Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)


(LIVING WATER)
ISSUE: #127

MEM

(Messianic Email Message)
Psalms 119:97 - 104
Seeking The Truth
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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!

Message

Captive Thoughts

Dale Cresap (edited) "Godís word teaches us to take every thought captive. What then are we to do with these captive thoughts? Each one requires an appropriate disposition according to its source and type. To handle them properly we must understand where they came from. We do not generate all of our own thoughts. We generate some of them, some come from The Messiah, and some come from the adversary. The thoughts received from The Eternal One we should embrace and pursue. Our own thoughts should be conformed to His Word and His thoughts, and those from the adversary should be rejected outright."

2Cor 10:5 KJV Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Commentary by Gill (edited):

Casting down imaginations,.... Or "reasoningís"; the carnal reasoningís of the minds of natural men against God, his providences and purposes, against Christ, and the methods of salvation, and every truth of the GospelÖ

and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God; every proud thought of the heart, every great swelling word of vanity, every big look, even all the lofty looks and haughtiness of men, with every airy flight, and high towering imagination, reasoning, and argument advanced against the Gospel of ChristÖ

And bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; or "carrying captive the whole understanding"; that is, so illustrating it with divine light, that it clearly sees Christ to be the alone, able, willing, full, and suitable Savior, and so becomes obedient to him, both as a Savior and a King; such an enlightened soul looks to him alone for life and salvation, ventures on him, and relies upon him, and is desirous and willing to be saved by him in his own way; he receives and embraces all his truths and doctrines with faith and love, and obeys them from the heart, and cheerfully and willingly submits to all his commands and ordinancesÖ and cheerfully to submit to the scepter of his kingdom.

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Col 2:8 NAS See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (NAS; New American Standard Version unless indicated)

We, by the grace of Elohim, have been set free from the god of this world.

2Tim 2:26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

Luke 22:31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;

Yeshuaís Commission to Saul/Paul:

Acts 26:18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'

Paul complies to his mission:
2Cor 2:11 in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Alerts saints to Satanís Craftiness:

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Godís armor is needed:

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Peter speaks with knowledge after his bout with the devil (Luke 22:31-)

1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Not to worry the deceiver is doomed:

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.

Our natural condition:

Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Matthew 15:19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

Romans 7:23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, " He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness";

What needs to be done:

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

Then how shall we maintain our freedom from wrong thought?

Matt 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

Remember:

Proverbs 15:26 Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.

Therefore:

Psalm 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. 13 Also keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

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Thy Kingdom comeÖ Amen

(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)


Proverbs

As we Think

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he isÖ

Matt 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?

Proverbs 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

1Cor 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.

To learn to correctly judge what we are thinking we need to hold our thoughts up to YHVHís (The LORDís) Word. It is His Word empowered by His Spirit that we need meditate upon and use to bring our thoughts in line. All that does not conform to the truth must be rejected as unhealthy at best and outright evil at worst.

Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

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YHVH, empower us to properly judge our thoughts and conform them to Your Word.


Saying (s)

"My life is a gift to me from my creator. What I do with my life is my gift back to the creator." Billy Mills

Sometimes simple statements are indeed profound. Our life is a gift from the Creator; in Him alone is life, He is the source, therefore what we do with it proves how we value that gift.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Rev 2:23 'And Ö know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

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Eternal One - fixing our thoughts on Your Word is a way to express our love for Your gift of life.


Bible Quiz
  1. Who were the first four disciples Yeshua (Jesus) called to follow Him?
  2. What was the principal Biblical weight by which others were regulated?
  3. Where did Peter instruct us to cast all our anxiety?
  4. For how long has Christ, as high priest, been made perfect?
  5. During the course of Passover, how many days were the Israelites to eat bread made without yeast?
  6. Who was the companion of Shadrach and Meshach?
  7. Who said, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one"?

Humility

In our pursuit of humility:

(Lessons from humility and faith.)

"How can you believe if you accept praise from one another? Ö Let the glory of the all-glorious God be everything to you. You will be freed from the glory of men and of self and be content and glad to be nothing. Out of this nothingness you will grow strong in faith, giving glory to God, and you will find that the deeper you sink in humility before Him, the nearer He is to fulfill every desire of your faith." Andrew Murray

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In bringing every thought into captivity we find we need to be of the mind of Messiah. He gave up His glorious position in Heaven to become likened unto you and me. Then He humbly laid down His life to die for us; we need to be of this same mind or attitude for in Him we are seeking His likeness, His image.

Phil 2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

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

Rom 6:5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection,

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Yeshua, may we humbly yield to Your leading that we might be like You.


Prayer

Understanding the precepts of prayer.

Here is a great example of the power of united prayer.

Against the blasphemies of Sennacherib, Hezekiah and Isaiah pray

2Chr 32:9 After this Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem Ö saying, 10 "Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria, ĎOn what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege? 11 Is not Hezekiah misleading you to give yourselves over to die by hunger and by thirst, saying, "The LORD our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria"?

2Chr 32:15 ĎNow therefore, do not let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this, and do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or from the hand of my fathers. How much less shall your God deliver you from my hand?í"

2Chr 32:16 And his servants spoke further against the LORD God and against His servant Hezekiah. 17 He also wrote letters to insult the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against Him, saying, "As the gods of the nations of the lands have not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah shall not deliver His people from my hand."

2Chr 32:20 But King Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed about this and cried out to heaven. 21 And the LORD sent an angel who destroyed every mighty warrior, commander and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned in shame to his own land. And when he had entered the temple of his god, some of his own children killed him there with the sword.

2Chr 32:22 So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side.

Glorious YHVH You hear the prayers of Your humble, obedient servants - Blessed be Your Name.


Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

Points to live by; can you supply Scriptures to highlight each point?

An exercise in We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2Cor 10:5

*Choose life

*Repent, Listen, Obey

*Everything matters to God

*Joyful attitude always

*Be Deliberate

Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.


Did you know

Bar Codes and how to read them (in case you were wondering)

Example if the first 3 digits are 690 thru 695 then it is Made in China. 

00 - 13 ~ USA & CANADA

30 - 37 ~ FRANCE

40 - 44 ~ GERMANY

49 ~ JAPAN

50 ~ UK

57 ~ Denmark

64 ~ Finland

76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein

471 ~ Taiwan

628 ~ Saudi-Arabia

629 ~ United Arab Emirates

690-695~ China   

740-745 ~ Central America  

All 480 Codes ~ The Philippines


From An E-mail:
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me."

1. Life isnít fair, but itís still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job wonít take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You donít have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. Itís more healing than crying alone.

8. Itís OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it wonít screw up the present.

12. Itís OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Donít compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldnít be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But donít worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isnít useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesnít kill you really does make you stronger.

19. Itís never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, donít take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Donít save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Donít wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ĎIn five years, will this matter?í

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time - time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Donít take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didnít do.

35. Donít audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone elseís, weíd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isnít tied with a bow, but itís still a gift. (See section on Saying - above)

(MEM: You might want to copy this and tack it up to read when the sky is gray.)


Lighter Side

Big Shot CEO

Arcelor-Mittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.
 
On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, "How much money do you make a week?"
 
A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, "I make $400 a week. Why?"
 
The CEO said, "Wait right here." He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, "Hereís four weeksí pay. Now GET OUT and donít come back."
 
Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, "Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?"


From across the room a voice said, "Pizza delivery guy from Domino's."

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The tool of manís choosing

Hydraulic Floor Jack:

Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

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Have a good day!


Cause and Effect

Scribbles

(By Michael Boldea Jr.)

Bits and Pieces

"We serve a good God, a God who loves His children, and a God who desires nothing less than eternal life for all who believe in His Son Jesus."

"Focus on your destination, and let God plan your route."

"If my ways please the Lord, I donít care who criticizes me; if my way pleases the Lord I donít care what people think of me; all that matters is that I please my Lord and my God."

"We tend so readily to overlook the source of joy, the source of comfort, the source of healing, and the source of peace, because we are trying to do it on our own, to employ earthly means, and follow steps by which we will attain our happiness."

Michael Boldea Jr.


Consider

Words are pegs on which to hang ideas

As long as you have windows, life is exciting

There is a bridge to cross before I get to the stream, but not until then

No woman lives long enough to try all the recipes she clips from newspapers and magazines

A person who leans toward laziness never seems to have time to do anything

Feed your faith, and your doubt will starve to death

A little oil may save a great deal of friction


Bytes

Faith Is Not Blind

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them." (Numbers 13:1-2; ESV)

This passage tells us that God initiated the plan to send in twelve scouts to check out the land of Canaan prior to the planned conquest. Later in the Torah, the story reads differently:

Then all of you came near me and said, "Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come." The thing seemed good to me, and I took twelve men from you, one man from each tribe. (Deuteronomy 1:22-23; ESV)

This second account sounds as if God wasn't involved at all. Here we are told that the people initiated a plan that Moses approved. This kind of apparent contradiction is one of the many proofs that the Bible is not contrived. No one pretending to write true stories would do it this way. Yet, there is no problem seeing the differing accounts as describing various aspects of the same story. It appears that the people did make the suggestion. Moses, true to form, would have asked God before giving the go ahead. So that when Moses says, "The thing seemed good to me," it is based on God's approval. Therefore to write, "the Lord spoke to Moses, saying," is an accurate description of what happened.

So what we have here is a suggestion on the part of the Israelites to check out the Promised Land before beginning the process to acquire it. As it turned out, ten of the scouts were overwhelmed by what they saw. The other two, Joshua and Caleb, could not convince the people that God's presence with them was sufficient to overcome the land's inhabitants. So the people rebelled against God's directive to take the land at this time, desiring to appoint a new leader and return to Egypt instead. God then judged the people by causing them to wander in the wilderness for an additional 38 years until all the adults of the current generation died out, all except for Joshua and Caleb.

The negative reaction of the people to the scouts' report may lead us to conclude that their suggestion to check out the land before attempting to enter it was a bad idea. The problem with this conclusion is that God himself approved their plan. But could this be an instance where God gave the people over to what their unfaithful hearts wanted, allowing them to go their own foolish way, knowing it would not go well? I don't think so, especially since 38 years later, before the Israelites successfully entered the Land, Joshua also sent in scouts. The results that time were very different.

So the problem was not the strategy, but the conclusion. However, if God told the people to acquire the land, then what purpose is there in sending in an advance scouting party? Wouldn't the effect of their investigation be nothing more than confusion? Doesn't faith require as little information about situations as possible? Why cloud our minds with all sorts of facts and logistics? Why not just trust God?

To think that true faith requires ignorance with regard to the practical details of life reveals a misunderstanding as to what true faith really is. Faith is not a mindless floating through life, oblivious to reality. It is a dependency upon God, resulting in intentional living. The scouts' issue was not that they had too much information; it's that they didn't look at the information from a perspective of faith in God. The people needed to know the obstacles and challenges they faced, so that they could deal with them effectively. It's not that they didn't require a strategy; it's that they needed to develop a strategy based on the truth of who God is.

Faith is not blind. In fact it requires great clarity. It is only when we truly trust God that we are able to see the details of life for what they really are.

By Alan Gilman
TorahBytes Communications

*(This document was edited for length)


Psalm Promise

Psalm 56:3-4 (NLT)

But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

Fear not for if our God is for us we are secure - think on these things!

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Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most HighÖ)


Essence of Scripture

2Cor 10:4 CJB Ö We demolish arguments 5 and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.


Quiz Answers

1. Peter, Andrew, James, and John - Matthew 4:18-22

2. The shekel

3. On God - 1 Peter 5:7

4. Forever - Hebrews 7:28

5. Seven - Exodus 13:6

6. Abednego - Daniel 3:13

7. Laban - Genesis 29:26



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