The Sword

Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 
35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 
36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’  
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Yahshua tells us that He did not come to bring peace, but to bring a sword. Is not the Word of God referred to as a sword?

“For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’” (Vs 35, 36)

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have experience this first hand. My own family was so indoctrinated with false doctrine that when I told them the truth, they not only refused to hear it, but refused to have anything to do with me because of it. The truth angered them because it contradicted their belief system and made their sin apparent.

Did I make enemies of my own Family? Well, I didn’t make friends of them by speaking to them of their sin. It caused quite a stir. So much so, that I was the brunt of rumors, among my relatives for quite a while, about How I had become a Jesus freak.

How did that affect me? I wore it proudly knowing that I had suffered persecution from my own family for the Name sake of Christ Yahshua. I could do without them, but I could not do without my savior, and that seemed to be the choice. I chose Yahshua!

My Sister who was 2 years older than me got very angry with me because I had reminded her of when she got up and walked down the isle at church when she was a teenager and gave her life to Christ.

She had gotten involved in Wiccan (Witchcraft) or something of that nature. I asked her, what happen to that commitment to Christ? She wouldn’t answer me, but just got angry with me. I told her that there are only two kinds of people on the earth, the living and the dead. And somehow, she interpreted that as if I thought she was dead to me.

I’m speaking spirit, and she’s speaking flesh. She ended our phone conversation by hanging up on me, and began to tell everyone in the Family to not have anything to do with me until I apologized.

What kind of person would that make me if I apologized for doing what Christ had called me to do?

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Vs 37)

I love my family, but given a choice between them and my Savior, My Savior will come first in all things.

Yahshua was the same way, when His mother came looking for Him while he was teaching, He said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48-50)

Here is the very definition of Crossing over, and that’s what the name “Hebrew” means, this one who has crossed over. Crossed over what, we might ask? The bridge between heaven and earth, moving from what is flesh, or of the world, to what is spirit, or of the kingdom.

  
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Vs 38, 39)

We are going to be crucified before this life is over, I am beginning to see that now, but what is waiting on the other side is more glorious than we can imagine, and we will spend more time in eternity than we could possibly imagine compared to the short wisp of time we have in this world.

So let us consider this life as training for dwelling in eternity with Yahshua and the Father.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:12, 13)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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Tears!

Luke 7:36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 
37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 
38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 
39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Yahshua / Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So, he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 
42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 
44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 
45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 
46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 
47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Having completed 10 days of Awe, fasting and repentance, we are now washed clean of our sin. And so, I thought that now, on the heels of Yom Kippur would be a good time to talk about this particular scripture. For it has much to say about being forgiven and why we need such forgiveness.

Yahshua is having a meal with some of the Pharisees at Simons Home, and along comes a woman who brings a flask of fragrant oil.

And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Vs 37, 38)

Here is quite a sight for a bunch of Pharisees, to see such love and compassion displayed openly without regard for who is watching. The Pharisees do what Pharisees do, they judge her, and Yahshua also.

Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” (Vs 39)

This is the way Pharisees operate, always judging others. Not a very constructive approach to ministry, and a habit that places certain limits on what they can learn in the Spirit. But never the less they are about to get a lesson on forgiveness and grace from the Lamb of God.

And Yahshua / Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So, he said, “Teacher, say it.” (Vs 40) So here it comes!

“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 
And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

A simple story which brings a clear point, and begs an answer.

So, Simon the Pharisee answers the question.


Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” (Vs 43)

So, Simon has the capability to understand the lesson that is coming on the heels of this teaching and It ought to humble him, and shame him to the very core of his being.

Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.  You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. (Vs 44-46)

Simon certainly knows that she is there. And that she is sobbing and tears are flowing as she anoints the feet of the Messiah. She knows who Yahshua Is, and what He can do. But Simon has no clue, He thinks that Yahshua is just a man, like Himself. But Yahshua is about to make a clear distinction between who He is and Who Simon is.

Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (vs 47, 48)

He administers grace right there, in Simon’s house, and in the presence of several unbelievers. The forgiveness of sins is more precious to those who have been lost in sin for some time, and have accumulated a back log of sin, and have carried that burden for some time. When that burden is removed and freedom comes, then we too must also shed tears, and wash the feet of Messiah.

  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Vs 49, 50)

The Pharisees are muttering among themselves, because they still refuse to believe, that the Messiah has paid them a visit. And the lesson He brought had just flown completely over their heads.

But the Woman has just received her life back, just as we have!

How much have we been forgiven? How many sins were flushed away in the blood that was shed for us?

Did we bother to take inventory?

Can we convert that Grace into love for one another? Do we understand that what has been done for us and that the same can also be done for others?

Here is the core message of the Gospel, for this is certainly good news for the sinner.

Have we kissed Messiahs feet yet this morning?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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He is the One who goes before you.

Deuteronomy31:1 Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. 
2 And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also, the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’ 
3 The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said. 
4 And the Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them. 
5 The Lord will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. 
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
7 Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. 
8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Moses is unable to enter the Promised Land Because the Lord YHWH told Him not to. 120 years old and having brought the Children of Jacob / Israel through 40 years of wandering in the wilderness He must watch as they cross over and go into the land.

And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also, the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’  (Vs 2)

But the Lord, YHWH will go before the Children of Israel, The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said.  (Vs 3)

When the Lord tells us to go, no matter what it is that we are to do for Him, He goes before us to prepare the way. Operating within the confines of God’s will, is going to guarantee our success, but on the other hand going against His direction guarantees failure, and disappointment.

Probably the best evidence of this is what happen when God ordered Israel to fight the Amalekites and take their land. They refused and those who would not fight at the Lord’s Command, spent another 40 years wandering in the wilderness because of their disobedience, and none of them lived to see the Promised Land. (see Numbers 13-14)

When God gives us a commission, it is best to carry it out exactly as it is given. Otherwise, we are doomed to failure.

And the Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them. (Vs 4) So they already have an example by which to order their steps.

“The Lord will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. 
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Vs 5, 6)

When Moses speaks, He always speaks on behalf of The Lord, every word. Ever since He received His calling at the Burning bush. This is what He does!

When we Hear these words, we are reminded of the power in doing what God wills,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. 
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Vs 7, 8)

Here is the Guarantee that Yahshua will fight for them and that we must not fear them. Now is a good time to remember these words, because we are now facing a godless enemy in this country, I know that the time will come when there will be a struggle between the People of God, and the people of Satan.

We need to know that it will be impossible for them to prevail, by doing nothing. That will be our own punishment for refusing to obey God. We cannot prevail without Him, For He is the One who goes before you.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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Go and sin no more.


John 5:8 Yahshua / Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 
9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 
10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’”
12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 
13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 
14 Afterward Yahshua / Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

At the pool of Bethsaida, Yahshua heals a man who had been crippled for 38 years. He said to Him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 

If we want to upset the temple Jews this it seems is a good way to do it. Just healing someone on the Sabbath in their eyes was a sin in their backwards way of things.

The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” (Vs 10)

What was He supposed to do? Just leave His bed there at the pool? But, had it violated the Spirit of God’s Law, we can be sure Yahshua would have found some other way.

He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 
But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Yahshua / Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.  (Vs 11-13)

He doesn’t even know the name of the Man who had healed Him, but Yahshua is going to fix that.

Afterward Yahshua / Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (Vs 14)

That is very similar to what He said to the woman who was caught in adultery,

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

Similar because that is what He does, He forgives sin. Which leads me to believe that this man who was disabled because of His lameness, and was crippled either because of his sin, or sin that was passed down to Him from his parents. In either case, His sin was removed from Him when he was healed.

For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:5)

Perhaps we can glean from this short testimony that sickness and adversity is caused by sin. A when there’s an intervention through prayer, and the laying on of hands. what happens to that person who is being prayed over? If indeed sin causes illness, then his or her sin will be forgiven in the healing process.

Something to ponder the next time someone needs to be healed.

“Go and sin no more.”

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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How is it?

Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 
16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

When Christ Yahshua says, “Narrow is the Gate and difficult is the way which leads to life.” It makes me wonder what He’s talking about, especially when People say things like, “once saved always saved”, or the Law was nailed to the cross, it’s no longer in effect. We hear things like Jesus was righteous so I don’t have to be.

How is it that the way to life is difficult or Narrow if we are teaching a broad road gospel?

Could this be why Yahshua then says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Vs 15)

In Deuteronomy a false prophet is someone who does not teach the Law, and teaches that there’s some other way. “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 
5But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.” (Deuteronomy 13:4, 5)

These False teachers, or prophets, are at the core of the failure of the church to bring true believers into the Fold. Yahshua tells us to look at their fruit saying, “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Vs 16-20)

When people fall away from the church, it is because they have backslidden, having been taught that they are saved no matter what they do, or what sin they engage in, they fall away, until someone has a revival, and then thy come back only to backslide yet again. This cycle repeats itself over and over because no one has given them an anchor firm and unswerving to which they can adhere to.

How is it that we can come to Christ and then fall away repeatedly when the way is narrow and difficult?

By their fruits we will know them!

So then, Yahshua tells us, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

He tells us that we are to do the will of the Father if we will enter the Kingdom. So, lets take a minute and look at God’s will.

Every prominent figure in the scriptures from Noah, to David, Daniel, Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph, were keepers of God’s Word, the Law, And that’s the reason they are in the scriptures, they lived according to God’s will.

Does He not say, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) How can we do that and be disobedient to His Commandments, violating His covenant?

Yahshua give us the clincher, He says, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Vs 22, 23)

He is saying that those of us who claim to follow Him, and are Lawless He wants nothing to do with them. So that means that without keeping God’s Law, we cannot enter the Kingdom. He will turn His back on those folks.

It makes me sad to have to point this out to people who should already know these things. Many of you have a Bible just like the one I have. It will tell you the same things, it after all is the inspired Word of God.

So, how is it that we don’t know these things? It’s because we have studied man’s doctrine, rather than truth.

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding;
2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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Cover to Cover.

Genesis 26:1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
2 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 
3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 
4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 
5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Abrahams son, Isaac is now head of His own people, moving from place to place in search of green pastures for His flocks, like His Father before Him. And Indeed, Like His Father the Lord spoke to Him.

Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 
Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. (Vs 2, 3)

So, Isaac inherited More than meets the eye, He also inherited The Lord and His Blessings. Here is a man who is going to Father the nation of Israel and pass down their inheritance. The Promised Land.

YHWH tells him, And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

Yahweh does for Isaac the same as He did for Abraham and blesses His offspring, and why does He do this?

“because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Abraham Kept the law even before it was given to Israel at Mount Sinai, it was given to Abraham. Obedience is key to receiving God’s blessing not only for Abraham, and Isaac, but for Jacob and His sons. God has given His Word that He will bless us in the same way if we keep His Word / His Covenant.

He said, “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: 
27the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; 
28and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”  (Deuteronomy 11: 26-28)

Extending the inheritance to us, the same blessing is available to us and our children. But if we do not Keep His word we will be cursed.  Because God sees our disobedience as Idolatry, or following other gods.

Even today we can see both His blessing and His curse at work in our own nation. And truly our salvation is totally in His hands. For those of us who follow after Him will be saved.

Throughout the scriptures we are blessed to hear the same message repeated over and over again, and finally the ultimate Inheritance Hangs in the balance over the same question. Will we obey God?

For in the very last few verses of the Bible we see, blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. (The Blessing Revelation 22:14)


But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (The curse Revelation 22:15)

From Genesis to Revelation we have the same thing, Obedience to God’s Word is to be blessed.

Disobedience however brings a curse even the curse of being denied entry to God’s Kingdom.

How foolish are those who say that the law was nailed to the cross and abolished? The only Law that was abolished there was the Law of sin and death. (the curse.)

It is never too late to repent my friend, and change.

Did not God’s own messenger, John the Baptist Not preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 
For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

 ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’”   (Matthew 3:2, 3)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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Who are His Sheep?

22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 
23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 
24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 
26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 
28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 
29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 
30 I and My Father are one.”

It is Hannukah, the feast of Dedication, is about the cleansing and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. And Yahshua / Jesus walked In the Temple during this time of celebration.

Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” (Vs 24)

He has already answered this question for them, and they did not believe. So, He replies saying, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.” (Vs 25)

They are so washed in their own doctrine, that they cannot begin to fathom the truth. And he tells them why they are having this problem, saying, “But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.” (Vs 26)

This is what Satan does! He deceives in such a way that we cannot recognize the truth when it’s staring us in the face. Here they have the living Word of God standing before them and they cannot understand the Word. 

Here is the distinction between those who are set apart for Christ, and those who are not. Those who believe, belong to the good shepherd, but those who do not believe Have not entered in. and are Left out.

Yahshua says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (Vs. 27, 28)

Hearing Him, His Testimony, and believing is key to loving and knowing Yahshua Christ. And here is why there are so many otherwise Good people who cannot believe that what Christ says is truth, and why so many are groping for scriptures that contradict his Word.

He says, “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 
I and My Father are one.” (Vs 29, 30)

We who believe are sealed, we bear His mark because we walk according to His Word, For He is the living Word of God.

But those who quote Paul twisting His words to contradict Yahshua are dead in their unbelief. They make excuses for not keeping the Commandments of God just as Christ taught them. These folks are worse off that Pharisees because the Pharisees at least kept God’s holy Sabbath, where traditional Christians do not.

Remember what Christ said about Keeping His Word, He said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 
He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23, 24)

No matter what we think Paul may have said, Christ is the Way, the truth, and the Life.

Do not listen to anyone who does not preach Christ, and the Commandments. This is the Mark of a false teacher. One who would lead us away from God’s Law is such a false teacher.

Believing equals Following, and following equals loving him!

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (Joh 14:21)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Facing Fear!

Mark 8:31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 
32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 
33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 
35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 
36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 
37Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 
38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Many things come to mind when I read these few lines of scripture, but the one thing that stands out to me is the motive behind what Peter said to Yahshua when He began to rebuke Him. Peter is simply afraid of death, just as we all are. Yet most of us know full well that as sure as we were born into this world, we must die. But when He comes to rebuke Yahshua for saying that He knew that He must die at the hands of the elders and the chief priests.

And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Vs 31)

Apparently, He wasn’t listening when Yahshua said he will rise from the dead three days after His death.

So then Peter is the one who is rebuked by Yahshua in front of them all. 

But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Vs 33)

Peter was thinking like someone who was not saved, and in His heart, he didn’t believe in the resurrection, He was thinking like the average man. He had not completely understood the concept of being reborn, death followed by life. And while this opportunity arose, here is an excellent opportunity for Yahshua to teach.

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Vs 34)

When we come to Christ, we must also follow Him, and that is what he is about to make absolutely clear.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 
Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Vs 35-37)

We need to come to terms with our own death, because when we submit our selves to Yahshua and His teachings we will discover that we are already dead and reborn in the flesh. Our actual death has already taken place and our resurrection sure.

But if we cling to life in this world, we will walk in fear of death. We are of this world and not of God? while we know that death is unavoidable, we don’t have to be afraid of it. To have a mind that is fearful of death is to allow Satan a foothold in our life.

death is our ultimate fear, every other fear is tied to this one thing and is why Paul said what he did about it.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2nd Timothy 1:7)

We have to learn to surrender our lives to Yahshua, we are His now, and He Lives Just as we also live. It is now a matter of trust, do we trust Him? Do we understand that He is with us 24/7?

Then do not let fear or Satan rob us of our Life in Christ by living in fear.

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Vs 38)

When we see Him, He will want us to come to Him in victory over death. Believing in Him and His Words ought to remove from us any doubt.

As for me, I have had Him speak to me first hand about my future, in a vision He showed me my cross that I would bear. I pray that all of us have such a vision, and reassurance. But mine did not come until I realized the wrong I had done, and on my knees I repented and gave my life to Him.

I pray that whoever reads this and is bound up in fear, that they will manage to get free of their fear.

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31, 32)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

In the beginning:

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 
5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 

Today even in most churches it is not uncommon for many of us to go against what God has instructed us to do, or not do. And it’s because we don’t know the difference between God’s voice and the voice of Satan.

So, the difference is in the character of what He says, as opposed to what God says, and here is the whole purpose of our having in our possession, the Word of God, the Bible.

When we look at what transpired between the serpent and Eve. We find at the core of their conversation that Satan is there for one purpose and that is to undermine God’s relationship with His creation.

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Vs 1)

He knows what God has instructed them to not do.

Eve know these instructions because she replies in a way that tells us she knows.

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (Vs 2, 3) She knows the Instructions, the Commandment of God, because she has just repeated them exactly as they were given.

So how does Satan convince Here to eat of the forbidden fruit? He lies! He deceives her into doing the exact opposite of what she was told By their creator, YHWH.

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.” (Vs 4)

So now He is calling God a liar, and discrediting what he has said. And not only that but he rationalizes his deception. Saying, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Vs 5)

Every good lie has to be reinforced with some sort of rationalization to justify it. Apparently, she believed Satan and decided to make Him her god for a while. Because that in essence is what happens when we toss aside the Commandment of God and follow Satan’s instructions.

Now she becomes Satan’s disciple, carrying the instructions of Satan to her husband Adam.

So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Vs 6)

Here we are living out the same curse that Adam and Eve brought us to. We have been given God’s commandments so that we might be restored to righteousness, we were given a Savior who also taught us the same commandments that the Father had given us, and what have we done with them?

We have allowed Satan to do to us the very same thing that he did to Adam and Eve. He has lied His way into our churches, and deceived us into believing that the Word of God is false. And He has become our god as a result.

Here is why the Anti-Christ is called the Lawless one. Satan has substituted Himself for Christ, and on Sunday He stands in the pulpit and tells us that God didn’t mean it when he said to Keep His Sabbath.

He didn’t mean it when God said we must Keep His covenant, the Commandments. We are told that Yahshua nailed the Commandments to the cross, contradicting virtually everything Christ said and stood for.

And we believe Satan? Then truly we have adopted Him as our god, not YHWH the Father.

Those who are that ignorant of God’s Word deserve what is coming when judgment takes place.

Does God’s Word not say, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6)

My soul can hardly bear the burden of bringing this message to you who have follow Satan, because so many of my friends will perish because of their unbelief, and their unwillingness to follow the Word of God exactly as it was given.

No wonder Yahshua said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)

And then he said, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS!’” (Matthew 7:23)

We cannot be saved, and willfully violate God’s Commandments!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Your fault, your responsibility.

Joel 2;1    Blow the trumpet in Zion,

    And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!

    Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;

    For the day of the Lord is coming,

    For it is at hand:

2    A day of darkness and gloominess,

    A day of clouds and thick darkness,

    Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.

    A people come, great and strong,

    The like of whom has never been;

    Nor will there ever be any such after them,

    Even for many successive generations.

3    A fire devours before them,

    And behind them a flame burns;

    The land is like the Garden of Eden before them,

    And behind them a desolate wilderness;

    Surely nothing shall escape them.

4    Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;

    And like swift steeds, so they run.

5    With a noise like chariots

    Over mountaintops they leap,

    Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble,

    Like a strong people set in battle array.

It’s not going to stop! The fires will continue, there will be a famine, there will be fighting, and people will flee, but there will be nowhere to go. Who is to blame, who did this to us?

Go look in the mirror, You and I are the culprits. We are the ones that sat and listened to the lies of so-called Ministers of God, and while we didn’t have to believe them, we did! We didn’t go to our Bible to see if what they preached was true, we didn’t question them or take them to task, we allowed ourselves to be deceived.

The proof of it is in how we adopted the traditions of Pagan’s, and abandoned God’s Commandments. Proof of our unfaithfulness is our Sunday Sabbath, our Christmas, and our Easter, lent, and good Friday, rather than following God’s Appointed times.

We have not kept His Passover, His Sabbath, or for that Matter with the exception of Pentecost, any of His appointed times. Instead we have said the Commandments have been done away with, and ignored them. Yet we also will say that we haven’t been deceived! We are responsible for all of it.

Did Yahshua Christ not say, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7;15-18)

We were warned over and over.

26 Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. 28 Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the Lord had not spoken. (Ezekiel 22:26-28)

These are your Pastors and evangelist who have led us to this place in time and space. Most of us will continue with them, simply because we cannot understand the scriptures, or we’re too lazy to try.

 There’s not much time left, to begin to build a true relationship with Yahshua Christ who gives us the keys to the scriptures.

Yahshua said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-15)

He gives the Holy Spirit to those who love Him enough to keep His Commandments, and said so, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)

So do you love Him?

Prove it!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever