Psalms 20:7 - Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of YAHWEH our Elohim.
Back then, they had chariots and horses for war mainly. They would use it for war to protect them from the enemy. We're encouraged here to remember the name of Yahweh, because the name of Yahweh is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe.
Some are putting their trust today in F-16's and nations, military, tanks, and so on. But it's the name of Yahweh our Elohim that we are going to be calling on for our protection in all things. HalleluYah. Psalm 9:10:
Psalms 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, YAHWEH, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
HalleluYah. Today I want to encourage everyone to put their trust in Yahweh, the One who is truly worthy of our trust--not just now, but in all times. Psalm 68:2:
Psalms 68:2 - As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of Elohim.
With so many distractions, entertainments, technologies, it's really easy to let other things be that which we decide to put our trust in. Some might trust in the strength of their country's military, others might trust in their own wisdom, the ability of this world to supply our needs, or they might trust in another person.
All throughout scripture we are told that we should trust in Yahweh at all times. The importance of that trust cannot be underestimated. In Proverbs 3:5 it says:
Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in YAHWEH with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
There is a lot to be said in that scripture right there. Much of what can hinder trust revolves around perhaps what is the greatest enemy of trust, and that is fear. Psalm 112:5-7:
Psalms 112:5 - A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Psalms 112:6 - Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Psalms 112:7 - He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in YAHWEH.
How fixed is your heart? Did you know we do not need to be fearful of evil tidings or bad news? We don't have to be fearful. Why? Because we have Yahweh. And if we have Yahweh, then we have everything we need. Do we believe that? Yahweh is our guide through this wilderness, through this land, through this kingdom that is not our own.
When the fire or cloud moves, we do not need to fear the giants ahead. The signs seem to point out to us that we are living in the final generation of man before the Messiah returns. It does appear there will be some kind of great turmoil in the not-so-distant future.
Through it all, we do not need to fear. We do not need to fear. There are many websites, newsletters, magazines proclaiming the dangers of various conspiracies and evil plans by various world leaders.
Probably a lot of it is not even true, but often these kinds of things will do little more than just paralyze people with fear and cause them to go run into some secret, remote place where they don't have to deal with whatever they think is going to happen.
The problem with that, brethren, is I'm sure that's exactly what the enemy would like us to do. That way, we cannot influence anybody for righteousness. If we just run off and run with our tail between our legs off in some remote area, then how can we reach the lost?
It looks like to me right now, the time we're living in right now, it looks to me like Yahweh is doing an awesome work. Why would we want to run away from it now? Brethren, now is not the time to run away. Now is the time to be about our Father's business.
The days may come when men will blaspheme, and then it may be time for us, when they say persecute you in one city, flee to another. Right? But even if we don't do that, what is the worst that could happen? Well, we would die. Okay, well, is that a bad thing? Didn't Paul say, Philippians 1:21:
It's true we may be tortured in some way. It's very possible we'd be tortured in some way, but isn't that what we are supposed to be prepared to do? Aren't we supposed to be prepared to do for Yahushua what Yahushua has done for us? Isn't it He who is supposed to be living in us?
1Peter 2:21 - For to this you were called, because the Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
Luke 6:22 - Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Luke 6:23 - Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
So we should consider it an honor to suffer shame for the Messiah's sake. Did you know, in order for you to suffer shame for the Messiah's sake, you have to be actually worthy of it? You have to be considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. As it says in Acts 5:41:
Acts 5:41 - And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
Acts 5:42 - And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Yahushua the Messiah.
That's the kind of boldness we need to learn, isn't it? They didn't have the boldness, but they prayed for it, and Yahweh gave it to them. And it says the place was shaken. It's true, brethren, that we're going to be tested as the children of Israel were tested.
Through it all, we can be sure Yahweh is our guide, and we do not need to fear. Fear of man, fear of circumstances, that's all related to a lack of faith. Fear is why the children of Israel wanted to go back to Egypt. They did not want to face the giants ahead.
But those who trust in Yahweh will not want to go back to the vomit. Those who trust in Yahweh will know they are bread for us, and Yahweh is stronger than they. Numbers 14:8-9:
Numbers 14:8 - If YAHWEH delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Numbers 14:9 - Only rebel not ye against YAHWEH, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and YAHWEH is with us: fear them not.
A fear of man, a fear of circumstances is, in some ways, equal to atheism. When we lack faith in Yahweh, due to our fears, we do not believe that Yahweh exists, and He promises to deliver us, and His promises are true.
Yahushua asked the question, "When the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?" He kind of wondered that question. I think He knew the answer, but I think He's letting us know how difficult it will be to find faith on the earth when He returns.
Brethren, Yahweh's promises are true. We can put, we can lay our entire life down in belief and faith that His promises are true. Yahushua said:
Matthew 10:28 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
That's Gehenna. Fear in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but who we fear is very important. The fear of Yahweh is a good thing, but the fear of man is not. Consider the example of King Saul:
1Samuel 15:18 - And YAHWEH sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
1Samuel 15:19 - Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of YAHWEH, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of YAHWEH?
1Samuel 15:20 - And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of YAHWEH, and have gone the way which YAHWEH sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
But he didn't. Yahweh had told Saul to destroy the Amalekites and everything that they had, but Saul decided to keep the best of the spoil and keep the King Agag alive and sacrifice the spoil unto Yahweh. His excuse was:
1Samuel 15:21 - But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto YAHWEH thy Elohim in Gilgal.
So he blamed the people. He blamed the people. Verse 22-24:
1Samuel 15:22 - And Samuel said, Hath YAHWEH as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of YAHWEH? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
1Samuel 15:23 - For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of YAHWEH, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
1Samuel 15:24 - And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of YAHWEH, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
So you read carefully here Saul's motive. He feared the people, rather than fearing Yahweh. It was for this cause that Saul rebelled, which in Yahweh's eyes was as idolatry. He only partially obeyed Yahweh, as a result.
Partial obedience is disobedience, and that's the lesson Saul needed to learn here. I hope we learn that lesson and don't walk in those steps. He did it out of fear of the people. Proverbs 29:5 says:
Proverbs 29:5 - A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
Saul fell into this snare. You can believe that the same kind of snare still is alive and well in this age. The same kind of snare exists. Many will not walk in Yahweh's ways, because they are afraid of what men will say or what men will do.
Very few people are willing to set that fear aside and put their trust in Yahweh first and foremost. This was also true in Yahushua's day in John 12:42-43:
John 12:42 - Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
John 12:43 - For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of YAHWEH.
Their motive: they didn't want to be shamed for His name. They were afraid of what men would do or what men would say. This fear of man, along with a lack of fear and a lack of trust of Yahweh, is often the root of why a pastor or leader will not tell the truth about Yahweh's commandments or the truth about Yahweh's name.
A fear of circumstances, rather than trust in Yahweh is very dangerous. It's spiritually deadly--fear of man, fear of circumstances. In other words, we're going to put man first and fear him and Yahweh second. That's very dangerous.
Consider the example of Jehoshaphat, pronounced Yehoshaphat, a righteous king who chose to put his trust in Yahweh. Judah was completely surrounded by armies from three different nations, but Yehoshaphat decided he was going to trust in Yahweh. In 2 Chronicles 20:20 it says:
2Chronicles 20:20 - And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in YAHWEH your Elohim, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
There they were surrounded by this allied army with great power and great strength in the flesh, but Yehoshaphat encouraged them to trust in Yahweh, believing in His Word. How would we react in that situation? Verse 21:
2Chronicles 20:21 - And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto YAHWEH, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise YAHWEH; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Usually a military would appoint the most powerful warriors to be on the front lines. The most choice men would be put first, in hopes of striking fear in the enemy, but Yehoshaphat, he decided to put in the front of the army, in the front battle lines, front lines of battle here, singers and praisers of Yahweh.
They went out before the army. That is awesome faith. Verse 22-24:
2Chronicles 20:22 - And when they began to sing and to praise, YAHWEH set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
2Chronicles 20:23 - For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
2Chronicles 20:24 - And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
Now how is that for the power of praise, the power of faith and trust in Yahweh? Consider the magnitude of the opposition in this instance. The challenges we face in our lives, they really pale in comparison. If Yahweh can do this to armies that fight against His people, can He not also deliver us in our much smaller challenges?
We just need to trust in Him. They chose to not fear man. They had the faith to put the singers out front, and they chose to trust in Yahweh. Jeremiah 17:5-6 says:
Jeremiah 17:5 - Thus saith YAHWEH; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from YAHWEH.
Jeremiah 17:6 - For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Surely, we do not want to be cursed. We want to be blessed, don't we? Where are we placing our trust? There are millions of people in this world who are putting their trust in some kind of man: a pastor, the church fathers, some spiritual leader, someone other than the One who is worthy of it, Yahweh.
They might a trust a person to read the scriptures for them and tell them what it says. And if it sounds logical, sounds in accordance with what they think is right, they'll just go along with it, refusing to read the scriptures and study it for themselves.
What we really need to do, brethren, is put our trust in Yahweh, not our trust in man. Jeremiah 17:7-8:
Jeremiah 17:7 - Blessed is the man that trusteth in YAHWEH, and whose hope YAHWEH is.
Jeremiah 17:8 - For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
If we put our trust in Yahweh, we will be willing to seek Him directly and listen and obey the things He reveals to us. Where are we putting our trust?
You know something, brethren? I'm fully confident, 100% confident that anyone who chooses to open the scriptures with the mindset of "I'm not going to trust what I've been told about Yahweh, I'm going to read the scriptures and find out the truth for myself and put my trust that He will show me what I need to know," I believe anyone doing that is going to come to several conclusions.
Number one, they should have never taken Yahweh's name out of the Bible. It was wrong for them to do that. Or changing the Messiah's name. Number two, the Sabbath Day was never abolished. There's not a single verse anywhere in scripture that tells us the Sabbath Day should not be kept anymore.
The law of Yahweh is also something that was not abolished. We should not be celebrating these pagan festivals.
Anyone who decides to open the Bible and read it for themselves and say, "You know what, I'm not going to trust this pastor down the road here; he's a nice guy and everything, I like him, but I'm just going to read the scriptures and see what the scriptures have to teach me," anyone who does that, I'm fully confident will come to those conclusions.
Most of the people who believe this way, brethren, who are likeminded with us, are people who have done just that. I've talked to thousands of them.
I'll ask them, "How do you come to these conclusions?" "Well, we decided we were just going to--we were so confused and distraught over different denominations, we decided we were just going to read the Bible. Whatever it said, we just wanted to do it."
If you have that mindset, and you're willing to do whatever Yahweh tells you to do, even if you're the only person in the world that does it, you're just going to stay connected to Him and not let any man get in between you and him, He will show you His truth.
Where are we placing our trust? Where are we placing our trust? Down deep in the heart, Yahweh knows. There are a lot of people who don't come to the knowledge of the truth, because they're offended by something. They're angry at somebody. They're bitter at somebody.
Do you know how many unbelievers are out there who are unbelievers today because some Christian or some believer offended them and caused them to stumble? That happens even amongst brethren.
There are certain people who do certain things and practice certain things, and we say, "They can't be doing the right thing, because they did this, and it really offended me, or they did this, and it really hurt that other person. They can't be following the right thing."
Brethren, it doesn't matter what anybody does. It only matters what Yahweh says, so we can't go by that. What somebody else does has absolutely nothing to do with what Yahweh says and what's right and what's wrong. Whether somebody walks in it or doesn't walk in it, there's right, and there's wrong.
We need to put our trust in Him. Even if there are eight million people who keep the Sabbath, and they're all murderers, Yahweh still said keep the Sabbath. Even if people are going to put you in their category, Yahweh still said keep the Sabbath. It doesn't matter what the eight million people do.
Do we understand that? Where are we placing our trust? Down deep in the heart, Yahweh knows. I have no idea. I can't judge any man's heart, but Yahweh does. Before you say within yourselves, "Oh, He knows my heart, He knows where I'm at," and use that as some kind of justification, Jeremiah 17:9, which is the next verse right after the cursings and blessings of trusting in Yahweh or trusting in man, He says:
Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Then He answers His own question:
Jeremiah 17:10 - I YAHWEH search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Before you say, "Oh, He knows my heart," and use that as some kind of justification to continue in some kind of sin, remember that Yahweh does know our hearts. Because of that, maybe we ought to be shaking in our shoes a little bit more. Who are we trusting in right now?
Yahweh is trying our hearts to see where we are placing our trust. Who are among those who attend services, including this one, so that they don't have to read the scriptures for themselves and develop their own relationship with the Father?
Amongst the churches out there, people pay big money for the service of reading and explaining the Word of Yahweh, via their tithes and offerings.
They forget or don't know that Yahweh wants us to trust in Him for the truth, and they assume that our spiritual life is just one of the things we've got to check off our list of things we've got to do before we die, get things in order.
We do our retirement, checkmark; have our 2.4 children, checkmark; car in the garage, checkmark; house, checkmark; read the Bible once a week, go to church once a week, checkmark. So they go to the experts, make sure they get things right. Okay, I'm going to heaven, checkmark.
After all, your plumbing's messed up, you call a plumber, right? Well, you need help with courts, you call an attorney. If your car breaks down, you go to a mechanic, someone who knows more than you do. So you go to the experts, and these guys go to these churches. They teach. They know all the Greek and the Hebrew, and they should know what's right. So you go to them, right? Wrong.
Brethren, our spiritual life isn't just another thing you check off the list. Yahweh wants to be number one in every single aspect of our lives. Deuteronomy 6:5:
Deuteronomy 6:5 - And thou shalt love YAHWEH thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
He's got to be number one everywhere. We need to seek the truth of His Word for ourselves and don't just believe something because somebody told you. Don't trust any man, including me. Why? I'm not worthy of your trust. I am a man. I may fail you. Only Yahweh is truly worthy of our trust, and only He will never fail us.
Seek your own relationship with Yahweh. Ask Him to teach you in His Word. It doesn't matter how ignorant you are, He will begin to lead you and to teach you. James 1:5:
James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of YAHWEH, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
That's a promise. It will be given to him. I believe it.
James 1:6 - But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:7 - For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from YAHWEH;
James 1:8 - he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
There's another danger here. At the same time, we should not be high-minded and assuming that everything we've figured out or that we've come to understand is 100% truth.
A few weeks ago, I was digging into some old files, and I ran across a letter somebody had sent me, someone in our local group we were meeting with here a few years ago. In that letter, the person was explaining to me why they'd come to reject Yahushua the Messiah.
They came to reject the fact that He's the Messiah, and they decided to go into some form of Judaism, and their title of their letter was, "Our Quest for Truth." The overall flavor of the letter was like this. "Because the road is narrow, there is a lot fewer people on this side, so it must be right."
They went into different scriptures they were using to justify what they already believed. The overall thing was they had an anti-pagan mindset. They were afraid that anything a pagan did, it can't be right. Anything the world does automatically has to be wrong.
That's not true. It's not true. Just because a pagan did it doesn't matter. That's focusing on man. What does Yahweh tell us to do? That's all that really matters.
Even the religions back in the times of the kings of Israel, they had priests, all pagan religions, those that worshiped different gods like Baal. They had their priests and prophets. Does that mean it was pagan for Yahweh to have priests and prophets? No! They had temples. Was it pagan for Yahweh to have a temple? No.
There are some things they do to the wrong mighty one, but they do it, and just because they do it don't make it wrong. And that's the thing they didn't understand. They were focusing on man.
It doesn't matter what man does. Yahweh says it, that's all that matters. He commanded that there would be a priesthood. He commanded there would be a Savior born in Bethlehem. Of course, Yahushua couldn't control where He was born, could He? Born in Bethlehem. He would come and die for our sins. It's all predicted in the prophets.
It also predicted He would return, and we would reign with Him forever as part of a new covenant. And so they were putting their own reasoning above scripture. It didn't matter what you told them, it fell on deaf ears. They had already crossed a line.
Those who cross that line, I've never seen anyone come back. When I say cross the line, I mean someone who has come into the understanding that we should keep Yahweh's commandments, and call upon His name, and keep His Sabbath, then turn around and reject Messiah, I've never seen them come back, not even one.
I believe that they have probably blasphemed the Holy Spirit, calling it a pagan, cursed thing. So we need to seek wisdom, and don't make assumptions, and don't put our minds and focuses on man. At the same time, be humble enough to admit we're wrong, if we see it in the Word.
If we refuse to seek wisdom, and we just rely on somebody else to tell us everything we need to know, we might be in serious trouble. Hosea 4:6 says:
Hosea 4:6 - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy Elohim, I will also forget thy children.
Now that's sad. Let's not reject or forget the law of our Elohim. Let's receive the law of our Elohim, and let it teach us that we might have knowledge and wisdom. There are many teachers today who want to turn us away from the law of our Elohim, and Yahushua warned us what the signs would be of His coming.
Matthew 24:3 - And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Matthew 24:4 - And Yahushua answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
The first thing out of His mouth, "Take heed that no man deceive you." He knew what man was going to try to do: get in the way between us and Yahweh.
Many today will go to their church and get their ears tickled, and receive the weekly dose of warm and fuzzies, and be told by the pastor, "Oh, well, you're saved. Don't worry about these other things."
They forget the law of Yahweh. They forget He wants us to obey Him and truly trust in Him for our salvation. Brethren, beware of the warm and fuzzies and becoming like a people who are at ease in Tsiyon. We should never be satisfied with our current condition.
There is a healthy amount of dissatisfaction with our current spiritual condition. That is a sign that we're growing and attempting to get beyond where we are currently.
Yahweh doesn't look at us and say, "Well, because you're imperfect, you're not going to make it." He looks at us and says, "Where do you want to be? Do you want to grow? Do you want to improve? Do you want to be more like my Son? Do you want to allow Him to do His work in you, so that you can grow?"
That's what He's looking at. For those who might actually read the Word, if you go to your local bookstore today, you'll find Bibles so thick with commentary that the words of commentary are often more than the words of scripture. Try to find an NIV Bible without a bunch of commentary.
I couldn't find one. I looked, and I could not find one. Someone finally sent me one a few years ago. I couldn't find any large print NIV without some kind of commentary.
Brethren, this is not a time to sit back in our easy chairs and to let others do the seeking for us. We need to be truth seekers. Cursed is the man that trusts in man. It's time to seek Yahweh.
Hosea 10:12 - Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek YAHWEH, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Isaiah 55:6 - Seek ye YAHWEH while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Yahweh wants to know in whom will we put our trust? For those of you coming to this meeting today looking for somebody you can trust, I again say to you, do not put your trust in any man, including me. I'm a man. I'm subject to failure. I invite you to seek Yahweh, because only He is worthy of our trust.
Don't even put your trust in your spouse, your parents, or any man. Man will let you down. Yahweh will not.
I spoke to someone this week, very discouraged. He says, "All my life, people have hurt me. All my life, people have let me down." He's having a hard time with bitterness.
I said, "Brother, first of all let me say to you the one thing that should keep us in check, as far as being willing to forgive others is realizing how much mercy we're all going to need in the day of judgment. And with what mercy we mete out, such mercy we will be facing."
Yahushua said, "With what judgment you judge, you will be judged." The second thing to remember is man is going to let you down. We should come to expect it. We should come to expect that man is going to let us down. When he does, just say, "There's man for you." He'll get you every time, won't he? No surprise there.
Be ready for it. When he does, it'll be a whole lot easier to give him mercy, because you realize that, guess what, you've let people down, too.
Don't put your trust in any man. In fact, don't even trust yourself. Don't even trust your own heart.
Proverbs 28:26 - He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
How's that for a reality check? You can't even trust in your own heart! If you do it, you're a fool, according to the Proverbs.
Are we going to trust in ourselves? Are we going to trust in our own ability to seek knowledge and figure out things? Are we just trusting in our own capabilities to walk out the knowledge that we've learned?
Yahweh wants to give us wisdom, and He wants to give us strength to walk in it. Psalm 111:10:
Psalms 111:10 - The fear of YAHWEH is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
We have to do His commandments to really be given the understanding. Isn't that true? Just reading about them won't help us as much as doing them. You say, "I can't seem to do them." Well, Isaiah 40:29:
Isaiah 40:29 - He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Psalms 68:35 - O Elohim, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the El of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be Elohim.
The El of Israel wants to give you strength and wants to give you power to walk out what He asked you to do. So let's fear Him and trust in Him. Those who do His commandments will have good understanding. Those who do not do His commandments will turn aside and will not understand.
It doesn't matter how many times you tell them, they're just going to go their own way. Due to circumstances and events that take place in the lives of believers, sometimes it just looks like the people that put their trust in Yahweh are illogical and foolish.
Some might ridicule us, just like they did Yahushua the Messiah, who also experienced Yahweh's testing in this. The great Psalm, chapter 22, Yahushua quoted this when He was dying on the tree for our sins. "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani."
Psalms 22:1 - My El, my El, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
Psalms 22:2 - O my Elohim, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
Psalms 22:3 - But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Psalms 22:4 - Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
Psalms 22:5 - They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
Yahushua remembered those who trusted in Yahweh, that they were delivered. So He put His trust in Yahweh. Those religious people of His day mocked Him for doing so. Matthew 27:41-43:
Matthew 27:41 - Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Matthew 27:42 - He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
Matthew 27:43 - He trusted in Elohim; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of Elohim.
They mocked Him for trusting in Yahweh. Yahushua continued to trust in Yahweh. Of course, we know now where Yahushua is: seated at the right hand of the Father, highly exalted and given all authority in heaven and earth.
Matthew 28:18 - And Yahushua came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19 - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:
Matthew 28:20 - Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age.
And here we are at the end of the age. We need to teach all nations, making disciples, taught ones. What are we teaching them? We're teaching them the things that Yahushua commanded.
That's not just commandments from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He's the Living Word made flesh that dwelt among us, and He's not just the Word in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
He's the Word in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, isn't He? In fact, the word Torah means teaching. As His disciples, we're called to walk in His footsteps, teaching men, baptizing them, making disciples, teaching them to observe the things Yahushua has commanded. We are called to trust just like Messiah trusted.
In whom did David place his trust when he fought Goliath? Swords? Armor? He was a mighty man of Yahweh, an awesome warrior, very skilled. Where did he put his trust? A few rocks?
1Samuel 17:42 - And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
1Samuel 17:43 - And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by hiselohim.
1Samuel 17:44 - And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
The Philistine looked at the flesh. He saw the young man, David, and he said, "I'll give your flesh to the fowls of the air, the beasts of the field." The Philistine looked at him fleshly minded. David looked at things from the spiritual.
1Samuel 17:45 - Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of YAHWEH of hosts, the Elohim of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
David did trust in Yahweh, and he did prevail. It didn't look like he was going to at first, just like Yahushua. It didn't look like He was going to prevail, did it, hanging there on the tree? But in the end, Yahweh always prevails. We should not trust in the swords of men. We should put our trust in the sword of Yahweh, His living Word.
The Word of Yahweh is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, as a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
If we can trust in Yahweh, brethren, we can also trust in His Word. There are many words out there that might appear to give life, might appear to give hope, but we need to trust in Yahweh's Word.
Psalms 119:42 - So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
All that happened to poor Job, a man who was shamed, falsely accused, mocked and afflicted, he stood fast saying, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him."
When we read the news, listen to the radio, listen to the sermons today, we might hear the words of men. We need to filter them through the light of the truth in Yahweh's Word. When we read the scriptures, we seek to understand them. We diligently desire to know the truth. We've found something we can believe.
Yahushua said the scripture cannot be broken. We can have 100% confidence that Yahweh is truth, and His Word is truth. And some might say, "Oh, but EliYah, the scriptures have been corrupted. The Catholic Church has come in and put things in the scriptures and took things out."
No. We have copies of the New Testament that go back and predate the Catholic Church. We have copies of the New Testament that were not in the hands of Catholics, even when the Catholics were around. And guess what? 95% is all the same. It's all reliable.
There's a few verses here and there which are pretty well known that you've got to look for, but 95% of what you're reading is unquestionably true.
What's the 5%? How do you know what's the 5%? There are two different kinds of manuscripts you can look at. One is the Nestle-Aland, the other is the Majority Text or Textus Receptus, and they agree in actual content and meaning 95% of the time.
The 5% are mostly little word variance, copyist errors, or things like that, which even when you read them, as they are written, it doesn't change what you believe. It's just a different way of saying the same thing.
There are three places, 1 John 5:7, Acts 15, Acts 21, there's a couple of places there where words are spoken against the Torah. Some would say John 7:53 through 8:11, I believe it is, the story of the adulterous woman, and the last several verses of Mark 16. That's pretty much it. It's all a matter of which manuscript you choose to go with.
Of course, we also know that the name was taken out of the scriptures, but that's a pretty well-known error. Other than that, brethren, the words we're reading here are reliable. Don't let anyone pull the carpet out from underneath you and tell you it's not.
The scriptures, if we can't believe that, we might as well just throw away everything and just start forming our own elohim and just start believing whatever we want to believe without any authority in our life.
The words of Yahweh are the seed that's sown in our heart, that is the foundation and root of everything we believe. You start messing with that, everything else goes. I've seen it 1,000 times. Everything else goes.
Every false doctrine, every religion that is of men has one thing in common: it rejects a portion of Yahweh's Word. Mainstream Christianity refuses to accept the Old Testament as reliable--or I should say applicable and true.
When you show them a scripture from the Old Testament, "Oh, that's just the Old Testament. We don't do that." Mainstream Judaism refuses to accept the New Testament as something applicable and true today, and so they reject it. Some people out there today will reject other parts of scripture, Paul's writings, the book of Hebrews as applicable and true today.
Various false doctrines out there have to ignore certain scriptures and pretend like they're not there or regard them as spurious and contradictory in order to support what they teach.
Yahweh's Word, brethren, is true from cover to cover. We don't have to explain away or reject any part of it. Once you start ripping out the pages, you start molding your own Elohim, one that fits into the mold that you want.
After all, brethren, if it comes down to the end, and Yahweh says you made the mistake of trusting what you thought was my Word, I think we're going to have a whole lot more mercy than rejecting His Word outright.
I think we can trust and believe that Yahweh's Word is true. It's something we can rely on. So even if we fail Yahweh, even if we--and this is the other thing I wanted to mention, too. Sometimes, brethren, the real reason why we're not receiving certain truths in His Word is because we're not walking in the truth we've already been revealed.
Yahweh wants to show us His full light, but if we're not willing to walk in the light He's already given us, we may be falling into some kind of delusion. We need to be willing to walk in what He's already shown us. Believe me, there's a lot to learn in what we know to be scripture today, a lifetime of learning.
At the same time, if we have failed Yahweh in some way, if we are willing to confess and forsake our sins, we can trust He is merciful.
The one who wrote Psalm 13 knew He had no choice but to trust in Yahweh's mercy. Psalm 13:3-5:
Psalms 13:3 - Consider and hear me, O YAHWEH my Elohim: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Psalms 13:4 - Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
Psalms 13:5 - But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
Yahweh declares in His Word that He is merciful. It's up to us to believe what He says. He gives mercy to the humble and to those that love Him and love His Word. Remember, it was the lack of trust that caused the children of Israel to murmur against Yahweh and murmur against Mosheh in the wilderness.
Remember the times Yahweh punished them for the sins they had done and sent them plagues and death into the camp. They thought, "Well, maybe He's not going to have mercy on us, and so He won't bring us in the land, so we'll just go back."
Brethren, Yahweh is merciful and gracious, forgiving our sins, if we repent and confess our sin before Him. If we have that kind of mind, we don't have to fear that Yahweh is rejecting us.
We can believe and trust Yahweh loves us and accepts us right where we're at, no matter where we're at, if we're willing to confess our sins and have the heart to forsake them, turn away from them, and desire to overcome them.
The plan of salvation is very simple. Repent and receive Yahushua the Messiah for the remission of sins. Become baptized in Yahushua's name, and He'll take you from there, no matter where you're at.
It's the enemy of Yahweh and His servants that pervert the Good News, make it more complicated than it really is, and set up various snares and traps so that we get bogged down in our walk with wondering, one, "Am I saved? Am I going to be saved?"
Well, we don't know if we're going to be saved. But if we are truly repentant from our heart, and we've received Yahushua, on the day we breathe our last breath, scripture said we will be. We can trust that.
Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in YAHWEH with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
That's where many struggle. There are times we encounter situations that are beyond our understanding. We are sitting here trying to explain their cause and effect.
Job was an excellent example. Yahweh called Job a blameless and upright man, like no man on the face of the earth and yet destroyed all that he had. He afflicted Job with pains--or allowed the enemy to--and Job just wanted to know the answer to one question. Why?
Job 3:11 - Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
Job 3:12 - Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
Job 3:13 - For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
He just wanted to know why. Why didn't he die beforehand, rather than go through all this? That last few chapters of Job, Yahweh answers him, but He doesn't even tell him why. He just wants to know this:
Job 38:4 - Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Brethren, His ways are so much higher, and He is so much greater. Sometimes we may not really completely comprehend all that takes place in His presence. Could we explain to a two-year-old how we're all communicating here with one another through computers and how computers work? No.
Sometimes Yahweh's understanding of things is beyond our comprehension, and we have to be humble enough to admit it and to accept it.
Psalms 131:1 - YAHWEH, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Psalms 131:2 - Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
Psalms 131:3 - Let Israel hope in YAHWEH from henceforth and for ever.
Our children don't demand to have understanding to believe. Can we do that? We just need to trust that He knows what He's doing. He's a loving Elohim; just and right is He.
Deuteronomy 32:4 - He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: An El of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
So concerning the things in heaven and earth, our little minds only see a tiny slice of the past, a tiny slight of the present tense, and an even tinier slice of the future, as predicted in His Word.
We can only see what's in our immediate locale, wherever we live. Yahweh sees everything. He knows the thoughts of every man on the face of the earth, and He knows why man thinks them. He sees the millions of prayers, all situations, and all things.
Why don't we just confess that some things are too high for us? Although other times, we might be given the understanding, if we seek it. But if we don't find it right away, don't become impatient and draw your conclusions too soon.
We should trust in Yahweh, even when we don't understand, and not be prideful in assuming we've got everything figured out, because we don't. Our human reasoning may not be right. Proverbs 30:5-6:
Proverbs 30:5 - Every word of Eloah is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:6 - Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
May Yahweh help us. So, brethren, we don't really need to torment ourselves with why. We only need to trust in Him that He is good. He is looking out for our best interests, and He knows what He's doing.
If we replace this, if we put this as a requirement in our hearts to understand first, and then we'll trust, maybe we're not really trusting Yahweh with our all of our heart. We're trusting in our own understanding. Do we understand that?
He just wants us to trust. A lot of times, when we do trust, before we understand, and we just trust Him, He'll give us the understanding afterward. He just wants to know, do we trust Him? Do we believe Him? Oftentimes, if we just wait on Yahweh and let a situation right itself out, and do what He says to do, we can look back and see His hand in everything.
Just because we don't understand something does not mean Yahweh is not merciful or His Word is not true. Just because we don't understand why Yahweh would allow that or this, it doesn't mean Yahweh is not merciful or His Word is not truth, or He's unjust. No. He is merciful. He says so.
Psalms 103:8 - YAHWEH is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
His Word is truth, and by it we are sanctified. Yahushua prayed:
John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Yahweh is just, and He is right. As we read earlier:
Deuteronomy 13:4 - Ye shall walk after YAHWEH your Elohim, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
We just need to believe His Word. If we don't believe His Word and we think He's not merciful, and we think He's not of the truth, He has a way of sending us delusions and letting us believe our own delusions.
What do we need to do? We need to trust in Yahweh with all of our hearts and not lean unto our own understandings.
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We need to seek the ways of Yahweh, seek His righteousness, pray for wisdom, and trust in what He says, obeying Him, doubting nothing, trusting in Him, fearing Him, departing from evil, acknowledging Him in everything, putting Him first, being humble, seeking His wisdom, believing in Him, no matter what the situation is that we're in or how long we're in it.
Do what Yahweh says, even if you're the last person on the face of the earth doing it, even if you don't understand. We don't need to understand everything; we just need to know and believe Yahweh already does understand, and we are fully in His care as a child, and there's no better place to be than in His care. Yahweh is strong, and He is wise.
Proverbs 18:10 - The name of YAHWEH is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Yahweh is mighty, and He is in control. The everlasting strength of Yahweh is worthy of our trust.
Isaiah 26:4 - Trust ye in YAHWEH for ever: for in YAH YAHWEH is everlasting strength:
I'm boasting in Yahweh, aren't I? And the humble within listening range of my voice today rejoice, as I boast in Yahweh. My soul shall make her boast in thee, Yahweh. The humble shall hear thereof and be glad. HalleluYah. So let's trust in the lovingkindness of Yahweh.
Psalms 36:7 - How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O Elohim! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Many people today put their trust in their riches, but the wise will put their trust in the riches of Yahweh.
Psalms 62:10 - Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
1Timothy 6:17 - Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living Elohim, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Proverbs 23:4 - Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
Proverbs 23:5 - Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Proverbs 11:28 - He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
As we know, Yahushua said, "Children, how hard it is for them that trust in riches to enter the kingdom of Yahweh." Why? Because Yahweh needs to be first in everything, and riches have a way of putting themselves before Him and increasing selfishness and self-serving activities.
We're called to serve others and bless others. So if we are given riches, use it to benefit others. Young people, trust in Yahweh. /s Psa 71 5
All who seek Yahweh, trust in Him.
Psalms 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, YAHWEH, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Trust in Yahweh, who has delivered us from death.
2Corinthians 1:9 - indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in YAHWEH who raises the dead;
2Corinthians 1:10 - who delivered us from so great a death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,
HalleluYah. No matter what happens, brethren, trust in Yahweh.
Job 13:15 - Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Because those who trust in Yahweh will obtain mercy.
Psalms 32:10 - Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in YAHWEH, mercy shall compass him about.
Isn't that something that we all need, mercy? Those who trust in Yahweh will be delivered.
Psalms 37:40 - And YAHWEH shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
We will also have perfect peace. Yahweh says the one who has perfect peace is the one whose mind is stayed on Him.
Isaiah 26:3 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Why? Because we trust in Him. Those who trust in Yahweh shall rejoice.
Psalms 5:11 - But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Proverbs 16:20 - He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in YAHWEH, happy is he.
Those who trust in Yahweh will have the desires of their heart granted.
Psalms 37:3 - Trust in YAHWEH, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psalms 37:4 - Delight thyself also in YAHWEH; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
One of my favorites here, brethren:
Psalms 125:1 - They that trust in YAHWEH shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
Psalms 125:2 - As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so YAHWEH is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
Psalms 125:3 - For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
One day the wicked will be purged from the land, brethren, because the rod of the wicked will not rest upon the lot given to the righteous. We who trust in Yahweh shall be like Mount Tsiyon, which cannot be removed, but will abide in the house of Yahweh forever, surrounded by Yahweh as the mountains are around Yerushalayim.
If we would abide in eternal life, we need to trust in Yahweh, because there is nobody like Him, and it is He that is truly worthy of our trust.
Let's remember where Yahushua is today. As He did, let it be that in times of trouble we will focus on the Father, not on the troubles, not on the trials, but on Him.
So it is that in gladness, in sadness, in sickness, in health, in good days, bad days, Sabbath days, every day, we will trust in Yahweh. For then His rewards await us, and then we will see His face, and we will see again that all along Yahweh was worthy of our trust, and He always will be. He is the most powerful being in the universe. He is worthy of our trust.
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