Cleansing Stripes

“Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.”

— Proverbs 20:30 NKJV

Some translations may use belly instead of heart. In the original language this is translated as belly, so why do translations put heart instead?

In Hebrew culture of that time, the belly was used to describe the core of one’s inherent mental and emotional abilities. In English today that description is our heart.

So with that understanding we can see how this verse can be used with the word heart, but we can also understand Isaiah 53:5 even more when reading this verse with understanding the translation.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

— Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

“By His stripes we are healed” refers to our heart being healed from our transgressions and iniquities against G-d. Our heart is made whole again through His act of redemption.

Solomon is telling us that stripes cleanse the inner depths of our heart. Isaiah is telling us that by the stripes of the Messiah, our heart is healed and made whole.

What Jesus went through before he was put on the cross, was for our cleansing. It was for the process of our purification in order to stand before G-d. Jesus then went to the cross to pay our debt of sin once and for all.

A sacrifice has to be made for our sins. Traditional methods were not working because our hearts were not changing. G-d came in the form of His Son to conquer what we could not. Not only did He pay our debt, but He also went through a torturous beating to prepare us to stand before the Almighty King.

Beaten, crucified, and then to show His Power over death, He rose. Through His resurrection we now have the power to overcome sin and temptation. He took care of it all.

Complete… That is what He made us.

He has empowered us to think differently and to overcome what we can’t on our own. Through Him, we conquer. Not the physical things per say, but the spiritual.

We need to be diligent in seeking G-d and His Will daily. Through our relationship with Him, because of Jesus, G-d has forgiven us and made us whole again. We are not perfect, but await perfection in the day that we come face-to-face with our Loving G-d.

FAITHbook or facebook?

When you get up in the morning, which do you read first?

Let me be the first to say that I have been guilty of this myself. As a believer in the L-RD, we sometimes get lax in our faith. It is very easy to get caught up in the daily buzz of social media to find out what is happening it people’s lives or to see what they are sharing.

Consider this. The L-RD has made numerous “posts” for us to read. They are written with us in mind. In these “posts” we find out more about ourselves and what we lack. They bring clarity in our lives where there are so many things that cloud our vision with the constant distraction of ‘new’ and ‘updated’ along with empty news and reports of peril and calamity.

Our L-RD has “posted” writings that give us hope, encouragement, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, correction for our wayward lives, truth and the promise of salvation if we choose to believe in Him and follow Him.

The question really becomes, what is more important in our lives? Seeking knowledge and wisdom from the One who Loves us unconditionally or from a world that is self seeking?

Start the day right by putting G-d first and spending time with Him. It changes our perspective of the day and what happens in it. It also changes the outcome of many circumstances because we first sought out counsel from G-d.

Let us not forget that Jesus came and first lived among us and shared in our trials of this world. He showed us how to live a righteous life and continued to point to G-d. He then went to the cross willingly to pay the debt we could never pay. G-d loves us so much, that He came personally as His Son, to live as an example, then to pay our debt so that we could be with Him forever if we believe. THAT is dedication and that is the level of His love for us. We can’t go wrong following the One who loves us that much.

Let us live with such conviction in our lives that people see the Love and Dedication of our L-RD through our walk. That is what Jesus died for. He paid our debt and gave us inheritance with His blood. It cost Him His Life. Through His Resurrection we have the power to overcome sin and temptation.

Walk in His Love and Dedication. Walk in His Freedom. He loves you.