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All That Glitters Is Not Gold

The discovery at Sutter’s Mill in what is now Sacramento, California, caused a rush of people to leave the comfort of home and family and go searching for that elusive metal called gold. The month of August has found Steve and me doing the very thing those early seekers did; prospecting for gold. We take our gold pans and sluice box, pick and shovels, buckets and camping gear and go spend time digging along the river banks, running the sand and gravel through the sluice box, panning out the remains, looking for that sparkly bit of yellow treasure called gold. Finding gold for our efforts is exciting, but what we have found in the way of spiritual gold is even more rewarding.

I haven’t posted a blog update for some time so before I get too involved in my gold story I want to give you a little background as to why we are even in California in August when it was our intention to be at destinations east.

Have you ever experienced a Yah ordained direction change? We were in Wisconsin when it became clear to us that The Father had a direction change in mind, not just east or west direction, but a direction change of life as we know it. We could have ignored Him and continued on with our plans, but He was so insistent and so loud and so convincing that we listened and obeyed. Jonathon Settel’s “I Believe” CD has a story/song about going through the eye of the needle. In order to go through the eye of the needle as described by Y’Shua in Matthew 19:24, one has to lay everything down, nothing can come through that very small portal except you. No ministry, no weapons, no preconceived ideas or agendas, no gifts, talents or abilities; it’s just you in the barest form. The story/song goes on to say that many don’t go through the eye of the needle because they can’t bring themselves to lay everything down. “God gave me this gift or talent or ability or weapon or ministry or whatever, surely He wouldn’t be asking me to lay it down when He gave it to me would He?” But YHVH says, lay everything down, come through the eye of the needle and discover what is waiting for you on the other side. One side of the eye of the needle is the praise of man; the other side is the glorification of YHVH.

Is it too harsh to say that ministry to man is brutal? People mistake your intentions, they twist your words, they defame you, abuse you, mistreat you, take you for granted, and then ask why you are not there for them. This fits my definition of brutal. YHVH, on the other hand says, cast all your cares upon me, turn your eyes on Me, look full in My wonderful face, serve Me, seek Me. Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me.

Mat 5:39-48 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Laying everything down is NOT easy. Living in the example of the verses from Matthew 5 is NOT easy. We say, “Surely you can’t mean this!” as tears flow down our face. He is looking at us with those incomparably loving, compassionate eyes, waiting to see if we will take up our execution stake and follow Him. Have you ever looked at Him, have you ever been caught in His gaze? Did you see Him just looking at you, waiting for your answer; yes or no, your choice? You can turn away as the rich, young ruler of Luke 18 did or you can be compelled by His eyes to say yes, yes, take it all, shortcut the agony, for it is exquisite agony to be caught by His eyes, but in His graciousness and mercy and loving kindness He only asks for a little at a time. We can shorten or lengthen our agony by the obedience of our response. Would it be easier to give it up all at once? I don’t know that one could for one thing seems to uncover another and each thing needs its own time of disrobing. I would therefore caution you not to hurry the process of YHVH in your life, but also not to be slack with your obedience either.

George Mueller, minister and provider to orphans, near the end of his earthly journey was once visited by a young man who so in awe of being in the great man of God’s presence said to him, “Oh Mr. Mueller, you must be so very close to God.” I have always found Mr. Mueller’s response to be so very intriguing, looking at the young man he replied, “I have never felt so far away.” Mr. Mueller knew a truth that the closer one comes into the Light of Yah’s presence, the more one sees their imperfections. Take comfort in this thought though; coming into the Light is a way for the Bride to make herself ready, without stain or wrinkle, more wave – less particle.

Thank you Y’Shua for your blood that covers us, presenting us to YHVH in perfection, because You are perfect! Rebellion and Idolatry keep us out of the Light, they keep us from going through the eye of the needle, and they take us out from under the blood covering of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the earth. At the eye of the needle, in the intense Light of YHVH I have discovered all that glitters is not gold.

The first creek Steve and I prospected at this summer was so exciting, just looking into that crystal clear water you could see glistening, sparkly treasures just waiting to be scooped up, but all was not as it appeared to be, fool’s gold or mica was what was sparking at us from the depths of the creek. Such disappointment! Lesson number One: All is not as it appears to be. Real gold and fool’s gold are like Y’Shua’s parable of the wheat and the tares; you can only tell them apart upon closer inspection. The fool’s gold like the tares is a drain, a waste of time, it has no good fruit, and it flakes under pressure.

To find the gold we have found this summer we have had to move lots of rocks and sluice lots of sand and dirt to uncover long-hidden cracks and crevasses where that elusive metal likes to hide. As it is in the physical so it is in the spiritual, I have had to uncover long-hidden cracks and crevasses to get closer to the treasure of YHVH.

My prayer: Shine your Light even brighter Abba, I want to go through the eye of the needle! I want to be the bride without stain or wrinkle – more wave less particle!

What’s waiting for me on the other side, I do not know. Only this thing I do know, YHVH is there and He is waiting for me, truly, does anything else matter?!

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2 thoughts on “All That Glitters Is Not Gold”

  1. It is good to hear from you and to catch up with what you are doing. Ah…going through the eye of the needle. I don’t know how many of us doing that very well. It is hard to let go of some things…especially when they are good things…even G-d-given things! Thank you for writing this. I have been pondering some things in my own heart to which, I believe, this just might relate.

    Shalom and b’rakhot!

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