Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ata Tzuri

I woke up Monday morning with this song going thru my head. Karen Davis’s songs are very beautiful. Most of her songs are from scripture. I get filled with peace when I hear her songs. God is my rock!

Ata Tzuri (You Are My Rock)
Psalm 23

Ata Tzuri(You are my rock)
Vi'yeshuati (and my salvation)
Ata hu shir levavi (You are the song of my heart)
You are my rock
You are my strength
You are the song of my heart
Though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for You are with me
Goodness and mercy shall follow me
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever
Gam ki elech (though I walk)
B'gei tzalmavet , (in the valley of thre shadow of death)
Lo irah rah (I will fear no evil)
Ki Ata imadi (for You are with me)
Chesed v'tov yirdafuni (mercy and goodness shall follow me)
V'eshev b'veit Adonai l'olam (And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever)

Psalm 1
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Last year in September, my nephew Steven washed his IPod by mistake and had to buy a new one. He bought an IPod touch and taught me how to use it. Wow. I thought my little mp3 player is nothing compared to this. My nephew wanted me to get one. I said “No way, knowing me, I probably would drop it. Too expensive for my taste.” One of the nicknames my family gives me is “Bank of Theresa” because the way I handle money and I can pinch a penny and make copper wire. I’m very stingy with myself also. Couple of weeks later Abba starts bugging me to get one. What? Why? I said “I already have a mp3 player plus work is getting real bad and I don’t want to waste money at a time like this.”Abba said ”You will enjoy it. You can do many things with it.” I couldn’t understand why but I knew He wanted me to get one. I said “Ok fine, then who gets my mp3?”He says “Your brother Peter.” I found out later my brother had just thrown out his bad music CD’s. A week later I bought the 8G IPod touch. I couldn’t believe how many songs I put on there and I had to take some off just to have room for apps. It also makes bible reading easier because I can look stuff up while in my room instead of being downstairs at the computer. I don’t half to wait to use the computer either. I can check my emails. It’s like carrying my computer around the house. I also just found out Wednesday, I can put Kindle books on it Woohoo! My first book I bought was “Godprint” by Skip Heitzig. Really good, I read it in two days. I actually splurged 8 bucks for myself. I’m still finding out new stuff about it. Funny thing is it never came with a manual. They make you read it online. Abba has given us an instruction booklet "The Bible" We need to obey Him no matter what. We lose out on so much by not being obedient. In John 10:10 Yeshua says "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." We need to have His word in us and obey Him. Abba knows what’s best for us, even if it is an Ipod touch.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

One day when I was around 8 years old, I asked God if he could stop letting it rain. It was raining a lot and I wanted to play outside. Being cooped up in the house with 3 brothers and 2 sisters was not fun. I asked Abba to make it stop and the next day it stopped raining. For three days it wouldn’t rain and News channel 13 weatherman Bob Kovachick couldn’t understand why it stopped raining and why the air mass wasn’t moving. I told my mom it wasn’t going to rain because I asked Abba. She knew God was stopping the rain because of me. My mom told me it wasn’t good to do that. Farmers and trees need the water. I reluctantly agreed and said to Abba, He can let it rain now. The next day it rained. The weatherman was relieved and happy. What makes us lose our child like faith? God is still the same. He hasn’t change only we have. We are now more aware of our sins and think God doesn’t love us as much anymore. God’s love for us isn’t based on how good we are. Nothing we could ever do ourselves would ever justify us in His sight. Yeshua willingly took God's righteous indignation against us upon Himself so that we don't have to be separated from Abba anymore. Yeshua became our Pesach lamb when we accepted His death on the cross as payment for our sins. We are now reconciled to God whom we have offended. "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them…God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:18-19, 21). He loves us and there is no more anger toward us it was satisfied by Yeshua. We are now in right relationship with Abba if we surrender to and obey Him. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:19-23). So is anything too hard for the Lord?

Isaiah 12
A Hymn of Praise

And in that day you will say:
“O LORD, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.”
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
And in that day you will say:
“Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Whom Do You Serve?"

I refuse to get cable so I replaced it with Sky Angel. It is just like having cable without the bad stuff but I do half to be very careful of the teachings that are on there. At least 98% of the teaching is denominational and agenda driven and not Holy Spirit driven but just like anything else Abba will use it to his glory. He can and will use anything to get our attention. Before I got Sky Angel, TBN was on my local TV. Most of the shows on there are not good but a week before my dad died he gave himself to the Lord because I was watching a story on The 700 club. Trust me I do not advocate people getting their spiritual nourishment from these shows but just like in Yeshua’s time people were being healed by others and not by Yeshua or the apostles. Yeshua addresses this by saying to John:

Mark 9:38-40 38 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”
39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is on our side.

In Luke 13:14-16 Yeshua condemns the Pharisees for loving their righteousness rather than having compassion with spiritual discernment. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” We need to have compassion for thoes who need God.

 I’m not happy that false teachers can cast out demons and show healings but Abba will still use those situations. If just one more person can hear about God and get saved or healed, is it worth having to deal with it? People like that are all around us whether we like it or not. We need to speak truth to people who are in bondage. Every person is going to have a different view and different levels of understanding of who God is. Now I know there are limits but we need to have compassion with spiritual discernment. I go out and witness with a different church that loves the Lord but we definitely have different viewpoints not as far as salvation but other things. We don’t save people or heal the sick, Abba does that thru us. In Matthew 7:21-23 Yeshua makes it very clear, if we do not seek to have a personal relationship and don’t grow, we’ll stay lukewarm and fall into sin. He will chew us up and spit us out. Each one of us needs to grow. We will be held accountable for our own walk. We need to be in fellowship with Abba and have discernment. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ There will definitely be a price to be paid for people who claim to know Abba and don’t. Just like in the times of the early church they cast out demons but didn’t have a relationship with Abba. They have little concern for God or respect for His power following the lusts of their flesh. There are so many books out there that talk about how to heal people. I don’t doubt that it has happened but are these people truly walking with Abba? When we see them or read their books we need to have discernment, to know who these people are and what god they serve. In 2 Timothy 3:5-7, Paul talks about these people “5 And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Joshua 24:14-15 14 “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Whom do you serve?