Part of God’s will for the life of a Believer is to live in blessing, so the question must be pondered: Why are so many who truly place their faith in Him struggling?
There is a saying in America that we should “fake it ‘til we make it.” I have actually heard preachers tell their congregation to do this… so much for “Thou shalt not bear false witness”, I suppose. So many Christians walk around outwardly chanting that they are blessed, but if we could find out what’s really going on in their life and the way they truly feel in their heart, we would see a completely different attitude.
Another thing I have noticed is people believing that they have been blessed (by God), yet refuse to follow certain instructions in God’s Word. One thing I have heard my own Pastor say many times is that, “God cannot bless you beyond your last act of disobedience.” So how is it then that a person can believe to be or appear blessed if they are living in defiance of God’s Word, either in totality or in part? Basically, this is a result of false blessing through deception.
You see, the enemy is more crafty and cunning than most people will ever realize. He can actually provide you with false blessing to hold you in bondage. After all, Satan is after your soul, not your life. He doesn’t care if you go to Church, pray, read your Bible, sing in the choir, greet people as they come into the Church, or even stand behind the pulpit and preach. In fact, he actually PREFERS that you do those things! You see, if he cannot get you to join the ranks of evil outright, he is perfectly happy with you being just another Christian who “does everything right” within the status quo of the Church, but at the same time rejecting portions of the Bible through some misguided belief of “not being under the law”. (I’ll talk about this later.)
The fact is, Satan will bring blessings into your life just to keep you stagnant and bound to his deception. After all, where did the blessings you are referring to come from? Most Christians are conditioned to say that their blessing came from God, regardless of the earthly source used. But consider for a moment that Satan can influence and use those trapped by his kingdom just as much as God can influence and use His people. How do you know it was God that led your boss to give you a promotion, or that it was God that placed that “great deal” on the item you went to the store to buy, or that it was God that… Think about it, Satan is often referred to as the “god of this world” and as such he has the ability to manipulate things to deceive you.
Maria Woodworth-Etter was one of the pioneers of the early Pentecostal Movement at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Her ministry was marked by miracles, signs and wonders. She was asked the question: Is it possible that people may be healed through satanic power? She replied with this answer:
Yes. The devil has the power to work miracles (see Revelation 16:13-14) and when souls can be easier deceived by them, he will give the deception. He is the author of disease and has the power to remove it, if by so doing he can more easily hold his subjects in darkness. Every professed healer or teacher of healing and everyone who claims healing, who denies the blood of Christ as the sacrifice for sin, is antichrist and of the devil; no matter what miraculous manifestations of healing, or otherwise, they claim to produce. (see Galatians 1:8-9)
If God cannot bless you beyond your last act of disobedience, and you are being blessed in the midst of rebellion against the commandments given in His Word, than logic would dictate that it is not God who is blessing you. This should be quite concerning to anyone who wants to be truly committed to Yahweh and His Kingdom.
Now I do understand that we are taught by Scripture to not only confess that we are blessed, but that we create a future by what we speak. It has, therefore, been established that we can become blessed by speaking out that we are blessed. However, while it is true that the Bible teaches confession of faith and that life and death are all wrapped up in the power of our tongue, you’ll never really find the fullness of the blessing of God simply by going around saying that you are blessed.
You see, the Laws of God’s Word only work when you obey the Laws of God’s Word. As such, you cannot receive the blessings promised through the Word of God unless you obey the Word of God. If you need proof of this from Scripture, just read Deuteronomy 28, where the entirety of God’s Torah, blessing and cursing, is summed up.
Faith Without Works
Consider what James 2:18 says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works. ’Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” While the name James was commonly used at the time this was written, and there are several men with this name in the New Testament record, including followers of Messiah, tradition and most Bible scholars attribute this work to James the half brother of Yeshua. Certainly this was a man who was as close to the Messiah during His earthly stay than anyone. Think about the power behind words penned by such a man!
What was it that James was telling us here? He wanted to let us know that confession of faith alone is not enough, you have to have works that validate your faith. This is a message that the modern Pentecostal/Word of Faith movement needs more than any other. We have taught people that all they need to do is “name it and claim it” with their mouth.
I recently heard an account of a Pastor’s wife who developed cancer and began to confess healing every day until she died. Why does something like that happen? Because faith without works is dead (James 2:20). James compels his reader to show him faith without works, and follows it up by saying that he will show you his faith by his works. What was he saying there? It seems that there was a hint of sarcasm in the first part, almost mockingly requesting the reader to show faith without works. Why? Because he knew it wasn’t possible to show true faith without works.
Think about this now, the Bible tells us that we are saved by grace through faith, and not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). What is important to know is that if salvation were by works, then we would have the ability to say that we earned salvation, which would make the work of the cross unnecessary. This does not, however, mean that works do not play a part in our salvation. In understanding that we are saved from sin, which the Apostle Paul says we can’t know if it weren’t for the Law/Torah, we will know how works play a role in our salvation.
While works do not save us, they validate our salvation. The person who tries to earn favor with God by keeping His laws will never make it, but on the flip side the person who believes they are saved without keeping the law is deceived. How is that possible you might ask? It’s because when you are saved from sin, your life should be producing works that are the opposite of sin. Think of it like this, if you have been saved from drugs or alcohol, then by faith you produce a life that abstains from those things. Your work of faith is that you no longer partake of those things that once had you bound.
In the Torah, also commonly referred to as the Pentateuch, which is the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy), we find the record of God’s commandments to His people, generally referred to as the Law (some say “God’s Torah”, others the “Laws of Moses”). These commands are primarily recorded in the books of Leviticus and repeated or reiterated in Deuteronomy. Many in the modern Church have sought to segment these laws into sections, which tends to give license to say which laws we need to obey and which one’s we do not. Some divide into three, others four, but for the purpose of this study we will consider four sections of the Law.
The divisions commonly referred to are Moral Laws, Civil Laws, Creation/Natural Laws, and Ceremonial Laws. The last division, Ceremonial Laws, speak about the duties of the Levitical Priesthood during the time before Messiah, which was the only way to temporarily atone for sins prior to Yeshua’s resurrection. In the book of Hebrews we find enough to clearly state that these ceremonial practices were permanently accomplished through the work of the cross. Animals, for example, no longer needed to be sacrificed in the Tabernacle or Temple for purposes of atonement because Yeshua became that sacrifice once and for all (although other purposes for sacrifice continued, such as thanksgiving offerings, which is why we see the Apostle Paul still making sacrifices in the Temple very late int he record of Acts).
While these Ceremonial Laws may have been replaced (NOT done away with, just replaced in the way they are accomplished), does this excuse the other divisions of the Law? It should also be noted that when the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem and the Levite Priesthood is reestablished, many of these laws will come back into existence. The only reason many are not being done today is due to the lack of a required Temple and Levite Priests. Some will say that the only laws we need to continue to obey are the Moral Laws, others will include Civil Laws, although Civil Laws are primarily toward courts and government, meaning that if you are not a judge or a government official within the nation of Israel, those laws probably don’t apply to you either. Many feel that the Dietary/Natural Laws and part of the Ceremonial Laws.
This can’t be true because we see them in place long before and long after the time of Moses, the Tabernacle/Temple, and the Ceremonial Laws. In addition to that, in order to classify something as a Ceremonial Law it must be restricted to the duties of Temple Priests and acts of Temple Worship. Dietary/Natural Laws were instructions to be followed by the entirety of God’s people in daily life. Others separate these Laws into a separate division but still maintain that they are not for today. They will say that obedience to anything other than the Moral (and MAYBE Civil) Laws is legalism and one who says they are for today is a “Judaizer“. Obeying the Torah is not legalism; Legalism is either the act of obeying Scripture to earn or maintain salvation, the enactment of man-made religious rules that are ranked equal to or greater than Torah, or both. Obeying the Scripture because the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is truly living in and through you is NOT legalism – it’s the evidence that you really are saved.
Blessed Through Obedience
Consider, however, Deuteronomy 28, as noted earlier. This is a very popular passage, particularly the first section. Today’s Christian loves to quote this over their life, saying that they are Blessed in the city, Blessed in the field, Blessed coming in and Blessed going out. What they tend to forget, however, is that this is a conditional blessing. Deuteronomy 28:1-2 says, “if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” While I will not dwell on it just yet, if you read further down, starting in verse 15, you will find a series of cursings that come upon the person who does not obey the commands.
A lot of people like to point to Galatians 3 when saying that we do not have a requirement to follow the Law. Let’s take a look at what it says;
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.” Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. ~Galatians 3:10-14
When looking at this passage many interpret it as saying that anyone who insists on obedience to the Law is under a curse. Consider, however, what Paul goes on to say in verse 21, “ Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not!”
When we read passages like this, we must view them from the perspective of the Jewish Christians who wrote them. It is a known fact that the early Church, including all of the Apostles, made it their custom to gather at the Synagogue on the Sabbath, there is a record of about 85 different occurrences of this in the book of Acts. I recently read an account of a synagogue that was dedicated by the grandchildren of the Apostles more than three centuries after Christ ascended and sent His Holy Spirit in a book titled The Torah Blessing by Larry Huch, where he provides this story of his first trip to Israel and his personal discovery of the Jewish roots of Christianity:
As we walked through the gates, the remains of Peter’s house were directly ahead of us. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Israel. Many people who go there, however, miss another spot of equal importance. turn to your right after passing through the gates, and you will see the remains of an ancient synagogue. Joseph, my friend from Jerusalem, began to tell me about this holy place of Jewish worship. As he did so, I couldn’t help but think, So what? What does this Jewish synagogue have to do with me? I’m a believer in Jesus. The, Joseph pointed out an inscription on the doorpost. It indicated that the synagogue had been dedicated by the grandchildren of the apostles of Jesus. As the group began to walk away, I remained transfixed. I stopped the group and said, “Joseph, tell me again who dedicated this synagogue?”
He told me again.
“How can that be?” I asked. “Weren’t the descendants of the apostles Christians? Weren’t they followers of Jesus?”
Joseph said, “Of course they were.”
Still confused, I asked, “Then what would a believer in Jesus be doing in a synagogue? Did they backslide?”
The next few words changed my life, and I believe they will change yours, too. It was the reason God had brought me to Israel. It was the answer I had been looking for.
“Larry,” he said, “the church and the synagogue were synonymous for three hundred and twenty-five years after Christ’s resurrection. Jesus never intended for his followers to be separated from Israel, from God’s people, or from the Torah. As Christians, we were to be grafted in.”
Yeshua, The Apostles, And Torah
We know through careful study that the early Church maintained adherence to the Dietary Laws of Leviticus. In fact, it is made clear through historical study and proper context of the Bible record that the early Church continued to govern their faith under the Laws recorded in the Old Testament. Yeshua and the Apostles alike make constant reference to the Law and the need to follow it… but also to follow it correctly.
Consider what Yeshua taught: In the “Sermon on the Mount” He told His audience that while adultery was a sin under the law, under His New Covenant if you lust after a woman you already committed adultery, and that while murder is a sin under the Law, under the New Covenant you commit murder if you so much as speak out hate speech toward someone. He taught that Moses gave open license for divorce because of the hardness of their hearts, but that under the New Covenant the only good reason for divorce is if you are the victim of adultery. Yeshua rebuked the scribes and Pharisees… NOT for paying their tithe, He commended them for that saying they were correct in doing so… BUT for ignoring what He called weightier matters of… THE LAW.
Wouldn’t it stand to reason, if Yeshua is our Master and Messiah, that His teachings would have to govern all other teachings in the Bible, both Old and New Testament? Think about it, Yeshua taught a higher standard of Law, not a lower standard. Consider for a moment, if we speculate a little bit (and please understand, this is only speaking in theory at the moment), we might say that the Law said a man should not wear women’s clothing and a woman should not wear men’s clothing, but in the New Covenant if a man says, “This is just metrosexual,” you have already sinned (YES, I realize that there are some styles that are perfectly masculine in today’s modern couture, but some of the stuff I have seen lately should NOT be worn by men, and vice versa).
Now, a lot of extremists like to say that should also prevent women from wearing pants, but that is just silly for two reasons; 1. Pants weren’t invented for men or women when the passage was written, and 2. Women’s pants are designed for women, therefore they are a garment that ‘pertaineth to a woman.’ I say that to point out that you have to THINK when you read the Bible. The point I am making is that there are modern fashions that may push the limits of traditional views but are clearly made for men or women respectively, but there are also fashions being designed with an agenda to support the LGBT movement, and sometimes even Christians fall prey to these trends which are meant to make acceptable that which Scripture calls an abomination. In the Kingdom of God men are to be men and women are to be women, as He designed them to be.
The Word says that we are not to have any graven images, yet the Ark of the Covenant had the graven images of angelic beings on the Mercy Seat. The Word says to not touch the dead body of an unclean animal, and yet parts of the tabernacle were made of the skins of Biblically unclean animals like badgers. If you look at these examples in context, however, you will know that the graven images forbidden were those created to be worshiped as idols, not something that would be a decoration in your home or something that would be used in the worship of God (such as the graven images on the Mercy Seat), and wearing a leather jacket or fur coat made from an unclean animal couldn’t possibly be breaking the Torah instruction against touching an animal carcass you find in the wild.
In the case of the dead bodies, it says that the person touching them would be ceremonially unclean until that evening. This was a much lower consequence than eating unclean animals, and provisions were even made in Numbers 9:10 to celebrate Passover even if you had touched a dead animal that made you unclean that day. It would also stand to reason that once the hides were tanned and prepared as leather for the covering of the Tabernacle they were no longer considered the same as the dead body, since they would have to be handled by the priests in maintaining the tabernacle for worship and atonement.
I say all that to point out that there are aspects of the Law that are not as strict as modern Pharisees would have you to believe. On the other hand there are those that we have lowered to not being necessary, even though Yeshua Himself illustrates that they are perhaps more restrictive than we may want to think.
So, back to Galatians and the curse of the Law. Was Paul saying that if you obey the Law you are under a curse? To reply the way he often does… Certainly Not! When you understand the New Testament from the perspective of the Jewish Christians who wrote it and established the Church, you will understand that they know what was meant by the curse of the Law, because they understood what is written in the Torah, specifically Deuteronomy 28. They knew, as we need to know today, that the Law was only a curse to those who break the Law, and that the Law is a BLESSING to those who live by it.
The problem with the Law under the Old Testament was that it was required to be kept without the sacrifice of Yeshua, which was impossible. That is why there had to be an annual Day of Atonement along with other ceremonial acts to atone for the sins of the people, because without Christ and without Faith it is impossible to keep the Law. Through Faith, however, the Law is made alive in the heart of the Believer and keeping it is not longer a burden, but a blessing. As a side note, we still keep the Holy Feasts today including the Day of Atonement, not to sacrifice a lamb for our sins annually, but to rejoice in the Lamb of God who was slain to atone for our sins once and for all.
This is why Paul says in Romans 3:31 (KJV) “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Grace and faith are prerequisites to keeping the Law, you cannot do it without them. Yet, at the same time, you cannot claim to have grace and faith if you are rebellious to the Law, the two go hand in hand. This pattern is seen in the most microscopic building blocks of life, which I talk more about in my article Created By Design, where elements must be in place at the same time and rely on each other to produce life. Only God can produce two elements that need each other and neither can create the other without the other. This is why you are saved by grace through faith and not of works, while at the same time you are not justified by faith alone but also by works. Only God can produce that in your life, which is why obedience to Torah as a result of faith in Yeshua the Messiah is the evidence of true salvation.
Submitted To Messiah
Consider what Paul says in Galatians Chapter 2:
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Here we see Paul saying that it is because Christ is alive in him that he is ABLE to live by faith. Without Christ in your life it would be impossible to keep all of the Law, yet if you are submitted to Him than the Law is supposed to become EASY for you to keep, because it’s not you keeping it, but Him keeping it through you. Really, when you think about it, if you are not obedient to Torah and even the totality of Scripture as a result of your salvation your outward works say that you either don’t believe that Yeshua is alive on the inside of you or that He is breaking His own Torah through you. Look at what Paul said a few sentences before this;
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!
Now remember what Paul said about the Law defining sin in Romans 7:7, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”” So let’s put this all together, the Law defines sin (Romans 7:7, also 1 John 3:4), and if we claim that Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20) and we are engaging in acts of sin (Galatians 2:17) then we are saying that Yeshua is a minister of sin (Galatians 2:17). Let me put this another way: If you claim to be a Christian and continue to knowingly break God’s Laws, you are calling Yeshua Himself a sinner, because your claim is that He is sinning through you. I cannot stress this enough!
Understanding that the early Church knew what Paul meant by the curse of the law, as it pertains to Deuteronomy 28, we can also see that they knew what the blessing was truly all about. We MUST change our perspective and see the Scripture the way a first century Jewish Believer who accepted Yeshua as Messiah would see the Scripture, because, after all, Christianity IS a Hebraic/Jewish faith. The Bible tells us that the Gentiles are grafted into the vine, that vine being the original covenant God made with His chosen people.
There is not a separate Jewish Christian body and Gentile Christian body, with different rules for each. There is ONE body, a glorious Church, purchased through the blood of Yeshua. He came to bring unity, not division, and the foundation of that unity is through His covenant with His chosen people. The reason the New Covenant is a better one is because it allows all people to be grafted in through the blood of Yeshua.
Enjoy The Blessing Of Keeping Torah
Understanding now that the Law is a curse to those who don’t follow it, then we can begin to understand that the Blessing is validated by obedience to His Law. When this happens, you will no longer view the Law as a restrictive code that binds you from enjoying life, on the contrary. The Blessing allows you to live the abundant life that Yeshua came to provide (John 10:10).
When you begin to look at this from the eyes of the Jewish faith, which is the foundation of the Christian faith, you will begin to stop viewing the Law as a set of dictative commands and allow them to come alive as the source of blessing in your life. Instead of saying, “The Ten Commandments,” why not start saying, “The Ten Blessings.” Don’t focus on them as commands that bring a curse to them that reject them, but rather as a gift from Yahweh because through them you can find true blessing.
Instead of seeing something like giving tithes and offerings as a Law, and feeling like you have to do it or else you will be frowned upon by the Church and by God, look at giving as a blessing. You can live abundantly and prosperously by following the BLESSINGS of tithes and offerings. And, contrary to popular belief and modern teaching, tithes and offerings do not have to be in the form of money. They can be, and for most people that is the most convenient option, but no tithe in the entirety of Scripture was in the form of money, ever, and there was a system of money in place even before Abraham gave tithe to Melchizedek. For example, one option that might work better for some people is to tithe their time through voluntary service. I’ll get into this more at another time, but I do have a good message that compares modern teaching on tithing with the dietary instructions from Torah.
Instead of looking at the Dietary Laws and complaining that God won’t let you eat something, look instead at the Dietary BLESSINGS that provide life and health… DIVINE HEALTH… the blessing that sustained God’s people in the wilderness, the harshest of environments. Instead of trying to justify why you think the Bible gives you the OK to eat whatever you want (which is never does, contrary to popular belief), simply obey what the Bible says and live in the blessing of God.
Consider what Proverbs 4:20-22 says,“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.” God does not give commands and laws because He wants to be some type of dictator ruling over us with an iron fist. He gives us these laws because He loves us. He created us, and when He did so He also created a plan for our life that, when followed, would allow us to live in true blessing.
It is a fact that God is bound to His Word, and therefore any consequences for rebellion against His Word must been enforced. I am often asked the question, “Do you really think God will send me to hell for…?” Typically it is for the things that most consider petty or insignificant, like eating bacon or working on the Sabbath. Nobody questions whether or not God will send a murderer to hell, but think about this, murder is spoken of very little compared to some of the so-called ‘little sins’ and some of God’s choicest servants in the historical record of the Bible committed murder (Moses, David and Paul for example), but a fellow who was gathering wood on the Sabbath was executed. That’s in your Bible! My response to the “Do you think god will send me to hell for…?” question is pretty simple: Why would you want to find out???
Think about it, why would you want to take any chance when it comes to eternity? I’m not talking about you being late for work because you got pulled over for speeding, I’m talking about gambling with your eternal destination over petty sins!
Think of a high security prison for a moment. You have murderers, rapists, drug lords, and the like. Nobody wants to be that guy who gets six months for some petty crime, right? It does not usually go well for that person when surrounded by hardened criminals. The same would hold true here, who would want to be that guy that hears the words, “Depart from me, worker of lawlessness, for I never knew you,” over something that seemed so small and insignificant.
I mean, seriously, if I’m gonna go to hell I might as well go with my guns blazing! I might as well get with all those women that I have met that I knew good and well I could have gotten in bed with. I might as well get falling down drunk off every night. I might as well dabble into the world of marijuana and cocaine. I might as well take out anyone who gets in my way (by “take out” I mean kill them, just in case you are not familiar with modern American slang). I might as well never pay for anything again, just steal whatever I need without regard to who I am stealing from. Certainly nothing I say would be the truth, I’m going to hell, right? Why on earth would you want to be that guy or gal who is permanently and eternally separated from God over something so small, so petty, that thing that religion tells you is not a big deal, that thing that backslidden preachers tell you is OK because it’s covered under grace and the blood?
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Think about that for a moment… Yeshua said that in order to go to heaven you had to have a greater righteousness than the Pharisees! He said that the law will not pass away before heaven and earth pass away. It’s only late in the book of Revelation, after the Tribulation, after the Second Coming and after the Millennial Reign, after the final defeat of Satan (in whatever order you believe those events will occur) that we find a new heaven and a new earth!
Yeshua places an emphasis on the LEAST of the commands. Sure, he says they will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven… notice, however, He doesn’t say you get to dwell in heaven! The Bible is clear, sinners who do not repent have to face an eternal consequence. I know this is not a popular message these days, but it still holds true. Repentance means to turn and go the other way. You turn AWAY from sin and walk toward the BLESSING, and you do that by first accepting Yeshua as your Messiah and then as a result obeying Torah.
He also stated that you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Pharisees. As we know, the Pharisees were really good at keeping Torah, that’s what they lived for, many of them simply approached it from a wrong heart motive. Several times in the Gospel record there is reference to a place called “outer darkness”. Many believe this is a reference to hell, but there is a belief that this refers to a part of heaven outside of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Now, I am not trying to open a debate, but it lends itself worthy to consider that maybe there is a place of separation from God’s Kingdom apart from eternal hell. Again, I am not stating this as anything more than the theory it is according to some Bible scholars, and even if such a place exists I am not saying that is what Yeshua referred to as outer darkness. However, there must be a reason why Yeshua says that you will be called least in the Kingdom if you don’t follow and teach obedience to Torah while at the same time saying that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees (ultimately, unless you keep and teach others to keep Torah) that you don’t even get into the Kingdom of Heaven. This is something that is certainly worthy of meditating on… or, you can simply obey the Bible and not worry about whether or not such a place exists or is Scriptural.
Embrace the Blessing that is found in God’s Law and begin the life of abundance He has promised you today!
NOTE: I mention the Dietary Blessings a lot, and I often do that for two reasons. First of all they are the most resisted of all of God’s commands, which usually shows the true heart of a person. True believers respond to the commands of God in obedience, while unbelievers, deceivers and hypocrites often respond in rebellion. If you feel the need to justify doing something that the Word commands against, whether the command is found in the New Testament or the Old, you should stop and check your heart, seek God’s face, and find a place of repentance. The second reason I focus a lot on them is because I believe that, because they are contested more than any other, they are the source of true revival in the heart of a Believer. It seems that Christians who embrace these particular laws are willing to do just about anything for God. These are they that often times are the most sold out believers. It is true that there are some sects that teach strict obedience to these laws and are way off, but when it comes to true Believers, those who are completely sold out and in love with Yeshua, when these people embrace God’s Dietary Laws (or shall I say Dietary Blessings), they are an unstoppable force for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. If you would like to read a more detailed study on the importance of these blessings you can access my articles: The Key To Divine Health, Does The New Testament Void Old Testament Dietary Laws, Get Up, Peter! Kill And Eat!, and Created With A Purpose.
Blessings ans Shalom!
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