Welcome to a brand new series here on the Set Apart Heart Blog called: “What would YOU do?” In this series we’ll talk about real life situations that occur, and how you would react to them. The goal is to be able to open up and share about difficult topics, and prepare our hearts and minds for how to deal with them – always keeping scripture at the forefront of our hearts. So welcome to the first instalment of “What would YOU do”. I’ll be alternating between posts of this new series and the acoustic set apart music posts you know and love. I hope you’ll find this series to be helpful and practical – something that you can relate to in real life for your spiritual growth. OK so let’s get to it.
Imagine for a moment you are out on a walk enjoying some time with a person that you love and cherish. Take just a moment to picture that person in your mind right now…..
Seemingly out of no where, a complete stranger walks up to your loved one – and shoots them. Your loved one winds up dead.
How would you feel about that situation? How would you react?
If you’re as human as I am, you would probably be feeling very angry about something like that. Forgiveness would likely be that farthest thing from your mind, and you would probably be feeling a lot of mixed emotion, confusion, and pain.
I pray that you have never nor will ever have to be in the midst of a situation like the one described above, but if it did happen, do you think Yahuah would expect you to forgive the stranger who shot and killed your loved one?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
How would you be able to chew and swallow the verse below?
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14,15”
Do you think it’s fair that Yahuah asks you to forgive in order to be forgiven?
What does it really mean to forgive?
Does it mean you forget everything that happened?
Is the slate wiped clean for the person who committed the sin?
Or does it simply mean that you let go of the pain?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this difficult subject in the comments below. But first let’s take a quick look at the definition for the word “Forgive” in Hebrew.
The word “Forgive” in Hebrew is “Nasa” Strong’s H5375 and it actually means:
To lift… To bare up… To carry… To take.
Look at this verse where Moses is speaking to Yahuah about his people.
“Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” Exodus 32:32
Now tell me the truth…. Can you imagine lifting, baring up, or carrying the person’s fault who took a gun and shot a person that you love? Would you be able to do that? Does Yahuah expect us to do that? Isn’t that what Yahusha our Messiah did for us?
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34
Forgiveness is not an easy thing- not an easy thing at all. But the reality is, if this situation has never happened to you, it is happening to others, and sadly it could happen to you. So tell me, what would you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, or scriptures on how you think you would act or react to this kind of situation in the comments below. Let’s talk.
When you’re in the presence of Yahuah… do you ever run out of words to say?
That’s what I’ve been experiencing lately… I just haven’t had many words to say… I used to feel like maybe that was a bad thing… that I couldn’t find words to say when in prayer… after all, prayer is communication, kind of like a conversation right? But then I remembered the scripture that says…
“Do not be hasty with your mouth, and let not your heart hurry to bring forth a word before Alahiym (Elohim) … For Alahiym is in the heavens, and you are on earth, therefore let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:2
I have SO much to be grateful for… and sometimes my heart wells up with tears of joy before Him… It is SO humbling to be walking in truth and living in His presence… If you’re struggling right now, please know that Yahuah really does hear your prayers. He understands exactly the feelings that are on your heart. Even if you don’t have the words to say… all you have to do is just find yourself in His presence… that special place where it’s just you and Him… just being there even if you just remain silent before Him… still, it’s beautiful…just being in that place… so beautiful…
The song in the video below is called “Words to Say” I wrote it many years ago when I was a Christian Recording Artist. The song came back to me in my worship time this morning… so I changed some of the lyrics to make Yahuah’s name shine through. I pray this song will meet you where you are and lift you up….
Enjoy the video below.
Keep pressing through and stay encouraged my friend! Yahuah has you on His mind. Though this blog post was short, I pray that it was sweet enough to guide you to the place you and I both need to be… in the beautiful presence of Yahuah. If this blog post was meaningful for you, please share your thoughts in the comments below.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing before You, O Yahuah, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalms 19:14) Halaluyah.
I decided to take a huge step. I deleted my Facebook account. I had gone back and forth about whether or not to do this in my mind for quite some time. If you missed my final Facebook status update where I shared my motivation for leaving Facebook, I’ll share that with you here in this blog post, and explain more of what it means for you.
The simple truth is this: I was addicted to Facebook. It was time for me to change that. So I went “cold turkey” and deleted my account. Addiction on any level is a very dangerous thing. Especially when you find yourself rationalizing about the reasons why it’s not. So I took the plunge and deactivated my Facebook account. I even took the time to delete all my old pics and private messages so that there would be nothing left for me to go back to, should I be tempted to change my mind.
Was I too drastic in deactivating my Facebook account? Some may say so. But the reality is this. For me, it was worth it. In the past few days of my life without Facebook, there has been a lot more quiet space in my mind. I feel a lot more peace…. Shalum… I’ve really enjoyed that. At first I thought the quietness would be too much for me to handle, but it didn’t take long for me to adjust. And i’m looking forward to experiencing life without feeling the personal obligation to post every moment of it.
I first discovered that I had a real problem when a friend of mine asked me to remove some pictures I had posted of their family from a shabbat experience that I had shared with them. They were beautiful pictures and I really struggled with the fact that they wanted me to take them down. When I removed the album I felt like I was losing something. It felt like someone else was taking away a part of my experience. When you get to the point where you feel like you haven’t truly experienced a part of your life if you don’t post or share it on Facebook, then I think it’s time to re-evaluate the motivation behind being on Facebook at all.
Instead of being glued to my newsfeed now I’m actually making plans for how to be more effective at accomplishing my life’s purpose. I know that Yah has me here on this earth to provide music & motivation for the body of Yashra’al (Israel). I just released Yahuah Acoustics Vol.1, which if you haven’t heard, is a 20 min EP of Set Apart Acoustic music with guitar and vocals. And even though Facebook played a huge role in me sharing this music ministry, leaving Facebook is by no means an indication of me leaving the ministry altogether.
So what does this mean for you? Me leaving Facebook means that YOU get more. More music, more motivation, more creativity, more encouragement. I look forward to staying connected with you not only here at setapartheart.com but also on Youtube more frequently. Instead of checking Facebook I’ll be reading and studying more, so that I’ll have much more value to give back.
In the past I’ve recorded new vids about once a month or so, I’m aiming now for twice a month or every other week. I’m working to create a content calendar and will do my best to stick to it. Yahuah’s will be done, I won’t just be sharing music, but also thoughts and ideas for conversation around spiritual growth and development. I’ll share topics that will motivate you to search the scriptures and continue your journey.
I pray that my leaving Facebook will lead to even deeper connections with you. And for those of you who are also addicted to Facebook, or anything else for that matter, I pray this will inspire you to make a change – whatever that change looks like for you.
We all have a purpose in this life. What’s yours? Are you moving forward in that area? Leave a comment on the blog and tell me more about your purpose. If you don’t know what that purpose is yet, feel free to share that too. I’m sure you’re not alone.
If you ever need to reach me, you can use the contact page here at Set Apart Heart. And you know that I always read and reply as often as possible to the comments and messages you send me from the blog. So I said goodbye to Facebook, but I say hello to you. We’re still in this thing together, Mishpacah.
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Talk again soon,