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GOD Who Are You? AND Who AM I?

Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names

PART 1 – eBook 1

Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression.

So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders ( Deuteronomy 26: 7-8 NIV).

Part 1 is comprised of the first three modules of the book and is Part 1 of the  FREE eCourse Bonus on this Web site. They are:

Module 1 – Chapter 1: El Roi [The God Who Sees Me]

Module 2 – Chapter 2: God is Elohim [The Creator and Triune God]

Chapter 3: Because God Is Elohim, I Am Alive

Module 3 – Chapter 4: God is Jehovah-Tsidkenu [The Lord Our Righteousness]

Chapter 5: Because God Is Jehovah-Tsidkenu, He Sees Me As He Sees Jesus

How God Found Me: A story of Hope, Redemption and Miracles

By Mariya Pypenko (Feit)
Translated and Written by Lisa Kravchuk

I was born into a family where my parents believed in God, but I did not serve Him and did not attend church. I was very involved at my school as a head-senior student, lead member of a Communist Youth organization and attended an atheist club where we stood against religions and superstition. But I never opposed my parents’ faith. When my parents read us the Bible, I didn’t understand or consider it.

My parents are Russian Germans and were banished to Siberia, Ural region, where I was born on in 1953, in the city of Kospach, Permskaya county. In 1956 our family moved to the city of Vorkuta where my maternal grandma lived. She was sent there due to religious and political reasons, because she was an Adventist believer and said a word in defense of America. Vorkuta was a place where Russians and Germans were sent for different political, religious or criminal reasons.

When I was 14 years old, I experienced the power of the name of Jesus even though I did not understand it. It happened when my brothers got into a fight and my older sister wanted to punish them. Our mom was gone, and my second oldest sister did not think punishment was appropriate; so the two began arguing.

I charged at them with tightly held fists saying, “Stop! Or I will kill you.” There was so much anger in me, they got scared, hid in a corner and began saying, “Satan, leave her, in the name of Jesus Christ.” That very moment, my anger went away. I was very startled by the change in me after these words.

God Found Me

How God Found Me: A story of Hope, Redemption and Miracles

I did not search for God; He found me! When I was 15 years old, my classmates decided to seek fortune-telling about their future and husbands the night before Christmas.

My father told me that it was forbidden to do that, so I said my first prayer before bedtime, “God, if You exist, then show me my future!” That night I had a dream where God revealed Himself to me and showed me that He is my future! I dreamed of a young man of average heights, dressed in brocade, silver suit (He did not show Himself in a dress, as I did not know how people were dressed in the days of Jesus and would have not understood).

His hair was wavy, the color of chestnut running to his shoulders. His eyes were visually vivid, bluish and full of love. I felt as though I was x-rayed in front of Him and He knows my past, present and the future. I had a knowledge that I would search for a man that resembles His image but would not find anyone like Him.

That morning we had a Christian friend visiting, who led my mother to believing and who was sent to Vorkuta for 25 years due to evangelizing. I told them my dream. Mother said, “It is Jesus Christ and He wants you to accept Him in your life,” but I continued to live as usual.

After God Found Me, I Lived My Life As Usual

It was exactly a year later when I had the same kind of dream the night of Christmas, but I continued to live my life. I finished school and enrolled in a Technology School to become a Certified Nurse. One night I had to stay late. When I was leaving campus, I noticed there were men walking, two from one side and one from another. There was no one else around.

They noticed me and turned my way. I understood they wanted to harm me and a thought went through me, “God if you exist, help me!” I was a fast runner, but this time I could not even move. I felt as though my feet were cast iron. The men continued walking my way and I heard them speak to each other, “Let’s not go her way. It’s a strong and tall guy by her, and he has a sword!”

I looked both ways but could not see anyone. I heard them repeat these words to themselves and they turned around. When they were a minimum of 10 meters from me, my feet suddenly became normal again and I took off so fast like never before.

At home, I told my mother about the experience and asked her who that “tall, strong and with a sword” could be, and she said it was an angel God sent to protect me because He thinks of me and because she was worried and prayed for me.

At that time, the church where my mother and two older sisters were attending was praying for the children of believing parents, that the Lord would deliver and baptize them. It was not legally allowed at that time, and there was no actual building to gather in as the prayer house was burned.

“God, if You exist, give me Your Holy Spirit or I will turn to the secular living.”

Because of government persecution, Christian gatherings were done at homes or apartments. It was a Sunday, a day of fasting. Suddenly I had a compelling desire to say, “God, if You exist, give me Your Holy Spirit or I will turn to the secular living,” for I was at the crossroad either faith in God or the world.

When I said these words, my mouth opened and I began talking and singing on clear angelic tongues. I felt as though God lifted me, along with my baby sister, unto the clouds. I was experiencing Divine Presence.

My brother Peter, who was in the same room, had a vision at the same time. He saw a black bird take off from my head to meet a dove coming from heaven. There was a fight in midair and feathers flying around; then, the dove increased in size and swallowed the black bird. When the dove landed on my head, I began singing and talking in heavenly languages.

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My mom was excited and took me to church that day. It was my first time stepping into the place of prayer. When those present found out that God answered their prayers, they could not pray in their own language. Everyone prayed and sang in holy languages. It was a huge glory to God!!

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It’s not people who seek God, but God seeks people! He knows our hearts. Don’t get despaired or discouraged. He hears the prayers of mothers and fathers.

Often people seek the gifts and blessings of God, but God gives as He desires and sees fit. It is important to desire and love the Spirit of God Himself, and the rest God will provide.

God is worthy of people’s love. He is grand! He chooses people from variety of families, nationalities, and denominations; for He knows the past, the present and the future.

He hears prayers and continues His works of saving souls. I am very grateful God found me, and to this day, He is my greatest Friend and Husband according to my heart. I give Him all praise! He found me on time, for He is a God of a Right time!

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Lisa Pypenko Kravchuk is  the young mother who translated God Who Are You? AND Who Am ? into Russian. Her mother is Mariya, who wrote this article and edited the book. You can see the book at the button below–along with an update on her story:

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Where is that Beautiful Music Coming From? A Story of Hope and Peace

 by Lila Morgan,

When I was a nine-year-old Kansas girl in 1935, our city’s health officer placed a sign in the window of our red-brick house-SCARLET FEVER. It warned those approaching not to enter. All the joyful music in our happy household stopped.

My seven-year-old sister, Mary Ann, contracted the illness after exposure to a sick child in the neighborhood. Needless to say, this diagnosis brought fear to our home. Mother cared for our sister night and day. Then, the unthinkable happened. She, too, was stricken! A scarlet rash covered her body, and her temperature soared. As she struggled with this often-fatal sickness, happy children’s songs froze on our lips.

Our father, a welder in a refinery, hired nurses to work around the clock, and a housekeeper to care for us. Friends brought food to the door, but they never stayed more than a few moments. Only our father and the nurses could enter or exit. We were an island of sickness and sorrow.

There were no sulfa drugs or medicines in those days to fight infections. Mother’s fever rose higher and higher until it reached 108 degrees, and she became blind.

The sign: SCARLET FEVER was placed in the window It warned those approaching not to enter. All the joyful music in our happy household stopped.

Shortly before her death, mother asked her nurse, “Where is that beautiful music coming from?”

Daddy snuggled my two sisters and me around him in his large, overstuffed chair. “Your mother is going to heaven,” he said, as his voice broke with emotion.

Before she died, Daddy allowed us to enter her bedroom. “I love you, Mother,” I said. I could tell she recognized my voice.

Leaving her room, I curled into a fetal position on the divan, retreating undisturbed into my own silent world. My grief was too much to bear, because I couldn’t hear the heavenly music which comforted by mother.

The day of her funeral was set apart like no other in my experience. Because she died of a contagious disease, only a graveside service could be held. Dorothy, my older sister, and I had to stay in the car so people couldn’t touch us as they walked by to offer their condolences. Mary Ann remained at home.

While Mary Ann was recovering, I helped entertain her. We had a metal tray and some small marbles which fit into a groove around the edge. After putting several of them in the groove, we tipped it so the marbles would race around the outside rim. There was an art to tipping it only so high so they wouldn’t roll off. We both became experts at this improvised game.

When Mary Ann was well, we all tried to pick up the pieces of our lives and go on, but Mother’s absence made it terribly difficult. Every day, when Father came home from work, we drove to the cemetery north of town. We took fresh flowers from our garden, and often cut the grass around the small marble tombstone which said MOTHER. Even near her grave, I couldn’t hear the music she loved. How we sorrowed for her.

A cemetery has a social atmosphere which only those who grieve experience. We met others who had lost loved ones, and we shared our losses with each other. It helped our grief as the days came and went.

Dorothy’s handicap made her unable to help care for a household, although she was fifteen. Because of this, Daddy hired a live-in housekeeper. He converted a long porch on the back of our house to another bedroom, and hired a cook, housekeeper, and sitter all rolled into one–for the handsome sum of three dollars a week.

During the course of three years, we had thirty-some women care for us. We would no more get acquainted with one than she would quit, or dad would fire her. One woman lasted two days. On her second day on the job, she spanked little Mary Ann for not coming in the house when she called. When Daddy came home and saw tears in his darling’s eyes, he immediately asked the housekeeper to pack her things. He took her home pronto, and we girls thought, Good riddance!

Another woman brought some little “friends” with her when she moved into our house– scabies! We all caught them within days. Bathing and a foul-smelling ointment prescribed by our doctor took care of the problem. After we rid our house of her “friends,” she stayed for several years. In her sixties, she loved to smoke, but Daddy let her only do it in the bathroom. She was in there a lot!

The years dragged by until I became a teenager, and I attended a Baptist church with my best friend. I discovered a wonderful group of friendly people who loved and cared for my sisters and me. Before long, we girls went every Sunday, but Daddy only came with us on special occasions like Easter or Christmas. However, the church people reached out to us, and because of that, I would eventually learn why mother heard such beautiful music on her deathbed.

One young woman in the church considered herself a matchmaker. It wasn’t too long before a red-haired young man, Harold, and I became her project. We were both shy, so she proceeded to help us become acquainted by insisting I sit next to him on the way home from a church get-together at the park.

It worked. We were married before he served in the Army Air Force on Guam during WWII. When Harold came home after three long years, we started a new life together. He had a number of jobs: a farm hand, aircraft work, and finally a great job with the refinery where my father worked. Life seemed good, and we welcomed the first of our four children of two boys and two girls.

The church where we’d met and married was a vital part of our everyday lives. One day, Harold bounded in the door after work announcing, “Honey, Guess what. The Lord is calling me to preach!”
I thought, No way!

That role for either of us was out of the question for me. Yet, he seemed so happy and thrilled with the prospect of preaching the rest of his life. Although I was a member of the church, I did not hear the “song” he sang. Although I had been baptized by immersion, completely submerged, nothing had been washed away from the inside out.

“Harold, you mean to leave a good job? Move to who knows where?”
My lack of enthusiasm caused agony for my husband. One day, he went into a pasture, sat down and poured out his heart to the Lord, “I feel called to preach, Lord, but I don’t know how it can happen. Lila is not in agreement with me, and school seems out of the question.”

Soon, he felt the Lord’s hand on his shoulder with these words, “It’s going to be okay.”

 

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I found excuses for not going to church with Harold. Finally, a series of events brought me to the point where I could risk everything to follow my husband’s calling. First, the Lord grabbed my attention through a radio program while Harold was at church one evening.

Next, near our town was a rural schoolhouse where our church started a Sunday school for those in the area. Before long, Harold was preaching there. Still, I struggled to hear the beautiful music he heard.

One week, a guest preacher came to speak at our rural church. He knew the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and quoted many parts of it by heart.

One Scripture touched my soul, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6 KJV). That verse led to a sleepless night. I tossed and turned, in great turmoil–caught in a terrible battle–as Satan pulled me to continue to go astray, but the Lord pulled harder and won my heart.

I finally said, “Yes Jesus, direct my life as Lord and Savior.”

The eternal music came into my life and peace enveloped me. I understood why my mother heard the angels sing on her deathbed. I shared in Harold’s calling to the ministry.

He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University, utilizing the GI Bill, and we spent thirty-five years serving the Lord together, in harmony.

Now, at eighty years of age, that question-“Where is that beautiful music coming from?”-may be addressed before long to those who stand around my deathbed. I pray my children will be comforted as they realize I have joined my mother and family, and we will be there waiting for them, where the saints and angels sing glorious words of praise to Almighty God for all eternity.

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This story is written by my mother, Lila Lee Morgan.  She died November, 2015, three years after my father.  She wrote this article for the book,  His Forever: Stories of Real People finding Jesus. It wasn’t published because they needed men’s stories at the time. However, my father’s and my son Kurt’s stories are published in this compilation book.

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El Roi: God Who Sees You and Knows Your Name

“So, you’re moving to the lake to retire and die here, huh?” Our new neighbor retrieved his dog with these words and left.

God Who Sees You Knows your name

Jim and I were left shocked and speechless. Oh! how I wish I could have a second chance to answer him. I’d say, “No sir, we serve a God who sees us and knows us by our name, and our life has only just begun!”

Since moving to our lake-view home, we’ve seen the assignments from the Lord – El Roi [the God Who Sees] come into a more clear focus. That assignment for me involves you, for as I’ve come to know El Roi better, He has given me an avenue to help you do the same–to know Him, really know Him and who He is.

First of all, this will be a backwards article, because I’d like to start at the ending (or almost ending) of where I am now as I experience El Roi. After getting settled in our house in the winter, all the summer greenery outside was its ordinary, cold and bare bushes. But something wonderful happened when Spring drew near.

El Roi the God who creates red azaleas sees you and me too

One morning, I opened the front curtains as my eyes beheld beautiful, red flowers on the bushes outside, all along the front of the house–azaleas! I could hardly believe it. I had always wanted azaleas, but we never lived where they would grow.

In awe of God’s grace, love and mercy to me, I kept thanking Him as I felt His love sweep over me. He seemed to say to my heart, “I’ve held these just for you. They are from Me. You are mine, and I love you. You have not come to the lake to die. I have a plan for you here.”

God Who Sees White Peony
God Who Sees White Peony

Slowly, more flowers kept popping up and out. This article will give you a peek into my beautiful world. They are blooming as I write today and share fresh images with you.

This article is an introduction to what the God Who Sees You has given me to share. All last year of 2017, He directed me to start a blog site and to tear up my book, GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I?: Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names, into 15 minute segments….to make it a free online eCourse.

The book examines, not only El Roi, but eleven more prominent Hebrew names of God that help us know Him more intimately. And, by learning who He is, we learn who we are, where we have come from and where we are going.

El Roi – The ‘God Who Sees’ Asks You Two Questions

God Who Sees Purple Clematis
God Who Sees Purple Clematis

These two questions, “Where have you come from, and where are you going?” the angel of the Lord spoke to Hagar in Genesis 16. She had been running away from her circumstances until she came to the end of her road. He called her by her name when she had not spoken her name. It was because of this recognition that this ‘Person’ who spoke to her was God, that she named Him El Roi – the God Who Sees.

Furthermore, God told her that the child she was carrying should be named Ishmael, meaning, “the Lord has heard of your misery.” She felt unloved, only used; not appreciated, only abused. Only in the God Who Saw her did she find Someone who had her best interests at heart.

God Who Sees Red Roses
God Who Sees Red Roses

There’s no need to get into the details of the 8 principles of El Roi right now, because we do that in the first chapter of the book and the eCourse.

You can learn more about it by watching my 5-minute video where I tell about the 40 women who helped me write it–with their testimonies – HERE.

Or if you’d rather read the text, you can do so, HERE.

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It will change your life forever, especially if you are like Hagar and running in the direction from which you should be going. Have you pinpointed where you came from, so you can face your past in order to see where you are going?

El Roi – The ‘God Who Sees’ Knows Your Name

God Who Sees Red & Pink Azaleas
God Who Sees Red & Pink Azaleas

I look forward to seeing you on the other side – as I watch for your name to pop up like a beautiful, unexpected azalea bush.

MY STORY – HOW EL ROI FOUND ME is at this link for you. The first time I told this story, a friend shared it with her grandson. She was able to use this method my father used on me to guide him to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. [No email required.]

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M3F God Sees Jesus Blood When He Looks at Me: Jehovah Tsidkenu

My Red Umbrella Story

God hears my prayers because of Jesus' blood. He is the only good in me. God sees Jesus blood when He looks at me. This is my red umbrella story.

It was no different than when President Kennedy was shot or when 9/11 hit. I knew exactly where I was and what I was doing when the realization came to me of what Jesus’ blood did for me–that  God sees Jesus’ blood when He looks at me. I was folding laundry, listening to a spiritual cassette tape when the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the words “in the name of Jesus.”

It happened during the same time-span, and in the same house where I was seeking to find the Something More I knew I was missing. It seemed to me every prayer I prayed hit the ceiling and came back down. My thoughts were: Why would God give me the time of day when there are so many other people who deserve His attention more than I? Then, the man on the tape mentioned that Jesus, standing at the right hand of the Father, intercedes for us, and “that’s why we pray, ‘In the name of Jesus.'”

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In the Name of Jesus

I had always learned to end a prayer with the words, “In the name of Jesus,” but until then, the full impact of what they meant had not gone from my head to my heart. However, now, in my mind’s eye, I could see a RED umbrella covering me so that when God looked down upon me, He saw Jesus’ red blood, not me. Until then, what I saw was the underneath side of the umbrella smeared with my own unworthiness.

The words no good in me came to mind. I looked them up to see if they were in the Bible. Sure enough, there they were, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Rom. 7:18).

I realized I’d been trying to feel worthy on my own, when Jesus had already made me worthy, or justified. God actually did hear my prayers because of Jesus; He is the only good in me. God actually did see Jesus blood when He looked at me. He saw perfection. What awesome thoughts! I just had to believe them in order to walk in the knowledge (receive) of what His blood had done for me.

How I’d limited God’s power and ability! I also began to realize that growing as a Christian was learning and relearning, and comprehending the awesome dimensions of what Jesus did for me at the very moment He came into my heart many years ago.
And, it was not long before God taught me that “dying to self” [Galatians 2:20] would be a life long ordeal.

“Look to Me and Me alone. Let me teach you.”

We sold that two-story house in Kansas and moved to Texas, debt free, so Jim could get a doctorate degree in community college administration. He had been coaching football and teaching, but felt he needed to prepare for the future while our children were still young.

Four-year-old Kurt and two-year-old Francy hated the crowded daycare when I worked as a secretary at the college. We had no friends, not even at our church. We lived in a trailer house with a postage-stamp sized yard. Life was dry. Texas was hot. Not one tree. God seemed to say, “Look to Me and Me alone. Let me teach you.” But our life, pursuing unfulfilling things, chocked out all God’s Word from our hearts we had to begin with. Life was dry, drudgery, confused, a desert, a wilderness, and we knew it.

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Three things kept me going that year, things I read or heard:

(1) When we make Jesus Christ absolute Lord of our life and of each day, it means there is nothing that can come into our lives that is not filtered through His fingers.

(2) Dying to self in order that we may live in God’s power, rather than our own, is something we must do daily. Mentally assenting to self dying, allows Christ to live His life through us each day–His royal red blood flowing through our veins.

(3) When we make Jesus Lord by giving ourselves and all we own to Him, He will, at some point, return 100-fold.

I had a green hanging plant God used to speak to me. It needed sun, water and fertilizer in order to grow. He impressed upon me that my heart was the same. It needed His Son, His water, and His fertilizer, but I did nothing to give it these things. With a three-year correspondence accounting course I was taking, a full-time job, and family, I made no time for God.

My plant also needed pruning, cutting back in order to grow to its maximum potential. I hated the thought of being pruned, but I knew it was true–God was pruning us–and was about to do a whole lot more. Our family had yet to put a real demand upon the covenant–a need to use the words “in the name of Jesus.”

 

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M3E Jesus Performs Whole Heart Operation: Jehovah Tsidkenu

6. Jesus Performs Whole Heart Operation:

Jesus performs whole heart operation

No matter how much of the heart is blocked, Jesus performs whole heart operation. Consider the children of Israel who did not understand this. After the Israelite’s 430 years of bondage in Egypt, “God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them” (Exod. 2:24-25).

God sent Moses to deliver them. Moses, like all the children of Israel, was a descendant of Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel). Moses was delivered from the wrath of the Pharaoh of Egypt who hoped to retard the growth in the number of Israelites (Hebrews), by sentencing all newborn baby boys to be executed. To avoid that fate, Moses’ parents put him in a floating basket and hid him in the Nile River. He was discovered by the Pharaoh’s own daughter who raised him as her son.

When Moses was an adult and discovered who he really was, he tried in his own strength to deliver his people from their slavery by killing an Egyptian who was mistreating a Hebrew slave. Accused of murder, he fled to the desert to save his own life. While tending sheep, Moses saw a burning bush. After turning aside to look, God called to him, saying, “. . . I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. . . .” (Exod. 3:8).

Through his servant Moses, God worked miraculous signs and wonders, with ten plagues, to snatch the Israelites from Pharaoh’s grasp. After leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea on dry land, the Israelites witnessed first-hand miracles from God Almighty. They could have entered the Promised Land within eleven days; however, when Moses sent out twelve spies into the land, ten came back with a fear-filled report that the people were stronger and taller than the Israelites.

Only Joshua and Caleb Allowed Jesus to Perform Whole Heart Operation

Jesus performs whole heart operation

Only Joshua and Caleb trusted in the goodness, wisdom, and power of the Lord, in His promise that they could take the land as He commanded them. For that lack of faith, the Lord told the people, “Not a man of this evil generation will see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, except Caleb son of Jephunneth. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly” (Deut. 1:34-36 emphasis added).

God sent all the people back to wander in the wilderness for forty years until that generation died. Only the little children who the people said “would be taken captive”19 would see the Promised Land. Joshua would be their leader because, like Caleb, he believed God and followed Him with his whole heart.

Try to imagine what it would look like for a patient to refuse to allow the surgeon to operate on her whole heart? After experiencing the initial life-giving royal blood flowing through her veins and being translated into heavenly places, she wakes up from the operating table and says, “Just take half; give me back the rest.”

In doing so, the upper chamber pumping the blue, lifeless blood would only partially gravitate to the machine. Only a part would ever be energized and rerouted to the body. Left long enough in this state, the result is “congestive heart failure,” where fluid backs up, causing congestion in the tissues due to reduced pressure of the blood flow.

You may say, “But no one in their right mind would do such a thing.”
Spiritually speaking, it happens all the time. Look at what the children of Israel did. After they received the command of the Lord to go up and take possession of the land, the people fell into a half-hearted commitment. Moses writes,

“You grumbled in your tents and said, ‘The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart'” (Deut. 1:27-28 ).

The Lord had just told them where to go and how He would get them there; but, they listened to the wrong people–the ten spies. With their non-believing words, they took back part of their hearts from trusting the Lord to live His life through them in His power and in His strength.

This brings up an important question, “If the children of Israel lost heart, did they lose their salvation?” They were out of Egypt, weren’t they? So are the patients who have asked the Great Physician to replace their heart. It is just as impossible to take back a replaced heart as it is blood that is already shed.

Scripture backs this up: “No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” (Isa. 43:13). The apostle John records the words of Jesus, chapter 10 verse 28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” If that were not enough, Jesus takes it to the highest authority, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Salvation cannot be annulled; it is the legal contract between Jesus and His Father.

If only the children of Israel could have, in faith, let go and believed this promise:

Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. -Deuteronomy 1:29-31

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With Marie, nothing good came to her life until she was ready and willing to commit her whole life, her whole heart, to Jesus Christ, in complete obedience to His will and His way. Our analogy stops here, for Jesus not only transforms our heart, He replaces it. He says, “I’ll remove the stone heart from your body, and replace it with a heart that’s God willed, not selfwilled” (Ezek.36:26 The Message.). The marvelous thing is, He gives us His heart, uncorrupted, pure and clean.

7. Jesus Performs Whole Heart Operation with a Deep Inner Meaning:

“The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them” (Ps. 25:14). The Amplified version reads that He will “reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.”

Jesus performs whole heart operation

E. W. Kenyon (1867 – 1948), discovered this deeper meaning. He was a pastor and evangelist who found the Lord in a Methodist prayer meeting when he was seventeen years old. His ministry lives on through his writings. In one of his booklets, Blood Covenant, he says he knew there had to be more to the New Covenant than he realized, and that it resided in the Lord’s Supper table. “The silence of the disciples when Jesus introduced it, saying, ‘This is my blood of the New Covenant, which is poured out for many unto the remission of sins’; and then told them to eat the bread which was His body and to drink the wine which He declared was His blood–I say, the very silence of the disciples indicates they understood what he meant. I did not and it confused me”20

Through more research, Kenyon found evidence that in Africa, India, China, Borneo, and the Islands of the Seas, men practiced a blood covenant very similar to the Lord’s Table. Their reasons for evoking a covenant, as it were for Abraham and others in the Old Testament of the Bible, were to bring peace between parties, or for love’s sake. When one party had a demand put upon it, the other obligated himself to meet that demand. It was a sacred rite that if broken, one’s own mother or wife, or his nearest relative would seek his death. “No man can live in Africa who breaks the covenant . . . he curses the very ground he walks on.”21 It is so sacred that the children to the third and fourth generations revere it and keep it. It is perpetual and cannot be annulled.

Kenyon tells a profound story that illustrates the New Covenant Jesus was trying to communicate to His disciples and to us:

Journalist Sir Henry Stanley was commissioned to go to Africa to find David Livingstone. When he found the Scottish missionary on November 10, 1871, his now famous words were, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” In his seeking, Stanley came in contact with a powerful war-like equatorial tribe. His interpreter explained what a blood covenant was and asked Stanley, “Why don’t you make a strong covenant with them?” “What will the results be from such a covenant?” Stanley asked.

“Everything the chieftain has will be yours if you need it.”

Stanley revolted from drinking someone else’s blood, but when conditions worsened, he agreed. The first step was negotiation as to motives and the commitment and ability to keep the covenant. Next, the chieftain and Stanley exchanged gifts. The old chieftain wanted Stanley’s goat, but giving away the goat meant life or death for Stanley. He was in poor health and had to have goat’s milk to live. It took everything within him to give it. The chieftain gave Stanley his seven-foot, copper-wound spear. Stanley thought he was defeated.

To Stanley’s surprise, the ritual continued with each man bringing in a substitute to perform the actual cutting. Blood dripped from the substitutes’ wrists, falling into one cup of wine. The bloods were mixed, and then the cup was given back to the two substitutes to drink in equal parts. They were now blood brothers, and Stanley and the chieftain and his men were bound together. Gun powder was rubbed into the wounds of the substitutes, which when healed, was the sign of the covenant.

After sealing the wounds, a priest pronounced awful curses upon the wives, children and tribal members if the covenant was broken. Then a tree was planted–one known for its long life–as a remembrance for the time to come.

Afterwards, Stanley’s men did not have to stand guard over their bales of cotton cloth and trinkets, but now they could sell them and buy from the tribe as well; to steal meant death. To Stanley’s amazement, everywhere he went with the chieftain’s spear, everybody bowed to him as though he were the chief himself.

Jesus performs heart surgery

In comprehending Stanley’s story, heart surgery and how it relates to us and the New Covenant, consider these things:

  • The difference between the Old Covenant and the new is that the third person of the Trinity cuts into the heart. (He is the only third on earth today.) The Holy Spirit does the work of Jehovah Tsidkenu. [For simplicity’s sake, Jehovah Tsidkenu is used here, although Jehovah Mekoddishkem is God’s name meaning to sanctify, or purify. The Holy Spirit is the sanctifier.22] When we trust Him to do so, He cleanses our heart of waste matter with His royal blood; for “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). He then daily and perpetually gives a spirit-filled life to those who believe whole-heartedly.
  • An open-heart surgery cannot take place unless 100 percent of the blood supply is diverted to the artificial heart-lung machine. Until we mentally and spiritually assent to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, giving Him 100% commitment–as Stanley did with his goat–and make Him our number one priority, we cannot find life.
  • These seven dimensions of heart operation performed by the Holy Spirit can only be discerned through the Holy Spirit, for “the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). As we spiritually discern this New Covenant, we begin to see that when God looks at us, He sees Jesus. He sees the royal red blood Jesus shed for us, and the legal contract signed in His blood.
  • In exchange for our gift of self to God, He gives us five words, “In the name of Jesus” (see John 14:13). After Jesus ascended to His Father and sent His Holy Spirit to earth, His disciples used these words in time of need, for themselves and others. By so doing, Jesus replicated himself 100-fold, just as a dying seed brings forth life multiplied (see Matt. 12:42). Using the “name of Jesus” (which represents all that He is) puts a demand upon the New Covenant. This was revealed to Stanley when tribesmen bowed to him because of the spear. It represented the chief himself, “Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).

ENDNOTES
19. See Deuteronomy 1:39.
20. E. W. Kenyon, The Blood Covenant, (Kenyon’s Gospel Publishing Society, Lynnwood, WA, 1969), p. 5.
21. Ibid, p. 10.
22. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, p. 1100.

 

M3D Jesus Performs Heart Operation: Jehovah Tsidkenu

3. Jesus Performs Heart Operation that Brings Death:

While the heart is being connected to the artificial heart-lung machine, the coronary (heart) arteries are infused with a cold potassium solution. The heart beat stops; it grows cold and motionless so the physician can work on it. “The body is preserved by the nutrient flow provided by the heart-lung circuit, while the heart is preserved by the low temperature and other conditions managed by the surgeon.”10  Likewise, placing our life into the hands of the great Physician, Jehovah Tsidkenu, means Jesus performs heart operation that brings death.

Millions of surgeries are performed each year where only a percentage die. All those who trust Jesus to replace their heart must die to self. The heart during surgery is seemingly dead; it is not beating. “The great Physician, who sees in us what we cannot see, knows exactly where to place the knife. He cuts away that which we are most reluctant to give up. And how it hurts! But we must remember that pain is only felt where there is life, and where there is life is just the place where death is needed.”11

Death Springs Forth Life

Jesus performs heart operation

What a paradox! Death brings life–like a seed has to die before it can spring forth life.

At the very moment Marie chose Jesus, she was crucified with Christ. She no longer lived, but Christ mysteriously started to live His life in her, as the Bible says,

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! -Galatians 2:20-21

Marie’s choice was saying to God, “I’m tired of trying to live this life by myself. I’m miserable and have failed on my own.” Turning her life over to God was no less than placing her own body on an altar.

It was Henry Van Dyuke who said, “Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.” Dying to self means mentally letting-go of my rights-the “i” in the middle of pride. This spiritual death to self is the only thing that brings life–Jesus living His life through us when we are out of the way.

4. Jesus Performs Heart Operation that Brings Life:

The next thing we need to understand about the heart is that it requires energy. It is a muscle with cells that contract in sequence to force blood into every organ and cell in the body. It is a vascular highway taking nutrition to the whole body as well as the heart itself. “A normal heart in an average sized person will pump 4 to 5 liters of blood per minute. The average heart will beat almost 4 million times per year. It is estimated that the energy required to continuously pump blood at these rates is almost 5 watts of power per hour.”12 To show how much energy this is, blood “. . . moves in the principal arteries at the rate of a foot per second and it makes the circuit of the vascular system in about 20 seconds.”13

The arteries of the heart of a patient requiring a CABG are blocked with cholesterol deposits. The surgeon builds substitute passages, with harvested vessels from other parts of the body, to restore blood (energy) to the heart. Only a bypass is erected. Jesus, our substitute, completely annihilated sin–actually removed the blockages–no mere bypass. Consequently, Jesus is the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

The energy Jesus restores to our heart takes beyond a lifetime to comprehend. Our hearts are no longer sprinkled with the blood of bulls and goats as Moses did to the people under the Old Covenant. At the moment the tired, blue, lifeless blood, carrying all its impurities, hits the heart-lung machine (the substitute), it is infused with high energy far above any natural oxygen we could ever imagine!

The powerful heavenly energy Jesus infuses into our hearts catapults us all the way to heaven in the blink of an eye! We are immediately translated, just as Hebrew is translated into English (Tsidkenu to “righteousness”)-into the body of Jesus Christ “who delivered us out of the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love . . .” (Col.1:13 ASV).

We must comprehend: we are living with Him in heaven right now, “And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together-giving us joint seating with Him-in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One” (Eph. 2:6 Amplified). Additionally, heaven’s energy “fills all things” (Eph. 4:10).

This supernatural energy brings life. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Marie’s vision of the angels fighting over her–warfare not visible to the naked eye–unmasks this spiritual battle continually being waged for the hearts of humans. Thankfully, Marie confessed her sin and asked Jesus to come in and take over her life, bringing salvation, truth, and life.

Jesus performs heart surgery

Jesus prayed for Marie and for us immediately before he was arrested and crucified. He prayed to His Father, “that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (John 17:26). That prayer was answered with His blood actually replacing our own selfish, sin-stained blood at the very moment the Roman soldier pierced His side, “bringing a sudden flow of blood and water” (John 19:34). Jesus purchased salvation for the whole world right then (see John 3:16), but only those who choose to believe and receive this gift are “saved” from sin’s natural punishment. This is a free gift of grace through faith, not of ourselves, not by works we can do; for Jesus paid the price with His blood (see Eph. 2:9).
Hell is sin’s natural punishment. Hell is an “eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41); God never sends anyone there, but the devil is deceiving many to go there with him.

After her salvation, Marie experienced the cleansing life-blood of Jehovah Tsidkenu. She wanted to feel pure again in regard to her virginity, “While reading my Bible one day, I came across 2 Corinthians 5:17, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ That was the day I gave that sin to Christ and became a born again virgin. Although I didn’t save sex for marriage, God gave me a second chance and a whole new joy-filled life. I changed my goal from living day to day with no direction, to living with my path pointed toward heaven.”

5. Jesus Performs Heart Operation that is Legal:

The first thing a patient does before any surgery is sign a consent form–Conditions of Services–giving the surgeon the legal right to do surgery with consent for medical treatment. It also says, “Should the patient not accept the treatment recommended, or leave the hospital contrary to the doctor’s advice, the patient or his agent will assume full responsibility for such action and will in no way hold the hospital, its employees or the patient’s attending physician responsible for the result.”14

Jesus performs heart operation

Followers of Jesus Christ are signing a legal contract as well. The Hebrew word for covenant means, “A contract which was accompanied by signs, sacrifices, and a solemn oath which sealed the relationship with promises of blessing for obedience and curses for disobedience.”15 Only when we come to understand this are we able to take advantage of the benefits, like any contract we would sign, such as for a house or a car.

Our spiritual covenant is between two parties: the first, Jesus; the second, us.

First Party: Jesus

The Old Covenant was between Jehovah and Abraham, also called the Abrahamic Covenant. The new contract is between God the Father and Jesus. When we accept Jesus, we enter into the New Covenant.

It is legal because Jesus was a legal Jewish sacrifice. The high priest turned Jesus Christ over to the Romans to be crucified on a cross altar outside the camp (see Luke 23: 13-14). Hebrews 13:12 refers to the Old Testament scapegoat, “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.”

Jesus’ final words, “It is finished!”16 while dying on the cross meant He fulfilled (not replaced) the Old Covenant. Jesus ascended into heaven’s tabernacle and “entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood having obtained eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:12).

He later gave us His New Testament– testament meaning “a covenant between God and the human race.”17 Like a last will and testament, it documents his gifts to us.

Jesus was His Father’s firstborn Son, without blemish, whom He sacrificed for the world’s sin, thus, bridging the gap of separation between God and man. Jesus, who paid the only legal price for sin said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Just as a patient must give legal consent, we must give Jesus permission to continually perform His  heart operation  before we can truly see Him. By so doing, we enter legally into the New Covenant with Him and receive what the shedding of His blood did for us, as it now courses through our veins.

Second Party: You and Me

Jesus performs heart operation

What if we later change our mind in allowing Jesus and the Holy Spirit to have their way in our heart and life? We have to accept the consequences of breaking our end of the contract. A patient not accepting treatment may die. A person not paying their mortgage or car payment could possibly no longer live in the house or drive the car. Our spiritual covenant with God is different from a contract in that we may pull away, but God never does–the same as the fact that the hospital is still here and the car is still around, but we no longer have access to their benefits.

The New Testament documents our contract including what is contained in the Old Testament. The whole book of Deuteronomy, written by Moses, is the formal treaty between God and Israel. It holds all the elements contained in treaties from the 2nd millennium B.C.: the introduction of the speaker, historical prologue, stipulations, statements concerning the document; witnesses, curses, and the blessings.18 Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy stipulates the “Conditions of Services,” the blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.

We are legal heirs to the blessings through Jesus Christ because, “cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Gal. 3:13-14).

In a nutshell, God tells us in Deuteronomy 28 He will set those who honor His name and obey Him, high above all nations on earth; He will bless all the work of their hands; they shall lend and not borrow. The curses are blessings withdrawn from those who do not honor His name or obey His commands: confusion, disease (including those yet unnamed), defeat before enemies, unsuccessful endeavors, and indebtedness. Both blessings and curses extend to the next generation. The blessings are detailed in fourteen verses; the curses in fifty-four. Jesus took the curses in His body so we can receive the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant.

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With her heartfelt prayer, Marie voiced to Jesus legal permission to change her heart, which would change her life. It was just the beginning, but eventually her understanding would grow. We, too, must “sign” our consent form. (An actual signature on paper or in a journal is not a bad idea.)

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV

ENDNOTES
9. Mark M. Levinson M.D., The Heart Surgery Forum, www.hsforum.com, Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson, KS (accessed April 2005).
10. Ibid.
11. Fénelon, Let Go, (Whitaker House New Kensington, PA, 1973), p. 6.
12. Ibid.
13. Clarence W. Taber, Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 10th Edition (Philadelphia, F. A. Davis Company, 1968), B-28.
14. Mercy Health System of Kansas, Conditions of Services, item 7.
15. Zodiates, Key Word Study Bible, p. 1716.
16. See John 19:30.
17. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary-Eleventh Edition, (Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, Springfield, MA, 2003), p. 1291.
18. Halley, Halley’s Bible Handbook, p. 176.

M3C Because God is … God Sees Me As He Sees Jesus

Because God is Jehovah Tsidkenu, He Sees Me As He Sees Jesus

I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands.  Ezekiel 36:26-27 The Message

God Sees Me As He Sees JesusSometime after breaking up with her boyfriend, Marie attended church again. That day, she met the man who would become her husband. They spent much time together talking about God and their past lives, and joined a Bible study and began praying together. But Marie still did not feel much comfort and was depressed all the time.

Over the next couple of months, Marie found herself driving by the lay counselor’s house- -the one to whom she had talked previously. She yearned for someone to talk to. Feeling like nothing was going right and needing direction, Marie thought she would just drive by the house; her car quit working. With no other option, she knocked.

The lady was home, gave her a big hug and welcomed her into her house. Their talk was just the encouragement Marie needed.
In the doldrums again one week later, Marie drove by the same house. Ironically, her car broke down again. This time, the counselor’s roommate was home. Carolyn was closer to Marie’s age. They decided to get together every week to talk. One month later, Carolyn asked, “How do you know Jesus loves you?” Marie could not answer her.

“I don’t think you know Jesus.”

“That’s absurd! I’ve been reading my Bible, going to church and praying for over a year now. What do you mean I don’t know Jesus? I walked the aisle.” Marie was so upset that Carolyn would think she was not a Christian.

Carolyn opened her Bible to Romans 3:23-24 and read out loud, “. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.”

Then, she turned to Romans 10:9-10 and read, “. . . if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Marie was finally beginning to understand that she needed to make a heartfelt decision and say it with her mouth. But when Carolyn asked her, “Do you want to pray the prayer of salvation by asking Jesus to come into your heart?” she said,

“Not right now.”

“The longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to do it.”

Eventually, Marie chose to face her life and give it to God. She prayed fervently from her heart. This time, as she confessed her sins before God, she could see angels fighting above her. She realized the devil had his hand on her and did not want to let her go. She could see the hand of God reaching down for her to go to Him, and she did.

She opened her heart’s door to Him, and He came in just as He promised to do: “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [shall eat] with Me” (Rev. 3:20 Amplified).

The girls cried together. That night, Marie slept peacefully for the first time in many months. Four years from her first introduction to Christ when she was with her ‘sister,’ she accepted Him into her heart. She told Denise, “My life began to change that day. I discovered God and felt a new love for people I’d never had before.”

What happened to Marie this time that did not happen before? What happens when Jesus comes in and replaces a stony heart with a soft one “that is God-willed, not self-willed” (Ezek.36:26)? What is the mystery at the heart of Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness, and this New Covenant? Understanding this transformation will make a tremendous difference in how we see ourselves–that God sees us just as He sees Jesus.

Comparing the operation Jesus performs on our heart, step-by-step, to a medical open heart surgery conducted over 200,000 times each year, called Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), will give us some clues. Coronary Artery Disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. More than two in every five Americans die of cardiovascular disease, or hardening of the arteries.9 The CABG surgery creates a new route (bypass) for the blood supply to flow around the blockages, restoring blood supply to the heart itself so it can keep up with its demands.

SEVEN DIMENSIONS TO THE OPERATION JESUS PERFORMS ON OUR HEART

1. It is an operation built on trust:

God Sees Me As He Sees JesusA patient has to trust a surgeon. She will be put to sleep with anesthesia, not knowing the outcome. She places her life completely in the surgeon’s hands, trusting in his wisdom to do what is right, in his power and ability to carry it out, and in his goodness and care as a fellow human being with her best interests at heart.

Similarly, when Marie gave her life to Jesus, she trusted in His wisdom, in His power and in His goodness to care for the life she placed in His hands. When we put our complete trust in the arms of the Great Physician, we do not trust a fallible human, but Jehovah God. For “as the Scripture says, anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame” (Rom.10:11). Jesus told his disciples:

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.  John 14:1-4

Marie could now say she was a disciple of Jesus who knew where she had come from and where she was going. She knew heaven was her home because “anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart” (1 John 5:10). Not only did Jesus promise Marie a prepared place in heaven, but at the same time, He promised He would personally come back for her. For eternity, she will be where Love is.

2. It is an operation that cuts into the heart:

God Sees Me As He Sees Jesus

A typical CABG operation begins with a vertical opening in the front of the chest. The sternum (breastbone) is cut with a special reciprocating (jig) saw. The split sternum is spread open with a winch, and the pericardium (lining around the heart) is divided.

Two tubes are then connected to the heart by cutting an opening. One tube siphons the blue (appearing through the skin), oxygen-depleted blood from the upper heart chamber by gravity into a reservoir. It is pumped through an artificial lung where it is exposed to oxygen. Now the blood is bright red in color. Finally, the heart-lung machine pumps the oxygenated blood back into the patient through another tube connected to the heart. The loop continues as blue blood, containing waste matter and carbon dioxide, goes into the machine, and red oxygenated blood returns to the heart.

The sign of the covenant in the Old Testament involved cutting where blood flowed.

Jehovah told Abraham:
This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep. Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you . . . My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. Genesis 17:10-11, 13

How does this sign of the covenant relate to us today? A follower of Jesus named Stephen knew the answer. He was full of God’s grace and power, and did great wonders among the people after Jesus’ resurrection. Opposition arose among the leaders of the synagogue who brought false witnesses against him. When asked if the accusations were true, Stephen gave them a history lesson of the Jewish people from Abraham to Jesus, and how they consistently turned away from God. Then, he said:

You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers. You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him-you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.  Acts 7:51-53

When the members of the synagogue heard this they were furious. The American Standard Version of the Bible says, “. . . they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth” (Acts 7:54b).
But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55-56).

At this they covered their ears, and yelling at the top of their voices, they rushed at him, dragged him outside the city and stoned him to death.

The results of being cut to the heart in this incident were not good. The cutting revelation which the Holy Spirit brings always reveals truth. The people did not like what they heard, so, they rebelled, and destroyed what they thought was the source of their conviction. Moses wrote years before, “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked” (Deut. 10:16 KJV).

God Sees Me As He Sees Jesus

Marie had to choose against her pride, stubbornness and rebellion in order to be obedient and open her heart to God. She knew she had built a tough wall around her heart she wanted no one to penetrate. In other words, she was resisting the Holy Spirit’s convicting tug at her heart. Thankfully, at the “do or die” point in her life, she chose life.

The Holy Spirit was also tugging on Marie’s heart to go to church. Could the reason be: keeping the Sabbath day holy is another sign of the covenant? The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy’ . . . observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant” (Exod. 31:13, 16).

 

M3B Trail of Blood: God as Jehovah Tsidkenu

God is Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord our Righteousness, continued:

The Answer to Life is in the Trail of Blood

Trail of Blood

Before we can understand the New Covenant (New Testament), we must understand the old one. It is a trail of blood pointing to the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, like a red thread woven throughout the whole Bible. Please follow that red trail with me:

Trail of Blood

Way back in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, thereby allowing sin and death to enter the human condition, God cursed the ground and then He cursed the serpent. He told him, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Gen.3:15). The offspring was Jesus-the man child-who would be satan’s rival. But Jesus would have the final victory. He would someday crush the devil’s head by reversing for mankind the choice that Adam and Eve made for themselves and all their descendants. This is the first reference to the hope of a second “Adam” to come who would choose life for mankind, “For just as through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus) the many will be made righteous” (Rom.5:19).

The Bible says there were two unique trees in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve could have eaten from the Tree of Life (not forbidden) and lived forever in a heavenly state. Instead, they chose to eat of the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God banished Adam and Eve from the garden in an act of love so they would not eat of the Tree of Life and forever live in their sin. Their eyes were opened to good and evil; therefore, seeing that they were naked, God clothed them in animal skins-shedding blood to cover them.

Trail of Blood

When Adam and Eve’s sons Cain and Abel were born, their parents taught them to worship God. Cain presented some of the fruit of the ground and Abel the first born of his flocks. God was not pleased with Cain’s offering and told him why:

“Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4: 6-7

This passage has much to do with the attitude of the heart in giving to God. Evidently, God saw Cain’s heart and was not pleased and was warning Cain to beware. Cain did not take heed, because he killed his brother in jealousy. Nevertheless, Abel’s offering involved the shedding of blood, possibly a foreshadowing of the only blood (of Jesus) that would remove sin forever.

Trail of Blood

Approximately 1,500 years later, Noah built an altar to worship God. After the flood, when the ark rested on dry land, Noah took some animals and birds, and sacrificed them on an altar- shedding blood. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done” (Gen.8:20-21).

Trail of BloodApproximately 400 years after Noah’s ark rested on Mount Ararat, Abraham arrived in Canaan, the land God promised him. The Lord asked of Abraham to bring Him a heifer, a goat and a ram, along with a dove and a young pigeon. This was when God promised Abraham an heir that would come from his own body. After Abraham killed the animals-shedding their blood-and worshipped God with his best offerings, God made a covenant with Abraham to bless him with descendants as numerous as the stars. He also revealed that his offspring would be in bondage in a foreign land for 400 years.

Later, God came to Abraham again to solidify the covenant, telling Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, and sealed the Old Covenant by the rite of circumcision-the shedding of blood. Circumcision is defined in Genesis 17:10-11, for “every male among you . . . in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.”

Trail of Blood

Abraham’s grandson Jacob (son of Isaac and Rebecca), whose name was later changed to Israel, had twelve sons who became the “Children of Israel.” These were the descendants (Israelites) who found themselves as slaves in Egypt for four hundred years. About two hundred years after Abraham’s day, Jacob and his sons went to Egypt to escape a famine in Canaan.

Trail of BloodAfter the 400 years, Moses appeared on the scene to bring deliverance to the Israelites. God brought ten plagues upon the Egyptians in order to persuade the Pharaoh to free His peoples. The tenth plague-which convinced Pharaoh to let the people leave Egypt for the Promised Land of Canaan-brought death to the firstborn of the Egyptians. It was blood from an unblemished lamb, a male, one year old, placed on the doorposts of the Israelites homes that spared their firstborns’ lives. The angel of death passed over their homes when he saw the blood, but took the lives of the Egyptian’s firstborn children and animals, because they did not honor the one true God in their homes.

“Because God spared the firstborn of Israel in the last plague that came over Egypt, all firstborn sons and firstborn animals belonged to God. The animals were sacrificed while the men were redeemed. To be redeemed, the family paid a price to the priest instead of giving their firstborn over to the service of the temple.”2 This was a part of the first covenant, the shedding of blood to gain forgiveness of sin; in other words, redemption. The rest of it resided in keeping the law.

God gave the Law, the Ten Commandments, to Moses, thereby laying the foundation for acceptable attitudes and behavior-rather than just sacrifices-of reverence for God and man. In addition to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, King Saul, King David, and Elijah all shed the blood from firstborn animals, without blemish, offering them to God on an altar in worship to the only true God of heaven and earth.
Moses then wrote down the laws and all the words of the Lord in a book:

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
-Exodus 24:7-8

Thus, “the covenant that pledged to obey the Law was sealed in blood.”3 The people said, “We will obey.”

Did it happen?

Trail of Blood

This brings us to Jeremiah’s day, approximately 598 B.C.,4 when the Israelites burned incense to false gods until God’s message to Jeremiah came true. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon [present day Baghdad], marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. They set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building was burned down. The people were taken into exile. The bronze, gold and silver from the temple were taken.

Following this, the Jews were under Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian, Syrian and Roman domination until 70 A.D., seventy years after the Messiah, Jesus Christ, came to overturn the choices of Adam and Eve. Is it any wonder that the prophet Isaiah would again foretell of the coming of another covenant? “Give ear and come to me, hear me, that your soul may live, I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David” (Isaiah 55:3). This everlasting covenant can only be the New Covenant established through the blood of Jesus Christ of King David’s lineage, for “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin” (Heb.9:22).

The blood of the Lamb Jesus was His Father’s firstborn son whom He sacrificed for many.

God “provided Himself a Lamb” who saved His people from their sin.

The blood of the Lamb brings salvation, just as the blood of the lamb brought salvation to the Israelites from Egypt.

And by that one sacrifice “. . . we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb.10:10). Holy means a state of righteousness. In other words, we are accepted, not for animal sacrifices anymore, but just as we are. Plus, all of mankind is redeemed through Jesus’ blood, but available only to those who choose to accept it.

The apostle Paul, from the New Testament, writes:

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven there is no longer any sacrifice for sin. Hebrews 10:15-18

The Old Covenant was a part of the Old Testament whereby God was preparing one family (Abraham’s), to found one nation (Jewish nation of Israel) to bring one man (Jesus) into the world. Jesus’ purpose was to make the final, once and for all, sacrifice for sin–the second Adam who reversed the choice, and curse, of the first.

The Old Covenant provided for a yearly atonement, meaning covering in Hebrew.5 Only the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies, which was where God’s presence resided on earth in the Jewish temple. The High Priest confessed the sins of the people on the head of a goat (called a scapegoat). It was then sent into the wilderness, outside the camp, to be destroyed. During the year, the people made blood covenant sacrifices that pertained to their daily life, but this annual sacrifice for sin in the Old Testament, was only “an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away any sins” (Heb.10:3).

This reminder pointed toward a King who would take away sin forever. In the Old Testament, sins were only covered (atoned). In the New Testament, Jesus defeated satan (crushed his head) by taking the punishment for our sin–eternal death and hell–by going to hell for us,6 so we don’t have to endure that punishment. And sin becomes as though it never existed!

When Jesus died on the cross something else happened that had a profound meaning. At the very moment Jesus gave up His spirit, the curtain leading to the Holy of Holies in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.7 No longer would there be a separation between God and man. Jesus took the place of the High Priest, becoming our Intercessor, or Advocate with the Father. He was the scapegoat, taking upon himself the sin of the whole world, through shedding his blood for us.

Because of the obedience of one man, many have been made righteous by Jehovah Tsidkenu. And, the fellowship that Adam and Eve had in the garden with Elohim–the Creator and Triune God-is restored and available to us today–from our heart to His heart. “God does not justify us because we are worthy, but by justifying us makes us worthy.”8

relationship not religion

Marie knew how to go through the motions of worship–the very same as keeping the laws and requirements of the Old Covenant. She grasped that going to church was important (or to the temple to offer sacrificial offerings), but she had no personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

How did she come to grasp the secrets of the New Covenant as written on the heart? What is the New Covenant anyway? The next chapter will reveal.

ENDNOTES
1. Spiros Zodiates, Th.D., Executive Editor, The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, (AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 1990), p. 1767.
2. Henry Hampton Halley, Halley’s Bible Handbook, (Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 2000), p. 156.
3. Ibid., p. 148.
4. Adam Clark,LL.D., F.S. A., &c., Clark’s Commentary Volume IV-Isaiah-Malachi (Abington Press, New York, Nashville), p. 313.
5. Zodiates, Key Word Study Bible, p. 1736.
6. See Ephesians 4:9, Acts 2:31, I Peter 3:19 and Revelation 1:18.
7. See Matthew 27:51.
8. Thomas Watson, circa 1557-1592.

M3A God is Jehovah Tsidkenu, Our Righteousness

God is Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.” Jeremiah 23:5-6

Jehovah Tsidkenu Righteousness

In the bookstore with Denise, Marie’s mind wandered while the gray-haired lady talked about other angel books worth reading. I hope she’s almost done; my feet are beginning to hurt.

Denise looked at her and smiled. Marie checked her watch and wondered, how much longer is she going to go on talking? I don’t even believe in angels. Then she heard the lady mention the name Jesus. Her mind focused more on what was said, but not totally.

Marie got chills while listening. She had never felt this way before. Who is this Jesus this woman is talking about?

After the girls had prayed with the lady to receive Jesus Christ into their hearts and they were alone, Denise and Marie discussed what had just happened, “Shawn, my younger brother, went to church in Montana where he accepted Christ into his heart. He’s not been to church since we moved in with you. He misses his friends and the love and attention he got from all the families,” said Denise.

Umm . . . What is church all about? Marie had never gone to church, but now she had an urge to read her Bible. Later on she told Denise, “I read through Genesis and some of Matthew and Mark, but I couldn’t understand it.”

“I read a verse that said if you don’t understand what you’re reading, you don’t know Christ.”

“Then I guess I don’t know Christ because I sure didn’t get anything from what I read.”

Marie’s second experience with the Holy Spirit’s seeking her out came two and one-half years later when she knocked on the door of her boyfriend’s house. Jason’s mom answered the door. She called for Jason and took Marie into the living room where they sat down. “Jason used to be so involved in the church when he was in high school, but once he was no longer considered a youth, he quit going. Would you like to go to church with me?”

When Jason came downstairs, he put on his shoes and the two hopped into his car. “Your mother just invited me to go to church with her. Will you come so I don’t feel uncomfortable?” He agreed.

Two weekends later, Marie attended her first church service. She was so excited and nervous. She had no clue what to expect or what to do. She held onto Jason’s hand so tight he thought he might lose it. This Sunday just so happened to be the day that the Lord’s Supper was served. Marie bent over and whispered to Jason, “What do I do with this cracker and juice?”

“This is just a time to pray and ask God for His forgiveness for the sins you have committed.”

Marie looked around at the people around her and noticed that they had their heads bowed, so she bowed her head and asked for forgiveness for her sins that day. Next, was the invitation where Jason’s mother tried to get her to go up front. Scared, she grabbed Jason’s hand and said, “No.” She felt so uncomfortable and had no idea why she was supposed to walk in front of the congregation. Before she could say anything else, the service was over.

“I really enjoyed that service. It wasn’t so bad that I wouldn’t go again. As a matter of fact, I want to go again.” But Jason was not interested, so they never went back.

Marie’s father’s job moved them to another town. The owners of the new company where her dad worked were devout Christians. One Sunday, they invited Marie’s family to go to church with them. Marie was so excited once again to go, to try to find out what church was all about. Why is it on my mind so much to go to church? Why is it so important?

Finally, three weeks after the invitation the family attended church. It seemed like forever to Marie for her parents to finally consent. She went to the college Bible study class. She had no clue what they were talking about, but she did have a desire to learn. The service was okay, so she kept going back.

The next year her mother accepted Christ into her heart. Marie thought: That was such a joyous occasion. So many people crying, including me. But I know there must be something on the other side I’m missing. What is it?

Nearly a month later, Marie walked the aisle of her church. Scared to death of what she was doing, she talked to a counselor in an adjoining room to the sanctuary. The only thing he said to her was, “Do you understand what Jesus did for you?”

“Sure, of course I do,” she said, not wanting to claim ignorance.

The counselor shook her hand and took her out to the congregation to be introduced. What just happened? she thought.

Marie started to read her Bible everyday, went to church and Sunday school and wanted to get more involved. But her heart was not in it. She did not want to give up self to worry about anyone else. I have enough problems of my own, she thought to herself; but it left her miserable, depressed and down on herself. She thought, I really don’t like who I am.

Finally, she talked to her Sunday school teacher who put her in touch with a Christian lay counselor. Marie saw her for one month, but did not feel like she got anything from their meetings and quit going.

Meanwhile, a guy she had known came back into her life. He and two of his friends invited her to share an apartment with them. Marie knew this was something God would not like. She had made a vow to herself to never have sexual relations with anyone until she was married. The night she was to move in, God spoke to her heart that she was choosing against His ways. She sat outside the door of the apartment for an hour crying. But she made the choice, “I don’t want to sleep on the sofa at home anymore.”

Marie quit having quiet times with the Lord, but did go to church when her boyfriend was working and she had nothing else to do. He refused to go with her, and she grew possessive of him which brought about their break-up within six months. She went home to live with her parents, and shared a room with her little brother–at least she had her own bed now.

Marie’s struggles were no different than anyone else’s from past generations until today. Why could she not live as she desired? She did all the right things. She read her Bible, went to church, knew the right words to say and even prayed, but still she was miserable.

What Does Jehovah Tsidkenu, Our Righteousness Do?

Jehovah Tsidkenu Righteousness

The problem lies in the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant of the Bible. The answer lies in the blood of Jesus Christ that ties the two covenants together. The book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament (Old Covenant) helps us to begin to understand this dilemma.

Jeremiah is referred to as the “weeping prophet,” because of his suffering; no one would listen to him. God called Jeremiah at a young age, probably twenty, to give His messages to the Jewish people who lived in Jerusalem in the land of Judah. He saw the sin of the land increasing and the burning of incense to the Queen of Heaven. The people no longer worshipped the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Instead, they continually told Jeremiah that God was not speaking through him and that he was lying to them.

But the word of the Lord did come to Jeremiah. He went to see a potter at work. The pot being shaped from clay was marred in the potter’s hand. So, the potter just formed it into another pot. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah’s heart and asked him to say to the people:

Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. . . .I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions. But they will reply, “It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.” Jeremiah 18:6, 11-12

God gave Jeremiah the ability to see beyond the pending disaster with a message of hope:

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line, he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.”  Jeremiah 33:15-16

The Hebrew name for “The Lord Our Righteousness” in this last verse is Jehovah Tsidkenu. Tsidkenu comes from a Hebrew verb meaning to cleanse, to be straight, to be just, to be true, upright, or in the right.1 Jeremiah knew that God would preserve King David’s line and would send a son of David to be the Messiah who would reign as king forever. Luke’s gospel tells about Jesus, that “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David (Luke 1:32),” whereas Matthew says Jesus will “. . . save his people from their sins (Matt.1:21).”

After listening to Jeremiah, the people decided, “Each of us will follow the stubbornness of our evil heart.” God knew this would never change. His plan from the very beginning of time was to bring a New Covenant, one written in the heart:

“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people . . . For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34

M2C Because God is Elohim I am Alive

Because God is Elohim, I Am Alive – Continued

 

JESUS: By dying.53

ME: Dying? You can’t really mean that. How cruel! You can’t be serious!

JESUS: That’s the only way you can completely get out of the way, isn’t it?

ME: Well, I g-guess so-o. But, how can I take my own life?

JESUS: By laying your body on the altar, the same cross where I died, presenting your self as a living sacrifice, following my example.54 For you see, that’s something you have to do as an act of your will in presenting yourself to me, in making me Number One, or LORD of your life.55

But, be of good cheer. I have good news for you! YOU HAVE ALREADY DIED. You have already been crucified with me. I not only died for you; you died with me that day.56 And now, you will be a living, breathing, dead person, dying daily,57 in order that I may truly live in you by My Spirit.58 Do you believe that is possible?

ME: I know that all things are possible with you, Lord,59 but I don’t understand.

JESUS: You must believe and obey in order that you may understand.60 It is the work of Mr. Holy Spirit to reveal this to you in your spirit. As you begin to walk in faith, the understanding will come.61

ME: Then, Lord, how do I receive Him by faith?

JESUS: Let’s read I John 5:14-15 together:

And this is the confidence that you have in Me, that if you ask anything according to My will, I will hear you. And if you know that I hear you, whatsoever you ask, you know that you have the petition that you have desired of Me (emphasis added).

In other words, for Me to hear your request is for Me to answer, and you can be confident I hear you when there’s no sin or dirt blocking the way.62  You certainly know this is my will for you by now, so what’s your request?

ME: That you release Mr. Holy Spirit from that corner over there. Allow Him to fill me to overflowing. Just fill me up, Lord!

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Some days later:
ME: Well, Lord, aren’t you going to do it? I don’t feel any different than before. I’m still the same old me and it’s been days.

JESUS: Look at Luke 11:11-13. If your 2-1/2 year old son, Kurt, should ask bread of you, would you give him a stone? Or, if he should ask a fish, would you give him a serpent? Of course not, if you, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

ME: Now, I understand. I can see! I can see!63 If I know it is your will to fill me, then I know you have heard me, and if I know you have heard me, then I know you have already answered me. The problem isn’t with you, Lord, it’s with me, not receiving. That must be what Mark 11:24 means, when it says to “believe that you have received it, and it shall be yours.”

Okay, Lord, I thank you that you have done what you said you would do, because your Word says so, no matter how I feel about it.64 Thank you that you have already released Mr. Holy Spirit from the corner and that He is beginning to fill my whole house.65

YES, Jesus, You Are Alive!

I am Alive

As soon as those words66 were uttered, an unspeakable joy and laughter filled my soul. I felt a tingling sensation that began in my fingers and ended in my heart with joy. One-year-old Francy awoke from her nap, eyes wide, as she thought her mother was crazy. She had never seen her so happy before-and dancing around the house.

Mr. Holy Spirit continually reminds me to daily identify my “self” dead with Christ67 and to ask for His continual filling68 in learning to be a disciplined disciple. One thing is for sure;
His housework is never done.69

Jim and I learned to speak to our mountains in Jesus’ name, as they appeared in our marriage, finances, and job situations. All of them miraculously came tumbling down through steadfast patience and endurance. Through those victories of faith we came to experience for ourselves the unspeakable love, joy and peace of God through His indwelling Holy Spirit.

Mr. Holy Spirit continues to reveal Jesus to us as we follow Him in faith, one day, one step at a time. Many of those steps have been through valleys where we were left having to relearn spiritual truths that were once dear, but we still find that Mr. Holy Spirit is patiently waiting for us to acknowledge Him and continue on.

As a family, we eagerly await the return of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, when we will no longer “see through a glass darkly, but then face to face (I Corinthians 13:12a KJV).”

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“Yes, Jesus, You are Alive!”

Facing the deadness of my life allowed Elohim to create in me His Life that opened my eyes to be able to see Jesus. When it had been days since I went to Jesus and asked why He had not done anything–relying only on how I felt, not on faith–I was reading The Living Bible. It is a green, padded, paraphrased, and easy to understand Bible. Mad at God, I slammed it shut. The darkened words, Living Bible, seared into my soul, saying to me, “Live the Bible!” This unexpected answer from God was a mystery to me until four years later, when I came to the end of Hagar’s road that left me with another choice to make.

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ENDNOTES
1. A.W. Tozer, The Attributes of God (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania: Christian Publications, 2001), p. 109.
2. Anne Graham Lotz, The Vision of His Glory, (Dallas, London, Vancouver, Melbourne:Word Publishing, 1996) p. 10.
3. Spiros Zodiates, Th.D., Executive Editor, The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, (AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN, 1990) p. 1711.
4. Ibid., p. 10.
5. Acts 9:8 Amplified
6. See John 3:3-6; Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:3-4
7. See Revelation 3:20
8. See Hebrews 13:8
9. See Matthew 10:37-38
10. See John 14:16-17
11. See John 16:13
12. See John 15:26
13. See John 16:14-15
14. See Acts 19:2 (KJV)
15. See Ephesians 4:30
16. See 1 Thessalonians 5:19
17. See Romans 8:27
18. See 1 Corinthians 12:11
19. See Ephesians 4:30, I Thessalonians 5:19, and Romans 15:30
20. See John 16:13
21. See Galatians 3:14
22. See I Corinthians 2:9-12
23. See Colossians 2:15
24. See Ephesians 4:8-10
25. See Ephesians 1:18-21
26. See I Corinthians 12:13 and I John 4:13
27. See Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:5-6; Luke 10:19; Matthew 16:18-19; I John 4:17
28. See Mark 11:23; Exodus 15:1
29. See Romans 5:17, 12:21; I John 5:4-5
30. See Ephesians 6:12
31. See John 16:12-13
32. See 1 Corinthians 2:15-16
33. See John 6:63
34. See Psalms 119:25, 133
35. See Isaiah 42:16; Psalms 32:8-9
36. See John 14:26
37. See John 14:26, 16:13.
38. See Psalms 80:18; Romans 8:26-27
39. See I Corinthians 12:1-11; 27-28
40. See Galatians 5:22-23
41. See Deuteronomy 18:10-13
42. See John 16:8
43. See Acts 19:19
44. See Acts 1:8
45. See John 15:11, 16
46. See John 1:33
47. See Acts 2:38
48. See Colossians 1:17-19, 2:9-10
49. See John 15:3-5
50. See Galatians 5:16-17
51. See Acts 1:8
52. See Luke 9:23-26, 14-26-33
53. See Romans 6:5-6
54. See Romans 12:1, 6: 13
55. See Philippians 2:13
56. See Galatians 2:20
57. See 1 Corinthians 15:31
58. See Romans 6:8; II Corinthians 4:10
59. See Luke 1:37
60. See John 11:40
61. See Galatians 5:25
62. See Isaiah 59:1-3
63. See Acts 9:18
64. See Hebrews 11:1
65. See Philippians 4:4, 6; Hebrews 13:1567.
66. See Isaiah 57:19; Matthew 12:37; Hebrews 11:3
67. See Romans 6:11
68. See Ephesians 5:17-18
69. See Psalms 139:1-4, 23-24