Praising Him In All Things
In the fourth chapter of his first epistle, John admonishes the brethren of his day to not believe every spirit. This warning was passed on to us through the Bible and offers protection for those who are truth seekers. But if our speaker is glamorous and entertaining, we can easily lose sight of our goal and accept a half truth.
I just finished reading a book that was written by such a person. He presents one of Paul’s valuable admonitions to the Church in such a way that truth is dreadfully distorted. He refers to First Thessalonians 5:18: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of Yahweh in Christ Yasha concerning you.” I will quote from his book where he says the Lord is speaking to him on this subject: “My son, because I love you I am going to teach you to be thankful “for” everything.” He goes on in his writings to confirm his statement that we are supposed to be thankful and rejoice for all things; he points out that Yahweh has preordained everything that happens in this life.
I protest! This statement can not be true. There is a difference in the meaning of “for” and “in.” If the situation should be that the police pulled my little girl’s mangled body from a garbage can, and I find further report that she has been repeatedly molested and finally strangled, then according to this writer’s theory, I am supposed to say, “Father I thank and praise you that you have sent some fiend into my home to molest and strangle my innocent child. She has suffered unbearable misery at the hands of this mentally deranged person. I thank and praise you that her life was cut short and that her future has been stolen from her. I thank and praise you for creating this mad man. I give you full credit for all the evil, heartaches, and misery that exist in this world and I realize you force your creatures to do every inconceivable and deplorable evil that they commit.”
This concept is ignorant. If factual, it does away with all human responsibility and guilt for every heinous crime that has ever been preformed. It does away with sin and, therefore, it does away with the need for redemption. No sane person could possibly praise the Lord that their precious child had been abused, molested, and then murdered. The Bible does not tell us to rejoice at the suffering of others. If there is a person on earth that could rejoice because a torturous crime had been committed against his innocent child, that individual needs deliverance.
In such a case, I could yet find reason to continue to praise the Lord, not for the grim deed, but in spite of the grim deed. I could yet praise the Lord that he chose to allow us to exercise our senses and choose our actions so that we may learn by them. It is through exercising our wills that we excel or fail. We sow and we reap the seeds that we have sown. In all things we rejoice, because we know the Master-builder uses the fragments of our evils to create a greater picture.
Look for a moment at slavery; it was created by man’s greed and lack and was evil beyond description. Yet out of it has been born a freedom for their descendants to express their greatness. Without a doubt, generations were sacrificed, but the pains that birthed America were not limited to one or two races or classes of people. As I traced the foot steps of my people that crossed the foaming waves from different countries and fought to escape the tyranny of kings and priests that strove to keep them in the vice of religious ignorance, I found blood in almost every foot-print.
It was through religious persecution and slavery that our forefathers learned that evil can never produce a healthy environment. But on the other hand, neither tyranny nor slavery can exist where men’s hearts are filled with wisdom and the love of Yahweh.
The question is now arising, Who should pay for the evil that the African slaves suffered through those dark and evil days? We answer, “The men that stole them, the men that sold them, and the people that bought them, used, and abused them—these were the individuals that were responsible.” These were people who had gathered in America from every country in the world? But they are now gone. Should their descendants be compensated for their suffering? Certainly they should, and they have been, for it was out of the ruins of slavery that this free government was born, and freedom bells are still resounding for them and for me—a descendant of European pioneers that came here to escape another form of slavery. Many of my ancestors died in war, some in the Revolutionary and others in the emancipation of their black brothers.
Some of all nationalities were involved in the evil, although some of all nationalities have fought to correct the evil. And the descendants of all those nationalities are reaping the consequences.
We are back to the same question, “Did Yahweh produce slavery?” Lack or ignorance in the hearts of men creates all evil, so it is true that Yahweh was the first cause of slavery. He allowed men the freedom to hurt and bruise each other. But when we face the situation head-on, we can praise the Lord for free exercise of will, for without it we would all be slaves or puppets in a worse way.
When Yahweh gave us the freedom, not only to choose our seeds, but to sow and reap our own harvest, he gave us freedom to grow and become an expression of love or to stay on a base realm of corruption and deterioration, hurting others and being hurt.
Our wonderful country yet has many tyrants, but there have been enough good, honest people to propel our society upward in every generation.
As late as the nineteenth century, some religious denominations were still killing people who disagreed with their concept of Yahweh. Only a few generations back, we read of several members of a Puritan congregation in the South stood silent while an over-zealous Puritan leader drove one of his innocent lambs into the wilderness alone in spite of the fact she was pregnant; her crime was teaching the gospel to her peers. There is no record of her fate. I do not believe she perished, but it is assumed she did. Whether she perished or escaped, he was willing to sacrifice her to a false image of a god that he had created in his mind. His warped conscience demanded he perform that religious rite.
Christianity has certainly made great progress in the past few centuries. The creation of America, as a free country, was one of the most awesome acts of all time. The Lord opened it so those who desired freedom could come and discover their abilities and experience their dreams. Evil, as usual, is on the rampage and vulgarity is glorified by the multitudes of our time, but behind the scenes of the obvious degenerates, Yahweh’s army is marching and freedom is bearing her fruit. Truth and love will prevail. I do not praise Yahweh for the crimes and evil that is committed against society by lack or ignorance. I am sure Yahweh does not praise the criminals nor does he motivate their fiendish actions. I praise him that he gave us freedom so that Love can do her perfect work. Love will not be defeated and truth will triumph when society elevates their thinking above the low-life concepts of our first nature to embrace the life that is in the Kingdom message, which is the message Christ taught.
The world population has no idea that the principles Christ taught exist, but when we experience them, the news will spread fast.
I marvel that anyone of Wisdom’s children could think the Kingdom-Priesthood is waiting for Yahweh’s predestined time-clock to chime before we can become functional in the unmerited mercy and love of Yahweh.
First, the Word says the door is open, and it has been for almost 2000 years. It is our carnal concepts that need to be overcome. Have our spiritual eyes been opened so that we understand the glory of the coming priesthood? Do we believe that “…the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be (has been) 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?” Daniel 7:27. Do we trust the Word enough to act upon that promise? If we believe the verse above, what are we doing to lay claim to our throne rights? Faith, if it has no works, is dead, being alone (James 2:17).
We, as Kingdom believers, are supposed to be confessing a glory is available that will birth the new creation and draw the masses to Christ. Well let’s roll-up our sleeves and get busy making it happen. Yasha’s faith-work was the cross. What is ours? The same! This reminds me of a verse from an old gospel hymn:
“Take up your cross and follow me,
I heard the Blessed Savior call.
How can I make a lesser sacrifice,
When Jesus gave His all?”
Preaching, praying, charitable works, testifying, church attendance, Bible study, singing, and testifying is so necessary for the growth of the church and for the edification of others: they are the necessary things that hold a church together. But I am convinced that none of these are classified as Kingdom faith-works.
Walking by faith in the Word leads us through the door of unlimited glory. Have we learned to follow Yasha’s instructions to get there? “…I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smites thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that takes away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asks of thee; and of him that takes away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful,” Luke 6:27-36.
Do we dare to step out into this path and start our journey toward the cross? Common sense tells us it cannot be done–they will mop the floor with us. But wait, we are not using our common sense any more; we are starting a “faith in the Word” walk. It’s true; this trail is the one Yasha blazed. Let us look at our only example: Yasha walked this faith-walk, walking among ruthless and hardhearted savages, men that thought nothing of taking an innocent man’s life by crucifixion. Yet when the crisis came and they could think of nothing more to add to his pain, after they had stripped him of dignity, honor, and respect, he did not retaliate; instead he cried, “Father forgive them, they are ignorant,” Luke 23:34.
All this make it appear that his principles did not work. But look at the full scope of what happened there. Those bloodthirsty priests would have killed him in a moment, and the government would not have hesitated to kill him at the first opportunity. But none of them did. He walked among them, called them hypocrites, serpents, thieves, vipers, and an adulterous generation, yet they never touched him. The disciples were a lot less harsh, and they were beaten repeatedly, imprisoned, stoned, and crucified.
Someone could point out that Yasha was crucified also, but he was not harmed until the day came for him to offer up the firstfruit sacrifice, which was his death to the flesh or the adamic realm. He submitted to cross and rose above death. We can do the same. If we step out to walk in this Kingdom-faith realm, it will bear its fruit in us.
Our Lord instructs us to “Judge not, and we shall not be judged: condemn not, and we shall not be condemned: forgive, and we shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto us; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again,” Luke 6:27-38.
The Lamb that was prepared was sacrificed; it is now time for our action. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of Yahweh. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Yahweh.
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath (desire) of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Yahweh rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one Body; and be ye thankful.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Yasha, giving thanks to Yahweh and the Father by him,” Colossians 3:1-17.
This is our faith-works, but the ability to perform them can only come through enough faith in the Word to step out. I challenge you.