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Be Slow to Anger

If anyone teaches differently and does not agree to the sound precepts of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah and to the doctrine that is in keeping with godliness, he is swollen with conceit and understands nothing.

Instead, he has a morbid desire for controversies and word-battles, out of which come jealousy, dissension, insults, evil suspicions,  and constant wrangling among people whose minds no longer function properly and who have been deprived of the truth, so that they imagine that religion is a road to riches.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

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Armor of God (Nancy Alcorn Quote)

Every day when you wake up and begin your day, you are entering a battlefield. Ephesians 6:11 says to put on the whole armor of God to fight the enemy. Putting on the armor of God is a metaphor the Bible uses to explain vital aspects of our relationship with God and how we are to use them to protect ourselves against attacks from the enemy. The armor of God consists of six pieces – five for protection and one for attack.

The first is the helmet of salvation, which represents the mind of Christ that you receive when you ask Jesus into your heart. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior is the first step in winning your battle against the enemy. Then as you renew your mind by reading God’s Word, you are placing a symbolic helmet on your head that helps you think the right thoughts and protects your mind from the onslaughts of the enemy.

As you bring every thought captive to Christ, then you are able to change the way you think about your situation and about life. You will begin to think of yourself as an overcomer. The second piece of God’s armor is the breastplate of righteousness, which symbolizes the exchange that happens when you ask Jesus into your life: You give Him your sin, mistakes, and addictions, and He gives you His righteousness or right standing with God..

2 Corinthians 5:21 explains that Jesus, who had no sin, became sin for you so you can now receive His righteousness. In other words, you can actually exchange your sins and mistakes for God’s righteousness-which means that you are now in right standing with God! Because of your standing, or position, when thoughts and feelings of selfcondemnation and self-hate come at you, you can refuse them and say, “No.’ I am a new creation!”

Understanding this righteousness protects you from the destructive thought patterns that will lead you down a dead-end street-back to old habits and behaviors. The shield of faith is the part of the armor used to protect you from Satan’s attacks. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:16 that this shield of faith literally quenches every fiery dart of the wicked one (his lies, temptations, and the trouble he brings into your life).

Taking up the shield of faith means that your faith is now in God and that you trust Him as you live the way He wants you to live. It means that you use the faith God has given you to live for Him and that you truly believe what His Word says. God’s Word allows you to deflect the arrows of assault, fear, and doubt that the enemy shoots at you. The belt of truth means that you have chosen to align your life with the Word of God and walk in His principles.

This represents everything being held together by the ultimate truth, which is believing in and conforming your life to God’s Word. By walking in truth, you automatically leave deception behind. For example, when you are walking north, your back is turned to the south and you are literally walking away from the south. Similarly; when you choose to do the right thing, you don’t have Restoring Hope. to worry about doing the wrong thing because wrong is automatically eliminated by doing right.

In fact, the word repent in the Bible means to turn around and go the opposite direction (Acts 3:19). The next piece of armor is shoes, or “symbolically wearing the gospel of peace on your feet” (Ephesians 6: 15, NKJV). To wear the shoes of peace means that when you receive Christ as your Savior, you also receive His peace, which will guard your heart and mind. “God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (Philippians 4:7 NLT), will be given to you so you don’t have to live in turmoil anymore.

Therefore, when you put on the shoes of peace, you are walking and living in peace instead of walking and living in turmoil and chaos. Romans 8:31 says that if God is for you, who can be against you? Even when things appear to be bad, you can trust that God can turn them around for your good.

The first five pieces of armor are for your protection, but the last piece is an offensive weapon called the sword of the Spirit. The Word of God is the weapon we use to go on the offense against the enemy. To use the sword of the Spirit is to literally speak God’s Word out loud. God promises that as you declare and decree His Word, He will watch over His Word to perform it.

When the enemy comes to try to bring something into your life something that is not God’s will, rise up and speak the Word of God. For example, if fear tries to hit you, you can set a firm boundary and say “No! 2 Timothy 1:7 – God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

When we are afraid or in any other situation, we have the opportunity to take God’s Word and boldly proclaim, declare, and decree what the Word says in the face of what may seem or feel totally opposite. This is why it is so important to know the Word of God. You need to be able to speak the Word of God as your weapon. Hebrews 4: 12 says the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is sharper than any double-edged sword, and it has the ability to discern between that which is good and that which is evil, that which is right and that which is wrong. It may not be easy to resist acting out your thoughts, emotions, and choices, but God’s Word planted on the inside of you will actually change your desires and transform you into the person God wants you to be (Romans 12:1-2).

As you put the Word on the inside of you, it grows stronger and stronger, and you will be able to fight wrong desires and overcome the enemy. The next time you find yourself struggling to do anything that is not of God, remember that God has equipped you with power and strength to finish the fight victoriously (Philippians 2:13). “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

As a child of God, you have authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19). Exercise that authority by boldly speaking the Word of God to take back the areas of your life where the devil has had you bound (1 John 5:4-5). Don’t allow yourself to be defeated. Rise up in Jesus’ name and be who you were born to be.

Remember, without God, you can do nothing (John 15:5). Allow Him to be your strength. When you stand firm with the armor God gives you, you will be fully protected, and you will win every time!

*taken from Nancy Alcorn’s Mercy For… book series

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The Quran is for violence

OK, well I sat through and have read about half of the 1000 some odd page book…and I can say that this is the dryest read ever...fell asleep to many times to count…

But, the section that got my attention: Al-Anfal aka. spoils of war, booty

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PICKTHAL: When thy Lord inspired the angels, (saying): I am with you. So make those who believe
stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of
them each finger.

So, if you don’t believe in Islam, your head is lopped off, your fingers are gone as well…oh wait you’re dead…

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PICKTHAL: And know that whatever ye take as spoils of war, lo! a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for
the messenger and for the kinsman (who hath need) and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if ye
believe in Allah and that which We revealed unto Our slave on the Day of Discrimination, the day
when the two armies met. And Allah is Able to do all things.

How kind of Allah to order 1/5th of ‘spoils’ to be given to orphans and the needy…

By this point I’m going ‘wut’ because it made absolutely no sense at all…and none of those who are of the muslim faith follow the above batshit nutty verse ‘conveniently’ forgetting…

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PICKTHAL: It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. Ye
desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

Right…so no captives until you freaking kill off an entire village etc…by this point I’m going ‘no wonder the crazy’ it’s dictated in the ‘holy book’

Just some food for thought…or not… :-/

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MJAA Article on Messianic Judaism (I could have written a better one but eh?)

MESSIANIC JUDAISM

Messianic Judaism is a Biblically based movement of people who, as committed Jews, believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Jewish Messiah of Israel of whom the Jewish Law and Prophets spoke.

To many this seems a glaring contradiction. Christians are Christians, Jews are decidedly not Christian. So goes the understanding that has prevailed through nearly two thousand years of history.

Messianic Jews call this a mistaken and even anti-Scriptural – understanding.

Historical and Biblical evidence demonstrates that following Yeshua was initially an entirely Jewish concept. Decades upon decades of persecution, division, and confused theology all contributed to the dichotomy between Jews and believers in Yeshua that many take for granted today.

FIRST CENTURY BELIEVERS IN YESHUA

Two thousand years ago Yeshua was a Jew living among Jewish people. “Yeshua,” by which Jesus was called during his time on earth, is itself a Hebrew word for “Salvation.” Yeshua kept Torah, or the Law of Moses. He studied the Jewish Scriptures that many now known as the “Old Testament,” and read them aloud at the local synagogue on Shabbat (Luke 4:16).

He was called rabbi (Teacher/Master) by his followers.

Yeshua

Matthew 5:17

“Think not that I came to abolish the law and the prophets: I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

After His death and resurrection, His following increased. From the book of Acts and other historical evidence, many believe that in the first century A.D. hundreds of thousands of Jews followed His teachings (Acts 2:41, 2:47, 4:4, 6:7, 9:31, 21:20), and established Messianic Synagogues throughout the Roman Empire and beyond (James 1:1, 2:2).

One of the first debates these early disciples faced seems ironic to us now: Could non-Jews participate in the community of Yeshua’s followers without becoming Jews?

At the very birth of Judaism, God had told Abraham that He would bless all nations of the earth through Abraham’s offspring (Genesis 12.3). Accordingly, the apostolic council in Acts 15 decided that non-Jews could follow Yeshua without converting to Judaism.

(They aren’t converting to anything if anything it is the non-jew that is converting, not the other way around, and man I’m so glad I have found my Yeshua!) 

Many factors intervened in the following years. Believers in Yeshua suffered increased opposition from both Roman authorities and Jewish synagogue leaders.

As more and more Gentiles came to accept this faith and as the original Jewish apostles passed away, the Jewishness of that first-century faith was gradually lost.

MODERN MESSIANIC JUDAISM

Though Messianic Judaism itself dates back to Yeshua’s twelve apostles, its “resurrection” is a relatively new phenomenon.

In the late 1800’s, after several large-scale “revivals” among protestant believers in the United States and Europe, many Christians sought to tell Jewish people about Yeshua, or Jesus. Even as some Jewish people in Europe began to desire to return to the land of Israel and establish a permanent Jewish homeland there, the Lord stirred many Jews to look at the so-called “Christian Bible,” or New Testament Scriptures, for themselves.

Centuries of continuing Antisemitism in the name of Jesus had left the Jewish community skeptical. 

But some Jewish men and women did become followers of Yeshua during this time.

In the following decades whole congregations of Jewish believers in Jesus were born. This movement was dubbed “Hebrew Christianity.”   <-(bwahahahaha *wipes away tear of mirth*)

Rabbi Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) 

Romans 9:4-5

“They are the Israelite’s, and to them belong the Son-ship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Messiah!”

“Hebrew Christianity” has since become known as “Messianic Judaism.” There are now tens of thousands of Messianic Jews in the United States alone; some estimate as many as 1.2 million.

Messianic synagogues are springing up in almost every major city across the U.S., and Messianic Judaism is quickly growing in other nations throughout North and South America, Europe, Oceania, and the former Soviet republics.

Christianity later became the state religion of the Roman Empire.

Eventually an anti-Semitic view of the Messiah’s life and death became accepted theology in Christian Europe for hundreds of years.

Messianic Jews recognize that their existence is entirely due to God’s intervention on behalf of His Jewish people. Messianic Judaism is part of the fulfillment of God’s many Scriptural promises of eternal love and faithfulness to Israel.

THE MESSIANIC JEWISH IDENTITY

The “Messianic Jewish identity” is wholly dependent on the person of Yeshua:

God Himself comes to earth to reconcile the ( Jewish people and all nations to Himself.)

Isaiah 53:6

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

The foundation of Messianic Judaism, therefore, is each individual’s personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through Messiah Yeshua. In the Hebrew Law God clearly demands a blood sacrifice for the remittance of sins.

Each Messianic Jew recognizes his or her own sinfulness and has accepted that Yeshua Himself provided this sacrifice.

Another important aspect of the Messianic Jewish movement is Jewish congregational worship. If Yeshua really is the Jewish Messiah of whom all the Jewish Law and Prophets spoke, then it is the most Jewish thing in the world to follow Him!

Should Jews really attempt to assimilate into churches and forego their Jewish identity when they choose to put their faith in the Jewish Messiah? Messianic Judaism answers, “No!”

As Yeshua Himself embraced His Jewishness, Messianic Jews seek to embrace theirs, by meeting in congregational communities with other Jewish believers and by maintaining a Biblically Jewish expression of their faith.

Every congregation is different, but this expression often means worshiping in Hebrew, following Mosaic Law, dancing as King David did before the Lord, and keeping Biblical holidays such as Pesach, Sukkot, or Shavuot.

Also, important is Messianic Judaism’s ministry to both the Jewish community and the Christian body of believers.

Messianic Jews are part of the larger Body of Messiah throughout the world, and Messianic Jews hope to help all believers in Yeshua to better understand the Jewish roots of their faith.

Finally, Yeshua declared that no-one can comes to the Father – the God of Israel – except through Him (John 14:6). Messianic Jews seek to share this way, this truth, and this life with their Jewish brothers and sisters.

Source URL: http://www.mjaa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=rd_messianicmovement_messianic_judaism

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My Utmost for His Highest (Quote that Honestly Convicted Me)

The real danger in spiritual laziness is that we do not want to be stirred up— all we want to hear about is a spiritual retirement from the world. Yet Jesus Christ never encourages the idea of retirement— He says, “Go and tell My brethren…” (Matthew 28:10). 

Talk about a hit in the gut! Whoa!

Yes, I am guilty of this, oh boy…God forbid I ever just want to enjoy God without walking the walk of sharing the Love God showed me to others!

‘Spiritual Retirement’ indeed! Thanks for the reminder Mr. Chambers though you are with God now (that is when retire when we go home to be with God) your message still rings so very true and convicting to this day…

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