A man was walking down a straight path, but his eyes were quickly glancing to the left and the right. To the left and right were various temptations. God showed that these temptations were like the ancient play actors, who held up painted boards in front of their faces to play different characters.
The temptations to the left and the right were devious, and were not what they appeared. But to the eyes they were appealing, and this man was trying to catch glimpses of them, hoping that no one would notice he was looking.
His eyes would quickly dart to look and then back upon the path. He had wandering eyes.
The path he was on was the path of God upon which he had been placed. Ahead was the light of God, shining brightly. But the temptations to the left and right were trying to draw him off of that straight path.
Yahweh's exhortation was to trust Him as to these temptations' true identity. They were not what they appeared.
He asks us, if they were good for us, would He have not placed them upon the path in which He has already called us to walk? Why would they be placed off His path, except they are not of Him? Truly, they are of Satan, the Evil One, the one who seeks to destroy God's people, for he hates Him and all that He does.
Listen to the voice of God, these temptations are not worthy of your attention. Do not let your eyes wander, for they are a deceiving trap. But rather look straight ahead, to that glorious light of God unto which you have been called, and so walk with courage and confidence, knowing that your Father has put all good things upon that path which you walk.
23A man's goings are established by Yahweh. He delights in his way. 24Though he stumble, he shall not fall, for Yahweh holds him up with his hand. (Psalms 37:23-24)
Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble. (Psalms 119:165)
21My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22so they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck. 23Then you shall walk in your way securely. Your foot won't stumble. (Proverbs 3:21-23)
11I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths. 12When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble. 13Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life. 14Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men. 15Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on. (Proverbs 4:11-15)
29If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. 30If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. (Matthew 5:29-30)
9Jesus answered, "Aren't there twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks in the day, he doesn't stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light isn't in him." (John 11:9-10)
Who are you who judge another's servant? To his own lord he stands or falls. Yes, he will be made to stand, for God has power to make him stand. (Romans 14:4)
12Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn't fall. 13No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 14Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say. (1 Corinthians 10:12-15)
Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I am coming to you swiftly, and will move your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent. (Revelation 2:5)
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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