May 11, 2015 – Integrity

“With Adonai (the LORD) on my side, I fear nothing — what can human beings do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).

IntegrityOver the years, one by one, prominent leaders in the Body of Messiah (both Christian, Evangelical, Penecostal, Messianic, Hebrew Roots, Torah Observant) ‘fall from grace’ because of a lack of integrity.   Generally, this lack of integrity comes from the sin of not combining faith and obedience to God’s commandments and preaching a saving grace rather  than empowering grace to overcome sin.  What I have witnessed over and over are those who follow manmade, self-proclaimed shepherds end up angry, hurt, bitter, frustrated, and most especially judgmental.  Where there should be grace and mercy, there is murder or ‘death’ by the law.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if each believer was taught and understood that the new covenant is about the Spirit of God coming into the human heart, changing it from stone to flesh and then then allowing that same Spirit to teach and guide into all Truth?  I believe Yeshua said to the woman at the well, ‘true worshippers will worship in Spirit and in Truth’ not in some Nicolaitan* setting.   

There will always be those who desire to follow an earthly shepherd rather than The Shepherd.  That is human nature’s lack of faith in their Creator and the promises of His Kingdom.  Israel made the same mistake.   They wanted an earthly king and got what they asked for –  King Saul.  He was not a man after God’s heart.  He became arrogant and thought his ways were better than God’s.  God’s Spirit was removed from him and his sin was likened to divination and witchcraft!  Consider that without the Spirit of God, he had no Truth!  Without the Spirit of God, he was directed and controlled by an evil spirit that could only be soothed through the music of a shepherd boy named David.  

When we seek out men to guide us, especially those who do not emit the Spirit of God in their walk, we will always be led astray because there was only one man, the Son of man, the Son of God who not only taught the Scriptures (what most call the Old Testament) but lived out them correctly and with integrity because he was conceived by the Spirit of God.   Because he lived according to the teachings and instructions of his Father the way they were intended and didn’t allow man’s interpretations to dilute the Scriptures, he was challenged, judged and eventually condemned to death.  

It’s difficult to come out from under the teachings (and control) of earthly shepherds, but according to The Shepherd,  only the true sheep hear and follow his voice,  Yeshua.  He doesn’t lead anyone into pits that bring hurt and pain and shame.  He doesn’t guide people into lies and sin.   The Shepherd of Israel leads those who follow Him on paths of righteousness that bring healing, peace, and joy.

Our family stepped out many years ago from under the institution of church and shepherds who turned God into their image rather than allowing the Word of God through His Spirit to conform their minds and hearts into His.  It was the most difficult step we have ever taken in our 30 plus years walk of faith.  We were persecuted, judged, and scorned by those who called themselves by the name of Christ as well as  by those shepherds who believed they were leading people into a walk of faith in Christ when in fact, they were directing them further and further away from Truth and quenching the Spirit.  We were told by some that because we had ‘left the fellowship’ there could be no more communication.

We had to stand by faith in what we knew was a call of God and  stop fearing man shepherds or really lead sheep in wolves clothing.   We had to put our faith in action.  We had to step out, put our feet in the allegorical Jordan River,  and allow God to part it.  With each step as we ‘crossed over’ into the Promised Land, the Kingdom of God, the Spirit of God illuminated more and more Truth.  As we look back, we would never have traded ‘being called out from among them’  for anything, especially the continued pain and suffering of placing man’s teachings higher than Messiah’s and church doctrine higher than the Scriptures which were all contrary to what the Spirit of God was doing in our new circumcised hearts. 

For those of you who are feeling violated by the lies of men, the deceptions of leaders,  just simply repent and turn back to God.   He provided a covenant through the blood of His Son, Yeshua, a renewed covenant that would bring His people back to Himself.  He would write His commandments on our hearts without the intervention of grace theologians and torah terrorists.   Put aside your anger and bitterness and allow God to make the judgment calls on these leaders because in the end, we will all stand before Him at the Great White Throne of Judgement and give an account of our lives.  Each of us will receive either eternal separation from God for disobedience, living like heathens and profaning His name among the nations or a reward.  Paul says to live (and run) so as to receive the rewards and the crowns focusing on the prize ahead, the eternal Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 9:22-24).    So run!  Run towards the only one with integrity, the Rabbi of all Rabbis, Yeshua. 

I believe that Micah 6:8 is the totality of Scriptures in one verse.  I believe even more so, that it should be the totality of our walk of faith with the Lord, the Messiah.  

“Human being, you have already been told what is good, what Adonai demands of you — no more than to act justly, love grace and walk in purity with your God.” 

*Nicolaitan means ‘one who conquers the people’.  The Nicolaitan system puts a human intermediary, a clergy person, between the individual and God.  Yeshua hates this system (Revelation 2:6).

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