Taking responsibility for spiritual maturity and seeking others with whom to share it
A Quick Little Assessment for Consideration:
We hope you've landed on this page because you are one of God's called-out remnant. Maybe you've been clicking around and Googling lot's of things in your search for truth. If the following bullet items are a fitting description of you - perhaps your visit to this website will encourage you:
You used to fit in with other "church-going christians", but now, "not-so-much".
You've been seeking truth and it frequently results in challenges to long-held beliefs causing uneasiness in relationships, when shared with others.
You're realizing that many of the things you used to believe are not lining up when you read scripture for what it actually says.
You're seriously asking yourself questions about how God expects you to live your life and desiring to learn how to obey what He says.
You're realizing that many things you thought were important to Father, are actually displeasing and what you've been taught to disregard and abandon, are what truly shows Him your love.
So let's dig in a little further - if any or all of what we've just outlined resonates with you...you will inevitably ask yourself, "how do I move forward as a part of the remnant that Father is calling ...as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light?" SO "NO!" YOU ARE NOT CRAZY!!! This website is focused on a two-pronged approach to help disciples of Yeshua grow in truth and love. The emphasis of the first prong is to encourage us all to diligently work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as we study diligently and practice obedience to what we are learning. And the second is to search for and connect with others who are doing the same. When engaging in these two areas of focus, you will be training and connecting with others who are seeking the way of the cross, that will prepare us for our remaining days ahead.
PRONG #1 - Training:
Read and study scripture. The official canon (The Bible), is the most important place to invest a lot of time and energy. There are also extra-biblical writings that are very worthy of reading and studying as well. They will sometimes fill in blanks and connect dots, as you grow more in your understanding. Be sure though - To ALWAYS test everything against the Word of God, so that you will not go astray. And one more thing about that canon...dig deep to get the real truth from it. Many modern versions of it are infested with "camouflaged language" and may put forth ideology that is not of the Father.
As you learn/train, we encourage you to go further than just mental assent to what you know Father is instructing. This means that you ACTUALLY MAKE DECISIONS and EXECUTE NEW BEHAVIORS that begin to conform your life to that of our Messiah. This may become evident in a new desire to question some of the following things: - Do you worship Father the way He instructed or do you do so according to the traditions of men? - Do you handle your resources the way Father has instructed or do you choose to use them the way you prefer? - Do you steward your body (eating, resting, activities), the way Father has instructed or are you ignorant/rebellious to these things? - Do you filter the things you allow into your mind the way Father has instructed or do you participate in thoughts/activities without much consideration for your own purity at all? - Do you live your life, making decisions with a Kingdom focus or are you thoughtless or shortsighted about these things?
Lastly - since everyone may have different opinions on what the answers to these questions should be, it is wise to ask another question - "How do I know the right answer?" It is very simple. Father Himself tells us the answer. OBEY HIS INSTRUCTIONS. And they are spelled out in His Word. The diligent practice of learning and obeying will provide very little room for doubt and uncertainty, if we indeed read the instructions and invest our time and energy in understanding how to follow them. This is what will bring the Body of Messiah into conformity to His Son and of one mind with the Father.
PRONG #2 - Connecting:
Pray, Discern, Practice and Succeed in finding ways to overcome anything that will distract you from your focus on PRONG #1
Seek to connect with a biblical assembly of believers who are also focused on PRONG #1. This will not be easy. True and committed disciples of Yeshua are a remnant and hard to find. They are rare, scarce, scattered, few! The body of Messiah is to be handled with care and wisdom. It is not supposed to invite potential disease into itself and expect a good outcome. Finding other true disciples will require study, research, testing, time and failed attempts as you discern the fruit in people and eventually find the ones who show true evidence of a walk that is genuine. It will be evident in characteristics like faithfulness, purity, love and marked by true fruit of the Spirit, [by which we are to measure and judge (YES JUDGE), those with whom we assemble].
Understand that if you are engaged in walking out your faith as described in PRONG #1, (and agree with the previous bullet item), you may not find others locally who are doing the same. We pray that you do, but it is possible that Father may not bring this to fruition right away, (or possibly at all). Your training is to first teach YOU to connect to Father. He is the one and only connection that matters most - Love Yahweh with all your heart, soul, mind and strength - this is FIRST! Seek FIRST the Kingdom and all else will follow! Are you starting to see how this works? It's not about us. It's about trust and obedience to Father; allowing His instructions to strip away our own desires [that so often separate us from Him], so that His desires will become ours.
Now if you are unable to find believers in close enough proximity to you, there are still ways to be among the brethren. You are already on the Internet, since you are visiting this website. Utilize this incredible blessing and search for online ministries that have fellowships that you can attend through your computer. Check this page in The Links Library for some options to explore.
If you are so blessed to find local fellowship with true disciples of Yeshua, utilize your time to train for the end goal - which is to be fully prepared for the coming of our Messiah, King and Master. This means that your time together will now have purpose and focus. If you were to really make this commitment and measure all that you do while together with other disciples, [and even in your own time alone or with non-believers], it would change EVERYTHING. How you think, how you talk, how you eat, how you spend your money, who you associate with, how and where you work, how you relate to people, and even your choices of what you will and will not participate in. Every minute of our lives and every breath we are continually given by Father, is to be used in preparation for the Kingdom! Do you realize the singularity of this? If you do AND you are COMMITTED to being a disciple of the Master - then it truly will change everything!