Yeshua is Good not Safe
You know, guns are good, but they are not safe. This is the argument many liberals and democrats use, however, what thoughtless people don’t think about is the manual. Guns are good and using the proper instruction, they can be utilized properly yet they are very dangerous. Yeshua is like that in a sense. He is good and we all know that, but He is not safe. Many of you are probably wondering what I mean by this statement. If you know the story of the Exodus, Job and many other historical accounts of the judgement of the Father, then you know He can be quite dangerous. That is the concept that we are going to look at today. Think about this, if you a saved by grace through faith and do not follow the instructions that we are given, how much punishment do you think you would face in that day of judgement? See following the Messiah does not lead to a safe, comfortable and predictable life. It’s ever changing, full of trials, leads to many decisions and guides us down paths we never thought we were going to travel. Everything we are going to be discussing is what you would share when starting a new believer on his or her discipleship path. So, let’s get started.
To offend or to not offend, that is the question.
This is called being offensive or being passive. If we water down the truth that we learn from our scriptures to fit the ideological thoughts of others, we offend the Father. If we tell the truth and it offends others, we lose people and our audience. Which do we choose? Today, that answer is easy but tomorrow, it could be harder to come to the right conclusion. Think about this, if we taught at a college that had a 25% homosexual and transgender based class and we taught the biblical truths behind the condemnation and abomination of homosexuality and effeminate acts, we could offend someone. It could cost us our job or worse, we could be sued. However, at what point do we say enough is enough. Do we go to college to be taught the truth or to be taught and ideology?
My point is this, we will upset people. Too many times, I have been told not to say something this way or that way. I have been directed to play this music or not to play that music for service. I have been told many things that I should or should not do so to not offend someone. Well, here is my response, stop telling me what I should or should not do. If it aligns with the scriptures and it coincides with my personality and is the will of the Father, I will do it no matter who gets offended. There is this big thing going around that we are going to delve into, and it’s being taken out of context that I want to correct, and it just so happens that it fits right into today’s message.
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword,
35 for I have come to bring division, a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –
36 and a man’s enemies are those of his own household.
We will offend others and the truth will push those away from you that mean the most to you. In reference to the context issue I was talking about, many people are utilizing this amongst the brethren. If the brethren are acting in a non-biblical manner this is contextually correct but if this verse is being used to cause division over a difference of opinion on a non-salvation biblical issue, this is out of context. This lesson from Messiah is a warning to all His followers. It’s warning us that our most beloved of people in our lives will leave our lives because we follow Him, and they will not accept it. It’s warning us that we will be leaving others based on their affliction toward our spirit and their preying on our old habits. It’s warning us that we will not fellowship with the world in a way that we once did. These verses are telling us that the members of the body of Messiah will be divided from the members of the world and we have no place in it. Context is key. The first lesson today is that we will drive people out of our lives with the truth, they will get upset and offended but DO NOT allow that to alter the message coming through you.
Change is required?
As you continue to grow in your faith as a newborn disciple, you will face challenges that are about change. You will find yourself changing things about you that you wouldn’t change if you were still in the world. See, there are a lot of people that like to make excuses for their habits that they want to keep after coming to the knowledge, truth and love of Messiah. They can range from menial things like foul language to cigarettes to pornography. Excuses such as, our cuss words weren’t words back when the bible was made so they weren’t talking about them or I can’t quit now but I will try to later because my life is too stressful, or I don’t have a wife or husband so I’m not doing anything wrong. This is just naming a few. The thing is, we cannot meet Him and stay the same, we need to, we must change, we cannot afford not to change.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but even if our outward man is perishing, the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 For this slight momentary pressure is working for us a far more exceeding and everlasting weight of esteem.
18 We are not looking on what is seen, but on what is not seen. For what is seen passes away, but what is not seen is everlasting.
Change is something that is going to take a willingness to achieve. Not only are we charged with changing habits and lifestyles, but also our way of thinking. The way we think about things, the things we think about, the ideas we ponder, how we handle events, everything that we face we need to change how we think. We are told to be set apart and righteous, that isn’t just a proclamation but it’s a changing of the guard within us. Changing from death to life, from corruptible to righteousness.
1 I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.
The whole changing ourselves thing isn’t something that should be taken lightly, it needs to be taken seriously and with the utmost importance. The second verse we just read in the latter part of the verse is referring to us changing will prove, give proof or solidify within us what is good, well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim. This begs to question, if we don’t change, are we the desire of Elohim? My answer at this point would be no. Our Messiah isn’t just going to stroll in and give you your salvation just because you want it. He is going to come in and impact every area of your life. Unlike the church that follows the teachings of men, you will not be able to pick and choose what parts of your life that you will surrender and sacrifice while you are abiding in Him and in His love. You will change or you will not be accountable as good fruit. You will be considered lukewarm and we all know that in Revelation 3:16 that if you are neither cold nor hot you will be vomited out of His mouth. Which do you choose?
Are we good employees?
As disciples, we have chosen to be workers for the Kingdom of the Most High. We work to fulfill the Great Commission that was laid out in the walk of Messiah. At one point in His ministry, Messiah laid out a challenge that gives us a boundary, an instruction. With this instruction, He gives us a consequence if we faulter. This consequence is painful and dangerous, remember Messiah is good all the time but He is not safe.
59 And He said to another, “Follow Me,” but he said, “Master, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 And יהושע said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and announce the reign of Elohim.”
61 And another also said, “Master, I shall follow You, but let me first say good-bye to those in my house.”
62 But יהושע said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the reign of Elohim.”
When we choose Messiah and we accept Him in our lives, we are then challenged to follow after Him. This brings us to an employment stage in our faith. Our job is the Great Commission, so when we go out to work or as stated in verse 62, to put our hands to the plow, we should not regret it. We should not look back and ask, why did I make this choice to be a worker? Why am I here, I don’t want to be here? This verse section is what is needed when we make disciples. They need to know that not only is there faith, grace, forgiveness and repentance that gives us eternal life, but there is a job, a calling, a COMMISSION that we must fulfill. As we do this Commission and continue to grow in faith through grace and to seek repentance through forgiveness, we will be taking up our cross, torture stake or tree and following Messiah. Set your goals on the real prize, eternal life.
Are you a sheep or wolf?
When we come to Him as disciples, we also come to Him as sheep to a shepherd. We will know His voice, call, desires and will.
4 “And when he has brought out his own sheep, he goes before them. And the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
As sheep we will know what our shepherd wants. This is the meaning behind the verse that states, He will write it upon our minds and in our hearts. That’s because we are His sheep and that’s part of being a part of the body of Messiah. We will move when He tells us to move, change when He says change. We will not argue, we may question because we are unsure or are being pushed out of our comfort zone but ultimately, we will listen and obey, we will Shema.
We will beckon to His desire and work the field to help grow the harvest. We will experience an abundance of life and we will have a purpose; our life will not be wasted. We will be changed in our view of money and the way we use it. We will find a change in our heart about others.
10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure.
He is promising that if we do all that is expected, we will possess life and possess beyond measure. Think about it, when life spoils on us and trials overwhelm us, if we have Messiah, we can always find the good and the will of the Father that is going to make us stronger and better in our faith and in our walk. It’s very important to remember that we have a calling and a charge that is ordained for each and every one of His sheep. Do not underestimate your role and your job in the body of Messiah.
How far will you go?
To be able to do you job and fulfill the role that the Father has laid out for you, you will have to lay some things aside. These things could be jobs, money, cars, girl/boyfriends, etc. You may have to lay aside addictions, investments, family and other arrangements that you made. I lay aside my job every week, twice a week. Once on Wednesday night for bible study, I could be doing paperwork and other stuff to get myself ahead in the week but I dedicate that time to bible study. The other day is the Sabbath, I stop working during a prime time to make appointments that are available. I quit a job, gave away my home, got rid of my car, moved away from my family and lost a precious daughter to do my job for the Kingdom. As I just stated, we will have to lay some things aside.
18 And immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
And just like the apostles, we will have to leave our nets and follow Him to be His disciples.
Time to zip up your pants
In this walk, for those of you that are single, your dating life will have a huge change. If you were like me before I came to Messiah, you would try to get the attention of any woman that entertained you. Sleeping around was second nature. Dating was a sex adventure rather than a quest for your life long partner. When your’e abiding in Messiah, dating may seem kind of boring. You don’t have sex, kissing is hitting a home run. You literally can’t mess around.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
18 Flee whoring. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits whoring sins against his own body.
19 Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are of Elohim.
So sleeping around isn’t allowed and is actually considered a sinful act. We must abstain from sex and treat dating like a quest rather than a raffle of who’s going to be in my bed tonight.
Money, money, money, money, moneyyyyy, what’s your money?
You and your wallet will not be best friends. One who is in Messiah will have a love hate relationship with money. You want it to be able to help the purpose you are trying to push forward and you will hate it because it is something that is evil and deep in your heart you really don’t want it. I hated money all my life. I love to spend it but I hate having it. I know that sounds like an oxymoron but it’s truth for me. So in this walk you will have to surrender your money. Tithe is one way, offering is another but most importantly, the orphans, widows and poor will be recipients of your money. Yet you still have to surrender your wallet for another reason.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, all your body shall be enlightened.
23 But if your eye is evil, all your body shall be darkened. If, then, the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No one is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cleave to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.
If you serve for money and make your life about money while on this walk, you will find yourself in more darkness than you can handle. Therefore, we see clearly that we have to choose each day who we serve and if you abide in Messiah, you must choose to serve Elohim. You can earn money and take it to serve Elohim but don’t make your life about it. Surrender it to the purpose of the Father find yourself in favor with the Father for choosing to serve Him rather than yourself or mammon.
Are you willing and able?
In conclusion, are you willing and able? When we are out there making disciples, we can’t just make them and turn them away. The way to uncomplicate discipleship is to build a repour and relationship with each person. The information and knowledge shared with you today is what helps a disciple become a better disciple that will be encouraged to make more disciples. Our job isn’t to get a confession and walk away from the person. Our job isn’t to hear a proclamation and go on to the next. Instead, when I go to John and I get a confession and a proclamation, I’m going to reach out to him multiple times a week. I am going to help build him up into a good disciple and train him through the Word on how to live this life and not leave him to figure it out on his own. I’m going to help him for as long as he will accept the help. Do not just go half way with your prospective disciples. GO ALL THE WAY. Do we have any questions?