The Torah, "Instruction"
The christian and jewish communities consider the first five books of the bible as a separate portion of scripture; christians call these books the "Pentateuch," or "five books." The jewish community calls them the "Torah," which the common English Bible translates as "Instruction."
Beginning with the King James Version, Torah was often translated as "the law." By calling these books the Torah, our attention is focused on the great covenant God made with the Israelites at Mount Sinai~described in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The aim of the Torah is to answer the question, "who are we?" Torah explains the unique character of the people of Israel and of God's relationship to the people; also, their role in the larger world. Torah explains the nature of humanity in all of its cultural diversity, it also explains God's relationship with Israel more broadly.
The Torah story is structured around crucial, community-shaping events. It begins with the creation of the natural world and the human role within it, followed by the first age of history in which the human community fell into violence and perished in the great flood (Gen 1-8), (Covenant Bible Study-Creating The Covenant: Participant Guide (2014)).
Worry can paralyze us, mentally, emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. The perspective of worry blinds us to the wonderful realities of God's loving care. Often, we worry about things that has not happened yet, nor exists (an example of anxiety) and we imagine situations that are usually not realities.
One of the major reasons why we worry is that we do not appreciate the Giver of life or the life He has given us. Our lack of appreciation impairs our perpective and dispostion more than we realize,
When we are sick, we worry about getting well and fail to know, educate ourselves, or realize that God made our bodies with an estimate of 60 trillion cells that are actively working to bring our bodies healing. The worry (thinking) actually hinders the healing process, ("Rx for Worry-A Thankful Heart,"James P. Gills, M.D., 1995).
What Is True Friendship?
How many true friends do we really have? The longer you consider the question, the more likely that number will dwindle. In reality, we do not have many genuine friends, the ones who will remain loyal no matter what may arise.
God wants intimate and dependable closeness with us, which is a rare treasure. The biblical account of David and Jonathan (1Sam 18-20) can help us to learn how to foster such a relationship. Their story demonstrates that genuine friendships are built upon a foundation of mutual respect, love, and authentic commitment with no hidden agendas, ("Building Lasting Friendships," InTouch Daily Readings, October 2015).
The law of attraction is a law of nature. It is as impartial and impersonal as the law of gravity, also precise and exact.
Note: everything that surrounds you right now (in your life) including the things you're complaining about, you've attracted (Dr. Joe Vitale).
You can deny that you have attracted what is in your life via your own volition, and this is one of the hardest concepts to grasp because it forces you to look in the mirror. Once you've accepted responsibility for what you have contributed, your life will be transformed:
"As above, so below; As within, so without"~The Emerald Tablet, circa 3000 BC
("The Secret," Rhonda Byrne, 2006)
Choice is a gift. The freedom to choose how we invest our lives is one of the most powerful, unused gifts of God. It represents some personal steps to growth in maturity. Childish dependency on our culture's symbols of security have to be overcome. Maturity begins when we commit ourselves to someone/something beyond ourselves, i.e., our commitment to Jesus.
We can trust that our future and sense of value does not rest in our hands alone, or others', but in God's hands. Spiritual maturity demands this base. We are not defined (in God's eyes) by our affluence, accomplishments or lack therof, knowledge, status, or power. In God's economy, we are defined by the contentment that is provided in Jesus Christ, (Experiencing God's Pleasure, David Mckechnie, 1989).
A good witness is one who looks you in the eye and tells you the truth. The eyes are the windows of the soul. The quest for maturity is a race God invites us to run. We bring pleasure to God when we grow towards maturity; it is a spiritual quest.
The book of Luke records Jesus saying"Fear Not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom"(Luke 12:32). God has given us the capacity to know pleasure, we can experience it and to serve God gives us great pleasure as well, at least for some of us.
Pleasure is more than food, sexual satisfaction, or an eye for beauty, it is God's good pleasure to have us experience Spiritual maturity. We love labels and label people all the time, but what does the words mean? What does the labels mature and immature mean? It is a matter of personal evaluation.
Evaluate and encourage your own progress opposed to sitting in the "witness stand" passing judgment. A slice of bread is not the whole loaf, but it is a portion of it, so taste maturity today, ("Experiencing God's Pleasure," David Mckechnie, 1989).