Israel, Palestine and Isaiah 43

I haven’t really been following the events in the Middle East, I’ve been too busy guarding my heart against the issues of death but, as I read Isaiah 43 today I felt compelled to pray for Israel.

As I look up at the cloudless blue sky outside my window, I think about how big this earth is.  That only 5 hours across the globe somebody else’s sky is stripped with flashing fire and black columns of smoke and I shake my head at humanity.  It saddens me.

But what saddens me the most is when people forget that life is involved.  People are dying, people are hurting, people are grieving, people are confused and afraid.  Yet, to read the news here you would think that the only people dying are Palestinians yet, that isn’t the case.  Many Israelis have and will die, war takes no preference yet, I hear words from Christians who seem to perversely rejoice in the fact that God is protecting Israel, as if they think it’s a good thing that people’s lives are being turned upside down. Continue reading Israel, Palestine and Isaiah 43

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Repentance as a catalyst for restoration and healing

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According to Hebrew tradition on the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) the righteous are written in the Book of Life, I think that it is very easy to see all references to life in the Bible as eternal spiritual life but I believe that we can and should also view life as our temporal life here on earth.

When God entered into covenant with those who had been led out of Egypt (mixed multitude of Israelites and non-Israelites) He laid two things before them: life and death, blessing and a curse. Yes, this life was linked to an eternal state but it was also linked to the quality of life that they would experience whilst on earth. The blessings included a number of things but in summary we would say that the blessings were of provision (fruitfulness) and security in all areas of their life.

There was only one thing that God requested of the Israelites in order to receive these manifold blessings, that one thing was obedience:

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Deuteronomy 30: 15-20

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Who says knowledge is power?

Sign post pointing towards Heaven John 3:16

Sign post pointing towards Heaven John 3:16Today, I would like to share with you my experiences of yesterday and hope that these experiences will help us when we go out to speak to others about the Good News and also help us understand how we view knowledge.

Yesterday, I went to church (I attend a Messianic church) – it was a fantastic day for me in which the Ruach (Breath of God) really blew in the walls of building, there was prophetic singing, praying and ministering from across different members of the congregation – truly beautiful and spiritual, for a long time afterwards I walked around in a daze, I was there in body but my spirit was elsewhere (I was very clumsy for a bit)!!!

A lovely Colombian woman invited my husband and I to go to a local south American haunt to evangelise with her, my husband agreed and although I was tired from being in the spirit earlier on I also decided to go along.  This is where our ‘adventures’ began and is the crux of this post.

Along the way we met 6 people, who I guess you would say are stereotypes of people in the world that we might speak to about the Good News of Salvation:

  1. The unbelieving Christian
  2. The 2 Muslims
  3. The Atheist
  4. The Naturist
  5. The spiritualist Continue reading Who says knowledge is power?

Another look at psalm 119

I love the psalms but I have always shied away from psalm 119, maybe it was its length or all those references to testimonies, precepts and instructions, but on Wednesday I was given homework to read it.  So on Thursday during my prayer time, I read the first 25 verses, not so bad, then Friday I read the whole thing through.  Why?

There was something about the intensity of the words that gripped me, I could feel the juxtaposition of faith and love struggle alongside fear and torment, and I could see myself in those lines.  I have uttered these words before, I have felt this way, I am here.

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Verse 67 & 71

Sometimes the only time when we truly seek God is during and after affliction, affliction may be a form of God’s judgement, a consequence of our own behaviour.  From this judgement we learn just how mighty and awesome God is and realise that there is truly none like Him, our desire becomes to learn more about this awesome God and walk in His ways.

81-83My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Sometimes the pain of waiting is next to torturous, the only thing we can do is to diligently seek for and hope in His Word to comfort and redeem us.  We faint but yet His Spirit keeps us in the journey.

92-93 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.  I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

Every other line seems to be a heartfelt plea for help, then praise and then a deeper seeking of the Word of God.  These are our 3 weapons that we should use in good and bad:

  1. Prayer from an upright heart
  2. Praise, worship and thanksgiving
  3. Reading the Word and meditating on His law

God has promised to deliver us and rescue us, our situation is not forever.  I will have heart and hope in the Lord of Heaven and Earth.

 

Who do you delight in?

A few weeks back, one of my dear blog friends wrote a post on delight, she wrote about the wonderful things which delighted her and then asked the question “what brings you delight?”  I stopped and thought about this, have I ever experienced delight?  What does delight actually mean?  As someone who has and still sometimes struggle with depression, it’s often hard for me at times to grasp moments of happiness and peace and stamp them in my mind as an eternal reminder of those moments.  To me delight means more than happiness and to me it feels like it ought to be a sharper and more intense feeling than joy, maybe possibly unadulterated, pure joy that lasts only fleetingly before you come back down from that supernatural high.  I turn to my hubby and ask him, “what brings you delight?” and hope that I am somewhere on that list.  With sadness in his eyes he replies slowly “only one thing brings me delight, that is YAH.”  I understand what he means; I turn to the dictionary for help, it reads:

Delight – to take great pleasure or joy

A bit more clearer now… what gives me great pleasure or joy?  To be honest my pleasures are fleeting and my joys brief.

Delight yourself also in YHVH and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37: 4

I think that maybe I have been looking for delight in the wrong places, hoping to receive my dose of joy from temporal things.  Maybe the secret to great happiness can only be found in finding joy in God.  When I find great pleasure in Him, He will cause me to find lasting joy by giving me those things which my soul yearns for, the desires of my heart.

delightful scenery a place of peace

Lord, please teach me how to delight in You.

Blessings and Shalom in Messiah

Florence Achama

Passover Cleanse update and step 4

I can’t believe I’m coming into the fourth week of the cleanse, I should be happy but there are a couple of things that weigh me down at the moment.  I have been in a lot of pain recently, yesterday I went to sleep in pain and today I woke up in pain, I’m at that point of scratching my head and wanting to pull my hair in frustration, why am I still feeling so bad?  The issue is that this time last year I was in a much better state (physically) than I am now, and I know there are probably a number of reasons why this could be the case.  Physically, I’ve not been as strict with myself on this cleanse as I ought to have been, the thought of doing this cleanse scared me so much that I changed a few things to make it more easy going this time around, I need to do this properly from now on.  Secondly, I feel that the more understanding and knowledge God gives you, the more He challenges you to apply His truth to your life, maybe this is another part of His oh so intensive refining process because I am that bit more stronger in Him.  I don’t know and that’s the killer. Continue reading Passover Cleanse update and step 4

Glorify Me (a poem)

I call this a poem but to be honest I’m not sure what it is but this poem came out of my yesterday pain, you see I had not been able to hear God’s voice and I became afraid and this led me to write my first poem (full story and poem can be found here).  After I had completed it I read it to my husband, who had been able to hear God that morning and He gave me a verse from Isaiah 60 (verse 19-20):

 19The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

It seems random right?  Totally unrelated to what I had been experiencing but no.  What he was telling me that this same promise is given in the book of Revelation, hundreds of years after Isaiah, God never forgets what He says and what He says will always come to pass no matter how long it takes.  And in these verses and in the voice of my husband once again I heard God speak to me and out came this second poem. Continue reading Glorify Me (a poem)

Broken Believers

It hurts me to know that there are so many broken people in the world, living in this world is hard I get it but don’t like it.  Lately, God has been reaching into the deepest and darkest core of me and bringing out secrets that I have been storing, as ever decaying food to nibble on yesterday and today.  I have really known despair.  But, I am heart-broken to find that so many of my brothers and sisters are living in pain, broken and rejected by those people who should be closest to helping them.  It’s not a crime to be hurting and broken, yet many a time other Christians make us feel like it is, hurting people are ignored because of fear or self-righteousness I don’t know and these people are left to go it alone.  Have you ever known someone who has committed suicide because there was absolutely no one to be their friend?  I am so glad that when I needed help and those in the ‘church’ didn’t want to help me that God sent His angels to show me unconditional love, I will never forget those people because God used them to reach out to me and pull me up from the creatures in the deep, dark waters.  Won’t you be the same for someone who is hurting today? Continue reading Broken Believers

The Passover Cleanse

This Monday I will begin a period of cleansing that I have dubbed the Passover cleanse which as the name suggests is a period of cleansing in preparation for the Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost).  If you haven’t heard about it I’m not surprised, it’s not something associated with any denomination I have come across (except I know that Catholics tend to give something up for Lent), this is something that God first led me to embark on last year and I feel so excited to be entering into this period again this year.  I can’t begin to explain how starting and completing this fast/cleanse blessed me, but I saw many little miracles during that time in my body, soul and spirit which I have carried through until today.  I firmly believe that this year’s cleanse will continue God’s refining and sanctification process and lead me that bit closer to my healing.

Yeshua Jesus fasting in wilderness desert
A time of spiritual cleansing and awareness

 What makes the Passover Cleanse so special?

The Passover Cleanse (PC) focuses on getting rid of leaven in our life (body, soul and spirit) on the outside it looks very much like a yeast elimination diet but I found it to be so much more.  God really used this time to address the leaven that was buried in me (soul and spirit) that was leavening the whole lump; it was an intense period of sanctification.  So many buried truths concerning my perception of myself, relationships and spiritual issues were revealed and God really told me one thing during that time which really changed me “I don’t love myself”.  So few words, but a lifetime’s worth of implication!  And so God led me to understand that I am His Vessel hence the title of this blog.  During that time He also helped me find a new hobby, candle-making which is also part of the healing work I believe He has given to me, so from a personal perspective I know how much good has come about from my obedience to the call to go on the PC. Continue reading The Passover Cleanse