Leave the word alone and let it stand on its own

translationWe can learn so much from the Scriptures when we leave the word alone. I understand why we may find it necessary, sometimes, to rephrase the Scriptures to understand it better; however, so often we lose the most important elements. We would do better, I believe, to let the Father’s inspired word stand on its own and adjust our understanding to it, rather than adjust the word to fit our understanding.

Consider this example that a friend posted today:

Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose. (Romans 8:28, CJB) Continue reading

Be ambitious to be quiet, engaged in your own affairs, and working with your hands

see, hear, speak no evilWhen the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians, they were newly recovering from paganism, and they were being severely persecuted by people who were once their “friends.” Paul didn’t encourage the new believers in Yeshua the Messiah to convert anyone…quite the opposite; he set up a three-point instruction for a lifestyle that would keep them out of trouble and establish them as lights in the midst of the darkness surrounding them. Continue reading