A little Leaven

How followers of the Way are getting lost in the Wilderness of Pride

James Chapter 2: (NKJV)

1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Shalom Mishpacha. Today, as we open our hearts and minds to the scriptures, I pray that the Lord convicts you and removes and scales that you may have over your eyes so that you can see clearly. I pray that you begin to surrender to Him so that He can guide you in love for your neighbor and for the Body. Amien.

There is something that desperately needs to be addressed here, and while I am a blunt person by nature, I want to preface by saying that I am not coming down hard on anyone in particular, nor am I angry. I simply do not have the time or energy to work the iniquity of anger, but these thorns are injuring all of us.

Brothers and Sisters, we have many wolves among us. Cloaked in sheepskin, they roam around- eyes wide, preying on all of us. There is such an enormous divide within the body already- 33,000+ denominations of those who say they walk with Messiah- the body is obviously very clearly shattered. Now we have even more strain on us. Why? Because there are things that we are allowing to tear us apart. One thing, in particular, that is by far the most damaging is the sin of PRIDE, and in these last days, it is rampant.

This is addressed to my fellow brothers and sisters who follow The Way, because it needs to be said. I love all of the Body of Messiah, and I want nothing more than for us to welcome one another with open arms instead of arbitrarily making enemies of others because we are unable to see past our differences.

Now, the issue is this. You think that you have the truth. Good for you. Perhaps you do. That doesn’t give you license to be a bully. Stop being mean to others who are not in the same spiritual boat as you. Stop acting like you have been touched by YHVH in a way that is special. It isn’t and you haven’t. We are all being called. You didn’t just wake up one day and decide to go join the Torah Elites. The Bible makes it clear that in your fleshly state we cannot even understand Torah without a move of the Father. No, YHVH reached down with a MIGHTY HAND and SAVED us out of Egypt. If it weren’t for HIS work ALONE, we would not be here. Period. we didn’t get to choose this. We were chosen. As they were. The reason for this is that we have a God-given MISSION to HELP others, not badger them. And we are all at different places in our journey. Some ahead of us, some behind.

We are meant to show others how the Torah is to be followed and how it applies to all of us as believers. Not prove to be a fool by believing apparent superiority over those whose walk looks different than our own. It really is that simple. Love YHVH and love your neighbor as yourself, no matter where they are. We are called to a higher purpose than the world. We are held to a higher standard. Just because we may have been blessed with meat, are we then supposed to bully the ones still drinking milk? GOD FORBID! We are supposed to GUIDE them, make them feel loved, forgive them. TEACH them. DRAW THEM.

What do we think we are doing when we elevate ourselves to a personally dictated position of authority and then use it to hurt the other parts of the body? We are only hardening the hearts of others to any truth we might have, shoving them far away from the Messiah, usurping YHVH’s provision for us, and becoming the hypocrites we preach against. Pride has crept into our community and if you don’t see it, start looking. Esther won people by gaining their favor, not by a sense of self-importance because YHVH chose her. It’s one thing to stand on the truth and be passionately convicted, but Yeshua NEVER told us to draw a spiritual line in the sand between ourselves and others daring anyone to cross it.

We are ALL ONE, and if we expect to remain as one, we MUST shed the sin of pride and gather around one another in community, truth, and LOVE. We cannot gain a brother or sister if we walk around acting like we’re better than them. And for the record, false humility is really obvious and doesn’t fool anyone. I suggest we pray and ask YHVH to soften our hearts on this matter or to show us how we can be a beacon of light in a dark world because we all know that the end is fast approaching, and YHVH Himself will repay each one of us according to our deeds. So then, let’s let our deeds come from a place of love for the lost among us. Let our hearts break and be weary for them. Weep over them as Jeremiah wept. Yeshua died for them, so should we.

This is my heart. Thank you for listening. Remember whatever you do to the least of these, you have also done to Yeshua. Be kind. Love one another. I hope that this blesses you and I hope you pray for love and community. Shalom!

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