The Bible Program or Your Program
Awhile back I was at a meeting where the statement was made, “If you say you are born again and filled with the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit but are not living according to the truth of Scripture – Torah – then I would say you may be filled with a “spirit” but it is not YHVH’s Holy Spirit.” Wow! That statement should give one pause for thought!
Y’Shua promised the Comforter would come, “But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:13. And in John 15:26, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me…” And what witness is this but the Word that became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14. Y’Shua’s last words to His followers were to go and wait for that which the Father has promised to send, His Ruach.
A purpose of the Ruach, according to Philippians 2:12b-13 is to, “…work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is YHVH who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
Just like the ancient Israelites collected manna every morning for their daily food while they were wandering in the wilderness, so are we are to daily collect manna – the Word – for our sustenance. Y’Shua told his disciples that He had bread to eat they knew not of. He was referring to time spent with His Father, being sustained by heavenly manna. If we don’t collect manna we don’t have food to eat, if we don’t have food to eat we go hungry, if we go hungry long enough we will eventually die. It is our task to daily allow the Ruach to lead and direct us in all truth. He spreads on the ground, as it were, fresh bread every morning for us to collect, eat and be strengthened. As long as we eat daily from His provision we walk in the Light of Life; He is at work in us, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. This is the “Bible program” – to live our life in accordance with daily revelation from the Ruach, resulting in harmony and power with YHVH’s revealed Word.
What is He revealing to you today? Are you choosing to walk in that revelation? Are you washing your robes making them whiter than snow in the blood of the Lamb? Are you one that keeps the commandments of YHVH and has the testimony of Y’Shua? Or are you practicing what Walid Shoebat calls “skippage” living in the light of your own personal program; a collection of verses made up of bits and pieces of scripture that fit your tastes and lifestyle? I’m comfortable here, you say, I don’t want to rock the boat, I’ll upset my family or my friends if I change. I understand what you are saying, but I can’t or I don’t want to pursue that particular point of revelation right now, I’ll lose friends, my church might kick me out, my pastor will be upset with me. And so we bow to the pressure to conform and we stop going out to gather the fresh manna and we settle for the crumbs from yesterday’s table. Our maturity level in YHVH stops growing and even though we may be part of a spiritual practice for many years we remain only babes in adult bodies. The Ruach began a good work in us, but at some point in the journey we squelched His leading and turned to our own devices, arguments, thoughts, customs and traditions.
Shouldn’t we expect the Spirit and the Word to be in perfect alignment without any justifications, amendments or extra- Biblical explanations or excuses on our part? Is it possible for the Spirit of Elohim to lead us into truth different from what Scripture proclaims?
This shocking thought came to me one morning as I was pondering this question of the indwelling presence of the Ruach haKodesh; when we refuse to eat of the manna set out for us by the Spirit of Elohim we grieve the Ruach. (Ephesians 4:30) The shocking thought: Is grieving the Ruach the unpardonable sin?! Y’Shua talks about this horrific sin in Matthew 12:30-32, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come. Either the tree is good, and its fruit is good; or the tree is bad, and its fruit is bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.”
It’s the Ruach’s task to lead us into all truth – the truth being the revelation of Y’Shua haMashiach to His bride. We grieve Him when we say we don’t want to eat and be nourished and strengthened by revealed truth, we choose to leave that piece of fresh bread on the ground. Then we get hungry and start looking around for crumbs, what we find is dried and stale and maybe moldy, but we eat them because we are hungry. Soon we think that what we are eating is good, nourishing food, we forget or worse yet, never knew what fresh bread tasted like. Then we begin teaching others to look for the crumbs and one day we stand up and say, this is our fresh bread right here, these crumbs under the table. And every day we forsake the fresh bread of the Ruach we become more emaciated and more powerless until one day we hear these words, “Depart from me for I do not know you.”
I believe we blaspheme the Ruach haKodesh by changing the Truth He was sent to reveal; teaching our “truth” as YHVH’s TRUTH. James 3:1 says, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.” When we replace YHVH’s Sabbath with another day and YHVH’s feast days with pagan holidays and eat forbidden foods, and set idols of our own making before our eyes, and teach others to do the same we, I believe, are blaspheming the Ruach haKodesh. To say God knows my heart therefore it’s all good will not stop YHVH’s judgment. He does know our heart and in Jeremiah 17:9 He tells us that our heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things who can know it? Yes, YHVH knows our heart! Is your heart, wicked and deceitful or have you allowed Him to change your heart as scripture says in Jeremiah 31:33, “I will put my Torah in the midst of them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Psalm 23 says there are paths of righteousness; if you have surrendered your life to Y’Shua you are on a path of righteousness. It is no one’s job to judge where you are on your path; in fact it would be good to heed the counsel of Y’Shua in Matthew 7:1-5, to take the log out of your own eye before you try and take the splinter out of your brother’s eye. The Ruach is sent to direct each one of us along our path. As long as we follow and obey His instructions according to the Word of YHVH – His scripture – we will live an overcoming, victorious life of power in the Ruach. But the minute we start living by our own program, that is deciding what we will accept and rejecting what is not convenient, dictating to Him what we want to do and not do, what we want to believe and not believe, choosing doctrine, creeds and traditions over revealed truth, we close the door to YHVH’s Spirit and we begin to die. Death is lack of Life and Power in the Spirit of Elohim. Are you spiritually alive or are you spiritually dying?
Do not be deceived, (Matthew 24:11) “for many false prophets will come and deceive many.” And in Deuteronomy 13:1-4, it says, “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and give you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder of which he speaks to you come to pass, and then he shall say to you, Come, let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them; you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams; for YHVH your Elohim is proving you, to know whether you love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after YHVH your Elohim, and reverence him and keep his commandments and obey him, and you shall serve him and cleave to him.”
Eat and be nourished and strengthened in YHVH! You will never regret your decision to earnestly and diligently seek after fresh bread.