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ISAIAH 57:14-21

“And it will be said, Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove obstacles out of the way of My people. For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, I dwell on a high and holy place, and with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, and the breath I have made. Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, and he went on turning away, in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners, creating the praise of the lips. Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near, Says the Lord and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the tossing sea, for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up refuse and mud. There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.”  NASB

Make no mistake, the Lord will always take care of His own, and justice will be the final outcome. However, God’s justice may not be exactly what we might think of as justice. Consider for a moment the story of Cain and Abel; here we have two brothers, the first two siblings on earth and therefore everything they do will be novel including murder.

With the murder of Abel, Cain tells God that he cannot live with the crime he has committed (Genesis 4:13). The Hebrew word that we translate as “punishment” actually means “iniquity”, therefore Cain is not telling God that he cannot take the punishment, but that he cannot take the magnitude of the crime he had just committed. Before Cain killed Abel there was no concept for murder, which should lead the reader to realize that Cain had no idea that his actions from anger would result in the death of his brother.

The story of Cain and Abel is based around emotions and thoughts, because God knows that everything a human being does originates from within–from our emotions, and it is the reasons why we do what we do that hold the most importance. Intent is crucial in a life of Faith.

The sentence,”There is no peace for the wicked.” (Isaiah 57:21) is not as simple to interpret as it may seem. Because the most common understanding is the wicked will be punished by God, but its more probable meaning is, “The wicked cannot stop being wicked.” Once again to find the true interpretation one need only to look at life. There we can plainly see that the wicked cannot stop being wicked, just as Satan could not stop being drawn to the magnetic pull in the fascination of earth. All these things and much more are clear if the eyes you look through are clear.

I refer all of you to an ancient little story of the “Scorpion and the Toad.” The story tries to show the pervasiveness of the human nature and how destructive it has been and continues be. There are other interpretations, but since no one knows who wrote the story, where it came from, or when it was made ,though it is centuries old, I feel that the best interpretation is in regards to the destructive character of human nature. Of course, not all humans are destructive, nor is human nature limited to destruction, however its propensity is certainly toward destruction in the majority.

There is a very good reason why King Y’shua Messiah tells all who wish to follow Him that they must be “born again” (John 3:3). Every human being is decadent to one degree or another, without a substantial reason for morality. The most relevant motivation for morality is a belief in an afterlife. That is why the Bible speaks of the need for any human being seeking a higher moral standard must first and foremost, die of ones self. It is the same human nature that was mislead in the Garden eons ago, that must die before any moral change can occur.

 

 

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WATCH for the Changes

Just finished reading Michael Drosnin’s third book about the Bible code. I have been following his and others work on the code phenomenon for many years now, and like so many others I have found it very difficult to discount the findings just as it is difficult to grasp the possibility of its authenticity. At any rate, the signs in life today all point to a similar future, whether you look at things spiritually, scientifically, politically, historically, or in a combination like I do. That future is not necessarily bad or good it is just going to be very different than what we have been experiencing for the past few generations.

What does it all mean? To me, it means I need to get ready for changes in my life style. I need to find comfort and contentment with much less than I had previously been accustomed to. I will need to be able to find peace within  anxious situations. I will most certainly need far more Faith than I have today. Most importantly, I must be able to allow God’s Love to flow through me at all times, even when those times will be full of hatred–theirs and mine.

Thank God the only thing I will have to do to achieve these changes to my life style is to simply turn to God and allow Him to enrich my life with His Blessed Holy Spirit. However, I must be open to His teaching and leading because He will never force anything on me. I must be willing to accept whatever changes God deems necessary for my life, and it is through this trust and obedience that I learn how to follow God into this new day and beyond.

I do not believe in the theory that bad things happen because God wants to punish people and good things happen because God wants to reward people. I believe that all things, good and bad, happen because that is life, and life happens for us to learn about life. In all this we can and should learn something about becoming a better human being. These years to come will provide us all with exactly that opportunity to learn how to become better human beings.

Is this the end of the world? Not on my calender. Though this may be the end of an era. The Hebrew term End of Days can mean just that–the end of these days. Make no mistake, the end is near for someone every day, but the world still goes on for many others, and probably will for some time to come. However, never stop “looking” for the Lord’s Coming for that is Biblical (Matthew 24:42).

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Judge Not!

Matthew 7:2

“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”  NASB

If that does not spell it out plainly enough just read the verse before this one; it states very clearly that no one should judge others. Oh yea, and by the way, the speaker is King Y’shua Messiah!

According to the most spirit filled and obedient young man in modern times, Oswald Chambers; “The average Christian is the most penetratingly critical individual.” Coming from one of the most judgmental Christian families on earth I must agree with Mr. Chambers. Lately my biggest complaint is how so many Christians make judgment on anyone political that does not condemn abortion outright %100. As far as these Christians are concerned the most moral, dedicated Christian this country has ever had in the White House, Jimmy Carter, is an unforgivable sinner because he refused to back a law that made abortion under any circumstance illegal. Apparently, we not only demand that all think like us, but that we should all have the same amount of Faith!

Oswald Chambers also wrote; “Life gives back in the coin you pay.”

Humility is one of our greatest characteristics as followers and we should try to cultivate our humility to a point of understanding that without the grace of God there go I.

“With the kind Thou dost show thyself kind; with the blameless Thou dost show Thyself blameless; with the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure; and with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself astute.”  Psalms 18:25-26  NASB

After all, who are these people we find so easy to judge? They are God’s image bearers, that’s who they are, and we are critiquing God. How about we stop doing that and just love God with all our soul while we treat everyone else as we wish to be treated. That sounds a whole lot simpler.


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OtR Update

Maceration has taken place with each ingredient and it is time to add the oil and boil. If all goes well we will have our first batch of true Holy Oil this week. The closer we get to the final objective the more excited we get. However, we have also seen an increase in trials and difficulties in our lives since we began this mission for God.

I have never been one to blame the devil for my mistakes or disobedience, although I realize that there are evil spirits in this world that try to keep us from total focus on God. So it has not been that surprising to see this increase in difficulties while we attempt to set out on our mission for God. We can see that same thing occur to our Messiah just before He set out on His Mission for God (Matthew 4:1-11). However, throughout the entire process it has been wonderful to see the Blessed Holy Spirit assisting in the project in a number of ways including, leading me to vital information and giving me cooking times.

For those of you that are not familiar with Holy Oil we thought we would provide some Biblical background. To start off with we should go to the original instruction of God to make Holy Oil (Exodus 30:23-25). Further on in that chapter one can see specific instructions and caveats of the oil’s use; the most important one is found in verse 32 which states: “It shall not be poured out on anyone’s body, nor shall you make like it, in the same proportions; it is holy, it shall be holy to you.”-NASB. This verse shows the degree of importance that should be given to Holy Oil. It is to be used only for the Temple and all things associated with the Temple including and especially the Temple priests (Exodus 30:30).  It shall not be duplicated for any other reason except the Temple, and should be handled appropriately.

As you know, today those who follow God are all priests of God (1Peter 2:9) and the Temple is each and every one of us ( 1Corinthians 3:16). Therefore, it is very likely that when the Bible records the use of Holy Oil by the First Century Believers (Mark 6:13) it is describing the use of true Holy Oil made with the instructions in Exodus. This is our belief here at Cepher, and the reason we are putting so much time, finances, and effort, into making the exact Holy Oil as God intended.

You may ask why King Y’shua Messiah never said anything about how important the Holy Oil was. He did, remember that King Y’shua Messiah is The Word, and in the Word is the scriptures about Holy Oil. As the Word King Y’shua Messiah is everything that is in the Word of God. That is why He asks us to get to know Him because King Y’shua Messiah can be found in the Bible simply by reading it. There are no tests, no memorization, no preliminary requirements, just read the Word of God.

In the Word of God you will find instruction on the making of Holy Oil. So many people today simply ask God to bless olive oil because it is easier to do than be obedient to God. It is this lifestyle of disobedience and laziness that has brought the USA to where it is today, and that is why this ministry of Oil of the Rock is being developed to challenge that lifestyle.

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Love and Contentment

Periodically, here at Cepher we post something that has been heavy on our spirit for some time with the belief that the Blessed Holy Spirit is behind us on the post. Obviously, this is going to be one such post, and the topic involves the Agape Love of God, and our ability to rest in it. There is no doubt in our minds here at Cepher, that God is not waiting on His thrown with His iron scepter in His hand hoping that His people screw up so He can whack them on their heads. The God that we believe in here at Cepher is a God of Love, and He is incapable of violence. However, He did set up a system of checks and balances that will cause pain to those who abuse it, which He takes complete responsibility for.

We used the analogy of a hot stove before to show how we believe God created this universe, so we will used it here again. It goes something like this: I will cook you a meal using the stove that can provide great benefit if used appropriately. I instruct you to not touch the stove while I am cooking your meal. You decide that since it is your meal, you should be able to touch the stove; of course, you burn your hand.

The question is: Who’s fault is it? Is it mine for turning on the stove to make your meal, or is it your fault for not listening to good advice? We here at Cepher have no doubt that the fault is all yours, and the very same principles apply to God’s Creation.

The major problem that we are facing today in the United States is our understanding of life as we know it is completely opposite of God’s lifestyle design. As you get closer to God you realize how far this world has drifted from the ways of God. Here at Cepher we believe that our Gracious Creator is gently trying to get humankind to realize the plight of over consumption. The selfishness, greed, isolation and increasing abyss between those who have and those who don’t will continue until we realize how very little it is that we humans need to truly live well.

That satisfaction  that comes with complete contentment becomes so overwhelming that it soon takes over human nature’s desire to consume, and provides a realization of the spiritual dimension that controls our universe. There is only one place to find such contentment, and that of course is from God. Here at Cepher we have noticed a direct connection between the Love of God and our ability to do without, to make do with what we have and adjust to the changing circumstances. We have found that the more one understands the Agape Love of God, the more one will trust Him to supply ones’ needs.

This does not happen over night, in fact it may take decades to finally discover true contentment through complete trust in God. We are all aware of the many scriptures referring to this concept. The main scripture that comes to mind most readily is, Matthew 6:25-34. In this scripture we can see that King Y’shua Messiah is plainly telling all who will listen that His Father is not just capable of taking great care of all of us, but that it is God’s desire and design!

When things become bleak and dark here at Cepher, when we are feeling very tired, sick and confused, we simply take time in God’s Word as we allow Him to strengthen our trust in Him. Many times He will bring to our memory all that He has done for us and all that He continues to do. Also we will begin to see God’s Hand within His Creation all around us and once again a great leap in learning will have occurred in our life that we can then share with others or simply to help us in the next dark journey. Thankfully, it does seem that these dark journeys are becoming fewer and farther between.

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Wait For It

“…though it tarries, wait for it;”  Habakkuk 2:3

Here at Cepher we will “stand guard” “positioned on the ramparts” as we wait on the Lord to do marvelous things for our benefit. There is a change coming and all God’s people shall be blessed if they wait for the change with Trust and confidence in the Lord. It does not take a prophet or even a saint to see that this world cannot continue on its current course for much longer before human nature will take over from desperation and frustration as has happened so many times before.

“Yet those who wait for the Lord…”  Isaiah 40:31

Most followers of God know the rest of that scripture as we all will rise up with wings of eagles and soar to heights never even dreamed before. Certainly Mr. Petty got it right when he sang how the waiting is the hardest part, especially for humans. However, if we can get through the waiting we will become the world we have always hoped for.

“To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”  Luke 1:79

That is the end of the prophecy of Zacharias the father of John the Baptist, and what is most intriguing in that prophecy is the emphasis on our salvation relating to our peace on this earth. Verse 69 states how God has raised up a horn of our salvation, and in verse 70 it talks of the salvation from our enemies and all who hate us. Now for many that means simply that God is either going to allow us to kill our enemies or He will do it for us. However, if you study the life on this earth of Y’shua Messiah you will quickly see that neither of those scenarios are even considered by Y’shua Messiah. Y’shua Messiah understood that for there to be peace one must leave peacefully.

In order for God’s people to enjoy peace on earth we must first live peacefully and in harmony with all others just as Y’shua Messiah showed us through His example. We are very close to achieving this peace on earth if the nucleus of  true followers can maintain throughout the next decade of growth. In life we can see that at certain times for there to be growth there may be discomfort and even pain. Consider a human infant, how much discomfort the infant experiences while growing much-needed teeth, and there are many such anecdotes that show the same truth.

The growing period might be difficult at times, but if we wait for it the results will bear great fruits for all those who follow God. Then through our example there will finally be peace on earth. Teaching through lifestyle more than words and doctrine.

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Bigger Than You

What most of us seldom consider is how intensely complex spiritual life is. Take for example just one hypothetical family and then multiply their elaborate personal inter-connectedness to the globe. To keep this as simple as possible we will assume that everyone in this imaginary family believes in God to one extent or the other. The mother is the matriarch of the entire family, and she is extremely saint-like. The father believes in God, but does not have a true relationship with Y’shua. The three siblings are as follows: The oldest is twenty, female, in college and still living at home, she has a personal relationship with Y’shua, “on her own terms”. The next oldest sibling is sixteen, male, has an understanding of what is required to have a personal relationship with God, and at times has attempted to start one, but the world keeps pulling him back. The youngest is Twelve, female, and she has yet to be convinced that one can have a personal relationship with God.

Now that you have met the family lets setup the situation. The mother has asked God that her family will all become believers and have great relationships with God. That is her utmost desire other than to just serve God. The father and oldest daughter have separately asked God that He provide the family with financial security. The twelve-year-old wants God to make her family happy and stop the parents from arguing. The young boy wants a car and to become a great soccer player.

Certainly, at some point the father and oldest daughter will base their total commitment on whether God has provided financial security to the family or not, never considering that there are any number of reasons that God would not provide the family with financial security. The same can be said for the physical health of the family. Just because one is not healthy does not mean that he/she is not being taken care of by God. The same is true with material goods, whether one has or does not has nothing to do with their relationship with God.

Ever thought about why some people seem to have financial freedom and some do not, or how some people have such healthy lives throughout their family and others do not? Has it ever seemed to you that life just is not fair? We desperately need to begin to understand God outside of the context of this world and what we have been taught to think of as empty and full.

Most certainly you have felt that way at least once or twice in your life, it is normal human nature. However, maybe there is some design in what appears to us to be random chance. What if, God knows what is needed in each of our lives  every single moment, whether we need a challenge or a blessing. Because each can bring a different task into our lives at different times and for different reasons.

The first thing we must consider in every prayer is the Will of God. Because His priorities are not quite the same as ours. God desires for everyone to have a personal relationship with Him that will last forever. We want coffee and a massage. Just look at how Y’shua Messiah taught us how we should pray. In the Gospels of Saint Luke (11:1-4) and Saint Matthew (6:8-13) we can clearly see that our God’s Will is considered before our desires, and that all we should consider as truly necessary is the needs of the present-day. This prayer that Y’shua Messiah details for us is simple for purpose, that we are to Trust our God to provide for our daily needs.

When god deals with each of our lives individually He must do that with collective reasoning because not one of us is an island, and whatever affects our life affects other lives connected to our own. Whatever God does He does it with a single priority and purpose–Salvation. Although, coffee and a massage does sound great, there is just something about living forever with God that sounds much better.

So in the imaginary family, as in our own, God will continue to provide for our daily needs as He leads us into our place in Eternity, and all we have to do is Trust Him to do just that. It is that Trust that will provide us everything we need, and it is that Trust that is behind all the interactions between God and His people.

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The Light

Can you see it?   Do you see it?   It’s right there! Right where it has always been, just one or two steps ahead. Always, just a couple steps ahead. How many times have you thought how nice it would be if you could get close enough to it to confirm that it was exactly what you had been hoping all this time that it was–Him. His Light. The Light of God, the Light of the world. Ever wonder why you cannot seem to get any closer? We have.

What if, The Light is so overwhelming that anyone who looked upon it without protection would not be able to live through it? What if, our God is so overwhelming to mortals that we must first assume the cloak of righteousness in order to not be overwhelmed in God’s presence? What if, that was one of the reasons the Body of Y’shua was used to dampen the glory of our God? Have you read what happened to Moses in God’s presence? Let’s read it together:

Exodus 33:17-23

Do you see the God you serve?

Maybe we were placed on earth to grow into the beings that we need to become through patience and obedience, in order to be in God’s presence with true serenity. You remember what happened to Moses in his encounter with God from a distance while receiving the Ten Commandments; Moses aged somewhat. In each of his encounters with God he had been on this earth for over eighty years, and we seem to think that we should encounter God in ten, forty, sixty years. Maybe we are too impatient. Maybe we do not appreciate the Glory and Grandeur of our God. Maybe we have not taken the time to discover who is our God.

Maybe that is the sole reason why we are on earth–to discover how awesome our God truly is.

Maybe, when we finally meet God we will discover that it really was a good thing that we were not allowed any closer to the Light than where we were, due to the fact that our glory was not a match to His at the time. Maybe the glory we need comes from the glory we are able to see in our God, and that vision comes in time and circumstance.

Do you see the Light?


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Why Are We Here?

So many believers and non-believers have been convinced that the human race is on this earth to live out earthly pleasures and enjoy life to the fullest. Here at Cepher we think they have got it half right. We are here to enjoy life, the Garden of Eden should tell us that. However, just as inside the Garden, in order to live life to its fullest we must live life within the direction, and under the authority of God. But what does that mean?

2 Peter 1:3-11, tells us all we need to know to follow God and have an abundant life. Verses 5-7 list all the character traits that one needs to display in life in order to have what verse 3 describes; God’s divine power granting to us everything pertaining to life and godliness. What more could you want? Well, that is the problem, is it not? What we want, and what God desires for us to have are very different indeed, and that is where the problem occurs in a believer’s life who is doing everything they can to get God to give them all that they believe they deserve. Ouch!

You see, us humans are a peculiar lot. We have trouble deciphering between what is good for us and what we want to be good for us, what is good for us–eternally– and what feels good to us –temporarily– are usually very different. That difference is what is costing the believers today, because they have no real shepherds helping them to understand the detriment of the difference. How many of you have asked God recently why you are not receiving the particular blessings that you feel are yours?

“Why God? What do I have to do to get to that place in life that gives me all that I need and keeps me from all harm? When will You help me get past all this stress in life?”

Is that what we are here for, for God to bless us to our specifications? Is that why we serve God, to receive a blessed life in return? Is that why we were born?

Make no mistake! God does want to bless His children, however, as Job 28:13 explains how we have no true understanding of wisdom, and that we have no understanding of its value for our lives. Only God knows what is truly good for us and we must learn to trust Him before we can truly follow Him. Until we sincerely follow God for the single reason that that is what we were born to do, we will be asking Him, where is He, and after all that I have done for Him why can’t I find Peace?

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LIFE

Long infuriatingly frustrating existence–Life.

At birth, before you have had the tiniest of opportunity to do anything bad, you are hit with–teething! Teething! Inflammation in one of the most important, not to mention tender, parts of your young body causing so much pain you think twice about eating and constantly about returning from where you came, just to escape the mind numbing pain! As if that were not enough, just months into your life and on top of the pain in your mouth you begin to feel the tickle of one of the most hideous conditions known to human kind, diaper rash–on the most tender part of your body!

This is just the beginning, but without you knowing it at the time, you are being prepared for existence inside a world that is becoming more violent by the minute. And every species on earth has had to become tougher to adapt to this self-destruction mode that the earth has been kicked into. There was a moment in time when this earth was perfect. Because this earth was designed to respond to the dominant spirit, which just prior to and immediately after the introduction of human beings, was God. Unfortunately, we humans rejected God’s Spirit, and our spirit became the dominant force. It is that spirit today that is continuing to digress bringing the earth along with us.

We would be doomed today had God abandon us to our vices, and simply began again on any one of the zillions of planets that He has created. Not only did God stay with us , but He came down here to show us how to do it right! Of course, we crucified Him. It was not enough that we rejected Him the first time! Who does God think He is, coming here to try and show us how to live in peace, contentment, and love? Besides, who needs that stuff in this world?

There is no doubt that we have more sickness, disease, disasters, wars, and anguish, then any other time in modern history. For every disease science eradicates we create another one worst than the last, and the last one usually comes back worst than it was originally! The powers that be would like to convince us that our future is looking better every day, and for them in a strange way it is. Though, for the average person today, we need God more than ever.

What is “believing in God”?

At Cepher it means loving God with all our heart, soul, and being. It means following King Y’shua Messiah within His very footprints. It means becoming a vessel for the Blessed Holy Spirit to fill up with God’s Agape Love to be poured out over humanity. At Cepher, believing in God simply means trying to be the best human being by displaying compassion, understanding, patience, wisdom and allowing God to live through us. We do that by spending as much time as we can with King Y’shua Messiah learning everything He can teach us about Him.

Believing in God has nothing to do with judging others, passing laws, making money, proselytizing, or segregating. But it has everything to do with living in such a “Way” that reveals in your life a light that is unlike anything else on earth attracting people to seek God. At Cepher we think that the reason there are so many divisions within the church, the country, and the world; and there are so many people who do not know God, is because there are so few vessels to allow Him to be seen.

Time to become “poured out”.

LIFE = Lovely interesting fellowship eternally.     It all depends on where you live!

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