Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Talmidim (Disciples)

No, really.  You're cray, but you don't have to stay that way!

1 But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.  2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.  3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,  5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.  6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible;  7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,  8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.  9 Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,  10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.  
~ Paul to Titus (Chapter 2)

**I'm only going to pull a few hi-lights from this passage.  There's a lot more!

Titus 2:3 - NAS – Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good (kalodidaskalos)
Titus 2:3 - WH – πρεσβυτιδας ωσαυτως εν καταστηματι ιεροπρεπεις μη διαβολους {Variant #1: μηδε } {Variant #2: μη } οινω πολλω δεδουλωμενας (5772) καλοδιδασκαλους

Kalodidaskalos (teaching what is good) comes from two roots kalos (valuable, virtuous, beautiful) and didaskalos (instructor, teacher, master) Can you hear ADONAI's compassionate love appealing to Cain's conscience in Genesis 4:7 here, 'You must MASTER it [sin]?')

Titus 2:4 - NAS – so that they may encourage (sophronizo) the young women to love their husbands to love their children
Titus 2:4 - WH – ινα σωφρονιζωσιν (5725) τας νεας φιλανδρους ειναι (5721) φιλοτεκνους

Sophronizo (the root is sophron which we will see again) is only used once in the Scriptures…right here in Titus 2:4.  It means 'to restore to ones senses'/'to disciple'.  In other words, unless we are DISCIPLED within the context of a community of older women, we (younger women) cannot be restored to our senses (we are truly insane!  Surprise!).  It's precisely because we are 'insane' that we are not able to love our husbands and children (& do all the other stuff the verse says).  Discipleship changes all that.  (I always tell my girls 'Text can't be imitated….only PEOPLE [can be imitated]- which is why doing life together/being true disciples [having a standard set before our eyes *to imitate* in daily life] of our Rabbi Yeshua in the Word and in this life HE gives, yields transformation).

Titus 2:5 - NAS – to be sensible (sophron), pure, workers at home kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
Titus 2:5 - WH – σωφρονας αγνας οικουργους (3626) αγαθας υποτασσομενας (5746) τοις ιδιοις ανδρασιν ινα μη ο λογος του θεου βλασφημηται (5747)

Sophron means SANE.  Sophron comes from two root words 'sozo' meaning 'whole' and 'phren' meaning 'understanding/mind'.  So, we are able to see that a 'whole understanding/mind' only happens through the act of discipleship.  I might add ADONAI's way of discipleship begins with holy fellowship producing growing relationship and eventually becoming fruitful discipleship (within the protective confines of authenticity and accountability.   *Acts 2:42-47, John 15:8, Romans 8:29

And THE MOST IMPORTANT PART….'so that the Word of God be not blasphemed'.  Some versions use the milder 'dishonored'…the Greek is actually blasphemeo from two roots blapto (to hinder, injure or hurt) + pheme 'fame' (also from two roots Phos and phaino) meaning 'the FIRE which gives light, to shine'.

So the whole mandate and beautiful purpose of true women's discipleship is the work of 'restoring women to their senses, creating in them SANITY so they're ABLE by the Spirit's Transforming Work within (soaking in The Word/transformed by renewing of the mind) to love their husbands and children…that the FAME OF ADONAI which is THE FIRE WITHIN US glows ever so distinctly giving LIGHT to this dark, dark world

And just think…FIRE (LIGHT) spreads to everything (everyone) closest to it.  Without The Spirit's work in the act of life-transforming discipleship, there is no Light…and that is BLASPHEMOUS

And this, Mereas, is how we are able to see and experience that the Word is Living, Active & Sharper than any two-edged sword!


May the Light of the Messiah shine ever so brightly within each of you!


This is how my Father is glorified -- in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim.
 ~ Yeshua (John 15:8)

Shalom, Great Light & Love!
Carmen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Whose Mirror?


 

Girls of all ages, perhaps we should consider spending more time peering into the MIRROR OF GOD'S WORD (and less time in the mirror of our bathrooms).  Of course, there's nothing wrong with checking ourselves out (we don't want to scare anybody)...but hey, it can be a most dangerous past time when that becomes our only focus.  The outer 'image'. 

What happens when we gaze upon The Eternal Word of El Elyon instead?  What happens if we set before our eyes The Living Word?  Whatever image(s) we set before our eyes becomes our focus...even if it's yourself(-ie).  If you can't seem to maintain an inner joy - a heavenly validation from on High - without the aid of cosmetics or enough 'likes' on your FB selfie, it's only because your inner man is being starved, unadorned, and in need of MORE.  Much more.  To need validation from others is to need their approval.  The thing is, we've already been approved from Someone much higher and more important than a million 'likes'.  This unholy need that may have drawn you away from the Truth that satisfies and reveals is called 'a snare' in the Scriptures.

Proverbs 29:25 - NAS – The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.
Proverbs 29:25 - BHS – חֶרְדַּ֣ת אָ֭דָם יִתֵּ֣ן מֹוקֵ֑שׁ וּבֹוטֵ֖חַ בַּיהוָ֣ה יְשֻׂגָּֽב׃


Earthly mirrors are traps, baits, lures, snares (moqesh in Hebrew).  The Heavenly Mirror LIBERATES in ways you can't even imagine.  The Word sets us free from vices we weren't even aware had taken us captive.

F-O-C-U-S.  What happens when we focus upon The Word breathed out by ADONAI Himself is gloriously transformational. We begin to learn by His Spirit to neither LOATHE (cast down) ourselves nor ELEVATE (exalt) ourselves - both of which plague the soul. 

This is a problem for women and has been since The Garden.  The eyes.  The serpent who diligently observes his prey knows that if he can tempt us by setting ANYTHING OTHER THAN GOD'S TRUTH before our eyes, he'll likely be very successful.  The eyes have it.

Just like putting certain things into our mouths has the capability to alter our physical appearance (whether good or bad).  So too, will putting certain things into our minds alter our physical, emotional and spiritual DIRECTION in life (whether good or bad).

That word again, F-O-C-U-S.  When Christ, The Living Word, is at the center, you'll have:

Freedom, Opportunity --------  CHRIST -------- Unity and Satisfaction

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:2

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Living Sacrifice

Torah Portions this week:  Vayikra ('and HE called' - Leviticus 1:1-5:26).  Every week's a WOW.  This week, no different.   We can see from these passages that 'temple sacrifices' are required to DRAW NEAR to ADONAI.  BUT, all this sacrificial system was meant to be only a type and shadow pointing to The One True Sacrifice that was yet to come - & that the Spirit of this Yeshua yet to come (Salvation/the Perfect Lamb) would live IN us and love THROUGH us...one day for them...NOW for us. 




It was a tireless, time intensive and exhausting thing to do - all these sacrifices - but it was required to 'draw near' to ADONAI nonetheless...YET always merely 'being accepted from afar, and (only) able to come as close as the outer altar' (thank you Derek Leman).

How might that impact us in this day and age?  First, we should realize that the 'sacrificial system' is still very alive and well today in our churches.  Albeit, a little different look...As in, continuing to 'bring all these meaningless sacrifices' that we believe appeases The God of Universe - (fill in the blank as the Spirit convicts)

So, The One Spotless Sacrifice was already given on our behalf -once and for all - ...and our 'temple worship' today is to 'present ourselves as a living sacrifice' (Romans 12:1) remembering what ADONAI spoke through the prophets Hosea & Micah (for OT/NT times & still speaks!):

Hosea 6:6 - NAS – "For I delight in **chesed** (look it up) rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings"
Hosea 6:6 - BHS – כִּ֛י חֶ֥סֶד חָפַ֖צְתִּי וְלֹא־זָ֑בַח וְדַ֥עַת אֱלֹהִ֖ים מֵעֹלֹֽות׃

"Micah 6:8 - NAS – "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?"
Micah 6:8 - BHS – הִגִּ֥יד לְךָ֛ אָדָ֖ם מַה־טֹּ֑וב וּמָֽה־יְהוָ֞ה דֹּורֵ֣שׁ מִמְּךָ֗ כִּ֣י אִם־עֲשֹׂ֤ות מִשְׁפָּט֙ וְאַ֣הֲבַת חֶ֔סֶד וְהַצְנֵ֥עַ לֶ֖כֶת עִם־אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ׃ פ

It's much easier to bring 'a bunch of stuff' to The Altar than it is to present ourselves upon The Altar.  It's all meaningless and unattainable - our works, agendas, ideas, platforms, fronts - if it's not brought BY THE SPIRIT of The Messiah's CHESED.  It's meaningless and powerless for you, as well as for those in your midst...

Wow, these Torah Portions.  If you take the time to read them, THEY actually reads YOU. 

ADONAI Eloheinu (LORD, our God) strengthen us as You've empowered us in Yeshua's Name

Friday, September 6, 2013

Rhema

Here's a look into Luke 1:37, 38 that you may not have heard/thought of before.

Shalom & Love!
Carmen

Friday, August 30, 2013

I AIN'T FRONTIN' FRIDAY

I AIN'T FRONTIN' FRIDAY!!!

I'd love to see your cray cray too!  C'mon, don't be frontin'!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Super Mom?

Head on over to MEREAS of GRACE, all you wannabe and not so wannabe Super Moms!

Shalom & LOVE,
Carmen

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hello Friends!

Well, it's been a while since I've written...and as you can see, this site has gone downhill :)  I have plans to revamp it soon, LORD willing.

For now, please visit my other site Mereas of Grace to read my thoughts on Living Epistles - New Heart or New Idea?

Shalom & Love!
Carmen

But as for me, Heaven forbid that I should boast about anything except the execution-stake of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! Through Him, as far as I am concerned, the world has been put to death on the stake; and through Him, as far as the world is concerned, I have been put to death on the stake.  For neither being circumcised nor being uncircumcised matters; what matters is being a NEW CREATION. And as many as order their lives by this rule, shalom upon them and mercy, and upon the Isra'el of God! 

~ Galatians 6:14-16

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