Most believers do not understand what it means to walk in the spirit. Here is one thing for sure; "walking in the Spirit" does not mean to walk in our own spirit.

Ezekiel 13:2 "Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, `Hear the word of YHWH!' " [3] Thus says YHWH Alahiym: "Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

What does it mean to walk in the spirit?

John 4:21-24
[21] Yahusha said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. [22] You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. [23] But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. [24] The Most High is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. [25] The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming”. “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” [26] Yahusha said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

Romans 8:4
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 6:18
Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.

Isaiah 51:7
Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear you not the reproach of men, neither be you afraid of their revilings. Walking in righteousness (keeping YAH's laws) is also the same as walking after the spirit.

Before we begin, we must define three words.

Walk (an action verb or something that you do)


 
Spirit (in Greek)

 

 
Spirit (in Hebrew)

 

 
I am defining "heart" so that you can see how its definition is similar to "Spirit"
 
Heart (in Hebrew)

 

 
Heart (in Greek)

 

 
Galatians 5
[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

[17] For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.

[18] But if you are led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.

[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest (outwardly in actions), which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (Given to or expressing lust through sexual desires),

[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (A difference between what is expected and what actually occurs), emulations (to rival or compete with), wrath (punishment or vengeance as a manifestation of anger), strife (Heated, often violent discord; bitter conflict), seditions (Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state), heresies (an act of following doctrines that are contrary to The Word of The Most High),

[21] Envyings (A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another), murders, drunkenness, revellings (To take great pleasure or delight in excessive partying), and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of YAH.

[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are The Messiah's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Romans 8
[1] There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in The Messiah Yahusha, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in The Messiah Yahusha hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, YHWH sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: [4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
If you are in the flesh (things of this world; carnally minded; living in sin) you keep your mind focused on things of the flesh. Likewise, if your mind is on the things of the spirit ( the law, commandments, YAH) then you will produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Remember this, YAH is spirit and those that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth!

Psalm 119:142
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth (physically doing the law).

Romans 7:14
For we know that the law is spiritual (mentally doing the law; a mindset): but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Galatians 6:6-8

6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; Alahiym is not mocked (made fun of): for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Isaiah 26:3 YAH will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on him.

[6] For to be carnally (lust of the flesh; sinful) minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. [7] Because the carnal mind is enmity (hatred) against YHWH: for it is not subject to the law of YHWH, neither indeed can be. [8] So then they that are in the flesh (mind on things of this world) cannot please YHWH. [9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of YHWH dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of The Messiah, he is none of his. [10] And if The Messiah (The Word of Truth) be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

The Spirit of YHWH dwells in you because his Word dwells in you because you have put "The Word" in you. See Psalms 119:11

Romans 13:8
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. [9] For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if [there] [is] any other commandment, are [all] summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." [10] Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love [is] the fulfillment of the law. [11] And [do] this, knowing the time, that now [it] [is] high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation [is] nearer than when we [first] believed. [12] The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. [13] Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. [14] But put on the Master Yahusha the Messiah (The Word), and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill] [its] lusts.

Ephesians 2:2
Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: [3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling <the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

1 Peter 4
[1] Therefore, since the Messiah suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, [2] that he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of YHWH. [3] For we [have] [spent] enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles--when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. [4] In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with [them] in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of [you]. [5] They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? [25] I thank YHWH--through Yahusha the Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of YHWH, but with the flesh the law of sin.

It is very clear that "walking in the Spirit" is the complete opposite of "lusting in the flesh". Lusting after the flesh is sin and breaking of the commandments of YHWH. Therefore we could also say that "walking in the Spirit" is the same as walking in righteousness and truth. We have also discovered that "walking in the Spirit" has something to do with keeping YHWH's laws in the mind and the heart.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that makes alive; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.

There is a definite connection between The Spirit & The Heart, but at the same time there is a difference. The Spirit is affected by the heart. Who we are is determined by our spirit but access to our spirit comes through the heart and access to the heart comes through our mind.

1 Samuel 12
[19] And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto YHWH your Alahiym, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. [20] And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: you have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following YHWH, but serve YHWH with all your heart; [21] And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. [22] For YHWH will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased YHWH to make you his people. [23] Moreover as for me, Alahiym forbid that I should sin against YHWH in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: [24] Only fear YHWH, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he has done for you. [25] But if you shall still do wickedly, you shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

1 Corinthians 3:16
[16] Do you not know that you are the temple of YHWH and that the Spirit of YHWH dwells in you?

Romans 8
[14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of YHWH, they are the sons of YHWH. [15] For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit (your spirit), that we are the children of YHWH:

Ephesians 3
[16] That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; [17] That The Messiah (The Word) may dwell in your hearts by faith (faith comes by hearing Romans 10:17); that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

The fruit of the Spirit is about having a spiritual mindset. We develop a spiritual mindset by thinking about the things of YAH; his laws, statutes, commandments, and judgments. With the mind (being spiritually minded), we see, hear, feel, speak, meditate on, and think about the word of YAH constantly.

How Do We Get A Spiritual Mindset?

Hear "The Word" Constantly & Consistently

Proverbs 10:28 The hope (expectation) of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with YHWH by keeping his law) is gladness (JOY), but the expectation of the wicked (those who are out of harmony with The Most High) comes to nothing.

The Messiah said, "Everything is possible for the one who
believes." Mark 9:23

And The Messiah also said .....

Go your way; and as you have believed, so be it done to you. Matthew 8:13

According to your faith be it to you. Matthew 9:29

In other words ...
What you believe 'right now'... is happening to you NOW!
What you believe 'will happen to you' ... is happening to you NOW!

Then Paul clarifies The Messiah's words ....

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for (belief in what is possible), the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Faith (belief in what is possible) comes by hearing The Word of The Most High Romans 10:17

Hearing is a progressive verb which means constantly and
consistently! In other words, not just once or twice but all the time .... 24/7 every minute of the day!

Mark 4:24 Amplified
And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.

2 Corinthians 9:6
He who sows sparingly (being spiritually minded) shall reap also sparingly; and he who sows bountifully (being spiritually minded) shall reap also bountifully.

Mediate on The Word Constantly & Consistently

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

Psalm 1
[1] BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. [2] But his delight and desire are in the law of YAH, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

Philippians 4
[4] Rejoice in YAH always: and again I say, Rejoice. [5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. YAH is at hand. [6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto YAH [7] And the peace of YAH, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through The Messiah Yahusha. [8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true (The Word), whatsoever things are honest (The Word), whatsoever things are just (The Word), whatsoever things are pure (The Word), whatsoever things are lovely (The Word), whatsoever things are of good report (The Word); if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (King James Version)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of The Most High, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of The Messiah; (Constantly being aware of every thought in order to change it as it comes into your mind)

See The Word Constantly & Consistently

Deuteronomy 6 (Amplified)
[4] Hear, O Israel: YAH our Alahiym is [the only Master]. [5] And you shall love YAH your Alahiym with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might. [6] And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then] [7] You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. [8] And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets (forehead bands) between your eyes. [9] And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Psalm 101
I WILL sing of mercy and loving-kindness and justice; to You, O Master, will I sing. [2] I will behave myself wisely and give heed to the blameless way--O when will You come to me? I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart. [3] I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me. [4] A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil person or thing.

Speak The Word Constantly & Consistently

Deuteronomy 30 (Amplified Bible)
[10] If you obey the voice of YAH your Alahiym, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to YAH your Alahiym with all your [mind and] heart and with all your being. [11] For this commandment which I command you this day is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off. [12] It is not [a secret laid up] in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it? [13] Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it?
[14] But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it.

Why is all of this important? Walking in the Spirit is something that we do!

Repetitive hearing, speaking, seeing and meditating on The Word produce thoughts, images, and internal self talk of The Word

Repetitive self talk, images and thoughts of The Word produce automated patterns of thinking in your heart about The Word of YAH.

Automated patterns of thinking in your heart produce your beliefs (faith), attitudes, values, feelings about the Word of YAH

Beliefs (faith), attitudes, values, and feelings produce the fruit of the spirit, actions, choices, and decisions based upon The Word of YAH.

Your actions which include your choices and decisions produce the issues you experience in life. Your daily habit of walking in the spirit will determine your destiny in The Kingdom of YAH.
 

 

Delight Yourself In The Most High

On May 26, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Psalm 37:3-4
[3] Trust in YHUH, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. [4] Delight yourself also in YHUH, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Delight or `anag עָנַג in Hebrew means to be happy about, take exquisite delight to make merry over.

Proverbs 16:20
He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusts in YAH,
happy is he.

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Deuteronomy 6:4-7
[4] Hear, O Israel: YHUH our Elohim is one.

[5] And you shall love YHUH your Elohim with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.

[6] And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]

[7] You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Consume yourself with YAH by keeping his laws and trusting in him (Faith), then he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

What Is Righteousness & Truth?

On May 25, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Let The Word Explain The Word

John 8:32 (King James Version) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

But what is truth?

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

1 John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Yahusha The Messiah; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear YAH, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

Psalms 119:151
Thou art near, O YAH; and all thy commandments are truth.

Deuteronomy 6:25
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before YAH our Alahiym, as he hath commanded us.

Psalm 69:27
Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness Iniquity is lawlessness, the opposite of righteousness

Psalms 119:172
My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

Proverbs 12:17
He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit

Proverbs 14:34
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people Righteousness is the opposite of sin

Isaiah 51:7
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Ezekiel 18:26
When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

Ezekiel 33:13
When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

Romans 6:18
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Ephesians 5:9
For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth

Sin (lawlessness) is the opposite of righteousness. The law and commandments are truth and righteousness

John 4:21-24
[21] Yahusha said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. [22] You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. [23] But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. [24] The Most High is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Genesis 15 (King James Version)
[1] After these things the word of YAH came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. [2] And Abram said, YAH Alahiym, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
[3] And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. [4] And, behold, the word of YAH came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. [5] And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. [6] And he believed in YAH; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Abraham had faith and trusted in The Most High and it was counted as righteousness but Abraham also kept all of his laws and commandments.

Genesis 26:5 (King James Version) Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

A clear example of worshipping in Spirit & in Truth as well as Faith & Works

What is truth?
The Word of YAH is truth
The Law of YAH is truth
The Commandments of YAH is truth
The Spirit of YAH is truth

What is righteousness?
Belief in YAH is counted for righteousness
The Just (The Righteous) shall live by Faith
The Law of YAH
The Commandments of YAH
The Truth of YAH

 

Ancient of Days

On May 24, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Daniel 7 (King James Version)

9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down (put in place), and the Ancient of days (More than likely The Messiah) did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. (This is specifically talking about one person)

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man (Yahusha) came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days (The Father), and they brought him near before him.

14 And there was given him (Who? The Son of Man - The Messiah) dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his (a person) dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

18 But the saints of The Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of The Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

25 And he shall speak great words against The Most High, and shall wear out the saints of The Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of The Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him (Who? The Son of Man).

 

Struggling With Sin Is Not Natural

On May 20, 2011, in Renewing Your Mind, by Milton Carnes

We often talk about “walking in the spirit” so that we can produce the fruit of the spirit. Why? Because that is what you were created to do! Think about this… everything that has been created has a natural flow and when it operates in that flow there is no struggle.

1. Water does not struggle to flow. It flows!

2. Grass does not struggle to grow. It grows!

3. Wind does not struggle to blow. It blows!

4. Rain does not struggle to fall. It falls!

5. The sun does not struggle to shine. It shines!

6. The earth does not struggle to rotate. It rotates!

7. Flowers do not struggle to bloom. They bloom!

What does this tell us? Struggling with sin is unnatural. Why sentence ourselves to a life of struggling to overcome sin when it is clearly unnatural? #8. Believers do not struggle to follow YAH. They just follow YAH!

In short, struggling with sin is a “learned response” that has been taught to us by those who live a life of struggling with sin. This “learned response” has become an UNCONSCIOUS HABITUAL PATTERN from the heart.

Awareness is the first step to making any change in our lives through repentance. If you are aware that struggling with sin is not “normal” and that it is a learned HABITUAL PATTERN from the heart, you can CONSCIOUSLY make the choice not to live your life in sin trying to paddle upstream. The Bible is constantly saying, be aware, hearken, listen, and pay attention.

Focus your attention on this; NOTHING YOU WANT IS UPSTREAM! Everything you want is DOWNSTREAM. This means you do not have to struggle (paddle up stream) to follow the word of YAH. All you need to do is put your boat in the stream and let it carry you. In fact, you don’t need to paddle at all. Even if your boat is pointed in the wrong direction (upstream), as soon as you stop paddling the stream will turn your boat around without any effort on your part. Then you will be going in the direction where everything you seek in YAH is here and NOW! You have to be obedient and willing to follow YAH.

It is a simple but powerful story. Give up the struggle once and for all. Let go of the paddles; trust that YAH will guide you downstream and start enjoying the trip. It’s a heck of a lot easier!

The struggle takes place in your mind. Keep your mind stayed on him, acknowledge him in all your ways, walk in the spirit!

 

To A Child, Love Is Time

On May 19, 2011, in Renewing Your Mind, by Milton Carnes

 


"As a Man Thinketh" Originally By James Allen
Revised By Milton Carnes
 


Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of The Most High.


Proverbs 4:23 (Contemporary English Version)
Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.


Proverbs 4:23 (New King James Version)
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.


As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, we are nourished by the beautiful visions of our dreams given to us by The Most High. We cannot forget to dream. We cannot let our dreams fade and die. Our dreams must live within us to produce the realities in which we shall one day see and know. Salvation is visionary.

When you take hold and cherish a beautiful vision or a big dream in your heart, you will one day realize it if you refuse to let it go. Christopher Columbus cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it. Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it. The Most High beheld the vision of earth as being a place of stainless beauty without sin and perfect peace, and he said "Let There Be Light".

Cherish your visions. Cherish your dreams. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind. Cherish the loveliness that covers your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions. If you remain true to your dreams and aspirations of entering into The Kingdom of YAH, your vision will at last be built if you faint not.

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve. Dream big dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your dream is the prophecy of what shall at last be unveiled to the world.

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream, vision, or goal. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; in the highest vision of your life, you wait to fulfill your destiny. Dreams are the seeds of realities from The Most High.

Your circumstances may not be what you want it to be, but it shall not remain that way for long, if you perceive a dream and strive to reach it. You cannot travel within and stand still without.

You shall always realize the vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it unwanted, beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you secretly love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts; you will receive that which you truly desire, no more, no less.

Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your dream and your obedience to The Word of The Most High. You will become as small as your controlling desire and as great as your dominant aspiration.

The thoughtless and the negative only see the apparent effects of things and not the cause. They talk of luck, of fortune, and chance. See a man grow rich, they'll say, "How lucky he is!" Observing another become an intellectual, they exclaim, "How highly favored he is!" Noting the saintly character and wide influence of another, they remark, "How chance helps him at every turn!"

They do not see the trials, failures and struggles, which these people have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience. They have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the relentless efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the vision of their heart.


They do not know the darkness and the heartaches; they only see the light and joy, and call it "luck". They do not see the long and hard journey, but only behold the pleasant goal, and call it "good fortune". They do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it "chance."

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is the fruit of effort, thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized (favor from The Most High for RIGHTEOUSNESS). You will build your life by the vision that you glorify in your mind, the dream that you believe in your heart.

Psalm 37:4 (New King James Version)
Delight yourself also in The Most High, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Corinthians 9:6 (New King James Version)
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Proverbs 13:4
The life of a lazy man desires without doing, and has nothing; But the life of the diligent who exercises faith & works shall be made rich.

Hosea 4:6 (New King James Version)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of The Most High, I also will forget your children.

 

The English Language & The Bible

On May 15, 2011, in The Name, by Milton Carnes

The Messiah did not speak English and here is the reason why!

This article is courtesy of "The English Club" http://www.englishclub.com/

A short history of the origins and development of English

The history of the English language really started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century AD. These tribes, the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, crossed the North Sea from what today is Denmark and northern Germany. At that time the inhabitants of Britain spoke a Celtic language. But most of the Celtic speakers were pushed west and north by the invaders - mainly into what is now Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Angles came from Englaland and their language was called Englisc - from which the words England and English are derived.


Germanic invaders entered Britain on the east and south coasts in the 5th century.

Old English (450-1100 AD)

Part of Beowulf, a poem written in Old English.

The invading Germanic tribes spoke similar languages, which in Britain developed into what we now call Old English. Old English did not sound or look like English today. Native English speakers now would have great difficulty understanding Old English. Nevertheless, about half of the most commonly used words in Modern English have Old English roots. The words be, strong and water, for example, derive from Old English. Old English was spoken until around 1100.

Middle English (1100-1500)

An example of Middle English by Chaucer

In 1066 William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy (part of modern France), invaded and conquered England. The new conquerors (called the Normans) brought with them a kind of French, which became the language of the Royal Court, and the ruling and business classes. For a period there was a kind of linguistic class division, where the lower classes spoke English and the upper classes spoke French. In the 14th century English became dominant in Britain again, but with many French words added. This language is called Middle English. It was the language of the great poet Chaucer (c1340-1400), but it would still be difficult for native English speakers to understand today.

Modern English
Early Modern English (1500-1800)


Hamlet's famous "To be, or not to be" lines, written
in Early Modern English by Shakespeare.

Towards the end of Middle English, a sudden and distinct change in pronunciation (the Great Vowel Shift) started, with vowels being pronounced shorter and shorter. From the 16th century the British had contact with many peoples from around the world. This, and the Renaissance of Classical learning, meant that many new words and phrases entered the language. The invention of printing also meant that there was now a common language in print. Books became cheaper and more people learned to read. Printing also brought standardization to English. Spelling and grammar became fixed, and the dialect of London, where most publishing houses were, became the standard. In 1604 the first English dictionary was published.

Late Modern English (1800-Present)

The main difference between Early Modern English and Late Modern English is vocabulary. Late Modern English has many more words, arising from two principal factors: firstly, the Industrial Revolution and technology created a need for new words; secondly, the British Empire at its height covered one quarter of the earth's surface, and the English language adopted foreign words from many countries.

Varieties of English

From around 1600, the English colonization of North America resulted in the creation of a distinct American variety of English. Some English pronunciations and words "froze" when they reached America. In some ways, American English is more like the English of Shakespeare than modern British English is. Some expressions that the British call "Americanisms" are in fact original British expressions that were preserved in the colonies while lost for a time in Britain (for example trash for rubbish, loan as a verb instead of lend, and fall for autumn; another example, frame-up, was re-imported into Britain through Hollywood gangster movies). Spanish also had an influence on American English (and subsequently British English), with words like canyon, ranch, stampede and vigilante being examples of Spanish words that entered English through the settlement of the American West. French words (through Louisiana) and West African words (through the slave trade) also influenced American English (and so, to an extent, British English).

Today, American English is particularly influential, due to the USA's dominance of cinema, television, popular music, trade and technology (including the Internet). But there are many other varieties of English around the world, including for example Australian English, New Zealand English, Canadian English, South African English, Indian English and Caribbean English.

Germanic Family of Languages

Brief Chronology of English

55 BC Roman invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar. Local inhabitants speak Celtish

AD 43 Roman invasion and occupation. Beginning of Roman rule of Britain.

436 Roman withdrawal from Britain complete.

449 Settlement of Britain by Germanic invaders begins

450-480 Earliest known Old English inscriptions.

1066 William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invades and conquers England.

1150 Earliest surviving manuscripts in Middle English.

1348 English replaces Latin as the language of instruction in most schools.

1362 English replaces French as the language of law. English is used in Parliament for the first time.

1388 Chaucer starts writing The Canterbury Tales.

1400 The Great Vowel Shift begins.

1476 William Caxton establishes the first English printing press. Early Modern English

1564 Shakespeare is born.

1604 Table Alphabeticall, the first English dictionary, is published.

1607 The first permanent English settlement in the New World (Jamestown) is established.

1616 Shakespeare dies.

1623 Shakespeare's First Folio is published

1702 The first daily English-language newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published in London.

1755 Samuel Johnson publishes his English dictionary.

1776 Thomas Jefferson writes the American Declaration of Independence.

1782 Britain abandons its American colonies.

1828 Webster publishes his American English dictionary. Late Modern English

1922 The British Broadcasting Corporation is founded.

1928 The Oxford English Dictionary is published.

 

Self Exaltation: “Humble Yourself”

On May 15, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

By Robert Talley

Proverbs 30
[1] The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

Humility is a tough thing to get. The minute you think you got it, you lose it. As Agur explains to his two young listeners about life, one of his themes is the danger of self-exaltation. As we finish this chapter today, I want us to apply Agur’s observations about life to ourselves, specifically in how we can fight self-exaltation.

I must take responsibility for my own sin (verses 18-20). Agur says that there are some things that he cannot understand. How can an eagle fly through the air and not leave a path behind him? How can a snake crawl on a rock without leaving, as the snail or the worm does, a hint of his path? How can a ship part the waves without leaving a permanent dent in them? How can a man be with a maiden and leave no hint of his past presence?

We might ask ourselves what this has to do with a life honoring to Yahuh so Agur gives us an explanation. This is what we try to do with our sin. We try to leave no hint of our sin behind, no proof of our deeds. He speaks specifically of adultery here but this certainly applies to many sins. We sin and then try to hide it so that we will not lose face before others or so that we will not be punished.

To hide our sin is evidence of our desire for self-exaltation. To not take responsibility for our own wrongdoing is proof of our pride.

To hide a sin does not eliminate its reality. Edgar Allan Poe wrote a short story called “The Cask of the Amontillado” in which the main character carries out the perfect crime. He chains his enemy in a wine cellar room and bricks him in to die. How much more would we sin if we though we could get away with it? I do not know but I do know that wiping the cookie crumbs off your lips does not erase the fact that you stole the cookies from the cookie jar. What sin are you hiding? What sin are you pretending does not exist in your life? If you are to humble yourself before Yahuh you must acknowledge the reality of your sin.

To deny a sin does not eliminate accountability. Do not forget that even if you leave no mark, Yahuh will hold you accountable for your sin. Agur has already mentioned this in verse 17. Sin will not go unpunished. Yahusha Himself said that every word said in secret will be made public. Think of the most secret sin that you have ever committed, the one sin that you would be most horrified if anyone should find out about it. It is already known and you will be held accountable.

If I am to humble myself, I not only must take responsibility for my sin but I must act like Yahuh is Yahuh and I am not (verses 21-23). Charles Swindoll tells in Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life (“No Place for Pride” on pages 62-65) how that a reporter asked Marian Anderson, the African-American concert soloist to name the greatest moment in her life. She had many great moments in her life. She was the first African-American in 1955 to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She had given private concerts at the White House with the President as well as the King and Queen of England present. She had sung one Easter Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial for a crowd of 75,000 people including most of our nation’s political leaders. “Which of those big moments did she choose? None of them. Miss Anderson quietly told the reporter that the greatest moment of her life was the day she went home and told her mother she wouldn’t have to take in washing anymore.” She did not forget who she was.

We on the other hand tend to forget who we are. We live as if we were Yahuh Himself, determining what we are going to do and when we are going to do it. We act as if we were the determiners of morality and truth. We forget that Yahuh is Yahuh and we are not.

Our text gives us several examples of people who are in a position that does not fit them. A servant is incapable of being a king. A wicked, fool does not deserve the blessings of Yahuh. What can a marriage mean to a woman who is hated? The slave girl does not kick her mistress out of the house so that she can enjoy her finery. So is it when we act as if we were Yahuh.

Yahuh’s place in the universe is supreme. We need to understand that most of the people who we work with, talk to, and live with do not believe that Yahuh’s place in the universe is supreme. The evidence is clear. Every time we sin, we are with our actions denying that Yahuh is supreme. We make ourselves king when we sin. Sin is nothing more than an exaltation of man over Yahuh.

Is it not ludicrous when we act as if we were Yahuh? We are no different than the slave girl who kicks her mistress out of the house so she can take her place. She may sit in her mistress’ chair and eat her mistress’ food but she is still a slave girl. We may do things our way rather than Yahuh’s way but he remains Yahuh regardless of whether we live like it or not.

I am accountable to Yahuh because He created me. Will Metzger in “Tell the Truth” tells about asking people two questions on a beach in Florida during spring break. The first was, “Do you believe in Yahuh?” Most said, “Yes.” Then he asked, “Does sin separate you from Yahuh?” Here are some of their replies: “No, why should it?” or “I don’t believe in that kind of a Yahuh”, or “My concept of Yahuh is one who loves.” In other words, I am not accountable to Yahuh so why should I worry about sin.

We are, however, accountable to Yahuh. The writer of Hebrews points out that it is appointed to man once to die and after this, judgment. We, all of us, are accountable to Yahuh. Those who believe in The Messiah have Yahusha as the one who takes responsibility for our sin. Those who do not trust The Messiah as the only way of salvation will stand alone and give an account to Yahuh.

In addition, if I am going to humble myself before Yahuh, I must do what is right, without regard for how insignificant that action or my position may appear (verses 24-28).

The wise man is like the ant, his significance is not found in his great power but rather in doing what he is supposed to do. Like the coney, his security is not found in his own power but in the Rock on which he lives. Like the locust, he does not wait from a mandate from a king but follows the way of Yahuh, even though He has never seen Yahuh. Like the lizard in the palace, he lives in a great place but not because of his greatness.

Yahuh is Yahuh and I am not. Therefore, I am accountable to Him. If I am wise, I will walk in His ways without regard for my own ambitions, strength, wisdom, or position. I will be his servant, his disciple. The problem is this. I cannot in my own strength please Yahuh. I am a sinner. None of these animals is very capable but outside of the natural order, they would be incapable of survival. When humankind left Yahuh’s natural order through the sin of Adam, we set ourselves up for spiritual extinction. That is why we need faith in Yahuh Salvation.

That is why I can (if I want to) battle self-exaltation, I can live confidently according to my position in The Messiah (verses 29-31). To be humble does not mean to feel inferior. True, we are not Yahuh but the believer in The Messiah does not need to go around with an inferiority complex.

Another story from Chuck Swindoll, this time from “Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back”: “A man paid a visit to his local psychologist. When the doctor asked him what had prompted the visit, the man said, “I’m suffering from an inferiority complex.” After a long battery of tests, “…the doctor called the man and asked him to return to the clinic. ‘I have some interesting news for you,’ the doctor began.
‘What’s that?’ asked the man.
‘It’s no complex,’ the psychologist retorted, ‘You are inferior.’”

We as believers in The Messiah, however, are not inferior because we are in Him through our faith in Yahuh.

a. I am exalted and worthy in The Messiah. Hebrews 2:9-10 says that The Messiah brought “…many sons to glory…” through His death for us on the cross. John 1:12 reminds us that we receive the right to become sons of Yahuh through faith in The Messiah. Look at Romans 8:16-17, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of Yahuh, and if children, then heirs-heirs of Yahuh and joint heirs with The Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we also may be glorified together.” That is a wonderful position – to be a part of the royal family of the universe – heirs with The Messiah of Yahuh’s throne.

b. I can therefore live confidently because of my position. Like a lion, I can walk through the Serengeti of this world without fear because I belong to the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Yahusha The Messiah. Like the royal greyhound, I can stick my chest out and proudly display the royal decorations that my Master has given me. Like the head goat of the flock, I can confidently walk among the flock because my Savior is my shepherd. When the battle rages, I can go forth as a king because His legions fight for me.

Are you a confident in Yahuh? Not a boastful, and proud but a confident believer? You can be because of your faith which has made you one of Yahuh’s children.

Finally, if I am to battle self-exaltation, if I am to learn humility, I must learn to control my tongue (verses 32-33). The tongue has many uses both positive and negative. No use of the tongue, however, is more evil or more dangerous than the self-exalting tongue.

My tongue reveals the pride and sinful foolishness of my heart. Now most of us do not go around telling people how great we are but we use words in many ways to build ourselves up. We are constantly critiquing others, their success or lack thereof, their looks, their children, their lifestyle choices. We need to put our hands over our mouths. We constantly talk about our own accomplishments, our own possessions, our own abilities. We need to put our hands over our mouths. We quote Scripture in a self-justifying way, pass down judgments, pass along gossip, defend our great sin and attack the little sins of others, we grumble and complain, we fuss and fight, all revealing how important we are to ourselves. We need to put our hand over our mouth.

My pride uses my tongue to sow discord. Just as the humble man is often a peacemaker, the proud man is a warmonger. The proud man when he is right in his argument will destroy people while the humble man may make a mistake in judgment but will even in his mistake seek to heal those whom he has hurt through his mistake.

Humility was intended tongue in cheek but the reality is this: we know how to become humble but we just do not want to do it. Time after time we refuse to take responsibility for our own sin. We act like we are not accountable to Yahuh. We refuse to control our tongue. We refuse to do what is right because it does not seem to matter. We forget that our exaltation is to be found Yahuh alone.

You can begin right now to humble yourself. Go to Yahuh and confess your sin. You may need to go to someone and confess a sin. They probably already know the sin, you just need to admit to it and stop defending yourself.

You might need to begin controlling your tongue. You will probably need someone to help with this. Men, I recommend your wives. They know exactly what you are going to say before you do anyway.  Write down the ways in which you regularly sin with your tongue and put a stop to self-exalting speech.

Do what is right, no matter how small the matter is. Your deeds are great because you are royalty not because they are impressive.

Finally, hold yourself accountable to Yahuh. The unbeliever needs The Messiah to settle the account of His sin. The believer needs to confess and forsake the sin for which The Messiah has already died.

Take action now. Humble yourself before Yahuh and He will lift you up!


About
Robert Talley, pastor of the Grace Bible Church of Lansing, Michigan. My wife, Dawn, and I have two wonderful children: Phil, who is a talented and funny teenager, and Jadyn, whose bouncing pigtails keep everyone smiling.

Before coming to Michigan, we spent four years in Castleton, Vermont. Even earlier, we spent eleven years in church planting in German-speaking Europe (Munich, the Austrian Alps, and East Berlin) with Baptist Mid-Missions headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

I have an inordinate interest in the Civil War (being from Alabama, I’m still in denial) and my wife’s cooking. Not necessarily in that order.

As pastor my objective is to lead a ministry that is striving to evangelize its community and the world, to develop believers into disciples, and disciples into servant leaders. My ultimate goal is that our church brings as many as possible within the community and the church body to faith and growth in Christ resulting in fulfillment in Christ and maturity in Christ as described in Ephesians 4.

Grace Bible Church is located at 1000 South Canal Road between Mount Hope and St. Joe Highways about a mile south of Saginaw Highway.


 

Bible Study Tools

On May 13, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

By Anton Webb

The Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth
Before reading scripture, it’s important to pray for the Set Apart Spirit (The Holy Spirit) for guidance and understanding the spiritual meaning of what will be read.

King James Bible
It is the most widely accessible Bible that has a corresponding concordance. A concordance is a collection of terms that have an original meaning in another language from which the reading in question is derived.

Strong’s Concordance
It is important to use a concordance when reading The Bible for two main reasons: 1) The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and some portions in Greek 2) Hebrew and/or Greek words have different meaning within that context than how we might think of them today in our language. One can obtain a concordance by having a hard-copy version, an online version, or an offline.

Hard Copy (Recommendation)
The New Strong's Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible By James Strong - Thomas Nelson (2009) - Hardback - 2000 pages - ISBN 1418541680. Avg. Cost $30.00

Online (Recommendation)
Blue Letter Bible available online at: www.blueletterBible.org. Blue Letter Bible is an incredible website that allows you to electronically access and thoroughly analyze the Bible. It also shows several versions of the Bible, although the previously mentioned concordance feature is based on the King James Version of the Bible. Additionally, it allows you to search for a particular word and will show every verse that contains that word.

Offline
E-Sword. You will need internet access to download E-sword initially, but thereafter, internet access is not required to use it. E-Sword is available at: http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html. E-Sword is ideal if you have access to a computer that rarely has internet service. It is similar to Blue Letter Bible.

The Bible Experience
The Bible Experience is a wonderful collection of audio files which narrates the entire Bible through the voices of several talented actors, backed by narrative sounds and music. It’s a great tool to use in times when you’re not able to directly read The Bible like while driving or doing something else that requires visual concentration.

Where to start?
Now that you have all the tools, you should begin with the first five books of the Bible which is also called the Torah. This is a great place to start because it forms the foundation for the rest of The Bible. Keep in mind that the people in the New Testament were well versed in the Torah. Furthermore, it’s easy to get confused by certain New Testament concepts by not knowing the original Hebrew context that is addressed in the Torah.

Over time, as you study The Scriptures, you will realize that Biblical names have meanings and give context to situations, and it might be helpful to use a reference guide that gives the pronunciation of the
Hebrew names.

Things to keep in mind while studying
Concentrating and Understanding the context

As you read, pay attention to the context because many people misquote The Scriptures to make them fit into what they seek to convey to others. Tithing and Malachi 3:8 is one prominent example.

Retention
Retention comes through prayer and repetition.

Keep reading the word to get the word in you. This is where the Bible Experience becomes more useful. You can also create your own audio files of Bible verses that you wish to commit to memory.

Understanding
After reading The Word, pray over it and meditate on it for a time.
Why is any of this important?

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” Psalm 119:11. “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Additionally, knowledge allows us to walk in obedience to the Most High. He made a covenant with His people and laid out specific blessings and curses for how we address this covenant. By knowing the Word of the Most High, we can live a more meaningful and abundant life.

Many people desire to read more of the scripture but feel paralyzed. One reason is that they are under the illusion that you have to have a degree to read The Scriptures, or that only a pastor understands the Scriptures. If the Scriptural concepts are still new to you, then know that The Bible is a history book. If for nothing else, read it to discover your history as a person of the Most High.
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