Torah Portion CHAYEI SARAH – B’Reisheet (Genesis) 23:1-25:18
Adonai, who may dwell in Your tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain? The one who walks with integrity, who does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart. Psalm 15:1,2 TLV
Shabbat shalom dearly beloved:
ELOHIM, The Creator, created us in His image and likeness. This means that we are a tri-part being. From the book of Bereshit (Genesis) we can see His Tri-Unity. The Father speaks the Word; the Word, who is the Son, comes out of His mouth; and the Ruach, who is described as the Spirit in female gender, floats and dances over the waters!
Now the earth was chaos and waste, darkness was on the surface of the deep, and the Ruach Elohim was hovering upon the surface of the water. Then God said, “Let there be light!” and there was light. Genesis 1:2-3 TLV
In the same way, we are created with a Spirit that has a Soul that lives inside of a Body. Those that believe and follow Messiah Yeshua will live forever and one day, even after we have finished our life on earth, we will be resurrected as a Tri-Part being as well.
Sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body! If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:44 TLV)
Thus, all three parts that the Creator has given us are important and they need to be in agreement with each other and in agreement with the Creator.
In the same way, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are of the same essence: they think the same and they act in harmony with each other. We are created to be in HARMONY with ELOHIM, in HARMONY within OURSELVES, and in HARMONY with each other.
When we are not in harmony with our Creator, we are separated from Him through sin; we are under the curse. That is what happened to Adam: first the woman listened to the lies of the snake and then the man. Both broke Elohim’s commandment and were separated from Him. They were not in INTEGRITY with their Creator anymore. This caused untold woes, strife, fear, and shame, all of which has led to mental sickness, physical sickness, murder and many more evils in mankind. Even marriage had become a battle between the two partners!
To the woman He said, “I will greatly increase your pain from conception to labor. In pain will you give birth to children. Your desire will be toward your husband, yet he must rule over you.”
Genesis 3:16 TLV
All this was caused because they believed the lies of the snake that fed their lust for fame, power and knowledge.
The serpent said to the woman, “You most assuredly won’t die! For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5 TLV
When integrity breaks, then harmony breaks and strife comes in. Lack of harmony always breeds strife and the cause is LIES: believing lies and entertaining lies that feed our LUST.
Integrity Means To Be Whole Or Complete And In Agreement.
When we are in agreement with the Creator, then our Spirit, Soul and Body will be in agreement and whole. All of our three parts will worship YHVH! Our Spirit will commune with Him, our mind will meditate on Him and His Word, and our body will respond with holiness, righteousness and HEALTH!
Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, the Living Torah, the Word made flesh, came to make us WHOLE in spirit, soul and body! He came to restore INTEGRITY within ourselves and HARMONY with our Abba, the God of Israel, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities. The chastisement for our shalom was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 TLV
If any part of you is not totally surrendered to the rule of Messiah through the Holy Spirit, then you will not be in INTEGRITY, HARMONY OR HEALTH. Some part of you will be suffering!
That is why Psalm 15 tells us that the one who can be in His Presence is only the person that speaks truth in the HEART. It was the belief of lies in their hearts that broke the Man and the Woman from a harmonious relationship with the Creator and with each other. Lies believed in their heart caused them to sin and removed them from His Presence and from the Garden of Eden.
This is ALWAYS the case! If you are in personal strife with yourself, or in strife with others, and if your relationship with YHVH is strained – check your heart! What are the lies that you have been believing that cause the disharmony?
Believing lies causes lack of INTEGRITY and removes us from the Presence of YHVH. This in turn will lead to sin, corruption, torment, mental, and or physical disease.
It is for that reason that Shaul- Paul the Jewish Apostle said in JOHN 8:32
You shall KNOW the Truth and the Truth will make you FREE!
Lack of integrity, harmony, and mental and physical health are caused by believing lies inside that feed our LUST. Some people have lust for food, others for cigarettes or drugs, others for illicit sex, others for power or fame, control, or attention. All lust is an inordinate, sometimes irresistible, desire for that which is ungodly, idolatrous, unloving, or harmful.
Lust feeds on LIES. People with lust normally lie to themselves and to others. They even think they can fool God!
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and lie against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil practice. Jacob (James) 3:14-16 TLV
The deadly combination of LUST+LIES gives birth to corruption, lack of integrity, strife, and lack of harmony.
The coming of the lawless one is connected to the activity of satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with every kind of wicked deception toward those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth so as to be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 TLV
Notice that when people do not accept the LOVE OF TRUTH they perish!
When people love TRUTH, they will love what the Word has to say about things. They will listen to the Holy Spirit and RESPOND! They will not allow circumstances or spirits of lust, rejection, bitterness, fear, pride, jealousy, or others to dictate the course of their thoughts and life!
When we have TRUTH in our hearts, we will also have PURITY, INTEGRITY AND HARMONY. In turn, this will bring us HEALTH in mind and body!
Ask yourself the following question:
WHAT DO I LOVE MORE THAN TRUTH?
My money? My food? My family? My addictions to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, sex? My position? Fame, reputation, power, control, attention?
If you recognize a pattern in your life that is not healthy, this is the Day of Salvation! Ask ABBA’S forgiveness for the lies you have believed and the lack of integrity and harmony in your life. Rededicate your life to TRUTH, PURITY, INTEGRITY, HARMONY, and HEALTH.
I know that if you “mean business”, He will help you to break away from all these harmful patterns based on lust and lies, for nothing is impossible for them that believe and put their trust in Him!
If you want to be free, all of Heaven is backing you up! If you decide to LOVE TRUTH, the enemy will flee from you!
Yeshua paid the price for you to be made whole and live in purity, harmony and integrity, but it is up to you to possess it through FAITH, PRAYER AND IMMERSION IN THE WORD.
There are no short cuts! Spiritual disciplines are mandatory if we are to live a life of INTEGRITY, HARMONY AND HEALTH!
Now may the God of shalom Himself make you completely holy; and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept complete, blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 TLV
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