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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:25 pm 
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May you all have peace!

In addition to another discussion, this morning I was having my "daily bread" and I was running late for work so I kind of rushed through my "thanks." Of course, I felt horrible, so I offered an apology. I wasn't reprimanded or chided, however; rather, my Lord reminded me of the verse that is the title of this thread... and then he showed me several scenarios of "religious" people giving thanks. One was standing in a pulpit giving a rather long-winded "thanks." Another was prostrated on a little rug, facing a particular direction... and also giving quite long-winded "thanks." Another was sitting at a spread table... and given another long-winded version of "thanks." And another was at some kind event attended by thousands... all with heads bowed... as he gave (yet another long-winded version of) "thanks."

THEN... he showed me those same men, but in other scenarios: on a battlefield, in a bedroom not their own, stealing, and lying to the crowd in front of them, and said:

"Do you not recall Isaiah, child, when he as sent to Israel with the words -

“The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says JaHVeH.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening."

And why?

"Your hands are full of blood!" Isaiah 1:11-15

He then said, "My father wants mercy, child, not sacrifice. It is not of any value for one to say many words [of thanks], yet neither their hands nor their heart is clean. The Father cannot hear the words of such ones. The words of one who is clean... in hands and heart, however, those words, even though few... are a soothing odor to His nostrils. Tell the children of Israel... do not be misled: it is not the amount of words or length of prayers... but the cleanliness of the heart that utters them... that has value.:

I, SA, share that with you just as I received it this day from my dear Lord, the HOLY One of Israel and Holy Spirit, JAHESHUA, the Chosen One of JAH (MischaJah).

Servant to the Household of God, Israel, and all those who with... and a slave of Christ,


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:18 am 

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Hello Shel

When I read what you shared this morning. This is what came to mind.

Taken from the Blue Letter Bible
Mat 23:23
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Mat 23:24
“Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

Mat 23:25
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.fn

Mat 23:26
“Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Mat 23:27
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

Mat 23:28
“Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Over and over and over our Lord has tried to tell us the importance of cleaning what is on the inside. I am amazed at how many times I am focused on what is related to the outside of my vessel. Thank you for the reminder, again, of the importance of becoming Love and Mercy as much as possible.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:12 pm 
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becoming love

YES, my dear, dear brother FC (the greatest of love and peace to you, luv!).

I am very glad... even joyful... that I shared something useful to you, I am (almost) JUST as joyful that you (now) know how to highlight in color!! You GO, bro!! LOLOL!

May JAH continue to bless you with "sight"... and you and your dear household with peace!

YSSFS of Christ,


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:16 pm 
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Came across this thread just now. I had forgotten about it. But just wanted to add my amen to the truth has been shared here, from our Lord.

Peace to you both, and to you all,
your servant and sister, and fellow slave of Christ,

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