Dreams of a New Life

I listen to the BTG Movement youtube videos as often as I am able. In the video titled, “You Have the Keys to Move Forward,” Sheila began about a dream she’d had about once a year before during and after her separation. After she was restored the 2nd time about a year she was so afraid that she was considering leaving her marriage. She prayed to G0d, then one night had that same dream over again.

Whereas the dream was always black and white and about walking out of her house passed her brand new car (which she did not want to drive to school for fear of getting it dirty) choosing instead a long bus trip to a high school where she always took a test on subjects she had never had and failing. This time the car appeared a beautiful metallic blue while the rest of the dream was in black and white.

Entering the car she sat inside wondering at how beautiful the car was. She reveled in the sights and scents of a new car when she saw her family walking out of her house. She realized she didn’t have to endure that long bus ride, to go back to high school, to test in subjects she’d no preparation to take. She left the car and walked inside the house with her family.

She said it was as if the L0rd had said, “You have always had the keys.”

And thus it is so. He has given us the keys to our lives, to live fully in him, to live in a new and miraculous life!

 

Dr. Ramon Argila de Torres y Sandoval

 

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu04UIsej9c

Prayers for my Wife.

Do you remember when…

I tickled you and ran away, but as I ran you caught my waistband and I was running in place, my stocking feet spinning like Wiley Coyote, not going anywhere?

We drove on the beach with my cruiser and stood alone except for each other staring out toward the gulf?

We were at the airport holding hands walking together to your departure gate, and you kept turning back to look at me and almost missed your flight?

Those nights as I held you in my arms and we read our prayers before sleeping? I loved seeing your hands hold the sheets of prayers, hearing your voice speaking to G0d. I have always valued your prayers.

Glenn Rose as you walked so far out across the river rocks?

I do…. and I will. All my life I will remember the good. The other things I’ve tossed aside as not worthy of a great love.

I love you.

 

Meeting You

I remember the first time I saw you. I remember your dress, the top you had on, the way you wore your hair. You are still the same brilliant and strong woman of G0d I came to love so many years ago.

Each year added a patina of grace and faith as we looked forward to more.

I love you.

 

Mercy

Let grace through faith guide you when you walk alone in the darkness of night and the remembrances of G0d’s promises to us when we married.

Remember to keep relationships with others grounded in the L0rd and his word, remember to seek His face and obey his perfect will and you will be well.

I love you.

 

Our Will, the Father’s Will

Have you ever wondered about where G0d’s will and your will begin and end? People operating in their will are no competition for the will of G0d. Too many times people who are faced with a decision in their will, made wholly within their will think their will is greater than G0d’s will.

How many times have you heard,

“God never imposes his will by force.”

“God does not push us into His kingdom against our will.”

“God won’t over ride our free will.”

These statement presuppose the belief that G0d is powerless to affect our stubborn will. But do we believe G0d is omniscient, or do we suppose He was surprised by someone walking away from His perfect will? Yet, if you believe G0d is omnipotent, how does that mean He is powerless to work in a man’s or woman’s heart?

G0d’s holy word says,

1 Samuel 10:9 Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.

It is quite apparent that G0d is able to change a man’s heart.

Daniel 4:16 Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let a beast’s mind be given to him, and let seven periods of time pass over him.

He is able to change a man’s mind, even to the mind of a beast.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

If we are in Messiah we are a new creation (creature) and all that is old (sinful) is gone for we are NEW in Him! Why would we then not rather choose to do His will?

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

G0d says that He gives us a heart to know Him, and we are His!

Ezekiel 36:26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Our very heart, once like stone is made new by G0d’s power for His design.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

We who believe have been circumcised, that is, our hearts are changed by the hand of God.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

And we desire that change, desire to walk in accordance with the heart He gives us.

2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.

For our repentance in Messiah is one that He leads us through and into life.

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them and I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

Our very heart and spirit change to be conformed to G0d’s desire for us.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

So, if we walk away from our marriage, or our relationship with Him, he has power to changes us, to create in our heart a newness, to have our thoughts become His thoughts all done by His power for His glory.

Daniel 2:21

He changes times and seasons;

he deposes kings and raises up others.

He gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to the discerning.

He has power that none may resist, but it is not a power to crush or destroy our hearts, rather our hearts and minds are changed. A change we accept because it is, ultimately, a matter of His glory as our will conforms to His will when he changes our heart and spirit. We change when we walk in His spirit.

 

Dr. Ramón Argila de Torres y Sandoval

Click here for more thoughts on marriage: https://thinknothoughts.com/marriage/

 

A Little Leaven

Now that we all know Bernie Sander’s had the election stolen from him by collusion between HRC and the DNC, what have we learned?

Above all we have learned that blessings large and small sometimes come by surprise. What is that? Sander’s loss is a blessing? Yes, and perhaps a part of a larger blessing of HRC’s justly deserved ignominious defeat. Her campaign, directed and orchestrated by herself, was predicated on a lie. Not just one lie, but a tapestry woven of lies, obstruction, collusion, injustice, fraud and theft. But the left is a slow learner.

Slow because leftists are still protesting, still trying to instill a socialistic Nirvana on the unwashed masses. Slow because despite all that is obvious from history they still want to imbue our nation with socialism. The Expanded Bible version says it best,

9 Be careful! Just a little ·yeast [leaven; 1 Cor. 5:6–7] makes the whole batch of dough rise [a little error will spread through the whole community].” Galatians 5:9 ExB

Whether HRC, or Sanders or someone else in the future, liberalism and socialism are a disease. Just ask the Venezuelan people.

Death by Socialism  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gjnk9KqwvQ

On Draining the Swamp, Part 2.

On the State of the Union Address:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed his colleagues for their behavior during Tuesday’s speech, ‘…it was stunning to watch Washington Democrats sit there stone-faced and refuse to applaud more jobs, higher wages, jobs coming back to America, refuse to applaud wins for the working men and women of America.’ ”

On Draining the Swamp

So, Obamacare is the best and you want healthcare left alone? Try this on for size. When comparing states that expanded Medicare under the ACA to states that refused to expand Medicare under the ACA, “Mortality in 2015 rose more than 50 percent faster in the 26 states (and Washington, D.C.) that expanded Medicaid during 2014 than in the 24 states that did not.”

Of course, correlation is not causation and something else in the study may account for increased mortality in the states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting to find out. You are safer in a state that did not expand Medicaid under the ACA.

Dishonest Fear-Mongering From the People Responsible for Obamacare.
townhall.com

Divorce Regrets

When I was growing up divorce was rare, not so rare as to be unheard of, but rare enough that we all “knew” that it was wrong. I say “knew” because the feelings we had then was a hushed sense of wrongness, of understanding there was something unintended yet dynamically painful. Before the era of unilateral divorce, marriages had to be attacked from both sides, that is, both parties had to agree (in the sense of conferring consent) even if not on a personal, emotional or spiritual level. When divorce was one sided it was the aggrieved partner, the one who discovered an affair, or other horrific wrong to justify the divorce. Divorce is not the same today.

The ease with which a rebellious partner attains to a divorce is astounding. Michelle Davis (author; The Divorce Remedy) wrote, “My experience is that divorce is almost always unilateral. It’s not a democracy. One person gets to decide the fate of not only the marriage but the family.” And children are often the victims of one or both parents desire to dissolve a natural relationship in an unnatural way.  Chip Ingram (author; Love, Sex and Lasting Relationships) wrote, “They kept asking me to choose who I wanted to stay with. Why couldn’t they choose to stay together?”

Even if a divorced spouse later remarries and later find happiness (as I believe, in submission to the will of Adonai for marriage) the pain of the divorce has lasting consequences. Children’s lives fall apart (Elizabeth Marquardt; The Emotional Hurdles of Living Through a Divorce; FamilyLife.com Broadcast 10/24/06). In contrast to the children of divorce, children whose parents remain married received benefits (advantages) which extend into their adult lives (Linda Wait, Maggie Gallagher; The Case for Marriage).

And those benefits do not only accrue to the children, married partners in the long-term “live longer, healthier lives with higher levels of emotional well-being and lower rates of mental illness and emotional distress. (They) make more money than otherwise similar singles and build more wealth and experience – than do cohabitating (sic) couples with similar income levels.” (Maggie Gallagher, The Institute for Marriage and Public Policy).

Somewhere in searching for answers to why my ex wanted to become my ex I heard or read the statement that couples who struggled through the bad times five years later were far happier together than those who divorced and remarried. I know that though I’ve remarried and am happier to be with someone whose life is intertwined with my own, who loves the L0rd as much as do I, there is an undercurrent of unease. It is as if I understand that once having given up on a relationship, the easy way out of troubled times is to dissolve another relationship, divorce again. Should this really be the way?

In the years after I was forcibly divorced I felt so alone, as if I’d made a mistake, a horrible mistake and if I worked or believed enough I could fix the error and restore what was lost. As I said above, in finally coming to terms with my ex’s decision to abandon our family, I found someone better in so many ways, someone who trusts more in a loving G0d than in a flawed human decision making paradigm. I finally understand it isn’t about being with someone in a guaranteed relationship, one safe from divorce, it is about being in a right relationship with G0d.

I couldn’t make her want to stay, and I am not certain that if I could have I would have. My life with my wife (today) is far richer in so many ways. For one thing we understand that being married to someone who loves G0d more than self or the other matters more than anything else; that is, to have similarly based faith in HaShem.

We met pursuing similar goals in a post-graduate doctoral program, we were (she’s retired now) both school teachers. We both have an Hispanic background: my mother was born in Mexico, my father was raised in New Mexico and spoke Spanish while growing up, and her parents were missionaries in Mexico who learned Spanish in the field and lived in Venezuela where my wife learned Spanish as a first language.

What I am not saying  is these things alone, absent other factors, make for a good marriage, though it is common knowledge that similar backgrounds make for an easier path in marriage. The center of a good marriage is when both parties rely on faith in G0d more than anything else.

What I am saying is this, “…if there is even one-half of an ounce of friendliness left in your marriage, take each other by the hand, look at each other’s eyes and then remember of the love that brought you together in the first place! Let each other know, somehow, that you are needed, loved and wanted!” (Guy M. Bradley, West Point, Utah, Deseret News, January 11, 2001, Letters to the Editor, A-10).

A Modest Political Proposal

Republicans recently lost a seat to a Democrat in a viciously contested race in Alabama. The facts did not seem to matter as accusations without proof . Real not paid witnesses for the Moore camp proved the lie and Rinos, who either bad mouthed the Republican candidate or voted a write in, were too much for Judge Moore’s campaign. No doubt illegal voters also helped to spin the election marker into the Blue zone.

I propose that Republican’s use the same tactics as the Democrats and encourage the illegal immigration of potential voters with a carrot and a stick. Republicans, who have been behind the ball never learned to play the same election rigging game as well as the Democrats. It’s time Republicans learned the down and dirty Democratic way.

The carrot will be to promise them a path to citizenship, or even outright amnesty as long as they understand they must vote for a Republican in any contest. The trick to this is to disguise the stick as a carrot as Democrats have done so well for so long (1861 to present). Republicans must not shudder to learn from the left as Malcolm X learned (1) and keep the voting minority firmly in the Republican camp voting for our agenda.

Furthermore, Republican’s should pull another page from the liberal playbook; cannibalize your own. Democrats are using other Democrats accused of sexual misconduct, abandoning them as pawns in a game of election rigging, while they once supported Bill Clinton. This faux morality has much to recommend it to Republicans.

Opining from the moral high ground has many advantages, from getting rid of liberals that would have lost anyway to using the high ground to cast all manner of accusations at the opposition party.

The willingness to fund research is another game changer and Republicans must not deny that paying for opposition research (real or not) into the opposition as the DNC and HRC campaign did to use while standing on high.

If you think this is the answer then you need to read, Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.”

References

1. Malcolm X, Speech, God’s Judgement on America, December 4, 1963

In this deceitful American game of power politics, the Negroes (i.e., the race problem, the integration and civil rights issues) are nothing but tools, used by one group of whites called Liberals against another group of whites called Conservatives, either to get into power or to remain in power. Among whites here in America, the political teams are no longer divided into Democrats and Republicans. The whites who are now struggling for control of the American political throne are divided into “liberal” and “conservative” camps. The white liberals from both parties cross party lines to work together toward the same goal, and white conservatives from both parties do likewise.

The white liberal differs from the white conservative only in one way: the liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. The liberal is more hypocritical than the conservative. Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro’s friend and benefactor; and by winning the friendship, allegiance, and support of the Negro, the white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this political “football game” that is constantly raging between the white liberals and white conservatives.

2. https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-is-right-millions-of-illegals-probably-did-vote-in-2016/

3. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-foster/democrats-benefit-from-illegal-immigrants-voting_b_1418523.html

 

Random Thoughts on Marriage

My prayers are for obedience to G0d, to his mitzvot (commands). In Luke 16:18, a verse that truly applies to male and female, we learn if believers divorce their spouse (yes, even if the spouse is an unbeliever) they commit adultery.

For married couples on the edge of separation or divorce G0d commands (Ephesians 5:33) a man to love his wife and the wife to respect her husband; neither one has to earn love or earn respect, it is a command to do! The modern culture and church, which has abandoned it’s role in the family to SJWs (an oxymoron) in the society, teaches we should all love unconditionally. This is true in obedience to the command, yet they ignore the last part of the verse saying “respect” must be earned.

Right about here (now) feminazi’s (as opposed to feminists) are being triggered and begin to rant; I am not going to feed his ego at my expense, or let him order me around, nor will I become a second class citizen, treated like a child….” and on and on. The point being made seems to be “he isn’t better than me” and that is true. We know all have sinned (failed) and fallen short of G0d’s standards.

Imagine saying, “I know I am commanded to respect my husband, but he doesn’t deserve it and I don’t feel like giving him something he didn’t earn.” Imagine a phone call in the morning from your work asking if you’re ok only to hear, “I know I have to go to work in the morning, but my boss doesn’t deserve it and I don’t feel like giving (him/her) something (he/she) didn’t earn.” How long would you have a job? Yet, we get up morning after morning and go to work, even if our boss doesn’t deserve us to be there. Yet, G0d’s command is to love your wife unconditionally and the wife to respect her husband unconditionally.

Why love or respect unconditionally? Why is he commanded to love and she commanded to respect? The simple answer is G0d is not into redundant commands. A husband knows and understands respect intuitively, after all, consider how men function; a man in the military when he respects his commander will work and fight and even die for honor and to show his respect for that commander. Most men know this and a few do not. Yet, nearly all men have difficulty expressing love, which is not to say men do not love, we do, it is that we are built to live in respect and honor.

A recent survey conducted by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, best-selling author of Love and Respect asked,

If you were forced to choose one of the following, which would you prefer to endure…to be left alone and unloved in the world, or to feel inadequate and disrespected by  everyone?

In his original sample of 400 males, 74% said that if they were forced to choose, they would prefer feeling alone and unloved rather than feeling disrespected and inadequate (p.49). He collected data on a female sample and found that a comparable majority would rather feel disrespected and inadequate than alone and unloved. Based on this data, Eggerichs concluded that a wife “needs love just as she needs air to breathe” and a husband “needs respect just as he needs air to breathe” (p. 37).

Though somewhat generalized in nature (women as well as men yearn for validation and for respect) Eggerichs’ study illustrated an essential component of a healthy marriage. Men and women both need love and respect, but the balance tilts more toward how these are perceived among men and women. Men tend to see a lack of loving behavior as disrespect, while women rightly see a lack of loving behavior as disinterest or a lack of love in the relationship. Yet, it it remains true that both men and women desire both love and respect.

Finally 1 Corinthians 7:10-13 (Believers are commanded to NOT divorce, or if they do violate the command are then commanded to Never remarry anyone but the spouse they divorced. If they do remarry anyone it is adultery. I think though divorce is justified if an unbeliever (does not accept Yeshua) wants to divorce the believer is not bound and may remarry (as I did). Some say that you have to divorce the 2nd spouse to remarry the first, this is an abomination to the L0rd (Jeremiah 3:1). These people are wrong in so many ways. The law of the L0rd is very clear, very precise and we violate it at our peril. I am in prayer for all marriages, but especially those of believers so they walk in G0d’s way.

 

Eggerichs, E. (2004). Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

When was the birthday of Maschiach?

When was the birthday of Messiah?

The Bible tells us the EXACT day that Messiah was born, and it wasn’t Christmas. Christmas is associated with pagan birth myths of false gods, but that is another story.

We know the feasts that were being celebrated as the angel, Gavri-El (Gabriel), appeared to Zachar’yah (Zacharias). He was in the Temple, it was during Abiyah (Abia) a feast. So we know when he rushed home to tell his wife, Elisheva (Elizabeth), who it seems got pregnant almost immediately. So we can figure out quite accurately the day that Yochanan (John) the Baptist was born. Now Miriam (Mary) was told by the same angel that Elisheva was “six months pregnant” whereupon she rushed (a three day journey) to see her. This is the last of the ninth month (in Hebrew) called Kislev at the time of Chanukah (Dedication), which is celebrated from Kislev 25 to Tevet 2.

Never mind the Hebrew months. The Hebrew calendar is lunar and ours is solar, so the dates will change every year, just like the day of the month (S M T W T F S, etc.) changes for your birthday each year (even though the number stays the same). So we know exactly when Yochanan the Baptist was born, and since Miriam was three days pregnant when she saw Elisheva, and go forward to a normal 9 month pregnancy on the Hebrew calendar, Messiah Yeshua was born the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles called Sukkot.

Sukkot is a HIGH holy Sabbath, Feast of Tabernacles, a most holy feast and it makes sense that He should be born this day. Also, the Jewish male birth was complete when the boy was circumcised the 8th day, and that is the last day of Sukkot. Also a HIGH holy Sabbath, a most holy feast of the 8th day. Incidentally, Yochanan was also born on a holy day, Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread and circumcised on the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Just as important as when, was where. Sukkot is often called Booths. Like a tent, sort of, but with openings in the top so the sky may be seen. Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing. It is a pilgrimage festival so it is appropriate that Joseph and Miriam were traveling to celebrate this feast. Many mistakenly believe that Messiah was born in a barn or an animal enclosure of some sort. NO. He was born in a Sukkah (singular of Sukkot). It would have been a terrible, awful breach of Jewish hospitality to put a pregnant women in the dwelling place of common animals. The manger in which he was born was similar in some respects to a cooler in which we put food, but made for the food for Sukkot. Not for animal food. It would have been the finest food suitable for First Fruits. Thus, Yeshua was born on a Sabbath, a holy feast, and is our First Fruits (to salvation, redemption).

Both Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles (Yeshua’s birth) and Passover/Feast of Unleavened bread (Yochanan’s birth) are the only 7 day holy celebrations that G-d gave us to celebrate.

What is the day of Messiah’s birth? Tishri 15. Of course since the Jewish calendar is lunar and the days seem to move around because the Western calendar is solar, that means Tishri 15 can be anywhere from mid-September to mid-October. Consulting a Jewish calendar could tell us every year what day to celebrate as His birthday.

Sukkot in 2018 will start on Monday, the 24th of September (24/9/2018) and will continue for 7 days until Sunday, the 30th of September.

Note that in the Jewish calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Sukkot on the sunset of Sunday, the 23rd of September.

So this year Yeshua’s birthday (if you want to celebrate it on the appropriate day) is September 24th.

 

Dr. Ramón Argila de Torres y Sandoval

 

More references:

http://www.messianic.com/articles/dates.htm

http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Jesus-Birthday

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html