“Sharon! You better put on some more clothes before you leave out of this house!” That was my maternal grandpa yelling at me as I walked passed him in a crocheted mini-dress and platform shoes. I stopped in my tracks, “Yes, sir.” So, I went back to my bedroom and put on a pair of jeans under the dress. This time, I passed the muster and was allowed to leave the house.
It was the late sixties, and Plum Street in Detroit was where the flower people and hippies hung out. I tried to make the scene whenever I could. I was only with my grandparents for the summer; I was working at Hutzel Hospital making money in order to return to college in the fall.
As soon as I parked the car on Plum Street, I pulled off those jeans and mingled with all the other “cool and hip” people. I figured what grandpa didn’t know wasn’t gonna hurt me or him. My mind was too focused on how to conform to the worldly image of “hippy” to see that grandpa really had my best interest at heart and wanted to protect me from all the darkness and perversion my dress would attract.
(Often it is hard for me to get through these Blogs without thanking Yehovah AGAIN for watching over me and protecting me when I did not want or even sense the need for protection.)
I was at the point that Arthur discussed. I did not want to address the issues that made me feel I did not want to be in God’s presence. If someone spoke of God, I would go into a pseudo-intellectual discussion of God that was really nonsensical.
Decades later, I realized that being Holy was the only way for me to welcome His presence. Not being perfect, just doing His commands as best as I can, and repenting and doing better when I fail. In Yehovah’s presence, He can protect me. As Arthur said, Yah wants to bless me more than I want to be blessed. HalleluYAH!!
Listen and pray along with Arthur to break any issues may be holding you back from being more than a conqueror in your life and from being in Yehovah’s presence.
Summary of the Teaching
Buckle up! This is going to be a bumpy ride! Arthur calls it out like it is!
First, Arthur cautions us not to put limitations on ourselves or allow others to put them on us either. Limitations in one area of our lives can spill over to other areas where we will limit our full potential of growth, success, and prosperity!
Second, He calls upon us to recognize deception, especially self-deception. One red flag is when we will keep all of the man-made holidays but look down on Yehovah’s Holy Days! And we are more concerned about not breaking man’s governance laws, but we will not keep Yehovah’s commands.
Next, Arthur dives into Paul’s focus on how to conduct ourselves with other believers and with non-believers in the world. This segment of the teaching is influenced by Arthur’s directive from Yehovah to show the Saints how to apply His word. I love Arthur’s vulnerability. He tells us how he is getting rid of his spots, wrinkles and blemishes. He gives us the nitty-gritty of how to be Holy by constantly assessing our thoughts, motives, and behavior. Arthur counsels us to let the image of Yeshua be our standard and to keep our eyes on Yehovah while we navigate the world systems.
Arthur speaks with authority on the following:
- Why is the search for “like-minded” people never ending?
- When is your hospitality like casting pearls before swine?
- Are there benefits from praying for those that hate or persecute you?
- Why do evil people receive blessings too?
- What does loving your brother/sister look like?
- What is one way to get the heebie-jeebies?
- What happens when we think, “It is impossible?”
- What are some of the phrases we should eliminate from our vocabulary, immediately?
- What are Arthur’s personal “stress relievers?” (In the Q & A)
Listen as Arthur gives an account of the two things that have hindered him in receiving blessings from Yehovah.
Buzz on the Teaching
HalleluYAH!! We were all eyewitnesses to the healing power of Yehovah. When Arthur finished the closing prayer, he paused and said he sensed there were people present with sharp pain on their right side and/or right shoulder. Several Saints indicated that it was them. Sister Saint #1 and her young daughter went to lay hands on Sister Saint #2. I joined them by laying hands on the right shoulder of Sister Saint #2. While the prayer was being prayed, I noticed that Sister Saint #1’s young daughter raised her leg and placed her hand on her knee. I took my other hand and placed it on her knee too. Praise Yah!! Both of these Saints were healed!!
During the Fellowship, I sat with Sister Saint #3. She has been struggling with lower back pain for several weeks and had decided in her mind that she needed to go to the Chiropractor. So she didn’t ask for prayer for it. She told me that when Arthur widen the call for folks with pain anywhere, she confessed that she had pain today in her right hip. Sister Saint #4 went over to lay hands and minister to her. Well… don’t you know, the Holy Spirit revealed to Sister Saint #4 to pray for the lower back of Sister Saint #3!! Sister Saint #3 was repenting and explaining how Yah was showing her that He can heal her whole body! Yah is not limited to only certain areas. HalleluYAH!!
Later, I joined a conversation about the family of Yehovah being of multi-languages and multi-cultural. Sister Saint #4 was explaining that her DNA shows links to various cultures so she doesn’t put herself in a box just based on one culture. I was thinking that I too was a mixture of racial groups, but I really only identified with one group. Hmmm.
We all had a desire to experience other cultures and get to know our Sisters and Brothers in other lands. We then began to talk about the joy of fellowshipping weekly with folks at HOI from various countries.
We all agreed that we would like to be able to communicate with our faith family in their native languages. Between the four of us, we only knew a smattering of words from Spanish, Farsi, and French. However, just being able to say a few words in our Sister’s or Brother’s language will often break down walls and move the conversation into a higher level of familiarity.
Arthur stressed the importance of understanding that Father is creating a “new” family that will not be based on ethnic or national boundaries. If we isolate ourselves from people who are different, we will not know to relate to them and we will develop the tendency to avoid that culture. That avoidance could very well lead to prejudices and racism. So, let us be obedient to the words of our Messiah and Brother Yeshua:
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:35 King James Version
Until next time… Blessings to You and Yours,