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By No Means
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The message on our coins is "in GOD we trust" — but all too often the message of our lives is that it is wealth we really worship and trust. 


BY NO MEANS       
"Whoever receives you receives ME, and he who receives ME receives HIM WHO sent ME. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward." [Matthew 10. 40 - 42] 


The phrase "by no means" is the translation of two single-syllables in the Greek language, which in effect becomes a double negative, stressing that the thing mentioned will absolutely in no way will ever happen.  The expression can also be translated "in no case; in no wise; or not at all." Thus, it is very instructive to notice a few such instances in HOLY SCRIPTURE which can never ever happen: 


The opening Text says that any small kindness done in the NAME of Y’SHUA or one of HIS followers, will by no means go unrewarded.  MESSIAH even declared, "whoever does not receive the Kingdom of GOD like a little child will by no means enter it." [Luke 18. 17]  HE also stated — "All that the FATHER gives ME will come to ME, and the one who comes to ME I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from Heaven, not to do MY OWN will, but the will of HIM WHO sent ME. This is the will of the Father WHO sent ME, that of all HE has given ME I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the Last Day. And this is the will of HIM WHO sent ME, that everyone who sees the SON and believes in HIM may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the Last Day." [John 6. 37 - 40] 


This shows that both HIS warnings and HIS assurances are pointedly positive!  Mere outward righteousness will never be sufficient.  Y’SHUA emphatically stated, "unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." [Matthew 5. 20] 


Whosoever will come to the MASTER, however are promised that HE "will never leave you nor forsake you." [Hebrews 13. 5] "Remember, I am with you and will keep (protect) you wherever you go...for I will not leave you." [Genesis (Berepooh) 28. 15 Tanakh, Torah]  "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be afraid...for the LORD your GOD HIMSELF goes with you. HE will not fail you or forsake you." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 31. 6 Tanakh, Torah]  And regarding the HOLY WRITTEN WORD HE declares — "till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled." [Matthew 5. 18] 


Then, when the Holy City, the Bride, the LAMB'S Wife [Revelation 21:9] comes down out of Heaven, and the eternal ages begin, "there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the LAMB'S Book of Life." [Revelation 21. 27]  As servants of the LORD MOST HIGH, we are confident that nothing HE said shall ever fail.  Therefore, we love the LORD our GOD, walk in all HIS ways, keep HIS commands, hold fast to HIM and serve HIM with all our heart and soul out of love and gratitude. 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 TORAH brings us lasting joy and life. It gives us higher goals, it shows us how to be grateful, it teaches us hope, it connects us, it gives us flow through song and dance. This is the flow of Simchat TORAH, celebrating the TORAH that teaches us how to transcend our limits, how to be happy. The higher goals, the gratitude, the hope, the sheer joy of connecting to our BELOVED CREATOR. For this moment HE created us. For this joy HE created the world. It is a happiness that won’t slip away whether we are straddling the top of the world or just beginning our climb. It is in fact right there in our arms – the gift of the TORAH that HE gives to us. A happiness, a joy, that dances beyond itself.
We wish each of you a joyous Sukkot, Day 4 – Chol Hao’ed (Festival Weekday) and await the upcoming event of Simchat TORAH!
Our prayers for you and your family is for an abundance of peace and truth to each of you as we celebrate Yamym Noraym (High Holy Days). 


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  



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