I will celebrate you, Lord of my joy !

A bunch of bitter people would like to impose a concept that opposes “holiness” to “happiness”.

Let me set the record straight: this is NOT scriptural- AT ALL.

Your Creator wants you to dwell in joy, even admidst difficulties and adversity.

Of course, it is normal to know ups and downs, this how life is. But be sure of one thing: our Lord doesn’t want or need an army of miserable, bitter whiners who play it “holy” while quoting verses that they are taking out of their original context!



Psalm 16, verse 11 states: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is FULLNESS OF JOY; at your right hand are pleasures forever more”.



Despite adverse conditions, prophet Habakuk claimed that he would keep rejoicing:


“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines. Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food. Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls. Yet I will EXULT in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my Salvation”. Habakuk 3:17-18


If you thought the contrary, know that being happy is a mitzvah that pleases Hashem’s heart!


Psalm 118 verse 14 defines the Lord as our strength and our song. Do you think that our Lord would be pleased in a bitter song? Certainly not!


“The Lord is my strength and my song. He became my Yeshua” Psalm 118: 14




Our Lord wants us to live an abundant life of praise and joy. Be sure of it. Being happy is a wonderful way of showing gratitude to the Almighty.


In the Book of Nehemiah, chapter 8, verse 10 the crowd is exhorted to give up sorrow and to rejoice instead:


“Don’t be sorrowful, for the JOY OF THE LORD is your STRENGTH.” Nehemiah 8:10



May Yeshua’s words help you remain in constant joy:


“If you keep my mitzvoth, you will stay in my love, just as I have kept the mitzvoth of my Father and have stayed in His love. I have spoken these things so that MY JOY will dwell in you and your JOY will be COMPLETE.” John 15: 10-12  Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels







Copyright© by Isabelle Esling




The light shone in the darkness

Dear readers, 


Having completed my 12th book, “Heart of a Savior”, that is now in the hands of my friend and publisher Donna Kshir, I am currently working on a draft that I entitled “Figments of Light”…I have no idea if it will turn into a book, but here is an excerpt I’d like to share with you all. May our Lord bless you all.




« There was light in Him, and the life was light for the sons of men.

The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it. » John 1 :4

I was gliding into a spiral of physical pain that was gradually increasing. The daylight had just vanished. In a semi-darkness, my candles were a constant reminder of the Master’s infinite aureate light and grace.

Each gleaming luminous spot seemed to be telling me : « He is there ! Call upon Him! ».

My body was aching, but my soul was longing for Yeshua, my beloved.

Tears were running from my cheeks, like an abundant averse.

I eventually opened my lips and shouted out His Name : « Yeshua, Yeshua, Yeshua, help me, Lord ! »

As I laid down, I knew that Yeshua was very close to me. He placed His hands on my hurting stomach and it was feeling like warm water. Yeshua kept me warm. I was safe in His arms and I started dosing like a small child.

When I woke up again, I noticed that Yeshua was watching me. I was still in pain and I implored Him : « please allow me to return to sleep once again… »

and I added : «  Baruch ata shomea tefila » in Hebrew, “blessed are you who listens to prayer”. Yeshua heard me and his tender embrace set me into a sleepy state once again.

I emerged quite slowly from sleepiness. My body was feeling quite drowsy. The pain hadn’t left me.

O my friend, my beloved, where are you, Yeshua, sweetness to my heart ?

I am like the Shulamite in search of her beloved.

I could travel high distances in my wandering, but He is right there…my beloved is residing within me.

O Yeshua, my beloved, will you allow the averse of my tears to refresh our scented garden ?

O Yeshua, my beloved , I am in pain and you are absorbing it.

I am weak and you are strong for me.

I am cold and shivering ;you are holding me warm in your embrace.

I think such thing is called «  a Savior’s love ».


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Hashem is my healer, I shall be healed

אֲנִי יְהוָה, רֹפְאֶךָ

Ani Hashem rofecha (Shemot (Exodus) 15:26 )


I dedicate this article to any of you who might be struggling with temporary or chronic sickness. Never ever lose hope. Scriptures proclaim that the Lord is your healer.

Hashem doesn’t take pleasure in a person’s sickness. It is His will for you to be cured.

You may object: “Why am I not healed, then?”

If He doesn’t cure you straight away,  He has good reasons. Trust Him. Do not be discouraged.


Also be conscious that some underlying reasons may prevent your healing.

  • Are you obedient to His Will? The verse above often gets quoted without the words that precede. Have you taken time to read the FULL VERSE?

and He said: ” if you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and will do what is right in His eyes, and will give ear to His Commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put NONE of the diseases upon you, which I have put upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you.” 

-are you keen on receiving Hashem’s instruction? 

-are you doing what is right in His eyes or are you just doing ” what you want”?

-do you give ear to His Commandments ( Shema, listen!) and do you keep his statutes?

Are you doing your best to please Hashem? 

If you are doing your best to put the full verse into application, His promise to you is that you will be spared diseases that were put upon the Egyptians. Hashem clearly promises you HEALING.

  • do you have faith?

I am not speaking of theoretical faith here. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE ALMIGHTY CAN HEAL YOU?

If your Emunah ( faith) is complete, then you have great chances to be healed.

It is always done according ( and not independently to it) to your faith.

Then you will be able to state prophet Jeremiah’s prayer ( Jeremiah 17:14)

“Heal me, o Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.”

 רְפָאֵנִי יְהוָה וְאֵרָפֵא, הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי וְאִוָּשֵׁעָה:  כִּי תְהִלָּתִי, אָתָּה

  • have your welcomed Yeshua our Messiah in your life?

וְהוּא מְחֹלָל מִפְּשָׁעֵנוּ, מְדֻכָּא מֵעֲו‍ֹנֹתֵינוּ; מוּסַר שְׁלוֹמֵנוּ עָלָיו, וּבַחֲבֻרָתוֹ נִרְפָּא-לָנוּ.

Isaiah 53:5

“But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed.”

Do you know Him personally ( knowing Him ” figuratively, through a verse” is NOT knowing Him!)? I mean, has Yeshua encountered your path for real?

Have you made your Teshuva ( repentance) before Him and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?

                       Is Yeshua your PERSONAL friend?

If so, Scriptures are telling you that you are HEALED by His stripes ( Isaiah 53:5). This too, is not just a figure of speech. It is a clear promise of healing!

  • are you GRATEFUL?

“On his way to Yerushalayim, he was passing between Shomron ( Samaria) and the Galil. As he came to a certain village, ten metsora’im ( lepers) came to greet him.

They stood at a distance. They lifted their voice and called: “Yeshua! Teacher! Be gracious to us!”

He said to them: “Go be shown to the priests.” When they went, they were purified.

When one of them saw that he was healed, he returned and praised God  with a loud voice. He fell on his face and thanked him. He was a Shomroni ( Samaritan). Yeshua responded and said: “Were not ten purified? Where are the other nine? Was not anyone found that would return to give glory to God, except for this foreigner. 

He said to him: “Arise and go. Your faith has saved you.”

Luke 17:11-19 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

The gratitude your have in your heart prior and post healing will make the whole difference.

Approach Yeshua with a grateful heart!

Our Lord is the same. He will restore your health at the perfect time. Keep bringing your petitions before the Heavenly throne. Never doubt His love for you.

If your healing doesn’t happen straight away, it doesn’t mean that you will always be sick. There are reasons for the delay. Trust His wisdom.

May Yeshua grant you ALL refuah schlema ( complete healing). Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Tefilat haderech, the Jewish prayer for travelers


It is a very Hebrew custom to request Hashem’s blessings when undertaking a travel.The Patriachs always asked Hashem to turn their venture into a success.


Why pray when being on a trip?



The text (Hebrew and translation) 



יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ וֵא-לֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַדְרִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַגִּיעֵנוּ לִמְחוֹז חֶפְצֵנוּ לְחַיִּים וּלְשִֹמְחָה וּלְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצִּילֵנוּ מִכַּף כָּל אוֹיֵב וְאוֹרֵב וְלִסְטִים וְחַיּוֹת רָעוֹת בַּדֶּרֶךְ וּמִכָּל מִינֵי פֻּרְעָנִיּוֹת הַמִּתְרַגְּשׁוֹת לָבוֹא לָעוֹלָם וְתִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵֹה יָדֵינוּ, וְתִתְּנֵנוּ לְחֵן וּלְחֶסֶד וּלְרַחֲמִים בְעֵינֶיךָ וּבְעֵינֵי כָל רוֹאֵינוּ וְתִשְׁמַע קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנֵינוּ. כִּי אֵ-ל שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה וְתַחֲנוּן אָתָּה: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’, שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה.


May it be Your will, Lord, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You, Lord, Who hears prayer.


The answer is quite obvious! Put the Almighty in everything you are doing and your life will be a success!


Also note that, each time we are traveling ( even when the road seems familiar to us), we are taking some risks. Requesting the blessing from Above is making our way SAFE.


Of course we would request to be led in peace, in joy and to be saved from any enemy who would accidentally cross our way.


May we recognize the God of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaa’kov on our path. Our wonderful Lord is the One who grants us peace, joy, life. May our hands be raise in praise as we count His numerous blessings. Amen. 


Listen to Tefilat haderech and be at peace, for He leads your way, always.


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

 

When darkness arises: a teaching about hope




If you are capable of seeing Hashem’s glory while walking through the night, darkness will have no power over you. I have read some powerful testimonies, many years ago, from people who have been taken to the dirtiest, the smelliest and the ugliest places, including prisons-seemingly alone, abandoned by the world, but who spoke of the glory of the Almighty trancending these places.


A walk with Hashem is no fairy tale; sometimes you will know places of darkness and you will feel that you are left on your own ( according to the world’s standards).

When you are facing such situations, there are several points to remember:

-In Sefer Bereshit, Genesis, you are reminded:וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם אֶחָד” 

“vayehi erev, vayehi boker, yom echad” ” and there was an evening, and there was a morning, day number one”. Each of your days begins in darkness. You can either grow in desperation or light your candles and invite the Lord to share this time with you. I mean, HOW you are going through your time of darkness depends on you. Most people seem to ignore that they DO have a choice.

You can go through grief, hopelessness and desperation all alone or you can weep on the Lord’s shoulder. Yeshua will always comfort you when you are experiencing pain, especially the type of suffering that is invisible to others.

But there is much more you can learn from this part of Genesis. When daylight emerges again, you are experiencing like a resurrection from death. French rabbi Josy Eisenberg used to teach that the word “boker”, day, when its letters are inverted, also contains the root “kever”, “tomb”, “sepulcher”.

On each venture of darkness, when times are getting better, when light is made visible again, you will experience a form of Resurrection.

Have you ever thought, that when you are waking up ( what most people are taking for granted), that you are emerging from death and coming back to life? 

Therefore gratitude should accompany us with each day the Almighty makes.

-Psalm 23 contains an invaluable teaching:

“gam ki eleich begei tsalmavet, lo ira ra, ki ata immadi”

גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע–    כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי

Even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for YOU ARE WITH ME.

Do not overlook Yeshua’s friendship when facing tremendous difficulties or pain of any kind. Should the whole world abandon you, Yeshua would still be there for you.

Yeshua wants your total trust at all times. 

You may feel the pain. You may also feel desperate at times, but what matters is your attitude during the test. Job’s (Iob in Hebrew) book has been written to inspire generations of believers, for Job was a Tsaddik who remained faithful to the Lord despite his losses and physical pain. Note that he kept praising His Name.

You may also feel that you are not capable of praise while going through acute pain. That’s ok. Your cries in front of Him are prayers too. He sees, understands, and wipes away tears.

-Try to sing your pain away through Psalms. It will bring you back into a spirit of joy and praise. Consider this time of darkness as a proper time to develop more intimacy with your Messiah. Speak to Him even more; be honest. Also confess your transgressions and work on amending your ways, always.

Remember that this storm too will pass. Trust the Lord at all times and you will be victorious over darkness. Have the eyes to discern figments of light during the night.

You are not alone.

 אָנֹכִי, אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ

“I myself will descend with you” Genesis 46:4 “Anochi ered immecha”

Should you have to descend, the Almighty would descend WITH you.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

The parable of the wedding feast: a teaching about humility

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“He took up the parable to the guests when He saw that they had chosen to sit at the front.

He said to them,

If a man invites you to his wedding celebration, do not recline at the head or else someone else more honored than you may also be invited there.

The host will come to you and him and tell you: “Clear the place for him”.

Then you will get up ashamedly to sit at the place at the end.

But if you are invited, sit at the place at the end so that the host will come and say to you:”my friend, move up higher than this!” It will bring you honor before those reclining with you.

Everyone who lifts himself will be brought low, but everyone who lowers himself will be lifted up.”
Luke, Chapter 14, verses 7-11, Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

 

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“Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an ABOMINATION to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 15:6

Years ago somebody told me that it was better to have a jump seat in Heavens than none at all. I am totally convinced that this statement is true.

Yeshua’s disciples often happened to have argument about who was the “greatest” ( Luke 9:46). They sought for places of honor.  Yeshua had to remind them that the greatest of all had to become the most humble of all. By washing His disciple’s feet, He gave us the perfect example to follow.

Even the mother of Zebedee’s sons, Yochanan and Yaa’kov kneeled before Yeshua and asked Him for a favor. She wanted both of her sons to be seated next to Yeshua, one at His right and the other at His left.
Yeshua delivers us a teaching of humility. Pride and arrogance are of Satan: we must be aware of that. False modesty is also haughtiness in disguise. Therefore, we should examine our thoughts, words and actions DAILY. And when we are found faulty ( lacking modesty), we should have the courage to apologize before Yeshua.
As soon as we forget the delight of being one of Yeshua’s friends, when we omit being grateful for the King’s presence and are seeking for honors from men, we are truly led astray by our own desires…
The ones who have been saved by Yeshua are all guests to the King’s wedding.

We should be so happy to have been admitted at our King’s table. It doesn’t really matter where we are seated, as long as we are granted a seat. I must say that I wouldn’t mind sitting on the floor as long as I am in Yeshua’s loving presence!
Note that the Delitzsch Hebrew gospel use two verbs that are related to sit, to be seated:

  1. לשׁבת is the most common one. Note that it carries the root שׁבת that is also common to the word Shabbat. On each Shabbat, we are welcoming the King at our table.
  2. להֵסֵב , which actually means to sit down for a meal, to recline

There is one thing in particular that we should avoid by any means: boasting about our deeds.

What has been commanded to us, we have done. This is nothing special. We have done our duty.

Let us walk in humbleness and let Yeshua decide what deserves a reward-or not.
All of our King’s judgments are righteous. Blessed be He, always.
Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

 

The watchful servant and the light from the candles

“Have your belt on your waist and let your “lamps” be lit.
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(מָתֽנֵכֶם יהיוּ וֽהַגוּרים וֽהַנרוֹת דֹלקים)

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“As for yourselves, be like men who are waiting for the time that their master returns from the wedding. When he comes and knocks, they open him instantly.
O gladness of those servants whom the Master finds watching when he enters!
Amen, I say to you that he will gird himself and seat them and go serve them.
And if he comes at the second watch and at the third watch and finds it to be so, o gladness of those servants!
And know this: if the owner of the house knew what hour the thief would have come, at that time he would watch and not let him break into the house.
Therefore you also be ready, because the Son of Man will come at a hour you don’t expect.”

Luke, Chapter 12, verses 35-40, Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels.


About His Second return, Yeshua always advises us to be watchful and in a state of permanent readiness. Most of us are probably familiar with the translation of verse 35 from Luke, Chapter 12: “Have your belts on your waists and let your “lamps” be lit.”

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מָתֽנֵכֶם יהיוּ וֽהַגוּרים וֽהַנרוֹת דֹלקים
I put “lamps” intentionally into brackets, because the Hebrew version renders “lamp” with a word that is much closer to the Jewish concept of light. The Delitzsch version translates with ” vehanerot dolkim” ( and the candles lit)

This seemingly tiny detail is of major importance. “Nerot”, the candles are an essentiel component in Jewish symbolism and mystics. Actually there is a Hannukah song entitled “Nerot dolkim” and as you would probably know, Hannukah is intimately linked with our Messiah Yeshua, Light of the world.
Whoever has lit Shabbat candles perfectly knows that lighting candles when darkness arises at Erev Shabbat is welcoming light and peace into our home. The disciple wants to welcome Yeshua, the Master of Shabbat.

Shabbat is the victory of divine light over a world of darkness and madness.

To the disciple, welcoming the Master is not just an option. We must await Him, even if the external circumstances tell us that His arrival has been delayed. This is what the Jewish confession of faith “ani maamin’ is all about.

No matter what happens, we ought to stay firm in our faith.

Not only does this imply that we may be watchful at ALL TIMES, in a continuous relationship with our Moschiach King ( if Yeshua truly LIVES within you, you will maintain a state of permanent prayer).

Sometimes, it will involve that we walk on water, but we must be very FIRM in our expectation of the Messiah.

Yeshua has been warning us for centuries now that He would be coming “like a thief in the night”.

Hashem’s timing has been a stumbling stone for many.

Some corporate assemblies even dared to claim that “if Yeshua hasn’t come over 2000 years, He will not be coming at all.”

Above anything else, the watchful disciple should heed false teachings and false “messiahs”. In these times we will truly witness an uprise in delusion through erroneous teachings and wolves posing in sheep’s clothes.

Therefore, only the ones who are truly rooted in Yeshua will be able to recognize Him when He returns.
May our hearts be clothed with kindness, forgiveness and righteousness.

Our reward is the Messiah and it is worth the sacrifice.

Light your candles and get rid of the inner darkness. Let Yeshua enter when He is knocking at the door. For He is the Light that erases darkness from the world.
Come soon, Lord Yeshua. Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling