “You are they who have continued with me.” Thus does he praise at parting, to show how willing he is to make the best of those whose hearts he knows to be upright with him.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
Our Lord gave notice of a very significant change of circumstances now approaching. The disciples must not expect that their friends would be kind to them as they had been. They must now expect that their enemies would be more fierce than they had been, and they would need weapons. The apostles misunderstood Yeshua thinking he meant real weapons, but the Holy Spirit is showing his “Modern Day Disciples” he was speaking only of the weapons of Spiritual Warfare. The sword of the Spirit is the Sword with which the disciples of Yeshua must furnish themselves.
We have learned even though we might stumble, “as did the Apostles,” at times in our walk if we continue as they did standing by Yeshua’s side he will be there for us. I looked into 1Corinthians 10:13 for my answer and strength going forward. Here is what I found “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
What more assurance do we need knowing Yeshua is there supporting us even when we stumble, there is a pathway open for us to upright ourselves and continue on shining our light into the darkness to find that one lost soul. “GET BEHIND ME SATAN”
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Father in heaven we humbly thank you Lord for all which you have endured in our name. The patience you have shown as we go forward in our learning and acceptance of your gifts. Lord open our minds to strengthen our will so we may stand against the wiles of our enemies. Teach us how to use your sword of righteousness as we move forward in your name. We thank you, Father, for creating a pathway for us to walk through our battles with temptations. This we Pray in your name Yeshua Amen and Amen.
Remember these articles are from a humble servant doing our Lords bidding bringing forward His messages as given through the Holy Spirit as a Watchman sounding the Trumpet. May our Lord continue blessing all. James 1:2 My Brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers Temptations.