No Fear

For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline. (CJB)

For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. (TPT) —2 Timothy 1:7

Fear… Something we all face at some point in our lives.

Fear… False Evidence Appearing as Real

Fear… The Word clearly states we are NOT supposed to be afraid or fearful.

And yet, it happens. Worry creeps in. Events in our lives cause us to overthink.

We watch “power” be abused and wonder and question…

Love; what does it mean today?

Self-control – does anyone even have this? We see riots and mobs… self-control is becoming less and less evident.

So, how do we really overcome?

It is a battle in our mind. It is a battle of BELIEVING that what HIS WORD says is TRUTH! It is stopping and claiming HIS authority over the enemy when the thoughts creep in.

I had to do this last week. Sitting at work, blessed to look out at sunshine and His beautiful creation, doubts crept in and I began to let fear and worry bring negative thoughts to my mind.

Immediately I began to pray and rebuke those thoughts. I reached out to friends and asked them to pray with me. Those actions brought peace, not as quick as I would have liked, but it came. Friends messaged me back and spoke TRUTH to me to help me overcome.

Friends, the verse above is HIS WORDS to you. Know that YOU can overcome. Know that YOU can walk in humble power, love that knows no limits, and self-control.

Next time the fear begins to creep in and doubts begin to try and overtake, STOP and claim HIS Promises. PRAY in the Spirit, with HIS understanding as you magnify and glorify His Name.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Psalm 51

I went back and forth about what to write about this week. My mind is still spinning a bit with last week’s thoughts. A friend posted something similar on FB and is pondering some of the same questions.

In the middle of all that has been in my brain and on my heart, I received an email from The Passion Translation. For some reason those emails always come at exactly the time I need them. This one had a verse from Psalm 51 in it that spoke to me. I put it on an image and shared it on FB, than tonight read it again, and again… I also read more verses around it.

Sometimes reading a chapter in a translation that is not a normal one is good. New ways of understanding… Something to “hit the heart.” Here is Psalm 51 from The Passion Translation. Let it sink in. Let it resonate to your spirit.

If you can, go to biblegateway online and read the notes at the bottom of this chapter. I believe you will learn something new. Here is the first one:

“This psalm is based on the incident that is recorded in 2 Sam. 12–13. This is a psalm of confession that has been sung for ages. Imagine composing a song about your failure and making it public for all time. David was not so much concerned about what the people thought but about what God thought. He wanted to be clean before God.”

God is WILLING to make everyone clean. God is WILLING to remove ALL guilt and shame. All we have to do is REPENT and BELIEVE.

I am SOOOO thankful for HIS Words and Promises! Verse 12 is my heart.

Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Pardon and Purity. For the Pure and Shining One. A prayer of confession when the prophet Nathan exposed King David’s adultery with Bathsheba.[a]David’s Confession

Psalm 51 1–2 God, give me mercy from your fountain of forgiveness! I know your abundant love is enough to wash away my guilt. Because your compassion is so great, take away this shameful guilt of sin. Forgive the full extent of my rebellious ways, and erase this deep stain on my conscience.[b] 3–4 For I’m so ashamed. I feel such pain and anguish within me. I can’t get away from the sting of my sin against you, Lord! Everything I did, I did right in front of you, for you saw it all. Against you, and you above all, have I sinned. Everything you say to me is infallibly true and your judgment conquers me. 5 Lord, I have been a sinner from birth, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 I know that you delight to set your truth deep in my spirit.[c] So come into the hidden places of my heart and teach me wisdom. David’s Cleansing 7 Purify my conscience! Make this leper clean again![d] Wash me in your love until I am pure in heart.[e] 8 Satisfy me in your sweetness, and my song of joy will return.The places you have crushed within me will rejoice in your healing touch.[f] 9 Hide my sins from your face;[g] erase all my guilt by your saving grace. 10 Keep creating in me a clean heart.[h] Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.[i] 11 May you never reject me! May you never take from me your sacred Spirit! David’s Consecration 12 Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy[j] in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say. 13 Then I can show other guilty ones how loving and merciful you are. They will find their way back home to you, knowing that you will forgive them. 14 O God, my saving God, deliver me fully from every sin, even the sin that brought bloodguilt.[k] Then my heart will once again be thrilled to sing the passionate songs of joy and deliverance! 15 Lord God, unlock my heart, unlock my lips, and I will overcome with my joyous praise! 16 For the source of your pleasure is not in my performance or the sacrifices I might offer to you. 17 The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. You will not despise my tenderness as I bow down humbly at your feet. 18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her. Be the protecting wall around Jerusalem. 19 And when we are fully restored, you will rejoice and take delight in every offering of our lives as we bring our sacrifices of righteousness before you in love![l]

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Joy And Sadness

Joy and Sadness… can the two work together?

We so often hear that we must be joyful. In everything give thanks! Joy comes in the morning!

And yet, I believe that God’s heart had sadness as well. That in the middle of all He created, when people disobeyed and went against His will, He experienced sadness and/or anger. We know He got angry at the Children of Israel when they built the golden calf. He did not want His children, created in His image, to go against His Word.

Different personalities will struggle with sadness in different ways. Some people seem to live in it. Others always seem joyful.

How should we handle it when grief comes? Should we allow ourselves to “live in the moment” of our feelings? Feelings and emotions, real as they are, usually do not reflect the creation God made us to be.

I’m asking myself questions this week as I have been “quarantined” and resting. I’ve forgotten what it means to “stop.” My mind keeps spinning. In these moments of continuous struggle in my head, I’ve felt guilt, happiness, sadness, breakthrough, and so many other emotions.

Last night it came to a head and I literally just felt like giving up. Wondering if there really are answers to the questions. Asking myself if I really make a difference… Knowing in my head that what is happening here on earth is NOT what reflects His heart. Realizing that what I “feel” is NOT what He says I about me…

In the midst of all the questions I still have this sense of peace and even joy. I know WHO my Creator is and WHO loves me more than anyone else does…

Can my heart and mind really have all this dichotomy in it?

In these times of questions I often find myself turning to the Psalms for support and encouragement. As I read them I find comfort in the fact that David often felt the same way I do. David was a man of ups and downs. He lamented the fact that people had turned from God. He rejoiced in the blessings of God.

So, I found yet another Psalm that was my encouragement for the moment. We live step by step and moment by moment. Day by day…

Psalm 61 For the leader. With stringed instruments. By David: Hear my cry, God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth, with fainting heart, I call out to you. Set me down on a rock far above where I am now. For you have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength in the face of the foe. I will live in your tent forever and find refuge in the shelter of your wings. (Selah) For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Prolong the life of the king! May his years go on for many generations. May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever!Appoint grace and truth to preserve him! Then I will sing praise to your name forever, as day after day I fulfill my vows.

Thank you, friends, for listening to my rambling today. May we all encourage one another each and every day to really TRUST Him and find FREEDOM in Him.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Rest

Last week I mentioned that I had a surprise. The surprise I did not discuss became more of a reality later in the week. My nose started to run and I have a little cough…

I really hate to discuss it all because I don’t want to draw attention to any of it, but the lesson I am learning from it is that God does desire for us to rest. Rest in HIM. Rest to heal. Rest to be with Him. Many reasons we need to rest.

I have often said that our lives often become so busy that we forget to rest. The women’s retreats I used to host were about learning to stop and rest. Learning to stop and LISTEN to His voice. Learning how to let go of frustrations and really TRUST Him. The theme was Rest and Refresh and Restore… Someday I hope to host another one!!!

The Word is clear that REST is important. As I looked at verses, this one jumped out at me:

Psalm 55:7-9 I said, “I wish I had wings like a dove! Then I could fly away and be at rest. Yes, I would flee to a place far off, I would stay in the desert. (Selah) I would quickly find me a shelter from the raging wind and storm.”

I read the whole chapter, and it is my thoughts and feelings today. There are days I feel the battle so strongly and just want it to go away. I want to run from it and find a place to hide. Then I read the following verses…

Verses 13-15: For it was not an enemy who insulted me; if it had been, I could have borne it. It was not my adversary who treated me with scorn; if it had been, I could have hidden myself. But it was you, a man of my own kind, my companion, whom I knew well. We used to share our hearts with each other; in the house of God we walked with the crowd.

How very true. It is often those who we are close to that cause the most pain. It is those who we have companioned with and spent time with. It is those who we “shared hearts with.” What does David tell us to do when these moments happen????

Verse 23: Unload your burden on Adonai, and he will sustain you. He will never permit the righteous to be moved.

The chapter ends with:

But for my part, [Adonai,] I put my trust in you.

Friends, let HIM be your ROCK and REST. Don’t run. Just find peace in the middle of the storm. Find HIS WORDS to comfort you. Let HIM sustain you.

Those are the promises I hold onto today as I rest and heal. Those are the WORDS of TRUTH that strengthen me. I pray that you can find a PROMISE from the Word today.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Surprise!

Surprise!

Who doesn’t love a surprise? I had two surprises this week. One was fun as my brother chose to bring my son to visit. We had no idea he was coming and all of a sudden he was at the door! We had a fun time in the afternoon and had dinner together.

The other surprise wasn’t quite as fun to receive, but God has this one too! Just because something is not “desired” doesn’t mean God isn’t in it!

There were surprises in the Bible. Many events occurred that were not expected, and sometimes not desired! The wonderful Promises that we can hold onto from all of them is that God is in control of ALL things. The situations in the Bible bring us HOPE that God is our strength in everything.  

In Exodus 4 Moses had elements of surprise when God had him change the staff into a serpent and his hand became covered in leprosy. God was showing Moses HIS strength and doing His best to bring Moses to a place of believing in HIS greatness that would be shown through Moses. Moses questioned it. God still used him.

In Joshua 8-10 Joshua and the Children of Israel were in a place of “defeat” (or so they thought). God told them not to despair or feel defeat and gave Joshua commands to obey. God delivered them.

Joshua 10:9 Having spent the entire night marching up from Gilgal, Y’hoshua fell upon them, taking them by surprise.

The story of Ruth has the element of surprise for Boaz when he wakes and finds Ruth at his feet.

Ruth 3:8 In the middle of the night the man was startled and turned over, and — there was a woman lying at his feet!

Without this “surprise” and ultimate union in marriage King David would not have been born. Jesus comes from the lineage of David.

Friends, we are living in days and hours that will be filled with surprises. More and more people are desperate and will do anything to try and “find happiness.” More and more people will become angry with their circumstances and carry out acts that will harm those around them. These “surprises” are not out of God’s site. He knows what is happening and when we TRUST Him completely He will walk with us through each situation.

We also know that the time for Christ’s return is drawing near. The element of surprise is all around us!

Luke 21:34 “But keep watch on yourselves, or your hearts will become dulled by carousing, drunkenness and the worries of everyday living, and that Day will be sprung upon you suddenly like a trap!

God wants us to be READY and PREPARED! What does that look like for you? What will it take to bring yourself into that place of PEACE in the storm? Are you continually “surprised” by what is happening around you? Or, are you relying on His strength to bring you through? Do you walk in HIS comfort, ready to face ALL things He brings your way?

If you are faced with surprises this week, take them to HIM. Give Him THANKS and PRAISE for the good ones. Lay those that are not what you desired at HIS feet and let Him work in the circumstances to bring you through. Let HIM deliver you!

He is in control my friends. He created the world. He created YOU. Wrestle with Him… Let HIM be your source of peace in the surprises He brings your way.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Easter

I wrote this two years ago. It is harsh, and please hear my heart, I do NOT want you to stop celebrating the RISEN Savior Who is our High Priest and King. HE alone is worthy of praise, glory and honor.

What I pray this article does is challenge everyone to stop and think about how they celebrate His resurrection. If we can get closer to the original mind of Christ why shouldn’t we?

This is what He has challenged me to do… He has us all on a journey. I’m not trying to guilt you or force you to do anything. May you keep listening to Him and follow HIS path. He will lead and guide.

One of my least favorite holiday is coming up… Easter. It just tugs at me every year and my stomach rolls. Why?

First, let me ask a question: If you were forced to deny Easter and stop celebrating the holiday or lose your life, what would you do? We have always been asked what would happen if we faced persecution. Denying Easter would be a form of persecution.

Early believers in Jesus were asked to do just that. Most of them were Jewish. If they were not Jewish and “grafted in” like we are, they were taught to follow Torah and the celebrations of Torah. These believers continued to celebrate all the Feasts God commanded in Torah. Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana, Sukkot… They were all part of their yearly festivals.

When Constantine came along, he did not want anyone celebrating the Jewish holidays. He wanted those to be banned. He required people to stop celebrating the Biblical holidays and started to create his own – which were based on celebrations to other gods. This gave him control over what people were learning. Bibles were taken away and everyone was required to learn from the “leaders.”

During this time, Easter was created. A “form of godliness, but denying the Power.” A man- made tradition that Jesus warns of in His teachings. Essentially, an idol serving another god.

We may say we would not stop celebrating Easter if we were forced too, but that’s exactly what people began to do. They stopped reading their Bible for themselves. They started listening to their “church leaders” and got way off track. They stopped celebrating the holidays that God commanded in Torah and began creating their own.

Knowing these things, why do we continue to celebrate the holiday? Because it’s tradition…  Because this is what we know… It’s not all bad… Because we need to celebrate our risen Savior… God’s grace covers everything so He understands…

I agree, we need to celebrate our risen Savior. We just need to take it back to the context that Jesus would want it celebrated in – Passover. Man-made traditions are high places that must be torn down. Constantine and the followers after him put up some high places. They built some “traditions” that need to come down.

At the beginning of the year I posted about the high places that king after king in Israel and Judah did not tear down. They did what was “right in the eyes of The Lord, BUT did not tear down the high places.” People might be doing what is “right in the eyes of The Lord,” but I think we still have high places to tear down and this is one of them.

Yes, God’s grace does cover us. And He knows our hearts. But, I believe He still wants us to constantly come before Him and remove things that are not from Him. He does not want us to stay the same. Every year He reveals a little more to me about what to remove. He shows me another speck in my eye (usually it ends up being a log) that needs to be removed. If I don’t remove it, I am sinning before Him and that is not something I want to do.

Celebrating Passover is one of my favorite times of year. I challenge you to do the same. It will change you from the inside out…

Shabbat and Shalom and Chag Semeach Pessach

Rose Horton

Pray Continually

Pray continually, (NIV)

Pray regularly. (CJB)

Pray without ceasing, (ESV)

Be unceasing and persistent in prayer; (AMP)

—1 Thessalonians 5:17

A basic verse, but one we must be reminded of often.

I pray that the simplicity, and yet depth, that is in these Words will be grounded in your spirit this week.

May you rely completely on trusting HIM and listening to HIM.

The more you speak with Him, the more He will engage with you.

The battle is not easy, but with the right weapons you can be victorious. Prayer is a powerful weapon. Use it often for HIS glory and LET Him help you fight your battle.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Dance With Me

As I pondered on what to write this week, I decided to share with you a favorite song of mine. I found it a couple of years ago and come back to it often. I love Jerusalem. I love my Abba. I love my Yeshua. This song encompasses all three…

The song cries for the heavens to open and for His glory to come down.

Revelation 19:11 Next I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. Sitting on it was the one called Faithful and True, and it is in righteousness that he passes judgment and goes to battle.

Friends, the battle is real. I wrote about that last week.

This verse is clear: The Faithful and True will come again. He will come in righteousness and glory. Those heavens WILL open. He will go to battle.

As you listen to this song, be drawn into HIM. Know that HE is the lover of your soul. Let HIM come to you and believe that winter is gone and springtime has come… Know that HE is fighting the battle for you!

As you Dance with HIM… Let ALL desire burn for HIM! Yeshua, CONSUME us!

Let HIM prepare you for the battle. Yeshua proclaim YOUR glory! Make us your faithful servants!

Friends, He is calling you,

“Dance with ME.”

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Song is Dance With Me / Glory Come Down performed by Jewish and Gentile artists worshipping Jesus from a Jerusalem rooftop. https://youtu.be/TEt6pEYKvbE

Battle

For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.—Ephesians 6:12

This week I have felt a battle like no other… It is draining. Fighting a war is not fun, and I haven’t even fought one “physically.”

I grew up in a pacifist family and community. War was not discussed much. My grandfather was part of Civilian Public Service as a Conscientious Objector and fought fires in Montana instead of joining the war. Joining the army was not something admirable.

While in Israel things changed… I began to understand battle and war in a new way. Hearing from soldiers in the IDF brought new insight. I also had the opportunity to meet US war veterans through an organization called Heroes to Heroes.

War is terrible. Even wars that are necessary in order to bring peace. Yes, I know that is a controversial statement. I realize that many believe war never brings peace. I don’t want to get into any discussion like that in this blog. However, understanding physical wars in a new way brought insight to the spiritual battles we face.

The enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy. We are in a spiritual battle whether we realize it or not. It is draining. It is tiring. It is exhausting.

In a physical war one tries to be a “step ahead” of what the other will do. A spiritual battle is the same. We try to “stay on top” of prayer and praise so that the enemy cannot sneak in. Unfortunately, it happens and then the battle is real.

I was talking with a friend about the hurt I was feeling and experiencing as the battle rages. Her response really made me stop and think. She allowed me to quote this,

“Please keep in mind that the tactics in war are foul. That means to win the war, you don’t play fair you play to Win! Do Not take on that “hurt”, it is a tactic! This is the enemy’s plan. Separate one from the other.”

I want to play fair. I am a middle child and usually a peacemaker. Fighting drains me. What she helped me realize is, that playing fair doesn’t mean I will win. As this began to soak in, I knew that even in spiritual warfare we have to be sneaky. We have to be “on our ‘A’ game” so we can OVERCOME the enemy.

We must recognize who the enemy is, and it isn’t the person, it is satan and his forces of darkness. We don’t give him authority. We claim, in the name of JESUS, that HE has all authority. The battle is really HIS and we have to let HIM fight it. We are LIGHT and LIGHT dispels the darkness.

If I want to WIN this war I must SURRENDER to God and let HIM take over. It doesn’t mean I give up. It doesn’t mean I give in. It simply means that I TRUST Him COMPLETELY to fight for me.

Send the angels Father! Take control because I can’t! The battle may be hot and you might feel the flames, but YOU ARE protected by your Father.

The song that came to my mind this week will be a link below…

We are all facing battles. They are REAL and they are tiring. Take heart, and DON’T take on the hurt. Keep playing to WIN by listening to your Father who has it ALL in HIS hands.

Shabbat Shalom my friends…

Rose Horton

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Song is by John Michael Talbot “The Battle Belongs to the Lord”

https://youtu.be/M60Fr-GA9Mk

Amen Worthy

Amen…

Sunday at the community of faith we have been attending a song began with Amen over and over.

Amen… What does it mean?

Simple definition is that it is an “utterance at the end of a prayer meaning ‘so be it.’”

dictionary.com gives explanation that Amen is “derived from the Hebrew ‘amen’ which means ‘certainty,’ truth’ and ‘verily.’’

What I find interesting is, all “main” religions (Christianity, Judasim, Islam) use this word. There are different pronunciations based on the region one lives in.

I was drawn to the word because I realized that I didn’t want to speak it or say it unless I was in agreement with what I was singing. I also have realized that I want to be careful saying amen to something I am uncertain of.

We often just “go with the flow” when the pastor, or worship leader, or anyone speaking for that matter, asks us to say, “amen.” We get caught up in the moment and without thinking we say, “Amen.”

Friends, we must be careful.

In today’s world it is very easy to get into agreement with wrong teachings. It is easy to get caught just saying, “amen” to anything because those around us do. Even at the end of prayers we end with a simple, “amen.”

The word, “amen” could place us in agreement with something we don’t want to be in agreement with. This means we should be listening closely to what is being said. It means we need to be in active participation with what is happening around us. There is no room for agreeing with something we should not be in agreement with. We need to take our “amens” seriously.

Here are some verses to end with that we CAN and SHOULD say AMEN to! A positive way to begin and end our days, our prayers, our songs…

The last verse in Psalm 89: Blessed be Adonai forever. Amen. Amen.

The end of Psalm 41 is similar: Blessed be Adonai the God of Isra’el from eternity past to eternity future. Amen. Amen.

Psalm 72:19 Blessed be his glorious name forever, and may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen. Amen.

These are AMEN worthy.

I believe these statements are definitely something we should come into agreement with. Giving HIM praise and adoration. Giving HIM blessing!

Today, take time to LISTEN to what is happening around you and be in agreement with ONLY the things from Him. Then, say Amen.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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