Our Words: Sustaining or Threatening Life?

Brad Scott of Wildbranch Ministry is an incredible Bible teacher.  If you have heard him speak either in person or via video, you can attest to his extreme intelligence and enthusiasm!  His website has a short teaching (likely geared toward those new to the Hebraic Roots understanding) titled Mysteries and Truths Hidden within the AlephBet.   I found it applicable at this time because it matches up perfectly with some things Adonai has been reminding me recently.  Our words truly do matter.  Our frivolous speech will be judged by our Creator.  He takes our words very seriously.

Did you know that all the way back into ancient times, it was believed that “evil speech” was the cause of leprosy?  There has never been a good understanding of what causes this disease.  But in ancient times people understood that some physical maladies were manifestations of a spiritual illness.  This is why Yeshua was asked who sinned (this man himself or his parents) for him to be born blind.  Notice what happened to Miriam, Moses’ sister, when she spoke out against him, Israel’s anointed leader.

From Creation, words have held tremendous power.  YHWH used words to call the heavens and earth into existence!  The Adversary accuses the brethren via destructive words.  In the teaching mentioned above, Brad Scott states,

Our words can also be life sustaining or life threatening.

Oh, but keep reading.  (Read the whole article!  It is well worth it!)  He always gives you much more than a simple sound bite.

May we truly understand the importance of choosing our words wisely and not giving in to the temptation to chatter without thinking.  May we grasp how vitally crucial our Creator’s words are and to live daily on them instead of letting them grow cobwebs sitting on our bookshelves.

Israeli Leader Urges Bible Study

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu encouraged students across his nation to diligently study the Bible.  One striking quote he made was…

First of all the study of the Bible. We must make a major effort, this is the basis for why we are here, why we have returned here, why we stay here.

Read the interesting story from Breaking Israel News.

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Homestead Critters: Goats

One of the things I loved, and now miss, most about homesteading is all the adorable critters you can include in your life!  Naturally the babies are the ones everyone “ooohs and aaahs” about, but they are enjoyable at all ages.  Beyond the warm fuzzies I get with animals of all sorts, their usefulness can be really invaluable.  Goats, for example, can provide lawn / pasture mowing services in addition to their potential for milk, meat and cheese.  Just be certain to have designated places for them to climb and sturdy fences to keep them contained.

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Everything Going Against Us

Life has its seasons:  ups, downs, highs, lows.  It is a normal part of our human existence, as YHWH created it to be.  One of the battles we fight is to endure the hardships without being discouraged.  Hold on!  The next cycle, a much better one, may be just around the corner.

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

~ Henry Ford (American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company)

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He’ll Never Change

We can’t change anyone except ourselves.  Period.

One of the most telling signs of a doomed relationship is when one person says the other person has “potential” and that “I’ll change him / her”.  If you even think those thoughts, bring that relationship to a screeching stop.  Immediately.  No one, but our Abba Father can change a person.  All we can do to improve our circumstances is to change ourselves:  our mindsets, thoughts, attitudes and actions.

May Adonai mercifully and graciously empower us to transform more into His image and away from the flesh and this corrupt world.