Living Offerings – Romiyim/Romans 12:1 “I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering (sacrifice)-qodesh (holy), well pleasing to Elohim-your reasonable worship”.
When we read the prophecies of the end times, we read about deception, wars, persecution and so much more. What do you think about it? Do you suppose it never happen here in America? Are we more holy than all other Nations?
Persecution is going on now in the world and even to a certain extent here in America. Are you surprised?
Yet if we would go to a Christian service on Sunday morning we may hear loud music which is no different than the rock music that it is heard at a worldly rock concert. And this music is call worship to the Lord! But at times, I wonder which lord is being worshiped!
How different is this music than the one that is heard in heaven! There is no comparison! If I, as a human being, find this music horrible, I wonder how Yahweh our Creator finds it!
But people do what they habitually do, no matter what the situation they are in. Although they are followers of Mashiach, they love their rock music so much that they adapt the lyrics to sound holy, and offer them to Yahweh in worship! However, this is not pleasing to Him. Rock music is not intended to worship the most Holy Elohim. Yahweh is not impressed by such music. When we go to a place of worship that it is declared to be holy unto Yahweh, and we hear music that resembles a rock concert, it does not help anyone to enter before His Face!
Tehillim/Psalms 95:1 “Come, let us sing to Yahweh! Let us raise a shout to the Rock of our deliverance. 2 Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; Let us shout to Him in song. 3 For Yahweh is a great El, and a great Sovereign above all mighty ones. 4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth; the mountain picks are His also. 5 His is the sea, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. 6 Come let us bow down and bend low, let us kneel before Yahweh our maker. 7 For He is our Elohim, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”
One of the essential qualities of worship is humility. We humbly kneel down and worship Him who has given us life and has redeemed us from the fires of hell. Rock music does not meet the criteria of leading us to worship our Elohim. There is no humility in rock music!
We, who call ourselves followers of the Mashiach Yahoshua[i], have been separated from the world, and we cannot go back into the world to borrow such music thinking that we are pleasing Yahweh. If anyone would have the privilege of hearing heavenly music, would understand that Yahweh is holy, and He does not take pleasure in Christianized rock. He is Holy and expects us to be holy which means to be set apart, and completely consecrated unto Him. I believe that we, as His bought children, and as His earthly Temple, need to be more sensitive to His ways.
Qorin’tiyim 1/1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the Mishkan of the Ruach ha’Qodesh[ii] who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are of Elohim”
Tas’loniqim 1/I Thessalonians 4: 3-4 For this is the desire of Elohim: your qodeshah![iii] That you should abstain from whoring, 4 That each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in qodeshah and respect.
Sanctification is to be set apart unto Yahweh by forsaking sin of any kind. We must deny ourselves and serve Him in Spirit and truth.
Believers in Mashiach need much more of the holy fear of Yahweh to manifest in their lives and subsequently in their meetings. We need to stop selling our worship to the devil. We need to be separate from any form of evil.
The congregations, at large, are not ready for persecution because they do not understand true holiness and true worship.
The teachings we hear from behind the pulpits of America, are no longer emphasizing the work Yahoshua has done on the cross for mankind. They speak very little of His sacrificial death, subsequent resurrection, and ascension back to heaven to the Father. The messages are geared to make man feel good.
We no longer hear messages to crucify our flesh in order to attain eternal life. They teach as long as you have asked “Jesus’ into your heart, you are now no longer in bondage, and can sin. They teach eternal life is yours no matter if you are a man and you are having sex with other men. They take verses of Scriptures out of context and make a doctrine out of it. But that doctrine is leading thousands to hell.
The messages we hear now have replaced the cross. The new gospel glorifies man instead of our Savior. They say that all is well because “the Lord” (Yahweh) loves you just as you are. You do not have to change. It seems as long as you come to the meetings and pay your tithes and offerings you are fine! Really? Fine for who, Yahweh or… the church? So many preachers encourage the faithful givers to get as much money as they can and live a good life, and I have to add, at the expense of others who may give up their last penny to make sure the preacher gets the last model of airplane! This is not the gospel Yahoshua calls us to preach.
They say to not worry about anything for He is for “you”, and is not against you. This is partially true, but He hates sin, and He will judge the unrepentant sinner. Without repentance we cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven.
He has sent us into the whole world to announce salvation through His death and resurrection[iv]. He has paid the price for our souls to be redeemed from eternal death, or separation from the Father, Yahweh. Man is separated from Yahweh, because of sin.[v] Yahweh is concerned about the souls for whom He sent His only Ben/Son to die on the cross. All souls are His. But all souls need to be saved and washed in His shed blood, for without shedding of blood there is no salvation.
Of course not all the congregations are that bad, but many are. What happens to Romans 12:1? Do we read it, but we do not believe it pertains to us today? Has the salvation message been replaced by prosperity?
Do you ever consider that our bodies supposed to be offered to Yahweh as a living sacrifice? And do you know that if you live according to the Word, you will be persecuted? Are we so consecrated to be ready for persecution when it will come?
Timotiyos 2/2 Timothy 3:12 And indeed, all those wanting to live reverently in Mashiach (Messiah) Yahoshua shall be persecuted.
Oh, yes, persecution is coming to America. And your own family may be the first one to persecute you. If they are living in sin, and they do not have a revelation of the Holiness of Yahweh they will be the first ones to hand you over to the murderers.
Are we ready to suffer for the sake of the truth? Can we stand against lies and deception and continue to love those who persecute us?
I have heard testimonies of those who have been awfully persecuted for years and years. When they came out of the country where they were persecuted, they were externally disfigured. But their spirit was full of love and devotion to Yahweh and to His Ben/Son Yahoshua. They shined the love of Mashiach. They endured so much pain, but their lives were full of perfect love. They learned to love their enemies while they were hurting. They kept their faith. They had been purified in the fire. Are you ready?
Persecution will purify all of us. Can you surrender your life today to Yahweh’s perfect will, even if it means persecution? Are you ready to be offered as a living sacrifice? It takes true devotion to Yahweh and true faithfulness to Him to do that. You cannot shrink back and say it is too hard. You cannot look back, and be tempted to quit, but must keep on going in order to receive the crown of life.
Now is the time to begin the sanctification process. If you are in some kind of ministry and you are chasing glory, fame, and money, stop now, and be content in the gifts you have received. In all things we must be thankful.
Tas’loniqum1/1 Thessalonians 5:18 In all give thanks, for this is the desire of Elohim in Mashiach Yahoshua for you.
Yahweh wants us to be happy with the gifts He has given us. We must be content and thank Him daily. People who covet other people gifts will not make it during the tribulation and persecution. Yahweh has to be our only desire.
Others people may think of themselves to be superior to anyone because of their gifts, but they are lacking something very important: Humility. And this will be their downfall. Pride is an abomination to Yahweh.
Mishley/Proverbs 6: 16 These six things Yahweh hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him; 17 A proud look…”
If we want to be great we must walk humbly and be servants of all.
Marqos/Mark 9:35 …”If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
Mattithyahu /Matt.16:24-26 Then Yahoshua said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross and follow me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 Fro what profit is it to a man if he gains that whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Why did Yahoshua said this? Because some to the apostles were discussing who were the greatest of them. (Marqos/Mark 9:34). You see pride is in the heart of man since the fall, but we must refuse it and conquer it in and through the Name and the Blood of Yahoshua.
Humility is one of the major keys in the Kingdom of Yahweh.
Galatiyim/Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory.
Galatiyim/Galatians 6:14 But Elohim forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Master (Lord) Yahoshua haMashiach, by whom the world is crucified unto me., and I unto the world.
Mishley/Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth: A stranger, and not your own lips.
You know what? Almost all apostles of Yahoshua were killed for their faith! And not only them, but also the prophets and the new believers in Him. I would be very careful to not place that title of apostle or even Rev. before my name unless I am really a proven apostle called by Yahweh Himself! The enemy is very cruel. He gives the bait, then he humiliates and kills its victims. When the real test of our faith will come, are we going to be able to stand?
Let us clean our house now. Let us not give place to the devil. The price we pay to be comfortable in this life, can cost us eternal life.
Let us walk with humility, and be ready for Yahoshua when He will return and take us to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb.
Chazon/Revelation 19:7-9 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen, is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”
We are going to be purified, if we want to receive the fine linen garment. But we can begin now to let go of the lust of the flesh. Let us offer ourselves as a living sacrifice with all humility and honor Him with our hearts and our actions. Amen.
[i] Yahoshua our Messiah, whom the church calls Jesus Christ.
[ii] Temple of the Holy Spirit
[iv] Marqos/Mark 16:15-18
[v] Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59:1-3; 53; Yechezqel/Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Romiyim/Romans 3:23; 6:23; Ma’aseh/Acts 16:31…