The Sixties Radical-Azriel Grabbing Opportunities

Loosen your grasp. Stop trying to micromanage your world. The One who made it is already doing that.

What does He leave for you? Opportunities. Another chance and another chance to do good.

And if you should fail, yet another chance.

Grab the opportunities. Let Him decide where they lead.

Hayom Yom 21 Iyar, 14 Iy

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The Sixties Radical-Azriel Pressing on in Holiness

After my teacher Steve Gray finished preaching on Sunday January 28th I realized I have a long way to go. My teacher’s words hit me right up side of the head.  They knocked me for a loop.

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray’s words at the same time gave me hope.

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray showed us how much he loves and cares about us by sharing with us the truth about G-d’s word.

I need that.

I need a teacher that will knock me upside the head with the truth.

Here are some of my teacher Pastor Steve Gray’s loving words:” Holiness is a position. I must make a decision to separate myself from the normal ways of the world.”

HaShem, has been dealing with me about this for the past month or so.  I cannot react like am part of the world. I must change. I want to change. I want to be closer to G-d.

Reacting this way is no longer an option for me.

For most of my life, I saw people and I said:” I wish I could be like so and so. They have it all together. I want to be like the rest of the people I see.  I don’t want to be different.”

I walked away from G-d many years ago.

I made a conscious decision to return to G-d February 8th, 2007 when I accepted Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah.

I made a conscious decision to learn and study Torah for real was made when G-d knee capped me at World Revival Church in November 2015.

From that point on studying Torah and Tanya became an active part of my day seven days a week.

My day starts with studying Torah and Tanya

Then G-d put this thought in my head. “You are wrong thinking you want to be like the people you see. I want you to be like me. I want you to be like the people you study day in and day out. Yeshua, Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya’akov and Moshe.”

This hit me like a ton of bricks.

Then my teacher Pastor Steve Gray said this:” Holiness is a declaration of Liberation.”

Followed by these words:” Holiness is an investment in the Kingdom that is.  Yeshua is the new normal.”

This takes work.

This is the task and the direction I want to follow and do in my life, so my family and friends will see and know the truth and the real word of G-d.

Thank you, Pastor Steve Gray, for showing me the way back to my Jewish roots and who I am really am.  I am a proud Jew who wants to serve Yeshua and be of service to the Kingdom of G-d.

The Sixties Radical- Azriel Why are we encouraged to pray in Hebrew?

Why are we encouraged to pray in Hebrew?

Hebrew is a limited language.  Hebrew has a limited number of words. Each word in Hebrew has a root. It has a beginning and an end to it. The words in Hebrew has various meanings. This depends on the context of the word.

These words have associations of similar meanings.

These words are linked together.

There are layers and layers of meanings of these words.

When a word is translated from Hebrew to let’s say English you can only translate one meaning.

When we say those words in Hebrew we are including all of the meanings of those words.

The words of the Torah are inspired by G-d Himself.

We use these words we invested in these words our feelings and thus we have personalized prayer.

The formal words infused with our feelings connect us with all Jews since the beginning of time.

These formulaic words connect us and keep us connected to our history while at the same time we are investing our emotions into the words written by the Great Assembly, so we can have our relationship with G-d.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel The knowledge of The Oneness of G-d

G-d looks at the world and sees G-d.

We look at the world see independence.

Creation is the speech of G-d.

HaShem conceals himself on purpose so we can have freedom of choice.

Everything is a result of HaShem. Every power in the world, nature, and the planets is a result of G-d.

Where does G-d Dwell?

Wherever G-d is permitted to enter.

What keeps G-d from entering?

It is arrogance.

There is only one G-d. And everything is an expression of G-d and this expression has no independent will.

This is the knowledge of the oneness of G-d.

The Sixties Radical- Azriel Prayer is The Service of The Heart.

More thoughts from the class on Why we pray?

Service to G-d is activity.

Those words of prayer are just words.

When I put the feelings and the emotions into those words of prayer I speak those words come alive within me and those around me.

Prayer is the service of the heart.

G-d doesn’t need to how great HE is. We have to know how great G-d is.

If you are not willing to put the work into prayer you will not get the benefit from prayer.

I want to pray.

I want to be there to communicate with G-d.

If prayer becomes a religious obligation you are lost. You will not enter into the gate of prayer if you are not focused on what you are praying about and the meaning of the words of the prayer you are speaking.

Every minute you invest into the study of prayer this is an investment for a lifetime.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Prayer is Making a Philosophical Statement

Think about this for more than a minute or two.

The following thoughts are taken from my class on Why do we pray?

Prayer is a task.

It is an art.

G-d doesn’t need prayer.

G-d doesn’t have needs.

We have needs.

G-d wants a relationship with us and this is why we pray.

Our prayer Grace after meals is a recognition of G-d’s involvement in the world. This doesn’t mean that G-d created the world and then said:” Bye you are on your own.”

Prayer means that G-d knows we have needs so tell me (G-d) about them.

Why?

Then you will know that (I) G-d am involved in the world.

G-d is involved in our day to day lives. G-d works these things out for us, so we have what we need.  G-d is with us all the time, so prayer is making a philosophical statement that I know you are involved in my life to reinforce in my mind that you G-d are the one who provides for all my needs.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel- Pressing on in Faith

Once again, my teacher Pastor Steve Gray rocked G-d’s house.  My teacher’s words blew up all the lights within me.

This is called Rhema in Christian circles. We Jews call this the Ruach HaKodesh.

This happens all the time when my teacher Pastor Steve Gray preaches.  Sunday January 21st was no different.

The sky inside G-d’s house lite up with fire. My teacher’s words exploded and ripped me apart.

What words you ask?

These words:” To start your walk of faith you must know want you want!”

This is a heavy question.

How many times did Yeshua ask this question?

All the time.

What do I want?

This is really crazy so here goes.

G-d has been pushing me in this direction since I became a follower of Yeshua February 8th, 2007.

This is when I surrendered to the constant pushing of the Ruach HaKodesh to come back to G-d and accept Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah.

This started me on the path to learn and begin to study Torah and Tanya for real on November 22nd, 2015.

Father Jack Flynn and Father George Sundergaard always pushed me to get back to my Jewish roots.

I did it for about a minute or so and then reverted to my worldly ways until we moved to Kansas City to become members of World Revival Church May 1st, 2014.

This is when I really surrender to Yeshua and the G-d of my forefathers Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya’akov.

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray is directly responsible for this complete change in my life.

Without Pastor Steve Gray’s devotion to serving and pleasing G-d this Jew and my family would be lost.

G-d put Pastor Steve Gray in my life to bring me back to my father’s house.

This is the long slow short way to share with you what I want.  I want to share with the rest of the Christian world the teachings of the Chumash and Tanya. I want to bring together Jew and Christian, so we can become one mighty army for G-d so HaShem can have HIS resting place.

I want Jew and Christian to set aside their differences so we all can serve Yeshua to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven so HaShem will reveal to the world who the G-d of my forefathers Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov is so we can all study G-d’s word together under the greatest teacher of all Yeshua.

Most of all to quote my teacher Pastor Steve Gray:” I want to do something significant.”

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Preparing for Personal Redemption

Becoming one mind, one body, one heart, and one soul is the key to defeat the enemy. My teacher Pastor Steve Gray calls this dying to self.  When I die to self, unite myself with G-d and my people we become a mighty army that cannot be defeated.

Moses then encouraged the Jewish people by reminding them how they delivered a devastating defeat to the two Amorite kings they were allowed to attack.

[Moses told the Jewish people,] “There was not even one communal city that was too strong for us.” Deuteronomy 2:36

Social unity protects a society from danger. The Amorite kings were aware of this and therefore took steps to unify their subjects against the threat of invasion by the Jewish people.

Nonetheless, a society’s ability to achieve unity is limited to the extent to which its members can negate their individual egos in order to submit to a common goal. G‑d expects the Jewish people to surrender themselves totally to their Divine mission – and He therefore gives us the ability to do so. Therefore, the unity that the Amorites could achieve could not compare to that of the Jews. As a result, the Jewish people were able to overcome the united front presented by the Amorite cities.

We see here the tremendous power inherent in Jewish unity and the need to foster it to the greatest extent possible – especially since, as we are taught by the sages of the Talmud, our present exile is a result of baseless hatred and disunity among the Jewish people.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 29, pp. 1–8.”

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