In the military, we had to study varying types of ammunition and bombs, so we could identify attacks. Even in “peacetime”, the enemy places hidden land mines, so if you are a soldier that cannot identify weaponry, you are much more susceptible to accidental injury if you have not studied ammunition and bombs. Studying the Torah is like studying a spiritual warfare strategy to overcome the enemy because you will find that EVERY command of God was put in place strategically to navigate you around the plans of the enemy. God knows how dark the world will get. He knows how difficult it will be to overcome the enemy. He gave you a perfect plan. For this reason, King David said, “The Torah of Adonai is perfect”. It’s up to you to apply the Torah, but if you don’t, it’s dangerous!
In the Air Force, the book that I was given to begin my studies on ammunition and bombs was called The Airman’s Manual. If you are prior Air Force, you are well aware of what this book is.
Although, I was in the Air Force, and never had to invade enemy territory, I had to be keen on communication within my flight (those I worked closely with) especially in a deployed environment. We practiced using radios regularly because communication is the lifeblood of a military operation, and the radio is the primary tool for communication in a deployment setting. This device would allow soldiers on the battlefield to receive protective instructions from their counterparts who have a larger range of view. Sometimes, their counterparts may have an aerial view, sometimes increased night vision, and at other times, their counterparts simply have an increased idea of the mission or geography. Every battlefield soldier knows they need their radio on, or they are at increased risk because their radio provides vital instructions that secures their livelihood.
Can you imagine if a soldier on the battlefield became angry and said, “Your instructions are so restrictive! I know we are going to win this battle anyway, so why do I need to follow these instructions?”. Take it one step further, can you imagine if the soldier took his radio off, threw it down, and began running across the battlefield? I can guarantee you any soldier would say this person’s livelihood is slim; they would not have much chances to live. The enemy hides around corners, atop buildings, they have buried land mines, they fly overhead in helicopters and airplanes. The enemy has the ability to attack from every angle of the soldier’s existence, so if his radio is off, and he cannot hear the directions of his brigade, his livelihood is at a substantial risk. In a highly infiltrated enemy territory, his chance of survival is slim to none.
This same scenario applies to you. Your life on this Earth is a deployment. You are on a battlefield. The Kingdom of Darkness has orchestrated land mines, bombs, ammunition, chemical warfare (even in your food), biological warfare (sickness and disease), spies, and COMPLETELY infiltrated the Earth. They are even more cunning and sly than any earthly kingdom, so it is very difficult for people to comprehend.
The unfortunate truth is that majority of the people who call themselves “Christian” today have made the choice of the foolish soldier. They have chosen to disconnect from their brigade, turn of their radios (Torah), and take off their helmets (Salvation). They say, “Grace saves me” or “We have already won so why do I need to apply God’s instructions to my life?”. In Matthew 5:17-20, Yeshua said:
“Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah— not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
My answer to their questions about why they should keep their radio and helmet on is, “Because the battle is not over! Yeshua has not returned! Everything prophesied has not yet been fulfilled! Get your gear on and let’s run this race!” In future posts, we will be discussing the landmines of the enemy, and why it’s your lifeblood to keep His word as a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. His word is not a leash; it is a lamp. His word is protective; not restrictive. He knows you are human, and His desire is that you have a sincere heart to please Him. Follow His commands for your safety! King David said:
The Torah of Adonai is perfect,
restoring the inner person.
The instruction of Adonai is sure,
making wise the thoughtless.
The precepts of Adonai are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The mitzvah of Adonai is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
The fear of Adonai is clean,
The rulings of Adonai are true,
they are righteous altogether,
more desirable than gold,
than much fine gold,
also sweeter than honey
or drippings from the honeycomb.
Through them your servant is warned;
in obeying them there is great reward.
Who can discern unintentional sins?
Cleanse me from hidden faults.
Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins,
so that they won’t control me.
Then I will be blameless
and free of great offense.
May the words of my mouth
and the thoughts of my heart
be acceptable in your presence,
Adonai, my Rock and Redeemer.
I cannot tell you how many times I fell simply because I abandoned the lighted path of God by stepping aside from Torah. I was taught hyper-grace and kept many hyper-grace proponents around me, so until 2015, I underestimated the security God has given us in His commandments. I had allergy problems, had to be on antibiotics several times per year, dealt with relational problems, and many more things simply because I did not follow Torah. Torah protects me from GMOs, agricultural pesticides, false teachers and doctrines, and it also keeps my family safe. The more we use the Torah to distinguish our way of life, the more distinguished we become in our health, our enjoyment, and our favor.
I have fallen short, and when I do, I repent. Torah application is about striving for righteousness, playing your part in the marriage covenant with Yeshua, and pleasing our Savior with His given instructions. Many quote the scripture James 2:10 to say “We cannot keep the whole Torah, so why try? God has taken it away”. This is a HUGE error. Yeshua looks at the heart. The excuse that it is impossible sounds like laziness and an unwillingness to please God. You may fall but falling is different than never putting forth the effort. Attempt to apply one at a time. James 2:10-13 says, “For a person who keeps the whole Torah, yet stumbles at one point, has become guilty of breaking them all. For the One who said, “Don’t commit adultery,” also said, “Don’t murder.” Now, if you don’t commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the Torah. Keep speaking and acting like people who will be judged by a Torah which gives freedom. For judgment will be without mercy toward one who doesn’t show mercy; but mercy wins out over judgment.” James is telling us there is no small and big sins. We should not be legalistic and looking for exterior performance without heart change, so don’t judge in a legalistic fashion (without mercy). We should repent for all of them. If we have broken any of them, we should come before God with a repentant and contrite heart. I have seen people who disregard lying, but heavily emphasize adultery. James is saying we should not discount any sin, but put forth our best effort to please God by walking in complete righteousness to the best of our abilities.
The Torah tells of the future; not only the past. Remember, the Torah has become flesh thru Yeshua our Messiah. He is the appropriation of the whole word (front to back) in flesh. Revelation is a greater Exodus, greater repeat of Esther, greater repeat of Ruth, greater repeat of Joshua (more expounding on this concept will come in future posts). 1 John 3:3-4 says, “And everyone who has this hope in him continues purifying himself, since God is pure. Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah.”
Remember, obedience is better than sacrifice!
Hi! I'm Tiffany. I'm a mom, wife, Internet Marketing Consultant, and the founder of KOHA. My passion is to share everything I know about applying the Bible to daily life, starting a ministry, and scaling a ministry online.
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