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GOD’S STORY: part 23 Reflecting upon GOD

I’m exploring Genesis to learn GOD’s point of view. I’m reflecting upon Him.

GOD’s Story

Here at Preparing the Bride, I’m telling GOD’S STORY. Presumptuous?! Not when simply looking at scripture, because scripture is the unfolding of God’s story to those who read it.

Reflecting upon Him

I received the lovely benefit of personal prayer on Sunday morning at church and as the pastor prayed, and while receiving the blessing of prayer, the LORD said to me, “Just tell My story”…. So, I’m reflecting upon Him.

Just write about His story — what does that mean?

First and foremost, this whole stream called GOD’S STORY is His story — not ours.

“In the beginning GOD…” 

Before I continue to Day 6: the creation of living, breathing, animate life, I’m returning to, pausing at, reflecting upon GOD and His Story.

Glory. Majesty. Thanksgiving. Peace….

These are some words which help define GOD, our Father in Heaven:

“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…”

He’s holy, good, benevolent, perfect, powerful, loving.

But He’s also a jealous GOD, “for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). This is, I believe, because He knows if we don’t focus upon Him we run at our peril…. not because He will strike us down because He’s mean, but because the enemy is out to capture us to destroy us, and running on our own we are so vulnerable to this enemy of GOD.

But GOD

So, as we remain focused upon Him, we know this GOD of ours who is perfect, benevolent and good leads us, desires relationship with us. And we who want to be benevolent and good need Him to accomplish this in us. GOD knows this. So even in His jealousy, it is for our benefit and not because He is nasty that He is jealous for us.

GOD is so good. He is so good, beyond our comprehension or imagination. 

Summary

So today and every day is about Him: God. Yaweh. Yehovah. Elohim. His majesty, His glory, His goodness, His righteousness, His fatherhood: of all things created: man, beast, flora, fauna, air, fire, water, earth, sea, sky, heaven, sun, moon, stars — He is everything.

This piece — this steam called GOD’S STORY is about Him: His peace, His creation, His identity. “I AM that I AM.”


Let us meditate on this, with Him near. Let Him wrap us in His presence. Let Him teach us more and more about Him. Let us enjoy Him, for no reason other than to enjoy Him. And let us dwell, abide with Him.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Larus Press with the blog stream Preparing the Bride is all about enabling us to be ready for Jesus’ return, preparing also for all He has in store for us in the meantime.

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective. In this case, He began to create life in its various formats: Plant life, then animal, and finally human — GOD breathed with His Spirit like no other life form preceding.

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GOD’S STORY: part 17 God is Present

GOD’S STORY Part 17 God is Present

Here at Preparing the Bride, I’m telling GOD’S STORY. Presumptuous?! Not when simply looking at scripture, because scripture is the unfolding of God’s story to those who read it.

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? We learn GOD’s Story. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked.

Looking at GOD’s Character in Genesis 1 we read, “And the Spirit of GOD was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2b)

A spiritual GOD is hovering…. present, aware, available, engaged.

Who is the Spirit of GOD?

Hovering suggests to me anticipation (what will happen next?), present (and immediate to the space), aware (conscious), poised (filled with potential energy), watchful (ready to act!)…. to do something!

I’ve heard it said that the Spirit of GOD — known as Holy Spirit — is the power and the presence of GOD. Jesus called Him the Helper. Theologians explain He’s the third person of the Trinity. 

From this scripture, I think He is revealed as eager! Eager to create. Eager to engage. Eager to do: alive and alert to His surroundings and ready to engage. But what would happen? Since the earth was lacking form, what would Holy Spirit do about that? 

He could change what was void into something more. And He did!

Then GOD spoke, and what did the Spirit do?

“God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

How did that happen?

Holy Spirit is the action behind the spoken word.

Perhaps we shall see Holy Spirit as Action Man — the action aspect of GOD and the action within man…. since man has been created in GOD’s image. (Genesis 1:27)

Who is Holy Spirit… in us?

First and foremost, Holy Spirit is GOD. He is one of three personalities in one GOD. 

Holy Spirit is not only power; He is GOD’s power, and GOD’s power put into us when we accept Jesus. He is, always has been and always will be. We first met him in scripture in Genesis 1. He is the power of GOD hovering, ready when called upon, ready when needed. 

Perhaps the single most important take away from this post is, GOD is present with us, active in us, ever with us. 

From experience, I add: the more we surrender to Him -> the more we acquaint ourselves with Him -> the more active the Spirit is within us -> the more empowered we are -> the more we effect society, pointing others to Truth in Messiah Jesus -> and society is transformed to joy, peace, rest.

Holy Spirit transforms us and empowers us to transform the world. As Jesus did when in earthly ministry, so He commissions us to

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

When we are active, doing as He asks us to do, He is pleased, we are pleased and the world is a better place. That’s an integral part of GOD’s Story because what He has always wanted is fellowship. As it is written in Matthew 22,

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. …”

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GOD’S STORY Pt 6 Who is Holy Spirit

“And those members of the body which we think to be less honourable, on these we bestow greater honour; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty”

While this is what Paul writes to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12:23) in reference to the church as analogous to a human body, so I would ask you to look at this as analogous to the persons of the Godhead: namely, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

So Who is Holy Spirit?

We give GOD All the Glory! But who is GOD: Yehovah, Elohim if not inclusive of all three? Who is Holy Spirit and how does He fit with the others?

The Holy Spirit is to GOD as our most unpresentable parts are to our humanity: vital, for discretion, to be revered.

Part of GOD’s Story then is that Holy Spirit has been given less honour, less respect, less opportunity in our lives as a body of Christ = the church, than the other persons of GOD and I believe this needs to be addressed. Here is my opportunity to share GOD’s Story of Holy Spirit.

Here at Preparing the Bride, I’m telling GOD’S STORY. Presumptuous?! Not when simply looking at scripture, because scripture is the unfolding of God’s story to us who read it.

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? We learn GOD’s Story. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. 

So, here we go…. GOD’S STORY Part 6 Who is Holy Spirit

GOD is Spirit. Surely that is first and foremost. He is timeless, omnipotent, omniscient, and perhaps most important for us to understand in order to understand Holy Spirit, is to remember that Our Father: Yehovah GOD, Elohim is omnipresent

From His hovering over the earth in Genesis 1:2 to Jesus leaving the earth so that He could send His Spirit (John 14:25-26)…. I think it’s fair to say WE STILL DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE HOLY SPIRIT, not that well at any rate.

United with the Holy Spirit, there is nothing our LORD cannot do, nothing we cannot do when we abide in Him.

In John 15 Jesus says,

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”

Several times Jesus says “abide in me… and bear fruit”. What is this fruit that he is talking about? He is talking about character and the fruit that counts is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which Paul lists in Galatians 5:22-23 namely, love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, patience, faith and self control. These are markers of character, godly character, Christ-like character, fruit which flows from the Holy Spirit.

And so in order to abide with Jesus and in Jesus, in order to grow in His character, we need the Holy Spirit. It is through Holy Spirit that we abide and through Holy Spirit that the our character bears fruit. That Spirit which is GOD, dwelling in us, transforming us as we allow, that Spirit which is united with us: GOD in us.

Yes, all humanity can choose love and can choose decency by its will. But only through Holy Spirit can we succeed in bearing the character of Christlike love and character. 

How we grow in Christ

Man wrestles with himself and with GOD. Remember Jacob wrestling for his blessing (Genesis 32:24-29)? Jacob did not get all his answers but he did get the blessing of a new name: Israel. And it is his descendants who would become the nation of Israel. 

We all are like two year olds are we not? Like children who want both to please Mum and Dad and yet also to have their own way, do we not struggle against our love for GOD and our own way?

Holy Spirit teaches us and comforts us — leading us to follow and convicting us when we don’t, touching our hearts to draw near and not to punish ourselves for our short-comings but rather to learn from our mistakes. This is the personal touch of Holy Spirit. He is no less a person with whom we are encouraged to relate than the Father or Jesus. And yet, He is the least known, the least acknowledged of the three persons of GOD. 

As the Father is the powerhouse of GOD — the one in whom we ‘fear’; as Jesus is the lamb of GOD, who models for us our humanity as GOD intends; so the Holy Spirit is deeply personal; He encourages us to persevere. In our humanity we will to do life on its own terms. We wrestle against GOD’s will; we doubt Jesus; we resist the Holy Spirit.

“Come unto me all who labour and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest…” These are Jesus’ spoken words in Matthew 11 but it is through a surrender to Holy Spirit that we can yield, be still, come unto, abide and find our rest.

GOD says, “Come”, “Be still”, ‘Love Me and love others” but we get distracted and diverted as our own will says, ‘Come, do it this way, now!’

All of life is a journey

GOD has offered us a journey of a lifetime when we surrender to Him. Holy Spirit enables that walk in that surrender. Only to the degree that we walk His way, in love, above the clouds of turmoil and strife, full of His grace, truth, love, peace do we live the best life. 

This part of GOD’s Story is simply to say, GOD offers, GOD encourages, GOD asks us to align with, yield to, enjoy, and surrender to Him, and it is through Holy Spirit that we are able to do this.

GOD in our own strength

We are not meant — but often do— live a soul-ish spirituality. We love GOD yes, but we still follow our own will to Him. Instead we must surrender our will. We must surrender to the Spirit of GOD, walking daily in His will and way, if we are metaphorically, to ride on the clouds: Surrendering our body to our soul, soul to our spirit, our spirit to Holy Spirit of GOD will lead us into a spirit-filled walk that is as walking on water and as beyond the earthly condition. We can live as GOD lives, without time, without conditions, without limitations, if we simply trust and obey, surrender and receive.

GOD’s Power and Presence within us

Holy Spirit is the power and presence of GOD. When we abide in the LORD and allow ourselves to live completely surrendered, then we will rise above the temporal, beyond the clouds of emotion and circumstance, into a freedom and grace that is unknown to the earthly person.

What is the Holy Spirit? Who is the Holy Spirit?

He is that part of GOD that enables us to be truly intimate. We know the Father from above. We know Jesus from His earthly walk. We know Holy Spirit because He lives within us. 

THE LORD GOD is seeking to draw us closer to Him. How closely will you allow Him to draw you? Will you yield all to Him? In His Story, He is asking you. He is asking us all.

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) This is not only a call from Jesus to us. This call is from GOD to us. This call is Holy Spirit’s offering to us. 

Will we trust and accept the calling to be fully surrendered to the Creator of the universe?

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Umbrella of Hope

Does anyone know 

the depth of your power

the strength of your love

the force of your will?

All have fallen short

from grace we descend

to mercy and love

pleading forgiveness.

Does anyone know

the height of your cover

the breadth of your presence

the umbrella of hope?

Forever we yearn

forever we strive

forever we bend —

refusing to break.

Does anyone know

the truth of your Word

the language of trust

the heart of you?

Does anyone know

who You really are?

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GOD is (a poem)

GOD is

We are a whiff, a puff of smoke

A breath

That only exists because of who

GOD is

GOD is mighty, harsh, intransigent and yet

GOD is merciful, gentle, kind

We are ants, a seed ungerminated

A thought

That only exists because of who

GOD is

GOD is creative, expressive, complete and yet

GOD is gently bending to earth

We are unstable, needy, greedy

A whim

That only exists because of who

GOD is

GOD is gracious, timely, wise and yet

GOD gives grace to the humble

We are that which GOD has created

So that we might become like Him

We only exist because of who

GOD is.

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The Name of our GOD

The name of the LORD

Joel 2 says, “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

I’ve quoted from the NKJV, an English translation of the Bible.


But LORD does not appear in the Hebrew scriptures; YHWH appears. When the Bible was translated into English, LORD was inserted where YHWH appeared.

For centuries, we’ve thought YHWH stood for Yahweh. The vowels are missing and so the full name had to be figured out. The popular conclusion has been that the name of GOD is Yahweh.

But in recent years (in fact in 2001, just as the New York Twin Towers were attacked and terrorists were shouting “Allah Aqbar”), a Jewish Biblical scholar named Nehemiah Gordon*, was in the vaults of the Vatican doing his research and uncovered the missing vowels. The full name of GOD is Yehovah. Yehovah is His name. (Note: v = w in translation, just as y = j)

Writing the Name of GOD

Historically, Jewish people have not written GOD but G-D. Why?

Another misunderstanding is that Jews are not meant to write GOD but G-D because we’re not meant to spell out the Creator’s name. This however, is superstition, or in fact, rooted in fear. Truly, the historical facts are that avoiding writing the name of GOD was to avoid persecution. Jews learned not to declare or even to write the One True God’s identity, for fear of being identified as Jew. Now, today, we are free to declare His name, and indeed, there is huge power in it.

The Power of a Name:

It’s been proven by psychologists that we all love the sound of our own names. Why would Yehovah be any different? In actual fact, the demons flee at His name, and so there is great power in it as well. So, why wouldn’t it be that, in these Last Days, we would discover, along with so much else, the full and true name of the Creator of the Universe, the One True God, who’s correct name is Yehovah.

Are we Saved?

The text from Joel 2 is powerful. Am I saying if you don’t know His name as Yehovah or don’t speak or write it as such, you are not saved? No, that is not what I’m saying. BUT His name is known – I AM, as he spoke of Himself to Moses at the burning bush, is Yehovah. The One True GOD, Creator of the heavens and the earth, is Yehovah, or Jehovah (in English translation).

Just as many have not known that Jesus is an anglicised name and his Jewish name is Yeshua, now we can also know GOD’s Jewish name, which is Yehovah.

Getting specific:

Further, the name LORD or GOD is very general, and open to ambiguity. History tells us that many gods were called God. Yehovah is not to be confused with any other god.This is not Allah, nor Buddah. He is not Saint Paul or Mary or even Jesus. His name is not even Abba — although Abba or “Daddy” as it translates, is one of His roles. His actual name, to be compared with my actual name as Sarah Tun, is Yehovah. It is He whom Jesus/Yeshua points to, and it is He who is the Creator of the Universe. Now we know He has asked us to learn it, know it, and call upon Him by name.

Let us learn and speak His name, because He has now revealed it to us.

*An examination of Nehemiah Gordon’s books and video teachings will disclose many wonderful “Ah ha’s!” as you delve with him into texts that have until recently been locked in the Vatican and unexamined, awaiting revelation.

He is a Jew, unsaved, but who works with Messianic and Non-Jewish believers to open up texts to the world, so that more can be known about the Father.

I recommend you go to Nehemiah’s Wall: 

https://www.nehemiaswall.com/

to explore what he shares with us, so we can better know and understand the Creator, Father of Mankind, first and always, the G-D of the Hebrews.

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Jew and Gentile together: a Wake up call to Evangelical Christians

Advance Warning

I’m not judging, but I am learning and posting as I recognise incongruence. If you as a reader feel convicted, I believe that will be the Holy Spirit at work and we can both Praise God!

I’ve been delving into our Hebraic Roots, studying the Hebrew alphabet and am learning a lot about how Jewish language and culture ooze GOD.

I’m realising that it requires much more commitment for a Jew to follow Yeshua Messiah than for a Gentile to believe in Jesus…. The person of Hebraic understanding sees the huge cost to following Yehovah in a way that I’m realising a typical Gentile such as myself initially at least, cannot fathom.

If you believe each of us is responsible for our degree of revelation, then come along with me to catch a glimpse of the revelation a Jewish person will have when he catches Jesus…


This is why

At the deepest level, a Jew understands what a huge commitment it takes if he is to follow Messiah. They are the keepers of the Book, including the Law of God: Ten Commandments, food laws, cleanliness laws, family and criminal law. They have the cultural history of sacrifice for sin. Religion and Faith is more than head knowledge; it goes into the fibre of their being. A gentile can have faith and claim he follows Jesus… even without really following him at all but claiming when he’s remiss that he’s simply imperfect and saved by God’s grace…. This is both true and a lame excuse in my view (though I have been guilty of weak Christianity through my own ignorance too). A Jew is bred to know too much of the nature and authority of God to take it lightly when he sins.

I encourage us all to look at the Hebraic roots to make sure we are Believers and Followers of Jesus/Yeshua. To be born again is what matters (John 3, Ephesians 2), but to fully understand what born again means, I’m realising we need to go further than the Evangelical profession of faith (or a traditional communicants class or First Communion), for:

“Even the demons believe” (James 2:19) and “faith without works (not simply good deeds, but authentic surrendered lifestyle) is dead.” (James 2:20)

This is a raw word and will upset some readers. I’m sorry. Truly.

But we have to get to the deep things with God and not take for granted we understand enough. We are to study to show ourselves approved (2Timothy 2:15) for we are perishing for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

God never changes, but He does bring more and more revelation and responsibility to those who entrust their lives to Him and seek to walk as the New Man (Ephesians 2), led by God’s Spirit and not by our own flesh.

I am only just realising that the Evangelical view, while solidly Biblical, can be just as much tradition now as other – perhaps more culturally established – styles of Christianity. If the Evangelical is no longer growing, seeking, but is resting on his salvation, how is s/he any different than any follower of traditional Christianity?

Please let’s dig deep, asking God what He wants

My prayer is that all of us will hunger for more of God and surrender to Him our time, talent and hearts ‘all over again’ so that we are not like the Ephesians of Revelation who have “lost their first love” but are like the Philadelphia, full of joy, exercising their commitment.

Hallelujah, Jesus saves. God loves us unconditionally. But it is equally important that we also love Him and demonstrate our love to Him, so that we don’t receive “I never knew you” when we cry at the End of the Age, “Lord, Lord!” (Matthew 7:21-23)