Living with Intention in 5775: Week 31

This past Shabbat, our congregational leader spoke about the fire of Hashem. It was in conjunction with a series he’s been doing on the subject of hell. You can listen to the messages here entitled: Our Living God – The Savior of All

The one thing that really spoke to me was what he said about crawling up on the altar. We are called to be living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2), but how often to climb right back down? We are called to be continually surrendering to Hashem’s will, remaining on the altar.

Here’s some notes from the message that Laurie L. provided, to help us in this week’s challenge.

1.). The head of the sacrifice was laid on the altar-the priests did not eat this-you must immerse your head, your mind in who Hashem is.  Give your mind to him.  Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (see Romans 12:2). Be a living sacrifice and be transformed!
2.). The heat of the fire under the sacrifice makes the fire ascend–pain and pressure in our lives is meant to drive us upward-to Him.
3.). Matthew 16:25 says whoever saves his life will loose it, so instead we are called to:
        -give your life away
         -die to self
         -let go of your life for His sake
4.). Are you tired of life?  Crawl up on that altar, give your life-your soul to G-d completely, and let Him give you a new one.
     Yeshua said “Take up your cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
Hashem is looking for us to be transparent with Him, totally vulnerable, no ego separating us. The Torah and mitzvot are designed to help us start bringing our ego into subjection to our spirit man. The more we deny ourselves, the closer we draw near to our Creator.
Shavua tov and may you be blessed with shalom,