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Did God give us the Law to bring us into bondage or did He give us the Law so that we could live as free people?  The short answer is to allow us to live as free people.

Years ago someone said “the Law has been done away with because Jesus went to the cross, was crucified, buried, rose again to new life and is now at the right hand of God making intercession for us. The Law was nailed to the cross.” All of this statement is true except “the Law has been done away with and nailed to the cross”.

Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man, that He should repent. Has he said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?”

Hebrews 6:18 “…Impossible for God to lie…”

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever.

John 8:28 (Jesus speaking) “…I do nothing of myself, but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things.”

John 12:49 (Jesus speaking) “I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me; he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

John 14:10, 11 (Jesus speaking) “The words that I speak to you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwells in me, He does the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…”

John 10:30 (Jesus speaking) “I and my Father are one.”

God and Yeshua (Jesus) are one. If God the Father said not to do or to do something – so does Yeshua. Why would God the Father change His mind when He clearly says “I am the LORD, I change not”?

The fact is that the grace of God has always been. It was God’s grace that clothed Adam and Eve in the garden after they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God killed an animal that He had created in order to cover their nakedness. (Genesis 3:21) It was God’s grace that rescued Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah. It was God’s grace that led Abraham to the land of Canaan and made a covenant with Abraham. It was God’s grace that called Moses from the back side of nowhere to return to Egypt and lead His people out of Egypt, a place of slavery and bondage. Why would God lead His people out of bondage/slavery only to put them again into bondage under the Law? The Law (Torah) was not given to bring us into bondage, but to give us His teachings and instructions so that we can live free, not subject to the lies of satan. When we are tempted, we can say with God’s authority “It is written” just as Yeshua did when he was tempted.

John Bevere, the author of “Good or God?” teaches that it is God’s grace that helps us withstand all the difficulties and tribulations that we face daily.

Matthew 5:17-20: [Yeshua speaking]: “Do not think I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have NOT come to destroy but to fulfill.   I say to you, until heaven and earth are gone, not one jot or one tittle shall be done away with until all that has been commanded and prophesied be fulfilled. Therefore, whoever shall break the least of My commandments and teach others to do the same, he will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But, the one who teaches My commandments the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. I say to you, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven unless your righteousness exceeds the “righteousness” of the scribes and Pharisees.”

The following is copied from “Exodus, Redemption Revealed” by Jane Owens.

                When Yeshua was talking about His commandments, He was referring to the Torah and the prophets, since the New Testament did not exist. The word jot in Hebrew means yōd, ( `) and is the smallest letter in Hebrew. Tittle is a punctuation mark, a dot                ( . ).   Jesus used it of the little lines or at projections, by which the Hebrew letters in other respects similar differ from one another; the meaning is, “not even the minutest part of the law shall perish”[1]. The meaning of the word Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) has no Greek equivalent thus the word was mistranslated as law. Strong’s concordance number H8451 defines Torah as teachings and instructions. The Torah does NOT save anyone and will never save anyone. Yeshua is our Savior. His commandments are lived through loving Yeshua, the Creator of the Universe. It does not come from a long list of do’s and don’ts.

                Yeshua did NOT come to destroy the law or the prophets. He came to fulfill what they said. The words fulfill in Strong’s Concordance G4137 means: “To cause God’s will (made known in the law – Torah) to be obeyed as it should be[2], and God’s promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfillment.”

The scribes and Pharisees lived their lives with a legalistic approach to the Torah lifestyle. They thought they could gain access to God by good works or to adhere to the traditions and interpretations of man.

The 10 commandments in Exodus 20 are a summary of how to live a righteous, Torah observant lifestyle because we love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Do you want to be great in the kingdom of heaven or called the least? [3]

Read more about “Exodus, Redemption Revealed” by Jane Owens.
[1] Strong’s 2762 Blue Letter Bible

[2] Strong’s G4137 2.c.3

[3] Copied from “Exodus, Redemption Revealed” by Jane Owens http://janeowens.net/index.php/book-by-jane-owens/

 

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Thought I would re-blog this (with minor changes). May all my loved ones including friends have a blessed Thanksgiving day as we remember the multitudes of blessings received from our God YHVH.

Psalm103:11,12

            Thanksgiving Day.  What does that mean to you?  Does it mean, a day off work, out of school, to overeat, or watch a football game?  In the United States it is traditionally set aside to give thanks to God for His provision.  The first Thanksgiving Day in the New World was a three day feast which began on December 13, 1621.  It was a day the Pilgrim’s set aside to give thanks to God for His provision.  After a year of starvation during the harsh New England winter in which many of them had died, they planted and reaped a bountiful crop, thus ensuring their survival for the coming year.  They had hope and they were thankful.

Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving in these words:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling [bird hunting] so that we might…

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From Psalm 34:1 – 4   (A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.)

During the time that David fled from the murderous king Saul, he went to Nob to see Abimelech the priest.  (Abimelech is the word used for a ruler of a province or someone in authority.)  David was hungry and Abimelech gave him  the showbread meant for the Tabernacle of God and considered holy.  While there he was seen by Doeg the Edomite and a servant of king Saul, who hurried to king Saul and told him where David was hiding.  When David discerned that Doeg the Edomite would tell king Saul where he was he fled to Achish the king of Gath.  The servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not that David, the king of the land?  Did they not sing about him to one another in dances, saying, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?” (1 Samuel 21:11) 

            When David heard this he feigned insanity by scratching on the gates and letting his saliva drool down his beard.  Achish the king of Gath, did not welcome him and David escaped to the cave of Adullum where he was met by his father and brothers and where a group of 400 malcontents joined with him.  You can read all about this episode in 1 Samuel 21 and 22. 

            The words of David in this Psalm are a hymn of praise to God for His deliverance.  He says:

Verse 1:   “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Although he was in great difficulty and experiencing tremendous danger he blessed and praised the LORD through it all.

Verse 2:  “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.”

Through his praise those who were also in danger and distress would hear David’s boast in the LORD and be encouraged and, in turn, experience hope and gladness..

Verse 3:  “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

When he sees that those with him have accepted the hope offered to them through the praise of the LORD by one person, they are invited to join him, and praise the LORD of glory together.

Verse 4:  “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Praising the LORD gave him assurance that all would be well as peace descended into his inner man.

Thus we see this progression:

  • Praising God by oneself is preparation for passing it on.
  • Praising God to others is a testimony for those listening to understand.
  • Praising God with others is the fruit of his testimony of praise.
  • Praising God results in the deliverance from all fear.

Are you afraid?  PRAISE THE LORD!

Be Blessed,

Jane Owens

© 2014

April 30, 2014

Today while going through one of my journals, I came across this entry:

Dated August 17, 1987

Today I read John 3:1 – 21

Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world though Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Verses 3, 5, 6, 16, 17 and 18)

My thought:  I will see the kingdom of God because I have been born again (verse 3)

Conclusion:  Unless I have come to Jesus, God’s one and only Son; unless I have given myself to Him, I will NOT see the kingdom of God, nor will I ever see eternal life.

I affirm this day that I believe Jesus Christ is the one and only begotten Son of Almighty God and through Him and Him only can I receive eternal life.

Therefore:  I am born again by the power of Christ Jesus and according to verse twenty-one, I purpose in my heart to live by the truth and walk in His light. (“But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”)


I wrote these words twenty-seven years ago! I was born again at the age of four years, and do not remember what may have caused the response to the Scriptures that are referenced above.  At the time I was a few days short of my fiftieth birthday. I have gone through many tests and roadblocks.  At times I have stumbled, and even fallen down, but God says:  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.  Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.” (Psalm 37:23, 24)  Some of my goals have not been quickly achieved, but I have found that if I just keep trusting and walking in the way of Yeshua/Jesus I will be victorious!  He is the Rock of my salvation!  He is the Living Word of God!  He is the revealed Word of God from Genesis through Revelation.  He is the Torah, He is the Light, He is the Healer, He is the Redeemer, He is the King, He is the Inheritance of the righteous, He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of this world, He is the Prophet’s oracle, He is the Psalmist’s words, He is the sages of Proverbs wisdom, He is the Creator of the Universe, He is the one who orders the sun, moon and stars to shine, He is the God of  Perfection and Order.  He is SALVATION! HE IS MY KING!!!

What is the definition of prayer?  In general terms it is petitioning a deity, usually asking for ‘things’ wanted or needed.  But what does God[1] say about prayer?    In the Old Testament, many prayers are written for us that have been spoken by prophets, priests and kings.  I sometimes use these prayers when I don’t know how or what to pray, personalizing them to the need or circumstance in my life.  Jesus, in the New Testament teaches us how we ought to pray.

Jesus, by example, took time to be alone with God, going to the mountain to pray.[2]  In another instance, he taught his disciples who were attempting to cast out a demon, that these are not cast out except by prayer and fasting.[3]  At the time he cleansed the temple of the money changers he told them His house was to be called a house of prayer for all nations.[4]

Jesus taught us that ‘whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive’.[5]  He taught us that we are not to pray to be heard by others only for the sake of appearing spiritual and enlightened.[6]

One day the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray.  He taught them this prayer; commonly called the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father[7]

“Our Father who art in heaven”  – Where God is.

“Hallowed be thy name”  – Your name is Holy

“Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”  – Let your will descend to us here on earth and in our lives.

“Give us this day our daily bread”  – We pray for our daily needs

“Forgive us our debts (trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (those that trespass against us)” – As you forgive us, so we forgive others.

“And lead us not into temptation” – Don’t let us be deceived or led into temptation.

“But deliver us from evil”  – Deliver us from the evil one

“For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever.”  – Your kingdom is glorious and powerful!

After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension 120 individuals were together, fasting and praying when they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire.[8]  The book of Acts records instances of the congregation praying earnestly for the saints who were being persecuted.  For instance, Peter was in prison for preaching in the name of Jesus and was set free by an angel of the Lord as the people were praying.[9]  Acts chapter three tells us about Peter and John going to the temple to pray and on the way, God in the name of Jesus, healed a lame man[10].  Things happen when God’s people pray!

The epistles of the New Testament have many prayers written that are applicable for our daily lives and the lives of those we love.  But, nothing will happen if we do not pray!  Prayer is the heartbeat of the church.[11]  The congregation is only as healthy as the intercessors who pray regularly.  God’s hand cannot move on behalf of what we need, desire and require unless we pray.  Prayer is the economy of the church and without prayer we are impoverished.  We are at war!  Ephesians 6 tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and wickedness in high places.  Want to see God move on behalf of your family, your friends, your bills due, your health and your pastor?  Pray!  Pray as individuals and as groups.  The church that does not pray is anemic, weak and dying of apathy.  The church that does not pray becomes lunch for Satan and his hordes.  The church that does not pray may be popular because of its programs, but without prayer lives are not changed and it will eventually die.

Prayer and wearing the armor of God[12] will defeat the enemy every time.  Prayer will bring you closer to God. Prayer will bring many unexpected blessings.  God knows what is best for us, and even though we may not pray ‘correctly’ God, by the Holy Spirit takes those prayers and conforms them to His will.

Books about prayer that I have found useful: “My Utmost for His Highest” a daily devotional by Oswald Chambers; “Prayer, a Holy Occupation” also authored by Oswald Chambers is a compilation of devotionals entirely about prayer.  Another excellent resource is the book “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin and, “Could You Not Tarry?” by Larry Lea, a teaching on the Lord’s Prayer.

PRAY!

Be blessed,

Jane Owens

© 2014


[1] God, the eternal God, the only God, the Creator of the Universe, the God of the Holy Bible

[2] Luke 6:12

[3] Mark 9:29

[4] Mark 11:17

[5] Matthew 21:22

[6] Matthew 23:14

[7] Matthew 6:9 – 13

[8] Acts 2.  Note: it was the anniversary day of Shavuot or in Greek known as the day of Pentecost– the day on which the Torah was given by God to the Israelites at Mt Sinai.  You can read about it in Exodus 19

[9] Acts 12

[10] Acts 3

[11] By ‘church’, I mean those born from above (born again) through the name of Jesus aka Yeshua and believe He is God made flesh who lived, was crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended and makes intercession for us to the Father.

[12] Ephesians 6

What does the fellowship of prayer mean?  My good friend Ruth spoke these words during a conversation.

Definition of fellowship:

  • Sharing of experiences, common interests, goals, or views.
  • A group of like-minded people
  • Companionship or friendly association.

Oswald Chambers states in the introduction to his book, “Prayer, a Holy Occupation”; “The job of every Christian is to pray.  Prayer seems like such a small thing to do – next to nothing at all in fact.  Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything.  It’s a privilege, a right as well as a responsibility.  He wants us to pray always about everything during times of joy as well as sorrow.  He wants us to talk to him about unbelievers before we talk to unbelievers about Him.  Prayer is our holy occupation.  Plain and simple”

When a congregation or two people pray together, they are entering into the fellowship of prayer by sharing one another’s burdens and together they boldly enter the “holiest by the blood of Christ.”  Hebrews 10:19.

Apostles Peter and John went to the temple to pray, and there they healed a man who had been lame from birth.  They were taken before the rulers of the synagogue, the elders and scribes along with Annas the high priest, and others who were not happy about what Peter and John had done and asked them ‘by what power, or by what name, have you done this?’  Peter full of the boldness of the Holy Spirit preached to them and after his sermon, Peter and John were threatened by the rulers not to speak at all or preach in the name of Jesus.  When Peter and John went back to the believers and told them what happened  they lifted up their voice to God with one accord and prayed asking for boldness to continue speaking the word of God, and the ‘place was shaken…and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.’  Acts 3 and 4.

The twelfth chapter of Acts relates the account of Herod’s persecution of the church when he killed James the brother of John and imprisoned Peter.  Verse 5 “prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.”  They were together in fellowship.  The result was that Peter was taken out of that prison by an angel of the Lord and he was reunited with the group.  Personally, I think it one of the most humorous stories in the Scriptures.  The group was praying incessantly, yet when Peter came to them they could not believe it was him, saying it was his angel probably thinking he was dead.

Nehemiah was the cup-bearer for King Artaxerxes of Persia and when he heard about the walls of Jerusalem being broken down he was grieved and began to pray.  He had favor with the king and was allowed to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls.  Nehemiah prayed; “O Lord, I beseech you, let now your heart be attentive to the prayer of your servant and to the prayer of your servants, who desire to fear your name; and prosper, I pray, your servant this day and grant him mercy…” Nehemiah 1:11.  Three people named Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian came against him openly mocking him and trying by smooth deceptive words to keep him from completing the task.  These three men conspired together to come up against Jerusalem and when Nehemiah and the others heard about it, they prayed unto God and set watchmen on the wall day and night as lookouts against the conspirators.  God heard and they completed the reconstruction in 52 days.

The fellowship of prayer includes praising and thanking God.  Second Chronicles chapter 5 is the account of the dedication of Solomon’s temple.  Verses 13  and 14 says ‘as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music and praised the LORD, saying, For He is good; for his mercy endures forever.  And the house of the LORD was filled with a cloud so that the priests could not stand to minister, for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God’.

Did you know that our prayers ascend to God and are placed in golden vials as incense?  “…the four beasts and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, everyone one of them with harps and golden vials full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.” Revelation 5:8.  “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer, that there was much incense given to him that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” Revelation 8:3, 4.

The fellowship of prayer is a necessity for all Christian believers everywhere.

Be blessed,

Jane Owens

© 2013

            Thanksgiving Day.  What does that mean to you?  Does it mean, a day off work, out of school, to overeat, or watch a football game?  In the United States it is traditionally set aside to give thanks to God for His provision.  The first Thanksgiving Day in the New World was a three day feast which began on December 13, 1621.  It was a day the Pilgrim’s set aside to give thanks to God for His provision.  After a year of starvation during the harsh New England winter in which many of them had died, they planted and reaped a bountiful crop, thus ensuring their survival for the coming year.  They had hope and they were thankful.

Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving in these words:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling [bird hunting] so that we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as… served the company almost a week… Many of the Indians [came] amongst us and… their greatest King, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought… And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet BY THE GOODNESS OF GOD WE ARE… FAR FROM WANT.”

President George Washington proclaimed the first Day of Thanksgiving to God under its new constitution in 1789.  The Protestant Episcopal Church, of which he was a member, announced that the first Thursday in November would become the regular day of giving thanks “unless another day be appointed by the civil authorities.”   Nevertheless, this day was not celebrated nationally but only at the state level.

It was not until 1863 that President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving.  In 1941 that Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday. [2]

It is one thing to have a national thanksgiving day and quite another to have a personal thanksgiving day.  We are to give thanks everyday.  The advantage of a national day of thanksgiving is that we are reminded that as a nation, God has provided all that we need.  This leads me to the question, for what am I thankful?

  1. Eternal life through Jesus and the Written Word of God which teaches me how to have a right relationship with Him and with my neighbors.
  2. My children
  3. Extended family and friends
  4. The fellowship of believers
  5. His provision of food, shelter and clothing
  6. His healing of my body, soul and spirit

What are you thankful for?

Be blessed

Jane Owens

© 2012


[2] All the above information taken from christiananswers.net