HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2019! SHALOM! 01.01.19
2 Tim. 3:14-17
2 Pet. 1:20,21
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
Jason Upton, “Intimidad con el Amado,” Ministration III, https://youtu.be/ItLphJ-9Cno
I would like to wish all followers/visitors to my website many blessings for the coming year.
I, personally, am not one for “New Year’s Resolutions.” But for those who must make resolutions, let me suggest: “study The Word, live a lifestyle of holiness and righteousness unto the Lord, and take responsibility to actually practice doing what He taught and lived” (WATCH FOR TOMORROW’S STUDY, “BACK TO BASICS”). Let us make a commitment to study God’s Word daily, faithfully, and consistently in the coming year, and walk in it. When it becomes a lifestyle, a lifetime practice, not just a short-term venture, you will discover that your faith will be strengthened, your relationship with the Lord so much more intimate, and thus your identity in Christ so much more secure, remaining doubts washed away by the Word. It is almost impossible to spend that time in God’s Word, with our Lord, and not become more secure, grounded, and understanding of who we are in Christ Yeshua.
If we are going to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua/Jesus, we need to know what His Word says. We need daily reminders of what it means to be “a child of God,” a “son or daughter of the Living God,” to maintain our commitment to walk in His ways. And if we are going to walk in His ways, we must know what the Word says about His Ways, God’s will, how we are to walk as the master walked. Even Yeshua needed to hear from the Father when He walked the earth: “I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. . . . .. for I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:28,29). Further to this, “the Son cannot do anything by Himself. He can do only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise” (John 5:19). Just as Yeshua attended to the Father so He could do as He did, likewise must we attend to Yeshua’s Words in order to follow Him. And it is by studying His Word, the Holy Scriptures, that we will understand His will for us, how to walk as He walked: “I can do nothing on My own. . . . . .for I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me” (John 5:30). If Yeshua/Jesus could do nothing of His own accord, how much more should we be seeking His will through his Word? And seeking Him/His Wisdom, daily in everything we do.
Just as Yeshua/Jesus needed to hear from the Father, we need to hear from Him. God speaks to us through His Word; it is alive and powerful: “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb.4:12). It is through the Holy Scriptures that we discover how God wants us to live. It is by His Word we receive revelations which inform, strengthen, convict, motivate, and show us the way. The Psalmist knew that He needed to hear God’s Word: “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Ps.119:105). What is it that causes so many of God’s people to think they can get by on their own, without studying His Word on a regular basis? And without living it out – walking in it? Like Jason Upton teaches (https://youtu.be/ItLphJ-9Cno) – “pray about everything – EVERYTHING!! In
all things, by prayer and supplication, make your requests known unto God . . .” (Phil.4:6-8).
In reference to Abraham, Paul says: “Now not only for his sake was it written that it was credited to him, but for our sake as well. It is credited to us as those who trust in Him who raised Yeshua our Lord from the dead. He was handed over for our transgressions and raised up for the sake of setting us right” (Rom.4:23-25). His faith enabled God to count him as righteous, faithful; and these documentations are for the building of our faith. It is through these Scriptures we can attain, by following models of faith, such as Abraham. These things were documented for our benefit, Paul is saying, for “All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration, and for training in righteousness, so that the person belonging to God may be capable, fully equipped for every good deed” (2 Tim. 3:16,17). We are not even expected to attain such status without the Word of God. Notice how Paul, in his mentoring of Timothy, reinforced, “You, however, continue in what you have learned and what you have become convinced of. For you know from whom you have learned” (2 Tim.3:14,15), and underscored the value of knowing Scripture, “that from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to make you wise, leading to salvation through trusting in Messiah Yeshua” (2 Tim.3:15). The Scriptures are the key to holy living, and to wisdom, as well. And it is through the Holy Spirit that we are enabled to walk in it. If you are attempting to do it out of your flesh, you will fail every time; you must walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh (Gal.5:14; Gal.5:16,25).
Peter clarifies, and emphasizes: “understand this: no prophecy of Scripture comes about from a person’s own interpretation,” (2 Pet.1:20), meaning that these prophetic words were the divine Word of God given by His Holy Spirit, and not originating with or from, nor only intended for, the individual by whom they were spoken; rather, for all God’s people to benefit from, providing revelations, guidelines
for holy living, “For no prophecy was ever brought forth by human will; rather, people spoke from God as they were moved by the Ruach ha-Kodesh” (2 Pet.1:21). Scripture is never intended merely for the sake of the individual prophesying, but for all believers to be led by the prophetic words given to man through the Holy Spirit. These were revelations supplied for all God’s people to benefit from; they form a clear pathway for us all to follow. “For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through patience and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom.15:4).
Both Paul and Peter reiterate the same message. The importance of studying God’s Word, understanding His will for us, attaining Godly wisdom, so we can live out God’s Word, Will, and Ways, cannot possibly be overstated. Let us make this a lifelong commitment, not a mere “New Year’s Resolution.” We must be re-filled with the Spirit daily (Eph.5:18), dependent only upon the Holy Spirit, NOT the flesh, others, anyone, or anything else.
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