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Holy Spirit

By Father Paul Stewart

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Psalms 119: 9-16

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot.
11 I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, ADONAI! Teach me your laws.
13 I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken.
14 I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth.
15 I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.
16 I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.

David’s life was changed when the Lord called him.  Our lives have been changed because the Lord has called us too.  Now like David we see this favor of God in our lives and with it unbelievable struggles.  How do I live now?  King David asked the question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?”

We live in a nation that has risen from rags to riches. No other country has experienced the favor we have here.  A missionary from Africa standing at the entrance of one of our mega food stores said, “What is this!”  He could hardly believe his eyes.  With all the abundance we are like kings in a palace, the potential we have to do well, to help.  However the temptations are all around us, worldly desires, weaknesses, and craving of the flesh, power, prominence and position, luring us away from God.

When these temptations and troubles arose in King David’s life, he knew the only safe haven was the Word of God.  The Lord said He would write this Word on our hearts and mind. He would give us His desires- How?  By the Holy Spirit.  Come Holy Spirit we need you!  Take us into the safe harbor of your Word.

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Hebrews Chapter 3

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
Chapter 3

Why is it so important to understand Jesus’ Priesthood?
How are Jesus and Moses compared?
What lessons can we learn from Israel in the wilderness?
What is required to be partakers with Christ?
How does the Bible Define “confidence”?
How does unbelief effect entering into God’s Rest?
This study will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

MISUNDERSTOOD WORD, Amen

hugh-taylor-birch-park_0348Amen is a commonly used, yet is often a misunderstood word.  In the Greek language, it is a word that has been used by Christians for nearly two thousand years.  Amen means sure or truly and is used as an expression of assured confidence.  It is a word imported from the Hebrew language and is unchanged in its use by the Church.  It is used in liturgical prayer, as well as in free-flowing prayer.  It is also used when you are in agreement with someone, such as when a statement or when someone is using a phrase that you relate to and want to make your own.     

In the Hebrew language, the word is aman, which means trustworthiness and faithfulness.  It is also used to acknowledge a truth, either in what God’s Word says or in what someone is saying.  In the case of God’s Word, it reflects an unwavering confidence in what He says.  It is also where we get the word Emunah, which means faithfulness.  Its linguistic root in Hebrew, the shoresh, comes from aman, which means to nourish and to make strong. 

For a most misunderstood word, it is also said to be one the best-known words in the entire human language.   

Today we will explore why Amen is so misunderstood and how it is the key to unlocking an intimate and more fulfilling relationship with Jesus, our Bridegroom.  

When we make God’s Word our own, we stand on a firm foundation.  Amen bridges the gap between the subjective mind through your sub-conscious mind from an objective mindset through your conscious mind.  In Romans 12:2, it reads, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  When we are in agreement with God’s Word personally, when we make His Word our own, we take on the mind of Christ.  In Philippians 2:5, it reads, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”  In 1 Corinthians 2:16, it reads, For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he might instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ.”  With our renewed mind, our subjective subconscious mind believes the instructions of Almighty God by making His Word our own and in turn bringing creative changes to our lives.    

In Isaiah 65:16, it reads, “The prophet calls God, the God of truth,” Strong’s H543 also translated, “the God of amon,  As we can see, this is a foundational attribute of God’s character giving us a new and very powerful understanding of how He works in and through our lives.  By foundational, we mean established.  In Isaiah 7:9, it reads, “If ye will not believe (aman) surely ye shall not be established (aman).”  This reveals how God establishes himself in our lives.  In the Epistle to the Hebrews 11:1, it reads that faith is substance Strong’s G5287, meaning confidence.  It is when we are in agreement with confident assurance, amen that we align ourselves with how God works.  In Hebrews 11:3, it reads, “Through faith, we understand that the worlds were  framed by the Word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  In other words, we allow the Word to be made flesh in us by this unseen reality, which thereby allowing the living Word with all its promises and blessings to become flesh in our lives.  This most powerful linguistic word amen establishes every answered prayer and manifests His will in the awakening of our daily lives.  

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James: Patience & The Perfect Work

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Heart Knowledge

As we continue to explore the Epistle of James, the very first chapter of James talks about trials that are evident in the body of believers (re James a Covenant People). The truths that we will be walking through, and studying in this Epistle will open up to us to a creative experience with God’s Word working in and through our lives, recognizing that it is just not an intellectual knowledge, but an essential heart knowledge that is so badly needed in the lives of Christians today. James 1:3 Knowing G1097 this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. The word knowing has the meaning of knowing through experience, to understand, being aware, through feelings, to have a knowledge of, to perceive. This same word that is used, in Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew H3045 Eve his wife, and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. This word knew is important to understand, because it reveals just how we experience God in our lives through an intimate experience. Adam representing wisdom and Eve representing understanding and when they come together it creates experiential knowledge, sharing in the very act of creation.

Find Joy in our trials

Keep in mind that we are sharing in the act of creation, one experience that God uses in our lives is our trials, and If we would be honest with ourselves, none of us enjoys the experience of trials, and counting it all joy just seem impossible, if not a little crazy. However, when thinking about it, there are ways that we can understand what James means when he says we should have joy in our trials. One way to understand this, for instance, you have a goal, and it is something you want, your willing to do anything for it or to achieve it, you will defer pleasures and be uncomfortable, you will even endure trials to achieve whatever it maybe. It is in this place that you will feel an incredible sense of joy, knowing the result or knowing the reward. It in this state that we realize the fruit of our trials brings forth this “Patience” James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. In other words, our trials will bring patience and this patience that James is talking about brings us to perfection.

What is Perfection ?

Now we realize that the Lord is looking for perfection in our lives, it is important to ask ourselves what the biblical idea of perfection is! I can tell you what it’s NOT, it is NOT an adjective meaning without any flaws. The Greek word that James is referring to G5046 teleios meaning; fully grown, adult, of full age, mature wanting nothing necessary to completeness. We read in Genesis 6:9 these are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. When we look up the same word perfect that God is referring to regarding Noah, it is the Hebrew word tamiym H8549 meaning sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. Thus giving each of us hope, knowing that the reward of our trials is Patience and this patience is working as a catalyst bring each of us to a place of maturity with a sound mind. Also, David proclaims Psalm 119:71 it is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Even David recognized that trails were beneficial to his walk with the Lord! 

If you are worried about your sins, as you should be as well as your flaws and imperfections, there is and always has been a remedy. Jesus’ going to the cross He paid the ultimate price for us because we broke our marriage covenant, that was made with Abraham. I encourage you to read the articles (The Levitical Priesthood) + (The Book of the Covenant) to get a better understand of the Covenant.

See you online every Thursday Evening @ 7:45pm for a live online study in God’s Word. 

James: A Covenant People

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James 1:1 is encouraging the household of faith “Israel” the twelve tribes, meaning you and me, those that have received the revelation, as born again spirit filled Christians. We are called Spiritual Israel; Ephesians 2:8 for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, those that are called, fulfilling God’s desire to dwell within each of us in a covenant relationship. The most important reason for Jesus being Crucified on the Cross and Rising from the dead, was to fulfill and establishing this New Covenant as prophesied, Jeremiah 31:31- 33 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the LORD: however, this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. As it is written in 1 Peter 2:9 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; with Jesus as our High Priest… Again this is whom James is writing to, the brides and the priesthood of the New Covenant that what ratified by a covenant confirming meal at the last supper, and by the sprinkling of very blood as our High Priest, Jesus the anointed messiah. This is the meal as recorded in Matthew 26:26-28 as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Moreover, he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. What sins you may ask? The sins against the covenant, that was broken all the way back in the book Exodus as referenced in Jeremiah!

Understanding the context of his letter! Realizing why James is encouraging the brethren by saying “count it all Joy” because we are participating in the work of the covenant, as a kingdom of Priests and Brides participating with our High Priest Jesus sharing in His suffering along with and his brother James, establishing the kingdom of God throughout the scattered tribes of Israel. James writes in James 1:2 my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; the Joys is a result of the knowledge of knowing the reason for the struggle on a personal and a corporate level, James describes in his Epistle that the trying of your faith works patience, Letting patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James reminds us to ask for in prayer without wavering single-minded, and it shall be given to you we can be bold asking for wisdom because it is Gods desire that we would have this wisdom offering it to us liberally.

He also warns us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and when we are unstable in our thinking James 1:7 we should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Remember crowns are for a Kingly people with dominion over a kingdom, this is something that we lost when the covenant was broken, and with the establishment of the New Covenant Jesus gives us dominion, and shared authority in His kingdom, it is shared through enduring the trials and temptations of this life.

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CREATIVE ACT OF PRAYER, THREE

Part 3 of a Three-Part Series 

God Saw

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We read in  Genesis 1:4 God saw (Strong’s H7200the light (Strong’s H216that it was good and God divided the light from the darkness. As the creative act unfolds, God is seeing from his imagination and teaching us also to see with desire from our imagination, to see is an act of measuring, meaning to observer from the inner man of our imagination. The light of (Strong’s H216) owr it is the instructions, or we could say the seed, and in this case, God saw the light and he divides the light meaning the instructions started the inner process that will ultimately bring the request or instruction put forth from the creative act of thought. This is accomplished by a willful desire, In Hebrew this word is called (Strong’s H7522) ratzon meaning with pleasure, delight, favor, goodwill, acceptance, willful desire, and this can be used for evil and for good as we read in Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye shall receive (them), and ye shall have (them). To desire something is to see what you want with your imagination emotionally. Prayer being a creative act, when we observe (see) with the images and thoughts in our heart, we will be amazed how creative or destructive your thoughts are, they create what manifests in our life and these thoughts positive or negative are creating our world as we see it today. It goes without saying if you want your prayers to be answered, they know what light (Strong’s H216) owr meaning instruction you are sending forth into your conscious life, just as a seed knows what it is to become when it is planted the instructions to be what it was called to be. It’s the same way with prayer the light is the (Strong’s H216) owr of instruction man is a prophetic being he has the ability to plant any seeds he wants, and the instruction given will determine your future. It says Galatians 6:7 be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. We have to seriously consider what thoughts we are sowing into the inner man our imagination.

As you learn to plant the seeds of His Word / light / instruction through prayer, pray from the oneness of your imagination, with the knowledge that God hears you and he always hear you, again as we are reiterate the teaching from the beginning, from Exodus 3:14 (אֲשֶׁר הָיָה הָיָה ..I Am that I Am, or I will BE to you what I will BE) meaning the “EXISTING ONE”, “God IS” the state of being awake and aware. He is the PURE and the only REAL consciousness that exists. Don’t pray to God as if he was not one with you, begging as if God was some far away deity. Luke 12:32 fear not, little flock; for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Praying FROM the desire fulfilled, the FROM is the desire fulfilled, Pray is not a form of begging, prayer is the experience of what it would be like when you have received the fulfillment of the desire in the present tense. We read in Matthew a great example how this works when Jesus heals the servant of the centurion Matthew 8:13 Jesus said unto the centurion, go thy way; and as thou hast believed, (so) be it done unto thee. And the servant was healed in the selfsame hour. Realizing that there is no time or distance in the spirit when Jesus spoke the healing, it was received by faith. Meaning (Jesus saw the answered prayer, for the centurion in His imagination) then being established in the spirit, the servant was healed! In Matthew 21:22 it reads and all things, whatsoever ye shall ask for in prayer, believing ye shall receive. Romans 4:17 (as it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, (even) God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. As we learn we to participate in the act of creation, we too will call those things which are not as though they were we are living by faith and that is what pleases God.

God is teaching each of us to use our imagination, being able to see with the believing eyes of faith in our inner man, of our imagination, to call those things which be not as though they were. Meaning we have to stop believing from the outside in where people, places, and things, would tell you’re not practical; it’s impossible. Instead, you believe from a place of inner confidence, meaning from a place of faith from the inner man that all things are possible to them that believe.

God Called

In Genesis 1:5 and God called (Strong’s H7121the light day, and the darkness he called night and the evening and the morning were the first day. First, we remember that the word for light in Hebrew is (owr) meaning instruction so when God calls he establishes, it says talking about Jesus John 1:9 that was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:1 -9, in the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was at the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. Jesus is the instruction the light of (owr) the word made flesh. This is and was the creative conscience act that starts in the imagination of the inner man. So when God called he is establishing an instruction through and by faith meaning faithfulness, establishing through persistence by remaining faithful to the desire fulfilled in Gods case it was the act of manifestation of a place to dwell. He teach Adam to do the something in Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them (Strong’s H7121): and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. Interestingly he is giving man the ability to call the living creatures and establish their character (Strong’s H8034). How do we establish the creative act of prayer and remain faithful to the establishment of this inner creative force that is Jesus the light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world? Here are some examples in scripture that will help.  Romans 12:12 rejoicing in hope: patient in tribulation: continuing instant in prayer: In Luke chapter 11 the Lord himself speaks to us about prayer, He engaged his disciples by telling them a story to show how we establish what they ask for in prayer, “with persistence from the prayer desired” Luke 11:5-8 and he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity (persistence) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. The key is not only knowing what you want but to be able to see it with the inner man of your imagination, then remain faithful to your intention “in other words you have to feel it” motion (emotion) to the prayer asked Luke 11:9-10 and I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Jesus makes it very clear that you will receive what you ask for in prayer when we remember that “prayer is a creative act of thanksgiving, not a form of begging, you receive what you’re conscious of” when we learn to pray from the inner man of our imagination from a place where The LORD our God is ONE LORD.

Garments of a Priestly People – The Mind of the Messiah

Interestingly, the High Priest wore a Turban to remind him that his mind needed to be set on YHVH as he served in the Holy Place Exodus 28:4. It is interesting that on the forehead of this turban turban-ribbonsthere is a golden plate with an inscription that says “Holy to the Lord” Exodus 28:36.

Remember that the temple in which the Levitical high priest served is a foreshadow of the priesthood of Melchizedek. As we read in Ephesians 6:13 we need to put on the whole armor of God, and that armor is the eight garments of the High Priest. This includes the turban, as we read in Ephesians 6:17-18, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” What about the helmet? The helmet is the turban, which works with the sword of the Spirit. This relates to Paul who writes about the word of God working with prayer and supplication in the spirit, not for ourselves but for all the saints.

Remember from our previous teachings that the High Priest is to carry the breastplate of Judgement on his heart before the Lord. This includes all the names of Israel. It is important to understand, as a priestly people a holy people, the responsibility we have before God. We are to do the same as Jesus our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. As a Priest in this order, we have an incredible responsibility to carry others before the Lord Jesus our High Priest who gave his life for each of us.

John 15:13 reads, “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Prayers and supplication for others is our high calling because it causes us the get rid of our selfish desires. So we have to ask ourselves, what is on our mind and heart? In the Hebraic mindset, they did not think the same way as you and I. Going into the tabernacle was an act of obedience, not logical thought like you and I would think of it. It is a work of the spirit in conjunction with the Word of God, and being in prayer for others with all supplications from the heart.

What is your heart set on?  Matthew 6:21 reminds us, “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” It may seem odd to ask, where is your treasure? Consider what we read in Ezekiel 44:28 regarding the Priesthood, “and it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.” Also in Deuteronomy 18:1-2 it reads, “The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. The Lord is their inheritance, as he said unto them.” What’s on our forehead is the inscription “Holy to the Lord. Having the mind of the Messiah, we read in 1 Corinthians 2:16, “for who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” What inscription is on your forehead?

Thought Speech & Action Part 2

In our continued study on garments, the word Hagah is another interesting root word from the Hebrew Scriptures. It describes the Fire in the Heartaction of purifying gold and silver. This process is achieved by repeatedly melting and cooling in the refiner’s fire to remove all the impurities, which makes silver or gold pure. During this possess the impurities are like removing the fears and unbelief that have been mingled into our faith. With this repeated action, it refines our “Faith.” That is confidence, as Hebrews 11:6 reads, “But without faith / confidence it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

As we further study the Hebrew word Hagah what emerges is really interesting, for instance in (Strong’s H1898 – meaning to remove, drive out) it’s describing the action of repeating of God’s Word over and over, to Jesus our Melchizedek high priest. In turn removing the dross from our self-centered desires and attachments in this world.  A cognate of the same word Hegeh Strong’s H1899 meaning a rumbling, growling, moaning. A great word picture that would best illustrate this action is a lion eating and groaning over its food. Depicting the demeanor of our soul as we enter in the Holy place, with the priestly garments that we are learning to wear as we put on Christ, remembering that our priestly garments are made up of our thought, speech and action for the glory and beauty of God.

Proverbs 25:4 reads, “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.”

We read about how the Apostle Paul grew strong in his faith, even though he went through so many trials. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Our undisciplined heart and mind with all of our crazy thoughts are brought under subjection by a cognate of the word Hagah. That word is Hegeh, which is the Hebrew word meaning rudder or helm. Confessing the Word of God out loud or even just under our breath directs and navigates our heart and our thoughts through the restlessness of our mind, will and emotions.

The battleground is in your mind and heart where every high imagination exalts itself against the knowledge of God.

2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

These thoughts keep us from the presence of God.  James teaches us that life and death is in the power of the tongue. Controlling our tongue is one of our most powerful weapons we have.

James 3:2-5, “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”

Again we need to be aware that the territory being fought over is our heart and mind, remembering that we have the ability to be Vessels for good or evil.

The enemy will fight you tooth and nail, to keep you from entering the presence of your High priest, your bridegroom. Hagah Prayer & Meditation is how God designed each of us to connect with Him, this type of meditation removes the enemy’s strongholds that bind our prayers to this earthy realm.

We also see that this type of Hagah of repeating and verbalizing the scripture quiets our heart from our outward focus of wants and desires that are empty of the kingdom of God.

In turn, removing the dross, the impure thoughts that have been programmed into our life, replacing it with the creative, healing, life-giving Word of God!

Here are a few more uses for Hagah

Psalm 1:2, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate (Hagah) day and night.”

Psalm 5:1, “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation (hagiyg).” a cognate of Hagah

Joshua 1:8 this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate (Hagah) therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Before we finish this brief study on Prayer & Meditation let’s look at how these two biblical words Siyach from our last study and Hagah work together. 

Psalm 77:12, “I will meditate (Hagah) also of all thy work, and talk (Siyach) of thy doings.”

Psalm 143:5, I remember the days of old; I meditate (Hagah) on all thy works; I muse (Siyach) on the work of thy hands.”

In both verses, Hagah is before Siyach. This is because your mind needs to be renewed first.

Romans 12:2, “and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

You will find that the images in your heart and mind are soiled as we walk through the dirt roads of life. When you Meditate and Pray on the word of God, Hagah removes the impure dross and Siyach plants and cultivates. Always remember that it is God that giveth the increase (Corinthians 3:7b).

Thought Speech & Action part 1

A biblical understanding of Prayer and Meditation brings a whole new perspective to this incredible Christian journey we have the Holy Spiritprivilege of being on. This privilege is leading each of us on a closer walk with Jesus Christ our Melchizedek High Priest.

As Hebrews 3:1 states, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” In this article, we will discover the inspiring and rich meaning that scripture reveals as we diligently uncover the powerful and creative force that the word of God describes. We’ll see how Jesus teaches us through his Word to come into his presence and gives us a greater understanding of how powerful prayer is, and how to use focused prayerful speech, thoughts, and actions in our heart.

Siyach Strong’s H7878 is one word that teach us how to enter into God’s presence by actively using all of our human faculties, engaging our emotions and intellect through meditation and prayer. This is how we enter into His heavenly tabernacle which was shown to Moses on Mount Sinai. As Exodus 25:8-9 reads, “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” This scripture tells us how to take on the personal responsibility and build an inner refuge in our temporary portable temple. We do this by using the willful intentions and desires of our heart, making a vessel for his presence to dwell among us, as well as on the throne of our heart.

Through the scriptures, we experience with all its incredible detail a place to have a beautiful intimate relationship Jesus our bridegroom. This happens by separating ourselves from the things of this world and learning to break away from the outside influence of fear and doubt. Instead, we are to have awe, confidence, and faith, guiding us to the Holy place within, giving wings to our voice through Jesus in the heavenly temple within us. We will learn to clothe ourselves in His priestly garments, by using the tools of thought, speech, and action as we savor each word of meditation and prayer, by vocalizing God’s Word.  We do this through the study of God’s Word, praying the words of the Divine Office and in our Daily Mass.

As we review the definitions of these Hebrew words, we will begin to see the root verbs which are actions behind the noun. Opening up God’s intention behind the building blocks of creation, we see His beauty and glory throughout as the clothing of nature itself that conceals God’s very presence. This happens as we pray and meditate on His Word by finding that inner place where Jesus lives on the throne of our heart. As Luke 17:20-21 reads, “Jesus said the Kingdom of heaven is within.”

This is not just an intellectual pursuit, it is a journey that starts with the whispers of verbally reviewing the seeds of God’s word. We see the images that are revealed as we uncover the Hebrew words at their root where all life springs from.

Let’s have a mini lesson on Hebrew root words, which always focuses us on word pictures and images. Almost all Hebrew roots are verbs representing the action hidden behind physical creation. These Images will form in our heart by the vocalizing the action of Prayer & Meditation on His Word. We see this in all of nature, as all life stems from the action springing from the root. The same is true in scripture because much of the Bible was originally written in Hebrew or Greek. When we look to the action of the root, we see the intent of the author referring back to God’s will and desire, even as He spoke and still is speaking continually all that we know into existence.

Because we are made in His image and likeness we can participate in the very act of creation in the temple of His glory and beauty. We do so by learning to closely follow the actions of these incredible Biblical Hebrew root words.

As we enter this short study the first thing to remember is almost all Hebrew roots are verbs that identify the action of the word! Additionally, Hebrew nouns identify who is performing the action! We see this in nature, all life stems from the action of the root, and the same is true in scripture.

Siyach

Incredibly the very first use of the Hebrew word Siyach is in Genesis 2:5 where we are given insight into our participation and responsibility to cultivate the seed of His Word in the Garden of Eden of our heart. As we read this scripture we notice that God makes it very clear, that He will not produce His life in our heart without our participation.

In Genesis 2:5 we read, “and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.” The word plant in Hebrew is Siyach (meaning bush, plant, and shrub) was growing out of the earth. It’s no great revelation that the word plant is a noun, but when you look up the Hebrew root for Plant you see something amazing. Looking at its meaning as a verb Strong’s H7878 you see the action to put forth, mediate, muse, commune, speak, complain, ponder, sing, to meditate, consider, put forth thoughts. We can see a much deeper meaning when you consider the root of the word, and in this case our verbal participation brings a deeper understanding of the story of creation. In other words, when you verbally till the ground of your heart, forming the conditions needed for growth, just as we illustrated in the introduction making a place in your inner temple, then the seed of his Word is preparing to bring forth its potential and grow.

The tilling of the ground of our heart influences the heavens whereby bringing the rain, allowing for growth, and the revelation of His Word. Jesus taught us when He walked the earth that the seed is His Word (see Luke 8:11b). He forms a word picture, an image, which develops the ability for us to get closer to our bridegroom and Melchizedek high priest.

We also read in Ephesians 1:17-18, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”

Do you see your responsibility to care for what God has planted in our heart? He has given us the tools and the ability to verbally confess of our faith, the images formed by His Word in our heart which cause the growth and bring with it His refreshing presence.

Here are a few more uses for the verb Siyach:

Psalm 55:17: “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray Siyach, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

Psalm 105:2: “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk Siyach ye of all his wondrous works.”

Psalm 119:148: “Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate Siyach in thy word.”

Remember Speech is merely the expression of thought, action is the expression of your speech and your thoughts! 

By the use of our Thoughts, Speech and Action its clear, when it comes to Siyach prayer and meditation, as we focus our thoughts on the images, that His word forms and cultivates in our heart. He sends the blessing of rain from above whereby feeding and bringing growth to our souls.

In the next article, we will review the Hebrew word Hagah ….