Blessings friends, today I want to take a moment to share with you some very beautiful people in mine and Debora's lives that have impacted us in such an important and vital way for The Kingdom of YHVH. The songs you hear on the record "The Beauty of Holiness" began as melodies birthed from deep still waters in my spirit that originally found breath through the strings of my guitar and voice. The lyrics have been forged from the fires of God's Word and His Hand evidenced in the crucible of my personal experiences. But the lush soundscape that cradles the listener, ushering them into the presence of YHVH has been a collaborative effort over many many intense months with dear friends who without their support and willingness to share their inspired giftings this body of work would still be incomplete. This is my testimony and appreciation of them.
James and Gayle OHare are a beautiful couple who Debora and I have had the blessing of friendship for several years. James and Gayle's music and teaching ministry is called Israel My Delight. Based out of Boston Mass, James and Gayle are two vibrant and beautiful voices declaring in the wilderness to prepare The Way of The LORD! YHVH is using them mightily to speak into hearts and minds the truth of God's Word across the country.Years ago at a Messianic Conference we heard James' fiery-winged notes overwhelm our hearts in the masterful playing of his flute. James brings such a sweet and vital dimension to messianic praise and worship and Abba made it clear that this gift was meant to be shared and allowed to bless many more hungry hearts. James' unmistakable flute can be heard on the likes of Praise You and YaHoVaH and is sure to touch your heart. You can get to know James and Gayle at their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jamesgayle?fref=ts. Take time to visit them and say shalom, these beautiful people will encourage you in your daily walk with The Father.
Denise and Eric Young of Shepherd's Heart Ministries Tikvah Israel hail from Clearwater Florida. Eric is Pastor and Denise is the Praise and Worship leader. This dynamic couple are weekly changing lives and turning hearts to YHVH, reaching out and sharing God's truth and are powerfully used of The LORD. Their hearts are open and willing to minister to all who have willingness. They're down to earth approachability speaks volumes to their love for YHVH. Denise is an accomplished singer and piano player. She and Eric own and maintain their own recording studio where they record many of their beautiful songs as well as other anointed artists. When you're in Clearwater look up these beautiful folks and visit them. I promise you will be blessed and refreshed! Take time please to visit them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/c.denise.young?fref=ts and tell them Will sent you!
Meet Dana Martin, consummate guitar and bass player, producer, bottle washer and brother. Dana is my right-hand man. A singular man, I have not been blessed musically as much as I have with him. He is a musical jack of all trades and the best kept secret in Messianic Music today. We have worked together on multiple projects, each one a joy and blessing. Much of the music and stylings I have we share together, and if you haven't noticed yet, much of the music we create is guitar-driven because it is our instrument of choice. Dana has put in countless hours pouring himself into the songs we collaborate on, so when the final product is complete and the listener hears it, those signature electric guitar tracks and most of the bass tracks come from his passion and love of YHVH and sacrifice. Please, take time to go by and visit my friend Dana at his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dana.martin.10?fref=ts
“Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. The LORD said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? For I have chosen him so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of The LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that The LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him” (Genesis 18:16-19)YHVH in His omniscience, in His omnipresence, His omnipotence shares His thoughts with us. He said, “shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do”? As if to say, I’m conflicted? I am not sure whether I should tell Abraham what I am about to do.
Are we to believe The Almighty Creator of the cosmos is debating within
He already knows the end from the beginning, He is all-knowing, and He is GOD…then it is safe to say that He is not debating within himself. The wordy version used here is anthropomorphism. It means to behave like, or to personify something that is not. We know that Numbers 23:19 states the obvious, “God is not a man thatHe should lie”, but throughout Scripture oftentimes to get some comprehension of who He is YHVH has designed His Word to describe Himself like a man, so that man can better relate in order to gain some measure of understanding of GOD. Of course, GOD is inscrutable; however, if we are going to engage in relationship with The Almighty He has to bring Himself down to earth in some degree so that we can understand, and He absolutely accomplished that by sending His son who told His disciples “"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” (John 14:7).
So why then is there this record of God’s inward thinking like a man?
I submit to you He does this to provoke us to ask questions, which He intends to broaden our understanding of who He is, and what He desires of us! Ingenius, really; God didn’t need to tell Abraham anything. God already knew Sodom and Gomorrah were destined for destruction. He’s God, and yet He debates—or so it appears as it’s written in His Word, and then He relents and tells Abraham His plans. But He offers us some clues as to why. He says in verse 19 “For I have chosen him”. Why is that relevant here?
What significance does declaring that now have any bearing upon what He’s about to
Chosen as it appears here is the Hebrew word yada, and it means to make oneself
known to, to reveal oneself to. When God reveals Himself people know about it!
When Moses came down the mountain after having been with God they all cried for
him to put a covering over his face because it shone! The point to that is, when
a person has been in the presence of God, it changes them, and Abraham was
changed by the presence of God. We read in Genesis 18:22 “Then the men turned
away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before
the Lord”. Abraham was in The LORD’s presence, serving Him.
The very nature of God is not to destroy, but to bring to repentance. “The LORD is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2Peter 3:9). The Hebrew word found here for repentance is Strongs #7725and it means a turning back to a previous state or place, and it also means to restore! The Greek equivalent as it appears in 2 Peter 3 is the word metánoia (Strongs #3341) and it means a change of mind, as it appears to one
who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done (Thayer’s).
Peter is talking about a change of mind. Ya’akov says in chapter one “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25).
Why does God share ideas that prompt us to ask engaging
questions concerning His plans?
“And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no one to
intercede;” (Isaiah 59:16); because the ultimate thing Abba is looking for is a man to
intercede on man’s behalf! The word used here for intercede is pâga’ and it means to meet, to cause to light upon, to make entreaty. We’ve established YHVH wants to restore, wants to give light, life and blessing, but man often becomes confused either out of ignorance or bad teaching. What Abba is trying to teach us is that we have a role in redeeming Israel! Adversity strikes! What do we do? Do we sit idly by? No, we have been called to intercede, because The Father is equipping us to be His hands and feet. You may be the chosen vessel He’s chosen to use to bring healing and comfort to another
person’s life! Let us speak life to one another, through our words, our actions,
our motivation! We’ve been called, now all we have to do is answer it. Blessings
Spending a little time going over songs in preparation for our visit to Michael Rood's in Charlotte in a couple of weeks. Always a blessing when we visit with The Rood Crew! I don't care what anyone says, comfort affects playability. I choked up on my guitar strap about 8-10 inches this evening. It sits a little higher when I play, but for me, it allows greater playability for me. Take time everyday to practice, and pay attention to how you respond to your instrument. Sometimes you'll discover that a small adjustment like to your guitar strap can affect your ability to play in the pocket!