The Way of the World Vs the Way of Faith.

Luke 8:49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”
50 But when Yahshua / Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” 
51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 
52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 
53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 
55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 
56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

People would come to Yahshua in droves to be healed, and the Father had filled Him with the power to do what was needed to bring life and healing even into the darkest places. Here was someone coming from the ruler of the local Synagogue’s house and their daughter is very ill.

Then someone comes and says, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” (vs 49)

But when Yahshua / Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” (Vs 50)

So, now the line is drawn in the sand. There is the way that those who are caught up in the world see things, and the way things are seen from a place of faith.

John 14:10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

Yahshua is here doing the works that bring glory and honor to the Father. He is the Son of God, and that’s what a good Son does, Honors His Father. Isn’t that what God has commanded us to do? “Honor your father and your mother.” (Exodus 20:12)

When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. (Vs 51)

He removed the opposition. So that only those who would or will to believe would be present. Not those who believed she was dead!

Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” (Vs 52) These were the ones that would not play a part in the child’s being raised up.

  And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. (Vs 53)

These folks and their way of thinking might have interfered with what he will do. Thoughts both Negative and positive, have power. But in this case, there is no power greater than what Yahshua brings.

But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 
And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.
(Vs 54-56)

I don’t know how we could expect to keep such a thing quiet. Their daughter was thought to be dead and now by the power of HaShem she is alive.

So, what can we learn from such a thing? Well certainly, if we are going to pray for something, no matter what it is, get rid of the naysayers, those who do not believe!

Did Christ Yahshua not say “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21, 22)

Shalom my Friends,

Chuck Greever

The gift of truth!

John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 
9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 
10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 
11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 
13 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. 
14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 
15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

It is so difficult to say goodbye to dear friends and family, and this is what Yehoshua is doing, saying His farewells to those He loves. But also, He makes them a promise as He goes.

He says, Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (Vs 7)

This is very much like what He said earlier. When He said, “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. 
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
(John 14:17, 18)

While they have difficulty understanding that He will die and be resurrected, He comforts them with the promise that they will not be abandoned / orphaned.

And there’s more, And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” (Vs 8-11)

The Holy Spirit’s mission statement is right here. He will bring conviction upon the whole world, and if we are to come under conviction of our sin, for many of us this is our first introduction to the Rauch HaKodesh, The Holy Spirit. He was there with us and we didn’t even know it.

He will point out our sin, and bring us into righteousness, and we will begin to see from His point of view as we begin to grow accustomed to having a Spirit of holiness about us. He becomes our conscience, and leads us to do and to speak what is right in Yah’s eyes.

He, the Spirit of Yah, is the catalyst for changing us into that obedient Child of God, that we will become.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 
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.” 
(Vs 12, 13)

He realizing that they are having difficulty dealing with His farewell will not speak further about it. but will give them something to ponder, the gift of His Truth. He Speaks now of the Spirit as the bearer of all truth. That He will guide us, and lead us into knowing, speaking, and living, His truth. And whatever The Rauch hears from Heaven, that is what He speaks to us.

Here also is the Spirit of Prophecy. For as Yehoshua says, “He will tell you things to come.”

“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 
All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
(Vs 14, 15)

Because the source of the Holy Spirit is the heart and Mind of Yehoshua, He gives us the very words that we share every morning as we Take from His Word and declare it to you, my friends.

And today it is my great pleasure to reveal to you how this message is given. Yehoshua’s Spirit selected the scripture, and spoke the words, as I typed. I simply passed on to you what the Holy Spirit is telling me. And Yehoshua is glorified in what He is saying today.

This is His gift to you, so that we might grow in our understanding of how He works in our lives. He is neither dead, nor out of reach, Yehoshua is present with us through His Spirit always, and the better we get at hearing Him, and obeying, the closer He comes.

Shema Yisrael!

Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
(James 4:7, 8)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. I John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

A righteous man Keeps His word.

James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 
15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 
16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 
20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

As I read the last little bit of the Book of James, I am reminded of how important it is for me to keep my word. My pastor reminded me of that very thing not long ago, just days ago as a matter of fact. Referring to my vows to my wife when we were married last summer. And I myself have commented on this problem with other men, we give our word and then as circumstances demand we determine whether or not we will abide by it.

A righteous man cannot do this, and righteousness is the very thing that is needed in order to be effective in our prayer life.

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 
(Vs 12, 13)

Here is a good one to sing, I opened to it and it just popped out to me.

Psalm 40:1    I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry.
2    He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.
3    He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.

Just 3 verses, but there’s more, and it can keep us singing all morning. Amen? But what I want to talk about this morning Is our righteousness, and how a righteous man is heard when He prays.

We have been taught that our righteousness comes because Christ Yehoshua is righteous, and we can lean on His righteousness, no matter how we conduct ourselves. I have since learned that this among other things I was taught in the traditional Church is simply not true.

The apostle John tells us the truth, “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.”
(1st John 3:7, 8)

And Y’shua Christ tells us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

And also, He said, “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)

Here is the definition of righteousness, one who keeps and adheres to the commandments of YHVH is righteous, in all things. He does not sin, because His focus is on walking according to the Instructions given by the Father and the Son. For Christ came teaching and exemplifying God’s Word (Torah) in everything he did. Thus, he is the living Word of God.

It is His intention that we be lawful in all that we do, this is why He and the Father come to us and abides with us, as we keep His Commandments.

Here is where our prayers are heard.

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 
(Vs 14-16)

It is so vital to the church, the Ecclesia, That we as elders, walk according to righteousness. Because the lives of those who come to us for prayer are at stake.

For what an elder does among Yah’s people, requires righteousness. Healing the sick, and raising them up, so that his sins are forgiven, must come from a righteous man. A man who is set aside, holy unto Y’shua. For He is able to go before the King of Kings and not be struck down. He is able to enter the Throne Room and make His petition before the King.

But no unclean man, can do this.

And this is why the Apostle James says, The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

He cites and example of such righteousness in Elijah, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
(Vs 17-20)

So now is the time to ask, what are we here for, why were we given life. Is it for our own enjoyment, or did YHVH bring you to this place for his purposes?

And if he did, give you life for His purposes, then ought we not, Love Him, and love our neighbor as ourselves?

When birthdays roll around, I often tell folks, “Did you know that Yahweh knew you before you were born, and numbered your days?
YHVH formed you and shaped you in your mother’s womb? He placed you in the loving arms of your parents, and He sanctified you, and sent you into this world with a Holy purpose, and has walked with you from the very beginning. He will never leave you or forsake you!
Today is a great day to give Him the glory.
Happy Birthday by the grace of YHVH.”

But this Birthday greeting is about more than a birthday, it’s about our purpose for being in this world. Now with what’s left of our life, Elder, serve Yah with all of your heart, strength, and mind. Do what he brought you into this life for.

15but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 
16because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
(1st Peter 1:15, 16)

Serve Him and Him only. Let nothing come between us and our calling, for we were set aside (Sanctified) from before we were born into this world.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Powered by a Righteous heart!

1st John 2:24 Therefore, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 
29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Here is the solution to a major problem. Abiding in Christ is where we need to be, because there are so many who are not there yet.

Therefore, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. (Vs 24)

But do we even begin to understand what it means to abide in Him?

Encyclopedias – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia – Abide

ABIDE: Old English word signifying progressively to “await,” “remain,” “lodge,” “sojourn,” “dwell,” “continue,” “endure”; represented richly in Old Testament (King James Version) by 12 Hebrew and in New Testament by as many Greek words. In the Revised Version (British and American) displaced often by words meaning “to sojourn,” “dwell,” “encamp.” The Hebrew and Greek originals in most frequent use are yashabh, “to dwell”; meno, “to remain.” 

To walk with Yehoshua, is to abide with Him, just as His disciples went everywhere with Him, and did what He said. They not only believed, they followed and loved Him to death.

So, claiming Christ as our Savior is not enough. Anyone can make such claims, but the proof of it is in our love, and the way we live.

Thus, He says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

Or, 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)

And, “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. 
24He 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)

Therefore, love is the catalyst and the precursor to abiding in Christ and this is why Christ asked Peter. “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” (John 21:16) Three times He asked, undoing Peter’s denial of Christ three times.

Loving Him is going to drive us to carry out His mission on this earth.

And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. (Vs 25) How could we not love Him who gave Himself so the we could have life eternal? 

Yet we have chosen to believe those who contradict the very Word of God, by preaching Paul and twisting His words, rather than preaching Christ in truth.

This telegraphs our ignorance of Christ Yehoshua, and what He said and did on this earth. Leaving many of us outside of the kingdom, rather than abiding in Christ we have chosen to follow the Lawless one (Anti-Christ).

These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
(Vs 26, 27)

We have a teacher that is given by the Spirit of God. And the more we love and follow Yehoshua, the deeper the relationship, the more His presence, and His teaching comes to us. it is that presence of the Spirit of truth, and our teacher, that keeps us from accepting the lies of those who twist the scriptures to their own liking.

It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that draws a line between those who will obey the Commandments, and those who refuse. (See John 14:15-17)

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
(Vs 28, 29)

The Apostle John, has a clarity that is second to none, when it comes to revealing the truth that Christ Yehoshua brought to light in His Apostles. He calls us back to abiding in Christ, that we may not have to make excuses at the time of His return to this Earth, nor be ashamed of our deeds before Him.

He tells us that we must practice righteousness, and that this is how know that we have been born of Him. This nonsense of claiming that because He is Righteous, we don’t have to be, is a strong indication that we have believed the lies of the Anti-Christ. And have parted ways with Christ Yehoshua.

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (1st John 3:7)

You can always tell who is walking in righteousness, because of their love for others.

Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 
For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another
,not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. (1st John 3:10-12)

We need to understand that there’s enmity, and a state of war exists between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Choose now where you stand. Are we among the righteous? Or are we still among those who resist God?

Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
(Psalms 112:6, 7)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Where’s the proof that we know Him?

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before £God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 

When Christ comes, He will judge and His judgment will be according to our deeds. This is exactly why we were given Commandments, So that if we were to have followed God’s commandments, we would not have done many of the things we have done.

12“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 
13and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?”

So, for our own good, YHVH God has given us a way that we can live in this world and not transgress His Word. He knew that we would come to be judged according to the way of righteousness. And He also knew that because many of us would be deceived into following something other than YHVH God we would need to know His instructions.

Every sin in the book is outlined in the Ten Commandments, if we take time to consider what they say.

See Exodus 20:1-17

So Here comes Christ the Messiah, born into this world to save us, and He is literally named God’s Salvation, “Yahushua.” And this is His ministry, one of Grace and forgiveness. Therefore, when we come to Him, He saves us by forgiving our transgressions of God’s Law / His instructions.

So, Wow! Here we are forgiven. Amen! Because that’s the path we took, We walked down that isle, came to the altar and gave our lives to Christ. And we received a new life, we say, “we’re born again.” HallaluYAH!

But now we have a problem. How do we not return to our sin? While we are taught that we can be forgiven, many of us have no idea of what it is that we must be forgive for. We know the difference between right and wrong, but every man knows this, regardless of His religion, for YHVH God has written it on our hearts,

But to really understand what sin is, We must know the commandments, just as they were handed down to Moses at Mount Sinai. But do we know them? I think not!

For if we did, We would love YHVH God with our whole heart. And we would not allow anything to come between us and our Savior. We would never apply His holy name to anything that is not of Him. Including our Sabbath.

We will live in a way that honors God, and our earthly parents, so that no shame comes to them because of our deeds.

We shall not murder anyone, or allow ourselves to have anger against them.

We shall not Look at another human being with lust, much less enter into the act of adultery.

We shall not steal, cheat, or defraud anyone.

And we shall not allow any lie to come from our lips.

Nor will we covet, desiring anything that is not ours.

The Apostle John verifies what I am telling you, when He says, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (1st John 3:4)

We dare not return to our lawlessness, because the Apostle Peter says, “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 
21For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 
22But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
(2nd Peter 2:20-22)

God help us to not return to those things that we used to do, once we have come to Christ. But if we do, we have available to us the right to yet again confess our sins and be forgiven. Repentance is available to us. it simply means that we desire to change. Turning away from those things that are an offense to YHVH God.

We can return to Him.

But we must understand that what we have done that is against God’s Commandments, we will be held accountable for. Therefore, unless we turn from it in repentance, there will be a price to pay.

Here is why Christ says to the young rich man, “But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)

Keep them, and if we fail to hit the mark repent and change.

For when we present ourselves before Christ for judgment, we will not want to hear Him say, “‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:23)

Now when he said this, He was prophesying about the church, and people who worship Him, calling Him Lord, Lord. but they had not kept His commandments.

We can call Him Lord from now until doomsday, but until we obey Him, he knows that we do not really know Him, or love Him.

Thus, He says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Here is the evidence that we do know Him and have a relationship with Y’shua.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever