31:14) For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side,
While they conspire together against me,
They plot to take away my life.
31:15) But I trust in you, Yahua.
I said, ai???You are my `Elohiym.ai???
31:16) My times are in your hand.
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
31:17) Make your face to shine on your servant.
Save me in your lovingkindness.
31:18) Let me not be disappointed, Yahua, for I have called you.
Let the wicked be disappointed.
Let them be silent in She`ol.
31:19) Let their lying lips be mute,
Which speak against the righteous insolently with pride and contempt.
31:20) Oh how great is your goodness,
Which you have laid up for those who fear you,
Which you have worked for those who take refuge in you,
Before the sons of men!
31:21) In secrecy of your presence you will hide them from plotting of man.
You will keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
31:22) Blessed be Yahua,
For He has shown me His marvellous lovingkindness in a strong city.
31:23) As for me, I said in my haste, ai???I am cut off before your eyes.ai???
Nevertheless you heard the voice of my petitions when I cried out to you.
31:24) Oh love Yahua, all you faithful ones!
Yahua preserves all Believers,
And pays back him who deals proudly in full.
31:25) Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in Yahua.
There is no better qualification than genuine inspiration.
Even as I sit here, writing this message, I am having a wood burning stove fitted in my house. It took quite a while to find a Fitter who was qualified and able to issue the require HETAS certificate. This is an UK Government accreditation service and the signing-off of the fitting is a necessity for legal and insurance purposes. As a time-served Marine Engineer, there is nothing about the fitting of the stove that I could not have done myself. I am not keen to climb on roofs but not scared of heights. In my years of engineering I have heard of a couple of quotes, repeated many times over. ai???It is not the falling that kills you; but the stopping!ai??i?? and ai???It is the last three feet that really hurt!ai??i??. Still, legally I am deemed not competent to fit the stove.
In contrast to this, in my specific field of Marine Engineering, a man could work his way up to the rank of Third Engineer through skill and experience without any formal sea-going qualifications. For the ranks of Second and Chief Engineer, exams had to be sat but only after a required amount of sea-going experience. However, in the 1970s, the IMO (International Maritime Organisation, the governing body overseeing all matters maritime) required all senior engineers to pass a suitable qualification. There were a great many highly gifted Fourth and Third Engineers, known as ai???Professional Fourths and Thirdsai??i??, who could never pass a written exam. Fortunately for them, the IMO allowed these to be ai???grandfatheredai??i?? a qualification due to their qualifying sea experience. On my first ship as Second Engineer, I sailed with one such engineer. He had more sea-time as Third as I had my entire career to date. Ai??However, I was the one with the ai???piece of paperai??i?? and so qualified for the rank. I relied upon and learnt a great deal from that Engineer, and hopefully from all the other engineers that I sailed with.
A final example of qualification versus experience is in the issuing of driving licenses in the UK. A candidate may take five, ten or even more attempts to pass the driving test. Say they pass on the eleventh attempt, they are given a license and deemed qualified to drive. I find this incredible as, statistically, there must be a time when everything comes together, no matter how bad a driver you are. If it has taken eleven attempts to pass, it would seem more luck than good driving that made the pass possible.
It just goes to show you that a ai??i??piece of paperai??i?? is not the be-all and end-all.
ai???I am indeed a Yehudi, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, brought up in this city at the feet of Gamliai??i??el, instructed according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being jealous for Yahua, even as you all this day. As also the Kohen Gadol and all the council of the Zakenim testify, from whom I also received letters to the brothers, and travelled to Dammesek to bring them also who were there to Yerushalayim in bonds to be punished.ai??? (Acts 22:3-5). Rav Sha`ul was highly qualified. His family background and early education made it possible for him to study at the foremost School of Law. That he was entrusted with such an important mission by his superiors showed his level of attainment.
ai???I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ai???Sha`ul, Sha`ul, why are you persecuting me?ai??i?? I answered, ai???Who are you, Master?ai??i?? He said to me, ai???I am Yahshua of Natzeret, whom you persecute.ai??i??ai??? (Acts 22:7, 8). In spite of all his education, knowledge and training, when it really mattered, it all failed him. ai???For who among men knows the things of man, except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of Yahua, except Yahuaai??i??s Spirit.ai??? (1 Cor. 2:11). Sha`ul knew all the Scriptures (as does haSatan and its demons) but without Ruach haKodesh, they were just lifeless words. Yet, we come to rely on Sha`ulai??i??s teachings for most of the Renewed Covenant. How is this possible?
Sha`ul tells us how in his own words when he penned his First Letter to the Corinthian Assembly. Only by Ruach haKodesh can the true mystery of Yahua be known; and this is only possible after a personal encounter with Messiah Yahshua.
Beloved, how many times have you listened to a sermon and thought that there was no life in the words? ai???It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are Spirit and are life.ai??? (John 6:63). The Master warns us that without the Ruachai??i??s leading, all preaching and teaching is lifeless. Two people may give the same message; one with and one without the Ruach. However, only the one with the Ruach will bring forth life.
I have studied Scripture virtually every day since being saved in May 1989. Like the Beoreans (Acts 17:10, 11), I would not, nor will I ever, take any personai??i??s message without weighing it carefully and prayerfully against Scripture. No matter what the personai??i??s pedigree is, in written commentary or spoken sermon, I always compare it to Scripture.
WARNING! I take it as a personal slight that in reading this message or any message or teaching of mine, you do not test it against Yahuaai??i??s Word.
Over the years, I have had continuous opposition to what I say. The disappointing aspect of this is that I always ask for those criticising me to show me, from Scripture, were I have gone wrong. This has never been taken up in all my years of teaching. In my teaching notes, I always give the Bible references and bibliography for non-Scriptural references, so that I hope to be transparent in my notes. This is both to help those who follow my thoughts and those who disagree, able to counter my arguments.
The main criticism levelled at me is that I never went to Bible College. I have studied Theology at degree level and Torah to an equally high level. Nevertheless, because I do not regurgitate a certain doctrine or dogma, it is deemed of no import. As I challenge traditional thought, all what I say is frowned upon by the ai???establishmentai??i??.
I am not arrogant to think that only I have the true interpretation and meaning of Scripture and I am certainly not presumptuous to believe that Ruach haKodesh only reveals the truth to me. However, I do believe that what I say and write is from the Ruach. I have always said that the leading of Ruach haKodesh is infallible; but my following is not. I am human and liable to make mistakes, When I do, I pray that you, in love and through the Ruach, show me my error. Blessings will be upon us both when you do.
Therefore, Beloved, when you are moved to find your personal ministry, let no man try to dissuade you by saying that you are not qualified. Seek Yahuaai??i??s will for you through His Ruach as it is probably His prompting that has moved you in the first place. Indeed, seek guidance from more mature Believers, especially your Pastors/Elders/Leaders as these have a Yahua-given duty to raise up Believers into new ministry and they will be held accountable on the Day of Judgement.
All you non-Believers may think that all this is just so much gobble-de-gook. However, there is one qualification that we all must obtain. That is the right to be called a son (or daughter) of the Most High `Elohiym. ai???For you are all sons of Yahua, through faith in Messiah Yahshua.ai??? (Gal. 3:26). Scripture tells us, whether you believe it or not, that everyone has sinned (Rom. 3:23). Having sinned, all come under the judgement and wrath of Yahua (John 3:36, Rom. 5:9) and the righteousness of Yahua demands our eternal punishment in Hell (Luke 12:5).
And there is not a thing we can do about it!
ai???and brought them out and said, ai???Sirs, what must I do to be saved?ai??i?? They said, ai???Believe in the Master Messiah Yahshua, and you will be saved, you and your household.ai??? (Acts 16:30, 31). Surprisingly, you are not the first to ask this question. The Philippian gaoler of Sha`ul and Sila ask this very same question. You must believe that you are a sinner, destined for an eternity in hell. However, a loving Father has made a way back to Him.
ai???One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of Yahua remains on him.ai??? (John 3:36). ai???Much more then, being justified by His blood, we will be saved from Yahuaai??i??s wrath through Him.ai??? (Rom 5:9). Hallelu-yah! Those same verses that speak of our condemnation also speak of our salvation. It is true that we can do nothing about our desperate situation but Father has already done everything that is required. ai???If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.ai??? (1 John 1:9). All that is needed from us is that we turn back to Father and confess our sins and believe that Messiah Yahshua has taken our punishment upon Himself.
When death comes and you ai???graduateai??i?? from this school of life, your earthly academy, where will you take up you eternal abode? Will you be able to pass Yahuaai??i??s examination or have you flunked the test?
Make sure you pass first time as there is no possibility of a re-sit!
If you want to accept Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???Flog a scoffer, and the simple will earn prudence;
Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.ai??? (Prov. 19:25)
Please note the coming special days of Yahua.
03/10/2016 Yom Terumah (Trumpets) ai??i?? Shabbat
11/10/2016 Yom Kippur (Atonement) ai??i?? 25 hour fast the only proscribed in Scripture.
17-23/10/2016 Sukkot (Tabernacles) ai??i?? 17th. is a Shabbat
24/10/2016 Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day) – Shabbat
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.