by Rebekah Josepha Coover
satan (That lowercase "s" is on purpose) is constantly at work. I guess this is kind of a downhearted way to start the article, but since it is about "something sad", we'll get to the point. He's constantly trying to tear down the followers of Yahshua and Yahweh. And far too many times, he succeeds in doing just as he pleases.
Have you ever read the account of Yahshua's temptation in the wilderness. It took a lot of strength to stand against the devil I'm sure, but what helped Yahshua was that he hated the devil. When you hate something, it's easier to fight it than if you like it and want to hang on to it. That's just our problem. Many times, satan tells us that bad habits are fun. Certainly our Elohim doesn't want us to have no fun, does he? Of course he wants us to make the most of our lives, but doing the world's pleasures is not making the best of our lives. On the contrary, it is wasting them. There's a song called, "Have You Counted The Cost?", and it makes a very good point. If you can find it in a hymn book, look its words over.
Now sometimes I do things I shouldn't, but when I actually think about it, what is it about sin that is so alluring? Sin is ugly and BLACK. Why would we be drawn to that? It's our carnal nature. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV) says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yahshua, because through Messiah Yahshua the Torah of the Spirit of Life set me free from the torah of sin and death." We see here two Torahs: "the Torah of the Spirit of Life" and "the torah of sin and death". No, "the Torah of sin and death" is not what Yahweh gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. On the contrary, that Torah is full of wonderful guidelines for today. The problem with that Torah is not the Torah itself, but the people's hearts. See Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NIV). " 'The time is coming,' declares Yahweh, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.' " Notice that it is still with Israel, and those grafted into Israel too, but not something new. " 'It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke My covenant, though I was a husband to them,' declares Yahweh." You see, Yahweh was being faithful, but His people broke His covenant. The fault was with the people, not the Torah. Let's read on. " 'This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel at that time,' declares Yahweh. 'I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their Elohim, and they will be My people.' " You see, the "new covenant" is that the people will have hearts to keep... YAHWEH'S LAW. " 'No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh, because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest,' declares Yahweh. 'For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.' " What a beautiful promise! However, we must remember that it is by no means annulling the Torah: it is rather reinstituting it. Read Jeremiah 31:35-36 (NIV). "This is what Yahweh says, He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar - Yahweh Almighty is His Name: 'Only if these decrees vanish from My sight,' declares Yahweh, 'will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before Me.' " Do you see? It is when Yahweh's Torah is forsaken that the nation will crumble. And isn't that what we see all around us? Look at Jeremiah 32:18 (KJV). "Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them:..." Ah, we see: because of the wicked way that the the earth's human inhabitants are rearing their children, iniquity is in the hearts of the children, and remains in the hearts of the children. They have hearts to do evil.
That's what is everywhere around us: sin. Why? The cause of this dates back to Adam and Eve, when Eve took of the fruit on the forbidden tree. And then Adam did so also. There was trouble when Eve listened to satan. There was trouble when Adam listened to his "sweetheart" instead of Yahweh. And so it is with us today: when we listen to satan, no matter who he chooses to present himself as, there is trouble. And what kind of sweetheart are we being to Yahweh? What kind of an assembly? I ask you, brethren, I ask you, sisters, what kind of assembly are we? What kind of living sacrifice are you for Yahweh?
Look around you. Look at the people who dwell around you: your neighbors, the thrift store clerk, the grocery store stockman, etc. What do you see in these people? Yahweh? Or do you see the world, satan, sin, etc. in them. Now, evaluate yourself. What are you like? What do people see in you? Yahweh? Or do they see the world, satan, sin, etc. in you? I'm not pointing any fingers at you. I have my faults that I need to work on myself, but I'm reminding you too.
Before I close this article, I'd like to say, "Be a light. Cause something glad to happen. This world is desperately in need of such a work."
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto Yahshua. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Messiah is the Head of the assembly: and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore as the assembly is subject unto Messiah, so the wives to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Messiah loves the assembly, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious assembly, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be set apart and without blemish." Ephesians 5:22-27
Are we living up to this verse's doctrine?
I thought the following poem from "Stepping Stones" went well with my article.
We say we believe that the [scriptures are] true,