A Scattered Family Gathered https://bneyyosefna.com B’ney Yosef (Children of Joseph) North America is an expression on this continent of the global Hebrew awakening. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 21:11:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://bneyyosefna.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-icon-32x32.png A Scattered Family Gathered https://bneyyosefna.com 32 32 40 Days of Personal Change, Day 30: The Fountain of Life https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-30-the-fountain-of-life/ https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-30-the-fountain-of-life/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 21:00:03 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2934 Continue reading "40 Days of Personal Change, Day 30: The Fountain of Life"

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The Fountain of Life
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 30
Tishrei 1, 5780 / September 19, 2020

Psalm 36

This Psalm tells me of the Father’s love and faithfulness to me. It says that we find refuge in the shadow of His wings. Verse 9 begins, “They drink their fill from the abundance of Your House. You give them drink from the river of your delights, FOR WITH YOU IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE.”

As I began to think about a fountain, I saw many attributes. Fountains are usually pretty to look at. I can’t wait to look on His face! I pray that others see Him in my face. Fountains provide nourishment and life in the water that flows. We realize that the water doesn’t get stagnant, it is always flowing. I pray the Holy Spirit will flow through me allowing me to provide nourishment and life to others! The water from a fountain keeps the soil from drying out. As that soil that receives the water from His fountain, we are kept moist and alive . . . not all dried up. We can receive times of refreshing from a fountain as it seems to offer quiet and peace. The Father’s shalom is all over His fountain. I want to drink of His water. I want to rest in His presence. I want to be fresh to serve Him and to offer others His Shalom.

Let us not forget: to us He is a Fountain of LIFE!

Wendy Boring
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BYNA Bible Reading Plan for 5781 (2020-2021) https://bneyyosefna.com/2958-2/ https://bneyyosefna.com/2958-2/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:30:56 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2958 Continue reading "BYNA Bible Reading Plan for 5781 (2020-2021)"

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A Statenbijbel (States Bible), Paulus Aertsz. van Ravesteyn, Leiden, 1637. The Word of God – the Bible – is at the heart of the Dutch Reformed faith. In 1619 the States General, the Netherlands’ highest governing body, commissioned a new, ‘pure’ translation, which for use in every church. That is why this Bible is called the “States Bible.” The translation took eighteen years, with every word is subject to lengthy debate, before publication in in 1637. (Riksmuseum, Amsterdam, item NG-536.)

What is the longest running and largest Bible study in human history? That is one way to describe the Torah reading cycle that Jews around the world have followed for many centuries. Every year, Jewish families and congregations read through the five books of Moses (Torah), along with selected portions from other books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Tanakh, or Old Testament).

There are many advantages to this way of studying the Bible, such as creating the identity of a “global Jewish congregation” that transcends national, doctrinal, cultural, and ethnic barriers. Any Jew from any country can enter a synagogue in any other country on any Shabbat and know what Torah portion they are studying. Imagine what that has done to preserve Jewish identity during the centuries of exile to every corner of the earth – and how it has strengthened the nations as the scattered Jewish people have returned to the Promised Land of Israel!

Why can’t Christians, Messianic, and Hebrew Roots believers do the same? Why not adopt the Jewish Torah reading cycle, and add to it all the Apostolic Writings (New Testament) and other portions of the Tanakh not included in the cycle? What would it do to our unity as followers of Messiah Yeshua, and to our shared spiritual heritage with our Jewish brethren?

That is the motivation behind this reading plan. Starting with the Torah and Haftarah annual cycle, this plan for the Hebrew year 5781 (2020-2021) incorporates readings from  the rest of the Tanakh and Apostolic Writings into a daily plan that covers the entire Bible over the course of the year. If you are in search of an organized approach to the Word of God, maybe this can help.  Whatever you do, please do get into the Word so that it can get into you!

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40 Days of Personal Change, Day 29: But, yet, and. . . https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-29-but-yet-and/ https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-29-but-yet-and/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:00:04 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2935 Continue reading "40 Days of Personal Change, Day 29: But, yet, and. . ."

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But, yet, and. . .
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 29
Elul 29, 5780 / September 18, 2020

But, yet, and

I was talking to a dear friend about this trust journey and how it was affecting her. I certainly don’t have the answers. I’m just glad I can show what’s going on with me. I get a text saying

I trust. But I’m scared and nervous.

Oh, boy, how I can echo that. I could fill several pages with my “buts.” I’m so tired at the moment that you’re lucky there’s a spell check, because that’s the best editing that’s going to happen right now. I trust, but the days are grueling. I trust, but my heart is still broken. I trust . . . but wait, why am I contrasting? Here are a couple of definitions for but:

    • used to introduced something contrasting with what has already been mentioned.
    • used to indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated.

It seems like when I use but, I’m disqualifying the trust. What if I can trust (conviction, sense of being), and I can feel all those things (scared, nervous, tired, broken – the emotions)? Is it possible to trust, be scared, and still do what you know God has told you to do?

And let’s include another, because I will end here – yet:

    • up until the present or a specified or implied time, by now or then
    • still; even
    • at the same time, nevertheless

I will leave you to ponder our good friend Job:

Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. – Job 13:15

Akpene Torku Sims
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40 Days of Personal Change, Day 28: I Want to Speak to the One in Charge https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-28-i-want-to-speak-to-the-one-in-charge/ https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-28-i-want-to-speak-to-the-one-in-charge/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 21:34:51 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2884 Continue reading "40 Days of Personal Change, Day 28: I Want to Speak to the One in Charge"

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I Want to Speak to the One in Charge
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 28
Elul 28, 5780 / September 17, 2020

“I demand a new pair of jeans,” said the man holding a pair of Levi’s.

I had to ask, “What’s wrong with those?”

“They’re flawed. The fabric has come apart. See?” he replied.

I looked at the spot he was pointing to. “Sir,” I responded, “Those are ripped. You must have gotten them caught on something.”

“I did no such thing,” he insisted as he started stomping around displaying his anger.

I was about to enlighten this man that when denim rips, it does so in an “L” pattern, like the one on his blue jeans. But before I could get the words out of my mouth I heard, “Mark, I’ll take it from here.” The words were spoken by the store manager, Jim.

Jim looked at the jeans. His fingers rubbed across the ripped area feeling the loose strings. He then looked at the tag over the right back pocket taking in the waist size and the length. He looked the man square in the eyes, and said, “One moment.” Jim walked over to where we kept the Levis and he retrieved a brand new pair. When he returned to the counter he placed them in a shopping bag and handed them to the man. He smiled at him and said, “Here you go sir. Thank you for your business.”

I didn’t understand and started to ask Jim, “Why,” but Jim said to me, “Wait.”  After the man left the small clothing store, in the small town, Jim turned and said to me, “Sometimes it is better to give a customer what they want, even when you know they are lying. You see, that man is satisfied. He knows he made a mistake, but he didn’t want to pay for it. He will return to do more shopping here.” I stood there, letting the words sink in, and then Jim said, with an old, wrinkled smile on his face, “And besides, I can send those jeans back and get refunded.” Jim was the man in charge, and Jim knew what could be done, and when.

Here’s the thing, all of us have made mistakes we don’t want to pay for. Some even deny it. God is the one in charge of everything. He will run his finger over the rip in your life feeling the loose disconnected strings. He will walk you over to a shelf where your new life sits. He will smile and offer it to you. You may be wondering how you can pay for it. Will your good deeds be enough? No, so how can you take it?

If you are feeling lost, depressed, forgotten, worthless, or hopeless, ask to speak to the one in charge. Receive his gifts of forgiveness and new life.  

Mark Brady
Author and Speaker

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40 Days of Personal Change, Day 27: Wrestling With A Gospel Of Exclusion https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-27-wrestling-with-a-gospel-of-exclusion/ https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-27-wrestling-with-a-gospel-of-exclusion/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 22:00:53 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2885 Continue reading "40 Days of Personal Change, Day 27: Wrestling With A Gospel Of Exclusion"

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Wrestling With A Gospel Of Exclusion
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 27
Elul 27, 5780 / September 16, 2020

Exodus 20:7; Mark 9:38-42; Luke 9:46-49, 11:17-23

One of the great ironies of our time is that the socialist ideology of Karl Marx remains popular even though it has failed wherever it has been tried. The atheistic basis of Marxism and all its variations has doomed it from the beginning. By removing any hope of eternity and peace of mind and heart, all that Marxist regimes have to offer is a vague promise of material prosperity someday – while brutally repressing any dissenting opinions. 

But why do socialism and communism still capture the minds and hearts of millions?

One reason is that Marx has a valid point: societies do trample over peoples’ rights, dignity, and humanity. Who wouldn’t want to bring justice to such unjust systems? This is the power of Marxism. It is a gospel of inclusion that says, “Come, join us! We accept women and men, people of all colors, national origin, and walks of life. All are oppressed by this current system. Together we will overthrow it and make something better!” It’s only afterward, when it’s too late, that followers of this ideology realize they have pursued a mirage – a vague ideal capable only of establishing another version of oppression. 

So why are the people of God seemingly powerless to stop this? Perhaps because the gospel we preach is one of exclusion. 

Yes, we know that in relationship with Almighty God we have peace, hope, and an eternal destiny, but our actions obscure all that from those on the outside. 

We tend to exclude those who do not follow us, but Messiah Yeshua says, “It’s not about following us, it’s about following God; it’s being part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever is not against us is for us.” (Luke 11:23, Mark 9:40) In other words, they don’t have to be exactly in your camp, but if they’re not opposing you, then they’re an ally.

The Marxists understand this lesson, but the people of God do not. Yes, we understand the transformative power of redemption in Messiah and the joy of being in relationship with Almighty God, but those on the outside don’t see it that way. They see a gospel of exclusion. If they are to enjoy the peace and hope that we enjoy, they must break through the crust of opposition we have thrown up to insulate ourselves. 

Our Father told us to take care of widows and orphans, feed the hungry, heal the sick, visit those in prison. We are doing many good works, but how much more effective could those works be if we did not practice a gospel that says, “I can’t support that work over there because it’s run by Catholics,” or “I can’t support this Jewish charity,” or “I can’t support this Evangelical ministry because they don’t believe the same way I do”?

We are not responsible for someone’s else’s response to Almighty God, but only for obedience to the message the Almighty has given us. That is how we keep the Third Commandment:

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7 NKJV)

We profane His Name by making His reputation one of oppression, exclusion, punishment, and anger rather than compassion, redemption, and bringing the wicked to righteousness. We bring honor to His Name by laboring with Messiah to gather rather than scatter.

Which brings us to the question: if the masses are scattered by our poor witness, then who will bring them together?

Albert J. McCarn
BYNA Executive Director

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Fishers of Men! How Many Fish Must We Catch? https://bneyyosefna.com/fishers-of-men-how-many-fish-must-we-catch/ https://bneyyosefna.com/fishers-of-men-how-many-fish-must-we-catch/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:30:05 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2918 Continue reading "Fishers of Men! How Many Fish Must We Catch?"

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[Editor’s note: James the Apostle provides us with a simple test to determine whether we really believe God’s promises –
But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18 NASB)
That is the point Angus Wootten emphasizes in this brief article first published in September 1998. Either we believe what God’s promises to restore all of Israel – the Jewish and the non-Jewish portions – or we don’t. If we do, and if we take seriously the scriptural assertions that Messiah Yeshua’s disciples are adopted into Abraham’s family, not to replace the Jewish people, but to join with them so “all Israel will be saved” (Galatians 3:29; Ephesians 2:8-21; Romans 11:25-26), then this will become our motivation in seeking God and His will for our lives.
So is it true? You be the judge. In 1897, only dreamers like Theodor Herzl believed Israel would be reborn as an independent nation, yet it happened 50 years later. When Angus wrote this article, no one would have believed that Arab nations would drop their demands for a Palestinian state before normalizing relations with Israel, and yet the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have done just that. What new realities are before us? Those who believe the promises of God should be the ones who make those realities come to pass.]

Fishers of Men! How Many Fish Must We Catch?

By Angus Wootten – September 1998

Walking by the Sea of Galilee, Yeshua saw two brothers. Simon who was called Peter. and Andrew, his brother. casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them. “Follow Me. and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:18)

We who follow Yeshua. like Peter and Andrew, also must be fishers of men! We must gather the number of “fishes” needed to fill the “fullness” Paul establishes for the salvation of all Israel (Romans 11:25-26)!

How big is that job?

It’s really big! In this century alone we have seen the great effort required to return some five million Jews to their own soil – Jews who for two thousand years were, at best, second class citizens in the lands in which they were scattered. And now, having returned to their land. they are first class citizens of one of the most powerful nations on the planet.

So we ask, what would happen if thirteen million more Jews, and, one hundred and thirty million non-Jewish Israelites (Ephraimites), also were returned to their own soil? How big would that job be? Moreover, is one hundred and thirty million a realistic number for the Ephraimites?

John M. Stembridge. former Mayor of North Miami and current President of Aliyah and United Zionists International, in a recent letter to the Miami Herald, commented on a front page article by Martin Merzer. In it, Merzer said Zionism’s new mission is to unite the world’s Jews. But, Stembridge replied that Merzer did not go far enough, and that Zionism’s new mission is to educate and unite all Zionists: Jew and “Gentile” alike. Also, Stembridge defines a Zionist as anyone who believes God gave the land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to their descendants, as an inheritance forever.

Interestingly, this man also says the world Jewish population outside Israel is thirteen million, with nine million being in the United States. And. as for “Gentile” Zionists [his name for Ephraimites], Stembridge gives a figure of one hundred thirty million, with forty million being in the United States.

He further believes the problem with Zionism today is, ignorance to the nearly 1000 Biblical prophecies in which God calls all these Zionists back from the nations – and to their promised land of Israel. Stembridge says, without this knowledge, it is impossible for secular leaders, whether political, industrial, labor, management, media, religious, etc., to understand the intricacies involved in healing the breach in Abraham’s family.

Stembridge writes:

From now forward, world Peace and Economic stability is dependent upon Israel’s Peace and regathering. Israel will never be at peace until its neighbors can accept the regathering of the world’s Jewish and Gentiles Zionists as brothers rather than as enemies that they want to drive into the sea or whose blood they want to spill on its Holy soil. Therefore it behooves every government, industry, religious. and cultural leader, locally and worldwide, to become actively involved in establishing Justice with Peace in the Middle East and around the world. Failure in this mission will bring nothing less than a Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Holocaust as never experienced in human history. Mankind that survives this Holocaust will, at best, start from the dark ages once again.

John Stembridge surely has a vision. And, he closes his letter by asking that God grant us the knowledge, wisdom, and empowerment to succeed.

Likewise, each of us should have a God-given vision, one filled with the knowledge, wisdom and empowerment required to succeed. Further, a key ingredient to our success must be action. For, action is required to accomplish one’s vision!

A Vision of the regathering of Israel without action is but a dream. Yet, action without a vision can be a task of drudgery and futility. But, a vision coupled with action can result in the regathering of all Israel.

What is our task?

To insure that each of those thirteen million Jews and one hundred and thirty million “Gentile” Zionists (or whatever the true number) realize who they are. For, to get the job done, they need not only to love the God of Israel, the land of Israel, and the Jewish people, but they need to understand that they too are Israel. They also need to return to their own soil to complete fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy about the regathering of all Israel. For Yahveh has sworn:

Fishermen on the Bank of the Amstel near the Pauwentuin, Amsterdam, Arent Arentsz, c1625-1630, Rijksmueum, Amsterdam.

I Myself shall gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and shall bring them back to their pasture; and they will be fruitful and multiply . . . they will no longer say, “As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,” but, “As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.” Then they will live on their own soil. (Jeremiah 23: 1-8)

In that great day of regathering, Ezekiel’s two sticks will have been made one in the Father’s hand (Ezekiel 37:15-28). Predictions that Ephraim will once again “be a mighty man,” that he will “return to the lands promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in such numbers that there is no more room for him” will all be but history (Zechariah 10:10.17).

Fishermen arise! Prepare your nets! For a great and glorious fishing expedition lies before us!

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40 Days of Personal Change, Day 26: The Evidence of Our Success https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-26-the-evidence-of-our-success/ https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-26-the-evidence-of-our-success/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:00:54 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2886 Continue reading "40 Days of Personal Change, Day 26: The Evidence of Our Success"

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The Evidence of Our Success
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 26
Elul 26, 5780 / September 15, 2020

From the Scriptures Translation:

And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his immersion, he said to them, “Brood of adders! Who has warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Bear, therefore, fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as father. For I say to you that Elohim is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”  Matthew 3:7-9

Yochanan the Immerser (aka John the Baptist) stood clothed with Eliyahu’s mantle, and cried out to the crowds to make teshuvah as the Kingdom had the potential of arriving in their day. Among the listeners stood the supposedly pious leadership, who saw no personal need to change anything, as they were sons of Avraham, Elders of Yisrael, and prayed daily. No one knew the Torah and Prophets as well as they. Yochanan identified them as Y’shua did in Yochanan 8:44, as being sons of the serpent, espousing the serpentine lie that they were of such elite knowledge that they were like the Most High.

To this perceived pious group Yochanan demanded the evidence, the fruit of repentance, of the turning of their lives to return to righteousness and obedience. They had only their robes and significance to exhibit. They failed the test.

When we have prayed our prayers and offered our tears as we mourn our deeds of unrighteousness; when we have fasted and sought to restore broken relationships, the evidence of our success will be change. We will exhibit a different heart, different words, and a humility that says, “I am not the same.”

May our Days of Prayer bear fruit that would satisfy the request of Yochanan the Immerser and the One To Whom he pointed.

Barry Phillips
BYNA Elder

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Reunion Roadmap 9/12/2020 https://bneyyosefna.com/reunion-roadmap-9-12-2020/ https://bneyyosefna.com/reunion-roadmap-9-12-2020/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:30:35 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2904 Continue reading "Reunion Roadmap 9/12/2020"

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How is it that a person could be in church all his life, serving the Lord with great enthusiasm and not have read the Bible? Bryan Sanchez can tell us because that’s his story! It was only after years of hearing a family member talk about Israel that he began to pay attention, and by investigating the scriptures for the first time learned of the place Israel and the Jewish people hold in God’s esteem. That is what brought him to his position as the representative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas – but that is only the beginning of Bryan’s story! 

Along with Bryan Sanchez, our Elders Frank Houtz and Barry Phillips share the first of a two-part conversation about “Salvation and Righteousness,” and we enjoy the music of  Solomon Lopez and Lenny and Varda.

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40 Days of Personal Change, Day 25: WHERE IS MY FAITH? MY FOCUS? https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-25-where-is-my-faith-my-focus/ https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-25-where-is-my-faith-my-focus/#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2020 21:47:56 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2887 Continue reading "40 Days of Personal Change, Day 25: WHERE IS MY FAITH? MY FOCUS?"

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WHERE IS MY FAITH? MY FOCUS?
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 25
Elul 25, 5780 / September 14, 2020

This year has been a once in a life time experience. Because of the COVID-19 virus which has covered the world, life has changed and many things about that change could be permanent. We certainly will not live or do things as we used to.  Because of this virus, the people of earth have two choices. We can either panic or we can trust our creator. I received a link to a video where a man spoke doom and gloom. He spoke for about 10 minutes and offered no hope.  It was really pathetic!

I thought about his little message and asked the Father to show me what was happening today and I asked for understanding. The Father reminded me of the time when Yeshua told his disciples to get into the boat and they would go to the other side.  He didn’t ask them to go fishing or waterskiing or to have a party on the lake. The offer was simply to go to the other side. Well, in the middle of the lake a big storm came up and it actually frightened these men. Yeshua was asleep in the bowels of the boat and kept sleeping until the disciples woke him. After calming the waters, He asked his disciples where their faith was? He said they were going to the other side of the lake and He meant it. 

We cannot make this world our home. We are on a journey to the other side. Just because the year 2020 caused a big storm for our boat, we shouldn’t be frightened nor should it cause us to put our focus on the storm. Our faith and our  focus should be on Yeshua and our promise from Him to get to the other side.

Philippians 4:6-7 – 

“Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving in your heart, let your requests be made to Yahweh. And HIS Shalom, which surpasses all human understanding, will guard your hearts and will guard your minds in Messiah Yeshua!”

Wendy Boring
Elder of B’ney Yosef North America

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40 Days of Personal Change, Day 24: Applying Counsel https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-24-applying-counsel/ https://bneyyosefna.com/40-days-of-personal-change-day-24-applying-counsel/#respond Sat, 12 Sep 2020 22:30:57 +0000 https://bneyyosefna.com/?p=2888 Continue reading "40 Days of Personal Change, Day 24: Applying Counsel"

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Applying Counsel
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 24
Elul 24, 5780 / September 13, 2020

Applying the counsel of The Almighty to my life resulted in repentance. Repentance created a change that brought clarity to purpose. Clarity of purpose designed my goals and vision. My vision supplied direction to accomplish purpose.  

Is 46:10  “…My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.”

The word purpose in verse 10 is the Hebrew word “ya’atz” from the root “etsa.” It means counsel, purpose, advise, or plan. 

Elohim’s counsel, purpose, and plan guided my heart as I read and applied His word. His word (counsel) brought clarity to my life’s purpose. His purpose became my purpose. My once self-purposed ambitions were replaced with His divine plan.

Do you want His counsel at work in your heart revealing your purpose? 

Psa. 73:21-24   “…When my heart was embittered and I was pierced within, then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel ( etsa , purpose) You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.” 

Blessings,

Mark Webb
Servant Leader, Living Messiah Ministries
Elder, B’ney Yosef North America

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