All of it is for a purpose!

Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.”

I believe that what is true of Jerimiah is also true for you and I. That We were with Abba Father before we were born. And deep in our souls we carry the memory of that time.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Vs 5)

Not all of us have the conscious memory of these times, but we do know that there’s a calling on our lives, and that we are called to be Holy, and while we may not all be a Prophet like Jeremiah, we will play a part in His coming Kingdom, and the building of it, and we will be granted the gifts that are required to do His bidding.

Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. (Vs 6, 7)

We can deny this truth if we want, but it will continue to rise to the surface until we act on it. For God’s will cannot be denied, and it will prevail in our lives. Even as we come under attack by the Evil one.

Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. (Vs 8, 9)

We have a supernatural relationship with our creator who will lead us and guide us through this life. There is no place that we can go that He has not already prepared for us. And as He told Isaiah, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”

He has given us the tools that we need to do what we are called to do! Our entire life has conditioned us, and educated us by experiences, that have prepared us to rise to this calling. And what is it for you? What has your Heavenly Father prepared you for?

To teach, to lead, to exhort others, or to simply be His witness, and bring forth your Testimony, so that other may be awakened.

Yahshua said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 
It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore, everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.” (John 6:44, 45)

“See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” (Vs 10)

Jeremiah’s calling was pivotal in YHWH’s plan for this world. He was powerful and wielded the Word of God before men and Kings so as to bring about change. Whatever our purpose is know that we were born to it, and our entire life was aimed at this purpose, doors were opened, and closed, in order to lead us into the Work that we were created for.

This much I can tell you, if we belong to Yahshua, we will tear down everything having to do with the enemy, and build up the Kingdom, it’s as if we cannot help ourselves and are driven to do so by the Holy Spirit.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 
for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11, 12)

Some of us have already awakened to this reality, some have not. But if we have ever wondered why things have happen to us, that seemed to come out of nowhere, or things that seem to have no purpose, now you know why. Even those things that have brought grief are purposed toward this end.

It is because our memory of coming into this world is dim, that we have to search for our purpose. It is the Spirit that brings it to light. And even those of us who are heavily involved in our work for the Kingdom of Elohim, have doubts from time to time. But we will find out in due time that it was all part of the plan. There are no accidents in our lives, all of it is for a purpose!

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

With our whole heart, we Love Yahshua.

Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 
13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Clearly, we are never able to say that we have arrived at a place where we no longer need to repent in all humility. For none of us have reached that place yet, and it is only by the grace of Yahshua Christ, the Messiah, that we can stand before our Elohim a finished work.

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 
I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’” (Vs 10-12)

Here Yahshua gives us an example of just what He means in this. He compares the righteousness of a Pharisee to that of a hated Tax collector.

He goes on to say, “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Vs 13-14)

In essence our Savior is telling us that there is mercy, and grace towards those who realize that the have fallen short of the mark. But this doesn’t work for those who boast of their righteousness, and present themselves as a completed work to God.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Yahshua / Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Yahshua / Jesus. (Romans 3:23-26)

All righteousness is attributed to Yahshua, by whom it is that we may say that we are justified. Only by the blood that He shed on the cross.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1st John 1:8-10)

We can never forget that we are justified by His sacrifice, and that alone. The keeping of God’s Law does not save anyone.

For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Yahshua / Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Why then do we Keep God’s commandments, if not for salvation? Because God gave them to His people that they should obey Him from the beginning. His instructions / Commandments are there for our own good as a roadmap to good works. We keep them not for Salvation but because we Love God with all of our heart, and desire to serve Him with all of our strength.

Yahshua explained this to us saying, “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.” (John 14:21)

We strive to obey God’s Word because of Love, not for Salvation.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is simply the way we must live, in order to show that we are born of God, and we do so out of love for Yahshua Christ who also kept the Torah / Commandments as an example to us.

And who among us does not know that He lived to please the Father out of Love?

It’s just not that Hard to do, walking in the instructions of the Father is easy, as John says, “His commandments are not burdensome.”

So why do we resist, except that we have not completely surrendered our will to His?

 
He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1st John 2:4-6)

So, I say to those of you who deliberately violate the Commandments of God while depending on His Mercy and His grace. Perhaps we should draw a little closer to Him, and Keep His Sabbath, and His feast days, so that He knows that’s it’s him we love, and not ourselves.

We are told that we must, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

How then do we draw near? By our submission to His will, demonstrating that we are truly His, and belong to no other. So Yes, we are saved by grace, but because we are saved, we obey God with our whole heart.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Payday is coming!

James 2:8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; 
9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 
10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 
11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 
12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 
13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Remember that Yahshua said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. 
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Here we find that all of the commandments are encompassed by these two. So, if we commit murder, or adultery, which one of these two commandments have we broken?

It would seem that we did not love our neighbor as ourselves, if we have murdered, Amen?

If we bow down to idols, like money, or property, or a Christmas tree, have we loved God with all of our being? And if we violate His Ordained Sabbath day, is that because we love Him with all of our Heart? I think not, but instead we have shown the Creator our distain for Him. Surely, if we have transgressed one commandment, we are indeed guilty of all.

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 
11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.  (Vs 8-11)

We need to understand the repercussions of violating God’s Royal Law! Having failed to love Him, or love our neighbor, will result in a judgment that will keep us from entering His Kingdom.

The Apostle John tells us citing Yahshua, “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.”
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. 
But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:12-15)

He is saying that there’s a reward that is going to accompany the judgment of Yahshua Christ, that will be based on our works. He will come in a flash and that judgment will be upon us, and there will be no more time for repentance!

He says that those who have kept the Commandments of God will be invited to enter the Holy City, but those who have transgressed, will be kept out of the Kingdom of Heaven.

We are making a statement before a just and Holy God, when we break His Commandments, that we neither love Him, nor others. And because we are self-centered, we have made it evident that we belong together with “dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”

What lie is it that we have loved and believed?

Why it is the same lie that Satan has been telling us since Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden. That lie says,that we do not have to obey God. Have we loved that lie? And have we believed Satan? Absolutely!

We have done as we pleased, and ignored what God has said. We have led a lifetime of sin, because we didn’t take the Word of God seriously, and practiced Lawlessness.

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Now He’s coming, and judgment is coming with Him. it will be upon us before we know it, and are we prepared to receive our King? Most of us are not!

He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (Revelation 19:13)

That blood, is the blood of those who have transgressed His Law.

Yah help us to repent and change before this takes place.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Come out from among them.

Luke 17: 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 
21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 
23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. 
24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day. 
25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 
27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 
28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 
29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 
30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

We are in our generation seeking after the Kingdom of Heaven, are we not? But Yahshua tells us that we must not look for it outside of what is in our own heart.

 He tells us, “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Vs 21)

There has been a time for many of us who believe in and follow Yahshua, that we will long for Him, and wish that we could have been present when He walked among men, and we will cry out for Him to come again.

Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.” (Vs 22, 23)

Here He warns against the False Christ, many will come in His name, but we will find that they will have no idea of who or what Yahshua really is. 

Just as He warned us before saying, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15, 16)

“For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.” (Vs 24)

He is coming again, but when He comes this time it will happen quickly, like a flash of lightening, He will be here, and His justice will take place immediately.

He tells His disciples yet again, “But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.” (Vs 25)

It was necessary that first he must be rejected and suffer at the hands of His enemy before this second coming can happen, in other words, the Lawless one had to be totally revealed before He comes. This is being accomplished now. Everyone knows that those who are preaching lawlessness, and their followers are the same ones that persecuted Christ Yahshua, and have in their hearts the Spirit of the Anti-Christ.

So, before He comes this will be abundantly clear, and the fruit of their deception is lawlessness.

Remember what he said, “You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16)

“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Vs 26, 27)

Now that they have been fully exposed and refusing to repent their end will come quickly. Just as in the days of Noah, justice will be done quickly!

 Likewise, as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. (Vs 28-30)

These are the words of Christ Yahshua, the same Messiah that was nailed to a tree for the sake of our salvation. He is warning us to distance our selves from those who are preaching that the Law of God has been abandoned since the cross. These people are the living dead and their time is coming to a quick and deadly end when Christ comes.

Recognizing the fruit of the Sons of Perdition is key to escaping the wrath of God.

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 
15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
17 Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” 
18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Come out from among them, and live.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Now is the time to repair our Relationship!

Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Yahshua / Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahshua / Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 
39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 

Everything We need to know about how the original Assembly was formed, and how they conducted themselves, is right here. Peter assigned the fault and the shame of what was done to the Messiah to the Whole House of Israel.

“Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Yahshua / Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”  (Vs 36, 37)

When people find that they have sinned before God, what should be the first thing to think or say, but what should we do? How can we repair our relationship to God?

Repentance is our only option, and the question, what shall we do? This question, opens the door to their restoration.

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahshua / Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Vs 38)

Israel needed to repent, and to be washed clean from their sin, so that they could be forgiven. Remember the last words of Christ as He was on the cross. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Here is where they were forgiven, as they returned to the Father.

For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Vs 39-41)

Calling Israel to repentance was the first order of business when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost / Shavout. While thousands came to receive Yahshua and repent, millions did not. And to this day The House of Israel is divided this way.

While Israel for the most part remains unrepentant, many do believe and have received Messiah. So that when destruction comes there will be a remnant that will be spared and escape God’s wrath.  But sadly, in both this nation and Israel, most will perish in those days, and the saved will witness it.

Matthew 24:40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 
41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 
42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what £hour your Lord is coming. 
43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 
44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

This is not evidence of a rapture, but is the gathering of the tares to be burnt! Those who are saved will remain, but the Lawless and the evil doers will be taken in that day and burned.

Matthew 13:49 “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Shema, O Israel. Your repentance is required, after these promised events take place, there will be no grace for those who have not come to their knees for mercy before their King and Messiah. If we will be forgiven for our sins we must do so now, not later.

There are entire nations, and Israel included, that will all but disappear. At the hand of the same Messiah, whom we crucified. He comes for His own, and not for those who have yet to bend a knee and ask to be forgiven.

Yahshua said, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)

Now is the time for turning back!

Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Crown of thorns among cross, hammer with nails as crucifixion symbols