Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Righteousness of Christ and Righteousness of the Saints


Righteousness.  We are taught that as Christians, we are "clothed in the righteousness of Christ". What does that mean? What does that look like?  

Well, in Deuteronomy 6:24-25, we are told that if we guard to keep all the commandments of Yahweh (God) that it will be our righteousness.  

Now we know that the Bible makes it clear that Yeshua (Jesus) did not sin. 1 John 3:4 defines sin as lawlessness – breaking the law. Sin IS Lawlessness. Yeshua did not break the Law.  So according to the verses in Deuteronomy where it says that if we guard to keep all Yahweh's commandments, it will be our righteousness, and if Yeshua did not break the Law, He DID keep all the commandments, statutes, and ordinances of Yahweh, then according to Deuteronomy 6:25 - that was His righteousness

Therefore, if we are to imitate Yeshua, if we are to walk as He walked, then we need to obey what we were told in Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is part of the Torah. We find all of the Father’s instructions that He gave to his children in the Torah, in the first five books of the Bible. Torah means instructions.  So if Yeshua followed all of the Father’s instructions, that was His righteousness.  Right?

In Psalm 119:142 we are told that the Torah is truth.  If you want to call it the law, that is fine. The law is truth, the law is perfect. All of His commandments are righteous and they are forever (again see Psalm 119:142).  So if we, as followers of Yeshua, are to be clothed in the righteousness of Yeshua, then our clothing needs to look like His!  

So think of the righteousness of Christ as a white robe.  Just like in Revelation 19:8 it talks about the Bride of Messiah wearing white -the righteousness of the saints (saints means "set apart ones").

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.
 
So let's picture ourselves wearing solid white clothing.  That is the righteousness of Christ.  And think of the things that are sin - lawlessness -  as, I don’t know, greasy food, and if we start scarfing down this greasy food, we are going to get it on our white clothing.  It is going to be stained with our sin - our lawlessness -  all over again.  Just because Yeshua had the righteousness of keeping the Torah (actually He WAS the Torah aka Word in the flesh! see John 1), He did it to show us how to do it.  He didn’t do that so that we don’t have to!  So if we want to keep the righteousness of Christ spotless, our white robes, without stain or wrinkle, then we also need to be guarding to keep all of those commandments.  And it will be our righteousness, because it will look just like the righteousness of Yeshua!

Yeshua said He would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, Who will remind us of everything that He told us.  (see John 14:26) And what did Yeshua tell us? He told us what the Father commanded. (see John 15)  Yeshua said:

 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. John 14:24

So the Holy Spirit reminds us of what the Father said. He reminds us of what Yeshua said and how He did it.  The Holy Spirit also gives us the power to do the same thing that Yeshua did (see  1 Thessalonians), which is to follow all of the Father’s instructions. 

Well, how are we going to know how to keep the commandments, how to keep and follow the instructions if we are not reading the instruction manual?  The word Torah, like I said, means instructions.  So we need to be reading the Torah so that we know what the instructions are. After all, haven't we just established that the righteousness of Christ IS guarding to keep all of the Father’s commandments, which He did? 

 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.1 John 2:4-6



Thursday, July 26, 2018

But Jesus...

Many people within the Church defend their belief that the Law (Torah) was done away with and is no longer applicable to us today.  They base this belief mainly on a few verses taken out of the Apostle Paul's letters written to certain congregations of his time. 

When conversations arise concerning the changes that my family and I have made, specifically our observance of the 7th day Sabbath, dietary changes, and Biblical holidays, people will say, "But Paul...", and then they will proceed to bring up those few verses which appear to support their beliefs. 

While I completely respect and glean much from Paul's letters, I do find it frustrating at times when his writings are elevated above the only Scriptures that Paul himself knew, lived by, and taught.  The Scriptures that he and the other writers of the New Testament used were what is known in Hebrew as the Tanakh, which consisted of:

Torah- the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)

Nevi'im - the Hebrew word for Prophets (think Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc)

Ketuvim - the Hebrew for "writings" (think Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, etc)

That's it!  Jesus also quoted, taught, and lived solely according to the Tanakh! In Matthew 22:29, Jesus (I prefer to say Yeshua) said, "You go astray, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God." He did not tell this group of people whom He was addressing that they needed to wait around until the Apostle Paul could explain things to them. So when Paul is interjected into conversations regarding the living out of my faith, I can't help but wonder why Paul is thought to be THE authoritative source on which to base my belief system, especially when what he is purported to have taught goes completely against what the Scriptures contain!

For instance, when I share why my family and I now observe the 7th day as the Sabbath, and I point to verses like Exodus 20:8-11:

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

people will reply with, "Yes, but PAUL said that we can choose any day to be our sabbath."  

My response to the "But Paul..." argument is, "But Jesus..."
 
While I could share and compare Paul's letters to the Torah/Tanakh as well as the recorded words of Jesus Himself, I won't do that here and now.  I will, however, encourage you, dear reader, to go back and read the Messiah's words (red letters in most New Testament copies) and line them up against your current belief system.  If they do not match - I encourage you to change. Live like Jesus lived!

 Matthew 5:17-19:

 Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to *fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach." 


 

 
*"fulfill" in Greek is pleroo, which means: 
 
  1. to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full
    1. to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally
      1. I abound, I am liberally supplied
  2. to render full, i.e. to complete
    1. to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim
    2. to consummate: a number
      1. to make complete in every particular, to render perfect
      2. to carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out, (some undertaking)
    3. to carry into effect, bring to realisation, realise
      1. of matters of duty: to perform, execute
      2. of sayings, promises, prophecies, to bring to pass, ratify, accomplish
      3. to fulfil, i.e. to cause God's will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God's promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment
 It does NOT mean abolish, destroy, bring to an end.  Another verse where the word "fulfill" is used can be found in John 15:11.  


P.S. 
Many times the written word can come across the wrong way -  I hope and pray that mine never do.  However, if this post (or any other post of mine) seems to come across as harsh or snarky, please know that my intent is never to condemn anyone! Please watch my latest Youtube video, where I talk about this same topic, and hopefully you can get a better sense of my heart. 



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Is the Church Guilty of FAKE NEWS (Slander)?





In the Book of Numbers chapter 13, we find that the Israelite people finally arrived to the point where they were going to be able to enter the land that God had promised them (Exodus 3:8; Exodus 3:17; Exodus 6:8; Exodus 13:5) .  Knowing the hearts of the people, God told Moses to send men to spy out the land.  Twelve men were chosen.  Upon their return, ten of the men gave this report: 

Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. Numbers 13:31-32 (ESV)

"Bad report" in Hebrew is dibbah, which means "evil report, slander, defamation". 

 FAKE NEWS! is the modern day cry for a bad report and/or slander.

Ten men chose to slander (spread FAKE NEWS) the land that God had promised to give to them!  A land "flowing with milk and honey" (see references shared above).  Now these ten men did not deny the fact that the land was "flowing with milk and honey".  Back in verse 27 they affirmed that it was indeed just as God had described!  The slander came in when they voiced their fear and doubt: 

"Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are." (verse 31) 

In the book Kol Dodi, Seasonings of the Torah by Rabbi David Feinstein, it says concerning Numbers 13:31: 

"The word mim-men-nū מִמֶּֽנּוּ can be translated either as 'than us', as in the plain meaning of our verse, or as 'than him'."  So, without saying so directly, "the spies meant to say that the Canaanites were stronger than Him." (p 182)

When we read on into Numbers chapter 14, we see where the people chose to believe this fake news against God.  They cried and wept all night, and the following day they began to grumble against their leaders, Moses and Aaron.  

But what about the other two men?  These two men, Joshua and Caleb, chose to trust in the LORD! They tried to remind the people of His promises and His power to fulfill what He promised them.

"The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”  

Joshua and Caleb exhorted the people to remember who God was, what He promised, and who they were as His people.  They were basically trying to get the people to take their thoughts captive! (2 Corinthians 10:5) Unfortunately, the people chose to believe the slander, thus exhibiting their lack of faith. 


Today, the Church by and large is guilty of the same thing.  Believing an evil report, believing slander, believing the FAKE NEWS that has been spoken against 
His Word - His Law - His Torah! 

 Most people in the Church are taught and are teaching that the Law of God has been "done away with".  

Yet, Yeshua (Jesus) Himself said:  

He did NOT come to do away with the Law or the Prophets! Matthew 5:17-18 (ESV)

We have been taught that His Law is a "burden". 

John, Yeshua's disciple said: 

His commandments are NOT burdensome. 1 John 5:4 (ESV)

We have been taught that it is "not possible to keep it". 

But the Scriptures say: 

The Law is NOT too hard and you CAN do it.  Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (ESV)

We are taught that it was "nailed to the cross". 

Yet those words refer to our record of debt! Hallelujah!

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross
Colossians 2:13-14 (ESV)

Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Yeshua Himself  broke the Law! 

Yeshua said: 

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. John 15:10 (ESV)

We have been told that Yeshua came to "give us something better".  

Yet the Scriptures say: 

The Law of the LORD is:
  • PERFECT
  • reviving to the soul 
  • sure
  • making wise the simple.  
  • truth
  • enduring FOREVER
Psalm 19:7 (ESV) Psalm 119:160 (ESV)

Dr. David Jones with Ruach Ministries, pointed out in his teaching on this passage in Numbers, that "The attitude of how you approach something greatly affects the situation." Twelve men were sent to check out the Promised Land. Ten men chose to have the wrong attitude and returned with a slanderous report.  Two men chose to keep their eyes fixed on the Author and Finisher of their faith (Hebrews 12:2).  Guess who entered into the Promise

Dr. David Jones also said, "To reject the Word of Yahweh is to deliberately break it."  Numbers 15:30 backs up his statement: 

But the person who acts defiantly, whether native or foreign resident, blasphemes the LORD. That person is to be cut off from his people.  
(HCSB)

And the writer of Hebrews reiterates this in Hebrews 10:26-31. 


 Church, it is time to stop believing the slander that has been spread about 
God's Law!  

It is time for an attitude adjustment and it is time to take our thoughts captive!

From now on when you read your Bible, notice how consistently it talks favorably about the Law.  Let me give you this suggestion: put Paul's letters to the side for a while.  I am not saying to totally dismiss them, or that they are of no value - they are very valuable!  However, Paul's letters are always the reason people think that God's Law is no longer applicable.  Peter addressed Paul's writings: 

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 2 Peter 3:15-17 (ESV)

I especially encourage you to read through Psalm 119 over and over until it really sets in just how special God's Law really is!  Read Yeshua's words and how He emphasizes hearing and doing what the Father has commanded.  

Church, we need to remember what God has said about His Law and we need to remember that Yeshua came in the flesh to show us how to live it out! Take captive those evil and slanderous reports about the Law! Hear and obey! Live as Yeshua lived, walk as He walked! 

CHOOSE LIFE! 


Some great teachings: 

 





 

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Iron Sharpening Iron

Several years ago, before my faith walk changed so much, I found myself becoming a bit annoyed with a particular friend of mine & my husband's because of some of the things he was sharing on Facebook.  He was sharing Bible verses and his thoughts about them; but the way he was seeing things challenged my (our) current belief system.  This rubbed me the wrong way, and to be honest, I almost "unfollowed" him so that I would no longer see his posts!  However, I did not do that, and after a while I began to ask myself, "What is it about ______________ that bothers me?", and I would pray about it and examine the Bible verses that our friend had shared to see if there was any way in which I could be misunderstanding them or not.  

Have you ever heard someone sharpen a knife? It isn't really a pleasant sound, is it?  Looking back at how at first I thought our friend was "rubbing me the wrong way" with his thought process, I now see that what was happening was what it says in Proverbs 27:17  

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."


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Picture taken from Pixabay.com
I used two different pictures because I have heard some say that the "iron sharpening iron" is referring to the blacksmith's process of hammering.  Either way, the sound of iron against iron can be annoying! But what I was experiencing at the time was the Holy Spirit convicting me of an erroneous understanding of certain Biblical principles. Thankfully, instead of unfollowing my friend and/or brushing off the irritations as something that was his problem, I took my misgivings and frustrations to Yahweh (God) and asked Him what He thought about it. I had learned from past experiences that sometimes the reason a person might rub me the wrong way could be because something about them was really a reflection of something about myself that I should address!  I asked Yahweh to reveal His truth to me and to give me understanding. I felt within my spirit that there was something there, or actually more appropriately said, not there in my life.  I shared that experience in a bit more detail in this post, so please check that out if you have not yet, or if it has been a while since you read it. 

After a while, my husband and I actually reached out to our friend (I will now call him our brother) and starting asking him why he was seeing things so differently.  Yahweh truly used him to help my husband and me dig deeper into the Word.  This brother of ours played a pivotal role in the change in my husband's and my faith walk, and ultimately our children as well; not only because of his words - but because of his actions backing up his words!  We are so thankful for this brother in Messiah and his willingness to share his faith and walk it out for us to see! 

Accountability.   That is what I see happened.  The Bible tells us in multiple places that we as Followers of Yeshua (Jesus) are to hold one another accountable.  Here are several verses that I want to share with you in hopes that you will read over them and consider them: 
 
  • Galatians 6:1-2  Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
  • James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12  Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
  • James 5:19-20  My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
  • Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
  • Colossians 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
  • Hebrews 3:12-13   Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
  • Ephesians 4:1-32    I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, ...
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
  • Luke 17:3   Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
  • Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
  • 1 Corinthians 5:1-13   It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. ...
  • Hebrews 6:4-6   For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
  • Galatians 6:1-18  Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. ...
  • Revelation 20:12   And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.  
  • Hebrews 3:13   But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
I don't know if our brother considered himself to be holding us (or anyone else) accountable or not, but by his willingness to share Bible verses and his willingness to share how he was living it out, his words and deeds were in essence holding us accountable.  He was "teaching and admonishing" (Colossians 3:16) us to walk out our faith in a Biblical way.  He was stirring us up to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24).  

Holding one another accountable can be tricky.  There seems to be a fine line between holding others accountable and judging others.  More and more it seems that we hear "Don't judge me!", but hopefully the verses I shared above will be enough to spur us all into searching the Scriptures to find out just where that fine line exists - or even if it does exist.  Growth in general is a process that isn't always pleasant.  Do you remember hearing as a child that your aches and pains were "growing pains"?  But just because something is unpleasant, uncomfortable, or even annoying, that doesn't mean we should dismiss it or avoid it.  

So, my word of encouragement to you today is that when/if you see, hear, or read something that challenges your current belief system, 
  • take it to Yahweh in prayer
  • ask Him to guide you into all truth
  • be willing to admit it when you are wrong
  • make the necessary changes to be in line with His Word  
If someone has "rubbed you the wrong way", but this led you to be a better person, a more worthy ambassador for Yahweh (Ephesians 4:1), take time to let them know.  Say a prayer for them and ask Yahweh to bless them in their walk that they will continue to grow as well. 

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” 
that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 
Hebrews 3:12-13   

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Adventures in Spring Cleaning - 2018 Edition


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**This blog post has been updated since it was first published. Please see addition at the bottom**

I have a bit of an embarrassing confession to make about spring cleaning: I used to not do it! Yeah, I know... ewww! But, once my family and I started trying to better walk out the Torah (aka Law, Instructions, Old Testament) including observing Passover and the other Biblical Feasts of the LORD, spring cleaning became a yearly thing.  I am so glad that the Father opened our eyes to the importance of His Feasts! I have learned, and continue to learn so many things during them all.Today, the day before Passover in 2018, I am going to share a few things.  These things range from helpful hints, to gross analogies, to hopefully something that you will find humorous.  

I am almost done with this year's spring cleaning! I actually thought that I already was, but I remembered a couple of kitchen cabinets that I have not yet cleaned out. 

Now, onto my Adventures in Spring Cleaning - 2018 Edition! 

Disclaimer: Some viewers might find some photos gross, so proceed with caution!

First off - helpful cleaning hint 

The glass oven door was proving to be a pain in the neck for me to clean. No product that I had on hand was cutting through the grease stains (those little brown streaks & spots):

But thanks to my genius husband, who gave me a great idea for how to remove those stubborn stains, the oven door is now super clean. Here was his idea: 





He told me to try using a razor blade edge.  It worked beautifully! 

Now - the gross analogy 

I considered not cleaning out the drawer underneath the oven.  Since I use the pots and pans that are stored there on practically a daily basis (which means I have seen the inside of the drawer regularly) I didn't think it would be all that dirty.  At least I had not noticed it being dirty.  But, I decided to go ahead and clean it out anyway, just to be thorough.   




Yeah, I know! Ewwww - again! That was so gross! But I saw this as a spiritual lesson for myself.  Even though I thought this space was going to be clean enough to leave alone, I didn't realize how filthy it really was until I pulled everything out and got down on my knees with a rag in hand and got busy wiping it out.  I really do need to make sure that every day I get down on my knees in prayer to the Father and ask Him to reveal any filth that has built up in my heart! 

This morning one of the first things I said was a word of thanks for a new day, which comes with His new mercies!! 

 
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV) 


 Last - a humorous reminder





 
One of the last things I clean out each year is the toaster oven.  Because we get into our daily routines (which makes us sometimes feel like we move on autopilot) I added this sign to the toaster oven - just in case! Hopefully it will do the trick. Tomorrow, whatever bread/pastries/breaded (aka leavened) products are left over will be thrown into the trash. However, over the past few years we have learned to start cutting back on buying those types of things the closer we get to Passover, so this time around we didn't have all that much to consume or throw out.  Our first year was a different story! It feels good to learn and to grow each year. 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I thought I was finished with the spring cleaning, but remembered a couple more kitchen cabinets that I missed.  So, I am going to learn from that gross analogy and go ahead and clean those suckers out! Right after I finish my coffee break! 

Tomorrow after all of this cleaning is behind us, we can sit back and enjoy the clean house.  Then when our friends come over we will begin our Passover where we will read Scripture, remember the Exodus account of how the Father redeemed His people from slavery and led them to Mt. Sinai where He and His people came into Covenant with one another! We will also remember and discuss how because His people broke that Covenant, Yeshua (Jesus) came in the flesh to show us how to live according to that Covenant. He also came to take our punishment for breaking that Covenant, and because of that, we are redeemed as well! Halleluyah! What a Savior! 

I hope that you are observing Passover and Unleavened Bread as well.  If not, and you aren't familiar with what that is, please take the time to read the Bible and look into these things.  I have written a little bit about them, so if you are interested, please read those posts of mine as well (links below).  

Blessings to you and your family
Happy Passover! 


Here is a link to my Youtube Passover playlist.

Here are links to some of my other blog posts: 






**Additional thoughts since first published** 

After I initially published this, and went back to finish the spring cleaning, I learned something else! I cleaned out the overlooked cabinets, and then I realized I had also overlooked the utensil turn-about.  It is a round thingy that holds all the serving spoons, etc (sorry, no picture).  I removed all of the utensils and had another Ewwww! moment! (no picture here, either, and you're welcome!)  I thought, "How in the world does this get so dirty? After all, I only put in clean utensils!"  But then I realized that stuff is in the air.  Some things can't be helped.  Dirt happens!  I thought of the Bible verses: 


For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 6:12 (ESV) 

There are some physical things that we don't often notice, and over time they build up.  But more importantly there are spiritual things that are around us, and influence us on a daily basis.  We need to be paying attention to those things, calling on the Father to help us through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes because of where we are currently living - in the world - we can't help what surrounds us - but we can help allowing it to linger and build up in our lives!  

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians6:13 (ESV)