Stop! Do you believe in the inerrancy
of the Bible? In order for you to understand the rest of what is
written here, you must understand the akedah. Akedah. Now let's talk
about cutting soul-ties. The book of Revelation reminds us that we must be cleansed from a
wiley heart of secret sin, for
"blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed, not going about naked
and exposed to shame" (Rv 16:15). We're talking about cutting soul-ties. Easier said than done. We will
talk about a soul-tie in a minute.
First look at this picture.
It's a picture of you with a soul-tie. The picture is of you being held
down deep underwater by large strands of kelp. Kelp are very large brown
seaweed. The scene is somewhat murky, but clear enough. The water
symbolizes the Realm of the Ruach
Hakodesh, the kelp (which is growing from the bottom and from you)
symbolizes the soul ties. Cutting these will allow you to bob back to the
top so that the Ruach HaKodesh can once again freely direct you in the way
He wants you to go. Of course, after being cut free, you may experience a
sense of instability and disorientation, but also freedom. Where the Ruach
Hakodesh is, there is freedom. But you will also experience a sense of
loss and perhaps literal loss also.
For somehow you had, without
fully realizing what was happening to you, been lured by a siren song into
a dangerous ocean depth, and the seaweed did not at first present anything
alarming to you. Certainly the bondage the seaweed represented did not
appear that way at all. However, with each passing day, the brown seaweed
silently wrapped its large strands around you, and eventually you began to
see that the darkness had grown darker and the water had grown colder and
the thought of swimming up to the surface had grown less urgent. Something
about this thing was becoming dully comfortable and facinating and not very grievous to
you. Bondage does have its deceptive (not real) pleasure.
there was one thing you hadn't reckoned with, that the Ruach Hakodesh was
being grieved all along. This is what you vaguely sensed but didn't want
to deal with. The evil pleasure you didn't want to interrupt to deal with
anything. But you were losing your way in the Holy Spirit. You couldn't
bob up to the Holy Spirit and get your bearings. Because the Ruach
Hakodesh was being grieved right along. And something horrific was
starting to grow. Something horrific. Satan was using his craftiness to corrupt
your pure devotion to Moshiach, as it says in 2Co 11:1-3.
Amnon did not see the
horrific thing that was starting to grow in his life. It would cost him
his life and would contribute to a civil war with the loss of many other
lives in his father David's kingdom and in his father David's household.
It started with a soul-tie.
These are Scriptures meant to make us tremble. Beautiful Tamar was
forbidden to Amnon. But a siren song was luring him into treacherous ocean
depths where large brown seaweed could begin to grow from the bottom and
from Amnon. He was
captivated by her beauty. He was hardening his
heart against the Scriptural warning. And when you harden your heart,
G-d may also harden your heart, for it was the will of G-d to have Solomon
come to the throne after David. And that could not come to pass unless
Solomon's older brothers, Amnon and Absalom, were no longer around to
threaten Solomon. So the Ruach Hakodesh was grieved with Amnon. We know
that all things work together for good for those who love G-d, but we know
that no such good is promised when we abandon the holy commandment so that
we can pursue our lusts. And here we see the besetting sin and the generational curse:
David's sinful desire for
Bathsheba in one generation and Amnon's sinful desire for
Tamar in the next generation.
You say, "Stop tape!" "Rewind the
tape!" What can we learn from Amnon's mistake. How could he have cut this
soul-tie with Tamar before it became fatal? How could he have turned back
from the brink?
We have already said that breaking soul-ties is
not easy. Remember that Amnon was obsessed with her beauty. He had an
obsession. It was also a secret sin in the beginning. He was love-sick
with a love-sickness that was so intense it made him ill. He must have
told himself, "Listen, this is the REAL thing! Yes, if I listen to my
heart, my heart tells me that this is the REAL thing." But of course it
wasn't. It was a demonic deception. Satan was going around like a roaring
lion seeing whom he could swallow down, and Amnon was lured like a hapless
stupid fish into the dangerous murky depths of his sin nature by the bait
of Tamar's beauty.
Suppose you were a minister and one day an
attractive young lady requested a bit of counselling from you. So you,
being a solicitous man of G-d, oblige. However, somewhere in the process,
her beauty begins to dazzle you. Yet she has more and more questions and
you, always wanting to oblige, continue providing more and more answers to
those questions. It is just at this crucial point that you have a way of
escape. What is it, pray tell? You simply find another counsellor and say,
"My dear, really so-and-so has an INFINITELY deeper grasp of these matters
and I am going to refer you and all your questions to HER (Ti 2:3-4) immediately. AND
YOU CUT THE INCIPIENT SOUL-TIE AND FLEE FROM THE TEMPTATION.
what do we mean when we say "soul-tie"? It says, “The soul of Jonathan was
knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1
Samuel 18:1). What does the Bible say about “soul ties?” If a soul tie is
destructive (as in the case of Amnon), if it distracts from the work G-d
has called you to do, if it is idolatrous, if it is forbidden by
Scripture, if it lures your attention off of your L-rd and Savior and
grieves the Holy Spirit, if Satan is sifting you in his sieve with it,
then let’s get some deliverance. Let's get
some deliverance ministry.
You say, Is that really necessary? Well let me ask you a question.
Look at the woman at the well in Yn chapter 4. Was it
important for her to cut soul ties in order to stay in step with Yeshua?
There was unconfessed sin at the well. Fact: she did not have a husband.
Yeshua had to gently pull this fact out of her. Apparently she had a
soul-tie, maybe more than one. Being a prophet, Yeshua told her what was
in her heart. The man in her heart was not her husband. The man she had
now was not her husband. And she had had five others. Now let's go back to
the picture we started with. It's a picture of you as the woman at the
well with a soul-tie. The picture is of you being held down deep
underwater by large strands of kelp. Kelp are very large brown seaweed.
The scene is somewhat murky, but clear enough. The water symbolizes the
Realm of the Ruach Hakodesh, the kelp (which is growing from the bottom
and from you) symbolizes the soul ties. Cutting these will allow you to
bob back to the top so that the Ruach HaKodesh can once again freely
direct you in the way He wants you to go. Of course, after being cut free,
you may experience a sense of instability and disorientation, but also
freedom. Where the Ruach Hakodesh is, there is freedom. But you will also
experience a sense of loss and perhaps literal loss also. The woman at the
well had had six men in her life. Could she keep them in her heart and
receive Yeshua there also? No, she couldn't stay in step with Yeshua and
all those men. Until she cut those soul ties, she couldn't "bob back to
the top" so that the Ruach Hakodesh could direct her. She couldn't lurk
around those six houses and also knock on doors for Jesus. It might have
been destabilizing and disorienting to walk past those six houses where
those old soul ties resided, but she was also free. Now she could run and
tell everybody she met that she knew the Moshiach Ben Dovid and they
can know him too!
The Bible says to watch your life and your
doctrine closely, so that you will save both yourselves and those who hear your preaching. In the last
days, like dogs returning to their vomit, ministerial casanovas with eyes
full of adultery will arise that creep into weak-willed women's homes and
that bring them under soul-tie bondage. At Moshiach's Bet Din, these
preachers will protest but will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Imagine you were a
clerk in a home entertainment store-front where all the televisions and
media devices on display were playing holy music and spiritually edifying
DVD's. Then imagine that one day the Owner told you to make sure that no
one changed the television channels to soap operas or unholy music. But
the Owner stayed away a long time and while he was absent a tall, dark,
and handsome stranger came into the store and changed one of the channels
to a soap opera. At first you were irritated and changed the channel back
to a holy station. But the stranger said, "Can you not think your own
thoughts?" So after that, one by one, all the televisions in the store
were subverted to soap operas. Then one day a prophet came to the store
and warned you. You changed a few channels but didn't think much about it.
Then a different prophet came and warned you. You paid no attention.
Finally, you were given the last warning, and the next day you were fired
and thrown out on the street. Your thought life is not your own. It has
been redeemed by the blood of Moshiach. Make sure your thought life does
not grieve the Ruach Hakodesh. "May the meditations of my heart be acceptable
in Thy sight, O L-rd my Strength and my Redeemer." "If I regard iniquity in my
heart, the L-rd will not hear me when I cry." Rebuke the thoughts that arise from the
murky ocean floor of the sin nature. Resist devilish thoughts. Use your spiritual prayer language and songs of deliverance to drown out
soul-tie bondage and wickedness. Bring every thought captive to obey
Moshiach. Whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report,
meditate on these things. Put on the whole armor of G-d. Hope in the L-rd
all day long. Forgive and you shall be forgiven. Give and it shall be
given unto you. The secret of the L-rd is with those who fear Him. Be holy
for Moshiach is holy. Be not wise in your own eyes. Fear the L-rd and depart from evil.
There was once an abused girl who cut a soul-tie with an unsaved
man, went off to the big city, became born again, went into the L-rd's
work, was used greatly by G-d with a word of knowledge prophetic ministry,
but then, right before a great victory, was tempted once again as the
soul-tie with this unsaved man resurfaced in her life after many years.
Had she not resisted Satan, had she not once again cut the old soul-tie,
had she allowed that bondage back into her heart, then, instead of weeping
with the repenting women in her meetings as the Holy Spirit revealed all
their secret sins, the prophets would have come for her and, after a few
warnings, her ministry would have come to an end. Such is the danger of
soul ties. The positive side of all this is that this test came right
before a great victory. Count it all joy when these things resurface
because the test itself presages a promotion. And if Moshiach himself was
driven by the Ruach Hakodesh out into the wilderness to be tempted by
Satan BEFORE the victory of his ministry, should we imagine it will be any
different with us? Therefore we rejoice in these things, because the L-rd
is eyeing us for some kind of promotion in the spiritual realm if our
faith passes the test after being tried in the fire.
listen carefully: do not join the hypocrites, who piously preach one way but think
and live another way.
"What are you doing in the forbidden area
of the apple orchard?" the woman was asked. "Oh...uh...just dusting off the
L-rd's 'NO TRESPASSING' sign," she piously told her husband. "Then why do you
have an apple picker's step ladder instead of a feather duster?" he asked before
she became angry and abusive.
Keep yourself far from the ditches of besetting sin that you keep falling into.
Keep yourself clean. Preach very hard to yourself
first and repent. Then preach to others. THEN will I teach transgressors
G-d's ways (Ps 51:13). Better people get angry at your uncompromising and
convicting Biblical preaching AND GO TO HEAVEN ANGRY AT YOU than
for them to think more highly of you than they ought, develop a soul-tie
with you, and miss out with G-d. Emotional adulation belongs to Hashem,
not to us. Moshiach doesn't want you to grow his Shul your way, Moshiach wants to
grow his Kehillah HIS
holy way. Ministers in the Bible are less like the handsome and
glamorous television personalities we see in modern pulpits with their
vast television cult of adulation and more like the scrubbed up, clean,
lower Gastro-Intestinal doctor who is all business and seriousness as he
does a colonoscopy and tries to get past the sewage products of the carnal flesh in order that he
might save the patient's life, the patient for whom Moshiach died. (See 1Sm 2:22-25 which
shows why a minister must not have an unclean philandering eye but rather
the qualifications of 1Ti
3:2 and 1Ti 5:9 and
Ti 1:6.) Do not upset
the applecart as the L-rd sends people to your kehillah and some are only
guests of a particular person who is coming and who, if offended, will
exit and take all of the unsaved people with her, some of whom may never
darken the door of a kehillah again. Now do you see why you need to have a
each week and pray over your guest book so that each person has a chance
to hear the plan of
O if you
would only be filled with the Holy Spirit, resist the devil, make no provision for
the flesh, flee from youthful lusts, and learn of spiritual riches, so
that in Moshiach you would become richer by far.
Money is very important to
people, it seems.But in the blink of an
eye, billions were lost on the Stock Market the other day.God tells us that His wisdom is supposed to
be more valuable to us than ephemeral wealth (Ps 119:72), and as such His Word
is to be more eagerly sought after (Prov 2:4)
Apparently the Jewish rich
young ruler was very foolish, turning his gold into goyishe idolatry (Ps
135:15), but in the process forfeiting heaven, the Main Street of which is itself pure gold
(see Rev 21:21).So he foolishly chose a
limited quantity of gold he could claim as his own only for a short lifetime,
when in fact he could have had a wholeMAIN STREET of gold for all eternity, had he not been so foolish (Rev
The rich young ruler should have made God his riches
(Job 22:25).He should have obtained his
gold from Yeshua (Rev3:18), meaning true gold, speaking of the riches of His divine
righteousness credited to our faith.It’s
possible to be materially well off but morally and spiritually poor.When we come to Yeshua with a sense of our own
sin and foolhardy self- sufficiency, we can exchange our poverty and emptiness
for His hidden treasure. But remember His gold is always “refined in the fire,”
meaning the moral purification we get in Him comes through discipline and
testing.We grow in purity only in the
heat of temptations and trials, for gold has to be heated and refined until the
impurities are burned out.See Jer 9:7;
Zech 13:9; Mal 3:3; 1 Cor 3:13 and 1Pet 1:7.When tempted to “turn back” at any point, we must commit our past sins,
our present need, and our entire future to Yeshua, knowing that impurities of
character must be ferreted out and require unpleasant chastening, distasteful
at the time, but yielding sweet fruit in season (see Hebrew 12:5-13).
Right now we are preparing the Yiddish New Testament page by pain-staking
page.Please pray for us, that we would
use scanners and computers wisely, and also for souls, since we have seen some
turning to the Lord, and also pray for the school opening January 28 and for the
teachers and a revival.