29:1) A Psalm by David.
Ascibe to Yahua, you sons of the mighty,
Ascribe to Yahua glory and strength.
29:2) Ascribe to Yahua the glory due to His name.
Worship Yahua in set apart splendour.
29:3) Yahuaai??i??s voice is on the waters.
The `El of glory thunders, even Yahua on many waters.
29:4) Yahuaai??i??s voice is powerful.
Yahuaai??i??s voice is full of majesty.
29:5) The voice of Yahua breaks the cedars.
Yes, Yahua breaks in pieces the cedars of Lai??i??vanon.
29:6) And makes the Lai??i??vanon skip like a calf,
Siryon like a young wild ox.
29:7) Yahuaai??i??s voice strikes with flashes of lightning.
29:8) Yahuaai??i??s voice shakes the wilderness.
Yahua shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
29:9) Yahuaai??i??s voice makes the deer calve,
And strips the forests bare.
In His temple everything says, ai???Glory!ai??i??.
29:10) Yahua sat enthroned at the Flood.
Yes, Yahua sits as King forever.
29:11) Yahua will give strength to His people.
Yahua will bless His people with shalom.
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He profits most who serves best
A few years back, my wife and I lived in a seaside town. Many of the ai???Christian Churchesai??i?? were continually looking for larger premises for their increasing congregations. However, it got to the stage where the leaders were almost bragging about how well they had done. ai???Come and look at our new churchai??i?? seemed the new catchphrase. Halleluyah that more people were hearing the Good News. Nevertheless, the increase may have been taken up by multiple services. However, this meant more work for the leaders and but was much easier to gather all the people into one large service. Multiple services would mean that the building was used more and that more opportunities would arise for training up and releasing into ministry of up-and-coming worship leaders and preachers.
At the height of this expansion, my wife had a word from Yahua through His Spirit:
ai???There were several pastors up in Heaven talking about their churches. ai???Mine had a million bricks in it,ai??i?? said one. ai???Mine had two million,ai??i?? and a third boasted, ai???Mine had three million in it.ai??i?? Along came Messiah Yahshua and quietly asked, ai???And how many souls did you lead to me?ai??i??
Who were they serving; Yahua `Elohiym or themselves?
Beloved, can you see the problem? So much time and effort was spent on finding and funding new buildings that less and less time was spent on Yahuaai??i??s work. ai???Yahshua said to them, ai???Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Fatherai??i??s business?ai??i??ai??? (Luke 2:49). Even at the early age of twelve or thirteen, the Master knew what was important and what His priorities were. Just what was ai???the Fatherai??i??s businessai??i???
ai???and saying, ai???The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of Yahua is at hand. Repent! And believe in the Good Newsai??i??ai??? (Mark 1:15).
ai???The Ruach haQodesh is upon me,
Because Yahua has anointed me to preach the Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted,
To proclaim release to the captives,
Recovering of sight to the blind,
To deliver those who are crushed,
And proclaim the acceptable Year of Yahua.ai??? (Luke 4:18, 19). When the Master quoted these words from Yesha`yahu, they, like His subsequent ministry, were not well received. This is what the Master preached and His ministry.
Now, in order to pay for the upkeep of the buildings, churches have to be creative in how to raise money. More often than not, this will include bringing in secular activities, many of which are occultic in nature. Take a close look at yoga and pilates; these are not simply good exercises. Certainly all martial arts (Kung Fu, Karate, Tai Chi) have demonic influences behind them. Not only are they using the buildings for ungodly sessions, there is usually a financial outlay in order to have the proper facilities in place. All this diverts much needed funds away from ministries.
It is sad that churches have to look elsewhere for the funds, other than Fatherai??i??s provision. I am not advocating a ai???name it and claim it/ prosperity ministryai??i?? but I am absolutely certain that Father will provide all that is necessary to carry out His work.
Another means of raising cash is to sell books, CDs and DVDs before and after the worship meetings. ai???Yahshua entered into the Temple of Yahua and drove out all those who sold and bought in the Temple, and overthrew the money-changersai??i?? tables and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, ai???It is written, ai???My house shall be called a house of prayer,ai??i?? but you have made it a den of robbers!ai??i??ai??? (Matt. 21:12, 13). Yes, the dealers were charging exorbitant prices for sacrificial animals acceptable to the priests and for exchanging currency into Temple shekels. However, the Masterai??i??s wrath was vented against ALL who sold AND bought in the Temple. There is no doubt that the sellers were making large sums of money and robbing the people. Nevertheless, the main theft was of the right place the Temple (and by implication, Yahua) had in society. The Temple was Yahuaai??i??s house and as such was unique in all the world. It was a place to meet specifically with Yahua, for praise, prayer, sacrifice and worship, not a place of commerce. There is nothing wrong with trade or in making a profit. However, it seems that the emphasis was on the trade and not on Yahua.
ai???Yahshua spoke a parable to them saying, ai???The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly. He reasoned within himself, saying, ai???What will I do, because I do not have room to store my crops?ai??i?? He said, ai???This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. I will tell my soul, ai???Soul, you have many goods laid up for years. Take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.ai??i?? But Yahua said to him, ai???You foolish one, tonight your soul will be required of you. The things which you have prepared; whose will they be?ai??i?? So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward Yahua.ai??? (Luke 12:16-21). What does this sound like? If you replace crops for congregation, does it make it easier? Some of these churches are now struggling as the congregation has fallen apart. It is my belief that Yahua has disciplined the pastors, humbling them before the people as a punishment for the pride they took in how they, and not the Ruach, have grown the church.
According to the grace of Yahua which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each man be careful how he builds on it. For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Messiah Yahshua. But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or stubble; each manai??i??s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire will test what sort of work each manai??i??s is. If any manai??i??s work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward.ai??? (1 Cor. 3:10-14). Rav Sha`ul knew that everything a person does in this life will be judged against that which Yahua has required of them. Whether it is of gold, straw or bricks everything will be tested. It has been said that the only thing we can take into Heaven is other people.
Compare this passage with that word that my wife received. You will not be able to take one brick into Heaven, let alone three million.
If you have not yet accepted Messiah Yahshua as your Master and Saviour, does this parable remind you of anyone? What is your priority? Ease and security in this world (like the rich man above) for a short while or are there greater needs? At any moment, Yahua may end your life. What then of your security?
Before another moment passes you by (if Yahua lets you have another moment!) take stock of where you are at. Those who have acknowledged their sin and their total inability to do anything about it, have turned back to Father Yahua. We have asked for forgiveness of our sins and accepted that Messiah Yahshua has taken upon Himself the eternal punishment due to all sinners. For all who have asked for forgiveness, Yahua is faithful and just to look upon the sacrifice of His Son, Messiah Yahshua, as full satisfaction of His justice.
This may not guarantee ease in this world; in fact, it is a guarantee that persecution will come (John 15:20). What it does guarantee is that should you die at any moment, you are assured a place with Yahua in Heaven.
What better security can you get!
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???Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.ai??? (Prov. 16:18)
Please note the coming special days.
03/10/2016 Yom Terumah (Trumpets) ai??i?? Shabbat
11/10/2016 Yom Kippur (Atonement) ai??i?? 25 hour fastAi?? 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.