I have recently discovered some older writings from my journal that I wrote several years ago, and they have never been shared; so I thought I’d create several days worth of encouragement for those that may need it. Even if you don’t necessarily “need” it, in my humble opinion, everyone needs encouragement! Let’s begin with the subject of a pure heart. I could write a book on this subject, but I’m just going to share this small portion of what I wrote back in December of 2014.
If we ever need to do something, normally one will prepare for it. Sometimes we need to physically prepare and other times we may need to prepare emotionally, spiritually, or mentally. In either instance, it is important to start off with preparation. Without it, in most cases, nothing will happen! Spiritually speaking, however, it is important to prepare your mind and heart. When you enter into your church building, be mindful and aware of your surroundings, both physically and spiritually. When faced in a difficult situation regarding the demonic realm, prepare your mind and spirit for what you are about to face. You don’t have to do it alone, because God is with you every step of the way. But you do have to take the first step of preparation.
During this feast of Unleavened Bread, we take the time to truly reflect on the depth and meaning that goes into why we observe it. We have a full week to reflect. A full week of not eating any leaven. Why? “You must not eat leavened bread with it. For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread with it, the bread of hardship — because you left the land of Egypt in a hurry — so that you may remember for the rest of your life the day you left the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 16:3 The Hebrew word for leaven is chametz. Leaven, or chametz, is symbolic of sin and bondage. The definition of matzah is “bread or cake without leaven”. Matzah is the Hebrew word for unleavened bread. Why did God instruct the Israelites to eat unleavened bread for seven days? He wanted them to be reminded of their deliverance from bondage when they were working under Pharoah. The matzah is a symbol of God’s deliverance and freedom from bondage. Matzah can also represent purity; in this story, it represents Yeshua’s body. Yeshua held up unleaded bread (matzah) at the Last Passover supper, representing His perfect purity, reminding the people that He was without sin and we are to follow after His example.
Psalm 145:18-19 says, “The Lord is near all who call out to Him, all who call out to Him with integrity. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry for help and saves them."
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. –Robert E. Frost This is a small portion from my favorite poem. The whole poem speaks volumes and has great depth to it. If you’ve never read it you should! Anyway, I’m going to get right to the point. When we are seeking for an answer or wondering where to go next, often there becomes more than one road rolled out in front of you. Maybe one path seems easier to take than the other. Perhaps both paths are the same and you come to the fork, pondering which one to take, knowing that they are the same path, but perhaps will lead to a different destination. This can become a very difficult situation; because then, in our minds we think, “Well, perhaps Yahweh destined me to walk down both paths.” Then again, how do we really know what His will is? Could His will for us be to proceed forward down both paths?