Saturday, February 20, 2021

We live in a fallen world where bad things happen to good people – so don't be discouraged!

We live in a fallen world where bad things happen to good people – so don't be discouraged about the awful things happening all around you.

Keep focused on ADONAI, and you'll notice how, even during hard times, HE IS with you - and that knowledge alone will help you to endure, and allow you to see that proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.”

The truth is, the Bible amply warns us that SIN is the reason our world has been falling apart at the seams. Humanity has been straying from YHWH's Divine Instructions (Torah) since the Garden of Eden - and whether "the world" chooses to believe it, or not, we are STILL suffering the ripple effects!

As a matter of fact, we are now paralleling the violence and decadence of Noah's day (Genesis 6), when YHWH decided to wipe out the entire earth (except for the righteous Noah and his family) and start all over again.

Unfortunately, men keep on abusing the privilege of "free will" (Genesis 2:16-17; Proverbs 16:9; John 1:12-13) and gravitate toward “evil” – which is exactly WHY YHWH told man he could “eat of every tree of the garden … but NOT of the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ … for ‘if you do, you shall surely die’.”  (Genesis 2:16-17) 

And so, here we are again! We’ve once again reached a point where YHWH is clearly showing humanity that HE is in charge - just as He kept reiterating throughout the entire Torah – those first five Books of the Bible that perfectly outline who YHWH is and what He has always expected of His people. Torah details how to live a holy, set apart life for Him – which is a commandment He gave us.

Why live that holy, set apart life for Him? Because it’s the ONLY way to retain “eternal life!” Our life here on earth is simply the prelude – an introduction, an overture – on what’s to come, once we are out of these “earth suits.” That is why it is so very important to learn all we can about the Holy One who created us and even saw fit to provide us with a blueprint for moral, holy living!

If you don’t bother to prepare, learn and grow while you still have a chance, then WHOM are you really worshiping?

Simply accepting YHWH as your God and His Divine Messiah, Yeshua (which, in Hebrew, means, “YHWH is Salvation”) as the One who redeemed you, WILL change your life! It is the ONLY way to gain “Eternal Life” (John 3:16; 5:24; 17:3).

And so, in closing, I leave you with these passages to ponder during these awful, trying times we are experiencing on every level:

1 Peter 3: 14. But if it should occur that you suffer on account of righteousness, happy are you. And be not terrified by those who would terrify you, nor be in uproar: 15. but sanctify Master YHWH the Mashiyach, in your hearts. And be you ready for a vindication before everyone who demands of you an account of the hope of your faith 16. in meekness and respect, as having a good conscience; so that they who speak against you as bad men may be ashamed for having maligned your good conduct in the Mashiyach.

17. For it is profitable to you that you suffer evil while you do good deeds, if this should be the pleasure of Elohim; and not, while you do evil deeds. 18. For the Mashiyach also once died for our sins, the righteous for sinners; that he might bring you to Elohim. And he died in body but lived in spirit.

19. And he preached to those souls which were detained in Sheol (Hades) 20. which were formerly disobedient in the days of Noah when the long suffering of Elohim commanded an ark to be made, in hope of their repentance; and eight souls only entered into it and were kept alive in the waters.*

21. And you also, by a like figure, are made alive by immersion (not when you wash your bodies from filth, but when you confess Elohim with a pure conscience) and by the resurrection of Y’shua the Mashiyach 22. who is taken up to heaven and is on the right hand of Elohim and Messengers and authorities, and powers are subject to him. (AENT)

NOTE: “Alive in the waters” points to the waters of the Mikveh, the complete immersion (baptism) into living waters after a soul has repented of their sin and agreed to walk in the newness of life (the Kingdom) as offered through Mashiyach.

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (ESV)

Galatians 5: 22. The fruits then of the Spirit are these: Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, self-control. Against these there is no instruction put in place. 24. And those who are of Mashiyach have put to death their flesh with all its passions and lusts. 25. Let us therefore live by the Spirit and surrender to the Spirit. 26. And let us not be of vacant glories that cause us to ridicule one another and envy one another. (AENT)

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