Good evening my fellow Israelite brothers and sisters, and as always welcome to another episode of The Divine Truth. It is an honor to be here this evening and bring to you once again a message from Yahweh’s holy Word. Tonight we will talk about “What is the Direction of our Faith”, a message that I hope will bring you back to your faith if you have lost it, and one that will make you grow stronger in the Christian Identity faith that we all are a part of.
Recently, a Bible study was held, and a question was asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I am sure you have asked that same question as I have on countless occasions. There were many answers given; “Adam’s fall from grace”, “The result of sin changing the direction and outcome of creation”, “To test, try and mold”. Of course Yahweh’s word was used as it should always be, to give examples of how Yahweh’s most steadfast warriors had to undergo challenges and endure chastening.
As I set back and listened to these faithful remnant, the answers seemed to myself incomplete. The answer “To test, try and mold”, is correct as all other answers were as well, that particular response leaves itself a little too wide open to another question, which should be asked; “To test, try and mold what?” Now the answer to that question is simple and straightforward OUR FAITH!
Outside of the Biblical definition of what faith is and should be, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (KJV). We should also consider the simple fact that Faith should also contain the following as well,
HOPE: the expectation of fulfillment or success
TRUST: placing reliance and dependence on someone’s or something’s character, ability, strength or truth
BELIEF: a state of mind or habit where confidence is placed on a person or thing
ALL of these are essential and the bases of and the key to putting our faith in Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah. “Thus saith the LORD: “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man…Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose HOPE is the LORD.”” (Jeremiah 17:5-7) Paul the apostle writes in 1 Timothy 1:1 and calls himself “…an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our HOPE.” Jesus the Messiah states in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled, ye BELIEVE in God, BELIEVE also in me.” So with the Biblical verses and the definitions given, we can readily see that when we are tried and tested with trials, tests and tribulations, our HOPE, our TRUST, our BELIEF, and our FAITH, should be and needs to be put in Yahshua the Messiah.
As a Pastor, I get many prayer requests for a multitude of situations. They often fall into these categories legal, marital, financial and spiritual, but by far the most common number of requests come from physical or medical conditions that are prayers for healing. I have found through the many years that the challenges that concern us the most are those that have to deal with our health and well-being. This is perfectly logical and at times disturbing. If we aren’t healthy we can’t work, play, rest, recuperate or heal properly, we can’t study or worship effectively either. There is an age old saying; “If you have your health you have everything.” This proves to be true on so many levels. Pastors, are not exempt from the tests of life either, even though many of our followers believe we are. Not only do we bear the spiritual and emotional burdens of loving, caring, guiding and worrying about our flocks, we also have to and sometimes must face trials and challenges on a personal and family level as well. And I must admit that even our faith is test sometimes more than we would admit. 1 Peter 4:17 tells us: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…” See, judgment isn’t always the net result of our actions or punishment for sinning; it can also be a form of TESTING.
On a personal note and standpoint, I have suffered the hurt, trauma, despair, anger and even the Spiritual doubt, that too often accompanies a person who has lost a loved one to an incurable disease after many, many an hour spent in prayer and praying over and for the afflicted person. I know full well the pain and uncertainty of a failed marriage.
I know firsthand the fear of being diagnosed with an abnormal medical condition and the feelings it generates. I know firsthand what it feels like to lose everything you have from fire, theft and natural disasters, only to be forced to relocate and start life over again from scratch. And, yes even I must admit that I too know what it is like to ask God, “WHY?” So, you see not even pastors are immune to the tests, trials and tribulations. We also must endure the chastening’s just like everyone else. (Sometimes it seems that we deal with it more, because satan and his army are always attacking those that serve the one true God of Israel.) When I was praying and meditating on this particular point, I was brought to another question: “When faced with a personal, serious medical situation, or any situation that hits us hard and completely out of the blue and blindsides us, how do we react? How do we face those problems? To whom do we really turn?” I had to ask myself (as a person asking his/her pastor) Mr. Preacher, how do YOU face it? Who do you really turn to?” Those questions brothers and sisters made me stop what I was doing and really think, and pray for an answer. To be totally honest I didn’t like what the Holy Spirit revealed to me.
With the challenges we face in life, that test our faith, it is the direction in which our faith travels that He decided to reveal to me. I had to come to the realization that He was correct in what I was shown me and I had to accept the fact that I am at fault as well. In ALL of life’s challenging situations, be it medical, financial, marital, legal or the most important one spiritual, more often than not our faith seems to travel away from Jesus the Messiah and is replaced with something or someone else. The very important question ceases being “Why?” and becomes “Who?” or “What?” It all boils down to this simple question: “Who, or what, do we as Christians REALLY put our faith and trust in during these trying and despairing times?”
Are we as a people and a Race putting our faith, hope, trust and belief, and ultimately our dependence, in doctors, physicians, lawyers, financial and marital counsellors, or even to some pastors? Are we trusting men and women who are man-ordained and passed approved college classes to get a degree, diploma, certificates and a license from a board that states they are “certified” to have answers to our questions, problems and conditions? If we are, WHY? Why are we putting our faith in man? Why do we so readily put our faith and our lives, in men and women who have, or at least claim to have, a title prefixed to their name? Why do we readily and willing accept that they will be able to “cure what ails us?”
It’s because we believe that they are truly one of us. Why? Because of:
1) It’s easier for us to believe what they tell us.
2) Since they have those certificates and diplomas on their walls saying THEY have all the answers, we choose to believe that they really do have the answers.
3) It’s their profession and they should have the answers.
The bigger question is, what do we do, and to whom do we turn, when we find out the truth, that they cannot cure us, answer our questions, provide us with an escape from those challenges and trials, that we as people mere mortals are forced to face? What happens then? Does it become easier to blame them for our problems, and the fact that they cannot help us? After we have put our faith and trust in one of our own, and they have in turn let us down, does it become somehow easier for us to take aim at them with our anger and disappointment? Is it easier to deal with and be anger at someone or something we can SEE? Is it their fault or is it really our fault, for trusting in someone that we knew from the start was not the one we should have trusted?
Why is our faith, trust and belief put in man instead of in Yahweh? The answer is simple and you should already know it. It is because man is right here, in the flesh, right now and we no matter how hard we try, we want answers NOW! It’s because man is of the flesh a being that we can see, hear and touch right NOW! It is easier to believe a flesh and blood person than it is to believe in a spiritual God. Why is that? Why has our faith become so weak? Why do we believe Yahweh in our heads but not in our hearts? Why do we so easily doubt Yahweh’s Word and His promises to us, His remnant, His True House of Israel? Why do we not believe in His power? Why do we not believe that He will take care of, and provide for US, His children? (Like a father should do.) Why is it so easy to trust in a man and to distrust our Savior Yahshua the Messiah? WHY? The answer is simple and clear, because many of us are simply put “A Doubting Thomas” that lack spiritual strength and understanding. Hard pill to swallow isn’t it? We have been lead to believe, mostly by false teachers of our faith and those around us, that as Christians, our lives should always be “roses, sunshine and rainbows”; we have been taught and led to believe that we should be protected from any and everything bad or evil; we’ve been led to believe that, as Christians we will NEVER have to suffer. This is a false belief and a false doctrine that has been perpetrated by false ministers; that are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Read Hebrews 11:35-38 and Revelations 6:9-11, 7:9-17 for the truth. No friends, there is a reason why we are to be tested, tried and chastised.
Whenever we are torn, tattered and beaten upon, it is always a test of our faith’s strength and maturity. Moreover, it is a trial to test our spiritual strength. It is an ordeal that is meant to open our hearts, minds, spirit and souls to Yahsuha the Messiah. It is a golden opportunity He has granted us to lean on Him and not on man. It is an affliction solely meant to turn us towards Him, to recognize His power, His mercy, His love, and His compassion. It is always meant to turn us to Him and to recognize Him as our Sanctifier, our Healer, our Righteousness; He is our Shepherd, our Provider, our EVER PRESENT YAHWEH! He alone, and not man, is our Solid Rock, our foundation. He alone and not man is our Strong Fortress (Psalm 18:2)! “The Lord is my firm support, and my refuge, and my deliverer; my God is my helper, I will hope in Him; he is my defender, and the horn of my salvation, and my helper.” Whenever we are tried, tested, chastened, and challenged, we must forever and always never FORGET WHO YAHWEH IS BECAUSE HE IS STILL ON HIS THRONE AND BECAUSE HE IS STILL IN CONTROL OF EVERY FACET OF OUR DAILY LIVES! We cannot and should not look to man for the answers; we must and should LOOK TO YAHWEH! Hebrews 12:2-11 encourages us to do just that and explains why. Christ tells us in Revelation 3:19 that “As many as I love I rebuke and chasten…” David writes in Psalm 94:12 that “Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law…” The test, trials, tribulations and chastenings, ALL are meant to turn our hearts, faith, trust, hopes, beliefs, towards Yahweh the Father, Yahweh the Son, and Yahweh the Holy Ghost. They are all meant to teach us to love, trust and lean on HIM just as any child would and should, love, trust, lean on and put their faith in their father. They are meant to teach us to trust in Him and not in ourselves (1 Corinthians 1:9).
Whenever this life’s chastenings, test, trials, and tribulations seem like they’re overtaking you and you begin to panic and get angry because you can’t “fix it”, and neither can any of those around you, you can do one of two things:
1) You can either run away from Yahweh, (which many far too many do) or 2) You can run to YAHWEH, which we all should do. You must remember that you can’t fix everything only HE CAN!
He wants us to realize, understand, believe and know that in our weakness, in our inabilities, in our failures, that it is He, and only HIM, that can strengthen us and see us through them (2 Corinthians 12:9). Just remain calm, take a deep breath and step back for a moment. Listen and hear HIS words in Psalm 46:10; “Be still and know that I am Yahweh.” Put everything that troubles you and that you are up against into HIS HANDS, and turn away and leave them there. Put your faith, trust and hope IN HIM! Believe in Him, I mean truly believe in HIM! He will NEVER leave you or forsake you in anyway, you are His child. HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU! Don’t you think that He deserves the same from us?
May Yahweh’s light shine upon you and your household. Yahweh bless.