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You can choose to drown in the darkness of tomorrow or rejoice in the light of today. 


"Now by this we know that we know HIM, if we keep HIS commandments." [1 John 2. 3] 


The LORD Y’SHUA asked, "why do you call ME 'Lord, Lord' and not do the things which I say?" [Luke 6. 46] This is a distressing question and a familiar criticism of those who loathe CHRISTian teachings and instructions.  It is heartbreaking when the ungodly are more aware of the expected behavior of GOD’S people than the redeemed. We can well see why our actions nullify our testimony. "To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know GOD, but in works they deny HIM, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work." [Titus 1. 15 - 16] 


John and other writers emphasize the results of willing obedience, that the world may know we belong to the LORD GOD MOST HOLY. "Whoever says, "I know HIM!" and does not keep HIS commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps HIS WORD, truly the love of GOD is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in HIM. He who says he abides in HIM ought himself also to walk just as HE walked."  [1 John 2. 4 - 6] 


Paul, an apostle of the LORD Y’SHUA wrote, "you who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now HE has reconciled — if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the Gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven." [Colossians 1. 21 & 23]  James cautions us to "be doers of the WORD, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves" [James 1. 22]; to concur another of Paul’s teachings, "for not the hearers of the Law are just in the sight of GOD, but the doers of the Law will be justified." [Romans 2. 13] 


Daily, we should give special attention to willingly and deliberately walk as children of light, following the pattern the LORD JESUS lived:
  To walk in the light guarantees fellowship: "If we walk in the light as HE is in the light, we have fellowship with one another." [1 John 12. 7] 


  Constant and willing obedience produces an effective prayer life: "Whatever we ask we receive from HIM, because we keep HIS commandments and do those things that are pleasing in HIS sight. And this is HIS commandment: That we should believe on the NAME of HIS SON Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH and love one another." [1 John 3. 22 - 23] 


  A lifestyle of obedience brings an awareness of the HOLY SPIRIT’S indwelling: "Whoever keeps HIS commandments abides in HIM, and HE in them. And by this we know that HE abides in us, by the SPIRIT WHOM HE has given us." [1 John 3. 24] 


  Loving GOD produces compliance, which in turn brings joy in that obedience: "For this is the love of GOD, that we keep HIS commandments. And HIS commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of GOD overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith." [1 John 5. 3 - 4] 


  Our actions show the world WHOM we serve: "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY SPIRIT; and these THREE are ONE." [1 John 5. 7]  Our righteous deeds prove to the world to WHOM we serve: "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them." [Matthew 7. 16 - 20] 


May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of GOD and CHRIST JESUS that you may be partakers of HIS divine nature, and declare — by your fruit — HIS grace and glory to this lost world. 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Thank YOU LORD GOD for filling the heart with marvelous joy and peace, for giving us strength of faith in YOU for even greater tasks.  Our confidence rests solely in YOU, our GREAT, ETERNAL, WONDERFUL LORD.  YOURS, O LORD, is the greatness and the power, the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is YOURS; YOURS is the Kingdom, O LORD, and YOU are exalted above all. YOU are the LIFE of all, the HELP of those that flee to YOU, the HOPE of those who cry to YOU. Cleanse us from our sins, secret and open, and from every thought displeasing to YOUR goodness — purify our bodies and souls, our hearts and consciences, that with a pure heart, and a clear soul, with perfect love and calm hope, we may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray to YOU. Amen
Enjoy the coming up-week celebrating the wondrous Festival of Lights! –Happy Chanukkah  


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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