As of Pesach (Passover), sundown April 4th, our family will “unplug” until Shavuot (Pentecost), May 28th.
16 Use your time well, for these are evil days. 17 So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Don’t get drunk with wine, because it makes you lose control. Instead, keep on being filled with the Spirit – 19 sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to each other; sing to the Lord and make music in your heart to him; 20 always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 21 Submit to one another in fear of the Messiah.
Our family has discussed the idea of being unplugged several times over the last year. We feel far too “plugged in.” And being plugged in is the cause of much if not all distraction when it comes to the will of Yah, not to mention the issues with communication which leads to arguing and family division. Too much of our time is spent online, on video games, watching, searching, listening, etc. Much of the time you can find each of us in four different rooms plugged in to four different things paying no attention to each other or what Yah is asking of us or wanting to show us. Enough is enough.
If we are going to be led by the Ruach (Spirit), we need to shut off and shut up long enough to listen. Our family simply does not do this. We are always plugged in to something, never taking the time to be still and listen. Below are some notes I recently took on being “in the Ruach” (“in the Spirit”) I will be meditating on the verses during the next 53 days.
43 “Then how is it,” he asked them, “that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him `Lord,’ when he says, 44 `ADONAI said to my Lord, ‘Sit here at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet’?
1 A psalm of David: ADONAI says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.
1With the hand of ADONAI upon me, ADONAI carried me out by his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley, and it was full of bones.
*Your Spirit is not yours, as your soul is. Your soul goes down into the ground to wait for the great day. Your spirit does not.
Luke 1 (speaking of John the Immerser)
17 He will go out ahead of ADONAI in the spirit and power of Eliyahu to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for ADONAI a people prepared.
22 And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Yerushalayim. I don’t know what will happen to me there,
29 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities.
2 For someone speaking in a tongue is not speaking to people but to God, because no one can understand, since he is uttering mysteries in the power of the Spirit.
3 Are you that stupid? Having begun with the Spirit’s power, do you think you can reach the goal under your own power?
5 What about God, who supplies you with the Spirit and works miracles among you – does he do it because of your legalistic observance of Torah commands or because you trust in what you heard and are faithful to it?
6 Now because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out, ‘Abba!’ (that is, ‘Dear Father!’).
3 For it is we who are the Circumcised, we who worship by the Spirit of God and make our boast in the Messiah Yeshua! We do not put confidence in human qualifications,
10 I came to be, in the Spirit, on the Day of the Lord; and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet
*Seeing things Abba’s way, being in the Spirit. Sometimes you have to be quiet long enough to hear what He has to say.
17 So Hananyah left and went into the house. Placing his hands on him, he said, ‘Brother Sha’ul, the Lord – Yeshua, the one who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh.‘
27 Indeed, the man who is physically uncircumcised but obeys the Torah will stand as a judgment on you who have had a b’rit-milah and have Torah written out but violate it! 28 For the real Jew is not merely Jewish outwardly: true circumcision is not only external and physical. 29 On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God.
But you, you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit – provided the Spirit of God is living inside you, for anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of the Messiah doesn’t belong to him.
Luke 1 (speaking of John the Immerser)
15 for he will be great in the sight of ADONAI. He is never to drink wine or other liquor, and he will be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh even from his mother’s womb.
Luke 7 (speaking of John the Immerser)
28 I tell you that among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than Yochanan the Immerser! Yet the one who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he!
*Filled with the Ruach does not mean tongues.
Luke 1 (speaking of Elizabeth and John)
41 When Elisheva heard Miryam’s greeting, the baby in her womb stirred. Elisheva was filled with the Ruach HaKodesh
67 His father Z’kharyah was filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and spoke this prophecy 68 ‘Praised be ADONAI, the God of Isra’el, because he has visited and made a ransom to liberate his people 69 by raising up for us a mighty Deliverer who is a descendant of his servant David. 70 It is just as he has spoken through the mouth of the prophets from the very beginning — 71 that we should be delivered from our enemies and from the power of all who hate us. 72 ‘This has happened so that he might show the mercy promised to our fathers — that he would remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore before Avraham avinu 74 to grant us that we, freed from our enemies, would serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 You, child, will be called a prophet of Ha`Elyon; you will go before the Lord to prepare his way 77 by spreading the knowledge among his people that deliverance comes by having sins forgiven 78 through our God’s most tender mercy, which causes the Sunrise to visit us from Heaven, 79 to shine on those in darkness, living in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the paths of peace.’
80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the wilderness until the time came for him to appear in public to Isra’el.
*Seek the gift of prophecy.
4 They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
*We need to think, act, speak and do what the Ruach says.
I will not be on the internet at all. This means the blog will not be updated, besides a few posts I have “pre-posted” before Pesach. These will post at their scheduled times, but I will not have posted them on the date they are published. The beauty of advanced planning 🙂
I pray our family will be open to what Yah is about to reveal to us!
Be back in 53 days!