Adjusting Our Will To Fit The Truth

THE AVANIM: WEIGHTS OF THE BALANCE

THE TEACHER LED me into a chamber he had never shown me before. It was illuminated by the light of oil lamps and filled with round stones of varying sizes. We sat down by a small table. He opened up a cloth bag filled with small stones and poured them out onto the tabletop. They were round and light in color, and each engraved with what appeared to be ancient letters.

“What are they?” I asked.

“They are the avanim,” he said, “the weights of the balance. And this is the Chamber of Measures. These were the measures and standards used in ancient times to determine values, weights, and quantities.” He then took out a second bag and emptied its contents onto the table. “These look the same as the others, but they’re not. These are false measures, altered weights. The inscriptions have been changed so that they no longer match the weight of the stone. This one says shekel, but it weighs less than a shekel. It would be used by a corrupt merchant to make an item appear to be heavier or greater than it was. The merchant had redefined the measure to conform it to his will and want.”

He picked up one of the stones, then continued. “Altered weights not only concern corrupt merchants . . . but civilizations. When a civilization redefines its values, when it changes the meanings and definitions of reality away from God and away from the created order, when it alters the measures of morality, of right and wrong, to conform them to its will and desires, it is dealing in altered weights, false measures . . . deceptive balances. It is turning the objective into the subjective, and man into God.”

At that he emptied another bag of weights onto the table and began reading their inscriptions. ”

“This one says Good, and on the other side Evil. This one says Life, and on the other side Death . . . Idol, and on the other side God. Male and Female . . . Sacred and Profane. This one says Marriage. And this one says Child in the Womb. They’ve all become altered weights, false measures, changed values . . . signs of corruption.”

“So how do you escape the corruption of altered weights?”

“Never change the truth to fit your will. Change your will to fit the truth. Never bend the Word of God to fit your life. Bend your life to fit the Word of God. Beware of false standards . . . and stay far away from the weights of falsehood.”

The Mission: Conform today your will to the truth, your ways to the Word, and your life to the image of God. Uphold the weights of the balance.

Proverbs 11:1; 16:11; Isaiah 5:20

The Weights of the Bag

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

Experience Leads To Wisdom

1 Peter 1:13-15 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

     Bearing the wisdom of God is how we evaluate our decisions in life. As grow older we continue to learn lessons each day on how to become more like God. Giving people second chances is demonstrating God’s love. By evaluating each person based upon their heart we are able to choose the correct relationships to incorporate into our daily life. Remembering that the obstacles that people may encounter can be more severe than our own is seeing through God’s eyes. Corrective learning is a key tool that can be used to better our society. The more teachers we have that want to give back the better the world will be as a whole. 

     Having been through challenges of my own I have learned that life is not perfect and that sometimes the people who are most in tune carry the most burden. I have increased my discernment in this area of life. Yet I still maintain the idea of being open minded with people. Listening and learning but not necessarily always agreeing is where I discover new ideas on how to communicate my message to the world. The message that I carry is to empower people from a spiritual stand point. This is the duty of all. Not to judge but to empower at all times. If one person can bear the ability to not judge what we may not understand from a spiritual stand point, then we are able to learn and make progress towards God. Standing by the full context of God’s truth is essential to gaining discernment. Let us embrace the truth and find it easy to discuss amongst ourselves. Faith was never intended to be a burden to anyone. 

     

The Study of Knowledge and Truth

THE SILENCE OF THE TRUTH

WHAT IS TRUTH?” I asked.

“Ah,” said the teacher, “a question asked by philosophers throughout the ages. Do you know what the word philosophy means? It comes from two Greek words: sophia, which means knowledge, and philo, which means love. So philosophy can be taken to mean the love of knowledge or wisdom. Man has been pondering and seeking after the truth for thousands of years. And after all those years, do you know what the conclusion of philosophy is?”

“No.”

“No conclusion,” he said. “They all came up with different answers . . . no answer.

And yet in the midst of all this, the question was once posed, in a very unique context, not by a philosopher, but by a man of bloodshed. He asked the question to one of his prisoners. The man was Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea . . . and the prisoner was the Messiah. So Pilate posed the question, ‘What is truth?’ Then he went outside to the multitude and said, ‘I find no basis for a charge against Him.’ So what was the answer to his question?”

“He didn’t give an answer,” I said. “There was no answer.”

“But there was an answer,” said the teacher, “in the absence of the answer . . . in the silence of the truth. It was in His not saying anything, that He said everything, in His not answering, that the question was answered. Truth is deeper than words. The truth wasn’t the truth about something, or even the truth about Him—it was Him, standing there right in front of Pilate’s eyes, in flesh-and-blood reality. You see, the idea of truth, the talk of truth, and the study of truth . . . is not the truth. Philosophies and religions may be about the truth, but that which is about the truth can blind you from seeing the truth itself. Never let yourself end up in the realm of the about and lose that which the about is all about. The truth is that which is . . . as God is. The truth is Him. And so the only way to know the truth . . . is to know Him . . . directly, personally, in His presence, face-to-face, heart to heart . . . What is truth?” asked the teacher, “He is the truth. And what is the answer to all philosophy, the love of knowledge? It is to love the truth. Therefore . . . the answer . . . is to love Him.”

The Mission: Today, leave the “realm of the about” and go beyond the talk and words to the bare truth of His presence. Be still and know that He is God.

Psalm 46:10; John 18:38

Him

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

The Love Of God

        1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.”

       The premier teaching of Christianity. An undying expression of Jesus’ doctrine of heavenly love. More potent for the building of the Church than any, or all, of the various manifestations of God’s power. Love, the Church’s most effective weapon. Love, without which all the various gifts of the Spirit are of no avail. Love, the essence of God’s nature. Love, the perfection of human character, Love, the most powerful ultimate force in the universe.

     Even if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, even if I give my body to be burned, if I have not love, it profits me nothing. What a thought provoking passage! The gift of speaking like an angel, of prophesying, of having all knowledge, of faith that moves mountains, of charity to the last dollar, even martyrdom, all of no use unless we have the Spirit of Christian Love. What a call to self examination! (Halley’s Bible Handbook pg. 598)

     By embarking on a journey to discover true love we are blessed by receiving spiritual gifts that allow us to see the kingdom of God. For the first love that we have come to know it that of God. God loved us first and asks that we fulfill His commandment in loving one another. There are so many gifts that we may attain in our journey of falling in love. Of all the gifts that God asks us to use, love is the most important. Doing away with immorality is learning to love unconditionally. Expecting the second coming of Jesus and discovering His presence is where we may experience God’s greatest love. 

The Sacred Stone and Scripture Revealing Mysteries…

REVELATION 14

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
Vision of the Angel with the Gospel 6And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Excerpt From: The Lockman Foundation. “New American Standard Bible.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-american-standard-bible/id381116171?mt=11

 

SONG OF THE STONE

WE SAT ON the floor of a dark room, illuminated only by the light of a solitary oil lamp. In the teacher’s hand was a small parchment.

“In the New Covenant Scriptures it’s recorded that at the end of the Passover Seder, the Last Supper, Messiah and His disciples sang a song. What song would they have sung?”

“How could we possibly know?”

“The word used to describe the song is the Greek humnos. Humnos was used to speak of the Psalms of Israel. And from ancient times it was ordained that the Passover Seder would always end with the singing of songs, specifically, the Psalms, and a specific set of Psalms called the Hallels. The Passover would end with the singing of the last of these, Psalm 118.”

“And is Psalm 118 significant?”

“Extremely so,” said the teacher as he began to read from the parchment. “It is this . . . Psalm 118, that contains the words, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ The Hebrew word used for rejected also means despised and abhorred. Who is the rejected stone?”

“Messiah,” I answered, “‘He was despised and rejected of men . . .’”

“Two thousand years ago that song was sung all over Jerusalem, the song of the rejected stone. And it would be fulfilled on that very Passover. It was right after Messiah and His disciples finished singing the song that they went to the Mount of Olives where He would be arrested, despised, and abhorred—and finally cast away at the crucifixion, the epitome of rejection. But what also does it say? ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ So the despised and rejected man on the cross would end up becoming the cornerstone of faith . . . of civilization . . . of history . . . and of the world. Think about it . . . kings and queens, generals and emperors, bow down to a man nailed to a cross. The most pivotal, world-changing life on this planet is that of a crucified Jewish Rabbi . . . the stone of rejection. And that crucified Rabbi becomes the cornerstone of history. In God, the object of man’s hatred becomes the center of His love, and the object of man’s despising becomes the vessel of His glory. How amazing is that? And it was all there that night of the Passover Seder . . . in the song of the stone.”

The Mission: Make Him who is the Cornerstone, the cornerstone of all you do today. Build everything else from that foundation.

Psalm 118:22–23; Isaiah 53:3; Hebrews 13:12–13; 1 Peter 2:4–8

The Rosh Pinah

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l

The Sacred Stone and Scripture Revealing Mysteries…

REVELATION 14

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
Vision of the Angel with the Gospel 6And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Excerpt From: The Lockman Foundation. “New American Standard Bible.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-american-standard-bible/id381116171?mt=11

 

SONG OF THE STONE

WE SAT ON the floor of a dark room, illuminated only by the light of a solitary oil lamp. In the teacher’s hand was a small parchment.

“In the New Covenant Scriptures it’s recorded that at the end of the Passover Seder, the Last Supper, Messiah and His disciples sang a song. What song would they have sung?”

“How could we possibly know?”

“The word used to describe the song is the Greek humnos. Humnos was used to speak of the Psalms of Israel. And from ancient times it was ordained that the Passover Seder would always end with the singing of songs, specifically, the Psalms, and a specific set of Psalms called the Hallels. The Passover would end with the singing of the last of these, Psalm 118.”

“And is Psalm 118 significant?”

“Extremely so,” said the teacher as he began to read from the parchment. “It is this . . . Psalm 118, that contains the words, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ The Hebrew word used for rejected also means despised and abhorred. Who is the rejected stone?”

“Messiah,” I answered, “‘He was despised and rejected of men . . .’”

“Two thousand years ago that song was sung all over Jerusalem, the song of the rejected stone. And it would be fulfilled on that very Passover. It was right after Messiah and His disciples finished singing the song that they went to the Mount of Olives where He would be arrested, despised, and abhorred—and finally cast away at the crucifixion, the epitome of rejection. But what also does it say? ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ So the despised and rejected man on the cross would end up becoming the cornerstone of faith . . . of civilization . . . of history . . . and of the world. Think about it . . . kings and queens, generals and emperors, bow down to a man nailed to a cross. The most pivotal, world-changing life on this planet is that of a crucified Jewish Rabbi . . . the stone of rejection. And that crucified Rabbi becomes the cornerstone of history. In God, the object of man’s hatred becomes the center of His love, and the object of man’s despising becomes the vessel of His glory. How amazing is that? And it was all there that night of the Passover Seder . . . in the song of the stone.”

The Mission: Make Him who is the Cornerstone, the cornerstone of all you do today. Build everything else from that foundation.

Psalm 118:22–23; Isaiah 53:3; Hebrews 13:12–13; 1 Peter 2:4–8

The Rosh Pinah

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l

Spiritual Food…Purity

THE FOOD OF THE PRIESTS

WHAT IF THERE existed a food with special powers?” asked the teacher. “And whoever ate of this food became holy and was given the ability to perform works for God they could never have done before?”

“It would save a lot of time and effort,” I replied.

“The priests of Israel didn’t just offer up the sacrifices,” he said. “They partook of them. The priests lived on the sacrifices. It was their food and sustenance. A holy priesthood had to partake of a holy food. And what is food? It’s that which you live on . . . and that which becomes you.”
“You are what you eat,” I said.

“Yes. And you do what you eat,” he said. “It is food that gives you the energy to move, to work, to act, to do, and to accomplish. So it is with spiritual food.”

“What is spiritual food?”

“It is that which your spirit lives on, that which your heart partakes of. And what you partake of in the spiritual realm is what you will become in the spiritual realm. If you partake of that which is spiritually unclean, if you eat the food of bitterness, of impurity, of lust, of gossip, of darkness, then you will become unclean, impure, and of darkness. But if you partake of that which is spiritually pure and holy, then you will become spiritually pure and holy. And as physical food gives you physical energy, so spiritual food gives you spiritual energy. So if you partake of spiritual food that is holy and of God, it will give you spiritual power and energy to do what is holy and good and to accomplish the works of God. So what exactly was the food of the priests?”

“The sacrifices?”

“And what is the ultimate sacrifice? Messiah. And the Scriptures say that if you’re born again, you are now part of a holy priesthood. So if you’re a priest, you must now live on the food of the priests, on the sacrifice. In other words, you must make Messiah the food you live on, every day. His love, His goodness, His mercy, His presence must become your daily sustenance. And if you partake of Messiah, then His nature will become your nature, and His essence your essence. His energy, His spirit, and His power will be given you that you might accomplish the works of God and do what you never could have done before. So from now on live on the food of the priests. Partake of the holy. For you are what you eat . . . and that which you partake of . . . becomes you.”

The Mission: Partake today only of what is good and holy, the food of the priests. Dwell on the good and nothing else. And you will become so.

Leviticus 6:29; Psalm 34:8; John 6:51
Food of the Priests”

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l

Giving Thanks

THE EUCHARISTIA

WE WERE SITTING by the fire at night. The teacher had in his hand a piece of unleavened bread, matzah. He broke off a piece and handed the rest to me. We partook.

“The bread of the Passover,” he said, “as Messiah gave to His disciples at the Last Supper.”

“Communion,” I said.

“Which is from the Passover. And do you know what some call that bread?”
“The Eucharist,” I replied.

“Yes. And do you know where that word comes from? It comes from the Greek word, eucharistia. It appears in the Scriptures. But it doesn’t mean bread.”

“What then?”

“Eucharistia means to give thanks or to say a blessing.”

“So why do people think it’s the bread?”

“It was what Messiah said over the bread. It’s what the Jewish people have said over the bread for ages. It was the Hebrew blessing known as the Motzi. He said, ‘Baruch Atah Adonai, Elohaynu Melekh Ha Olam, ha motzi lechem min ha aretz,’ which means, ‘Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.’”

“So the eucharistia is not the bread but the blessing of thanks for the bread.”
“Yes, said the teacher. “And what does that tell you?”

“That life is not about things.”

“Exactly. It tells you that your life does not consist of objects, but of the blessings you say over them . . . the thanks you give for them. You see, it doesn’t matter how much or little you have on earth. What matters is how much thanks you give for what you have. The one who is rich in possessions but poor in thankfulness is, in the end, poor. But the one who is poor in possessions but rich in giving thanks is, in the end, rich. And what was the bread over which Messiah gave thanks? It was the symbol of His suffering and death. Yet He spoke a blessing over it and gave thanks for it. For those who give thanks in all things have the power to turn curses into blessings . . . and sorrows into joy . . . the power of the eucharistia . . . to live a life of blessing.”
The Mission: Seek today not to increase what you have, but to increase your thanks for what you have. Give thanks in all things. The greater your thanksgiving, the greater will be your life.

Psalm 136; Luke 22:14–23; 1 Timothy 6:6–8

The Eucharistia

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l

Seeing Into the Imperfections and Discovering The Kingdom of God…Gaining Insight

SEEING THE COLORS OF HEAVEN

IT WAS A sunny afternoon. The teacher led me into one of the most beautiful of the school’s gardens, one that was filled with flowers of every variety and color. He handed me a piece of colored glass he had removed from his pocket.

“Now look at the garden through the glass. How many colors do you see?”

“Just one,” I replied. “Everything’s red.”

“Yes. The glass filtered out every ray of light except for the red. Even though the garden is filled with colors, all you can see through the glass is the red. The world, like this garden, is also a mix of colors. What God created is good. But the creation is fallen and is now a mix of good and evil. And it will be your glass that will determine what you see and what you receive of the world . . . The things you take for granted will become the filter of your glass. If you live requiring or expecting to get from this this world heaven or perfection, as one who deserves to be blessed, and thus taking the blessings for granted, you’ll blind yourself from seeing those blessings.”

“I would have thought it to be the opposite.”

“No,” said the teacher. “What you take for granted is that which you blind yourself from seeing . . . and that which you end up losing. If you take the good for granted, you’ll filter out the good. And the only thing you’ll see is all that is not good—the wrong, the imperfect, and the dark. To require heaven of this life is to filter out the heavenly . . . and make life hellish.”

At that, he handed me a second glass. When I lifted it to my eyes, I saw all the other colors, everything except the red.

“This is the secret,” he said, “and it’s linked to hell. If instead of taking heaven for granted, you take hell for granted . . . in other words, that you deserve judgment but have been given grace instead . . . and thus that no blessing is deserved or warranted . . . and no good thing is taken for granted . . . what then will happen? The opposite. Your heart will see only the good and every blessing. Everything will become a gift from God, and every moment, His grace. You see, compared to hell, this life is heaven . . . So learn to see your life through the second glass, and you’ll filter out hell. And what will remain? Heaven . . . and a heavenly life. . . . and you’ll see your life in heavenly colors.”

The Mission: Take judgment and hell for granted and the fact that you’re saved from it, and every other blessing in your life as total undeserved grace. And, by this, live a heavenly life.

Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:15–17; James 1:17; 1 John 3:1
The Third Practice”

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l

Imperfections

     As we look at the world we see that life is not perfect. However, it is critical to recognize how the theme of our life is what people recall about each one of us. The vision that we leave behind is what people will remember. By putting our work towards transmitting a message to those who have been searching for answers we know that we are doing God’s work. Life consists of many relationships. We are responsible for helping people to find understanding. God’s word helps us to find the answers that we need. By simply putting the Bible on the shelf we miss the true meaning of life. By ignoring God we miss learning how to become like Him in character and wisdom. 

     Proverbs 21:1-3 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord rather than sacrifice.”