He Who is Holy, Let Him Be Holy Still.

The Fairness of Yahweh’s Judgement

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“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’  When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.  None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.  (Ezekiel 33:12-16)

“Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair!  When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it.  But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it.  Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”  (Ezekiel 33:17-20)

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And now Yeshua is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.   1 Corinthians 1:20

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For since by man came deathby man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Yeshua all shall be made alive.  But each one in his own order: Yeshua,

the first fruits,

afterwards those who are Yeshua’s at His coming. (I Corinthians 15:21-23)

Then comes the end, when Yeshua delivers the kingdom to Yahweh,

when Yeshua puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:24)

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Signs Of The End

The Fall of Jerusalem 

The fall of Jerusalem took place on the twelfth year of our captivity in the tenth month on the fifth day of the fifth day of the month. One escaping the captivity of Jerusalem came and said unto me: “The city has been captured!  (Ezekiel 33:21)

Destruction of Jerusalem by Ercole de' Roberti

The Cause of Judah’s Ruin

Then the word of the Yahweh came to me, saying: Son of man, they who inhabit those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one, and he inherited the land. But we are many; the land has been given to us as a possession.’  “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You eat meat with blood, you lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood. Should you then possess the land? You rely on your sword, you commit abominations, and you defile one another’s wives. Should you then possess the land?” ’  (Ezekiel 33:23-26)

“Say thus to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “As I live, surely those who are in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and the one who is in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and caves shall die of the pestilence. For I will make the land most desolate, her arrogant strength shall cease, and the mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that no one will pass through. Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have made the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.” ’ (Ezekiel 33:27-29)

 

 

Hearing and Not Doing

“As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’ So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them And when this comes to pass—surely it will come—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezekiel 33:30-33)

 

Judgement on Idolatrous Israel

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God! Thus says the Lord God to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: “Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the Lord. 

 

A False Prophetess: Jezebel

Jezebel, the wicked queen of Israel in the 9th century B.C.  led the covenant people into the worship of pagan gods.  She encouraged Yahweh’s people to commit both physical and spiritual fornication by the idolatrous worship of other gods.  This “harlotry” was intolerable to Yahweh, and He condemned both Jezebel and her husband Ahab as well as all her children to death (1 Kings 21:23-25)–The Woman’s Study Bible, Second Edition, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2006, page 1672.

The Dead Corrupt Church

In Revelation 2:20, the church of Thyatira was rebuked for tolerating “that woman Jezebel” in their midst.  This historic Jezebel had been dead for nearly one thousand years; however, a false prophetess with the same spirit had appeared in this church in the first century.  Similar to the first Jezebel, she acted fiercely independent and lacked a humble personality–The Woman’s Study Bible, Second Edition, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2006, page 1672.

 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,

‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:  “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.  Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.  Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.  I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (Revelation 2:18-23)

In Revelation 2:20, the church of Thyatira is rebuked for tolerating “that woman Jezebel” in their midst.  The historic Jezebel had been dead for nearly a thousand years, but a false prophetess with the same spirit had appeared in this first-century.  Like the first Jezebel, she was fiercely independent and unsubmissive in character.  Also like Jezebel, she led the people of God into into idolatry and immorality under the guise of religion…Her doctrine bore semblance to orthodox Christianity to “seduce” Christ’s servants, but in essence, her degenerate mysticism promoted “the depths of Satan” by encouraging believers to accept idolatry and pagan state-worship (Rev. 2:24)–The Woman’s Study Bible, Second Edition, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2006, page 1672.)

 

“Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations

‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;

They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—

as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ (Revelation 2:24-29 NKJV)

The Faithful Church

 …‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:  “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.  Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.  Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial  which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.  Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.  He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ (Revelation 3:7-13)

 

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the answer to this question: How many seals are already opened?

The Seven Seals

First Seal: The Conqueror 

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1-2)

Second Seal: Conflict on Earth 

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”  Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.”  So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)

Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. (Revelation 6:9-11)

Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.  Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.  And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,  and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?(Revelation 6:12-17)

The Time Is Near

Then he (the angel) said to me (John), “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God (Yahweh) of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”  And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.  He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”  (Revelation 22:6-11)

 

Deceive Oneself

 

To DECEIVE ONESELF is to pretend in one’s mind that what we say is the truth; however, Yahweh sets the standard.

Yahweh says the book of the ordinances (laws) are nailed to the cross–Paul explains below.

Galatians 5

1     ¶ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,​

and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ​

2    Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ***ye be circumcised**,​

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Christ shall profit you nothing. ​

3    For I testify again to every man ***that is circumcised,**​

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that he is a debtor (to do*** the whole law.***)​

//Paul is talking about ***the law contained in ordinances*** ​

Galatians 3​

1     ¶ O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?​

10     For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are​

written ***in the book*** of the law to do them. ​

19     ¶ Wherefore then serveth the law? It ***was added*** because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.​

 

IT WAS ADDED TO BUT SEPARATE FROM THE TEN COMMANDMENTS KEPT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ARK.​

IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE PERMANENT.​

Hebrews 9

1     ¶ Then verily the first covenant ***had (also) ordinances*** of divine service, and*** a worldly sanctuary.*** ​

10     Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them ​

***until the time of reformation.*** ​

13     For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, ​

sanctifieth **to the purifying of the flesh***: ​

Yeshua (Jesus) speaks the commandments sent by our Father.

The Engrafted Word That is Able to Save Your Soul.

John 12

48     He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. ​

49     For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. ​

50     And I know that ***his commandment ***is life everlasting:​

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whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. ​

John 14

15     ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

The tempter Satan came to Yeshua.  Satan said, If thou be the Son of God…

Matthew 4​

3     And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. ​

4     But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by ***every word*** that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. ​

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets… ​

Matthew 5

17     ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. ​

18     For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.​

Matthew 19:16     ¶ And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? ​

17     And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  ​

Easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail

Luke 16​

17     And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. ​

18     Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. ​

 

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God that’s everything! That’s the duty of humans.​

Paul wrote the book of Corinthians.    He (Paul) was the same person that wrote Galatians chapter 3.​

1 Corinthians 7:19

19     Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.​

Acts 18

4     And he/PAUL reasoned in the synagogue ***every sabbath,*** and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. ​

The Holy Commandment Leads Us in Right Living: The Way of Righteousness.

2 Peter 2:21     For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from ***the holy commandment*** delivered unto them. ​

22     But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. ​

1 John 2

¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. ​

4     He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. ​

5     But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. ​

James 1

21     Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

The Engrafted Word That is Able to Save Your Souls.

22     But be ***ye doers of the word,*** and not hearers only, deceiving*** your own selves.***​

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2 Corinthians 5

10     For we must ***all*** appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done,*** whether it be good or bad.**​

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Revelation 22

14     Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

 

So those that walk in the narrow way of truth, they will do his commandments.  They will have a right to the tree of life.  They will joyfully enter in through the gates into the heavenly city to see Yahweh face to face.

 

 

16 Bible verses to help you determine what you should do with your life

  1. You are to guard your heart for everything you do flows from your heart. midsection of woman making heart shape with hands (Proverbs 4:23)  You must not allow Satan to enter your heart and cause you to become trapped to sin and Satan.
  2. You are to serve Yahweh and no other gods.  (Exodus 20:3)  You must put Yahweh first and not become a servant to mammon: material things.
  3.  You must love Yahweh with all your mind, heart, soul and strength.  (Luke 10:27)  Your vocation will entail loving Yahweh. Your life will become a light directing others to love Yahweh too.
  4. Trust in Yahweh and be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to Yahweh.  And the peace of Yahweh that surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Yeshua. (Philippians 4:6-7)  You should take your concerns no matter how small or large to Yahweh and ask for His help and He will hear and answer.
  5. Yahweh does not want us to copy the ways of the world. Instead let Yahweh transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will come to know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.  (Romans 12:2)
  6.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.  (Philippians 4:8-9)
  7. Let no* corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)
  8. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of Yahweh in Yeshua concerning you.  (I Thessalonians 5:18)
  9. What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of Yahweh, and you are not your own?  For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify Yahweh in your body, and in your spirit, which are Yahweh’s.  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  10. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahweh, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
  11. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 

    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 

    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:11-18 KJV)

  12. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)  We must keep Yahweh’s Ten Commandments spoken down the mountain and written with His very finger on tablets of stone–stone representing their permanency versus book of laws written on paper by Moses done away with at the cross including tithing praise the Lord!
  13. So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)  So we must remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy–that’s Saturday the one Yahweh made holy at creation when He finished His work of creating the world–an eternal memorial of God’s goodness.
  14. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  (Matthew 5:18)  Whenever I look up at the big blue sky, I am reminded that Yahweh’s Ten Commandments are still in effect.
  15. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.  (Ecclesiastes 12:13)  Our job is to make sure we make it into the coming kingdom.beautiful bloom blooming blossom
  16. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.…(Matthew 6:33-34)  A lot of times we think God called us to go out into the work place and take on a role.  If you are a mother, mothering and caring for your children and family is your job.  If you do not take care of your kids, who will?  The television, video games and peers are no substitute for you.  Especially leaving your child with just knowledge imparted at school.  This is not enough to prepare them for their life.  If you are a father, you should support the mother and the children by caring for the family and providing for the family’s needs.  In todays society a single income often is not sufficient so both parents must work.  If so, remember that your priority is do God’s will and obey His laws.  Remember to seek first the kingdom of Yahweh and everything else will be added unto you.

 

Reflections of Seneca

Seneca a Roman stoic philosopher, tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero has some keen insights into human nature that I believe would align with the teachings of Yeshua.  I cannot speak for the character and all saying of Seneca.   I am sharing some wisdom from a secular person that struck me.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution.

No one can lead a happy life, or even one that is bearable, without the pursuit of wisdom, and that the perfection of wisdom is what makes the happy life, although even the beginnings of wisdom make life bearable.  Yet this conviction, clear as it is, needs to be strengthened and given deeper roots through daily reflection; making noble resolutions is not as important as keeping the resolutions you have made already.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

It is the characteristic of a weak and diseased mind to fear the unfamiliar.

It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business, and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. 

Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind. 

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

 

Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods. 

The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man’s ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company. 

He is most powerful who governs himself.

 

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

Shall I tell you what the real evil?  To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.

We are members of one great body.  Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life.  We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.

We are mad, not only individually, but nationally.  We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.

The mind is never right but when it is at peace within itself.

To err is human.  To repeat error is of the Devil.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we ‘have a fever,’ when really the fever has us. 

There is nothing the wise man does reluctantly.

There is no evil that does not promise inducements.  Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause.  Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.

The Fates guide those who go willingly.  Those who do not, they drag.

The willing, destiny guides them; the unwilling, destiny drags them. 

It’s all in your head, you have the power to make things seem hard or easy or even amusing.  The choice is yours. 

What difference does it make how much you have?  What you do not have amounts to much more.  

What need is there to weep over parts of life?  The whole of it calls for tears.

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed?  What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. 

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?

The best cure for anger is delay.

Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind. 

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

He who asks with timidity invites a refusal.  

Do the best you can. . . enjoy the present. . . rest satisfied with what you have.  

True friends are the whole world to one another; and he that is a friend to himself is also a friend to mankind.  Even in my studies the greatest delight I take is of imparting it to others; for there is no relish to me in the possessing of anything without a partner.

Money does all things for reward.  Some are pious and honest as long as they thrive upon it, but if the devil himself gives better wages, they soon change their party.  

Study rather to fill your mind than your coffers; knowing that gold and silver were originally mingles with dirt, until avarice or ambition parted them.  

In every good man a God doth dwell.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.

The bad fortune of the good turn their faces  up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.

Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.

Everywhere is nowhere.  When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

He who is brave is free.

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of  the Middle Way.

You want to live-but do you know how to live?  You are scared of dying-and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?

As the mother’s womb holds us for ten months, making us ready, not for the womb itself, but for life, just so, though our lives, we are making ourselves ready for another birth…Therefore look forward without fear to that appointed hour- the last hour of the body, but not of the soul…That day, which you fear as being the end of all things, is the birthday of your eternity.

 

 

 

Thank You Heavenly Father!

Good and bad will pull at you, but when God wants you to do something HE will get your attention!

One night a few days back my sister and I spoke on the phone as we usually do when I remembered a very significant time in my life – 2005. The week of June 18th, 2005 to be exact. God gave a message to a complete stranger to confirm what He had already put on my heart to do!

A few years before, my sister joined a church that I periodically attended. After a couple of years, she decided to get baptized in the summer of 2003. After witnessing how God worked in her life, several family members decided to get baptized: Our Dad, brother, myself, as well as I decided to dedicate my son to God. We started our six week Bible study to prepare for baptism at the end of April or early May. Our pastor wanted to ensure we understood fundamental things in the Bible and that life wouldn’t magically get easier. God will allow us to be tested.

We finished our six week Bible study and looked forward to my son’s dedication to God on June 18th, 2005.  Then my dad, brother, and I would be baptized the following Sabbath. A week before my son’s dedication, my husband said lets find our own church. We can go to a few churches, see which one feels right for us, and then get our son dedicated. I was completely shocked! This was coming from my husband who believes in God but doesn’t practice his religion. He never attended church as an adult.  He always declined my offer to go with me because I worship on Saturday. I told him “NO, I’m not going to cancel our son’s dedication! I feel like this is what God wants me to do.”  Everyday that week before the dedication my husband asked me “Are you sure? We can find another church if you just wait.” He even called me at work saying he felt like I was “just doing what I wanted to do and didn’t care what he wanted for our son.”

At this point I felt torn between obeying God’s words to me and my husband’s words to me. I wanted my husband to feel what I felt: that the dedication of our six year old son to God would become the best thing we as parents can do for our child. When I left work that day, I felt overwhelmed and drained.  I found myself fighting a battle, but I felt unequipped to fight!

On my way home my best friend Crystal called and asked me if I could take her by her church and drop her home. When we arrived at her church, Crystal’s aunt was in the parking lot with a friend of hers. We said hi and spoke for a moment before we went inside to printout some papers. On our way out, the lady with Crystal’s aunt stopped me.  She said she felt afraid to tell me when I first arrived, but she knew she couldn’t let me leave without speaking what God put on her heart to say.  she said, “Whatever you are planning to do, do it.” She didn’t know what but whatever it was God wanted me to follow through. “Don’t let anyone change your decision.” I stood there absolutely shocked! She went on to say “don’t worry about fitting in or if people who may not even know you don’t like you. Their evil spirit makes it impossible for them to like you.”

My flesh felt confused like how would this person know such a thing. Then instantly I felt overcome with love and amazement! God would use a complete stranger to get my attention. He instantly confirmed what He already put on my heart to help me from wavering from the path He designed for my son. I couldn’t help but to cry with joy. The lady gave me such a comforting hug. When I told her what I was struggling with, she was in awe! Our faith grew even stronger that day!

When I got home I spoke with my husband and told him what happened. I couldn’t perceive for sure if he completely believed me, but he didn’t question our son’s dedication anymore. That Saturday, June 18th, 2005 we woke up and went to the church as a family. We stood before God giving Him charge over our son’s life and asking for His guidance and protection each and every day.

Looking back over this experience, I realize how blessed I am. That God would get my attention in the midst of all the chaos! Letting me know that what’s on my heart came from HIM! Thank you, thank you, thank you heavenly Father for your love!

While Running God Spoke To Me

While running God spoke the following message to me:

Give much

Love much

Forgive much

Laugh much

Life is precious

This life is short

Value everyday

Value every minute

“My way is eternal” says the Lord

“Do not fear death in this life”, “I have defeated death for you.”

Live as the eternal creatures I made you to be.

Lead others to the light by sharing my love.

 

Photo of cloud illuminated by sunlight copied without endorsement from en.wikipedia.org–Ibrahim Iujaz from Rep. Of Maldives