I feel that YHWH is calling me to a greater set-apartness.
I feel Him asking me to step closer to Him, further away from the ways of the world and closer to His ways... to His Son's way....
Sometimes its hard to think about that because I know that there will be (even though here being in the first world sense...) scorn and persecution from living differently than the prevailing culture and seeking to maintain a standard higher than that of those around me (NOT for the sake of being "holier than thou" [OH that I would be caught up and shot DOWN if my seeking to live unlike the world was out of that desire] but, out of true obedience to what I feel I'm being called to do). We are made in acceptance by the Father and defined as good by Him (Genesis 1:31) and (especially for women, Genesis 2:23) our fellow humans. So when we don't receive that by one, we feel less than who we're suppose to be.
But reading the Prophets section of the Torah portion this week is giving me SUCH encouragement to give fully into the ways He is asking me to live.
Here's Isaiah 50:4-9
Adonai Elohim has given me
the ability to speak as a man well taught,
so that I, with my words,
know how to sustain the weary.
Each morning he awakens my ear
to hear like those who are taught.
Adonai Elohim has opened my ear,
and I neither rebelled nor turned away.
I offered my back to those who struck me,
my cheeks to those who plucked out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
For Adonai Elohim will help.
This is why no insult can wound me.
This is why I have set my face like flint,
knowing I will not be put to shame.
My vindicator is close by;
let whoever dares to accuse me
appear with me in court!
Let whoever has a case against me step forward!
Look, if Adonai Elohim helps me,
who will dare to condemn me?
Here, they are all falling apart
like old, moth-eaten clothes.
(Underlining, bolding, italicizing, making different sizes... all mine :)
Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy, out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 CJB
“The time has come,
God’s Kingdom is near!
Turn to God from your sins
and believe the Good News!”
Saturday, August 9, 2014
A primitive root; to repose, that is, desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causatively, figuratively or specifically): - (cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.
**Also, I probably will be writing in here more :)