Acknowledge Yahweh’s Voice–a Study of Hebrews 3 and 4

Do not remove the ancient landmark.  (Proverbs 23:10)
Here the Holy Spirit reminds Yahweh’s people to not harden their hearts as our fore fathers did in the rebellion on the day of testing in the wilderness.  They saw Yahweh’s work for forty years.  In their refusing to obey Yahweh’s voice in the wilderness, they angered Him.  They reasoned wrongly in their hearts (minds) to justify defying Yahweh’s laws (Ten Commandments) given to them.  They always managed to go off course in their hearts and did not have knowledge of Yahweh’s ways (or nature).  They did not become progressively better and more intimately acquainted with them (Yahweh’s ways or nature of love)–Hebrews 3 Amplified Bible.
Hebrews 3 is one place out of two that I am aware of where the Holy Spirit of Yahweh directly speaks to us.  We ought to pause and reflect on the Holy Spirit’s words to us below:
HEBREWS 3:7     ¶ Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith,)
To day if ye will hear his voice,
8     Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9     When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10     Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11     So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
You ought to reread the words (voice) of the Holy Spirit.
If you do not obey Yahweh’s voice, you will not enter the kingdom of Yahweh–that simple.
When did people ever hear the voice of God?
In the wilderness God spoke to the people down the mountain thundering the words of the Ten Commandments that He wrote with His finger twice on tablets of stonefor Moses to take back to the people (see Exodus 20).  He, also, spoke and put fear in them so they would never forget His voice and words!
Did the people listen to God’s voice in the day of rebellion?
Do we listen to God’s voice today in the day of rebellion?
No the people of God did not listen to God even when they heard His voice coming down the mountain with their very ears!
Will you DOUBT God’s words and rebel too?
Will you listen and obey God’s Ten Commandments that he spoke down the mountain with His voice?  
Dead Sea Scroll
One of the Dead Sea Scrolls dated to the first century BC. This second sheet contains Deuteronomy 5:5-6:1. Thus preserves one of the oldest surviving copies of the Ten Commandments.
Will you refuse to regard His voice through His words?
This is the warning the Holy Spirit poses today hoping we will act wisely and not succumb to sin and fail like the Israelites that fell in the desert.
The adults all died in the wilderness and did not enter the promise land–except for Joshua and Caleb that both heard and obeyed God’s voice.
Do you believe what God and the Holy Spirit is saying via God’s words in the Bible today?
Focus on what God says and do not let anything else distract you from the voice of God.
[Remember Eve and Adam failed because they did not listen to the voice of God! Adam and Eve was removed from the presence of God in the Garden of Eden because they rebelled against God’s voice–His Command.  They wanted to do things their own way.  They wanted liberty from God in an attempt to become like God.  They were already like God made in His image and likeness.
As a result of their disobedience, they could not remain in God’s presence and rest in the Garden of Eden (Heaven).  Adam and Eve like the prodigal son, left the kingdom for the wilderness to discover they wanted to return back home with the King or God.  They became subject or slaves to sin and Satan in a inhospitable region because they did not listen to the voice of their Creator or King attempting to protect them from sin.  They were deceived into failing and missing out on their riches provided freely by God their King.  Now they had to work hard to provide for themselves and be slaves to Satan and sin rather than to righteousness and God their King.
I digressed here so let’s return to the topic of the Israelites in the wilderness hearing the voice of God.]
18     And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
19     So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
1     ¶Let us therefore fear, lest, (a promise being left us) of entering into his rest,
any of you should seem to come short of it.
2     For unto us (was the gospel preached,) as well as unto them:

but the word preached did not profit them, (not being mixed with faith) in them that heard it.
3     For we which have believed do enter into rest,) as he said,


As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4     For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise,
And God did rest the seventh day (from all his works.)
5     And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6     Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
and they to whom it was first preached entered not (in because of         unbelief:) [SEE VERSE 2]


7     Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said,
To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. [SEE HEBREWS 3:7]

8     For if  Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

9     There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10     For he that is entered into his rest, (he also hath ceased from his own works,) as God did from his.

11     Let us labour therefore to enter into that restlest any man fall (after the same example of unbelief.)
12     For the word of God (is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword,)
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
2 JOHN 1
4     I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, (as we have received a commandment from the Father.)
5     ¶ And now I beseech thee, lady (THE CHURCH,) not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee,
but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.


6    And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.
This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning,

ye should walk in it.



9     Whosoever transgresseth, (and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,) hath
not God.
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10     ¶ If there come any unto you,  (and bring not this doctrine,) receive him not
into your houseneither bid him God speed:
11     For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker (of his evil deeds.)
I pray Holy Father that all who read your words understand what the Holy Spirit is speaking into their hearts.  May those that love you and seek your face discern and understand the calling that you have placed upon their lives.  May they come to know you the true and Living God.  May they learn to heed and obey your voice.  They will not go or heed another.  They will only respond to your voice and your voice alone Dear God. Peace to the children of Yahweh.  May God’s blessing be upon you the reader.  Amen.

7 Key Points From the Story of the Centurion and Widow


Step #1: We need to take our burdens to God with humility.  There are some struggles we cannot overcome on our own no matter how hard we try.  The sooner we realize this fact, the quicker we will turn to God to help us.

Let’s look at the heart of the Centurion requesting help from Yeshua to heal his elderly servant who was dear to him, sick, near death and ready to to die–Luke 7:2.  A Roman army unit of 100 back in the time of Yeshua was led by a Roman officer known as a Centurion–“centurion” in Latin means 100. The Centurion’s officer’s humility and desperation really struck me.  When Jesus approached his house, he sent friends out to Jesus to say the following:

Luke 7:6-7 “…Lord, trouble not yourself: for I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof:  Where neither thought I myself worthy to come unto you: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.”

Luke 7:10 And they that were sent, returned to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

He was so humble he didn’t even think he was worthy enough to come to God.  Well God wants us to cry out to Him so He can help us overcome sin and death that binds us.  He wants to free us from the penalty of sin and death that we deserve and that causes us to suffer.  When we like the Centurion exhibit sincere and heartfelt humility, faith and cry out for Yeshua to help us, we like the Centurion will see miracles too!  


Step #2: Faith in God is essential.

The Centurion’s faith amazed Yeshua because he didn’t need to see or touch Yeshua to believe.  He knew Yeshua’s power. Do you know Yeshua’s power?  Yeshua praised and marveled at the faith of the Centurion.  He said to the people around Him in Luke 7:9 the following:

I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.

God can speak life back into both dying and dead individuals!  What state are you in? The three states are the following:


2) Dead

3) Alive in Christ by the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in you


Step #3) God sees our tears and loves us.

God does not want to see us weep.  He is here for us to help us overcome our struggles.  Like any parent, God wants the best for His children.  Luke 7:12-13 states,

Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 

And When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said unto her, Weep not.

Then in Luke 7:14 Yeshua speaks life into her dead son.  [*A bier a movable frame on which a coffin or a corpse is placed before burial or cremation or on which it is carried to the grave.]

And he came and touched the bier*: and they that bare him stood still.  And he said, Young man, I say unto you, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And he delivered him to his mother.

The truth is that God does not want to see us suffer.  Our bad choices caused us suffering.  He is waiting upon us to humble ourselves and cry out to Him.  He wants us to repent and say that we are sorry that we sinned against Him.  He is waiting for us to ask Him to break us free from sin and suffering and tell Him that we want to live a life free from sin with His help.  Then, He will intervene in our suffering and stop our weeping once we discover the true cost of sin. 


Step #4: God shows us compassion and sets us free from bondage to sin.

Yeshua saw the widow’s tears, struggles and showed compassion.  The widow represents us.  We are alone with our problem.  Only God can stop our weeping and suffering and bring life back to us.  


Step #5 Yeshua calls us to arise from our dead state.  

The widows son came back to life when Yeshua touched him and called him back to life.  God likewise calls us to emerge from darkness and enter back into life with Him.  We possess an opportunity to arise from our old life of death and sin and to walk in newness and righteousness.   Yeshua’s Holy Spirit gives us life and empowers us from within.  


Step #6: An Encounter With God. 

Yeshua heals blind eyes, deaf ears, lame legs, lepers and dead people.  He brings real life and real hope of eternal life to us.  We no longer need to walk in darkness, sin and death.  We can walk in newness of life with God.

Have You Had This Life Changing Encounter With Yeshua?


Step 7: God visits His People.  

We know God and God knows us.  We have a friend in God.  God’s name does not offend us; therefore, we become blessed.  We sought God out and discovered that He is with us.  When we follow the six steps to Yeshua, we discover the wonderful truth: God’s word is true and God is real.  He is who He says that He is; He can do what He says He can do.  We discover what the phrase means: the joy of the Lord. As a result, we can recognize Yeshua has stopped by to see us.  We can share this story of God’s visit with us and testify of God’s goodness.

How Can I Avoid Suffering Destruction and Acquire God’s Seal of the Holy Spirit?

“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.”

Knowledge of the Law of God

The Bible says my people suffer due to a lack of knowledge in Hosea 4:6 below:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Isaiah 5:13 says, “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”


What is the law of our God?

God gave the Israelites the ten commandments and handwritten ordinances in the original covenant.  

The Ten Commandments previously written on tablets of stone; God presently writes in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:3 “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

Was tithing apart of the ordinances nailed to the cross?

Colossians 2:14 says, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”.


Deuteronomy 5:22 says, “These words the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.” 

The Holy Spirit makes God’s laws a part of our character

Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;”

Romans 2:15 “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”


How do we get the seal of the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit God gives to us when we accept His words–without additions or subtractions.

Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

Once you trust in God’s words after you hear the gospel and you believe the truth you hear then you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise


Ten Commandments Remain Forever Defining Sin

Psalm 111:7-9 says, “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

Here is the link to the ten commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 in the Amplified Bible:  Ten Commandments for those who may not know them.

What does it mean to love God?

1 John 5:3 says the following, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

2 John 1:6 reminds us that to love God means to obey His words: “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

How Should We Give To Share And Teach The Love Of God Today?

In 2 Corinthians 9:7 Paul asked people to give as God has blessed you as they decide in their heart:

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.


God Warns Us

Matthew 7:14-16 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.

How Can You Know For Sure You Are Saved?

A creature of God at the aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.

How did Jesus describe this enemy of God?

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

John sent by God shares the truth.

John 1:6 “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”

John came from the kingdom of God to Earth with a mission from God.

 John teaches about who sent him to the earth, who sent Yeshua (Jesus) here and ultimately  who we really are in the book of John.  

John 20:21 “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

Jesus is not of this world. This is not His home. He came from God and returned to God. He sent us here. This is not our home.
Jesus is not of this world. This is not His home. He came from God and returned to God. He sent us here. This is not our home.

Who sent Jesus here?  

Who sent us here?  

Who sent John to this earth?

 God sent them from the kingdom to the earth to fulfill a purpose: reconciliation to God.  Reconciliation means “to restore friendly relations between…cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible”…”processes of dealing with the past”–according to the dictionary for the former and Wikipedia for the latter.

 Humans belong to God; however, we fell short in God’s kingdom.  Under the leadership of Satan, we took a gamble and decided to trust Satan’s words over God’s words to us.  We thought the ways of Satan and sin more alluring than the ways of God so we left the kingdom by knowingly breaking God’s laws.   Thus,  we caused a division between ourselves and God.  Jesus came to help us understand the truth of why we exist here on earth in flesh form and how to return to God’s kingdom.  

Jesus known as Yeshua reconciles believers back to God by paying the penalty for our sin: death at Calvary–the hill outside Jerusalem on which Yeshua was crucified.  Yeshua obeyed God’s command reconciling us back to God.

The cross is famous throughout the world. This reminds Christians throughout the world of the price Yeshua (Jesus) payed for our sins at calvary over 2000 years ago.
The cross is famous throughout the world. This reminds Christians throughout the world of the price Yeshua (Jesus) paid for our sins at Calvary over 2000 years ago.

We once belonged to God in heaven long ago.  Unfortunately our sins separated us from God.  Satan tricked us.  God removed us sinners from the kingdom.  Yeshua (Jesus) sent us to live with our new master here on Earth to learn that God’s ways of love supersedes Satan’s ways of selfishness and sin.  Jesus came to Earth in flesh form to die for the sins of humanity to allow for reconciliation between us and God.  Yeshua (Jesus) sent by God gives us the truth.  He demonstrates God’s love for us by His interaction with humanity.   The writings of His mission accomplished on the day of Calvary lives on today in the Bible. 

A Holy and Loving God Worth to be Praised!
A Holy and Loving God Worthy to be Praised!


John 17:1-3, 8  “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.”

 God made a way for our restoration back into the kingdom by the death of Yeshua (Jesus) on Calvary to pay our sin penalty for us.   This is the good news: the promise of eternal life.

I John 2:25 “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”

Paul and other disciples remind us throughout the Bible that God’s kingdom opened up for us when Jesus paid our sin penalty at Calvary.  He allows for the reconciliation between us and God when we repent of our sin against God and become baptized.  Baptism symbolizes our death of the old self and our commitment to living a new life with God.  

So, how can you know for sure you are saved?  Well Mark clearly stipulates the signs of fellow believers in Mark 16:15-20 below:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.   He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

This is a simple explanation of how to be saved.  These express  Yeshua’s (Jesus’) last words to the apostles before He left to return to the Father.  This is the truth!  This tells the difference between being saved and being damned!

We are buried with Christ.
We are buried with Christ.  This is a cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Our enemy Satan tries to hide the truth from us.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”  (2 Corinthians 11:3) 

 John and other disciples help us to understand the gospel about what Yeshua (Jesus) has done for us.  

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  (John 3:17)  

Yeshua (Jesus) was sent here on earth by God to reconcile sinners back to God.  Reconcile means to restore friendly relations between or to settle (a disagreement)– between humans and God.

We once belonged to God in heaven long ago.  

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, [after] ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, [knowing in yourselves that ye {have} in heaven a better and an enduring substance.]–[knowing in yourselves that ye {have} in heaven a better and an enduring substance.]

34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.  

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  (Hebrews 10:31-39)


Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  (2 Corinthians 5:5-8)


Unfortunately our sins separated us from God.  Satan tricked us.  We then suddenly were enslaved to Satan and removed from God due to our sin.  We could no longer stay in God’s presence and under God’s rulership.  God removed us sinners from the kingdom and sent us to live with our new master here on Earth to learn that God’s ways of love supersedes Satan’s ways of selfishness and sin.  

Jesus allows us the only way back to God.  He sent by God gives us the truth about our fall from grace and allows us to become reconciled back to God the Father.  




A Lesson From A Tangerine

We are buried with Christ.
We are buried with Christ.

Physically Crushed But Spiritually Strengthened

What happened when my tangerine fell out the fridge? I unknowingly attempted to close the door crushing open the tangerine.  I pulled the fridge door open to see why the door wouldn’t close.  I noticed a crushed tangerine split open stuck between the refrigerator door and the refrigerator.  

I wondered is that sort of what it feels like when God allows Satan to crush us?  I thought of Christ death at Calvary.  I suddenly understood a lesson God wanted me to see: In walking with Christ, we become pressed into His character.  

When we repent and become baptized, the catalytic crushing process begins.

Powered By The Holy Spirit

Despite the challenges we face, we possess God’s Holy Spirit.  Jesus lives within us guiding us through His Holy Spirit.  We get a handle on bitterness, anger, jealousy, envy and all the things that do not a reflect Christ’s (Yeshua’s) character.


God says whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

For humans this conquering of the flesh seems impossible when led by their flesh. I’ve discovered that the Holy Spirit breaks this bondage to sin for us and enables us to become slaves to righteousness.  He writes God’s laws in our hearts.  Thus, we seek after righteousness.  God says whom the Son sets free (from sin and death) is free indeed (to live with God eternally).

Jesus, also, said “My ways are higher than your ways.”   We must trust God with our lives.    


The Promise

Jesus still gives believers the promise He gave to Abraham.  This gift is the promise of eternal life through the Holy Spirit.

Returning to the kingdom is not an easy journey.  Jesus came enlightening the way.  He took thirty-three years after leaving the kingdom to return.   He completed His mission God gave Him.  He died for the sins of humanity.

When He returned to the kingdom with many eyes watching Him rise into the clouds, He sent the promise of the Holy Spirit down to earth to help believers to return to the kingdom and gain eternal life.

Crushing Hopefully Causes Us To Cry Out To God

God sent Yeshua (Jesus) to die for our sins.  He sent us to die to our flesh and selfishness.

Unless the seed is buried and changed, the plant cannot grow.  Likewise unless the fleshly person is crushed and dies, the spiritual woman or man cannot grow and thrive via the Holy Spirit.

He continuously knocks at the door of our hearts. Would you let Him in when you realize that all of what you are and what you do cannot solve your sin problem?  When you are at your wits end, don’t think of suicide or homicide think of Him.  Don’t let the burdens of life crush you, you instead should turn, repent, trust and cry out to Him on your knees!

We must reject sin in all known areas in our lives.

The Holy Spirit will shine a light on sin within us and convict us.  We must surrender to the will of God for our lives.  We must desire to extinguish all sins out of our lives.

I learned that this takes extraordinary supernatural powers that comes only from God.

I learned to repent of all my sins and the importance of giving God complete control over my life to remove all traces of sin.

My relationship with God developed at a deeper level.  I came to know without a shadow of a doubt that God truly loves me, God is near to me, lives within me, God will never leave me nor forsake me and God has a kingdom a place without sin where love for God and love for our brethren prevail supreme–a place of love, joy, beauty and perfection.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. I Corinthians 2:9

God put me on the right and narrow path leading me home to the kingdom.  One day when I close my physical eyes, I know I will open my spiritual eyes in God’s kingdom.

How can I know for sure?  God gave me a dream of heaven.  Would you like to know for sure?  God says He will manifest Himself to those who love Him.  He will give us the witness of His Holy Spirit–see 1 Corinthians 2:10-16.

How has God manifest Himself to you?