Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Autárkēs = CONTENT

The following is something I wrote back in March, but never shared.  I pray it blesses you as you read it.  It has to do with the ‘C’ word:  Contentment.  The struggle for it is real…and so is His Spirit Who brings it fully and continually!

Contentment is learned (Just like, DIScontentment).  

Discontentment almost always stems from you waiting for someone else to bless you.  A discontent spirit is always waiting - not upon the LORD - but upon someone else to fill up that ‘holy space’ within.  A discontent spirit is never and can never be truly joyful.  Because she truly believes ‘joy/happiness’ is on the other side of whatever event she’s hoping for.

Human nature is prone to wander…prone to search out something to fill since he/she doesn’t have it already.  This shouldn’t surprise any of us.  It started in the Garden (like everything else!!).  Eve was momentarily discontent when Nachash (serpent) presented her with options other than what ADONAI of LIFE had spoken. 

That’s it, isn’t it?  Options.  Always looking at our options when only ONE is designed to FILL.  The Ruach Eloyim Chayim (Spirit of the LIVING God)!  Of course, we still have options in this world, don’t we?  Just because we have them doesn’t mean it’s beneficial to us (isn’t that what we tell our kids?).

True contentment in the Ruach HaKodesh, however, is both ‘caught and taught’ as we look for another to ‘bless’.   That’s the way of ADONAI - blessing, extending compassion, mercy, truth, love, light, healing, food, water, blankets, phone calls and smiles.

contentment:  ‘unfailing strength/satisfaction in/with oneself’ (From two Greek words:  Auto: himself, herself, same + Arkeo: to be possessed of unfailing strength, to be enough!)
  1. sufficient for one's self, strong enough or processing enough to need no aid or support
  2. independent of external circumstances
  3. contented with one's lot, with one's means, though the slenderest

In fact, Sha’ul, in the fullness of the Spirit, wrote about contentment!  It’s such a B I G deal, this ‘learning to be satisfied/strengthened independent of externals’.  Learning contentment is an aspect of shalom (nothing broken/nothing missing).  Paul LEARNED contentment.  Do NOT miss this.  And his words are still teaching us today how to learn contentment as well.  It’s such a BIG deal that the CONTEXT of the famous verse ‘I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me’ is ALL ABOUT C O N T E N T M E N T!!!!   Whaaaaa?  Read it for yourself.  I lie not.

READ NOW ALL OF PHILIPPIANS [it’s short] in your version of choice (with special attention to Philippians 4:10-13).   What did you see????

Of course you struggle with it as a Follower of Christ.  Welcome to being human!!  But, like anything else in this life, the BEST way to learn something is to PRACTICE it.  Won’t you join me in practicing by His Spirit!!

ADONAI ELOHEINU, teach us and create newness (LIBERTY from self!!) within by Your Spirit of Content Living!  Baruch HaSHEM!!!

Loving you all!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Submission = Strength Under Control...like Yeshua?

Does the whole ‘submissive to husband’ passage get under your skin...work your last nerve, Woman?  Have you considered as to why it might?

1 Peter 3:1 - NAS – In the same way you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the Word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,

‘Submissive to husband’ is quite a good thing.  Let’s look at why.  It’s necessary because there is such an ENORMITY of POWER within a woman, wife (ishah/ezer kenegdo) [Genesis 2:18, Genesis 2:23]. 

Let’s go back to the First Lady.   It was IN that power first realized within Chavvah (Eve) in the Garden of Eden that she emoted herself above God HIMSELF when nachash (serpent) came to tempt her (Genesis 3:1).  We women are graciously given a command to ‘submit to Ish’ BECAUSE it’s a working of ADONAI’s Divine grace to keep us from exalting ourselves IN THAT INNATE POWER that is HIS Power within each woman created in His Holy Image.  Understand?

We mistake HIS POWER for our own many times, and therefore ‘submission quells manipulation’ (remember ‘teshuqah’ of Genesis 3:16 - see Ezer Kenegdo).  Again, it’s a GRACIOUS COMMAND to help keep Ishah in the WILL OF ADONAI ELOHEINU, The GREAT Power.  Why?  Because HE has sent us on mission in this present world.

Besides all this, did not GOD HIMSELF come humbly as a SERVANT?  Why, yes HE did.  And since such is True, we WOMEN are never more like YESHUA than when we operate in compassion, lowliness and subservience to another (Ish/Husband or someone else) THAT THE WILL OF GOD MAY BE MANIFEST. 

"If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”~ Yeshua (Mark 9:35)

What will you do with tHIS Power?  Whose Image?  Your own little ‘i’...or HIS MAGNIFICENT ‘I’ image?  ‘Submission to husbands’ bothers us simply because ‘submission to ANYONE’ in general bothers us (in the flesh).  Think rogue ezer kenegdo.

It’s been said that meekness/humility (which is YESHUA) is great strength under control.  Who might this describe?  ADONAI, may it describe us, Ishah!  Then our husbands (or future spouses) will be able to sing wholeheartedly Eshet Chayil (Proverbs 31) over us...and it will be stunningly beautiful.  Yachad.  Thank You ADONAI ELOHEINU for changing us, your daughters on mission in this present world!!

Share some Torah (Instruction) on humility/meekness/being humble.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ezer Kenegdo


But who are you, Woman?

I’m telling you that you’ll NEVER know who you are until YOU find out Who HE is (til then, you’re just guessing).


So Who are you?  Does anyone know?  Whose Image are you created in?  Then, let’s START THERE.  You can find out when you go back to the beginning. 


HOW was she created?  What did God call her?  How was she introduced in the Text?

**open your Bibles to Genesis 2:18**

NASB ©HebrewTransliterationStrong'sDefinitionOrigin
Then the LORDיְהוָ֣הYah·weh3068the proper name of the God of Israelfrom havah
Godאֱלֹהִ֔יםe·lo·him,430God, godpl. of eloah
said,וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙vai·yo·mer559to utter, saya prim. root
"It is not goodטֹ֛ובto·vv2896apleasant, agreeable, goodfrom tob
for the manהָֽאָדָ֖םha·'a·dam120man, mankindfrom an unused word
to be alone;לְבַדֹּ֑וle·vad·dov;905separation, a partfrom badad
I will makeאֶֽעֱשֶׂהּ־e·'e·seh-6213ado, makea prim. root
him a helperעֵ֖זֶרe·zer5828a help, helperfrom azar
suitableכְּנֶגְדֹּֽו׃ke·neg·dov.5048in front of, in sight of, opposite tofrom nagad
for him."

EZER KENEGDO means ‘help, surround, protection and aid’ FOR Adam when he’s walking with the LORD and AGAINST him when he’s not, IN ORDER TO turn him back to ADONAI ELOHEINU (LORD our God).

READ: Genesis 3:1-5

 1 Now the serpent (Hb. nachash) was more crafty than any wild animal which Adonai, God, had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat from the fruit of the trees of the garden, 3 but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, ‘You are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die; 5 because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Nachash means ‘to diligently observe'.  That's what the serpent did then.  That's what he does today.  The thief/serpent/adversary came to circumvent THIS HOLY IMAGE WITHIN YOU - which he greatly dislikes!  He doesn’t want God’s Image to BE YOU...so, his job is to ‘steal, kill & destroy’ (John 10:10).

When Adam and Eve welcomed chaos into their life and relationship with God and with one another, they became ABOUT THEIR OWN individual IMAGES.  We became about our own little ‘i’ images.  We are no longer one...

Genesis 3:16 - To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in [1] childbirth, In pain you will bring [2] forth children; Yet your desire (teshuqah) will be for your husband, And he [3] will rule (mashal) over you."
teshuqah: manipulate/devour as a beast
mashal: dominate/overpower

HERE’s where we humans get it all wrong.  We GIRLS live our lives revolving around our own little ‘i’ image....we are about our own little 'i' images that are broken, flawed, despairing, comparing and wanting more but not knowing how or where MORE comes from.  So, in our confusion and frustration, we look for this LOVE in ALL THE WRONG PLACES AND SPACES of this world.

The essence of who ADONAI has made us as women comes out and over not only our husbands, but also our children, and influences everything we do, every relationship we have.  If we are guided/governed by His Spirit, that will come out as help, surround, protection and aid BY HIS SPIRIT’S POWER to keep our Adam’s (Ish/husband) walk tight with ADONAI (and others we influence as well).  We are CLOSE to HIS Presence.  If I’m walking in the Spirit...if I’m NEAR GOD (as the Temple Priesthood suggests)...I won’t have to tell you or say a single word...you’ll FEEL IT.

If, however, we are ruled by our flesh, it comes out as manipulation, devouring (as a beast - teshuqah translated as ‘desire’ in Genesis 3:16) in order to get our way (selfish gain).  Is this you?  (Don't feel too badly.  This can be undone by the Power of His Word and His Spirit within His people!  It's called discipleship.)

How are you using your incredible godly influence - HIS power that HE instilled within you for His purpose?  Is it in HIS IMAGE/POWER (producing fruit/LIFE/shalom/unity) or is it in your own little ‘i’ image/manipultive power producing discord, division, death, chaos?  ONE of these two WILL BE HAPPENING, Ezer Kenegdo.

 Until you allow the Spirit of God to speak to the Image of God IN YOU...you’ll always be about your own image. 

We are Ezer Kenegdo, called after Himself on purpose, with purpose.  What will you do with this new found Truth?

KNOW ADONAI ELOHEINU...then you'll understand YOU.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


The Gospel Message - Good News - is FIRST declared in Genesis 1.   Everything else is glorious Instructive Revelation of that Great Truth.

Genesis 1:1-5 

In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was tohu (worthless, chaos, confusion), bohu (complete emptiness & waste) and choshek (darkness, obscurity) was on the face of the deep and the RUACH ELOHIM (Spirit of God) hovered over the surface of the water.  (Does this describe your life right now?)  (Then) spoke Elohim ‘YEHI-OR!’(Become Light!) and...vayhi-or (existed Light).  Elohim saw that the Light was good, and Elohim divided the LIGHT from the darkness. 

John 1:1 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing that was made had being.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.  The LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it.

The GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) is presented first in Genesis 1!  Yeshua (Jesus), the Living Word, is HE Who created all things (confirmed in John 1). 

Yeshua, THE LIVING WORD, speaks where the Spirit of God hovers.   

Everyone of us born into this world struggles at one point or another with those dark inner feelings of ‘worthlessness, chaos, confusion, emptiness & waste’.  BUT when Yeshua, THE LIVING WORD SPEAKS where the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) hovers, two Kingdoms collide - the Kingdom of Light and the kingdoms of darkness.  

And the LIGHT overpowers the darkness.  Yeshua, THE LIVING WORD, separates the light from the darkness - in you and in me - (REPENTANCE - when we see by the LIGHT, we are able to repent) and when HE has done this, WORTH, PURPOSE AND ORDER ARE REVEALED...EVERYTHING EMPTY IS FILLED.  

Psalm 84:11 says ‘HE withholds no good things from those who walk uprightly’

It’s ones MANNER OF LIFE that reveals KINGDOM LIGHT...not one’s words.  That’s a tough Truth for us wordy folk.  It’ll trip up us often because we think we are Light merely because of what our lips are saying..we’re confused.  And because we are confused, so are others looking to us.

Yeshua - Who is That Light Who separates us from our darkness (repentance) John 1:9/8:12 - says HE draws all men to Himself when HE is lifted up (as in crucified!).

In 1 Peter 3 (and many other passages), we see that an unbelieving husband is WON by the CONDUCT of his wife...without her SAYING ONE WORD.  Words do matter, but they are no substitute for LIGHT.   It was through Yeshua’s being lifted up (John 12:32) upon the execution-stake to take upon the sins of this world that HE draws all men to Himself.  And in the same manner, Yeshua-Who-is-The-LIGHT, SHINES when you and I crucify ourselves.  That's the ONLY way HIS LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS. 
Yeshua reminds us
“So take care that the light in you is not darkness!” (Luke 11:35)

I would ask you to consider the following.  Often our lips communicate the Spoken Word, while our lives YELL! a very different message - one that repels instead of attracts, a dark message.  One of condemnation, pride, arrogance, untruth, white-washed tombish.  A message of chaos, unreality, worthlessness, confusion, emptiness and waste simply because there remains choshek and we’ve not allowed The Living Word Yeshua’s Light to separate out the darkness we stubbornly cling to.   That’s NOT Good News, Mereas.  That does not DRAW one soul.  A bound person has NOTHING GOOD to offer this world...

In order for our ‘light to shine before men’, there must BE LIGHT.  And LIGHT came to this earth and still comes through crucifixion.  This time, however, it’s mine and yours. 

The Believer is in need of REPENTANCE so that THE TRUE LIGHT may shine, thus DRAWING  ALL MEN TO HIMSELF!  That’s Good News for all of us.

What does your ‘eye’ speak of?  Light or darkness?  Have you taken an account of your soul?  What does your countenance say about what’s happening deep within?  What may YOU be unknowingly saying to a dark, lost, hopeless, seeking world?  Are you Approachable?  Accessible?  Authentic?  Accountable? 

I hear the Ruach HaKodesh saying “Be quiet.  And just BE (Light).”

YEHI OR!  Vayhi or.

Psalm 40

1For the leader. A psalm of David: I waited patiently for ADONAI, till he turned toward me and heard my cry.2He brought me up from the roaring pit, up from the muddy ooze, and set my feet on a rock, making my footing firm. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will look on in awe and put their trust in ADONAI. 4How blessed the man who trusts in ADONAI and does not look to the arrogant or to those who rely on things that are false. 5How much you have done, ADONAI my God! Your wonders and your thoughts toward us -none can compare with you! I would proclaim them, I would speak about them; but there's too much to tell!

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!

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

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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