MATT 5:25: "Be well-minded with your opponent, promptly, while you are on the way with him, lest your opponent deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26.Truly, I say to you, you shall by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny". Lots of people have been through horrendous conflicts, custody battles and various types of lawsuits. Do they ever really get what they wanted? They get the spotlight of interrogation shone upon their whole lives, they must endure horrific accusations, lies and in the end there is so much hatred, violence and aggression (all experienced by the children as well) that the only real winners are the lawyers themselves who are laughing all the way to the bank. People are pushed to this course of action because they feel helpless, powerless, misunderstood or even abused. This is the human condition living in the tribulation of the world these days, in a mindset of violence, revenge, of defending ones rights, and making sure you get what you want no matter what the cost. 1 KOR:6: "Should any of you, holding a thing against another, go to be judged before the unrighteous, and not before the set-apart ones? 2.Do you not know that the set-apart ones shall judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest things? 3.Do you not know that we shall judge messengers (Angels)? How much more, the things of this life? 4.If then you truly have judgments of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are least esteemed by the Assembly? 5.I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise one among you, not even one, who shall be able to judge between his brothers? 6.But brother against brother goes to be judged and that before unbelievers! 7.Already, then, there is a failure with you, that you have lawsuits among you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8.But you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and that to your brothers! 9.Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the reign of Yahuah? Do not be deceived. Neither those who whore, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor greedy of gain, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers shall inherit the reign of Yahuah”. Looking at 1 Kor 6 above, we can see that this is the WAY OF THE UNRIGHTEOUS (those not in a covenant with Yahusha). There is also a specific instruction given for the SET-APART ONES in verse 7: “there is a failure with you, that you have lawsuits among you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” . . . Is Yahusha actually telling us we should suffer being wronged and being cheated, to be treated cruelly and not fight back? Seriously? That doesn’t sound fair does it? Relinquishing our rights and not fighting back like the rest of society would, even if it’s absolute agony and cruelty being handed to us by another? ISN'T THIS HOW YAHUSHA BEHAVED WHILE ON THIS EARTH? Is it even possible to achieve this behaviour? Yes it is, because YAHUSHA HAS BEEN BUILDING OUR STRENGTH OF CHARACTER AND ENDURANCE SINCE DAY ONE OF GETTING HIS RUACH, TO BE ABLE TO STAND, TRUST HIM (AND IN HIS VENGEANCE) AND KNOW THAT HE WILL FIGHT EVERY ONE OF OUR BATTLES IF WE STAY DOWN AND NOT RAISE OUR UGLY HEADS AND NOT OPEN OUR FILTHY MOUTHS (OR TEXTS) FULL OF HOT AIR AND VIOLENT NOISE. We are SET-APART and live in a different Reign with very different rules. As a citizen of Yisharal we are royal kings and priests and no longer have to defend ourselves. Yahusha goes to battle for us daily keeping us safe and protected. Everything comes forth in His timing and His way though - not ours…....If we are practising the fruits of the Ruach (love joy peace patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, gentleness, self control) there will be no laws against us, in fact we will be living to a higher standard than the UNRIGHTEOUS and their laws - and we will avoid most conflicts by living this way, but as with everything in life, His Turah instruction is a choice - if we want to see the favour and results we have to follow His instructions. Being wronged and being cheated sounds like letting people have their behaviour and not taking their words personally doesn’t it? PERSONAL CONTEXT: I went through a divorce nearly 18months ago and tried my hardest to keep all communication very civil, fighting every natural instinct to reply with cruel words or harsh texts (even if that’s how they were delivered), because I knew that the situation would escalate into something very ugly and hateful - and I didn't want my children enduring that. Not only have I watched as all my children were subjected to a different way of life outside of the Covenant with all it’s habits and festivals, but 5mnth ago I watched as she moved them all back to Sydney which is 2,500kms away from me and their home (1500miles), into a horrible cramped lifestyle with angry religious relatives and all the rest of the misery and curses that Sydney brings (over-population, gridlock traffic, crime, violence and pollution) - a long way from the lush, rolling green hills of their home in Atherton. I have had to STAND in the face of many people letting me know that they think i’m wrong, that i’m not protecting or defending or rescuing my beautiful children from hardship or anguish - that i’m a bad father - that i have my rights and she can’t take them away from me - that i should fight and get custody or make the situation right. Even those who were trying to encourage me with these sorts of words didn’t realise they were more of a hindrance due to the nature of their advise (unrighteous). I knew I couldn’t do anything because I am not really in control of anything in my life and if i tried to be then a whirlwind of chaos would reign down, for stepping off my path and outside of the Turah-Zone of protection and favour. I knew that nothing good could come from trying to separate a mother from her children. This was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to endure - especially when the children look at me with crying eyes and plead with me not to go back, not live there anymore, but to let them stay with me . . . but i decided i wasn’t going to argue with her - I WAS GOING TO WAIT - even if it meant re-establishing a relationship with them as adults - i wanted to see what Yahusha was going to do - because I know that He doesn’t put up with anyone laying a hand on His Bride. Outside His Covenant of love there is no rest or peace, only chaos, curses, sickness and decay. AND MY CHILDREN ARE COMING HOME. . . . I recently received word that my ex-wife was sick and tired of the children’s complaining, hatred of her choices and their bad behaviour (as a result of it) and she wants them to come live with Therase and I. My children’s requests to come home were being answered. They fly home in August after the next school term and Therase and I are very excited to begin disciplining them and loving them as a big blended family. I am completely shocked at how quickly Yahusha has moved in this situation and know without a shadow of a doubt that waiting on Him even if you have to scream inside yourself, even cry - is much better than entering the vicious arena of accusation, argument and conflict. No matter what the cost. I actually had to make a conscious decision (some days harder than others) to let go and put the fate of my children in Yahusha’s hands. I never really felt like I overcame the misery or pestering attack of it all, though things did get easier with time - and now there has been a massive relief and the children are sooo happy to be coming home where Yahusha’s amazing love is flowing. They also know first-hand why I choose to live where I do and with the sorts of people I do. They’ve now tasted the religious misery of living outside Yahusha’s favour and they hate it. I want my life to be a testimony to not only my children but anyone else who get's woken up, that you can put your trust whole-heartedly in Yahusha’s plan for you, no matter what anyone says against it or does to you, stay on your path, safely in the Turah-Zone of protection because this is the way Yahusha is strengthening His Bride to suffer and endure with great expectation until He returns. It is very personal between you and Him. He turns all our mourning into gladness and sorrow into joy - His Words are trustworthy and true brothers and sisters - STAND ON THEM!! - BE A PEACEMAKER, NOT A WAR-MONGER !!
By Mark Davidson