Two Feet Away from Deeper Intimacy

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Christ engaged His disciples in a foot washing ceremony to teach them a few things about how they were to serve each other and to lay a foundation for them to understand a greater purpose for His coming. When He prepared to wash the feet of Simon Peter, Peter reacted saying, “You will never wash my feet.” Peter’s reaction reflects a religious mind set based on a lack of understanding. In that moment, Peter was just like the Sadducees and Pharisees of that day who resisted the person and workings of the Savior. Today there are many followers of Christ, just like Peter, that still resist the washing of the Savior. This resistance is due to a lack of understanding and a religious mind set held instead of the presence of a relationship based on trust and intimacy.

Yeshua’s desire to wash His disciple’s feet was a call to a more personal relationship. Willingly exposing your past and your sins creates intimacy. The resistance to entering the level of intimacy that the Creator is calling us to, creates a barrier between us and the many benefits of His mercy and grace. Yeshua responded to Peter saying, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.” So, Peter allowed the washing, but the understanding of what was happening came much later. Yeshua told Peter, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” We must let Him take away the shame of our dirty past. We must allow Him to take our dirty feet into His pure hands and wash them clean. We must allow the weightiness of His love to break our pride and free us from our independence. We can never clean our own feet because all we have in our possession are filthy rags. The work of Christ is to clean us up and furnish us with white raiment; to empower us to walk in the Spirit, down clean paths. An understanding of His grace assures us, that if we should stumble, He will cleanse us yet again.

Today the Church still struggles to understand the washing by the Savior. When Yeshua washed Peter’s feet, he was in effect erasing the traces of the earthy places Peter had been before. Symbolic of cleansing him from his past sins. Yeshua also wiped Peter’s feet with His own covering. This symbolizes the extension of His righteousness in place of the removed dirt. Today many saints are still living soiled in the past, because they fail to grasp the understanding of the Savior’s washing. Christians all around the world celebrate the resurrection of Christ and His redeeming blood, but still have not excepted resurrection power into their own lives. Our resurrection to new life is in the moment we believe He can cleanse our souls, and transform us from the dirty people we have been in the past into the righteous children of the Father.

It is written in 2nd Corinthians 5:17, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. This teaching is in direct conflict with the consensus I often hear among the confessing Christians of today. I have heard Christians saying of the Church that all have wicked hearts, all continue to be bound by sin, that there are none righteous, as if the Church is just as filthy as when Christ redeemed her.

Don’t confuse old testament references to the children of Israel with the resurrected Church of Christ. We must enter our calling of being the holy and righteous people of GOD. The ones who show forth the righteousness of Yahweh, by manifesting His good and perfect will through obedience. Yahweh sowed a Son that he might get a harvest of righteous children. We are the planting of GOD and should be bringing forth righteous fruit. Now, in this present life! We are the evidence of the Savior’s resurrected life. We are not just sinners that have been forgiven. We are the redeemed of the Lord who have been cleansed from our sins and endowed with power by His spirit to walk in newness of life.

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The Freedom of Choice Was Given So We Could Choose Life

If you could have chosen, before you were born, your parents, your siblings, your height, eye color, and hair texture, your race, the country and time in which you were born, would you have chosen differently than the way it is? Most likely you would have but you are as qualified to pick those things as your are qualified to determine the earth’s best distance from the sun for the best weather systems, the best trajectory and time needed for the earth to complete a trip around the sun for the best length of the seasons, the best speed at which the earth should spin in order to determine the best length of days, the best gestation period for all animals so that they have the best chance of survival. These are just a few of the things that Yahweh had the foreknowledge to plan, just as He had the foreknowledge to order the particulars of your life. Understanding the preeminence and the excellence of Yahweh’s knowledge is a basic tenant of the fear of the lord which Proverbs 1:7 says “is the beginning of knowledge. “

People are typically displeased with the weather, and how hot or cold it is so it with no astonishment that we find that most people are displeased with just about everything else as well. Many people today reject their gender, reject their race, reject their natural attributes like eye color, hair, height, skin color etc., many parents reject their children, many children resent their parents, not considering that it is all orchestrated according to Yahweh’s foreknowledge. The Creator knew what conditions you needed in your life for you to fulfill your purpose. The proper perspective of your life hinges on you having an intimate relationship with the Creator through the person of Yeshua, the Messiah. When we go about to change all these things or when we resent them, we get out of alignment with our purpose and that leads to a lack of true fulfillment and death.

Get in harmony with the Creator through humbling yourself and accepting that what He has made is good. As soon as we stop acting on our own interpretation of things and follow Yahweh’s instructions for living as recorded in Holy Scripture and as the spirit leads then we find true fulfillment in our course of life. This is the abundant life that the Messiah died for us to have access to.  It is not about an abundance of days but it is about being able to partake of the abundance in every day.  Many people are merely lingering instead of truly living. People may not believe in the history of Adam and Eve but after so long a time men are still choosing, just like their parents, to rather live from their knowledge of what is good and what is evil rather than to live from the tree of Life which is to know and to trust Yahweh.

“After Yeshua had said these things, he looked up toward heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you  just as you gave him authority over all mankind, so that he might give eternal life to all those whom you have given him. And eternal life is this: to know you, the one true God, and him whom you sent, Yeshua the Messiah.” John 17:1-3