In Covenant with Messiah is Shalom
Given By: "Glenn D Blank" On Saturday, July 6, 2013

 

Today I thought I’d bring back a taste of the Messiah conference for you.

To be sure, I cannot bring Marty Goetz, Paul Wilbur, Becka Shae and many other gifted musicians,

or the joy of meeting Messianic believers from all over the country and al over the world.

I just thought I’d offer a taste of a couple of excellent teachings—Pamela will bring the full teachings back along with others that she will select along with Donia, Nancy and Sandy for our lending library.

 

David Schiller, a Stanford-trained attorney and Messianic Rabbi of Etz Chayim Congregation in Dallas, gave a teaching called “Salvation—Contract or Covenant?”
Too often believers in Yeshua act as if our relationship with Him were a legal contract, a done deal.
You say a prayer to accept Him as Savior. You’ve got your insurance policy, in case there is a bad fire you need to get out of. It’s a done deal, and since God always keeps his end of the deal, there’s nothing more you need to do to keep the policy current.  Indeed, even to talk about doing anything more about your salvation is like adding stipulations to the contract—that would be law rather than grace.

Yet it’s contractual, past tense view of salvation that is law rather than grace.

This view distorts the relationship Yeshua wants to have with us and saps His life and love out of it.

Life isn’t just something in the past—it’s not just a prayer you said once upon a time.

Life has to be lived in every moment—past, present and future—moment by moment.

God wants to be in every moment of our lives. Indeed, the reality is, as Paul said in Acts 17:28, “in Him we live and move and have our being.” God want us to continue to live and walk in Him, all the time. Living in Messiah now is what is important—every moment of life, one moment at a time.

You may have memories, but you are alive now===the past is gone, the future is not yet—

are you living the life of salvation, with Yeshua and in Him, in this moment, more and more?

If not, are you learning to live in Messiah every moment, more and more, abiding in His love?  

Too many of us are going through most of our daily life as if Messiah didn’t exist.  

This view of our life is secular and unredeemed. Messiah came to redeem all of your life, every moment. V’eemru? A contractual view of salvation—“once saved always saved”—leads people to view salvation

as just something that has been done, living in the past tense rather than sanctifying every moment,

(Note: a theological way a putting it is that salvation is not just justification—what Yeshua has done for us, but sanctification, what Yeshua continues to do in us to transforms us, moment by moment.)
Here’s the deal: You believed, said a prayer and you got eternal life. This view of salvation

is not what Yeshua offered (I would say, it’s not all that Yeshua offered—not nearly).
Yeshua came to dwell or tabernacle among us and He calls us to abide in Him at all time.

In John 15:9, Yeshua said, “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”

God is not a lawyer or an accountant or an insurance agent. Baruch HaShem! Rather, He is a lover.

He is the lover of our souls. What he offers us is not a contract, but a covenant, a personal pledge,

based on love and trust. Our relationship with God is not a legal contract but a love story. 

He looks at Israel and all humanity as his bride.

When a man and a woman marry, their relationship is not just a contract; it’s a covenant.

If it’s truly a marriage made in heaven, the two will continue to abide with each other and transform

each other, in every moment becoming more and more basar echad, one flesh.
Yet in our secularized culture, even marriage is seen as a contract, with pre-nuptial rights, tax benefits,

inheritance rights, and finally divorce and battles for custody over children.

The legal aspect of marriage is what gays are fighting for in the courts and legislatures of our land. Adam and Steve want all that, yet that’s not really what God intended for Adam & Eve.

And it’s certainly not what Yeshua wants in His covenant relationship with us. V’eemru?

 

If a husband truly abides with his wife, and he sees his wife trapped in burning house,

he’s going in to rescue her—even at the risk of his own body and life

—because her body and her life is his own.

Even if he knows she’s been unfaithful to him, he would still go in for her.

That’s what God does for us, in Messiah Yeshua—He saw Israel, and He sees each one of us,

dying in a burning house—our very bodies and souls handed over to sin, death and eternity

in the fires of hell.

Yet so great is His love for you, He comes into the fire for us to rescue you.

And if you should ever find yourself back in the fire of your sin, He will come and get you again.

He will never, ever abandon or forsake you, because He loves—His covenant love is eternal

and it is in every moment you need Him or long for Him.

He calls you to abide or remain in this covenant relations with Him, always married to Him,

the lover of your soul.  Are you living every moment of your life,

surrendered to the lover of your soul?

Do you appreciate that He always delights in His love for you, in walking with you, in listening to you.

God is intensely interested in you—he’s even interested in your hobbies.

When I was searching for Him in Brussels, He got me interested in gardening.

More recently, in a gentle, snowy night, He suggested that programming would be another

good hobby for me. Years later, he’s still waking me up with dreams about my life.

And it’s not just me—we all have dreams in our souls, the dreams of God for you life.

God loves me, and you, with the same love that Father has for the Son, Yeshua. He can’t help it.
God can’t love in fractions, He can only love you wholeheartedly, with all His total, passionate fire.

Therefore, let us stay awake to the reality of His love, swimming in the ocean of His infinite love.

 

Rabbi Michael Wolf of Beth Messiah in Cincinnati, and writer and producer of several movies,

gave a message called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
How many of you remember Bob Marley’s Reggae classic? Rabbi Wolf played a bit of it for us.

Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.”

God doesn’t want people to be anxious or worry. Anxiety is a symptom of the curse of the fall, the curse of humanity exiled from the presence of God, and the curse of Israel exiled from the Promised Land.

Messiah came to restore us into God’s presence and love, where we can abide in Him in shalom.

God wants His people to be glad and rejoice, to give praise to God, in every moment. V’eemru?

Rabbi Michael shared with some vulnerability about his upbringing…. 

The good shepherd understands that many people struggle with anxiety and depression.
God’s will and desire that we have a 100% worry free life. That release enables us to bear the fruit tht God desires us to bear. That God’s desire—with no condemnation in Messiah when people struggle.
Michael’s grandmothers’ husband died when she was 52, before Michael died. Her favorite expression was “What can you do?” To tell you the truth, he didn’t do much.
His father’s struggled with rage, anxiety, fear, you used to shout, “Money doesn’t grown on trees.”
When Michael was 18-19 years old, he was diagnosed with chronic anxiety.
Yet God has done so much in his life.

I can relate… when I was a teenager and a young man, I was depressed, so much so that someone recommended I get therapy. Praise God, my therapist was a believer and a kind man.

And praise God, Yeshua wooed me in to a relationship of covenant love with Him.

Yet even after I put my trust in Him, I still struggled with anger and anxiety.
I rejoice that people who knew what I was like 20 years ago actually say I am much more peaceful.

That’s what Yeshua wants to do in all of our lives, when we continue to abide in His love. V’eemru?

Think about Yeshua: he didn’t worry even once. Yeshua had anguish, but not anxiety.
 

In the storm, the waves were beating the boat, yet Yeshua was asleep with his head on a pillow.

They woke him up, because they were afraid, they were worried. They all said, “Don’t you care?”
When you’re going through the storms of life, are you like the disciples were, trying to shake Yeshua awake and then saying, “Don’t you care?”
When Yeshua woke, he said, “Why are you afraid? What little trust you have!”

Yeshua longs for us to trust Him—even in the midst of a storm, for He is the Master of the Storm.

V’eemru? Yeshua could have just gone to the cross right away, but I think he first wanted his disciples to see how a man could live a life of genuine trust in God. V’eemru?

When Yeshua came to the tomb of Lazarus, Yeshua said to the Father, “I know You always hear me.”

He said this for our benefit. If we know that Abba is always there, then we will be like Yeshua.
 

Philippians 4:6–7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. Then God’s shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua.”

Paul wasn’t talking about shalom we can experience once in a while, if we just try.

He was talking about a shalom that can increase in our lives as we abide in Messiah, until we experience a shalom that keeps your heart and your mind in union with Messiah Yeshua always.

Paul knew the secret of a consistent worry-free life. I think Mother Theresa knew it and Dietrich Bonheuffer. I admit I’m not there yet, but I keep on pressing on toward the goal, as I keep on

making my request known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.

Isaiah 26:3 promises, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You:

because he trusts in You.” That’s what God wants for us.

Yeshua never walked in anxiety. He cast all His cares on the Father. He never worried.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Yeshua experienced anguish in His soul—but anguish is not anxiety.

Yeshua wasn’t worried about the next day; His anguish was His willingness to suffer for us.

Yeshua knew He would do the will of the Father the next day, and he knew the Father’s will for Him,

would be good.

In Acts 12:6, Shimon Peter was sleeping in chains between two soldiers.

Rabbi Wolf admitted he didn’t think he would sleep easy in that environment.

I’m in chains, with a smelly guy on his right and a smelly guy on my left—and I’m supposed to be killed the next day—I don’t think I’d be sleeping. Yet after Yeshua rose from the dead, forgave all his sins,

and filled him with His Ruach HaKodesh, Peter had learned how to live a worry-free life.

The secret of contentment is a life free of worry—and it’s God’s will for you.

In Matthew 6:31–34, Yeshua said, “Don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
That doesn’t mean life won’t have its troubles—Yeshua didn’t promise that we would have no troubles;

Au contraire. He said, realistically, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

And in John 16:33, Yeshua said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have shalom.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

When we learn how to abide in Messiah’s love and walk through life with him, we can have His shalom

even in the midst of the troubles of this world. V’eemru? The secret is to remember Yeshua

in every moment, to walk in the assurance of faith in His love.

That does not mean that He condemns you if you do struggle with worry and anxiety.

God knows our struggles. Yet He wants to release you from the curse of anxiety into His shalom.

Anxiety releases stress hormones in your body, activating the curse in your body as well as your soul.

Such anxiety is a battle for our people—and for many people here in the Lehigh Valley.

Yet freedom from anxiety is part of our freedom to give forth a testimony of good news.

Jn our age of anxiety, post 9/11 and the threat of terrorism coming to our shores from the Middle East,

you and I can have the peace of God that passes understanding. V’eemru?
 

Hebrews (Messianic Jews) 13:5 says, “Be content with what you have; for God has said,

‘I will never fail you or abandon you.’”

This verse is about our attitude toward money; yet more deeply it’s about our yearning for security.

God speaks to your abandonment issues: “I will never fail your abandon you.”
Michael admitted he a Mama’s boy, the youngest child. They called him a baby when he was 15.
When he was six, he was sent to a Jewish camp (not religious but secular).

He had a hard time, homesick, a rough time. Once he was out on a lake, with oars he couldn’t manage. The camp counselors left him out there as they hid behind a rock, as if they had left.

He found himself on that lake, trying to navigate with oars, but he couldn’t do it. He began to cry.

They didn’t come to his rescue right away—they thought it was fun, until they finally came for him.
Years later, when he went to Bible school, he received a word from the Lord: “I was there with you,

on the lake.” Then Michael realized that God was telling me that I will never, ever leave you.”

Yeshua wants each of us to know this deep in our heart: “I am here. I will never, ever leave you.”

If you have surrendered your life to Messiah, that is His covenant—His New Covenant love—for you.
You can cast our cares on Him because He is always there for you.
Let’s cross that bridge together to a worry-free life, because God is in control.
He closed his message with a song by Twila Paris, “God is in Control”
If you haven’t heard that song lately, you might want to check it out on Youtube” God is in Control.”
Or your prefer reggae, Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
It’s good medicine for the soul. V’eemru?

 

Let’s pray….