Last Chance

This may be your last chance to believe without seeing.  Remember Thomas.

Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.  (John 20:29)

Sabbatical

It has been a long time since I have regularly monitored and updated this blog.  Yah willing, I will be able to do so more frequently.  Thank you for remaining faithful.

Fear or Faith?

Faithful or Fearful?

Fearful insure themselves against all loss.
Fearful ask Yahshua to heal, but put their trust in drugs and doctors as healers.
Fearful plan and control their every action to prevent surprise.
Fearful spend the majority of the time in the natural frame of mind.
Fearful are at home in their body.
Fearful have a “works base” salvation plan.
Fearful claim to believe miracles in scripture but see none today.
Fearful fear, worry and have concerns.
Fearful want to walk on water but never leave the boat.
Fearful are members of the culture of disbelief.
Fearful require physical proofs.
Fearful live pessimistic, critical lives
Fearful gossip, ridicule, chastise and mock those who operate on faith.

The Faithful do the opposite of the above.

Responsibility of Men

Judicial order is the order that was put into effect at creation. There is nothing in creation that does not have some form of judicial order

The responsibilities of family leadership is placed on the man/husband/father by scripture. He is the ordained spiritual leader of the family. His duties and tasks are great.

Training and oversight must be done so that all your family members:

are assured of their salvation.

love and understand YHWH’s word.

spend time daily in prayer, study and communion.

know and willingly obey scripture.

maturely walk with YHWH.

know their spiritual gifts and calling.

are able to defend and teach Scriptural truth.

are effective witnesses.

have servant hearts.

are self disciplined.

Are you meeting your responsibilities?

Unpardonable Sin?

What is blasphemy against the ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit)? The Pharisees committed it when they doubted the works of the ruach ha Kodesh and accredited Yahshua’s miracles to the devil. (Matthew 12:28)

According to Yahshua’s own words, that sin was without excuse and would not be forgiven in their age or in the coming one (Matthew 12:32).

Can people commit the unpardonable sin today? Since the forgiveness of sin is the exclusive domain of YHWH, we do not make judgments as to “forgive-ability” of a person’s actions, but unpardonable sin does exist according to scripture.

Some time ago, I was instructed to be a watchman according to Ezekiel 2. I have tried to fulfill that role through my speech, our lives, and through the information on our websites and blogs. I have posted warnings on health, Pharmacia, organics, nutrition, finances, faith, worldliness, holidays, entertainment, scriptures, spiritual leadership, judicial order, and other spiritual matters.

Now I am led to offer the most important warning of all concerning blasphemy of the Ruach ha Kodesh (holy spirit).

Scripture cautions us not to ridicule the manifest work of YHWH’s ruach in men’s lives nor to attribute work of the ruach ha Kodesh (YHWH’s spirit) to the devil. The role of “accuser of the brethren” is one we should not take up.

When we attribute an action, or even a person or group of persons, to satan…we must be 100% certain. Our declaration should be confirmed by word from YHWH, scripture, and witnesses.

Additionally, when we convince others to regard an action or a group to be of satan, not only are we potentially guilty of blasphemy, but we also are putting a stumbling block in that brother’s path and encouraging him to commit blasphemy.

Many times in scripture, we are told of the power of the tongue, the penalty for its misuse, and the accountability for our words. Scripture says we are defiled by things that come out of our mouths. Thus when discerning the motivating force of an action or situation, we are cautioned to absolute accuracy when assigning credit to satan. We are still called to judge fruit, and call sin, sin. However, giving satan credit for an action of YHWH is an extremely dangerous act.

It is quite easy to assume an air of superiority because of our beliefs and actions, i.e., names, tassels, Sabbath, faith walk, meats, etc. and cast out many because of their ignorance of what we consider a “core truth”. But, none were born with full knowledge and perfect doctrine.

While we quickly condemn others for their errors, and suggest their allegiance to another Elohim, we are loathe to admit that we once were in that very position, before we were “called”, “chosen”, “came to the truth”, or “matured in the faith”.

In the event we are not 100% confident the action and impetus is of satan, with confirmation by word of YHWH, we should hold our peace lest we subject ourselves to judgment for blasphemy. The path condemning motives is a treacherous path to walk, with potentially eternal ramifications. May YHWH guide you as you tread softly!

Shalom,

Polluting the Temple

The average child gets 5+ servings of pesticides in their food and water each day.

The pesticide Atrazine is so toxic it is banned in Europe, but it is used so widely in the U.S., that it is found in 71% of the U.S. drinking water.

Currently, over 400 pesticides can be legally used in the U.S. For example, apples can be sprayed up to 16 times with 36 different pesticides. None of these chemicals are present in organic foods.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, organophosphate pesticides (OP) are now found in the blood of 95% of Americans tested, and the levels are twice as high in blood samples taken from children. Exposure to OPs is linked to hyperactivity, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays and motor dysfunction.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/

Happiness Is Contagious

Happiness Is Contagious

If your car sports one of those “Smiles Are Contagious” bumper stickers, you may be onto something. A new study has shown that in fact,happiness begins with you, and then it spreads far and wide. Not only does your happiness make your friends and neighbors happier, but it also uplifts the friends and neighbors of your friends. The equation works in reverse, too: if your friend gets happy, so will you. Or so the study says.

This research comes on the heels of earlier studies proving that obesity spreads through groups, as does the decision to stop smoking. The study, a joint venture by Harvard University and the University of California at San Diego, followed 5000 people over a 20-year period. The family, coworkers, and neighbors of these individuals also were followed, involving at least 50,000 people in the process. The researchers determined just how happy the participants were by administering standard happiness assessments, where subjects responded to statements such as “I feel hopeful about the future,” “I feel I am just as good as other people,” and “I am happy.”

According to the results, if a friend who lives within a mile of you gets happy, your chances of happiness increase by 25 percent. And if that happy friend lives even closer to you, say half-a-mile away, you have a 42 percent chance of being happy yourself, showing that proximity to happy people makes all the difference — up to, but not including the same house or office. In fact, neighbors of happy people feel the effect more than family members do. Siblings who live close to a happy sibling increase their likelihood of happiness by 14 percent, while next-door neighbors of the happy individual reap a 34 percent benefit — even if the neighbors aren’t friends, and the happiness effect lasts up to a year. Since the study found the effect only for neighbors living right next door to the happy person and not for those living further down the street, the researchers believe that the spread of happiness is not the result of happy people being drawn to each other, but of an actual contagious factor.

“We know it’s not a ‘birds of a feather flock together’ effect,” said one of the study authors, Nicholas A. Christakis of Harvard University.

Perhaps the most significant finding is that the happiness of one individual seems to affect others at up to three degrees of separation (take that Kevin Bacon), meaning that the benefit extends to friends of a friend of a friend, although the effect diminishes with each remove, to about 8 percent for friends of friends. In other words, your happiness can affect the happiness of someone you’ve never even met. Interestingly, work colleagues seem immune to the benefit — working with a happy person in the next cubicle apparently won’t make you happy (and what does that say about the work environment?). Plus, partners and spouses are less receptive than friends, reaping only an eight percent benefit from a happy spouse. That’s not necessarily good news for the Coalition for Marriage & Family. On the other hand, a bit of good news the researchers found was that while happiness spreads, unhappiness doesn’t spread nearly as much.

“You would think that your emotional state would depend on your own choices and actions and experience,” said Dr. Christakis. “But it also depends on the choices and actions and experiences of other people, including people to whom you are not directly connected. Happiness is contagious.”

His study co-author, James H. Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, adds, “We need to think of happiness as a collective phenomenon. If I come home in a bad mood, I may be missing an opportunity to make not just my wife and son happy, but their friends.” (It appears Dr. Fowler’s own happiness has blinded him to the fact that his own study found partners and spouses less receptive to the effect.)

As the researchers point out, happiness has a significant impact on health, and given how it spreads, your own happiness has a significant impact on public health, as do your lifestyle choices. Just consider that the same research group followed over 12,000 smokers for a 30-year period and found that as with happiness, quitting is contagious. If you quit smoking, there’s a 30-percent increased chance that others in your network will too. Likewise, the group analyzed obesity patterns in social networks and found that if you become obese, your friends have a 57-percent increased risk of obesity, your siblings have a 40-percent greater chance, and your spouse’s obesity risk goes up by 37-percent. (Again friends are more affected than family — hmmn!)

All of which means that it pays to live next to healthy, happy individuals (maybe that showed be covered in real estate listings), and also, that your responsibility to maintain good health practices and a positive attitude extends beyond your duty to yourself and your family. (Maybe someday you’ll be required to pay a depression tax for bringing the world down.) In any case, this study indicates that when you do something right for yourself, the ripples of that choice extend farther out into the world than you might have thought before.

Wrttien by Jon Barron, Baseline Of Health, May 26, 2009