Will You Also Leave Me?

(John 6)

A question that leads to a crossroad one must face. Life is filled with crossroads; sometimes undecided we choose the wrong one; the difference does not appear visible in times of decisions. What will be on the other side, waiting in the waves of circumstances that will either help or destroy our future? Sometimes, the seemly to be is not that which we are looking for. As it is said, “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” So it is with life’s crossroads. YAHSHUA, after a long day of ministering to the multitude, including the feeding of thousands, for which act the people wanted to crown Him King, withdrew to the hillside to be alone, once again, as it was His habit to do. Meanwhile, when evening came, the disciples took their boat and headed to Capernaum. It was dark and YAHSHUA had not yet joined them, when suddenly a storm of great violence came their way. After having rowed three to four miles YAHSHUA came to them walking on water. Not recognizing Him, they became afraid. But YAHSHUA assured them by saying, It is I; be not afraid! (vs. 19-21).  A beautiful prophetic event related to the Jewish nation at the end time. The storm symbolizing the nations coming against Israel in the end time, YAHSHUA’S deliverance of the nation and their repentance and acceptance of Him as their Messiah.

The crowd remained waiting for YAHSHUA, but He was found on the other side of the Lake. When they found Him, they anxiously asked Him, “Rabbi! When did You come here?” Innocent enough was their question, but YAHSHUA knew the hearts of men. Not answering their question, He went straight to the matter of their hearts. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, YAHSHUA said, you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the miracles and signs but because you were fed with the loaves and were filled and satisfied. Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes, but strive and work and produce rather for the food which endure unto life eternal… (vs.24-27). The dialog continued between YAHSHUA and the multitude, when they asked, What are we to do, that we may be working the works of God? YAHSHUA replied, that you believe in the One Whom He has sent. They then replied, What sign will You perform them, so that we may see it and believe on You? (vs.26-30).

No Death with YAHSHUA, No Life with Him

The sound of a new born baby touches we mothers the same way as when we had our own. Life is beautiful! Life is a miracle only our Creator- the Lord YAHSHUA would create us in the womb of our mothers. The completeness of our birth is amazing in its intrinsicality, connecting all parts of the body to harmonize and synchronize with each other, without interference. The brain, the control center of the body, is an important organ of the body in its functions. But with all its complexities, the physical body will not have an entrance in heaven, for it is contrary to the laws of God. Paul said, For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the Holy Spirit; now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death; but the mind of the Holy Spirit is life and peace, because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot. So, then those who are living the life of the flesh, cannot please or satisfy God or be acceptable to Him (Rom. 8:5-7).

In his saying, Paul was echoing the words of YAHSHUA: If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it; but whoever loses his life for My sake he will preserve and save it; for what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins of forfeits himself? (Luke 9: 23-25).  Faith without commitment to God is not faith that is alive, or be counted as such, for faith demands action, or it is not faith at all. Faith is seen in one’s conscious decision to obey God. In the parable of the seeds YAHSHUA told, it has an application we must pay attention to and take to heart, in order to understand that one must die to self in order to bear fruit into eternity. Three were the soils in which the seeds were planted; but only one was the good soil. It was noted by the fruit the seed bore. Faith is like that; where there is faith, there is growth and fruit producing tree. No servant can serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one, and love the other; or else he shall lean to one and despise the other; you cannot serve God and riches (Luke 16: 13). We cannot serve God and the flesh and the world.

The Danger of Unbelief

Many things in life constitute their ways and means of survival; from the time of birth to adulthood, life is always on the move. The physical part of it, guided by the soul, determines and accomplishes success, or goals. Life is a beautiful thing, when lived in agreement with its destiny. A successful person has the stamina and perseverance of belief to persevere to the end and so he accomplishes what he determined to do in his life time. Belief in something is necessary in life to achieve success. Here I am not referring to religious beliefs, but beliefs in the natural ways of life itself. We wonder why success has not reached everyone in the term of riches. We can go only as high as our belief leads us to go. Some reaches for the stars, and gets high enough to accomplish many things life offers. Others’ goals and beliefs go as high as they determine to go in their course of studies. Content with what life offers in that dimension, they seek their success. Knowledge however, has a way to take life higher, when one belief in it. To be distinguished in life, requires belief and efforts. Believing in yourself, in your abilities and solidifying your belief by your success, will be your reward on earth.

A man of unbelief is as Solomon described in Proverbs 24:30-34, when he said, I went by the field of the lazy man and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and behold, I was all grown over with thorns and nettles were covering its face, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I beheld and considered it well; I looked and received instruction. Yet, a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep – so shall your poverty come as a robber and your want as an armed man. Man without belief in self has no reason to get up in the morning, so he continues in his slumber and the result is seen in his life style. Weeds outside his garden, and cobwebs inside his house declare who he is. There are many answers given to the question, What do you want be when you grow up?  I want be a fireman, a postman, a trash collector, a doctor, a lawyer. All these careers have merit in the belief of the person, if for sure it is achieved. Life in general then is believing in the future of all kinds, creating a society that generates colorful and promising future for all who believe in it by doing the best to achieve its success.  

Where We Are in the Prophetic Pages of Time

(Luke 21:34-36)

The world is screaming confusion. Where is truth, does anyone know? We ask ourselves. Whom to believe in these days? As the Prophet Isaiah said, Truth has fallen on the streets, and I add to it and it had been stepped on over and over to hide it under the foot of those who are hiding it. In the confusion of the minds, truth is lie, and lie is truth. Do you perceive it? The Bible says that in the latter days we will see and experience perilous times of great stress. The increased iniquity and lawlessness will cause many to lose love for God; their love will grow cold. Many have asked, Why does God allow evil to prosper? A question that is heard often in our days in view of what’s happening; a question, if we are not careful, will drag us out of faith to doubt our God in our disappointment and lack of understanding. Our hearts have been asking this question, until God showed us the reason behind of what is happening. We must ask God if we want to understand the final end of these things.

YAHSHUA warned us of such times, in which we are living right now. The present lawlessness and iniquities seen as normal, are trends with the purpose to bring about the evil intent of those few who are planning the destruction of life and normality. What they are doing are creating chaos in order to bring in their messiah- the man of lawlessness mentioned by Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians. However, judgment will rise against those who practice lawlessness in God’s due time. Paul described the extent of their lawlessness as violence, lovers of self, boasters, abusive, ungrateful, unholy and profane, uncontrolled and fierce haters of good and the list goes on.  Don’t these sound like today to you? When we read Genesis six in reference to the accounts before the flood, we see in some degree the extent of lawlessness and iniquities seen today. As YAHSHUA said, “As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” So, this means that He is at the door, for the days of Noah are here.

Forgiveness

Unshackles and sets free

Sinners like you and me

Love, the tongue it speaks

A flower among thorns

Mending a heart being torn

A beautiful fragrance is born


The eraser of hate from man’s heart

Bitterness, not a chance

Lifting man to God

In a sound of a prayer

Forgive them Father

For them I died.


God, mankind embracing

In His awesome grace

Through YAHSHUA, His Son

Scourged and broken bones

Disfigured and rejected

Men to God He united


God’s Timing and Our Reasoning of Space in Time

Time is a space given us to live here on earth, until eternity takes over that space and time is no more: No clock, no days of week, no night. No more division between light and darkness (day and night). Time is a well-organized concept to accomplish what we need to do, so that life will be worthy living. It does not wait for us to get ready; it constant moves forwardly. Tomorrow never gets here, for when it comes, it is no more tomorrow, but is today. The things we must do in the today’s space of time, we’d better finish it, if we want to see results today.  Sometimes, we get ahead of time in its purpose, not realizing the confusion and despair that will follow in circumstances we did not expect. So, it is that we, not knowing the future in its short or long term, battle to get ahead of time disregarding the results in our life and in the lives of others. Time then, becomes a blame game in the words, “There was no time or I did not have time.” Why, under the sun, don’t we consider the relationship between our space of time and God’s sovereignty over our time?  

Time is registered in a calendar where we mark our future plans. It is also registered on clocks, on our watches, indicating when we should proceed with our plans. However, God’s timing for everything must be considered. Reasoning our space in time outside of His timing, is very wrong. Leaving Him outside of when the fulfillment of our plans should take place, is with certainty, a failed plan. Solomon said, The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the answer of the tongue (Prov. 16:10). Getting ahead of His timing to accomplish our plans when we want, and not when He wants, is foolish. The word WAIT is an important word in this scenario. What does it mean to you and to me? The twiddling of the thumb, which is the visible expression of what is going on inside of us, expressing frustration?  It shouldn’t be so, for the word wait renders submission, it renders peacefulness of heart, in the stillness of the soul before God, as we wait for Him to perform His perfect plan in us and through us. In this fast computer age, fast airplanes, fast cars, fast everything, molding us to fast pace, it does us great harm in the spiritual side of life when it comes to waiting.  Nevertheless, our space in time means to wait, we liking it or not! Life is waiting, waiting for time to come, waiting for the bus, waiting for food to cook, etc. etc.  James puts God’s timing in perspective: He said, Co me now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. Yet, you do not know about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are but a wisp of vapor that is visible for a little while and then disappears; you ought instead to say, If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that (James 4:13-14).

Faith vs. Fear

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me… (Ps. 23:4b).

Faith is the strong pillar that holds and secures us in times of uncertainties. It looks not into circumstances, but above it and ahead of it, to guide and to take us where we must remain standing firmly. It is like the rainbow in the sky pointing to God’s promise of deliverance in every color demonstrated, when times are hard with no seemingly way out. Look up, in times like these, look up and realize that redemption is at its door, that’s the message clear and concise written in the Bible. Looking at the direction where the help will come from, is with certainty a good beginning, when faith, like a ministering angel takes us by the hand leading us to our safety. Faith – Paul called it a spirit. In the letter to the Corinthians, He said, Yet, we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak (II Cor. 4:13). This was in reference to Psalm 116:10. A beautiful psalm, indeed, but like many other psalms, we do not know who wrote it.

The spirit of fear on the other hand, is ever tormenting and causing one to make decisions that reflects the control of it in one’s life. This type of fear is not from God; it is rather from the evil one, with the purpose to control and destroy the mind. It enters the mind through lack of faith and knowledge. Paul tells Timothy, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love and a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7). There is no hope in fear, but dread and guilt. It is voided of love; therefore, it is filled with punishment. Fear looks down and panics, it looks straight at the storm of whatever problem is around and leads to a state of hopelessness with its torment.

YAHSHUA

My Song in the night

My Joy in the day time

My Refuge in my troubles

My Savior, for me crucified

I will confess Him until I die


Lover of my soul

He died to make me whole

He suffered my body to heal

His blood shed to forgive

This, the world must know!


His name reflects love

The substance that holds

The world together

Always enduring

The test of time


Never fading away

With each step I take

Deeper it grows

My life, to Him

A living sacrifice, I gave


My Shepherd, my guide

The valleys I walk not alone

In death, I am satisfied

His presence always sure

In His arms I am secure


God Stands Alone as the True God

He, alone is the Creator of all living things. Paul askes the question, For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor?  Or who has first given God anything that he might be paid back or that he could claim a recompense? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen (Rom. 11:34-36).

There should be never an argument of Whom God is, about His attributes, His power, His sovereignty. There should be never any other name that will take the name GOD, a tittle belonging only to Him. In the Old Testament we read the many times God called Israel’s attention to the fact that He, and only He was and is God. Israel, in her stubbornness, has caused judgment upon her, for abandoning her true God for the Egyptian gods, the Babylonian gods, etc.  At Mount Carmel, Elijah challenged the false god Baal and it failed miserably, when The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob demonstrated His power through the fire coming from heaven, consuming the burnt sacrifice, the wood and the stones, licking the water that was in the trench, after Elijah prayed. A forever Living God, with no beginning and no end, He is out of men’s reach of understanding of Who He is.

The Whispering Wind – The Holy Spirit

A gentle wind lowly

Whispering peace, be still

In a raging storm

Chaos all around to see

Confusion and fear

Buffing His voice

Only few hear

And understand

The end is near!


A calming breeze

Refreshing the soul

His presence bringing

Joy, many don’t know

Fear in control

His voice utters

Words of comfort

Relief to you I give

Believe and receive!


Silently, He blows

From where, no one knows

Hope to the hopeless

Who wants to know

Where to go.

The Comforter of the

throbbing heart

Who Him will seek

To know His peace