TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION- THE BENEFITS OF RESURRECTION

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.  Hebrews 9:15 NIV

As a believer it is vital for you to know about what took place as a result of the Resurrection of Jesus for you.   As believers, I’d asked you to look beyond the surface of Jesus dying and focus on the reason Jesus died.  It would be such a waste to have had experienced such an event and not have the intended benefits used and accepted which was The Father’s intention.  Some of these are as follows:

  • To bring man back into right standing with God as their  Father and friend.
  • To redeem man’s life from all that Adam lost and that sin brought into the Earth realm.
  • To destroy death and him that has the power of death.
  • To make it possible for people to never be sick, broke, in lack and deliver them from every type of dis-ease.
  • To give people life and not just any life but the same  kind of life that God Himself has (Eternal Life-aionous) and lives in in His sinless abode in Heaven.

The list goes on and on and as a believer you have a responsibility to find out ALL that belongs to you through the gift of Christ death, burial and resurrection.  Take sometime to make sure you are not allowing one benefit of that gift to be neglected.

Remember Christ Resurrection is YOUR RESURRECTION and is the death of death!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

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JUST DA TRUTH -ABOUT THE PRESENT TRUTH

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.  2 Peter 1:12  KJV

Imagine walking up to Abraham as he is on his way to rescue his nephew Lot from the five kings that have just kidnapped him and members of their entire village and saying to him, “Abraham, thou shalt not kill!!”.  He would look at you as if you were crazy and if you stood in his way you may get taken out for blocking him from rescuing his family.  Now imagine popping up in the Garden of Eden and saying to Adam, “Adam not make sure you don’t tell a lie. Thou shalt not lie or bear false witness.”  Again, Adam would look at you with the same look Abraham would.  Why?  Because you are trying to force on them a future truth that is not in effect for their time.  Adam and Abraham were not and are not under law or the ten commandments.  They both were under the covenant of grace.  The only law that was in effect for Adam was do not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Eve could have murdered Adam and it would not have been sin because there was no law against murder at that time.

What is my point for bringing up this example.  It is to show you a simple but very powerful truth that the entire Body of Christ needs to understand and that is how to walk in present truth.  Today many believers and pastors are trying to preach and command people to live by the law, the ten commandments.  But the time of the law has passed.  It is a past truth that God is no longer having his people live by and under.  Don’t take my word for it, take THE WORD for it.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.  Romans 10:4 KJV

If you believe in Christ then you have to agree with THE WORD who is Jesus, who is Christ that Christ is the end of the law.  Today you hear of all types of ministers and well known preachers speaking of judgement and that the US and other countries and people’s are being judged for their sinful and wrong life. These things are simply not true.  Because of Jesus’s sacrifice the sins of every person ever born and who ever will be born are NOW FORGIVEN and covered by HIS BLOOD.  The only thing left to do is to receive that forgiveness by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant, not the Old Covenant,  God the Father has some very specific things to say about the New Covenant.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.  Hebrews 8:12 KJV

Romans explains it in greater detail.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  Romans 6:14 KJV

Grace is the present truth that we are under, not the law.  We must learn to walk in present truth and that present truth is GRACE!!!

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17 KJV

When Moses and Elijah appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration, God the Father said something very specific.  He said, “This is my beloved Son, hear you Him!!”  Moses represents the law and Elijah represents the prophet’s. We are not in the time of the law and prophets, that time has passed.  Does God still speak through prophets? Yes but His primary way is speaking through The Word by way of the Holy Spirit,  Be sure to walk in present truth.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH -ABOUT GUILTY OR HUNGRY?

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:14 NIV

Let me ask you a question.  Have you ever not eaten a meal at the time you should have eaten?  Of course you have.  We all have. Perhaps you had something to do and time did not allow or you needed to finish an assignment.  Now think about this have you ever felt ‘guilty or bad’ for not eating. In most cases I would say no. I know for me I have never felt guilty for not eating and to be honest all I felt was HUNGRY!!!  The Word of God is our food but in many cases when people don’t read when they or other people think they should or don’t read as long as they think or other people think they should they feel guilty.  This is law based thinking not grace based thinking.  The law demands but grace supplies. The Father does not want you to have the attitude, “Oh I HAVE to go spend time in The Word.” No your attitude should be just like eating in the natural you should know that you need to spend time in The Word because spending time in The Word is spending time with God and with Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NIV

Now I do not believe that any believer would outwardly say, “Oh boy, now I gotta go and spend some time with Jesus, aww man let me get this over with.”  That would be rude, especially if He is your Saviour and you love Him.  No the attitude now becomes, “I get to go spend time with Jesus and I am pumped!!!!  I am going to get some good things from Him today!!!”  This is the attitude of joy that gives strength, wisdom, understanding and expectation to your Word time.  Your whole attitude will change if you take your Bible and look at it and then make the decision  that that book is NOT SOMETHING but that it is SOMEBODY!!!  It is Jesus and it is more real than when the disciples walked with Him in the flesh because you receive Him as He is by faith.  When you operate this way there is an automatic blessing involved because Jesus said…..

…Blessed are those who believe without seeing me. John 20:29 New Living Translation

So when you have not partaken of The Word, you should feel hungry not guilty. As a matter of truth, just like you can get grumpy or short patient when you have not eaten in the natural, the same thing can happen with your spiritual food.  I have even noticed that many time I think I am hungry naturally but really I was simply hungry spiritually.  A nice set down with The Word and I am satiated and the feeling of hunger has passed naturally and spiritually.  Don’t let law based thinking or so law based preacher get you into self condemnation or guilt because you are redeemed from both of those things.  Jesus said His Body is meat indeed and His Blood is drink indeed so partake of communion and fellowship in The Word often.  This will keep you strong and spiritually healthy and in fellowship with Jesus Himself.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT CLEANSED FROM “ALL” UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  I John 1:9 Darby Translation

Once again here we are talking about the grand topic of RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is grand indeed as the Lord Jesus told us to seek it first and then everything else would be added to us. This passage of scripture is a blessing. It is also a means of controversy because of the first part. Some people say you have to confess every single sin you ever commit. Some people say no when you confess that you are a sinner and receive Jesus that is all that is necessary. I am not going to get into a debate about that today because that is not our focus. I will share with you what the scripture says ensures your salvation.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 New Living Translation

The same Holy Ghost who had John write I John is the same Holy Ghost that spoke to Paul in Romans. Yet no mention of confessing of sins is in this verse in Romans 10:9. Interesting indeed. By acknowledging Jesus as Lord and that God raised Him from the dead something obviously is done in that transaction.

But I want you to focus on the truth that when you confess Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, this is an acknowledgement of what Jesus did and that you needed a Lord and you are also acknowledging the reason Jesus died and was resurrected. Jesus died for our sins. This acceptance of Jesus as resurrected Lord is a confession and as a result, He is faithful and righteous to cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness or you can say He is faithful and righteous to make you righteous just like Him. Did Jesus ever confess to being a sinner? No. But yet He took all of our sins which by that ‘act‘ placed Him with us as a sinner and God treated Him as such on the cross because He took our sins by faith just as if He had committed them all.

And he took all of our sins and lifted them in His body to the cross, for as we are dead to sin, we shall live in His righteousness, for by His scars you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Jesus took our punishment for sin which is rebellion against the will of God the Father and gave us His righteousness which is simply submission to the will of God. Sin simply means missing the mark. Righteousness is what is right from God’s viewpoint. Sickness is sin. Health IS His righteousness. Poverty is sin. Abundance is His righteousness. Why? Because that is what God and Jesus have. God and Jesus are not broke or in lack. They live in opulent abundance. Some Christians believe that it is holy or righteous to be broke. Nothing could be further from the truth. Poverty is sin. Not having enough is sin therefore it is unrighteousness. The Father sent Jesus so He could give us back everything Adam lost and more. God has and is righteous and that righteousness now BELONGS to us because of Jesus. Anything contrary to what God has or is is unrighteousness. What does The Word say about unrighteousness.

Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13 KJV

The Word yield means to allow, to give place. If you are born again, you are dead to sin and alive to Christ and His Righteousness. Romans 6:14 says, “Sin shall not which means, it does not have dominion or rulership or authority over you.” Why? Because you are not under the law but under grace, God’s unmerited, undeserved favor given to us in and through Christ Jesus. We are free from sin.

Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:39 NIV

Do you see it? Sickness is sin. Health is righteousness or right. Poverty and lack is sin. Abundance and being RICH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS. You don’t have to seek to be rich, rich comes with the righteousness. You don’t have to seek health, health comes with the righteousness. This is why Jesus told us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Jesus’s Blood has cleansed you and me and everyone who accepts Him from ALL unrighteousness. If you believe that then since you are cleansed the only thing left is RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! You simply have to know it and believe it and receive it and it is your and IT WILL BE MADE MANIFEST. But it’s not there just when you see it. It’s there and yours RIGHT NOW!!!! TAKE IT!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE Part 3

…for the law of the Spirit, that of the life in Christ Jesus, freed you once for all from the law of the sinful nature and of death. Romans 8:2

We talked previously about laws and righteousness and how they are related. We also talked about what the word law means in the above scripture.  The word law there in that scripture is the Greek word nomos. It has various meanings but the meaning we are interested in is: a law or rule producing a state approved of God.  People for the most part know more about the geographic ‘state’ that they live in than they do the state of their own lives.  As a believer you cannot afford to not know the state you are in as a result of Jesus becoming your Lord and Saviour.  Your knowledge of that state can be the difference between life and death, blessing and cursing, abundance and lack.  Pay close attention to the word state as used in the following two scripture verses.

…by grace have you been saved completely in past time, with the present result that you are in a state of salvation which persists through present time, Ephesians 2:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this [salvation] is not from you as a source ‘of God it is the gift, Ephesians 2:8 Kenneth Wuest Translation

I want you to pay attention to two things here. First of all the Holy Ghost had the Apostle Paul say the same thing two times in one chapter just a few verses apart. That means pay attention.  Secondly, both scriptures say that you have been saved completely in past time with the present result that you are in a “state” of salvation that persist thru present time.   This is a powerful and pregnant statement that you need to spend some time chewing on. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND and YOUR LIFE if you take the time to understand whats being said.  To help you understand we need to define the words saved and the word salvation.

saved:  sózó: to save
Original Word: σῴζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: sózó
Phonetic Spelling: (sode’-zo)
Short Definition: I save, heal
Definition: I save, heal, preserve, rescue.

One of the commentaries makes an interesting observance. It says, “by grace ye are saved– Greek, “Ye are in a saved state.” Not merely “ye are being saved,” but ye “are passed from death unto life” (Joh 5:24).

Now lets look at the word salvation:  it means and includes welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety.

The same commentary by Jameison Fassuet and Brown says, “Salvation is to the Christian not a thing to be waited for hereafter (Heaven), but already realized (1Jo 3:14)”

So when you look at this scripture in context and definition this is how you should see it.

…by grace have you been saved, healed, preserved and rescued completely in past time, with the present result that you are in a state of welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation and safety which persists through present time, Ephesians 2:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Regardless of what your life looks like what that verse says IS THE STATE that you are in.  Too many believers think they are trying to get healed and prosperous when The Word of God declares they are already in a healed and prosperous and delivered state.  Take the time to become fully persuaded about this. IT WIL CHANGE YOUR MIND & LIFE.

All the ‘blessed’ to you. Shalom!!!

 

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT- WHAT DO YOU DESIRE?

If you maintain a living communion with Me and My words are at home in you, I command you to ask, at once, something for yourself, whatever your heart desires, and it will become yours! John 15:7 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Desires!!! We all have them, even God Our Father has desires. So when Adam messed up the perfect plan that Poppa had created what did God the Father do? He immediately set His plan in motion to redeem man back to Himself. Why? Because that was His desire and He would not be denied. God the Father has desires and this is where all human beings get their ability and longing to desire. Yes, in some cases people’s desires are perverted but for the most part people’s desires are generally good. However I do not want to focus on people with evil desires. I am going to focus on the believer and what The Word of God says about a righteous person and their desires. I believe The Word! How about you?

The desire of the righteous is only good… Proverbs 11:23 King James Version

I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus AND I KNOW IT!!! If you are a believer you should know this too. There are all kinds of benefits that come with being righteous like being protected, delivered out of trouble, your house being blessed and many others. But today we are talking about desires and God’s Word says that the desire of the righteous is only good. I believe that. Now I have a natural human side and you can in your carnal mind desire things that are not best but that is not what this scripture is talking about. It’s talking about the real you! The born again spirit you, that only desires good and has never desired or done any evil at all. Oh yes, that person is in you and it is the person of Jesus Christ in your born again human spirit. You should not be afraid of your desires and you should not think them selfish. The Word declared that they are good and the opening text which is translated from the original Greek says, “ask at once something for YOURSELF, whatever your heart desires, and it will become yours!” Now you are not going to hear that in a religious church. But you have heard it from The Word of God. So believe it and receive it! Let’s see what else The Word has to say about the desire of a righteous person.

What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted. Proverbs 10:24 King James Version

Oh His goodness! We better read that again to make sure we are not seeing things.

What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted. Proverbs 10:24 King James Version

THE DESIRE OF THE RIGHTEOUS WILL BE GRANTED!!! If you have not already you had better get to desiring somethings. And I am not talking about a close parking space at the mall. I’m talking about something BIG from BIG POPPA. God has His desires fulfilled. Do you think He wants any less for His children? Of course not. I will even share with you a little, no its a big secret. If you are born again, YOU are one of God’s greatest desires fulfilled. That is AWESOME!!! You are a BIG DEAL to Poppa!! If you weren’t He would have never given up His Own Son, His Only Son at the time for you and me. So you must be ‘sum tin’ special. Start acting like it and believe these scriptures in Proverbs and in John and in Mark 11:24. When you do you already have Poppa’s Word that your desire WILL BE GRANTED!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE Part 2

…for the law of the Spirit, that of the life in Christ Jesus, freed you once for all from the law of the sinful nature and of death.  Romans 8:2

When a person is driving a car and they come to a corner or location and see a red octagon with the white letters S-T-O-P on it.  They know exactly what it means (or they should).  They also know that that stop sign is a law.  They may choose to ignore the sign thereby ignoring the law and if a officer of the law is nearby and sees them they may be pulled over for violating that law with repercussions of a ticket and or fine. This very natural scenario is easily understood by us and I want you to pay close attention because Jesus wants you to KNOW about another law, one that works for you all the time but like the driver you may have been ignoring it or simply ignorant of it.  Its called “the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.”  Let’s look at our foundational scripture once more.

…for the law of the Spirit, that of the life in Christ Jesus, freed you once for all from the law of the sinful nature and of death. Romans 8:2

The word law there in that scripture is the Greek word nomos.  It has various meanings but the meaning we are interested in is:  a law or rule producing a state approved of God.  What is the state approved by God our Father, our Poppa, our Daddy? RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Let’s look at another scripture.

…Who (Jesus) Himself carried up to the Cross our sins in His body and offered Himself there as on an altar, doing this in order that we, having died with respect to our sins, might live with respect to righteousness, by means of Whose bleeding stripe [the word “stripe” is in the singular here; a picture of our Lord’s back after the scourging, one mass of raw, quivering flesh with no skin remaining, trickling with blood] you were healed… I Peter 2:24 Kenneth Wuest Translation

So we see in Romans 8 we have been freed ONCE and FOR ALL from the law of the sinful nature or sin and death. This is because Jesus bore sin and death for us so we don’t have to.  So we have been freed from something but what have we been freed to?  RIGHTEOUSNESS.  1 Peter tells us that Jesus Himself bore our sins in His own body of the Cross and when He died we died with Him to sin and when He arose from the dead He arose “dead to sin.”  What does it mean to be dead to sin.  Let me ask you, “How much malaria can a disease carrying mosquito give to a dead corpse sitting in the morgue?”  The answer is NONE, ZERO, ZILCH!!! That person or corpse is dead!  The disease transmitted by that mosquito can not have any affect on that dead corpse.  This is what it means to be dead to sin and free from sin. Notice in the scripture in 1 Peter 2:24 it says, “having died with respect to our sins,”.  Jesus did this ONCE and for ALL and if you are a believer you were and are included in the ALL. So now you live with respect or acknowledging or acting on the knowledge of RIGHTEOUSNESS which is the state approved by God. Righteousness is simply everything being right or as it should be in the way our Father created.  This means no sickness, no disease, no lack, no poverty, no fear.  The law of the Spirit has freed us from these things.  A law is an inward principle of action, operating with the fixedness and regularity of a law.  A stop sign does not change.  It means STOP every time, all the time.  The Law of the Spirit does not change.  It operates with fixedness and regularity ALL THE TIME.  And since it frees you from sin and death that means you are free from sickness and  disease and lack and anything else that came or exist as a result of sin and death brought into the world by and thru Adam.  This is the STATE you are in whether you know it or not OR whether it looks like it or not.  We walk by faith not by sight and if you believe in the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus you will walk in and see the benefits of that law in your life.

We will finish this up soon. Stay tuned!  All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE Part 1

…..for the law of the Spirit, that of the life in Christ Jesus, freed you once for all from the law of the sinful nature and of death. Romans 8:2 Kenneth Wuest Translation.

  • The Law of the Spirit
  • That of the Life in Christ Jesus (whose life you have)
  • Freed you once for all
  • From the law of the sinful nature and death

The Word of God is powerful! It’s alive! The Word says it is and I believe it! How about you?  This scripture is absolutely full term pregnant with answers, secrets, promises and ways out of a number of things that the world says are normal.  When you were not born again, you were under the law and the curse of the law.  Unfortunately, if a person is still trying to earn God’s favor and blessings  and Heaven by doing good works and not doing this or doing that, they are still under the curse of the law.  That is what God the Father and Jesus see as self-righteousness. To make it more clear for you, when someone tries to live that way its the equivalent of slapping God the Father and Jesus in the face and saying, “God you didn’t have to send Jesus, I can make my own way by not doing this and then I will do that and then I won’t do this. I will create my own righteousness. That is never going to work. If it did God the Father would have never sent Jesus to die anyway.

However if you accept the finished work of Christ then you can enjoy the benefit of the above scripture and be free from the sinful nature and death.  I am not saying that you will never commit another sin I am simply saying it won’t affect your right standing with God the Father. Why? Because your standing with God comes from Jesus not you.  Jesus is righteous.  You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You’re not righteous on your own. The only reason you have any righteousness at all is because of Jesus. Jesus took all your sins and condemnation and punishment and guilt on the Cross and gave you all of His righteousness, favor, blessing and standing with The Father. He brought you under a new law.  The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus that freed you once and for all from the sinful nature and death.

This is what enabled Paul to be bitten by a serpent in the book of Acts and it could not harm him. Snakes were not created by God with venom. The venom came after the fall and sin perverted and twisted nature.  So since venom is a product or by-product of the sinful nature that you are free from, when you believe what The Word says instead of what you see on TV that happens to people who get bit by snakes then it will have no effect on you.  I’m not talking about people who tempt God and handle snakes deliberately.  No if you happen to come across a snake and it attempts to harm you it won’t be able to is what I said.  Don’t take my word for it! Take The Word for it.

Behold, I have given you the authority to advance by setting foot upon snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will in any case harm you  Luke 10:19 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Now in case you didn’t know that was Jesus talking.  He can’t lie!  So whether it’s a snake or something else that is a by-product of the sinful nature or death you are freed once and for all from it.  The deciding factor is: DO YOU BELIEVE IT?

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT YOU BEING UNDER GRACE

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 King James Version

Do you realize that sin has no dominion over, if you are under GRACE and not the law? Sin has no dominion over the believer who is under GRACE(Who is Jesus) and knows it. That means sickness, disease, debt, lack and any other thing that God declares is not right. The word sin is the greek word harmartia and it means to miss the mark. What is God’s mark for your health? Divine health! What is God’s mark for your prosperity and abundance? Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” You having more than enough is God’s mark for you. It is very important today more than ever that believers KNOW what the scripture says and means. Sin is mentioned 48 times in the New Testament book of Romans but did you know 47 times it is a noun. A noun is a person, place or thing. It is not a verb therefore it does not mean sinful acts or actions. It means the devil, the person of sin, places of sin and the things of sin do not have authority over you because you are no longer under the law but under GRACE.

Now the question is are you under GRACE? Do you believe Jesus took your place and covered your sin past, present and future? Or are you still trying to be righteous and be holy by not smoking, drinking, sleeping around and all the other so called big sins that many in the church focus on? Now let me make clear I am against sin as is God the Father and Jesus so this is no so called license to sin however if you are depending on your own actions of what you do or don’t to make you righteous or have a right standing with God I have some bad news for you.  You are under the law and sin does have dominion over you. When you try to live by the law,”I don’t do this, I don’t do that”, you are a debtor to do the whole law. What that means is, yes you may not sleep around but you gossip. If you gossip you are guilty of sleeping around as well because Jesus said if you break one law you are guilty of all of it. That means you are a murderer, a thief, an idolater and all the other things that the law describes. This is why depending on anything other than the Blood of Jesus and finished work of Christ for your righteousness and holiness is foolishness. Don’t take my word for it take The Word for it.

For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. Galatians 5:4 New Living Translation

Don’t try to live by the law and what you do or don’t do. The Word already has proven everyone who has tried to do it with the exception of Jesus has failed and failed miserably. Stay under GRACE Who is Jesus by receiving His righteousness!!! Jesus loves you and He’s already fulfilled the law for you and  done the work of righteousness. All there is for you to do is to believe it and receive it.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT YOUR “WEIRDNESS”

The angel of the LORD appeared to Manoah’s wife and said, “Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son. 4So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food.a 5You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.”  Judges 13:3-5  New Living Translation

“You’re weird! He’s weird!!! She’s weird!!! They are a weirdo!!!”  Have you ever heard someone say this?  Perhaps it’s been said direct to you. And because of the negative connotation and definition that the world has placed on the word weird, you didn’t want to take or accept that label.  But guess what, EVERYONE IS WEIRD!!! And IT’S A GOOD THING!!!  I want to encourage you to increase your life by beginning to define word, even words you think you know what they mean.   You may be surprised to find out you had no idea what something meant.  This is why Poppa God allowed the Holy Spirit to move thru men and women of God in various acts and things in the Bible. Pay close attention to this Holy Ghost inspired instruction.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  KJV  2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of truth with precision. International Standard Version 2 Timothy 2:15

So with the above scripture in mind lets get back to our topic of weirdness and our main scripture about Samson and his mother.   Did you know that in Israel and in the Middle East in biblical times, if you did not or could not have children you were considered to be cursed by God?   Yes, cursed.  So imagine the looks and gossip that was going on about Samson’s mother.  But her weirdness, or strangeness or her peculiar barrenness was all for a reason and a purpose.  Why? So that Samson could be her firstborn making him special, and dedicated to God. 

Now let’s talk about Samson. Samson as a boy could not cut his hair, at all. He could not drink wine or eat any forbidden food. So while other boys may have been working at the winepress, he could not.  While other boys were eating this and that he could not.  You know how kids are.  “Hey Samson why don’t you have a bite of this?”  He has to say, “No thanks.”  A boy with long hair and who cannot enjoy what is normal for most boys is going to seem WEIRD!!!  Now lets define weird.

The word weird has come to be known or define  as strange, uncanny,  bizarre, connected with fate. Another definition is something supernatural.  But when we look at the origin of the word weird we see something very interesting,  The word weird is Old English but is Germanic in origin and is spelled wyrd.  The adjective (Late Middle English) originally meant ‘having the power to control destiny‘.  Your weirdness or uniqueness has the power to control or affect your destiny.   No wonder the meaning has been changed and perverted to mean “to induce a sense of disbelief or alienation into a person”.  It’s used to make people feel that somethings wrong with them instead of something being right with them.   This is why you must know what things mean for yourself.

Poppa God has made you unique and you have a gift that YOU AND ONLY YOU can give to this world.  If you doubt your uniqueness and greatness and choose to assimilate and become like someone else you rob yourself and the world of the God given gift that is YOU!!!  Be proud of your weirdness!!! Let Jesus Who is The Word, The Truth and The Light shine His Light on you and show Who and What YOU REALLY ARE!!!! Don’t allow anyone who does not know you or care about you in a genuine way try to dictate or tell you who you are and what you can or can’t do.  Their goal is to limit YOU. God’s goal is to increase you more and more, not only you but your children. We will end with this great Psalm 139 that talks about how God the Father formed you.

13You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

15You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

16You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out

before a single day had passed.

17How precious are your thoughts about me,b O God.

They cannot be numbered!

18I can’t even count them;

they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up,

you are still with me!

All the “blessed” to you. Shalom!!!