Who Do You Belong to?

Are you a Believer? Do you belong to Him? If so, then you are bought with the price of His blood. You are bought and paid for. Everything you are and everything you have now belongs to your Lord and Master – Y’shua HaMashiach/Jesus the Messiah.

Your home belongs to Him – and everything in it. Do you have a mezuzah on your door? It says your home is ruled by the King who owns the place. The things that come into your home are His. Are you careful about what you bring into your home? Every book, every magazine, every article of clothing are His. Would He be comfortable reading what you bring in? Would He watch the same television shows you do? “…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” says Philippians 4:8.

Would He approve of what you wear? He tells us in His Word to dress modestly and appropriately. 1 Timothy 2:9 states “…in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation,….” I believe that goes for men as well. We don’t need to dress in an outrageous manner or stick out like a sore thumb. Dress like you are somebody. After all – you ARE! You belong to the King – especially when you meet to worship and praise Him. We don’t need a fashion parade but we shouldn’t look like we are ready to clean the barn or spend a day at the beach either. Be clean and wear your best.

What do you eat? Leviticus 11 tells all. We are also told not to eat blood. Acts 15:20
“but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.”

Our thoughts also belong to the Lord. (See Phil 4:8 again…) We need to turn away from jokes that are not clean and any inappropriate speech. What about slang

Our relationships belong to Him.. What kind of friends do we have? Who do we let our children play with? Who should we marry? These things must be carefully thought about. The answers will effect our lives for all eternity! “Birds of a feather flock together”. So choose wisely who you fly with.

And lastly, our wallets belong to Him. 100% of everything in there belongs to Him! Yet He lets us keep 90%. Isn’t that a great ratio? We can give over and above that if we choose, but we are to bring His tithe “into the storehouse”. There are many worthwhile places to give and we should check them out to make sure they are honest and use our money in the right way. Some teach we should pay “where we are being fed”. I believe our first choice should be the Congregation we attend. Y’shua talked more about money than He talked about Heaven, so it must be important. For sure if He doesn’t have your money, then He doesn’t have you heart! Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

That pretty much covers it all, doesn’t it? Our homes, our clothes, our food, our thoughts, our relationships and our money. Salvation is free – to us, but Y’shua paid the ultimate price for it and shouldn’t we do our best to make Him proud of us by living and acting like we should? Let the Holy Spirit guide and direct how you live and who you are and may the Lord bless and keep you as you do your best to live for Him.

Shalom, Sharaka

Chanukah and the Draydel

Let’s talk about draydels… you can spell it “draydel” or “dreidel”.
Do you know what a draydel is? Well, first of all, it is a four sided dancing top. Give it a twist, and it will dance and spin and prance and pirouette and when it’s out of energy,
The momentum will slow and the dancer will bow and then ever so gently fall – plop! On it’s NUN, GIMEL, Hay or SHIN side up.

Secondly, the dancing top has a magnificent story to tell us. Each of it’s four sides has one Hebrew letter. These letters stand for the Hebrew words “Nes Gadol Hayah Shim” – in English, this means “A great Miracle happened there.”

Tiny Israel, over 2000 years ago, was conquered by the Syrians (Greeks). The Israelis were not allowed to study Torah, circumcise their sons, learn Hebrew or practice their religion. After many, many years of this, a priestly family of Hasmonions from the little city of Mo’adim north of Jerusalem, started a revolution and after 3 years of “gorilla” warfare, they were able to take their country back! They were now free to worship G-d as they chose. They rededicated their Temple (chanukah means dedicate) and the story goes that there was only one bottle of consecrated oil to light the menorah in thev Temple – enough to last only one day. It is said it lasted a full eight days until more could be made!
That was the miracle. To me, the miracle was that a small dedicated-to G-d-and-His- Word group of soldiers won over the mighty army of their enemies!! We, as Believers today, have the same authority to win over the evil one in our lives. We can take back what we have lost and rededicate ourselves to the Lord! Isn’t that a great miracle?

These four letters make up a sprightly Chanukah game. Set a time limit for how long you want to play. Fifteen minutes might be right. Each player places an equal number of wrapped candies or ? in the center of a table. Seven would be good. Then the players sit around the table and take turns spinning the top and follows the instructions according to which letter is on top when the draydel stops.

NUN = nothing The player neither wins or loses anything.
GIMMEL = gets all
HAY = half goes back in the center of the table
SHIN = share, or put all you have back into the center of the table

Have fun and remember the real miracle!

 

From “The Source for Everything Jewish” and fjc 12/4/12

Shalom,                                                                                                       Sharaka

 

 

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