Humility ~ Part 1

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In my last post, we finally finished the series on the Commands of Yeshua. In this post, we will begin to explore the Godly characteristic of humility. For those that really know me, they are probably wondering why I would even begin to attempt this topic! I certainly don’t have much of a reputation for being humble.

Confessions of a Self-Centered Man

I have recently come out of my denial and now freely admit that most of my life has been spent as an extremely self-centered man. It’s all about me! My over-eating and anger issues are a primary function of my engrained self-centeredness.

I’m not proud of this at all. But, with the power of my Savior Yeshua and His indwelling Ruach, I know in my heart that I have embarked on a recovery journey to transform and renew my mind and my actions to incorporate the Godly character of humility into my walk with the Lord.

After reading my testimony on this blog, you may be wondering how I became so self-centered. You need look no closer than my given name ~ Donald. All my life, I have been told that my name means world ruler, leader and overcomer. Unfortunately, I bought into that, at least the leader and overcomer part. And it is true that one of my spiritual gifts is leadership. Continue reading

The Commands of Yeshua ~ Part 29

In my last post, I thought that we had wrapped up this series on the Commands of Yeshua; however, just a couple of days after I finished writing that series, I ran across this teaching during my morning devotions. I thought it stated my position so well that I have reprinted it in its entirety.

Law and Love Indistinguishable [1]

“The whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” ~ Galatians 5:14

Some people maintain that the “law of love” has replaced even the moral commands of Jesus and that our only rule is to “love our neighbor as ourself.” They quote Paul: “The one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10).

Some people understand Paul to say that the New Testament principle of love has replaced the Old Testament principle of law. Whereas the Jewish nation in the Old Testament lived under a number of specific moral laws, the church in the New Testament has “come of age” and now lives by the higher principle of love. Since love must be voluntary and cannot be compelled, so the thinking goes, love and law are mutually exclusive.

But if we realize the moral law is a transcript—a written reproduction—of the moral character of God and that “God is love” (1 John 4:8), we see that we cannot distinguish between law and love. Both express the character of God. They’re two sides of the same coin.

For example, Paul said in Romans 13:10, “Love does no wrong to its neighbor” (NIV). If we didn’t also have the commandments (which Paul quoted in verse 9) against such things as adultery, stealing, and murder, how would we know what it means to harm one’s neighbor?

Love provides the motive for obeying the commands of the Law, but the Law provides specific direction for exercising love.

In my next post, I really do want to explore the issue of humility. I think I’m going to call it ~ Humility: Confessions of a Self-Centered Man.

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[1] Holiness Day by Day by Jerry Bridges. This has proven to be a great devotional book for me.

The Commands of Yeshua ~ Part 28

In my last post, we looked at His commands to beware of false prophets; not worrying about our life; and, taking heed of how we live out our righteousness. In this post, we will wrap up this series on the Commands of Yeshua.

My theme throughout this series has been these words of Yeshua:  “If you love Me, you will keep My commands.” (Yochanan 14:15) In the introduction to this series, I stated that identifying and clarifying all the commands in the Bible was way beyond the scope of this series. However, I find that I can’t close this series without reiterating the assertion that I made in the beginning.

I firmly believe that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) I also believe that this applies to ALL Scripture as currently canonized in both the Tanakh and the Brit Hadashah. Continue reading

The Commands of Yeshua ~ Part 27

In my last post, we looked at the caution of not being afraid when we suffer and holding on to what God has given us. In this post, we will look at His commands to beware of false prophets; not worrying about our life; and, taking heed of how we live out our righteousness.

“I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.” (Yochanan 10:10b)

Cautions ~ Part E

8.  Beware of False Prophets

“Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep’s clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves! (Mathew 7:15)

Here Yeshua warns us of those who present and portray themselves as godly but are quite the opposite. They want to be accepted as spiritual leaders among God’s people, but they have evil intentions and selfish desires. In time their fruit will make clear their evil heart because division, discord, strife, hurt, confusion, manipulation, and accusation follow them wherever they go. They may not stay long in any one place as their deeds find them out. Yet they continue on their destructive path deceiving, manipulating, and destroying God’s people. Continue reading

The Commands of Yeshua ~ Part 26

In my last post, we looked at the caution of not being afraid or deceived.  In this post we will examine not being afraid when we suffer and holding on to what God has given us.

Cautions ~ Part D

6.  Don’t Be Afraid When You Suffer

“Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Adversary is going to have some of you thrown in prison, in order to put you to the test; and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain faithful, even to the point of death; and I will give you life as your crown.” (Revelation 2:10)

Yeshua knew what His people were about to face.  They would encounter suffering that would challenge their faith.  Some would be thrown into prison, and many would die.  This was a daunting truth for Believers to have to face, but their confidence and trust were in their Lord.

Facing suffering without fear is no easy task unless you already happen to know the outcome.  If you understand that suffering is the only way to achieve success and victory, then it can be well worth the pain.  Yeshua was able to endure the cross because He knew victory was coming three days later.  The cost was worth providing reconciliation between a lost humanity and His Father in heaven. Continue reading

The Commands of Yeshua ~ Part 25

In my last post, we began a new mini-series to explore the cautionary insights or warnings that Yeshua has given us in obeying His Word.  After a brief introduction, we looked at the issue of not being anxious.  In this post we will examine handling holy things with care and not being afraid of persecution.

Cautions ~ Part C

4.  Do Not Fear

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1ESV)

“What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened. (John 14:27)

Many times throughout Scripture, God commands His people not to be afraid.  For those who honor Him, there is never a need to fear or to be anxious.  When we are in right relationship with God, following His commands and loving Him with our heart, soul, strength, and mind, we rest content in His protection and control over the situations in our life.

Yes, we will face trials, difficult circumstances, tragedy, and stressful times; but despite all of it, we can have inner peace – even joy – knowing to whom we belong.  Sha’ul says it this way:

  • I can do all things through him who gives me power.” (Philippians 4:13)
  • No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the one who has loved us. (Romans 8:37)

Wow, did you catch that – superconquerors – how kewl is that?  It can’t get much  better!! Continue reading

The Commands of Yeshua ~ Part 24

In my last post, we began a new mini-series to explore the cautionary insights or warnings that Yeshua has given us in obeying His Word.  After a brief introduction, we looked at the issue of not being anxious.  In this post we will examine handling holy things with care and not being afraid of persecution.

Cautions ~ Part B

“I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.” (John 10:10b)

2.  Handle Holy Things with Care

“Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls to the pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you.” (Matthew 7:6)

Whatever God gives us is always precious and holy and comes from His love for us.  The Besorah came to us at great price to Him because of His desire for us to be reconciled to Him.  The truths we know from God’s Word are promises revealed to us by His Spirit because we are His children.  To treat the truths we have been given carelessly, to mishandle the Word of God, and to mismanage the resources God has entrusted into our care is like putting a gold ring on a pig stout. Continue reading

Don’t Concentrate on Your Sufferings, but on The Glory to Come!

For the last three days, I have been taking the 3-Quotes in 3-Day challenge.  Thank you AbbieGirl for nominating me.

It has been fun choosing what to share with you.  I decided to use the Verse of the Day from YouVersion that I post to Twitter and Facebook.  I don’t know many of you, as of yet, so I’ll leave it up to you.

YOU (reading this, right now) are nominated!!

Here are the rules:

Post a quote a day that is meaningful to you for 3 days.
At the end of your challenge, nominate 3 other bloggers who you think would impart great wisdom to the blogging community.

Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you.

Have fun!!