Truth and Its Consequences

Truth and Its Consequences

Though all history bears witness to it, it is impossible for anyone to understand the spiritual change that took place on earth through the earthly ministry of Christ without an in-depth study of the Bible. The Old Testament teaching of “an eye for an eye” was replaced at that time and has no place in the concept Christ taught. Yet Christianity, as a whole, has not fully experienced the change Yasha propagated and for the most part they are unaware that they are missing the mark.

Most Christians are confident in their commitment to follow the philosophy Christ taught to the letter. Yet they are shamefully lacking in power and effectiveness; so much so, that they fail to recognize their inefficiency and blame their failure on the circumstances around them.

A diversity of gifts was placed in the Church through the Holy Spirit to bridge the gap that was quite visible in the young Church. Peter clearly stated that the Holy Spirit would indefinitely function in any congregation that welcomed the Holy Spirit’s input (Acts 2:38-39). That being so, a Spirit-filled church should demonstrate the same power and give the Body spiritual support equal to the support Christ gave when he was present in the flesh.

It is sad to watch spiritually hungry Christians over-react to the smallest miracle, because the supernatural power that Christ established in the Church is so shamefully lacking in the congregation. But why is the Church so lacking, not only in miraculous powers, but also in its ability to convict the world of sin? Could it be that we need to confront our own lack first?

I am convinced that the philosophy our Savior taught is not being practiced in the Christian assemblies. I am just as convinced that, that alone is responsible for the lack we are experiencing.

Every spontaneous action automatically commands an instantaneous response, especially our actions on the spiritual and emotional level. Faith commands results, fear commands turmoil, and so forth; therefore we should be able to judge our true walk by the responses we are commanding and receiving. And we can be sure we are receiving the response that we commanded. Our Lord carefully instructed us in the skill of commanding positive results.

“But 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 you on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that takes away your cloke forbid not to take your coat also. Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again.

“And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise. For if you love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if you lend to them of whom you 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 (the consequences) your reward shall be great, and you 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 6:27-38.

Yahweh’s will is that we should be merciful, for he is merciful. We should become a manifestation of his characteristics, but there are other reasons for following the above instructions. Even though he does not name the specific responses in this admonition, he assures us in other texts that every action will, without doubt, command a specific response. However, in the scriptures above our orator goes on to detail several actions and their responses.

Because we are sometimes thinking in the carnal realm, we see only the responses of the carnal man and make judgments on the realm that we can see with our carnal eyes. When this happens, we say, “Oops! God made a mistake, his principle doesn’t work.” In that realm it really does not work, because our action was not in faith. We have our eyes on what man has done, instead of what Yahweh is doing.

In all actions we must be mindful that the responses we receive will not change forms if our actions are positive, that is, if they are charged with faith in the Living Word they will produce a positive reaction. If the action is good, but not made alive by faith, it will produce a negative reaction. Actually we will continue to find fault, judge, criticize, condemn, hold grudges, fight, grumble, take sides, etc. until we are submerged in a baptism of Love. When our hearts are overflowing with the Love that Christ manifested to the world, we will have the ability to fulfill the actions that initiates the responses that are named below. In that day we will faithfully stand in the gap and make up the hedge.

“Judge not (positive action), and you shall not be judged (positive response): Condemn not (positive action), and you shall not be condemned (positive response): etc. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again,” Luke 6:37-38.

I was reluctant to include verse 38, because so many ministers have misused it at offering time. Some folks have grown hostile when this verse is repeated, but it should not be excluded because of their unfavorable use of it. It works if the giving is a spontaneous reaction of godly love and righteousness. The giving that is dealt with here may sometimes be referring to the giving of cash, depending on the need, but in all truth it is dealing with the giving of oneself. It refers to being touched by the awareness of another’s needs so deeply that it commands an action, whether it involves our cash, time, energy, compassion, or spiritual support. When this happens we will respond with a positive action that commands the Bride to give birth to the manifestation of Yahweh’s attributes; a sight the whole creation is waiting for with groans that cannot be uttered. When it comes, it will be a manifestation of the Spirit of pure truth and reality in his sons.

“You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him twain.

“Give to him that asks thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. You have heard that it has been said, Thou shall love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans so?

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” Matthew 5:38-48.

Please take note of Yasha’s words here in reference to the last statement. Too many people reduce this word “perfect” to mean mature. But according to the text, the word “perfect” in connection to our perfection is in equal standing with that of the Father; so be careful you do not water it down to the human level of man’s carnal weakness.

When Love Is Tried

I had quite a difficult time keeping up when my boys were born; we had bought a farmhouse and eighty acres of land before we dug a well. A house without running water was a little difficult to adjust to; I had four little girls in school, and tiny twin boys. My husband drove the only car we had to work and stayed at work from dawn to dark. I did not know our neighbors. Our friends and relatives, living miles away only complicated the situation.

Our boys seemed to hover at deaths door for several days after their six-week premature birth. It was a joy to bring them home, even with all their problems. They demanded constant attention twenty-four- seven. They paid no attention to the clock. They demanded attention in the wee hours of the morning. Proper rest was non existent for me for a while. But as parents we brace up in a crisis with our children—love bridges the gap and instead of feeling inconvenienced, we feel blessed for having been given the opportunity. Love acts that way— it does not take notice when it is imposed upon or bruised.

As we experience the divine Love of the next realm, we will not retain the shoulder chips and the pride that drives us to take account of all the intentional and unintentional trivial injustices we must suffer from a busy world that cannot take the time to say thank you, or to give a pat on the back, when we have stretched bone and sinew beyond their endurance to go the second mile. We will have reached a plateau where thoughtlessness and indifference does not exist. We are encouraged to “…seek the kingdom of Yahweh; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,” Luke 12:31-32.

Love Suffers Long

Yahweh desires to give his kingdom to us, and it is worth taking. “For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Romans 14:17.

These three attributes rank as the greatest and most coveted gifts on earth, but they too are available to us only through making the actions that commands their responses.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:17-20.

Though it is in the Old Testament, the fiftieth-eighth chapter of Isaiah has a beautiful list of actions that command positive responses. With cancer, strokes, heart attacks and other maladies on the rampage, and the fact that we’re not getting any younger, it would appear that now is as good a time as any to start initiating these responses.

“Cry loudly, do not hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins. “Yet they seek me day by day, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that has done righteousness, and has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask me {for} just decisions; they delight in the nearness of Yahweh.

“Why have we fasted and Thou dost not see? {Why} have we humbled ourselves and Thou dost not notice?’ Behold, on the day of your fast you find {your} desire, and drive hard all your workers.”

“Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like {you do} today to make your voice heard on high. Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed, and for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to Yahweh?”

“Is this not the fast which I choose to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke? (Now, a description of the positive that commands a positive reaction.) “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? (A positive response) Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard.” Then you will call, and Yahweh will answer; you will cry, and he will say, “Here I am.”

“If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, “And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom {will become} like midday. And Yahweh will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. “And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell. If because of the Sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your {own} pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy {day} of Yahweh honorable, and shall honor it, desisting from your {own} ways, from seeking your {own} pleasure, and speaking {your own} word, Then you will take delight in Yahweh, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you {with} the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken,” Isaiah 58:1-14 (NAS).

Some folks are so materialist minded that they consider the only positive consequences of their actions have to be some kind of material blessing, but that is not so, the consequences comes in so many different ways that it would be impossible to pinpoint some of them.

While personally sharing the above study, the old familiar question once again surfaced, “If I do this,” meaning turn the other cheek, “what protection do I have when I am attacked by an enraged spirit that comes at me through someone that has completely lost all sense of reasoning and the ability to hear or think if the spirit is bent on destroying me?” This is a similar reaction I usually get from people that want to follow their Lord and Savior. Yet they are not sure they can fully trust him to protect them.

I pondered for something that can support my concept, and being as our Lord is the only man that has ever taught this concept I looked to his example for the answer. That Christ was martyred is an accepted fact, therefore; his example does not seem to give one a lot of support in making a decision to mimic his life pattern down to the fine point, but I was given my scripture in Matthew 26: 50-56.

“And Yasha said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Yasha, and took him.

“And, behold, one of them, which were with Yasha stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.

“Then said Yasha unto him, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

“In that same hour said Yasha to the multitudes, are you come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.”

I am blessed by the implications that are visible in Yasha’s statement in the above text. Paraphrasing the text into my own comprehension, I hear Yasha addressing the multitude that had followed the High Priest and his men to the garden, saying, “Look, you clowns, here you are with your multitude of spectators, acting like you are coming out after a criminal. You are armed with swords and staves as if you are trying to capture a desperado. What are you doing? Are you putting on a show for this multitude by pretending I would be difficult to take? I have walked unarmed among you for the past few years preaching, teaching, and healing. I have performed miracles to feed you. Now here you are acting as if you need weapons for protection from me. Has it not yet dawned on you that I have been protected from you and your cutthroat leadership all the time that I have boldly gone about teaching the Kingdom principles? The only reason you can take me now is because my Father is allowing you to help me fulfill my mission. I could call a dozen legions of angels if I needed them to rescue me from your hands, but I don’t. Your actions here are making it possible for me to redeem the world. So here I am.”

The point I am striving to make here is that Yasha’s perfect union with Life, rendered death powerless. Because there was no death in his thought pattern; therefore, death could not touch him. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace,” Romans 8:6.

Notice that Yasha never threatened them by saying he could use his power to destroy them. He could not if he had yielded his mind to that thought pattern for a second, it would have lowered him down to the adamic realm. The desire to retaliate comes from the adamic or death realm.

The angels have charge over us; they are guarding us. I cannot say “Come here quickly angel and smite my enemy” without first taking my mind out of the positive Life-realm, thereby, giving death a place to operate in me. Yasha made it clear that when we desire to do something those circumstances prevents us from doing, it has the same effect on the mind as doing it does.

The will to do it is there, even when opportunity prevents death from taking its toll. If we can persuade another spirit to carry out our grim mission, whether it is in spirit or in the flesh, death’s work has been activated in the mind and will hold us on the death realm until we are delivered from it.