Do Not Be Deceived, You Must Forsake Your Life To Follow YAH
One of the biggest deceptions about the religion of Christianity and all other organized religions that use the bible as their source of faith, is that they only teach the scriptures — a watered down version of it — but they don’t live their life according to the scriptures. What I mean is that most churches and religious organizations teach the bible from a metaphorical standpoint; using the lives of our biblical ancestors as figurative examples to live by rather than literal examples to live by. Therefore, instead of living the same narrow path that everyone in the bible lived, they only live their life symbolically to the people in the bible. As a result, the people who join these religions and follow their teachings also view the bible symbolically and don’t live out the scriptures either. This is why the lifestyles of Christians in America, especially our people, looks so different than the lifestyles of the believers in the bible.
I often say jokingly among people that I fellowship with, that there is not one Christian in America that lives like anyone in the bible. But although this is an inside joke, it’s also true. If you observe the lifestyle of any Christian that you know personally and then go and read the bible from cover to cover, I guarantee you 100% that you will not find the lifestyle that they live anywhere in the bible. And the reasons are because 1) no one in the bible referred to themselves as Christians because the religion of Christianity literally didn’t exist during the lifetime of anyone in the bible and 2) all of the people of YAH in the bible lived their life literally by His commandments in His Torah and 3) everyone of YAH’s people in the bible had to literally forsake their previous life in order to be accepted by Him.
The reason I came out of the religion of Christianity a few years ago was because of the first 2 reasons. After reading the bible for myself without the influence of the church, it was very easy for me to see that no one in the bible was a member of Christianity and that YAH required His people to keep His commandments. Now, after being on this journey of truth for the past few years, I have come to realize that the reason why most Christians fall short on reasons 1 and 2 is because they fell short on number 3 first.
You see, the first requirement for anyone to follow after YAH and enter into covenant relationship with Him is to forsake your life (your fleshly desires, ambitions and path). All of the people of YAH in the bible, from the prophets to the apostles, were required to forsake their lives in order to follow Him. This is why His son Yahusha taught us the very same thing (Luke 14:33). But today, since most believers have been taught to read the bible figuratively instead of literally, they don’t feel like they have to let go of anything in order to follow YAH. They think that all they have to do is profess the name of Jesus and that YAH will accept them based on that. And this is why you can’t find the Christian lifestyle in the bible; because our ancestors believed otherwise.
What it Looks Like To Forsake Your Life
In order to see what it looks like to follow YAH, you have to read scriptures; and you have to read them from a Hebrew perspective. As I always say, the writings inside the bible were written by Hebrews to Hebrews. Therefore, you need to understand the Hebrew culture in order to better understand the bible. The main thing to know about the Hebrew culture, is that it was an action-based culture. This means that whatever the Hebrews believed in, they displayed their beliefs with their actions. So with this perspective in mind, let’s go over some scriptures and get some real life examples of what it looks like to follow YAH.
Leaving Family/Location Behind:
- To follow YAH, Abraham had to leave behind his (pagan) family and his hometown and go to a place that he knew nothing about (Genesis 12:1-4).
- To follow YAH, the Israelites had to leave Egypt behind so they could serve Him and inherit the Promised Land (Exodus 9:1, Exodus 12:37).
- To follow YAH, Ruth had to leave the country of Moab behind and attach herself back to the Israelites (Ruth 1:15-17).
- To follow YAH, the disciples had to leave their families behind to become witnesses for His son, Yahusha (Matthew 10:37, Matthew 19:28-29).
Leaving Jobs/Titles Behind:
- To follow YAH, David had to leave his trade of shepherding behind so that he could be servant of The Most High and later the King of Israel (1 Samuel 16:11-13).
- To follow YAH, Amos had to leave is trade of shepherding behind so that he could be a Prophet for the nation of Israel (Amos 7:14-15).
- To follow YAH, Levi had to leave his job of tax collecting behind to follow His son, Yahusha (Luke 5:27-28).
- To follow YAH, Paul had to leave behind his position as a Pharisee behind to follow His son Yahusha and become one of His apostles (Philippians 3:3-8).
Leaving Possessions/Wealth Behind:
- To follow YAH, Abraham gave tithes of all the wealth he received from the spoils of war when he rescued Lot, to YAH’s High Priest, Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-24).
- To follow YAH, the Levitical priesthood had to serve the nation of Israel full-time spiritually and depend on their brothers to take care of them economically (Numbers 18:20-24).
- To follow YAH, Moses had to leave behind the prestige and wealth of the Egyptians so that he could lead his people out of slavery (Hebrews 11:24-25).
- To follow YAH, the apostles and the assembly had to sell all their possessions and distribute them amongst each other so they all could be equal (Luke 12:33-34, Acts 2:44-45).
As we can see from the examples above, everyone of YAH in the bible had to forsake who they were in order to follow Him. Forsaking their life wasn’t a suggestion or a recommendation, it was a requirement. And the requirement that was placed on them wasn’t figurative for something they had to do spiritually, it was literal for something they had to do naturally. Why? Because unlike most believers today, the people of the bible understood faith to be an action and in order to prove that they had faith in YAHUAH and His son Yahusha, they had to be tested. The command to forsake their lives was the test, and how they responded proved whether or not they had faith.
What Happens When You Don’t Forsake Your Life
Now that we know what true faith looks like and how it causes you to forsake your life, let’s go back into the scriptures and get some examples of those who didn’t have true faith and see how their lives turned out.
- Because Lot’s wife chose not to forsake her daughters to follow YAH, she lost her life in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:26, Jasher 19:52-53).
- Because Korah didn’t forsake his will for YAH’s will by starting a revolt against Moses, YAH opened up the ground and swallowed Him in it (Numbers 16).
- Because King Ahab would not forsake his foreign wife, Jezebel, from provoking him to worship other Gods and causing Israel to sin, YAH killed his sons (1 Kings 21:25-29, 2 Kings 10:1-28)
- Because King Amon would not forsake the worship of other Gods, his own servants went against him and killed him in his own house (2 Chronicles 33:21-25).
- Because Judas wasn’t willing to forsake his love for money by selling the son of YAH for silver, his guilt caused him to commit suicide (Matthew 27:3-5)
- Because the rich young ruler could not forsake his wealth and possessions, he did not become a disciple of Yahusha and missed out on inheriting the kingdom (Matthew 19:21-22).
- Because the Pharisees could not forsake their love of money, they mocked and persecuted the Messiah and did not inherent the kingdom (Luke 16:14).
- Because Ananias and Sapphira were not willing to forsake their money by hiding their land profits from the assembly, YAH took their lives (Acts 5:1-10).
We can clearly see from the examples above that those in the bible who did not forsake their lives for YAH, ended up losing their lives or the lives of their family (in most cases). This is what Yahusha meant when He said that those who try to save their lives will lose it (Luke 9:24). If YAH calls you to forsake something in your life and you try to avoid it, then you are in essence trying to save your (earthly) life and will therefore end up losing your (eternal) life. Therefore, this is a lesson for us not to follow after the footsteps of those above and to make sure that we are willing to give up anything to develop and maintain a relationship with YAH.
The Process of Forsaking Your Life
Forsaking your life may look different from another person’s life because we all have different lives and therefore have different things to give up. However, there are 4 prerequisites that we all are required to give up in order to begin following Him under the authority of his son Yahusha (Acts 15:19-29). Here they are below:
- Abstain from food sacrificed to idols. This means to no longer eat or attend places where food is sacrificed to other Gods; which points back to the torah (Exodus 22:20)
- Abstain from sexual immorality. This means to no longer fornicate or have sex outside of the marriage covenant ordained by YAH; which points back to the torah (Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 23:17).
- Abstain from eating meat that was strangled. This means to no longer eat meat that was killed without letting out its blood; which points you back to the torah (Deuteronomy 12:23-24).
- Abstain from eating blood. This means to no longer eat blood or meat with blood still in it; which points you back to the torah (Leviticus 17:10).
All of the above are the first things that we are required to let go from our lives before following Him. The reason we are required to let these specific practices go first is because they all have to do with idolatry; the worship of other Gods. In the case of eating food sacrificed to idols, strangled meat, and blood; these were the things the Gentiles would do to worship their Gods and the that Israelites were dispersed in these areas were doing the same. In the case of sexual immorality, this is also what the Gentiles and the Israelites dispersed among them were doing; and was also considered adultery because it was decision to commit a sinful act over pleasing The Most High (Colossians 3:5). Therefore, just as our ancestors were required to forsake these idolatrous practices before being able to build a relationship with YAH; so are we today.
After we make the decision to remove these practices from our lives, we can then began to learn His laws and commandments in the torah and how to walk them out in our lives. As we began to learn his torah and live it out; that is when the call will come for you to forsake other parts of your life that are not pleasing to YAH. Little by little, YAH will call you to let go of your life; and how you respond to His call will prove your level of faith in Him. That is what faith is all about, trusting in YAH enough to not just read about his instructions, but to do them. And the more you live out the torah, the more your life will become set apart (holy) and pleasing to Him; which will produce a life of shalom (inner peace) for you on Earth.
The religion of Christianity has taught us so many lies that it has deceived many into believing that we don’t have to do anything or give up anything in order to have a relationship with YAH. And the society around us (school, media, and people) teaches us to believe the same. So the goal of this article is to free you from this deception by showing you biblically that if you are not willing to forsake your life for YAH, then you will not inherit His kingdom. Faith is an action that must be proven and the only way to prove it is by forsaking YOUR will, for YAH’s will. I hope this message was encouraging and inspires you to seek a closer walk with The Most High; as I am seeking to do the same.