TISHREI 8, 5770 SHABBAT
My dear ones...I am having such a hard time getting my words together! I have started writing a few times but it is as though I have a block. Oh yes, I have heard of 'writers block' but this is not like that because I am not a writer...well...I am in a way because I only want to write what our Elohim puts upon my heart. Oh yes, I have wrote some crazy things in the past...like about the Barbie feet...but it was funny.....ok?
No, it is this season we are in. I have so many things going in my head, swirling around, so many things that must be said. I know that I talk a lot about the pagan holidays but this is so important....if you say you believe in Elohim..G-d....or you are a Christian and you have been saved ny the blood of Jesus...Yeshua....COME OUT OF THE PAGAN! It is very important!
Our Elohim made it very clear He did not want any who follow His way to falter and be in any kind of pagan worship. Do not bow down to graven images. "Uhhhh.....like who would be doing that?" Ummm...let's see...millians each day bow down to an image of Jesus or mary or saints. Millions all over the world have images of gods and goddesses...its all the same...graven images!
And I have gone over the pagan holidays...christmas, Easter, halloween, lent...ALL THESE ARE PAGAN. Then add to it ALL the holidays of islam, Buddism, Hinduism and any other religion other than the true Way of our Elohim.
"Boy, Gloria, you sure don't leave any room for anyone else to believe the way they want!" Well, no I don't because there is ONLY ONE TRUE WAY!
WE are in the season of repentance. No, this doesn't mean it is the ONLY time...He is always ready for us to repent and ask forgivenes of our sins but this is a very intense time. Today is Shabbat Shauva or Sabbath of Repentance. It is the Sabbath before Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is tomorrow evening at sunset till the next evening at sunset. Is there something bothering you? Do things seem to be over powering you? This is the season of new beginings. Repent...put the past behind you and start a new.
But look at this......this Shabbat is also called Shabbat Teshuvah.
"It takes its name from the period we are currently in, between Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur, known as the Ten Days of Teshuvah. Teshuvah is often incorrectly translated as penitence or repentance which, while giving some idea of what Teshuvah is about, tends to conjure up a very stark image of a 'sinner' who needs to 'repent' etc.
Judaism looks at it differently. The literal translation of Teshuvah is 'return'. This is because Judaism teaches us that humanity is intrinsically good and that if we should happen to stray from the path once in a while, this does not make us wicked or evil. It is simply a question of acknowledging our failings, gathering our bearings and returning to the right path, from whence we came. Teshuvah is the process of returning to the ideal which we originally and intrinsically possess. A much more positive way of looking at things than is suggested by the word 'penitence'.
This period, between Rosh Hashona (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a time for introspection, for reflection on the past and for taking on good resolutions for the future, to improve and to grow over the new year which has just started on Rosh Hashona, to return to our roots, to G- d and to ourselves.
So, while this season is about searching ourselves and repenting, He is asking us to return to Him. Put away the foolish things and follow Him."
Hoshea 14:2...Take words with you and return to YHWH. Say to Him, "Forgive all guilt, and accept what is good; we will pay instead of bulls (the offerings of) our lips."
10....Let the wise understand these things and let the discerning know them. For the ways of YHWH are straight , and the righteous walk in them, but in them sinners stumble.
Mikah 7:18-20...Who is an El like you...taking away crookedness and passing over transgression of remnant of His inheritance? He shall not retain His wrath forever, for He Himself delights in kindness. He shall turn back. He shall have compassion on us. he shall trample upon our crookedness! And You throw all our sins into the depths of the sea! You give truth to Yaakov , kindness to Avraham, which you swore to our fathers from the days of old.
Take hold of this season.....He is saying "Get back....Move forward"
In other words...Get Back to the true faith....then Move Forward in Him.
YHWH Elohim..our Father, is loving and kind but He is also stern in desiring our obedience to Him. He desires us to live in His principles..His Torah. In Torah is righteousness.
Come into the Light of Torah today.
He is the Light of the world.
As always I love you and want only the best for you.
With love to you in and through Yeshua our Savior and soon coming King....His Amma (servant), gloria