Romans 16 Part 2 – Teaching Review

Shalom Saints,

I remember searching for truth in all the wrong places; going from congregation to congregation. There are thousands, millions, and maybe billions of people who are seeking truth and some who aren’t necessarily seeking, but would recognize the truth as what they need, if they heard it. The veil of darkness around me was pierced when a lady came 90 miles to visit me and just dropped in the conversation that, “God has a name.” She then began to tell me her faith.

We who have the truth are obligated to share what we have been freely given. We do this, as Arthur says, by not telling people what to believe; just share with them what YOU believe. Our mandate is to help others get connected to the Almighty. His Holy Spirit will lead them into all understanding and teach them how to live.

This teaching covers so much! You will be blessed in numerous ways.

Summary of the Teaching

If you have faith in Messiah, you are wiser than the world. You are an Ambassador of the Most High and you have been given a Ministry of Reconciliation. These callings qualify us as leaders. As leaders, we are lights to the world. When we deny being a leader and a light to the world, we are denying Yeshua. Listen as Arthur explains this concept in depth.

Arthur reminds us that opposition to our faith can be encouraging if you don’t let it discourage you. Listen as Arthur explains why he is not a Christian because the majority of Christians are Anti-Torah.

When we ask for prayer to be healed, we have to reject the illness by NOT CLAIMING IT. First, let it go by not using phrases like, “my diabetes”, “I have COPD”, “every spring, I get allergies”. Arthur challenges us to believe the Creator’s words about us and not what your feelings or the doctor’s diagnosis says about you.

After Arthur has already taught at least three lessons, he says, “Let’s jump into this!”  He was ready to share what he had discovered through all the names that Paul continues to mention in Chapter 16.  There are relationships mentioned in this Chapter that are not mentioned elsewhere in Scripture.  Through applying logic, reading Acts, and reading the other writings by Paul, we can find out a lot of about Paul and the Saints in Rome.

  • Paul was born free.
  • He was a Roman citizen as well as from the tribe of Benjamin.
  • He had a sister and possible a brother.
  • He entrusted Phoebe to deliver his letter to the Saints in Rome.
  • Urbane was a companion in the work of the ministry and was possibly an Apostle.
  • Several of the Saints in Rome had common slave names and were possibly former slaves. Slavery existed long before slavery was brought to America. In the Torah, Yehovah gave instruction on how slaves were to be treated. 

Paul had learned how to deal with brethren that were divisive and offensive.  Listen as Arthur and Paul give us advise on how to handle those brethren while remaining as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove.

Buzz on the Teaching

I sat down at a table where four Sister Saints were involved in conversation. After warm and cordial greetings were exchanged, one Sister Saint leaned into towards me and said, “Well Sharon, have you had any visions or dreams lately. Tell us!” At first, I was taken off guard, but then remembered that this was the time that we are supposed to share what Yehovah has given us. “I said, I don’t have a dream or vision to share, but I can definitely share what Yah is helping me with right now.”

I went on to share that at work on Wednesday, I was nearly overcome with allergy symptoms: headache, stuffy nose, cough, etc. While driving home, I was praying that I would be alert and make it home safely. When I pulled into my driveway, I rejoiced and then went immediately to bed until it was time to get ready for service on Thursday night. I had to keep talking to myself all Thursday that I was going to service and would be “just fine.” I pulled out all my “go-to scriptures” for healing and overcoming the thoughts of the enemy to keep me down. I made it through the service on Thursday.

Then the enemy started all over again on Friday trying to talk me into not going to service on Sabbath because I was too ill. At one point, I was talking to the enemy, “I know that I can go to service on Sabbath, because Arthur has not let sickness keep him from teaching a service in the 6-7 years that I have been listening.” Then the enemy said to me (in my head), “Well Arthur is a man and he is 10 years younger than you.” I ignored the gender reference and hit back with, “Well, what about Moses!!”

Later Friday night, I asked one of my Sister Saints, via Internet, to stand with me in prayer.  She sent encouraging words and she sent me this verse. 

Exodus 15:26 King James Version
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

I believe she meant it for me to keep standing in faith because I am one that Yehovah protects.  However, the enemy spoke to me in a different way about that verse.  I began to search myself and when I didn’t see any immediate faults, I called my husband into the bedroom to discuss it with him.  Then I thought… maybe it is something that I’m unaware of that I am allowing in my home.  So my son was summoned to my bedside.  I cross examined him and he pleaded innocent! 

By now, I am so worked up that even my husband gently and softly says, “Sharon, maybe you ought to stay home tomorrow and just watch online.”  I felt like I had to hold onto going to service or I would drown in self-pity.  I only needed uplifted voices chiming around me.  “Floyd, if you can’t say anything to encourage me to go tomorrow, please don’t say anything.”  He did come back in a little while and cheerily said that he was looking forward to both of us going to service together on Shabbat.

Sabbath morning, I was ready to go! 

Our faith is often tried, but we must push through!

Tell me about a time that you had to push through.

Until next time… Blessings to You and Yours,
Sharon

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