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Yom Rishon, 29 Kislev 5778
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What does this phrase “Numb at the Heart” really mean? Does it mean we have no heart at all? Does it mean we have no feeling or compassion? What is the first thing we think of when we hear this phrase? Actually being numb at the heart is a condition many people seem to be falling into these days. The word numb means: incapable of action or of feeling emotion; enervated; lacking or deficient in emotion or feeling; indifferent. So basically a person who’s numb at the heart has no more sense of feeling one way or the other. We would say this is almost like being hardhearted. Hardheartedness can prevent people from being moved with G-d’s love and affection for the lost, the sick, the needy and so on. This is also a dangerous place to be in when we can’t hear or be moved by G-d to do his will for ourselves or for others. Here’s something to meditate on.

Keeping our hearts and ears open to G-d will help keep us from falling into harness

Heb 3:7 Wherefore as Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) saith, To day if you will hear his voice,8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

Suppose you and your family were apart of a church for years and one day loose your job. You labored as a minister, gave and helped your church for years. Then you went to your church for help because you couldn’t find work, and you were in over your head, and had no place to turn. But then instead of helping you and really sufficiently meeting your need your church limits what they gave you and didn’t meet your need and said go your way. After a few more months same issues keep happing and the whole thing starts all over again only this time you’re told to get a job!  Knowing your killing yourself to do just that but they don’t see it and say to you this is it buddy can’t help you no more! Should we who sit in a position of G-ds storehouse limit helping people we know who are in great need? If we fully meet someone’s need they will be able to stand on their own. But limiting and NOT meeting a need keeps that person struggling. That’s why they continue to need help in the first place!Yeshua (Jesus) gives us a great example about what really caring for the struggling means. He never says to stop it or limit it, but says in his teaching “when I come again I will repay thee” (Luke 10:30-37).Yeshua (Jesus) doesn’t expect us to be a crutch to the lazy or unwilling to work, but when it comes to family who have need we are to take care of business. NO EXCUES or church playing politics! Here’s something to meditate on.

Properly caring for others demonstrates G-ds love

1Jn 3:17  Now whoever has vital possessions of this Olam Hazeh  (worlds goods) and sees his Ach b'Mashiach (brother in Messiah) being nitzrach (needy) and has no rachamim (mercy) on him and refuses to give gemilut Chesed (loving kindness), how does the ahavat Hashem (love of G-d) ma'on (dwell) in him?

Aiding or Caring for those who are ministers or congregants in need is G-ds will

Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Remembering to help the poor is honorable in G-ds eyes

Gal 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

Lots of times we take on many projects in the church. But does being constantly busy in our church really say or mean or shows that we have a good relationship with our Messiah? Take for instance the church of Ephesus, they really were a busy church too, but lacked loving the most important person in their relationship which lead them away from their first love, the Messiah. Busyness doesn’t always equal or mean we have a right relationship with our Messiah. People’s good works should glorify G-d, but it’s G-d who leads the work in the first place. Choosing what G-d wants verses what we want makes a big difference in G-ds church. Good works without his love is empty works. But let’s remember and not forget that our first love (Yeshua-Jesus) is the most important above any works we may ever do. Here’s something to meditate on.

If we have drifted away from our first love because of self busyness or sin, the key thing to do is repent.

Rev 2:5 Therefore, zikron (remember) from where you have fallen and make teshuva (repentance, turning from err to G-d) and do the Ma'asim Ha Rishonim (first works); but, if not, I am coming to you and I will remove your menorah from its place, unless you make teshuva (repent).

One place about what the works of G-d are, verses self works is made clear in the book of James

Jas 1:27 Avodat Kodesh (holy service) that is tehorah (pure) and tamimah (unblemished) before Elohim Ha Av (G-d the father) is this: to visit yetomim (orphans) and almanot (widows) in their tzoros (affliction), and to keep himself undefiled from the Olam Hazeh (the world).

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